“One can only guess what a cavewoman would have taken to a potluck party some 2 million years ago. But Jennifer Bruer, who’s committed to eating the way our primal ancestors did, shows up with almond-flour banana bread.
It’s a bit difficult, the modern mom admits, when “everyone else is eating pie.” But that’s a small sacrifice in return for feeling healthy and being 50 pounds lighter since starting down the paleolithic path two years ago.
Known as paleo, primal or caveman, the diet has blossomed into a lifestyle for devotees who believe the ancient past holds the secret to lean bodies and good health.
At a time when scientists are starting to grow burgers in a lab, paleo enthusiasts are going whole hog for real food, nature’s way. Food that cavemen would have consumed — although critics argue that point.
To believers, it means fish, grass-fed, pasture-raised meat, eggs, organic vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. Taboo are grains, dairy, legumes, refined salt and sugar.
Paleo proponents contend that our species, Homo sapiens, was doing just fine until the development of agriculture 10,000 years ago. But processed and genetically modified food, agricultural methods and sedentary lifestyles have made us sicker than we have ever been, they argue.
Bruer, 37, knows that all too well. The Mississauga mother to a blended family of nine children suffered from depression, acne, constipation, mood swings, joint pain, fatigue and insomnia until she discovered paleo.
After first going grain-free then dropping dairy, she’s shed six sizes’ worth of extra weight and healed most of her ailments….”