How About Flintstones’ Diet, Literally - The New Indian Express

How About Flintstones’ Diet, Literally

Published: 01st June 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 31st May 2014 11:34 AM

Avoid rice and wheat. No milk, tea or coffee. Pizza and burger? Just the thought is a sin. Paleo or Paleolithic diet demands you to think like a cave man. Well, it doesn’t include a leaf-clad you running around, darting all moving things, rather a civilised version of it is what we need today, clarify the doctors at The Medical Park, Chennai, who recently organised a Paleo Diet campaign.

“No cooked or processed food. People thousands and thousands of years ago used to just pluck nuts from trees, and feed on raw flesh,” says S Krithika Ravindran, plastic surgery consultant and age management physician at The Medical Park. Poor them, they had to fight their way to get their intake. We have progressed. We get nuts cracked and salted, fresh sweetened juice in enticing packs and sparkling white rice. “But all that is crap. This, coupled with our sedentary lifestyle has given room for a horde of lifestyle diseases like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, acne and so on,” she says.

Our genes are similar to that of a caveman. “There is about .05 per cent change in the genes every 10,000 years. So by now, our genes would have changed by .15 per cent. But if you see our food habits, they have changed by 60 to 70 per cent,” she explains. Life has come one full circle, hasn’t it? While we invented hormonal injection for flesh and milk, now we have to go back to our old ways.

“I advise patients to start by replacing rice and wheat with millets,” says Srividhya, nutrition consultant at the Park. A paleo man has never seen grains, it came with the advent of agricultural revolution, which is a more recent concept. All it contains is carbs which settle down as fat in our body. “And avoid deep fried items,” she adds. Mild cooking is allowed though. So is the use of oil in salads; coconut oil, olive oil and sesame oil are preferable.

“While it is mandatory in an Indian family to have a glass of milk, not many know that the milk we get is from a cow which has been injected with hormones, making it estrogen rich, which in turn creates hormonal imbalances. This leads to poly-cystic ovaries,” she says. But the byproducts—yogurt and cheese—are better as the fermentation kills all the bad bacteria.

The avoidable list includes potato, legumes, sugar, salt and fresh juice since the blender radiates heat, messing up the fatty acid structure. So, what do we eat then? “You can have a bowl of pomegranates, nuts, fresh coconut at regular intervals. Also, omelettes and green tea,” says Krithika. “You can make desserts with jaggery, mountain honey or using the sweetener stevia. As far as non-vegetarian is concerned, we advise red meat once a week, and among white meat, country chicken and the oily fish like salmon,” she adds. For babies, replace Cerelac with dal, gurghi or mashed up fruits and veggies, and ragi.

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