Cavemen And Dieting,What’s The Connection?

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

Looking thin... is it the diet or the camera lens?

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.

5 thoughts on “Cavemen And Dieting,What’s The Connection?

  1. Hi shirl, Diet is a concern for all of us; and this brings to mind the phrase “you are what you eat”. I was never really sure what this really meant, but I think that if we eat the fruits and vegetables that are natural and come from the garden, and the meats (protein) from the animals that God has provided us with, then this is the best diet for most of us. Foods that are processed are not a good choice. Margarine is only one molecule away from becoming plastic (the container that it is purchased in). Even flies and ants will not east this stuff!!! I opt for butter, or the “natural” food. I think that when we eat, moderation is the answer to our diet and health. If people continually over eat, no amount of exercising will burn off those extra calories; and they will continue to gain weight. Muscle also weighs more than fat does, so someone who is exercising may actually gain weight through exercise!!! I like the picture that you included with your blog. It is quite evident that you take good care of yourself!! As far as living in caves goes…..that is probably a cultural tradition that peope of that region continue to practice and enjoy. It would certainly be unique to live in a cave! I’m sure that it would also make for cooler climates in homes and lower AC bills, too. LOL I agree with you…”to each his own”. Everyone is interesting and unique; and God has given us all talents to share with others. We’ve also been raised in different cultures and in different parts of the world; and this all has an impact on us as individuals living within a society. The only thing that really matters is that we all keep God in our hearts and in our lives! Thanks for another wonderful blog!!!


  2. Well, before the fall, man did not eat meat, they ate fruit and seeds apparently…
    Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
    Genesis 2:15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”


    • Hi Tilly: Thanks for your comment. I’m hoping this subject may raise a number of comments from readers. I appreciate the scripture you shared, there no better answer than what the Bible provides. God bless.


  3. hi shirley..i have your blog about the cavemen and their ways of eating,,my how times have we can have a meal in 15 min or less by eating tv dinners or bag dinnerswhich are both loded with carbs and i guess its back to cookung for me since i dont live in a cave are looking good love you ada mae


    • Hi Ada Mae: Your comments are always so much fun. You’re right about getting a meal in 15 minutes and I for one like it that way. Never thought you were considering cave living. I was hoping someone would comment about my photo, with Photo Shop anyone can become thin. If you want to look thin check with my photographer. Nice to hear from you.


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