Paleo 2.0: becoming an archevore

Or at least giving this a shot. I’ve been on a mostly paleo-type diet for a couple of months now. Overall things have been okay, except I started to notice a real drop in energy. This could be a number of things. I started eating beans again and noticed a rise in my energy levels. (But then I also started doing some other things that I’ll write about later.) I’d read a lot of bad things about beans on paleo sites and had always wondered about some of the info I found there.

Yesterday I happened upon a cool site by a doctor named Kurt Harris, and I’m quite impressed. He has a no-nonsense approach to things, while not taking it all too seriously. He takes health seriously, but he seems to have his head on straight about it. In other words, he seems to value facts more than wishful thinking and hyperbole.

So, what is an archevore? He defines it as “one who eats of the essentials”. Sounds good to me.

Here are a couple of links to check out:

Archevore Diet

A Dietary Manifesto – Paleo 2.0

A big part of what he talks about is eliminating neolithic agents of disease (NADs) from your diet. And yes I did chuckle the first time I read NADs. Some simple rules, as I understand them (and taken directly from the second link above):


Stick with potatoes, sweet potatoes or root veggies for your starch, and stop eating bread, cookies, cakes and other baked goods.

Excess Fructose

Fructose is easily minimized by simply refusing to eat processed food that comes in a box (especially “low fat” foods), and by refusing to drink caloric drinks like soda pop and fruit juices and sports drinks.

Excess Linoleic acid

The way to correct the modern excess of n-6 linoleic acid is to avoid the modern sources of it. Stop eating all temperate vegetable oils and veggie oil fried food- cooking and frying oils like corn, soy, canola, flax, all of it. And go easy on the nuts and factory chicken. These are big sources of n-6, especially the nuts and nut oils.


This all seems reasonable enough to me and is a big part of what I was doing already. However, I hadn’t really taken eliminating the seed oils as seriously as I do now. I’ve rid my pantry of a lot of things on my “do not eat” list and have stocked myself up with more things on my “do eat” list. Also, I think it makes sense to not eliminate some things altogether, and adding some legumes back into the mix was a definite positive.

A work in progress, I’ll let you know how it goes.