Are we eating enough?
Our standard western diet is very different today to what is was 10,000 years ago.
What we would have been eating back then was a diet predominantly made up of lean meat such as wild game ( birds, reptiles and animals), fish and shellfish. As well as plants, seeds, nuts and root vegetables. Not only that, the energy we would have had to spend to catch or forage for that food was enormous. We would have eaten seasonally, organically and there were periods of feast and famine.
Our genetic ancestors didn't have access to bread, biscuits and cakes. We did start growing grains such as old forms of wheat, corn, millet and rice but it was not until the mechanisation of farming in the mid 1700's. People had to work less strenuously for their food. This trend has continued exponentially, so that today we barely need to lift a finger to fill our stomachs.
Our bodies really haven't caught up. Evolution is a very slow process... We really don't suit the diet we eat today. As a Naturopath, I see so many people who are suffering significant illness as a direct result of their diet. So many people eat a diet that is too high in refined carbohydrates and it is deeply affecting their health.
For example, there is a vast difference in the amount of protein in a typical breakfast today (cereal with low fat milk = 8 - 10 grams of protein) compared to a more traditional breakfast of protein and plant foods (2 eggs, some mushrooms, avocado, spinach and tomatoes = 20 - 25 grams of protein).
If you don't eat again until lunch time, and you have only eaten the cereal for breakfast, you will start to feel tired, foggy in the brain and maybe even grumpy. You may start to crave stimulants such as coffee or sugar to get you back up to the top of the roller-coaster. Your body releases adrenalin to give you the energy you need to function until your next meal.
The long term effects of stress hormones such as adrenalin on our bodies range from things like indigestion and insomnia, all the way through to lowered immunity, lowered cognitive function, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalances and infertility.
The best thing we can do to avoid these side-effects is to eat a diet that includes good quality proteins at every meal. We should try to eat our best meals at the beginning and middle parts of our day, and not over-load our digestive systems before we go to bed.
Try incorporating this philosophy into your daily diet and you will feel more energetic, more focussed and better able to cope with stressful situations when they do occur…..
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