The Paleo Diet (also known as the Caveman Diet) is a new diet craze that seems to be taking the world by storm, as well as saving money on the grocery bill.
According to the Paleo Diet website, “The Paleo Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based on the simple understanding that the best human diet is the one to which we are best genetically adapted. It is supported by documented scientific evidence and by real-life improvements, even triumphs, of people winning their personal health battles.”
In short, by eating the foods that our primal ancestors ate (mostly meat, vegetables, and nuts), we can possibly lose a ton of weight. This diet looks promising because it keeps grains, legumes, processed foods and fruits at a minimum (the things that generally cause weight gain).
The diet also claims to help clear acne, improve athletic performance, slow the progression of autoimmune diseases, cause weight loss without dieting and exercise, and reduce or eliminate the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, as well as many other chronic degenerative diseases.
The Paleo Diet seems to be one of the more budget-conscious diets, as it focuses on foods that happen to be cheaper and healthier than most diets that require specific and typically expensive foods. Grain-based foods are cut from this diet, which makes a heavy impact on the grocery bill. Even though grain-based foods are usually cheap, they add up. Think of all the bread, cereal, pasta, cookies, crackers, chips, rice, pretzels, etc., purchased weekly. Fruits and beans are also typically on the expensive side and is advised to be eaten minimally if any at all in this diet.
The Paleo Diet encourages the consumption of meat, which is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans, however, adjustments can be made for those who are.
For more information regarding the Paleo Diet, check out their website.