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how many natives are currently living paleo...other than me? lol

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 04, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I am a Native living on a reservation and I have been Paleo for around a month or so and it is really hard to share information with my own people. I am truly concerned with getting the word out to other reservations and Native peoples as I feel we are in a state of emergency considering my people are the sickliest in the U.S.! Any ideas would be appreciated....

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on September 29, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Haven't seen it but I read bout it bout a year ago

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on May 05, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Hau Kola! What Nation?

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on May 05, 2011
at 12:08 AM

That is so cool. Good for you.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:31 PM

It's VERY frustrating when people see the results, you clearly explain the science, but then they stay hung up on the bread-shunning as if their health were secondary. It sucks to see the people closest to you get sicker and fatter because of stubbornness, not because of a lack of understanding. More, it's an irresponsible lack of concern for themselves. Just do an Leanne said and keep improving yourself while slipping into conversations bits of Paleo now and then. Eventually, someone will have to cave and ask you how to fix their health.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:13 PM

It took me at least three years after first reading about paleo to actually commit to doing it. Just keep being a constant reminder to them and eventually some will hop on board.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Our local Henry's Farmer's Market (a health food supermarket chain) has recently started carrying Tanka Bars and Bites. They are AWESOME and I'm so glad to hear that they are also firmly rooted in a good cause. Thanks for posting this!

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:10 PM

well said. good for you. best of luck in fighting for what your grandparents believed in and knew to be true.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Good luck to you.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I am part Eskimo. My family is sick and weak and looks at me like I am crazy to even suggest eating anything like we used to.

I am sick of trying. I am beginning to think that the SAD has significant cognitive deficiencies as a symptom to go along with the diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, etc. I was raised being told "we were not sick before the white man came" and now it is "what, our way isn't good enough for you?" (in reference to being raised on the SAD). The entitlement mentality in my family seems to also apply to our suffering.

My kids are gonna be healthy and strong and that is all that matters to me anymore.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:10 PM

well said. good for you. best of luck in fighting for what your grandparents believed in and knew to be true.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:38 PM

I'm native. I don't live on the rez but just came back from a visit. It's hard for me to stay paleo when I'm home, food is so central.

Friends and relatives do notice how much healthier I've become in the past year and they ask what I'm doing and that's when I take the opportunity to preach it.

It's frustrating the way people act like they are interested but never do anything to follow that interest. Despite that I continue to talk it up because I know eventually someone will take it to heart and will benefit.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:31 PM

It's VERY frustrating when people see the results, you clearly explain the science, but then they stay hung up on the bread-shunning as if their health were secondary. It sucks to see the people closest to you get sicker and fatter because of stubbornness, not because of a lack of understanding. More, it's an irresponsible lack of concern for themselves. Just do an Leanne said and keep improving yourself while slipping into conversations bits of Paleo now and then. Eventually, someone will have to cave and ask you how to fix their health.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:13 PM

It took me at least three years after first reading about paleo to actually commit to doing it. Just keep being a constant reminder to them and eventually some will hop on board.

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I have a cree indian background and I have been specifically interested in how to recreate a paleo diet specifically for those of native indian descent.

From what I can tell, fructose in particular should be a major elimination focus of the native indian paleolithic diet. My mother had eliminated many grains and other forms of high glycemic foods, but it wasn't until specifically eliminating fructose that so many of her problems went away.

Fructose has the same effects as ethanol on the body, and it's a well known fact that indians have a hard time processing ethanol.

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I have the same problem in my Jewish culture. My whole family died off; one sister left, with bone cancer, but I'm living proof that pastured meats, home grown vegetables, [no sugars or carbs] old style Russian cooking, from my grandma: eating all the organ meat, including heart, tongue, kidney, liver, is the example of health and fitness. All my life, they rolled their eyes at me, didn't want to hear anything, kept butchering themselves with surgery and running to the doctor, which means you get surgery or toxic medicine, with side effects, more medicine, then death. Doctors will kill you, or try to fix it, but you won't survive their office visits. I've cancelled my "health" insurance, use herbs and go barefoot, whenever possible, to build the feet back up. Otherwise, wear moccasins, to allow the toes to be strong, avoid pain and develop strong tendons, with no foot or leg pain. Read the library book, Barefoot Running. It's sensational. I only offer information when people ask, because I look great at age 64. All my peers say, "My cardiologist, my pulmonary doctor, my internist" and try to talk sense to me, when I won't go for a colonoscopy. Ick. My grandfather had colon cancer, but I know I won't, because I eat plenty of healthy saturated fats, fish oil and coconut oil. I bought a half a cow at $3/lb. I'm set for the summer, because I know a few farmers. I eat duck eggs, instead of taking pills! To your health. Stay strong and when you move like a teenager, they'll ask you how you do it. Let them grab onto your garments and be humble. Come to their rescue, when they're ready. I've already buried enough of them to know that most don't want to know. They're addicts. Keep praying.

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on May 05, 2011
at 06:08 AM

there is a documentary called "my big fat diet" about a first nations community in canada that ate lowcarb/no junk for a year. not quite paleo but pretty darned close. the health benefits were impressive and they talked a lot about how they were eating closer to what their grandparents ate.

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on September 29, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Haven't seen it but I read bout it bout a year ago

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on May 04, 2011
at 10:24 PM

I don't know where you live but I can tell you if you go to Tankabar.com website or facebook one of their employees is Paleo.

From their website:

We are Oglala Lakotas on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD, with a deep commitment to helping the People, the Buffalo and Mother Earth. We look forward to providing you with the very best foods that are sustainably grown by Native American producers, minimally processed with care and respect, to help you feed mind, body and spirit.

To "Be Tanka" means to live your best life: in harmony with your spirit and with the earth. We created Tanka products to help you do just that.

I hope this helps you connect.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Our local Henry's Farmer's Market (a health food supermarket chain) has recently started carrying Tanka Bars and Bites. They are AWESOME and I'm so glad to hear that they are also firmly rooted in a good cause. Thanks for posting this!

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on May 05, 2011
at 09:30 PM

The Australian Aborigines were found to return to health quite quickly when they got off the booze and sugar by leaving the city and returning to the land and eating as their ancestors did.

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on May 04, 2011
at 11:10 PM

My father is about 3/4 Native American and pretty healthy overall, but he has had his gall bladder removed. I didn't grow up on the reservation, nor do I live on one now, so I can't imagine the difficulty you have in this area.

I will offer up the notion that native people have been eating wheat based carbs for a lot smaller period of time than the Europeans have, so we are behind by several thousand years in our adaptation of their consumption. I believe this notion is touched upon in T.S. Wiley's book "Lights Out! Sleep, Sugar and Survival".

My father's sister has a gluten intolerance and my father (age 70) has obvious issues as well based on his gall bladder situation. My dad has stayed rather healthy due to his activity level, even now he still does flatwork almost daily. My father's only other living sibling is in terrible health and has COPD. My grandma is 93 years old and only on one prescription medication (last time I checked). All her life she has grown her own food and eaten from her garden. She still had a garden at age 91! When my father was little they raised their own livestock as well.

I really don't know if I can offer much help in enlightening the masses, most people are resistant to change. Especially when it comes to changing eating habits. Grain based carbs and sugars fill up opiate receptors making them like food crack. Maybe your way to begin to open their eyes is just by being proof, then little by little people will begin to ask you questions and possibly making different choices. You definitely don't want to be pushy, because they will just dig in their heels.

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on September 28, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Bojo, all's you guys, look at this story about reviving old maize and stuff:

http://www.energybulletin.net/print/57395

No, I'm a Swede myself, but we got our own terrible old icky cuisine that I'm probably gonna start to enjoy now. Lutefisk and lefse etc. Wish I could get hold of real old-time pemmican, though. Banned by the FDA creeps.

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