The popular misconception is that Paleo eaters won’t consume anything that wasn’t available to cavemen. (And contrary to popular belief, Paleo eaters aren’t carnivores; in fact, since going Paleo, it’s my vegetable consumption that’s increased dramatically.) Some critics have also pointed out that prehistoric humans actually ate a varied diet that included … well, anything they could get their hands on, including some grains—so this whole Paleo thing must be bunk. But here’s the thing to keep in mind: The caveman is just a mascot. Paleo isn’t about precisely replicating cavemen diets; it’s a framework for improving health through real food.
The Paleo approach is predicated on the idea that for optimal health, we should eat more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did before the global spread of modern industrialized agriculture and cheap Frankenfoods. These foods have fed millions, but they’ve also ushered in an age of modern diseases like autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and rampant obesity. Over the past 200,000 years, humans have biologically adapted best to whole foods—plants, meat, seafood—all of them packed with the nutrients our bodies evolved to thrive on. By getting back to eating these real, naturally occurring ingredients, we can improve our health and rediscover the pleasures of cooking and eating.
Currently, there’s a debate even within Paleo circles about what foods are “approved” or not, which explains why there isn’t just one definitive, monolithic, one-size-fits-all “Paleo diet.” Some Paleo eaters choose to go super-low-carb, while others of us are happy to munch on a baked potato or a bowl of white rice every now and then. There are Paleo eaters who can’t imagine life without dairy, and more orthodox folks who refuse to touch even a pat of butter with a ten-foot pole. The Paleo tent is big enough to fit a host of different approaches, but the core tenets of ancestral eating remain the same:
Prioritize whole, unprocessed, nutrient-rich, nourishing foods. Eat vegetables, grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and some fruit, nuts, and seeds. Avoid foods that are likely to be more harmful than healthful. Especially when regularly consumed, certain foods can trigger inflammation, cause digestive problems, or derail our natural metabolic processes, including many grains, improperly cooked legumes, sugar, and highly-processed seed and vegetable oils. Once a baseline of health is established, we can reintroduce some of these foods (like dairy, white potatoes and rice—not processed junk foods) to see where each of us sits on the spectrum of food intolerance.
Transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle can seem like a daunting task, but remember: it’s not about deprivation. Since “going Paleo,” I haven’t had to obsess about counting calories, balancing macronutrients, or starving myself. Paleo isn’t specifically intended to be a low-carb or weight-loss diet, but by eliminating processed foods, added sugar, and grains, and by consuming deliciously nourishing foods like vegetables, meat, and healthy fats, I can eat until I’m full and still improve my body composition and overall health.
Facebook will not let me post or even private message the link to the video of the Bundy Ranch standoff. Unbelievable.
We need to ensure we have alternate sites to store and share. Youtube has become increasingly fascist in their censoring and deleting of videos that contradict mainstream news stories as well.
Y’all still think you’re free?
Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer. And he had a lawful reason to be there and to stop her. […] By law, you have to be to the far left facing oncoming traffic.[…]
He told her I believe twice to quit resisting and she wouldn’t — she continued to resist. So, he put her on the ground.
Whitehouse, TX Police Chief Craig Shelton explaining why one of his officers tackled a local woman out for a walk, threw her on the ground, and arrested her for the grave offense of walking on the wrong side of the street.
The woman, Melissa Bonnette, had begun to jog away from the officer as he followed her on his motorcycle, concerned because of his behavior that he was not a real police officer — and assuming, of course, that a real police officer would not accost her for simply walking down the street.
Her assumption was wrong, as she now seems to realize: “I really don’t want to live in a town where something like this could happen to a law-abiding citizen,” she said. “I’m not going to be able to walk anymore, and that’s sad because I enjoy walking every day. But I’m terrified. It was just so traumatic.”
Chief Shelton has said the officer in question acted appropriately and will not be reprimanded.
The cop said “stop resisting,” ergo she must have been resisting. And “resisting" is simply cop parlance for "existing."(via laliberty)