A few weeks ago I was a guest at The Paleo Way talk held by Earth Events. Not only was I fortunate enough to meet healthy chef and Paleo advocate Pete Evans and author of Primal Body, Primal Mind Nora Gedgaudas, but I was left feeling more passionate about spreading the benefits of living a Paleo lifestyle (which I’ve touched on briefly in my food philosophy post). For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Paleo is basically turning to how our ancestors ate: fats, protein, veggies, nuts, seeds… In contrast to our highly processed, high-carb, low-fat Western diets. Of course, we can’t mimic how our ancestors ate exactly, and it depends on what ancestors you’re talking about, but it’s all about eating food our body recognises. A good rule of thumb: if it came from a tin or packet, it’s most likely not what our ancestors ate!
Like many diets, it’s had its fair share of criticisms, but The Holistic Nutritionist Kate Callaghan has recently written a great post in response to its apparent weaknesses, namely that the Paleo diet doesn’t sufficiently meet our nutrient needs. I tend to agree with her: “[The Paleo diet is] as an awesome template – I think it can be tweaked to suit the individual).”
The above YouTube video sums up the main points from the recent Sydney talk perfectly and if you’re curious to learn more, there’s another great talk about the Paleo diet by practitioner of functional and integrative medicine and a licensed acupuncturist Chris Kresser here.
Until next time,