The Paleolithic Diet Explained [infographic]


Are you curious about the Paleo diet – the “latest” diet craze to light up both day-time talk shows and the health and fitness blogosphere? Had a friend “go Paleo” recently and wonder what the system’s all about?

For more information on how the “Standard American Diet” (SAD) as well as the Paleo diet can improve health and wellness within your existing lifestyle, check out the infographic and resources found below:

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Think about the Paleolithic caveman for a second… He didn’t live off a diet of Pizza Rolls and Hot Pockets – instead, he either gathered the nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables or hunted the animal proteins that formed the basis of his food consumption.

Two major scientific “advances” changed this diet in significant ways. First, the agricultural revolution – which occurred around 10,000 years ago – introduced grains and farmed products to the diet. As a result, the humans of this era no longer needed to migrate to follow their food sources. Farms allowed them to build stable, yet sedentary, communities that eliminated much of the natural movement associated with a prehistoric diet.

Much more recently, the industrial revolution introduced the scientific method and the idea of “better living through chemicals” to our food supply. As a result of the hybridization, genetic modification and artificial creation of food products that has occurred, the foods we eat today bear little resemblance to the foods our caveman ancestors consumed.

So not only would our culture of pre-packaged convenience foods be entirely foreign to them – even seemingly natural foods like apples and oranges are so stunningly different on a molecular level that they’d be unrecognizable next to their prehistoric counterparts!

On the plus side, advances in food science have made it possible to sustain a larger population due to increased yield and crop outputs. But on the down side, evolution hasn’t occurred fast enough to allow our digestive systems to keep up with these changes. That Big Mac with a large Coke might taste good, but deep down, our bodies are craving the clean nutrients, fats and proteins they were designed to consume.

The results of this dietary mismatch can be seen a number of different negative health outcomes – including everything from spiking obesity rates to increased incidences of heart disease and autoimmune conditions. This is why the Paleo Diet Rocks!


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  • Toffler

    What’s your policy on reposting the infographic on my blog with a link to your site? I occasionally blog about Paleo, but get a lot of people asking me, so I’d love to share this resource with them.

  • Armando Di Cianno

    “Eat your Omega-3 & Omega-6″, “A healthy ratio is between 1:1 and 4:1″.

    This implies that people should be eating (in the extreme) a 4 * n3 to 1 * n6 ratio. This is far outside of any recommendation I’ve ever seen. I think you meant exactly the inverse: “A good range is between 4:1 to 1:1, n-6 to n-3 ratio,” with 1:1 being the extreme end.

    • The Organic Christian

      I agree this is an amazing time line, and very well done. It would be perfect if you fixed that one typo. Because I can only assume it’s typo. There’s no way you want a reatio of 3-6 4:1. And I think most everything I’ve read always does the ratio’s in that order, Omega 3 : Omega 6.

  • Dan

    Check the year labels on the “Percentage of Older Americans with Diabetes” chart. I would expect to see three different year ranges.

    • Katrina

      Agreed – I stared at that one for quite a while before deciding that something must be missing.

  • http://none Jim Trouba

    Your video was great. I believe I have celiac disease.It’s horrible. I can’t gain weight, actually I’m losing weight because I try to work out at the gym .I would starve to death if I tried the Paleo diet. I’m eating masive amounts of meat, eggs, potatoes, some vegetables, salmon and am on Dr Dahlman’s supplement program using probiots, digestive enzymes, an herbal formula from Metagenics to heal my digestive tract and a peppermint capsule to sooth my stomach. My musceles are wasting away before my very eyes.. I’m soory to miss more information from you. I don’t have blogs and I don’t understand about webinars. Just some constructive critiszem, much of the text is too small to read.. Many companies are going to that format and I don’t understand why. A good example of that is where I typed in my E-mail address in the box above this comment box. Why are people afraid to put the print in an easy to read format? Thanks for your time. I’m looking forward to your next video on stress. When your in real financial stress, you can’t avoid the stress. It haunts you constanly. Jim

  • andrea

    I have recently been diagnosed with celiac but think i have had it for years. I have had knee problems resulting in 2 surgeries all i think a result from celiac.
    I have started my journey on Paelo. As a celiac we get told to eat G.F and for all the foods you miss find a replacement. I never ate biscuits etc… before and will not start now. I have excluded all grains, dairy, soy from my eating plan. I am taking baby steps and eating food I enjoy but limited variety until I heal my gut and then reintroduce some foods. I am so glad for Paelo to help me to heal myself.

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  • Suzanne Frank

    Don’t forget about S. Boyd Eaton’s ‘Paleolithic Prescription’ which was written in the 1980’s.

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  • Susan Attwood

    I have had migraines for 55 years. This past year it was 2 to 4 a week. I have been paleo for 5 months and since day one I have had no migraines. I feel like “me” again. No more brain fog, no headaches and I have lost 45 pounds. I love it.

  • ? MB Ellison

    Thank you for the fantastic information. My doc has partnered with HealthDiagnosticLabInc. I know so much more about the effects of what I eat now. I believe that it is consistent with the Paleo diet. I have APO E 4/4 genes which point to increase chance of Heart Disease (assoc. with increased of ischemic cardio vascular events and Alzheimer) .
    It is very hard to keep everything WNL I get one under control the focus on the Lipids Lipo particles and APO lipoproteins go from good to bad. My inflammation/oxidation also moves back and forth into the high risk column. My biggest problem in diet is confusion about olive oil and eggs. I eat more fish than meat. The olive oil use to be a good food and eggs bad. Now eggs are good? and olive oil is bad??

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      That’s the pefrect insight in a thread like this.

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  • Dan

    The infographic could def use some improvement, if you’re going to take the time to make such a large piece of work make sure it’s precise and updated if you want it to be shared by the informed paleo community and authors otherwise it’s just a big waste of time.

    -Agriculture actually started around 12,000 years ago .
    -Highlight fish DHA and EPA as more essential omega 3’s than seeds and nuts.
    -Why is the image of Michael Pollan and his book located in the late 40’s before he was even born?

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