On Friday I had the indescribable joy of chatting to Nora Gedgaudas on Skype. Nora wrote the paleo living bible Primal Body, Primal Mind and is a gem of a woman.
photo via The Alkaline Sisters
In a nutshell, the premise of her thinking is this:
* our genealogy hasn’t changed since Paleolithic times when we ate fat, protein and low-starch veggies.
* our diet has changed to a high carb/sugar/starch diet, with the introduction of the agricultural period 10,000 years ago, which our bodies have not been able to adjust to…which makes us sick and tired.
We need to eat MORE FAT and ELIMINATE CARBS for optimal health and longevity.
Perhaps the most home-hitting point she makes is this:
Fat doesn’t make us fat, fat eaten with carbs does
We aren’t what we eat, we’re how we metabolise what we eat
If you’re interested in all this, her book is seriously the go-to bible. I went crazy with my highlighter and post-it reading it last week. And for auto-immune/hashimoto sufferers…it almost caters directly to our conditions (Nora’s family all have hashimotos).
The great news is: Nora’s also out here in Australia in November speaking at universities in Sydney, Armidale and the Gold Coast. I’ll be at the Goldie to see her speak. It will be rad.
But in the meantime…our chat:
Some of you asked some questions via twitter on key points of the paleo diet. I thought I’d spell things out a little, because they’re themes that I’ve touched on a lot on this blog. My sugar quitting philosophy is similar, ditto my exercise approach.
But aren’t grains needed by our bodies?
It would appear not. They contain no essential nutrients we can’t get from elsewhere in more effective ways. They’ve traditionally been eaten when fat and protein haven’t been around (and, thus, signal to the body there’s a famine going on). Since we have the option not to eat them, why would we? Especially given the below…