Would a caveman drink tequila?

One of the most notable types of low-carb diets making the rounds lately is the Paleo or Caveman Diet, simulating foods that might have been consumed by our ancient ancestors, mostly by eliminating grains and processed sugar.  For the purposes of getting healthy, I decided to try being a caveman for a little while, so I was understandably curious about alcohol.  

Looking back, low-carb diets were all the rage in 2003 and 2004, as the Atkins Diet ™ had gained tremendous popularity.  As time has gone on, this type of diet has lost some of its zeal among the masses, but the Paleo Diet is similar – using a low-carb strategy to kick start weight loss by enticing your body to use stored fat for energy, or glucose (sugar) in your blood stream.   In the Paleo Diet world, they don’t call this ‘low carb’, but rather limiting your glycemic load.

This is really a short-term solution to a long-term problem, as I knew going in, but thought I could kick start my efforts with some strict dietary choices at the beginning. In doing a little research, I discovered that beer is OUT.  Not only is it made from grains, but it is also high in carbs.  The average can of popular-type beer contains about 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs.  Four beers on a Sunday afternoon would destroy all my dieting efforts and my waistline too, it appears.

Wine is better, they say, for this kind of diet – it is made from fruit.  Interestingly, tequila is allowed as well, because it’s made from the agave plant, not grains.  Regardless of the types of restrictions a dieter has, it’s important to limit alcohol consumption to a moderate level, one is advised on various Paleo-websites.  Good advice, we all know, but I wonder, would a caveman drink tequila?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

3 thoughts on “Would a caveman drink tequila?”

  1. I rather enjoy a whiskey/diet coke for a night cap. Carb free! Incidently the new Atkins book is a very good read. Lots of good info and research sited.

    1. Thanks for the reply Chad…

      Certainly Atkins or any low-carb strategy is hard to maintain in the long run – or so I have found.

      I believe the book you are refering to is A New Atkins for a New You. Have not read it, but now I am curious. Might be fuel for a new blog.

      1. If you do read it; you will find that Atkins is actually designed to be a lifestyle change and not just another fad diet. Now following the plan is another thing. It’s not ZERO carb but carb restricted. Quite a bit at first to get things rolliging and then as you approach your goal weight, you can increase carb intake and find that point where you maintain. I’m actually eating much healthier than I was prior to starting it and my appetite for empty carbs/calories is gone. It’s a great feeling. Probably more info. than you needed but I have some spare time. 😉

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