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Does instincto lead to overeating?
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:41:00 pm »
Hi guys,

As far as I understood instincto diet advices you to eat as much as you want as long as you listen to your instincts well and eat only raw food. It presumes, that instincts will tell you what to eat and they will stop you before you overeat.

Now, I have doubts about two points:

1. Instincts are going to tell you want is best for you at the moment
2. Instincts will stop you before you overeat

Let me explain. No one knows for sure what prehistoric life was, we presume that people used to eat raw food, including animals. This might seem dubious to some people, but I agree with that. What is beyond doubt to me is that there were longer periods of food scarcity with relatively short periods of food abundance.

As a result, instincts would provide survival benefit if they ordered prehistoric man to _overeat_ when there is food abundance (especially such a precious commodity as meat), so that body accumulated reserves for longer periods of famine.

I have read free instincto book, plus GCB replies here, a lot of it makes sense to me but I couldn't find the answer to the points above.

What do you think?



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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 12:44:14 pm »
I have seen a lot of talk in instincto forums as I've done various web surfing saying that fruit is easy to overeat even with that approach, particularly very ripe or very flavorful fruit. It makes sense to me that sugars could override the stop because we're hard wired to crave them. They're a quick, cheap source of instant energy. Not a bad thing when you have a very active lifestyle and are constantly on the move. Not a great thing when you're more sedentary like most people tend to be these days.

I know that I personally could gorge myself on ripe persimmons until I literally popped if I let myself. I have never, EVER experienced a stop for native persimmons. Nor for muscadines and scuppernongs. What stops me from eating ridiculous amounts of any of the above is the knowledge that they're all very high in sugar and that I won't be doing myself any favors if I eat as many of them as I feel like I could.
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 01:02:47 pm »
I have never, EVER experienced a stop for native persimmons. Nor for muscadines and scuppernongs.

Same for me with sweet cherry, grapes, watermelons and melons. I can't eat too much apple though. Such a tendency to overeat could probably be explained that period when fruits are ripe very short in the wilderness (a week or two), so whenever such a source was found, it made sense to overeat, as the next chance could happen only next year.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 01:37:13 pm »
Same for me with sweet cherry, grapes, watermelons and melons. I can't eat too much apple though. Such a tendency to overeat could probably be explained that period when fruits are ripe very short in the wilderness (a week or two), so whenever such a source was found, it made sense to overeat, as the next chance could happen only next year.

It could be. Obesity is a relatively modern condition. The ready availability of fruit on demand and out of season is a VERY modern development. I'd like to think that anyone taking an instincto approach to eating wouldn't allow blind appetite to override common sense. But then I read accounts of people eating something like seven watermelons in one sitting and I have to wonder.
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2012, 02:13:26 pm »
It could be. Obesity is a relatively modern condition. The ready availability of fruit on demand and out of season is a VERY modern development.

That's exactly what I am talking about. I would also add that meat availability was probably also seasonal or at least very rare. So given a chance people would overeat raw meat, maybe even more than fruits.

I'd like to think that anyone taking an instincto approach to eating wouldn't allow blind appetite to override common sense. But then I read accounts of people eating something like seven watermelons in one sitting and I have to wonder.

Well, maybe overeating particular food for short period of time is ok, as long as it is seasonal, but continuous overeating can be dangerous.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 07:58:24 pm »
I get a stop with every single fruit ever.  Of course, I'm defining stop probably more like GCB or Iguana do...for instance, if I'm eating pineapple, I stop before it makes my tongue bleed.  :)  It still TASTES good, but...that bromelain enzyme in it dissolves my tongue after a while.  ROFL


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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2012, 08:38:27 pm »
I get a stop with every single fruit ever.  Of course, I'm defining stop probably more like GCB or Iguana do...for instance, if I'm eating pineapple, I stop before it makes my tongue bleed.  :)  It still TASTES good, but...that bromelain enzyme in it dissolves my tongue after a while.  ROFL

Yeah, pineapple is evil, I get a stop with it pretty soon also :) This happens with many sour fruits. Can't eat a lot of oranges or apples.  But there is no limit with sweet fruits..

cherimoya_kid, how about meat, especially fatty varieties?

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 12:53:58 am »
Yeah, pineapple is evil, I get a stop with it pretty soon also :) This happens with many sour fruits. Can't eat a lot of oranges or apples.  But there is no limit with sweet fruits..

cherimoya_kid, how about meat, especially fatty varieties?

Pineapple is a sweet fruit.  If you're eating sour ones, then you're getting low-quality, low-Brix ones.  I don't the sour/low-Brix ones.

Any fatty food gives me a very sudden change, including fatty meats.

As far as other sweet fruits go, I generally do get a stop with them.  Maybe I'm just paying closer attention, or maybe it's just because I've geen doing the Instincto thing for about 10 years now, and am in very good touch with my instincts.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 04:53:10 am »
For what its worth, I agree that many modern fruits (particularly in non-tropic areas) are no doubt sweeter than those eaons ago. But I am not sure it makes so much difference regarding instinctive stop (well not for me). When the fruit gets uncomfortably sweet, thats that, has lost its appeal. Yum is no longer yum. So if the fruit is super sweet, the amount it takes to get to stop is usually just less. (Unless of course, one is in need of higher amounts of carbohydrate at the time, but still a point comes where enough is enough).
'Overeating' is not so easily to define in my opinion, because mostly we have preconceived ideas about how much of individual foods we should or shouldn't eat, but this may not match physiological requirements at the time.
Bodily homeostasis is a wonderful mechanism.


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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012, 08:32:42 am »
Pineapple is a sweet fruit.  If you're eating sour ones, then you're getting low-quality, low-Brix ones.  I don't the sour/low-Brix ones.

Any fatty food gives me a very sudden change, including fatty meats.

As far as other sweet fruits go, I generally do get a stop with them.  Maybe I'm just paying closer attention, or maybe it's just because I've geen doing the Instincto thing for about 10 years now, and am in very good touch with my instincts.

I would say pine apples I eat are sour-sweet, they are very sweet comparing to other fruits but feeling of sourness kicks in pretty quickly.

I wonder if instincts make you overeat slightly but constantly? After all it makes sense in environment where food is scarce to overeat at any opportunity. Could it be that your body is in state of chronic overeating due to instincts?




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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2012, 08:40:09 am »
'Overeating' is not so easily to define in my opinion, because mostly we have preconceived ideas about how much of individual foods we should or shouldn't eat, but this may not match physiological requirements at the time.
Bodily homeostasis is a wonderful mechanism.

Physiological requirements may not match instinctive requirements. It seems logical to me that given a chance, ancient man would eat far beyond physiological requirements at the moment to make storage of nutrients for future period of famine.

My point is maybe providing body with constant and wide supply of foods around the year is not natural and leads to chronic overeating.

I started to think about it when found out about GCB wife cause. It is very sad and unexpected but can be explained by idea of overeating. As GCB stated himself, she overate beef for a long time which would be impossible in wilderness, where such kind of meet was rare commodity.


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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2012, 12:36:33 pm »
My experience has been that instincto principles cure overeating. For years, I had what was called binge-eating disorder. It stopped immediately when I started eating raw foods the way that GCB outlines. On the occasions that I eat cooked or processed foods for social events, it is impossible for me to find the stop. In addition, all that psycho-babble about eating disorders was a lot of hot air, IMO. I cannot address other people's experiences, but this is what happens to me.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2012, 12:50:28 pm »
My experience has been that instincto principles cure overeating. For years, I had what was called binge-eating disorder. It stopped immediately when I started eating raw foods the way that GCB outlines. On the occasions that I eat cooked or processed foods for social events, it is impossible for me to find the stop. In addition, all that psycho-babble about eating disorders was a lot of hot air, IMO. I cannot address other people's experiences, but this is what happens to me.
Hi Eveheart,
Very pertinent and profound, for what my opinion is worth. Appetite exists, not something that needs to be mistrusted or tricked by convincing oneself otherwise.
Thank you for sharing
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2012, 04:04:39 pm »
My experience has been that instincto principles cure overeating. For years, I had what was called binge-eating disorder. It stopped immediately when I started eating raw foods the way that GCB outlines. On the occasions that I eat cooked or processed foods for social events, it is impossible for me to find the stop. In addition, all that psycho-babble about eating disorders was a lot of hot air, IMO. I cannot address other people's experiences, but this is what happens to me.

No doubt, people would eat less on raw paleo diet then on SAD diet but I wonder if it is still too much.. After all GCB admitted himself that he and his wife overate beef. Blaming selection for that seems like a stretch to me. Feast/famine theory  seems more feasible to me.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2012, 01:08:53 am »
I used to get slight pollen allergy symptoms if I ate too much sugar (i. e. too much fruit high in sugar) so I hypothesized that instincto leads me to overeat sugar. However, this year I don´t notice any pollen allergy symptom at all although I eat a lot of dates or a lot of bananas from time to time. The pollen count is currently high, but it seems that there is nothing I can do to provoke allergy symptoms (within my usual raw food diet).  ;D

Anyway, instincto will lead you to overeat if there is nothing interesting (and enjoyable) to do except eating. In this case, you´ll tend to accept even unpleasant sensations when eating. The more you´ll enjoy life, the less you´ll be willing to accept unpleasant sensations when eating and the more you´ll consequently observe your instinctive signals. 
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 04:03:35 am »
Including plenty of fat in the diet will cure overeating.  That's where instincto often fails, people often don't eat enough fat.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 08:35:27 am »
Anyway, instincto will lead you to overeat if there is nothing interesting (and enjoyable) to do except eating. In this case, you´ll tend to accept even unpleasant sensations when eating. The more you´ll enjoy life, the less you´ll be willing to accept unpleasant sensations when eating and the more you´ll consequently observe your instinctive signals.

That's true for cooked foods also. A lot of people who forget to eat while doing something exiting. Other people overeat because they don't have enough pleasure in their lives otherwise. I still can't see how instincts can protect us from overeating if it makes perfect sense from evolutionary perspective to have instincts that make us overeat at every opportunity as such opportunities are rare in the wilderness.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2012, 08:36:25 am »
Including plenty of fat in the diet will cure overeating.  That's where instincto often fails, people often don't eat enough fat.

Hm, shouldn't instinct make people eat more fat?

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2012, 04:52:46 pm »
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Including plenty of fat in the diet will cure overeating.  That's where instincto often fails, people often don't eat enough fat.

You´ll have to find a balance between fats, carbs and protein, including sufficient animal protein. If you don´t eat sufficient animal protein, for example, you may get out of balance because you may not get enough protein or not enough of certain amino acids. In this case, your "instinct" will tend to accept an overload with certain nutrients just to get sufficient protein or the missing amino acid. For example, if you are a raw vegan, your instinct may drive you to eat loads of bananas just to get sufficient protein from the bananas and will thereby accept an overload of sugar from these bananas, because protein is very important for your body. Or alternatively your instinct will drive you to eat loads of nuts to get sufficient protein from the nuts and will thereby accept an overload of fats from the nuts, because it is more important to get sufficient protein than to protect your body from an overload of fat.

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I still can't see how instincts can protect us from overeating if it makes perfect sense from evolutionary perspective to have instincts that make us overeat at every opportunity as such opportunities are rare in the wilderness.

How do you define "overeating"? In my defintion "overeating" has a negative effect on health. Putting on weight has not necessarily a negative effect on health. I´m happy whenever my "instincts" (and my budget) "allow" me to eat lots of calories and put on weight.
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2012, 05:09:13 pm »
How do you define "overeating"? In my defintion "overeating" has a negative effect on health. Putting on weight has not necessarily a negative effect on health. I´m happy whenever my "instincts" (and my budget) "allow" me to eat lots of calories and put on weight.

By overeating I mean eating more that needed by the body. Body ability to store and dispose fat tells us that it evolved in fast/famine circumstances, which means eat more than needed in certain period of time when food is abundant and use fat reserves when there is food scarcity. I believe it was extremely rare that our ancestors had access to any food they wanted whole year round. I don't know how monkeys are fed in captivity but I think if you provide a monkey with its natural raw food and allow it eat ad libitum it will get chronically fat and receive bunch of diseases.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2012, 03:09:16 am »
Whatever I do to evoke allergy symptoms is still futile this spring. Adieu allergies! ;D For the time being I´m reconciled with fruit including high-sugar fruit such as dates. 

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I believe it was extremely rare that our ancestors had access to any food they wanted whole year round. I don't know how monkeys are fed in captivity but I think if you provide a monkey with its natural raw food and allow it eat ad libitum it will get chronically fat and receive bunch of diseases.


AFAIK this is pure nonsense. I just can link a German article (see page 3, "Steinzeitmärchen", and particularly page 16), but you probably will find informations about that in English too.

http://www.euleev.de/images/EULEN-SPIEGEL/2005/2005-5-6_i_web_EULE.pdf
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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2012, 07:12:21 am »
AFAIK this is pure nonsense. I just can link a German article (see page 3, "Steinzeitmärchen", and particularly page 16), but you probably will find informations about that in English too.

Nice, looks like a start of good discussion. Hopefully you can provide better reasons than a link to article in foreign language.

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« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2012, 07:14:32 am »
You could, of course, use the various online translating devices at your disposal rather than ignorantly condemning sources in other languages.
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« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2012, 07:49:07 am »
You could, of course, use the various online translating devices at your disposal rather than ignorantly condemning sources in other languages.

You could, of course, not to tell people what they could or couldn't do. It was rude to point me to source in such a way. I hope that Hanna can state her point in her own words.

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Re: Does instincto lead to overeating?
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2012, 03:04:29 am »
Sorry, carnivorousape, I didn´t mean to be rude.

Nice, looks like a start of good discussion. Hopefully you can provide better reasons than a link to article in foreign language.
It´s (currently) too time consuming for me to discuss this topic in English (please remember that English is a foreign language to me ;)). Just wanted to link this article in case that you or other persons who are interested speak German.
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