Primal diet the healthy cavemen stuck to - and you can too

The Good Life Letter

Friday 15th July 2011

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Something strange happened in the Collins household this morning... As I sat down to breakfast and unfolded my paper, the family braced themselves for my usual tirade round a mouthful of cornflakes.

The kids got ready to pat me on the back and hand me a glass of water, while Lara stood in the background, ready to dial 999.

But instead of reading something that drove me mad, I read something that I found really interesting. In fact, it even made me smile.

Because I think this little theory perfectly illustrates why natural remedies make so much more sense than manmade drugs...

The real reason why girls like pink and boys like blue

Two friends of mine have recently moved into a lovely new house up in the Bishopston area of Bristol and have spent the best part of the summer months doing the place up.

Now, when it came to the living room there was an almighty row about carpet vs. floorboards. They almost came to blows over the kitchen, because he wanted stainless steel everywhere, and she wanted wood.

And don't get me started on the bathroom.

But when it came to the kids' bedrooms, there was no problem.

Ella's was painted pink, and Sean's was painted blue.

Simple. Pink for girls, blue for boys. It's traditional.

But, much to my surprise, this little article in the paper revealed that this preference isn't a question of style...

It's an evolutionary process that dates back to prehistoric times.

And no, that doesn't mean a 50,000 year old Barbie has been found by archaeologists (complete with little stone high heels and a tiny pterodactyl to carry round in her handbag).

The REAL reason girls are attracted to pink, and boys to blue, is programmed deep into our psyche.

Apparently, girls like pink, because that's the colour fruits turn at the first sign of ripeness.

So back in the good old days, when prehistoric ladies went out shopping for food (before meeting up for coffee and talking about their husbands... 'Ug is SUCH a pig you should see the state of our granite garage...'), they'd be on the look out for pink hiding away in the trees.

And the boys...?

Well, after watching 22 men kicking a stone football about for 90 minutes (with EVERY match ending 0-0 because no one could move the damn thing), they'd slouch off to do a bit of hunting.

And blue skies meant good hunting days. So us humans became programmed to accept that pink is for girls, blue is for boys.

Not because governments told us those were the only colours available...

Not because some massive corporation tricked us into thinking pinks and blues were good for us...

But because there was an entirely NATURAL reason for us to like these colours... reasons that protected us and made us healthy and strong.

And there's a lot more we can learn from our prehistoric ancestors apart from what colour to paint the bedroom...

5 caveman diet remedies to help protect your health

For centuries, man ate nothing but natural, whole foods. There were no additives, no sweeteners, no E numbers, no glucose syrup, no hydrogenated fats...

And research suggests he was better off for it.

Because since the introduction of these substances (which are even packed into many so-called healthy options), problems like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity have gone through the roof.

Here are 5 primal diet foods that you should be eating: 

*  Beef - Ahhhhh... don't tell me eating healthily isn't the good life when beef's on the menu! But not any old beef will do - you need to eat grass-fed beef, NOT grain-fed. That's what our ancestors ate, and we should do the same, because sticking to grass-fed beef could cut out thousands of calories and help you lose weight.

*  Eggs - the perfect food. Go to work on a egg - that's what the ad used to say, until the powers that be banned it! I mean, where's the logic in that when they let burger joints advertise till the mutated, water-pumped, additive stricken cows come home?

Eggs are rich protein, they only have 75 calories each, they're packed with lutein (which helps keep your arteries clean), and they protect your heart with the right sort of fat.

So buy free-range, and get stuck in.

*  Blueberries - looking at the list of ailments this berry can fight, I'm surprised it hasn't been knighted. It protects brain cells, helps memory loss, eases inflammation, sharpens failing eyesight, strengthens your heart, and protects you against cancer.

*  Nuts - forget the people who drone on about nuts being full of fat. So what - if it's GOOD fat?

Like the blueberry, nuts contain a dazzling array of superpowers... they're packed with fibre, reduce the risk of Type II diabetes, and contain a whole roll call of vitamins and minerals (folic acid, niacin, Vitamin E, magnesium to name but a few), all of which protect your heart.

*  Olives - if you're worried about high cholesterol, then the monounsaturated fats found in olives will lower your 'bad' cholesterol and increase the good ones.
Olive oil also acts as a painkiller, eases ulcers and gastritis, and can lower the likelihood of gallstones forming. One study even suggested it could lower the risk of colon cancer.

All of these are brilliant reasons to don a loincloth and eat WHOLE foods as much as you can.  Of course, I'm not suggesting you start acting like the patron saint of cavemen and eat nothing but whole foods. If you really love a great big sloppy pizza - have one. We're here to enjoy ourselves after all.   But the more you introduce whole foods into your diet - and only have pre-packaged, synthetic fake foods as an occasional treat - the more likely you are to have a longer, healthier life!

That's all for today. I'll be back on Sunday with more ideas and ways you can enjoy the good life.

'til then,

Yours as always,

 

 

 

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