I have been talking for years about learning to eat like a human and want to take this opportunity to tell you more about it. Let me be clear – this is not a diet.
At least not in a traditional sense. Instead, this is an all encompassing approach to connecting with your food and, through that connection, reconnecting with everything it means to be human.
It lays the groundwork to empower you to feed yourself and your families the most nourishing diets possible. When you Eat Like a Human, you focus on HOW you eat, not just what you eat.
That’s right! Whether you maintain a ketogenic lifestyle, eat a carnivore diet, intermittently fast or even follow a plant based diet, the Eat Like a Human approach will help you do what you are already doing…but better!
The Eat Like a Human approach relies upon 5 steps:
SPENDING 8 MONTHS LIVING 2.5 MILLION YEARS OF HISTORY
UNEARTH: It all starts with the archaeological record. The foundation of our comprehensive approach is our 3.5 million-year-old dietary past. This insight comes from a combination of my academic and professional training as a prehistoric and experimental archaeologist that includes a PhD in Anthropology, 20+ years as a college professor and my unique experience living 2.5 million years of history as the co-star on National Geographic’s The Great Human Race.
UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF TRADITIONAL FOODWAYS
CONTEXTUALIZE – The anthropological record and our ethnographic fieldwork capture how people today in pockets of the world are still carrying on traditional foodways. This ethnographic work often includes my entire family living with and learning from indigenous and traditional groups. From letting blood from the necks of cows in a remote areas of Kenya, harvesting Weaver Ant egg in Thailand, nixtamalizing maize in the mountains of Oaxaca, and detoxifying poisonous heirloom varieties of potatoes in Bolivia this work has allowed us to better understand, first hand, the wide range of possibilities still in use today that people are using to nourish themselves. The purpose is the same for all of these technologies – to transform the resources in any environment into the safest, most nutrient dense and bioavailable possible.
CONTEXTUALIZING THE MODERN FOODSCAPE
ASSESS – Armed with the knowledge of our deep dietary past and our rich and diverse dietary present we take an objective look at our modern foodscape to see how different it is from anything resembling how we should be eating as humans. It is only within this context that we can begin to understand how unhealthy our relationship with food really is and take the necessary steps towards a safe and nourishing diet.
MAKING IT ALL MAKE SENSE
FULFILL – Then we identify what else is important for how we eat beyond just nourishment. The manner in which we eat is uniquely human and our dietary choices consciously and unconsciously take into account more than flavor and nutrition. Healthy approaches to food also need to fit within your stance on ethics and sustainability and need to be accessible in terms of your resources and time. These factors are often not a part of most diet plans yet are crucial to their success.
TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
EMPOWER – We take into account your specific needs and by teaching you how to transform the food you eat into the safest, most nutrient dense, and bioavailable form possible in your own kitchen. We empower you to feed yourself and your families the most nourishing diets possible in ways that are relevant, meaningful and accessible to your modern lives!
This is what it means to eat like a human and truly enjoy a sustainable, ethical and healthy diet.