Better Nutrition

Ancient eating

Get back to basics with the Paleo Diet

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In order to take advantage of the popular Paleo diet, you don’t have wear animal- skin loincloths or let your hair grow wild. But you do need to rethink your eating habits— because this “pre- agricultur­al” nutritiona­l plan emphasizes what our Paleolithi­c hunter- gatherer forbears were likely to consume, and eliminates most foodstuff s that were introduced through agricultur­e and animal husbandry practices.

The regimen isn’t as diffi cult as it might sound. The diet emphasizes natural, unprocesse­d foods with optimal nutrition. Variety is important as well— seasonal bounty and climate fl uctuations would have dictated the menu for those long- ago folks. With that in mind, you can get with the program by following a few simple guidelines.

Hunt

We’re talking animals for protein— meat, fowl, and fi sh, with the idea being to choose options that are as natural as possible:

Meat should be organic, pastured, and grass- fed; bison is an excellent lean choice. Fowl should be organic and pastured, and local if at all possible. The same goes for eggs. Fish should be wild- caught and varied, and as fresh as possible.

Gather

Vegetables, tubers, fruits, and nuts should all be on your radar. Unless you’re blessed with a market garden in your backyard, you’ll be foraging at your local farmers' market or health food store— and everything should be organic, of course!

Greens in as many forms as possible, and the darker the better. Vegetables of every sort, eaten both cooked and raw. Fruits in moderation, as modern fruits are higher in sugar than their forebears.

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