Posts Tagged ‘paleo diet’

Paleo – The Way to Go. IMHO.

16/02/2011 7 comments

paleo- : combining form. Older or ancient, esp. relating to the geological past : Paleolithic | paleomagnetism.
ORIGIN from Greek palaios ‘ancient.’

The way I’ve been eating for approximately the last three months is called the paleo diet, or the Primal Blueprint (Sisson, see below), or the hunter-gatherer diet, or the Stone Age diet, or a multitude of other names.

It’s based on two ideas: a) over the course of more than 2 million years of eating a diet solely consisting of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and all parts of animals of all kinds, the human digestive system genetically evolved to process these food groups in an optimal fashion, and b) the “neolithic” foods, such as grains, legumes, added sugar, etc. have only been around since the Agricultural Revolution at the earliest – 10,000 years ago – and thus our digestive systems are not evolved to deal with these food groups.

In short, many foods that now make up much of the standard Western/North American diet are actually poisonous to us Read more…


First Experience with Intermittent Fasting

09/02/2011 2 comments

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pretty popular concept in the paleo community (see this post on Mark’s Daily Apple for an explanation of IF and its benefits, which “include decreases in blood pressure, reduction in oxidative damage to lipids, protein and DNA, improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, as well as decreases in fat mass.”). I tried it accidently yesterday.

Tuesday I have an 8:30am conference and usually set two alarms – one for 7am and one for 8am – just in case I pull a typical university student and sleep through one of them. Good thing I did, because yesterday I slept right through the first one!

As it takes me 15 minutes to get to the class, I only had time to wash my face and brush my teeth before running out the door and grabbing a coffee on the way. No breakfast. (Conventional wisdom disapproves!)

As I walked to class I started to think about all the reading I’d done on IF and decided to try it, just out of curiousity.

Wow. Just wow. Read more…