Not a new diet
This high fat diet that I teach is not new.
Traditional peoples throughout history have always eaten this way, what is new is the modern diet most people are told to be on now.
It doesn’t take a college nutrition education to know that most of the foods people are eating now are new to the human diet. Breakfast cereals, most candies and chips, and vegetable seed oils are new to the human diet and have been eaten less than one hundred years.
Another thing that is new to human food is the fruits and vegetables that we eat today. The fruits and vegetables we have today are very different than what our ancestors had. They have been altered to have a much higher carbohydrate content than their original species had. Some, like wheat have been almost completely genetically altered in the last 50 years. Just look at the apples of today, and if you’re old enough, remember the apples that we had when we were kids.
During the 1930’s, there was a dentist named Weston A. Price, who traveled the world studying traditional communities and their diets. He was fascinated by the fact that these people had good teeth and a healthy bone structure, especially the jaw bone which was wider and better formed than people in the industrialized nations and the pelvic bones that allowed women to have easier child birth.
He also found that these tradition societies had an almost complete lack of modern illnesses like heart disease, mental illness and diabetes.
He wrote a book about these people called “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”.
Dr. Price studied many peoples, from the traditional dairy farmers in Switzerland, to people in the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland who ate no dairy but lived off fish and oats, to the Eskimos, to Northern Native American (First Nations) tribes, to South Pacific Island peoples, to African tribes, to Australian Aborigines and traditional peoples of Peru in South America.
All these people had very different diets, but they all had a few things in common, they ate whole foods loaded with vitamins and minerals, they all ate animals and fish and they ate lots of healthy fats. Many of them ate the fatty internal organs of animals, some like the Masai of Africa lived off a diet of blood and milk, some like the Eskimos ate a mostly fatty diet. Of course, they ate vegetables, but their diet was based on the old traditional varieties of these plants.
A fantastic summary of the findings of Dr. Weston Price can be found in this article by Sally Fallon Morell:
Also, in Australia, Dr. Price book is in the public domain at the Australian Project Gutenberg:
It is not in the public domain in many other countries, so respect copyright laws in the nation you live in.
Most diets cause you to use “will power” to eat less, but this doesn’t work for long for most people. The LCHF (low carb/high fat) diet turns off the “out of control hunger urges” that you’ve struggled with all your life and gives you control, gives you freedom without using “will power”. This will enable to do what is called “intermittent fasting”.
Intermittent Fasting or Short-term fasting.
You need to learn about this wonderful and easy process of not eating and all the many things it can do to help you lose weight and reverse many of the health issues a high insulin level causes. The most complete source of information on intermittent fasting can be gained all in one convenient book, which I highly recommend. I’ve written a critical review of some of the parts, but I still think “Eat Stop Eat” is the best fasting book you can find at this time. See my REVIEW at this link – http://www.buttermakesyourpantsfalloff.com/fasting-is-the-cure/
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. Individual Results may vary.
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