Eat like your ancestors
Obesity is a rising problem throughout the western world. We are all busy so we grab something that is easy and fast. Some of us find Fast Food cheaper, so we consume that instead.
And that is a problem because it is not natural for us to eat salty food and drink soft drinks packed with sugar.
The reason that sugar is not good for us, is that we haven’t been consuming it for enough time for our systems to get used to it. So if you eat a lot of sugar during the day, you will sometimes experience ups and downs. First, you feel energized and then you will get drowsy. That’s you need more sugar to become energized again.
Eat like your Ancestors
The bad news is that there are a lot of things our bodies haven’t gotten accustomed to because we humans haven’t been eating it for a long enough time.
When we lived in caves, we ate meat, seafood, berries, nuts, eggs, vegetables, and root vegetables. When we changed from being hunters to having an agricultural society, we began producing bread, milk, cheese, sugar, alcohol, rice, and pasta and later on discovered the potato!
So the philosophy behind the Paleolithic diet, is that our systems can’t take too much of these types of foods and by cutting down on them we are able to keep our ideal weight. Combined with having an active lifestyle of course. In fact, scientists have discovered that when our societies became agricultural, we became smaller, fatter and more unhealthy. Who would have thought that cavemen were more healthy than modern man?
Incorporating stone age food into our lives
First of all, don’t be fanatical about this change. You should also be allowed to enjoy yourself. That’s why it is a good idea to live by the 80/20 principle which means that 80% of the food you eat, must be stone-age food. With the remaining 20% you can eat whatever you want. I still enjoy a coke or a beer once in a while. I also like to drink milk and eat potatoes, but I’m a sucker for pasta, so I have seriously cut down on that.
It is in fact not very hard having this diet because it is more about what you eat than how much you eat. So instead of eating some breakfast cereal with lots of sugar, you can eat fruit or even eggs and bacon. For lunch, you can eat meat with salad. And for breakfast maybe fish with fried vegetables and mushrooms with a pinch of cream(we are not fanatics). Remember not to eat the same thing all the time. Diversity in eating is good.
The food our ancestors ate was also clean. This means that when you buy your groceries the rule is, that if there is something in this product, that you don’t know what means, don’t buy it. Try to buy organic. Eating vegetables that are able to last for several weeks can’t be healthy.
With this diet, you will lose weight and feel more energized.