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Hunter-Gatherers No Carbs Diet

Hunter-Gatherers No Carbs Diet

Fats used to get a bad rap, but we now know the health and food industries were wrong about fats. We know that fats are an important part of our diets. And that it’s carbs — and NOT fats — that are responsible for chronic diseases and America’s obesity epidemic.

Most people are catching on—you know carbs are making you fat and sick. But you’re only getting half the story because you’re still being told it’s OK to eat certain kinds of carbs, as long as they’re low on the glycemic index. That’s what I call a bad nutrition lie, and what I’m about to say will probably surprise you.

You don’t actually need ANY carbs in your diet.

None.

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Your body can make carbs from fat and protein.

How many carbs do we eat?

Americans eat a lot of carbs — mostly from grains. In fact, today we consume more than double the percentage of carbohydrates compared to our primal ancestors. Our ancestors didn’t eat grains. They hunted for their food. The carbs they did eat came from raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Our ancestors’ bodies were high-performance machines. They were lean. Their hearts and lungs were strong and powerful. Their brains were dynamic. So why do the health and food industries keep telling us how healthy grains are? Because they want you to keep eating grains.

Why do the health and food industries want us to eat grains?

They’re cheap to produce and companies make big money selling grain for all those rolls, boxes of cereal and loaves of bread. But your body wasn’t designed to process those types of foods. You could not have eaten these processed foods in your native environment. And none of them are “healthy.” Not even “whole grains.”

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Your ancestors weren’t sickly.

Your ancestors didn’t suffer from the diseases that plague us today. We know this because we can look at the health and diets of indigenous tribes.

The Masai tribe in East Africa still has a diet rich in red meat and raw milk. They eat very few vegetables and almost no grains. Yet their rate of heart disease is almost zero. They don’t get cavities. They’re all lean and strong. There is no obesity, and they don’t suffer from chronic aging problems like our culture does.

The same is not true of other indigenous peoples.

The Alaska Native population once thrived on a diet rich in fresh-caught salmon, moose, seals, ducks, geese, ptarmigan, caribou, and berries, when they could get them. As they shifted to a modern Western diet, their health deteriorated.

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From 1991 through 2007, the rate of obesity among Alaska Natives rose 63%.1 Diabetes — once virtually unknown in indigenous people — is also on the rise. The Native Americans ate a diet that was stable for millennia. They were hunter-gatherers. Then the European settlers introduced farming and processed grains.

When the Native Americans sacrificed quality protein for quantity grain, they went from eating tough, hard foods to softer foods like bread and processed corn. Their jaws didn’t have to work as much to chew these softer foods. Over time, their skulls started to shrink.

This evolutionary change resulted in tooth crowding, tooth decay, fat gain, arthritis, heart disease, inflammation, shortened stature, and shorter life spans. You’ve been led to believe that modern humans are healthier, stronger and taller than our ancestors. But here’s the truth: modern humans are about 10% shorter than our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Our brains are about 10% smaller, too.2

The changes that destroyed the physical health of your ancestors are still taking place today. To YOUR body.

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Eat healthy for optimal health.

But it’s not too late to undo the damage grains are doing to your body. Your best bet for optimal health is to plan your meals around healthy protein and fat sources. Grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, wild salmon and eggs are among my top choices.

I also recommend choosing foods that are low in both glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL). The GI tells you how fast different foods spike your blood sugar. The GL measures the amount of carbohydrate in each serving of food.

You can check out my chart for GI and GL here.

When using this chart a good rule of thumb is to stick to foods with a GI of 40 or below and a GL of 10 or below.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD, CNS

1 Rosen Y. Shift from traditional foods takes toll on Alaska Native populations. Alaska News Dispatch, Sept. 28, 2014
2 Macrae F. “We’re all getting smaller and our brains are shrinking… is farming to blame?” Daily Mail.com June 12, 2011

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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