Here are two great videos that were just posted by my friends Big Mike and Lance from CrossFit Central. They explain clearly and concisely the what and why of eating a Paleo-based diet. Is it to perform better? Well, I sure hope that is one of the positive side effects. But more importantly, eating this way will ensure health now and later. It is preventative health care -- without the doctors.
Doctors do a hell of a job helping us, and we do need them in our society. Perhaps we just need them a little less... We as a society have gone from turning to them in times of emergency and illness to turning to them for a cough and a sniffle...
For the most part, doctors (our entire health-care system really) treat the symptoms. You have a cough? Here: take these pills to get rid of it. You have diabetes? Here: take these pills to control your insulin. You have cancer? Here: take... You see where I'm going, don't you.
It's like giving a homeless man some pocket change. It might help get him his next meal at McDonald's, but will it get him any closer to getting off the street and back to functioning in our society? Sadly, the answer is no. Give a man a fish and he can eat for one more meal. Teach a man to fish, and he can eat for a lifetime.
What we should do -- what doctors should do -- is practice and preach preventative health care. But what does this mean? This means we start educating our children early in life on how to eat and live so that later on they WON'T HAVE that cough, diabetes, or cancer to deal with. Instead of dishing out medicine, why not educate on different ways to eat healthy and get exercise? Why don't we prevent the health maladies of our society through healthy living: stop treating the symptoms, and start getting to the root of why we are so unhealthy. Let's change the causes to see different effects.
One more thing: Name me one mammal (besides human beings) that drinks milk after infancy. What? You can't? That's because there are none. Yes, milk provides protein, calcium, etc. but we as a species have only ben drinking milk for the last 10,000 years. Our bodies are not made to do this.