Butter, meat and cheese is the recipe for a long life

Butter, meat and cheese

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.

There is a time for everything, it doesn’t have to be long term

Talking long term

When we talk about diets and what to eat and how, the point of long term always comes up; “But, is it really safe to eat low carb long term?” people can ask. I think we are missing the point when we focus on long term.

Politicians and people in power have an easier time when people are very similar. If everyone wants to do the same thing, and react in the same way, then it is easier to make plans and recommendations. But, I don’t think we are all that alike. There are so many factors at play in determining who you are and what you want and what makes you feel the very best; genetics, stress, phase in life, gender, age, etc.

What my younger body could, my older version can’t

What my younger body could do, my present one can’t. I have consumed great amounts of carbohydrates during my life and lived very well. And all of a sudden I can’t. Perhaps, someone else can thrive on carbs their whole life, and for them, I can see that it is safe for them to be in carb heaven for the long haul. Perhaps, they feel worse when they consume other things like fat, meat or certain starches.

And for others, they didn’t feel that well to begin with eating a lot of carbs perhaps because they are sensitive to certain substances and reacts. For them, eating carbohydrates are not safe long term.

Two systems are better than one

For menopausal women who make the connection between their symptoms and lack of glucose for their brain and see their lives return on a strict diet may see that that will change when their hormones level out.  I can definitely see my need for more ketones to fuel my brain fluctuate over time. Some days I am in need for more to keep my overheating at bay, some days I can even have a bowl of ice cream, and nothing happens. Maybe one day, I can again process glucose efficiently, but I do think it is beneficial to have two ways to fuel my body and mind.

If we mimic the way our ancestors lived, with sometimes fueling our bodies via carbohydrates and sometimes via fats I think we get the best out of our bodies. I believe that we have both abilities for a reason and using both energy systems make sense, instead of using just one all the time.