333 Generations Ago…

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!

Until then!

Have a healthy day!


About alternefit

Rachel Flowers is an advocate for healthy living through education and lifestyle changes. She has a BA in psychology, an MA in teaching and education, an AAS in graphic design, and is pursuing her BS in health and wellness. Rachel is also working toward her FDN certification, a C.H.E.K. certification, and a CFN certification. In her quest to get herself and others around her healthy, Rachel has found that she can use her writing and technical abilities to spread the word regarding whole health and wellness, truths versus fallacies in health, paradigms that should be changed, and history and biochemistry that might help many others become healthier. Those around Rachel have encouraged her to pursue her passions in health and wellness. Throughout the process of creating her own health information and assistance business and blog, Rachel has also been encouraged by the community members. Check her out at her website! http://alternefit.com
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4 Responses to 333 Generations Ago…

  1. neona says:

    Good job! This sounds VERY similar to “The Blood Type Diet” by Dr. Peter D’adamo, here: http://www.dadamo.com/

    I’m NOT a fan of “diets”- I’ve never liked what they’ve had to say, or how they become fads so quickly- or how just unhealthy they sound (grapefruit 3 x’s a day? Yeah, I’d lose a BOATLOAD of weight! I hate grapefruit.)

    Anywho, Dr. D’adamo says something similar, but breaks it down by blood type/geographical demographics. I will say, it sort of makes sense to me- why have all these different blood types if they don’t mean anything? If you want, if we can EVER find a way to spend time with you guys, we can bring a copy of the main book for you to check out (as busy as both of us are though, it might be better to borrow a copy from the library or something).

    Once again-great job! We’re behind you all the way! (PS- are you keeping tabs on Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution”? I’m a TOTAL fan- tax/parent dollars need to go on fresh fruits & veggies, and HEALTHY choices, not crap, for schoolkids!)

    Love ya!

  2. alternefit says:

    Hey Dallas,

    I have heard numerous interviews with Dr. D’Adamo. I am interested in much of what he says, as well as many other blood-type researchers. You are right, it does make sense. I would love to read the book when you can ever find time to hang out for a bit! That would be awesome!

    Thanks for the support!


  3. alternefit says:

    BTW, I agree…diet isn’t the right word…it’s lifestyle changes we should be looking for in order to lose fat, gain lean muscle, and especially get healthy!

  4. neona says:

    Guuuurl….. I luvs you (as Devon likes to say; gotta keep up with the trends, ya know! )

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