While attending The Chautauqua Institution in early July, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture given by Dr. S. Boyd Eaton of Emory University in Atlanta. The focus of the lecture was Dr. Eaton’s interest in evolutionary nutrition; his point, simply put, was that we need to eat like our Stone Age ancestors even though we now find ourselves living in the Space Age.
The reason that Dr. Eaton and others argue for what Loren Cordain has called “The Paleo Diet,” in his excellent book by the same name, is that we are not very different genetically from our Paleolithic ancestors. Yet we eat very differently. And that, they believe, is the cause of our weight problems as well as such modern scourges as heart disease and cancer.
So what’s “The Paleo Diet”? It’s the food you could find and catch, while walking in the woods, rather than grow and raise on the farm. In other words, it’s fresh fruit and vegetables as well as lean meat and protein. It does not include:
- Dairy Products. Our Paleolithic ancestors did not milk wild animals. Other than human breast milk, dairy products were not part of their diet.
- Cereal Grains. Although ancient peoples may have used wild grains on occasion, their consumption became prevalent only in the wake of the agricultural revolution.
- Salt. How often have you found salt lying around, during a walk in the woods?
- Refined Sugar. Honey was the only refined sugar available, and then only on rare occasions.
- Starchy Vegetables. Vegetables that grow above ground were not only easier to see and gather, they also have much more fiber.
- Fatty Meat. Wild fish and animals are much leaner, with more biodiversity in their amino-acid profile, than farm-raised.
Drs. Eaton, Cordain, and other evolutionary nutritionists believe that avoiding these foods would go a long way to reducing obesity and improving the health of modern human beings. If you want to learn more, including 100 Paleolithic recipes, you may want to purchase The Paleo Diet for yourself.
Coaching Inquiries: Do you suffer from obesity or other health problems? How much are dairy products, cereal grains, salt, refined sugar, starchy vegetables, and fatty meat a part of your diet? Would you be willing to change how you eat if it were to make you feel better? Who could assist you to make these changes?
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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