Some of you will disagree with this, though having spent the last 3 days throwing up and involuntarily ‘number two-ing’ I’m going to go with my gut on this one.
This post is inspired by 5 days in the Sierra Nevada, Colombia and a well timed blog post by the Metabolic Effect…
One of their most recent posts was in reference to the Paleo diet, which is, in short a cave man way of eating. Quoted from ModernPaeleo.com “The core of the paleo approach to health is the diet: we eschew grains, sugars, and modern vegetable oils in favor of high-quality meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables.” I’d say it like this: if it grows in the ground, has ‘parents’ or grows on a tree in the country you’re in then eat it.
I’m into Paleo. Well, almost all of it, I do eat (yes eat) fruit that is native to the country I’m living in, when it’s in season.
Here’s the bit about animals:
Zookeepers learned early on that animals like lemurs and monkeys could be kept alive by feeding them a basic ‘monkey chow’. However, in order to thrive, reproduce and live an exceptional life, they would need to replicate the diet the animal would naturally eat in the wild. Obvious right? So why are we humans chowing down on refined sugars, cereal and chemically altered oils?
When these animals were fed the generic ‘monkey chow’ they developed chronic diseases and rarely if ever reproduce. Sound familiar?
Feed a piece of meat to a horse and it will not thank you for it. Likewise offer a lion some hay and it’s going to bite the hand that feeds.
Horses have flat grinding teeth and a large gut to handle a fibrous vegetarian diet of grasses and shrubs. Conversely, lions as carnivores have fangs, claws and a smaller gut – perfect for meat, marrow, bones and organs.
“The genetic makeup of each of these animals has been shaped by the foods found in their environmental niches.” (Metabolic Effect, 2012)
When an animal eats food it’s not evolutionarily designed to eat, dissonance occurs between the newly introduced foods and the animals genetic profile.
If the animal continues to eat unfamiliar foods, this dissonance will ultimately cause illness, disease, and dysfunction.
Let’s get eating, of all things right…
You’re feeling energetic? Do you wake up full of beans? Or… maybe something is going on that the doctor can’t quite put his finger on? If you fart a lot you probably need to remove something from your diet. If you’re fatigued you might need to remove or add something to your diet. My advice here is do your own food & flatulence diary, then at the end of the month take a look at how your feeling and what you’ve been eating. Then, for lack of a better word – refine it.
And… of course, if you well and strong then nice work – you’re on the right track! Remember, you can always evolve your eating and training.
So hang on, what to eat?
Does it grow in the ground? Have parents or grow on trees?
For more of the science and details I highly recommend you check out Metabolic Effect
http://people.jmu.edu/rennarrj/critical_thinking.htm for the image
https://www.facebook.com/metaboliceffect/posts/10150502280686893 for the zookeeper blog post
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