Since I'm of Irish decent on both sides, I thought I would look into what ancestral diet of the Irish was and see how well I do with that.
I've done a little research, but I was wondering if any fellow Irish folk could help me out!
First, it seems the Irish have the most incidence of Celiacs.
This is fitting since wheat caused me cystic acne, bloating, and other digestive woes. So we don't do well on wheat.
Other sources highlight fatty fish, oats, butter and milk, lamb, seaweed, leeks, onions, garlic, apples, strawberries, turnips, parsnips, carrots, and kale as the staples. Lots bits about barley and other random grains as well. I have also read that chestnut was a staple.
Wikipedia claims that "pork was the most commmon meat" and another source says chicken was very rare.
Then of course, the potato was introduced in the mid 16th century. That gave my ancestors about a little over 500 years to adapt to the potato and perhaps high carb intake before giving birth to me!
More interestingly is the Hemochromoatosis link http://www.americanhs.org/celtic.htm
Personally, I know that after 1.5 years of Paleo I had a ferritin of of 140 and a fairly high iron saturation. It is possible that have the Hemochromoatosis gene but I did not check... instead I cut my iron intake down and gave blood till my ferrtin hit 27. I felt considerably better after that.
Irish and Scottish are more prone to rosacea, and I know that skin problems run in my family. Acne is gone on "Paleo".
It's hard to say how well I tolerate carbs. I have been lean my whole life although around 15-16 I put on some weight when I got into drinking and eating crap. I didn't get fat but I was pudgy for my size. At 17 I switched to a low fat, high carb whole grain diet with oatmeal every morning. I also started cross country and did about 12 miles a week. I lost a good 12lbs and was very fit, although quite thin. Went overboard and lost too much weight to the point where I had sit down and gain a good 25lbs back in a few months. Most of it came back as fat as I resorted to eating junk to put the weight on.
I am now quite fit again (22 year old), but I struggle with finding the optimal diet. Supplements and all that are all dialed in. I take D, Iosol, Selenium, mag, Zinc. Eat liver, bone broths other organs, potatoes, yams, greens (though I skimp on these alot) and fruit at the moment. Sometimes raw milk. I am currently at a higher carb level (50-60%). Some days this is great and others not. I think I may not be active enough for it at the moment (only doing resistance training 2-3x a week, some light walking and a standing desk). Sometimes I feel like I do higher fat better, but I had cortisol issues with low carb (perhaps I was overdoing things...did VLC for about 6 months). I also seem to do well with moderate Iodine supplementation and a higher fatty fish intake (calms the ADHD!)
So enough about me... what say you Irish brothers and sisters? Do we have any commonalities in our issues? What ratios work best for you, Low carb, high carb? Whats your activity level, age, fitness, etc. Do you do well with dairy?
Does anyone have any photos of ancestral irish people? Were they lean before and/or after the potato? Anything I missed about their diet?