Eat Like a Caveman: What You Need to Know about Going Paleo

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Paleo is also known as the caveman diet, hunter-gather diet, and the stone-age diet... but what makes it so popular?
Air Date: 1/27/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Loren Cordain, PhD
CordainLoren Dr. Loren Cordain is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

He is widely recognized to be one of the world's leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors and its health benefits for contemporary people.

Dr. Cordain's scientific publications have focused on the nutritional characteristics of the wild plant and animal foods consumed by foraging humans across the globe, and the health benefits of such a diet for contemporary people.

He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, many of which were funded by both private and governmental agencies.

His research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in the world's top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among others. Dr. Cordain was the recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into the understanding of optimal human nutrition.

Over the past five years Dr. Cordain's work has focused upon the adverse health effects of the high dietary glycemic load that is ubiquitous in the typical western diet.
Eat Like a Caveman: What You Need to Know about Going Paleo
Another diet that has made its way into your thoughts, and you're questioning whether or not you should give it a go: the Paleo diet.

Paleo has been around for many decades, but in recent years has gained popularity and has actually been revered as one of the top dieting plans.

So, what exactly is the Paleo diet?

Also known as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gather diet, the Paleo diet focuses on eating wholesome foods containing high protein and high fiber foods such as leans meats and fish, fruits and veggies, nuts and other healthier fats.

If the cavemen didn't have access to refined sugar (and sorry to say, they didn't), you shouldn't either. Say goodbye to junk food, processed food and dairy.

What else should you know before trying this diet?

Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD, discusses the Paleo diet in depth, including why it's one of the top diets and what you should do if you want to go Paleo.


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