Check out this interview with Ian Lucas author of The Million Year Meal now available for sale on Amazon.
And… Ian has GENEROUSLY offered up a softcover copy of The Million Year Meal to one lucky reader here! See details to enter to win at the end of this post!
1. Who inspired you to follow a Paleo lifestyle?
I first discovered the Paleo concept while deployed to Iraq at the end of 2009. At the same time, I found Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb program, which really clicked given what I’d been going through. Jimmy and his fantastic line up of guests helped me a ton while I finished out my Iraq tour and my following year in Afghanistan.
In early 2011 I ran across the International Paleo Movement Group and Karen Pendergrass. Thanks to IPMG, the community-like (okay, I’ll say it: tribal) qualities of being Paleo became quite meaningful, and it was no longer a solo journey. Also, Karen’s mission with her farm certification and food labeling opened my eyes to the importance of food quality, farm sustainability, and the social/economic implications, which are now driving my efforts in the Paleosphere.
2. How has Paleo impacted your personal health and the health of your family?
One of the biggest benefits of Paleo for me personally is that it makes the old yo-yo paradigm a thing of the past. It enabled me to eat to my heart’s content while continuing to lean out.
Thankfully, my children, Landon and Reese, have never really been sick even when they were SAD. However, I recently enrolled them in a new kindergarten and they ate some awful stuff in school that first day. When they came home, they were not my children. It didn’t take me long to realize that they were drugged by sugar and wheat, and I used it as a teachable moment. I believe being Paleo from such a young age will enhance their lives and help them reach their potential.
My parents have both adopted Paleo and benefitted immensely. For my dad, he simply effortlessly lost about 20 pounds and was never hungry. My mom saw a dramatic improvement in her sleep, chronic pain, hunger, and other areas.
These are the concepts I have been sharing with my own children. We visit farms, grocery shop, cook and eat nearly every meal together. I wanted to capture that and distill these big ideas into something fun.
But it’s really about more than my immediate family. I’ve seen such amazing transformations in others who were profoundly sick, and there is so much good still to be done in the world. I hope The Million Year Meal can make a difference and reach a larger audience of all ages, while serving these ideas in an easily digestible, inviting format.
The most surprising has been my concern with other areas of Paleo beyond the first-hand health effects. This encompasses all aspects of the modern food chain, from the types of foods produced and how they are grown, to the logistical distribution, marketing, selling, and consumer choice. Then there are the knock-on effects, environmentally, economically, and our health. I now see the world altogether differently and the great potential of Paleo.
5. What advice do you have for other parents on keeping the kids Paleo when away from home or at school?
A little planning and a few minutes of preparation go a long way. Slicing, dicing, wrapping, bagging, simplicity, and keeping it mess-free are key. Beyond the act of providing snacks and lunches, I consistently explain things to the kids about where their food comes from and why it will make them smart and strong, so they feel good about the wholesome things they pack. Finally, I realize I can’t control everything, so I don’t sweat the small stuff, like today when Landon got home and told me he ate a little marshmallow.
TO ENTER The Million Year Meal BOOK GIVEAWAY:
Do the following, then come back here and add a comment letting me know which you did!
NOTE: Only one comment per person will count as an entry. Posting more than one comment will disqualify you from the contest, so please just post once! Thanks!!
Then add a comment below about which you completed! That’s it! No purchase necessary.
Note: This contest will be open through Monday April 16th 8pm Eastern time on and ONE WINNER will be selected using random.org and announced here on the blog, via Facebook and on Twitter. If you do not email me to claim your prize within 48 hours of the announcement, a new winner will be selected in your place.