If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard about “the death of Paleo” I’d be stinking rich.
For the past ten years, I’ve heard how the Paleo movement
- wouldn’t last
- won’t last much longer
- is dying
- is dead
- is over.
And yet Paleo is still here and so are we.
Instead, it seems that Paleo has just morphed a bit in description, become more of what we do for everyday healthy nutrition. Some folks call it “clean eating” instead of Paleo. The principles are the same though:
- whole foods
- close to the source
- as close to farm-to-table as you can get
- Meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, some starch, little fruit, no sugar.
Paleo is really not controversial (or even that new) when you think about it. Society used to eat pretty simply, but then in the past 100 years, technology advanced us to the point that we maybe got a little ahead of ourselves. We got all spaced-out with the space program in the 50’s, thinking just because we could use chemicals that we should use chemicals, and we saw this happen to our food and to the manner in which we cultivated our food supply. We got this weird idea that chemicals were somehow better for us than nature. (Right? It sounds crazy now, but it happened.)
Then we started to see the results of chemicals on our crops, on our planet, on our health, and some of us decided to change our ways. Folks thought we were nuts at first (“Caveman diet? Cavemen didn’t live long”). Then they tried Paleo and felt better, lost bodyfat, gained muscle, and looked better. And Paleo boomed.
Now we’re in a different phase. Veganism and vegetarianism are on the rise, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Although we love meat (heck, we sell a Meat-Lover’s Sampler) we don’t think everyone has to eat meat. We all get to choose. You choose for you, and I choose for me. (I’m choosing meat, but I buy from sustainable farms. Factory farms are gross. Please avoid them if you can.)
This way of eating? I choose to call it Paleo, you can choose to call it clean eating – but the end result is the same: we are putting fresh, healthy food into our bodies and leaving the chemical crap on the shelves.
This is the sort of stuff our grandmothers taught us and that we can teach our kids:
- keep your nutrition simple and natural
- know where your food comes from
- insist on sustainable practices
- and purchase with purpose.
Simple and good worked for our ancestors and it can work for us, too.
I’ll see you at the farmer’s market,