FOOD IS REAL (wilder, fresher)
MEASURE BLOOD SUGAR (and adjust foods accordingly)
SLEEP (circadian rhythm, sleep surface, space temperature, light/sound pollution
PLAY (dance, twist, jump, catch, laugh, giggle, duck, crawl, climb, throw, avoid, attack, etc.)
WORK/STRUGGLE (test physical, mental, emotional limits – with purpose)
SLOW AND SMOOTH > HURRIED AND RUSHED
There was a study in Israel a couple years back that took 800 people, planted a glucometer on the back of each of their arms, and tracked their blood sugar over the next week. (google blood sugar study Israel and it as well as similar studies will come up)
They were fed a variety of foods, but they were each fed the same foods. The results were surprising – basically totally random. For some people white rice would result in a tiny increase in blood sugar, and for others it would spine blood sugar high. This variability was true throughout all sorts of foods.
No study changes the game in an of itself, especially not one that is only a week long. But this does raise some interesting questions….. and the biggest one is: Can anyone be prescribed a diet based on general information, or must each person test their blood sugar response to each meal and figure out the appropriate diet for themselves?
I believe the answer is self-testing. Any expert can help guide someone through picking the most optimal types of foods. But at the end of the day, it will be in the hands of the individual to look at their blood response to each meal (and each food specifically) and adjust their diet accordingly to achieve their desired goals.
In addition to blood sugar testing after meals, it will be necessary to note stress patterns, sleep patterns, mood patterns and all other factors. Because one day a food might result in minimal blood sugar spike, while on another more stress-laden day that food might spike blood sugar.
This small study simply tells us what we probably already knew….. Each person will have specific needs according to their specific genetics, environment, and habits, and these specific needs will fluctuate periodically as these factors fluctuate in the tides and waves of life.
The answer is simple – measure and adjust. But it is not easy for most people in a rushed, urgent, no-time, no peace, high stress world. Shoot, even the act of slowing down enough to actually measure will have its own effect on the food metabolism….. EVERYTHING affects…