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Would Your Great, Great, Great Grandmother Eat That???

Every thing you put in your mouth matters.  A great rule of thumb to use when deciding if you should eat a certain food is, if you offered it to your great, great, great grandmother, what would she say about it?  If she would happily accept your offering (knowing how it was grown and/or made) and gobble it up, then it is probably safe to eat.  If, however, she would turn up her nose and look at it as if it were foreign garbage, then you should reconsider your choice.

This is a simple way of thinking about eating a more Primal diet.  You see, for at least 10,000 years (per strict creationists) or for millions of years (according to the evolutionists) humans have been eating certain things; and almost never ate other things.  Only for the last 1000 years or so have any humans consistently lived on a grain-based diet, and only for the last 75 years have we eaten the Franken-Food processed-style pseudo-food shoved at us through fast-food windows.  For millenia humans ate greens, veggies, berries, nuts, seeds and small game.  By eating what your G-G-G-Gee'maw would eat, you are returning to the dietary roots of your ancestors and your genes. 

The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to EatThere are compelling arguments that the current "epidemic" of autoimmune diseases and cancers are directly or indirectly related to this aweful diet of ours.  While I don't think this has been proven by cold hard science yet, it sure does seem to make a lot of sense.

Let your new pre-meal question be, "W.W.G.G.G.G.M.D?  (What Would Great-Great-Great-Grandmother-Do?)


  1. My G.G.G.G.M. would more than likely have consumed grains. Something I will never do again intentionally, unless I'm literally starving and there is no option.
    Sorry Ken, but this adage doesn't stand up for me. No offence intended.
    I have the utmost respect and admiration for your work.

  2. Quite possibly you are right!
    But, her percentage intake of grains would have been much lower than today's average, and her percentage intake of processed food would have been zero. Good point though.
    Would she have been from England? Several of mine would...

  3. I estimate that she would probably have been in her prime around 1850. With my ancestors at a guess being located in the industrial north west of England, Manchester area, home of The Industrial Revolution. I would imagine she probably lived in relative poverty "amongst those dark satanic mills" (great hymn, always used to sing Jerusalem when engaging in drunken sing songs) 8+ kids, where 2 died before reaching adolesence. Then again she could have been a Lady or Duchess. I don't know Ken. I've been waiting for one of my siblings to research family history. Lazy so and so's haven't done it yet!

  4. Most of my GGG'G'Maws would have lived in very rural Virginia and North Carolina. Grains would have been in their diet, but in a much smaller percentage than in the average diet of today. I do see your point for those who had ancestors in early-industrial cities in England (I know UK is the PC title now, but it seems so NWO...) and other countries in Europe. I apologize for my myopic American vision... Hope you have some more posts coming up soon on your blog.