I have been eating a mostly paleo diet for over a year now, but lately I've been thinking more and more about evolution, and whether we should evolve the idea of paleo to move past the paleolithic era and into the modern era.
Humans have been evolving since our paleo ancestors, as I'm sure we can agree on - for example, some people can digest lactose and others cannot. Some people are naturally skinny, and others are naturally big, like when you compare Kenyan people to Inuit people.
Don't we need to look past paleo, further into the future, and research our individual family lineage to better understand what our optimal diets should be (everyone's would be slightly different)?
So if, for example, my ancestors have been eating rice and beans for 20 generations, does that mean that my body would be primed and optimized to continue to eat rice and beans? At least a little bit anyway.
Evolution does not stop. Humans are still evolving today. I believe epigenetics explains that during individual lifetimes, our environment and lifestyle affects how our DNA is expressed, how are genes are used, and those changes are then passed down to offspring.
Why should we discount the past 12,000 years of humans eating grains?
What will my lifestyle choices and eating habits do for my offspring's genes/epigenome?
How can each individual find their one true perfect diet?