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Are Cereal Grains Humanity’s Double Edge Sword?

"Cereal grains as a staple food are a relatively recent addition to the human diet and represent a dramatic departure from those foods to which we are genetically adapted. Discordance between humanity's genetically determined dietary needs and his (sic) present day diet is responsible for many of the degenerative diseases which plague industrial man . . .

There is a significant body of evidence which suggests that cereal grains are less than optimal foods for humans and that the human genetic makeup and physiology may not be fully adapted to high levels of cereal grain consumption." - Lierre Keith, quoting Dr. Loren Cordain in her book, "The Vegetarian Myth"

For Faster Weight Loss, Avoid Dairy Products

When trying to lose weight, for the quickest results, you should avoid dairy products as much as possible. This includes things like cream in your coffee and cheese on your salad.

Even though there are not many carbohydrates in cheese or cream, dairy is dense in calories and easy to eat to excess. 

Women especially will find that their weight loss stalls due to the excessive consumption of dairy products.

If you're not careful, the number of calories from dairy can disrupt the steady loss of fat from the fat stores in your body. So for the quickest results weight loss results, avoid dairy as much as possible.

What Does A Low Carb Food Pyramid Look Like?

Vegetables are the foundation of this food pyramid. Next are grass-fed proteins. Some dairy and fruits make up the rest.

This illustration gives you a general idea of how much of which foods to eat, but the exact amounts will vary per person.

The Agricultural Revolution

"Not only was the agricultural 'revolution' not really so revolutionary at its inception, it has also come to represent something of a nutritional 'devolution' for much of mankind." - Dr. Kathleen Gordon, Anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institute

To Lose Weight, Exercise is Important

Does exercise result in weight loss?

Well, as I like to say, it depends. If you try to lose weight by eating less and exercising more, then long-term, you'll probably not get the results you want. The key is the type of exercise, as well as a change in what you're eating. That combination gets the best results. 

Having said that, over an extended period, no diet will work without exercise. It's all about energy balance. If you are taking in more calories than you burn, the excess is stored as fat. To realign the balance, you need to increase the amount of energy you burn.

The beauty of exercise is that not only are you burning calories while you exercise - you continue to burn them hours later. But not all exercise is the same. Muscle is the main engine burning fats and consuming calories. The more your muscles work, the easier it is to lose weight.

Starvation diets lower your thyroid function, making you tired. As a result, you tend not to exercise, and then weight loss beco…

Do You Lack Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is essential for good health. It does everything from building healthy bones to boosting your immune system.

Yet, according to this New York Times article, so many people are deficient of this vital nutrient.
"Every tissue in the body, including the brain, heart, muscles and immune system, has receptors for vitamin D, meaning that this nutrient is needed at proper levels for these tissues to function well.

Studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing (and dying from) cancers of the colon, breast and prostate; high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; osteoarthritis; and immune-system abnormalities that can result in infections and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis." - What Do You Lack? Probably Vitamin D, July 26, 2010, New York TimesThe lifestyle of many people prevents them from getting enough vitamin D every day. Little things like not wearing sunglas…

To Lose Weight, Get More Sleep

"Lack of sleep leads to overweight." - Dr. Michael Eades, M.D.

Research suggests that weight gain may be related to reduced levels of the hormone melatonin. It is produced by the brain during sleep and helps regulate appetite and fat storage.

Light from computers and televisions as well as other sources quite effectively blocks melatonin production. It is futile to battle weight gain when you're not producing enough melatonin, which can cause a hormone imbalance.

Hormones play a vital role in body weight. So to lose weight, make sure you're getting enough sleep every night.

To Lose Weight, Avoid Most Red Meats?

A healthy way to lose weight and reduce your risk of disease is to avoid most red meats. When you do consume read meat, always eat it in combination with vegetables. The flavonoids in these natural foods bind the meat's iron, preventing excessive absorption. Studies have illustrated that a combination of the two foods reduces cancer risk.

It's okay to eat an occasional steak, but make sure it comes from grass-fed cattle.

It would be nice, too, if all the animals were individually tested for mad cow disease. But it will be difficult. When one particular beef producer led the way by testing every cow, for some reason, the USDA stepped in and halted the testing.

Acceptable meats include turkey, ostrich, pork and chicken, and organically raised animals.

Processed meats should be avoided, since most are heavily dosed with nitrites and injected with excitotoxin additives. A recent study found that eating these meats multiplies the risk of pancreatic cancer by sixty-two times.

So wh…

To Lose Weight, Avoid Excessive Carbohydrates

The three worst culprits are sweetened drinks (sodas and fruits drinks), pasta and breads. While desserts are bad, they are never eaten in as high a volume as these three are. How many people don't enjoy sliced breads, muffins, croissants, biscuits, rolls, etc.?

Breads are high on the glycemic index - a measure of how fast a carbohydrate is broken down and absorbed into the blood. The faster it enters the blood, the greater the secretion of insulin - the process that causes us to be hungry. Foods low on the index are absorbed more slowly.

Would you believe that white bread and potatoes are worse than sugar? Americans eat a ton of both with each meal.

Sodas and fruit juices (many of which have added sweeteners) are absorbed very rapidly because they are liquids. This makes them major culprits in the obesity epidemic. Remember, sodas and fruits juices account for 42% of all sugar consumed by Americans.

Drink purified water instead - either distilled water or filtered water free of fluor…

To Lose Weight, Eat A Lot of Vegetables

Eat five to ten servings of vegetables a day. This should include a mix from the following:

broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mustard and turnip greens, kale, cilantro, endive, green lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, radishes, celery, tomatoes, artichoke, carrots,okra, turnips, onions, leeks and shallots.

A serving is one cup for loose, leafy vegetables and a half-cup for denser vegetables, such as radishes and celery. These should be eaten as a mixture of fresh and cooked vegetables. However, if eaten raw they should be chewed well to release all the nutrients. You will benefit most from vegetables by either juicing them or (this is my favorite) "blenderizing" them.

This sufficiently breaks up the plant cells, which are encased in cell walls made of cellulose. Since we cannot digest cellulose, it is necessary to mechanically break down the cell walls to release the nutrients.

Consuming two servings of vegetables in their blenderized state …

Do You Overcook Your Food?

"People do not take overcooking, as in charred food, seriously. There is scientific research which has shown that charred food can cause the production of tumors in the liver, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and skin." -David Schmidt

Why Eat Any Other Way?

Weight doesn't matter - it's excess fat that matters. Muscle weighs more than fat. Losing a lot of weight often means you're also losing a lot of muscle - and that's not good. This is especially common with low-calorie diets. Because the heart is made of muscle, just like other muscles, it too is damaged by extreme weight loss.

That's why disorders like anorexia cause so many medical problems, even death. Severe weight loss can result in silent organ injury that can surface years later, leading to events like kidney and heart failure.

Most people abandon diets - not because they don't work, but because they forbid too many of their favorite foods. People demand that their meals taste delicious.

And that's the biggest problem - people see eating as a major form of entertainment. The other problem is that so many diets are high in sugar and carbohydrates, in order to relieve depression. Sugar becomes their drug of choice. But Omega-3 fats can correct depression…

Eat For Health, Not For Pleasure

Permanent weight loss and good health necessitate that you change your lifestyle and nutrition permanently. So-called yo-yo dieting is extremely harmful and can result in permanent damage to the heart and kidneys as well as other organs.

So controlling fat excess is really fairly simple:

Eat for health, not for pleasure.
This is not to say that a healthy diet has to taste bad. But it is critical to keep in mind that the goal is a diet that provides health. The loss of excess fat will always come when you follow a healthy diet.

Causes of Obesity

Early exposure to MSG (excitotoxins)Diet high in carbohydrates and sugarGenetic causes with dietary triggerLeptin insensitivityPhysical inactivityHypothyroidismReactive hypoglycemiaBrain injury (hypothalamus)Food Additive Excitotoxin NamesMonosodium glutamate (MSG)Synomyx™ (indirect)Natural flavoringHydrolyzed vegetable proteinProtein isolateSoy protein isolateHydrolyzed soy proteinCarrageenanPlant protein extractSodium or calcium caseinateAutolyzed yeastBroth, stock and bouillonSpices

One Reason Disease Occurs

Eating is not a form of entertainment. Food has only one purpose: to supply your cells and tissues with the nutrients they need for proper function.

Many of the things we eat for pleasure can cause great harm. Virtually every disease suffered by humans is either caused by or worsened by poor nutrition.

Realize that diseases do not develop overnight. They are the result of years of abuse - much of it nutritional.

The human body is amazingly resilient, but eventually things begin to fail - and then disease suddenly becomes obvious.