There is an awful lot of information on the internet about the perfect diet, the perfect foods, the miracle supplement that is the panacea for all ills. Of course, a lot of the authors are very passionate about their products, others are making a living from selling a specific product, nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to put forward my own hypothesis on the perfect diet. In doing so I hope to give you some pointers towards the right diet and the right health supplements for you. it is worth noting that is more of a common sense hypothesis than a statement of proven scientific fact.
The first thing I should say is that I will never claim that a healthy body is the answer to all illness and health conditions. I also should state that I believe that full and stable health and wellness depends on a holistic approach, a combination of spiritual,nutritional and physical remedies.
The nutritional and physical remedies may not be the most important answer to health but there is no doubt that eating properly plays a significant role in long term health, wellness and longevity, not to mention contentment and happiness. So here is my theory and philosophy of health:
Our bodies have been evolving through various stages from single celled bacteria to human bodies for over 2.5 billion years. The current evolutionary journey probably began about 2.5 billion years ago when the new oxygenating bacteria called cyanobacteria appeared on the scene. These were bacteria that had evolved to feed by a primitive form of photosynthesis like plants. This is sometimes called the “first mass extinction event” because the oxygenating of the atmosphere destroyed most of the existing species of bacteria and changed the atmosphere from one that was similar to Venus to the atmosphere making widespread life possible.
These organisms developed into primitive plants like algae and eventually into animals that evolved to feed on the microscopic plants that collectively today are known as plankton.Then,these bodies developed over hundreds of millions of years into land animals and the plants developed into more complex plants that could survive on land and eventually one line of bodies developed the ability eat other animals and some to eat both animals and plants, all of this adapting to take advantage of available food sources.
Now, as far as human bodies are concerned, human bodies appeared on the scene, for whatever reason around 100,000 years ago. There are unexplained aspects of the evolution of man from homo erectus to homo sapiens but it is not the purpose of this blog to speculate on this. Let’s just say, for whatever reasons the human body evolved slightly differently and faster than other types of bodies.
In warm climates, where edible vegetation, nuts, seeds and spices were readily available the bodies developed to feed primarily off of foraged vegetation. In cooler climates and the other end of the spectrum, desert climates, more meat tended to be eaten as that was more readily available as a food source and the nomadic type of hunter gatherer existence of was the normal lifestyle.
Then, about 10,000 years ago farming, was developed. This meant that farm reared meat and grains were introduced to the human diet. Now the meat that is eaten as a result of farming is far different to the meat that a hunter/gatherer would have been eating. The hunter/gatherer was eating lean meat from a wild animal that had been running all of it’s life to escape predators and other dangers and obtaining the food it needed from grazing during moments of safety. Farm animals are kept in a domesticated state and fed grains and other food that is available, they don’t get as much exercise and are fattened up to make the meat go further. This was a huge change in diet. For one thing grains are essentially species of grass and they are high in gluten, a protein.
I am not suggesting we should all return to living as hunter gatherers to be healthy. Of course becoming farmers provided a safer environment, you might have been healthier being a hunter/gatherer but the dangers from accidents, disease and wild animal attack far outweighed any health benefits. That is without mentioning wars with other tribes for prime hunting territory and the dangers from the animals being hunted who objected to being killed.
What this means
So what does this rather inadequate and simplistic summary of the evolution of the human body mean as far as diet is concerned?
The point is that a body develops and evolves to suite it’s diet.
In our evolutionary progress we were eating cyanobacteria and algae for hundreds of millions of years. Not all are edible for us these days, and some are outright poisonous, so don’t go eating seaweed will nilly or scraping the green scum off the top off of your fish tank and eating it unless you want to get very sick. But those species of cyanobacteria and algae that ARE edible, such as Spirulina and many types of seaweed are STILL the most nutritionally beneficial foods in nature.
These bodies were hunter/gatherers for several million years, so the bodies adapted to this diet. This means that lean meat, fruit, seeds, nuts and organic vegetable diet are still a very healthy diet. The meat was not always eaten every day and people survived on foraged nuts and seeds as protein sources, so a lot of excess meat is not particularly healthy but this also means I don’t agree that an entirely vegetarian and especially vegan diet is the most healthy for humans.
Our bodies have been eating grains and fattened meat for only about 10,000 years. This is not enough time to adapt to this diet, so it not as healthy. Some people are severely allergic to gluten s well as lactic acid in milk, they cannot tolerate them at all. So I think in many cases grains are not particularly healthy, neither is a lot of high fat farmed meat, nor is eating meat every day. The practice of sitting down with meat and 2 vegetables on the plate is also a recent addition in evolutionary terms. Potatoes are very recent, so are peanuts (at least in the western diet).
We have been eating processed junk food full of chemicals and high amounts of sugar and saturated fat for only about 60 years. Personally I don’t think these bodies will ever adapt to such a massive diet change. Hence and terrible dwindling spiral of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, lack of energy, libido and misery.
To summarise, I think the ideal diet is the one that our bodies have evolved with. Eat edible plankton such as Spirulina and seaweed, eat lean meat and lots of organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds (unless you have an allergy0, although this varies according to where your body comes from genetically. Avoid more recent staples like grains, potatoes and maize, avoid peanuts (which is not actually a nut as it grows under the ground), many people cannot digest them as well as our bodies have not had time to adapt to them. Avoid processed and junk food as much as possible, I do not think our bodies will ever adapt to that.
Do that and I believe you will have lots of energy, lose weight and generally feel a lot better. You probably knew a lot of this already, but this is my hypothesis as to why.