What is the diet you should be following in 2014? It might be the paleo diet, the most googled diet of 2013. But what is it exactly? The paleo diet endorses eating foods similar to those hunter-gatherers consumed about 2.5 million years ago, during the Paleolithic era. According to Dr. Loren Cordain, one of the world’s leading experts on the natural human diet, it entails eating the foods of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, such as fresh meats, fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils, such as avocado and olive. According to his research, hunter-gatherers were able to avoid obesity, cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis), type 2 diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.), osteoporosis, acne, myopia (nearsightedness), muscular degeneration, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux, and gout — all diseases and illnesses that have reached epidemic proportions in Western societies.

The paleo diet is commonly referred to as “the caveman diet,” since it is based on the presumed prehistoric diet of wild plants and animals consumed by our evolutionary ancestors. The diet avoids cereals, dairy products or refined sugar, and is an effort to return to how humans were biologically designed to eat.

If you want to try the diet, here are a couple of recipes to try

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