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Carbs! My Life Without Them on a Ketogenic diet

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This is the best part of my journey, getting to share with you my experiences, since I first gave up this horrid food. My first impulse is to think, I can’t say enough about the benefits I’ve received and experienced from being on this ketogenic diet. But, I’m going to try right here to lay out as many of them as I can, explaining how it’s benefited me, and more importantly, how I can save money by allowing those benefits to continue, by remaining on my keto diet. This, to me, is the most important part, of why I’m doing this.

The first benefits I received, I hinted to in my last post, so I’ll list those “enlightenment feelings” that I first felt, here also. I call them  enlightenment  feelingsbecause of the weight they lifted off my shoulders, when I suddenly realized that I had full control of my weight. And because I had full control of my weight, I had much better control  of my health. It actually took about a month for the enlightenment to come. But once it came, I knew it, and I knew it firmly. It may have been the most liberating experience I’ve felt since I rode my motorcycle from coast to coast, border to border, and then some. But, that was 35 years ago before my severe closed head injury changed my life.

After spending 29 years gaining weight, from a relatively sedentary life, after living with hemiplegia for 29 years from the two strokes I had in 1984, after living with chronic pain for 20 years (pain bad enough it became nauseous at times), after more than twelve years of opioid medication to fight the pain, along with antidepressants, and a multitude of other drugs and supplements meant to counteract the side effects of the opioid medication (weight gain, constipation, dull senses, growing dumber each day, prostate enlargement and too may others to list here), after countless acupuncture sessions, after more nerve blocks than I ever should have had, after searching for any drug, any device – mechanical or electrical – every therapy, and even after researching all surgical options, I’d had enough.  The opioids did nothing but make me fat, lazy and stupid, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. I decided 2 years ago, that I was going to stop eating bread, and that was it. I was still going to keep eating other carbs, but I wasn’t going to eat bread, or anything that had any type of “bread product” in it. I told my family that, and I don’t think they believed me. I really don’t think any one in my family thought that I could re-arrange my lifestyle, to allow for this change in behavior. I call it a change in behavior, because that’s what it actually is. It take’s a change in your behavior, to fully give up carbs. This change in behavior has been so beneficial for me, that I don’t know if I can explain all the benefits here, and still keep this post to less than 200o words. But I’ll try.

You have to know this! The biggest benefit I received right off the bat (after about a month), was the weight loss I experienced, that I could not achieve, while I was eating carbs. I not only had lost the 10 lbs I was overweight, I lost another 10 lbs on top of that. I could do things, all of a sudden, that I couldn’t do since before my brain injury, 31 years prior. This actually brought about a new life in me. I’m not tired all the time like I use to be. Although I can (and do sometimes), work all day long on an empty stomach, I’m not hungry. Yes I feel the hunger pangs, but they’re so easy to ignore, that after a few seconds they disappear, and I don’t feel them anymore. That, in my estimation, is the greatest gift this diet has given me. My ability to go hour after hour after hour after hour, sometimes up to 16 hours, if I need to, without eating and most importantly without running out of energy. What a blessing this diet has been for me. Thank you Dr Perlmutter. You’ll never believe how much money I save, by not going down the bread aisle at the grocery store, anymore or the pasta aisle anymore. Staying out of the bakery has probably saved me the most money. I know it’s done more to save my life and preserve my health than it’s saved me in money, that I would have spent on groceries. The benefit it’s been for my health is truly unsurpassable, to say the least.

 A few of these benefits of my ketogenic diet that I’ve experienced starting approximately 23 months ago;

  1. Weight lifted off my shoulders  This was the feeling I first had when I realized that I was in full control of my weight and henceforth, my health. As I said before, this was the most liberating experience I’ve ever felt since my coast to coast motorcycle ride. What an exhilarating experience, I hadn’t felt that alive, like I said, in 35 years. All of my senses were growing keener, my capabilities were expanding at what felt like an exponential rate. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like shouting from the rooftops. I’m not the only one this has happened to. It happened to one of my best friends, who went on a ketogenic diet to help him with his high PSA levels, failing kidney functions, deep vein thrombosis and the threat of cancer after having a kidney removed due to a tumor on it. His ketogenic diet had allowed him to drop his medication list from 23 medications to 14, in the first 6 months. He’s since dropped his medication list down again to 8 medications. He tells me, he’s blowing his doctors away, because none of them are familiar with the benefits of this diet. He’s teaching them.
  2. More Energy is quite possibly the biggest benefit I’ve experienced. I honestly know what it’s like to run efficiently, on empty. This was a feeling that was completely foreign to me, prior to my transformation. I’ve never been able to keep going, like this before, on an empty stomach. And I do it day after day after day, never losing energy or stamina. My energy levels have risen to the extent, that I often work 18 hour days with few breaks and only one meal, that I nibble on throughout the day the day. I seldom have to stop just to eat. I only do so after being reminded, that I need to put something in my body, to keep it going. I some times get, strange feeling the hunger pangs without feeling hungry. I tell myself to embrace this feeling, because when this happens, I’m setting my brain up for future growth. Yes, I said that right,
  3. Brain growth. Studies have shown, that the fatter you are the smaller your brain is, and it only diminishes in size the fatter you grow. Studies have also shown that the thinner you are the larger your brain is, and often the exact opposite occurs, the thinner you are, the larger your brain is allowing you to enjoy the benefits of not only having a larger brain, but being able to use it. This has to do with the production of BDNF. BDNF, is what sets your brain up to allow it to grow, which you can find out more in Grain Brain. “Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF, is a protein[2] that, in humans, is encoded by the BDNF gene.[3][4] BDNF is a member of the neurotrophin family of growth factors, which are related to the canonical Nerve Growth Factor. Neurotrophic factors are found in the brain and the periphery”, according to Wikipedia. “BDNF has also demonstrated to increase the body’s natural antioxidant defenses by boosting enzymes and molecules that are important in quenching excessive free radicals”, as reported by Dr Perlmutter. As I mention directly below, the hungrier you can go, the more BDNF your body can produce, as calorie restriction increases the production of this brain growth protein/antioxidant booster. Not only calorie restriction enables its production, but exercise also activates the production of this protein, making exercise as important as a good keto diet, to allow the body, to build this protein up in your system. This is what, initially, allowed our hunter-gatherer ancestors, to succeed in the animal world, where other mammals couldn’t keep up with them, in their evolutionary cycle. By running after game and from game, their exercise worked to build up their brains and mental powers. This in return allowed modern man to evolve into what we’ve evolved into, a mammal intelligent enough to build the world we live in today and allows us to look into space for the future. Could this BDNF be the substance in our bodies, that have allowed our species to advance, to the extent we have? With the added brain power, I should’t even have to explain how this is helping my finances.
  4. Build up of my immune system. As important as the BDNF, is to brain growth, it’s also an important antioxidant, which is what protects our cells from oxidative damage. NRF2  is another antioxidant, important to cellular protection. NRF2 is as important to cellular protection as BDNF is to brain growth. Nrf2 is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) protein that regulates the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation.[2]. Several drugs that stimulate the NFE2L2 pathway are being studied for treatment of diseases that are caused by oxidative stress. Not surprisingly, calorie restriction has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory animals to induce Nfr2 activation”, said Dr Perlmutter in his book Grain Brain, meaning the hungrier you can stay, the more you’ll build up this important antioxidant protein. And of course, having the ability to increase the amount of this antioxidant in your system, is only going to improve your life, by cutting down on the amount of time you present an illness or disease and that means less trips to your doctor. What more can you ask for? I don’t experience headaches anymore, I don’t experience colds or the flu as often as I did before, I just don’t get sick as much as I used to. Even the mucous in my sinuses has abated, not making me blow my nose as much as I used to. This alone has help cut back on the sinus headaches to the point, to where I only need an aleve for a headache about once every 2 or 3 months. This is something I could never experience while on my high carb diet. Living without  as much illness and disease, can save me countless dollars, that I would otherwise waste, just trying to either cure my ailments or even just live with the diseases that I would inevitably have, if I were to remain on a carbohydrate diet. We all know how cheap it is, not to get sick,
  5. Pain Control could be the next best thing that’s happened to me. My pain levels have continuously and steadily abated, from the high levels they were at, when I was eating carbs. This reduction in pain has opened up even more doors for me, as it’s easier to exercise harder, giving me a greater benefit from my workouts, not only for my body, but for my brain as well. being able to take advantage of a harder workout allows my body to build greater amounts of BDNF in my system, allowing my system to better regulate the oxidation to my cells that contribute to my pain by not allowing inflammation to infiltrate my body. The inflammation, is caused, directly, by eating a high carbohydrate diet. Cut the Carbs Cut the Inflammation. Cut the medical expense. It’s that simple.
  6. Stabilization of Emotions. This is the most important factor of this diet, as far as everyone who interacts with me on a daily basis knows,  I now don’t lose my temper as often. I don’t get frustrated as often, I don’t have the mood swings that I used to have, from the fluctuations in my blood glucose. That’s something that only happens on a high carb diet. On low carb diets, they’re virtually non-existent. I often wish that this information had been known 31 years ago. I wonder if it had, would a better diet had enabled me, to speed my healing, 31 years ago? I knew, then, that whole grains were good for me, because it was professed everywhere I went. Even though a good portion of these studies were available of examination at that time, few doctors, specialists, or nutritionists knew of them, because of the suppression of the studies. Who suppressed them and why, is going to take up, probably, multiple posts, to completely untangle that quagmire. The fact remains, that I am much more even tempered now, simply because my blood sugars don’t fluctuate, because I have virtually no blood glucose in my system. My system runs on fat and ketones, because fat, is more than 200% more efficient than carbs. Is it any wonder, that you have to eat so many of them, to get just half the energy out of them? My body runs so much better on this “high octane” fuel, that I save money every time I don’t go out to eat, because I won’t eat what they want to feed me. I have to be very careful when I dine out, and you should too, because restaurants know the cycle that bread puts your through, how it makes you hungry just after you eat it, because of the fluctuations in your blood sugars. That’s why they’re happy to give you a bread basket, as soon as your seated. They’re often taken with the hostess as she seats you, because they know that those rolls, biscuits, bread, or any other of a myriad of sugar destabilizers, are going to make you order more when you waitress or waiter comes to take it. More than saving money from not eating at restaurants, I save money every time I go to the grocery store, which actually, I’m visiting much less these days (and that saves me even more money). But this point begs the question, who shelved these studies, so the medical community any even more importantly, the FDA, who structures our food guidelines, that tell us what’s healthy to eat and what’s not, couldn’t even look at the data? Why didn’t they deem this information that important? Could it have been the involvement of the crop seed companies, who sell their crop seed to farmers to grow it? Cold it have been the grain industry? Could it have been the restaurant industry? Could it have been the bread industry? In all probability, it was all of them. Again this is something that I will have to address in another post. (It will probably take multiple posts.)
  7. Liberation From Corporate Control  This will probably be the most important aspect of this diet, in my life, going forward. The freedom I will be able to experience, because I’m not a slave to those pesky carbs, has more to do with corporate control than most of us want to realize. By controlling the amount of sugar they put in our diet, they can control out buying habits. Who hasn’t been addicted to chocolate? The reason they addict you to chocolate is, so you’ll buy more. They do it with chocolate, they do it with all candies, all breads, all pastas, all cereals, all forms of alcohol, even all juices and soft drinks, they want you addicted to this huge cash cow, because that’s the nature of the business they’re in. They make a consumable product, that’s so sweet and tasty, people everywhere will love it and buy it, and they don’t even have to put anything extra in it to make it addictive, because it already is, due to it’s massive sugar content. Again this gets into the concern of control, in these industries. What are their motives? Is their motivation little more than greed? Do they know, how they feeding the obesity epidemic, which feeds the diabetes epidemic, which feeds the dementia epidemic and also feeds the cancer epidemic, the cardio-vascular epidemic, the arthritis epidemic, the gastro-intestinal epidemic, the headache (migraine, sinus and stress) epidemic, and the Celiac disease that exists in the thousands of us? They obviously feed this food to their families, because they get just as sick as the rest of those who remain on a carb diet. This tells me that they don’t know what they’re forcing the world to live on and the consequences of living on it. I honestly think that all farmers, think that they are serving the world a purpose by growing this grain, for us. I honestly don’t believe that they know just how dangerous it really is. They can’t, and still grow it. So it must be, that they’re being lied to, to continue to grow it. After all this is what keep the money coming in.
  8. Freedom From Illness and Disease I know I touched on this before, in point 4 when I talked about the tremendous boost my in immune system, but I have to re-iterate how much benefit this one factor alone, has granted me. Not getting sick has to be the single best thing I can do for my body. It frees up so much time, that it’s not even funny. Not getting sick allows me to always be at the gym every day I need to go. This allows me to build up that BDNF, that’s so important in helping me to expand my mental capabilities. It also help me to re-inforce my auto-immune system, by building this same protein along with the rdf2 that also builds up my anti-oxidants. These two gems allow me to stay healthier, keeping me clear of the doctors office, except for routine wellness visits. The savings in money not spent is quite substantial. The fact of the matter is, that I already have too much wrong with me for anything else to go awry. I can’t afford to aggravate the problems I still have, the high blood pressure (even though I control it with my keto diet), chronic pain, hemiplegia, severe BPH (due to medications I was on for over 12 years), that all began with the severe closed head injury that I’ve learned to deal with, for 31 years. With all of these “pre-existing” conditions, left over from when I was on a carb diet, I can’t afford to acquire any more. The beauty is, I’m continuing to diminish my afflictions, instead of aggravating them, simply because of my MTC keto diet. One of the biggest improvements I had right off the bat, was the end to the acid indigestion, stomach cramps, and headaches. All of these were manifestations of the wheat I was eating. But they’ve been gone for so long now, that I forgot all about them, until 2 hours after I initially published this post. That’s why I had to add these last few lines. to this post.  (That’s the pleasure of writing a blog, you get to add to it, any time you wish, after all, it is a blog).

I’ve tried to keep this post to under 2000 words, but it looks like I’m not going to make it, but a few more words to express the wonders that this diet has brought to my body, should be set forth here, before I close out this edition of this series. In my life, I’ve never had as much energy as what I do right now.

I just got my blood work back earlier this week and after discussing my diet with my doctor, to make sure everything I’m doing is safe and productive.  All my blood tests have come back with results like I’ve never seen before. My high blood pressure is a thing of the past. My cholesterol levels, although being high (which is what I want), are better balanced than they’ve ever been in my entire life. All of the panels requested, in my blood work, were as normal as they’ve ever been. My doctor said, after seeing my results from my blood work, ” whatever you’re doing, is good. Keep it up.”

According to my doctor, I still have high blood pressure, because I’ve been diagnosed with it in the past. I’m just controlling it now. I don’t control mine with medication, though, and I won’t. I control mine with my diet. When my blood pressure was checked the other afternoon around 3PM (when your blood pressure is often the highest), it was 120/60, which  is the benchmark of normal blood pressure.

You just can’t get results this good on a carbohydrate diet. They’re best achieved with a low carb, ketogenic diet. They’re even more possible on a MCT ketogenic diet like the one I’m currently on. This diet has given me more power and energy than I have ever had in my life. My productivity has shot through the roof. My mental clarity has never been as sharp. This venture that started as just an attempt to end my pain, turned out to be a complete life changing transformation.

If this kind of a diet could to this for me, with all the health problems that I’ve had, can you imagine what it could do for you? The only way you’ll know, is if you try it out. I can make you this guarantee, that you will experience most all of the same benefits, that I’ve experienced, if you were to transform you diet into a high fat, low carb diet. Anyway you look at it, it’s a win, win, win situation, for anybody who has the courage to accomplish it.

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Carbs! How To Cut Back

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Carbs! How To Cut Back

The best way to start cutting back your carb intake is to stop buying the foods that you find them in. Without any high carbohydrate food around, you’re forced to find alternative foods to eat and snack on. The best benefit of discontinuing the consumption of carbohydrates is the lack of a need to keep eating them. Once your body discovers that it can live without carbs, miraculous things begin to manifest. The longer you stay off the carbs, the more miraculous these manifestations become, until you begin to experience health as it is supposed to be experienced, illness and disease free.

But to just stop buying carbs, isn’t stopping the consumption, ’cause if you’re like me, you have to use up what you have in your pantry. You can’t just throw it all out, you have to use it up, so as not to waste it. There are two theories on this;

If you can afford to throw out what breads you have in your pantry, you’d be far better off, than if you didn’t. Consumption of what you have left means that you’ll only be adding to the inflammation, it causes. Continuation of this consumption will also bring on any multitude of illnesses or disease that you would NEVER experience if you didn’t ingest this food, to begin with.

If you can’t afford to throw it out and have to eat it, because of financial hardships, you have two courses to consider, either damage your health by continuing to eat it, or save your health and give your carbs to the dog. If you must keep damaging your health, by eating it, slow down your consumption of it, to slow the intake of the sugars that are so deadly. This way, they won’t affect your blood sugars as much, and this is what is so dangerous about eating carbs. It’s the roller coaster ride that these carbs put our blood glucose through. You eat carbs, your blood sugars rise. After a couple hours, your blood sugars fall again, making you hungry again and ready to pack in more carbs, simply to raise that blood glucose. Hence, the carbohydrate roller coaster ride. We all ride this ride, for there is no waiting line for it. It’s ready for us to take any time we want to. It’s no wonder that this is causing our obesity epidemic that the whole world is experiencing today. (This is the manifestation of the genetic modifying of wheat and other grains.)

Unfortunately, this doesn’t tell us what we should be replacing those lost calories with, so I’ll make a couple of suggestions as to what you can do, to fill your stomach;

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  • Eat high fiber carbs like fruits and vegetables. I list fruits here, because of the problem of satisfying our sweet tooth. In order to cut back on all the sugars that we ingest, it’s easier to do, if we keep the simplest of these carbs (fructose) in our diet, for a while, at least until we wean ourselves off of the killer sugar, glucose. Fructose can be just as deadly, but because of its nature of being a 1 molecule sugar, it’s digested by the liver and not on a cellular level. This means that it doesn’t need insulin to be digested, and therefore doesn’t affect the pancreas as much as a diet high in glucose will.
  • Transition from carbs to more protein and fats in your diet. To cut the carbs, you need to replace those lost calories with healthier calories, like fat and protein. This will do several things to your body that are very beneficial, like reducing your weight, first and foremost, which will help keep you from contracting diabetes. You’ll experience a decrease in any chronic pain, arthritic pain or headaches you have to deal with, as well as experience a reduced threat of cancer and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few. Your benefits may be greater or less depending on the level of addiction that you have to deal with now.
  • When you feel like a snack, which will reduce over time as your body adjusts to a low carb diet, turn to raw nuts. Raw nuts are packed full of protein, essential fats (which offer more calories per gram of food than what carbs do), and best of all, fiber to help clean out your digestive system. You’ll soon experience less hunger, as you continue on your low carb diet because your body won’t be experiencing the carb roller coaster ride, that makes us all want to eat more.
  • Eggs may be one of the best sources of nutrition. They’re packed with protein, good fats and essential oils, B-complex vitamins and essential minerals. More nutrition comes in just one of these little packages than what you can get out of 6 loaves of bread.

Whatever you think, don’t allow the phrase low carb or Keto diet scare you. Not all low carb diets are keto diets. Ketogenic diets are not for unhealthy people as much as they are for healthy people. Everyone who has an intolerance (allergic reaction) to wheat, gluten, gliadin or any of the other substances found in this grain, will experience the unhealthy consequences of a carbohydrate diet.

Carbs have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9 calories per gram.

Which of these foods is more efficient, is what you should be asking yourself. 

The converse of a carb diet is, you guessed it, a keto diet, or ketogenic diet. With fat being more than twice as efficient as carbs, it’s a wonder that we still eat carbs. I’ve been on an MCT ketogenic diet for the last two years and I can’t say enough about what it’s done for my health. My weight came down 60 lbs from a high of 220 lbs 8 years ago, when I started working out. I lost the first 30 pounds in the first month just from water loss. The nice thing about water loss is, that it includes a good supply of body fat, that comes with it, as fat is water soluble in the body and when your body expels the water, fat comes with it. My problem was that I couldn’t drop my weight any further, until I changed my diet, two years ago, when I gave up the wheat products and all other grain foods. When I did that, my excess weight just magically disappeared. Within 4 months, I was 15 pounds lower than my prescribed weight, feeling great with far more energy than I’ve ever had. This is the biggest benefit to a Keto diet, more energy. I’ve got more energy than I’ve ever had. I’ve got so much energy, I just wish I knew about this before.

Other benefits of a Keto diet can be found in a myriad of sites around the web extolling ketogenic diets. Your diet doesn’t have to be ketogenic though, the important thing is to cut your carb intake. I’ve given you a few links in this post for your research. I hope you do research everything in this post and inform me of what isn’t correct. The only way you’ll know for yourself how dangerous this food is, is by vetting what you read, not only here, but in every other article, you read about this subject.

The more I investigate, the more I find that disturbs me, like, why does the food industrial complex still advertise this food as being healthy? Why do they advertise it as being high fiber? Why is it still advertised, that whole grains are healthy when they’re not? This brings us to our next problem, why didn’t we know about this before? Again, this is something that will have to wait for another post, as this one is already too long, so stay tuned…

I know how it’s hard it is to quit eating this food, ’cause I did it. You can track my journey here. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But with some perseverance, I did it, I noticed the change after about 1 month of abstinence. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders all of a sudden. The room seemed brighter. All my senses felt crisper and more alive. Everything came easier, standing up, walking, sitting down, even getting out of bed was easier every morning. Everything I was experiencing and beginning to experience proved to me, the value of keeping this food out of my diet. It proved it in such a way, that I’m now doing my level best to convince the rest of my family and the world, just how dangerous this grain is. My continued use of this diet has not only made my general health better, most importantly, it’s improved my brain functions to a level I never thought imaginable. By converting my brain over to ketones instead of carbohydrates, it’s allowed me to actually grow my brain, and more importantly my brain functions. My thinking has actually improved quite substantially…even with my disability still affecting me. Crosswords come easier. Names are easier to remember, and even though I still have massive amounts of memory loss, do to my head injury. (The real reason I started and continue this lifestyle.) Even with the severity of my disability, having to live with the loss of short-term memory, that not only blocks memories, it blocks reasoning and judgement due to the damage was done to my pre-frontal cortex, from the strokes that I had, 31 years ago, I’ve been able to overcome a major portion of what I lost. (I still get to live with the knowledge, that I’ll never get back the mental power, that I had before.)

By using fat as a source of energy, I don’t have to spend nearly as calories digesting my food, because fat is so much more of an efficient fuel. By needing less food, to create the calories I need to fuel my body, I can allow my stomach to go empty for a much longer time now. I don’t have to feed it every 2 hours. I often go as many as 12 or 16 hours without eating anything. 24-hour fasts are nothing for me to complete, now, quite comfortably even.

Converting to a state of ketosis has allowed my body to actually go hungry for extended periods of time, without loss of energy or mental faculties, (alertness, clearness of mind, etc) or experiencing emotional roller coaster rides because of the fluctuations in my blood sugar. I don’t worry about any of that because I don’t have the blood glucose flowing through my system, that creates that E-ticket ride. I do this because I can’t afford to get sick. I can’t afford the medications. I can’t afford the hospitalizations. I can’t afford the testing, the procedures, the surgeries, the doctor visits, the specialist’s visits, and worse yet, I can’t afford to be any more disabled than I am right now. For my story, you have to read this account of my disability, ‘How hard it for me to appear normal‘, that I keep in my medical records. It’s already part of my medical records at Cigna, Red Mountain Facility in Mesa, AZ. My doctors know what I have to live with, and even they, are convinced that this “high fat” diet that I started on, close to 2 years ago, is the healthiest diet that I could be on.

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Carbs! The New Death Sentence

Baguette With Cereals carbsI know you’ve been told that you need your carbs, that they’re healthy for you and that they must make up a major part of your diet. How long have they been at the bottom of our food pyramid, telling us,
they should make up the largest portion of our meals? How long have we been heeding this messagePopcorn Stock carbs? I’ve been doing it all my life. Haven’t you? But what if what you’ve been told was wrong?
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you eat too many of them? Who doesn’t? It’s easy to do. That’s due to their addictive nature. We’ll get deeper into that, later.

What if you don’t need carbohydrates at all?

Can you live without them?

Can you live without them and still be healthy?

The question I would rather ask, if you can be healthier without them, wouldn’t you want to be?

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ABSOLUTELY!

I can tell you right now, you can actually live healthier without them. I can tell you that you can live much easier without them. I can tell you that I live with less pain without them and  you too can live with less pain without them. I can tell you that you’ll have fewer headaches without them, I don’t have headaches anymore. I can tell you that you that you won’t have intestinal problems anymore and i can tell you that you can save your brain and make it smarter, without them. Does this mean that you were lied to in the past, when you were told that they had to be the the largest portion of your diet? to eat them in excess? Examine the evidence, analyze and assess the information, then you be the judge.

You Do Not Need Carbohydrates. 

At least, you don’t need them in the amounts that people everywhere are eating them. By everywhere, I mean everywhere. No place can be found where carbs are not a major part of the diet. To narrow down the problem with carbs, this post and entire site, in general, deals entirely with the high starchy carbs you find in all cereal grains, primarily wheat, barley, and rye because of the gluten that comes with it. But that’s only part of it, which we’ll talk about later in greater detail, because when you ingest gluten, you also eat gliadin. This is the part of wheat that can cause brain damage. That’s something else that we’ll talk about later, in greater detail when we look at how carbs have the capacity to shrink your brain.

But we should start with why you should limit your carbohydrate intake to as little as possible. For starters,  to ensure yourself better health, lower weight and most importantly, less illness and disease throughout your life. Secondly, to reduce your your pain levels by reducing inflammation. Thirdly,  to reduce headaches of any nature. and fourthly, to get better sleep. The full gamut of benefits is really much greater and is covered on the benefits posts of a Life Without Carbs and My Life Without Carbs .

Because your body can’t burn carbohydrates (sugars), it has to turn them into fat, so they can used for fuel. Your body burns fat, not carbs. It actually likes fat so much, it would much rather have it spoon fed to it rather than make its own. The problem with using carbs to supply your fat, is that the fat it turns into, is not a good fat. Most of it gets stored, instead of being used, and this is where the problem begins. It’s the consumption of this starchy food that leads to the massive amounts of weight gain that everyone who eats it, experiences. But then, most of you already know this. It’s just impossible to quit eating it, because of its addictive nature.

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A Simple Decision Can Change Your Health Forever

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Stop Eating Bread

Time for a disclaimer;

Not all people are subject to this weight gain from cereal grains, only about 90% of us are. That means, about 10% of the population have no intolerances to wheat, gluten or any of the components that come with it. That also means that for 90% of us, we do have an intolerance to it. That means, for 90% of us, we express an allergic reaction to it. The problem with that is, the allergic reaction we experience is weight gain, and this ‘expansion‘ happens, whether it’s wanted or not. Anyone of us who has any kind of an intolerance to wheat, gluten or any other components of this grain will express this ‘expansion’, when we eat it.

Whether you want to accept it or not, carbs are dangerous.

I know you don’t want to realize this, but bear with me, it’s necessary for you to know what you’re putting in your body and what’s it’s doing to you. Even the smallest amount causes your body distress. This is why we shouldn’t be eating this food to begin with, remember, (bread = carbs);

For the short list, Carbs;

  1. Cause type 2 diabetes 

  2. Cause Celiac Disease

  3. Cause headaches

  4. Cause Peripheral Neuropathy

  5. Cause dementia and brain damage (type 3 diabetes)

  6. Cause heart disease

  7. Contribute to a multitude of gastrointestinal disorders

  8. Are the major contributor to more than half of all cancers

  9. Are the primary cause of LDL particles (“bad” cholesterol)

  10. Cause epileptic seizures

  11. Are the major contributor to arthritis 

  12. Are as addictive and deadly as heroin, cocaine, tobacco and alcohol.

  13. Rob you of your emotional control

  14. Rob You Of Your Teeth

  15. Are the root cause of aging

For the longer list, read Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. They’ll fully explain what these carbs do to you as well as how they do it.

Let’s take a closer look, though, at the above manifestations that can and do occur from ingesting this food.

  • Type 2 diabetes is caused primarily by obesity and carbs play a major part in obesity. Carbs cause diabetes because of their need for insulin to be turned into fat so the body can use it. This is the beginning of a downhill spiral that forces the body to make adjustments that it would never have to do, if it were on a diet of protein and fats instead of carbohydrates. Because carbs have to be broken down to their most basic sugar, glucose to be used as a fuel, the glucose flows through your blood stream before it can be metabolized on a cellular level, to be used for that fuel. Glucose needs insulin, to be turned into fat to be digested, to use for energy. Glucose cannot enter the cell without insulin to turn it into fat. The problem is, most of the glucose, after it gets turned into fat, it gets stored as fat in any one of the multitude of fat cells on your body. This takes place in the visceral fat (fat around the internal organs) first and foremost, where it’s the most dangerous. The more carbs you eat, the more insulin your body needs to metabolize those carbs and with a body full of sugar (carbs), you need a lot of insulin to turn all those sugars into fat. After processing a diet full of high carbohydrate food over your lifetime, your body starts to have problems, manufacturing enough insulin, so you can continue to digest the carbs you continue to eat. Because your insulin production can’t keep up with your carb intake, the sugar doesn’t get turned into fat and stays in your blood stream as sugar. It begins to build up in your blood system and you become diabetic. Hence the name insulin dependent diabetes or type two diabetes. Remove the carbs, remove the excess blood glucose. If you remove the glucose from the equation, you remove the diabetes. If you take away the carbs, you take away the obesity and excess glucose. Can it really be that simple? Duh!
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  • They cause headaches Dr Perlmutter, in his book, Grain Brain, takes 12 pages to explain how headaches are caused by carbohydrates, wheat and gluten in particular. As Dr Perlmutter is a board certified neurologist, and a nutritionist, I trust him. Wouldn’t you? Shouldn’t you?
  • Peripheral Neuropathy  Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is damage to or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected. Wikipedia says, It is important to recognize that glucose levels in the blood may spike to nerve-damaging levels after eating, even though fasting blood sugar levels and average blood glucose levels may still remain below normal levels (currently they typically are considered below 100 mg/dL for fasting blood plasma and 6.0% for HGBA1c, the test commonly used to measure average blood glucose levels over an extended period). Studies have shown that many of the cases of peripheral small fiber neuropathy with typical symptoms of tingling, pain, and loss of sensation in the feet and hands are due to glucose intolerance before a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes. Such damage often is reversible, particularly in the early stages, with changes in diet, exercise, and weight loss.”  According to Dr Davis, “A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes. High blood sugars occurring repeatedly over several years damage the nerves in the legs, causing reduced sensation (thus allowing a diabetic to step on a thumbtack without knowing it), diminished control over blood pressure and heart rate, and sluggish emptying of the stomach (diabetic gastroparesis), among other manifestations of a nervous system gone haywire.” He goes on to say, “Of 35 gluten-sensitive patients with peripheral neuropathy who were tested positive for the antigliadin antibody, the twenty-five participants on a wheat- and gluten-free diet improved over one year, while the ten control participants who did not remove wheat and gluten deteriorated.” and ” Formal studies of nerve conduction gluten-consuming group were also performed, demonstrating improved nerve conduction in the wheat- and gluten-free group, and deterioration in the wheat- and gluten-consuming group.”
  • Celiac disease Celiac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin (gluten protein) found in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the tribe Triticeae (which includes other common grains such as barley and rye).[3] ” Gluten—which is Latin for “glue”—is a protein composite that acts as an adhesive material, holding flour together to make bread products, including crackers, baked goods, pasta and pizza dough. It’s this dough that like to gum up things. Remember the last time you pigged out on pizza? Remember the indigestion? You think, that came from the sauce? Think again.
  • Dementia and Brain Damage   Wheat is associated with dementia and brain dysfunction, triggering an immune stock-photo-44379182-alzheimer-s-word-cloudresponse that infiltrates memory and mind. Dr. William Davis explains it best in his best seller, Wheat Belly, “In one particularly disturbing Mayo Clinic study of thirteen patients with the recent diagnosis of celiac disease, dementia was also diagnosed. Of those thirteen, frontal lobe biopsy (yes, brain biopsy) or postmortem examination of the brain failed to identify any other pathology beyond that associated with wheat gluten exposure. Prior to death or biopsy, the most common symptoms were memory loss, the inability to perform simple arithmetic, confusion, and change in personality. Of the thirteen, nine died due to progressive impairment of brain function. Yes: fatal dementia from wheat. Dr Perlmutter explains it in more detail in Grain Brain. If you want to join all the other seniors who are all losing their minds to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any sort, all you have to do is to continue to eat your bread, pasta, crackers, pancakes, donuts, tortillas and other wheat products and you’ll be right there with everyone else. When was the last 36717144-a-depress-senior-person-with-wood-backgroundtime you misplaced your keys or forgot something? But look on the bright side of it, if you want to keep eating your donuts, you can, as long as you don’t mind that you won’t get to bathe yourself after a while, because you’ll soon have it done for you. I talk more about why this happens.
  • Heart disease (cardiovascular disease) has too many risk factors to list here, because there are many kinds of cardiovascular disease, but one of the biggest of concern, is the excess sugar in the blood (diabetes), as well obesity (excess weight the body need to supply blood to), as well as the high blood pressure and the  high Heart With Stethoscope And Money Stock Photoamount of plaque in the blood due to the glycation of cholesterol thanks to the extra sugar in the blood.  It is estimated that 90% of Heart disease is preventable.[3]  All the causes listed here are caused by eating wheat. Life Insurance agents have to ask 4 times the standard premium to submit an application for a policy on anyone who had both diabetes and high blood pressure, because of the high underwriting risk. If they want a policy, they have to pay 4 times the standard premium because of their condition. And the condition is preventable. What’s keeping you from declaring your independence?
  • They contribute to a multitude of  gastrointestinal  disorders by gumming up your digestive system with the gluten that comes with all wheat, especially the high gluten bread and pizza dough. All this glue sticks to the walls of your intestines blocking the digestion of other foods as well as itself. Everyone I know who loves to consume their daily pastries, pastas, biscuits, rolls and crackers, already know about the cramps that build up in their stomachs, due to the amount of undigested food that can’t get through the glue to get digested. This gluten, that’s in wheat, barley, spelt, rye and almost every other variant of wheat, is the substance that causes all the damage to your digestive tract. This glue plays a major role in acid indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, nausea, and even general stomach upset.  With 10 different disorders of the digestive tract, gluten plays a gumming role in each one of them. You know the gas and bloating you get, sometimes after a meal? Guess what? Yeah, the major cause of that can be tracked to carbs. And it’s not even included in the above list. I can’t help but wonder why people continue to eat this pseudo food. I keep finding OTC medicine, that I’ve been purchasing over the years, just to combat, excess gas and bloating, acid indigestion, acid reflux, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, worse yet ulcers. All of these manifestations could be curbed with the reduction of  wheat and grains in our diets. That gurgling you just heard from your stomach, was that your stomach telling you to get your act together, and stop the carb intake?
  • Cancer gets its assist from the excess sugar that’s continuously circulating in your blood. It keep your ph levels in an acidic range which is an invitation to illness and disease. Acidosis is not something you want to have to deal with, with all the problems that it can produce. “Healthy human-arterial blood pH varies between 7.35 and 7.45. Changes in the pH of arterial blood (and therefore the extracellular fluid) outside this range result in irreversible cell damage.[1]Cancer loves it when your blood ph levels go into acidosis from the amount of sugar, carbs dump into your blood. This is what leaves your body open for attack, from a multitude of illnesses and diseases, cancer only being one of them. A more complicated explanation of how carbs cause cancer is on the post about the Diseases Caused By Plaque. Again, if cancer gets an assist from carbs, doesn’t it make sense that if you took away the carbs, you’d, at the least, hamper the disease’s, progression, if not stop it altogether. Can it be that simple? Can you give me a reason not try it and find out?
  • Epilepsy Illness Means Poor Health And Afflictions Epileptic seizures A peculiar syndrome of temporal lobe seizures unresponsive to seizure medications and triggered by
    calcium deposition in a part of the temporal lobe called the hippocampus (responsible for forming new memories) has been associated with both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity (positive antigliadin antibodies and HLA markers without intestinal disease).
  • Old Man With Walking Stick Showing Aged 3d Character Stock PhotoArthritis  is a disease of inflammation, which is aggravated by wheat more than anything else, because of the amount of sugars it dumps into the blood stream. Few other sources of sugar are higher than bread and wheat products. Not even table sugar itself. Arthritis is caused by inflammation. Inflammation is influenced by the amount of glucose in your blood, which in influenced by the amount of carbs you eat. Again, can it be that simple? Remove the carbs and you can ease, if not eliminate, it’s influence on Arthritis.
  • Addiction According to Dr Davis, “There is no doubt: For some people, wheat is addictive.” It has to do with the effect it has on our neurotransmitters and neuropeptides Phrase "addicted To Sugar" Made Of Red Sugary Candies Stock Photo, primarily Serotonin and Endorphins. “Endorphins (“endogenous morphine”) are endogenous opioid neuropeptides.” They’re the feel good neuropeptides . This is the same neuropeptide that’s activated by alcohol, tobacco, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and all other substances of an addictive nature, that give you the ‘morphine‘ feeling. When was the last time, you had to have something to eat? What was it, you hungered for? How long was it before you had eaten the previous time? How long can you go without eating? I often go 18 hours a day eating enough for 1 snack, because of my keto diet. Can you?
  • Emotional Distress and Disorder takes place every time you ingest this food, in any form it’s ingested, this is directly due to the to the fluctuations in your blood glucose, caused by the consumption of wheat and grain foods. Blood sugars go up, moods rise. blood sugars go down, moods depress. It’s that simple. The point I want to bring up, is it’s the rise and fall of your blood sugars that have the biggest impact on your emotional status and hence your emotional health. This in itself leads to behavior that, many times, should never occur in the first place. And it would never occur in the first place, if it weren’t for the abundance of this food in our diet. Behavior like violence, propagated by anger and antagonism. Both of these emotions are influenced as much, if not more than anything else, by the foods we eat. I submit that these fluctuations in emotional levels, are due to the changes in blood glucose, in all who eat this food, and all have been influenced by it. If you remove the wheat and grains, you remove the influence. If you remove the influence, you can easier retain your senses. It’s that simple. Behavior driven by fear, is quite possibly the biggest danger our society faces, and this food source is a major cause in driving this behavior, because of of it’s palatable nature. Sugar tastes good. People love to ear it. Mass consumption of it alters the emotional status of everyone who eats it, when their blood sugars fluctuate. It’s these fluctuations that cause a large majority of the abhorrent behavior that pervades society everywhere. It’s these fluctuations combined with the influence of mass media that are driving most of the terrorism in the world today. This theft of your emotional control, is what makes you a slave to corporate influence and subject to their desires, not yourdesires. How long do you want to keep your mental faculties?
  • They Rob You Of Your Teeth Ask any archaeologist, The appearance of rotten teeth marked the beginning of the agricultural age in our ancient history. It moved us from being hunter-gatherers, to farmers. Even though this transition was one of the first moves into civilization, It also served to introduce our bodies to the ravages of carbohydrate nutrition. Fortunately, for our ancestors sake, it wasn’t as dangerous then, as it is, now. It hadn’t been genetically modified.  The wheat that was grown then was unmodified einkorn. It didn’t rob us of our senses, then, because it didn’t fluctuate blood sugars to the extent, that all wheat and grain products it does today. Whatever was eaten had 100 times the fiber in it to slow down the absorption of sugars into the system, fluctuating the blood glucose, in the massive ways they do today. Hence, they didn’t cause the diseases, then, that it causes today. I submit, that it this sudden fluctuation in sugars, that is causing 88% of all illnesses and diseases, that we have to deal with in our modern society. That, in itself, makes us victims of our own advancement, going back to the start of civilization. But, that’s only looking at the past, at the reason why we’re ingesting this food that ruins our teeth. Now, for why it does that. Most of you already know why. It can be summed up in one word, sugar. Sugar rots teeth. Not meat, not cheese, not eggs, not fat, nothing that we consume rots teeth like carbohydrates do. The gluten that we love so much, makes it stick to our teeth, and this is where it begins to do its damage. The sugars work there way into the enamel of your teeth and the decay begins. You brush it away, you floss it away, and you do the best you very can, to keep you teeth as clean as possible. And when you make it to your 75 birthday, you pat yourself on the back, for still having all of your teeth. Or, do you? Have there been times when you couldn’t brush and floss? Do you brush every time you  take a sip of a sweet drink, or a drink of alcohol? All the sugar contained in those liquids, swirls around your mouth for hours and hours, working on decaying your teeth. Remove the sugar, remove the decay. It’s that simple.
  • Carbs  are the root cause of aging due to the AGEs that they cause. This factor is at the root of so many disorders and diseases, that it deserves a blog of it’s own. Read it here

With all of these ailments, illnesses, diseases, disorders, afflictions, and discomfort being caused by these carbs,

The questions I keep asking myself,

Who in their right mind would ever agree to submit themselves to this torture, by eating them?

Those who don’t know that they do!

Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but what too many don’t want to fully recognize, is that carbs are sugar. With bread being the most popular carb we eat, every time we eat bread, we know that we’re eating carbs, but we don’t want to equate those carbs with sugar, while in all actuality they are. If Sugar Kills, Carbs Kill.

We know that Sugar Kills, but we don’t want to listen to that song because of our addiction to it.

All of the manifestations listed above have been documented in several publications, but they’ve seldom been presented for review and examination, to the medical community. Not until Dr’s Davis’ and Perlmutter’s books, Wheat Belly and  Grain Brain, came forth to warn us about the atrocities this supposedly nutritious food has been doing to us, did we even know we were eating something that is so poisonous (at least to the 90% of us, who are allergic to it).

This, in my estimation, is the biggest problem. Most people are allergic to it. I estimate that more than 90% of the population have some sort of intolerance to wheat, gluten or the gliadin that’s in the wheat. That says, that more than 90% of the people are allergic to bread, pasta, crackers, cereals like Wheaties, Wheat Germ, or Special K (to name just a few), any breaded chicken, shrimp, veal, all breaded fried appetizers, all pastries, all nutrition bars, all cereal bars, anything that has any percentage of wheat or wheat substance in it. The list is too long, even for the length of this post. The question this begs, is why is this food still advertised as being healthy?

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If 90% of the population, (as I speculate) are allergic to wheat, that explains the claim that I made at the beginning of this post,

You Do Not Need Carbohydrates.

If you’re one of the 90% who are allergic to them, you’d be much better off without them. With as many problems as this food brings with it, it makes absolutely no sense to continue eating it except to feed your addiction. So this brings us to our next problem, getting off of our addiction to them.

The question is then, how do we stop eating them? How do we get this food that’s been such an important part of our diet since time immemorial, out of our diet? For that, you’ll have to continue on to Carbs, how to cut back.”

If anybody feels that any of these conclusions are nothing more than opinion, my challenge to you is, prove me wrong. I invite you to research any and all statements, facts, data of any sort, or links, that I’ve provided in these posts, to invalidate any thing. I’ll even go to the extent to challenge anyone to prove me wrong, in any of my statements. It will generate a good civil discussion, and that’s something I can look forward to, anytime.

My sincere wish, is that everyone who reads these pages verifies and validates what they read. Only then will they know that the information contained within this site is 100% valid. Maybe then, all who read this, will change their behavior and in turn, change the behavior of the whole world.

My challenge to you, is to give a low carb diet a try, for 2 months. If you don’t see any benefit after just 2 months, of abstinence, go back to your high carb diet. But please, prepare yourself to suffer the consequences. You must have given it an honest try, and not cheated at all, for this to work. Any deviation, will not let your body go into ketosis and that’s what’s important.  You have to look at it like your life depends on it, because, it does.

If You Like Bread, You’re As Well As Dead,

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Weight Loss Foods – These Foods Help You Lose Weight Quickly And Permanently

Weight loss does not necessarily mean starving or cutting back so much that you’re hungry all of the time. I would rather show you how you can actually eat more and still lose weight. There are a number of foods which you can include in your diet that will help you lose weight. These weight loss foods are tasty and will not let you feel disheartened at having to stop eating all the things that you’ve always liked. Although there are some foods that have a tendency to be addictive that should not be in your diet. You’ll read about these at the end of this post. You also read why you should limit their role in your diet.

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There are a number of weight loss foods which contain fewer calories and are tasty. They also don’t contain too much fat. Most of these foods are rich in fiber which the WHO considers the only substance that shows evidence of helping to control weight gain. Some of these foods take longer to eat and thus you consume lesser amount of calories per gram. We recommend the following foods not only to take the pounds off, but as long as you continue to eat them you’ll keep the weight off and have more energy than you had previously.

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 Weight Loss Foods You Can Enjoy:

Sprouts: Legume sprouts are said to be rich in digestible energy, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, and phytochemicals, as these are necessary for a germinating plant to grow. Sprouts increase the protein, fiber and vitamin content of the legumes they’re sprouted from, making them more nutritious than the legumes, but to eat as many sprouts as the legumes would almost be impossible. They can be made from beans like mung, kidney, dried peas and fava beans to name just a few. Mung sprouts, for example, don’t take a lot of time to sprout and taste good raw. They are very common in eastern Asian cuisine and are only 140 calories in a 50-gram serving.

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High Fiber Fruits and Vegetables : 

Green Leafy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, Collard greens, Bok choy, green and red leaf lettuce are all high in vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. Some greens like Kale and Bok Choy have more cancer-fighting agents than you can find in most other foods. Kale is very high in beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium and along with broccoli contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Bok choy contains glucosinolates. These compounds have been reported to prevent cancer in small doses, but, like any substance, can be toxic to humans in large doses.

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Pineapple and Papaya: Both pineapple and papaya are very high in bromelain and papain enzymes respectively which are very beneficial for the digestion of meat. Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (76% Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) in a one US cup serving) and vitamin C(131% RDA per cup serving). Papaya is a great source of nutrients such as provitamin A, vitamin C, folate and dietary fiber and a key enzyme that aids in the digestion of meat, Papian. Our bodies are born with this enzyme but it is depleted as we age, so replacement of this vital enzyme is important in aiding the digestion of meat proteins.

Berries: The botanical definition of a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary, meaning it carries one seed. Berries of all sorts are very high in phytochemicals  such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and antioxidants known as polyphenols which are  said to have many health benefits that few experts dispute, “Polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may be useful to prevent other diseases such as diabetes.” This group includes but is not limited to Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, goji berries, blackberries, grapes, even bananas.

Claims that have been made include:

  • Berries Good for the Heart Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, but berries contain particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols.
  • Berries May Slow Mental Decline From Aging “The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenols found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline,”
  • Nutritional Benefits of the Strawberry, The tiny strawberry is packed with vitamin C, Potassium. antioxidants, and more. It’s also loaded with fiber, it’s in the top twenty foods for antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols 

                       

Eggs

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Eggs are quite possibly the most nutritious food one can eat. Although they’re high in cholesterol (which is good), they’re also high in vitamins and minerals with virtually all the nutrition you need. You can’t be worried about the amount of cholesterol, as cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the body. It regulates most of your brain functions as well as your immune system. What you need to be wary of, is the amount of sugar in your body, as that’s what glycates the cholesterol and it’s the glycation that you really need to worry about as that is where plaque comes from. Just remember; cholesterol is good, sugar is bad. Always remember, carbs are where sugar comes from, hence, it’s carbs that are dangerous. In short, carbs kill. Cholesterol helps us to live better.

What You Shouldn’t Eat

Intentionally not included in the foods that you should eat were high carbohydrate grains such as wheat, rice, and corn (mostly in their processed forms) because more doctors and nutritionists are disputing the health benefits of grains primarily because of those that have been genetically modified like the wheat that prevails in all bread today.

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Most of this modification has been made to obtain higher yields out of an acre of crop for the benefit of the farm industry. In doing so, they’ve created a less nutritious grain and unfortunately, this is a grain (wheat in particular) that is as addictive as cocaine or heroin but provides little if any nutrition. Yes, it provides carbohydrates, but carbs are sugar and sugar can be deadly. Reading Grain Brain will fully educate you on the dangers of carbohydrates.

These statements I’m sure will be challenged by the companies who do most of the genetic engineering, but those who tune into the Dr. Oz show already know of the hazards of genetically engineered wheat, as shown on his show 11/20/2012 and 2/26/14. Breads that are marketed as healthy, whole grain, high fiber are actually the lowest in fiber of almost any food you can eat. If the food has been ground (as in flour) you lose all the fiber the food had before it’s grinding.

 

Over the years, wheat has been genetically modified in order for American farmers to produce a high-yield crop of dwarf-size plants that was never tested to see if it was healthy for human consumption. Today’s wheat may be dangerous because it greatly elevates blood sugar levels, leading to insulin spikes that cause chronic inflammation and excess visceral fat (belly fat). According to cardiologist William Davis, MD, author of the bestselling book Wheat Bellymodern wheat is a highly addictive carbohydrate since it contains a special protein called gliadin , which has the same effect on brain receptors as opium. Gliadin stimulates the appetite, creating incessant hunger and cravings for more wheat products and refined carbs. Dr. Davis promises that by eliminating wheat from your diet, you’ll eliminate its appetite-stimulating properties, thus experiencing a dramatic reduction in hunger levels.

 

                                              

Fried foods are another food source you should stay away from as the oils that the food is fried in is usually hydrogenated oil that can lead to cancer and other illnesses. It should be noticed here that it’s not the fats that are as dangerous for your health, as long as they’re good fats. Oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and Avocado oil are very nutritious oils that will never make you fat from eating them. What makes you fat, is the breading that you use to coat your foods before you fry them. The starchy carbs are deadly and should never be eaten with fried foods…hence, NEVER bread your food before you fry it, and don’t fry it in hydrogenated oil. Coconut oil is an excellent alternative for frying as it’s a medium chain oil that’s liquid at room temperature. Scroll down to the medical relevance to learn how MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) effect your health in a positive way.

Another very important thing to keep in mind, Don’t Drink Your Calories. You should get all your calories from nutritious food that still has the fiber in it. Juicing may give you something tasty to drink that has some vitamin content in it but it doesn’t have any fiber in it that will help you lose weight. To get the fiber you must eat the fruit or vegetable. Don’t drink sodas, alcohol or sweetened fruit drinks as these all add empty calories that do you little, if any good at all. Above all make sure you get plenty of high fiber fruits and vegetables in your diet with plenty of berries. Fill up on salad, legumes (beans and peas). sprouts and fruit and you soon see the pounds starting to drop off.

While preparing this post, we ran into the following packet that can guarantee your weight loss. They’re definitely worth a look see…

 

Lose Weight By Eating Healthy Foods That Promote Weight Loss

Foods That Promote Weight Loss

It’s unfortunate to know that obesity is becoming the number one health problem that most people around the world suffer from. This is the reason why a lot of people these days are dying to know what the best foods to eat for healthy weight loss. To help those who are seeking for some information about the types of foods to eat in order to lose weight, here is some information you’ll appreciate:

Green Tea – Green tea contains phytochemicals called flavonoids which experts believe to be very helpful in losing a lot of weight. This is the reason why green tea is among the list of the best foods to eat to lose weight. It’s the green tea that’s responsible for stimulating one’s body to burn more calories, thus, reducing more body fats.

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Yogurt – When you include yogurt and in your daily diet, this could help you in your efforts to lose weight every day. This is due to the presence of both protein and carbohydrates in them. These two nutrients could help to reduce your hunger, in such a way that you will not keep on craving more food to eat. The probiotics in yogurt help you to properly digest your food by keeping good bacteria in your gut. For the best results, try unsweetened Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt (usually twice as much), so it will help increase metabolism. Stay away from low fat or no fat, as it’s the fats of the Medium Chain Triglycerides that are the healthiest for the body.

Whole Milk – I know this one shocks you, but it’s real. Whole milk can help you lose weight by curbing your appetite. Replace your low fat or your non-fat milk with whole milk and you’ll not only turn your body into a fat burning machine, you’ll balance your cholesterol by boosting your HDL particles. This happens because all milk fats are medium chain triglycerides and MCT fats work to clean out your system by binding to other fats and escorting them out of your body. (This works on a cellular basis.) Adding whole milk to your diet will allow you to cut down on your carb intake by curbing your hunger. Hunger always follows a carbohydrate diet like a puppy on a leash. Allow it to curb your hunger and you’ll be surprised. (The secret here is to curb your carbs at the same time.) It’ll guarantee your success.

Green salads – Choose something that is not rich in dressings and mayo, and go for those that have fewer calories and are rich in fiber. Eat the salad as a full meal course to make you feel full and avoid craving a lot of foods for the rest of the day. Always choose the right ingredients for your salad, by eating only those with high fiber content and few calories.

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Fruits – We all know that fruits play a major role in weight loss, so be sure to include this in your diet. One of the main reasons why fruits are essential in losing weight is because of the high amount of fiber on it that will make you feel full without adding any extra calories. The main reason why fruits are helpful in losing weight is due to the high fiber content in them that are helping you to become full without any extra calories. Some of the most common fruits to help a person to lose weight are apple, grapes, watermelon, oranges, pineapple, papaya, berries of any sort like blueberries or raspberries and much, much more.

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Leafy Green Vegetables – The best food to fill up on. Not only do leafy green vegetables contain fiber, they also have several nutrients in them that’s beneficial to your health. Almost all vegetables are beneficial in fighting off many illnesses and diseases. Vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli are examples of green veggies that not only help to lose weight but are helpful in fighting cancer and other diseases as well.

Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high inlutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron,vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc,niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It’s considered to be rich in iron as well, although it has a high amount of calcium, your body can only absorb about 5% of what it takes in. All these nutrients make spinach on of the best weight loss, cancer-fighting foods available
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has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. This makes kale an excellent vegetable to add your diet, as well as being very high in beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Kale is also a source of two carotenoids, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. It’s also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.

Broccoli has a calcium much that is much easier absorbed by the body, as well as being high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties.  Broccoli also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. A single serving provides more than 30 mg of vitamin C and a half-cup provides 52 mg of vitamin C.  The 3,3′-Diindolylmethane found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.

For permanent, healthy lose weight, exercise should be part of your daily routine, aside from these “super foods” that you should incorporate into your diet. Try to perform more aerobic exercise to assist you to lose weight fast. Check with your doctor to make sure that you are fit to engage in aerobic exercise.  You should also consider adding anaerobic exercise (resistance training) for your muscle strength. Differences between these two types of exercise can be found at Aerobic versus, anaerobic exercise.

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Eat The Foods That Encourage Weight Loss to Stay Slim

Foods That Encourage Weight Loss

Weight Loss – to encourage weight loss, people have tried all sorts of ways to lose weight in their never-ending battle with belly fat. There are fad diets that seem to pop up weekly, metabolism boosting pills and diet supplements, and all sorts of “Fat Busting” exercise machines being pedaled on TV infomercials.  The truth is that if we give our body the nutrients that it needs by eating healthy foods that promote weight loss our chances of successfully losing weight are much greater.

Dietary fiber as a weight loss component  

In 2003, the World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity. High fiber foods will actually promote weight loss by requiring more energy to digest and include all fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains (not milled into flour).

Concerning the last of these high fiber foods, whole grains, they’re only high fiber if the fiber hasn’t been processed out of it and most importantly if it hasn’t been processed into bleached white flour. Bleaching removes the germ of the grain which is the part that has the fiber in it, making it safer to stick with only whole grain bread and pasta, and any of the other high fiber foods, like veggies, fruits, nuts, and legumes. While bleaching the bran and fiber out of oats and wheat will give the flour, bread, and pasta a longer shelf life, it will give you a shorter life. For a better look at what whole grains do for your body and to your body, read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. Unfortunately, the harm they bring is far worse than the good they provide.

If you’re interested in finding a high fiber flour, Coconut flour is the highest fiber flour. It also has no gluten for those who are allergic to gluten. Flour or any product made from any grain will do nothing more than filling your body with empty calories, very little fiber and lots of carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates when you should be looking for complex carbohydrates like what you get in vegetables, legumes, and fruits.

  High Fiber Nutritious Foods Increase Metabolism

What happens when we eat healthy nutritious food? Our bodies respond by increasing our metabolism, which in turn helps to promote weight loss. Now while this is rather simplified and weight loss can require a little more commitment as far as exercising and eating the right foods, the fact is that eating right is as important as exercise if you want to increase your metabolism and lose weight.

Understanding how our bodies use and store energy is an important point to understand when it comes to metabolism. Our cells metabolize energy from the protein, carbohydrates, and fats that we eat. These energy sources come in many different forms and our body’s metabolism is affected by what forms we get them from.

Fats – good to encourage weight loss or not?

Fats and oils are essential for a healthy body and thus, some oils are beneficial for weight loss. The only difference between a fat and an oil is the temperature that the substance solidifies or liquefies. Beneficial fats or oils include coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, pumpkin seed oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and flaxseed oil and believe it or not, milk fats for just a few. Milk fats may be the healthiest fats you can consume. When your body has to turn carbs into fat to use them, the same enzyme that converts that carbs into fat also instructs your body to store that fat, instead of using it. This is not good for the body, as who wants to add more fat to their body. Only carbs do this, eating fat doesn’t. When you eat fat, If it doesn’t get used up immediately, it usually gets stored in your bones, making them healthier. (This is where adiponectin is made, your high energy hormone.)

Where fats are concerned, our bodies have very no trouble converting them directly into energy for immediate use. This includes all animal fats. vegetable fats or oils, for the most part, are healthier as long as they’re not hydrogenated.  Hydrogenation is the worst thing you can do to an oil as you’re creating trans fats when you do so. Fats from red meats are much less healthy than that from chicken, turkey or fish which can be a very healthy fat to include in your diet. Many nutritionists and doctors recommend adding fish oil to your diet. Olive oil is an example of a healthy oil that can promote weight loss as well. Not to forget coconut oil, a medium chain oil that can help rid your body of longer chain, less healthy oils, coconut oil is considered by most doctors and nutritionists as a very healthy oil.

Fried Foods And Processed Foods Are An Unhealthy Choice

The majority of most people’s diets consist of eating too many hydrogenated oils as well as too many refined sugars and flour. These are found in too many processed foods which are generally made of white flour, white sugar, and too much sodium. Because flour, once eaten is turned into sugar, the body tends to store up these sugars and turns them into fat. Eating too much-refined sugars has been known to lead to insulin resistance, which is an affliction in which the body’s cells begin to conflict with insulin’s ability to let glucose enter the cells for metabolic functions. This leads to raised blood sugar which the body will change to fat storage. This also leads to diabetes.

When trying to increase metabolism for weight loss, it is vital to eat foods that are not just high in complex carbohydrates but high in proteins, fiber and more importantly,  nutrients (something lacking in white flour and white sugar). This, in turn, will help promote weight loss.  If you’re serious about losing weight, the last thing you want to put in your body is bleached white flour and white sugar, as they have no nutritional content at all. The sugar that the flour is turned into becomes fat if not burned quickly.

Eating nutritious foods promote weight loss and results in more calories being burned just to digest and metabolize the nutrients in them. Foods that promote weight loss and are high in complex carbohydrates also have the ability to increase metabolism in another way. The body’s digestive system must work more briskly to digest the critical nutrients in complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates and sugars require much less energy to transform, for the body’s digestive system. This longer-lasting digestive process allows the energy in the complex carbohydrates to be used as a more balanced energy source. This balanced energy release gives our body’s the calories it needs during the course of the day without the never-ending need to partake of sweet sugary foods. It also results in less insulin being released into the bloodstream which is key to living a healthier life. The energy spikes caused by sugary and fatty foods create high and low energy periods which tempt us into eating more foods that are not only unhealthy but also add to existing fat stores.

Fruits, legumes, and vegetables should comprise most of the complex carbohydrates that we consume. Not only do they supply complex carbohydrates they can also help to increase metabolism in other ways. Because of their high fiber content, it takes more calories to just digest them which helps make them a negative calorie food. This is similar to how the theory behind “negative calorie” foods that promote weight loss was found. The philosophy behind a negative calorie food is simply that some foods have fewer calories then it takes the body to digest them. This increase in metabolism from negative calorie foods that promote weight loss can burn excess body fat and start the weight loss routine. By adding a metabolism boosting exercise routine to a healthy diet you can take your weight loss and health to a whole new level.

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Weight Loss – Tips To Get You Started

Weight Loss – Tips To Get You Started

For weight lossthe most important thing to know is: It’s not as much how much but it’s what you put in your mouth to eat that’s the biggest factor if you’re going to keep the weight off.

Weight Loss could be the most important key to keeping a body healthy, yet it’s probably the hardest to conquer. These tips for what foods you should be eating can help you get started on your weight loss quest. Keep in mind that these are just starting points and in order to keep the fat off, a complete change in attitude is sometimes necessary. After all, it’s been said that “Attitude is Everything”!

I’m not going to give you any magic pill, but a few general suggestions that actually can help you in your weight loss journey and the first of these tips is to turn your food pyramid upside down. I remember when I was younger all the food pyramids showed grain foods like breads, cereals and pastas on the bottom, indicating that we should eat more of these foods than anything else.

 

Foods You Shouldn’t Be Eating For Optimal Weight Loss

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40 – 70 years ago, the only bread you could get was white bread and the only pasta you could get was processed semolina wheat pasta. Whole grain bread or pasta wasn’t even on any grocery shelf then. It’s the white flour breads and pastas that cause so many problems with weight management and obesity. I’ve heard some doctors say, “the whiter your bread, the sooner you’re dead”. My experience has shown me that these foods should actually be on the top of the pyramid and we should be consuming a lot less of these, if any at all. In my opinion, bleached white flour, white sugar and white rice should n’t even be on grocery shelves because they all lead to obesity and they’re addictive.

These foods have had all the nutrient processed out of them for the sake of a longer shelf life. In the case of white bread, it was once thought that taking the bran and germ out of the wheat was healthier because it gave it a longer shelf life. The pros and cons of whole-wheat flour vs bleached white flour is a whole discussion in itself though and best be left for an article unto itself. You can read more about it in Time For the Ultimate Cure. The best part of the wheat that’s lost when bleaching it is the fiber, which is possibly the most critical component for weight loss as the World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity. To get any fiber out of any flour, the bran and germ have to stay in the flour.

Foods You Should Be Eating For Weight Loss

                               

Foods like fruits, vegetables and foods that are high in fiber and will keep more fat off of you than any magic pill. Dr. Daniel Amen says in his book, Use Your Brain To Change Your Age “you should fill up on salad”. Everyone I know that’s lost more than 10 lbs or more and kept it off has done it eating more fruits and vegetables. These are foods that are higher in fiber. They take longer to digest and use up more energy to do so. It makes sense to fill up on foods that feed the body nutrition instead of starchy simple carbohydrates that do little more than pack on pounds.

                        

Vegetables like green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, and colorful vegetables that are high in beta-carotene and poly-flavenoids can not only help you lose weight, they can help you fight off disease and illness so you can live longer. I’ve heard some doctors say the more colorful it is, the healthier it is. Especially in the red and orange hues like sweet potatoes as they seem to have  more of the nutrients and important phytochemicals, which are shown to help against cancer. These foods also provide nutrients that not only can prevent illness and disease, some of these foods can actually help to cure a malady once it’s started, as Dr Amen says it, “let food be your medicine”, and since you are what you eat, I couldn’t agree more.

Fruits like blueberries which are also high in phytochemicals, along with  raspberries,cherries, bananas, citrus fruit (especially grapefruit), pineapple and papaya, just to name a few. These foods offer more in nutrition, than ten times their weight in pastries and bread (especially white).  Pineapple for example, provides a an enzyme called  bromelain, an important digestive enzyme, that’s also an anti-inflammatory which can help you ward off illness, disease and chronic pain. Pineapples have had a long tradition as a medicinal plant among the natives of South and Central America. Bromelain from pineapple also has some potential against cancer mechanisms.

Another important fruit that aids in digestion is Papaya because of the papain it contains. Papain is another enzyme that is important not only for the digestion of meat, but it’s also a home remedy treatment for bee and yellow jacket (wasps) stings and mosquito bites because of its ability to break down the toxins delivered in the stings and bites. Beyond that, it’s more important for its enzymes that break down proteins in your digestive system, which is why it’s widely used in south and central America as a digestive aid. As we age we lose many of the enzymes that are naturally in our digestive system and these foods, pineapple and papaya can help replace those lost enzymes naturally.

Tips For Weight Loss

Cut back on the wheat products, such as breads, cakes, pasta. pastries, cereals, crackers, flour tortillas and breaded foods. This may be the toughest tip of all as it requires that you fight an addiction. Studies have shown that these items are as addictive as cocaine and heroin because they work on the same receptors in the brain to trigger the same ‘feel good chemicals” (serotonin and epinephrine) as cocaine and heroin. They offer you a virtually immediate euphoric sedation that wears off with an hour or two leaving you hungry again to eat more. Worse than that, today’s wheat has been genetically modified to increase crop yields that has “de-nutritionalized” the wheat to where it’s calories provide less nutrition per calorie making it a more fattening food. Dr Amen shows you the studies in his book Use Your Brain To Change Your Age  and it documented in the book Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. They both claim that this is a major cause of America’s obesity problem.

Don’t drink your calories. Cut back drastically on your intake of soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, whether their “diet” drinks or not as well as beer and hard liquor. The so called diet drinks and sodas are even more fattening and worse for your health because of the chemicals they put into your body. There are, however, a few exceptions like steviamonellin,  Thaumatin and Pentadin which are 250 times, 500 times, 2000 times and 100,000 times as sweet as sucrose or sugar and are all natural coming from plants and berries in South America and Africa.

Fill up on high nutrition foods like fruits and vegetables. Instead of filling up on low nutrition starchy simple carbohydrates, fill up on high nutrition complex carbohydrates like orange or red fruits and vegetable that are packed with phytochemicals like beta carotene, poly-flavenoids, and poly-phenals to help you fight off illness and disease like cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Many greens like kale, broccoli and spinach offer much of the same qualities for better health. Be sure to get protein in every meal.

Eat 4 meals a day and snack on the right foods in between. Eating more often keeps your blood sugars from dropping too low inducing the craving for the low nutrition simple carbohydrates that basically offer more sugars than nutrition, making you fatter. Snacking is good as long as you’re snacking on high nutritious foods like fruits, nuts and berries. You won’t get the “30 minute crash” with these foods like you will with regular snack food like cookies, crackers and candy. These foods will feed your body as well as your brain which will slow your cravings for the more fattening foods.

These are the best and most nutritional ways to lose weight in a healthy way. If you’re serious about your weight loss and even more serious about keeping it off, pay attention the foods you eat and stay away from the ones that won’t provide your body the nutrition it needs. Doing this will keep you body  healthy and the pounds off.

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