We Love Paleo

Synopsis: This feature documentary intends to spread the word about Paleo (aka the Caveman diet) and raise public awareness about this healthy alternative to the Standard American/Western Diet (SAD). The film presents the basic tenets of the Paleo movement through the eyes of various characters who have adopted the lifestyle.
Genre: Documentary
93 min


I had chronic brain fog.

I never felt rested

when I woke up.

I got migraines all the time.

I was hungry all the time,

and people feared

for their lives

when they were around

me when I got hungry,

because I crashed

and turned into a crazy person.

And just felt

generally cranky and...

bad, basically.

The outlook on life

prior to being diagnosed

and figuring out

what was going on

was pretty bleak.

I had chronic fatigue syndrome,


[Woman] Chronic migraines,

that was a huge one.

I had chronic

gastrointestinal issues.

And I saw gastroenterologists

for several years,

and no one ever told me

it could be related to food.

I thought that I had


rheumatoid arthritis.

I had chronic adult acne.

I had numbness in my feet

and in my limbs.

I was always cold.

Everything and anything I took

really didn't provide me

any relief whatsoever.

How I would I have been?

35, or 34, or something.

You're probably not supposed

to feel that crappy at that age,


That's not old.

But I felt old.

I had come

to just really live with it.

It became part of my life.


I remember feeling strange,

feeling weird

from very early on, you know.

Not feeling healthy.

Not feeling like

I lived to full capacity.

Even as a child.

And that's weird.

I mean, the thing is

everyone is so sick

in this country.

Our food system is so broken.

[Man] The solution given to me

by my GP was,

"Don't worry.

If you take these meds now,

"you'll be able to keep these...

you know, suppress these issues

that you're facing,

and you should be able

to live longer."

[Man] It's amazing...

You know, it's like

the human body

just gets comfy with stuff

or accepting of conditions

and just kind of like...

It's like,

"Oh, this is gonna hurt."

Or, "I have a bum knee,"

or I have a whatever.

"We'll just kind of

deal with it. We'll compensate.

We'll be fine."

And so, you get used

to those things.

And so,

the same thing happened with me.

I just felt horrible,

but did it for so long

that I forgot how bad

I actually felt

and how it felt to feel good.

I was never extremely sick,

but I was never well either.

I was vegetarian

for about six years.

I ate fish sometimes,

but was mostly vegetarian,

and also mostly dairy-free,

because the person

I was with at the time

had a dairy allergy.

So in addition

to being vegetarian,

I was also eating way more soy

than anyone should ever consume

over their lifetime.

Because we had

all the dairy substitutes,

like the fake butter,

and the soy milk, and the...

I don't even remember what else,

but it was all pretty horrible.

And I also worked

in vegetarian restaurants

at the time.

That was my life, basically,

and was eating seitan,

which is wheat gluten,


on rye bread.

So, I was just eating

a straight-up gluten sandwich.

So gluten and soy

were, like, my main staples

in my diet,

and I was completely

the angry chef that threw pans.

I was... psychotic

and not a happy person.

And of course,

there were other factors.

It wasn't 100% diet,

but that played a huge role.

I was definitely

the sickest I've ever been

and the unhappiest

I've ever been.


My husband was Paleo

for almost a year.

And through that year,

every time I ate,

I had just horrid pain,

stomach pain,

and he would say,

"I really think

that you have Coeliac,

and I think you need

to get it checked out."

And if you have it,

if you take about a pinch

of saffron, you'll want to...


My specialty as a chef

was Italian.

After about a year,

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