Science behind the Paleo/Primal Lifestyle

When it comes right down to it I'm a scientist. My college degree is in science and I'm a very logical thinker. I like to know how things work and why. But I'm also a very back-to-the-earth, do-it-yourself, natural-is-better type of person. I think these things all work together beautifully. If you think about it, being scientific doesn't mean you have to adopt the latest technology in every aspect of your life. You do your research to find out how that latest "advancement" really works then decide if it's really an "advancement" at all. If the newest thing isn't the best or even better than what you currently have, then there's no need to upgrade. (I keep telling my computer the same thing but it doesn't listen. )

So in that same vein, when I started researching the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, I took a new look at the science of food and food "advancement". Do we really need our food to be technologically, genetically or biologically "advanced" or was it just fine - even better- before someone tinkered with it? How does my body process that food, and what does it see as food versus an invading chemical? The more I read and experimented with what I ate the more I came to realize that the back-to-the-earth, do-it-yourself, natural-is-better way really was better for my body.

Here are some of the sites I used to do my Paleo/Primal research. I especially like the science page for Girl Gone Primal. She lays everything out and makes it very clear how our bodies process what we eat. I also think that the "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" video is a must-watch for everyone! Yes, it's an hour and a half long, but it's worth every minute of that! Go watch it! Go ahead...I'll wait. :)

Girl Gone Primal: Show me the Science

Sugar: The Bitter Truth Video

Mark's Daily Apple: Primal Blueprint 101

Robb Wolf's Paleo FAQ

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