Woman Diet by
In spite of it's name, this diet does not include being
dragged by the hair, hunting with clubs or skinning big game. Though
you might feel good enough to do all of those things. What it does
include is a return to our evolutionary roots.
As a student of anthropology, I read every book I can
find on ancient homonids and their culture. In January of 2002, while
cruising Amazon.com for something new about our primitive cousins, I
came across two books on ancient hominid diets. Out of curiosity, I
In a nutshell, about 12,000 years ago the last Ice Age
ended. Within 2,000 years of the ice sheet receding, agriculture began
and new foods became the staple they are in today's diet. This new
diet, called Neolithic, had an immediate effect on human health.
Skeletons of Neolithic farmers show poor nutrition compared to the
previous generations of hunter-gatherers. They died younger, were
shorter, had more cavities in their fewer teeth and showed the first
evidence of obesity.
The problem with the new diet of the Neolithic period
was that we didn't evolve to eat those new foods. The small human
digestive tract is unique among primates. We have only one stomach and
a relatively short large intestine. We are more suited to digesting and
extracting nutrients from meat, fruit, nuts, and some vegetables.
This was of particular interest to me since I knew I was
allergic to wheat and was also lactose intolerant. If I couldn't digest
those items, maybe there were other items I couldn't digest and just
didn't know it.
After reading both books, doing some research on the
Internet and at my local library, I fashioned a diet for myself. And
the Cave Woman Diet was born.
On January 16, 2002, when the last kid returned to
college, I began my diet. Since the previous January, I had been
exercising, lifting weights and generally killing myself to lose a
grand total of ten pounds. And it took a year! Not a very satisfying
result from so much effort.
I began by purging the kitchen of every slide of bread,
every cracker, every package of pasta, and every cream-filled pastry. I
Next, I went to the store and bought meat. Beef, pork,
chicken, fish and shrimp. Then I hit the produce section. Fresh
vegetables and fruits nestled in the shopping cart next to nuts and
dried fruit (without sugar added) and eggs. The rules for eating were
simple. Eat nothing that couldn't be found in nature. Eat only when I
was hungry, even if it was every two hours. And eat only enough to
satisfy my hunger. No gorging.
I began my eating day at 9 am. I scrambled an egg in a
small amount of butter and topped it with a dash of cheese. At 11 am, I
was back in the kitchen eating pastrami or corned beef (not processed
but from the deli). Just a couple of slices rolled inside a thin slice
At one, I had lunch. Usually a left over item from
dinner the night before. Pork chops, a stuffed pepper, a ground beef
patty. Whatever. I made a small salad to accompany this with a teaspoon
of salad dressing. Between three and four in the afternoon, I was
hungry again. This is when I got out the fresh fruit and nuts. usually
apples and walnuts. I munched them while I fixed a dinner of steak,
chicken, pork or fish. I also prepared the fresh vegetables for the
meal. I'm partial to broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, but I also ate
snow peas, mushrooms and other vegetables, though no corn or beans. By
eight or nine that night it was time to drag out the fruit again for
something to snack on.
At the end of five days, I had lost three pounds and my
chronic indigestion. Goodbye Tums! And I was never hungry since I ate
all the time. Previous dietary study indicated that to change our
metabolism it is necessary to eat often. This reprograms the body to
stop storing fat.
The second week I dropped four pounds and my energy
level skyrocketed. I was not just cleaning house, I was cleaning
closets and kitchen cabinets and organizing items for a yard sale.
Interestingly, I had no more sinus headaches or joint pain and had
eliminated the use of over the counter decongestants and arthritis pain
At the end of six weeks, I had lost twenty pounds, my
clothes no longer fit and I had energy to spare. I was sleeping soundly
and my anxiety level was greatly reduced. I felt better than I had in
I had continued a modified version of my daily workout
during this diet period. Chronic back pain had plagued me since my
twenties and I used exercise to keep my muscles from seizing up. I had
to wonder if my diet would have been as succesful without the twenty
minute a day workout. So, at the end of my third week, I put my
wheelchair confined husband on the diet. He lost twelve pounds! A man
who cannot move lost weight. I knew then I was definitely onto
I thought at the end of six weeks, it was safe to add a
few goodies back into my diet. I missed a few things like a slice of
bread with my meat and cheese and an occasional sip from a root beer
float. Only in moderation, of course.
Those small indulgences made me sick. Tummy ache,
diarrhea, headache. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out
that modern foods were making me sick and probably had been all my
life. That was pretty strong motivation to continue the Cave Woman
I am now at my ideal weight. I no longer suffer with
indigestion and allergies. And I am more energetic and productive than
ever. My coaching business is taking off, my writing business is
flourishing and I feel and look better than I have in years.
So, get out your loincloth, sharpen your stone tools and
become a Cave Woman! Eat the way Mother Nature designed us to eat. Once
you break the addiction to grains and sugars, you will lnever want to
touch them again.
Recommended Readings and Recipes: Neanderthin by Ray
Audette The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
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