Your genetic behavior is more important than the genes themselves. How does your body deal with the carbohydrates you eat? Your ancestors may have developed the ability to thrive on a high-carb diet, while others may suffer with the same pattern of eating.
Try the cracker test. Chew on a saltine. How long does it take for the taste to change? If it tastes sweet quickly, you can have a diet of 50 percent carbs. If it takes a long time to taste sweet, your diet should be 25 percent carbs or less. The sweetness tells you if your body has the enzymes to break down the carbohydrates quickly.
- Eat for your genes. Base your diet on what your ancestors successfully ate.
- Reverse aging. Your DNA can be damaged over time. Exercise helps reverse the aging clock. It increases collagen and improves the health of your DNA.
- Eat umami: a deep, savory taste. Consuming foods rich in umami leads to satiety faster. You’ll eat less but feel full.
- Drink oolong tea. It’s easy on digestion.
- No mono-eating. Don’t eat the same kind of berries every day. You can have too much of a good thing. You don’t want to stress your body by accumulating certain nutrients.
- Live slow. We lead rushed lives. We don’t take the time to eat without distractions and away from a screen. Try eating at least one meal a day in peace.