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History of Hunter/Gatherers in Canada
The Paleo lifestyle is about reaching back to our roots, going back to a time when the food we ate wasn’t full of chemicals, sugar, processed junk.. the type of foods our body doesn’t know what to do with. These aren’t real food!
During the Paleolithic Era, the food was real, it was hunted, gathered and everything that was consumed was found in nature.
The food was simple, nutrient dense and our body thanked us for eating this food by keeping us healthy and giving us energy.
The Paleolithic era was a long long time ago.. starting over 2 million years ago and ending about 10 thousand years ago.
Our most modern-day Paleo or Hunter/Gatherer Canadians can be found if you look North, way way North. I’m talking Arctic Canada.
The fact that the millions of square kilometers of tundra made agriculture impossible is the reason why hunting became the core of the Inuit culture and history.
Inuit elders today still recall living on the land, raising families in igloo’s and hide tents and following the animals they hunted with the seasons, for clothing and nourishment.
The traditional diet of Inuit is unusually low in carbohydrates and high in fat and animal protein. A diet that has sustained Inuit for thousands of years and enabled them to survive and thrive in Canada’s harsh Arctic climate.
In the past 60 years Inuit have seen many changes. Advancement in technology and transportation has enabled the introduction of Western “Qallunaat” foods into their diet.
Inuit never had access to these foods in substantial quantities until recently(the last 50 years or so).
Foods such as grains, sugars, dairy, fruits and vegetables are now found in grocery stores around the Arctic. The unhealthier the food, the cheaper it is.. making the unhealthy food a regular part of the diet of Inuit today.
Inuit believe and are determined in proving that their diet has many health benefits over Western food.
A Traditional Inuit diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and protein from fish(arctic char), seal, walrus, caribou, geese, ptarmigan, eggs, grass, tubers, roots, stems, berries and seaweed. These foods give them the energy they need to hunt, helps keeps them strong and agile and most importantly helps to keep them warm.
In the past 60 years, since straying away from those traditional foods, Inuit have seen a dramatic increase in diabetes, obesity, cancers, tooth decay, heart disease and other diseases and health problems.
About Site Author Tiana MacLeod
To me the Paleo diet isn’t just a new fad or a way to lose weight it’s about getting healthy and staying that way.
I’ve never been a dieter and I have spent most of my life eating whatever the heck I wanted and thinking I was getting away with it.
Finally, It caught up to me and lucky for me my body was telling me to pay attention.
Lucky you say? Our body is amazing in many ways but what I find amazing is that it has it’s own way of telling us when something is wrong, warning signs. It is our job to take notice. Our body gives us warning signs for all illnesses from a cold(tickle in the throat) to a stroke(numbness, blurred vision, slurred speech)… We know when something isn’t right, we know our own body… I feel lucky because I was able to figure it out and recognize those warning signs before it got worse…
When I was a kid I had some fat around the stomach, a spare tire I called it and my mom told me it was baby fat. Well that baby fat never went away.. it stayed with me through high school, college and when I hit those college years I added the freshmen 15 to those love handles.
When I finished college, I headed up North to Iqaluit, Nunavut to work for a few years. While living in Nunavut my health dropped dramatically and with that I gained even more weight. I was inactive and eating worse than ever. Pop, chip, cookoo was a term I heard a lot in Nunavut, it meant a meal of pop, a bag of chips and a chocolate bar. The fact that this is a common term in Nunavut tells you just how healthy the food in the North can be.
In 2004, with a weakened immune system due to poor nutrition, I managed to contract tuberculosis. A common infectious disease in Nunavut, linked with overcrowding and malnutrition. Tuberculosis in Nunavut has a rate of infection 60 times higher than the rest of Canada.
After 9 months of treatment I was free of Tuberculosis but was welcomed with chronic infections and digestive problems. Diagnosed a few years later with IBS I was told to by my doctor to eat more fiber.
In 2008 I was on a mission to become healthier and I started changing the way I ate, I switched from regular food(White rice and bread) to whole grain, cut down on sugar, ate more fruits and vegetables and increased my fiber and started working out at the gym. I felt worse only lost a bit of weight, and I was confused.
After researching I found out that my symptoms were likely caused by food intolerances, which led me to the path of going gluten free, I felt better but during my research I found information about how healthy and nutritious coconut oil was(a saturated fat) how can you eat fat, lose weight and not have a heart attack? This led me to continue my research where I found Paleo. The science behind it is what made sense so I decided to try it (I was feeling better but not fantastic) I went grain free, then dairy and finally sugar free.
I’ve since lost 60 lbs, with a bit more to lose and I’m still working out which foods cause problems. I’m healing my gut through diet and I have a long road ahead of me before I recover from years of eating poorly and from all the damage the infections and medications did to my body.
Like most people who have found Paleo, I eat this way to regain my health. Weight-loss is welcome side effect of eating healthy. Paleo isn’t a fad diet, it is a way of eating I discovered when conventional medicine and nutrition wasn’t working.