Paleo places, people and purchases…

December 04 2013
PALEO IMAGECaveman, paleo, neolithic, ancestral, primal diets…and now a chain of Paleo Cafes? What, you say?
The caveman diet, also known as the Paleolithic or Paleo diet has gone gangbusters over recent years, but do you really know what it means to eat like a caveman and why it might be a good idea…? New Daily’s Melissa Mack recently unpacked this new dietary mega-trend around the launch of the new Paleo Cafe on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Here’s a quick edit so you don’t sound diet-daft at your next dinner party…
Eat like our ancestors did - Those who are pro Paleo eat like our ancestors did some 10,000 years ago. ‘Paleo People’ believe that we need a diet that’s as close to that of our hunter gather ancestors as possible which means eating lots of lean animal foods such as meat, birds and fish, along with vegetables and nuts and the occasional piece of fruit.
Dairy foods, legumes and grains are off the table - According to Paleo philosophy these foods can cause many health problems that are now burdening the industrialised world as our bodies haven’t adapted to eating them. So for Paleos, these food groups are simply a no go, preferring only to eat the way mother nature intended.
Live a healthy lifestyle - As well as the diet, the Paleo lifestyle is geared around reducing stress, getting enough vitamin D, sleeping well and exercising….just as the hunters gather did in their hay day.
Paleo diets kick highly processed food off the plate which is a plus but they dial up animal proteins which can be a little tough on the environment and your purse. Whole grain foods such as oats, barley and brown rice are all strictly forbidden so its critical that you increase your vegetable intake significantly to get enough fibre in your diet. Some variations of the Paleo diet include dairy (phew…) but make it full fat and raw dairy is even better.
It’s now up to you to decide if you want to join the Paleo party. Here is the WY? audit of the very best Paleo haunts, Paleo Peeps for you to follow and some Christmas reading….
Palate, VIC - 
132 Greville Street, Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9521 5443
Shop 15, 62 Grafton Street, Cairns (opposite Rusty’s market)
(07) 4041 3885
Shop 5, 310 – 330 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
(02) 9386 0163
Teneriffe Village, Corner Florence and Macquarie Streets, Newstead QLD 4006
0412 885 805
Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo
Ivy Thompson from Paleo In Melbourne 
Chris Kresser – Global Paleo Guru
Read New Daily’s article here