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The Truth Heals

Amberleigh CarterComment

We’ve all been there.  As soon as you think you’ve found the magical diet, detox, challenge, or cleanse that actually works for you, a new study comes out showing that what you’ve been doing has only contributed to your problem, and you should do the exact opposite because Harvard says so.  One study indicates that there are multiple health benefits from cutting the fat out of your diet.  Another study illustrates all of the harmful effects on the body when you cut out the fat, so you should really cut out the sugar because, ironically, Harvard says so.  

So what should you do?  Cut out the fat or cut out the sugar?  Is the answer in the Paleo diet, Mediterranean foods, Subway, gastric bypass surgery, pills, juicing 3 pounds of kale and eating 12 bananas a day?  Who should you trust?  Harvard?  Researchers?  Your doctor?  Your local yoga instructor?  A support group?  You could argue with yourself that research doesn’t lie, but then how can it show so many different and opposing outcomes?  

The truth:  Research does not lie, but people do.  And for enough money, research can show whatever it wants.  Is this a conspiracy?  Perhaps it is; but I’ll take my chances on not taking the advice from an industry that only makes money if I’m sick and confused.

One thing that you can trust, however, is your individual physiology.  Sure, you can follow the latest diet craze, but you can only trick your body for so long before it screams out to you that you need something else.  For instance, you may swear by the Paleo diet and truly see health benefits: losing weight, feeling more clear-headed and energized, lower cholesterol levels, and more.  But, after years into the diet, you start losing your hair, your cholesterol rises, your hormones are on a roller coaster, and your thyroid gland is almost non-functioning.  (This is purely an example that I’ve seen happen to individuals.)  That's not to say that all Paleo experts have bad intentions, but research outcomes can still be misleading.  

So now what do you do? 

I’m glad you asked.  For so long we’ve been depriving ourselves and cutting out vital nutrients and life-giving behaviors.  Why cut out calories (i.e., energy/fuel) and run off of stress hormones?  Does it make sense to try to drive your car across the country with no gas in it?  We’ve been misguided to look to others to take responsibility for a lifetime of unquestioned and unchallenged actions when it comes to health.  The good news is that you can take back control and responsibility for your life simply by questioning and paying attention.  

1)     Start listening to your gut. 

2)     Pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal or skipping a meal or macronutrient (i.e., protein, carb, or fat).  Do you feel bloated, tired, and/or have a headache or stomach ache?  Did that meal give you energy?

3)     Avoid anything processed and any product that contains more than 5 ingredients, especially those of which you cannot pronounce. 

4)     Eat real fruits and root vegetables.

5)     Eat quality meats, broths, seafood, gelatin, and other anti-inflammatory proteins.

6)     Eat saturated fats like coconut oil, butter, ghee, and tallow.

7)     Focus on quality: organic, free-range, grass-fed, local, cage-free, etc.

8)     Focus on quantity: relative ratios of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. 

9)     Drink quality water like Evian, FIJI, and other spring waters.

10)  Pay attention to your movement: Do you exercise?  Are you exercising too much?  How well do you recover from a workout?  Do you have pain and/or soreness in your body?

11)  Rest.

12)  Meditate.

13)  Take time to do things for yourself.

The above is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it’s a good starting point to help evaluate your lifestyle.  As always, you have to do what you feel is right for you.  You may not be happy about needing to incorporate new behaviors in your life, but I have found that the truth heals more than it hurts.

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

Amberleigh CarterComment

If you are a typical American, then chances are good that you have a healthy (or maybe not-so-healthy) "addiction" to coffee.  Furthermore, if this rings true for you, I have wonderful news for you: coffee is good for you!

According to Ray Peat, Ph.D., coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of thyroid disease, cancer, and other diseases than non-coffee drinkers.  Coffee has been used medicinally throughout history, protecting the liver from alcohol, prescription medications, and other toxins, while also protecting the body against radiation, chemical carcinogens, and viruses. Additionally, coffee contains magnesium, a very important mineral for the thyroid gland and overall health.  Magnesium is a natural tranquilizer, and it reduces high blood pressure and assists in stabilizing blood sugar in the body.  With that said, it is not uncommon to see the general population today consuming the wrong type of coffee at the wrong time.

Here are some tips on how to get the most metabolic bang for your cup:

1) Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee.

  • Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which means it tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on the body.
  • Coconut oil is also a natural anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial fat that boosts energy, supports thyroid function, insulin secretion, bone health, immunity, and digestion, and helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers (Dr. Bruce Fife). 

2) Never drink coffee on an empty stomach, as it will cause a spike in adrenaline and other stress hormones, like cortisol.

  • Increasing stress in the body can lead to weight gain, wrinkles, and other hormonal chaos. 
  • It's best to consume it after a meal or snack containing an optimal protein (i.e., white fish, shellfish, grass-fed organic beef, venison, gelatin, bone broth, organic (local and insect-fed) eggs, etc.), carb (i.e., tropical fruits and/or root vegetables), and a fat (i.e., organic heavy cream, grass-fed butter, or coconut oil). (*Note: The protein, carb, and fat examples are not a comprehensive list of optimal food options).

3) Choose a quality roast and water. 

  • Pick a coffee that does not have artificial flavorings or perfumes (i.e., Folgers and other plain roasts or Organic roast coffee is acceptable).
  • It's best to brew at home with quality, filtered, mineral water (i.e., Evian, FIJI, etc.).

So go enjoy your cup of metabolic euphoria, guilt-free and by the cup! 

A word of caution though; be careful if you drink and drive.... You just might end up being nice to people on the road today.
 

Sorry, Salad.... You Can't Sit With Us

Amberleigh CarterComment

Let's talk about the green, wet-blanket carb that brings nothing to the table.

She thinks she owns the place, knowing everyone is going to feel guilty enough to order her. She puts on her dressing, her tomatoes, her croutons, and gets all dolled up to even convince you that she looks good enough to eat, even though you know she's boring and makes you feel empty inside.

That's right, I'm talking about SALAD.

Here's the skinny on salad:

 

  • It contains "goitrogens" that block energy production and slow down the actions of your thyroid and liver, which also slows down your metabolism and ability to detoxify your system.

 

  • Salad leaves are made up of "cellulose"--an indigestible fiber that increases the production and absorption of bacteria in your gut, lowers your immune system, drains your energy, and irritates your stomach enough to blow up the bathroom.

 

  • Salad is the true fatty here--it's full of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Yes, salad has fat (without dressing)-- and it's the kind of fat that loves to damage your metabolism, the cells in your pancreas (important for blood sugar regulation), and your ability to fight off sickness and disease.
     

So don't let salad make you feel guilty about your health, when it's the one contributing to your stress, inflammation, fatigue, and sluggish metabolism.

Sorry, salad--you can't sit with us.

Allergic To Exercise?

Amberleigh CarterComment

Feel like you're "allergic" to exercise?

Most people in society, including health professionals, currently view weight gain as a result of not moving enough and eating too much.  It would be logical to then assume that increasing your exercise frequency would help you to lose weight. 

However, weight gain is not the outcome of not enough exercise; it is the end result of being hypo-metabolic (having a damaged or an inefficient metabolism).  This all starts with food quality (organic vs. conventional), type (fresh produce vs. processed products), frequency (how often you eat), and ratios (protein, carbohydrate, and fat amounts in one meal/snack).

By decreasing energy intake (reduce eating calories from food), while increasing energy demand (increasing the amount of movement) with breathless exercise, you are putting your body further into a stressed state.  It's not as simple as calories in, calories out.

When the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are inadequate (either not enough, or the wrong types/ratios/frequency), your body does not have enough fuel to get through the day, much less to get you through exercise (a stressor, itself).

Starting an exercise program and eating less to lose weight causes many to become discouraged about their health when symptoms arise, such as weight gain through water retention (edema/swelling), muscle atrophy (your body eating muscle for fuel), increased anxiety, trouble sleeping, constipation, altered menstrual cycles, infertility, rapid heart beat (over 85 bpm), etc.

If you are already in a hypo-metabolic state from not properly fueling the body before performing breathless exercise (a stressor), the outcome of the exercise may put you further into a hypo-metabolic state.  So no, you're not "allergic" to exercise, you just need to work on food, first.  As Dianna Schwarzbien, MD, points out, you must get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.