Paleo diet basics begin with understanding what we know of human
history prior to our development of agriculture that began between
10,000-12,000 years ago. In the time prior to that, what we call the
paleolithic era, we know that our cave dwelling ancestors were
hunter-gatherers and thus, hunted for meat and gathered any edible
Humans have been diverse in what they
have eaten throughout the millennia depending on where on the planet
they resided and what they had available to them. Certainly, paleolithic
people living in warm southern climates would have had a much different
diet than the ones living in cold northern ones and would have also
varied from season to season.
Agriculture changed human diet
as it developed and introduced foods that were either not available
before or only available in limited quantity. Those changes happened
slowly over the thousands of years that agriculture developed and sped
up very quickly as we entered the 20th century. Now, in the new world of
food in the 21st century, we have seen drastic and very fast changes to
our diet, not only in the kinds of foods we now eat, but the quality of
the food. It all adds up to a health epidemic we all suffer from either
directly or indirectly today.
First, let's cover the the paleo
diet basics and then get into how the food has changed over time to gain
perspective on how to build the perfect paleo diet lifestyle and get
the most from the benefits of the paleo diet.