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Caveman Cookies Are a Sweet Treat for Paleo Devotees

paleo diet cookiesThe phrase “Caveman Cookie” may sound like an oxymoron to those who know about the caveman diet, but the idea is pretty simple: dessert made from ingredients that humans have been eating for tens of thousands of years. You won’t find any milk, eggs, flour or refined sugar in these cookies, not to mentioned artificial additives. “Cavemen didn’t have refined sugar,” explained Stephanie Lester, the founder of Caveman Bakery LLC. The three flavors of cookies — Original, Tropical and Alpine–are made mostly from nuts and honey.

Lester began eating like a cavewoman in her junior year of college, using the plan laid out by Loren Cordain in The Paleo Diet. She found that she had better energy and that her skin improved. “Back in college I already started making some cookies that people liked,” she said, but would have never anticipated that her baked goods made from hunter-gatherer ingredients offered a potential career path. She went on to earn a law degree, but found that practicing law wasn’t for her. Lester started her bakery while working as a trusts and estates attorney, and soon left her firm to dedicate her full energy to Caveman Cookies. Today, Lester and her husband both follow the paleo diet, but allow themselves modern food on occasion.


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Ancient Humans Ate Grass Based Diet

Some new discoveries about ancient humans shows that grass was the base of their diet instead of nuts, as previously believed.

The oldest set of human remains that scientists study is nicknamed the Nutcracker Man, and an examination of his teeth revealed that he ate a diet that was mostly grass plant based. There have been countless diets that follow the same principles, such as the Caveman Diet and the Paleo Diet, which base eating habits on those that were followed many years ago by humans.

Diets like the Caveman Diet and the Paleolithic Diet focus on the idea that if a food wasn’t available to ancient humans, you shouldn’t eat it. This eliminates a lot of unhealthy and processed foods that we’ve grown used to eating like bread, bleached flour, refined sugars, processed oils and anything that came after the development of agriculture.


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Living Like a Caveman in New York City

Professional CavemanProfessional caveman John Durant makes a pretty convincing argument for eating like hunter-gathers. “Anybody with a lot of inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, they would do very well on the paleo diet. Anybody overweight, I mean, name your medical problem–I feel like a snake oil salesman.” Cure-all or not, it doesn’t hurt that Durant himself is outgoing, energetic and fit, a kind of walking advertisement for his lifestyle. He is the author of the blog Hunter-Gatherer.com, and is writing a book with the working title Live Wild: A Survival Guide to the Modern World.

The basic idea behind the paleolithic diet, also known as the caveman diet, is that humans are best adapted to eat and live like hunter-gatherers before the time of the agricultural revolution. “If you look at these hunter-gatherer cultures, in reports that date back to the 19th century and early 20th century, they’re actually remarkably healthy,” says Durant. Followers of the paleo lifestyle argue that the agricultural revolution led to a marked decline in health, in part due to less diverse sources of nutrients. “Our diet became very narrow, very quickly. We went from eating a wide variety of animal foods and plant foods driven by seasonal eating, to a very narrow set of foods.”


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Paleo Diet Taken to Extremes

Last week, I spotlighted the trend of New Yorkers following a Paleo Diet, also known by other names like the Caveman Diet. While I talked about the basics of the eating philosophy, there are some interesting extremes some followers take.

New York is definitely a strange place for one to take on a caveman lifestyle. The most obvious reason is that your surroundings are as opposite as one could get from the vast spaces that real cavemen lived in. Then you also have the fact that New York has literally outlawed hunting and gathering, as residents can’t uproot plants or trap animals in the city’s parks.


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Paleo Diet: Were Cavemen the Picture of Health?

So, you’re looking to start a diet, or just a lifestyle change, and you really think it’s time to get back to basics. Well, you can’t get much more basic than the increasingly popular Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet.

Let’s take a trip back in time, to 10,000 years ago when cavemen had to fight for dinner, and what they ate was all natural; none of that processed man-made stuff that we call food today.

The Paleo, Paleolithic, or Caveman Diet may be known by different names, but they all share the same philosophy: our ancestors’ eating habits are worth mimicking. That is because, proponents will say, our bodies are designed for the foods that were available to our early Paleolithic ancestors.


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