Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo movement, has done extensive research on evolutionary diet and disease. Dr. Cordain believes that while we’ve evolved as an agricultural society with grains, legumes and dairy as staples we haven’t biologically evolved to process these foods.
Research has shown that our Paleolithic ancestors did not experience modern diseases like obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.
While the Paleo diet has evolved and taken many forms, the original premise was to eat only wild or pastured meat, fish and eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables while avoiding all sugar, grains, dairy, legumes, and potatoes.
The Primal diet allows for small amounts of high quality dairy.
Almost all of the recipes you will find on this site are Paleo and or Primal.
When looking into special diets as a means of weight loss, to find relief from a health issue or simply to improve your overall health, always remember the concept of bio-individuality. Genetics play an important role in determining what foods are appropriate for each of us. Some people can efficiently break down starchy vegetables and grains, while others fair better omitting these foods entirely from their diet. Some humans have evolved to be able to digest cow’s milk while others lack the enzymes to do so. And some people are able to extract the nutrients they need from a plant based diet while others need a healthy dose of protein, fat and other nutrients found only in animal based foods. The point is that we’re all different and no one diet is best for everyone.
While I do make some individual recommendations to my personal clients, I try to avoid blanket statements about diet and health when talking to the masses. BUT, regardless of what foods you decide to eat or not eat, be sure to include plenty green vegetables and don’t forget to exercise every day.