I'm on a traditional foods diet, pretty much. I eat what people have been eating for centuries, not any newfangled foods that are recent developments. (Or at least thats what I strive for, my eating isn't perfect.)
What I want to know is-
Someone I know is on a primal diet. She said she isn't eating any grains, legumes, nuts, sugars, and only minimal dairy. She said she is eating a diet modeled after the hunter gatherers, because that is what man is supposed to eat, how we were made.
Ok, anyhow, I'm not going to debate whether or not its a good idea to eat what hunter gatherers, early man ate, as I realize there's pluses or minuses in both directions.
What I want to know is, how does the no grains, no legumes, and no nuts fit in with what hunter gatherers really did?
I read the clan of the cavebear series, which they say was done with lots of historical research about what people really ate, etc...
And I also am a forager; I gather and eat wild foods.
Grains grow wild.
So do legumes.
So do nuts.
Sweeteners are found in the wild.
I would be pretty sure that even before the rise of agriculture, man, the hunter gatherers, would be gathering wild oats, wild barley, wild wheat, wild lentils, wild peas, wild nuts. They'd be collecting honey from hives, and possibly making their own carob syrup and maple syrup. They'd be eating sugar canes.
Yes, the large portions of their meals were probably vegetables and meats, as nuts, legumes, grains, and sweeteners are harder and more time consuming to gather, but I don't really buy it that hunter gatherers didn't eat any legumes, grains, nuts, or sweeteners.
So where does this concept of the paleo/primal diet come from that eliminates foods that I am sure that early man ate, based on my own experiences as a "hunter gatherer"?