Great article. Thank you. I'm just curious. Where do you stand on carbs? Some paleos don't beleive in any carbs, others don't believe in grains, but root vegetables are ok. I personally, think root vegetables are ok, since they were around pre-agrarian age, and because I also don't react to them the same way I react to grains.
Seasonal fresh & A Paleo Diet
What it really comes down to is eating food grown locally that is fresh and in-season. We here all the time about eating seasonal fresh and to buy local. How does this work with eating a paleo diet?
What is the Paleolithic Diet?
The Paleolithic diet is reflective of the traditional eating patterns of nomadic humans some 40,000 years ago. Early human societies were centered around a hunter-gatherer type lifestyle, following the seasonal migrations of large herds of mammals, the spawning of fish, and gathering a large variety of wild vegetables, seeds and fruits.
12,000 years ago the last Ice Age came to an end and with it we saw the end of the Palaeolithic age as well. The Palaeolithic age, is a formal time on Geologic and Archaeological time charts from about 2,600,000 years ago to about 10,000 years ago.
Those millenniums of evolution have established in all of our cells a long lasting genetic baseline or imprint that determines what is the best food to put into our bodies. Think of it as a “Fuel Mix” just like what we put in our cars. Get the mix right and the car runs well. Put the wrong mix in and the car will not run well and may become sick.
During the Palaeolithic age, (2.5 million years) we evolved a specific gene structure that has only changed approximately 0.01 per cent in the last 10,000 years. The mix of foods that were eaten then still has a fundamental bias on what we should be eating today.
During the past 10,000 years mass agriculture, grains and grain products, sugars and sugar products, dairy and dairy products as well as a plethora of processed foods have all been introduced as a regular part of the human diet. We are not eating the foods we are genetically and physiologically adapted to eat (99.9% of our genetic profile is still Palaeolithic); and the discordance is an underlying cause for much of the "diseases of civilisation", "syndrome X", obesity, and "diseases of old age" that are so epidemic in our society today.
Research undertaken by Professor Cordain shows that 70% of the average caloric intake of Americans is from foods that did not even exist for our Palaeolithic ancestors. This discordance is having tremendously negative health consequences for society as a whole.
Looked at in another way,
100,000 generations we were hunter-gatherers,
500 generations have depended on agriculture,
10 generations have lived since the start of the industrial age,
2 generations have grown up with highly processed fast foods.
My paleo diet consists in local, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables with lean, non-processed meats. I use plenty of herbs with my cooking and have great, tasty meals. Its that easy.
My diet is not 100% paleo as I have some dairy in my diet by choice. What I keep away from is processed fast foods, high fat processed meats and anything with Gluten in it.
During the spring, summer, and autumn, eating seasonally is easy and a joy. I am a great fan of farmers markets as the produce is usually local, fresh and buying seasonal at its best is when its usually in good supply and is at its cheapest.
In the spring there are the young lettuces, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli and onions. The summer brings summer squash, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries and jalapeno peppers. Fall brings winter squash, apples, cranberries, pomegranates and turnips. In winter in the northern climates there is really nothing local available.
I preserve, freeze and dry things that I will need for winter. At the supermarket I do not buy anything that is not in season in my local area.