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There is a lot of bad and confusing information put out there by mainstream doctors and nutritionists. Some of them definitely have ulterior motives, but I have to assume that most of them simply don’t know any better, because they were given incorrect information in their training.
They rely on studies that are incomplete, or have too many variables to be conclusive.
One such study, is the study done by a man named Keys. Instead of letting the data determine his conclusions, he set out to prove that a high fat diet is bad, and a low-fat diet is good. He had data from 22 countries available to him, and he handpicked the 7 of those 22 which would confirm his thesis, and ignored all the data from the other countries. Holistic Doctors and nutritionists will point out the fact that using all the available data would have actually disproved what he was attemptingto prove, but the mainstream ones always seem to ignore it.
I want to tell you about all the things I have learned from several years of reading and research. and from listening to holistic doctors and holistic nutritionists regarding what constitutes a healthy diet. As well as what actually works when it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. I am still learning, but I do have a head start on most people. There are a number of commonly believed myths, concerning the causes of overweight and obesity, and I want to dispel those myths, if I can.
The first of these concerns is calories. It is commonly believed that calories are all created equal, and that the key to weight control is a simple matter of eating fewer calories than you use or expend. I feel that this myth is not only too simplistic, but, is also quite cruel. Calorie reduction, simply does not work for several reasons, which I will go into shortly. And, it is cruel, because it makes overweight people feel bad about themselves, as if they are simply lazy gluttons who have no self-control, even if they are trying really hard and are not actually overeating at all. The assumption that overweight is always caused by overeating is a false assumption in the vast majority of cases.
The primary problem with calorie reduction is that while you might lost weight on a low-calorie diet…it doesn’t take thebody long to begin thinking that it is entering a period of famine, and beginning to hold onto every calorie you put into your mouth. This lowers your metabolism significantly. The longer you stay on a calorie restricted diet, the lower your metabolism goes. Each calorie restricted diet lowers your metabolism more than the one before it, and when you go back to eating normally, you can easily end up gaining even more weight than you had to deal with before the diet. It is possible to rebuild your metabolism once it has been lowered in this way, but it takes time and effort. It is better when you can do things right the first time, and not have to deal with that additional struggle.
Over weight is actually a hormonal disorder, rather than an over-eating disorder-in most cases. It is caused by eating the wrong kinds of foods, rather than eating too many calories. The human body has six hormones which burn fat, and two hormones which store fat. Some foods stimulate the fat burning hormones, and other foods stimulate the fat storing hormones.
One of the fat storing hormones is Cortisol, which is stimulated by stress. I won’t be discussingthis one, because it has little to do with dietary choices. You can find tons of information online about how to reduce stress.
The other fatstoring hormone is called insulin. Insulin is a very important hormone, with several crucial functions in the human body. But, I am only going to talk about one of them which is regulating your blood sugar/blood glucose level. Your body needs to have your blood sugar constantly maintained within a certain range, and if the level increases too much, too quickly, it is a body emergency, and insulin is immediately secreted by the pancreas, to bring it back down to the normal and safe range. Insulin does this by taking the insulin out of the blood and storing it in your fat cells as body fat. Often, if the insulin receptors are not working properly, more insulin is needed to get the blood glucose level down to the proper range, and often, this makes the blood sugar level drop too much, causing you to feel weak, dizzy, shaky, and hungry. When your blood sugar gets too high, too quickly that is called a spike, and when it gets too low, too quickly, that is called a crash. To lose weight, and to be the healthiest you can be, you must avoid the kinds of food that cause your blood sugar to spike and crash. Instead, eat the kind of foods that stimulate the fat burning hormones while keeping your blood sugar consistently within the normal range. Basically that means replacing processed, refined foods with whole, nutritionally dense foods.
Some people say that any food that is advertised, should be avoided–and I tend to agree with that. Fast food should also be avoided. White flour, white rice, white sugar, trans fats, any flours, all starchy foods, basically, any food that will spike your blood sugar, should be avoided. Almost any whole, unprocessed food that won’t spike your blood sugar, is healthy and nutritious, and will not make you fat. The body has no mechanism for turning healthy dietary fats and proteins into body fat.
Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol are not the villains that mainstream doctors and nutritionists claim they are. It matters where the fats come from though. Raw, whole, dairy products from organic, humanely raised, and 100% grass-fed cows (especially when those cows are A2 breeds), is really healthy for us. The problem with dairy comes from consuming pasteurized and homogenized dairy from factory farmed, grain fed, A1 cows. The former gives us many important nutrients, including CLA. Dietary cholesterol is also a much-needed nutrient, and it does not cause high cholesterol. That is another one of those popular myths that the mainstream would love for everyone to believe. Cholesterol is actually a protective substance.
Eating right is quite difficult for people of limited means–even when they know how–and I can attest to that from my own experience. But, everything that you are able to do, will benefit your body, even if you cannot manage the cost of a completely healthy diet.
Detoxing is just as important to optimum health, as eating all the right foods. We have been exposed to massive amounts of toxins our entire lives, so it takes some doing to eliminate them all. If you can afford it, I recommend putting some activated charcoal and bentonite clay into a glass of filtered water once or twice a day, and drinking it. They are not that expensive if you buy them in bulk, online, from a site like E-bay. They both bind with most toxins and heavy metals, so that your body can expel them. I also recommend drinking one ounce of purified water to every two pounds of body weight, every day. This can be done inexpensively, if you purchase one or two five gallon water bottles, and refill them as needed. There are a number of places that have those reverse osmosis water dispensers, and the cost is usually around 30 cents a gallon. This amount of purified water, helps the body to flush out the toxins more easily. It also helps to flush out your liver, which makes it that much easier to lose weight.
I want to tell you why I disagree with Vegetarians and Vegans. I have no problem with any person choosing a particular set of dietary guidelines that work for them…as long as they don’t have the attitude that everyone else should be doing what they are doing. But, many Vegans, especially, seem to get rather religious and dogmatic about their food choices, and even seem to get angry with people who disagree. I find this annoying. It is just like any other religious dogma, if that is what really works for them, then fine. But, when you tell some vegans that there is no such thing as a one size fits all, diet, they will say “yes there is”. I do agree with them on some things. Animal cruelty is indeed immoral. But, humans are omnivores-not herbivores. And, it is factory farming which is the real cause of animal cruelty, rather than just eating meat. And the cause of factory farming, is the commercialization of food production. If we remove the commercialism from food production, then factory farming will automatically stop, because there will no longer be any motivation for using that method. And, factory farmed animals are made sick from their conditions and what they are fed. This in turn makes us sick when we eat them.
I actually saw a comment posted not long ago, the poster claimed that humans originated in the tropics, and that humans are designed to eat mostly fruit. Most fruits are loaded with sugar, and they tend to spike your blood sugar significantly, which is really not much healthier than a diet high in refined sugars and starches. The fruit does have fiber, and more nutrients than any refined or processed foods, but the sugar in the fruit, will still have the same effect as refined sugar, unless a person is really super active and burns it all off during the same day it is consumed.
And while it is true that some humans originated in the tropics, early humans existed on every part of this planet–NOT JUST in the tropics. Those early humans who DID originate in the tropics, spend almost all of their time out in the sun, and they worked off all that sugar before it could do any harm.
All early humans who lived in pre-agricultural times were hunter/gathers, and ate the foods that were most abundant in their local climate. Those humans who originated in various other parts of the world, also had to eat whatever was available to them. People in colder climates had to eat more meat, while those in milder climates had more plant foods available to them.
Aside from the basic of healthy eating, like sticking with whole, unprocessed foods, etc., there is not actually a one size fits all healthy diet for every human being on the planet. Most humans are designed as omnivores, but there are different metabolic types. Some need a more meat based diet, some need a more plant-based diet, and most of us fall somewhere between the two extremes.
All early humans that lived before agriculture were hunter/gatherers, but they could only eat what was available in the area they lived in. What was available to them, largely depended upon the climate in their area. The different metabolic types of modern humans is directly related to the climate that their particular ancestors evolved in. The hunter/gatherers who ate meat were not evil or immoral because they ate meat, any more than a cat is evil for being designed as a carnivore. These hunter/gatherers did not bring any kind of commercialism into their food “production” and they did not treat the animals they hunted and then ate, with cruelty. They respected and honored these animals and thanked them for the food they provided.
There are a number of nutrients which can only be obtained from meat, dairy, and seafood, and which are completely necessary to the optimum health of the human body.
A dentist named Weston Price once visited several tribes of indigenous people in various parts of the world. At this time, photography had developed enough to make the photographic equipment portable. The people he visited had not been exposed to the Western diet, and were still eating their traditional foods. Dr. Price was able to photographically document the amazing health of these people-with his primary focus on the astoundingly perfect condition of their teeth. As a dentist, he felt that the condition of the teeth as a perfect indicator of the overall health of the body. Later, he came back to revisit these same tribes.
By that time, these people had been exposed to the western diet, and he noticed a big difference. Their health had deterioration, and their teeth were no longer straight, or white, or cavity free like before. He documented this with photographs, as well…and the photographic evidence speaks for itself.
The actual diets of these different tribes varied. Some ate more meat than plant foods, and others ate more plant foods than meat. There were also those whose diets fell somewhere between the two extremes. Basically, when they were on their traditional diets, they just ate whole, unprocessed foods which were locally available to them, and in season.
I am not a doctor, or a licensed nutritionist, and I am not giving medical advice. You should always do your own research, and never blindly take anyone’s word for anything. If you feel you need to talk to a doctor before making any dietary changes, then I would suggest going to a holistic one, rather than a conventional one. I personally don’t feel any need to consult with any doctor before changing my diet. But, if you feel that you do, then go for it. But, your body will tell you what kind of diet you need to follow, and I think the best approach is to try what makes the most sense to you, and then listen to what your body is telling you about it. If you find dietary guidelines that make you feel totally energized, take the weight off quickly and easily (if you happen to have weight you need to lose), reverses the aging process to any significant degree, and so on…then you are eating correctly for your individual metabolic type.
You should never assume, however that is a particular set of dietary guidelines works for you, that it has to be the only correct one for everyone else. Some people tend to turn certain dietary lifestyles into a religion, and they can be very dogmatic about it. There are certain “foods” that are bad for everyone–such as processed and refined foods, as well as fast foods. But, beyond those basics, different people are not going to react to various foods in the same way as everyone else. There is no such thing as a one size fits all, diet.