Half Day Diet – a Caveman Diet for a Modern Chicago

Spinach shrimp and avocado salad (photo by Amy Selleck)

The modern city lifestyle has its ups and downs. New technological development aim to make us work and live more efficiently than we did in the past. But with each growing day, it seems that people, and especially citizens of Chicago, are working longer hours compared to before. The effect of longer work hours is that we neglect our health and well being.


For the people of a modern city, it’s easy to get overweight. That’s why you need a simple healthy diet that you can adopt as your lifestyle. But a lot of diets are very restrictive and require preparation and planning. Though strict diets can work, not everyone has the willpower and time to go on a strict diet.


One option you can try is the Paleo diet. In a nutshell, the Paleo diet plan is based on the notion that to achieve optimal health, modern human beings should strive as much as possible to eat the way our hunter-gather ancestors in the Paleolithic era did. The caveman diet idea may sound like some weird fad, but it isn’t. This because adopting the Paleo approach does not mean that you necessarily have to be focused on replicating the caveman’s diets precisely.


Different people take different approaches to the Paleo diet plan, there isn’t any single definitive one-size-fits all plan for everyone. For a simple plan that suits city folks, take a look at this Half Day Diet review. Some choose to go for low carb foods, while others choose to indulge in a bowl of rice or baked potatoes every now and then. Still there are lacto-Paleo-eaters who can’t just let go of butter and lastly, there are the strict ones, who would touch dairy products, legumes grains and the like with a ten foot pole.


Deciding what foods to include in a Paleo recipe is therefore not always easy. Generally, Paleo diet recipes should be composed of lean meats and fruit/veggies. You can make the recipe as sophisticated or as simple as you like as long as it doesn’t include any of the foods that were not consumed during the Paleolithic era.


For a simple meal, you can simply throw a piece of lean, grass fed meat into your crock-pot, pan or oven then serve it with a side of your favorite steamed vegetables. On the other hand, if you are going to impress your guests or create a very special meal for your loved ones, there is an endless list of salads, soups, stews, curries, omelets, roasts and sauces that conform to the Paleo diet plan.

Vegetarian Paleo diet recipes, on the other hand exclude all kinds of meats, eggs, wild fish. Instead, nuts, fruits and vegetables should form the basis of the recipe. Vegetarian Paleo recipes are designed to help you lose weight and you should therefore remember to exclude potatoes as well. For lunch, you don’t have to indulge yourself as much. You can easily throw a mix of some raw veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc) into Ziploc baggies.


Do not deprive yourself when starting out on the Paleo diet. Going Paleo does not happen overnight. Every now and then, you can throw a little ghee or butter into your vegetable or indulge yourself with some bead, its OK. Your power to resist non-Paleo foods will increase as your body slowly adjusts to the changes in your diet but until then, you should try to slowly ease your self into eat by reducing non Paleo ingredient from your recipes little by little.