Let’s go back in time, way back in time. Back to our prehistoric ancestors and the beginnings of humanity.
A Day In The Life…
According to Wikipedia a hunter-gatherer is a human living in a society that basically forages for food; nuts, berries, eggs, wild plants and animals. For around 2.5 million years we were prehistoric hunter-gatherers, that’s how we did it!
I bring this up because this is what I call “getting to the root of the problem.” What is the problem, you ask? The problem is the rise of obesity and chronic illness without an appropriate solution. The solutions we are offered I call band-aide fixes! Meaning, if it works its only temporary and rarely will it last permanently. Trust me, I have tried a version of almost everything out there!
I have read, most recently on NPR’s website, that our Prehistoric ancestors had a much better life than we live today. But think about this; they lived in the now without the stresses, deadlines and hustle that is normal in life today. On a hunt, if a large animal was taken down, such as a buffalo, the meat would last quite a while and the hunt for meat can pause until its necessary to hunt again. Without today’s stresses societies could relax, enjoy family and friends.
Before the discovery of agriculture, humans weren’t dealing with obesity and chronic illness, or dental issues, so even though their life spans were shorter they seemed to have a quality of life that we have lost today.
How Can We Get A Stress Free Life?
You didn’t seriously think I would answer this did you? An amazing man used to tell me something that I bring up to myself over and over again. That amazing man was my late husband Dan and he would tell me: “It’s not what happens to you in life, its how you let it affect you!”
Get it? Think about it. We all have stresses that we have to deal with daily, but stresses today are vastly different from the prehistoric stresses our ancestors dealt with. My credit card debt may be reaching new heights, but her prehistoric man is on a meat hunt and has a 50/50 shot at being the meal himself! But when he arrives home, with a months worth of good meat, bones and fur, his job is done. For today.
Our bodies are wired and designed to react and adapt to stressful situations. They worked well with our ancestors, but how many of us need our anti-depressant, or muscle relaxer, or too many band-aides, in order to function? But we do need it, why? Because if we don’t feed our body with what it is designed to use as fuel, it cannot react in the way in which it was designed. Thus, we have anxiety attacks and high blood pressure, and on and on…
Back To The Basics
How can we adapt our prehistoric ways to today’s life-style? We are not a lost cause, we do have hope.
In todays society there aren’t many careers and lifestyles that don’t catch us up in a fast pace we seem feed in to. So if I bring up meditation time I’d probably hear the same, loud, exhale I gave when I first heard this advice. But I’m not saying this is what you have to do. Look for an alternative. Look for that something that gives you a few minutes of peace, happiness and light. The 1st moments of the morning, the 1st cup of coffee before the house wakes up, a sunset at a lake, a ride on a motorcycle or a bike or a horse? Find that something that can bring you a few minutes of joy in your day that brings you back to this moment now!
A Prehistoric 21st Century?
I wouldn’t take it that far! But can we find a happy medium? Of course, we can, we can have the desire and intention of going there, but can we take the walk that gets us there? (that may or may not be a confession)
I have, in my lifetime, jumped on board so many diets, quick fixes and the magic weight loss pill of the decade! I bit on almost every one and not a one of them worked. Some better than others, but not a one was a quick fix. After, and during, the weight loss quest was the time that my mother and husband took on cancer. That was when I began researching our food and what goes in to them to make them last so long, look so pretty, smell so good and taste wonderful! My conclusion is simple: eat like our prehistoric ancestors, exercise to mimic their life, while living now. Easy!
Easy said, not so easy done. Even if our lives depend upon it, and they do!
Suzette’s Final Thoughts
I have something that intrigues me, if I know that there is a better way of eating, exercising, or whatever, why am I so stubborn or hard-headed, that I won’t just do it? One of the many reasons that I began this website was I felt that if I immerse myself into reading, researching and writing about what I believe to be a true basic human lifestyle, at some point I’ll begin to live it.
I do have to say that I’ve found myself choosing a salad or fruit over french fries or other forms of potato. I am looking much more closely at my daily choices, and making better ones. I’m taking a moment, or moments, to appreciate life and the beauty our world offers daily. And my ohm moment is when I’m riding my Harley Davidson motorcycle! My boys have even noticed a difference in me when I ride. I had an extremely hectic day and my youngest approached me with; “mom, why don’t you just take your motorcycle out for a ride then come home again?”
Thank you for taking the time to read this! This is just my opinion, I could be wrong. But leave a response anyway!!!