The “Big 8” and no I am not talking about basketball (although that is called the final 8, but you get my point). The 8 to which I am referring is the most common allergies. According to the Mayo clinic they are:
Tree nuts aka: walnuts, almonds Etc
Those may be the most common allergies, but while picking up some books on reserve from the Library I noticed something, the growing number of books dedicated to eating without dairy, gluten and peanuts. I had a revelation during this observation, I think our bodies are trying to tell us something in regards to what we should no longer be consuming .
Maybe I am reaching or stretching but you cannot deny the fact that more and more books, workouts, websites are discussing and suggesting eating Primal, Paleo or Caveman. Whatever the name it still reads the same, cutting out dairy, gluten and peanuts along with legumes.
Do a search for Paleo on Google and it returns 14.6 million search results. The words Gluten Free garner 118 Million results. I don’t think it is mere coincidence that our culture is becoming gluten and dairy intolerant. We weren’t meant to consume milk past infancy. Not to mention that we have injected our dairy and gluten products with so much crap that it practically has become addictive. Trust me for the longest time I had about 6 gallons of milk myself a month and it hasn’t been until recently that I pretty much stopped drinking it altogether. There are so many hormones processed within the milk and the cows it comes from that I am surprised that more men haven’t started growing mammary glands (kidding, mostly). Honestly, besides our genetics telling us we weren’t designed to process so much gluten and the fact we have played off the “health benefits” of carbs (bread, pasta etc) we have made our society increasingly gluten intolerant.
Another realization while reading The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, I noticed that we promote certain diets that give a quick fix in weight loss, but not a long term maintaining weight loss. The diets that the FDA or even our Government advertise are actually keeping people unhealthy thus continuing their reliance upon our Governmental Health care system. It then gives people numerous drugs and pills with side effects that keeps the person in a continual cycle of health system dependence continuing to put money in the systems pockets and shortening our life spans and increasing our risk of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses. Really for all the facts, pick up the aforementioned book, it really is full of interesting facts, studies and information that is easy to process and read.
The biggest thing I think needs to happen is going back to our roots, people are more aware of how unhealthy most of the food purchased at grocery stores really is for us and switching to free range chicken, grass-fed beef and pesticide free fruits and vegetables. Yes the prices for such items is expensive currently, however the more people realize and desire to purchase the items the cheaper they will become. Supply and Demand, the more the demand for organic, free range and grass fed will push the price to go lower. It is just a matter of time and persistence before Paleo will grow beyond 14.6 million search results and stores will be promoting the Paleo Lifestyle and more restaurants will accommodate their menus to reflect this need and hunger (no pun intended…okay actually it was) for going back to the eating habits of our ancestors.
Go out and do your own research before taking my word, read what I am writing with a grain of salt (this should also be eliminated from your foods) and take a look at Paleo diet books, websites and come to the conclusion for yourself before taking the leap.
Go out and Feel the Burn today Nerds 🙂