Monday, March 1, 2010

New Paleo Website

The Paleo/Low-carb world is expanding rapidly and it is getting hard to keep up with all the new ideas and research findings being put out on the web. Fortunately, a new website, Paleo for Life, has started up that gathers together all the latest information on low-carb and paleo diets. It's a great one-stop place to find what the bloggers have posted recently, tons of links to research topics, as well as books, videos, and other links to help you get started if you are new to Paleo.

Paleo and low-carb have more in common than differences. Those difference center around how much carb to incorporate in your diet, dairy, and the amount of saturated fats you eat. The things they all agree on are:

...only eat foods that can be picked or hunted in nature, avoid foods that cannot be eaten raw, and prefer meat products from animals fed their natural food. In practice, this translates into the following:

Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined seed and vegetable oils as these are not available in nature, and only become available after heavy industrial processing.

Avoid grains (particularly wheat), legumes (particularly soy), and starchy tubers (such as potatoes) as these foods cannot be eaten raw.

Prefer grass-fed and grass-finished beef over grain-fed beef

Prefer pasture-raised poultry over conventionally raised poultry

Natural saturated fat is generally considered neutral but superior to refined vegetable oils.

I think we all agree that we are experimentalists, too. We are willing to try new things if there seems to be a logical or scientific basis, if it seems to be the more natural way for humans to live, and if there are no side effects. And a lot of us go beyond what we eat (or don't eat if you are into intermittent fasting, otherwise known as IF) to include things like exercise, getting plenty of sunshine (or supplementing with vitamin D), going barefoot as much as possible (see my next post), eschewing soap and shampoo, etc., in our Paleo lifestyle. It's only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches up with us.

No comments:

Post a Comment