Christmas has passed us by and the New Year is once again with us. Many good intentions will have been voiced and I expect gym memberships will have been renewed. The need to trim up, tone down, lose weight, get fit and stay away from the doctor is something many will strive for this year – for me as well as for you!
DIET has become a dirty four letter word currently and I do understand why this is. It is generally understood to have a beginning and – at some future time – an end. When you have achieved that which you set out to do – (usually) lose an amount of weight, you find people feel fantastic, stop dieting and celebrate! Yeh, why wouldn’t’ you? You have just achieved that which you set out to do. You cut back on all those foods which you have been told make you fat. You are a walking success story that now fits right back into that black slinky number you bought three years ago!
You have been hungry but you over came it. You have been miserable but you put up with it and now you are going to have a party and celebrate your success.
I on the other hand have decided dieting is a complete waste of time energy and (in some cases) money. I have done my reading and research because I did not want to go back on the yo-yo scene of weight off “congratulations”, off the diet – weight (plus some) back on – “misery-itis”, need to diet yet again! I was sick and tired of the yo-yo scene and found something I can stick to, without depriving myself and being hungry and aggro and basically miserable. It does not involve buying special meals, and shakes and bars, so won’t cost me additional financial outcome either.
I am eating:
Butter * Heavy cream (40%) * Sour cream (34%) * Eggs * Bacon
Meat (minced, steak, stew pieces, steaks, fillets, etc.)
Fish (preferably fat fish like salmon or mackerel)
Cheese (preferably high fat)
Turkish yoghurt (10% fat)
Cabbage (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
Other vegetables growing above ground
Frozen vegetables (broccoli, wok vegetables, etc.)
Avocado * Olives * Olive oil *Nuts and Virgin Coconut Oil
I am NOT eating:
Sugar: The worst. Soft drinks, candy, juice, sports drinks, chocolate, cakes, buns, pastries, ice cream, breakfast cereals. Preferably avoid sweeteners as well.
Starch: Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, french fries, potato chips, porridge, muesli and so on. “Whole meal products” are just less bad. Moderate amounts of root vegetables may be OK if you’re not too strict with the carbohydrates.
Margarine: Industrially imitated butter with unnaturally high content of omega-6 fat. Has no health benefits, tastes bad. Statistically linked to asthma, allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
Beer: Liquid bread. Full of malt sugar, unfortunately.
Fruit: Very sweet, plenty of sugar. Eat once in a while, treat it as a natural form of candy.
Once in a while I treat myself to:
• Alcohol: Dry wine (regular red wine or dry white), whisky, brandy, vodka, drinks without sugar.
• Dark chocolate: Above 70 % cocoa, preferably just a little.
And I drink
• Coffee: Try it with full fat cream
And that my friends is basically what constitutes the Low Carbohydrate High Fat Lifestyle (LCHF) also called the Ketogenic or KETO lifestyle for short.
BUT WHY I hear you asking, would you not eat whole grains and low fat foods – after all they are the foods that are highly recommended by the nutrition gurus of this day and age. Diabetes educators tell their patients to consume about 45 grams of carbohydrates at each meal (Each meal provides approximately 45g carbohydrate when nutritionally analysed).
One must ask why they do this, when it is known and scientifically proven that carbohydrates are the food group that makes blood sugars (BGL) rise. When BGL’s rise the body’s insulin level rises also…. and that my dear reader is damaging, dangerous and seriously life threatening. Why would an organisation who says it wants to help people with diabetes, instruct them to keep eating the very foods that not only cause the disease (T2DM) but worsen it?
Most people know that it is the Beta Cells of the Pancreas that are involved in Diabetes….. and Insulin Resistance. Doctors perform blood tests to see if their patients show any signs of this disease. But do they or the various Diabetes Organisations ever explain to susceptible patients what elevated numbers actually mean? In my own case the answer is a resounding NO they did not – and all I was offered was a prescription medication and a referral to a Diabetes Educator whose main purpose is to ensure I kept eating approximately 40-45 grams of carbohydrate with each meal I consumed.
I do wonder what exactly these ‘experts’ are taught and by whom?
” An intriguing study shows the severe organ damage experienced by people whose blood sugar falls into a range most doctors consider to be near-normal. A team of researchers autopsied the pancreases of deceased patients who were known to have had fasting blood sugars that tested between 110 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl within two years of their deaths. The researchers found that these patients, whose blood sugar was not high enough for them to be diagnosed as diabetic, had already lost, on average, 40% of their insulin-producing beta cells.”
People from outside the US may find this table convenient for converting US blood glucose values which are given in mg/dl into values generated by their blood glucose meters, which are generated in mmol/L.
Most of us at some time (many still do) have tried the low fat approach to weight loss….. and for most of us it is what is responsible for yo-yo dieting and weight regain after we came off the diet. Why are we so stuck in this model? Is there an alternative? Does it really work?
Saturated fat was named THE BADDIE many years ago – in fact I would guestimate many people have never actually known an eating plan (if they are 35 years of age or younger) that does not consider saturated fat to be a killer… responsible for heart disease, stroke, vascular damage and diabetes. Science blamed fat, saturated fat incorrectly. The new science has shown this to be wrong, but unfortunately the media. the schools, the colleges have as yet to catch up with current evidence. We have done serious damage to millions of unsuspecting people simply by taking healthy saturated fats out of the food supply and exchanging it for added sugars/carbohydrates and seed oils (AKA vegetable oil). I could not make this stuff up if I wanted to!
The low-fat guidelines (LINK) were first published in the year 1977. Since then, the major health organizations and the government have not changed their position.
This was around the same time that the world obesity/diabetes epidemics began.
They took out of the food supply the good fats, increased the sugar and carbohydrate consumption of nations and encouraged all and sundry to use the liquid, highly processed omega 6 vegetable oils in all food cooking and preparation. TALK ABOUT A HUGE EXPERIMENT ON HUMAN KIND!
I have decided I no longer wish to be an unpaid Guinea Pig in a worldwide experiment. My forbears ate well of what nature provided, and so will I.
Gone completely from my food intake are the grains which are not natural – have been genetically modified and or cross bred into larger, more producing varieties – all for the sake of $$$$’s. If you have not already done so I recommend reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davies MD and Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter, then decide for yourself if you really want, need or desire this food stuff in your eating plan.
When you exclude an entire (and unnecessary) food group from your lifestyle, you need to put something in its place to assuage hunger.
How much carbohydrate do we need to eat?
NONE.The lower limit of dietary carbohydrate compatible with life apparently is ” LINK
CARBS OUT SATURATED FAT IN – sound almost sinful doesn’t it? But it is not sinful and it is healthy and you can lose weight, put T2DM into remission without drugs and live with a full belly – no sugar highs and lows, full and contented and best of all your pancreas will not have to die a slow and nasty death due to carbohydrate overload!
Want a slimmer waistline and more energy TRY IT!
Do you doubt me? I am sorry for you. But before you hit the delete button and rush off to sign up at the local pharmacy for their New Year’s diet special, or the local health gym or WW’s or J.C’s, why not save a few dollars and give this way of life (note I did not say diet) a month’s trial…. what have you got to lose apart from some weight and bad eating habits?
Please don’t just take my word for it….. read what Andreas Eenfeldt, MD has to say at his Diet Doc website. There is a You Tube presentation of his also that may interest you. Both are wonderful and simple introductions to LCHF Living.
Happy New Year One and All and welcome to New Life.