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I started this blog because I’m disturbed by the misunderstandings regarding primal or paleo culture, and that many modern “diet experts” have made sweeping generalizations based on biased theories. There seems to be an unhealthy focus on the hunter part of the hunter/gatherer theory of paleolithic culture. It ignores the far more significant contribution of gatherer activities to the nutritional requirements of human survival.

The biggest misconception for hunter/gathers is that “the tribe” could count on “the hunter(s)” bringing home “a grass-fed bison” every time hunger struck, 100,000 years ago. In the first case, there was no “tribe” that far back in our evolutionary development, at the concurrent time of our biologic nutrional development. At most, there might have been a small group of related individuals, mostly females and their children, with one or two related males. If the males even stuck around, the chances that they could bring in a bison were slim to none. If they did go hunt, the likelihood that they survived a hunt was never certain.

The most likely scenario was that the females were mostly on their own, foraging together, and knew how to catch small animals or reptiles, and knew how to find and gather what they needed to store and eat later. If the “hunting” males never showed up again, it was no threat to their survival, else none of us would be here to day.

If not for the extraordinary foraging capabilities of our female ancestors that were in evidence on a day-to-day basis 100,000 years ago, we would not be alive today. It’s in our biology–it’s in our blood. Instead of looking to the extremely rare bison or mastadon that everybody in the “tribe” may have worked together to drive over a cliff to be “meat for us”, we should be looking at what our foremothers searched out to eat on a daily basis to feed themselves and their young. Those foods are “meat for us”.

This blog is about what primal women did, and still do today. You may be one, you may know one. If you have ever eaten home cooked food, saw your grandmother can green beans from a garden, or tasted homemade preserves, then you know exactly what a primal woman does. She takes care of her family, on a day-to-day basis, just like primal women did. She gardens, cans, searches for bargains at the store, figures out how to make ends meet, and can do it with or without a mate.