If I were to eat like my caveman ancestors, would I be any healthier? We’re my ancestors healthy humans? Will I have more energy and be able to get more done?
Hunters and Gatherers, Original Meal Plans
Hi y’all! Suzette here thinking about our ancestors, Cavemen & Cave-women, and
curious if they went through the midlife aches that have been affecting me for the past couple years. I’ve reached an age where stuff’s beginning to ache and hurt. Did our most distant ancestors go through the same thing? Seriously, they only ate what all of our bodies were designed to eat. So why would they ache if they gave their bodies the nutrition it craved?
What spurred me on this path was my wondering why so many people today have so many major diseases that were rare when I was young? Back then, whenever I head that someone had cancer my reaction was immediate fear. Just the mention of cancer I interpreted as a death sentence. The word brought fear to people but today it’s rare if a person doesn’t know someone that’s battling cancer.
How did we get to the point where our food is literally killing us? What happened to healthy humans and why do we just seem to accept what is happening? There has to be a turning point along the human time line as to when our food turned on us?
Original Meals And The Benefits
Those that eat a Paleo diet stand fully behind the fact that our nutrition is complete by following a diet that, as closely as possible, resembles our Paleolithic ancestors. Many people will modify their diet to that lifestyle in order to overcome major illness, and they claim it works. After all, they are still with us to share their extraordinary stories!
What baffles my mind is that Americans eat what certain departments of our government says is “good, healthy food” yet we continue to be increasingly and increasingly sick. Hmm, …
It is my understanding that when humans evolved into being, some 2.5 million years ago, our bodies where designed to digest and process the natural foods available at that time. That does not include Krispy Kreme. That does include fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, certain nuts, …
Today, many people have adapted a Paleolithic (Paleo) diet, or Caveman diet consisting of eating like a Caveman! This means foods that can be hunted or gathered such as eggs, fruits, all meats, poultry, … You get my point. According to Jim White, RDN, ACSM/HFS, “According to proponents, our bodies are genetically predisposed to eat this way. They blame the agricultural revolution and the addition of grains, legumes and dairy to the human diet for the onset of chronic disease (obesity, heart disease and diabetes).”
When The Food We Ate Changed
Around 10,000 years ago humans discovered farming, which opened the door to amazing new foods. It is my belief that this was the start of chronic diseases which we battle today?
The world and all on it are ever evolving. Around 10,000 years ago our ancestors discovered farming and with that came new foods that our digestive system wasn’t ready for, actually not designed to eat. For 2.5 million years humans survived as “hunter-gatherers” and although lives were short at that time, our paleolithic ancestors were quite fit. They would walk miles a day hunting and gathering food, ate plenty of protein, fiber and good fats. With the birth agriculture and farming, new foods were introduced, there was much more of it so less time was then spent on hunting and gathering. When food became plentiful communities grew as women had more babies, life was easier. We had grains, potatoes, corn, so much more.
Interesting enough is that as we became better farmers and less gathering was necessary, humans changed and not for the better. Research shows that our Paleolithic ancestors could live up to 80 years old and were around 5’8″ in height, as our food changed so did we. Into the Agriculture boom, human men averaged 5’6″ in height and would only live to an average of 50 years old. Looks obvious to me that something went wrong.
What Can We Do Today
I am a mom of two young men and, as most moms do, I want nothing but the best for them. I remember peeling the skin off of grapes for my boys when they were young. No task too much for a mom!
I raised my boys much like most Americans, home cooked foods, healthy snacks, no sugars, ….. Sorry, those were my intentions but it didn’t turn out that way. Fast foods, boxes of prepared cereals and meals, frozen meats, processed meats, … When I began to lose those I love to chronic disease is when I began looking into food and it’s effect on us.
Today, it’s rare when I buy cookies and chips, or soda’s and lemonades. I look for healthier options, but still question those? Where did the food come from and are there pesticides and other chemicals in them from farmers spraying their crops? I love corn on the cob. That’s healthy, right? Nope! Corn on the cob, besides the sprays farmers use, stands one of the top foods on the genetically modified list. Shoot!
Conclusion- Get Started!
I’m not here to tell you what to do, that’s up to you. I’m here to share what I’ve learned over the years and hope that I may be able to help a person or two overcome some obstacle that’s a result from the foods we eat. I don’t have faith in what I’ve been told is a healthy diet because I don’t believe our food is healthy. Eating purely organic would be ideal, but it’s not cost effective for most of us. Grain fed beef is by far the best tasting beef out there, but once again it’s costly and not easy to get. So, what does a person do?
This is how I’m tackling it: I am not going to put the pressure on myself to change everything NOW! I’m literally changing one bite at a time! Pass up my favorite cookies and grab some sweet watermelon, or red grapes. Most stores now have organic sections and there are many lower cost food stores that help. I have eaten what I’ve been told is healthy for many years, but now I know a frozen meal is not a healthy meal and it’s up to me to make a change. It’s up to YOU TO MAKE A CHANGE!
This is my opinion, I could be wrong.
Please feel free to respond and let me know what your thoughts are!