I ran into an old high school friend this past summer and told her about my adventures in plant-based eating. She was excited to hear about it! She admitted she’s the type that forgets to eat. I don’t even understand what that must be like seeing that I’m such an emotional eater and always thinking about my pleasure trap! Nonetheless, she was concerned about rice. She said she likes to run and really wants to eat rice, but feels guilty as we are taught by our Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) that we need to watch our carbs! So, is it okay to eat rice???
Not only can you eat rice, you can and should live on it along with any other starches of your choosing. Why is it okay to eat rice? Our bodies are made to run on starch. How do we know this? If you study human anatomy, (Check out more details here on my blog post “Are Humans Designed To Meat?” http://nourishandstrengthen.org/are-humans-designed-to-eat-meat/.) it is that of a plant eater. If you look at our bodies, they are lean, strong, and healthy when eating starches but sick, overweight, and diseased when living on meat, dairy, eggs, and processed food. So why are we SOLD on eating meat, dairy, and eggs? It’s someone’s business to sell us this information. That’s how they make money and they are doing a very good job of convincing us. Not only that, but it tastes great so we are happy to believe they’re the right foods for us. Sadly, that’s not true. We are starch eaters. (Check out my blog post “15 Reasons To Eat Starch” http://nourishandstrengthen.org/15-reasons-to-eat-starch/.)
Dr. John McDougall reminds us that when it comes to calories, one gram of fat has nine calories, one gram of sugar has four calories, and one gram of starch has one calorie. How much more food can you eat when you are eating starches? Nine times as much food! I know this is why I’m eating more and weighing less than I ever have in my whole life at forty-years-old with four children. I’m living on starches and supplementing with veggies and fruit.
What about blood sugar? Aren’t we raising our blood sugar when we eat starch? Yes, yes we are, and that is a good thing! When we eat starch, our blood sugar rises. That sugar rise tells our bodies we are full and satisfied, so we stop eating. We also don’t crave dessert when we eat enough starches because our bodies are getting their fill of glucose and don’t need more. I’m not sure how long it’s been since I’ve had a “real dessert”. I don’t crave sweets anymore. This is huge as I used to be a chocoholic, eating it every day! Some think you get diabetes from starches/carbs. Wrong! You can cure type two diabetes in ten days on a plant-based diet. (Learn how by watching the movie PlantPure Nation on Netflix.)
We now have archaeological proof that people have been eating starches as their main source of food from as far back as 105,000[i] years ago, and this was happening all over the world from warm to cold climates. These findings are contrary to what we’ve heard about people consuming mostly animal foods, especially in Paleolithic times.
Let’s go back just 10,000[ii] years. Thanks again to archaeological research, we’ve learned that North, Central, and South America have been eating corn for 7,000 years. People in South America also ate potatoes for 13,000 years. America, Asia, and Europe have been eating legumes[iii] (alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupines, mesquite, carob, soybeans, peanuts, and tamarind) for 6,000 years. People in South America and the Caribbean ate sweet potatoes for 5,000 years. Africans ate millet for 6,000 years and East Africans ate sorghum for 6,000 years. Middle Easterners ate barley and oats for 11,000 years, people of the Near East ate wheat for 10,000 years, and Asians ate rye for 5,000 years and rice for 10,000 years.
Not only does archaeology prove our diet of the past, but so does our DNA and biology.[iv] Our DNA is closest to chimpanzees’, who are almost purely vegetarian. One thing that is different in our digestive genes is that we have six to eight times more amylase than chimpanzees. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks starch down into simple sugars. Not only do our bodies work best on starches, but we love them. They are satisfying, nutritious, and delicious.
What is happening to the population of China right now because they are trading in their rice for the Standard American Diet? From the September 2013 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) report we read that in 1980 when the Chinese Diet was 90% rice, they had 1% diabetes. Now that they have McDonald’s and other bad American food habits, 11.6% are diabetic and 50.1% are prediabetic. We need to go back to eating rice and so do they! Type two diabetes is curable in ten days on a plant-based diet.
So Megan, my friend, pile on the rice because it’s so good for you! No more guilt!
P.S. If you don’t understand the title of this blog, welcome to my generation, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rog8ou-ZepE.
[i] The Starch Solution, John A. McDougall, MD, 2012 Page 10.
[ii] The Starch Solution, John A. McDougall, MD, 2012 p. 9.
[iv] The Starch Solution, John A. McDougall, MD, 2012 p. 13.