Being Primal is about more than limiting the diet to certain food groups and eliminating others, adjusting macronutrient ratios, exercising every day, and living a simpler, less toxic life.
Being Primal is about being a part of nature.
I know that’s hard to do when we live in cities or large towns, where we have to drive long distances just to spend a few hours in the forest. Most of us are lucky to go hiking once a week or meet up with friends for a picnic in the park once a month. But I don’t think this separation is healthy, for us, for our children, for our community, or for our earth.
The longer we are away from nature the more distance we put between ourselves and the world which we were designed to inhabit.
When we don’t see our food growing in the ground and we have no relationship with the animals we eat, we are more prone to shop for meats at the supermarket and eat steaks at restaurants where food is served only for appearance and profit and not for nutrition and with respect.
A feedlot steak and a grass fed steak look pretty much identical on a plate sitting beside a bed of colorful veggies, organic or otherwise. But the reality is, they’re not the same. One came from a sick animal which hurts the earth and hurts our bodies, while the other came from a healthy animal and nourishes the earth and ourselves.
Maintaining a connection with nature helps us remember to eat responsibly.
It’s just about summer now across the country – the perfect time to go hiking and rock climbing, to swim in a lakes, climb trees with our kids, and walk barefoot across big fields. It’s time to reestablish a relationship with our roots and experience the real Primal world. It’s time to remember how animals are supposed to live.
I think it’s also important to visit local farms to learn even more about where our food comes from and how it is cared for, to remember that grass fed, and not factory farmed animals, are what we should be eating. If you’re not sure where one is in your area, check out EatWild.com for a listing of farmers. Call them up and take a tour.
Connecting with nature comes pretty naturally to me. Being in the city for too long feels oppressive and so I frequently seek out the quieter, less offensive world of the mountains, fields, and beaches. City people with all their attitudes, schedules, and mental problems are tiresome and nature is a perfect escape from this. But I have to admit, visiting farms takes a bit more planning. When we lived in California, we did it often. Since being in Colorado, however, and all the craziness that we’ve been through since we got here, we have only visited a farm once in these two years.
I am going to make an extra effort to visit some farms this summer. I hope you do too. We will probably hit up one or two as a family and I will also post a meetup event on the Denver Paleo Meetup that I started last year.
Let’s not forget where real food comes from so that we don’t get sucked into living the American food lie.
For inspiration, I’ve posted some grassfed farm pictures I took in California juxtaposed with pictures of the stuff you find in restaurants and supermarkets. Which kind of animals do you eat?