Are You Evolving Nutritionally_

Do you believe in evolution? Are you of the school of thought that the body has grown more intricate and complex throughout the eons of time that life has existed on earth? If so, then for those of you with an interest and love for nutrition, I find it useful to ask what I believe is a powerfully underrated dietary question:

Are we still evolving nutritionally?

Most people, experts and scientists tend to proceed under the assumption that we have stopped and stabilized from the standpoint of evolution. This is us – a couple of arms and legs, a bunch of organs, a nice looking brain, 5 good senses, language capability, an immune system that works overtime to keep us healthy, and some interesting organs of pleasure that keep us entertained and procreating. What more could a highly developed monkey want?

In terms of nutrition, many experts assume that the answer to the question “what should we eat” is based upon our evolutionary past. Well, here’s what we used to eat, here’s the diet we evolved upon, here’s the DNA we’ve inherited, so that’s where all our nutritional answers must be hiding – in the nooks and crannies of our genetics. And this is certainly useful and true, but I suspect there’s way more to the story. Consider this possibility then:

We are still evolving spiritually, emotionally, and nutritionally.

In other words, our DNA is changing as we speak. Really. In fact, we may be at one of those speedy times in evolution when environmental and internal pressures push us to progress and mutate with the pedal to the metal. In the last 150 years – just a blink of an eye in terms of the vastness of evolutionary time – our diet has changed profoundly. And not coincidentally, so too has mean body height, body weight, muscle mass, bone size, life expectancy, and more. Increased amounts of calcium, protein, vitamin D, and vitamin C have been directly linked to these changes in the body.

Think of your life as one big beautiful genetic experiment. Meaning, we’re still growing and morphing. We can literally evolve the body through the experimentation we do with supplements, herbs, vitamins, amino acids, acupuncture, chiropractic, weight lifting, meditating, running, a vegan diet, a vegetarian diet, a raw food diet, macrobiotics, fasting, energy medicine, and so much more. And perhaps we may be performing various genetic experiments that are de-evolving the body – diets high in junk food, sugar, poor quality fat, artificial foods, excessive use of prescription drugs, lack of movement, pollution, stress, and more. These factors can literally impact our offspring for generations to come.

For me, this perspective is so important because it transcends the question of  “what should I eat, what’s the one perfect diet?” When we embrace the bigger dimension of evolution, we immediately find ourselves face-to-face with one of the most profound laws of nature:

Everything changes.

And day to day, moment to moment, meal to meal, you are that change. Your body is the proving grounds for your own personal experiment in healthy living, thinking, and eating. Perhaps one of the next steps in nutritional evolution is each of us learning through awareness, study, intuition, and body wisdom the diet that is right for our own unique evolutionary trajectory. Who do you want to be in this world? Why are you here? What is your purpose? For me, these are some of the questions that are worthy of our deepest nutritional consideration. I’d love to hear your thoughts. How can the way you eat support your highest intentions for the life you’ve been given?

Warm regards,
Marc David
Institute for the Psychology of Eating
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  • Fran Stockley

    Hi Marc 🙂
    Your words have been in my head and heart for the last few months~thanks for giving them a voice! I am with you.
    What if we took the emphasis away from food as the only most most important means to attaining vibrant health and instead focused in building the connection with our intuition, being concerned more with our vibrational health rather than breaking it down to a particle level. I feel this is what we are all learning together-science is not where we will find answers for greater expansion. Trusting our selves and what feels good to us as individuals is how we will find our own unique answers for the future.
    With love and appreciation for you and your work!
    Fran 🙂

    • KarnaN

      Hi Fran,
      Thank you for your sincere and profound words – I especially love your sentence “Trusting our selves and what feels good to us as individuals is how we will find our own unique answers for the future”.
      I couldn’t agree more!
      Warmly,
      Karna

  • LiZa

    There should be a button for Love-it! not just like.

    You hit it on this one Marc, Learning to trust our own uniqueness for what nutrition and when our body needs it is brilliant. Most of us know if we want something we must count on ourselves for it so why would we turn to “experts” when it comes to good nutrition? We have been given the most glorious real live “test tube” our body to experiment with yet sadly most folks still want to be told what to eat and when by an outside authority. How silly does it sound to ask a government what to eat?

    • KarnaN

      Hi Liza,
      Karna here, Marc asked me to get back to you.
      Thank you for your insights, and keep on spreading them.
      We couldn’t agree more.
      Warmly,
      Karna

  • Very interesting article. I agree that we’re still evolving, but I’m concerned that medical intervention has reached a point where natural selection isn’t a very big part of that equation any more. What does that mean? Instead of fewer allergies to the “modern” foods, for example, I think we’ll see more. Somebody with severe celiac disease can now grow to be an adult and have kids. So is really it possible for humans to evolve? Sure, but the traits that can’t compete out in the big bad world of nature are being nurtured and continued thanks to modern medicine. It’s a double-edged sword.

  • Marc David

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for your responses and I hope this article has motivated you to evolve nutritionally in your own ways. Keep up the passion in this work!

    Warmly,

    Marc David

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Marc David
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Marc David is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Nutritional Psychology, and the author of the classic and best-selling works Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. His books have been translated into over 10 languages, and his approach appeals to a wide audience of eaters who are looking for fresh, inspiring and innovative messages about food, body and soul. He lectures internationally, and has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company. Marc is also the co-founder of the Institute for Conscious Sexuality and Relationship.