- App. 25 slices of bread
- 11 bananas
- 7 cups of pasta
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have some news for you. The only thing eating like that is going to get you, unless you are a professional bodybuilder or have a metabolism similar to Michael Phelps, is a larger waist line and better chance of developing diabetes. The FDA's recommended requirements/ food pyramid is an antiquated system at best. Very few average people should be eating anywhere near the way it's recommended. In fact, in the opinion of someone who has seen the tremendous health benefits of it, I firmly believe the food pyramid should look something more like this:
New flash, folks! You, me, and everyone else you know is an ancestor of someone who's primary source of nutrition was from meat, fats, some fruits, and very sparingly from vegetables. They were all hunter-gatherers back then, somewhere in the range of 1-2 million years ago according to most scientific studies. They lived off the land, there was no such thing as processed food, and they were very literally lean, mean, fighting machines. People often cite their short life spans as a reason we shouldn't consider these people the epitome of health. With the innovations of today combined with that diet, they WOULD be the epitome of health and outlive nearly all of us. This isn't my opinion. This is definitely a fact.
Approximately 20-30,000 years ago, people started incorporating grains and bread-like foods into their diet.
When we think of "bread," we think of a loaf of bread at our local grocery store. That's all we've ever known. These people 20,000 years ago weren't actually eating bread. At the most, it was a thin, cracker-like food made from flour. It wasn't the loaf of bread with more ingredients than we can count with names we can't even pronounce.
Somewhere around 10,000 years ago, humans started actively farming rice, corn, and grains. This was the start of the Agricultural Revolution. This Revolution led to a massive increase in the human population as we could now nourish our bodies through farm raised foods as opposed to hunting it and picking it up off the forest floor.
Scientific studies clearly note a downward curve in human performance and strength since the introduction of carbohydrate based diets, and in the last 100-130 years as we (especially Americans) have ramped up our carb intake even higher, the rate of chronic disease and weight gain has increased at an alarmingly high rate. Coincidence? No.
Obesity related medical costs average around $190 BILLION (with a B) a year in America alone, and are rising every year. Why? CARBS, sugars, processed foods, and lack of exercise. The USDA wants you eating copious amounts of something that our bodies are not genetically equipped to handle. That's right, at a cellular level, humans were not and are not meant to be eating the amount of carbohydrates we take in. Once again, this isn't my opinion. This is scientifically verifiable fact.
Now that I've just dedicated an entire blog post to slamming carbs, you must think I completely hate them and they have no reason to be in the human diet. Yes and no. There are good carbs. There are bad carbs. There are bad carbs that can be used for good purposes. It's all about using them correctly. Tomorrow, I will share with you part 2 of this post. Until then, think about what you eat for dinner tonight, and go out and get some exercise!