is called, described, and labeled many different things by different
camps: Paleo, Primal, Hunter-Gatherer, Prehistoric, Ancestral Health, even the Caveman diet.
Why would anyone want to adopt the lifestyle
of a previous time in human development to get healthy?
Who was Paleolithic Man and why is it
important to us now?
The Same Body
Our genetic recipe is virtually unchanged from 2.5 million years ago and the goal in adopting a Paleo Lifestyle is about identifying and implementing the Primal Principles of our not-so-distant ancestors.
Whatever you decide to call it, all camps agree it is eating, exercising, and living in evolutionary accordance as our bodies are biologically designed. Paleo is not some underground movement or new diet, it is a lifestyle that simply looks back and discusses what kept us alive and in optimal
health before the advent of modern agriculture.
٠ Eat Simply, enjoying meats, vegetables, fruit, eggs, nuts, oils, while avoiding grains, legumes, refined sugars, heavily processed foods, chemicals and preservatives
٠ Exercise Daily and be more Active
٠ Be Productive but Sleep Well
Man, though a primitive culture by our modern standards, was tall, active,
strong, and nearly disease free, compared to today’s human culture that
opts for lifestyle choices that make us sick, overweight, and stressed. How
sad is it? With all of the advances in medicine, what we have
discovered and know about the bodily sciences, we have become a
sedentary, fat, and sick culture who relies on pills rather than a
? What has happened to our Hunter-Gatherer roots that kept us functioning to our optimal capacity
? What has made us so reluctant to eat what we are supposed to eat
? Why do we sit on the couch rather than get out and be active
? Why do we accept living with conditions and prescriptions as normal
HERE ARE A FEW REASONS:
Grains, Starch, and Sugar dominate
the marketplace. These foods were not around before the dawn of
industrialized agriculture and they are not what we are designed to eat.
Although tremendously successful at feeding millions of people in
millions of different forms, these crops can be directly linked to most
diseases, conditions, and pre-mature aging our society faces.
Grocery stores and restaurants that
provide us with the ultimate in convenience have replaced the days of
Hunt-Gather-Forage and we have become lazy. It’s much easier to grab
pre-prepared processed food off a grocery store shelf, or eat out, than
to shop for healthy-basic ingredients and prepare a meal.
Genetically altered and chemically laden fake
foods with many years of shelf life are completely devoid of any
quality nutrients, provide us zero nutrition, and alter our internal
Misleading Terms such as ‘Enriched’ ‘Whole Grain’ and even ‘Organic’ are used to deceive the consumer and sell products, not health.
Conventional Medical Advice Most doctors have no knowledge of (or time for) recommending responsible eating habits or lifestyle changes but rather prescribe pills for symptoms and
Constant Advertising Bombardment. Glitzy commercials and magazines with hot actors telling you about corn chips, bread, and crackers, dairy, vodka, beer.
The Government (big surprise, I know!) The food pyramid is completely wrong and the FDA is corrupt. Did you say subsidies?
Lack of quality sleep
Overpopulation Congregations of people in big cities make it hard to hunt or gather anything wild.
Entertainment Movies, Games, TV, and the Internet are fun ...convenient, and lazy.
Social Drinking is of epic proportions
HFCS high fructose corn syrup, it's in almost everything most people eat.
Over-Stretched Economically and having to work too much to pay for it is stressing people out.
Loren Cordain, Author of The Paleo Diet, explains
'How Progress Has Hurt Us':
"The Agricultural Revolution changed the world and allowed civilizations, cities, culture, technological and medical achievements, and scientific knowledge to develop. These were all good things. And yet, there was a huge downside. The Agricultural Revolution is also responsible for much of today's obesity and chronic disease. The foods that agriculture brought us: cereals, dairy products, fatty meats,salted foods, and refined sugars and oils all proved disastrous for our Paleolithic bodies."
"They were just looking for better ways to feed their families in the face of a rising population and dwindling food resources."
Gary Taubes, Author of
Why We Get Fat says:
genes were effectively shaped by the two and a half million years during which
our ancestors lived as hunter-gatherers prior to the introduction of
agriculture twelve thousand years ago. This is a period in time known as he
Paleolithic era, or less technically, the Stone Age, because it begins with the
development of the first stone tools. It constitutes more than 99.5% of human
history, more than a hundred thousand generations of humanity living as
hunter-gatherers, compared with the six hundred succeeding generations of
farmers, or the ten generations that have
lived in the industrial age."
Who was Paleolithic Man?
anatomically modern Homo Sapiens inhabited the earth during the
middle-upper Stone Age starting some 200,000 yrs ago until about 10,000
yrs ago. Included are common pre-historic man names as Neanderthal and
Cro-Magnon. The Neolithic Period and then the Industrial Periods
Read More about The Human Timeline
became skilled at making and using tools from stone, bone and wood for
weapons and survival. Daily activity involved hunting wild animals for
meat and gathering food, firewood, and materials for their tools,
clothes, or shelters. They grouped together in small societies such as
bands, and subsisted by gathering plants and hunting or scavenging wild
animals. They were engaged in art, making jewelry, language, music,
communication, religious ritual, and burial.
hunting and gathering peoples ate primarily meat, fish, shellfish,
leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts and insects in varying proportions
adapting their diets to whatever local resources available.
It is also unlikely that Paleolithic hunter-gatherers were affected by
modern diseases of affluence such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart
disease and cerebrovascular disease, because they ate mostly lean meats
and plants and frequently engaged in intense physical activity " -
Skeletons dug up from that era show no signs of weak bone density or cavities.
- They were between 5’8” – 6’2” tall, erect and strong.
- Average life span was 33 yrs, or 62 if they made it to 15!
inhabited Africa but by 70,000BP migrated to Europe, India, Asia,
Australia, China, Japan, Siberia, Alaska, and eventually North America by 40,000BP. (BP = before present)
What can you learn from Paleolithic Man?
٠ Eat only what you could hunt, gather, or forage
٠ Be active as often as you can
٠ Exercise daily to points of exertion
٠ Go to sleep early and rise early
٠ Be involved with your community and find companionship
٠ Have a store of food and solid shelter
٠ Avoid animals that can eat you !