So I've been reading a lot about the paleo diet, and Mark's primal blueprint. Being very athletic, I've always relied on carbs to keep me going, but have always had weight fluctuations and energy dips/spikes. I've always been slender, so I don't worry so much about the weight--although when I'm usually a 2, it's annoying when clothes don't fit and I have to bump up to a 4. or even a 6 sometimes! (around that time of month--you ladies know what I'm talking about...)
So mostly it's the variance in my energy level that I detest. Plus, diabetes and alcoholism run in my family, making me think we have difficulty processing sugar/carbs. Finally, I hate having to eat all dang day, which it seems I do when I eat mostly carbs.
I've followed eating plans similar to the paleo before and was never successful. I think this is because I wasn't getting enough calories, likely because I was still moderating my fat intake...but I'm not sure.
Mark's plan seems great so far, having only tried it for a couple of days. I recently injured myself (I'm a hardcore runner, pilates enthusiast, gym rat, tennis player, water skier, and salsa dancer, go figure I would finally hurt myself!--my advice is, don't combine them all in a weekend, lol!) So while I'm resting up from this tendonitis I developed, I was thinking now would be a great time to try the primal blueprint.
Most of what I've read makes sense. However, there is one thing that gives me pause....
It seems to me, Mark stipulates that humans evolved on this practically-carb-free paleo diet, only introducing grains/tubers/legumes with the advent of agriculture. The agricultural revolution having occurred around 12,000 years ago--after our evolution was basically complete--he says we don't have the genetics to process the stuff.
What about cooking? Cooking was introduced waaaay earlier than agriculture, right? From what I've read, scientists haven't pinpointed the exact date of the introduction of cooking, but some think it happened shortly after we discovered how to manipulate fire. So is it wrong to assume, that we began consuming these grains when we first started cooking, and not with the agricultural revolution, as Mark asserts?
If this is so, if we actually began eating these grains when fire became available to cook them, couldn't that have occurred before we were fully evolved, at least for some groups of people? In which case, wouldn't it make sense that paleo people actually do thrive off at least a moderately higher amount of carbs, grains, etc, than Mark would say? Of course I realize our modern day diets is waay to laden in simple carbs and sugars, but can't a case be made that we do indeed have the genetics to digest cooked whole grains, in small amounts, and with other macrobiotics (fat, protein) included to buffer the glycemic response?
Anyways, I welcome all input on this and I'd be happy to be wrong. As I said before, I seem to do well on the primal eating style. But maybe my rational, industrial brain is trying to stave off the idea of never eating a bagel again.
I just would like to clear this up. Thanks everyone!