One doesn’t have to know formulas or how to use a calculator to eat Paleolithically. It’s a fact, Paleo doesn’t count. Paleo doesn’t count calories. Paleo doesn’t count carbs. Paleo doesn’t count any nutritional data. For many, that’s what makes it so appealing.
If anything, the Paleo way of eating is a closer look at history and our ancestors diet. Our ancestors spent much of their day hunting, fishing, and gathering. Approximately 10,000 years post caveman, humans began the practice of agriculture and in essence, we’ve capitalized on the method of hunting, fishing and gathering and made it easier for everyone.
Fast forward into the era of technology and we’ve added machinery. Machinery makes agriculture easier, faster and profitable. Profitable to the point where food is mass-produced, imported, exported, and transported to a store near you. All the while, reducing the human activity level – but that’s ok, we’re adding gyms and exercise programs to gain what we’ve lost, so we can lose what we’ve gained. This too, comes at a price whether it’s a membership, dvd, or exercise equipment.
In 2014, National Geographic dug into the evolution of diet. Beginning with their September issue, NG did an eight month series on how the diet has evolved and what our culture faces in regard to the future of food. More pointedly, what it will take to feed our worldwide population in the not so distant future and the impact this will have on our planet. It’s something to think about.
While Paleo doesn’t count literally, the concept matters significantly. Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to go all-out caveman. I do think it warrants eating foods God intended us to eat. Non-adulterated, non-GMO, non-herbicide, non-fungicide, non-pesticide. Pure clean eating. That’s what we need to get back to. It’s simple and who needs to count when you’re eating clean?