By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) — Here in America, because so many people are overweight, the word “diet” has become synonymous with a specific way of eating to lose weight. It is also seen as something temporary, which is implemented only for as long as it takes to reach a target weight. This definition is actually quite unique and unusual.
When we talk about the diet of a lion, bear, gorilla, bird or turtle for example, the word diet has an entirely different and more accurate meaning. A proper definition of diet is simple: It’s what you eat. When it comes to wild animals, their diet consists of the kind of things that they are physiologically adapted to eat and provides the essential nutrients needed for survival and reproduction. Food selection of different animals varies greatly but all animals in the wild eat an appropriate diet for their particular species and they usually do just fine. It is instinctual and has been programmed into their genetic code. It is very important to note that there is no evidence of chronic disease occurring in wild animals that are eating and living in their natural habitat.
What can we learn from this?
1) There is an ideal diet, a combination of foods, which is appropriate for all individual species of animals, reptiles, insects… and humans are not an exception.
2) When an appropriate, species specific diet is followed, health is optimal and chronic disease is non-existent.
“We have adequate evidence of the kind of diet (foods) which humans survived and thrived on for hundreds-of-thousands, perhaps millions of years. Our modern health challenges and the incidence of chronic disease are the direct result of ‘expanding’ our diet to include inappropriate foods for our human species along with the introduction and exposure to man-made environmental toxins,” according to Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, co-authors ofTurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust.
Tom Griesel adds, “The key to health therefore is rooted in making correct diet and lifestyle choices. This is a fact. It is a natural law that cannot be ignored without consequences. You are not an exception. Even if you are currently feeling healthy and not experiencing any specific symptoms of deteriorating health, you are not immune to dietary indiscretions and violations. An inappropriate diet will cause problems and it is just a matter of time before they appear.”
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