Caveman Comeback

The cavemen never thought they’d have a comeback, but it has arrived and in the form of a dietary plan. This so-called Paleo Diet encourages eaters to choose animal and plant products while cutting out grains, refined sugar and dairy. But, in this modern age, it is sometimes difficult to come by food and snacks to fit these guidelines. So, when those pangs of hunger come between meal times, grab a pouch of Sweetwood Hot Jerky http://www.sweetwoodjerky.com/sweetwood-hot-jerky-2-oz-pouch/  for a satisfying 11 grams of protein that are sure to spice up your life with the intense flavors of molasses and crushed red chili peppers.  When meals do approach, try reaching for Sweetwood steaks and sausage http://sweetwoodsteaks.com/  for a tasty way to comply with your caveman dietary needs.  Our minimum 21 day dry age all natural beef makes these steaks phenomenal or try our gourmet sausages that use all natural ingredients, including organic pork fat. Go ahead and enjoy these meats and fire up the modern day conveniences like your killer stovetop, or those amazing gas grills.

Here are the basic principles of the paleo diet: get your caveman on!

The Paleolithic Diet is also commonly referred to as the paleo diet, the caveman diet, the Stone Age Diet or the hunter-gatherer diet.  The Paleo Diet comes from the Paleolithic era; a period of about 2.5 million years that ended just 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and the start of grain – based diets. It is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the invention of agriculture, so therefore our ideal diet is still what are our Paleolithic ancestors consumed.  Physical exercise is to accompany the diet because on average humans have less lean muscle and more body fat than their Paleolithic counterparts. The proper plant to animal ratio is also a key aspect of this diet; 56-65% of food energy should come from animal foods and 36-45% from plant foods.  With this diet there is a higher protein intake, a lower carbohydrate intake, a lower glycemic index, a higher fiber intake, a higher potassium intake, a lower sodium intake, and a higher intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Foods allowed – fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, nuts

Foods excluded – grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, processed oils

Our “Eat Like a Caveman” Pinterest board has some great ideas for recipes and snacks http://pinterest.com/sweetwoodcattle/eat-like-a-caveman-paleo-diet/

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