The word “Paleo” is short for Paleolithic, which refers to an era ending at least 10,000 years ago. It was a time period characterized by nomadic hunter/gatherer clans who lived before the advent of agriculture. The bulk of calories in their diet came from healthy fats, fish, and animals, whereas the physical bulk came from plants. Medical anthropologists consider them the healthiest humans to have ever inhabited the earth. They were healthy, despite short life expectancies that resulted from infectious disease, accidents, and childbirth-related deaths. Another benefit of the hunter/gatherer lifestyle was the hard work and physical activity required to survive, traits that are woefully absent in modern society.
Mediterranean refers to an eating style that has been practiced for many thousands of years in the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. If olives are grown in a particular region, the diet of those who dwell therein is typically a Mediterranean-type diet. Scientists started to notice that longer life expectancy and reduced susceptibility to chronic disease were characteristic of the region’s inhabitants, and researchers largely attributed these significant health benefits to their diet.
The Okinawan diet is eaten on islands located off mainland Japan. The longevity benefits enjoyed by Okinawans is thought to be related to their healthy lifestyle, which includes a traditional diet that is low in calories yet nutritionally dense.
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These 3 diets form the basis of the Nutrition plan featured in “Healthy Dynamic Living: Utilizing Lifestyle Lessons from Your Ancestors to Promote Healthy Aging and Ultimate Wellness.” This book is available for free download on my web site http://www.waynecoolidge.com