Is the Stone Age Diet Worth the Sacrifice?
A friend of mine had been feeling a little under the weather for a while and as though she was functioning on only 50% of the energy levels that she had normally. So she decided that she needed to make some changes to her diet and her lifestyle to give her body a boost. After searching around for a while she settled on the Stone Age diet. Now this was probably one of the most difficult to stick to because it demanded a radical change in eating habits. But it made some big promises and claims and like she said, â€œif Iâ€™m going to do it I might as well do it properlyâ€.
The Stone Age diet has actually been around since the 1970s but it remained pretty unknown until it was used as the basis for a book in 2010, which was the first time that it had been fully translated into English. This suddenly increased its potential audience and within months the Stone Age diet was being touted as the new big thing that Hollywood stars and A-listers were all following. Many of us normal folk decided to give it a go too because this was not just a diet. In fact the Stone Age diet was a way of life that could keep you healthy into your old age. But you only really benefit from it if you commit to sticking to it for the rest of your life and, as my friend found out, some sacrifices have to be made.
To understand why, you need to learn the principles of the Stone Age diet (it’s interesting fact that the Danes use the term Stenalderkost). Basically the founder decided that much of what we eat today is to blame for modern illnesses. He felt that people were most healthy back in Paleolithic times when they ate only what they were able to hunt, gather and trap. He believed that the advent of agriculture and the foods that then became available were to blame for many of the problems and illnesses that people face today. For example, did you know that some of the foods we eat are actually poisonous to us in their raw state? Potatoes and other vegetables, grains, beans, dairy products, etc. can all make a person ill if eaten raw. So it is not a huge jump to imagine that even when cooked these products place stress on the body over time if eaten on a regular basis.
The biggest problem that my friend found was that it affects way more of your life than just what you eat and drink. For example there were no more nights out at a restaurant or a bar, because you have to be sure that anything you put into your body is completely organic and has no trace of salt, sugars or processed products. Likewise popping into the shop for a drink suddenly becomes an ordeal because even a bottle of water can contain additives.
So my friendâ€™s summary then: There are many good aspects and points made with the Stone Age diet and those who have real belief, dedication and the time to do it will find that it helps them to feel great as I did after only a week. However, for many of us living a busy life this diet is just too much of a change for us to really stick to and give it the focus it deserves. That said I will carry on using the Stone Age dietÂ as a basis for how I live my life because it did make me feel better.
This article is written by Paul Winchester. He is a professional writer, mostly interested in healthy lifestyle and healthy living. You can find more of his articles about Stone Age Diet at the popular Danish magazine:Â http://www.q.dk/.