I am still here! I am enjoying Boulder, Colorado and therefore haven’t had much time to blog! I plan on doing a blog post on Boulder, after I leave. In the meantime, I thought I would do a follow up post on my food philosophy. (here’s part 1 if you missed it)…
In today’s world, there is so much discrepency as to what is the “correct” diet for humans. From high carb to low carb, high fat to low fat, the recommendation seems to always be changing. Eating should be easy and what to eat should not even be a question. Every animal in the wild never questions what they should eat, they eat what they can get in their natural environments. Nature designed it that way. Along with all other animals on this planet, we require:
- a specific diet
- a certain amount of exercise
- a certain amount of sleep and rest
- a certain amount of light
- a certain amount of oxygen
Humans are obviously designed for tropical and sub-tropical environments. That is where apes (our closest anscestors) live. In fact without clothes and man-made structures living in any other environment would be impossible. By inspecting our natural environment we can clearly see what the most abundant and easily attainable foods would be (right? ). Fruit!
Also, by looking at our anatomy we can see what kind of foods we are designed for. We do not have tongues to “scoop” water like most carnivores, we sweat through our skin, unlike carnivores who release heat through panting. We have aposable thumbs to pick fruit easily (imagine a lion picking fruit with his paws!). Most people agree that they like their food “sweet and juicy” the most. Children are born with a natural “sweet tooth.” We taste “sweet” first, at the tip of the tongue. Nature provides us with the perfect sweet and juicy fruits to satisfy that craving. “Fruits come closer to meeting our nutritional needs, on every level, than any other group of foods.” -Dr Doug Graham
It seems logical that just like chimpanzees (the closest apes to humans) our predominant food should be fruit. I obviously did not come up with this by myself either! If you would like to learn more… www.foodnsport.com
Imagine coming home after a long morning walk and stopping at your garden to pick a large, round melon from the vine. After plucking the fragrant fruit, you go inside and slice it open. The first one to see the inside of that fruit is you and it has been made by nature especially for you. The aroma of the juicy flesh entices you to sink your teeth into the slice and let the juice drip down your chin. Compare that experience with poring yourself a bowl of cereal out of a box or eating a piece of toast. What comes to my mind? Dry, processed, man-made.
Because fruit takes less digestion then other foods, I feel the most energized and satisfied from fruit and therefore choose to eat fruit all day by itself and then eat a low fat vegan meal for dinner.