Paleolithic Diet Paleolithic Men and Women. Paleolithic people lived from caves to cave. They were a tribe of people constantly moving. Their mobility was based on survival always looking for shelter and food. Paleolithic people had not discovered planting, animals had not been domesticated and fire was not controlled. Not being able to plant food resulted in the Caveman always traveling looking for food. Their diet consisted of lean meat, wild birds, wild poultry, bird eggs, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, roots, leaves, seeds, nuts and herbs. Keep in mind for meat Caveman had to capture and kill wild animals. Causes of death were child birth, animal threats and infections. Encyclopedia Britannica 1961 estimated that Upper Paleolithic life expectancy was 33 years old. The Paleolithic period is pre-agriculture. The period after the Paleolithic period is the Neolithic period. Man planted food, pottery was invented and had controlled fire invented for warmth and cooking. In the Neolithic period man became stationary. They could grow their own food. The caveman’s diet did not consist of potatoes, wheat, beans, peas or legumes. Raw these food content toxins. In the Neolithic period cooking these foods killed most of the toxins making them edible and extending man’s diet. Curiously, Neolithic life expectancy was 20 years old. The Paleolithic men and women had to be physically fit and healthy for survival. Their fitness and health was a result of exercise and diet. Additionally, some may concluded eating free of non toxic foods.
Toxins in potatoes, grains, peas and beans are called anti-nutrients. Uncooked the anti-nutrients are:
Enzyme Blockers “protease inhibitors”
Glycoalkaloids toxin contented in potatoes. When cooked the glycoalkaloid is not destroyed.
When foods cooked enzyme blockers and lectins toxins make foods edible but toxins not completely destroyed.
Hunter Gatherers: Term referring to the Paleolithic man because he was always hunting and gathering. Hunting for animals, wild game and poultry. The battle between Paleolithic man and wild animals was a situation of kill or be killed. Battles resulted in some Cavemen being killed or severely injured. Dead animals had several uses for food, skins and fur was used for shelter and clothes. Bones used as weapons. Skins and fur were not sanitized and remained blood soaked or had traces of blood. The Paleo people’s diet was subject to the seasons. The best seasons were spring and summer. Fresh vegetables, fruits, roots, tree leaves, nuts and seeds were plentiful. Fresh bird egg’s were stolen from bird’s nest and eaten raw. Food maintenance was time sensitive and subject to rot. There were no food preservatives or refrigeration. Paleo men realized only a certain amount of food to be gathered to prevent waste.
Stone-Age: Caveman made their tools and weapons with stones. Materials were wood from trees, tree branches, animal bones, animal antler, animal teeth, shells and other stones. Stones were used for hammering and chiseling.
Modern society has most of the advantages. There is mass farming. Foods contain pesticides, additives and preservatives all have negative health consequences: high blood pressure, heart diseases, obesity, diabetes, skin diseases, allergies and etc.
These primal people were lean, physically fit and healthy. They had to be fit to survive the elements. The Paleolithic people have left Modern Man the wisdom of the Paleolithic Diet. Weight loss, weight maintenance, increase energy, anti-toxic diet, improves health and maintains healthy longevity. Eat and live healthy.
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