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What kind of eating patterns did H-G people have?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 06, 2011 at 9:32 PM

We all know hunter-gatherer societies didn't sit around the breakfast table eating bacon and eggs, but these are acceptable in a modern paleo diet. So what kind of eating patterns did they have? Maybe this question is a big ambiguous, but I'm curious.

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"Most area/time specified diets end up trying to adapt the principles of a region in a local contex". I was thinking this but couldn't word it as perfectly :D

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It really just depends on where they are from. Most area/time specified diets end up trying to adapt the principles of a region in a local context (e.g. Mediterranean diet only has a passing resemblance to actual Mediterranean food culture). Paleo is somewhat harder to judge even, although evidence derived from analyzing the few old ruins and analyzing bones gives some ideas. Along with the presumption that modern humans living in 0 civilization area are living like there paleolithic era fore fathers (Australian aborigines and similar maybe) are a lot of it.

Some amount of wild game, spiders/termites/etc sometimes to make up for hunting being really hard (apparently protein deficiency happened due to the near starvation thing....), there were a few trees where the interior could be processed as a very poor carb source (ala the Guns, Germs, and Steel documentary), starches like cassava/taro/yam/potato (but that was somewhat agriculturalish eventually too), some mushrooms, and fruits and vegetables are all probably part of it.

Probably a small amount of eggs/grain/honey, but in amounts that would be virtually 0 overall. Dairy is real unlikely to have been an at all thing, since you would have no pasture and just want the most cals for that day.

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on May 07, 2011
at 11:28 AM

"Most area/time specified diets end up trying to adapt the principles of a region in a local contex". I was thinking this but couldn't word it as perfectly :D

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on May 06, 2011
at 09:36 PM

I am no expert, but i think they mainly ate left overs from the previous nights. Mostly stuff they hunted earlier. I, for example, tend to eat a piece of salmon or any other meat for breakfast. If i am still hungry, I will add a piece of fruit, mostly banana. :)

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at 11:24 AM

They probably had breakfast from 7-7:30, Lunch from 12-12:30, then tea at 2:30 followed by dinner at 6:00. Unless it was Friday and they'd get some takeout - usually pizza.

There would be no consistency of what, when, and how much (if anything) to eat except that the majority of food would probably be eaten in the afternoon and evening (after the hunt or the gathering).

Notice how flowers bloom and fruits/vegetables ripen for only a few weeks at a time? That means not only would amounts be random, but very few plants/fruit would be eaten for much longer than a month or two in a year. The changing vegetation means the animals hunted would be changing also.

This randomness is partially why intermittent fasting is popular with the paleo group.

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