The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
Rob Wolff eloquently and entertainingly outlines the reasons he, and a growing number of health experts, believe we should be consuming the same kind of diet our ancestors would have followed 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
His argument hinges on the anthropological claim that the single most important event in all of human history was the agricultural revolution. Whether this bold conjecture is true or not, the fact is that our diets have changed dramatically since the advent of farming techniques around 10,000 years ago. The inclusion of foods such as wheat, rice, corn, and dairy to name a few, became the staple food stuff of our ancestors. Whilst civilisations have been founded on our predecessor’s ability to settle and grow crops around them, Wolff asserts that it is actually our hunter gatherer’s diet and lifestyle that we are genetically geared to thrive upon. The argument? If we imagined human history as a 100 metre walk, it is only in the last ½ metre that grains, dairy, legumes and all forms of processed foods have begun to be consumed. Our diets have changed drastically but our genes, and therefore our unique biology, have not. We can tolerate this type of nourishment but we don’t necessarily flourish upon it.
What follows is a thorough insight into what happens to our bodies when we metabolise foods that our Palaeolithic ancestors would never have eaten. Packed with science, research and humour, this book will challenge how you think about our modern diets and lifestyle and give you the tools to live more in line with our genetic legacy. If you feel you could be optimising your health and wellbeing, this is a great place to start your journey.