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Do you know what a healthful diet looks like?

It is now time to switch your attention to an important aspect of martial arts and general wellbeing: healthy eating. Our food choices are crucial to keeping a clear mind & body in martial arts training, as well as in the rest of your life.

Do you know what a healthful diet looks like? What if I told you that the whole grains, legumes, and low fat foods you’ve been told to indulge in are actually ruining your health and setting you up for devastating diseases? Hopefully this got your attention!

Despite your good intentions, thanks to an industry-funded USDA food pyramid, you may not be eating quite as well as you may have thought. If you follow the government’s advice on nutrition and aren’t seeing the results you’d expect, you aren’t alone. If your children seem to have trouble focusing or controlling their behavior, there could be many dietary reasons for this to be.

It is time for a short history lesson. We need to look back at our ancestors and their lifestyles to give insight as to what should be eaten today.

Humans have been around for 2-3 million years. For 99.9% of human existence we lived as hunters & gatherers. Our diets were completely supplied by nature, as farming and processed foods were not around yet. This means our diet consisted of the only 5 main food groups available.  It wasn’t actually until 10,000 years ago when agriculture first began. While this may seem like a long time ago, in terms of an evolutionary perspective, that .1% of time we have been farming is nowhere near long enough for our bodies to adapt to an agricultural-based society. Archaeological data shows that almost immediately when we started farming and began eating grains, legumes, and dairy, illness such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, auto-immune disease, as well as many others started showing up in growing numbers. There are various tribes around the world that are still living as hunters & gatherers today and have been able to hold perfect health generation to generation, without having to rely on medicine to keep them alive.

If you are interested in learning about how you can reach your goals, prevent & reverse illness, and get your health optimized to its full potential, Simplistic Nutrition of Seattle is offering a deal with AMA members: a 30 minute nutrition & lifestyle coaching session, either individual or family, starting at $20. Email Mr. Gil to set up your appointment. Remember, you are what you eat, so be something good!

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