Going Paleo: Eat Like a Caveman
It's hard to believe anything we read these days. The CDC says 68% of Americans over 20 are overweight or obese, but at the same time 1 in 8 Americans are hungry. One second the talking heads on the evening news are reporting on the glorious crusade to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity. . . . by the way, America is starving.
It's easy to read what we want to believe on the internet, but the facts are clear as mud with so many studies funded by corporations trying to prove a point. Skepticism is a useful tool to apply to anything we read online. That's why I wasn't sold at first glance when I first read up on the Paleo approach to eating in a Crossfit forum.
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It sounded interesting, so I dug a little deeper. After running across Mark's Daily Apple and the success stories there, it seemed definitely worth a test run. Check it out for yourself and you'll see that there are more benefits than just weight loss.
The basic theory is this: people were hunter-gatherers before they were baker-farmers, and our systems are better equipped to handle the former system. Grains are essentially evil, containing few nutrients and lots of little nasties like lectin, gluten, and phytates- anti-nutrients that inhibit the body's ability to absorb the good stuff from the otherwise healthy food consumed. Sugars and trans-fats are also off-limits. If you'd like to know why, just do a search on Mark's website- he likes to pick studies apart, and there's lots of research backing him up.Continued on the next page