Primal, also known as Paleo, caveman diet, hunter-gatherer, etc., is not really a “diet” as we normally think of the word, but more so a lifestyle or way of eating. Put simply, it is eating the way our ancestors did thousands of years ago. We were designed to eat meats – including fatty cuts of meat, vegetables, fruits, starchy carbohydrates like tubers, and some healthy fats. We were not designed to eat vegetable oils, grains, processed foods, and processed dairy.
I chose to name my website Primal, because Primal tends to lean more towards allowing certain foods such as raw, organic dairy, white potatoes, and certain legumes. There are so many different interpretations out there on what foods are paleo/primal and what aren’t, so you need to find what works for you. One person may thrive on a diet that includes raw, organic dairy, while another person may deal with digestive upset or skin problems when eating dairy. Another person may do very well including some grains like white rice, or a very starchy tuber like white potatoes, while another person feels lethargic, bloated and gains weight. It’s all about trial and error and figuring out what your body needs. What your focus should be, is on eating real, whole, nutrient dense foods, to provide your body with the nutrition it needs.
My recommendation if you’re interested in finding out all the science behind the Paleo diet, is to check out a few books on the subject which I have found to be immensely helpful in understanding the why’s instead of just the what’s. Here are a few of my favorites:
One of my favorite things about this site is being able to help others adopt a healthier way of eating. I genuinely care about each and every person who comes here to read this and want you to know that if you have any questions, please feel free to email me or comment on any of my posts.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or certified nutritionist and am not qualified to give nutritional or medical advice. I can share with you my recommendations but please know these are only recommendations and not professional advice.