Something is killing a lot of Americans, and, surprisingly, it may have nothing to do with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
After about a century of near-Universal gains in American mortality rates, the tables have turned for one demographic: middle-aged white Americans. This is unheard of in the first-world, where despite all of the problems listed above, death rates have been steadily declining.
In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that:
(1) a single set of Paleolithic-inspired dietary rules is not only futile, but entirely misses the point of the actual Paleolithic example, which shows us vast diet diversity amongst human groups; and that (2) the Paleo paradigm includes a wide array of whole-food diets consisting of various macronutrient ratios and plant-to-animal ratios.
I’ve been regularly drinking strong, black coffee my entire adult life; anywhere from 1 to 3 cups a day, on average—sometimes more, rarely less.
So when I decided to give up coffee for a month, I expected to suffer from some serious withdrawals: headaches, sluggishness, lack of energy, mental fog.
In order for the Paleo approach to make any sense at all, it can’t be a diet. Not just one diet.
A fundamental feature of human diets during the Paleolithic era was that there were several of them. The eating patterns of humans were spread across Africa and eventually most of the globe. Dietary variances hinged on the unique characteristics of local ecosystems, the dance between organisms and environments—innumerable variables all at play and changing over millennia.
I haven’t written up a blog post in some time, but I wanted to for this topic, since one of my main points is quite visual — and that point is that a real-food breakfast is superior to Bulletproof Coffee. So, yesterday, I decided to take some pictures of what I was preparing for my first meal (at around 11 a.m.), both the ingredients and the final product (delicious, by the way!). I also took a photo of typical ingredients for Bulletproof Coffee.
This article was written by Jack Yee. He is a listener of Latest in Paleo, and I have corresponded with him privately on many occasions as well as on public comment threads. Jack’s upbeat personality and well-grounded sensibilities always make interactions a pleasure. When I asked him if he’d like to write a guest article, I wasn’t expecting him to deliver such a gem for us.
Recently, Mike S. posted a story about a 72-year old BMXer on the Latest in Paleo facebook page. I like the comment he left with the link, too: