Reader and commenter Tin Tin sent me the following and it's really special. It aired on Australia's 60-Minutes program. Backyard Revolution.
Of course, as with virtually everything you see, there's the continual emphasis on eating plants and demonization of fat. But look beyond that. This is more about real food, and even more — if you pay close attention — this is about taking responsibility for your food and ultimately, mastery and control of your own life.
The video is about 12 minutes long, the first half of which is about backyard gardening, primarily. The second half is better, featuring Link Walker — who lives off the land along with his family — and professor Kerin O'Dea. It's slightly funny that so much of the piece is about fruits and vegetables ("Low in Fat!!! Yea"), yet watch what Link and his family are up to: getting meat, and lots of it.
Here's a notable quote from O'Dea, who took Australian Aborigines suffering from the typical laundry list of modern diseases into the bush to live off the land for seven weeks:
We lived off the land for seven weeks and in that time, all of the metabolic abnormalities of diabetes and all of the risk factors for heart disease that I could measure just plummeted. People changed, those Aboriginal people changed completely when they went back to the bush. They were in charge of their lives. And they had this sense that we talk about now of mastery and control over their lives and we know that when people have a sense of mastery and control, they're healthier.
Now, see? Don't discount mastery of your life as a huge part of your overall improvement in well-being on the paleo/primal path. This is why I avoid politics and all involvement in it like the plague, and why I consider it just as toxic to well-being as grains and processed frankenfood.
Why waste time with anything that exists primarily to divorce you from mastery and control of your own life? I can't think of anything more unhealthy.