Yesterday’s post ‘Let your food be your medicine your medicine be your food‘ highlighted a similar viewpoint to my own. Particular points I feel worthy of commentary are as follows:
Juicing is a great way to get nutrition into the body. I have and still take occasionally green smoothies. I chose smoothies over juicing. Why a smoothie over juice? Well, it’s the fiber element. Juice contains no fiber whereas a smoothie does and if your smoothie contains fruit and fructose the fiber provides a slower absorption of the fructose into the blood, plus I find that taking onboard fiber from raw fruit and vegetables is good for gut health.
Don’t get me wrong though, juicing has its part to play if you are going for a detox and weight loss in a short period of time but as Jayne says, a juicing lifestyle isn’t necessarily sustainable. Adopt it as part of an overall effective health strategy (but watch how much fruit/fructose you add).
- This is something I’ve read about and the science appears robust. I even have a grounding mat in the house that I use from time to time. However the best grounding is to walk barefoot on sand or grass. What is grounding? Grounding decreases the effect of potentially disruptive electromagnetic fields on our bodies by earthing ourselves allowing stored up positive charge to flow into the ground and in turn negative charge to flow back into the body.
- Studies have shown that earthing or grounding improves blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduces effects of stress.
I agree that we should all move more. Research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time is bad for our health, whilst walking can silently heal you. Even the Apple Watch has an alarm built in to notify you every hour to get up and move.
However, in my opinion walking isn’t enough. Research shows that adding a few minutes of high intensity exercise per week can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits you get from hours of conventional exercise, including improved insulin sensitivity. When healthy but inactive people exercise intensely, even if the exercise is brief, it produces an immediate change in the DNA in their muscles. This contraction-induced gene activation appears to lead to the genetic reprogramming of muscle for strength, and to the structural and metabolic benefits of exercise. Several of the genes affected by an acute bout of exercise are genes involved in fat metabolism. Specifically, studies suggest that when you exercise, your body almost immediately experiences genetic activation that increases the production of fat-busting proteins! Besides lowered body fat, other benefits associated with high intensity interval training include:
- Improved muscle tone
- Firmer skin and fewer wrinkles
- Higher energy levels
- Improved athletic speed and performance
- Boosted sex drive
The words ‘diet’ and ‘exercise’
I agree these words conjur up a fear of hours slogging on a treadmill and restrictive eating. That was certainly my viewpoint just a few short years back.
My journey to effective health has shown me that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or eat less. [I have even renamed the menu tabs on this website on the back of Jayne’s article to Effective Movement and Effective Nutrition rather than Exercise and Diet.]
Effective Movement is getting off your backside by walking and to also incorporate a few short high intensity interval bursts of movement 2 -3 times a week. No need to rock the treadmill, the bike or the elliptical trainer for an hour every day or go for long runs (unless you are specifically in training for a marathon); there is just no need to. Long steady state cardio sessions have been found to do more harm than good long term due to the stress it causes your body.
Effective Nutrition is not about restricting the calories you consume. You don’t need to calorie count. You can actually eat more, as long as it’s more of the right food. Cut out processed foods, grains, sugar and ‘low fat’ diet foods; period. Ok, so maybe harder done than said, but make a conscious effort to monitor what you are eating. Read ingredient labels and work towards reducing your daily consumption of grains and sugar. Replace with healthy fats, vegetables, and quality organic protein and you will lose weight as you feel fuller for longer. I will talk more about fat and sugar at a later date.
Raw versus boiled vegetable’s. Green vegetables are at their most nutritious the closer they are to their raw state. Boiling your veg will extract all their goodness (and flavour) out of them; therefore next to no nutritional value.
If you must cook your veg, invest in a steamer, be it a dedicated steamer or a metal or bamboo steamer you place over a pan of hot water. Your vegetables will be cooked in just a few moments, be a vibrant green colour and taste so much better. Steamed vegetables don’t have their nutritional elements lost in the boiling water. Top it of with grass fed butter… delicious!
At-ease and dis-ease
It’s taken me until recently to buy into the “you are what you eat” philosophy. You eat the wrong stuff (the traditional western diet) you will get ill and fall prey to chronic disease. You feed the body with the correct nutrition and it will be well. Our bodies want to be well and I’m a firm believer that your body can heal itself from a disease state to an at-ease state… it just needs a shove in the right direction from time to time with effective movement and effective nutrition.
Potatoes are a starch. Starches are anti nutrients which makes them hard to digest. You benefit from some starch if for instance you are on a heavy workout programme. If you are sedentary or have gut bacteria problems then you need less starch. Starch is simply a fuel and in most forms is devoid of nutrients. Eat less starch and you will lose weight, however you won’t feel great. My recommendation is to eat limited amounts of starches that are lowest in anti nutrients. White, purple and new potatoes along with grains are high in anti nutrients therefore for your limited starch intake opt for the likes of butternut squash, sweet potato or white rice.
Jason Vale’s 3 food categories
Jason Vale categorises foods into 3 main categories – he say’s we need heaps of the first, that our bodies can cope with some of the second but we should avoid the third.
- Fast Food (fruit, vegetables, nuts…)
- Junk Food (chicken, fish, meat)
- Drug Food (processed – fat, salt, sugar)
Hhhmm, this is probably where our similar views become less similar.
Fast food; a thumbs up from me on vegetables. Nuts yes. Coconut, macadamia, almond, pecan and cashew are good. I would strike peanuts from my list due to concerns over mold from long term storage.
Now this is going to be controversial but you should be mindful on how much fruit you consume. Fruit is loaded with fructose and I’m an advocate for reducing the amount of sugar we all consume from whatever source. Fruit should be limited to one portion per the latter part of the day.
But where is the healthy saturated fats such as grass fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil etc.?
Junk food; grass fed meat, non corn fed organic chicken and non farmed fish would be on my fast food list. As would organic free range eggs. Battery chicken, CAFO produced meat and farmed fish would be on my Drug food list.
Drug food; salt? Salt can’t be generalised as being bad. Processed table salt I agree is bad however sea salt, himalayan salt etc. should be considered good. We need salt for our body chemistry to function correctly.
Again no mention of grains (yup I mean the western diets staple of bread, pasta ad other grain based food) and starches.
I will cover more on this at a later stage when I look at the Bulletproof Diet and Bulletproof Coffee (what a revelation that is!)
Doctors and Big Pharma
A whole huge subject in its own right. There is no doubt that our conventional medical practitioners are exceptional at dealing with trauma and emergency medicine. However I’m not so taken with conventional medicines treatment of chronic ailments. Modern medicine (sponsored by Big Pharma) seems to be very good at treating symptoms and not getting to or treating the root causes. Dealing only with symptoms is repeatable business which is good commercial business. If root cause was dealt with then it no longer remains a repeatable business which in turn is bad commercial business. Big Pharma is a huge commercial machine who unfortunately funds modern medicine in return expects our doctors to prescribe their drugs.
As I’ve mentioned before you, me and everyone needs to become self informed about their own health. Our bodies want to operate optimally if we move and fuel effectively. However if we don’t move and we consume rubbish our bodies will fail which in turn means you will get unwell and end up taking drugs… or worse. Do you suppose that Big Pharma, governments and the big food producers are all in cahoots? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Ok: this ended up being a bit of a rant so I’ll finish up here. It’s safe to say I’m passionate about good health and I sometimes get annoyed when the general public has the wool pulled over its eyes. This is one of the reasons why I have created this website. If what I and others write about sparks a thought and you go off and do your own research then I’ve done my job.
Feel free to comment on this and the previous post.