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The caveman diet is another term for the paleo diet. The paleo diet is commonly referred to as the caveman diet due to the fact that, while on the paleo diet, you eat the same foods as caveman did. The paleo diet is also so simple that “a caveman could do it.”
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Regardless of the origin of the name, the caveman diet has many of the same principles as the paleo diet. It’s focused primarily on the consumption of higher quantities of real, unprocessed, non-packaged food that cavemen could have eaten thousands of years ago, before Safeway, Walmart, and all of the other mega-super-duper-grocery stores we have available in today’s world came into being. Here are the basics:
Meat, eggs, vegetables, and limited quantities of fruits and nuts. If it contains fewer than five ingredients, it’s probably “real” food.
Grains, dairy, processed foods, and sugars.
A good rule of thumb to ask yourself is “could a caveman eat this?” If it’s packaged in a bag or if it can sit on a shelf for more than a year, it’s probably not on the caveman diet. Sorry!
Caveman Diet Recipes
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Caveman Diet Food List
The following is a list of the foods allowed on the caveman diet. You’ll find it’s very similar to our very popular paleo diet food list.
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- Chicken breast
- Chicken legs
- Chicken wings
- All types of eggs
- Brazil nuts
- Macadamia nuts
Is the Caveman Diet Good For You?
Like the paleo diet, the benefits of the caveman diet mostly come from eating unprocessed food. Simply put, if you’re eating real, nutrient-dense food, it’s much easier to stay satiated throughout the day and avoid hunger cravings.
Along with this – on a caveman diet you’re less likely to consume a lot of carbohydrates or sugars, so naturally your body is put into a fat-burning state throughout the day. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to maintain even energy levels consistently throughout the day.
A Caveman Diet Meal Plan
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Interested in more things like the caveman diet? Read our other diet guides
- Ultimate Guide to the Paleo Diet
- Ultimate Guide to the Keto Diet
- Ultimate Guide to the AIP Diet
- Ultimate Guide to the Gluten Free Diet
- Ultimate Guide to the Carnivore Diet
- Ultimate Guide to the Banting Diet
- List of low carb diets
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