Is Ancestral Health Catching On?

One of my favorite bloggers just wrote The Top 10 Exercise and Weigh-Loss Trends of 2011, and six of the ten were all pretty big elements of the Ancestral Health Movement:-The Paleo Diet
-Vitamin D
-Natural Sweeteners (Honey, Agave, Stevia, etc) nstead of Splenda/Aspartame/Corn Syrup
-Intermittent Fasting
-Preventative Health

While none of these things are new to me (Crossfit was a top trend of 2010, too…), it’s reassuring that they have definitely been gaining press over the last year.  As recently as last year, I’d mention the Paleo Diet or Primal Living and people would look at me like I was from Mars.  Now, while they still probably think I have a few screws loose (and much better looking than they are) they’ve heard of the stuff.

Admittedly, some of the other “top trends” in the article are Cleanse Diets (shady) and the HCG Diet (f**king weird).  I checked out the trends from 2010 on the same site and those included stripper classes and the shake weight (if you haven’t seen the episode of South Park about the Shake Weight…stop right now and do it!!).  Clearly there are trendy products and fads of all varieties that pop up from year to year, and even though I have a lot of hope that Ancestral Living will only increase in popularity thanks to so much success, will it all fizzle out and get replaced by some Hyper-Vegan-Grass-Eating-Hemp-Wearing dealio?

I don’t think so.  Innumerable reviews by reputable sources like the New York Times, major magazines and television shows, a growing population of Paleo bloggers, etc have sung the praises of the lifestyle.  People from all walks of life have transformed–they lose weight and find simple remedy for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infertility, acne, depression, autism, hair loss…you name it!  Even if people don’t totally buy in to the whole thing, it’s really hard to deny that eating natural, healthy food and getting smart exercise and avoiding environmental pollutants won’t make you better off than you already are.  A growing collection of medical and nutritional studies give an even more solid backing to the Movement.  Organizations like the Paleo Physicians’ Network promise to spread the fundamentals among the medical community and allow us to put these principles to the test against conventional pharmaceuticals and artificial treatments.

Like any other “trend” that comes around, I often hear that “it’s not worth it” or that I’m “not living.”  Um, I don’t think so.  It works, it makes you feel amazing, it is worth it, and if you can do it while devouring copious amounts of bacon and not having to run 10 miles a day.  What about that isn’t living?



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