Thank you John Oliver. Dr. Oz fans: Are you listening?
I'm listening to a report on NPR about the type II diabetes epidemic. Is it possible, in addition to Coke and friends, that Rachel Ray (okay, Paula Deen and friends too) might be contributing to our obesity and diabetes epidemic? Take a look ...
I know this tastes delicious. However, my recommendation:
I'm neither, however, I do enjoy the passion of both groups. But, and this is a big but, if health is the criteria, you can eat pretty much anywhere on the spectrum (vegan to paleo). Based on the study below, only 3% of the population leads a healthy lifestyle.
Bottom line: That means 97% of the population eat a ton of crap (fast food, cakes, candy, ice cream, fried food, pizza, and more). Oh yeah, and don't exercise.
So, if health is the criteria, it really doesn't matter if you are vegan or paleo or anything in-between. If you omit the crap food and move, you will be significantly healthier.
P.S. I'm not going to let the vegans tell me that eggs are bad for me and I'm not going to let the paleo folk tell me to eat more butter, bacon, and saturated fat. I eat eggs, rarely use butter, occasionally eat bacon, and saturated fat is in some of the foods I eat. And, if this is considered a valid "marker", my total cholesterol has gone down 34% since I started living the elusive healthy lifestyle.
So, passionate vegans and paleo folk: When you have the attitude of: "it's my way or the highway", you are doing a disservice to 97% of the population. All you do is confuse them.
Really? To me, that's like saying eat ketchup. I'm not going to eat ketchup because it's full of sugar and I'm going to use butter as a flavor ... as in, I rarely or occasionally use butter.
Sadly, Time's headline will cause great confusion. As many an expert states: concentrating on specific nutrients (fat, sugar, etc.) is a misdirection. Anyway, the Eat Butter headline makes me think of my visit to the Iowa State Fair ... where it had a butter cow. I also included the deep fried Twinkies booth. I found that bizarre.
If you want to continue the chronic disease environment, I recommend eating a ton of butter and lots of deep fried Twinkies.
If you would like to stay out of the Circle of Disease, follow this concept - fat, sugar, salt, and other "bad stuff" will take care of itself.
About 29.1 million Americans—nearly 10% of the U.S. population—now has type 2 diabetes, according to a new report. Of those Americans with the illness, 27.8% of them are undiagnosed, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report released Tuesday. The report uses data collected between 2009-2012, as well as national surveys.
When it comes to chronic diseases, I don't usually state statistics. However, this is truly sad because with proper diet and lifestyle, this disease is reversible - up to 90% of people with type 2 diabetes can reverse it!
While the packaging proclaims REDUCED FAT, these seemingly harmless cookies have trans fats in them. Oops, Nabisco forgot to tell us about that. Trans fat (ingredients label will state Partially Hydrogenated Oil) is a known artery clogger killer.
Trans fat is slowly, but surely, being taken out of our food supply. It used to be in all the French fries at fast-food restaurants.
My recommendation: Don't buy 'em.
A little olive oil, salt, and pepper - shake it up in a baggie and place on grill. So that the asparagus don't fall off grill, I place them in a pan with holes. These are delicious.
A straight-forward graph from the Cleveland Clinic.
Here's one tip: Take those "power foods" and put them into a tasty and delicious recipe!
Even after my thousands of hours of research, I learned new things during Daniel Lieberman's presentation. He is the author of: The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease.
An interesting panel discussion with doctors who deal with and understand the public health issues of the day.
NPR reports: Got gas? It could mean you've got healthy gut microbes. Read it and fart.
On the Internet, there are a few doctors who provide truly great information. Dr. Katz is one of them. If you are not familiar with his presentations, writings, or advice, I recommend watching this presentation.
Dr. Katz has one agenda: Health. He is not bogged down by a diet dogma. He goes with the best evidence-based information.
I always like to know what healthy people eat: Dr. Katz eats ...
Breakfast: Mixed berries, whole grain cereal, non-fat organic plain Greek yogurt for a late breakfast; coffee
Snacks: Water, raw walnuts or almonds, fresh fruit
Dinner: Large, mixed green salad; cooked vegetables; often a grain, such as bulgur wheat, quinoa, or other; either a vegetarian dish with beans or lentils; or grilled fish; glass of wine
Dessert: dark chocolate, or my wife's homemade cookies, with whole grain flours, nuts, dark chocolate (or some alternative)
This interesting and entertaining physicist believes he has the solution for weight-loss. See what you think. Spoiler alert: Eat Less, Move More, and Keep Breathing ... Two out of three ain't bad.
Was it 10,000 yeas ago or possibly the past 100 years?
Read this ...
The diet we evolved to eat over millions of years was predominantly one of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, low-sugar fruits. Our modern diet including starches, grains, pasta, legumes, and breads has only been consumed for a mere 10,000 years. In the last hundred years the increase in complex sugars and chemical additives in the diet has led to a huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel disorders to obesity and brain function disorders. We have not adapted to eat this modern diet as there has not been enough time for natural selection to operate. It therefore makes sense to eat the diet we evolved with.
Now ponder this ...
When were these restaurants founded?
And the poster child for processed food ...
Pop-tart - 1964
For those folks who believe "all hell broke loose" 10,000 years ago, I suggest: You have added two zeroes too many. Therefore it makes sense to eat real food.
U.S. Healthcare Expenditures: We spend a lot. Do we see the associated benefits? For the answer, watch the first two minutes.
This is a good primer about dieting. In her presentation, she mentions Dr. Rudy Leibel's research. His research is fascinating and ... most people are not aware of it ... and it is probably the main reason for re-gaining weight that has been lost. Dr. Leibel explains here.