Slowly, times are changing also when it comes to what is belied to be healthy and what makes us live long and healthy lives. A few days a go the results of a large study were communicated. The results indicate that people who eat less fat, meats, and cheese are more at risk of dying prematurely. The Lancet looked at 135,000 adults, and the conclusion was that when people cut back on fat they substitute it with more carbohydrates and processed foods, and that combination is very risky.
In with the fat, out with the carbs
The results are in stark contrast to what many official health authorities around the globe recommend; low fat and a large portion of “healthy” carbohydrates. The results show that one aspect is the fat. Consuming high levels of all fats cuts early death rates by up to 23% and another aspect is carb laden diets which are the most unhealthy. People who eat a lot of refined sugar and processed meals have a 28% higher risk of early death according to the study.
From that perspective, a ketogenic diet which is low in carbohydrates and higher in fats and protein is good not only for combating menopausal symptoms, but it is good for over all health and longevity as well.
90 days of meat and water
I am participating in a 90-day meat and water study, and we have now reached day 18. It is really important that we get some facts and figures on what a diet like that does to us; is it safe, how will our bodies be affected, etc. So far so good. I think most of us participants have passed the initial adaptation period and now it is plain sailing. I have lots of energy, I only eat twice a day, and I rarely think about food. I am not normally quite as strict, but in the name of science, I think it is worth it.
When I started my journey I believed, like many people; the food pyramid or the plate model was the way to go. I believed that I really needed to up my healthy grains, fruit, and greens and lower my intake of meat and fat. I did in fact, the opposite and felt so much better, not only did all my menopausal symptoms go away I also felt stronger and I got a lot more energy as well as some pounds being lost.
Where is the evidence?
In my quest for knowledge; why did my “opposite eating” give such great results I learned some shocking things. I was convinced that the health advice we had been given was firmly based on science and science alone, but it turned out that is just not the case. Personally, I could not find any science to back up the dietary guidelines but then again, I am no expert I thought. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places. But really, if there is such consensus, wouldn’t you think it would be quite easy to find the evidence behind? Not so.
Religion vs Science
But it turns out I am not the only one looking, among others Dr. Gary Fettke has done a lot of looking into this: Wouldn’t you be as surprised and horrified A I was to learn that the world’s dietary guidelines are based not on science but on beliefs, and even worse; religious beliefs? I didn’t even think to look in that direction, it is just all too crazy, isn’t it? But it’s not surprising there is so little scientific evidence to be found.
I am all for personal choices and freedom of religion but when it comes to health authorities’ advice on what to eat to stay healthy I want them to only, I repeat: only base their advice on science because my body is science, not a belief.
If you are interested to know more, grab a coffee and watch this video with Dr. Gary Fettke. Dr. Fettke is an orthopedic surgeon in Australia who is also a cancer survivor. He looked into the nutritional aspect of his own health troubles as well as those of his patients. He advised them to stop eating sugar and was taken to court to refrain him from doing so. Some more about him here.
In his video, he speaks about what is the reason you can hardly mention red meat without getting strange looks. It is well worth its time.
I’m sure we’ve all been there, eaten something when we are not hungry. I know I have at least. The reasons are many. Bordom, stress, tiredness, sadness, or even happiness and celebration. Emotional eating is just as common for eating as is real hunger.