Did you know that it’s not (at least completely) your fault if you are fat in America!
Sure, you have some part in it, but the main reason you are fat is likely not gluttony. As a matter of fact, the fat people I know eat a lot less then I did before I got my metabolism/insulin under control. . .and they are often not even hungry a lot of the time. (And there is a good reason for that!)
Anyhow, I’m here to tell you, if you have weight issues, for one thing, it’s not because you have had too much food, but too little. . .of the food you need. While in a 3rd world country the people eating good food will shrivel up and die with no food, people in this country are dying from the same nutrient deficiencies, but having fat to disguise the real starvation going on!
It’s not how much you eat, it’s what you eat that is making you fat! It is actually rather difficult to get too many calories from good food. You will be satisfied way before your maximum quota if you eat lots of fruits and veggies, many of which it would take 20 cups a day to get enough calories with. (And I still don’t believe calories are the real issue.)
Speaking of satisfied, if you aren’t hungry much or are always hungry, either way it is unhealthy. Thin people who are always eating, have just as much of a problem as fat people, who are rarely hungry. (I use to be one of those thin people, and I almost ate my husband out of house and home.) While it may be deceptive because some people look healthy, if when they ate a lot, they mostly ate certain bad foods, they would definitely be fat. . .but as it is, their metabolism is high, and they seem to be able to get away with eating a lot of sugary foods with the more healthy stuff. If they don’t eat 6 meals a day though, they are starving!
Why you ask would their metabolism be so high? The answer is sugars.
The body craves sugar for energy. Now, not all sugars are bad though. Some sugars digest slowly and healthily, giving us a sustained insulin level, while others burn hot and fast. The health conscious people know that processed sugars will give you a spike in blood sugar and rob you of insulin, so they try to avoid the high fructose corn syrup and cheap sugar as well as white carbs like white flour, pasta, rice, and even potatoes sometimes, which digest as simple sugars. . .but did you know that some of the worst culprits of insulin spikes are whole grains?!
While they have the bulk to fill you up, and even the fiber that seemingly cleans you out, (More then likely a side effect of the phytic acid actually) their insulin spiking tendencies outweigh their benefits in nutrition. . .unless you learn how to make them healthy (through soaking, sprouting, or ideally, using a sourdough on them overnight to break down the bad stuff). You can learn more about that in my posts called “Friends you didn’t know you need. . .but really do.” and “More on friends and grain prep.” If you were like me though, if it weren’t for the occasional signs of hypoglycemia when I didn’t eat 6 small meals a day, I would have never known I had spiking insulin levels, because my blood sugar was always high, because every snack included a sugar in the form of wholegrains, fruit, or sweets. I would have become a diabetic at the rate I was going.
If you weren’t raised to be skeptical of the government and the foods they push, you likely will have grown up believing the food pyramid to be healthy as well. Leading you to eat a lot of simple carbs and processed dairy as well as toxic meat and poultry. (Which depending on your source could be digestible, but more likely is adding to your fat issue.)
And if that wasn’t bad enough, all the diet and low fat foods the government helps market as low calorie foods don’t help with the confusion. You would think that if they worked, all the people going around asking for a Diet Coke would be thin! I’ve heard from one person who was previously overweight that she felt guilty asking for a regular Coke in the past. She truly believed that the diet drinks would help her lose weight, but just didn’t like the taste, so she felt guilty for not drinking them. While we may know now that even one regular Coke a day causes 18 lbs. of weight gain in a year, Diet Coke is proving to be worse for both weight gain, and causing a host of other problems! More on that at my post called “Health conscious people don’t eat or drink “Diet” junk.”
Most people have realized now that the USDA let us down on MSG as well.
And while they and the food industry adamantly fight the evidence stacking up against MSG, more people are realizing that it’s what causes their symptoms, and are avoiding it. (I get migraines pretty much only when I eat MSG.) It causes things like:
- chest pain, heart palpitations.
- sweating and flushing
- circulation issues, joint pain, stiffness, aches
- wheezing, sneezing and other respiratory issues
- facial numbness
- mental anxiety or confusion
- slurred speech
- behavioral problems in children
- gastrointestinal issues
- mouth lesions or dryness
- hives or rash on skin
- blurred vision
- swollen prostrate
Worse yet, it causes a progressive degeneration of neurons and motor cells of the brain having it’s part in causing diseases like: Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, and stroke.
Some people are sensitive to minute amounts of MSG. For others, a larger dose or more than one dose is required to elicit reactions, which can be either immediate or delayed. In all cases, babies and small children are most vulnerable.
Reacting to pressure stemming from the research on neurotoxicity and over injury to the developing infant’s endocrine system, baby food manufacturers voluntarily removed MSG from their products in the early 1970s but they often left actual free glutamic acid (basically the same thing) in their products, as “autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.” Large profit-driven food companies have found that manufactured free glutamic acid, in the form of monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, etc., etc., when added to our processed foods, masks off flavors and makes the blandest and cheapest foods taste wonderful. It has also been found to be very addictive, adding to their sales even more. Today, free glutamic acid is everywhere in processed food.
These ALWAYS contain MSG:
Glutamate, Monosodium glutamate, Monopotassium glutamate, Glutamic acid, Calcium caseinate, Gelatin, Textured protein, Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed), Yeast extract, Yeast food, Autolyzed yeast, Yeast nutrient
These OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing:
Flavor(s) & Flavoring(s), Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s), Natural pork flavoring, Bouillon, Natural beef flavoring, Stock, Natural chicken flavoring, Broth, Malt flavoring, Barley malt, Malt extract, Seasonings (the word “seasonings”), Carrageenan, Soy sauce, Soy sauce extract, Soy protein, Soy protein concentrate, Soy protein isolate, Pectin, Maltodextrin, Whey protein, Whey protein isolate, Whey protein concentrate, anything Protein fortified, Protease, Protease enzymes, anything Enzyme modified, Enzymes,anything Ultra-pasteurized like milk products with milk solids that contain MSG, soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics. We also need to watch the binders and fillers in supplements, and they are for sure another issue of medications.
MSG-induced reactions can be delayed as much as 48 hours or can occur immediately after ingestion or exposure.
Another common mistake people make is believing all fats are created equal.
While the body will die without fats, if we get it from hydrogenated or rancid fats in vegetable oils, we are only hurting our health. The omega 6 found in those oils (often from GMO crops anyways,) are not needed at best, and quite unhealthy at worse. I’m no pro on what all the bad oils do, I just know that you need to stay away from some of them, like margarine, Crisco, lard, and just most of the oils on the shelf, with only a few tried and true left over.
- olive oil,
- grapeseed oil,
- flaxseed oil,
- sesame oil,
- peanut oil,
- nut oils,
- pumpkin seed oil
Also the hard oils like:
- palm oil,
- coconut oil,
- grass fed butter and
- free range/ grass fed beef tallow.
(Some of which are a little confusing and controversial because they appear hydrogenated and are also saturated fat. . .but so are nuts and avocados!) Don’t take my word for it though, check it out yourself!
Yet another thing most people don’t know is how much water weight you have if you are using a cheap salt.
Salt has a bad reputation for doing bad stuff, but it’s only the cheap table salt that does that, while the whole salt actually help you lose weight and gain health. Check out more about good salt, one of my favorite remedies in my post “All the rest of my personal favorites“.
Also make sure you do a parasite cleanse with some food grade Diatomaceous earth to make sure your calories aren’t just going to a stranger, once or twice a year. Check out more on another of my favorite remedies here.
If there is one other thing I’d recommend, it’s a regular water habit. (Preferably with lemon in it.) I see very little benefit in drinking anything else, with the exception of coconut water, herbal teas and raw milk.
To actually take charge of your health and get healthy, I would suggest watching some of the top healthy documentaries out there now on Netflix. One is called fat, sick and nearly dead, another is deep and long, but good, and called sugar, the bitter truth. This Youtube video tells of most of the rest of them that I would recommend.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKTPPs3Mr9A&feature=relmfu
If you do all of this already, and still have issues with your weight, I would like to hear your story. I’ve heard stress, lack of sleep and toxins in your environment can do a lot, but I really haven’t had the others stuff ruled out to make me confident of any studies so far. But let’s keep learning together huh!