So by this point many of you have heard of “Eating Paleo”, “The Paleolithic Diet” or some version thereof. What exactly are they referencing to? During the Paleolithic period it has been shown that the diet then was primarily a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat. This diet was high in fats and protein, and low in grain and sugar derived carbohydrates.
By comparison, the average person’s diet today is the complete opposite. The average person’s health is a glaring example of what happens when you adhere to a faulty diet. As a society we are now suffering more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before.
There is little doubt that our food choices play a major role in this development. At Organic Housewives we cannot stress enough that eating large amounts of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cereals and most breads not only lead to weight gain but poor health in general. Following these principles of reducing or eliminating these poisons from our body are important for long-term weight loss and overall health.
What’s the proof?
Evidence shows that carbohydrate intake is the primary factor that determines your body’s fat ratio. Processed grains and sugars (particularly fructose) are the primary culprits behind our skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates. Whether one reads Mark Sisson nutrition expert and author of “The Primal Blueprint” or Gary Taubes author of “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It”. The both provide the documentation of why EXCESSIVE CARBS will make you fat and lead to disease.
It’s important to note that we are not advocating no carbs or a high protein diet. Simply that excessive carbs especially those that are found in processed grains, food products and sugars are a no no!
Mark Sisson states that: “It follows logically that if you can limit carb intake to a range of which is absolutely necessary (and even up to 50 grams a day over) and make the difference up with tasty fats and protein, you can literally reprogram your genes back to the evolutionary-based factory setting you had at birth – the setting that offered you the opportunity to start life as a truly efficient fat-burning organism and to continue to do so for the rest of your life as long as you send the right signals to your genes,”
How does low-carb work?
Despite the myth, overeating and weight gain is not the result of eating too many calories but rather getting your calories from the wrong sources. When you consume too many sugars and carbs, it’s like tipping that first domino and there is a chain of chemical reactions in your body that makes you hungry and craving sweets:
- Fructose is metabolized differently from glucose, with most of it being turned into fat.
- This rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity.
- High carb intake raises your insulin levels, which prevents fat from being released.
- Fructose further tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. Fructose does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”).
No amount of exercise can compensate for this physical damage because if you eat excessive fructose and grains—the primary ingredients NOT found in our ancestral diet—it will activate the programming which causes your body to become, and remain, fat.
How do we solve this?
Replace carbs with fat.
Keep in mind that when we’re talking about harmful carbs, we’re referring to grains and sugars, vegetable carbs are fine.
Remember that fat is far more satisfying than carbs, so when you have cut down on carbs and feel ravenous, this is a sign that you have not replaced them with sufficient amounts of healthy fat. Sources of healthy fats that you’ll want to add to your diet include:
Oils such as avocado, coconut and olive
- Raw nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts
- Organic eggs
- Pasture finished meats
- Wild fish
- Naturally fatty fruits such as avocados, coconuts and olives
How do you know it’s working?
The evidence is quite clear that chronically raising your blood glucose through consumption of grains and sugars will increase your insulin resistance, which in turn will increase insulin and leptin resistance.
Again to avoid this we need to lay off of the refined carbs and sugars and replace our diet with healthy fats to keep us feeling full and provide a steady source of energy.
Enjoy your day and your continued journey to health and wellness!
Yours in health,
Donna and Daniela