Primal nutrition and fitness, also known as paleo or paleolithic nutrition, is a way of eating and exercising that has completely changed how I view health. I’m 100% sold on it. In fact, you’ll find that much of the content on Wellnut hinges on the Primal philosophy! You’ll find Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint outlines it really well, as well as The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf.
So, what exactly is primal? To answer that question, I’d like to start at the foundations…
What is Primal?
Going ‘primal’ or ‘paleo’ essentially means that you are attempting to eat and exercise the way our human ancestors did long before the dawn of agriculture — as best we can, in our 21st-century world. After all, agriculture has only been around for roughly 10,000 years, which is only a small sliver of humanity’s long existence on this planet. Prior to this, your average human spent most of their time hunting for food and foraging for plants, fruits, nuts, and/or seeds. There was no bread baking in the oven, as ubiquitous as that is to us now.
Essentially, our bodies have not been designed to eat what we couldn’t hunt or forage for naturally.
What does a primal follower eat? In short: plants, animals, fruits, nuts, seeds, and oils. That’s in order of quantity. Here’s a list that may help you out:
Plants: vegetables; almost any edible plant that grows on this green earth.
Animals: MEAT! This includes beef, chicken, pork (including bacon), fish, and eggs (yes, there’s more to this list).
Nuts: almonds, walnuts, macadamias, etc. No, this doesn’t include peanuts (they’re a legume).