Caveman Foods - Caveman All Natural Raw Nuts What We're Meant To Eat - 1.3 oz. (37 g)
Caveman Foods Caveman All Natural Raw Nuts. Nuts are all the rage today but not all nuts are created equal. What you're holding in your hand are their favorite nuts because they're rich in fiber, offer a nice dose of plant sterols and contain some great antioxidants. And there is no added salt or preservatives. Whether you're on the Caveman Diet or not, this is what we're meant to graze on.
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The Caveman Lifestyle
The caveman diet is quite simple: It mirrors the hunter-gatherer diet of our ancestors, which more or less means eating lean, grass-fed and free-range lean meats such as beef, chicken, bison and turkey and increasing intake of veggies, fruits, berries, nuts and seeds. This is not some counterintuitive high-fat, cholesterol-boosting fad diet. Generally, the diet recommends limiting intake of grains and dairy. In other words, hold back on bread, pasta and milk. It’s how we are programmed to eat and it was our diet for well over a million years.
People who adhere to the caveman diet can expect to lose weight, grow muscle, feel certain that they’re not eating empty calories, and feel healthier overall. Why? Well, the diet is high in fiber, antioxidants, Omega 3s, protein and plant sterols. It’s low in sugar and therefore the glycemic index is extraordinarily low.
The caveman diet is gaining rapidly in popularity mainly because it just makes sense to eat this way. It more or less mirrors the new RDI guidelines, which recommend increasing intake of:
- Omega-3 fats
- Good mono fats
- Fruits & berries
- Nuts & seeds
- Plant sterols
Origins & Science
- Hiding In Plain Sight
Human beings have not changed for 10,000 years, with our makeup being rooted in the Stone Age. Back then our environment was unspoiled, but life was brutally hard. During our evolution, our hunter-gatherer genes adapted to the foods that were available: animals, fruits, veggies, nuts and other plant matter. That simple Caveman Diet, so effective it fueled the improbable survival of our species, works equally well today. By reintroducing factors from that time that have been lost in modern foods, we can help fix our broken food chain. The Caveman Diet has been proven by millions of years of evolution and reinforced by hundreds of recent medical studies. Eating more like a caveman works in synch with our ancient genes. Simple.
- Caveman, Paleo-What's The Difference
In terms of eating plans, Caveman and Paleo are different names for the same idea. Both stand for recreating our ancestors’ primal diets from the Upper Paleolithic period, about 50,000 years ago. The Caveman Diet bridges the gap between 21st-century life and our nutritional blueprint by reintroducing “lost” factors that have been shown to increase health and longevity. You gain proven health benefits without restrictive limitations. The diet fits easily into your lifestyle and the way you eat. You choose the degree to which you go primitive. You don’t have to give up your high-def TV to live in a jungle and carry a spear. The Caveman Diet is about choices, not limits.
- Why We Need To Return To This Way Of Living
While humans remain essentially unchanged from our cave ancestors, the world we inhabit has changed far beyond the body’s ability to keep up. Formerly rare diseases grow increasingly common. The Centers for Disease Control reports alarming rises in heart attack, stroke, skin and other cancers, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity. Clearly, diseases of civilization—DOCSs—are on the rise. Why the increase, and why now? It’s not that our bodies have changed suddenly. We have remained cavemen and cavewomen, unaltered for at least 10,000 years. What’s changed is our civilization. Our foods, lifestyle and environment have changed beyond our primitive bodies’ ability to cope. We have become square pegs in round holes, mismatched for civilization, and it’s increasingly clear that this serious mismatch is the genesis of many emerging health problems.
- It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature
Caveman life was grueling and short. Physical danger and starvation were everyday threats. Our bodies and immune systems stopped evolving at that point, as they were perfectly adapted for prehistoric hazards and famine. While dangerous and tough, life in the unspoiled wilderness was devoid of man-made toxins. Today’s attacks are largely chemical. Our caveman genes are simply unprepared for 21st-century chemicals, including those found in junk food. These chemicals surround using plastics, cleaning solutions, pollution, and bad foods that are laden with sodium, fats and sugar, among other unhealthful substances. The man-made chemicals that make life easier are now the enemy—not Saber-toothed tigers. The body can’t tell the difference. Modern miracles we take for granted come with a tax, and the bill is due. Increasingly, the experts are acknowledging that our immune and hormone systems have become disrupted by all the toxins, allowing opportunistic diseases of civilization to take hold. The Caveman Diet protects against modern chemical threats as well as Saber-toothed cats. The recognition that the foods that helped primitive man survive work equally well today ranks among the most important nutrition discoveries in history.
Hardcore Vs. Real World Strategy
Eating more like a caveman is not a one-size-fits-all program. Instead, the spectrum includes two basic approaches:
- Hardcore Caveman
As with religion, there are strict Caveman-Paleo fundamentalists. Their beliefs are based on the holy scripture of Paleo nutrition books. They hold every word sacred and will argue ad infinitum, to be argued with infidel nonbelievers. Hardcore belief systems come complete with angels (caveman foods) and demons (anything modern). Their followers begin highly motivated, but dropout rates are high.
- Real World Caveman
These folks realize there’s no going back 50,000 years to a past that was brutal and short. Cars, cell phones and plastics are here to stay, and moving into a jungle with your spear is not an option. A real world approach involves integrating the Caveman Diet into your busy lifestyle and reaping its proven benefits. The key is to make it doable in the real world. The bottom line: it’s a lot easier to stick with.
How Do I Use The Diet?
Proven Benefits From Eating More Like a Caveman
- Weight Control
There were no fat cavemen, but if junk food had existed back then, there would have been. Our genes are convinced that starvation is around the corner, so the body stores fat at every opportunity and resists shedding it. Cavemen were highly efficient at burning stored body fat for fuel. Given the chance, our bodies can burn fat once again. The Caveman Diet helps modern cavemen tap into and burn body fat stores. Adopting the caveman habit of “grazing” on high bulk, low-fat foods and lean meats assists healthful weight loss.
- Performance and Recovery
During exercise the Caveman Diet can help delay muscle fatigue. New discoveries reveal that environmental and nutritional factors can play a surprisingly large role in premature muscle fatigue, and that the Caveman Diet can help delay fatigue. After workouts it can help reduce the oxidative damage to cell membranes and even DNA itself that research has recently confirmed. You perform better and heal faster and more completely on The Caveman Diet. Cavemen had to perform at peak levels to survive, and their genes live on in you, just waiting to be turned on by the Caveman Diet.
- Sleep Easy
Part of the “tax” we pay for our on modern digital lives is that we are a nation of sleep-deprived zombies. Our central nervous systems, perfectly adapted for the quiet Stone Age, are mismatched for stimulants, daily scary news and round-the-clock electronic beeping devices. Poor sleep contributes to weight gain, muscle loss, premature aging, memory loss and a greater chance of heart attack, among other possibilities. The Caveman Diet will help you enter the restful REM sleep and relax better overall.
- Eye Health
Oxidative stress can harm your eyes in numerous ways. Macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma are often associated with low antioxidant intake or elevated inflammation. Antioxidants can help guard vision because they accumulate in the retina, where they may reduce stress and damage. Antioxidant protection is especially important for preserving sight as we age.
- Bone Health
Bone is living tissue, in a constant process of building up or breaking down. Dietary factors and environmental toxins can indirectly contribute to reduced bone mass. The Caveman Diet can aid bone health, partly by helping to establish balanced internal pH levels and improve bone mineralization. Certain supplements, notably green tea extract, appear to help in building a healthy bone mass index and may even decrease the risk of fracture.
- Digestive Health
Cavemen ate a lot more fiber than we get today. Plant matter contained large amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber, each playing a role in digestive health and even immunity. Inulin, a soluble prebiotic fiber, appears to have been a major part of the hunter-gatherer diet. Inulin helps feed the beneficial flora in the gut, which may enhance immunity. Today’s veggies and fruits have been selectively cultivated for lower fiber content and higher consumer appeal, so you may want to consider fiber supplements.
- Anti-Aging Properties
Our civilization can prematurely shorten life, beginning at the DNA level. DNA damage is a critical factor in many diseases and premature aging. Telomeres are DNA sequences formed at end of chromosomes, and many believe that the telomere length determines lifespan and is a marker of biological age. Environmental and oxidative stress lead to shortened telomeres, DNA damage and inflammation. The Caveman Diet helps lengthen telomeres, protecting against DNA damage.
- Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Regulation
Elevated blood pressure is known as a silent killer. Higher blood fats and the so-called bad cholesterol, LDL, are also associated with heart disease. The Caveman Diet contains natural factors that have been shown to normalize and lower blood pressure while promoting healthy blood fat profiles. Nitric oxide and other favorable metabolic factors are linked to those and other benefits, including relaxing of blood vessels.
- Anti-Inflammation Properties
Another “tax” on modern life is chronic inflammation, a long-term, unorganized, destructive process that occurs in tissues throughout the body and is linked to premature death from all causes but particularly heart disease, and cancer. Runaway, constant inflammation is a killer.Blood markers for whole-body inflammation include C-reactive protein, white blood cell count and various reactive oxygen species. The Caveman Diet helps reduce inflammation through several pathways.
What Are The Stages?
3 Ways to Tap Into Caveman Power
Eating more like a caveman will synchronize your body with the code. Eating what you’re genetically designed to eat is liberating, and working in partnership with your inner caveman reduces stress, boosts immunity and improves your odds against coming down with many of the diseases of civilization.
Three principles hold the key to cracking the code:
- Eat What They Ate
The core foods of the caveman diet are more accessible today than they’ve ever been.
- Eat How and When They Ate
Grazing throughout the day helps avoid the hunger pangs that lead to overeating. Eating protein at frequent intervals also helps retain healthy muscle and boosts immunity.
- Do it on a Regular Basis
The goal is to eat like a caveman in the real world. The following chapters will show you how.
Weight Loss, Feel Good!
6 Ways the Caveman Lifestyle Promotes Natural Weight Loss:
Diets fail, but the lean Caveman lifestyle of hunter-gatherer foods and excise works. Today’s remaining hunter-gatherers, and those in recent times, are lean, wiry and muscular. That’s because they follow our ancient food patterns of eating and exercise laid down in our genes long ago. Recreating the lean caveman lifestyle helps burn fat through a variety of adaptations we acquired over millions of years.
- Healthy Protein
The positive role of protein intake in promoting fat loss is well documented. Protein helps protect lean muscle, while promoting fat burning. In other words, protein helps keep the muscle, while losing the fat. Moreover, protein intake appears to result in more long-term, or even permanent, fat loss than just cutting calories alone. Protein intake also helps blunt hunger by stimulating production of a “feel full” hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK). This protein-satiety effect helps reduce appetite. Clearly, reduced appetite helps promote weight loss, aided by regular protein intake.
- Moderate Carbohydrates
The Caveman Diet generally delivers modest carbohydrate intake with a relatively low glycemic load. High fiber and water content makes eating large volumes of fresh fruits and vegetables essentially self-limiting. It’s hard to eat a dozen apples at one sitting, yet easy to obtain the same carb content in sugary drinks and snacks. Hunter-gatherer foods, generally, are modest in carbs, especially when cutting out breads and sweets.
- Moderate Calories
Eating more like a caveman makes one thing apparent: you have to eat quite a lot to obtain many calories. In paleo times, concentrated calories were rare compared to today. Wild game is generally lean, with far fewer energy-dense fat calories than today’s meats. High octane carbs were “expensive” to gather, but are found in almost every processed food today. Today’s civilized foods are high in hidden stealth calories. They flood the body with concentrated energy, resulting in fat storage. Gorging high calorie foods also triggers whole body inflammation, further promoting fat accumulation. A single fast food meal, in addition to a witches’ brew of food chemicals, can deliver the calorie impact of 4 days of hunter-gathering diet.
It is increasingly higher levels of body fat is associated with oxidative stress and inflammation. In other words, there is a gap between anti-oxidant intake and their “burn rate” in many overweight individuals. Low levels of the body’s master anti-oxidant glutathione are linked with higher levels of inflammatory substances. The Caveman Diet features a variety of plant-based anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants to help bridge the gap between oxidative stress and anti-oxidant needs.
Whole body exercise stimulates your metabolism and “teaches” the body to draw down on fat stores for energy. Exercise also helps protect and promote muscle mass. The more muscle, the more calories burned even during sleep. Lean, functional muscle is the best friend of fat loss programs.
Foraging for food, and exercising to accomplish it, are built into our DNA. Opportunistic hunter-gatherers had to exercise to some degree to collect food. This is termed grazing, and it avoids peaks and valleys of feast-or-famine gorging. Years ago, an Eastern Bloc sports scientist disclosed to us their “secret” of stunning athletic success. He shared they discovered athletes repaired and grew muscle faster when eating the same diet spread throughout multiple small meals instead of three large traditional ones. Duh. It’s the caveman way, and it works!
Yes, You’ll Lose Fat Sufficient protein intake at regular intervals, grazing throughout the day on caveman foods, combined with regular exercise is a lifestyle. So while not a weight loss program per se, you will lose excess fat, while promoting lean muscle. It’s the lean caveman lifestyle!
What Can I Eat?
Here are some easy habits you can develop to help overcome the mismatch and get the most out of modern life.
Eat a little every once in a while. Grazing helps blunt appetite and normalizes blood sugar peaks and valleys. Grazing is part of our evolutionary past, and it makes sense today if done moderately.
- Snack on Lean Protein
Modest intake of lean protein every few hours helps restock liver glycogen, maintain healthy muscle and blunt appetite by elevating cholecystokinin (CCK), a natural “feel full” hormone. New dried natural meats make this easier than ever.
- Plants, Plants, Plants
Veggies, fruits, berries, leaves, stems, stalks and even roots were on the caveman menu. We ate many types of plants throughout the year. It’s hard to get too many. Plant-based diets are associated with almost every positive index of health.
- Drink Water
Drink enough water, especially when you exercise in heat. Drinking enough clean, pure, high alkaline water is a simple yet effective step you can take to help your body function optimally.
Foods To Avoid
Another smart caveman tactic is to reduce or eliminate foods we did not evolve to eat. In summary, foods that are too “new” are mismatched for our “old” genes. In the same way gummy bears are maladaptive for chimps, modern junk food is mismatched for us.
- Cereal Grains
With few exceptions we didn’t eat a lot of cooked cereal grains until quite recently in our evolution. No breads, pizza, pasta, cakes or muffins touched our lips. You want to avoid everyday grains like wheat, rice, barley and rye as much as possible.
- Baked Goods
Cooking flours are made from grains, so the same prohibition applies here. The no-nos include bread, cereals, cakes, pizza and other products that are created from flour under heat. Bagels, which are boiled and then baked, are contraband as well.
- Refined Sugars
Avoid any type of purified sugar. Whether it’s glucose, fructose or some other isolated sugars, we evolved to eat them in combination with other nutrients. For example, blueberries contain sugars but also yield antioxidants, fiber and more. Isolated sugars are another story. Honey is sweet, but it’s also something you want to limit.
Although peas and beans, including soybeans, come from plants, they were not in plentiful supply when we evolved.
- Dairy Products
Aside from infancy, cavemen did not drink milk. Lactose intolerance is a tip-off that humans are not evolved to prosper on milk products as adults. Cheese, milk, yogurt, butter, kefir and other milk products should be greatly reduced—or eliminated altogether—depending on the severity of the lactose intolerance.
- Fried Foods
Just say no. Sorry.
What We're Meant To Eat
The modern diet is under criticism from every angle, ranging from movie documentaries to the news media, from doctors to dieticians. All seem to agree that our intake of high-fat, highly-processed, sugar-laden foods is wreaking havoc. Obesity is almost epidemic and modern diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and depression are all on the rise.
Caveman Foods is hoping to help us change our diet, one step at a time, to get us to feeling healthier, looking leaner and feeling better overall. We make products that help us get back to eating the way we’re supposed to eat: Increase intake of lean meats, eat more veggies, fruits and berries, and nuts and seeds. In other words, food that is high in fiber, antioxidants, Omega 3s, protein and plant sterols.
About Caveman Foods
The modern diet is under criticism from every angle, ranging from movie documentaries to the news media, from doctors to dieticians. All seem to agree that our intake of high-fat, highly-processed, sugar-laden foods is wreaking havoc. Obesity is almost epidemic and modern diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and depression are all on the rise. Caveman Foods is hoping to help us change our diet, one step at a time, to get us to feeling healthier, looking leaner and feeling better overall. We make products that help us get back to eating the way we’re supposed to eat: Increase intake of lean meats, eat more veggies, fruits and berries, and nuts and seeds. In other words, food that is high in fiber, antioxidants, Omega 3s, protein and plant sterols.
Caveman Foods is a food company that makes products that help people live healthier lives. They produce food products that follow the caveman/paleo diet concept and provide legitimate good-for-you functionality.