Here’s a typical lunch at my house:
To reduce inflammation and feel great, eat like a hunter-gather.
With summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables readily available, it’s a good time to consider eating more live a caveman or -woman. Popularized by The Paleo Diet, competitive athletes and mere mortals like me have found eating the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors to be what works best for them. It’s a whole foods program with high protein, high fiber and a low glycemic load (low-sugar foods). When I stray from this dietary approach, I find my energy lagging and my waistline expanding.
What’s involved? The ground rules are to consume:
- Lean meats (preferably grass-fed), fish and seafood (wild-caught)
- Fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables – twice as many veggies as fruit
- Eggs and nuts & seeds – in moderation
- No cereals (no grains); no legumes (no beans, peas, peanuts); no dairy products (no milk, butter, cheese, etc.)
- No processed food (nothing that comes in a box)
- Plenty of good quality (filtered or bottled) water – 6-8 glasses per day
- No caffeine or alcohol – except for special occasions or on weekends
If this sounds too challenging to tackle all at once, make one or two simple changes each week. For example, substitute naturally sparkling mineral water (such as S. Pellegrino) and a slice of lemon or lime for sweetened beverages.
Leave a comment and let me know how it goes. Bon appetit!