Looking to the Past. For a Healthier Future.

The Perils of Sugar Explained…Over 60 Years Ago!
April 23, 2010, 4:57 am
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An incredible video  from the 1950’s featuring Jack Lalane, a fitness expert born in 1914. Close your eyes and listen to the video. It might have been shot yesterday.


Bison Bacon Burger!
April 22, 2010, 5:10 am
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I liked the look of freetheanimal’s tasty burger, so I made my own.

You’re looking at a bison bacon burger, wrapped in lettuce. Pretty delicious!

I’m always looking for new things to eat, so I was really excited to see Mark Sisson’s new cookbook being offered for sale. I’ll be sure to provide a full book report when it comes in the mail.

The Reasons Why
April 20, 2010, 9:35 pm
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I’ve been thinking about the reasons why so many, including myself, have been drawn in to the Paleo lifestyle. It’s curious to me because it’s not just a weight loss or healthy living phenomenon. It also seems to quite unlike the vegetarian or vegan movements that focus on ethical considerations. It seems that many are attracted to Paleo because of what it represents at a deeper, philosophical level.

Process. Manufacturing. Layers. Filler. Disconnection.

These words are often used by natural food advocates to describe both the ways in which modern diets are composed as well as our relationship to food. We eat process, fillers, manufacturing. We are disconnected from our food sources.

I would argue that is certainly one piece of the puzzle; one reason why people are attracted to the Paleo diet. I’ve begun to feel, however, that these words describe a whole lot more than simply our relationship to food. Our existence in suburban or urban western society is now characterized by disconnection, not just from food, but from our human nature as a whole. We sit in offices consuming process. Living manufactured lives. Collecting things.

I believe it is this disconnection from our true nature that drives many to seek out means of living our true nature, and attempting to return to authentic foods is just one of those outlets.

Now maybe all of this is just the reaction to a particularly frustrating day in the office. But I don’t think so. There has always been a voice in the back of my head saying, “Is this truly how I should be living my life?” Ironic as it, perhaps this blog is my first step in answering that question.

Gary Taubes Basic Argument on Video
April 20, 2010, 6:16 am
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Sugar: The Bitter Truth
April 20, 2010, 6:12 am
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More Inspiration and More Proof
April 20, 2010, 6:07 am
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As Taubes points out in Good Calories, Bad Calories the science behind virtually all modern nutrition research is just plain weak. We know that there is virtually no evidence that Low Fat diets are effective.  Unfortunately in the absence of solid long term studies on High Fat, Paleo-esque diets, we have to rely on a lot of anecdotal triumphs for inspiration.

Here is another in a long line of  them to be found on the pages of the world wide web. http://mecaveman.wordpress.com/

A New Start
April 20, 2010, 5:02 am
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I begin this blog, as I began the switch to the paleo diet – with little knowledge, but quite a bit of curiosity.

Thew switch to a natural foods based diet about four months ago. Why? I think it was the blogs. One way or the other I stumbled on www.freetheanimal.com and www.marksdailyapple.com. This led me to Gary Taubes and his infamous NY Times article.

And so, I figured, why not give it a try. The results so far have been very, very positive. The changes in my body are highly noticeable and measurable. Well over ten pounds have disappeared from my 5’8 frame. I’m now down to about 175. It’s a highly satisfying start to a journey I hope is just beginning.

Perhaps others will be interested in occasionally looking in as I record my journey here.  I will try to add as much useful information as possible because I know the impact one post or one article can have on someone looking for a new perspective.