The decline in human health did not begin when the first McDonald’s opened its doors. Rather, the decline began approximately 12,000 years ago with the advent of agriculture. For approximately 2.5 million years prior to the Agricultural Revolution, early human were fit. Fossil records show that these early humans during the Paleolithic Period (or Stone Age) were taller, had thicker bones, had very few cavities and had more lean muscle mass. So, what happened to make humans shorter, fatter and plagued with cavities? Humans started to cultivate and consume grains.
Paleolithic humans were hunters and gatherers. That is, they hunted wild animals and gathered vegetables, fruits and berries in order to eat. These early humans ate a natural diet that was free of toxins, pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). In other words, everything early humans ate was whole, nutrient-rich food that made them healthier than any other humans in history.
The current Paleo movement looks back at the lifestyle of our ancient ancestors to use as a template for how to best nourish and take care of our bodies today. It is a template because there is absolutely no way we can reproduce early human’s way of life in today’s modern society. Therefore, we do our best to replicate the lifestyle by following a basic Paleo template:
- Eat nutrient-rich, whole foods.
- Remove as many toxins from food and the environment as possible.
- Move your body.
- Rest your body.
Easily Paleo will help guide you along your Paleo journey to improved health and well-being.