Have you ever thought about what your body truly needs to be fueled properly? Most of us assume that whatever is sold at the grocery store is fit to eat. Unfortunately, that is not the case. MOST of the food sold at grocery stores should be avoided. A good place to start when looking to improve your diet is to stop eating food that comes with a label on it. Labels are defined as something listing the ingredients in the item and providing you the information on what nutrients are in the food. If you can’t look at a food and know basically what is in it, I challenge that you are eating the best thing for your body.
If we take a look at our DNA, you may be shocked to know that it is 99.99% the same as our paleolithic ancestors. It takes at least 40,000 years for our DNA to adapt to an environmental change. The environmental change I am referring to is the agricultural revolution. About 10,000 years ago man started to cultivate grains as a reliable food source when mass extinction of the game we hunted became an issue. It was the first time our bodies were tested to see if they could run efficiently on something other than fuel from animal fats and protein. At this same time, health issues began to unfold including more birth defects, rise of infectious disease, narrower jaws, and dental decay.
Modern diseases like obesity, irritable bowel, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like fibromyalgia can all be linked to flaws in the standard American diet otherwise called SAD. Our bodies (remember using the same DNA from our Paleo ancestors) have trouble identifying what we ingest because it is radically different than the “food” we were designed to eat. It may seem like a lot of effort to improve your diet from where you are today. However, with the proper support and planning it is an investment in your health and well being. It is not something you can afford to NOT do.