LESS than two weeks into 2014, it's probably a safe bet to say that many are already wavering, if not giving up completely, on their New Year's diet and fitness resolutions.
If you are still resolving to continue your new diet and exercise program but tempted to quit, or may have already caved and are wondering what could motivate you to get back to a healthy new lifestyle, ask yourself, "What would Grok do?"
Do you know Grok?
Grok is the model primal human from 10,000 years ago, as imagined by health and fitness author Mark Sisson in his 2009 book, "The Primal Blueprint."
Grok lived in an era that is completely strange to us. No Facebook, no iphone, no fast-food drive through. How he survived is beyond the comprehension of any teenager today.
Grok lived before the advent of agriculture. That means, no eating of grain or soybeans or any farmed product, as in no pizza, linguini, chocolate milk, or even coarse bread.
Therein lies why, as Sisson theorizes, Grok and his family were much healthier than many of us are today. The human body evolved over two million years, Sisson says, largely by eating fruits, nuts, tubers, berries, birds, fish, insects and mammals. Agriculture, meanwhile, has been around for only about 10,000 years, far too short of time for the human digestive system to effectively evolve to this "new" way of eating.
Grok's menu — as well as a lack of tools such as farm tractors to harvest plants and rifles to kill fast running mammals — required an active hunter/gatherer existence, where humans foraged, wandered, scouted, migrated, climbed, swam, ran, threw and whatever else to obtain limited quantities of food for their meals.
So much for the idea of sitting in front of the TV eating Chinese takeout.
But how does all this affect your New Year's diet and exercise resolution? Be more like Grok, Sisson says.
While food today is certainly more plentiful thanks to agriculture, the quality of the food many modern humans eat is worse than ever, Sisson says. Many human-made products are foreign to our genes and disturb the normal, healthy function of our body when ingested, he says.
While we all know the big offenders such as sugars, carbonated drinks, and heavily processed foods, Sisson also points to wheat and flour products, such as bread, pasta, crackers, baked goods and more.