Research shows us that approximately 73% of the American diet consists of processed foods. Guess what? Those are not allowed on the caveman diet. Just think about what was available to primitive man before the invention of pizza, cheeseburgers, chocolate cake and anything covered with gravy.
The Stone Age diet allows you to eat the following foods:
• Eggs (no more than 6 to 12 per week, aim for Omega-3 enriched eggs, if at all possible)
• Nuts and seeds (no more than 4 ounces a day if you are trying to lose weight. Raw, unsalted nuts were available to prehistoric man, so that is what you will be eating.)
• Healthy fats, like those found in olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and nuts (saturated and trans fats are absolutely not allowed)
• Lean meat, like pork, skinless turkey, chicken breast and lean beef
• Fish such as snapper, halibut and salmon
• Shellfish, including clams, shrimp and mussels
• Meat from elk, bison, alligator and other nontraditional animal sources
• Fruits, limiting the amount of high sugar fruits like cherries, bananas and grapes if you are overweight
• Fruits such as avocados, plums, apples, berries, papaya and melon are allowed
• Fresh vegetables (in limited portions)
If you look at that list, you will see that modern man is going to have a tough time sticking to the caveman diet. Your body is unfortunately used to processed foods, dairy, unhealthy oils, sugar, salt and bad fat. Prehistoric man did not have those available, so you will not be eating them either.
The good news is, those items we just mentioned are the cornerstone of most human diseases. Since you will not be eating those foods, your risk of contracting cancer, gout, heart problems, diabetes, obesity and dangerously high cholesterol levels will start to drop almost immediately.
What Foods Are Not Allowed on the Caveman Diet?
Obviously, you need to know what foods to avoid as well as what foods you will be eating. If you just think about what was available on a daily basis to prehistoric man as food sources, you will probably be okay. This means avoiding the following foods:
• Refined sugar, which includes any food ingredients ending in “ose” as well as the following:
o Agave Nectar
o Brown Rice Syrup
o Brown Sugar
o Cane Sugar
o Corn sweetener
o Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
o High-fructose corn syrup
o Malt syrup
o Maple syrup
o Palm Sugar
o Raw sugar
o Rice Syrup
• Grains, including corn (sure, there were wild grains available to prehistoric man. But it actually made up an insignificant part of his diet.)
• Starchy foods like potatoes, beets, yams and cassava
• Peanuts, peas, beans and other legumes
• Dairy foods like cream, milk, yogurt, butter, cheese, ice cream, etc.
• Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, deli meats and hot dogs
• Corn, cottonseed, peanut, soybean, rice bran and wheat germ oils (including foods like mayonnaise, which contains some of those oils)
Our ancestral cave dwellers didn’t have the chance to eat chili cheese fries with extra salt chased down with a large soda, and you cannot either!
But Doesn’t a Plant-Based Diet Mean Eating Some of These Banned Foods?
Although all people on a plant-based diet should try to avoid processed and unnatural foods, the area of concern for vegetarians and vegans will be that grains, legumes and starches are not recommended.