Stop and think about our menu and common food choices of today. Has it changed much through each generation? What about our “staples” of today?
Chances are a quick look at them from the viewpoint of our great grand-parents would be enough to shock them silly when we look at the nutritional value, the ingredients, the preservatives and also the additives in the absolute majority of today’s food! But it doesn’t end there! That’s just the view of a few generations back! What about looking at the changes in our nutrition and food choices from further back…in fact, way, way back to the simple hunter gatherer days of our ancestors?
It could be easily argued that many of today’s nutritional and food health problems come from the fact that our bodies are not fully equipped to deal with the types of food we eat today. Even though our species has been around for what seems like forever, the human race has only been cultivating plants and farming for approximately 10,000 years.
10,000 years may seem like a long time but it is still not enough for humans to adapt our physiology and metabolism to different lifestyles. This relates specifically to our consumption of dairy products, many grains and also legumes. Our bodies and systems simply have not had the required time for our genes and physiology to adapt to eating these kinds of foods and as a result, today’s society is rife with digestive and other dietary problems caused by consuming these types of foods. Just one common condition, lactose intolerance, has never been higher and I am sure you probably know several people with this troublesome condition.
At its most basic explanation, this diet is focused primarily on the eating habits of a typical caveman! Specifically, this means plenty of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables as well as lots of lean meats and proteins.
A major part of this diet however is what you are not allowed or supposed to eat and that means pretty much staying away from all processed and refined foods. A common message among those following the
No dairy is also a big one and as briefly touched on above; dairy creates many a nutritional and health problem especially in those that are inflicted with Lactose intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.
Eggs, a favorite of many, are definitely on the menu however it is still a good idea to only limit you to 6 or less eggs a week.
Nuts have also been credited in reducing the risks of breast cancer as well as other forms of cancer and can also help reduce the risks of heart disease – another massive killer of our unhealthy population.
On the cons side when it comes to nut consumption, many people use
As said above regarding staying away from all foods that come in a box, while this is good general advice for this diet, there are also heaps more bad foods that should be avoided while on the
Again, referring back to what the caveman had available to him sweet, sugary drinks are also a big no-no. In fact, sugar is pretty much off limits entirely! Sugar while sweet and tasty, is perhaps one of the biggest causes of obesity, diabetes and other major heart and health problems simply because of its abuse in modern nutrition. Once there may have been a time where sugar was used within reasonable guidelines however today, sugar is rampant and is often in scary levels in our foods. You would also be amazed at some of the levels of added sugar in some of our foods that you would not even think had sugar or its associated by-products within it. Sugar products to avoid also include syrups and other sweeteners.
Grains are also not allowed while on the
In reading this, you may think that a diet such as the
But let’s not forget the many benefits you can gain for being on this diet that can more than make up for the sacrifices you have made!
Weight loss is a real factor when following this diet as there is a heavy focus on high-protein meals. Studies have shown that an average person following a high-protein diet over six months without even increasing their levels of physical activity can lose anywhere between 10 to 15 pounds and more. Combine this high protein with increased activity and exercise and the weight loss is multiplied even further!
This factor alone makes following the
Nutritional choices like the