There is a new diet regimen that is attracting thousands of new followers each week and it is known as the Caveman Diet. This diet can trace its roots back through millions of years of history, all the way back to days when the prehistoric cavemen really did hunt and gather the foods they would eat each day. No grocery stores or packaged processed foods for our strong, ferocious ancestors. Now it appears that our formidable prehistoric ancestors had the right idea about eating all those many millions of years ago. In the advent of the New Year, and in the face of innumerable diets, disciplines and contraptions to regain control of one’s weight, perhaps it is time to consider a return to the rudimentary or “root”amentary some might say, with the Caveman Diet. While the basic needs of the human diet have not changed, it seems our rituals surrounding it have created a bit of a diversion. Today, we often look to fill our dietary needs as a byproduct of a social or familial obligation; whereas, with the dawn of man, social and familial obligations were most likely the spawn of the pursuit for dietary essentials. Thus, the Caveman Diet asks us to return to food as a basic need, instead of an atmosphere for comfortable interaction. Proponents of the diet ask its participants to look more intimately at their relationship with food, not their fellow diner. As a Caveman dieter, you are implored to use your senses more intuitively in order to develop heightened awareness of what you are consuming. Dieters are encouraged to eat with their hands, to better apprehend textures and temperatures that are considered to be more natural. The way foods look and taste in their natural form, are meant to be savored and reflected upon, in an effort to untangle oneself from the rapture of modern day culinary conveniences and chemically concocted confections. This doesn’t mean a ban on visiting restaurants, it just means looking more carefully at what’s on offer and the way it’s eaten when visiting an eatery. This is exactly the focus of the Caveman Diet that is reaching great heights of popularity. In finding appreciation for one’s food in its natural state, you are said to simultaneously sharpen your senses, increase your energy levels and detoxify your system; resulting in a healthier and stealthier you. What is more, you are not at the mercy of caloric budgeting and portion control, in fact, you are encouraged to Graze, Feast and Drink. What might you get to eat, you ask? Well, your gut instincts are probably on target. The Caveman Diet consists primarily of: meats; eggs; fruit, in moderation; vegetables, primarily of the root variety, for instance, carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabagas; nuts, like walnuts, almonds and macadamias; and, finally, berries. Fish high in Omega 3 are highly recommended, as are vegetables rich in color. Perhaps most importantly, the diet requires you drink water with fervor! Water, is one of the purest of all substances and is an important part of the Caveman Diet. The increase in proteins and fats that are inherent in the diet will necessitate more fluid to properly digest and hydrate the body. You may have noticed that you won’t find carbohydrates and starches in this cave. So, you will have to leave out the potatoes (even sweet), sugar, and grains your body has grown to love, as well as the salt, you might not feel you can live without. More surprisingly, though, the Caveman Diet also eliminates dairy products and beans. However, barring these exceptions, Caveman Dieters are urged to eat ‘til their heart’s content.