Holidays in the Paleo community. Ah, isn’t it a relief? We can still eat all the same stuff everyone else eats with just a few tweaks and substitutes. Record scratch. What? Are you serious? You really think this stuff is Primal? I mean Primal. Primal.
I know this is not what you want to hear right in the middle of the holidays when you’re already addicted to the crap you said you’d indulge in just this once until it turned into four weeks of hell.
Sorry to be so cynical but I only wish there had been someone around to tell me this in all the years I was shuffling for alternatives, sabotaging my health, and never letting go the reins that tethered me to misery: food processing.
All the photos I’ve been seeing all over the Paleo food blogger’s websites are astounding! Do you honestly think a chocolate bar is Primal? Or coconut flour muffins, or pie made with agave not sugar, or almond butter cookies, chocolate coconut flour cake, nut bars, or even smoothies?
All this stuff looks good doesn’t it? But it isn’t what our ancestors ate! It isn’t what helped us evolve into these upright, big-brained singular creature that we are. What is all this talk about evolutionary nutrition anyway? How many people preaching it are actually doing it?
If the Primal diet isn’t providing the results you expected, then you might just consider the fact that you may not be as Primal as you thought you were. These foods AREN’T Primal:
Chocolate (I’m sure they had soy lecithin, vanilin, and cocoa butter in mass, isolate quantities 100,000 years ago)
Nut bars (Right, our Primal ancestors ate loads of squished, shelled nuts, mixed with piles of sticky dried fruit, and then baked in a stone oven? Nope.)
Smoothies (Umm, when were blenders invented? And how much fructose did our ancestors really dine on in a given sitting?)
Alternative flours (Flour is flour – nutrient depleted junk)
Pies (All of the above plus)
Substitutes substitutes substitutes. They don’t give results. Yeah, you’ll be healthier than you were before you started this – giving up the SAD does wonders – but your health won’t soar. Sure you can exercise your way to thinness but you won’t be free of sickness and modern ailments.
Why did it take me so long to recover from all of my problems? Because I wasn’t Primal. Because I thought that if all the components of some meal came from legal Primal foods, that somehow made a whole mixture of their extracted ingredients Primal. This just isn’t so.
Once you get the bars, breads, and pies all packed up into a yummy treat, I’m sorry, but it’s modern. Maybe we could rename all these “Paleo” adherents and simply call them “grain free.” At least that would be honest.
Being Primal takes a commitment to a real new life. It’s not about working the system. There is no “system” with loopholes for you to sneak through.
Primal is nature. Being Primal is being natural.
The real Primal lifestyle requires that we stop looking to food for fun. Food is sustenance. Food is healing. Food is nutrition. LIFE is fun!!!
The whole idea of getting together and using food as a source of entertainment is agriculture based. When all you eat is meat and vegetables, who cares about eating? It’s just not that big of a deal. We put food in our mouths like we put gas in a car. It’s just necessary. It’s not a party at the Shell station!
But when all you do is work your ass off all day in an agrarian society damn right you’re going to make a banquet of all the foods you’ve spent the year growing. And your world will revolve around preparing them, farming them, perfecting them, talking about them, thinking about them, sharing them, protecting them, and fighting for them.
We have been addicted to food for 10,000 years. Isn’t it clear that even the processed “Primal” foods are addicting? Truly being Primal is kicking that addiction in all it’s forms.
I understand that a lot of people use these foods as a way to transition out of the modern diet, but how long is that “transition” going to last? So, are you really Paleo or are you just Grain Free?
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