One of the things I am most often asked about eating the MND way is why I suggest not eating starchy carbohydrates, particularly grains. I just want to cover that briefly today.
- Why we should avoid eating grains, processed carbs and starchy carbs in general
- New research indicates that maintaining a fairly high-protein diet reduces signs of frailty in old age
- Basically, those eating a diet higher in protein, maintained ‘strength’ longer, and those eating a diet lower in protein, reported more signs of frailty in older age
- It doesn’t seem to matter if that protein comes from veggies or meat or fish, just so long as you are eating one or all of those things
- Eat the MND way for a nutrient-packed diet with no need for nutrient-poor starchy carbs
- Just eat plants and animals
MotherNaturesDiet (MND) is a fairly-low-carb diet. MND includes masses of vegetables, many of which provide carbs, so I do not promote MND as “low-carb” strictly, more I promote MND as “no-processed-carbs”. See MND Core Principle 1 - no processed grains, and MND Core Principle 2 - no refined sugar.
Why should we avoid carbs? Why no grains?
Living the MND way involves avoiding all those starchy carbs that other people eat - bread, cereals, pasta, white potatoes, rice, spaghetti, pastries, cakes and so on.
There are many reasons for this.
All grains are members of the ‘cereal crops’ family of plants. These are all a type of grass. Grasses are cellulose plants that humans cannot eat, and these foods are not digestible without processing.
I think Mother Nature designed animals to eat the grasses, then we eat the animals.
Ruminants (cows, sheep, goats, etc.) have a stomach (the rumen, hence their genus name) designed to act as a fermentation tank. Once fermented, they can then extract nutrients from these foods. Humans do not have a rumen and cannot digest grains, hence grains have to be processed in order for us to digest them.
Personally, I think it’s healthier and more natural to let the cow do the fermenting, and then I eat the cow.
The food chain
In Mother Nature’s grand design, it’s a form of ‘upregulation of energy’ - the sun falls on the huge flat surface of the earth, helping the grasses to grow, they absorb the suns vital energy. Cows eat the grass and upregulate the output of the sun’s energy into muscle, or beef, as we like to call it. We eat the cow. We die and our blood and bones and flesh put carbon, phosphorous, potassium, nitrogen and many other minerals back into the soil, to help feed the insects and bugs and help grow more plants, and so the whole cycle repeats. Read more