Natural Eating by Geoff Bond

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Subtitle: Nutritional Anthropology—Eating in Harmony with our Genetic Programming (2nd Edition-Fully Revised and Updated)

“This book is about: defining and practicing the feeding patterns appropriate to our species.” This quote from the Preface to the first edition, and included in the second edition, seems quite straightforward and clear, yet Bond claims on page 13 that there is a huge gap in human knowledge about what “exactly is food, how our bodies absorb food and the uses our body makes of it.” Bond’s interest in how early humans lived led him to a search for a “common nutritional theme,” traveling world-wide and searching and researching as far back as the initial Homo sapiens (our Pleistocene ancestors) left the African Savannah 50,000 years ago, gathering and hunting as they searched for plants and game, doing more gathering than hunting.

Interestingly enough, what the author found in the studies he researched (and found in 15 pages of the bibliographic sources) was that these very early people who had higher levels of eating fruits and vegetables (approximately 75%) were also those who lived the healthiest as well as the longest. Once humans “discovered” farming, about 10,000 years ago, planting and eating what we consider common foods — cereals, grains, potatoes, and sugars—actual stressed the body in terms of blood sugar levels, and resulted in serious illnesses.

Bond’s book, therefore, explains how we can pedal back to our ancestral nutritional roots and reclaim our good health, free of all the moderns ailments/disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. so common today. Each chapter takes us deeper and deeper into an understanding of for example, What and How We Eat (Chapter Five), The Golden Rules for Natural Eating (Chapter Six), and a look at basic foods and supplements in our modern diets (Chapter Seven).

To get the full “Bond Effect” we need to read The Food/Disease Connection followed by his step-by-step guide to how we actually change our eating habits to resemble more of the patterns established back on the African Savannah, as well as exercises to keep our bodies physically as well as nutritionally fit. Near the end we sample some of the recipes by the “Bond girl,” Nicole, Geoff Bond’s wife. (Her book Paleo Harvest, minus the meat dishes, is now my cooking Bible.) We learn how to structure our day, food wise, helped by the Appendix which divides foods into Good Foods to be eaten without restrictions as well as in restricted portions, and Bad/Borderline/ and favorable carbohydrates.

Thus, Natural Eating is both a 247- page “course” in how to eat healthfully and as close to our African ancestral roots as possible within modern boundaries, as well as a practical guide in how to accomplish this course in order to regain the health our ancestors enjoyed, free of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and poor digestion. This book is a great blueprint for a healthier way of living that I have begun to follow with positive results, which started with my reading Paleo in a Nutshell and Deadly Harvest, his earlier book.

There is also a monthly Bond Briefing online: (http://bit.ly/BB-Index) that includes health updates on Natural Eating. However, the author does point out that his book is not meant to replace medical advice or act as a substitute for a physician. Also, eating healthfully and exercising regularly are not cure-alls for every ailment, but a healthful diet and an exercise regimen are important steps in the right direction to good health into old age. However, you may want to share the “Bond effect” with your physician, as I have.

The second edition of Natural Eating (1st edition published by Griffin) is published by Bond Effect Publications, ISBN-13 : 978-0992751210, and is available from the usual bookshops and online sources. The sticker price is $20.00 for a soft cover book with 247 pages and it is also available on Kindle for $5.95.

 

 

 

THINK SPRING! March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

I took this photo a couple of years ago when we were visiting our children in California. That’s where I am headed now so I am post-dating this to appear when I am on my way back. Hopefully, I will have an early spring in California and come back to slightly milder weather here, although we have had only one real snowstorm, so I cannot complain.

The first date in March that I feel is important is International Women’s Day on March 8th. Here is an excerpt from www.wikipedia.com that might guide you in how you want to celebrate:

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. An effective Women’s Day was the 1975 Icelandic women’s strike which paved the way for the first female president in the world.

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

So find something purple to wear that day and celebrate the 100th anniversary and ALL women!

Every year about this time I put an article about sprouts on my site. This year I have a slightly different article in that I interviewed a young woman named Kara who owns a microgreens farm called Bloom Microgreens very close to where my older daughter lives in San Luis Obispo. I interviewed Kara on my last trip to California and this seems like an appropriate time to post it in the next few days.

These two photos are from a demo I did on sprouting a couple of years ago.
When I post Bloom article, I plan to include some photos of Kara’s outdoor greenhouse farm.                                There are also recipes on her website you will be able to access. I found her mini-farm fascinating, compared it to the indoor sprouting operation I co-owned in the 1980s.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is also in March, I hope to have some recipes that include sprouts, as well as one that emphasizes adding more greens, both raw and cooked, to your recipes.  Here’s a picture of a salad using home-grown sprouts in a jar. Simple, economical, and ecological.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, March is my 11th anniversary for posting on Menupause. I would love to receive more comments as to what else you might want to read about. I still have the desire to write on my blog-turned-website and hope you are still enjoying it. Happy Anniversary Menupause!

 

P.S. ANNOUNCEMENT!

I posted this Daily Om before I left for California. I am writing this from California with the help and advice of my daughter-in-law Maura. She suggests that I post all new content on my Home Page and also in my categories. Thus, every time you log into menupause.info, new articles will be featured chronologically. If you subscribe you are getting a ping each time I post, but if you are new to my website, you will see all te new posts each time you log in.

This will go into effect when I return to PA on March 1st. Updates as I develop this new way of posting. 

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