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Tired of the Paleo Diet? Maybe It’s Time to Try 'Moon Eating'

A new trend harkens back to Hawaiian traditions of eating, farming, and fishing according to the lunar cycles. Proponents argue it can help you in all aspects of life.
Full moon over the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, with silhouette of tropical palm trees in the foreground.
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For those who believe that the key to good health is a return to more primitive forms of eating, it’s a great time to be alive. The cultish Paleo method of dining—which encourages ingesting mostly meats, fruits, vegetables, and good fats, only when you are hungry—has been the most-searched weight loss method on Google for the past four years. Many fast-casual restaurants have sprung up around the trend, and fancier spots have incorporated the ethos into their menus.

But there’s a way to get even closer to ancient ways of eating: moon eating. A nascent trend that started in Hawaii, moon eating has yet to be co-opted by a profit-making enterprise like the South Beach Diet or Atkins. You can just start doing it on your own. If you want to, here’s everything you need to know.