Here’s a pretty cool piece of information Dr. Loren Cordain has stated in his book, “The Paleo Diet” (2011): It was just 333 generations ago that our ancestors (the Paleolithic men and women) ate lean meats and fresh fruits and veggies. Notice this statement says nothing about them eating grains, potatoes, or legumes (let alone sugar, processed foods, or high fructose corn syrup)? There is a reason for that…they did not eat these things 333 generations ago. Why is that important to us? Well, because we are still genetically programmed to eat the same as these ancestors from 333 generations ago! Believe it or not, it takes about 40,000 years or so to really change DNA a great deal…in fact, our own human DNA has changed very little in this time (Cordain, 2011).
Anywho…essentially, I am saying that it takes a really long time to change what we are adapted well to eating and that means it also takes a long time to be healthy eating in any other way than how we are programmed to eat…get it?
This is the logic of biology and history coming to us at full speed. Look, currently there are a large number of Americans (and now other countries’ citizens) that eat chemicals instead of food. Have you ever really read the package you pick up in the frozen foods isle of your grocery store? Look at how long the list is. Even just those things from some delis in the stores are gigantic lists! What are all those things? Those are chemicals and food-like substances. Those are NOT food! If you want food…real sustenance…you must really be willing to buy fresh and cook. An example: I am currently making chicken jerky. I am drying it in my oven at home…on a very, very, very low heat in my oven. I seasoned it with some various seasonings and have been cooking it in the oven at 150 degrees for 2 hours now. It is a way I can be sure that my food will consist of exactly what I want it to consist of!
Well, on that note, I am going to keep this short. I need to get to some other work at this point. Stay tuned for my next podcast (which I hope to record tomorrow). I am going to talk about some of the stuff I have read and learned as well as give some recipes I have found to be tasty! It will still be unedited and without a co-host or music…but we are getting there slowly! I promise it will get better and better…and so will the content!
Have a healthy day!