You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you don’t have to give it a chair to sit on.
–New England Proverb
When I was visiting Brother #3 in this summer he asked me:
Is there anything your magic diet doesn’t help with?
We both laughed–it was meant in jest, and he himself had seen some real benefits from changing up his way of eating. But what I said and thought at the time is: No. It does help just about everything.
Even though you weren’t there at the time, I’d like to clarify that statement for you. By it, I do not mean that I think eschewing grains, sugars, and Frankenfats and eating lots of saturated fat and meat is a miracle cure of any ailment. There are three things I do mean:
1. Most Americans have been steadily poisoned their whole lives: don’t take part. If you stop poisoning yourself, it would make sense that you would feel better all around.
Some grew up eating toaster pastries for breakfast, chocolate milk and pizza for lunch, nachos for dinner and candy bars all day long; all accompanied by a steady flow of soda. Others grew up eating oatmeal, bran flakes and yogurt, sandwiches on wholegrain bread with fruit and skim milk, pasta with chicken and lots of vegetables with a seed oil dressing for dinner. Now as adults some eat french fries, Trix, pizza, fettuccine alfredo, subs, candy and soda all day long. Others eat fruit smoothies and low fat yogurt pops, granola bars, whole grain bagels, whole grain pasta, and giant salads with those same seed oil dressings and a side of pale boneless, skinless chicken breast. But all are headed down the same track.
All those things constantly elevate blood sugar, over and over again all day long. And the results of constantly elevated blood sugar levels are not good. Just look at the incredible range of complications that diabetics are more liable to than others:
Eye problems: glaucoma, cataracts, retinopathy
Foot problems: neuropathy, calluses, dry skin, ulcers and poor circulation
Skin problems: bacterial infections, boils, fungal infections, itching, acanthosis nigricans, dermopathy, allergic reactions, necrosis, eruptive xanthomatosis, disseminated granuloma annulare and more.
Oral problems: gingivitus, periodontitis
Gastroparesis (nerve disorder that stops food leaving your stomach on time)
These complications are not a result of the “disease” diabetes. Diabetes is simply a name given to a condition of out-of-control blood sugar. All the issues and complications of diabetes are actually from constantly high blood sugar. Take a look at the studies I linked to under those ailments and see the research: it’s the elevated glucose levels affecting incidents of these disease–even in non-diabetics. It’s the glucose, not the “diabetes.”
Non-diabetics get all of the diseases and disorders listed above. It’s just that diabetics are more at risk for developing them than non-diabetics precisely because their blood sugar is more out of control. The take-away here isn’t: Whew, thank goodness I don’t have diabetes. Pass the brownies, please. The take-away should be: Boy, maybe I shouldn’t keep spiking my blood sugar over and over all day long, even if I don’t have diabetes.
So what I’m saying is basically this: stop poisoning yourself, and you’ll likely see health benefits across the board. I myself have personally seen people improve – solely by cutting out sugar and grains–all the following problems: excess weight, arthritis, blood pressure issues, greying hair, thinning hair, MS, gum disease, rashes, allergic reactions, depression, PMS symptoms, hormonal imbalances, IBS, non-cancerous tumor growth, dry skin, bloating, ankle swelling, and inflammation.
Furthermore, in my two dogs cutting out all the grains (which meant taking them off all dry and canned dog food) resulted in: slowed tumor growth, improved digestion, eye issues clearing up, improved smell, improved coat, stronger nails, increased energy, and decreased hunger.
That’s just what I’ve seen in people and animals I know; and it covers a pretty wide range of issues. A final interesting read on this topic here.
2. I’m in no way saying that diseases and disorders only occur if you eat sugar and wheat. There are other causes of cancer. There are other problems behind strokes and heart disease. Just above I mentioned all the health issues I’ve seen clear up in people personally: but not everyone saw the same benefits. Some people did NOT have their IBS clear up. Some did NOT stop greying. Other things can cause these issues. But isn’t it worth a shot that yours might be caused by poisoning yourself? Before you spend another $1,000 on allergy pills and arthritis creams and pills, why not just trying cutting out wheat and sugar from your diet for 30 days?
All I’m saying is don’t give trouble any hospitality. It may come regardless; but you don’t have to give it a chair to sit on. Your genes, your previous behavior, your industrial pollution exposure: these may send you cancer one day. But you don’t have to beg it to come in by laying out a spread of the glucose it so much enjoys. One day you might be in diapers in the nursing home. But you don’t have to get there early by killing off your brain cells as fast as possible with constant sugar.
3. No, I don’t know the magic way to eat to keep from ever having a health problem. No one does. My whole life I’ve heard “super-foods” and magic elixirs promoted in one way or another. Eat blueberries and you’ll never get cancer. Drink ground up, dried grass and you’ll never have a health issue a day in your life. Acacia berries, seaweed, green tea, juiced carrots…they’re all touted as the thing you need to eat or drink to guarantee good health.
Nothing can guarantee me good health. It’s not a guarantee in this fallen world. Sorry. What I’m advocating is not any particular miracle food that will protect you. What I’m advocating is simply to eat those foods that mankind has been successfully eating through recorded history, in ratios like we historically eaten them, and avoid most of the ones invented in the last 50 years. Hand your great-great grandmother a block of butter and she could tell you a hundred things to do with it that her grandmother taught her. Hand her a Twinkie and she might not even know it was meant to be eaten. Show her two pounds of white sugar and she’d be thrilled with that whole year’s supply. Show her a ten-pound bag and she’d be perplexed.
Next up: What should we eat?
Plato says he’s hungry
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