Pete Evans (Chef and MKR judge) spoke about Paleo being a grass-roots movement. When people start trying it and getting results then the word will spread. Pete said he used to be a vegan “it nearly killed me”. Pete himself has experienced so many benefits from living the Paleo lifestyle and is so passionate about spreading the word he has financed a TV show called “The Paleo Way” which Channel 7 will show later this year. It is so fantastic that Pete has the profile, contacts and finances to get Paleo in the mainstream. He is gathering professionals and experts around him to help back up the messages with evidence and credibility. “Food can strengthen us or weaken us” he said. “Food is medicine or Food is poison”.
At present 60% of food production is grains and seed oil. Governments, economies, multinational corporations are too invested to see the truth. But if more people start demanding the real clean food then more suppliers will start producing it. Pete urged the audience to “get to know where your food comes from, who grows it, what they fed it”. “You are not crazy and extreme to go out of your way to find good food – you are just informed”
Watch Pete Evans and Nora Gedgaudas on Sunrise HERE cooking Paleo bolognese and sharing the main messages from their talk.
“In 1994 the rate of Autism was 1 in 10,000. In 2014 it is 1 in 50.”
“1 in 3 woman and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85”
“For the first time parents are outliving their children.”
And there are many more frightening stats. Something isn’t working right. We can’t keep doing the same thing.
Nora Gedgaudas (Author of Primal Body, Primal Mind) spoke for over 2 hours and is a wealth of knowledge drawing from vast research. Her talk really was confirmation that Paleo is not a fad diet and is the way to go. There is so much research and evidence to support that humans are designed to be hunters and gathers and have been that way for 3 million years. Animal meat and fat have always played a part in diets and provides humans the essential protein and fat. She revealed the primal origins for a high-fat diet, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake. She explained that human brains have actually been shrinking since the introduction of agriculture (around 10,000 years ago), along with decreases in bone density and dental health and introduction of diseases. 200,000 years ago humans were taller, muscular and had larger brains.
She urged the audience to “avoid the food we were never designed to eat.” (ie. Grains, gluten, soy, dairy, vegetable and seed oils, and starchy vegetables).
“Eat moderate protein. Eliminate sugar and starch. Eat enough fat and non-starchy veggies to satisfy.”
Fat is essential for health. The slide on the below right shows the critical fat-soluble nutrients found in Paleo foods.
Nora touched on the changing views of fat since Ancel Keys’s in-famous hypothesis about saturated fat and heart disease. Also the Food Pyramid (or ‘fed-lot’ pyramid as Nora likes to call it, as it is the same nutrients fed to fed-lot animals to fatten them up).
These Time magazine covers show the changing views on fat.
This was exactly my point in my facebook post on 25 May:
“To some people Paleo, from the outside, looks restrictive and they think I'm missing out. But it is so hard to explain what it feels like to not feel controlled by food anymore. I feel the calmest and most mentally stable I have felt my whole life. Getting off the sugar/carb roller coaster is such freedom! Sugar/carb highs and crushes used to be so controlling. I use to never leave the house without a snack in case I got caught hungry. If I was hungry I was super cranky and started feeling sick. I couldn't concentrate on anything else until I ate. Days were planned around meals. Now I can go much longer without eating and I feel fine. I'm enjoying life. My moods have stabilized. Family and friends see the difference.”
There was a very brief Q & A session with all presenters on stage at the end. Questions were taken from the audience. It was obvious from the questions that in 3 hours only the surface of learning on this topic can be covered and there is a big need to help the everyday person realistically bridge the gap between the 'standard australian diet' and the ideal Paleo diet and source the ingredients.
As the presenters said. "this life is 100% your responsibility, no-one is coming to save you" "Paleo is a personal journey, an adventure, a challenge".
Yes Paleo is a challenge - but it's a fun, rewarding challenge and a great learning adventure - and i sincerely hope more and more people join the ride!
- Keep doing what I can to spread the message of Paleo and help make Paleo accessible and achievable for everyday Australians. Read more here
- Keep moving forward with our 7 year old son, we are on the right path. We have transitioned him slowly over the past year. He is super fussy and stubborn with food and refuses to try new things. It is super hard but we have come a long way. Gluten is now not in our house at all and the couple of veggies he does eat is organic and the meat is grass-fed and cooked in lots of tallow. Yet there is still a way to go. Dairy and rice or corn snacks are very much a daily occurrence. The external influences of parties, what other kids eat at school, grandparents etc make it an ongoing challenge. How I wish I had known what I know now when he was just starting on solid food. It would have made things a lot easier. Sigh.