I’ve written quite a few articles on the efficacy of the paleo or paleolithic diet now, and while I can talk about what the diet has done for me and my life, I’m sure you may be curious as to how I discovered it.
Truth be told, I have always been interested in nutrition. The “discovery” of the paleolithic diet wasn’t really a discovery per say. I didn’t stumble upon it in a moment of awesome clarity. No, it was more of a progression in my own interest of the human body and how nutrition affects the body.
I found that the simpler the food I ate, the better my body functioned. I read a whole bunch of diet fads, such as those which encourage the eating of grains, legumes and carbohydrates. Note that one of the originators of this sort of eating, including the advocating of carbo-loading professor, Tim Noakes. He publically announced that all of his research into the benefits of carbohydrates in the body was wrong. Yup, he announced that he was incorrect, and that the better diet was that of an age old diet which was based on low carb, high protein foods.
Click here for a list of Tim Noakes’s books. I highly recommend their reading, he really is a forethinker and a man of great wisdom. He has also worked with Timothy Ferris, who I learned a great deal from in using your own body as your own example. Click here for an article on Tim Ferris and Tim Noakes.
This fascinated me. How could an author and name of such caliber in the diet world revoke what he had taught for so long? Well, simple, he is a scientist, and scientists try to prove themselves incorrect. Amazing, I thought. He now supported the basic principles of what makes up the paleo or paleolithic diet. While he wasn’t the diet’s originator by any shot, he certainly brought the paleo style of eating to the public.
What is paleolithic nutrition?
Simple, it is the same as the paleo diet, the very one I love so dearly. The basic principle is that you eat as though you are a caveman, ultimately only eating very simple foods and keeping carbohydrates to a minimum, while increasing your intake of proteins and fats. This works because your body works differently to what the “norm” wishes you to believe about nutrition.
For one, bread is not healthy. This was a big step for me, though thinking back in hindsight now, it really makes such sense, and the positive effect I’ve experienced after removing bread and grains from my diet has been amazing.
Grains are not good. Whole grain “health” meals? Nope, not healthy. Grains swell the intestines, and so they actually cause damage to the body. How about that, something thought to be and promoted to be healthy, is in fact bad for you.
Animal fats are the devil, nope wrong again. Why? Because your body knows how to use fats. Obviously excess is a bad idea here, and eating lean is eating mean! Having said that, because of the sheer amount of balance you will be aiming for when perfecting your paleolithic diet, you won’t need to worry about ingesting too much fat at all. Eat marbled steak and chicken skin, it’s good for you.
How I Actually Got Interested In Paleolithic Food
I read about lots of nutrition advice online, and I heard the term “paleo diet” thrown around a few times. I didn’t know what it was or what sort of eating regime it promoted, all I knew is that it had been repeated more than once in the circle of people online that I follow, and so, by methods of deduction, I deemed it is probably relative to my own interests. Boy, was I right.
The paleo diet was real, and the focus on the old paleolithic nutrition or diet of our ancestors fascinated the curiosity of my old-school genetic makeup. I like the idea of eating in the most efficient way possible. I found that similarity with Tim Ferriss, he is efficiency personified, and aims to make everything in his life as effective as possible while requiring the least effort. He wasn’t the beginning for me however.
The beginning of my journey into the paleolithic diet began with Mark Sisson from MarksDailyApple.com.
The man is an amazing athlete, having run many marathons and remaining incredibly physically active well into his 50’s. He eats and writes about what it takes to eat for the body with as much variation and effectiveness as possible. Mark’s recommendations on what constitutes good paleolithic food are essential, and like Tim Noakes and Tim Ferriss, I highly recommend his books and diet guides.
That’s really where my interest, or rather, my understanding of the paleolithic diet began. I knew I’d found something significant when my body started responding immediately. While I have written on how effective the paleo diet has been for me, I hadn’t yet written on how I actually discovered the diet that I base all my eating on, until now.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my article,
And as always,
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