On this page I will explain what the Primal Diet is all about. Now many people are talking about the “Primal Diet” as a way to go back to the foods that our ancestors ate before the industrial and agricultural revolutions. One of the most notable people in the alternative health industry, Mark Sisson, has written several books on the topic. among them are “The Primal Blueprint”, “The Primal Connection” and “Primal Insurance” and many others.
Now the main premise is that the agricultural revolution started a time in human history that was totally unexpected. For the majority of the human existence prior to the agricultural revolution, people were nomadic. They traveled with the food and seasons, constantly on the move in search of new food sources.
With the agricultural revolution, this mobility was no longer needed, therefore creating permanent settlements, villages and civilizations. With the availability of year-round food, the populations exploded and didn’t have the need to move as much.
Discover magazine back in 2010 published an extensive piece about Anthropological studies reveling that the human brain has shrunk about 10% since the inception of agriculture.
My point here is that convenience does not always benefit health. thats why the diet plan outlined in this post has the primary goal of providing you with the basics for a diet full of the nutrients, minerals and compounds found in pre-agricultural foods for optimal health and longevity.
I will divide this information in five basic Rules
- Quality of Meat
- Leafy Green Vegetable
- Clean Spring Water
- Quality Over Quantity
Primal Rule #1: Quality Meats
Cows are actually a domestic animal. While wild game is a preferred and optimal fuel source, they may be hard to acquire by the masses. In that case, we recommend you shop around for meats from grass fed animals. Most supermarkets are now carrying these. They are slightly more expensive than regular meat but are worth every cent.
Grass-fed beef is far superior to animals raised in a conventional, corn-fed feedlot. Grass-fed beef is unique in the fact that it contains as much Omega-3 fatty acids as fish. Due to the oceanic pollution and other factors, it’s a much safer and more accessible choice to consume grass-fed beef.
Grass-fed beef is also rich in another type of fatty acid known as Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLA). CLA is beneficial to fight cancer, burn fat and provide protection against diabetes and immune disorders.
Other alternatives are game meats which include deer and duck. Chickens for eggs and meat is also a very popular option. Pasture-raised animals are always better to seek out when shopping at the grocery or market. Cows and other animals are not designed to eat corn and only do so because it’s the only food option provided.
Primal Rule #2: Leafy Green Vegetables
While people may have the wrong notion that a “Primal” eating style is based on eating pounds and pounds of raw meat, this is far from the truth. Plants were actually a large part of the diet for much of human history.
The diet of our ancestors varied across the planet, but it’s safe to say based on anthropological research that a diet consisting of about 65% plants was common.
for the most part the darker green the vegetables are, the more nutrient dense that food is. Two good examples are spinach and kale which are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. When you steam or lightly cook these vegetables, you increase the absorbability of these nutrients and minerals [source].
Primal Rule #3: Berries
While many emphasize on the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables, we have to be careful about these statements regarding the mass consumption of fruits.
An important aspect of food history that is unique to modern times is the fact that many fruits have been hybridized or genetic manipulated. For example the apple of today is much sweeter and contains much more sugar than an apple of the past.
Due to this fact, we must be very well aware of the Carbohidrate content of our fruits. Fortunately, berries have not been significantly altered with genetic manipulation or hybridization. Fruits like blueberries, cranberries and blackberries are rich in antioxidants (which gives them their dark colors). The same compounds that prevent blueberries from drying up in the sun are the same ones that will protect your skin as you eat them.
Primal Rule #4: Clean Spring Water
You might wonder why clean water is on a list of a “Primal Diet Plan”. Many people know the importance of adequate hydration but still fail to follow this fundamental human law.
The Environmental Working Group tested Public Water Supplies in 42 U.S. States and found over 140 unregulated chemicals. “Another 119 regulated chemicals—a total of 260 contaminants altogether—were found by the environmental group in a two-and-a-half-year analysis of more than 22 million tap water quality tests. The tests, which are required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, were conducted at nearly 40,000 utilities that supply water to 231 million people.”
Until recently, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other man-made chemicals were not part of the water supply. But unfortunately that is not the case today. As the stated above our drinking water is highly contaminated with all these chemicals and substances that are deposited in our water sources every day.
While we may not be able to easily fix this issue, we do have the ability to purchase higher quality water. Reverse-Osmosis filtered water is a safe choice, but for the natural assortment of minerals and ability to hydrate us well, “Earth-filtered” spring water and carbon filtered water are your best choices.
Primal Rule #5: Quality Over Quantity
There are numerous other foods that can be beneficial to the mind and body, but these are the most important ones that can give you a great start on the road to a better healthier and happier life.
The most important thing to remember when dealing with higher quality foods is that the quality matters more than the quantity. It’s not necessary to eat a 16 oz Ribeye each day, but with locally sourced grass-fed beef, you can make a little go a long way.
Hope this information has shed some light in what the Primal-Paleo Diet is all about. See you soon and have a very happy and healthy day.