Hey! – Rob here
Your Daily Health Fix today is about …
Carbohydrates in nature – seasonal and local nourishment
A forgotten truth
You know the hedgehog that gathers berries, nuts and seed and fattens up before hibernation in the winter? What about the polar bear who catches more fish before the ice cap freezes over for winter. And the human? – We would also eat the vibrant coloured sugary sweet fruits and berries towards the end of the summer, not only encouraging the storage of body fat, but also playing our part in spreading the seeds of those plants.
A second truth:
From a nutritional standpoint, your body doesnt care which source of simple sugar you ingest, be it from fruit, vegetables, grains or roots or even white table sugar and lactose from milk.. For the most part, all these forms of carbohydrates trigger the same secretion of insulin – so whilst it’s easier to overeat carbohydrates in refined grains such as wheat (and other dough based products) and rice compared to the sugar concentrations found in the same volume of fruit, all these products can inadvertently lead to an overconsumption of sugar each day.
The critical question?
Ask yourself, if I were to live in a more evolutionarily consistent manner (for the purposes of achieving and maintaining optimal health), why would I eat sugary products (even if natural) that are not ripe and ready to pick at this time of year? In otherwords, just because it’s available all year round in the supermarket, would this (fruit, vegetable, root, seed etc) be available to me in nature in my location at this time of year? If the answer is no, then it’s likely not a good idea to routinely consume these items.
Write a quick list of all the fruits and vegetables that are grown in your area (within a 150mile radius), Then categorise the list by the month which that food item would be ripe, harvested and ready to eat.
Secondly note next to each item if it can be consumed in it’s natural and raw form or if it needs processing (for example turning wheat into flour vs picking an orange from a tree).
Now, use your list as a framework for what you can eat and what to avoid, choosing items that need little to no processing and what would be available in that month.
. . . That’s it for this dose,
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