- 1 About me
- 2 Paleolithic Diet
- 3 thumb|left|400px|Paleo Explained
- 4 Paleo Links and Media
- 5 Grains, Gluten, and Celiac
- 6 The Dangers of Soy
- 7 Recovering Vegans and Vegetarians
About me[edit | edit source]
I follow the Paleolithic diet and lifestyle. People who eat Paleo constantly seek maximal athletic performance, health, and longevity. The diet is backed up by mountains of science and commonsense. I eat meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I avoid sugary fruits and starchy vegetables. I do not eat processed food, high-fructose corn syrup, sugary drinks, breads and grains, legumes, gluten and other allergens, and soy. I am opposed to vegetarianism and veganism for a variety of reasons. If you would like to learn more check out the information here.
Paleolithic Diet[edit | edit source]
The Paleolithic Diet ("Paleo" is a common abbreviation) is based on eating foods that our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The "Paleolithic" refers to the Paleolithic Age, which is a formal time on Geologic and Archaeologic Time Charts from about 2,600,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago. Although they are technically misnomers, the time is also sometimes informally referred to as the Paleolithic Period or Paleolithic Era. The term derives from, and is best translated as, "The Old Stone Age". This is in conjunction with the Mesolithic Age (Middle Stone Age), and the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age).
The premise is that during the Paleolithic, we evolved a specific genome that has only changed approximately 0.01 per cent in these last 10,000 years. However, during this recent time span mass agriculture, grains/grain products, sugars/sugar products, dairy/dairy products, and a plethora of processed foods have all been introduced as a regular part of the human diet. We are not eating the foods we are genetically and physiologically adapted to eat (99.9% of our genetic profile is still Paleolithic); and the discordance is an underlying cause for much of the "diseases of civilization", "syndrome X", obesity, and "diseases of old age" that are so epidemic in our society today.
As Dr. Cordain and others' scientific research reveal - the evolutionary, genetic, and clinical evidence point to a natural (i.e., unprocessed foods), omnivorous diet as the healthiest way to eat. Dr. Cordain's research shows that 70% of the average caloric intake of Americans is from foods that did not even exist for our Paleolithic ancestors. This discordance is having tremendously negative health consequences for our society as a whole.
Our genes determine our optimum diet, and our genes evolved according to the environments in which our ancient ancestors lived, including the foods they ate. Our Paleolithic ancestors did not eat just one single diet, but rather they ate within a range of natural, unprocessed diets - depending on variables like geography, climate, competition, ecologic niche, season, and glaciations. All of these Paleolithic diets did share some universal characteristics, though:
Some Paleolithic Diet Details - the ingredients[edit | edit source]
1) The vegetable sources were:
· Plants · Roots and tubers · Berries · Fruits · Nuts
The most obvious plant food missing is grains and grain products. If you can concentrate on fresh versions of the plants above - and eliminate or drastically reduce grains, grain products, sugars, and sugar products - you will be well on your way to eating the plants that fit your genetic consitution.
2) The animal sources were:
·Wild terrestrial animals (including the muscle tissue, fat and organs, although the total amount of fat and the fatty acid composition were quite different than that found in modern domestic animals). · Fowl · Insects · Fish and seafood · Eggs
Paleolithic Diet; an outline from Dr. Loren Cordain[edit | edit source]
Below is a short excerpt from Professor Cordain's book, outlining and summarizing some of the salient points about what Paleolithic Era people's ate:
• Paleolithic people hardly ever ate cereal grains. This sounds shocking to us today, but for most ancient people, grains were considered starvation food at best.
• Paleolithic people ate no dairy food. Imagine how difficult it would be to milk a wild animal.
• Paleolithic people didn’t salt their food.
• The only refined sugar Paleolithic people ate was honey, when they were lucky enough to find it.
• Wild, lean animal foods (relative to today) dominated Paleolithic diets, so their protein intake was quite high by modern standards, while their carbohydrate consumption was much lower.
• Virtually all of the carbohydrates Paleolithic people ate came from nonstarchy, wild fruits and vegetables. Consequently, their carbohydrate intake was much lower and their fiber intake much higher than those obtained by eating the typical modern diet.
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Dr. Cordain received his Ph.D. in Health from the University of Utah in 1981, and has been a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University since 1982. He is married and has three sons.
Featured on Dateline NBC, the front page of the Wall Street journal, and the New York Times, Loren Cordain is widely acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts. His research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in the world's top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition among others. Dr. Cordain's popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities. His next book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, was published in October 2005, and discusses how the Paleo Diet can be modified for the high-performance endurance athlete, and lead to improved health and performance. His latest book, The Dietary Cure for Acne, is available in paperback and as an instant download ebook. He is the recent recipient of the Scholarly Excellence award at Colorado State University for his contributions into understanding optimal human nutrition.