A key step to adopt the ancestral way of life is to know what foods you should avoid. The following are tips to identify harmful foods:
•Products containing high-fructose corn syrup (sodas, energy drinks, alcohol)
•Products containing refined sugars (maltodextrin, sucrose, mycose, dextrose, as well as many other synonyms for sugars)
•Fried foods containing hydrogenated oils (sunflower oil, corn oil, and vegetable oil)
•Pastries, donuts, cakes, or any other dessert items from shops
•Products with labels like “fat free” and “low-fat products”
Indigenous people have lived without using those ingredients for thousands of years. Prior to the introduction of these foods, Native people lived virtually disease free and in harmony with Mother Earth. By identifying these harmful food products, you can be more conscious about what you eat. The idea is to get to the point where you are not consuming most of these foods or substances.
Begin by setting a reasonable and realistic goal for yourself. Do not try to suddenly stop eating all of those food products. It is not realistic and it will be easy to go back to eating harmful foods. Start by breaking it in half. For example, if you are used to having something starchy a few times a day, change it to once a day until you do not need starchy foods. Replace it with something high in protein and healthy fats. Remember, ridding yourself of these harmful foods is key to living a healthy and productive life.
Derek Chang graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. Go Utes! He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He aspires to become a physician-entrepreneur to find and create new ways of improving overall patient health. He enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, reading books, meeting new people, and learning anything new.