Evolutionary studies suggest that it takes 60-90.000 years for a species to adapt to a new food source. The foods we find on our supermarket shelves have really nothing in common to what our ancestors used to eat just 150 years ago.
Since the beginning of the 20th century we have been flooded with new man-made concoctions to which our bodies are yet to adjust.
Every time we take a perfect food that Mother Nature has given us, and we process it, refine it, strip it of its nutrients, we lose. Recent research studies found a correlation between the appearance of degenerative diseases and poor eating habits.
The majority of the American population lives in a state of non-health, in which diseases have not kicked in yet, but abundant health is not present. Aches and pains, headaches, fatigue are all symptoms that something in our body is not functioning correctly. Yet we go on, day in day out, loading our systems with toxins and unhealthy foods, without even thinking that maybe food is our best medicine.
We constantly need pick-me-ups to run our lives. Stimulating substances like coffee, sodas, sugary snacks, give us an ephemeral energy boost, which ends quickly without providing any real sustenance; soon leading to the need for another fix.
Our bodies are designed to thrive on a steady supply of energy, coming from good carbohydrate sources, and good quality proteins and fats (yes you have read correctly!). We should not need to graze all day. The body needs to devote time and energy to a host of metabolic processes that are not involved with digestion. Therefore I would not recommend that my clients eat 6 or 7 mini meals a day, unless a specific condition (like diabetes) is present.
Sound nutrition is not only a powerful tool to combat the obesity epidemic, but it also enables our bodies to resist disease and, in many cases, a nutrient-dense whole-foods diet goes a long way in helping the body fight back once a disease has kicked in. The right nutritional plan, tailored to the individual, together with targeted nutritional supplements can help to attain optimal health, and can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.