Episode 3: Food for Thought with Nora Gedgaudas
The best case scenario for healthy, longer lives is when our DNA matches the environment we are born into and live in for the duration of our lives. Sadly, our culture and environments are so far away from what we evolved to be adapted to and our health has suffered tremendously. While rewilding is not just a diet plan, it is important to study and understand the baseline needs of our bodies, so that we can carefully measure the trade-offs of living in a very different world from that of our most recent ancestors.
To learn about the most adapted food expectations of our bodies, I turned to the expertise of Nora Gedgaudas. Nora is a leading expert in understanding the evolutionary expectations of the human body, and specifically, the human brain in terms of diet. As a neuroscientist, she has a unique understanding of the brain and body, and how to eat in a way that is more aligned with the expectations in our DNA. Today, Nora and I will specifically be talking about the history of *what* humans have eaten and how that has shaped our bodies expectations in terms of nutrition. Toward the end of the conversation we spoke a little bit about what we can do to eat this way today.
The Expensive-Tissue Hypothesis: The Brain and the Digestive System in Human and Primate Evolution by Leslie C. Aiello
Man the Fat Hunter – Miki Ben-Dor
Stable Isotopic Analysis Research of the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology Dr. Michael Richards
Weston Price Foundation
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