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Join me as I explore the more primal side of life, no loincloth required.

We’ll talk news, research, controversy, food, fitness, pros and cons, and whatever else comes up in the world of eating and moving like our ancient ancestors—Conventional Wisdom be damned! I thoroughly enjoy tearing apart cherished, precious ideas, especially when they’re my own.

As for my personal take on all of this: I tend more toward a Primal Blueprint diet than a stricter Paleo Diet approach. I appreciate Mark Sisson’s acknowledgment that we are citizens of the world and sometimes that means you can’t escape a piece of birthday cake. Or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy. Or maybe you just really miss your mom’s homemade bread. Unless you have a serious health condition or intolerance you’re trying to manage, I personally don’t see a reason to be nuts about it. Relax. Enjoy.

That being said, this requires commitment. Why? Because otherwise the constant bombardment of our loud, obnoxious Western diet will shatter your resolve into 1,426 pieces. Clean out the house, the fridge, the pantry. Get it out and don’t invite it back in. You can’t eat it if you don’t buy it. Save your non-caveman eating for when it’s out of your control or for when you can consciously decide to enjoy an isolated SAD food event. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you won’t overspend your 20% cheating reserve. It averages out to only three meals a week, and while I find I normally don’t come close to that, it’s better to be prepared should something come up unexpectedly.

Once you have a handle on the food piece, look at the rest of your life. What other obstacles do you see? Maybe the TV needs to find a new loving home. Maybe you spend too much time online (guilty as charged). Maybe your kids have forgotten you and couldn’t pick you out of a line-up. Maybe the hiking trails miss you. Think of other ways to embrace our human heritage: gardening, Frisbee with the dog, skinny dipping, mushroom hunting, camping.

And while you don’t have to get into spear throwing, remember, it’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

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