Paleo in A Nutshell

Despite having read up on Paleo and believing in it yourself, you probably get a lot of questions about your diet. When people notice you passing on the bun, opting for the salad or studying food labels, they might want to know why. When they notice you looking and feeling better than ever, they’re really going to want to know how you did it.

Handing them a book is fine, but chances are they won’t read it. Take your opportunities when they come to let your friends and family in on your newfound paleo goldmine. Below is a Paleolithic diet elevator speech of sorts. Remember these points and you’ll probably pique a few people’s interest (and maybe change their lives).

• For 2.5 million years we evolved as hunter-gatherers eating meat, fish, eggs, veggies, fruits and nuts until 10,000 years ago when agriculture came along and gave us grains, beans, dairy, vegetable oils and refined sugars.

• Those foods cause digestive problems and chronic inflammation, and they lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, among other things.

• With a few exceptions, we still have the same genetic make-up as those hunter-gatherers. Our bodies don’t handle the agricultural foods well.

• By not eating the agricultural foods, you get to go back to your roots, eating the foods you’re designed to eat. People on this diet see major improvements in their health. They lose weight, gain muscle, feel more energetic and stop taking all kinds of medications because their blood pressure improves, blood sugar normalizes and inflammation of all kinds subsides.

• Humans have the ability to subsist on foods that aren’t optimal for health, which is what we’ve been doing for the last 10,000 years. If we want to actually thrive, the Paleolithic diet is the way to eat.

• And no, hunter-gatherers didn’t just live until they were 30 and die brutal deaths. They’ve been known to live for a hundred years or more, free of the modern, chronic diseases we die of now.


  1. Dear Neely,

    My name is Jo and i started on the paleo diet after reading pandora’s seed a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been feeling great (but i more or less also felt great before) and i have none but positive effects on my athletic performance which consists mainly out of soccer, running, squash and recently added climbing, all without carbo hydrates. All this makes me convinced it is the right way to eat and the scientific proof (as a scientist myself) is quite convincing. Currently i’m reading “guns, steel and germs” on the development of societies across the world and their relation to agriculture and i wondered about the following. Most vegetables, fruits, nuts and even animals are domesticated and now occur in a very different form as at the time of our paleolitical ancestors. This made me curious about the difference and comparison in nutritional values (sugar contents, etc ) between our modern day foods and the cave(wo)man’s . I guess a perfect example is modern day strawberries which are much sweeter than the wild ones.

    Greetz Jo

  2. I like the paleo diet vbut Don’t believe that in primitive life we new what we were exactly designed to eat. There may be things that are better for our bodies now in the long run but will take time to evolve. Thats’ when we go from living 75 year life spans to 125.

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