Paleo Pros and Cons
Have you wondered which "diet" is best? You are not alone! It seems like there's a new one every month and you may have tried them all or know someone who has tried many. I'm frequently asked what I think of the currently popular 'Paleo Diet'.
My answer is pretty much the same no matter which one I'm asked about. Here's the skinny:
Our DNA has changed since we were cave dwellers. It's a cocktail that didn't exist before. With every step of globalization, we have synthesized new genetics. Additionally, the industrial revolution has provided us the chemical means to exponentially alter the mix, from cigarettes to genetically modified soy beans to Frankenfish.
To propose that We, as a race of humans, should be eating one diet of any sort, I feel is ridiculous. I am certainly a proponent of a diet of whole foods, with all the colors of the rainbow, for everyone. End of story. Beyond that, I believe our DNA is so mixed up, that dietary generalization is a silly notion and every body is going to need something just a bit different from the next.
I'm sure there is merit to the Paleo Diet, but our bodies are smart. They will tell us what to eat (and what not to), if we tune in and listen. Not to our taste buds – they've been tricked by the food industry. Not to our minds – they can only playback what we've already experienced. Get quiet, take a couple of deep clearing breaths, then "go inside" and ask yourself what your body needs to eat for wellness. Trust the answers that come – you'll know the difference between those your mind creates and those which are from the REAL you.
I know, it sounds woo-woo. That's why it's called The Holistic Kitchen.