Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Big Fat Diet!

So, it's been H-O-T lately!

I'm blaming the heat and my Medical Qigong course finals for my lack of attention to this blog (as of tomorrow, I will have obtained the credentials of Medical Qigong Practitioner and the right to use the initials M.Q.P. behind my name if I feel like it;)

Despite my busyness and laziness, I couldn't resist doing a quick post on something really cool that makes me very excited: the documentary "My Big Fat Diet"!

The Namgis First Nation, who live off the coast of Vancouver Island, BC decided that they were sick of being sick, so they did something about it and that something was returning to their original tribal diet, which includes no sugar or grains, for a year and they documented the whole ordeal.

Native Americans are 2.6 times more likely to have diabetes than Whites of the same age groups and have the highest diabetes rates among all ethnic groups in North America.

First Nations peoples are more likely to succumb to the metabolic effects (obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease) of excess carbohydrates in their diets, especially in the form of refined sugar and grain, because many of these tribes did not have access to this food until fairly recently in their histories, so you can see why it's such a big deal for the Namgis Tribe to re-embrace their native diet.

I look forward to watching this documentary. Here is a snippet of the Chief's challenge to other First Nations communities:

I hope everyone is having a great summer! I think I'll go do one that most Primal of activities-which I feel is highly underrated- NAP! Ooh- maybe my next blog post will expound on the numerous and myriad benefits of naps...

Anyway, I'm off to nap for a bit so my brain can switch back into study mode. I have a test to finish!

1 comment:

  1. I first heard of this documentary on Nora Gedgaudas's podcast! I love how it's directed at empowering people through traditional diets!