I feel the need to do a post that will finally answer the question, What should I eat? But first a quick break down of food as light.
Photosynthesis....sunlight is the start
-sunlight makes the plants
-then you eat the plant or the animal eats the plant and converts the light into a more stable form and then you eat the animal
There is the equator and the poles. Whats the difference? The type and amount of sun light and in turn the environment changes based on that sunlight.
In all of human evolution the environment dictated what the people in that environment ate. The Inuit ate high fat, lots of fish (dha) and where cold. Why? It is what the environment provided for them to survive in a place with less light. The fat was a ketogenic fuel source, the dha converted the limited light into d/c electric current in the body to increase their charge and the cold condensed the mitochondria (engines of the cells) to allow for higher energy output.
The vegan yogi meditating in the sun all day at the equator is getting a massive amount of natural light through his eyes and skin so he just eats what grows on trees in his environment, lets say its a banana. He doesn't need dha or ketones or to be cold because light is abundant in his environment.
Every location in between these two sunlight extremes is on a spectrum and adjusts for season. More like the Inuit in the winter and more like the yogi (eating carbs growing locally) in the summer.
Back to the vegan yogi, the banana he eats is made of the light from his environment (photosynthesis). Fast forward to modern times, the banana is still made of sunlight but is shipped north to the Inuit. It is not keto, it does not have dha in fact the light it contains is expressed in his gut telling him that it is a different environment than the one he is is. This causes a circadian glitch aka illness.
The What To Eat is completely subject to the Where and the When.
But what is trending in modern times? Cold thermogenesis, a focus on DHA and keto/carnivore diets. These are Inuit characteristics. Why? Simple the Inuit didn't get much sunlight and so in modern life the person in the north at the equator and everywhere in between are indoors under fake light and getting blasted with blue light from their screens. They all have to live more like the Inuit and less like the equator yogi. I live on the central coast of California so a young vegan on the beach soaking up sun in nature all day worrying mostly about which instagram pic to post to promote a vegan diet can be vegan. But where I grew up in Rochester NY (one of the cloudiest places in the country) does not have the same type of vegan population it does have obesity issues because the population is consuming the wrong (light) food for their environment. They gotta get more Inuit there....less light.
You think these guys should be eating the same diet?
You think the paleo version of them ate the same diet?
Anyone preaching a what to eat that is not attached to a question of where and a when either doesn't know why we eat or is trying or sell you something or both. Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean, Blood type, vegan or any other diet that is a one size fits all is wrong. It is just wrong. Some of these diets are particularly silly based on the hopefully obvious points I have made. Blood type was never a consideration in all of human history but all those diets get you off processed food and so they improve people. Any diet that gets you off the standard American diet will help for a time. This is why short term vegan diets (most don't last or involve cheats - in my experience the vegan "guru" I had was eating quietly eating salmon the whole time because they swim up stream to die and are in turn vegan....wish he would have told me sooner)
My favorite is the story of the historical Vegan Inuit tribe in the north, which one the dead one...they starved..
The real game changer is if you understand that food is just a way to get light into your body it raises questions about covering up your skin (solar panel) and even worse wearing sunglasses (the direct sunlight window to your brain. If you block those to entry points for light you have to eat more food to make up for the deficiency. Nature did not make a mistake when it covered every inch of you is a coat that absorbs light. Even when your eyes are covered the lids absorb light....not a mistake.
What do I eat? The What is completely determined by When and Where. We are all in nature less than we were during our evolution so we all have to live more like the Inuit. Local/seasonal slanted toward keto/carnivore/ seafood based on natural light environment and amount of exposure to it. Doesn't matter how sunny it is in your environment if your skin is covered, you've got sun glasses on and your eating food that tells you the wrong light time. You might be an Inuit at the equator.
Imagine determining how many layers of clothing a person should wear as a blanket statement. I'm on the no coat lifestyle....You are wrong, I'm part of the winter coat life, see it says so on my coat. It would be ridiculous the first question would be how cold is it and that cold is determined by.....sunlight because thats where it all starts and ends and back again.
What about junk food? Junk food is junk for at least one of a few reasons. It doesn't contain light (processed food) It is a mix of fats and carbs (nature doesn't do that) It contains unnatural substances or.....it tells your body its the wrong time. This last one means that junk food may not be junk food year round or may be junk for one person and not another.
This was motivated by a FB group that has a protocol for everyone and my point to that group is - your protocol should be based on your environment. Any alt health practitioner or personality preaching a one size fits all protocol doesn't know.
I couldn't write a diet book but I could write a book about why blanket diets can't work.
The more sunlight/nature you get the less food matters. The better your mitochondria work the less food matters. The better your circadian rhythms the less food matters.
Please stop thinking that sun light is only important because of vitamin D. Thats like saying you favorite song is only good because of one note that it contains.
A dead body and living body are the same chemicals. Whats the difference? One contains light and the other doesn't. It more than vit D, it is life itself.
Prove Me Wrong - I Challenge
I refuse to believe that the people writing these books, promoting these diets or suggesting blanket protocols don't know more than me.
Please share this with everyone and if you are feeling any cognitive dissonance because you consciously or sub consciously get your identity from what you eat you can
-reread this blog and really sit with it
-ask me to explain myself better which I am happy to do (there is far more info to be said about this)
-Be pissed and go on having an ego but know that being identified with what you eat is as unfounded as what coat you wear.
Nature, your environment and evolutionary biology don't care how you feel about them. The answer is local seasonal but modified based on the fact that we are now dealing with fake light, tech and indoor living.
Please share as it appears there are several million people that have no idea what to eat (which is a sad tell about how little they know about our past and where we are going)
The conversation about health has to be far less about food and far more about light in all its forms and the avoidance of things that diminish or manipulate that natural light many of which are sold as healthy.
As always thanks for being part of my journey.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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