Cave Girl here. This blog is my labor of love, and will be read by two people. (Hi mom! Hi Justin Bieber!)
Exciting personal stats: I love a wonderful Cave Man who also serves in the US military, and I’m mother to a four-legged, furry Primal Pup/Paleo Pooch named Cal. I am committed to becoming a better “Cave Girl” with every new recipe I screw up, every day I eat “clean,” and every step I trek in my funny “minimalist” shoes. I’m a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner working on my Master’s degree in Public Health. I created the Skintervention Guide, and I co-host the FREE, top-rated, weekly, ridiculously fun Balanced Bites Podcast. I write a column on non-toxic body care for Paleo Magazine, and my REAL LIFE OHMIGOSH BOOK, Modern Cave Girl, is available for pre-order on Amazon!
This blog is not a “Manifesto,” but a narrative. I am constantly learning and seeking, and I’m willing to adopt new views as wisdom guides me. There’s an exceedingly small chance that I’ve been wrong once or twice. (Don’t tell the CaveHusband I said so.)
I want everyone to know it’s possible, it’s easy, it’s FUN, it’s best to eat and live with a whole-foods, traditional-diet perspective (my personal take on “Paleo” and “Primal”). Our bodies are designed to be healthy and vibrant when we fuel ourselves right. Eating locally-raised meats and locally-grown goods makes life even better and represents the commitment to be a responsible steward of this amazing planet. This isn’t hippie-ism – It’s science, endocrinology, and biology – and it’s pretty darn phenomenal. It’s what I’ve observed to be revolutionary in my own life, as well as the lives of others.
Reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price solidified my belief that “traditional” diets provide – historically and currently – the raw materials for healthy living. The word “traditional” represents the foods eaten before feedlots, global commerce, the refinement of sugar and grains, and the hydrogenation of fats changed our “food landscape” from one of local goods to one of easy, cheap and shelf-stable products. While “traditional” diets varied greatly from one corner of the globe to another, they all relied on locally produced foods free of refined sugar, flour, and heavy processing. There were no feedlots. Fats and natural cholesterol were valued and enjoyed. Heart disease, diabetes and autoimmunity were virtually unknown. In general, the healthiest folks consumed a diet heavy in animal products from wildlife that ate and lived in harmony with their environment. These are values we can emulate today.
In short – eat food as it occurs in nature. Eat meat and fat (yes, FAT!) from pasture-raised animal sources; enjoy cold-pressed plant fats from avocados, olives and coconut; use plenty of herbs & spices; and eat as many veggies as you desire. Variety is key. Lift heavy things and engage in quick, intense bursts of exercise a few times each week. Sleep. You’ll be full, happy, and well. Simple.
Living this way is all about gratitude – loving and appreciating the amazing foods that are provided for us on this incredible planet. The foods that are proven to keep us balanced and healthy. These are the foods we evolved with and the foods valued by traditional cultures who are unwaveringly healthy. We can show our gratitude for these provisions by doing our best to support planet-healing sustainable agriculture and local farmers. Eat Wild is a terrific resource.
The purpose of this blog is twofold: It is a vehicle for the distribution of my and my CaveHusband’s brilliant ideas to the greater world-family; and – wait…I suppose the purpose of this blog is onefold.
I love my two readers, and if I can share my joy about living this way with even one of them, I’m a happy Cave Girl.