Nowadays, everyone is looking for that perfect healthy eating plan and to make sure their lifestyle choices include a balanced diet. The secret may not be in the present however, with primal living theories basing themselves on what we ate and how we lived thousands of years ago. The rise in popularity of healthy eating plans such as the Paleo Diet attest to this.
What’s changing in the arena of healthy living? Perhaps in the past, the focus was on exercise and the use of supplements and special diets and programmes – we could say a technological approach to healthy living and eating. More recently, people have been reflecting on the long-term effectiveness of such plans and programmes, and have begun to realise that they might not be as good as originally thought. The trend is beginning to move towards recognizing that nature itself cannot be bettered when it comes to living healthily.
And that’s where primal living, and the Paleo Diet, comes in. Before we look at what primal living is, it’s important to be aware that the Paleo Diet is not in itself primal living, it is just one albeit important element of it. Primal living could be summarised as being the lifestyle we follow in terms of being outside in the fresh air more, getting plenty of sunlight, eating a natural and well-balanced diet, swimming in cold water more and using our body and the natural environment to exercise as much as we can. In short, doing what our ancestors did.
Modern life is responsible for about 99% of our health problems today. We eat way too much processed food with limited nutritional value, we suffer from high levels of stress, we assume pills and drugs are the only solution to medical problems and we spend too much time inside, both at work and at play.
Longer, but Better?
It could be argued that the fact we are living longer than at any time in our history proves we’re getting it right. Yes, we are undoubtedly living longer but, we are not living healthier or happier. The quantity might be greater but the quality is not. Experts agree that diseases such as diabetes were extremely rare only a few hundred years ago, obesity levels are horrendous, with over one-third of the global population either obese or overweight as of now.
The Way Forward
If we want to live not only longer, but better, we need to combine the benefits of modern healthcare that have led to the eradication of many deadly diseases and subsequent increase in mankind’s longevity, with the benefits of going back to a more natural lifestyle.
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