Reformed vegan with a passion for nutrition and a history of digestive problems taking the ancestral diet template and applying it to modern life for optimal health. After reading all the big names in ‘paleo’; Cordain, Lindeberg, Sisson, and Wolf etc; I ended up aligning most with the approaches of the Jaminets at PerfectHealthDiet and Dr Kurt Harris (his blog is Archevore), I also quite enjoy reading Melissa McEwen and listening to Chris Kresser and I’m intrigued by the raw foodie paleos like Denise Minger and Danny Roddy. I also quite like the ideas behind the SCD and GAPS diet when starting out, as well as the work done by the Weston A Price Foundation (although I’ll never eat gluten grains or legumes, sprouted or not).
What I eat:
Wild fish (especially mackerel, salmon, herring and sardines), organic grass fed ruminant meat i.e. lamb, beef and venison (including livers, fats, bone marrow and bone broth), eggs, shellfish, any vegetable (including a significant amount of starchy roots and tubers), organic yogurt, cream and butter, coconut products, some berries, apples, citrus, bananas. In macronutrient speak, in % calories, anything from 50-70% fat, 10-20% protein, 15-40% carbs but usually 50%:15%:35%.
What I’m cautious with but don’t completely avoid:
Nuts and seeds, poultry, non-organic meat, milk, 90%chocolate, fruit, olive oil, rice, restaurant food
What I completely avoid:
Gluten grains, vegetable and seed oils, legumes, sugar, artificial sweeteners. Anything processed except some dairy (i.e. making yogurt and butter is a process), coconut products and salt free canned fish. Strict about gluten, too much fructose and omega 6.
After years of on off running of highly variable volume and some yoga, I now do HIIT a la bodyrock.tv, resistance training and a lot of walking. Occasional short runs and some sprinting. I think Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Fitness gives the best bang for your buck for most people.
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