Natural Eating: Nutritional Anthropology - Eating in Harmony with Our Genetic Programming Paperback – 15 Sep 2000
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From the Author
Back to Basics - Putting the Right Gas in the Tank.
Where does Man come from? Are we genetically programmed for a particular way of eating? Only recently have the answers been researched in a scientific way.
This book describes how we know where humans beings originated, the kind of foodstuffs available, and the actual feeding pattern that our ancestors followed.
We now know the right feeding pattern for the human species!
Our bodies today are just the same as they were back then when their bodies had been in harmony with their feeding environment for tens of thousands of generations.
The new foods that have arrived in the diet since that far off time some 50,000 years ago are described. They often disrupt our biochemistry and our digestive system. Diseases due to dietary errors such as depressed immune system, cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, osteoporosis, bowel disorders, constipation, indigestion, allergies and arthritis are explained.
Finally the strategies for emulating this ideal eating pattern in the modern world are taught. By so doing we achieve our genetic potential for health, vitality and long life.
Human beings, of all the creatures, think that they can deny the laws of Nature! But by ignoring the fact that they are organic creatures with well defined feeding requirements, they drastically undermine their evolutionary foundations.
We are on the slippery slope to self-destruction - and we are speeded on our way by the appalling misinformation and hypocrisy in matters of nutrition.
What kind of bequest are we leaving to future generations? Adults bedridden with degenerative disease and a population of diabetic and obese children?
We hope not. This book is a crusade against the deteriorating health of our populations and a route map for the way out.
In broadcasting the simple truth about our nutritional heritage, we can reverse these trends - We can learn how to feed in harmony with the way our bodies were designed to function.
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I learned that fruits should be eaten on their own but since they move fast from your stomach you can eat other things after 15 mins. Desert first? who'd have thought about that? He details foods on charts that can be a guide for you once you've, if you've, decided to follow his advice without having to read through chapters each time. He details the food you should stay away from. This was a help to me as I was able to understand why I felt so amazing on fresh vegs and fruits after feeling tired, sick and dopey for years. He also breaks down the foods into which ones are the best and which ones are ok... all are better than packaged processed foods anyway.
As a social-security-collecting Grandma, and long time healthy eating enthusiast, I was still relying on my 1970's and 1980's Prevention Magazine concepts as a guide. Then I picked up 'Natural Eating', and read it cover to cover in one sitting, flipping back and forth to the index, examining the charts, checking out the bibliography. I'm now 5 days into eating like Bond, Geoff Bond, so reports that I am feeling better already are justifiably suspect.
The author presents and supports his ideas by drawing from a combination of anthropological research, clinical experiments, epistemlogical studies, his knowledge as a scientist including his own field work, his personal robust health, and anecdotal reports from some folks who embraced his advice. I was particularly fascinated by the details he presented regarding the biochemistry of digestion and found these arguments convincing. I learned a lot. I never knew that it's a struggle for your digestion to deal with protein and starch at the same time (hamburger, spaghetti and meatballs). I didn't know that it's advisable to eat fruit only on an empty stomach. I learned why it's most beneficial to exercise on an empty stomach. He makes a convincing argument that grains of all kinds are bad for humans, something that never occurred to me.
If you like charts, graphs, tables, lists and diagrams, you will like this book. The glycemic index chart was educational: mashed potatoes have the same GI (measure of insulin reaction) as a candy bar!
I am finding that this book works well as a reference, and it's easy to flip to a particular section or chart. The cross-referencing within the book is useful. The recipes are good, as are the examples of a daily eating regimen/schedule.
My only very minor criticism is that there is a lot of repetition, but then again, it isn't supposed to be literature.
And one final thought: I wonder if the planet earth is capable of producing enough fruits and vegetables to feed 7 billion people according to the precepts of this book.
Despite his claim to be teaching a "paleolithic diet," Bond includes such non-paleo foods as legumes and whole grains (in measured amounts), but denounces dairy foods. Why the double-standard??
Lastly, his bibliography is extensive, but he does not have any footnotes to match the references with his claims, making it a poor work in terms of scholarship.
You're better off getting Allan and Lutz' book "Life Without Bread" if you want to learn about "native nutrition."