I’m so psyched about my new book cover designed by talented artist Lee Grace, a good friend of mine for many years. I trusted Lee with the concept which can be summarised with the following phrase
“Spring out Your Summer Hunter and Escape the Infinite Autumn…”
Don’t Eat for Winter
So what does that mean?
Essentially we are prisoners of our modern hyper-carb environment. A carbpocalypse. Our bodies were not designed to be eating autumnal carbs all day every day of the year as they exist primarly in nature in late summer and autumn time. I believe that carbs work with our bodies to trigger gorge instincts, affect hunger hormones and put us in a state of fat genesis in order to protect us from the food shortages and cold of winter (fat is an insulator).
All the science in the world can explain this with affects on chemicals and hormones in the body such as dopamine, leptin, ghrelin, taste sensations, insulin spikes and so on, but at the end of the day all of these things are part of our biological systems to ensure our survival. They are our instincts.
Unfortunately, in today’s world of the quick fix, gratification and little self-moderation, we give in to these instincts daily, mostly unknowingly, and of course commercial entities will exploit them, because things that trigger our instincts tick all of these boxes. With modern storage, preservatives, transportation etc. we are caught in this infinite autumn, which is amplified through refining which means our instincts are on high alert at all times. We are trapped in this world and unless we are aware of it, we will continue to be slaves to it. With 2/3 of adults in many western countries and beyond overweight or obese, the major factor has to be our environment. If squirrels lived in an autumn time warp, they would become obese and unhealthy as their natural function to store fat is overloaded. This is how we are living and it has to stop if we truly wish to become a healthy planet again.
Nature created us to be perfect survival machines, but it is no longer dictating our diet, society dictates it, stores dictate it and we are tempted constantly every time we cross the threshold of a convenience store or eatery. We don’t stand a chance unless we become aware of this.
Becoming aware is the first step towards the escape from the infinite autumn. Contemplation of what the world is and the environment we all live in. I’ve found through that understanding and then applying it, I was able to lose a colossal amount of unnecessary body fat and yet continue to get stronger and healthier.
The next step is to get a basic understanding of nutrition and of course become more active like our ancestors. Once you have that understanding, you can avoid and overcome the autumnal combinations that cause the biggest instinctual response, and build a fitness base that will have you tending towards your summer hunter self.
My book, Don’t Eat for Winter, available on this site and amazon, can help give you that understanding in an accessible format. I wrote it for people like me who are struggling with the environment because of the noise of conflicting expert opinion and the constant barrage of advertising from competing commercial entities that want to supply you with your next food fix.
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