A ancestral framework for nutrition has been a big part of my life for so long I thought maybe it is time to give it its own section. While I do envision it to one day be a one-stop-shop for information, I will start small and improve it as time progresses.
Ancestral Health in a nutshell:
Brace yourself. Are you sitting down? I am here to inform you of the following: You have to eat stuff to live.
That’s right. You have to put food in your mouth, hopefully chew it, and send it on a journey down your taurus-like earthly form (think geometry, not astrology). Along the way, the food particles will be broken down and they will rub up against the walls of your delicate insides for good and for ill. Some things–molecule things–will be welcomed into your bloodstream, others rejected, and others will force their way in.
In a world of foods both good and bad, how does one decide what is the safest thing to eat? I offer you the following hypothesis:
Maybe the safest foods to eat are the foods that humans have been eating for 2.3 million years. Let the anthropology begin!
This is Paleo 101. Embrace ancient foods and shun the new ones. Watch incurable disease conditions reverse themselves while your doctor argues with you every step of the way. Win-win.
Paleo Meal Preperation
The majority of your meals should look something like this:
• 4-8 oz of lean protein such as chicken, lean beef, turkey, pork loin or seafood
• Several servings of vegetables, either raw, steamed, or lightly cooked
• Finally, round out the meal with good fats from avocado, olive oil or a handful of unsalted nuts such as almonds, pecans,
macadamias or walnuts.
• Protein every meal
• 3-4 meals per day
• Limit fruit to 1 serving if fat loss is a goal
• Limit nuts to 1-2 oz if fat loss is a goal
• Beverages are coffee, tea, minearal water. Unsweetened. No artificial sweeteners (no, not even stevia).
Paleo Groceries Shopping Guide
New York steak
Rib eye steak
Beef stew meat
Baby back ribs
*dense carbohydrate –
eat in moderation until
leanness goals are
Herbs & Spices
Herbs de Provance
Supplementary Buying Guide
There’s no one in the Paleo community I trust more than Chris Kresser and Robb Wolf. They both came together to create a supplement that helps boost people who are having trouble converting to Paleo because of health problems. Although Paleo is the right way to eat, and it can solve many health problems, sometimes you have to overcome certain health problems to be able to eat properly again. (e.g. Low stomach acid) For this group of folks, I would recommend PaleoLogix Supplements.
Probiotics Shopping Guide
Prescript Assist Probiotics is the single best probiotic supplement that I can recommend. It contains soil-based spore probiotics that are proven to remain 95% potent after being kept at 97 degrees for two years. Rock solid. These are NOT the same as probiotics that are milk-based or fermentation based. These are soil-based organisms that make it all the way to the colon. Over and over and over this product gets the following review: Consumers claim they tried many different probiotics and then finally settled on this one as the one that works. I completely agree. Not all probiotics are the same. Do not waste your money on competitors selling different products. They are not what you want. Grab some Prescript Assist.
Do not make the mistake I made of burning money on cheaper probiotics that don’t do anything.
Fish Oil (Omega 3, DHA and EPA) Shopping Guide
Carlson Very Finest Fish Oil provides 2,400 mg EPA and 1,500 mg DHA in a tablespoon, according to Peter Attia, M.D., who also had “detailed toxicology analytics conducted on the product to confirm the absence of lead, arsenic, mercury, and other toxins.” If Peter Attia recommends this product, I trust him. I don’t currently trust the go-to Kirkland brand of fish oil because it isn’t clear if they bump their Omega-3 numbers by using soy, which is listed as an ingredient for some reason. You know how fish sometimes walk on land and partake in soybeans? Me neither.
When I think of coconut milk, I am *never* imagining the ready-to-drink carton beverage you see next to the milk in the grocery store. I personally find that version of coconut milk to be bland, and not surprisingly it has a lot of ingredients in it that aren’t coconut milk. Instead, I think of real coconut milk as having more in common with cream, but with a nutty background flavor. You won’t find it in the ready-to-drink aisle, but more likely in the “canned goods” section.
Coconut Milk Shopping Guide
Avoiding Bisphenol A (BPA) and Guar Gum
These coconut “milk” products lack BPA, most likely because they are in a carton instead of a can. They also lack Guar Gum, a legume derivative.
Aroy-D Coconut Milk is the most pleasant and authentic coconut milk I have tasted to date. It has a nutty flavor and subtle sweetness that, well, tastes like coconut; That’s because the only ingredient is coconut. By comparison, most canned coconut milks (I’ve tried a lot of them) have a “tinny” taste to them; Not so with Aroy-D.
Aroy-D Coconut Cream is nearly identical to Aroy-D Coconut Milk, except after a day in the fridge it will seize up and separate like curds and whey. You might have to use a spoon to move the cream to your coffee, but I seriously enjoyed the taste. I found it hard not to snack on this straight because the delicate texture and sweetness was like eating shaved ice cream.
Native Forest Coconut Milk is believed to not have BPA even though it is in a can (Ref: Chris Kresser). However, I have not tried this brand and cannot comment on the texture or flavor.
Vitamin D3 Shopping Guide
When you read, study, or listen to anything regarding ancestral health, it is impossible to go 10 minutes without encountering a “Vitamin D” recommendation. In fact, did you know that the current theory is that it may be impossible to get the flu if you have sufficient Vitamin D levels? OK. So how do you get it? Well, for one, there is the sun. But if you are like me you spend too much time indoors and require a supplement. Right. Which one? I’ve spent countless hours studying this stuff and I have a definitive answer:
Carlsons Vitamin D3 (liquid dropper form) is the most logical delivery of Vitamin D3 that I have encountered besides direct sunlight. Vitamin D (in supplement form) is a fat-soluble vitamin and needs to to be consumed with fat to increase absorption. Carlsons brand uses coconut oil, a substance which is obviously paleo-approved. (By comparison, many popular softgels use soybean oil.) Furthermore, recent research has shown that the effectiveness of Vitamin D softgels are questionable and do not compare to the “dropper” form. Do the dropper. But please, if you can, make sure to get Vitamin D sulfate from sun exposure. The sulfate form of Vitamin D does not need a carrier to interact with the cells of your body and in many ways has its advantages beyond the supplement form.
Probiotics Shopping Guide
Primal Flora is the work of Mark Sisson and is recommended by Peter Attia, M.D. Personally, I believe in fermented foods and fermentable fiber prebiotics, but if I had to take antibiotics for any reason, I would be following it up with these.