I was looking around and trying to figure out what the Primal Diet was, evidently it’s only a book, however it’s a book – from what I’ve read – based on the Paleolithic diet. The paleolithic diet is an actual diet, and it doesn’t look half bad. I’ve found a little bit of information on a basic search and it seems the “selling points” are pretty decent. So to make my life easier, I’ll be referring to Mark Sisson’s “Primal Diet” as the Paleolithic diet although I might slip – let’s just say they’ll be one in the same. Let’s go and start digging information about the paleolithic diet!
An Introduction to the Paleo Diet
“The Paleo diet is a nutritional approach that involves the consumption of foods that humans are genetically intended to eat. Our Paleolithic ancestors consumed a variety of vegetables, fruit, lean meats, fish and natural fats.
The average American diet today, unfortunately, is far from that. Low in nutrients and high in sugar, salt and a host of additives, the standard American diet is believed to contribute to many of the major health issues people are struggling with today.
Whole, real and fresh, the Paleo diet excludes grains, legumes and dairy as well as white sugars and anything refined or processed. Grains (yes, even the gluten-free ones) and legumes are thought to have whatâs known as âantinutrient properties,â which means they bind to the vitamins and minerals in the foods we eat, preventing us from properly absorbing them….’
That site provided some decent and useful for us to use, although we’ve already come to the conclusion that the American diet is high in the bad stuff. This of course doesn’t effect you, because our readers are awesome and educated and don’t make silly and obvious diet mistakes (or I should have said, at least we broke that habit).
I ended up finding a bit more Paleolithic diet information at another place, take a read below and keep watching for the bottom, I have a nifty video with some easy recipes.
The Paleolithic Diet: A New Look at Our Oldest Diet | LIVING WELL …
“..Interest in the ancestral human diet is growing. For over 180,000 years before agriculture, our diet was simple, yet more varied than the modern diet. Loren Cordain, professor of Health & Exercise Science at Colorado State University and one of the worldâs leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition, has analyzed the diets of over 200 hunter-gatherer societies and described the ancestral diet in two recent books: The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Answer.
Our pre-agricultural ancestors âate no dairy,â which triggers the immune system and causes a similar rise in insulin as white bread. Except in conditions of starvation they did not eat grains. Unlike ruminants, humans canât ferment grains and only extract significant energy from grains when processed.
The role of grains as a cause of inflammation is coming under greater scrutiny. While gluten allergy and sensitivity are recognized conditions, only recently are we recognizing that gluten can affect the nervous system and in some people cause gluten ataxia, gluten spinal inflammation, and gluten neuropathy….”
Now it’s becoming much more clear. Grains are great at ripping the garbage stored inside of your intestines, colon, etc. They act sort of like those things you put in the engine to help prevent and remove the gunk that will make your engine seize, interestingly over time I am a firm believer the same thing can happen to your “engine” if not properly maintained (the one in your body, not your car)!
I am pretty curious toward what sort of foods go into a Paleolithic diet, aren’t you?
This chart presents another way of looking into the diet of our evolutionary ancestors by comparing one researcher’s understanding of the Paleolithic diet with the diet of the diet of 20th century Americans. As I pointed out in this post, there’s still considerable debate about the merits of a Paleolithic diet and its implications in the modern diseases of affluence.
Is the diet of our evolutionary ancestors a good place to start looking for a model diet and lifestyle? Weigh in on the discussion here.
Chart via Jew, “Evolution of the Human Diet,” Journal of Medicinal Food, 2009, using data from Eaton and Cordain, “Paleolithic nutrition revisited,” Nature, 1997, and Hiza and Bente “Nutrient Content of the U.S. Food Supply. 1909-2004,” USDA, 2007….”
That graph makes much more sense to me. I’ve been into natural healing and similar topics like