Having prediabetes or diabetes or at high-risk for this disease and also obese.
As you probably know the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in charge of teaching Americans how to eat for good health. Their website states:
“The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion was created within the U.S. Department of Agriculture on December 1, 1994, and reports to the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. CNPP’s mission is to improve the health of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.” (emphasis mine)
They’re supposed to use SCIENTIFIC research to improve the health of Americans … keep that in mind …
In 2010, they released their “Dietary Guidelines For Americans”, here is the advice they give (from the executive summary of their paper):
- “On average, Americans of all ages consume too few vegetables, fruits, high-fiber whole grains, low-fat milk and milk products, and seafood and they eat too much added sugars, solid fats, refined grains, and sodium.”
- Shift food intake patterns to a more plant-based diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans and peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. In addition, increase the intake of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products and consume only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs.
- Significantly reduce intake of foods containing added sugars and solid fats because these dietary components contribute excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. In addition, reduce sodium intake and lower intake of refined grains, especially refined grains that are coupled with added sugar, solid fat, and sodium.”
They recommend a more plant-based diet … ok … I’ll admit most people could eat some more veggies … but they also tell you to increase the amount of seafood and fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products … AND … consume less lean meats, poultry and eggs.
Also, they claim “high-fiber whole grains” are good for you … but … is that true?
Is a low protein, and low fat diet REALLY the way to optimum health?
Are these dietary guidelines working for anyone?
Let’s examine the REAL evidence shall we?
From 1988 to 2000′s — Fat Eating Goes Down — Obesity & Diabetes Goes Up
My man Dr. Jonny Bowden makes some EXCELLENT observations in the video below, in particular their are two graphs at 1:03 mins that you should pay special attention to!
The United States now has over 2/3 of it’s population as OBESE!
And we’re eating MORE low-fat food … and I would argue … LESS high-quality protein than ever.
Does Eating Low-Fat, Low-Protein, High-Fiber/Whole Grain Carbs Help?
No. Not at all, look at this graph …
Here’s Dr. Bowden’s complete video for you to watch:
Are You Going to THINK For Yourself?
Obviously: everything the USDA is telling you is WRONG.
It’s not based on science. It’s not even based on “common sense”.
It WILL make you fat.
It WILL put you at risk for obesity related diseases like Diabetes.
And you WILL feel like crap and not enjoy the food you’re eating.
So what’s the answer?
How Should You REALLY Eat For Health?
It was simple really …
Our ancestors were primarily hunter-gatherer types of people.
If you couldn’t gather it from the woods/ground … or … you couldn’t catch/kill it … then you didn’t eat it. You also didn’t have access to food 24/7. Sometimes you would have to go without food for almost 24 hours or so, and when you did get a good kill — you sat down and ate it and enjoyed it and relaxed.
Whether we were designed to function most optimally this way … or … our bodies adapted to it — researchers aren’t sure, but it’s the way we function most optimally and in the highest health.
And we Americans ate pretty well and functioned pretty well and were pretty health “back in the day” before the USDA got ahold of the food economy and began poisoning minds with their “advice”.
Check out this short article from my main man, Dr. Al Sears:
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Don’t Discard Centuries of Nutrition Wisdom
My dad was health conscious in an old-fashioned way. He practiced holistic health care before it had a name. He knew how to keep himself lean and muscular without much effort.
He would beat all the neighbors at parties in push-up contests. Women would steal glances at his biceps and men would marvel at his feats of strength. Many people probably assumed it was good genes. Yet, I believe it was about life choices.
Our culture has been critical of the health choices of our fathers. They have become politically incorrect – even taboo. Yet, before you throw away these centuries of wisdom, let’s re-examine them in light of today’s science.
Dad never lifted a weight in his life. He did rounds of push-ups, pull-ups and crunches. He said his diet of raw eggs, wild game and spicy food would “make a man out of you.” Most tips he got from his father and older brothers. They were their own men’s club. He passed these health tips down to me and now I want to share them with you.
Eat Wild Game, Grass-Fed Meat
My dad was a hunter. We always had rabbit, squirrel and quail – and occasionally deer or wild boar. He claimed that eating meat could make you strong and “put hair on your chest.”
I never took this literally until decades later, when I found research that red meat is the best source of muscle building creatine, provides the highest concentration of heart-fueling CoQ10 and increases testosterone levels.
As testosterone drops, men lose body hair. As testosterone rises, men experience increases in body hair in a masculine distribution. You were right, Dad; meat really does put hair on your chest.
The meat we ate was either wild game or from nearby farms. The majority of the meat we eat today comes from commercial farms. Farmers feed the cattle grain, animal by-products, and synthetic hormones and antibiotics.1
Feedlot cattle do not eat what nature intended them to eat. As a result, the cattle often have a difficult time digesting the starch and get sick or die. To combat the disorders caused by a starchy diet, farmers inject the animals with antibiotics.
The percentage of livestock that is salmonella resistant to five different antibiotics has increased from less than one percent in 1980 to 34 percent in 1996.2 The numbers continue to rise. A growing body of evidence incriminates feedlot growth hormones as a risk factor for gastrointestinal cancers.3
How can you follow this tradition? Eat wild game and grass-fed beef. You can find these products at the grocery store if you ask and you can order them online. The prices are a bit higher, but the health benefits are substantial. Grass-fed beef and wild game is higher in omega-3, CoQ10, beta-carotene and vitamin E.
This reduces your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes. What’s more, grass-fed beef is five times higher in CLA than in feedlot beef. CLA helps convert fat to lean muscle. 4
Spicy Foods Protect Your Heart
Dad was fond of the spicy foods that nutritionists have been telling us to avoid. He grew a variety of his own peppers and dosed much of the food he ate with hot pepper sauces. He said they were good for your heart. He also enjoyed daring me to eat them.
It turns out that many spicy foods contain powerful antioxidants that protect against heart disease. Plants in the pepper family contain capsaicin, which has been shown to speed up your metabolism and your ability to burn calories.5
Dad’s love of hot sauce may have helped him stay lean. If you like spices and peppers, don’t be afraid to throw some in your next meal.
Drink a Raw Egg Daily
Right after his nightly set of push-ups, Dad drank a raw egg. He said his father would take one directly from the chicken coup, punch a hole in it with his pocketknife, put it to his lips and suck it down. He thought it was important for me to learn this technique but usually we would break it into a glass. The eggs we bought in those days came right from the farm.
Dad always said that eggs were the perfect food, but they were better if eaten raw. I don’t know how he knew this, but after devoting my life to natural nutrition and health, I couldn’t agree more.
Eggs are the only food known to man to have a protein quality rating of 100. They have every amino acid you need in exactly the ratios you need them. The white has every B vitamin and the yolk has every fat-soluble vitamin. They are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, and the hard-to-get brain and heart nutrients DHA and CoQ10.
Eating eggs raw maintains their chemical make-up. When you cook eggs, the protein is denatured, the B vitamins decrease, and it may destroy the DHA. Raw eggs are additionally much easier for your body to absorb. A raw egg is absorbed in 30 minutes while it takes about 4 hours to digest cooked eggs. In addition, eating eggs raw saves time. You don’t have to clean pots or pans.
The risk of salmonella poisoning is very unlikely from consuming raw eggs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 0.00003% of eggs in the U.S. have salmonella.6 I have eaten raw eggs for 40 years and have never suffered. However, you lesson your chances even more by purchasing organic eggs.
My dad’s diet of meat, raw eggs and spicy food helped him stay strong and masculine, burn fat, feel great and still enjoy his life.
People assumed that he spent hours a day lifting weights and controlled his habits like a nun. He didn’t.
However, he taught me a reverence for health and diligence to my own body that I will never forget. I share his story as an example that I hope helps you take action to promote wellness in your own life.
1. Cordain L et al. (2002). “Fatty acid analysis of wild ruminant tissues: evolutionary implications for reducing diet-related chronic disease.” European Journal Clinical Nutrition.
2. Robinson, Jo (2000). Why Grassfed is Best! The Surprising Benefits of Grassfed Meet, Eggs, and Dairy Products. Washington: Vashon Island Press
3. Epstein, SS (1996). “Unlabeled milk from cows treated with biosynthetic growth hormones: A case of regulatory abdication.” International Journal of Health Services, 26: 173-185.
4. Rule D.C. (2002). “Comparison of muscle fatty acid profiles and cholesterol concentrations of bison, beef cattle, elk, and chicken.” Journal of Animal Science, 80: 1202-1211.
5. Hot peppers help control weight. Yoshioka M., et al. Br J Nutr 1999 Aug;82(2): 115-23
6. Hope BK, Baker R, Edel ED, Hogue AT, Schlosser WD, Whiting R, McDowell RM, Morales RA. (2002) An overview of the Salmonella enteritidis risk assessment for shell eggs and egg products. PubMed Risk Anal:203-18
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Common Sense Saves The Day
What happened to common-sense diet and health advice like our grandfathers use to practice?
Like our ancestors survived on?
Men and women back then were thinner and had better looking bodies … Less diseased … MORE fertile/virile (men are losing fertility with each generation) … and … just overall healthier.
Even sadder: people born and grew up this way, healthy, virile, loving life … after trusting doctors and the “establishment” with their LIVES … are now sick, unhealthy, and barely hanging on to their pharmaceutically “enhanced” lives for many disease/risk factors that are MADE UP.
When instead they should be doing what they did all along.
But their trust is in the wrong place.
So the choice is up to you — are you going to think for yourself — ignore the “rules” — and choose to be healthier?
Or are you going to turn into just another diabesity statistic?
Some Simple Tips On How To Eat For Maximum Health (and Weight Loss)
If you’re looking for some more tips on how to eat, or what foods to AVOID eating, to get and maintain a lean body for life (with maximal health), you should watch the video I put together below: