Incase you’re wondering what the words primal / paleo / evolutionary lifestyle mean then this page is for you.
To cut the long story short, the primal way of eating and living life means emulating our ancestors and eating and moving the way our species was designed to. No more counting calories.
Homo sapiens (that’s us) have been around for 200,000 years and agriculture came into being a mere 10,000 years ago. Before that, we thrived on animal fat, veggies, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and nuts. There was no grains or processed foods.
Our ancestors foraged for foods, moved a lot, ran fast in short bursts to catch prey, slept at night time when the sun set, didn’t have modern day stressors, did not run marathons, did not sit in chairs – you get the drift.
Trying our best in today’s modern world to eat and move the way we were designed to is – I truly believe- the answer to great health, a happy weight, and the answer to all our modern health woes.
While most websites talk about a paleo diet or primal lifestyle, I’d like to add that there is no one ‘diet’ that works for everyone. Only a template whereby you eat nutrient dense, toxin free, whole foods based diet, and experiment with what works and does not work for you.
The way to do this is by eliminating grains, sugar and processed foods for a month and then adding back foods that work well for you.
Here is a list of foods you should be eating:
eggs; specially the yolks
nuts and seeds
veggies veggies and more veggies
salads with lots of fat
olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, and butter
Here is a list of foods you should avoid:
For centuries and centuries people were so much more active than we are today.
People walked. And walked and walked and walked.
People hunted, which means they did short sprints, short bursts of high intensity interval training.
People climbed, lifted heavy things, dragged animal carcasses back to their families, climbed trees,
People did not run for hours at the same pace, nor did they work out their biceps and triceps for hours at a time.
They did functional movements, which were more natural and more effective. Their whole bodies especially their core had to be strong to lift really heavy things.
Lean muscle mass, bone density, core and functional strength, agility, and a high metabolism were the results of these movements.
And for us primal folk, aping their movements is how we keep fit.
Right here are useful links that will answer all your questions.
Mark’s Daily Apple – Primal Blueprint 101 – Helpful links, with answers to anything and everything to do with living the evolutionary lifestyle.
Wellness Mama – Wellness 101 – A great website for those interested in natural living with simple explanations of complex topics.