What would YOU eat if you were stuck out in the wild on your own, to live as long as you could, with nothing but ten survival items (and no gun)?
This is the premise of History Channel’s “Alone” show. It is riveting viewing. Ten individuals are send to different challenging wilderness locations to survive as well as they can, for as long as they can, with virtually nothing apart from a tent, sleeping bag, a knife, and a fire starter. They film their own footage, and they have to find whatever food they can to survive.
Last man – or woman – standing will win.
The show, which has run for a few seasons now, is a real eye-opener. Straight away you realise how calorie-rich our modern society is, and how different things much have been not so long ago in our history.
As you can imagine, some individuals don’t last very long at all, but some do – and their experiences are everything from heartbreaking to glorious.
Regardless of how long these people survive in the wild, their dietary experiences are all the same, they all live on the same things.
They fish, hunt, trap, gather greens, some insects, find a few berries. Mostly fishing.
Overnight they all become hunter-gatherers. And the diet they follow is the keto diet. Meat and plants, fish and plants, insects and plants. With the vast majority of their calories coming from animals.
When we watch the “Alone” show, we’re looking at our own history, and what we too would have eaten, not so long ago. The show teaches a new respect for the land, and illustrates brutally how far removed we have become from nature in our modern society.
I strongly suggest watching the show to catch a glimpse at what life might have been like – minus the cameras and the modern equipment, of course. But it does give a glimpse into how we may have eaten.
It also provides more strong evidence for what the natural human diet, outside of modern society, may be.
If you can’t access the show, Bear Grylls did similar survival shows which are available on YouTube. Look for them, and you’ll see the same dietary patterns emerging.
To my mind, the evidence is clear.