The Not-So-Secret You Didn’t Know About Diet and Weight Loss

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The topic of weight loss had never been a concern for you if you were always young and in shape, but you can rest assured that you will be talking about what you used to be when the words “weight” and/or “loss” to become a part of your vocabulary. The debates about the combination of diet, exercise, stress, mental health, and spiritual health are all good arguments for weight loss, or gain, but did you ever think that diets foreign to the genetic makeup of your dominant culture may not be healthy for you? Evolutionary theories indicate that our eating habits were influenced by changes in our environment and that, over centuries, our genes mutated to chemically adapt to these habits and maintain sustenance for our bodies. Holistic health methods and mineral diets have seized the interests of people seeking a more natural method, rather than relying on weight loss supplements, medications, and surgery.


The African-Centered Alkaline Diet

The late herbalist Dr. Sebi identified meat-centered diets as the source of disease and that alkaline-based plant foods were the best diet for people of African descent. He believed that the original African genome was positively responsive to the chemical composition of these foods and that the byproducts of digestion from these foods were not harmful to the African demographic. For public health professionals, this may provide some explanation to the concept of genetic predisposition to certain diseases. Although he expressed that establishing an alkaline healing environment, that would make the body chemistry inhospitable to disease, many “mainstream” physicians, supporters of big pharma, and critics of holistic medicine dispute the fact that this method provides a healthy expression in the African genome in all people. How do Ayurvedic and Ying Yang medicine compare?


The Interventions of Chinese Medicine and the Ayurvedic Diet

Interesting enough, the Asian diet is not much different from the African diet, minus the rice and pork in most African countries, but is centered around plants and vegetables, rice and grains, seafood, poultry, and fruit. The Chinese; however, implement message, acupuncture, and breathing exercises with their diets to maintain weight control. The encouragement to eat bitter, sour, and pungent foods in the Ayurvedic diet also follow the same theme of alkalinity and the people of this demographic, who eat a lot of pork, tend to have challenges with diseases like influenza. It appears that people of Asia and the Middle East are also catering to the healthy expression of the African genome. The concepts of human balance with nature and how it relates to inflammation and disease (according to Ying Yang science) is a holistic study within itself, but I did derive that obesity was the imbalance of inflammation and diet. Talk about the difficulty of Chinese math. I failed that class, but I would wager that the cultural diets of all demographics also centered around the level of daily activity that was involved in earlier times. This leads to busier cultures than the Latin American culture that required a high carb diet to maintain energy throughout the day.


Cultural Aspects of the Latin American Diet

Bottom line up front, non-white Hispanics are eating more meat and fruit, rather vegetables. Much to the opposite of most African and Asian cultural diets, but the consumption of fruits and the vegetables that are indigenous to this culture leaves much to be examined. The high carb, high glucose content in the bread and root vegetables in the Latin American diet are precursors to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease that are major health disparities in the Hispanic community and, like the African American community, lack of exercise, bad habits, and eating processed foods have to lead to higher mortality rates. From a vegetable standpoint, the secret to eating healthy Latin American food lies in the salsa. The onions, garlic, chilies, jalapenos, and limes have great alkaline properties in them. There is fruit, such as apples, melons, passion fruit, mangoes, and avocados, in the Latin American food pyramid that are highly alkaline, so the Latin American diet is not completely out of sync with the alkaline mineral diet.


Conclusion: The Misinformation of the Food Pyramid

The Oldways Diet Pyramids were designed to illustrate proportions rather than specific types and amounts of food. Detailed information on serving sizes and numbers of servings of foods are not provided. In addition, levels of total fat and saturated fat are not specified. Since they represent cultural eating patterns, the Oldways Pyramids include a more limited range of foods than the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. A major difference between the Mediterranean and Asian Diet Pyramids and the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is their distinction between plant and animal proteins.

Following an alkaline regiment indigenous to your own demographic may be the answer to controlling your healthy food intake, based on the foods you are familiar with, but it still takes a responsible effort to ingest foods that keep you “PH balanced”. Many immigrants from foreign cultures do not partake of the westernized diet here in America because they know it is very unhealthy; however, many people who do so credit poor eating habits to low-income, not having the time to properly prepare healthy food or food addictions. The responsible eaters who splurge from time to time and exercise to overcome eventual weight gain are always looking to sample foods from various cultures. The not-so-secret answer to natural weight loss and disease prevention is only hidden in the cultural diets you fail to research for their medicinal properties.