061: John Durant: The Paleo Manifesto

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Synopsis:

John Durant, author of the Paleo Manifesto, dispels the myth that Paleo is a meat intense, monolithic diet. There are many indigenous cultures, he explains, with different levels of meat consumption, and therefore many models to choose from. What he doesn’t accept, however, is that vegetarianism exists in our nature. In his research, Durant could not identify even one example. He does agree that the most important aspect of this and any other health conscious diet is the elimination of processed foods. He describes how our cultural shift towards expediency and convenience has made us sick.

Lessons:

  1. Vegetarian and vegan diets are not noted in indigenous diets and are largely grew out of our industrial cultures.
  2. The most important aspect of the paleo diet is not to increase meat consumption, but rather to eliminate processed foods from our plate.
  3. We are products of our habitat. To effectively change your diet, change your surroundings.

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