It's 2013 and with modern advances in technology, science and food our health and quality of life has never been better-right?
Just ask the 366 Million people worldwide living with diabetes or any of the hundreds of thousands suffering from chronic autoimmune diseases and gastro problems, not to mention the millions of obese and overweight people all over the world they will probably tell you otherwise.
So why is it that will all the information available, array of health foods, supplements and medicine that we have available to us in the 21st century that we are the least healthy we have ever been? The rate of obesity in both adults and children is skyrocketing at an epidemic rate. Add diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune diseases to the mix and we are a fairly unhealthy bunch. Lifestyle factors such as inactivity, stress and poor sleep all contribute to the health problems today but the main problem we face is diet.
I have a family history of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and wanting to avoid this fate myself and after much research I have decided to eat like a caveman.
Why our ancestors had it right:
-more alkaline producing than acid producing diets
-high omega3:omega6 ratio
-low GI diet
-Low grain consumption
Humans have taken over 2 million years to evolve and so far have only been eating wheat and grains for the last few thousand. Our genes evolved along with our digestive systems to adapt to the paleolithic or "caveman" diet. Is it a crazy coincidence that diet related to disease has increased parallel to whole grain consumption?
I think not.
Modern diets have seen the average human diet evolve from a selection of a few hundred foods to hundreds of thousands of foods in a few short decades.
Foods are now artificially flavoured, coloured, milled, ground, have vitamins taken out, added in, refined, non-refined and basically some foods require you to be a food technologist to make sense of an ingredient list. What should you eat?
It's about retraining the way you think about food. Mexican without grains, breakfast without cereals and giving a little bit more love and thought about what we put into our bodies.
Think fresh. Vegetables and fruits, anything that could be hunted or gathered- meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and naturally occurring fats. I have never seen a bread tree or a pizza vine so stay away from these foods. A Primal diet has many benefits to your health. Along with helping prevent Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and autoimmune diseases you will have more energy, better sleep patterns and better overall health.
For anyone considering trying a Primal diet and would like to do some research watch this short YouTube video or the book Wheat Belly by cardiologist William Davis, MD. is a great read.
By Kali Brydon BSC Human Nutritionist