Monday, January 11, 2010

Cavemen Make a Comeback

Modern Day Cavemen

I read an article in this past Sunday's Style Section of The New York Times called "The New Age Cavemen and the City" by Joseph Goldstein. Apparently there are a group of people out there staying true to their Paleolithic ancestors, aka cavemen, by eating large quantities of meat and fasting between meals. The fast is to emulate the period of time cavemen had to wait to eat between hunts.

The article followed a man named John Durant, 26, who lives in New York. He has a three-foot-tall refrigerated meat locker in his living room that contains organ meat and dear ribs. Mhmm...delicious. John avoids eating all foods that were unavailable before the invention of agriculture. Following this type of lifestyle, he believes in exercising as the cavemen did, which include a lot of jumping and sprinting exercises. Another person who lives his life in a similar fashion, Erwan Le Corre, owns an exercise retreat in West Virginia. At this retreat he offers workouts ranging from "scooting around on all fours, leaping between boulders, and playing catch with stones".

Another common activity that the modern day caveman partakes in is giving blood. Their theory behind this is that back in the day, certain hardships meant that cavemen frequently lost blood due to their rough lifestyle. Therefore the modern day caveman gives blood around every three months.

Today, some physicians are even recommending a milder version of this diet. Upper East Side physician, Grant Macaulay, suggests the book “Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordian, a professor at Colorado State University. A milder form of this diet may not be so crazy since cavemen and the modern day paleos have very strong immune systems and are lean and fit. Could it really be possible that cavemen are making a comeback?

John Durant with his refrigerator stocked full of organ meat, yum!

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