In the age of crazy diets and exercise fads, it can sometimes be hard to sift through which are actually healthy.
One diet, though, has been utilized since the dawn of mankind. Literally.
The paleolithic diet, more commonly known as the “caveman diet,” is a diet that requires the dieter to eat the most natural types of foods possible. It is based on the presumed ancient diet of cavemen.
Shepherd freshman Kate Troxell has been on the paleo diet for about a year.
“I started eating paleo last year as a way to lose weight,” she said. “I was never overweight, but I wasn’t happy with how I looked.”
Troxell said she loves how simple the diet is and how easily it fits into her lifestyle.
“I did a lot of research, and the paleo diet made the most sense to me,” Troxell said. “Paleo diets focus on high protein and low carb, and as an athletic person, this fits my personal lifestyle.”
On the diet, people generally cannot eat anything processed or foods containing sugar. Carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta, and dairy must also be avoided.
Troxell did stop eating based on the paleolithic diet for about a month or so, but due to health concerns, she quickly went back to it.
“I haven’t gotten bored with the food yet, and I have actually learned to really appreciate the food that I am eating,” Troxell said. “Vegetables, which are a main part of my diet, now taste amazing to me. I’ve been more willing to try new foods, and I have surprised myself with what I have grown to like.”
Despite a common perception that the paleolithic diet food gets dull after a while due to the lack of carbs, that has not been the case for her.
“I look forward to my salads and grilled chicken, giant omelets, sweet potatoes, squash, soups, stews, roasts and chili,” she said.
Midland senior Liz Warmbier said she believes the paleolithic diet sounds smart, despite having never tried it herself.
“Nowadays, all food is so processed,” Warmbier said. “I think this diet could be a good idea.”
While Warmbier has never tried the paleolithic diet, she is a pescatarian, meaning she does not eat meat except for fish and seafood.
Clarkston sophomore Abbey Hall was not sure about the idea of the paleolithic diet, because she said over a period of years, the human body has grown to need things not available on the diet.
“I watched a video on it, and I don’t necessarily think it is the best diet,” Hall said. “After a while, I don’t think a person’s system could handle it.”
However, Troxell still believes the paleolithic diet can help people get healthier and lose weight.
“Paleo is definitely a great way to lose fat and get healthy, and I do believe this is the way people were intended to eat,” Troxell said. “You can’t go wrong with meat and vegetables. It is what our bodies were designed to digest.”