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Sorry about the moon shot, but the grub was out of this world!
As much as we modern hominids like to eat, cavepeople loved their food, if not for the purpose of social tradition then certainly for survival. When they’re not hunting and gathering, then they’re probably eating. (Or playing, or just laying around musing about clouds.) Life was simple.
As someone in touch with his evolutionary heredity, I have a natural aversion to modern-day complication. So I present only one dietary rule in modern times. The rule is based on evolutionary simplicity: Avoid grain-based food and refined sugar.
A growing body of evidence suggests that the human species doesn’t function well on grain-based foods. Our genetic history wasn’t developed within the timeframe of the agricultural age, which had begun only about 12,000 years ago — a blink of an eye in the face of the 2.5 million years of human evolution.
Yes, grains contain vitamins, fibers, and nutrients… all of which we can get (and often in greater quantities) from vegetables and fruits, but without the empty calories inherent in grains. Eating grains to get the fiber is like burning the forest to start a campfire.
Additionally, found in most grains is a harmful but lesser-known protein called lectin. In many people lectin triggers systemic inflammation, which is bad news for health, period. But, let’s back up. All foods contain lectin, some more than others. The most common foods containing a significant amount of the potentially allergic and inflammatory lectin include:
- grains, especially wheat and wheat germ
- all dried legumes, including peanuts, cashews, and soy
As noted earlier, all foods contain lectin; but grains contain a significant amount and are a large source of calories for most people. And it doesn’t help that most grain-based foods are processed.
Also, grains tend to be heavy in starches and/or are processed, and their regular consumption may produce chronically high insulin levels. This may lead to insulin resistance and other metabolic disturbances that divert nutrients away from muscle cells and into fat cells. Aside from the aesthetic downfall, this is a serious health disorder.
So, simple rule: avoid grains. You can get all the fibers and nutrients you need from vegetables and fruits but without the added calories and inflammation (as well as gut irritations, autoimmune diseases, and a host of other reported problems). And avoid grains to ensure a normal ebb and flow level of insulin that won’t cause excessive fatty deposits.
If you’ve eliminated or minimized grains from your diet, share how you feel (and look) in the comment section.