Today I was doing some research on gene reprogramming. While I am still new to the topic, I find it fascinating. No, am not a scientist, but I’d like to put a scientist hat on once in a while and dig into some processes behind cool abbreviations and data. Here, at The Primal Force, you are not going to be burdened with that information, yet it makes sense to bring this topic up. Shall we?
Do you think you have those “bad” genes you are stuck with forever? How often do you say “Mom’s genes, can’t do anything about it”. “Ah, I am overweight because of my genes”. Does it leave you feeling hopeless? Don’t you worry, pal. Let’s look at it from a different angle.
The Story of My Fat Genes
Personally (you will tell me otherwise based on my pictures) I have a tendency to gain weight. While I love food, and my metabolism has increased dramatically over the years, extra carbs and alcohol are my enemies. I am not obese, but you could probably call me skinny fat. At least, it has been that way while I was a vegetarian on a high-carb diet. If you were to look for the most non-fit person in middle school – Hello, that would be me. I hated running or anything cardio, and it hated me back. I literally would faint after running a 100 yards.
Nowadays, I have way more control, knowledge, and mindfulness about my lifestyle and food I consume. I don’t binge eat, only eat when I am hungry, and use food as fuel source and healing mechanism. My parents? They had the same problem. My grandparents – same story, add a history of cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and stroke. So what can you do to avoid following your relatives’ health path?
How Can We Change Our Fat Genes?
It all begins with your lifestyle. There are so many factors based on our genes to consider. Yes, you might be predisposed to be terrible at cardio. Yes, you can just look at carbs and gain weight. You might be having persistent anxiety attacks just like your grandma had. You fear of getting older and getting Parkinson’s like your grand grandfather. If you tailor your diet, your exercise, your sleep, and your mental health based on your individuality, your system will be reset. Step by step you will make incremental changes. No matter what your genes are, Primal lifestyle will definitely help you:
- Reduce inflammation in your body that leads to chronic disease and digestive tract issues
- Healthy, sustainable weight loss or maintenance
- Better sleep
- Clear head and mindfulness
- More energy and less stress
- Healthy appetite
- Control your predispositions
And so much more. When you are consuming lean proteins, veggies and some fruit, healthy fats and plenty of water, exercising properly ( more on that later!), sleep enough and in proper conditions, your body will start reprogramming those stubborn genes that lead to being overweight, or lacking certain vitamins/minerals, as well as other issues. You need to find your soulmate workout so you do not go against the grain (pun intended!), and help your body to build the strongest frame for your mind.
Sounds like a regimen your doctor would tell you to implement? Not really. Your doctor will tell you to eat “whole grains” and “low fat foods”. You will need to exclude grains, sugars, legumes, and most of dairy products to be able to clean out your body AND start reprogramming your genes. In the future posts we will look closely at what these bad boys do to you, and what you can replace them with.
Your Kids (Their Genes) Will Thank You
If you are young, you will build a strong platform to have healthy and wealthy children. You will be the one who starts changing the vicious circle of processed foods, and helping your children to evolve, not degrade. If you are about to retire, you will appreciate those extra years with your family that your health will give you as well as absence of medical bills. Age aside, it is never too late to start influencing your health. Modern society, big business guys (hello, General Mills!), and pharma work really hard NOT to promote health. Otherwise, they make money on us being unhealthy.
How would you like to spend your life? Would you like to have full control over it?I choose health! Stay tuned – we are going to go over each of the aforementioned topics in length. Oh yeah.
P.S. If you are interested in more, Mark Sisson has done some extensive research on the topic. One of the most interesting articles on common genetic mutations can be found here:
Have a healthy day,