The Past, Present, & Future of the Human Diet With Dr. Loren Cordain, Father of the Paleo Movement

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“Why would you put the least nutrient dense food at the base of your pyramid?!”
— Dr. Loren Cordain

Greetings, SuperFriends, and welcome to Part 2 of our 3 (or 4) part series on Paleolithic nutrition!
In our last episode of the series, we interviewed one of the main superstars responsible for popularizing this massive dietary trend – Robb Wolf. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, we highly recommend it – but it’s definitely not necessary before listening to this one.

In any case, today, we have the distinct privilege of interviewing the man behind it all – who introduced Robb Wolf to the Paleo diet, and literally wrote the book introducing it in the first place. He also runs one of the most successful – and in my opinion – informative paleo blogs on the web right now, and has become an outspoken advocate on both paleo nutrition and movement patterns. That’s right, you guys, – I’m talking about the founder of the Paleo movement – Dr. Loren Cordain.

Just a quick note on audio quality. Due to some technical difficulties, we had to record using a land line, but that doesn’t make the information any less valuable, so I thank you guys in advance for bearing with us.

In this episode, we discuss all the questions you’re dying to hear answered… we talk about the origins of the paleo diet. We talk about what the data has to say. We discuss evolution at length, and what foods we should and should not avoid. It’s a fascinating episode with one of the world’s most respected health experts, and I know you’re going to LOVE it. In fact, Dr. Cordain generously compliments me at the end of the interview – a compliment that I personally will cherish for a long, long time.

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In this episode with Dr. Loren Cordain, we discuss:

  • How Dr. Cordain went from athletics to health sciences to becoming the foremost authority on paleolithic nutrition
  • Which one mentor changed Dr. Loren Cordain’s life forever, how, and when?
  • When did Dr. Cordain realize that everything we knew about nutrition was wrong?
  • Were our ancestors actually less healthy than we are? And why are we misinformed on their reality?
  • A discussion of the USDA, the NIH, and their recommendations for proper nutrition
  • How the scientific community has responded to the paleo diet over time
  • How does paleo stack up against the mediterranean diet and other popular diets?
  • What are Dr. Cordain’s thoughts on The China Study, and why might it be flawed?
  • How does dairy protein stack up against animal protein?
  • Concerns on sustainability, scalability, and the environmental impact of the paleo diet
  • What percentage of most westerner’s calories come from just 4 unhealthy foods
  • Comparing the social revolution against smoking and the current trend against sugar or cereal grains
  • How important is it that our produce today is different from that of our paleolithic ancestors?
  • How topsoil depletion works and how it impacts our food quality
  • Dr. Loren Cordain’s thoughts on the various nutrition regimens, such as running and CrossFit
  • How have Dr. Cordain’s thoughts or opinions changed or evolved over the last 20 years?
  • Some very scary health issues that can be caused by dairy, legumes, and salt
  • Thoughts on supplements, and which ones modern humans should be taking
  • The importance of getting outside and getting some sunshine!

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Favorite Quotes from Dr. Loren Cordain:

“In 1987… I read this paper by my mentor… and that paper changed my life forever.”
“Before I knew it, I had 10,000 papers in file cabinets. That’s kind of where it started.”
“You have to appreciate the idea that we live a single lifetime… We only experience one generation.”
“Five generations is absolutely nothing. It’s a drop in the bucket, on the evolutionary time scale. Let’s go back 300 generations!”
“I didn’t invent any of this. I just was the guy who was in the middle of it and applied evolutionary theory to nutrition.”
“Let’s let the data speak for itself and let’s let the chips fall where they will, but in the last decade, the chips seem to be falling on the side of Charles Darwin – imagine, he got it right!”
“There’s no way on God’s green earth that we could have 8 billion people without cereal grains.”
“It’s ironic that the diet that shaped the human diet is a diet that the majority of the planet can no longer afford to eat.”
“We spend more money on healthcare than we do on all the wars we’re fighting in Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere!”
“The vitamin content of wild and domesticated plants are virtually identical.”
“As we look to the future, we need not to forget this powerful organizational template.”
“We don’t need to take any supplements if we operate in the environment that we operated in throughout history. Now, we obviously don’t, so…”

and perhaps my favorite…

“Jonathan, it was my honor to be able to give you and your audience this information, and you are such a great interviewer, I want your audience to know. I rarely am interviewed by somebody so knowledgable, and indeed, you are!”


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