2019 April/May (Digital)
- Bottled Water and the Plastic Problem
- Antibiotics and Mental Health
- What Happens When You Stop Eating Grains?
- Is Wine Paleo?
- And Introduction to Baby-Led Weaning
- And much more!
- Breakfast Salad with Turmeric Poached Egg
- Chocolate-Strawberry Protein Smoothie
- Vietnamese Shrimp Salad
- Lamb Chops with Mint-Basil Pesto
- Chocolate-Almond Crepes
- And much more!
From the Editor
At last, the weather is warming up over most parts of the U.S., the days are slowly getting longer, and flowers are starting to bloom. Which can only mean that spring has officially sprung. For our ancestors, this season would have been marked by a welcome shift in day-to-day life, from sleeping many hours a day bundled against the cold to venturing out to gather fresh plants and vegetables that haven’t been available for months.
Like our ancestors, I’m looking forward to trading in my winter root veggies for spring’s colorful berries and greens. With the weather warming up, it’s time to start hitting the local farmers markets and enjoying some lighter, brighter fare. I love tubers as much as the next guy, but I’m definitely ready for some salads made with fresh, local veggies (p 84, 85, 88).
While the change in available food is reason enough to enjoy this time of year, the clearer skies and sunnier days also mean it’s much easier (and more pleasant) to get outside and move our bodies like we were designed to. I’ve mentioned this a thousand times (and will most likely mention it a thousand more), but play is the ultimate way to get your exercise in, especially outside. Springtime is the perfect season to start breaking out some old favorites—like capture the flag, red light/green light, shadow tag, or spud—and fully embrace our inner playfulness.
Play is a solid pillar of the Paleo framework for a reason: It works just as much magic on our emotional well-being as on our physical health, allowing us to forget, at least for a while, about our stress and worries. Regular play also helps us build better relationships and imparts a “greater capacity for cooperation,” which helps us strengthen and reinforce the bonds we have with our friends and loved ones (p 108).
During the last few cold months of winter, it can feel like we have barely interacted with anyone outside our immediate tribe—we have bundled up and shuffled, as fast as we could, from home to office to wherever else we had to be, and it was a little harder than normal to stop and take notice of others. As we shake off our hibernation, we can once again take the time to engage more freely with the outside world. The beginning of spring is an ideal time to focus not only on deepening the bonds we each have with our inner circle but on trying to create new bonds with anyone we come in contact with.
As you get outside more this spring, I encourage you to treat anyone who crosses your path with an inclusive, generous spirit (p 58). Worst case, you’ll make their day a little brighter. Best case, you have one more participant for a killer round of shadow tag.