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May 6, 2014

The Paleo Diet: Everything Old is New Again

PaleoBedrock, USA – This just in: From the heartland of America the newest trend sweeping the restaurant trade is, drum beat please: Eat Like a Caveman. Who knew Fred Flintstone could be so right on the money?

The Paleo Diet, which is based on a Stone Age hunter-gatherer model, has become fashionable at restaurants across the country, like Corner Table in Houston, Texas. These restaurants are taking the Paleolithic concept and turning caveman eats into a beautiful thing. At Corner Table, simple spaghetti squash and cauliflower are lifted to new heights of delicious. Paleo is a food plan well suited to restaurant chefs, who can take the time to work their magic on food choices that might be daunting in the home kitchen.

The Paleo Diet craze began a few years ago when Dr. Loren Cordain, Ph.D began to look at the long-term benefits of eating like our Paleolithic ancestors. He says on his website that the Paleo Diet is “the world’s healthiest diet, based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted.”

To eat like our ancestors, we’re confined to a diet of vegetables, grassfed meat and game, fish, fruits, nuts, seeds and unrefined vegetable oils like olive oil. The Diet calls for no cereal grains, potatoes, dairy, beans, legumes - even peanuts - sugar, soy, processed foods, or refined vegetable oils. If that sounds austere, don’t worry, Cordain allows you to eat three non-paleo meals a week.

And note the word, “diet” because it’s likely you’ll lose weight on the plan – no, duh, look at what you’re eating – and as we all know, nothing sells in America like a good weight loss program.

But is Paleo just another fad like say, “the Blood Type Diet?” Paleo appears to have some staying power - Cordain has updated his book and written others, done numerous speeches, appearances and television shows, and has ultimately expanded his Paleo empire. Likewise numerous others have played “follow the leader,” coming up with their own takes on the Paleolithic lifestyle.

In looking at his website, Cordain tends to push the envelope more than a little bit. It’s hard to imagine the hunter-gatherer whipping up an omelet or a waldorf salad in between buffalo hunts, but that’s where the restaurant industry can fill the void. Restaurants have a chance to take simple, fresh ingredients and add them to their menu just as they did with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.

Even if Paleo is just another flash in the pan, it would be easy to offer Paleo along with those options. Instead of a GF symbol, we see a tiny little caveperson next to the dish.

There may also be numerous health benefits to the diet. After all, no one ever saw Fred Flintstone getting checked out for heart disease or diabetes. (Although he did seem to be a bit overweight.)

On the other hand, Fred Flintstone will forever be preserved in amber at some indeterminate age, while most of his real-life counterparts lived to be uh, what, 13? And they probably had no teeth. If a caveman did make it to the ripe old age of 35 or 40, he was probably gumming down the Paleo Diet at the Bedrock Quarry Nursing Home.


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Yes! Paleo is the way to go! Try my dairy free desserts!

Everything old is new again is such a true statement that applies to most of the things like fashion, technology, health, life and according to you even in weight loss programs. Its tru everything old was sone on basics and for anything , if basics are done right, everything will go right

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