Can you remember what you had for lunch yesterday? How about dinner?
There is a saying that “we are what we eat”. Sure, exercise is important, and genetics play a role in our health. But about 80% of what dictates our health comes from our diet. It only makes sense since what we introduce into our bodies ultimately becomes a part of ourselves.
Ever since I started living on my own, I’ve been trying to pay attention to what I eat. Unlike when I lived with my parents, I have complete freedom over what I eat. That freedom ultimately took a toll on me and I was not as healthy as I would like to have been. That’s when I discovered the Paleo Diet. The word “Paleo” comes from the word “Paleolithic” meaning 旧石器時代. So basically, it refers to the diet of the peoples from the Paleolithic period. This period makes up 99% of human technological prehistory, meaning what human beings ate during this period is what our diet has been for the past 2.6 million years.
Back then, we had no coke, bread, or cereal. What we did have were fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish and meat. The paleo diet is simple; eat what we have been evolved to eat. Over 2.6 million years, the human body has adapted to accept these kinds of natural foods. On the other hand, foods like granulated sugar, flour, and wheat are relatively new to the human diet. Many scientists are suggesting that such a sudden change in diet has been one of the main causes of diseases that kill us every day.
Ever since I started this diet, I’m feeling great. I have more energy in the morning and I hardly ever get sick. Incorporating the paleo diet, combined with a little exercise and enough sleep, seems to me like the most logical thing to do to stay as healthy as possible. That doesn’t mean sticking to this diet 100% of the time, but maybe about 80%; when you eat out, being too picky takes the fun out of eating out. So when you’re making your own lunch, boil some broccoli instead of having a gyu-don. Sure, it may take some time and money, but it takes less time and money than if you are hospitalized with a disease that results from what you eat.