"Ancenstral eating" definition help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 28, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Hey guys, so I've been following the traditional paleo rules - meats, veggies, fruits - real foods, with a lack of things like rice and beans. It's gone well, so far - but as I was talking to a friend, he asked me "Oh, isnt that the diet where you eat what specifically your ancestors ate? like, the food in that region?" And it got me thinking - my grandparents are from okinawa and the phillipines - would i fare better if i adopted those foods? It would include rice, I think.

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on November 28, 2012
at 09:24 AM

It doesn't matter where you come from - no-one was eating neolithic foods before about 12000 years ago, so what your modern ancestors diet is, is more or less irrelevant (especially since most of us cannot trace our bloodline back to a single ancestral group).

It seems that people were still hunter-gathering in the Philippines as recently as 3000 years ago: From Wikipedia: "1000 BCE the inhabitants of the archipelago had developed into four kinds of social groups: hunter-gathering tribes, warrior societies, petty plutocracies, and maritime-centered harbor principalities"

By all means eat rice if you think it's healthy, but justifying on the grounds that your great (great) grandparents ate it doesn't make much sense to me.

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on November 28, 2012
at 08:29 AM

I wouldn't necessarily say you'd "fare better" including rice, but it most likely won't do you any harm. My grandparents are also from the Philippines and although I've eaten rice all my life, I eliminated it from my diet for over a year. A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend cooked dinner that included rice and I ate it but got a slight tummy ache afterwards. But I'm not gonna let that stop me from enjoying rice now on special occasions.

The important thing to remember is to eat whole, natural foods that optimize your health, even if they are foods that would not have been found in the region your ancestors lived in.



on November 28, 2012
at 08:29 AM

you said "would i fare better if i adopted those foods"...

Do you feel you could fare better than you are at the moment,
If so, then give other things a try/test. Rice (white) works for me, certainly opened up my food choices



on November 28, 2012
at 04:50 PM

If what you say were true, then anyone whose ancestors were farmers, ate lots of grains and can do very well with them. Pretty much most cultures have had agriculture for 10KY. This is what the SAD would have you believe, but then, there are all these diseases of modern agriculture that we have to deal with.

Perhaps in two million years or so humans will be able to consume grains the same way that mice can and not experience any problems. Meanwhile, avoid them.

White rice won't hurt you more than likely, though there's evidence that it can alter our DNA. Beans, however, are still harmful even if very carefully cooked, you can only get rid of some of the antinutrients.

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