Friday, 3 October 2008

The Palaeolithic Lifestyle, Diet and Fitness - My Guest Post on Fitness Spotlight

As you may have gathered if you have seen my About Me page, I follow the Palaeolithic lifestyle from a fitness and nutrition perspective.

In a guest post on Fitness Spotlight today, I outline the rationale for this and explore how we can relate what we do in the modern context to the environment our ancestors evolved in.

2 comments:

Keith Norris said...

Insightful. The answers to these questions will continue to be tweaked as more knowledge is made available to us. What our ancestors were exposed to, and how they dealt with such, may or may not have been "optimal" from a purely genotype prospective. Using modern strength and conditioning methods, could we have "trained" a more powerful, more efficient hunter? Undoubtedly, yes, I think. Would that hunter be necessarily any healthier? That's the million-dollar question.

Mini said...

I am not so sure about your water theory again! However one thing that most experts agree on is that Neanderthal man did have a very high meat content in his diet. There is also a line of thinking that the Cro Magnon man (early modern humans) may well have interbred with the Neanderthals, particularly in Northern Europe and as a result it could mean that high levels of meat in our diet is 'normal', Or at least our digestive system is very well adapted to it. It is thought that the ginger gene originated in the Neanderthals also. The Neanderthals definitely had larger brains than us, so it is possible they were more intelligent than modern humans, but they were less social and didn't interact in large communities as well as we do, hence their demise. If high meat diets was good enough for them then I would agree with your 'eat meat every day' theory.

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