I went on a date with someone who was on the paleo diet last week. I had heard of it before because of Dooce, but I'd never really given it much thought. After a few hours on google and a lot of curiosity, I've decided this paleo thing may not be totally insane. I've been under a lot of stress lately and a new way of eating maybe just the thing for me.
Here's an interesting graphic:
Woah that was a bit much I know. Here's a short video that explains paleo in even a simpler way (excuse the bad puns):
Now I'm not a scientist or an evolutionary biologist, so I'm definitely not the one to say what is or isn't an appropriate diet for anyone. The thing I like about this way of eating in particular is it feels right to me for the most part. In my mind it makes sense to limit sugars, processed foods, and grains. I'm not saying I'll ever give up some things, like sweetened tea or tequila, but I can get behind the idea that most of your food shouldn't come out of a box. Anyone who cooks most of their meals will understand.
This isn't to say I don't have issues with some of the paleo "rules." First of all, animal fat is pretty gross to me. The no dairy thing is also kind of an issue for me. I have no intention of giving up cheese or cream and there are a lot of contradicting opinions about dairy within the paleo community. I also plan on having some rice in my diet which is another touchy topic from what I've read. For me this is more of template to keep in mind rather than a strict regimen. At the end of the day, life is short and you should eat what makes you happiest and healthiest. And maybe a gluten-free diet is just what I need.
If anyone has tried something similar I'd love to hear about your experience!