Paleo? Ancestral Wellness?
What’s this all about?
Our ancestors evolved over millions of years under certain basic and oftentimes harsh environmental conditions. These overarching conditions, which included such things as (just to name a few) the types of available food, community dynamics, sun exposure, the amount and nature of movement required for day-to-day survival, quantity and quality of sleep, ultimately shaped our collective genome. And while our environment has changed in innumerable ways over the last 10,000 years or so (for better and worse), the human genome has changed very little. In fact, that our genome has changed so very little in relation to an altogether novel set of environmental cues requires that we alter our lifestyle choices accordingly so as to optimize health and wellness. Quite simply, our bodies were built not only to survive, but to thrive, under the conditions in which we evolved. Does this mean a return to the cave and spear? Hardly. But if we want a better future for ourselves, we must begin to look for truths in our evolutionary past, and learn to incorporate these truths into our modern lifestyles. Doing so will allow our bodies to function in the manner in which they evolved, that is, toward burning fat, and accumulating muscle -- a body inclined toward longevity and wellness, and one disassociated from fat storage, muscle wasting, disease and illness.
The Ancestral Momentum - Theory to Practice, Paleo f(x) Symposium exists to serve as a bridge between theoretical knowledge -- the what and whys of what we should do to achieve optimum health and wellness -- and the practical, day-to-day implementation of that knowledge.