The Paleo Diet: perfect for the wine lover
Alcohol and diets. That phrase in itself sounds like an oxymoron, but is it possible for the two to coexist harmoniously?
Like any diet today, there are restrictions to the types of alcoholic beverages you can consume, if it all. In the third stage of the Dukan Diet, also known as the consolidation phase, only one alcoholic beverage is allowed per cheat or “celebration” meal, which you’re permitted to have once a week. That nutritional plan still seems rather lenient compared to others.
And then comes the Paleo Diet.
This nutritional plan, more accurately known as the Paleolithic diet, or colloquially as the caveman diet, is based on the premise that we must go back to our Paleolithic roots in order to achieve homeostasis. Thus, the Ultimate Paleo Guide specifies what’s acceptable to eat. In turn, refined foods, trans fats, and sugar that are linked to degenerative diseases have been eliminated.
How does alcohol come into play?
Red wine, which is already considered to be one of the healthiest forms of alcohol out there, is widely accepted in the paleo community. It contains the antioxidant resveratrol, which has a hand in preventing damage in blood cells, minimizing blood clotting, and decreasing bad cholesterol. So, as long as you’re drinking organic red wine, you’re still paleo. For the most part, any kind of organic wine is tolerated in the paleo community, and luckily some retail chains distribute a number of organic wines, sparkling, red and white. Good Housekeeping named M&S’s 2011 Lapostelle Casa Carmenere one of the best organic wines to date. The meaty and earthy aromatics of this Chilean red seem rather fitting for the Paleolithic lifestyle.
Of course, regardless of being on a diet or not, the health benefits derived from alcoholic drinks are only effective if drunken in moderation. That way, the Paleolithic dieter can reap the benefits of the wine while still obliging to the caveman regimen. We all know the negative effects, the deterioration that comes with the consumption of alcohol. Besides, heavy drinking would completely defeat the purpose of dieting in the first place.
So, for those who wish to gain health benefits but can’t seem to entirely eradicate booze, eating like a caveman might just be the answer to your prayers.