The video really speaks for itself, but here is a writeup that can be found on the videos page providing a little bit of important background:
“The process of assimilation of Native Americans by the outside world, which started centuries ago, continues to this day. One aspect of this continued assimilation is the change in traditional diets. As a result, our health has suffered greatly. Diabetes, cancer, kidney and liver failure, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, allergies, obesity, alcohol and drug addictions are but a few of the symptoms of living in this modern time. One can blame some of this on the environment and life styles, but much these symptoms come from what we put in our mouths. Native peoples are particularly susceptible to diabetes because of their inability to process refined sugar and carbohydrates. Over-processed and packages foods have become the normal diet. These foods contains high levels of sugar and ingredients that are heavily sprayed with chemicals, bleached, and genetically modified (GMO) which side effects are still being learned. These food products are harming to all people, but the Native populations are being hit the hardest because we were not used to eating European foods. Our bodies have not had the long evolutionary time to adjust and are suffering greatly because of it.
Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute put together a program in an attempt to address some of these health issues. A group of Native volunteers agreed to eat only their native foods for a determined period of time. Their health conditions were monitored. Improvement of their overall health was achieved while encouraging cultural preservation. The results will be used to show how eating this way might improve health. Recipes and food sources are being collected in order to share with others that might want to eat this way also.
I clipped this out of the paper several years ago. It use to ride with me in my old truck, clipped to the sun-visor. It really resonated with me then. I came across it while cleaning today. Still relevant, and still resonates.
The notion of seven generations has come up several times in that last week. What does that mean? Seven Generations. This week a colleague of mine referred to the work his organization does as considering seven generations into the future (and more). In another instance someone was talking about it on the radio and asked, “What are you working for? Who’s empire are you building?”
What does it really mean, and does anyone really do it?
Just as nature’s patterns shape who we are, so too do our society’s systems and patterns. In what ways have society’s patterns shaped your health and wellness, and who you are? Can we learn to recognize and align ourselves with healthier, more natural patterns to improve our health and our lives?
Christina Warinner dropping wisdom about the paleo trend.
This is just the thing I have been looking for as I study ideas in truly healthy lifestyles. I’m coming to this whole paleo thing late in the game and strongly opinionated. There is much about it that makes sense, and Christina goes over many points that can be taken from our ancestors’ diets and lifestyles.
4 take away points from this video:
- Christina Warinner doesn’t just debunk, but offers her view on real Paleolithic diet(s)
- She doesn’t just critique the paleo diet, but tears into the modern diet as well
- She offers a way forward that is inclusive of as many facts as possible
- Great point in the critique of Paleo marketing
What I think she does that’s not totally honest is misrepresent the modern ideas of the popular Paleolithic diet. I don’t think it’s proponents would much disagree with many of her points from what I have learned up to now. I wonder what you think of this information, and if you know of other science based info on diet and healthy living that you would recommend.