A Primal Approach to Food

A Primal Approach to Food


It’s time to get up, my circadian hormones kick in slowly waking me with the rise of the sun.

The members of my village wake as well.

It’s time to go. The day begins, we sharpen the arrows and tighten the cords.

As the sun is a foot off the horizon we trek through the savanna with the thought of hunger and the determination of a catch.

We have gone a great distance with only the sight of meerkats scurrying into their homes as we pass by and a lioness with her cubs off in the distance.

The sun has now reached the other side of the sky and the temperature begins to drop.

We return to the village without success in the hunt.

The crackling of the campfire and the love of the village residents greet us as we return.

We rest.

Day 2, we rise with more hunger and determination.

As the sun is mid sky and my focus is clear, I pull back on the arrow rested against the cord creating tension.

As the arrow releases and the tension loosens, the arrow whistles through the air and pierces the heart of the gazelle. A clean kill.

The days of fasting has come to an end. The members of the group and I approach the gazelle with great gratitude for allowing us to bring food back for the village.

We Feast. Enough energy to last us a couple days.


As we evolved we learned how to harvest and started agriculture. Time goes on and we learn more ways to create food and villages turn into cities.

Technology has allowed humans to create a supply of food that we no longer have to work for, freeing up time to focus on other ways to improve society.

There are now companies that will deliver weeks worth of food right to our doorstep. Not having to worry about where our next meal will come from.

Although we have created more efficient ways to feast, there are some drawbacks.

As stated in the article on August 22, 2011, Not so fast — researchers find that lasting evolutionary change takes about one million years:

“Across a broad range of species, the research found that for a major change to persist and for changes to accumulate, it took about one million years.”

The compounding growth of technology is rapid compared to the evolutionary adaptations of the body.

We live in a modern digital age where food is abundant, but still have a primal/wild nature.

The body doesn’t know when the next meal will come so it needs to fill up on as much energy as it can to survive.

The excess energy turns into fat on the body to be used as energy for future times of famine.

With food so readily available we never get to tap into that energy source as it continues to grow.

One method shown to tap into that energy is to mimic our ancestors.

Fasting for periods of time and feasting on nutrient dense, fatty foods.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried fasting?


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