primal/paleo: what is it?

The words “primal” and “paleo” are usually followed by “diet,” but I don’t really like that word.  Deciding to go primal is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix.  So, the basic idea is this:  Humans were designed to eat certain types of food.  As hunters and gatherers, eating animal meat and fat, vegetables, berries and other fruits, seeds and nuts, humans were healthy, had lean, toned bodies, and had cavity-free teeth.  Then we started farming and consuming foods that needed to be highly processed and altered from their original state in order to be consumed, like wheat and other grains, beans, and sugar.  With the consumption of these foods came disease, obesity, and tooth decay. Our bodies were not designed to process these foods.  Makes sense doesn’t it?  So, why does our government and the food industry try to sell us the lie that fat is bad and whole grain is good?  Well, the answer is anyone’s guess, but I have a sneaky suspicion that money is at the root of it all.

Eat this…

…not that.

There is a ton of research and science behind this diet and why it works to keep us lean and healthy, but I’m not going to try to dissect it all here.  Many other awesome folks have already done that for me and there are a ton of great websites out there where you can get more information.  I’d suggest starting over at Mark’s Daily Apple by clicking on the “start here” tab.  This site literally has everything you need to get started and tons of information about why you should do it.  And don’t just take my word for it.  There are also tons of success stories on the site submitted by folks who have lost weight and beat disease.  You can also read my story here.  I’ll leave you with my favorite videos, which sums it all up in a nutshell: