Are you as smart as a caveman? Maybe not.
Modern media hasn’t been too flattering to our Paleolithic ancestors.
Think about the cavemen you see depicted in TV and films. Not exactly shining examples of intelligence and wit, right? They’re scruffy, jabbering creatures just a hair removed from apes.
I say TV and film has got it wrong.
Fact is the average caveman was smarter in at least one crucial way than you or me.
But when it comes to health and diet cavemen make most of us look downright primitive by comparison.
Skeptical? Yeah, so was I at first…until I started learning about the Paleo Diet.
Want to see how your 21st-century smarts – and health – stack up to the Stone Age? Read on!
The Paleo Diet: Getting Healthy the Old Fashioned Way
The basic premise behind the Paleo Diet is simple: man evolved over many millions of years and it was this evolution that created his genome.
Our lifestyle has changed radically in the last one hundred centuries, but our biology has remained basically the same. This can cause all sorts of problems because the way we live and eat today is at odds with the ways in which our bodies evolved.
We’re genetically programmed for the very opposite of our lifestyles of fast food meals, desk jobs, and long weekends on the couch watching TV. Therefore the best way to stay healthy is to eat and exercise as if you were a caveman.
If we roll the clock back 10,000 years what was on the typical menu?
Meat and eggs. A diet rich in meat and eggs ensures you’re body is getting the protein it needs to build muscle and also keeps your appetite at bay. Avoid factory-farmed meat and eggs, as well as breading on the meat of any kind. The Paleo Diet is a high fat intake diet, and the best place to get the fat your body needs is from meat.
Fruits and veggies. Leafy greens like lettuce and cabbage, carrots, celery, and fruits like apples and oranges. As a general rule any fruit and vegetable that can be eaten raw is encouraged.
Fish. Wild fish is preferred – stay away from farm-raised fish! Salmon and tuna are great because they’re rich in important omega-3 fatty acids.
Nuts and seeds. Remember, our Paleolithic forebears were hunter-gatherers, so nuts and seeds that can be collected from the wild are fair game.
A diet rich in whole foods, meat, and fruits and veggies, that is low in carbohydrates and dairy, and cuts out processed foods and soda is only one part of the Paleo Diet. It’s equally critical that you exercise on a regular basis.
Archeologists and anthropologists have yet to find any evidence to suggest that cavemen frequented expensive health clubs. And yet these men and women of the Stone Age would give modern Olympiads a run for their money.
Now, I’m not suggesting health clubs are pointless. If a health club is what it takes to get you out of the house and onto a treadmill, great. Do it.
But it’s not necessary.
Gravity is the best workout partner: body weight exercises like squats, pushups, and pull-ups; sprinting up and down stairs; or even just taking the dog out for a walk. These are all awesome ways to exercise that you can do at home right now.
And it’s important that you vary your routine.
No two mastodon hunts were identical, so cavemen were constantly challenging their bodies with a variety of unique, intense, situational physical activities. You should do the same.
Yeah, but what’s in it for me?
If you’re considering a diet and health plan in order to lose a little (or a lot) of weight, the Paleo Diet is a great choice.
Eating nutrient-rich foods; cutting out all the junk available through the drive-thru and candy aisle at the supermarket; and lots of physical activity means you’ll burn fat – fast!
But weight loss is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of the Paleo Diet. Here are three more reasons why this diet plan will have you lookingand feeling better than ever.
Heart health. The Paleo Diet excludes all grain. This can be tough on your palate, if you enjoy bread, beer, or other grain-based foods. But it’s great for your heart. Without grains your body won’t have to break down dietary carbohydrates, and that leads to reduced blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
Improved strength. You’ll remember that the Paleo Diet includes lots of fatty meat. Combine that with regular exercise and you’ve got the perfect set up for a fit, strong body.
Loads of energy. Who wouldn’t benefit from more energy? If you’re one of those people who feels like the coffee runs out before the day does, the Paleo Diet might be the answer. Proponents of the Paleo Diet claim to experience an increase in energy that makes them feel many years younger. This could be because the Paleo Diet cuts out gluten and casein, two of the main contributors to the cellular inflammation that leaves us feeling fatigued.
Still think you’re smarter than a caveman?
Get primitive. Take your health back to the Stone Age.
Maybe you’ll discover for yourself that those cavemen weren’t so dumb after all.