Sorry, this is just a bit of frustration I have in finding any government diet guides for non-caucasians. They exist but they are really just caucasian (most of Europe and the Middle East) diets with some other ‘ethnic’ foods added. No consideration for different metabolic needs, just a preference for rice vs bread.
It is hardly surprising that different groups of people have different dietary needs. However, any government initiated program for First Nations peoples I have found ignores this.
Diabetes is a huge problem for our First Nations peoples. When Europeans arrived, many of the First Nations were exceptionally tall and in very good physical condition. Europeans introduced many things such as smallpox, but it is diabetes and other obesity-related conditions that are the biggest causes of death now. I have read a few studies and personal stories of reversing obesity and diabetes by Natives following a more traditional diet.
I am looking for a simple meal plan and food guide (pyramid or rainbow) that actually realizes that peoples decended from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle metabolize food differently. If one is a hunter-gatherer, s/he needs to be able to digest wild foods and have a flexible metabolism. This is a high fibre, high protein, high fat diet. Low starch. You couldn’t just round up bannock or mashed potatoes on the prairies 120 years ago.
If one comes from a group of people that have been agrarian for millenia, then you could expect such a person to be able to digest well domesticated grains and tubers and perhaps dairy products. They need more carbohydrates and less animal fats than their hunter-gatherer cousins (less flexible metabolisms).
So, why does the ‘First Nations’ food guide not take into consideration that 100% of adult Natives cannot digest milk? Or that their blood sugar is easily disrupted by starches but saturated fats don’t have the same problems?
For a people whose traditional diet was 65% meat, 15% wild plants and only 20% domesticated veggies and grains, recommending them to eat 65% grains is a recipe for diabetes. And why recommend 2-3 servings of dairy? They cannot digest it! Most of us can’t.
And why are ‘traditional’ Native foods mostly food introduced by the Europeans?
The only Native thing I can find in this is the eagle, the wild rice, and the elk on the meat section. Not impressed. This is an apple for sure. (Red on the outside, pure white on the inside.)
Has anyone noticed a particular diet that works best for them? I often crave meat but can live without bread and potatoes. My lover however needs a high carb diet. Lil’T is trying to convince me she needs a high icecream diet.