The Paleo and Primal Diet. Eating Like a Caveman?

April 16, 2009

Here is a quick outline on the paleo diet, or what some call the primal diet.

Some of my favorite fitness blogs on the internet are big advocates of this way of eating and I just wanted to touch on some of the basics. The amazing thing about this way of eating is how wonderful it makes you feel. I certainly don’t follow this 100%, but implement many of these ideas into my own diet.

I still enjoy carbs a bit too much to be a true follower, but “go primal” when I can.

primal and paleo diet

[I don’t think I would enjoy cave exploration, especially back in the days of the caveman. I picture weird looking pale bald creatures with no eyes and sharp teeth running all over the place when you go too deep into a cave…and blood sucking mega-sized bats.]

A Quick Summary of the Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is based around quality sources of protein and healthy fats. The diet consists of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, roots, fruits and vegetation. Dairy, grains, gluten, refined sugar, trans fats, and hydrogenated fats are to be avoided.

This is a low-carb diet focused on the way we ate before the agricultural era….the way we ate when we were “hunters and gatherers”.

Paleo and Primal Eaters Prefer Free Range and Organic Food

We all know that this is the way to go when it comes to eating fresh food. My girlfriend has recently turned me on to trying to go organic whenever possible.

I must say that it makes a difference in the way I feel. It tastes better as well. All those steroids and chemicals do bad things to the body. One of the side effects of pesticides is an increase in estrogen which leads to stubborn body fat.

What I Like About This Diet

Whenever I want to get extra lean, I follow a diet of animal protein and green vegetables along with the occasional fruit. When I eat like this my body begins to use a lot more body fat for energy.

Within 4-6 weeks I can get as lean as I desire eating this way and I feel great the whole time. I also enjoy the sense of energy that I feel. So if it helps me feel and look better, why don’t I eat this way all the time?

What I Don’t Like About Paleo and Primal Eating

Honestly, I simply enjoy fresh baked bread, pasta, rice, ice cream, cheese, and various other non-primal foods. Make no mistake about it, I agree with the followers of the primal diet for the most part…I just like some of this food too much to be 100% primal.

I’m guessing beer is out of the question as well, so that has to be a “no” for me…I follow some, but not all principles.

A 5 Minute Video Put Together by My Friend Methuselah

Methuselah over at Pay Now Live Later put together one of the best videos I’ve ever seen explaining this diet. In fact, I think this video is an instant classic as far as Youtube videos go. You can learn more about this diet in 5 minutes, than reading on the topic for 4 hours.

[Methuselah is one of the best teachers as far as fitness bloggers go. I am a big fan of his blog and probably don’t comment on his site as much as I should. He has a really unique writing style that is hard to explain…until you read his site for a while.]

My Suggestion About the Primal/Paleo Diet

Take an afternoon and read up on the subject. Implement a few of the things that fit your lifestyle and you notice a difference in the way you feel.

Even if you just switched to organic foods and replaced half of your grains with vegetables, you will get lean and feel less lethargic after meals. It isn’t all-or-nothing, you can “go primal” part of the week and get solid results.

Here Are Some Great Places to Begin Your Research

I’ve become friends with most of these bloggers, because all of us spend a big chunk of time building our fitness blogs. I am sure that I will miss many people, but here is a good list of starting points.

Mark’s Daily Apple: Mark Sisson has been talking about this way of eating for quite a few years. He has a book in the works on the subject, one of his most popular posts is called The Primal Blueprint.

Son of Grok: A man that goes by the name “SoG”…you gotta love it. He was inspired by Mark’s Primal Blueprint and put it to the test. You have to go to his About Me page and read his story (check out his slide show which shows the transformation). The guy went from flabby to ripped in less than 9 months and is extremely healthy.

Free the Animal: If there was a debate over paleo eating, I’d want Richard Nikoley in my corner. His whole site presents a strong case for going primal and eating the way our ancestors ate. This is another blog you will want to subscribe to. Here are his articles on Paleo Eating.

Art De Vany’s Evolutionary Fitness: This is a subscription blog, but some of his articles are free. When I have time I will probably order his DVD set…his methods are cutting edge. Another guy who I would want on my side in an argument.

Art is a Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Irvine. He is not only smart, he’s 71 and is in ridiculous shape. Go to Evolutionary Fitness to see what I mean.

The Paleo Cookbook, by Nikki Young: This seems to be the best selling cookbook on eating paleo to stay lean and healty. Nikki has included over 120 recipes. I haven’t read it yet, but may pick it up at some point to add in some variety into my eating. I hear it is solid info…The Paleo Cookbook

Note: I know I missed a ton of people who follow the primal-paleo way of eating.

I just didn’t want to have dozens of links in the article.

 

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Wynona April 16, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Thanks for writing an article on this amazing topic,Rusty!
The Paleo diet,I feel,makes the body feel how it should.
Its natural,simple,and extremely tasty.
My tastebuds acquired a very different process of sensing flavours-after a week of eating Paleo you can taste very subtle flavours in the foods you eat.
It also makes processed food hard to eat after-all the fake food is a sugar overload.
I highly recommend this diet-it makes you feel amazing!
Thanks!

Nate - Fit-Life Online April 17, 2009 at 12:45 am

Rusty, I have to say that I’m a lot like you. I completely agree with the Primal philosophy, but I really can’t see myself ever following it 100%. I’m too much of a dairy lover. I just try to go by the 80/20 rule with Primal eating, and it seems to be working out great.

For anyone not familiar with the 80/20 rule, it basically means that as long as your are eating right 80% of the time, the other 20% you can afford to be less strict without hurting your results.

Les April 17, 2009 at 3:43 am

I followed this lifestyle for about a year and it didn’t worked for me. I realized I’ve got no problem with eating non-gluten grains and I’m feeling great with higher carb intake. So I think the listed paleo advocaters are a bit arrogant. Advocating something so strongly and demonize everything else is never good. Yes, people eat poorly today and it’s healthier to eat like in the past but why move back to millions of years? I think it’s enough to move back few hundreds or thousands of years. People were healthy then too.

But I’m no more worried about fat, so thank you Cavemans.

Adam Steer - Better Is Better April 17, 2009 at 6:13 am

Great intro to paleo eating Rusty. If you think about how we evolved, it really is the only approach the makes sense. But I also like that you’re flexible about it, and will indulge in the “bad” stuff too. I reckon that if you are doing the right thing 90% of the time, the other 10% shouldn’t cause too much trouble. The human body was made to be very adaptive in that way! Thanks for another good one!

Cheers,
Adam

Greg April 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

This seems to be all the rage now. Aside from the focus on organic, I’m not sure I understand how it differs from the Mediterranean diet.

Mark April 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

Yeah! Great post. I’ve been paleo for about a year and love it.

Perfect set of links as well – those are my tops as well.

Here are a few others:
Keith Norris at http://theorytopractice.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth at http://cavemanfood.blogspot.com has wonderful recipes.
Marc Van Damm at http://feelgoodeating.blogspot.com/

I blog on it as well.

Rambodoc April 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

I agree with you: I live largely paleo-style, but on my cheat meals I do eat what I like, and some of that is decidedly non-primal (cakes, cookies, pastries, pasta, etc.). However, it bears mention that we are NOT cavemen. We are merely keen to live a primal lifestyle because it is healthy. We are mimicking the caveman’s lifestyle, not living it. I say this for two reasons: one is that dairy (which I have) and grains (which many people-not me- have) are valuable food sources. The other is that in any long term diet/lifestyle choice, flexibility gives you better results. You don’t go bonkers the day you submit to a craving. Otherwise, I think Paleo is spot on about most things, including saturated fats, carbs, etc.

Methuselah - Train Now Live Later April 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

Rusty – excellent summary of the area and its advocates and many thanks for the mention of my video. I’m working on part 2 at the moment and wishing I had put less effort into the first one, as I have set the bar higher than is comfortable!

Les – I agree that it’s important not to be too dogmatic about a subject like this. I am not sure how far you have looked into the effects of grains on health, but would recommend a book called Dangerous Grains if you are interested in knowing more. The reason I mention it is that the author, James Braly, believes that for some people the effects of eating grains show no outward symptoms until later on in life. For me this is one of the motivating factors behind avoiding them.

Caleb - Double Your Gains April 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

Paleo is awesome. Cavemen were awesome. Eating meat is awesome 🙂

Later,
Caleb

Done Emmerson April 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

Hehehe i love this video – its so cool! Im on low-carb diet now – and its killing me hehe!

I LOVE bread, pasta, yogert and fruit…
If i really feel like being naughty – i go buy a fresh warm farmhouse loaf… dip that in little bit of virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar mix, and eat it with fresh olives and selection of italian hams… MMMM!!! You have to try that! (i dont eat the whole loaf off course hehe)

But yes – if only i didnt love breads and pastas – life would be so much easier hehehe! I do eat organic though – best way to go!!

Thanks Rusty
🙂

MrBunny April 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

Good article Rusty, i love the video very funny and so true. The first two months of my diet change i followed the paleo style and lost most of my weight in that time even if my exercise routine wasn’t as good as it is now (lost 25lbs in 8 weeks). I now just eat healthy 80% of the time and mostly organic similar to you not 100% paleo.

One thing that confuses me is that milk and rice are natural non-processed foods that provide very good health benefits (raw milk and brown rice) and i am sure if they was around two million years ago they would be part of the diet. I am more of a follower of non-processed food than paleo so foods like milk (raw) and rice are a part of my diet.

Helder April 17, 2009 at 9:50 am

I like that aproach on eating, it works so well when you want to get lean, and that just shows us that the more we aproach our biology the better health we get.

Most diseases in our modern society are a simple mirror of our way of Life, and above all of our way of eating, when we put aside all the unnatural ways, we feel so much better.

We still can see in some parts of the world where some people still eat the way they did thousands of years ago, and they have muscled lean bodies, good health, and good physical condition

I know i should eat that way more often, because when i do the changes in my body happen really fast, i not only look better, but really feel better, lighter, healthier

Marc Feel Good Eating April 17, 2009 at 10:00 am

Great post Rusty!!

I switched to a paleo/primal/EF lifestyle over 3 years ago.
I can honestly say that I’ve never felt better or been in better shape in my life. One key component I have found is the neccesity of fat intake. You really have to “dig in” to the info out there to make sure you get that part.
Like you I enjoy a cold beer (especially on the beach in the sun)
so I guess I’m not 100% primal.
If anyone wants ideas on eating paleo/primal/ef check out my blog
Have a great weekend.

Marc

Joe Matasic April 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

I’ve lost 100 pounds going low-carb. I do eat dairy though. Mainly cheese and some heavy cream. Still have the occasional Miller Lite and pints of Guinness, but mainly drink lots of whiskey and red wine. So not truly paleo. Recently start IF in addition to try and get beyond my current plateau. I live more by 95/5% than 80/20%, well maybe 90/10 on the weekends.

@Les
I can’t see some would come off arrogant but the ones listed don’t seem so to me. I can’t say that about De Vany though, just because I’ve never been to his site and had no interaction, but I’ve heard that about him before. I would also wonder what didn’t work for you about paleo? They’re also only moving back about 10,000 years. Though I agree you can go back only a couple hundred and be healthy. Basically before polyunsaturated oils, processed foods, sugar comsumption became so high and the fear of saturated fat appeared. Stephan at WholeHealthSource show cultures who prepare grains in traditional methods can thrive, so you may want to check that out.

Even if one has a good tolerance to the non-gluten grains (which are the worst probably) as far as insulin sensitivity goes, which I don’t, I’m personally worried about all the diseases that are probably caused by the inflammatory effects of modern diet, especially in the long term.

Joe

gregg April 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

Unfortunately food is not the panacea for us, we live in a toxic environment with a contaminated atmosphere and turbid water — how do we really know nowadays what is organic and what is not?

gregg April 17, 2009 at 10:36 am

Also, Caucasians (Europeans…especially Southern Euros & Middle-Easterners) and Asians do well with a higher-carb diet since they’ve been eating the agricultural diet for the longest. So, to say that evolution hasn’t happened in the last 10,000 years is a bit misguided then because how do they [Paleo Advocates] explain why these people have became more adapted to grain foods (dairy and legumes, as well)? Whereas, Africans, West Indians, Northern Europeans react more negatively towards high-carb agricultural-based food. There’s a reason diabetes is more likely to hit a Black man than a Caucasian or an Asian man, given the same high-grain diet — its because Africans (among others) have only very recently begun to eat the same foods!

Patrick April 17, 2009 at 10:52 am

I guess i’m different in the fact that I try to follow this strict way of eating 100% of the time and that’s just what I like to do, I don’t expect anyone else to be this strict, however, I do eat a lot of grains such as whole wheat pasta, plain sweet potatoes, brown rice, and plain quaker oats. I just make sure it’s always plain and whole wheat so I get the high fiber content. I don’t think you need to eliminate carb grains such as these if you follow this strategy and keep your portions reasonable to suit your overall calorie intake. I guess the key is to just find what works for you by trial and error and just make the necessary adjustments. I think if you consistently stick with high fiber nutrition whether it be grains, fruit, and vegetables you will be able to have an easier time staying lean and low fat percentage.
Thanks, good article rusty

DR April 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

Rusty,

I am trying to convince Gavan (the Healthy Irishman) to put together a collection of Paleo recipes.

Right now, Gavan isn’t a Paleo guy, but he is without a doubt, one of the best out there for creating meals that look, smell & taste awesome while still being good for you.

Now if I can just bring him over to the paleo side.

I can’t say enough about this style of eating – health-wise, physique-wise, hell..even bad breath wise. There just isn’t a better way to feed yourself.

John April 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

QUOTING THE ARTICLE: The paleo diet is based around quality sources of protein and healthy fats. The diet consists of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, roots, fruits and vegetation. Dairy, grains, gluten, refined sugar, trans fats, and hydrogenated fats are to be avoided. This is a low-carb diet focused on the way we ate before the agricultural era….the way we ate when we were “hunters and gatherers”. END OF QUOTE

It’s a great diet . . . and like the “Warrior Diet” which is more about timing, is very effective. I use both concepts.

But to say that this is how we ate before the agricultural era is simply wrong.

A modern “Paleo meal” of fish, vegetables and nuts is (for 99.9% of us) completely dependent on agriculture. We are not returning to a pre-agriculture mode . . . we are simply making different choices among products supplied by modern agri-business.

Second, our ancestors had nowhere near the choice and abundance we have. They might be lucky to find an apple tree or a head of lettuce and perhaps feast for a day. Fish? Maybe in some places. Meat? Scarce, very lean and very dangerous to catch.

I suspect true Paleo meals consisted of stuff that would make most of us vomit.

I have the same criticism of the Warrior Diet even though that wasn’t discussed here.

Contrary to what Ori claims, every ancient culture (that I am aware of) not only ate several meals a day but had actual names in their vocabulary for those meals.

As for actual warriors . . . it is true that while on campaign, even modern warriors are limited to one hot meal a day because of logistics. But they supplement that with MREs (1200 – 1500 calories each) and whatever they scrounge. The Institute Of Medicine says the average soldier burns 4200 calories a day . . . but only consumes 2400 . . . thus losing a half-pound of body fat (plus nutrients and water). After a couple of weeks of this, the average warrior simply breaks down.

I suspect that contrary to what the Warrior Diet claims, ancient warriors ate constantly . . . as often and as much as they could cram down.

So . . . Paleo Diet, Warrior Diet . . . they’re all cute marketing gimmicks . . . but please don’t think that you are in any way emulating the ancients.

My real concern is that people who use these ideas usually take them too far in the belief that they’ve discovered some great truth.

There is no truth to the fact that our ancient, pre-agricultural ancestors were healthier than we are. Maybe their teeth didn’t rot from sugar . . . but they lost most of their teeth because they couldn’t get proper nutrition.

Likewise, there is no truth to the claim that if you undereat 20 hrs a day, you are emulating some classical ideal of health.

Gimmicks . . . just gimmicks.

pnw fitness April 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

It’s really tough giving up those carbs, but paleo rocks the house.

I’m currently about 95% paleo. I really like cheese. Going to try that almond stuff. I also drink protein shakes sometimes (I like the flavor ok!). Oh yeah… and gum 🙁

I’m currently blogging my diet (just started) while I cut. Any input would be appreciated.

Terry April 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Love bread too much for the Paleo thing.

But organic, oh yes!

I’ve learned from med students that toxins love fat, so if nothing else, whether you’re Paleo or not, try to buy organic butter, meats, etc.

Also the hormones allowed in the regular US meat supply, used to fatten up the livestock, to bring them to market way sooner (more profits), also fatten us up much more.

Methuselah - Train Now Live Later April 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm

John – I think you may be overstating the extent to which the majority of advocates of the Paleo diet believe they are precisely emulating their ancestors. All the folks I talk to and correspond with on the subject are simply happy to, as you say, make different food choices that more closely emulate our ancestors.

However, it’s not fair to say that all of these choices revolve around foods supplied by modern agri-business – in fact I get most of my animal products from a fantastic local farm whose practices I know to be far removed from modern intenstive farming. Sure, the animals will not be the same as those our ancestors caught, but they are a lot closer than intensively farmed animals – and as I say, I don’t think any of us are under the illusion that we would be able to genuinely recreate the conditions our ancestors lived and ate in.

Yes, there are those in the Paleo-eating community who romanticise, idealise and try to follow the ideas too literally, but the majority of us are happy to follow the general principles in the full knowledge that in truth our lives little resemble those of our ancestors. The main objective is to be healthy and certainly my experience has been that making food choices that broadly emulate our ancestors achieves that goal regardless of how genuinely close to the Palaeolithic reality it may be.

Last, you say

“There is no truth to the fact that our ancient, pre-agricultural ancestors were healthier than we are.”

I would be interested to know whether you think you have read widely enough in the field to make this assertion. I can think of well-respected researchers who would disagree.

G. April 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Hi Rusty,

great post on a topic that is always sure to receive lots and lots of comments.Personally,i have tried nearly every type of “eating” style available to us.High carb-low fat,vegetarian,6 small meals per day,Warrior,etc etc.

Along with fasting, (eat stop eat style), the Primal diet out-classes the rest.

Finally, a way of eating that makes you feel wonderful and more importantly, SATISFIED!

Effortless weight loss, no inflamation,no sluggishness, no bloating…..just complete satisfaction whilst enjoying yummy nutritious food.

@John
My real concern is that people who use these ideas usually take them too far in the belief that they’ve discovered some great truth.

There is no truth to the fact that our ancient, pre-agricultural ancestors were healthier than we are. Maybe their teeth didn’t rot from sugar . . . but they lost most of their teeth because they couldn’t get proper nutrition.

Likewise, there is no truth to the claim that if you undereat 20 hrs a day, you are emulating some classical ideal of health.

Gimmicks . . . just gimmicks.”

John….in my opinion that is absolutely brilliant.Couldn’t agree more………Furthermore, all these “gimmicks” just create a population of “Obsessive Compulsive Eaters” as Brad Pilon would call them.

Cheers.
G.

P.S. Rusty…..there is a relatively new “low carb” beer out here in Oz, that not only tastes yummy but has only 3.5g of carbs per 355ml serve @ 100 calories per serve……These brewers are simply brilliant……..lol

Its name……”Natural Blonde”……luv it

Glenn April 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

This is the first I heard of this diet. I have been doing the Atkins diet for years (on and off) and it seems to be based on the same fundamentals. I read his book to understand why it works and was surprised to learn that he developed the diet while trying to get his diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels to stabilize. A side effect of the diet was that his patients were losing weight. A lot of weight.
I have feel much better while on the diet and with out the afternoon blah. I also notice I can easily miss a meal with an issue and I definitely eat less while on it. And like you, Rusty, I like a few foods that are not on the diet.
Side note – Bud Ice has only 3.9 carbs. More then the “low carb” beers but at least this has taste! And it has a 5.5 alcohol content. Two of these and I am set.

Ron April 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I didn’t realize dairy was avoided. So much for cheese.

I was listening to NPR one night and was pleasantly surprised to hear the author of In Defense of Food. I thought he summed it up quite nicely, “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly vegetables.”

And I’m sure you’d be glad to find out that there’s wheat & gluten free beer. I haven’t tried it yet, but I mean to do so. Sorry, but I can’t remember the name. I’ll let you know what it’s called and if it’s any good (in my opinion) once I try it. I noticed that I seem to get sinus headaches/congestion when I drink beer. Sapporo stuffed up my nose immediately (or at least that’s my theory).

Ron April 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm

By the way, when are you going to change your banner? I always feel weird when I’m at the gym looking at this site before my workouts.

admin April 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Wynona,

I eat this way about 1/2 of the time now. My goal is to get it to 80% of the time. It makes a lot of sense to me…glad it works so well for you.

Nate,

I have to eat cheese…it is too good. If I couldn’t have the occasional pizza or nachos, I would be lost. Life just wouldn’t be the same.

Les,

These guys are just helping people understand their healthy approach on eating. I know most of the guys who run these successful sites and communicate with them on a regular basis. They spend a lot of their spare time helping others and really aren’t arrogant. For the most part, they want to improve the internet and offer quality information that will help people. I appreciate what they are doing.

Adam,

Yeah…I know Brad Pilon has spoke on the subject of not being obsessed. I also just watched a video of him downing 1/2 a pizza while Craig (Turbulence Training) raced on a treadmill. This was to show that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Both of those guys get my respect for sending good messages to people trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Greg,

The Mediterranean Diet allows dairy and the Paleo diet doesn’t. Also…the emphasis on organic and free range is a big deal over time. We are just beginning to see some long term effects of many of these chemicals.

Mark,

Darn it…I knew I was going to miss some good blogs! Thanks for reminding me about these sites. I’m familiar with all of these bloggers and they do good work.

Rambodoc,

Good point on being flexible. I have to have the ocassional plate of nachos or buffalo chicken wings with a large glass of beer. I don’t eat like this more than once per week, but it certainly makes for a good friday happy hour. The rest of the time I do my best to eat mostly paleo. I always feel wonderful when I do.

Methuselah,

Your video is epic. Seriously…I rarely make it through a full video these days, but yours was easy to watch. I look forward to part 2! I will also checkout Dangerous Grains…this stuff is very interesting to me!

Caleb,

You are awesome!

Done,

I am an organic food convert. I used to think it was a waste of money, but after eating more and more organic foods I feel better. I’m with you on freshly baked bread. I’ll eat it when I know that I don’t need energy later (it puts me to sleep).

MrBunny,

You will do well with that way of eating. I can get really lean and feel great while including dairy products in my diet. I don’t drink glasses of milk, but I love cheese and yogurt.

Helder,

I’m like you…I don’t eat this way all of the time, but when I do I get positive results quickly. You are right that a large portion of disease is caused by diet. This is good incentive to eat right more often than not.

Marc,

Thanks for commenting. I should have included your blog on that list. You have a solid site developing over there…plus you have been doing this diet much longer than most people. I may hit you up for a guest post at some point down the road. I must say I am a bit jealous of where you live…Naples looks amazing (I remember seeing photos of your neighborhood on one of your posts a while ago).

Joe,

I like using Intermittent Fasting (“Eat Stop Eat” style) regardless of the type of diet being followed. I think we were meant to be hungry every once in a while. Some people have food in their system 24 hours per day, 7 days per week…it feels good to empty out a bit and burn some of that stubborn body fat. Cool that you have lost 100 pounds. Good job!

gregg,

My guess is that although some cultures can handle grains, it doesn’t mean that they are healthy. I’m not an expert in this area, but I’m betting that even cultures who have adapted to grains, would do better on a lower carb diet.

Partick,

Good point on including carbs with high-fiber content (if someone wants to inculde grains). A lot of the priciples in the paleo diet can be adapted to fit various eating preferences. Your strategy will workwell for sure.

DR,

I need to check out the Healthy Irishman! I’m part Irish (my grandfather came to the US from Ireland in the 20’s). I’ll see what Gavan is cooking up.

John,

I think learning from history isn’t really a gimmick. Also…the typical modern way of eating isn’t working out too well. There are strategies in both the Warrior Diet and Paleo Diet that can be used to improve health.

pnw,

I look forward to seeing your results from your diet. People love diet journals…there is a lot to be learned with real live case studies.

Terry,

I have never heard that toxins get into fat easily. I will become even more dilligent when it comes to eating organic meats. Thanks for the info.

Methuselah,

Thanks for responding to John’s comment. I was hoping a paleo expert would chime in 🙂

G,

I love blone beers! I live near a massive beer import shop and they can get ahold of just about every beer in the world. I’ll see if they can track this one down for me. Also…I’m a huge fan of Eat Stop Eat…Brad is the first guy to show us how to do intermittent fasting without being obsessed and still get super-lean. Hope everything is good in OZ…I will visit someday, for sure!

Ron,

Nice hearing from you…hopefully all is well in acting world. I’m too superstitious to change the banner at the top of my site. I have tracked my stats and people stay on this site for a long period of time and come back (much more than sites with similar high traffic levels in the blogging world). I’m worried that such a drastic change could negatively affect the site. It is kind of a tacky banner, but it is memorable. Let me know when you find that gluten free beer, by the way.

Cheers,

Rusty

Adria April 17, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Great Article! I linked you on my site!

Son of Grok April 17, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Rusty,
Thanks for the link man! Primal has certainly changed my life for the better in almost every aspect. To the people who think we are too regimented in our ways, I think you will find that each of us primal/paleo followers actually differs greatly in how we approach and practice it. The basic principles are the same but we have all adapted our different ways of following. We also still participate in our “sensible vices” – Wine, Dark chocolate, delicious deserts (yes there is such a paleo thing… gorilla cake for instance). I occasionally indulge in a little organic dairy myself too. 😉 Something Rusty is an expert at… know when to indulge and when to buckle down.

The SoG

Mike OD - LifeSpotlight April 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Ugh…..got email from cave computer….ugh….

I think the romantic lure of paleo/caveman living is fun to get back to as the body definitely loves more challenges and less sitting in a car or office chair.

As far as the eating goes, it’s just a simple reminder to eat what is naturally designed for us…not what has been invented in the last 100 years in a laboratory. I don’t do 100% paleo but it’s a great guideline for people to understand on what they should be eating. The biggest benefit being the whole improvement in the quality of foods and their effect on our blood sugar/insulin responses to help improve/reverse insulin resistance and all the diseases that come with it (which is pretty much most degenerative diseases). As far as magic ratios of macronutrients like carbs/protein/fats…I don’t buy there is just one….as there are healthy hunter gathers that had mostly fat and protein…and others with more carb intake (but the sources are natural).

In the end….it comes down to the one rule that we all just need to remember….keep it simple, eat real food.
http://lifespotlight.com/health/…to-remember/

Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit April 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Rusty,

As per usual, a fantastic post! Methuselah: That video is probably the best description of the Paleo way of eating I have ever seen. Please anticipate that I will steal that and use it in a post on my site, lol!

But seriously, I will definitely be pointing my readers to this post as you have encapsulated the very essence of a way of life for many. Whether Paleo eating is exactly true to form with how our old school homies ate it 10,000 years ago, I doubt you would be able to argue with the health readings of any true follower consisting of blood pressure, tryglyceride levels and of course the good old ticker! It’s not the only way to be healthy, but it works. SCOREBOARD!

All the Best,

Andrew R
Go Healthy Go Fit

keith April 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

hey rusty what do think about consuming maybe 1 or 2 bannanas daily. They are fruit, but are they healthy and part of the paleo way if im trying to lose body fat

Luke April 18, 2009 at 4:36 am

Hi Rusty and others,

A brilliant post – I imagine most readers of this blog were already aware of these lifestyles but given there benefits they can never be publicised enough!

The part of the video about people thinking that you have a ‘weird food thing’ is funny but also very true! It shows that sadly not enough people are aware of healthy eating. I guess that all you need to say to those critical people is that you are eating the foods that the human body was made to eat and are therefore perfectly ‘normal’.

Equally, I totally agree with the overriding principle of balance. Whilst I love the primal diet, I would deprive myself of Easter Eggs at Easter simply because I know they are not primal and are not good for my health. At the end of the day, the odd bit of modern day junk isn’t going to kill you surely…
Stick to what makes you healthy and happy! The good thing is that for me, being healthy makes me feel happy.

Luke.

Adam Steer - Better Is Better April 18, 2009 at 7:46 am

Hey Rusty,

Speaking of Brad… Did you catch the “fireside chat” I did with him. You can see him here talking about intermittent fasting and “obsessive compulsive eating.”

Cheers,
Adam

Richard Nikoley April 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the shout, Rusty. I commented with thanks yesterday, but looks like the techies ate my comment. I had a reply also to Les, but looks like that’s addressed along with all the other criticisms. Carry on!

Thanks again, man!

Evan April 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for the article, and a place to ask some questions. I’ve been following this way of life for over a year, and while I experienced a lot of weight loss and a change in body composition initially, recently I seem to have come to a standstill in terms of fat loss. I’m 5’10” and about 173 lbs, but my doughy love handles just aren’t going away. Have any of you gone from 50+ pounds overweight to, say, 8-10% body fat while following this lifestyle?

Arya-weight loss blog April 18, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hey Rusty,
I am nearing my fat loss goal and believe I only have a week or two left. My ultimate goal is to get into a maintenance mode where I have no more fat to burn and can concentrate on holding this leanness for a long period of time and building muscle density through strength training. However I do feel my shoulders and triceps could use a bit of size. I am content with the muscle in my back biceps and chest and would like to continue to train them for tone. Is it possible to train triceps and shoulders for mass while training back, bi’s and chest for tone. Once I achieve my desired mass in my shoulders and tri’s I can then train only for tone and density.
I have seen you recommend Pavels mass routing as well as others. Can you recommend an exercise plan to attain some mass in these two muscle groups while continuing the muscle tone lifting routine you gave me for the remaining muscles? Also will I have to eat in a calorie surplus in order to achieve this. Maybe eat in a surplus on days when I lift with these two muscle groups and eat maintenance on all other days? Thanks Rusty I am getting extremely close to my desired physique and have you to thank. I want to attain this physique for not only myself but for the thousands of overweight and obese people struggling to make a change. I want to prove to them that it’s possible to not only lose the weight, but also to take to the next level and look amazing. It just takes hard work, patience, and determination.

Ron April 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Thought I’d throw this link up there, see what people think:
http://altmed.creighton.edu/Paleodiet/Foodlist.html

I’d also like to know what people think of the disagreements (linked on that page).

Fred April 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Rusty,
Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been curious as well as a little confused about the terms/differences Paleo and Primal Diets…thanks for clearing that up!

Great stuff, as always!
-Fred

diana April 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Def the best way to get lean quickly, for me anyway. Although watch out for the flour cravings a month in! 🙂

admin April 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Adria,

Thanks for the link. I appreciate it.

SoG,

Your site is great because you posted from when you first started learning about this way of eating. You are now pretty advanced when it comes to the Paleo diet, but beginners can read a bunch of the early posts and follow along and learn a ton. You are looking pretty darn ripped in your most recent photo. Great job!

Mike,

Great point. This is just an outline of a great diet to follow to be healthy. I do my best to follow it when I can. Today I’m doing an EAt Stop Eat fast, followed by a homemade stir-fry tonight (will make it spicy).

Andrew,

Thanks for being so supportive to FBB on your site. I consider your blog to have the best combo of clean design and great content. You are really emerging as one of the fastest growing fitness sites online. Completely excited by your progress…keep it up.

keith,

Bananas are fine. Just make sure you stick to your calorie range to have a bit of a deficit.

Luke,

Out of all the ways of eating, this one does make me feel the best. Even though I don’t follow it all the way…on the days I do eat this way, I feel outstanding. Eat like this most of the time and do 2 Eat Stop Eat style fasts each week and people will feel great while staying lean year round.

Adam,

That is awesome! I’m going to use that in a post. I just listened to it and think people will get a lot out of it.

Richard,

I’m sorry your previous comment was eaten by the Spam Bot. This one went through. I really encourage people to visit your site. All of us guys in the fitness blogosphere really enjoy your intelligent approach to posting diet and fitness advice. Great stuff!

Evan,

Plateaus are common when losing a lot of weight. You may be stuck at the same weight for a month or two before you begin losing again…this is very natural. Don’t give up, because this is the way it works.

Arya,

I’m proud of you for hitting your goals…I’ve been following your progress ever since you first started commenting on my site. Great job! Gaining mass on triceps and shoulders is going to be a piece of cake, but it will take time. What I would recommend is to double the volume of shoulder press type exercises…and reduce the sets a little for the rest of your body. Do 8 sets of standing military press for sets of 5, do 8 sets of seated dumbbell presses for sets of 5. Just get stronger in these two lifts and within 3-6 months you will notice added size and density in both your triceps and shoulders. Don’t increase your calories or anything like that…it is too close to summer. You will have strong and angular looking shoulders by mid-summer.

Ron,

That is a great resource. Thanks for posting that…this will help a lot of people who are seriously considering this way of eating.

Fred,

I just read your post on your site about taking the family to Billy Goat Trail…I love spring when the weather begins to improve. I can’t wait to spend a lot more time outside!

diana,

I crave nachos more than any other “evil food”. I wish they weren’t so bad for you, because I could live on the stuff. Stuff made with flour isn’t too far behind…I love freshly baked bread and pasta.

Good Comments!

Rusty

Rambodoc April 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

To the guy who mentioned diabetes incidence being high in certain countries of the world: India is one of the highest, and is set to be the World capital of Diabetes (if not Diabesity) by 2025. If I have my number memory site in the brain working okay, I think the figure os 70 million. That is more than the entire population of most countries.
Why is this important? Indians are ALMOST ALL grain eaters, and have a very high carb content in their diet.

Achintya April 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

Hi, can someone tell me why on the paleo foodlist posted above it says to eat lean meats but avoid fatty meats? I thought high fat was important to this diet?

Jason G April 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

As usual I enter the conversation a little too late. I wanted to let some of your readers know another way of doing this diet, which I believe is a little more superior form of the primal diet. It’s basically substituting the red meat and poultry part for just fish. Fish has been the major protein source of my diet for the last month, and I feel amazing. Like the diet above I have been consuming vegetables as my only carbohydrate source.

By eating this way you are avoiding the high levels of saturated fats found in red meats and exposing your body to higher levels of omega 3’s. Hunters and gatherers actually had way higher quantities of omega 3’s because wild game is higher in omega 3’s. So the people who use the primal diet as an excuse to eat a twelve ounce steak every night will not be as true to the primal lifestyle as the people who are eating fish and poultry. Grass fed buffalo is also a great lean source of red meat that also has omega 3’s.

My after workout meal consists of omega 3 enriched eggs and a can of salmon. I have sardines throughout the day for a snack, and end the day with a large piece of fish with vegetables on the side. Unlike my other calorie deficit months I am thinking more clearly and my muscle recovery is better. I lost ten pounds this month on this diet.

The Spaniard April 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I am just going to put a link in case any one wants to read it:
westonaprice.org/bookreviews/paleodiet.html
I am really tempted to write how I feel about this paleo diet and all this caveman mambo jambo, but I will restrain myself from doing so because it would be too long.
Nothing against you Rusty, it’s just that none of this guys ever lived during that time for them to say how our ancestors ate.
Jason G, I hope your cholesterol level is fine because some time ago I did something close to what you do (though I only had 2 eggs instead of 3) and when I went to the doctor, my cholesterol had gone up to 300.

Jason G April 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Spaniard for your concern, but I believe that the lean fish in my diet will offset the negative effects of a couple of omega 3 enriched eggs. People who eat diets high in saturated fats might try avoiding eggs, but the eggs themselves are not the sole culprit for high cholesterol.

Kelley April 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Hi Rusty, I am really behind the times because I’m just discovering what great stuff you have on your website. I think this was a great post that stimulated a lot of discussion and was very thought provoking. Clarified a lot for me on this diet concept and I’m looking forward to learning more. Thanks for the other references too! I’m still working toward 90-95% compliance and seem to be really sensitive to carbs. Like some of the same stuff you do, but I am finding I feel much better if I stick to stategically-timed high fiber carbs. Thanks again for all this information!

The Spaniard April 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

Jason G, just in case, go to a cardiologist and make sure your levels are ok. You are only having 2 or 3, but it sounds like mostly every day and that is way too much. Don’t believe all you read, go to a doctor (like I said, a cardiologist) and talk to him/her.

Jason G April 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Obama has not got me health insurance yet. I am going to start eating 2 eggs every other day, so I can avoid the cardiologist. However Spaniard you must understand that my diet is very high in vegetables(about 50 percent) and lean forms of protein. I am currently getting more than one gram of omega 3’s for every gram of omega 6’s. Eggs are the only protein source in my diet that have a bad protein to fat ratio. I also do not have high amounts of saturated fats in my diet. Furthermore I do not eat processed foods, bad oils, or any form of simple sugars. All these factors and the fact that I spend an hour at the gym a day do not make me a candidate for high cholesterol. I am wondering if you were eating like me when you had bad cholesterol, or perhaps you were eating like the average American-and having eggs?

admin April 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Rambodoc,

Yeah…that is a good point. I love Indian food, but it puts me to sleep more than just about any other food. The rice, the nan, etc…all amazing tastes. I just need to stick with their curry meat dishes and veggies. Too many carbs most of the time.

Achintya,

Are you referring to that site that had the food list posted? I’m not sure why they would say eat low fat meats. The person who came up with that list probably just put that out of habit.

Jason G,

Never too late to hop into the conversation. Great point…I love the taste of fish and love the way it makes me feel. Buffalo is delicious as well. Great job on finding an approach that is working so well for you. Hopefully others will give it a shot.

The Spaniard,

You like to play “devil’s advocate”, which always makes the comment section interesting. These guys who push the paleo diet have a pretty good idea of what our ancestors ate…science has come a long way and we can find out much through fossils, carbon dating, etc. You do have a point…no way to know for sure.

Kelly,

Thanks for the compliments. Carbs at the wrong time kick my butt. It definitely makes sense to be strategic when eating carbs. I wish I would have known this stuff back in college. I was sleepy all the time in class and I know it was because of the cereal I had for breakfast and the high carb lunches.

Rusty

Ron April 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Achintya & Rusty,

I just picked up a copy of “The Paleo Diet” (http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Diet-Weight-Healthy-Designed/dp/0471267554/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240522754&sr=8-1). Looks like that website says almost verbatim what the book says.

I’m curious about that too. I’d like to know if the Modern Forager & Mark’s Daily Apple & Son of Grok & others agree/disagree with what this says.

The Spaniard April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Hello Jason G. Well, as my name indicates I am not your average American. I was born, raised and fed in Spain with real organic food, not the pseudo-organic expensive food that has become so trendy today…back then (the 70’s), when you ate an apple (to give you an example) you could find a little surprise inside: a worm. Now, about the diet you are going to follow. I don’t know where you did your research or if you read every book written by all these diet gurus, but none of them have medical degrees. It doesn’t matter if you spend 1 hour working out or 12, a doctor can really tell you if the diet you want to follow has any risks. I know some guys that eat well, exercise, have no fat and yet their body produces high levels of cholesterol. I think is better to be safe than sorry. When my cholesterol shot up to 300 I was running every morning and following a balance diet (and I don’t mean the Mediterranean Diet because that is the same crap as the Paleo Diet and the South Beach Diet). All I did was to eat more eggs than usual.

Jason G April 24, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Hey Ron,

If your interested in nutrition I would also check out “The Omega Diet” by Artemis P. Simopoulos.

I believe that these two books complement each other. The Omega Diet does allow grains, but does not promote it(neither do I). However The Omega Diet educates people about healthy fats, and how they can help you live more healthy. By combining the ideas of these two books you will find yourself eating more fish, and adding olive oil to your salads and vegetables. Even though Loren Cordain allows these oils in his diet he does not put enough emphasis on how and why monounsaturated oils and omega 3 oils are important to maximize the health benefits of the Paleo diet. Combine these diets and you will be eating the healthiest diet on earth.

Jason G April 25, 2009 at 5:12 am

Spaniard I think eating two eggs a day is a risk (I agree with you), but it will ultimately depend on the genetics of the individual. However eggs are a cheap protein source and right now my budget is lower than normal. I am also not on my ideal diet right now. I am currently succeeding (I don’t try I do) at losing weight. Since December I have lost fifty pounds, which is not the healthiest rate of weight loss by any means. Health sometimes comes later. By the way the link you provided, that basically gives the Paleo diet two thumbs down, was written by a MD who advocates high amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol as healthy dietary sources (sounds like eggs to me!). That being said I would like to stay on topic (meaning the header of Rusty’s post) and ask you why specifically you think the Paleo diet is crap and/or unbalanced.

From a weight loss/Fitness Black Book fan perspective the Paleo diet is perfect. The average weight lifter looking to lose a few to a hundred pounds can follow this diet and keep their glycemic load low and provide their muscle with adequate amounts of protein. Perhaps by crap you mean unhealthy?

In the last six months I have read many diet and health books written by MD’s. I have also read books like The Paleo Diet which are supported by MD’s. One conclusion that I have came up with is that grains and dairy are not the ideal food source and can cause serious problems as stated in Dangerous Grains(James Barley M.D.) and The Ultra Mind Solution(Mark Hyman M.D.). So as far as the carbohydrate component (high amounts of vegetables and moderate amounts of fruit) is concerned the Paleo diet is dead on. The high calorie intake of fruits and vegetables provides high amounts of fiber. Do you believe vegetable fiber to be bad?

The diet also promotes moderate levels of saturated fat and high levels of monounsaturated fat and Omega 3 fats. The medical community-including every health book I have read (many written by MD’s) do agree that these fats are vital for human functioning. So please do not come back at me with low fat diets are the key to ultimate health. Furthermore don’t quote Miss Milk Fat either (http://www.newtrendspublishing.com/SallyFallon/aboutSallyFallon.html), who’s anti Paleo diet mentality is obvious fueled by the money the milk industry pays her and maybe by her love for her cow Betsy.

The last component of the Paleo diet is the high amount of lean meat protein in the diet, which can be anywhere from 19% to 35% of the diet. Since you apparently support Miss Milk Fat who recommends high amounts of animal fat for optimal health I am not sure if you are against this part of the diet.

Based on my limited knowledge I see some room for improvement in this area. I think Loren Cordain limited legumes in his diet basically to support his anti-agriculture thesis. In his defense even though beans are a low fat protein source they do not have all of the essential amino acids and therefore are not essential. As you know I believe a larger portion of the diet should consist of fish. Loren Cordain promotes high Omega 3 fat through supplementation if necessary, so lack of emphasis on sea life is not enough to make this diet crappy.

Spaniard we are all here to learn from each other, so all of the bloggers here would be happy to hear the specifics of why you think the Paleo diet is crap. I refuse to talk about eggs anymore, and to be quite honest I am not even sure if I can eat them anymore. They have been tainted.

Anthony April 26, 2009 at 5:02 am

I always though that whole grains were good for you, and that we SHOULD have some kind of dairy. That being said, a bowl of Cheerios or Wheeties would be beneficial, or so I thought. If this stuff leads to illness, that is enough to make me switch.
I am going to give this a try.
The video is very persuasive. If there was a cure-all pill, one that actually helped us, the company wouldn’t make money. If medicine worked, we would not need to take it more than once or so. I agree with those points.
Here I am listening to the Frosted Mini-Wheats box saying I’ll be more attentive in class. The corn lobby is very powerful. Did you guys every wonder why processed food like the stuff served in McDonald’s is cheaper than organic, free-range stuff? It had to be made from scratch, yet can be sold for 99 cents. The corn lobby subsidizes the crop, and all those things in your Big Mac have high fructose corn syrup. I think 8 of the ingredients in Chicken McNuggets include corn. Long story short, this is why diabetes is so prevalent in poor communities: they can only afford fast food, and these places are abundant.
Rusty, what do you think about whole grains and dairy? They seem like stuff we can’t leave out of our diets, at least to me.

The Spaniard April 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Jason, I had written a long reply but I realized that people can do whatever they want. I could go on and on explaining why the Paleo Diet or the South Beach Diet or any other popular diet is a gimmick and quite often supported by a massive marketing budget. Exercise and eating a balanced healthy diet is the best for losing and maintaining weight loss and good health. The way you are losing weight makes me think that you were eating really bad. You can continue with this diet all your life and it could work, but what if one day you introduce wrong food in your diet? I find the video quite funny. When he says that our ancestors never had chicken from a farm I would like to ask him.. so every time I want to have chicken I have to start running after one and then kill it with my own hands? I would then become a hunter and I would eat organic. All these diets also promote a lot of supplements. Why? Because they are lacking in your diet. Our ancestors or Paleo people never had supplements, so actually, we are not really following the rules. I guess there was something wrong with their diets when their life span was so short. Just to finish. Have you seen Survivor? Have you seen how they look after one or two weeks? They are really following the Paleo Diet of our ancestors.

The Spaniard April 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Anthony, I think you are a little bit mistaken with the poor communities and diabetes. If they hardly have money for food, it is always cheaper to go to the supermarket and COOK your own food. At least that is what they do in poor nations. Ah, but it is easier to go to McDonalds to have a small hamburger and a large soda and fries…every single day. How come people in other countries where there is no access to fast food have no diabetes? They are also poor… many times even poorer than poor people in this country. You don’t think rich people have diabetes? Why, because they can afford better restaurants? How many of those restaurants cook with olive oil?

Jason G April 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Spaniard thanks for your comments. My high calorie deficit style of eating is probably not super healthy(at least for short term health). Luckily I have only about twenty more pounds until I hit the 10 percent body fat range. I have just recently lowered my deficit to help preserve muscle. Thanks, I look forward to talking with you on another post.

admin April 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Ron,

Hopefully those guys get back to you. You should consider visiting their sites and finding out what they think.

Anthony,

I like a bit of grain and dairy, but I don’t think that cereal is a good way to have energy in the morning. I will eat cereal, but more as an occasional treat at night. It usually makes me tired and a ready for sleep. Don’t eliminate them if you like these foods, but limit them when possible.

Rusty

pjnoir June 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Sort of new here, so I know I’m late here BUT…. Paleo and Primal and NOT the same thing. Both eat CLEAN- probably the most important thing in any diet but Paleo eats grains. Primal NEVER eats grains. As a diabetic grains are killers. I haven’t eaten grains (breads or pasta, etc) since Jan and have not missed them. Grains have no place in my diet or food supply therefore its Primal not Paleo for me. I use this around the Warrior diet.

Paleo Treats October 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm

You’re eating Paleo and you can’t find a good dessert that’s not just fruit. You work out hard, you eat clean, and now you’re realizing that Haagen Dazs or Chips Ahoy or whatever bullshit you ate before just ain’t in the cards for you anymore.

Enter Paleo Treats. Let’s start by making it clear: These are NOT the be all end all of Paleo desserts, but they are pretty damn good. All Paleo ingredients, all organic ingredients, NO soy, NO dairy, NO gluten. Each treat has 7 or less ingredients, and they’re all foods you can pronounce (and grow in your back yard if you had to.)

These are paleo treats. http://www.paleotreats.com

Get after it.

p.s. If you’re really into it, write and we’ll give you the whole story; cattle ranch, camel farm, small boats on the high seas, dirt bikes, athlete on the world stage etc. But that’s all pretty boring compared to the taste…enjoy!

Cheers,
Nik and the PT Crew

gazza February 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm

wife joined me on paleo eating ,now 1.5 stones lighter,OFF blood presssure medication first time in 3 years.We love our food, i still have a drink, probably to much. Gimmicks i see you say, give me more, life transforming. Found my way here via marks daily apple video link, great stuff, planks are now in for me and out will go those back breaking sit ups, some excellent stuff here keep it up.

HiLo January 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I’ve looked through all these diets and personally believe in the ancestry diet – the one based on your genetics. Me, I have North European heritage and guess what nothing tastes better than a piece of fish and vegetables. I’ll rephrase that, pizza and every junk food tastes better but the fish and veg the most internally satisfying. A parellel would be a mistress is great for your ego and your hormones, but a wife at the end of the day is more internally satisfying.
When I started on this similar to Paleo-diet eliminating dairy and eggs, my sense of smell started to get better, I stopped getting mouth ulcers, and I felt much better. With it I rediscovered that vegetables can taste just as good as junk food, if you allow your taste buds time to redevelop. I also discovered that my emotions became clearer because I had eliminated all the carbs and sugar from my diet. emotion. Thats all processed carbs and sugar were – suppressants.
On another note, one of the best ways to judge what you should and shouldn’t eat is too take a look at profit. What is most profitable for the companies, because where there is the most profit is where companies target you to go. Ask any restaurant owner and very few will tell you that the mark-up for salads, vegetables and fish are profitable. And at the end of the day all that ‘certain’ people want you to eat is something that is profitable for them. You could see the scenario now in a company boardroom somewhere, “ok, we have a great tasting veggie burger with a salad which we can make 20c profit on or we have a ground beef burger we can make 50c on. Well there are a lot of over weight people here so lets spend our advertising budget on promoting the veggie burger. Lets take the lower profit margin and do something for the community”. I’ll stick with the Paleo-type diet thanks.

Wendy February 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Love the Paleo Diet. I agree it is the best way to lose weight but difficult to sustain. I can recommend a new book “The Paleo Solution Diet” by Robb Wolf which is both funny and informative. (see my review on find-a-diet.com)

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Nat April 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’ve been reading up on Paleo Diet for the last 3 days as I’m an out of control carb junkie and was diagnosed a T2 diabetic 6 years ago. This is currently the best source of info so far – liking the way you write, the video and everyone else’s comments and feedback! I’m currently about 50 pounds overweight (Obese according to my BMI) and really feeling the need to try and manage to cut out or at the very least hugely reduce my carb intake. Obviously being new to the subject do you or anyone else know of other T2 diabetics that have started this diet? Am off to read Son of Grok and Free The Animal but will be back!

CherryVee June 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This sounds a lot like the Atkins diet, how is it different? Also, if we all ate like this, what implications on food demand/supply and the environment would this have? I was just discussing the benefits of this diet with a friend and he raised these questions. He sites an old article in The Economist: http://www.economist.com/node/8381375

CherryVee June 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

oh yeah, is it just the organic element that makes it different to Aktins?

Rebecca January 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

Sounds like a great diet. I need to find something to do. My concern is this: Organic doesn’t mean chemical free. Many people think that being organic means no chemicals at all. That’s untrue. I grew up on a small family farm. We used (and still use) pesticides to protect our crops. Man made chemicals generally wash off, so buy local instead of buying corporate. Organic chemicals, especially those made from plants, can be absorbed into plants, fruits, vegetables etc. and that means your consuming those chemicals. We don’t yet know the long term effects of “natural” chemicals on human health.

I’m definitely cool with the non GMO and non steroid movement, but there are times when animals should get antibiotics and other medicines. As long as they’re slaughtered and processed after the medicines have metabolized and passed through their bodies, they’re safe.

Other than that, I think I’d like to try this diet and get my boyfriend to try it too. I like the idea of eating healthy and feeling better.

Thanks!

Kris July 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

*bump

Sorry for the bump 

Just wanted to say that I lost 69kg without knowing I was eating a Paleo Diet. I just ate lean meats, vegetables and fruits like cucumber, bell peppers and tomato’s. And that was like 7 years ago. Also I think it’s wrong to call it a Diet. Now that I’m on my target weight and BF use 90/10 eating 90% of the time Paleo and maybe once or twice a month having some oats with yogurt. So you can go 80/20 or in my case 90/10 occasionally having some ice cream, bread like Rusty said and still maintain your good health.

sarah October 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

Because of an advanced breast cancer diagnosis and the resulting chemotherapy and physical upheavals, I put myself on what I called a “caveman” diet- not knowing until now that such a diet has a following. I have not had a recurrence for 4 years and lost 50lbs. I am now at a healthy 130, and experience only minimal chemo side effects. Thank God for this diet. Don’t think I’d be alive today without it

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Nick January 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

The science really isn’t as clear-cut as that little video makes out. Most importantly, it’s completely untrue that humans haven’t evolved in response to diet over the last 10,000 years. For example, lactose tolerance rapidly became near-universal in Scandinavia within the last 10,000 years: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/beyond-otzi-european-evolutionary.html

paleo diet May 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I almost never leave comments, but i did some searching and wound
up here The Paleo and Primal Diet. Eating Like a Caveman?
– Fitness Black Book. And I actually do have some questions for you if you
tend not to mind. Could it be simply me or does it seem like some of these remarks appear like coming from brain dead people?
😛 And, if you are writing on additional online social sites, I’d like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Would you make a list of every one of all your communal sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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