The Fight Between Archaic vs. Modern Food Availability in Regards to Weight Gain

One day, there was a man looking for something to soothe the emptiness he felt in the depths of his stomach, about 10,000 years ago. This man had to spend hours, sometime days looking for something suitable for his taste buds and complete fulfillment. In the days of the Paleolithic man there was must work involved with looking and achieving the satisfactory amount in order to feel full. The simple notion that we read about in our humanistic history in regards to scouring the country side looking for something to complete our hunger is one that we cannot quite understand it today’s Modern society. In order for us to completely understand what the Paleo man went through, we would have to do the equivalent of walking up to 30 miles every day and[on average]consume half the amount food the average American eats, daily. These stagering numbers force us to consider the vastness and mass availability that we have in our food choices and diet options today. For we can literally find food at our convenience 3-8 times within a mile according to a national poll of Average American Food Stores within a mile. Furthermore, when you zero in on our cultural activities, they seem to all involve food in some manner or form. Partys, get-togethers, and social functions sometimes revolve around a dinner or lunch, or even a food style – like a cake. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with this type of activity. But, lets not forget that this is not an activity at all, but what has turned into a time for use to run towards food for comfort or entertainment. This is where we can start to notice how available food is to us. At a dinner you are usually greeted with chips and salsa, bread sticks, or a side salad. For the Paleo man this would never happen. The lean and fit P-Man would spend maybe two days looking for things that now consist of our average side salad. He would spend days before he would find nuts, or seeds of some kind. When you take a step back, and look at all the wonders of what this modern age has brought us, you realize that the very technology that has created such convenience and availability might actually be contributing to our weight gain and suffering health. You also might realize that the main difference could be summarized into monetary gain. For the Paleolithic man did not have to worry about making money, he had to worry about surviving in general. In today’s modern age if you have $1.07 you can get something to eat. The paradox?  For that very thing you bought for $1.07 is probably 1% as healthy as what the P-Man would have eaten.. So be smart, and think about not giving into the connivence in which you pay for with your health! Think about what our Paleo man would have done- He would have gone simple, natural, and maybe – just maybe, not flying to the first thing he saw.

By: Thomas McGregor

TM Wellness Co. 12.23.11

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3 comments

  1. It is very true, food is available by the truckload nowadays, and due to advertisement ploys, squandered taste buds, and modern cultural traditions, we seek foods that those long ago could not seek. There is a reason nature is not wrapped in tinfoil with a nice little black and white nutritional facts label on the back – it is not natural. Seek food that will sustain health and prevent disaster – seek life.

    Nice post…

    LIVE Longer We Will.

    1. Yes! What you comment is truth! We can feed everyone in the country 10 times over and yet we have more health problems per capita in North America than people have lesser access to such foodntities. Where in lies the problem? Maybe the quality? If we are smart and educated we can stay healthy!

      Thank you for your thoughts and comments!

      TM

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