In the Habits of Health System, we talk a great deal about our caveman programming—the software and hardware leftover from when we were hunters and gatherers worried about stumbling into a saber tooth tiger every time we turned a corner. Our bodies developed to survive in those very specific and harsh conditions, where food was scarce and we had to move a lot each day to find it.
Today, for much of the developed world, food is a plentiful resource, and we can spend an entire day without walking more than a few steps. The challenge is that our bodies still store energy (as fat) as if we might not have a meal tomorrow and because they expect us to cover great distances to find our next meal. Our programming doesn’t know that many of us barely leave the couch and that the refrigerator is a room away.
This is why we talk so much about Habits of Healthy Eating and Habits of Healthy Movement.
Though those habits play a significant role in our journey to optimal health, there are other parts of our caveman programming that are important to remember as well.
One of the biggest: Humans are social creatures. We learned early-on that our chances of survival were best when we worked together, and our hardware and software adapted to support that. When engaging with friends and family and with our communities, we actually experience a wealth of health rewards. These rewards are so powerful that they are critical for optimal wellbeing, on-par with what you eat and how much you exercise.
Ingredients 1-¾ pound (28 oz) large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined (leave tails on); if using frozen, fully cooked shrimp use 1-1/3 lbs (about 21 oz) (either starting portion should yield three 7-oz servings) 3 8-oz packages of House Tofu Shirataki brand angel hair noodles 1 cup (2 small 2-2/5”) fresh or canned tomatoes, diced (if using canned tomatoes, drain liquid) ½ cup (1 small 2-½” x 2”) green peppers, chopped 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp lime juice 1 clove garlic, pressed
Seasoning blend: ¼ tsp salt or salt substitute ¼ tsp ground black pepper ¼ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp dried parsley flakes ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp paprika 1/8 tsp dried thyme 1/8 tsp onion powder
Directions If using frozen shrimp, thaw. De-vein and peel shrimp. Make the seasoning blend by combining all the spices in a small bowl. Drain liquid from noodles and rinse thoroughly, set aside. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Once pan is heated, add olive oil and stir in pressed garlic. Immediately add shrimp, green bell peppers, and lime juice. Sprinkle the entire seasoning blend over shrimp and peppers. Stir. Sauté shrimp and peppers 3-6 minutes. Add drained noodles and continue to cook shrimp, peppers, and noodles an additional 2-4 minutes or until shrimp begins to brown and peppers are al dente (tender-crisp). Remove from heat, toss with tomatoes.