Monday, 13 October 2008

Ray Mears Goes Paleo

For those not in the UK, or those in the UK who do not watch TV, Ray Mears is our home grown survivalist and all-round expert on living in the wild.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, published yesterday, Ray recommends the Palaeolithic diet, explaining the reasons behind it with which many of us are already familiar.

Ray's teddy-bear physique is not one you would normally associate with followers of the Paleo lifestyle, but by his own admission he finds it difficult to resist the allure of modern junk. It's better to know what you should do, but fail to do it, than not to know in the first place. At least then there is the potential to do it later on...

3 comments:

Son Of Grok said...

I am not familiar with Ray Mears. I love our local survivalist on this side of the pond though, Les Stroud AKA Survivorman. In his situations, he is force to eat very paleo and really does have to forage in the wild for his food. He too has a less than appealing physique though. In my mind, I always attribute this to the fact that he probably binges on bad food both before he goes out on an excursion and when he gets back from one!

Methuselah said...

Son of Grok - I think you're onto something there. I bet when you are really hunting and gathering like these survival dudes do, you end up eating some things you'd otherwise really rather not, so by the time you get back to civilisation the temptation to gorge on comfort food may be too much to control...

Green Deane said...

I think Mears is right on both fronts, the loss of the way the majority of humans for most of history have lived, and the problems of the modern diet. The real problem is too many people and agriculture which produces mostly carbs. The effects of sugar and other white foods (flour, rice, potatoes, and high fructose corn syrup) are know to specialists but not most doctors who are still aiming wrongly at fat when sugar/insulin is the true culprit. As for Mears, I think he is a wholesome man doing things well. That is far more worthy than his juvenile imitators. Men make a difference. Boys do not. Green Deane www.eattheweeds.com

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