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What is the Paleo (or caveman) diet?

There is a diet called the Paleo Diet which is also known as the Caveman Diet. Not surprisingly, it instructs you to look to our ancestors in the Stone Age and identify what they ate. Plants and meat were the primary focus of the diet back then, but remember that meats were lean. That means that foods like grains, dairy foods and legumes are not hugely emphasized in this program. But meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruits and berries are included in the modern version of the Stone Age diet. You won’t find potatoes or processed oils either, but you can have water, coconut water and green tea.

If you have a serious sweet tooth, you are allowed to include some raw honey and coconut palm sugar in limited amounts. There are some versions of this diet which dictate fasting days, eating substantial amounts of raw foods or eliminating tomatoes and other “nightshade vegetables.”

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