Neanderthals, or cavemen, may have been hairy brutes that became extinct 40,0000 years ago.
Some think they were wiped out by climate change…
Others think they were killed off by a little romance and a candlelit dinner or two with Homo sapiens…
But whatever you think, don’t blame it on the mammoth steak…
AKA the CAVEMAN DIET
Once regarded as lumbering cave-dwellers on a carnivorous diet, it turns out they may not have been “so barbaric after all”. Or at least in terms of what they ate.
More recent science brings us a somewhat unexpected story about the Neanderthal diet. It turns out that the food they ate kept them healthy and fit.
At least for some 10,000 years…
The scoop comes from finding the planet’s oldest “human” poop. Revealing that a caveman, like Fred W. Flintstone, wasn’t such a bone-head after all because he ate of all things- many, many, vegetables.
Yep, you heard that right. Turns out that Fred W. and his cave-dwelling kind gave us the bare bones to what we now call, ‘The Paleo Diet’…
So how can I go Paleo?
- Eat more protein. High protein foods should make up 19-35% of daily calorie intake. Choose: Meats, seafood and poultry.
- 2. Eat less carbs. Complex (vs. simple) carbohydrates should make up 35-45% of daily calorie intake. Choose: fruits, veggies with a low glycemic index, which won’t raise blood sugar levels quickly.
- Up your fiber intake. Choose: Non-starchy fruits and veggies with more fiber content than grains have.
- Increase potassium, lower sodium intake. Choose: Fresh foods vs. processed foods-fresh foods usually have higher potassium than sodium, which is important for good blood pressure control.
- Go for a moderate to high “good” fat intake-i.e. mono and polyunsaturated fats. Daily diets should have ideally three times more Omega 3 fats than Omega 6 fats to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Omega 3 fats have many other health benefits such as being important for healthy brain function and good skin. Choose: Fatty fish, olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado.
- 6. Increase foods high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant phytochemicals. Choose: Meats, seafood, fruits, veggies. Try free-range meats, rich in vitamins B12 and A. Fruits and veggies are rich in phytochemicals and vitamins C and A.
- Aim for a net alkaline dietary load. The goal is to maintain an overall alkaline environment within. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies to offset acids from eating meats and fish. A prolonged dietary acid load can increase your risk of health conditions such as high blood pressure and kidney disease.
Final food for thought:
Caught his own food
Could win a fist-to-claw with a Saber-tooth tiger
Strong, fit, and lean
Ran very fast
Couldn’t catch a fly
Orders dinner online
Also known as the species, Couch potato
And, suffers from obesity, heart disease, auto-immune diseases, or cancer from unhealthy lifestyle and diet…
The information in this blog is for informational purposes only and not meant to cure or treat any disease. Before beginning any diet, consult with your physician to see if it is right for you.