Since the opening of our farm store back in October of last year we have had an increase of traffic on the farm. Much of this new interest in our farm and products has been coming from people on the Paleo or Primal diet and from people practicing Cross-Fit, an intense strength and conditioning regime that is spreading like wildfire.
When on a Paleo or Primal diet the idea is essentially to eat like a caveman with a higher percentage of calories coming from protein than from complex carbohydrates and concentrating on whole foods rather than processed foods. Lots of veggies and fruits low on the glycemic index are a huge part of the diet, organic when possible. Typically sugar, starch and grains are either completely eliminated or used very sparingly.
Because the major source of calories on this diet should come from high quality, pasture-raised meats and eggs we have been very busy keeping the Paleo people happy. We have heard some great success stories from our customers who use this diet and who participate in Cross-Fit (which also relies on a relatively high protein diet from healthy meats and eggs). We have heard stories of reclaimed health, women with cycles returning after years of sporadic periods, dramatic weight loss, and a general sense of renewed well-being.
I'm no nutritionist but it does seem reasonable to eliminate most sugars and complex carbs. I know that I personally feel better when I don't indulge in the two but just like most people, I enjoy an occasional treat. I think the most important thing to remember is that we are what we eat so how our food is raised or produced means so much when it comes to our health and the health of the environment.
We love to hear our customers' stories and we have quite a few of our own to tell, so come on by the farm and let us know how your food journey is going.