HEALTH NEWSLETTER #20

EVO•TEE -
EVOLUTIONARY THINKING, EATING AND EXERCISING

1st January 2017

Happy NEW YEAR friend! 

For many people, Christmas is a magical time of the year, but for others, it can be thoroughly depressing. Did you over-indulged this Christmas? Are you feeling annoyed or down about gaining weight? Perhaps thinking, "how did I end up here again?" If so you're not alone, I've certainly been there.

For me this year was different. This year I saw someone I love stuck in a hospital, The experience put a lot into perspective and made me do a lot of thinking. It made me consider the positive and negative aspects of my obsession with health. But it's also showed me how much I take my own sanity for granted.

When we boil life down, our bodies are simply a vessel for our incredibly complex but delicate minds. Which is why I place so much importance on mastering my own thinking. Being healthy isn't just about knowing what food is good and what is bad. Being healthy is about the relationship with ourselves and the habits we create.

During the festive period, we have a break from the norm, which is healthy for the psyche but often unhealthy for the body. But then the health of the body affects the health of the mind. So after an indulgent Christmas, we are often driven to make New Year's Resolutions, that don't always last very long.

If this year you resolve to master your own health, I implore you to keep it simple. Set bold targets but be realistic, your willpower will fail if you try to do too much at once. Work on just ONE habit at a time and build momentum throughout the year. And no matter how many times you fall off the waggon, progress is only ever achieved by keeping on.

To read more about habits click here: http://www.evotee.co.uk/blog//hacking-healthy-habits



EVOLUTIONARY WISDOM

Today's newsletter will introduce you to a blog that explains why it's so hard to be healthy. It discusses a fundamental aspect of health - Evolutionary Mismatches. In this article, I wrote about the Mismatch Theory and five evolutionary mismatches. The more I've understood these aspects of our biology and psychology the easier it's become to be healthy.

Knowing what not to eat is one thing. Understanding why you still eat things knowing they are unhealthy is a whole new ball game!

So here's the big picture...

Our ancestors:

  • walked several miles a day
  • ate a varied diet, loaded with nutrients and fibre
  • lived in small tribes, in tune with natural rhythms.

Today, many of us:

  • are predominantly sedentary
  • eat processed food and
  • live in built up environments, surrounded by strangers.

This difference has given us bulging waistlines, a proliferation of preventable disease and declining mental health. Technology has sped so far ahead of our biology, that we are struggling to keep up. But until technology saves the day, it's time we learnt to master our body and mind. And nothing makes sense in biology, except in the light of evolution.

Credit: Flickr Have you ever thought about the darker side of keeping animals in captivity? Some argue that modern humans are a domesticated species living in captivity. And as a result we suffer just like animals in captivity.

Credit: Flickr

Have you ever thought about the darker side of keeping animals in captivity? Some argue that modern humans are a domesticated species living in captivity. And as a result we suffer just like animals in captivity.

What is The Mismatch Theory?

The mismatch theory explains how evolutionary adaptations occur in response to our environment. When our environment changes we are left with old adaptations that no longer serve us.

Nobel Prize winner and paleo-anthropologist Daniel Lieberman writes in The Story of the Human Body that:

“No organism is primarily adapted to be healthy, long-lived, happy, or to achieve many other goals for which people strive.”

The five mismatches you'll learn about in this blog are:

  1. Why we have such a sweet tooth
  2. Why we're fearful of strangers and foreigners
  3. Why we love instant gratification so much
  4. Why we get fat and
  5. Why we should spend more time in nature. 

Click on the picture below to learn more:


As ever, thanks for taking the time to read my work and I hope it provides you with the insight you need to become healthier and happier.

Your feedback is always welcome, so don't be shy and don't forget to forward this email onto friends and loved ones. The healthier we all are, the better the world will be, for everyone.

All the best

James @

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