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Decolonize your food and your meals

Ancestrial Lnu'k were hunter-gatherers, they ate berries, select fruit, tree nuts, roots, leaves, fish, and meat and they had an active lifestyle. They occasionally made flat bread. They were healthy and in good shape. Our ancestors didn't eat 3 times per day and except for special feasts, did not idolize food nor use it as a comfort item.

The Colonial-Western based meal system and foods are high in refined sugars including confectionery items (candy bars, candy, ice cream, cola, etc.), desserts, breads and pastries, alcohol, high carb foods such as ground vegetables, rice and pasta. The food is also very high in salt and other artificial ingredients. These are not healthy foods.

If you want to have a proper weight, controllable blood pressure and be healthier overall you need to remove these items from your diet as much as is necessary and this is a life style change.

In the modern world donít forget to also drink lots of water as it keeps you from being dehydrated and reduces kidney stones. Stop overeating. Eat lots of green leaf plants. Refrain from consuming alcohol. You need 15-20 minutes of exercise every day, simple fast walking and physical activity will accomplish this.

There are other things that come into play as well including your own genes, tolerances, individual body makeup and condition including age and current lifestyle. Moderation is a buzz word as well.

Periodic fasting is also a big part of our traditional culture and is a time of cleansing and reflection.

My personal result, I started this on myself on October 1, 2019 and I have lost 16 lbs already, it really does work.

    From my experience:
  1. I tested regular vitamins for 8 years and I would say they serve no purpose. If you want vitamins eat vitamin rich foods.
  2. Probably better to take super food suppliments like Ginger, Garlic, Ginseng, Curry, Turmeric, cinnamon, Cacao, and others...
  3. Eat greens, tree nuts, and beans
  4. Eat dark chocolate that is 85 percent or more
  5. Decolonizing your diet is the key
  6. East less meat, more fish and chicken
  7. Reduce your fat intake
  8. Keep the salt shaker off your table, most prducts you buy now already have more than enough salt
  9. Avoid processed foods at all cost
  10. But again eating the right foods will help keep you healthy.

Happy life to you all, Traditional Saqamaw-Chief Jes'n Penwa

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