It's called the Paleo Diet. You might know it as the Caveman Diet. Basically it's the belief that we should eat more like our ancestors. One of the leading experts on the Paleo Diet is Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution. He stopped by Channel 2 this afternoon to talk about the diet.
The Paleo Diet is typically defined as eating meat, fish, nuts, fruits and veggies and avoiding grains, refined sugars, dairy and legumes. So if we evolved beyond the caveman shouldn't our diet as well? Robb says no. "Certainly we've evolved and changed but our genetics are similar to what they've been for about for 100-200 years. There are certain adaptations, certain people can eat dairy and digest the lactose in the dairy. Other people are good at dealing with starch and dealing with the blood sugar highs and lows, especially in the Asian populations, but we still see this large chunk of the population that seems to benefit from something that looks like this ancestral diet."
Wolf claims 3-5 million people are currently on the Paleo Diet. And most people stick with it 5 days a week and cheat on the weekends. Except those who are already sick. "We're seeing people with auto immune disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, who are reversing those conditions with a paleo type diet. For those folks, for someone who's sick, they need to be much more compliant, but that shouldn't be surprising. Someone who's sick may need to comply more vigorously with the diet where as someone who just wants to lose a few extra pounds, maybe they've had some sore joints from working out and they're tying to reduce the inflammation in their body they have more latitude."
Wolf is in town for the screening of the documentary called "In Search of the Perfect Human Diet." The screening is tonight at 6:30 at the Nevada Museum of Art. The cost is $10.00
To learn more about the paleo diet, go to www.robbwolf.comWritten By Wendy Damonte