Saturday, May 14, 2011

5 Simple Ways to Eat Like a Human

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What could be more important than what we put into our bodies?  Yeah, yeah that's how all these preachy "health" posts begin.  But really, stop and think about what you eat and absorb, and ask yourself on the most basic level if it is fit for a human being.

How many levels of processing is required from the food's raw materials to get it to the form that you call it food? Does it have engineered chemicals designed to glue it together? What do these chemicals do to the human body? Ask why do you eat what you eat?  Is it for comfort, convenience, conformity, value, or genuine nutrition?

If we're honest with ourselves, we all have food vices or desires that may push us outside the realm of human food.  It's also the nature of our society of unlimited colorful packaging and intense marketing -- not to mention the addictive quality of Doritos and Diet Coke.

Then there are genetically engineered crops that replace raw human food substances with laboratory manipulated strains, now proven to have harmful health effects on lab animals.  These GMOs are said to already represent around 70% of the average American diet with not much thought about whether they are safe for human consumption.

Indeed, it is an increasingly difficult to eat like a human in our society . . .  but it is possible.  Clearly, one must want to eat healthier in order to make changes, but that simply entails giving profound thought to the questions outlined above.  The fantastic reality is that it is empowering to determine your own diet based on health, and you don't have to make dramatic changes overnight.

Here are simple ways to begin eating more like a human:

1. Cook more with raw materials:  Load up on flour, rice and beans, fruits and vegetables, and trusted meat or fish (preferably from local sources).  Bake a couple loaves of bread and prepare bulk meals and snacks from these foodstuffs at least once a week.  It's easy and makes the week of eating more convenient and healthy.

2. Limit processed foods:  Really, who doesn't love Doritos?  But when you examine the ingredients, there is a dramatically small amount of human food in them.  And the so-called "corn" is genetically modified to begin with.  Do your best to limit food purchases to items with minimal processing and chemical additives. Simple organic potato chips usually only have three ingredients, making them a better choice for a treat.

3. Read labels:  If you can't pronounce it, it probably was not meant for human consumption.  If you use your smart phone to Google many of the chemical additives while in the grocery store you'll find many that should be represented by a skull and crossbones. Part of reading labels is getting more informed about what exactly you're ingesting.

4. Avoid fast food like the Plague:  From admitted meat glue at Taco Bell and silly putty in McNuggets, does anyone believe that fast food is not pure poison?  One blogger Mom took a meal from McDonald's and filmed it over several months.  It did not decay one bit or become infested with bugs -- even mold didn't want to eat that crap.  It is NOT human food. Avoid it at all costs.

5. Drink more naturally: Drinks are the most underestimated culprits of bad health.  Again, the less processing and chemicals in your drinks the better.  In moderation, even beer and wine is healthier than Coke or Gatorade as they are made more naturally.  Drink more water and test the quality of your tap water.  Fresh juices are cheap and easy to make when fruit is in season.

The hardest part to all of this is simply remembering that you're a human being that requires nutrients, not chemicals.  You have the ability to choose real food over poison, and it can be just as enjoyable and infinitely more rewarding.  You're a human, start eating like one.

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Ken D Berry MD said...

Wonderful post!
Doctors country-wide should print this article and hand it to every patient they see. If this advice were followed by the majority, wallets would be full and hospitals would be empty...

O Partha, said...

Human's are herbivores, this is a scientific fact based on observation, medical data, and scriptural reference. Real human food is raw unrefined vegetables, fruits and grains. Meat eating is artificial and costly in terms of health and the environment. If you you are reading this blog I assume you are a truth seeker, so forget our grotesque traditions and do you due diligence.
Blessings, -iaN

Anonymous said...

Humans are omnivores, this is a scientific fact based on observation, medical data and success as a species by adapting to all climates and geographical regions throughout the planet.Ignore the myths that would have limited our ability to acclimate to the planets different regions and limited us to inhabit a few degrees north and south of the equator. Also, if you truly seek the truth ignore the myths created by religions or isms based on none scientific leaps of faith.

HasserVision said...

Much love to O Partha, but humans are omnivores, the most solid scientific evidence being our strong jaws with both carnivorous and herbivorous teeth.
This is a good article, but the only thing I would warn people about is loading up on flour. As much as they're a part of our diet, farm-grown grains have only been eaten by humans about 12,000 years. Our species hasn't fully evolved to digest grains which is why you see a high number of grain-intolerant health issues these days, because most flours are way too refined for our bodies to handle. So sure, eat whole grain based breads, but try to keep it to a minimum.
Otherwise, great article!

Kamessytta said...

O Partha, no hymans are not herbivores...humans are OMNIVORES!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My name is Barbara and I'm from Chile, I wanted to congratulate you on the blog and thank you for the enormous contribution you make.
Here in Chile we are fighting for their transgenic intriduzcan not in our fields, hopefully win the battle.
I leave you 2 links to active pages from my country that may interest you if you can not do as I read them and put them into a translator, I do not know English but I write this post because one of those.
May peace be with you.

Adam said...

Scientifically I think there is a much stronger argument that humans are neither omnivores or herbivores but rather frugivores. Archeological records indicate an omnivorous human diet but only after domestication of food sources. The “natural” human animal more closely resembles the frugivores.

Our ancestors were physically at their prime only as hunter/gatherers after domestication physiologically we went down hill very fast. The argument as far as or health is concerned is strongest for frugivore or omnivore but certainly not for herbivore. Scientifically that is without question.

Which ever is the case, it is clear we were healthiest when we lived as hunter/gatherers and ate a varied and regional diet that changed with the seasons. We also had a very active lifestyle with lots of movement. It’s not that complicated to still live this way.

“Recent research by anthropologists shows that we had an arboreal past.”

Anonymous said...

The point of this article, I believe, was not to incite an argument over whether or not humans are herbivore, omnivore or frugivore. The point is that fast food, over processed, chemical laden, gmo food is not meant for consumption by humans! If you choose to be a herbivore don't buy gmo, pesiticide laden fruits and veggies. If you choose to eat as an omnivore stay away from hormone and chemical laden meat. My point, as was the article, if you want to be healthy watch what you put into it more carefully.

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