“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
This dude, Hippocrates, lived over 2000 years ago and still was able to prescribe the medicine for virtually every preventable modern Western disease. This is even more incredible when you consider the fact that science is only now starting to fully understand nutrition and how it correlates to the human health.
This brings up a good point. It’s this: Our society feels the need to have some dude in a lab coat tell us how to live optimally.
What a bunch of bollox.
I mean, really, come on. If you spend some time thinking about this, you see just how absurd it is. How many times has “science” had to say “we were wrong”? The answer is a lot. Hell, at one point doctors didn’t wash their hands before surgery and millions died from something that was totally preventable. Imagine how many things we still don’t know as a species.
As a society, we are conditioned to need the latest "research" or "study" to help us formulate our opinions. But Hippocrates didn't have dudes in lab coats and yet he was able to figure out the single most important aspect of human health through mere observation.
Was he wrong because he didn't have some published paper telling him that he was right or wrong? No.
Did his patients improve their health by following his advice? Yup.
Do you need a study to tell you what works and what doesn’t? Nope. All you have to do is look in the mirror and ask yourself, “How do I feel?”
All you have to do is test things for yourself. And this is exactly what you should do because we don’t have all the answers and it might be awhile before we do. (Plus, most “research” is completely controlled and manipulated to reach a predetermined result.)
Listen, I’m don’t want to go on a rant about biases and group-think or any of that right now. But I will say this in the hopes that you’ll at least understand just how dumb humans can be at times.
In simple terms, people yearn for clear, black and white answers to questions. This makes things easier for us. We don’t have to find the answers ourselves. And I shouldn’t have to tell you that the average person is lazy. So when the latest study comes around, people flock to it because it makes the world a simpler place to understand and live in. It simplifies things.
But here’s the thing: Life is rarely, if ever, black and white. There is always gray.
Now, that said, there is one thing pertaining to food that is black and white. It’s this: you have to eat real food. Until we have the technology to create synthetic food that is “good” for humans, we have to stick with real food. It might happen in the future, but for now, we have to stick with what nature intended and eat real, unprocessed food.
When you get the “real food” part of the equation down, there’s still a whole lotta gray out there. Some people do well with less carbs, more carbs, less fat, more fat, less protein, more protein, and on and on and on.
You don’t need a study to tell you how to eat. However you do need to do some self-experimentation. You have to gauge the results you are getting and how you feel getting those results.
Here’s a simple gauge you can use to determine if you need to get better at using food as medicine…
If you aren’t under 10% body fat for men, or 15% for females, or if you aren’t comfortably “lean,” you need to work on your diet. It’s as simple as that. There is nothing you can say to refute those claims. Even the most stressed person in the world is going to be under, or close to, these ranges if they have their nutrition dialed in.
One last thing about research you should think about. Research costs money and most of the money that funds it comes from corporations. And here’s the thing about this: there isn’t much money in proving that humans are made to eat real, natural food. Sure, farms would benefit, and any of the small slow food manufactures, but these organizations don’t have the money to fund research. It’s the corporations selling the processed food, subsidized GMOs and grains and corn and sugar, and the pharmaceutical companies that have the money to fund studies.
Let real food by thy medicine and medicine be thy real food.