I came across an amazing resource, and thought I'd share! Happy reading... and I'd be really interested to know other's thoughts about what is essential vs. optional, and why!
Essential Versus Optional in Paleo by Diana Hsieh
When I developed my list of Modern Paleo Principles in early 2010, I'd hoped to be able to sort out the essential principles from the optional tweaks. So forgoing grains would be essential to eating paleo whereas intermittent fasting would be just an optional tweak that a person might never even try. Sounds reasonable, right? Perhaps so, but the attempt was a total non-starter.
Almost as soon as I sat down to write out my list of principles, I realized that I couldn't possibly separate them into "essential" and "optional," except in a few clear cases. Similarly, I couldn't rank its principles by priority except in a very rough way. Despite the core features of the diet captured in my definition -- avoiding grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables -- that just wasn't possible.
But... why not? Why can't we identify the essential versus optional principles of a paleo diet or rank its principles by priority? The answer is more interesting than I supposed at first. I see three major obstacles -- (1) the value of health, (2) individual differences, and (3) the science of nutrition.
Let's examine each in turn. 1. Health Is Not Your Ultimate Value 2. Your Health Depends on Individual Context 3. The Science of Nutrition Is in Its Infancy
Modern Paleo Principles by Diana Hsieh, (Ph.D, Philosophy)
A "paleo" approach to health uses the evolutionary history of homo sapiens, plus the best of modern science, as a broad framework for guiding daily choices about diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation.... Importantly, the paleo approach is an ever-evolving framework of principles for living well, not dogma written in stone by any supposed authority.... These principles represent my own personal opinions. They should not substitute for your own research, thinking, and experience -- or for the advice of your doctor.
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