Does your body burn fat all day, or does it burn sugar/glucose all day? That TOTALLY depends on your diet. And I’m not talking about the Old Fashioned Conventional Wisdom Diet: eat low-fat, low-cal, and exercise a ton. That diet is a Sugar Burning Diet; there’s too much hard scientific research now showing that if we’re Sugar Burners, we’re setting ourselves up for disease, pain, and weight gain. Oh yeah, and Impotence and Wrinkles. Who wants those?? Here’s what’s going on:
When you eat Carbohydrates ( pasta, fruit, starchy veggies, ALL GRAINS, beans, and skim milk products), your body breaks them down to GLUCOSE/SUGAR. When your blood stream ( where all the glucose goes after digestion) becomes OVER full of glucose (easy, because it doesn’t take much), much of the EXCESS carbs are converted to Triglycerides, (a fat), and deposited in your fat cells. IF ONLY THIS WERE THE EXTENT OF THOSE DARN EXCESS CARBS. Fatness. But it’s not…. When excess sugar is consumed, it takes the body a while to clear it from the blood stream back down to “normal” levels (80-100mg). During that time, the excess sugar is literally wrecking havoc on your brain, your joints, your immune system, your mood, your organs, your nerve cells, and your blood vessels. The damage accumulates slowly, but it’s happening. 100% guarantee.
What about the Impotence and Wrinkles? When your blood sugar is chronically high, which is typical if you eat the Standard American Diet ( 5-6 meals of grains, sugars, and “low fat” foods), glucose is allowed to linger in the blood too long. This give the Sugar/Glucose molecules the opportunity to attach to proteins ( in the blood, or on the body, like the cells lining your blood vessels, brain, joints, or skin, for example). When this happens, it’s called an Advanced Glycated Endproduct (AGE); here’s where, Bad Stuff happens. Cells in your Blood Vessels are unable to produce Nitric Oxide, and blood flow is impeded. There’s your Impotence.
When it happens in the skin, the AGE’s attach to the protein Collagen; stiffness and lack of blood flow, and clumps of debris cause: wrinkles, inflammation, inhibited skin cell growth, liver spots, and general “accelerated aging”.
It always comes down to TOO MUCH SUGAR. What if you don’t eat sugar? What if you’re not overweight? If you’re eating any amount of Carbohydrate ( whole grains/ whole wheat/flour products, or beans) they’re digested down to GLUCOSE/SUGAR. Period. Each time/every time/all the time. Our body breaks food down to it’s barest molecules. Always. You don’t need to eat “sugar” to have sugar in the blood. Read above sentence.
Okay, back to Impotence and Wrinkles: they’re bad. No one wants them. But we’ve also got the fact that if you have elevated sugar/glucose in your blood, your body WON’T pull fat from your FAT STORES to burn for energy. Even if you’re working out. Sugar’s toxic, the body needs to clear it ASAP; fat’s NOT toxic, so the body converts the excess sugar to fat and stores it.
Am I convincing you yet that you need to give up your bread and pasta? Are you addicted?? Here’s a little clip from a show called Portlandia; it’s about Pasta Addiction, and it’s maybe one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. You might relate.
I’m at a hotel for 3 days during my Nutritional Therapy Weekend, so I want to post my meals and workouts.
Yesterday: No Workout:( Left the house too early and had to do homework first.
Paul Newman Coffee w Raw Cream
B – Smoothie w/beets/blueberries/whey protein/coconut flakes
L – (packed) chicken breast, apple, coconut butter w cocoa powder (see my last post for recipe)
D – (cooked in room on a plug in frying pan) 2 chicken thighs, fatty broth, chopped cabbage and cauliflower w curry powder (I’d put this in a baggie before I left home) 2 celery sticks with cauliflower hummus
I’m off to the gym now, but I don’t want to leave you thinking: damn, I’m in trouble. A lot of damage can be reversed, honestly. Start eating Real Whole Food Fats (they’re healthy), cut way down on your carbs (especially flours/grains and sugars), include healthy proteins and tons of vegetables, cook, pack, and practice paying attention to your food. Read Practical Paleo or Grain Brain or any of the great “how to eat books and why” that are out there. It’s never too late! Let me know how you’re doing:)