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LX Magazine Interview
1. Do you feel proper diet can be a fountain of youth? Why or why not?
All human physiological functions decline with aging, and we all die. Proper diet can slow, but not prevent the decline in our body’s function with aging.
2. What are some foods that help people stay young?
It’s not so much the foods that we eat, but rather the foods that we don’t eat which slow the aging process. In the typical western diet refined cereal grains, refined sugars, refined vegetable oils and dairy products comprise 70% of our total daily calories. By eliminating these foods and replacing them with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, grass produced meats and poultry, and nuts we can reduce the known elements in our diet that promote inflammation, disease and in turn slow the aging process.
3. What makes these foods so powerful?
Fresh fruits, veggies, fish, seafood, grass produced meats and nuts emulate the nutritional characteristics of our hunter gatherer ancestors. These dietary characteristics shaped our present day genome, and wehn we make our contemporary diet consistent for which our genes have evolved, we can reach our genetic potential including age span.
4. What are some staple items people can incorporate into nearly every meal?
The Paleo Diet as it has become to be known is simplicity itself. Limit your purchases at the supermarket to the outside aisles (produce, seafood, meat) and you are about 85% of the way there. Stay away from the middle aisles in which cereal grains, processed, canned and packaged foods run rampant.
By eating “real living foods” (fresh veggies, fruits, fish, grass produced meats) at nearly every meal, you will increase the nutrient (vitamin, mineral and phytochemical) density of your diet as you abandon nutrient poor cereal grains, refined sugars, refined oils and processed foods.
5. Is it difficult to eat this way? Why or why not?
People who are seriously addicted to candies, sugars, bread and cereals and ice cream may have withdrawal symptoms upon their first week or two of “Paleo,” but after eating real food for a few weeks, going back to processed food and junk typically makes most people feel so bad, that they “get it.”
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus