I’ve had more emails in the past week than in the past couple of months; I’ve struck a nerve asserting that you can be slim without dieting. Some women are asking if it’s actually possible, since we’ve all been brainwashed with Diet Propaganda since birth; and some women are lamenting their Food Addiction. ( They believe it, they just can’t stop eating.)
Two different issues, but the resolution is the same: Real Whole Foods. Make your meals comprised of Good Fats, Clean Proteins, and TONS of vegetables, some fruit, some nuts and seeds, and dairy if you can tolerate it. These foods contain the nutrients that make up every single cell in our body. Glucose/Carbs/Starches/Sugars – they make nothing. Our body uses a tiny MOLECULE of glucose inside the cells for fuel. Our cells can also use fat and ketones for fuel. That’s how people who live in areas with little to no vegetation thrive. God designed our body to only be able to store a tiny bit of Glucose/Sugar/Carbohydrate, and convert any extra to Fat.
Changing gears here, until the mid 1900s, American’s didn’t have a weight problem. Health problems were horrible diseases like Typhoid or Cholera. Check out this chart which relates changes in our food supply to how Heart Disease and Cancer went from almost unheard of in 1900, to being the top two causes of death by 1950. In 2013 we have a better chance of SURVIVING heart disease and cancer, but a GREATER than ever chance of developing it; despite Modern Medicine and all it’s advice.
What’s the link between our exploding weight and our horrible health? Food. By 1950 hydrogenated oils like Crisco and Margarine were household staples; in the 70s/80s, high fructose corn syrup became the predominant sweetener used in packaged/processed foods, in the 80s and 90s, chemically enhanced, fake foods and diet foods became a new norm. Sugar went from 18 pounds per person in 1800, to 90 pounds per person in 1900, to almost 200 pounds per person in 2010. Americans have drastically decreased their consumption of fatty meats and saturated fats, and vegetables and fruits.
The Results? 70% overweight, more than 30% obese. Heart Disease, continually increasing, Diabetes – EXPLODING, Cancer – continually increasing, Depression/Anxiety/Migraines/Alzheimer’s – EXPLODING…. I could go on and on.
The take-away: Dieting hasn’t worked; it’s actually had the opposite effect! Statistically, almost 100% of EVERYONE who loses weight on a “diet” gains it back. Most people gain MORE than they lost. Reducing calories lowers Thyroid hormone, and increases Cortisol. Eat a Low Fat/No Fat Diet, which means carby diet foods, and your Insulin increases. Losing weight becomes more and more difficult with each consecutive diet. The hormonal effect of dieting is disastrous.
What’s the latest in this line of research? The effect dieting has on our Neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin. It completely depletes them or whacks out their levels. If our Neurotransmitters aren’t level or normal, we can’t be normal. This is where food addiction comes into play, along with depression and anxiety. Want to learn more? Read the Diet Cure by Julia Ross, it’s fantastic. Want to work on this? Get in touch with me.
Think you can’t lose weight by eating meals of Real Whole Foods that contain lots of fat and actually leave you feeling full? You’re wrong. The real fact is you can’t lose weight PERMANENTLY on a diet. Just TRY a Real Whole Foods approach, try and see what happens for a month. Really, what do you have to lose?
I’m going to close with some No Recipe Paleo Meals that I’ve cooked in the past few days. (Power Cooking to a Walking Dead Binge!!)
This is Roasted Potatoes: Put about 1/3 cup of butter (I used KerryGold) in a large baking dish (with sides) and let it totally melt in your oven (450) for a few minutes. Scrub and chop a 5 pound bag of Russet potatoes. Put the potatoes in your baking dish and mix/stir around so all the potatoes are covered in butter. Sprinkle a LOT of salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning on top. Bake for about 45-55 minutes, stirring/flipping at least twice. Let these cool and then freeze flat in big ziplocs; you can just “break off pieces” and reheat in the oven or a pan with more butter.
Here’s Roasted Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Sausage: I made a huge pot of broth (24 hour simmer of chicken bones in water and 1tbsp white vinegar) earlier this week. I used 10 cups here, some Malt Vinegar, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, garlic, leeks, sausage, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. This also freezes well.
And last, Mark and I went away this weekend; here’s what I cooked in our cabin: brussels and onions in butter, water, salt and pepper, mixed with ground lamb, and a side of fried plantains. The next picture is the leftovers mixed with a few eggs for breakfast.
Can I just say thank you for a wonderful blog. Your explanations as to “why?” our bodies react to certain foods (sugar/carbs) is simple and easy to understand.
I suffer from headaches, inflammation (due to a serious back injury) and have gained a lot of weight since I was in an accident 10 years ago. Ironically, I began researching food for my dogs, one suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and the other has diabetes. I was in search of foods to heal them…and discovered the dangers of grains and sugars. Before I knew it, I was changing my eating habits and I have been eating Real Whole Foods since mid-August 2013. I’ve never felt better.
I always thought I was eating healthy…a cup of cereal with 2% milk for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and an evening meal of meat, potatoes and a vegetable. I drank a lot of water, but I also drank a lot of Crystal Light and had 4 or 5 cans of Diet Coke a week. I could never lose weight, even though I was wasn’t eating a lot of food. I was eating the WRONG food.
Since mid-August, I’ve lost almost 50 pounds…with minimal effort. I do not have an exercise plan…just day-to-day activities. I do not starve myself, in fact, I eat more now than I did before. I attribute 100% of my weight loss to the change in my diet. I continue to eat the same Real Whole Foods I used to eat…I just eliminated the foods I “thought” were good for me…bread, pasta, rice, cereals, sugar, flour and diet drinks. Even if these foods were in small portions, they were holding me back from seeing any success.
Those folks who hesitate to make the change to Real Whole Foods, need to take the plunge. Stop making excuses, and just do it. If they made the change for just one month…I know they’d be thrilled with the changes in their body (inside and out).
I appreciate your blog more than words can say, Tina
Wow Tina, Thanks so much for your kind words and I hope you’re patting yourself on the back for being such a success story! I hope you’ve taken pictures! Let me know if you ever have any questions and thanks again for your support. Have a great day-