Why Go Primal?
No, it’s not about nostalgia, most people don’t want to go back and live in caves and hunt for their food. It’s also not possible to eat exactly like our ancient ancestors did anyway. But we can look back and study what they did eat and how they did live to IMPROVE our lives today. What are we genetically wired to eat? Our diets changed drastically about 10,000 years ago when we began cultivating grains and legumes. People got shorter, life spans got shorter, and overall health worsened.
The big question is always “haven’t we evolved to eat grains, legumes, processed foods, industrial oils and fast foods that comprise the majority of diets for most people today?” No, we haven’t. 10,000 years is not long enough to make that evolutionary change. Besides the amount of time it would take, there is no longer the process of natural selection. Survival of the fittest meant that only the strongest, fittest and smartest survived and reproduced. Today we can survive if we are slow, weak and lazy. There is no penalty for lazing on the couch eating a bag of Big Macs.
So Why Follow the Primal Path?
Healthy, fresh REAL food.
Food is medicine. Food can either improve your health or damage your health. Why wouldn’t you want to focus on REAL food? Why wouldn’t you want to consume foods containing higher in nutrient density? Foods that don’t have negative consequences. Grains, sugar and processed foods have little nutritional value and many negative consequences.
Making the change can boost your focus, memory and energy levels. Often people don’t realize that wheat, dairy, gluten and sugar are causing those foggy brains or their lack of energy.
REAL food can help you heal. By eliminating key food groups known to cause allergic responses in many people (e.g. gluten and dairy) the body and mind are allowed to repair themselves and function more effectively. Skin issues, autoimmune issues, digestive issues, depression, frequently these are tied to issues with a particular food.
REAL food helps you reconnect with your food sources. Why? Because you will be seeking out free-range, organic, and ethically raised meats and locally grown, organic vegetables as dietary staples.
It isn’t just about eating, it’s a holistic approach to health. Doing what you need to do to support your journey to better health. This includes exercise, sleeping, stress management and connecting with your people.
It’s good for the planet because it encourages a nose-to-tail eating philosophy of honoring the animal by consuming everything (including the bones for broth).
It’s about limiting toxins wherever possible in your food, on your body and in your home.