We have been told by some scientists that fat is the enemy. Now it seems that fat is good for you, as long as it is the ‘good’ fat. Types of good fat include olive oil, coconut oil or animal fat in meat. ‘Bad’ fat is generally the factory produced hydrogenated vegetable oils and so on.
It seems that the main enemy all along has been wheat and refined sugar
Different studies from scientists seem to contradict each other over time. For example, eating whole eggs were bad then good, moderate alcohol is bad, or it is good for you.
Science is a process, every 40 or 50 years, scientists realize that half of the original scientific facts were wrong. Scientific fact is updated all the time.
Rather than listen too much to the latest “shock horror” food headline in the mainstream media, I try to exercise common sense and self-experimentation. That sounds simplistic in a world of ‘analysis paralysis’ and ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’.
For an example of common sense, let’s look at the recommendations on alcohol consumption. We frequently see articles explaining how 1 or 2 glasses of red wine have health benefits as compared to not drinking at all. We have heard similar reports about whisky or whatever.
The recommendation from some of the boffins is that we will live longer and have healthier hearts if we drink 1 or 2 units of alcohol a day.
Apart from the difficulty most of us have in only having 1 or 2 units then stopping…
… The fact that alcohol is a toxin and a depressant…
… My experience is that even a small amount of alcohol will negatively effect my sleep quality, energy levels and will give me a slight hangover the next day.
Health tonic? I am not a scientific professor but I’m sorry, I don’t believe it.
An example of self-experimentation is where you think that you might have an intolerance or an allergy. So, you avoid the suspected food for a week or two, then try it again. Rocket science? Just a bit of safe self-experimentation.
(Warning, don’t try this at home with essential things like breathing, just with specific foods, cosmetics, or environmental factors that might be making you sick.)
For example, I am allergic to cats, dogs and dust mites. I didn’t figure this out properly until I was around 20 years old, and I could have made so many changes as a child that would have helped me be healthier. I spent most of my childhood with asthma and almost constant cold like symptoms.
Another example of self-experimentation for me has been with acid indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. These are difficult problems to tackle and deal with. I spent years eating too many calcium carbonate tablets, which I realized after a few years only prolonged the problem. Then I tried to limit or exclude alcohol, coffee, chocolate, onions, garlic, and fast food.
Apart from the difficulty in quitting any of these foods, let alone all of them, my previous experiments did no good at all. I have recently ‘cracked it’. For me, it is processed sugar and flour.
Unbelievable after all these years. I never get indigestion, heartburn, bloating and so on any more, except when I eat foods like pizza, bread, or cake. I can handle going without these foods if I can still eat chocolate or drink coffee. No problem.
My point is, if some study or scientist were to announce today that white wheat and processed sugar was good for your heart, and would help extend your life by 10 years, I simply wouldn’t believe them
I wouldn’t argue, I wouldn’t suggest that I was smarter than them, I would just continue to listen to my body, to listen to my own inner voice of reason.
Whatever your view in life, you can find others to quote or reference to back yourself up. Statistics can be found to argue both sides of an issue. In the end, we have to make our own choices for our own lives.
I wouldn’t listen to what media advertising tells me to eat if I were you. Have you noticed how many leaders look very unfit and unhealthy?
I wouldn’t automatically listen to a scientist, after all, science has a spotty track record relating to human health. For all the wonderful advances, such as the discovery of antibiotics and vaccines, there are other developments that threaten the survival of the planet and civilization itself. This track record includes the nuclear industry and all the new chemicals in our environment making us sick.
OK… I will just reference one person to back up my point. Not because it is absolute proof, but because what he has to say is very interesting.
On CBS news, today, DR William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book relating to the subject, says that modern wheat is a “perfect, chronic poison”.
Wow, strong words.
Here is an extract from the article:
Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn’t the wheat your grandma had: “It’s an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there’s a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It’s not gluten.
I’m not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I’m talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people, stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year.”
Asked if the farming industry could change back to the grain it formerly produced, Davis said it could, but it would not be economically feasible because it yields less per acre. However, Davis said a movement has begun with people turning away from wheat – and dropping substantial weight.
“If three people lost eight pounds, big deal,” he said. “But we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of people losing 30, 80, 150 pounds. Diabetics become no longer diabetic; people with arthritis having dramatic relief. People losing leg swelling, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and on and on every day.”
Enough said? Do you believe him?
Do you believe me?
My advice would be to do a bit of self-experimentation
Cut out wheat from your diet for a few days or a week. See how you feel, see how much weight you lose if any. If you can do the same with refined sugar and processed foods I think you will be in for a very pleasant surprise!