Runesinger's Ancient European Diet


The Ancient European/Paleolithic diet is moderately low carb and may be an alternative to extreme low carb diets, such as the Atkins Diet. It incorporates a wider variety of foods than the typical low carb diet. In fact, a wide variety of foods is a keystone of the diet.

The diet concentrates on anti-oxidant-rich foods, so it has the advantage boosting the immune system, and preventing cancer. Bascially you avoid foods that were incorporated into the human diet around 10,000 to 15,000 B.C. The diet is more in line with the diet on which northern Europeans evolved.

The diet is a good diet for hypoglycemia, as most of the carbohydrates in the diet are complex and from fruit, nut, and vegetable sources.

The diet is also good for hunters and fishermen because you can keep the veriety of different protein foods in your meals.

(Runesinger's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Fresh Fruit
Canned, Cooked, Dried and Frozen Fruit
Fruit Juice
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Vegetables and Vegetable Products
Legumes and Legume Products
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Margarine and Spreads
Other Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Spices and Herbs
Sauces and Gravies
Tea and Coffee
Other Beverages
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc
Fast Foods
Meals, Entrees, and Sidedishes
Baby Foods
Ethnic Foods

Not OK

 How To Follow Runesinger's Ancient European Diet:

The main things to avoid are the GBP foods (grains, beans, peas/potatoes).

Always eat a little nibble of something as soon as you wake up.

To lose weight, you will still have to stay below your calculated RDI. This diet causes you to lose faster than predicted results, as it avoids the metabolism-killing foods.
  by member Runesinger
member since: 18 May 10

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About / History

I was told about the diet by a friend of mine. She is an archaeologist at the Uppsala University of Stockholm. She was part of an international research team who developed the diet (in the classical sense). My friend used the same diet for her family. Her children are very tall and healthy (even for Sweden).
She said the diet did not include dairy for adults, but admitted that there is some debate about this point. I decided that dairy products would be acceptable, as they provide solid nutrition.

While the research for this diet is was significant, there was no way to capitalize on the findings. After all, there was no way to sell special diet foods or diet plans. It's too easy to explain, so professional coaches aren't needed. It even goes so far as to threaten big Agribusiness by regionalizing and localizing the food supply. The diet pretty much was only known by the circle of academia that researched it, until Loren Cordain's book went mainstream.

Runesinger's top tips

1.The key in this diet is to vary your foods as much as possible. Don't be afraid to try new foods. Don't eat the same things week in and week out.
2.If you are trying to lose weight, eat more, smaller portions, and use reduced fat or non-fat varieties, and reduce carbohydrates.
3.In terms of calories, breakfast should be the largest meal of the day. You might have a wake-up breakfast and a second breakfast. It's important to have a small portion immediately when you wake up.
4.The evening meal should have the smallest calories.
5.Eat what is in season for better anti-oxidant and nutrition load - fruits, vegetables...and fish!

  Why choose "Runesinger's Ancient European Diet"?
 A healthy living alternative
 A body "detox"
 Teaches sustainable weight loss skills
 Improves mood and outlook
 Reduces the risks of diet-related diseases
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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