Primal Blueprint Law #9 – Avoid Poisonous Things

This law means something different now than it did in the time of our cave-dwelling primal ancestors – they had to worry about choosing the wrong plants when foraging, keeping alert and aware of lethal mushrooms and the like. In the 21st century, it’s more important to, “avoid exposure to chemical toxins in your food (pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc.) and on your skin. But also try to avoid the hidden poisons in foods like sugars, grains, processed foods, trans and hydrogenated fats, and mercury in certain fish,” says Primal Blueprint founder Mark Sisson.

Our primal ancestors had no opportunity to go out for fast food or buy processed foods from the grocery store or gas station. These foods can be thought of as “poison” for two reasons: (1) our bodies have not evolved as quickly as our lifestyles have, and therefore our digestive systems don’t interpret processed foods as “real food,” and (2) even if digested, the foods don’t have the nutritional value that our bodies are looking for.

There was no refined sugar in the primal days. The only sugar came from fruits like berries, which were found and consumed only occasionally. Likewise, grains were not used for food by humans until about 10,000 years ago. That seems like a long time ago to people like us who would feel lucky to live 100 years, but it’s a short time compared to the billions of years that people have been on the earth as hunter-gatherers, Also, the oceans where the fish came from were not polluted by human activities and so were much safer to eat.

I have written elsewhere on this site that “Grain Free is Right for Me!” and probably for you too, so I won’t repeat that here. If you’re feeling frustrated and thinking that there’s nothing left to eat and enjoy, don’t despair. There are many nutritious and healthy foods to enjoy. The simplest diet ever is these eight words, “Eat real food…not too much…mostly plants.” For more details, contact me and I’ll be glad to help you figure it out.


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