Today the low carb diet seems to be the front runner of them all and I’ve done some reading on it and, in fact, I am trying it. One writer says, “Eat like the cavemen did.” That threw me for a loop, especially after reading that cavemen lived to be only
20-25 years of age. Nevertheless, I went on to learn just what they did eat. Some say 70 percent of their diets was meat, the rest depended on where they lived. The icy cold of the arctics didn’t allow for many berries or roots to be found. But some locales provided them with seeds, leaves, roots, berries, eggs, nettles, fish and anything they could hunt. Maybe this sounds like your diet? Take notice, though, no processed foods are mentioned and that’s because they didn’t exist. If their diets were so great, why were they so short-lived? Look at this way, if they had had the improved health care and standard of living we have, they may have lived to be 150. Okay, you’ve heard this before, but from all I’ve read, we were not designed to eat processed foods and if we would eat the way of the caveman we could live to be 150, too!
So, we’ve determined that cavemen ate high protein diets. In order for us to emulate their eating habits it will mean a reduction in carbohydrates. Some people say, “No White Foods,” the more colorful the food item is, the better it is. Here’s another way to look at it, don’t eat, bread, pasta, potatoes or rice. Easy, right? Here’s the reasoning behind a low carb diet. These white foods cause a rise in blood sugar, which results in increased insulin levels and an increase in hunger and weight gain. What about all the whole grains we been sold on? Grains are actually a late inclusion in the human diet. It’s possible they are not needed. (I’m treading lightly here.) It’s true, though, grains can’t hold a candle to fruits and vegetables. By the way, the rise in blood sugar, we’re talking about, is a factor in the cause of diabetes.
Now that I’ve got you thinking about cavemen (and low carb diets), let’s change the subject, just slightly. When I say cavemen, I am not referring to the Neanderthal, which they say evolved into a human, because I’ve never believed that they ever existed. However, it is reasonable to believe that early man lived in caves. Then with the passing of time they learned to make mud bricks, and on and on from there. But, are you aware that people still do live in caves? While traveling in the Loire Valley, of France, you’ll find people living in caves located in the cliffs above the Loire river. Long ago, people did this because caves provided low rent dwelling, I’m not sure why it is done today. I do know they have all the comforts of home including electricity, etc. Some of these caves are made into hotels, with gardens overhead. Inside, many mirrors spread the light from the windowed side of the house. We’ve discussed two subjects, eating low carb and living in caves? What’s your idea on these? I say, “to each, his own,” but I do wonder if those living in caves today are on low carb diets? Let’s hear from the “you” of shirlandyou.