PHOTOGRAPHY DAN FORBES
IN THE YEAR 2013, NUTRITIONALISTS AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGISTS ARE PROCLAIMING THE HUNTER-GATHERER DIET AND PRIMAL MINDFULNESS AS KEYS NOT MERELY TO HEALTH BUT TO OUR VERY SURVIVAL AS A SPECIES ONCE AGAIN TO BE THE FITTEST.
There are many nuanced but important differences between a Primal and Paleo approach to nutrition, but to keep it simple and anecdotal, let’s just say one should embrace the preagricultural hunter-gatherer sources of sustenance that were eaten by our prehistoric ancestors: real, whole, seasonal foods that provide the body with macronutritionally balanced energy coming mostly from protein (grass-fed meats, wild fish, cage-free fowl) and healthy dietary fats, like coconut oil, avocados, and almonds. Carbohydrates should be limited to what glucose is needed for optimum neurological function and occasional anabolic exercise, and consumed solely in the form of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables (especially dark leafy greens, like kale). Never eat anything processed, no grains, industrial oils, sugars or sweeteners (we’d argue that agave is worse than table sugar), or genetically modified organisms, and experiment with your own body to see where you stand with legumes and dairy. Be wary of the “healthy” junk-food craze and juice insanity. If all this is simply too much, just remember: Eat. Real. Foods.
Food stylist Brett Kurzweil (Art Department) Prop stylist Andrea Huelse Digital technician Will Styer Photo assistants Rocky Luten and Cole Slutzky Location Root [Brooklyn]