MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 12
Article views: 1
Latest Badges:

View all H2O's badges.

Back to Basics: Eat like a Caveman.

21 February 2013, 10:01

“You eat like a caveman”, is something I often hear from my loving wife. I take it as a compliment, because those prehistoric people, dwelling in caves for simple reasons, may not have been the most civilized people yet to have around for dinner, but when they ate, they enjoyed a healthy and varied diet with gusto. Just like me. For some reason though, I don’t think this is what my wife is trying to say…

Anyway, quite a few urbanites today have strayed away from this healthy and varied diet, we tend to eat too much and a lot of it is the so-called wrong kinds of food. You read and hear about it everywhere. There are a gazillion studies, intolerances, allergies, wrong foods, good foods, right foods, left foods and other health-food related thingamabobs. It appears something went haywire along the evolutionary line. People struggle to change their diet and life-styles, whether they try by choice or doctors’ advice. Luckily, there are also a gazillion options available to offer a helping hand. Naturally my personal favorite is the grunting caveman option…

The prehistoric hunter-gatherer used to go for long scenic hikes, shopping for veggies, roots, berries and other plant-like ingredients in the big supermarket we now call the bush. If they were lucky, they also found eggs, honey and other delicacies. Whilst happily gathering, these prehistoric people also kept their eyes open for the daily specials in the butchers’ section. They would track, stalk and ambush their prey. With any luck they would kill it too. I reckon the hunters’ rate of success was about fifty percent. In simpler words, they ate more veggies than worsies, patties and sosaties. Another good thing about living in those ‘healthy’ prehistoric days was that they hadn’t invented the deep fryer yet.

Most people don’t feel like walking around in the bush in search of breakfast, lunch or dinner, so we don’t. We do our hunting and gathering at the shops. Even though we can hunt pretty successfully at the butchers’ section, we should try to hunt there only every now and then. I’d recommend the modern prehistoric life-style of being a ‘weekday vegetarian’.

It’s simple, easy, budget-saving and treehugger-ish friendly. During the week, or any predetermined five days of the week, you can eat like a well fed vegetarian. There’s actually a bigger selection of plant-like products than there are types of meat available and they’re cheaper too. In the weekend you can literally splurge on protein. I like the idea of fish one day and something red and bloody the next, or vice versa. One of the best things is that during the week you have budget-saved enough in order to go for the ‘good stuff’ on your carnivorous weekend, just like our prehistoric friends.

This eating-plan, life-style, call it what you will, could work for anyone, except of course devout vegetarians and vegans. And you know what? We can indulge ourselves every now and then, again like our prehistoric friends. Sometimes they did run into a whole herd of beasts, take a couple down and have a proper little feast.

Overall the prehistoric hunter-gatherers were forced to moderate themselves due to ‘the luck of the hunt’, whereas us modern urbanites, we need to moderate ourselves, end of story.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
No.You're a handbag
Not All Muslims Are Terrorists

In the wake of several attacks around the world claimed by ISIS, Boko Haram and a variety of Al Qaeda affiliates, there's been a backlash against Muslims, and it's not fair.  Read more...

0 comments 1226 views
Submitted by
Bobby Shabangu
The Plight of Poverty in Zimbabwe

I'm looking at this photo that's trending on social media, of two Zimbabwean women who work at a butchery, and have been caught with stolen meat hidden on their bodies... Read more...

0 comments 467 views
Submitted by
Trudy Mhluli
Forgetting your roots Commissione...

Members of the Department of Correctional Services have for years been burdened with the fact that it’s National Commissioner that was serving the department lacked experienced and understanding of the circumstances under which its members are supposed to be performing at optimum levels with loyalty and dedication being appointed from outside of its own ranks. Read more...

0 comments 103 views
Submitted by
David Hill608
Terrorism is a consequence of the...

Terrorism is a consequence of the different types of environments that people are born into in the main and not until the root causes of terrorism are addressed in practical terms, the growth in terrorism will continue. Read more...

0 comments 56 views
State and institutions of higher ...

The debate around institutional autonomy and academic freedom is not new in the circles of students’ movement, university managers such as Vice – Chancellors and by the government through the Ministry of Higher Education.  Read more...

0 comments 75 views
Submitted by
Owen Simons
Kicking dust in the face of the P...

I would like to think of myself as a reasonable, and reasoned person.That is when my basic sense of what is right or wrong is not offended. Read more...

0 comments 825 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.