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Paleolithic diet – A closer look
It has now been suggested and shown that human race faculties are decreasing in younger generations. We also know from historical studies of our species that the human body, including the human the brain, has not changed or improved since the past 300 000 years. Therefore, it is natural to ask ourselves the following question: “What were the eating habits of our specie when the human brain and human faculties were increasing?”. This question leads us directly to an investigation of the human life in the Paleolithic era which took place more than 300 000 years ago and represent the last known era where human body evolved naturally.
When I developed rejuvenating nutrition, I analyzed the nutrient patterns of what could have been a typical Paleolithic diet according to what we know today. Then, I tried to reproduce this nutritional footprint with all its advantages, minus its disadvantages, based on our modern foods and habits.
Many scientists believe that the Paleolithic diet can be seen as a reference in terms of healthy eating habits. Some believe that it is optimized for our body. I don’t share this opinion because I think there is still room for improvement but Paleolithic diet is a good starting point to understand the nutritionnal needs and the diversity required in a healthy diet.
Nowadays, a lot of persons talk about Paleolithic diet. It has become a rather popular and trendy subject amongst those interested in healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, a lot of false information and false beliefs have been shared on this subject. For example, Paleolithic diet is not about eating more meat and more animal product, it is neither about eating only fruits and raw foods. I’ve seen people hooked on both extremes and both ends lead to health problems.
Nobody knows for sure how humans beings were eating during the Paleolithic era. Many books have been written on the subject. It is also extremely interesting to read how human beings used to eat in the past, a lot of information can be found about previous civilizations like the Romans or the Greeks, but before those civilization, only theories exist.
The Paleolithic era was prior to all known civilizations. At that time, human were mostly nomads living alone or in small groups. Agriculture was not even invented and humans were relying solely on nature to get their nutrition. If we picture ourselves in such a world, we can imagine how different our nutrition could have been depending on which region we lived in, which season we faced and what our mother had learned from its experience and had transmitted to us. In any case, many humans were living by finding their foods as they go. Therefore, insects, fishes, nuts, fruits and plants were most likely to be the core of daily nutrition since these resources are abundant in nature, easy to find and nutritious. The bigger social groups having more chances to rely on meat as part of their menu.
We also know that nature’s product were richer in omega-3 in those days. According to some specialists on the subject, the whole food chain contained more omega-3 fatty acids 300 000 years ago. Wild meat was therefore a source of omega-3.
In a general manner, when we eat in resemblance with the Paleolithic diet we need to seek the following benefits through the food available today:
In addition to these considerations, it seemed essential to build a model that was easy to follow with the food resources available today and that could fit into our modern lifestyle. From these considerations was born the rejuvenating nutrition food model which is presented in this previous article. It represents a suggestion of how to inspire menus based on the “three meals a day” pattern – this pattern not being mandatory once you will have learned to listen to the needs of your body.
Take note that rejuvenating nutrition maximizes the amount of whole proteins, dietary fiber, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates and high quality fats that we can consume during a day. In addition, it minimizes the need for meat, since important vegetable protein sources are present in two of the three meal of the day.
Rejunevating nutrition is the most balanced version of a modern nutrition model that would bring the benefits from the paleolithic diet without its disadvantages. Consuming too much meat or fish is a very bad idea in our era since these products are not of the quality they used to be in the Paleolithic era. Therefore, we can’t rely on important animal proteins. Same goes for fruits and vegetables. Most of these vegetal products contains important amount of toxins that will intoxicate, acidify and weaken the body if consumed in excess.
When applying rejuvenating nutrition, whole proteins come mainly from vegetal food combinations which are rich in antioxidants and powerful antacids. Indeed, rejuvenating nutrition uses the theory of complementarity, which allows vegetarians to avoid meat but combine this knowledge with the combination of quality meats and sea products.
The food combinations “nuts + legumes” and “legumes + whole cereals grains” offer comparable whole proteins to those of any meat, while providing us with the benefits of plants. The food combination “whole grains + nuts”, which is recommended for breakfast, was suggested to me by various readings. It allows to leave room for nuts in daily nutrition. Because of their vitamin E content, proteins, essential fats and alkaline minerals, they are very important foods to consume each day and especially good to start any day the right way.
By eating only whole foods and by focusing on vegetal products rich in omega-3, we can achieve the nutrient profile that Paleolithic diet offered to humans 300 000 years ago. The ideal ratio of omega-3 versus omega-6 fat would be around 1:2. Please refer yourself to the tables at the end of this article to know where to get good source of omega-3 to consume regularly.
If we compare the Paleolithic diet with our modern nutrition, we can find 10 desequilibriums in the typical North American nutrition. Rejunevating nutrition was built in part to counter balance the desequilibrium of the North American diet. We will study those in the next article before digging deeper in the subject of rejunevating nutrition.