Primal Nutrition Assessment

This nutrition assessment is designed to help you determine whether your current diet is compatible with your guts and metabolism or not.

When your food intake is compatible with your guts, you will not even know that your gut exists. However, when you have problems with excessive or insufficient hunger or appetite, food cravings, digestive or elimination problems, or energy and functional problems following or between meals, these signs and symptoms indicate that the foods you eat are incompatible with your digestive tract, metabolism, and nervous system.

When your food intake is compatible with your metabolism, you will have constant energy levels, function well during long fasts, maintain a lean and muscular physique, and have optimal blood sugar and fat levels.

Nutrition Assessment: Hunger Regulation

Do you get bored with your foods?

Do your meals make you feel full but not satisfied?

Do you have trouble knowing when to stop eating, so that you either over- or under- eat?

Do you frequently feel as though you can't stop eating?

Do you crave sweets or starches?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, the foods you eat do not properly satisfy your hunger. Wild animals never tire of eating their natural foods. They don't expect entertainment from their foods. They never over- or under- eat. They never fail to know when they are full and need to stop eating. They never crave foods harmful to them. If you do, you aren't eating in harmony with your biology.

These symptoms all arise from consumption of plant foods and carbohydrates. If you have them, you are consuming more carbohydrate than your body can tolerate in health.

Nutrition Assessment: Oral Health

The food you eat starts affecting your body as soon as you put it in your mouth. When you eat food compatible with your biology, it improves or maintains the health and integrity of your teeth, gums, and oral cavity. When you eat food incompatible with your biology, you will experience various oral and dental disorders, such as mouth or tongue sores or blisters, periodontal disease, receding gums, and tooth decay.

Do you get mouth or tongue blisters or sores frequently or when you eat certain foods?

Do you have a thick coating on your tongue?

Do you detect a film on your teeth after eating?

Do you have receding gums or periodontal disease?

Do you have a history of progressive tooth decay?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, the foods you eat do not properly protect your mouth and teeth. These symptoms all arise from consumption of plant foods, phytochemicals and carbohydrates. Only carbohydrates (including fiber) promote the growth of the bacteria that cause thickening of the tongue coating, biofilms on the teeth, periodontal disease and receding gums, and tooth decay.

Nutrition Assessment: Upper GI Health

Do you have any trouble swallowing foods you regularly eat?

Do you experience heart burn or acid reflux?

Do you burp after meals?

Do you get stomach heaviness or burning right after meals?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you eat a diet that is incompatible with your stomach. These symptoms all arise from consumption of carbohydrates, including fiber, causing the stomach to back up and attempt to expel something incompatible with your digestive tract. Carbohydrates also increase insulin levels, which increases stomach acid production.

Nutrition Assessment: Digestion Efficiency

Do you regularly get gas, bloating, or cramps?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, the foods you eat do not properly satisfy your hunger. These symptoms all arise from consumption of carbohydrates slowing the digestive process and feeding the growth of fermentative bacteria in your gut. Neither fat nor protein can feed these fermenters.

Nutrition Assessment: Waste Evacuation

Do you regularly or intermittently have frequent loose stools?

Do you regularly or intermittently have dry, hard stools?

Do you alternate between constipation and loose stools?

Do you need more than a few sheets of paper to clean yourself after evacuating your bowels?

Do you have itching around your anus after evacuation of gas or waste?

Do you see mucus or fresh blood in your stools?

These bowel disturbances are caused by eating fiber and other carbohydrates, and by not eating enough saturated fats. Fiber and carbohydrates feed flora fermentation, which produces acids and gas that poison the colon. This sometimes causes frequent bowel movements as the colon attempts to expel the poisons. However, when the acids accumulate, they paralyze the colon muscle so that it can't move the stool. In addition, fiber increases the size of the stool, making it too large to easily pass through the anus. The acids irritate the skin around the anus, causing itching. The colon produces excessive mucus to protect itself from the mechanical and chemical damage done by fiber and other undigested carbohydrates and their fermentation products. The excessively large and rough stools tear the rectal and anal tissues, causing blood to appear in the stool. The fiber holds excessive moisture in the stool, making a wet mess that is hard to clean up.  

Nutrition Assessment: Insulin Level

Your Waist:Hip Ratio provides a measure of your insulin level. A high ratio indicates you have a high insulin level promoting abdominal fat accumulation; a low ratio indicates you have a low insulin level promoting efficient utilization of fat for energy.

Calculate Your Waist:Hip Ratio (WHR)

  • Stand up straight and breathe out. Use a tape measure to check the distance around the smallest part of your waist, just above your belly button. This is your waist circumference.
  • Then measure the distance around the largest part of your hips — the widest part of your buttocks. This is your hip circumference.
  • Calculate your WHR by dividing your waist circumference by your hip circumference.

Is your waist-hip ratio more than 0.9 if you are a man, or more than 0.85 if you are a woman?

If so, you eat too much dietary carbohydrate (plant foods). Dietary carbohydrates increase insulin levels and produce a high WHR.

Nutrition Assessment: Bone Loss (Osteoporosis)

Do you have bone loss? Take this test:

Simple Test For Bone Loss

The simplest test for bone loss consists of measuring your current height in bare feet, and comparing it to the height you attained at age 20. Stand with your heels against a wall. Have a partner place a ruler level on your head and against the wall. Mark the height on the wall and measure. If you do not measure the same height or greater than when you were 20 years old, you have loss spinal bone mass.

Bone is primarily composed of protein. Bone loss is primarily due to a diet chronicaly providing insufficient dietary protein.

Nutrition Assessment: Energy Metabolism

Do you feel tired and sleepy after meals?

Do you feel a need to eat frequently to maintain your energy or concentration?

Dietary carbohydrates produce post-meal fatigue and a need to eat frequently to maintain energy or concentration because they stimulate large releases of insulin, which both drives blood sugar down and suppresses utilization of fat for energy, putting your body in an energy crisis and depriving your brain of fuel.

Nutrition Assessment: Skin and Hair Health

Experts in animal health know that an animal's skin and hair (fur) reveal the animal's state of health. If the hair and skin are mangy, dry, excessively only, or suffering rashes or infections, then the animal is not healthy. We can measure our own health by evaluating the condition of our skin and hair.

Do you have chronic acne, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis?

Do you have chronic fungal infections (skin or nails)?

Do you have chronic nasal or sinus congestion?

Do you have dry, mangy, dull, or splitting hair?

Dietary carbohydrates and deficiencies of fats and vitamin A promote these skin and mucus membrane disorders. Excess blood sugar promotes acne, fungal infections, eczema, psoriasis and excessive mucus production. A diet lacking in protein and quality fats will produce unattractive hair.

Nutrition Assessment: Mood

Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, addiction, hyperactivity, schizophrenia, or other psychiatric disorder?

These disorders are due to brain malfunctions caused by poor blood sugar regulation and/or neurological poisoning by poisonous and/or addictive phytochemicals found in grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Nutrition Assessment: Blood Values

Do you have a fasting blood sugar greater than 85 mg/dL?

Do you have triglycerides above 75 mg/dL?

Do you have HDL below 40 mg/dL?

Do you have any type of anemia?

High fasting blood glucose and triglycerides and low HDL are results of eating a high carbohydrate, low fat diet. These are the most important physical predictors of risk for heart disease. Reducing carbohydrate (plant foods) and increasing protein and fat (animal foods) will reduce your fasting blood sugar and triglycerides and raise your HDL.

Anemia occurs when you have a deficiency of either iron, vitamin B12, or folate. Plants contain no vitamin B12 and plant-source iron and folate are less bioavailable than iron and folate from animal sources.

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