Why is Diet a 4-letter Word? Reversing Our Diet Crisis
We often refer to many “bad” words as 4-letter words…I won’t name them here. However, the term “diet,” literally a 4-letter word, carries the same negative connotation. Why, when the definition of diet by Merriam-Webster is “food and drink regularly provided or consumed” do we fear diet, hate diets, preach that diets do not work, and pay a lot of money to “be on a diet”? This is our diet crisis.
Humans or homo sapiens have a diet or specific way of absorbing particular nutrients from the food and drink we consume. Elephants have a diet. They eat fruit, grasses roots, and bark. Any eaters have a diet. They eat ants and termites. Sea lions have a diet. they eat fish, squid, and octopus. Humans can eat termites, and a sea lion could technically eat a chicken but the sea lion is not going to get the nutrition it needs from the chicken just like humans are not going to get the nutrition they need from termites.
Please think of the human diet and the nutrients it needs to run like the fuel you put in your car. Our diet or the nutrients our bodies absorb from the food we provide are no different from the fuel you put in your car. When you give your car engine the right nutrients or fuel, it will run. When you don’t give it the right fuel or nutrients, it won’t run. For example, if you put unleaded gas in a car engine built to run on unleaded gas, it will run as expected.
If you put water in the gas tank, the engine will not run or stop running. The point here is that the human diet requires certain nutrients to run, and when we do not provide the right nutrients by following the human diet, our bodies can stop running or not run as expected.
Eating Like Our Ancestors
Eating like our ancestors is not a new concept and some coin this way of eating as the Ancestral Diet or Ancestral Health, Primal Diet, or even the Paleo Diet. The idea is back before we had microwaves, food factories, and TV dinners; our ancestors gathered food and hunted animals. This particular way of life means our ancestors also had seasons when certain fruits and vegetables were available or not available, droughts, and times when hunting trips rendered zero kills so animal meat or animal protein was not available.
All of this means that our bodies can go without animal protein for days or weeks, fast when nothing is available, and only eat certain fruits and vegetables when they were in season.
Today, however, we live in a world where we can get any fruit all year long, there is never a shortage of animal protein, and food is available to gather. All of this is anti ancestral, but that is okay. In today’s world, we can provide the nutrition our bodies need by changing the way we eat, what we eat, why we eat, and when we eat.
Changing the way we think of food, eating foods that provide the nutrition our bodies need for optimal health, changing when we eat food and removing the most harmful ingredient to our health will help us reverse our diet crisis. Debunking diet myths and following simple principles for optimal health is what SubtractThat is all about.
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