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Going Paleolithic Much?

I bought a book yesterday called, The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, by Robb Wolf (2010). I downloaded the Kindle version via Amazon to read on my iPad.

Why are you interested in the paleo diet, anyway?

To be honest, I’m less interested and more curious. Since this week is about nutrition, I decided to read something new (for me) on the subject. I have “read” half the book (a lot of text scanning going on here). It’s fairly interesting, but it is also written with a bit of over-the-top cheekiness. To Robb’s credit, though, making nutrition a fun subject can be tough.

What I find most interesting is that the approach to “eating like our ancestors” is a lot like my experience trying to eat kosher a couple summers ago. I’m not Jewish, but I wanted to see what it’s like (I have many Jewish friends who lead kosher lives and seem pretty healthy).

While eating kosher that summer, I did take it a step further and significantly reduce my carbohydrate intake (breads, cereals, pasta, and sugars not from fresh fruits). I saw real results from that.

The thing is, I didn’t exactly live well that summer. There were many late nights of mostly studying, two-a-day workouts without giving much time for recovery, plenty of beer, and I was still a pack-a-day smoker. By the end of that summer, though, my body was (at least visibly) in better shape than it had been in a while.

So are you saying that Uncle Ruben lived the paleo diet lifestyle?

Nope. Unless, of course, he did. Eating kosher, though, does not necessarily mean your adhering to the paleo diet. You’d have to read more to understand, and I’m still not entirely certain about all the differences.

Are you going paleo on us?

Hardly. I just want to learn more about it. You can’t read results like those touted in Robb’s book and not scratch your head a little and wonder. He talks a little about treating the symptoms of lupus with this diet. That hit close to home for me. My warrior of a father is stricken with the disease. Naturally, I’m going to finish the book.

So…do like I’ve done and go find a book on nutrition this week. It doesn’t have to be a radical approach book like the one I downloaded, but find something to educate yourself more on the general subject. We pay a lot of attention to what goes in and out of our bank accounts every day, but too many of us fail to think about what enters and–yes–exits our bodies.

Happy eating and reading!

Aj

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