Longing for weight loss: are you fat?
Oh my! That’s not a very politically polite thing to say, is it? Let’s rephrase that, are you pleasingly plump? A bit pudgy? Do more parts jiggle than you’d like? As Rodney Dangerfield once said, “Do you leave potholes when you jog? When you’re given a menu at a restaurant do you say to the waiter ‘OK’? When you get on a scale does a card come out saying ‘One at a time’?”
OK, joking aside, weight loss is a very serious matter. And these days, that is, during the holiday season we’re confronted with spreads on the table that make our buttons go pop—and it’s not from pride. But before we unthinkingly devour what we’ll feel guilty for in the morning, let’s take a quick look at American statistics to show you where we were and where we are:
- In 1890 the US obesity rate for white males was 3.4%.
- In 1975 the obesity rate for the entire US population was 15%.
- Today the obesity rate for the entire US population is 32%—and climbing! (1)
Where can we lay the blame? To changes in our diet, specifically the tremendous increase in sugar, refined carbohydrates such as breads, pastries, muffins, donuts and other stuff made from refined grains, junk foods and sugary snacks. The correlation between sugar and health (including obesity) is hard to ignore. Look at these statistics:
- In 1800 the average person ate two pounds of sugar a year.
- In 1970 the average person ate 123 pounds of sugar a year.
- Today the average person consumes 152 pounds of sugar a year (3 pounds a week!) (2)
Commercial (“pure”) sugar
Commercial sugar, although originally from sugar cane or sugar beets, is actually so processed and chemically refined (so “pure”) that it has no minerals or vitamins at all! Even worse, it’s a “negative food” meaning that it displaces other foods we could be eating and forces our body to use important nutrients to deal with the damage that it causes. We are in a sense starving to death with fat bellies.
When we consume sugar, among the many things that happen are the following: our insulin levels shoot up, we get a sugar high, the sugar is stored as fat, we crash, we gain weight.
Sugar is linked to many diseases: diabetes, low blood sugar, ADD, cancer, brain fog, addiction, depression, candida, dental caries, gout, premature aging, poor sleep, infertility, high triglyceride levels, chronic fatigue syndrome, malnutrition, “rubber tire syndrome” and much, much more.
High fructose corn syrup
In addition to “pure” sugar, most of today’s sugar consumption is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a chemical concoction that is artificially manufactured and damages the body even worse than regular sugar. Mercury is used to create it and mercury residues have even been found in nearly half of all samples tested. Why is this bad?
Mercury has been known to cause irreversible brain and nervous system damage, especially in young, growing bodies. Mercury is also linked to mood disorders, behavioral disorders, dementias of various kinds, memory loss and many, many other serious health conditions.
HFCS has been linked to obesity, liver damage, developmental disabilities in children and weak collagen (essential for healthy joints, hair and skin), insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and more! (3)
Soft drinks are loaded with HFCS. Just look at the labels. It’s in most soda/pop and added to many fruit juices. Many, many foods aimed at children such as breakfast drinks, sodas, cereals and junk food snacks are LOADED with high fructose corn syrup. Read the labels and don’t let your children eat this stuff.
HFCS is just one form of fructose. For example, processed fruit juices are loaded with fructose, a pure fruit sugar that burdens the liver and has been linked to liver conditions. Agave is a highly processed sweetener just like HFCS and is unnatural.
Don’t forget these bad foods
For good health and for weight loss it’s important to read labels. Commercial salad dressings are full of HFCS and sugar. Best to make your own. Commercial mayonnaise is made with unhealthy corn oil, soy oil, canola oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil and vegetable oils. These oils are produced under high temperatures and pressures and are as healthy as margarine (i.e. full of trans fats)—NOT!
Please avoid sugar and HFCS but don’t replace these empty, toxic sweeteners with even more dangerous replacements—artificial sweeteners. If the label says “diet” (i.e. Diet Coke® or Diet Pepsi®) it’s even worse than regular sugar. Ironically, artificial sweeteners increase our cravings for carbohydrates and cause weight gain!
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic, unnatural chemicals created in a laboratory that are not found in nature—we have no defenses against their damage. These toxic chemicals include:
Aspartame (Nutrasweet®, Equal®)—breaks down into two brain/nervous system poisons, methanol and formaldehyde, in your body
Sucralose (Splenda®)—linked to liver and kidney damage, decreased red blood cells, low-birth weight babies and perhaps most damaging: disruption of normal intestinal flora
Everywhere in the world that sugar was introduced chronic disease and obesity skyrocketed.
Sugar is especially dangerous for children. Children (and adults) need nutrient-dense foods for a healthy brain and body—eggs, meat, butter, lard, tallow, cream, organic vegetables. Sugar gives us a sickly child and in later years a chronically ill adult.
So what should I eat?
Question: What did they call organic food a hundred years ago?
All vegetables and fruits should be organically grown—the soil fertilized with natural (not chemical) fertilizer and the plants are not sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. The plants are as nature intended them to be and not GMO (genetically modified).
Farm animals such as cows, chickens, goats and pigs are grass-fed and pastured, free of artificial hormones, not given antibiotics and not crowded in unsanitary conditions (factory farming).
To help with weight loss, eat traditionally, like your grandparents and great-grandparents did. If it wasn’t around when they weren’t around, don’t eat it!
What are better choices?
Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, maple sugar, honey, coconut sugar and date sugar can be used on occasion. It is best if you put them in a healthy dessert that slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood that includes egg yolks, cream, nuts, butter and other natural fats. Fats slow down sugar absorption and help keep insulin levels steady. For example, if you are having a slice of (hopefully organic, sprouted, sourdough) bread, then smear it with lots of butter (hopefully from organic pastured, grass-fed cows). Quality is rule one!
Weight loss: fat makes you thin
It’s a terrible linguistic mistake that we use the same word—fat—to describe foods such as butter, cream, olive oil, coconut oil, lard and tallow as well as to describe excess weight and obesity.
Fat makes you thin. No kidding! Those who eat the most fat are the thinnest! Replace sugary foods with cheeses, nuts and other high-fat foods. The more fat in your diet the thinner you are and the more energy you have. The more sugar, the more obese and exhausted you are.
The assumption is that fat makes you fat. Why, then, as we have cut back on fat, especially saturated fat, have obesity rates tripled?… eating more carbohydrates means less time in fat burning mode. Which means more fat accumulation in the fat cells. Which means hunger and weight gain. Eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates means easier fat burning, less hunger, and a better shot at losing weight. (4)
The diet promoted by the Weston Price Foundation is one of the healthiest diets known, perhaps the healthiest. Why? Because Dr. Price didn’t reinvent the wheel to try to figure out what was the healthiest diet. Instead, he went around the world to where people were the healthiest where there was no cancer, heart disease, dental caries (cavities), or diabetes—where women comfortably gave birth (no need for C-sections) and had healthy babies. Price asked them what they ate. He did chemical analysis of their foods and analyzed the soils and fertilizers they used. What did he find?
Weight loss wasn’t so much of an issue for our grandparents and great-grandparents who ate traditionally
Dr. Price discovered that all over the world, where people ate traditionally, as their ancestors did, their diet was full of eggs, butter, cream and organ meats (such as liver). They didn’t pasteurize their dairy products. And they fermented their foods and sprouted their grains and did not use any commercial sugar, refined carbohydrates or vegetable oils. They cooked in animal fats, olive oil and coconut oil.
Of course, the foods they used was dependent on where they lived. Eskimos didn’t have much access to olive trees and dairy cows while people who lived in the Mediterranean didn’t hunt (or eat) polar bears or caribou.
But no matter where they lived they all discovered ways to have high-fat diets with no refined carbs or vegetable oils. Instead, they soaked grains, fermented foods, made broths from bone marrow and organs and more! For more details on traditional diets, I recommend Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig and also Dr. Price’s classic work Nutritional and Physical Degeneration available from the Price-Pottenger Foundation.
It began while I was sitting in my dentist’s chair
Years ago I was sitting in my dentist’s chair and asked him, “Why is everyone getting their wisdom teeth taken out? Why don’t we have enough room for our teeth anymore? My parents and grandparents had enough room.
Vinnie, my (biological/holistic) dentist, told me about the work of Dr. Weston Price who discovered the answer to that question. We need wisdom teeth removed because of poor nutrition. Without enough nutrient-dense foods in pregnancy and in young life the developing baby and growing child’s skull and jaw won’t be large enough for their teeth. In addition, their pelvis will be narrow—hence the need for C-sections. (Both the jaw and the pelvis form ring-shaped structures.)
Simply stated, needing to have one’s wisdom teeth removed is a sign of poor nutrition. But the damage can often be reversed in one generation and our children will be strong and healthy if we begin eating traditionally.
Years later I realized that KST can help in this way.
Using KST (Koren Specific Technique) for weight loss and good nutrition
KST practitioners are able to locate areas of physical, emotional and toxic stress blocking healthy function and preventing healing. Specifically for weight loss, using KST we can discover if a person has nutrient deficiencies, nutrient mistakes and foods we should avoid. We can also use KST to discover what foods or supplements a person needs.
KST has been used to locate areas of dental infection. The epidemic of wisdom teeth extractions often leaves unhealed areas in the jaw. These often become infected areas and may become a source of chronic illness.
Some dietary changes need to be done slowly—it’s often good to use KST to ask your bODy what foods are best for you.
Lots of good fat is essential for good health. Lots of sugary foods is essential for poor health. Put another way—eat like your grandparents. Avoid refined foods, junk foods, sugar, pastries, cakes and vegetable oils. Instead eat real, nutrient-dense foods from organic and biodynamic sources. Support local farmers.
Visit a KST practitioner (or learn KST yourself) to discover if you have any areas of hidden dental infections. Use a biological/holistic dentist to remove toxic teeth, mercury fillings or root canals that are infected (that’s another blog topic).
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