There’s a whole movement centered around ancestral health and the Paleolithic diet which has its roots in evolutionary biology. What keeps this from being just a fad diet? Most notably the fact that it’s what humans ate for at least 100’s of thousands of years prior to the agricultural revolution. It’s a diet in the “this is what we eat” sense and not in the “I want to lose weight” sense. Although you’ll find that pretty easy to do as well.
Wikipedia states “Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of grass-fed pasture raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.” Unfortunately, that is about the only helpful piece of information in the first 3 paragraphs of the page. The rest is repeated fear mongering of other news stories based on biased and misinformed people. Those who make it passed the initial cries of alarm will find a decent reference of the history and science of the last 40 years of research that has led to this.
Let’s take a look again at that list of foods again…
- Roots (tubers/ potatoes)
- Nuts and seeds
That’s pretty sound nutritional basis for your meals don’t you think? The second piece to this evolutionary puzzle is to weed out the offending foods that many people are not tolerant of to one degree or another. This includes grains (WHEAT), legumes (BEANS), dairy (we all know what that is), refined sugar, and processed oils. These foods can cause a myriad of health problems for people including diabetes, neurodegeneration, heart disease, and autoimmunity diseases.
In my next post, I’ll begin to explain the problems with these foods individually. Then with that information in hand, we’ll construct the reasons for being specific about where we find our beef and fish and how they are raised or caught.