Ancestral Fitness… How Far We’ve Come…

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With so much focus on ancestral diets, it is important to note that the nutrition piece is only part if resyncing ourselves with out genetic coding. Physical activity has no doubt decreased in modern society as we continue to advance technologically.

The dreams of the past of when computers and machines would make our lives much easier and increase the quality of living did not come true for most of us. Now don’t get me wrong, sure we can communicate at lightning fast speeds, automate production and travel more efficiently (even though I’m still waiting for my hover board from Back to the Future.) But, as our technological means have increased, so have the expectations of our production. We are working as many, if not more hours than before except now we are tethered to our devices sitting at desks, on planes, trains or in automobiles. Even the visit to a cubicle down the row has been replaced with a text message or email. Add in the morning and afternoon commutes, it’s no wonder over 35% of Americans are now obese. Read that again, over 35% of Americans are obese, not just overweight.

While it would be true to say that America has gotten lazy and simply let the blame lie there, in many cases we have actually just hoarded too many to-dos and are left with our time management cluttered and we don’t know where or how to fit functional fitness into our routines. We’ve forgotten how to move.

Regardless of ones view on the evolution vs creation debate, our ability to move is not only something we should not take for granted, it is a gift we should celebrate as a species! I mean, can you think of another animal on this planet capable of what we are? Crawling, walking, running, jumping, ducking, dodging, climbing, swimming, diving, pulling, pushing, lifting, throwing, catching etc… And with the correct apparati, you can even throw gliding and flying in there. You get my point, we are truly the Swiss Army Knife of biological organisms.

I’m really excited to spend the next several weeks revisiting a study done by the esteemed Dr. Loren Cordain (pioneer of the paleo movement) and colleagues on how fitness was incorporated in the lives of our ancestors and why it is still possible, and critically necessary, to revive this “movement” in our lives today.

Paleo Brownies and Marshmallows???

Who doesn’t love their sweets from time to time. A recent camping trip was no exception bringing back memories of making s’mores on an open fire. But who says we can’t still have fun? Hell, I think we can have more fun because we don’t have to be stuck with the guilt and worry about what was in what we just ate!!!

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Brownies

Ingredients

½ cup coconut oil (solid)
½ cup good quality cocoa powder, plus some to dust after baking
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup coconut milk
2 tbs honey
1 egg
1 cup almond meal

Method

1. Preheat oven to 325° F

2. Place the coconut oil (softened at room temp), cocoa powder and cinnamon in a bowl and combine well. Add the coconut milk, honey, egg and almond meal and mix until combined

3.  Line a small brownie tin or cake loaf tin with baking paper. Spoon the brownie mixture into the tin and smooth the surface of the mixture

4. Place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator for 60 minutes

4. Dust the brownies with cocoa powder and cut to serve.

 

Marshmallows

Ingredients

1 cup Honey

1 cup Water

4 tbsp Gelatin

1 tsp Vanilla

 

Method

1. Place gelatin in bottom of large mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 c water on top and whisk to combine. Set aside.

2. Pour the honey and remaining 1/2 c water in a small saucepan over medium heat.

3. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring to make sure it doesn’t burn or boil over.

4. Transfer the hot honey mixture into a glass pitcher to make it easier to pour. Turn mixer to medium-high in the bowl with the gelatin. SLOWLY pour a steady stream of hot honey, making sure the stream of liquid hits the side of the bowl first so it doesn’t curdle the gelatin.

5. Have patience…keep pouring until all everything is combined. Leave mixer on for 15 minutes with mixer covered with towel to prevent splattering. Add the vanilla about 2 minutes before it’s done.

6. Grease a 9×13 inch pan with coconut oil. When the marshmallow cream is whipped, spread it into the pan. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

7. Cut into size and shape desired.