If now that we are doing 811, we need to eat tons of fruit and tons of greens every day to stay healthy, then how come I was able to live on a diet that had SO much less nutrients and a lot more antinutrients for so long? I mean Doug says people can die if they only eat fruit, because they aren't getting enough nutrients. SO how was I able to pretty much live on lots of cereal, some milk, cheese sandwiches, soft drinks, pasta and some meat and fish? I don't get it.
I've been wondering the same thing!! When I was younger, I ate milk chocholate, cereal (luckily, not the TOO sugary kind!), bread with cheese and jam and meat for almost every dinner... I ate almost the same thing every day!
Another thing to consider with young people is that they do live, but do not necessarily develop optimally.
A healthy human height might be 5 feet 3 inches with thick bones. Dairy products cause people to grow taller, and to have long thin bowed bones, and many people have been found to have early stages of osteoporosis and light bone density even in their late teens.
There are other malformations too like narrow faces and overcrowding of adult teeth in the mouth often leading to the need for braces.
Young women who grow up with narrow hips, and yes those hips that the tv and modeling industry just adores, are actually not healthy hips. For easy child bearing, hips should be wide. One might actually look fat under their clothing if they have properly developed hips. Nowadays, we have higher and higher rates of women needing emergency C sections to deliver their babies, and long labors, and other child birth complications like cerebral palsy in the children.
This book is an interesting look at the degenerative problems, bone malformations, and defects found in tribal people who were introduced to grains and processed foods.
A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets
and Their Effects
BY Weston A. Price, MS., D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Try to put your food intake from before in cronometer and you will actually see you were getting all the nutrients. :D I tried this many times.
I plugged your old diet into cronometer and saw that with this old diet you would not be nutrient deficient. Remember cereal is fortified with all kinds of vitamins and minerals.
You're right the diet is filled with anti-nutrients and all kinds of toxins. But you wouldn't be deficient, especially to the point of death. Your body makes due.
humans are the most dominant species on the planet tied in part to our ability to survive off an enormous spectrum of resources.
eskimoes live in the snow, eat whale blubber, and yet they keep going for many generations.
"Doug says people can die if they only eat fruit?" is that accurate? or a mistype.
all those things you ate provide sufficient nutrition for survival. put better fuel in the tank i.e. food, water, air, rest, sun, etc. and the machine will yield more efficient results.
Well, as someone said above, that's why they fortify!
The body is an amazing thing-- it will survive even through complete starvation for a while (and your not getting any nutrients then!). But with starvation, as with a less than optimal diet (the definition of which is up for debate), bodily functions are compromised and growing must focus on the most important. Also, nutrients aren't the only indicator of health. Research is discovering that is is the whole-food that holds the magic!
Our bodies are amazing. They work very hard to keep us going despite all kinds of abuse. It eventually would catch up to you in various ways of course, as it does everyone. That's why so many people's health starts to decline in their 30 to 40s..
I always used to take expensive multi-vitamins!
The question is were you surviving, living, or thriving?
On this diet we thrive!
On SAD diets, many of us were still eating a lot of fruits and veggies, so we were living ok.
However, many people on SAD diets are just surviving. Problems can start in the teens with acne, tiredness, and depression. By their 30s and 40s, people may have candida, pre diabetes, borderline cholesterol and high blood pressure.
By the age of 50 they are on medications for all of the above, and may have arthritis and other conditions.
By the age of 60 they might be more home bound and or ready for the rocking chair.
The average American dies by the age of 76, usually of some degenerative condition caused by diet such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancers, bowel problems, just to name a few. Many people die in their 50s.
So my question for you might be, yes you were alive, but what age are you, and what kind of diseases and conditions have you suffered from?