Nature Flipped on its Head (2 of 4)
For context, please read YESTERDAY’S POST before this one.
In times long gone, the food addict’s heightened drive to seek out calories served us well. It gave us the impetus to find and develop quicker, easier, more efficient ways to get food. We were rewarded for creativity, problem solving and creating shortcuts in the search for calories. Being good at all these things meant we were more likely to survive and we were more likely to be good at them if we had a heightened internal motivation to consume calories. Being able to consume more calories while simultaneously expending less was the ultimate. If you could get more food than everyone else while only doing 90% of the work then you and your descendants had it made in the shade.
Modern humans have totally flipped the script on our evolution, to the point where those who have the best ability to go against these survival instincts are now more likely to live healthy lives into old age. In a time when unlimited calories can be handed to us through the windows of our cars, we need to adapt.
We need to accept the situation we’ve found ourselves in and understand that our natural drive for calories doesn’t serve us in the way it was intended.
When I first came to this realisation it was very daunting indeed. To think that I was fighting an uphill battle against millions of years of evolution was almost too much bear. I felt like I was doomed to be a food addict forever and there was nothing I could do about it, so why even bother trying? I truly didn’t think it was possible to ‘quit food’ but I’d already tried everything else, I was fresh out of other options so I had to give it a try.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you about a couple of important lessons I learned along the way.
P.P.S. I recently contributed to a cool article about the importance of fibre for heart health, check it out by clicking HERE