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Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis). A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)



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Going Primal

11th January 2012      by: Tom Woods     

This is our third day following the Primal Blueprint, an approach to diet, fitness, and overall health that has come highly recommended by my readers here.

Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, had two books on this site’s bestseller list last year, which is further evidence that I am in good company in this. I interviewed Mark last month, and I think he gave a good overview of what going Primal is all about.

It’s taking some getting used to, particularly for someone like me, who has grown rather attached to sweets over the past several years, and who isn’t quite convinced that eating the innards of a Philly cheesesteak with a knife and fork is superior to holding it in your hands and eating the whole thing. The first few days have been quite an adjustment. We’re going to do the 21-day program and see where it takes us.

My wife has started a blog that will chronicle our progress. She’s particularly interested in comments from people with children, since we can always use lunch and snack ideas, interesting recipes, etc. By all means join us there. (A caveat: you know I love you guys, but if you comment over there, no turning everything into a discussion of libertarianism and the state. My poor wife gets enough of that from me.)

Unlearn the Propaganda!

  • Dan

    Dude. You’ll be happy you did this. Congrats.

  • Cam

    All meat diet here. No exercise and lost 16 pounds in 15 days. 

  • Brian Anderson

    Weirdly enough I was going to ask you about this on Facebook today. I started primal three days ago, and I’m excited about how it’ll make me feel. The individual feedback I’ve received from people who have been primal for a long time is incredible. All health problems gone.

  • Bryan

    Get the Paleo Diet Cookbook for recipes and snack ideas. Also try Googling “Paleo recipes” “Paleo snacks” etc. It’s hard to adjust your diet when you don’t really know what to eat. After being on the Paleo diet for 7 years now, I have go to foods just like anyone else and things are easy.

  • Chris Hobson

    I had been struggling with losing those last 20 lbs (sad that there was more than that to lose in the first place I know), and I switched to a full-on Keto diet and the weight came off incredibly easy when coupled with a workout routine focused on heavy compound movements.  Switching to a diet that was 60% fats, 35% protein and only 5% carbs was different…but tasted great!

    I’m not keeping it that strict anymore, but still focusing mostly on fat and protein and feeling great.

    My favorite snack right now is plain greek yogurt sprinkled with hemp seeds and a small drizzle of maple syrup.

  • Dan

    The smart ass in me almost couldn’t resist going to your wife’s blog and making a comment about libertarianism. I was able to resist but you shouldn’t tempt people like me with those kind of caveats.

  • Dan

    The smart ass in me almost couldn’t resist going to your wife’s blog and making a comment about libertarianism. I was able to resist but you shouldn’t tempt people like me with those kind of caveats.

  • http://thelibertarianpatriot.com thelibertarianpatriot

    Good luck in the diet Tom.

    A few years back my wife and did a protein sparing modified fast, 9 oz of protein and 3 servings of veggies a day. It was hell for the first few days but once your body detoxes and adjusts to the low carb intake, you fell much better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Vallecorsa/705249106 Cathy Vallecorsa

    http://www.hacres.com   saved my life.  Great recipe ideas too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vince.daliessio Vince Daliessio

    Cutting out bread and pasta seemed impossible…until I did it! Substituting Quinoa for rice adds back more recipies. And nuts, dried fruit, and 74% dark chocolate take care of much of the sweets cravings. I have been indifferently exercising, and having plateaued on WW, I have resumed my slow march to my desired weight and improved health.I am also using this inexpensive yet handy device to keep track; 
    http://www.coheso.com/caloriesmart-d.html  Way to go Tom, I am right with you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/IvoryPalmer May Palmer

    Hey Tom! Congratulations for taking a very educated step towards good health by going Primal! I started doing it about a month or so ago and feel alive, stronger and of course have dropped several pounds already! I wish you and your wife all the best as you continue your journey into going Primal! Grok On, Brother!!

  • http://twitter.com/LA_Liberty LA Liberty

    Not primal…

  • Jim

    Hey, Tom. I was one of those who encouraged you to go Primal
    when you first expressed an interest, and I want to reiterate my recommendation
    of the daily (or less often, if you like) Superfood Elixir/Smoothie/Protein Shake.
     It will allow you to satisfy your sweet
    tooth without spiking the blood sugar, it can taste wonderful if you do it
    right, it packs a huge nutritional punch, and it gives your digestive system a
    break with something nice and light and smooth.

     

    You can take the Superfood Elixir as far as you want to, but
    1-7 are the fundamentals:

    1)     
    We start with a liquid base. Could be water, tea,
    or my favorite: coconut water kefir.  For
    coconut water kefir, add a kefir starter to your coconut water, let it sit out
    at room temperature in a Mason jar for about 24 hours, and then refrigerate.
    Sisson is a big advocate of fermented foods and beverages, as they supply
    friendly flora to your gut, bolstering your immune system and your digestion.

    2)     
    Next we will need a good fat for slow burning,
    long-term energy.  Coconut oil is the
    best for our purposes here.  Or you could
    use one third of an avocado.

    3)     
    Next we add some fruit. Berries are the best
    fruits, as they are high in antioxidants and lower in sugar. Blueberries, strawberries,
    blackberries…you decide. Goji berries have the most antioxidants, and they’re
    also a complete protein source, which is rare for a fruit.

    4)     
    We will need a creamer to give the elixir that creamy,
    deeply satisfying milkshake taste that we all love.  I use raw grass-fed whey protein powder or colostrum
    powder – or even better, both together! 
    If you are lactose/casein persistent, you might want to add some raw
    cream.

    5)     
    We will want to add a thickener next so that
    this becomes a meal and not just a drink. 
    Chia seeds or fresh coconut flesh are my favorites.  Hacking into a coconut is something you’ll
    have to learn how to do (see Youtube).  Chia seeds contain some antinutrients, but if
    you soak them in water in a Mason jar, they quickly break down and turn into a
    gel.  Just put your chia gel in the
    refrigerator, and you’re good to go. Throw a couple scoops into the blender to
    thicken the elixir and add some omega-3 fatty acids.

    6)     
    A pinch of sea salt supplies important trace
    minerals, enhances the taste, and ties all of the flavors together. Essential.
    Don’t skip this step.

    7)     
    The last bare essential is a sweetener.  I usually go with Vanilla Crème liquid stevia
    drops, which you can find easily at Whole Foods or on the interweb. Whey powder
    often comes already sweetened with stevia, so this step may or may not be
    necessary.  You might even use some honey
    or maple syrup, depending on how concerned you are about increasing the sugar
    content.  That’s it, the bare Superfood
    Elixir.

    8)     
    Now you can dump whatever other “superfoods” or
    herbs or spices you like on top of the base ingredients! I almost always add
    ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  You can
    add cacao paste (the plant that chocolate is made from – in other words, naked
    chocolate) if you it to be a chocolate shake. 
    There are tons of “superfoods” like maca and aloe vera that are great to
    add. 

     

    Check out ElixirCraft master Daniel
    Vitalis (one of the great teachers on primal living in general) on Youtube to
    help you get a sense of how to make these drinks:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpzYITiY_4A

     

    In conclusion, you will want to
    shell out the dough for a high-speed blender by Vitamix or Blendtec.  They make your drinks much smoother and
    tastier. It’s so worth it.

  • http://tomwoods.com Tom Woods

    Thanks a lot! I’ll have to pick up some of these ingredients.

  • Jim

    Sheesh. I typed that as a Word document and pasted it, not knowing it would come out this way, with those huge spaces. Sorry. 

  • Brent

    Diet is by far the most important, but practicing Primal Fitness along with it is, well, let’s just say it is rewarding and then some.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Swaringen/100000250965440 Jonathan Swaringen

    http://jackkruse.com/

    You should check out this guys stuff too especially the Leptin Reset RX.  Check out the first four Leptin Blogs at the very least they are great.

    It goes really well with Paleo eating.

  • Baus

    All the best, Tom.  I don’t mean to flatter you by saying that the Liberty movement needs you to stick around for the long haul. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sukdeth-Punjasticle/100002232860607 Sukdeth Punjasticle

    whoa, you lost me, how does “eating the innards of a philly cheese steak with a knife and fork” constitute “going primal”?

  • Dack Phillips

    I heard your interview with Mark last month, and needed to lose a few pounds myself.  I looked at Mark’s stuff and decided it was for me too.  I made a New Year’s resolution to lose 33 pounds, and after the first week going primal, I’ve lost 3.4 lbs.  Keep in mind, this is just with my changing eating habits.  I lead a very sedentary lifestyle and really haven’t added any exercise to my routine, though I do plan on going there eventually.  I can find my way around the kitchen okay, and with the energy I have, I’m going to be hard pressed to go back to my former eating habits.  Good luck on your Primal endeavours.

  • Dack Phillips

    I heard your interview with Mark last month, and needed to lose a few pounds myself.  I looked at Mark’s stuff and decided it was for me too.  I made a New Year’s resolution to lose 33 pounds, and after the first week going primal, I’ve lost 3.4 lbs.  Keep in mind, this is just with my changing eating habits.  I lead a very sedentary lifestyle and really haven’t added any exercise to my routine, though I do plan on going there eventually.  I can find my way around the kitchen okay, and with the energy I have, I’m going to be hard pressed to go back to my former eating habits.  Good luck on your Primal endeavours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kingofthehokies Jim Land

    Getting good go to recipes are very much a must.  It also helps if someone in the family has a little bit of spare time, as this way of eating is very much more time consuming than the standard american diet.  Almost everyone that sticks with it will look better and feel better though.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=184902728 Andrew Miller

    I’ve been on the Primal diet since Thanksgiving.  It’s working out great for me, I feel much healthier and I’m only 26.  Best of luck Tom!

  • Dan

    Oh, and as far as food recipes are concerned, Paleo diet cookbook is good as listed below. Also, you may wish to check out this website (and you should also watch his film) http://www.fathead-movie.com/  There’s a list of good cook books there as well as very informative blog pieces there.

  • Ben Kennedy

    I recently just found a big PDF of recipes:

    http://www.liveprimal.com/LPrecipes.pdf

    I have 4 kids (one only 3 months), and our approach for the last couple weeks is that I am going all-in, while my wife is eating what I eat for some meals, and we are making some healthier choices for our kids but not completely overhauling their diet.  If if works out for me, then we’ll continue to layer in more primal meals and less SAD meals.  It hard when there are years of habits to undo.  But good luck, and keep a bag of macadamia nuts handy at all times!

  • http://www.libertariannews.org/ Michael Suede

    I’m going Preservative, because I want to live forever.

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t it be  19 or 23 day program to go primal?  21 is divisible by 7 and 3.

  • Anonymous

    preservatism is next to conseveratism.

  • http://twitter.com/JiveDadson Jive_Dadson

    I went sort-of primal a while back.  I have lost 30 pounds, four inches off my waist, and I feel great.  Of course the fact that I also am restricting my caloric intake to 1250 calories a day plus credits for exercise has nothing to do with it. ;-}

  • http://twitter.com/JiveDadson Jive_Dadson

    The innards are meat and cheese.  The outards are bread.

  • http://twitter.com/JiveDadson Jive_Dadson

    The innards are meat and cheese.  The outards are bread.

  • http://tomwoods.com Tom Woods

    Exactly.

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    Tom, I admire your knowledge and intellect, but I am worried about you following this primal diet. I’ve been mostly vegetarian all my life and mostly vegan for quite some time, also 9 months 100% on dogmatic raw vegan diet (even though I wouldn’t suggest raw vegan for everyone or for long period of time, I felt + looked my best that time). I also went through 8 days of water fast etc etc..I’ve always been interested in health and experimented on myself since I can remember. I don’t eat meat since I’ve never found it tasty, it practically grosses me out. But only when I quit dairy I’ve noticed extreme change in my health. Btw, I haven’t had any type of cold for 11 years. That’s right. 

    Today I enjoy wild herring or salmon from time to time, maybe an egg every so often.

    My main meal consists of greens, wild foods, mushrooms, seaweed, fermented foods, fresh veggies and fruits, nuts, wild rice, supplements.  

    I see this primal trend growing and I keep noticing bunch of raw vegans trying it now. I’m assuming because we like to test things out and most of us got bored with David Wolfe’s chocolate … 

    Please, read the correlation between high protein (as it is in primal diet) and cancer in China Study book at http://www.chinastudy.com

    Not everything is bad about it—I like the focus on wholesome, greens, but when I look at “A week in the life of Mark Sisson’s” I’m concerned about high diary and meat presence and the Primal Fuel is simply not impressive. What about cortisol levels going up due to protein intake from meat? What about krep cycle ..

    I advice you to listen to those 3min presentation about Protein : http://youtu.be/utEDJAfjytk

    I think you can get access to those free seminars about protein, meat, greens etc by Dr Tel-Orien by signing up: http://www.thetruthaboutyourfood.com/ (No, I’m not affiliated with him, although I’ve been attending his teachings for quite a while). If it’s still possible—great, if not, I can contact DrT and ask if I can send you those.

    All the best! 

    ✌ Ron Paul 2012.

    :: Marta

  • Jim

    Raw veggies are not very digestible for human beings.
    http://www.naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=9612BDB9A13DD9766B5E2368596D6A87 

    A mistake that some people might make on the Primal Diet would be to eat three large, square meals a day loaded up with meat and dairy. Yes, that would be too much meat/dairy. I recommend eating two meals in the middle window of each day, bookended by intermittent fasting on spring water/herbal tea in the first and last hours of the day. One of these meals should be heavy on animal foods and the other one lighter on them — for me the lighter one tends to be a superfood elixir with raw grass-fed whey and/or colostrum as the lone animal food(s). Though I take fish oil with virtually every meal. 

    There’s no doubt in my mind that human beings need red meat, organ meats, broths, ghee, and fish oils in order to reach their peak potential. One can eat all of these on a regular basis without overdoing it. At David Wolfe’s Longevity Now Conference, Dr. Dave Woynarowski tested the audience members and found that the raw vegetarian community are critically lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA and EPA, which are the most crucial and which are not found in animal foods.
    http://www.thebestdayever.com/news/podcast/podcast-84-essential-nutrition-with-david-wolfe-and-dr-dave-woynarowski/ 

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    People who have problems with digesting raw veggies have general problems with digesting. It’s not because of raw veggies (again, generally).

    Imagine digesting meat, if you can’t carrot or cabbage. Just imagine..
    Flaxseeds, nuts, sardines and algaes are excellent sources of DHA and EPA. You supplement with DHA and EPA if you have to. I’m not saying raw vegan diet is optimal. But saying that one of the meals should be heavy on animal foods is just extreme. 

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    Also, I’ve been to seminars, retreats with DW and Longevity Conf as well. I’ve seen it. Most raw vegans eat greens and drink maca chocolate smoothies. Of course you’ll be deficient eating such extreme diet. 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Tom -

    Great going! To overcome some of the to be expected effects (ketosis) when your cells switch from a carb-laden diet to a primal one, remember to drink plenty and search Mark’s Daily Apple for the wonderful bone broth recipes over there. And while this might sound a bit counter-intuitive, but don’t “listen to your body”. That’s the old carb-junkie wailing in the back ;)

    But why am I telling you this, you probably already know what to expect..

    Keep it up, and kind regs from Amsterdam, Holland,
    Richard

  • Anonymous

    You wanna be a vegan/vegetarian, go right ahead, but the point of going primal is that your digestive tract doesn’t share your convictions..

    Google Gary Taubes, and read his books that focus on insulin. The “Diet Delusion” also brings to light the US govt-sponsored, wholly unscientific “lipid hypothesis” as one of the major frauds in public health science and policy making of the 20th century. All of this railing against fat and meat stems from that scientific fraud.

    Having said all this, I commend you for adhering to a diet our ancestors would really have frowned upon. It truly is testimony to a strong “mind over matter” conviction ;)

    Cheers,
    Richard

    P.s. (never suffered from depressions? It often happens to brave vegetarians who deprive themselves of the healthy animal fats, needed for our brains to function, that our ancestors consumed whenever they got the chance. When they switched to a diet with more grains and less meat, they got shorter, tooth decay became rampant, and their skeletal remains became less robust in comparison).

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    First of all—it’s not that I WANNA be a vegetarian or vegan. I am, it’s my choice . I can’t imagine eating meat, I grew up choosing not to eat it just because it grosses me out, since I’ve been a child. 

    I didn’t say everyone should be vegetarian or a vegan. I said (and DrT in the videos I posted) LIMIT your meat intake to 2 x a month. Have wild salmon or herring or sardins more often, but watch out for dairy and regular meat.
    The biggest US govt-sponsored, wholly unscientific scam is the “truth” about meat and diary industry. 
    I can’t make myself want to read Gary Taubes who applauds to Atkins diet…Who doesn’t see a difference between saturated and unsaturated fat and it’s affect on health. There is a lot about him online and what I found out tells me to stay away from him. He talks about diet, calories, not nutrition. And some say his tests are not scientific. 

    If you read China Study, I might push myself to read Gary Taubes :)
    What primal really is is High Protein Diet, but “primal” sounds hip.
    You don’t think that our ancestors were eating 3 egg omelets and meat once, twice, three times a day. It’s much tougher to find a nutritious root, wild greens than an animal. That’s obvious. No depression as far as I remember. I’m to driven to feel it.
    Again, read how MDs who actually care learnt to turn on and off tumors by introducing more protein and less protein to the diet of Chinese people in the China Study. 

  • Guest

    It’s much tougher to find meat than wild roots or greens.. :) Somehow I can’t edit it.. haha:)

  • Anonymous

    “There is a lot about him online and what I found out tells me to stay away from him”, dixit Marta.

    Hey, good for you! Stay uninformed, fair enough.
    As to the rest of your post: whatever..

    For other readers, interested in a short “acoustic synopsis” of Taubes’ points, here’s the author himself talking to Lew Rockwell on how to get thin by disobeying the Department of Agriculture and the medical establishment.

    Take care,
    Richard

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    I stay informed all the time just because I’m interested in nutrition since I remember. Atkins is dangerous, anyone who applauds him is not worth my time. Same with Obama etc.

    I suggest you to read China Study too.. And sign up for this 2 hr talk about protein and meat as I say above (DrT).And, of course, anyone will do whatever they want. I’m just bringing different point of view into the discussion.Thin doesn’t mean healthy. Richard, I hope I don’t trouble you :) We all are here, on this website, for Toma and RonPaul2012.

  • Anonymous

    “We all are here, on this website, for Toma and RonPaul2012.”

    LOL! While that’s not exactly the topic of interest, I must admit that’s about the first sensible thing I’ve heard from you ;)

    But seriously, don’t you worry about “troubling me”. You got your opinion, you prefer to stay away from “dangerous people”. At least your instincts seem intact ;) So it’s all fine and pretty much all the same to me, really.

  • http://martaspendowska.com/ Marta Spendowska

    I had no idea I should “appear” sensible ! :)

    So we have a deal : you are going to read China Study and I will read Gary+listen to his talk with Lew Rockwell. 

  • Scott

    Jim, good post however for numerous health reasons stay away from whey.  This was a by-product of cheese making and considered toxic waste and found itself a market in the supplement and body-building world……nevertheless it is not health enhancing.  The proteins are denatured despite claims to cold filtration, etc.; the drying of whey has been heat processed.  Stick to a amino acid supplement (however, this on empty stomach) or rice protein which is the least allergenic form of protein and most complete of plant proteins.

    Also, as a sweetener, dates work great and have the fiber to inhibit its blood glucose effects.  You can also blend the dates alone with water and store in squeeze bottle for other sweetener purposes.  Honey is great but moderately and because there is no fiber can spike blood sugar levels like other processed sugars.

  • Scott

    Contrary to your statement, our digestive tract is not designed for or very kind to high animal protein consumption; which only within the last 80 or so years has the human diet been exposed to such a high source of animal protein….and then typically experienced by the higher social class and with historice very similar degenerative health conditions we face commonly today. 

    Man has a relatively long digestive tract and no where close to the carnivores short length digestive tract.  It is true man is not typically suited for grasses and grains (because, ancestrally, grains did not come onto the human diet scene until a few thousand year ago) and enzyme difference from more common ruminants.  Man’s digestive tract is most suited to fruits, plants, vegetables, certain insects and…..only.occasional animal meal.

    Our ‘original diet’ will always be conjectured and theorized but the reality is man was not designed as a carnivore and is also a relatively poor omnivore and logically was not an initial ‘meat eater’ because of his lack of strength, speed, and natural physical protections.  The spear and bow and arrow are relatively recent evolutionary advances for man and even the club and throwing a stone had to take quite a while to develop the initial ingenuity that we now, of course, take for granted.  Genetically and physiologically, we are closest to the bonobo monkey which is a fruitarian and still many times stronger than human.  The gorilla, which is totally vegetarian is ten times our strength and even a chimpanzee (which have been seen to eat animal flesh but only out of very occasional experience) can rip a human arm out of socket.  My point is, what we currently experience and have traditionally done even for thousands of years does NOT mean this was our TRUE or original diet…..but common sense, logic, physiology, and history tell us we were NOT in any way heavy animal flesh eaters

    One has to understand basic physiology and how the macro-calorie families of various carbohydrates, fats, and proteins produce energy in the body via the introduction of this three family of calories into the Kreb’s cycle.  In short, carbs, then fats, produce the greatest amount of adenosine triphosphate (ADP) per gram of calories.  ADP is the energy or fuel of the cell.  Proteins produce the least amount of ADP per calorie burned but also result in a lot of ‘dirty’ and toxic waste products.  A protein to first enter the Kreb’s cycle has to have an amine group removed which results in a by-product of ammonia; which is very toxic to cellular function.  Further processing of proteins result in a variety of acid formation such as sulfuric, phosphoric, lactic, and uric acid.  This leads to systemic lowering of the body’s pH levels and contribute to a whole host of symptoms and diseases, from enhanced immune suppression to arthritic, tumor, and organ stone formations.  Most protein structures once fulfilling their various duties, from structural to hormonal, are simply broken down into their amino acid constituents and efficiently recycled by the body to form amino acid reserve pools to again be utilized by the body and be reconstructed into a myriad of proteins usable and necessary for bodily function and repair.  Too much protein, as in our modern high protein fixated diets, actually reduces the efficiency of the body to perform this optimal recycling process with some not so neutral health effects.

    High animal protein consumption also comes with unwanted and unneccessary negative health effects of high animal hormones, cortisol, arachidonic acid, and fat stored toxic residue from heavy metals to a myriad of organic and pharmaceutical residues.  The ‘modern’ domestic animal in its genetics and how it is raised and fed is a far different animal from the wild natural herbivores familar to our distant ancestors.  High protein intake also increases a higher set point of insulin due to the animals cortisol levels and our increased release of cortisol to protein metabolism.  Cortisol cause increased release of insulin similar to glucose.  High protein consumption plus moderate sugar consumption leads to even greater incidence of diabetes type II disease.

    The ‘politicized scientific fraud’ as you posted against fat and meat has also been used in favor of meat consumption, sugar consumption, polyunsaturated fat consumption, grain consumption, and dairy consumption.  All heavily subsidized and large lobbying industries.  However, one of the most dangerous ‘myths’ to our health is our current obsession with high protein consumption. 

  • Scott

    Tom, I posted this further down as a reply to Richar_Ran but I want you to read this to get another perspective.  I too, have taken dietary health as a personal concern…even before my new love of economics through you and the Mises Institute.  I will also contribute more to your continuing request here on your site but I want to give you some other things to consider.  Actual human physiology and how we process all the crap we feed ourselves also must come scientifically into the overall picture.  Here is my post:

    Contrary to your statement, our digestive tract is not designed for or
    very kind to high animal protein consumption; which only within the last
    80 or so years has the human diet been exposed to such a high source of
    animal protein….and then typically experienced by the higher social
    class and with historice very similar degenerative health conditions we
    face commonly today. 

    Man has a relatively long digestive tract
    and no where close to the carnivores short length digestive tract.  It
    is true man is not typically suited for grasses and grains (because,
    ancestrally, grains did not come onto the human diet scene until a few
    thousand year ago) and enzyme difference from more common ruminants. 
    Man’s digestive tract is most suited to fruits, plants, vegetables,
    certain insects and…..only.occasional animal meal.

    Our
    ‘original diet’ will always be conjectured and theorized but the reality
    is man was not designed as a carnivore and is also a relatively poor
    omnivore and logically was not an initial ‘meat eater’ because of his
    lack of strength, speed, and natural physical protections.  The spear
    and bow and arrow are relatively recent evolutionary advances for man
    and even the club and throwing a stone had to take quite a while to
    develop the initial ingenuity that we now, of course, take for granted. 
    Genetically and physiologically, we are closest to the bonobo monkey
    which is a fruitarian and still many times stronger than human.  The
    gorilla, which is totally vegetarian is ten times our strength and even a
    chimpanzee (which have been seen to eat animal flesh but only out of
    very occasional experience) can rip a human arm out of socket.  My point
    is, what we currently experience and have traditionally done even for
    thousands of years does NOT mean this was our TRUE or original
    diet…..but common sense, logic, physiology, and history tell us we
    were NOT in any way heavy animal flesh eaters

    One has to
    understand basic physiology and how the macro-calorie families of
    various carbohydrates, fats, and proteins produce energy in the body via
    the introduction of this three family of calories into the Kreb’s
    cycle.  In short, carbs, then fats, produce the greatest amount of
    adenosine triphosphate (ADP) per gram of calories.  ADP is the energy or
    fuel of the cell.  Proteins produce the least amount of ADP per calorie
    burned but also result in a lot of ‘dirty’ and toxic waste products.  A
    protein to first enter the Kreb’s cycle has to have an amine group
    removed which results in a by-product of ammonia; which is very toxic to
    cellular function.  Further processing of proteins result in a variety
    of acid formation such as sulfuric, phosphoric, lactic, and uric acid. 
    This leads to systemic lowering of the body’s pH levels and contribute
    to a whole host of symptoms and diseases, from enhanced immune
    suppression to arthritic, tumor, and organ stone formations.  Most
    protein structures once fulfilling their various duties, from structural
    to hormonal, are simply broken down into their amino acid constituents
    and efficiently recycled by the body to form amino acid reserve pools to
    again be utilized by the body and be reconstructed into a myriad of
    proteins usable and necessary for bodily function and repair.  Too much
    protein, as in our modern high protein fixated diets, actually reduces
    the efficiency of the body to perform this optimal recycling process
    with some not so neutral health effects.

    High animal protein
    consumption also comes with unwanted and unneccessary negative health
    effects of high animal hormones, cortisol, arachidonic acid, and fat
    stored toxic residue from heavy metals to a myriad of organic and
    pharmaceutical residues.  The ‘modern’ domestic animal in its genetics
    and how it is raised and fed is a far different animal from the wild
    natural herbivores familar to our distant ancestors.  High protein
    intake also increases a higher set point of insulin due to the animals
    cortisol levels and our increased release of cortisol to protein
    metabolism.  Cortisol cause increased release of insulin similar to
    glucose.  High protein consumption plus moderate sugar consumption leads
    to even greater incidence of diabetes type II disease.

    The
    ‘politicized scientific fraud’ as you posted against fat and meat has
    also been used in favor of meat consumption, sugar consumption,
    polyunsaturated fat consumption, grain consumption, and dairy
    consumption.  All heavily subsidized and large lobbying industries. 
    However, one of the most dangerous ‘myths’ to our health is our current
    obsession with high protein consumption.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Scott -

    “and…..only.occasional animal meal.”

    That’s nonsense. There’s such a thing as palaeontology/archaeology and the evidence disproves your blanket assertion. In fact, the proof is practically lying in my own backyard here in Holland ;-)
    Same period, round 5000BCE, two very different groups with regard to daily feeding patterns. One group described as (in Dutch) the “Swifterbant-cultuur”; hunter/gatherers with a diet high in meat (not primarily for the protein but the fat), fish, tubers and all, the other group belonging to an agricultural society, called “Lineaire Bandkeramiek”, their diet was more grain-based, with, indeed only some occasional “animal meal” as you put it. Like I said in my other post to the esteemed vegetarian, the latter group was decidedly less robust and healthy.

    Here’s another one:
    “The ‘politicized scientific fraud’ as you posted against fat and meat has
    also been used in favor of meat consumption”

    How’s that? Got any reliable links/sources to establish that claim? My point was mainly about the campaign against eating saturated fats. Think the lipid hypothesis and the war on cholesterol was also used to promote fat consumption?

    Cheers,
    Richard

  • Scott

    Richard, as I mentioned, endless ‘theories’ and honest, and contrived, archaeological and paleontological research all lend ‘credible’ evidence to the various theories but none describe a true picture  of wandering man’s historic past as to his original or ‘superior’ diet no matter what you or I wish to accept as truth. 

    And 5000 years is but a small snapshot of time in even man’s time here and your archaelogical example only gives a single account (of by then man’s wide population distribution) of what occured to a small group of people in your home country.  And time has hid and destroyed a majority of what actually occurred.  Man wandered to the Netherland area as elsewhere from originally a more tropical or sub-tropical climate.  He also adapted to the conditions but by the time he ‘wandered’ he also had use of crude instruments and even the spear and bow and arrow.  In Europe and other harsher climates, he certainly did consume more animal flesh, and later dairy, because of climate inhospitability and lack of more predominant plant and fruit calories for varying time periods of the year.  However, adaptability, physically and physiologically, and survivability do NOT paint a true or necessarily ideal picture of man’s optimal diet.

    However, modern science and human physiology does supply a more scientific look at how we process certain calorie sources and tells us a little more of what we SHOULD consume and not simply go by the ‘hand to mouth’ history and survivability necessity of our ancestors.  Physiology trumps necessity, habits, fads, and addictions

    As a side note, mammalian flesh has very low EPA and DHA and the theory that we developed our human brain because we sucked the bone marrow of the bones of animal victims (thus ‘superior’ nutrients not found in the flesh) left by the larger and dangerous carnivores is totally ludicrous.

    Sources to the overblown and dangerous ‘meat and protein myth’?  Yes, Richard,……Human Physiology, of which I just gave a intro to.  But also the meat and dairy industries are also very heavily subsidized and have huge lobbying influence; at least here in America…..and thus, as with too many others, the propaganda is relentless. 

    Saturated fat is truly essential…..but saturated fat from FRUIT is much healthier and ‘cleaner’ than ‘mixed fat’ animal fat.  Coconut, palm, avocado….and monounsaturated olive oil, along with UN-toasted sesame oil, are the fats that should be consumed predominantly.

  • Scott

    Richard, as I mentioned, endless ‘theories’ and honest, and contrived, archaeological and paleontological research all lend ‘credible’ evidence to the various theories but none describe a true picture  of wandering man’s historic past as to his original or ‘superior’ diet no matter what you or I wish to accept as truth. 

    And 5000 years is but a small snapshot of time in even man’s time here and your archaelogical example only gives a single account (of by then man’s wide population distribution) of what occured to a small group of people in your home country.  And time has hid and destroyed a majority of what actually occurred.  Man wandered to the Netherland area as elsewhere from originally a more tropical or sub-tropical climate.  He also adapted to the conditions but by the time he ‘wandered’ he also had use of crude instruments and even the spear and bow and arrow.  In Europe and other harsher climates, he certainly did consume more animal flesh, and later dairy, because of climate inhospitability and lack of more predominant plant and fruit calories for varying time periods of the year.  However, adaptability, physically and physiologically, and survivability do NOT paint a true or necessarily ideal picture of man’s optimal diet.

    However, modern science and human physiology does supply a more scientific look at how we process certain calorie sources and tells us a little more of what we SHOULD consume and not simply go by the ‘hand to mouth’ history and survivability necessity of our ancestors.  Physiology trumps necessity, habits, fads, and addictions

    As a side note, mammalian flesh has very low EPA and DHA and the theory that we developed our human brain because we sucked the bone marrow of the bones of animal victims (thus ‘superior’ nutrients not found in the flesh) left by the larger and dangerous carnivores is totally ludicrous.

    Sources to the overblown and dangerous ‘meat and protein myth’?  Yes, Richard,……Human Physiology, of which I just gave a intro to.  But also the meat and dairy industries are also very heavily subsidized and have huge lobbying influence; at least here in America…..and thus, as with too many others, the propaganda is relentless. 

    Saturated fat is truly essential…..but saturated fat from FRUIT is much healthier and ‘cleaner’ than ‘mixed fat’ animal fat.  Coconut, palm, avocado….and monounsaturated olive oil, along with UN-toasted sesame oil, are the fats that should be consumed predominantly.



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