In the first part of this topic, I have discussed how several groups of native people are able to lead a healthy lifestyle even with a diet that is based on foods that we know may cause diseases.
The question that keeps bothering us until now is that how are they able to achieve good health even when their diet contradicts with what we were taught about.
Some of them eat a diet based on high fat and high animal meat while another consumed mostly veggies and fruits with little meat.
If you tell me to eat only meat and a small handful of vegetables daily, I'd say you're out of your mind, but you know what, there are various tribes out there who are doing it and they are healthier than us.
The fact is, the popular diet we keep hearing people boasting about nowadays are based on those diets too!.
The Mediterranean, Low-Carb, Atkins, Vegans and much more are all taught by our forefathers and individuals who study the native diets.
Well, to find out the reason, we need to study the common things that all of these diets have.
What popular diets have in common
1) They focus on whole foods and less processed foods
If you look through different types of diets, you will not be able to find any ingredient that contains processed chemicals or substances
That means the foods are not sweetened, salty nor are they oily.
Diets that are known to provide people with high-quality life over and over again, whether it is for weight loss, muscle gain, or even to improve our general health, are made up of fresh, whole foods.
2) They focus on eating more and not eating less or "Cutting Calories."
The majority of us just simply eat food to well...just to eat food while the health conscious people eat food to feed the body nutrients.
Is there any difference?
Of course, there is.
You can eat sweet all day long and end up with a variety of health problems (Not to mention your teeth will start to decay quickly), or you can eat a plate filled with colorful veggies, lean meat and whole grains that will give you:
- More energy
- Regulate your weight efficiently, so you won't gain or lose weight dramatically
- Preserve your lean muscles
- Prevent or even cure any other chronic diseases you may develop
- Slows down your aging process
- Helps to protect your brain cells helping you to stay away from dementia and memory loss
- Improve quality of life
I would choose the later.
3) It makes us aware of what we eat
Having an awareness of what we put in our mouth does have an enormous impact on our health.
When we are more concerned about what we eat usually, our conscience will naturally prevent us from choosing food that is not good for us.
For a moment, let's just think about the food that we eat every day. Do we have much thought about it?
Probably no, because we have other things to think about isn't it?
Then, take a look at yourselves, are you in the fittest and healthiest state?
So, the thought and mindset play a major role, doesn't it?
4) They naturally help you achieve your desired body shape
Now, this might not necessarily be accurate. But, I do believe that if you have all your nutrients on point and that you know how to balance your food like a pro athlete, you can easily manipulate your weight in a matter of weeks.
That's how useful it is to know how nutrition and diets work.
You are in control of the outcome. Well, most of the time.
There are still other unpredictable and uncontrollable factors to fit into the equation.
Like genetic limitation, the amount of freedom you have to change your lifestyle, and probably everything that occurs in your surroundings.
I mean, if you are jailed for the rest of your life, I am sure you'll get fit and buff in no time.
5) They are consistent, and thus, the body learns to adapt
I have not seen a vegan taking a one week break and then decide to be a meat eater the next week. (Even though that is a huge contradiction.)
Yes, it true that the body is adaptable, but only to a certain extent.
Our body can only be efficient at digesting, absorbing and using the nutrients in the food we eat if our diet stays constant.
We will start to feel all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms like low energy, low stamina, and stomach discomfort.
Diets that seems like a miracle for some group of people might be a torture for you.
It doesn't mean that a certain diet that have worked countless times before according to studies is the best one for us.
All of us have a unique set of capabilities and limitations. The best diet is something you can adapt to and stay consistent with while achieving your goals.
I will never say you MUST do a low-carb diet, or a low-fat diet to see change. Instead, I will recommend different types of diets that suits a person lifestyle.
All healthy diets serves different amount of nutrients at every meal, but all of them have the same concept which is they do not have any processed ingredients on the menu.
How you can apply this for yourself
I would say, just start by being aware of what you put into your mouth.
The main important question should always be, "Are we ready and willing to change our diet?"
Since our diet choice is strongly influenced by our surroundings, our likes, and dislikes.
If someone were to instruct or even dictate on what we should or should not to eat, that would be very hard for a change to happen.
In the end, we need to have the willingness to change for change to happen and we need to be consistent.
Many times people fail because they change to quickly and when they hit a wall, they give up without trying to find new strategies.
I have my own resistance and problems too.
I feel it is a huge burden to find time to prepare my own food or to search for recipes, or to learn cooking skills, but I believe that it is all about mindset and how much you want to achiev e your goals.
If I put in the effort to be calm, find out what's stopping me from getting my goals, and work my way to achieve my them progressively, turning small steps to bigger steps, then it will seem possible and easy.
So, what's stopping you from eating right?
is the main author and founder of The Lean Life.