Symbiosis as Guidance
In the first lesson we will look at what is the optimal diet for people and why the term a raw diet can be misleading.
Often when people are first introduced to the term a raw diet, they assume that it means to just eat typically cooked food, without cooking it. Immediately they begin to ask:
How do I eat raw cereals / legumes / potatoes, etc?
To resolve this confusion, I am inviting you on an imaginary walk through nature.
Before our walk, let’s acknowledge a couple of things:
- each species is attracted to its natural food in its raw, unprocessed form
- each species is equipped with its anatomy to obtain and digest its natural food in an efficient and relatively easy way
With this foundation of understanding, we may embark on our imaginary walk.
We come across:
- A rabbit – does the sight of a rabbit make you salivate and do you get a desire to tear it apart? Or rather, are you attracted to pet the rabbit?
A wolf would have a different answer to yours, but since you do not belong to a pack of wolves, you do not have the same appetite or nutritional needs. Wolves and similar predators are far different from humans in their anatomical and physiological characteristics that dictate their optimal food.
The features of natural carnivores are:
See in the dark for the sake of efficient hunting,
Don’t see colors, unlike the fruit-eating species,
Have claws and canines for easy prey killing,
Drink blood before they eat their victim,
Have short bowels so that high-fat and high-protein fiberless foods could pass quickly,
Have the ability to synthesize vitamin C because they evolved on a diet that lacks this vitamin.
I hope that we have established significant differences between the biological nature of humans and carnivores, so we can check out our next potential food.
- A field of grains – Are you attracted to collecting grains and eating them? What would happen if you tried that? Sticky gluten or similar sticky proteins in grains would just form something like a chewing gum in your mouth, which you would spit out.
However, birds would have a different experience because birds also have a different anatomical structure of the digestive system. Unlike humans, birds have an organ before the stomach, called gizzard that allows digestion of raw grains. Humans are not equipped with this organ and cannot digest grains without processing them. Just having to process something to make it edible, indicates that it is not our natural food.
The features of grains are:
- Do not have vitamin C,
- Are not the fruits of the plants, but the seeds of the plants,
- Contain antinutrients with which plants naturally defend their seeds,
- They are full of hard-to-digest starch and sticky proteins such as gluten and avenins.
So if we have passed the grains as well, we go further in our walk and reach the next point.
- A grass lawn – if it is neat and tidy, it will most likely attract you to stretch yourself on it and watch the clouds. 🙂
But it is very unlikely that you will get the urge to eat the grass, and your anatomy wouldn’t help you in that regard either.
Notice how horses, cows, sheep, and similar ruminants all have long necks that allow them to lower their mouths down to the grass. In addition, they have four stomachs that allow them to digest cellulose foods. You will agree, people have completely different anatomies, and it is natural that we do not see grass as food.
Granted, grass has been put down as an inedible option, so we go on and get to…
- A field of root vegetables – unless you already knew this was a field of root vegetables, it would be hard for you to find this out, since all those roots are not visible above the surface of the Earth. And even if you knew, you would hardly be attracted to dig those roots out and eat them.
Unlike you, a pig for an instance, would cherish this game of digging roots. But even if you dug out a root, what do you think? Would it really attract you to eat it, covered with earth and without attractive shape and color?
You can find far better…
And so we passed the roots and we finally reach…
- A fruit tree – imagine a tree of your favorite fruit. Imagine standing in front of this tree, looking at its treetop. Fresh and ripe fruits are visible among the green leaves and you can almost taste the sweet juicy flavors.
You are probably aware that children feel real excitement at the view of a fruit tree, or better yet, the opportunity to climb a tree and enjoy its sweet fruits.
The evidence that you are a fruit eater is:
- Your anatomy gives you the perfect opportunity to climb a tree relatively easily,
- The dexterity of your hands is ideal for picking fruits,
- The dental formula of your teeth is perfectly suited to bite on fruits,
- Your long and curvy intestines allow easy passing of only foods rich in water and fiber,
- All of your cells prefer simple sugars as fuel,
- High water content in fruit hydrates your body cells,
- Fruit provides enjoyment when eaten as it is a nutritional support to your body without harmful ingredients and metabolic end products.
And so we have come to the very food that attracts us in its natural form, gives us pleasure and the necessary nutrients. In addition to fruits, we can also be attracted to young, tender greens, as well as nuts and seeds.
As for the nuts and seeds, we can notice that they are found in shells that are not so easy to open. As many nuts and seeds we would get with the time and effort we would be willing to devote to opening them with bare hands, is an appropriate amount to eat. In the presence of our preferred food – fruit – which requires minimal effort and time to eat, nuts and seeds would play a small role in our diet.
I hope this lesson has taken you a step further in understanding what is the optimal diet for people.
- It sure does! Yet still… what about the saying One should eat the food of the area where one lives?
Let’s address this topic in the next lesson.
In this lesson we will address a very interesting topic that reveals to us, over and over again, how perfectly everything is arranged in nature.
Let me introduce you to natural symbioses. First, let’s define the meaning of the word symbiosis.
Symbiosis – a relationship between two types of animal or plant species in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence.
If we take a closer look at the diets of different species, we can see beautiful relationships between plants and animals and how in each of them there are benefits for both, or one side.
Before moving on to the examples, it is important to acknowledge that:
- The main goal of each species is to reproduce.
- Plants are root-tied to the soil, which means they need someone to plant the seeds or pollinate the flowers for them.
- Bees and flowers – flowers have established a relationship with bees, giving them their sweet nectar as a reward for transferring pollen from male to female flowers.
Just think about it… it’s hard for a male flower to walk up to a female flower. So he came up with the following process: he lures the bees with his sweet nectar, and right next to the nectar he puts his anther. When a bee lands on a male flower to collect some sweet nectar, the anther powder sticks to its legs and so the bee leaves with the pollination material in addition to the nectar.
When this bee lands on a female flower, also in order to collect the nectar, it lands on a sticky surface of a pistil. The powder from the male flower sticks to this sticky pistil.
And so the flowers get pollinated, while the bees get their sweet nectar in return for doing pollination.
Notice the size of the reward – the nectar – just right in proportion to the size of the small bees.
- Squirrels and Nuts – Big oak, walnut and other nut trees can be proud of their size, but they still need the help of small squirrels to reproduce. So these mighty trees offered the squirrels food – acorns, walnuts, hazelnuts – in exchange for having squirrels to do their part of work.
Squirrels gather their food, but do not eat it immediately, burying it first. What is interesting is that squirrels bury their food at the exact depth in the soils where tree seeds should be buried. When it’s time for squirrels to eat, squirrels dig up their previously buried food and eat.
But they do not remember just about every single nut they have buried, and so the undiscovered ones get a chance to turn from small seeds into big trees.
Notice the size of the reward the squirrels get for planting the seeds – the nuts – in just the right proportion to the size of small squirrels.
- Humans and Fruits – trees are rooted in the soil, so they don’t have much opportunity to walk around and spread their seeds. Branches don’t help much either because they can’t get a hold on the seeds and throw them on the ground.
And so the trees, in their desire to leave their seeds somewhere in soil, spotted people.
Such beautiful creatures, these walkers-climbers are, and plus, they have arms instead of tree branches… Perfect! They must have a sweet tooth as well, thought trees. 😉
Trees produce fruits, and they plant seeds within fruits. Fruits are hard to touch and sour or unpleasant in taste, until the seeds within them are ready for germination. When a seed is finally ready to turn into a young plant, the starches within the fruit flesh convert to sweet tasting sugars, a vibrant color is apparent, and a sweet scent is released that lures sweet fruit lovers.
And so people get their perfect food in return to simply returning the seed into the ground and thus give it a chance to grow into a new tree.
Notice the size of the reward – a treetop full of fruit available to people to take as much as they need to satisfy their individual caloric needs.
Now let’s think about this. Nectar is the perfect food for bees, giving them all the nutrition they need. Nuts are also the perfect food for squirrels, adequately supplying them with the necessary nutrients for squirrels.
Do you think that nature would make such a bad joke by not setting the same principle between humans and fruits? 😉
- Beautiful symbiotic relationships indeed! But… what if someone is not familiar with these symbiotic relationships, can they determine with a simple test what is food and what is not?
Of course! Let’s go to the next lesson now!