This post is a bit of a round-up of Paleo and Primal nutrition and lifestyle here in my little home country of New Zealand
Jacko Gill, athlete – shot put, just 16 years old has qualified for the Olympic games. In New Zealand – a country of just 4 million, we revere sports stars who make it big, the All Blacks for example, (who you just might have heard) won the World Cup.
We have two outstanding Shot putters – Valerie Adams – the current world champion, and now Jacko Gill. Whaleoil posted this yesterday (HT Low Carb Cooking) – a compilation video of his home workout. I love it – a seriously crazy almost CrossFit style workout. I love the way he uses objects around the home – leaping up a dozen steps at a time and using his dog as a weight.
Also in the New Zealand Herald today: David Shearer – one of two contenders
for leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, answered a few light hearted questions for an article that appeared today. He admitted he is contemplating trying the Paleo / Hunter Gatherer diet.
One wants to eat like a caveman and likes Lady Gaga for her “out there” meat dress, the other was once in a bike gang and sold his farm bike to buy an engagement ring for his wife.
The two Davids took a brief break from seeking support in the battle for Labour’s leadership to to answer some of the tough questions for the Herald.
David Shearer revealed he had never dieted and seemed puzzled by the concept beyond occasionally skimping on the potatoes.
However, he slightly dented his rugged bloke image when he admitted he was weighing up the merits of the Palaeo-diet – based on raw foods such as nuts, seeds – after friends mentioned it.
“It’s eating more like our ancestors did, sort of hunter gatherer-type of food. So I’m trying to move more in that direction.
“McDonald’s is the other end of the evolutionary chain from the hunter gatherer.”
And in case you missed it here is my recent interview with David Shearer on Paleo Nutrition
You may be aware too that there is more than one other Paleo Nutritionist in New Zealand. I’m very lucky to have my friend and colleague and fellow paleo nerd to hang out with over an occasional coffee: That Paleo Guy – Jamie Scott. (Do check out his blog if you haven’t already – he has excellent articles.)
Here he is speaking at the Ancestral Health Symposium with Emily Deans on Resiliency
Ancestral Diets and Lifestyle in “The Fit Club” TV Series
A programme that is running on Maori TV in New Zealand right now emphasizes the diet and lifestyle that works best for us as humans: The Fit Club gets going on Maori TV
Maori Television is putting health and fitness back on the agenda in time for summer with the premiere of THE FIT CLUB on Thursday, 3 November at 8pm.
The lifestyle series provides an informative, entertaining and inspiring look at the world of fitness not only for those who have already embraced it but also for those who have yet to take their first step. THE FIT CLUB is hosted by three of the fittest people in the country – former Kiwi, Warrior and Melbourne storm player Wairangi Koopu, ultra-marathon runner Lisa Tamati and fitness expert Darren Ellis.
Over 13 half-hour episodes, the team check out everything from trampolining and Zumba to barefoot running; they talk to sports professionals and hear inspirational stories from people who have shed kilos in order to fulfil their goals.
An underlying theme to the series is the concept of ancestral health. �
While the health and fitness industry is often promoting the latest and greatest workout machine, gadget or packaged food, the team at THE FIT CLUB encourages its viewers to step back from the hype and explore a more traditional, old school approach.
Producer Peter Tainui (Ngati Maniapoto), of Kahawai Productions, says New Zealand’s overall health statistics are shocking for a country that prides itself on the great outdoors and has some of the best quality food in the world.
“As a nation our declining health flies in the face of our perceived image as a country that embraces the health and fitness lifestyle. �
“THE FIT CLUB has important message and I hope Kiwis get in behind it because if our current health statistics continue with the downward trend, the future will look bleak for not only us but also generations to come.”
Reactivate your body and mind with THE FIT CLUB on Thursdays at 8pm.
Here is a link to the series – you can watch it online at Maori TV: http://www.maoritelevision.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&pid=12178
And here is another TV programme to look out for: The Native Diet:
In the Native Diet TV series we challenge 2 groups to eat an indigenous inspired modern diet over 10 weeks. We are 8 weeks into shooting and I can say the results have been really good already. TV series is scheduled for March 2012 airdate on Maori TV
A couple of years ago another group of Maori took on eating in a Weston Price Style Ancestral eating plan – with stunning results; weight loss and significant health improvements specifically for those with type 2 diabetes.
Flaxmere Maori eat an Ancestral Diet (TV3 News)
And finally: I chat with Jimmy Moore about a few of my paleo / zone nutrition view points