Last weekend, people from many different walks of life converged upon Harvard Law to listen, learn, carouse, and tweet about all things related to ancestral health and how it can improve modern health. The second annual Ancestral Health Symposium was deemed a smashing success by nearly everyone. Boasting a "Paleo-star"-studded list of presenters, I learned a ton, tweeted a ton, and made many new friends in the process.
Coming to the event as a first-timer and wee babe in the paleo blogosphere, I must say that every one of the presenters was pleasant and easy to converse with, even Dr Lustig (well, I thought he was easy to talk with, but I work with physicians). It's kind of a surreal thing to finally meet people who you feel like you know via electronic media, yet at the same time you realize that you don't know them at all..and they don't know you! Still, chatting with Robb Wolf, Drs. Eaton, Wahls, Lalonde (and other docs), Jimmy Moore, and Mr. Richard Nikoley himself was easy. It's invigorating to realize that these people aren't all that different from you; they're just further down the paleo road than you are.
And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my friends from twitter with whom I finally met in person, such as @cookingdirty, @merkatroid, @alechenderson, @vlprince, @primalbalance, @gone2croatan, @paleoperiodical, and I'm sure many others whom I've forgotten in this sleep-deprived state I'm in (please forgive me!). I promise to update this post with live links and expand on my thoughts very soon. Not to mention I have lots of photos, some of which I'll be posting ;)
In the meantime, here's my 30-second synopsis of what I learned:
Starches are tolerated well by some people. If you tolerate them well, peel the potato. Wrap the potato in bacon. Move, play, and get your community involved in the saga of their food!
My 15-second bite of what I wished was more prominent: I'd love to see a bit more anthro emphasis, perhaps even an anthro/paleoanthro track of breakouts. We're still learning from our ancestors, after all, and it's important to keep abreast of such things if we're hanging our nutritional hats on it
That's all for now!
P.S. Keep an eye out for action on twitter from the @paleoposse! Comprised of the above tweeters (and some other awesome folks), we hope to have a paleo-oriented podcast of our own unique bent in the near future!