The Healthiest Diet Is The Oldest
- By: Allan Stewart
Nourishing Your Inner Caveman
We all have an inner caveman. The vast majority of us just don't realize it and that the healthiest diet is the oldest one.
An inner caveman who's craving foods he ate during the prehistoric era. It probably contradicts all your stereotypes, but the prehistoric man who lived before the advent of agriculture was, in many ways, an extremely fit, athletic person. Usually, we think "caveman" and we think disease and deprivation.
That isn't necessarily so. I can't actually confirm that every caveman had six-pack abs, though some authors claim this is so.
But they were fit. They walked for long distances in search of big game; they walked in search of fruits, berries, and nuts. And when the food dwindled in one location, they migrated to find a better place to live (a new cave home if you will).
As you might have already surmised, this new eating plan I'm presenting you really isn't new at all. In fact, it's probably the oldest diet around. It's based on the theory that the genes we modern humans possess are actually the result of life conditions which formed more than a million years ago in our evolution, even before the advent of agriculture.
Farming, the cultivation of wheat and other plants, did not even exist until approximately 10,000 years ago. The Paleolithic Era, the period from which this eating plan is derived, ended about 20,000 years ago.
We now place those two statements together with the fact that genes take hundreds of thousands of years at a minimum -- and two million years at most -- to adapt their metabolism and physiology to different lifestyles. That means we're still working with a system that's more comfortable with a non-agricultural diet.
The bottom line is this: the 10,000 years since the advent of farming is not nearly enough time for our genes to adapt to not only grains, but legumes and dairy products. Now you can see why so many people have so many digestive issues with today's diet.
Let's just take one example, that of refined white sugar -- not even available to your prehistoric ancestor. Today, it appears to be a staple of the American diet. Think I'm exaggerating? Just read the following statistic. It'll get you thinking a little deeper about how we eat.
The average American consumes (now get this!) between two to three pounds of sugar in a week. In the last decade -- a short 10 years! -- the consumption of refined sugar has increased from approximately 26 pounds per person yearly to a whopping 135! The sad part is, most of us don't even know that we're eating that much.
And that's only one contributor to our current diet. Multiply these by all the other foods and additives, and it's no wonder we have a nation of heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer sufferers! Today, the average American eats 31 percent more processed and packaged foods than fresh foods. Can you believe that?
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My name is Allan Stewart and I have several websites dedicated to health and well being for people and pets.
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