This is a month long personal experiment that approximately follows the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The reasons for doing it are many and varied, but generally fall into 3 categories:
The profound dietary changes experienced by humans over the past 10,000 years - and greatly accelerated over the past 100 years - conflict with the nutritional input that our genetic structure evolved to maximize. So the theory goes that, although our society has evolved beyond recognition since stoneage times, our bodies haven’t and are, therefore, better suited to stoneage foods.
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that many modern health problems can be sorted out simply by eliminating modern foods from the diet.
Most people who have a little bit extra find that they lose weight quite easily after adopting the stoneage diet.
Over the past few years many sports people, professional athletes, etc. have adopted the stoneage diet, having discovered how much their performance improves once they have made the change.
Outline of Programme
Whilst we can’t really know with 100% certainty what our ancestors ate, and their diets would have varied in composition according to what was available in the local habitat, we can be sure of the following guidelines: they ate wild meat (including internal organs and bonemarrow), fish, fruits, vegetables, roots, eggs, and nuts. They did not eat any dairy, grains, legumes, refined fat and sugars – although they might have had access to honey at certain times of the year. They certainly did not consume any food products that require sophisticated processing, such as refined sugars and vegetable or other processed oils, milled grains and any grain based products.
For a period of 30 days stick strictly to the ground rules described on our Stoneage Diet page. Here are the ground rules directly.
Our experience has shown that people are much more likely to benefit from the 30 days if they are doing it with other people, sharing their experience and learning more details about the theory. A little bit of learning goes a very long way in this context, especially when it is linked directly to your own experience.
Our Stoneage Month Programme includes five meetings over the course of the 30 days, to help facilitate this process. In brief, each meeting will combine an opportunity to share what you are experiencing, and how you are manging (including recipe tips!), along with a more structured teaching about the nutritional theory, and health issues. Over the course of the 30 days we will explore:
- The stoneage perspective - what is actually known about the stoneage diet, and modern interpretations.
- Physical, mental and emotional responses to paleolithic eating
- How to measure your response
- Some insights into what you might experience in the first couple of weeks
- Understanding metabolism: how different foods affect your energy levels.
- Finding the right foods for you.
Action Research is a participatory, democratic process concerned with developing practical knowing in the pursuit of worthwhile human purposes… It seeks to bring together action and reflection, theory and practice, in participation with others, in the pursuit of practical solutions to issues of pressing concern to people, and more generally the flourishing of individual persons and their communities.
This definition of Action Research sums up our approach to running and participating in the 30 day challenge.
Whilst ther course presents a fair amount of theory to absorb and understand, it is all completely relevant to how we may directly perceive and express our own subjective experience of the diet.
January 2013 Alloa
This is our first venture into Scotland, and is part of a research project and series of courses that has been running since November 2011.
The courses are part of an Action Research project designed to explore the question: How do we make it easier for people to complete a 30 day challenge of sticking rigidly to the guidelines of the Stoneage Diet? The purpose is to gather a sufficient body of collected stories from people who have successfully completed the challenge, to see what themes emerge and what are the major obstacles (as well as benefits!)
Stoneage Month - Small Groups