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Is Coconut Oil Unhealthy?

Mainstream media has launched an all-out assault on coconut oil and the gluten-free movement this week, with articles such as:

1. Everything you knew about coconut oil is wrong.

My comment: How do you know what I know about coconut oil and what makes you the sole expert on the subject?

2. The debate over coconut oil can finally be put to rest.

My comment: Oh good! Finally, a supreme, all-knowing, non-biased source declares their own victory in this “debate!” (Sarcasm intended)

3. Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.

My comment: Tell that to all the tropical populations of the world, who eat more coconut oil than anyone, yet are among the healthiest populations on the planet (or until recently anyway, thanks to the introduction of processed foods into their culture).

4. You shouldn’t go gluten-free unless you have celiac disease, according to a study.

My comment: It is well-established now that modern humans have no business eating modern grains. The ancient grains that had health benefits are now extinct on our planet. We have bred them out of existence in order to produce the sweet, starchy (and largely genetically modified) grains we have now. It’s sad, but modern wheat and gluten are downright toxic. I’d eat wheat if I could, but I don’t because the wheat Jesus and his disciples ate over 2000 years ago no longer exists. Also: “A study?” Really? One? And then print an article about it to the world? C’mon guys. Good science never does that. Besides, the study they cite is horroble and the one that started the “Whole wheat is healthy” movement simply compared white, refined flour bread to whole-wheat bread and only found that it was LESS BAD, but certainly not healthy. It caused LESS weight gain and heart disease, but still MORE than people who refrained completely from wheat. And besides, that too was just one study. C’mon guys!

This latest assault is brought to you by USA Today, the New York magazine, and the American Heart Association, which are three of the largest mainstream organizations in the world. These three are also responsible for bringing you the low-fat diet, which is the biggest reason for our modern obesity pandemic and all the health problems and diseases that go along with it.

Anytime I hear “health advice” from mainstream media, it’s a signal to research the opposite of what they’re telling me to do because that’s probably the direction I should go in order to get healthier. I’m not the only one saying this either. Here’s a great post on it: http://sustainabledish.com/coconut-oil-wont-kill-listening-american-heart-association-might/

The recent popularity of coconut oil and the gluten-free movement is certainly getting people healthier and the mainstream, along with the starchy carb/grain industry, Monsanto, and the pharmaceutical industry hate that. They can’t make any money off you if you’re healthy, so now they’re fighting back, trying to suck you back into their deception and profits with horrible advice like this.

If you want to continue believing mainstream, conventional “wisdom” and not research anything for yourself, then it will cost you your life. Quite literally.

If you want to research things for yourself and try healthy, sound recommendations from holistic sources, on the other hand, you will get healthier and not only live longer, but will enjoy that life more, without the need for drugs to keep you alive while your feeling miserable.

It’s your choice. Do a little “work” and research things, try new things, and experience your own results, or be lazy and blindly follow the advice of the mainstream responsible for the current health state of our modern, civilized world.

Speaking of the civilized world, with your research (if you choose to go that direction) start with the strict hunter-gatherer societies who cling fully to their ancient traditions and check out how healthy they are. It’s astonishing. No cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, etc. And no TV, internet or mainstream advice either…

Things that make you go:

The war on coconut oil and saturated fat is more urgent and important than you ever imagined. Please research this for yourself because your life and the life of your loved ones depends on it! Here’s a good starting point:

Top 7 Most Fattening Low-Fat Foods

You probably already know by now that the whole “low-fat” revolution is the main cause for the massive obesity pandemic we have today. Ancel Keys started the myth decades ago that fat is fattening and our government took his flawed science and ran with it, causing our society (and now the rest of the world) to be fatally misinformed.

What we have proven over the last 30 years is that low-fat eating is extremely fattening. It might sound counterintuitive, but eating fat does not make you fat. Eating most types of carbs does make you fat though, especially when those carbs are low-fat.

Combining certain types of calories also make you fat, like combining carbs with fat for instance, but as you can see, the common denominator is carbs.

Carbs make you fat. And here are the seven most fattening types of carbs.

1.) Soda is packed with sugar. In fact, it’s like concentrated sugar, dissolved in a liquid medium that makes it invisible to your eyes and to your hunger-satiety system. Whether that soda has real sugar or high fructose corn syrup is almost irrelevant, because in both cases, your body is thrown into fat storing mode and your brain is put on high alert hunger mode. Even diet soda has this same effect on your brain, so you end up eating more than the calories you just saved by drinking the toxic chemicals replacing the sugar. And don’t get me started on those toxic chemicals because they can contribute to obesity and disease as much or more than the sugar they are replacing. (more…)

Is Carbohydrate an Essential Nutrient?

Bagels and other carbs

People know about my low-carb lifestyle and they occasionally try to explain to me that the human body needs carbohydrates for energy.

Or that the brain has to have carbs in order to run properly.

Or that carbs are somehow necessary for optimal health.

And I have yet to hear this “advice” coming from someone who is healthier than me.

Things that make you go, “hmmmm…”

I realize their “advice” is also the current mainstream message, but if you do your own research and find out the facts for yourself, you will discover that the mainstream is wrong.

The mainstream happens to be wrong on lots of other stuff too. You should look into that. I have, and I don’t believe anyone anymore without researching it for myself, especially on the important stuff, like things that have to do with health.

Blindly following what the mainstream or even the “experts” tell you (including me), no matter how “qualified” or “credentialed” you think they are, without doing your own research, can get you in trouble (or sick, fat and even dead).

Here is an undisputed fact: Dietary carbohydrates are not necessary building blocks for any molecules or cells in the human body. This means carbohydrate is not an essential nutrient for humans.

Dietary carbohydrates aren’t necessary for human energy needs either (also contrary to what you might have heard). The body can obtain all the energy it needs from protein and fat, even in the case of long distance athletes!

Even if your body did need the type of fuel carbohydrates provide, the best sources are the slowly absorbed, complex forms found in green vegetables, which also happen to be the most nutrient-rich sources of food. They are also among the lowest net carb foods (among the foods that have carbs) because of their high fiber content. Is nature trying to tell us something? I think so.

I also get people telling me that the brain needs glucose (a type of sugar) for fuel. It is true that a small number of brain cells do prefer to run on glucose, but most of the brain’s preferred energy source is actually ketones, which can only be produced from fat metabolism.  (more…)

Top 7 Anti-Inflammation Foods

time-magazine-cover-feb-2004Inflammation can cause many problems in the body, including slowed weight loss, joint pain, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, tendonitis, general discomfort, bloating, and even major disease to name just a few.

Most people are inflamed most of the time and have even forgotten what it feels like to be “normal” or the way their body should be, if it were healthy. Once that inflammation is gone, it’s like having a new lease on life. Energy skyrockets (and stays consistent), brain fog goes away, most various types of pain disappear, sickness is rare and even chronic disease or major illness goes away forever.

Eating the right foods is the first and most important step. It should be a life commitment too, because falling off the wagon and eating inflammatory foods again, bring back all those horrible symptoms.

I mention this specifically because many people start the anti-inflammation lifestyle and of course, start to feel better. Then, as they move further away from the pain that got them started down this path, they don’t see the need anymore, so they (consciously and subconsciously) let those old habits and foods creep back into their lives, bringing the old symptoms back with a vengeance.

The worst culprits causing inflammation are sugar (in its many forms), starchy foods, trans fats and most processed foods. Genetically modified foods are also highly inflammatory, so the bottom line is to eat organic whenever possible and cut out processed foods as much as possible.

Just eating organic won’t take care of the inflammation problem by itself though. There are plenty of organic foods that are highly inflammatory, so below is a list of my seven favorites. There are of course, more than seven, but just reading this list of seven will give you a good idea of the direction you should be heading and the kind of foods you should be eating.

1.) Green vegetables – mainly because of their powerful antioxidants and flavonoids. Note: When green vegetables are fermented (i.e. sauerkraut), that takes it up another big notch because of their extremely high pro-biotic content, which nourishes certain gut flora that manufacture specific anti-flammation compounds. (more…)

Eat What You Are?

bncnun0cyaaqosaI’m sure you have heard it said, “You are what you eat.” And it’s true, to an extent, because people who eat crap, certainly end up feeling, and looking, like crap.

But what if we switched those words around a bit and followed the advice, “Eat WHAT you are?”

By this I mean, wouldn’t it make sense to eat the calorie composition of our own body makeup?

A healthy body has the following nutritional composition, meaning if you ate a person, this is what you would be eating, based on percent calories (not by weight):

  • 23% Protein
  • 64% Fat
  • 13% Carbohydrate

So if you ate what you are, what would that look like? It would look drastically different from the standard American diet, which is:

  • 21% Protein
  • 64% Carbohydrate
  • 15% Fat

Can you see the main difference? It’s the fat to carbs ratio that is killing us and making us so fat.

We should be eating what we are and then when we do, we can feel good about becoming what we eat – the way we really should be!

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