The Human Operating Manual


Never has there been a more polarizing topic. Most likely due to the fact that there is a lot of money to be made selling addictive foods and diet programs that only work momentarily. Driven by big businesses that take advantage of the public’s insecurities and then use artificial support of social movements as a shield. 

Corporate greed aside, here is a list of some of the reasons why we can’t seem to agree on the “perfect” human diet:

  • Humans ate seasonally, so we developed metabolic flexibility to adapt to weather changes and resource limitations.
  • Global-wide migration and genetic adaptation to resource limitations has resulted in nutritional variability.
  • Mass scale agriculture and selective breeding has made our food unrecognizable. 
  • Nutritional guidelines are often ill advised and unchallenged. 
  • Nutritional research limitations and overdependence on WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) participants.
  • We have an unspoken emotional connection with food that often blinds us to conflicting results.   
If we can’t trust marketing, diet promoters, or even the most basic of nutritional guidelines, how are we supposed to know what to eat?

Luckily there are a few long-standing ideas that tend to remain consistent. Getting the basic grasp of these ideas may help to clear the confusion around nutrition. Allowing the usage of food for healing, maintenance, and strengthening the body. All while lowering the risk of developing preventable Western lifestyle diseases.

If you would like to learn more about the basics of nutrition, so that you can make your own decisions, click the link below. Otherwise, we have provided an adjustable “Natural” diet to follow (dependent on your current health, ancestry, and genetics) and links that lead you down the nutritional rabbit hole.

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