Why am I not on board with all Paleo? I read Cordain's diet book and it seems faddish to me. In his defense, I haven't read any of the more scholarly work yet. Also, past experience has lead me to mistrust much "research" into what the past must have been, because I have found it riddled with bias. Women, and most of their activities, have been discounted in much of the writings.
Also, Paleo is seen as "proof" of the low-carb life. Now, I'm a low-carber, and I don't see the two as interconnected as others. I live in California and have been reading lots of Native ethnobotany. This info is unique in that the culture had still been around into the 20th century, so there are still real people to talk to, not just paintings in caves. Around here, at least, there was alot of consumption of acorns and various tubers. These all had lots of carbs. Most of the tubers are unidentified and presumably extinct.
On the surface, at least, Paleo seems to be alot about people off hunting big stuff and eating only meat. OTOH, the natives around here used to spend a nice chunk of the year gathering and processing yucca for a sweetener. The usual plan was to come into the interior for rabbits, yucca and acorns, and move to the beach to the winter, where it is warmer. There was lots of fish and mussels. You don't need a band of fast-running men to do any of that. It was really a culture more of nets and baskets and not as much of spears.
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