Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Trend - Stone Age Cuisine

This should give the Barefoot Contessa, Paula Deen and Rachel Ray the giggles.

Apparently there is a growing Paleolithic diet movement which is becoming a new trendy endeavor.

A new Berlin (Germany) restaurant, Sauvage, offers food that the Stone Age Neanderthals might have eaten and for atmosphere diners eat at candle-lit tables amidst contemporary cave paintings.
No bread, pasta or sugar: Stone Age-style restaurant serves only food that was available to our caveman ancestors ... Proudly announcing a 'Real Food Revolution - Paleolithic cuisine!', there is no cheese, bread or sugar available, only fare accessible to our hunter-gatherer ancestors more than two million years ago. ... That means serving only organic, unprocessed fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, and herbs.... The menu includes salads with olives, capers and pine nuts; gluten-free bread with nut-based butter or olive tapenades; smoked salmon with herb dressing; and other various meat and fish dishes.

Gluten- and sugar-free cakes, like a spicy pumpkin pie, are available for those Stone Age diners who don't want to skip dessert.
Quite frankly I know of no historic record of Cavemen cooking pumpkin pies or eating cured olives or even caring if anything was gluten free or not ... but whatever.. it seems some people are finding the Paleolithic diet one which helps to lose weight, although there are conflicting reports.

The Paleolithic trend doesn't just stop with food - oh no, the Paleolithic obsessed have begun to build an entire lifestyle around the cave-man concept. They perform cave-man exercise by lifting boulders and running barefoot (I kid you not!), and they even go so far as to emulate the blood loss they believe Stone Age hunters might have experienced in pursuit of their dinner, by donating blood every few months.

How amusing.

I'll bet they save money on their car insurance too :)

File this one under "Yabba Dabba Doo".

Here is more information on the Paleo diet.

It does seem to work for some people, and health benefits are being reported.


Charley said...

I've been eating "paleo" for three months now...meat, eggs, veggies, fruit, nuts, occasional dairy. Basically I've cut out grains, legumes, simple carbs, and most dairy.

I'm down 27 pounds so far without any difficulty!

While I in no way subscribe to evolution, the book I read was by a microbiologist and once he got past the goofy premise and into the science, it was compelling. Grains and simple carbs are massively damaging to the body. Is there any wonder why America is fatter and fatter every year...and especially since the government started pushing the "Pyramid" that emphasizes grains and minimizes meat?

So...definitely poo-poo the underlying premise/assumption of evolution; but don't make fun of the dietary science that accompanies it. I know I can eat like this for the rest of my life, and I will be back to a thin, healthy weight very, very soon.

Libertarian Advocate said...


I was on it pretty strictly for about two months and lost 20 pounds. So it worked for me. I still don't eat bread or pasta, but chocolate ice cream has weaseled its way back in. Dang it!

Ellery said...

Interesting. I donate blood for an entirely different reason and usually eat a big ol' burger with fries and a Dr Pepper afterwards.