This series was created out of the need to give those I work with simple, step-by-step tips and tools to feel amazing.
In the last few tips, I’ve shared some pieces of the puzzle of figuring out what foods actually help you to feel amazing without having to go to someone else to get the answers.
In Tip #6 we talked about understanding your Metabolic type (are you a Carb, Protein or Mixed type).
In Tip #7 we talked about your Blood Type and using that as another starting point to figure out what foods make you feel amazing.
Today I want to take a walk back in time and talk about your ancestors and how they may have some answers you are looking for.
(If you’ve rather listen to this than reading, here’s a link to the youtube video )
In the 1920’s there was a dentist—Dr. Weston A Price who started seeing more and more patients with cavities which started him wondering what was causing this.
He left his practice and traveled the world to study indigenous cultures to see what it was that determined health and dis-ease.
From there, he wrote this very big book, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” where he documents cases of people who, when they followed the diet of their indigenous cultures, they did not experience the same level of physical degeneration that those who left their cultures and adopted a Western culture of processed foods did.
He has so many pictures that show that just within 1 generation, there is a stark difference between people who ate the diet of their ancestors vs. the Western diet.
“Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.”
Put it simply—when you eat the types of foods your ancestors ate, you will experience a higher level of health.
Where this can get tricky is that many of us nowadays are mutts and have so many different ancestries. Very few of us are 100% anything anymore, which makes it challenging to determine what’s the best things to eat.
Here’s the easy way to figure it out.
Look at the general areas your family was from.
For instance—I have roots in Italy, Ireland, France, Germany & Spain.
Those are a lot of different types of foods—from pasta to pastries to bratwurst to rice and beans.
Being one that does not do well on carbs like pasta (I’m a terrible Italian), I rule those out.
But, feed me rice, beans, and guacamole and I’m happy all day!
At the end of the day, all of these pieces of the puzzle come back to eating real, whole foods that are grown from the ground.
If you want to feel amazing, that is a great 1st step to take.
Today’s Tip: Experiment with eating foods your ancestors ate.