I strongly believe that if you are passionate about food it is crucial to have a strong nutritional framework that guides your lifestyle. The ultimate purpose of eating is to nourish and fuel the body, and the majority of things you are ingesting should be doing so. With that said, there are many people who are passionate about food who give little thought to the consequences of their eating habits. There is a huge misconception that eating healthy means foregoing the most delicious foods. This is absolutely false. Seeking out the most nourishing foods that allow us to achieve our physical and mental potential will actually increase your appreciation and enjoyment of food.
My thoughts on nutrition are heavily influenced by the Primal/Paleo “diet”- a concept that is constantly gaining more and more recognition. Upon first glance it is very easy to categorize this way of eating as another new “fad diet”. I assure you that this is not the case. This way of eating is based on anthropological evidence of how our ancestors ate over the course of hundreds of thousands of generations as we evolved into modern humans. In this way, it is not a new way of eating, but rather the original way of eating.
So what does the Primal/Paleo diet consist of?
- Lean meats
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthy fats (i.e. olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, animal fat)
I believe that the above foods should comprise the majority of a healthy diet, however I am not an extremist. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and for most normal human beings this results in sometimes eating some things our hunter-gatherer ancestors may not have had access to. I do however strongly advocate eating whole, natural foods as often as possible. If I am going to deviate from the Primal/Paleo food groups listed above it is going to be with high quality ingredients and absolutely worth it. With that said, the aforementioned foods are absolutely delicious and they have to the ability to satisfy any palate.
If you are interested in learning more about the science behind and viewpoints of the Primal/Paleo movement I strongly encourage you to explore my resources page.