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Paleo Unearthed: What is the Caveman Diet and Why Can it Work for You

Paleo Unearthed: What is the Caveman Diet and Why Can it Work for You

If you checked out our meal plans, you’ll see that we offer the Paleo and Paleo XL – the ultimate caveman plans made fresh and delivered right to your door. But what is the Paleo diet and why can it work for you?

We sat down with Fresh Director of Operations Giovanni Brugnoni for the scoop on all things Paleo. Widely known as the caveman diet, going Paleo means eating only natural, real foods found in nature, but without all the hunting and gathering.

If you delve deeper into the world of Paleo, you’ll discover there are three different levels unofficially known as “Strict,” “Normal” and “Primal” – with the latter two slightly more relaxed in food selection than Strict.

Brugnoni, a former MMA athlete, said the sticks and stones of the three Paleo levels come down to specific food groups, such as legumes, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.) and sugars (honey and maple syrup, for example).

Legumes, for example, are widely considered non-paleo because they contain the anti-nutrient Phytic Acid, which reduces some micronutrient absorption into the body.

The Ultimate Paleo Guide states, “Phytates bind up minerals in food, thereby preventing your body from utilizing them. This means these foods are not digested. They can also cause inflammation, bloating, indigestion and gas.” [1]

However, less-strict Paleo enthusiasts may disagree because, despite their anti-nutrient properties, alfalfa, field peas and green beans, for example, are still foods that may have been gathered by our Paleolithic ancestors.

Because of the differing Paleo views, Brugnoni said his team caters to all levels of strictness.

“We have all sorts of different menus and meals for the customer to pick and choose, depending on their dislikes and what they eat or don’t eat,” said Brugnoni, a Colombia native with a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Everglades University.

In addition to determining what ingredients are used in Fresh Paleo plans, Brugnoni said he is also focused on where ingredients are sourced.

“The quality of the protein really means a lot to the Paleo individuals,” Brugnoni said. “If you have beef, it’s coming from grass-fed beef. If you have seafood, it’s coming from a wild-caught fish, not farm raised. It’s the same thing with chicken and eggs – you want it to be free-range chicken and not mass produced.”

Additionally, Brugnoni said it’s important the animal proteins do not have salt, hormones or other additives that wouldn’t normally be found in nature.

But why else should you consider going Paleo?

Brugnoni said a true Paleo diet, no matter the strictness, excludes all processed foods and carbohydrates and instead focuses on whole foods, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. By reducing or eliminating processed foods and refined sugars by going Paleo, the overall nutritional impact to the body is exponential, he said.

At Fresh Meal Plan, we strive to not only create exceptional variety with our Paleo plans, but also excellent flavor by using only natural herbs and spices.

Each of our traditional Paleo meals is between 300 and 400 calories and comprised of 30 to 40 grams of protein, 25 grams of healthy carbohydrates and usually less than 15 grams of healthy fat per serving. Our Paleo XL meals have double the grams of protein to support muscle growth through a physical training regimen.

Brugnoni said you can count on every Fresh Paleo meal being free of grains, dairy and gluten and without additives, preservatives or added sugar.

Discover more about our Paleo meals in the “Plans” section of our Website.

1. “What the hell is a legume.” Ultimate Paleo Guide. January 13, 2013.

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