Its part of my job description.
I must do other peoples exercise regimes, go one other peoples courses, follow other peoples programming and do other peoples diets, otherwise we lock ourselves in our box in bethnal Green and crawl up our own bottoms. Our job is to be open, listen, learn, assess and criticise.
So it was inevitable that I had to do a month of the cult Paleo diet .
I’ll report at the end of a month how it went , but for now, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you. I would like to publicly attack one of the assumptions behind the Paleo diet. The assumption is, that in dietary terms, we have not evolved to cope with the bad current day food supply: fast carbs, bad fat, salt laden protein. Obviously there is great supporting evidence: diabetes, heart trouble, obesity, and other woes
But, lets tun this on its head. What does evolution mean? It means getting rid of less successful species and types. Nasty but true. So if we stop looking at diabetes, heart disease and obesity as illness, but as a naturally occurring “weeding out mechanism”, we have been trying to evolve for the last 200 hundred years. The only problem is that doctors and do gooders keep on stopping the natural process.
If we let the diiabetics, the obese and the broken hearted follow their life style to its natural conclusion without medical intervention, they could, within a few generations, drop out of the gene pool, leaving us with a type of human who can survive on a high carb diet, and who is able to moderate their food consumption in an environment of plenty.
Obviously Im talking at a high statistical level. On a one to one basis, no one would wish anyone a premature death: We probably have too much humanity for that.
Im no fan of carb (Im writing this as I have a spare few minutes and wanted to brew up some mischief) , but if you leaf through Caesers “The Conquest of Gaul” it becomes clear that to maintain armies in the field, (or people in urban centres) you need them to eat carbs ( a ration of grain, or some bread). Its not really possible to give every legionary some meat, salad and vegetables and some fish oil capsules:other than what they can forage: if you are part of a 53000 person army, forage becomes hard to come by.
Over the last few days Ive eaten meat, fish, fruit , vegetables nuts and fish oils pills galore: all have been jetted in from around the world and now Im dependent on fresh, pure food sources. I suspect that if and when ( and possibly if) I go back to normal eating, wheat, milk and “meddled with” meat will make me ill.
The problem is this. If we have a crisis and our cozy western world goes bottoms up, it will be those who can eat refined carb who will be able to survive better. After all, when there are famine and disasters, we just ship in corn and rice: We dont food drop olives, avocados and curly lettuce.
Does it come down to greed. Why should we stuff luxury food in our mouth that could never grow near us and claim to be living a natural lifestyle while the other half of the world starves. As a british paleo man what should i be eating? Deer, blackberries, apples? That sounds dull!
On another level, why would I want to be mimicking the food choices of a group of morons who thought that dragging stone around the wiltshire countryside was a useful pass time . I like having a house, an internet connection, a car ( although im getting rid of it soon). I love civilisation:
But, this said, 3/4 days of eating clean, and I dont “eat”, I “refuel” with as much emotion as filling up ( my soon to be gone) car with petrol. Gone are the violently fluctuating cravings, but also gone are the enhanced mood that a sugar buzz gave me,. As my fellow suffere kate says, ” i just feel slightly miserable”. For me, its strange to have gone 3 days without milky coffee with sugar: Its the 1st time in 42 years ( yep, my loving parents allowed me coffee and tea at the age of 8!). Whats worse, ( or better) is that after a 4 day lay off, we had a cheat meal of bread and cheese and coffee, and didn’t like it!
Am I facing a life of emotionless food? have I broken the spell? Am I never to get high on the over-consumption of carb ever again??
Andrew, Confused of Bethnal Green, Stemler