“Why would anyone in their right mind want to eat like a caveman?”
It’s a question that I hear from friends, family, clients, and certainly from strangers on the street.
“There’s so much you have to give up.” They say. And it’s true. We have wonderfully delicious, lip-smacking foods available on every street corner.
Our primal ancestors did not have these conveniences. Sweet, savory, salty delights can be purchased inexpensively, without us having to spend hours in our kitchen. Our cave dwelling predecessors also didn’t have near the choice we have in selecting something to eat.
So why in the world would you choose the Primal approach or Paleo diet when there are so many eating options available?
The answer is simple. The incidence rate of cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease has increased dramatically, right alongside the advent of modern agriculture and food processing.
Just because food is convenient, inexpensive or tasty does not mean it is healthy.
There are chemicals, steroids, artificial flavors, preservatives and unhealthy ingredients added to most processed food. These additions are not made in the name of health. They are made in the name of profits, intentionally forming dangerous addictions to unhealthy food so you keep coming back for more.
When our primal ancestors needed to eat, they hunted or foraged. They ate natural foods, made healthy by nature. They didn’t have to worry about additives, refined sugar, salt, preservatives and other chemical nasties ruining their health and well-being.
The reason for returning to a more natural way of approaching your nutritional needs has everything to do with your health.
Human beings are more overweight and obese than ever before. We suffer from more heart disease, cancer and chronic diseases now than at any other time in human history. Nutrition experts, doctors and researchers now understand this is directly tied to the unhealthy processed and fast food diet which so many people unfortunately follow.
The primal approach to eating, which includes vegetables, meat, nuts and seeds, some fruit and dairy if you can tolerate it, is an approach that provides nutrition, variety, flavor, and optimal health. You’re not giving up delicious foods when you go primal, you’re gaining health and vitality.