Right now, one half of all Americans are on a diet. The other half just gave up on their diets and are on a binge. Collectively, we are overweight, sick and struggling. Our modern choices about what and how much to eat have gone terribly wrong. The time has come to return to a more sensible way of eating and living, but which way? An entire class of self-help books recommends a return to the diets of our ancestors. Paleolithic diets, caveman diets, primal diets and the like, urge us to eat like the ancients. Taken too literally, such diets are ridiculous. After all, sometimes our ancestors starved to death and the starving to death diet, well, it ends badly. Yet, the idea that we might take our ancestral diet into consideration when evaluating the foods on which our organs, cells and existence thrive, makes sense. But what did our ancestors eat?
This was an interesting read. While I'm more interested in eating what makes sense to me now than making my decisions based on what was done in the past it's still neat to think about where we came from. I have no interest in eating insects or raw hummingbird, so I don't think the paleo diet is for me
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Glad to see he mentioned insects. SO many people assume that our ancestors consumption of animal protein was primarily large mammals, either hunted or scavanged. Grok the grub slayer just isn't an attractive fantasy, I guess.
This article answered a question I've wondered about for a while but didn't care enough about the answer to hunt it down. Why do paleo dieters avoid tubers? Ahhh ... amylase. I see.
I always find it interesting that people assumed that our ancestors ate a lot of meat. I think meat was pretty rare for our ancestors. I mean, for the omnis out there who think we evolved from people who ate a lot of meat, I would like to see them go out in the woods and kill a deer with nothing more than a stick that has been whiddled to a point and fire hardened on one side. Yeah, like they were successul a lot killing animals in this way....sure.....
There's so much romantisizing about what it means to be "natural". We're so far from in in industrialized nations its almost impossible not to see it through rosy lenses but we're basing it on what is desirable to us in the present, and to a lot of people that means "big strong man brings home the meat" not "hanging out, eating grubs"