Take a listen as Dr. Bill shares an excerpt from ELAH
An archaeologist and chef explains how to follow our ancestors’ lead when it comes to dietary choices and cooking techniques for optimum health and vitality.
Our relationship to food is filled with confusion and insecurity. Vegan or carnivore? Vegetarian or gluten-free? Keto or Mediterranean? Fasting or Paleo? Every day we hear about a new ingredient that is good or bad, a new diet that promises everything. Our conversations are filled with a dizzying array of approaches to and perspectives on our relationship to food. But the truth is that none of those labels matter. The secret to becoming healthier, losing weight, living a pain-free and energetic life, and healing the planet has nothing to do with counting calories, reducing portion sizes, or feeling deprived — the key is re‑learning how to eat like a human.
This means finding food that is as nutrient-dense as possible, and preparing that food using methods that release those nutrients and make them safe and bioavailable to our bodies, which is exactly what allowed our ancestors, millions of years ago, to not only live but thrive. In Eat Like a Human, archaeologist and primitive technologist Dr. Bill Schindler draws on cutting-edge science and a lifetime of research to explain how safety, nutrient density and bioavailability are the cornerstones of a healthy diet. He shows readers how to live like modern “hunter-gatherers” by using the same strategies our ancestors used — as well as techniques still practiced by many cultures around the world — to make food as safe, nutritious, bioavailable, and delicious as possible.
With each chapter dedicated to a specific food group, in‑depth explanations of different foods and cooking techniques, and concrete takeaways, as well as 75+ recipes, Eat Like a Human will permanently change the way you think about food, and help you live a happier, healthier, and more connected life.
Based on the simple premise that food should be nutritious, safe and bioavailable, Eat Like a Human: Nourishing Foods and Ancient Ways of Cooking to Revolutionize Your Health by archeologist and chef Bill Schindler guides readers to consider not just what people should eat, but how people should eat to achieve optimal health. Each chapter addresses different food groups, including plants, grains, maize, animals and bugs, dairy and sugar. Schindler also includes recipes and illustrated diagrams for making nutrient-rich foods such as fermented ketchup, acorn flour, traditional sourdough bread, pancakes and pasta, cricket granola, honey ice cream and charcoal mayonnaise.
Co-star of the National Geographic television series The Great Human Race, Schindler is an animated storyteller and persuasive advocate for resurrecting ancient technologies for harvesting and preparing food. He answers the question of how people should eat by promoting nutrient-enhancing techniques our ancestors developed intuitively, such as bacterial fermentation, the use of ash, charcoal and clay as detoxifiers, cooking with nutrient-dense soil and adopting a “nose-to-tail” approach to eating animals. Foraging for wild plants or visiting farmers markets instead of buying domesticated produce out of season is an effective way to improve diets.
A realist who appreciates the social value of modern traditions, such as eating cake at birthday parties, Schindler urges readers not to forgo the food rituals that make for a culturally rich life, but instead to adapt the strategies presented in Eat Like a Human to individual circumstances and make incremental, manageable advancements toward improved biological health.SHAHINA PIYARALI, REVIEWER FOR SHELF AWARENESS