Posts Tagged ‘caveman’

There are (at least) two ways of dealing with temptation: Convince yourself that what tempts you is disgusting or learn to just let go and move on.

Some people avoid foods they shouldn’t eat by somehow convincing themselves that the food doesn’t really appeal to them. Suddenly, food they used to love like mashed potatoes, rice and bread are repulsive, disgusting, tasteless, boring or whatever. I have never learned to brainwash myself like this, nor do I want to.

It is possible to look at something tempting, tell yourself “delicious but I can’t have,” let go, and move on.

Same with other temptations. Mother Nature programmed girls to start looking for a mate when they reach puberty, and to look for the best man to provide for and protect them and their children. That would not be pimply 16 year old Grok Junior. It would be someone typically about 10 years older. And if she could snag 40 year old Chief Grok, so much the better. And this would not work unless men were receptive to Grokette’s tempting them. Any straight man who claims that cute teens don’t tempt the caveman in him is lying, probably only to himself.

Perfectly natural for cave men and women. Not appropriate for us. So, we can be outraged, disgusted or whatever by couples where one person is significantly older than the other. Or we can say, “Not for me but none of my business as long as both persons are of legal age.” We can feel the temptation of someone younger and say “Cute but I’m not a caveman/woman.”

I suppose the people who use the disgust method of dealing with temptation would say it is safer. I disagree. It seems better to learn how to acknowledge the temptation then let go of it.

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There is endless arguing about what our hominid ancestors ate. Percentage of meat vs. plants. How much fat. Etc. Really, our ancestors scavenged for whatever was available, which differed immensely from era to era and region to region.

This quotation is from Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, who, with her parents and brother, lived among the Bushmen when their society was like it had been for perhaps tens of thousands of years. Not hardly our stereotype of “cavemen” but they may be very close to our ancestors.

The Ju/wasi ate about eighty kinds of plants, including twenty-five kinds of roots, seven or eight kinds of berries, five kinds of nuts, sixteen or seventeen kinds of fruits, three or four kinds of melons, four kinds of leaves of which two resembled spinach, eleven kinds of tree gum, and two kinds of beans from pods. They also ate palm hearts. The Old Way: A Story of the First People

The Bushmen also ate eland (antelope) and other game. Not picky eaters. Scavengers.

Draft Timeline
Based mostly on The Timeline of Dietary Shifts in the Human Line of Evolution by Ward Nicholson.
3.7 million years ago – Australopithecus afarensis (e.g. “Lucy”), first known hominid. Ate mostly plants and fruit, with some meat and insects.
2-3 million years ago – Glaciation. Breakup of African forests into a mosaic of riparian forests and grasslands (savannas).
2.3 to 1.5 million years ago – Homo habilis, first “true humans.” May have hunted or just scavenged meat left by better predators such as lions, and anything else they could find to eat. Percentage of meat in diet would have been fairly small either way.
1 million to 750,000 years ago – First controlled use of fire (usually from lightning) for cooking.
230,000 to 170,000 years ago – Homo erectus Better tools. More hunting, more meat.
<200,000 years ago. Humans and Neanderthals diverge from a common ancestor.
<200,000 to about 28,000 years ago – Homo sapiens neanderthalensis (Neanderthal subspecies) in Europe. Adapted to very cold weather. Fit our stereotype of “cavemen.” Hunted large animals. Didn’t eat a lot of veggies.
<200,000 years ago – First Homo sapiens sapiens (us). Two populations (East Africa and Southern Africa), separating about this time and remaining separate until around 40,000 years ago.
115,000 years ago. Ice age. Our Homo sapiens sapiens ancestors may have hunkered down by seashores, where the temperature is never extreme. Perhaps at the southwestern tip of Africa. If so, they ate what can be found by the sea, such as shellfish, shore birds, tubers, bulbs, corms and, IMHO, seaweed.
69,000 to 77,000 years ago. Toba monster volcanic eruption in Indonesia creates a year-long “volcanic winter” lasting from 10 years to 1000 years. It probably kills all Homo sapiens except for the small populations in Africa (perhaps only a few hundred).
60,000 to 40,000 years ago – Migration out of Africa to the whole world. Migration routes commonly along seashores. More seafood. The general opinion is that all of our direct ancestors came from Africa starting around 60,000 years ago.
>40,000 years ago. Some of our ancestors mated with Neanderthals.
Even if your ancestors went to Europe or other cold regions, like mine did, and went inland from the coast, that’s only at most 40,000 years of adaptation to a stereotypical “caveman” lifestyle.
10,000 years ago. The beginning of agriculture in a few places.

So, over 2 million years of scavenging, not “Me caveman. Me eat raw meat.” “Homo scavenger.” (I tried to find a Latin word for scavenger. No luck.)

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Avatar of me as an explorer in Africa.

This is an old, outdated site. When I made this WordPress site, my attitude was still a pigheaded “I ain’t givin’ up potatoes or tortillas or beans or rice. Fasting? I ain’t fasting when there is good food I could eat.” Etc. I have found that I can cut back on potatoes, white rice, beans and corn tortillas without dying. And I usually fast until around 11 am with no problem. My primary blog is now Ancestral Health Info.

Photo credit: Little Serengeti in Arusha National Park by Haplochromis July 2009. Our species evolved in this setting.

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