1. Despite popular belief, there was not just one "Paleo Diet" in ancient times. The foods the paleolithic people supposedly ate depended on their geographic location and the time of year the foods were available. This debunks the current Paleo Diet fad which recommends specific foods to avoid and specific foods to eat while on the diet.
2. Because harsh winters made food scarce, the paleolithic people supposedly had to migrate to areas of fresh foods, which required tons of walking and exercise. Nowadays, with transportation and technology, it can be difficult to get 2000 steps in a day, let alone travel on foot for months along with a limited food supply.
3. Paleo Diets cannot be replicated nowadays in our modern culture. Our foods have become domesticated over time and do not reflect the true foods the paleolithic people supposedly ate in ancient times. Foods were generally smaller, more gritty, and sometimes more toxic. For example, almonds were originally bred with cyanide, which made them inedible. Nowadays we have domesticated the almonds to make them safe to eat. (Thank goodness!) Also, Christina Warinner notes in her TED talk, broccoli did not even exist in the Paleolithic period!
4. We should thank human inventions and modern technology for making healthy foods safe and readily available so that we can have access to them all year round! Otherwise, we'd have to migrate South with the geese each winter. (Talk about needing more time for food shopping!)
1. We need to stop following "Diet Rules," and the latest "Quick Fix" because in reality, these diets are not well supported by scientific evidence with long-term benefits. Rather, we should focus more on how to fuel our bodies with more nutrient rich foods like fruits and vegetables, and less with energy dense processed foods like sodas, donuts, and grab & go items.
2. We need to increase our exercise. Park farther away from a building, take the stairs instead of the elevator, get up and move during television commercials, take laps around the mall before you start shopping...etc.
3. Any diet that recommends eliminating a major food group raises red flags. Eliminating major food groups could predispose you to significant macronutrient or micronutrient deficiencies if you avoid them for long-term periods. Always consult a Registered Dietitian before you consider participating in any type of dietary changes to see if they the right fit for you and your current past medical history.
4. The average lifespan of a caveman was 25. The end.