I saw this post on a friend's CrossFit affiliate page. Just wanted to post this to see what everyone thought of her statement. This does not portray my thoughts or beliefs, just found it interesting.
"My friend Adrienne (who was a French major and I forgive her for that) who is a professor down south and very much a self identified Black woman (capital B), has taken to reading my nonsense regularly. Imagine my surprise when this intellectual, stable, professional woman actually takes me seriously and writes to me about doing CrossFit and that my posts are helpful…
Anyway, I want to share a note I received from Adrienne after a phone call we had this week. While both of us of not anthropologists, we got to talking about the Paleo diet. And, well this is what happens after two Wellesley girls start talking diets, we get all intellectual and shit. Adrienne writes:
Before I go to bed, I want to say thank you for introducing me to CrossFit. I’m going to to give it a try, but more importantly just hearing your enthusiasm gives me hope.
I wanted to say something more about the Paleo Diet and how I feel about evolution and migration. The paleolithic period is prehistoric and as much as anthropology has told, there is still so much we don’t know. What we do know is that this is the period of time when Hominids (I think we were called that by then) started moving around the world.
Many tens of thousands of years have passed since then. And if our ancestors adapted so differently, in ways that are visible to us now, it only makes sense that we may have adapted in ways that are invisible to us.
For instance, Asians, Native Americans, and blacks are lactose intolerant, and blacks (the group I know best) tend to grow strong bones without consuming a lot of calcium through milk. White women are prone to osteoporosis and tend not to be lactose intolerant. Also, Sickle Cell is an adaptation that protects blacks from malaria, but can still kill us. Whites don’t have Sickle Cell. In our attempt to become colorblind (which I think is completely ridiculous), we forget that there are real differences that need to be acknowledged and respected.
In all of these years struggling with my weight , I have come to the conclusion that any diet promoted widely in the U.S. is missing something for me. I can’t put my finger on it.
I’ve been doing my own bit of research into where I came from prior to the most recent “migration”. I think there may be some answers there for me. In the meantime, I have had to acknowledge that my people–in the most immediate past–were incredibly active people who worked very hard with their bodies on very few calories. I have to find something that makes me work hard because the basic calories in/calories out equation isn’t going to work for me; nor, to put a fine point on it, is a diet based on only part of our evolutionary past that ignores the migration and the variation in our evolutionary pathways sufficient information that informs a wide based dietary program.
I don’t mean to get preachy, but the minute I read about the Paleo Diet much of this occurred to me. Anthropology is complex, and I’m sure I’ve missed something crucial, but I think there is support for my perspective."