Note: This post is about the archevore diet which generally has 5-20 % carbs if you follow all advice. If you are looking for 0% you can make it happen with this plan by removing the carb based foods such as rice and potatoes; you will still have plenty of healthy food to eat. But it is not recommended because carbs can be a useful factor in your body as long as they are whole, not refined and not taken in excess.
The Archevore Diet –
A diet based on simple whole foods, the claim is that it will improve your health because it emulates the evolutionary metabolic milieu more intimately than all other diets, as well as avoid the common pitfall of our industrial foodways.
Kurt Harris MD creator of this eating plan has said “An Archevore is someone who eats based on essential principles, and also someone who hungers for essential principles.”
A vital component of this plan is that it recognizes all the junk that is considered to be part of the standard western diet and actively disowns it. The program was made specifically for those of us in the 21st century surrounded by “toxic” food. Kurt Harris says that in comparison, those who adopt this diet will “usually settle at a more optimal body composition spontaneously.”
Effects of the eating plan-
Part of the unique design is to allow long term sustainability and high levels of health, all the while providing satisfaction. Additionally, it diminishes food reward actions that inevitably leads to overeating.
Throughout the diet you will spontaneously experience caloric reduction intake, as well as fat loss, if you stick to the plan, there will be little need for measuring, weighing, specialized supplements.
Note: this diet is not guaranteed to work well enough for everybody needing to lose significant amounts of fat, or in curing a particular disease. If you’re looking for fat loss, there are more extreme and healthy methods you can take, but they will be more difficult.
Kurt Harris states “This information is offered as a free piece of educational information to anyone who finds it useful and is not to be considered individualized dietary or medical advice”.
1. Get lots of sleep and do away with addictions to non-food
If you are drinking a 6-pack a day and chain-smoking those are surely more damaging to your health than your current diet
2. Eliminate sugar and all caloric drinks
Drink water, tea, or coffee. No sodas, sports drinks, juice, or milk. No adding sugar to your food or eating products that have high levels of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
3. Remove gluten grains and wheat flour –
No cake, cookies or pastries. No bread or pasta, whole grain or anything otherwise
This rule combined with the first will remove just about everything that comes in a box.
White rice and corn products are reasonable sources of starch if you can handle it but not as nutrient-rich as plant storage organs like root vegetables. Rice and corn also contain lots of carbs that you may be trying to avoid.
4. Get rid of seed oils –
Grain and seed derived oils or cooking oils. Eat or fry with ghee, pastured butter, animal fats, or coconut oil. You must avoid temperate plant oils like corn, soy, canola, flax, walnut, etc. Also take note to not consume a ton of nuts, especially soy and peanuts.
5. Ideally, have 2-3 meals a day-
Snacking is a hard trend to break, but it gets easier, trust us. Remember that primarily prey animals snack, while the predators are the ones fasting and then getting big meals. Whole foods prepared at home should be the rule, as you have a way higher degree of control. Low
meal frequency is a powerful tool if you have weight to lose brain fog to clear.
6. Whole foods from animals –
Whole grains are essential for the protein, the micronutrients, and the fuel.
Prioritize grass-fed animals like beef and lamb for your red meat. These meats have optimal n-6/n-3 ratios, and their saturated and monounsaturated fats are an excellent fuel source. Wild game is excellent if you can process it yourself- but commercial venison and bison are generally much too lean and pricey.
Eat fish at least a few times a week and pastured eggs if you enjoy them.
Eat offal for the vitamins and choline- some fresh beef liver a couple of times a week is plenty. Mix it with your ground hamburger if you prefer. Pastured butter is an excellent source of K2.
7. Get your fuels from the EM2-
Both animal fats and starchy plant organs are time-tested and historical fuel sources for humans.
8. Make sure you are Vitamin D sufficient –
Get daily midday sun in season or consider supplementation if you are never able to get outside.
9. Fruits and vegetables –
Besides starchy plants for fuel and micronutrients, you should eat a variety of different colored plants of whatever you like and can tolerate. Some are better than none but don’t think that big salads or fruit to excess will save your life, you’re an omnivore
10. Get proper exercise –
Both resistance and “aerobic” exercise have benefits, including mental. The recovery periods are where you will see the most benefit. Lift weights every day or run marathons and triathlons as a challenge and fun, but not for your health.
11. Don’t eat too many fruits
Most modern fruits aren’t just bags of sugar. This idea was a common hyperbole; and nothing more than a rhetorical technique. Bananas rich in starch and citrus fruits are preferred. Don’t go crazy with watermelon and agave, which are almost pure fructose. Beware stone fruits like peaches and apricots if you have IBS – the polyols are fermented in your colon.
A diet based on beef and potatoes would be healthier than one based on granny smiths or 30 bananas.
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