What is the Paleo Diet?
More and more we are seeing the Paleo Diet coming to the mainstream, from Dr. Oz to the Hollywood celebrities that are endorsing the diet. That said there is more to Paleo than diet, and the lifestyle can often be compared to going down the proverbial “rabbit hole” in a sense. One thing leads to another.. diet, then sleep, skin care, exercise, then environment and food sourcing, then politics… it just keeps winding and intertwining.
Which is more primal, hard cider or a strawberry margarita?
Would a self-respecting cave man check his iPhone after 8 p.m., as long as he was wearing amber goggles?
What about that morning beauty regimen? Is coconut oil or castor oil more likely to restore that neo-Neanderthal glow to a woman’s cheek?
To the uninitiated, the much talked about Paleo diet — a nutritional regimen centered around pasture-raised meat, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and nuts, in the spirit of our cave-dwelling forebears — may seem like another low-carb fad, the South Beach diet dressed up in a mammoth hide. But the time has passed when it could be written off as a fringe movement of shaggy-haired Luddites with an outsize taste for wild boar meatloaf.
Lately, Paleo has charged toward the mainstream, not only as a hugely popular diet (it was most-searched diet of 2013, according to the Google Trends Zeitgeist list), but also as a cave-man-inspired lifestyle that has spawned a fast-growing industry.
“Ancestral health,” to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass. For them, Paleo is a way of life, a philosophical prism that colors everything from child rearing to sunscreen.
But among the Paleo crowd, limiting one’s enthusiasm for Paleo to food is almost a rookie maneuver.
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