Our country, and much of the world, is suffering from an epidemic of obesity, all matters of disease, and mental/neurological problems. I just finished reading an article in the Atlantic that blames the cause of these issues on fat, “..science is, in fact, fairly straightforward. Fat carries more than twice as many calories as carbohydrates and proteins do per gram, which means just a little fat can turn a serving of food into a calorie bomb.” OMG. This is 2013, and that’s not what the science is saying AT ALL. But this is exactly the kind of thinking that’s gotten us into this weight/health/mental disorder mess. Just because fat has twice as many calories, doesn’t mean it’s the CAUSE of our current condition. The lowfat/lowcal/”healthy whole grain” paradigm is exactly what’s caused the current condition. Body fat wasn’t a problem at all before the current recommendations were put into place and became a Public Mantra.
FACTS: Our brain is 60% fat; our connections, our memories, our ability to quickly recall details, they go AWAY when there’s not enough good fat and cholesterol in the diet. Science proves this, read Grain Brain, by neurologist David Perlmutter.
Our hormones? Testosterone, Estrogen, Cortisol, all the steroid hormones ( there’s a bunch), they’re made from FAT and cholesterol, it’s part of the recipe. Vitamin D? (of which there’s a serious deficit), it’s made from Cholesterol. Science proves this, read Cholesterol Clarity. 28 doctors and lipid scientists fill the pages with the latest research.
The fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K? They can only be absorbed in the small intestine WITH FAT. Science/proof/read The Great Cholesterol Myth by Drs. Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra.
Want to feel full, and stay full for HOURS? Eat fat. Want to feel more stable, less moody, less scattered, less forgetful? Eat fat. The science proves this, read the Mood Cure by Julia Ross.
Here’s the real science: when you eat carbs, and put your blood sugar above 100mg/dcl of blood, insulin takes that EXCESS and turns much of it into TRIGLYCERIDES, which need little LDL boats to transport them to our torso area. Current Science: excess carbs = high insulin= inflammation & triglycerides & high LDLs. That’s the science.
I’ve eaten more fat in the past two years than I think I have cumulatively my entire life. For the first time in years and years, my binges and cravings are pretty much gone. It’s like a thousand pound weight off my shoulder. I’ve eaten less refined/processed/ healthy whole grain carbs than ever too. What a WONDERFUL combination. High fat, medium protein, low carb, with my carb sources being vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It’s such a relief to NOT feel preoccupied with thoughts of food, or the next meal.
My weight: totally stable. My moods, better than ever. My fitness level, great.
Confession to my husband: when you came home last night and said “I smell bacon! Did you save me some?” and I said, “oh hon, there were only 3 pieces, and I ate them.” There were 6 pieces, and I actually did cook some for you, but I was talking on the phone with Lynda and just ended up eating them all. They were so good. I’m Sorry!! There will be bacon for you tonight I promise!
We get our bacon from our local IGA, and they’ve been buying a “forested pig” and doing their own curing. I never knew how much a pig’s diet could change the flavor of the meat, but this is AMAZING. There’s plenty of places that are doing this now, try www.eatlocal.org to find a place near you.
Let me leave you with a recipe for my favorite treat, chocolate coconut discs; but first, why coconut? Coconut has enormous anti-viral/anti-bacterial properties, huge. Seriously, put it on a cut or a cold sore and watch what happens. It does the same with bacteria and virus that make it past the skin or mouth. It’s also a Medium Chain Fatty Acid, which means it digests VERY easily, and is mostly used for energy very quickly, as opposed to stored. It’s being very successfully used in Alzheimer’s and dementia studies right now, for actually REVERSING the conditions; but I like to think about it’s ability to PREVENT the conditions. I make sure my kids get coconut flakes, butter, or oil every day. It’s a pretty potent superfood. Now for my recipe: I melt a couple tablespoons of coconut butter/oil in a small round, glass bowl. I add a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a few drops of liquid stevia. Stir, and freeze. I have to let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to pop it out. This is DELICIOUS, and incredibly filling.
Eating well is delicious. Real Whole Foods taste amazing. I’m not talking about steamed veggies and lean proteins. That’s boring and unsatisfying; no one can stick with that forever! But delicious meats and vegetables covered with butter, olive oil, and cheese? Or sauteed in coconut oil? Even kids like that – and it’s good for them, and you too.
Tired of feeling tired, or sick, or unable to lose the weight? Try a different way of thinking. Try a different way of eating. Just try it. Get in touch with me if you have questions. I promise, there is a better way. Don’t be scared to try it.