paleo diet
06 Dec

This weekend Doctor Who, one of the longest-running and most influential British television programs of all-time, celebrated its 50th anniversary with the sort of pomp and circumstance usually reserved for a grandiose national event, such as a royal jubilee or the Olympic Games.  The 50th anniversary special was simulcast across the world, and approximately 77 million people tuned in to watch the beloved Doctor—and more than one incarnation of him, in fact—save the day once again.

Not bad for a show which began 50 years ago on a shoestring budget and with a first story taking place with cavemen in the general vicinity of the Paleolithic Age.  The cavemen in this story seemed relatively physically fit as two of them bicker over who should be the “firemaker” and leader of the tribe (thus proving that partisan politics and grandstanding politicians are not an invention of the Twitter age; we’ve simply “perfected” such monstrosities.)

Were these first adversaries of the Doctor both results of the Paleo diet?

What is the Paleo diet?

For those not in the know, the Paleolithic—or “Paleo”—diet is a dietary plan which posits that modern food processing techniques as well as several modern cooking and food-borne techniques and substances are all, in fact, sources of sickness and malnutrition.  Rather than looking for a futuristic, sci-fi answer to the problem of proper nutrition, the Palo diet posits that the answers and blueprint to model nutrition reside in our past, and our distant past at that.  Thus, as you may have guessed by now, the Paleo diet attempts to recreate the diet of our distant ancestors in the far-flung past of the Paleolithic Age.

What, precisely, does that diet consist of?

Well, if you’re a fish lover, or a fan of “green” or “all-natural” diets, you’ll still be able to eat plenty of your favorite foods on the Paleo diet.  Since this diet refers back to the presumed diet of our distant ancestors, from hundreds of thousands of years ago, back when we lived primarily in hunter-gatherer societies, fish, which would have featured prominently in the diets of many groups adjacent to the sea or a large body of water, are a common enough dish, and a mainstay of the Paleo diet.  The same may be said of various pasture-fed animals and forms of meat.

It’s veggies, however, and legumes in particular, that have made the Paleo diet so famous and so popular with vegetarians and those who enjoy green and all-natural diets.  Veggies feature prominently in the diet; aside from legumes, which may arguably be seen as the “poster-food” of the diet, roots, fungi, nuts, fruits such as berries, and other similar fruits all make up parts of the Paleolithic diet.

Doctor Who has made a name for itself by successfully balancing interest in the past and future, all while remaining relevant in the present and presenting us with powerful, interesting characters and plots which serve our purposes now.

Will the Paleo diet last?  Only time will tell.