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Trying to adopt a moderate-carb traditional Kitava diet, any resources?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 06, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Hi hackers,

since ZC/VLC doesn't work for me, I've decided to adopt a moderate carb Kitava-like diet.

Btw: There was a short documentary on German television about the Yari Yari, an idigenous tribe from new guinea - quite similar to the Kitavans. It was astonishing! They had the stature of athletes and were extremely healthy.

The video is definitely worth a glimpse. (Ignore the ad in the beginnig) http://www.prosieben.de/tv/galileo/videos/clip/277988-leben-extrem-bei-den-yari-1.3094200/

Anyway, it seems there is not much information about such diets in detail, the only hint I've found is this one:

The residents of Kitava lived exclusively on root vegetables (yam, sweet potato, taro, tapioca), fruit (banana, papaya, pineapple, mango, guava, water melon, pumpkin), vegetables, fish and coconuts.

Has anyone stumbled across some infos regarding macronutrient ratios, food lists, meal times, recipes, or other interesting habits in order to implement this diet as authentic as possible?

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on March 07, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Thank you, great advice! Is there a blog/cookbook you can recommend?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 06, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Anyone can get fat with "western food." Staffan Lindeberg has done a lot of the paleo diet trials modeled on the Kitavans and they've worked perfectly well.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 06, 2012
at 09:01 PM

um, well if it's being sold at a grocery store, it's unlikely to be the variety that has cyanide, so I wouldn't worry about that.

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Cassava/tapioca in particular needs to be handled properly because it can be toxic.

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on March 06, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Unfortunately you live in Germany. Are there any local immigrant groups where you live that comes from an island/coastal culture? These have been a big resource for me, in terms of local markets where I can buy their foods, get advice, and learn how to cook it. A big obstacle I think for starchy diets is having trouble getting enough calories and then feeling irritable, learning how to cook some of these things right can help make them much more appetizing. For example, I learned quite a bit from local people from Puerto Rico, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Ivory Coast when I lived in Queens. Some of these starches are also traditionally fermented and/or pounded, which can affect digestion substantially.

Otherwise, checking out cookbooks and blogs is a good start and planning them out using nutrition software like Cron O Meter.

One thing I would be aware of is that peoples adapted to heavy starch diets often have polymorphisms related to folate metabolism that allow them to need less folate. If you are German, I doubt you have that and you'll need to eat more leafy greens or other sources of folate.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 06, 2012
at 09:01 PM

um, well if it's being sold at a grocery store, it's unlikely to be the variety that has cyanide, so I wouldn't worry about that.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on March 07, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Thank you, great advice! Is there a blog/cookbook you can recommend?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on March 06, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Cassava/tapioca in particular needs to be handled properly because it can be toxic.

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on March 06, 2012
at 09:17 PM

Are you Kitavan? Might not work out so well for you if you're not of that genetic line. Don't think anyone knows for sure. They know that Kitavan's can get fat eating Western food (much like many of the Pacific Islanders). Don't think they've shown that Westerners can get thin eating Kitavan food.

Check out: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/08/kitavans-wisdom-from-pacific-islands.html and http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-kitavan.html

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 06, 2012
at 09:25 PM

Anyone can get fat with "western food." Staffan Lindeberg has done a lot of the paleo diet trials modeled on the Kitavans and they've worked perfectly well.

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