For the longest time, I’ve been on a quest to discover how one should eat not only for optimal health but also for effortless weight maintenance. Ya see — some years ago, I had a weight problem which I was able to correct (partially) but I never quite learned how to eat properly. Not learning how to eat properly led to a struggle to keep the weight off and overall health problems that didn’t show themselves on the scale but through my mental moods, hygiene, etc. I used to believe that as long as I was thin, everything was okay…but I soon learned that to be fiction.
When one has a weight problem, it’s indicative of a much bigger issue, which we’ll discuss later in the article. But in the meantime, I wanna touch on the subject of a lot of the degenerative diseases that we as a society deal with today. We have Celiac Disease, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, obesity, etc. We also have a whole host of brain diseases, which would further fill the list. But…what is the most common denominator with all of these diseases? The answer is simple — poor diets is a major contributing factor to every disease mentioned. It stands to reason that if one wanted to live a healthy life, they’d simply eat properly — but how? Before I can explain that, let’s talk about your average American’s diet habits, shall we…..
Your average American consumes a high-carbohydrate, low-fat, moderate protein diet. A diet of that type can lead to nothing but disaster. That combination is practically begging for obesity, diabetes and brain disorders. How so!? Well, let’s start by addressing the high-carb part of the diet. This is problematic because simple carbs are at the apex of the health issues that Americans face today. Simple carbs as in, processed and refined sugars found in candy, soft drinks, table sugar, baked goods, desserts, artificial syrups, etc. Then there are your complex carbs such as starchy vegetables, potatoes, legumes, lentils, etc. Point blank — carbs make us fat and causes a host of diseases, especially wheat, grains and gluten. Obesity occurs due to the fact that carbs causes a person’s insulin levels to spike which then leads to fat storage. It’s more complex than that, but you should get the point. Wheat, gluten and grains cause inflammation which is the starting point of many of the diseases named in the beginning of this article.
Now let’s talk about the low-fat portion of today’s average American diet. A low-fat is detrimental due to the fact that consuming a low-fat diet deprives the brain of it’s most needed source of fuel. The human brain is made of more than 50% fat and therefore needs fat in order to function. When we say fats, we’re talking about good fat sources such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, omega-3′, etc. Most people have this belief that consuming fats make you fat, which is false. However, consuming vegetable oils, canola oil, peanut oil, hydrogenated oil, trans fats and so on ARE hazardous to one’s health. There are also animals fats which are not harmful. Then there’s butter, which we’ve been told is bad. Butter, as in margarine, IS in fact bad…but butter from grass-fed cows is actually pretty healthy. Cholesterol has also been branded a villain but cholesterol is beneficial in that it helps the brain. There’s been this long standing belief that eating fats not only make you fat but also contributes to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and so on. But there’s no link has been found between the consumption of good fats and any of those physical ailments. What has been found is that people who have a better sense of concentrate, mental focus, and overall better brain health, were the people who not only consumed more of the good fats but people with higher cholesterol levels!
Let us now discuss protein by discussing meat. I know that some of you may be vegetarians or vegans and you believe that eliminating meat is what it takes to be healthy but that’s nonsense. Meats are greatly beneficial, granted that you’re consuming meats that have been raised properly. IE: grass-fed beef, wild caught seafood, pastured chicken, etc. Meats that aren’t raised in their natural manner tend to be pumped full of chemicals and are raised in some pretty rough environments which makes the consumption of those types of meat detrimental. Many non-meat eaters will argue that meat causes cancer and that one should avoid it, blah blah blah. The truth is that although meat is acidic, it still contains a lot of necessary nutrition….nutrition, which by the way, non-meat eaters find themselves without when they exclude meat. The way around meat’s acidity is to always consume meat with vegetables. Vegetables are alkaline, and by consuming them with meat, that will neutralize meat’s acidity. Nuts are also a good source of protein but you have to be careful because it’s easy to consume too many grams of carbs with nuts if you aren’t careful.
It is now time that I tie this all together. You now know how and why high-carb, low-fat diets are detrimental to one’s health. Carbs upset our blood glucose which increases our insulin levels and wreaks havoc on our bodies. This is how diabetes begins. The truth of the matter is that we don’t have to consume wheat, gluten, grains, sugars or any of that other crap. Our cavemen ancestors, to which we are still biologically identical, didn’t consume such foods. They consumed a high-fat, high-protein, low-carb diet. Physically they were in great shape, low bodyfat and these diseases from we suffer today were virtually unheard of. It wasn’t until agriculture became prominent (about 10, 000 years ago), making carbs plentiful, that we began to experience a decline in health. Just do the research —- in many poor countries, during times when bread was scarce, the mortality rate declined. But as soon as bread became plentiful, people began getting sick again and the mortality rate crept up again. You don’t even have to go back 10,000 years to see how people remained healthy by consuming a high level of fats, proteins and very few carbs. Just 100 years ago in America, your average American stayed thin and in relatively good health while regularly consuming plenty of eggs, butter, meats, bacon, vegetables, cheese, nuts (peanuts don’t qualify), etc. It wasn’t until Americans began to consume a high level of simple carbs and low-fat that things took a turn for the worst — obesity became an epidemic and we became sicker.
Now the question one may ask is — if low carb eating is the proper way, then how will we have energy? And also, what about fiber? Ya know….because we’ve been told that eating lots of simple carbs is necessary so that we may have lots of energy and fiber, which again is false. A person can get all the carbs and fiber they need from vegetables and fruits, which by the way are carbs (good carbs). But — what one would first have to do is send their body into a state of ketosis through a low-carb diet (50g or less carbs per day). When the body goes through ketosis, what’s happening is that the body is releasing ketones which prompts the body to use stored fat for energy instead of glucose. As you can see, not only will you eat properly by going into ketosis, but your body will burn abnormal fat deposits. After this process is over, one would switch to a normal carb level of around 100-150 grams per day. However, consuming a high level of fats is a must while in ketosis! Which brings me to the point of dairy. Dairy products sometimes get a bad rap but dairy in moderate amounts are okay. If one wants to eat cheese, that’s fine granted that the cheese is raw and from grass fed cows….no processed crap.
Conclusion: There you have it, people. It really is that simple. Consuming lots of good fats, good proteins and minimizing carbs is all it takes. As previously stated, you don’t need wheat, gluten, grains, lentils, legumes or any of that crap. The key is to eat meats that have been raised and slaughtered properly and to eat fruits and vegetables. For dairy, again, raw and grass fed is the way to go. If you were to eat this way, you’d be surprised how much better you will feel mentally and emotionally and how your physical ailments will greatly improve. You also will reset your metabolism which will lead to effortless weight loss and/or weight maintenance.
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