ReasonNYC – John Durant, The Paleo Manifesto

  •  December 3, 2013
     6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

What does evolution say about a healthy diet and lifestyle? And how is this different than the conventional wisdom, federal dietary guidelines, or Mike Bloomberg’s attempts to legislate healthy eating?

Are you paleo? Or do you have a paleo partner, whose eating habits you find bizarre and frustrating? What’s wrong with bread, anyway? And what will you eat for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

The paleo diet has exploded in popularity, but is it just one more fad diet destined to fade away, or is it here to stay? Why do so many libertarians seem to gravitate to paleo and CrossFit? Join us for a conversation between John Tierney and John Durant, author of The Paleo Manifesto, about what evolution can teach us about human health.

Obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease have skyrocketed around the world. Is the USDA food pyramid to blame? And will Mike Bloomberg’s regulations solve the problem? Did the rise of agriculture and infectious disease shape the political instincts of religious conservatives?

JOHN DURANT is the author of The Paleo Manifesto, and is a leading proponent of evolutionary approaches to health and fitness. Durant studied evolutionary psychology at Harvard prior to moving to New York City and becoming a “professional caveman”: running barefoot through Central Park, mimicking a hunter-gatherer diet, experimenting with intermittent fasting, and doing polar bear swims in the Atlantic. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Colbert Report, NPR, and the New Yorker. He blogs at www.HunterGatherer.com.

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