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Monday, November 7, 2011

I Love Fat

I eat cheesecake for breakfast.  My coffee is filled with half & half.  I eat bacon on a daily basis.  I don't have cravings, I don't have energy lows, I no longer have erratic emotions.  I'm 5'7" and my weight hovers around 112, even without regular exercise.  What's the super secret?  Nothing.  It's dietary common sense that people hundreds of years ago up until the 80's knew quite well:  Fat doesn't make you fat -starches, grains and sugars do.

Gary Taubes, William Davis and Tom Noughton revolutionized our kitchen.  I highly encourage everyone to check out each of theses gents and their fact-based scientific research, journalism and documentaries to learn in-depth how starches, grains and sugars are the culprits in the "obesity epidemic" and our muffin-tops, not fat.

It's all about the glycemic index.  Starches and grains/gluten are converted to glucose and stored as fat.  They are highly addictive to your system -causing cravings, erratic energy swings and blocking your body from using fat stores and wreaking havoc on your pancreas that try to manage our insulin levels.

Fat, on the other hand, is good for us.  That natural kind, at least.  Animal fat, butter, olive oil, nut oil are good; synthetic oils such as vegetable oil, soy oil, hydrogenated oil are not good.  Fat feeds your brain, it makes you satisfied longer, it actually lowers your cholesterol, it's all-in-all healthy for you.

Read the fellows above to learn more about how eliminating sugars, grains and starches and enjoying natural fats along with meat, nuts and vegetables will help you lose and manage your weight, balance your emotional life, eliminate cravings and leave you feeling satisfied and normal for the first time in your life.  It's not a gimmick, it's science.  And it's working for us.

A note on sugar.  At this point, from our reading and personal research, erythrithol-based sweeteners do not effect your GI significantly.  We use Truvia in our baking and cooking.  You know those sugar crashes you get from eating cake or a bunch of milk-chocolate?  Yeah, I don't get those any more, not even with using Truvia and eating our homemade cheesecakes, sweetened whipped cream, etc.

From our new way of eating, we don't need large portions to feel satisfied, so we're eating less and feeling satiated longer.  Again, there's no gimmick or weird trick -and, no, we're not under eating.

I no longer obsess over food, count my calories, punish myself for eating dessert, feel hungry soon after eating, or experience highs and lows that I attributed to hormones.  I feel normal.  Finally!

The kids?  Oh my goodness, their diet was entirely wheat and sugar based.  Wilder wouldn't touch vegetables (except occasionally snacking on edamame) and everything he ate came out of a box or package in the pantry.  Over the past month+ we let the kids eat up all the crackers, cookies and noodles.  Now Wilder eats eggs and bacon, asks for celery sticks, lettuce-wrapped burgers, spoon-fulls of peanut butter, etc.  We've noticed he's more emotionally balanced -and that's saying something.

So, if this science (which finally makes sense, compared to the food pyramid -the same formula used to fatten up cattle- that the FDA, the medical community and schools have been shoving down our throats the past 30 years) is bogus, then it has the best side effects of any diet or way of eating I've ever tried.  These are definitely results I can live with and our family is jiving with the new balance we've found.


I AM JOE PESCI said...

So, I have just decided to go this route. I bought Wheat Belly last night for my Kindle . . . and here I go! Thank you for this post and for giving your first-hand account.

I had eggs with butter and cheese for breakfast today.

I felt bad when I packed my kids lunches today - sandwiches on white bread, crackers - although there was a healthy portion of broccoli and cheese. I need to work on getting the "wheat" out of there.

Honestly, I cannot wait to feel good. I have been low energy for years and have had other crappy things (migraines, cluster headaches) that I hope this way of eating will help. A few years ago I had some allergy tests done and I came back positive for wheat, which I just laughed off. Now I'm realizing how stupid I was. And how years of feeling crappy could have been avoided.

Have you ever tried xylitol as a sweetener? I don't know much about it . . .

Kelly Cameron said...

Roccy, get ready for a revolution. Our best advice is to go all or nothing when you start. The first week you'll notice significant results -and your body will also be "detoxing" from wheat/sugar.

I realized it's not about gorging yourself on high-fat foods, but letting your body tell you what it wants, when it wants it and eating when you need it. And ENJOYING it. We find we really only eat 2 to 2 1/2 meals a day since we're so satisfied by this new diet. When I tried to eat at regular meal times I realized I was simply eating out of habit and not because I was hungry -at all.

There are lots of habits to break. And, because we've been drilled with "FAT IS BAD!" for our entire lives, it feels counterintuitive for quite awhile.

Keep track of the results. After about a month you'll really be able to assess how this new way of eating is playing into your body. But, tons and tons of folks can testify to massive results within just a few days.

Loves you, Sister! Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Inspirational! Mama


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