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    Native American ancestors' diet part of study and challenge

    Brief Synopsis: A study is being done with varying levels of compliance to a diet that includes anything the Great Lakes area Native Americans had prior to 1600, give or take- deer and turkey, corn, beans, and squash, morels, greens, etc. One guy who pledged 100% has lost almost 30 pounds since March, and a lot of his biomarkers have also improved.

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    Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
    Native American ancestors' diet part of study and challenge

    Brief Synopsis: A study is being done with varying levels of compliance to a diet that includes anything the Great Lakes area Native Americans had prior to 1600, give or take- deer and turkey, corn, beans, and squash, morels, greens, etc. One guy who pledged 100% has lost almost 30 pounds since March, and a lot of his biomarkers have also improved.
    This would be really cool to do if all the food was sourced and prepared in traditional ways for you, and you got to live in a tipi and do Indian stuff all day.

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    • #3
      I was curious about the corn, but they did say all GMO foods were excluded. You can still get ancient grains, but I doubt most people would go that far in their daily lives.

      My boyfriend is part Native American, but from the southeast part of the U.S. Looks like their diet was hunt and gather, and even when they started baking, it was with acorn flour. They did add in corn, but again, not GMO. Hmm. I'm going to have to research this some more. Don't know what I'm going to do with the Swedish half of him though...
      Durp.

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      • #4
        You can still get ancient grains

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        • #5
          I was reading Stefansson's The Fat of the Land. Apparently Native Americans in my area had tooth decay. They ate acorns and seafood (abalone, shellfish, and bony fish) mostly. There were other things like chia, too. The tooth decay seems to indicate it wasn't the best diet possible.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • #6
            Arggg...trying to find the link to the MNU diet guide.
            Found the tasting menu night link....yum' and very Primal
            his year's menu will include:
            Turkey
            Bison/Venison Meatloaf
            Turkey/Pumpkin Soup
            Wild Rice
            Wild Rice Casserole w/vegies
            Fry Bread
            Three Sisters Casserole
            Crabapple Sauce
            Sunbutter Cookies
            Pumpkin Cornbread
            Fruit Dessert Topping
            Drinks: Sweetwater, White Pine/Wintergreen Tea, Water
            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
            PS
            Don't forget to play!

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            • #7
              Definitely stick to the ancient ancestral Native American diet and not the post-American one. Fry bread is so not Paleo, and explains why so many Native Americans on reservations are obese on a heavily carb-based diet laden with cheap processed foods.
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                Native American ancestors' diet part of study and challenge

                Brief Synopsis: A study is being done with varying levels of compliance to a diet that includes anything the Great Lakes area Native Americans had prior to 1600, give or take- deer and turkey, corn, beans, and squash, morels, greens, etc. One guy who pledged 100% has lost almost 30 pounds since March, and a lot of his biomarkers have also improved.
                Came across a similar story a while ago: Lakota man credits traditional diet for diabetes control
                If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                Originally posted by tfarny
                If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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                • #9
                  Fry bread? That was introduced by Europeans and a cause of obesity for native people's. Your whole list looks a little suspiciously European-influenced what with all the cookies and such.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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