When your mother tells you to eat your vegetables, you better listen. And, when mother nature speaks to you about how you should eat, you should definitely listen. There are many theories about how we should eat based upon the recent and distant past. I don’t believe anyone knows for certain. The question is, is there a natural human diet? Likely, there at least used to be…
But, we can look at how the great apes eat today. We are almost genetically exact to them. They eat mainly leaves, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. We surely don’t want to eat everything they eat like leaves and bugs though.
I think we can skip those and be OK. We would eat lettuce leaves and beans for protein if we are vegetarians. Everything we know about how we ate in the past points to us eating largely fruits and vegetables.
I am not sure how long it takes the body to adapt to new food. Is it hundreds of years, thousands, millions? No one knows. When they talk about a diet from the Paleolithic era, this means before farming or agriculture and animal husbandry.
So, among nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, etc. they likely ate anything that moved having two eyes and a mother. But, they didn’t live as long as we do now. Why? No one knows for sure.
One reason could be that food with enough calories was not plentiful. So, there was likely malnutrition and starvation. I have heard when man started cooking his food it increased calorie consumption responsible for his increased brain size.
So, does that mean you should limit eating raw food? When man began standing on two feet, made tools and weapons, learned how to build a fire, started cooking and ate meat something happened.
Times must have been harder way back then as hunter-gatherers. One problem is we currently overdo the calories. Lots of obesity and other health problems related to the foods we eat. Namely, what they call the standard American diet which has too much animal protein, oil, salt, sugar and refined grains.
‘While there is wide variability in the way the paleo diet is interpreted, the diet typically includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat and typically excludes foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, alcohol, or coffee. The diet is based on avoiding not just processed foods, but rather the foods that humans began eating after the Neolithic Revolution when humans transitioned from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settled agriculture [1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet]’.
The fruits they ate were not as sweet or as large as now. They make them so they grow larger and sweeter. So, it’s probably a good idea to limit these. Personally, I go by the USDA recommendation.
How much I eat based upon the USDA My Plate recommendation…
- 1 ½ to 3 cups of rice (I eat more than this because I eat a bowl of rice with soy milk with raw honey, sunflower and pumpkin seeds at night)
- 2 cups of fruit like blackberries, strawberries and cantaloupe
- 2 ½ cups of vegetables or a huge salad (I eat two extra large green salads)
- 1 ½ cups of beans
- We have our daily green smoothie
Does common sense come into play with what we should naturally eat? Maybe. I know thousands of years ago, we didn’t cook things. I know we wouldn’t have eaten a raw tuber like a potato.
Would we have eaten rice? Furthermore, I don’t think we knew how to make bread. There were no cows. Cow milk is actually for the baby cow, not humans. Humans make their own milk, but for their own babies, not adults.
So, if you believe we should eat a certain way for maximum health and longevity, what would that be? Would it be like a caveman’s diet? Would it be eating modern processed and refined food? Does it even matter what foods we eat? I think it does, because it has been proven eating plant-based whole food makes us lose weight and get healthier.
What things should we avoid eating? If you believe we should eat like we used to thousands and thousands of years ago…
You wouldn’t eat these…
- Junk and snack foods
- Salt (they didn’t have salt shakers or put salt in their food)
- No soft drinks or energy drinks, only water
- No vitamin pills or supplements
- You wouldn’t drink alcohol
Start your My Plate Plan: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/MyPlatePlan
Here’s what they came up with for me when I put in my weight, age, height and physical activity level: MyPlatePlan_2200cals_Age14plus
Source- 1 URL en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet
Website Title Wikipedia
Article Title Paleolithic diet
Date Published March 12, 2019
Date Accessed March 17, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.