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What It's Really Like to Go Paleo

After reading all the hype about the Paleo diet, a lifestyle change based on the dietary habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors, I decided to embark on my own two-week Paleo project. Once I got into a routine, it was great, but I was not prepared for what the first few days had in store. Here's an animated taste of what it was like.

Hold up. This diet lets you eat these wonderful things?

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Bacon.

Eggs with bacon.

This sounds awesome!

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But you can't eat dairy, gluten, brown rice, or even quinoa?

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No beans or peanuts? That seems pretty random.

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Whatever, I can do this. I'm a healthy eater, and everyone is raving about it! Let's give it a shot.

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Day One: This isn't hard at all! What's everyone complaining about?

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Day Two: OK, a little tougher but not too bad.

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It requires a lot of planning and time in the kitchen.

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But it's all in the name of clean eating and quality food.

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Even still, I could really go for some quinoa right now.

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Day Three: Alright, I'm officially detoxing from carbs. This hurts.

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My head is pounding.

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I can't drink enough water.

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All I can think about is pizza.

Will I make it through tonight?

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Day Four: Looks like the worst is over! I am feeling 100 times better today.

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How did I wake up with so much energy?

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I feel great in my clothes!

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Everyone is saying that I'm glowing.

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Maybe I'll stick with this Paleo thing after all!

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Three Weeks Later: This could go either way.

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Paleontologist Dr. Alan Walker, of Johns Hopkins University, led a comprehensive study on the teeth markings on humanoid fossils. A NY Times article, of May 15, 1979, reported his conclusions: "Every tooth of the hominids of the 12 million year period leading up to Homo Erectus appeared to be that of a fruit eater." So meat eating probably played a very small role in human development. The diets of our closest primate relatives of today may include small amounts of meat and insects, but they probably account for no more than 1-3% of calorie intake. In the last 75 years, animal product consumption in Western society has zoomed to unprecedented levels, and now provides about 30% of our calories. Which would seem to explain why nearly all Americans have cardiovascular disease. Carnivores and genuine omnivores can eat all the animal fat and cholesterol they want without requiring bypass surgery. Not so true for humans... No matter what advancements we make in nutritional science, we will always have people who remain in the stone age.
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