At the end of July, I read The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf, one of the world’s leading experts on the Paleo/Primal/Caveman “diet”. (I put that in quotes because it’s more like a way of eating for life.) I’ve been interested in health/nutrition/fitness since I was a kid and have read books and magazines on those subjects, but the information is usually the same and pretty much follows the USDA’s Food Pyramid guidelines.
Most of the information in Wolf’s book was pretty revelatory to me. Some things, such as the importance of eating fresh, local food in season when possible and eating grass-fed meat rather than corn-fed meat and wild over farmed fish, I’d been informed about through Michael Pollan’s books and the documentary Food, Inc. (all highly recommended, by the way). I was extremely intrigued by what I was reading in The Paleo Solution. Namely, that grains, legumes and dairy are inflammatory, interfere with nutrient absorption and eventually are the culprits that lead to modern diseases such as Type II diabetes, cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases, among other conditions.
The “diet” itself is based on emulating how our Paleolithic ancestors ate for hundreds of thousands
of years. It makes the most basic kind of sense, really, and Wolf effectively gets that across. The advent of agriculture (what UCLA evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond called the “worst mistake in the history of the human race”) only came about 10,000 years ago, a time period that experts say has not been sufficient for our bodies to adapt and evolve to overcome the detrimental effects of grains, dairy and the unnatural abundance of sugar, trans-fats and refined carbs in our modern diet.
I can’t stress how much I recommend this book and this way of eating. I’ve been striving to stick to it and have already experienced benefits and I’m looking forward to experiencing many more. This is one of those rare books that I’d put in the “life-changing” category. It contains so much invaluable information, which can also be found at Robb Wolf’s website.