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Stay Away From Sugar And Starches!
Ten Tips to Kick the Habit
Pasta, potatoes, sodas, and ice cream may have been a part of your diet all your life, but they definitely haven’t been players in the long chain of human history. People developed agriculture about 10,000 years ago, and that was the first time they were able to tend crops.
With the development of crops and farming came major changes to our diet in the form of ingesting large quantities of starches and sugars. Believe it or not, in the millions of years prior to 10,000 years ago, starches and sugars were almost totally absent from our diet. If you look at the span of human history, 10,000 years is the blink of an eye compared to millions of years. In fact, by the time we developed agriculture 10,000 years ago, 99.99% of our current genes were fixed.
What does all this mean? It means you weren’t programmed to eat starches and sugar, and your body still hasn’t evolved to handle it. Your body doesn’t know you’re a 21st century hipster—it still thinks you’re a hunter-gatherer, living on wild game, nuts, and a few berries here and there.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 65% of all adult Americans are overweight, and 27% are obese. When you eat a significant amount of either sugar or starch, it spikes your blood sugar, which prompts your pancreas to release insulin. This is why you feel sleepy and tired in the mid-afternoon after a pasta lunch, or at mid-morning after a breakfast of doughnuts and orange juice (Note: orange juice 100% pure fruit sugar.)
It gets worse. When insulin floods your system, it suppresses the hormones glucagon and growth hormone (gH.) These are the hormones that make you burn fat. See the problem?
What are the warning signs that you’re consuming too much starch or too much sugar?
If you have at least three of these symptoms, you need to start cutting down on starches and sugars. Dr. Loren Cordain is a professor of exercise physiology at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and is a renowned expert in the area of Paleolithic nutrition. He suggests that we should try to eat less like farmers and more like Paleolithic hunter-gatherers. In an interview with Life Services magazine, he says, “Generally, health begins to be noticeably disrupted when cereal grains provide 70% or more of the daily caloric intake.”
To begin cutting down on starches and sugars, here are a few tips from Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst:
Many supplements can help cut cravings for sugar and starches. Find out more at http://www.energyfirst.com.
Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, is an experienced athlete who has competed in 28+ marathons and 4 Ironman triathlons. Gerry is an excellent source of information on nutrition, supplementation and exercise. Since 1997, he has been educating and motivating others on how to attain peak performance. For more information, please email Gerry at www.energyfirst.com.