So it seems that our grandparents had it right all along… with nutrition and being active that is. Yes that’s right tallow (beef, mutton fat) lard, butter (grass fed and not that bloody plastic margarine nonsense) Ghee , Avocado oil to name a few. Cooking your food in a skillet with good quality fat and not using a toxic non stick Teflon pan which can lead to Teflon flu because of the toxic fumes that are given off at high temperatures.
Understanding we need good quality fats and cholesterol in our diet day in and day out is so vital. It’s what our bodies are meant to run on, not the over consumption of processed carbohydrates and sugar laden foods.
Starting your day with your favourite bowl of muesli, glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a banana is the healthy and right way to start your day, isn’t it? Well that’s what we’ve been told for decades now. We have been saturated by TV commercials, advertising in magazines/ newspapers, billboards and everywhere you look. They all associate themselves with being active, playing sports pointing out to you that If you eat this, drink that you too will live a happy healthy life just like the models/ actors in the commercials.
The truth of it is this. your average bowl of muesli has 9 grams of sugar and 26.8 grams of carbohydrates in it. you’re al thinking that’s not that much though. Let’s look at it this way, there serving suggestion is 40 g. On the front of the cereal box they show you a picture of a bowl that is full to a peak! You literally couldn’t fit another sugar coated flake in it. That is a hell of a lot more than their suggested 40g portion. in fact a 40g portion would fit into the palm of your hand. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen anyone consume a 40g portion of cereal in my life, in fact it’s probably at least 3-4 times that amount. so now we are looking at 36+ g of sugar and 107 + g of carbs. So lets ad some milk as you wont be choking down this bowl of insulin spiking sawdust by its self. So you reach for the skimmed milk because that’s nice and healthy… nope! half a pint of that has 9g of sugar in it. They take the fat out and replace with sugar (they don’t tell you this though).
At least the 100% freshly squeezed orange juice and banana is good.
Fruit juice is basically sugar water, with as much sugar as a can of coke, 39g
and a banana has 12g of sugar.
So the breakfast that you thought or were lead to believe was healthy could have a whopping 96+ grams or 24+ teaspoons of sugar in it and this is without even bringing the carbohydrates into it.
Where am I going with this? If this is how you start your day then you will be spiking your insulin giving you a boost of energy followed by a crash 1-2 hours later leaving you craving more of the same thing, finding yourself reaching out for similar foods and drinks which will again spike your insulin stressing out your pancreas again. This will continue throughout the day. Now it’s not necessarily the insulin spike by it’s self which is bad it’s the combination of that and glucose which makes it so bad. This abuse can lead to pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and a list of other auto immune diseases.
It does’t take much for your muscles and liver to be full of glycogen (stored glucose) 100g in the liver and about 400g in the muscles. So if you keep feeding yourself with sugar/carbs without doing anything to deplete the glycogen build you will get an over flow effect which is when your body very kindly stores it as fat. So following a breakfast like that with a few hours of your favourite morning tv, a social game of cards. by 10:30-11 you will cash as your sugar levels drop and you will be desperate for the mid morning muffin and cup of tea…. Probably with skimmed milk yep more sugar! This is how your day will continue.
Thinking ok, so I can just burn it off, it doesn’t work like that I’m afraid… You can’t out train a bad diet. Yes you have the option to deplete your built up glycogen stores but your over consumption of carbohydrates/ sugars/ processed foods wreaks havoc on your gut causing something called leaky gut. (more on this in another article) This in-turn leads to inflammation in the forms of alzheimers, autism, hashimotos thyroiditis, lupus, fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue, skin problems like acne, eczema the list goes on and on.
So starting your day with good quality fats and proteins is the way to go. This will keep you satiated longer and you will avoid the crash followed by the carb/sugar craving. adding lot’s of quality organic vegetables to your diet along with the fats and proteins is key. Waiting till your evening meal If you decide to add a small amount of starchier carbs like sweet potato or quinoa continuing to avoid grains… quinoa is not a grain by the way it’s a relative of spinach, beets and chard and is a complete protein. Make sure 2/3rds of your plate is organic vegetables eating a mix of raw and cooked is ideal throughout your day. Add 4-8 oz of protein high quality organic when possible avoiding grain fed that will be full of antibiotics, hormones etc I bet that you didn’t know that 80% of all antibiotics sold in the US are used on livestock beef, pork, turkey and chicken. So please buy organic. Avoiding farmed fish whenever possible
Water… drink lots of it! That was easy peasey lemon squeezy, wasn’t it? When I say lemon squeezy I of course mean a great way to start each day is to wake up to a large glass of warm/ room temp water with half an organic lemon squeezed into it. I prepare this the night before and as soon as my alarm goes off at 04:20 yep that’s am folks, I drink that down before i leave the bed… trying not to wake my wife of course. The very next point on water is to get some type of filter. Make sure that it eliminates chlorine and fluoride.
please feel free to enjoy organic coffee, teas and wine in moderation dry red being the best.
AVOID fizzy drinks even and especially the “diet” types which can lead to inflammatory diseases and obesity and are carcinogenic.
Adding a high quality pro-biotic, fish oil and L gutamine will go a long way to healing your gut health, inflammation even joint pain.
Finding out if you have a food intolerance can help massively too. I always use the Lorisian test for my clients and can test for 150 + foods.
For much more information please book in for a consultation.
Have a great weekend,