I first came across the paleo diet back in 2006. It wasn’t called “paleo” back then– it was called the “stone age” or “caveman” diet. I found it on some obscure website, the color of which was mostly chocolate brown with an image of Paleolithic man crouched over a fire. It wasn’t a particularly attractive look. The website talked about using something called arrowroot and listed a very few number of foods. As our “go-to” food at the time was Mac ‘n’ cheese out of a box, this alternative seemed seriously extreme, incredibly dull and completely un-doable for a young family. I decided it was only for complete health nuts, and moved on.
I’d been looking for ways to improve my family’s health. We were sick a lot, and I was suffering from a whole range of vague, but debilitating health problems. We were spending far too much time at the doctors, and taking too many medications for my liking. I was convinced that our diet lay at the heart of our problems. It had struck me that I had been sick for virtually my whole life.