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My diet vs your diet

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I’m so sick of hearing about food. So let’s talk about it. It’s all the rage to talk about it. On that note, it’s also all the rage to fight about it. Food wars can become nastier than political wars. “My diet” has become a dogmatic ideology that seems to contradict the very statement itself. As if to say that the way one person eats is the only and true way that everyone should eat. Then, it wouldn’t be “My” diet. It would be the epitome of “our” diet. The way, the truth, the life diet…the only exclusive way of eating.

This is absurd. Let’s talk about why we eat. Food is meant for only a few things. Fueling, building, healing, and enjoying. Macronutrients such as Carbs and Fats are used for fueling. Proteins are used for building. Micronutrients, vitamins and minerals are used for healing and sustainability. And, thank God, taste is used for enjoyment! I admit, I’ve oversimplified this, but for the sake of the subject, let’s roll with it. Where it gets sketchy is  when we decide the sources, amounts, and arrangements of these isolates that stem from our personal ethos, or way of thinking. Vegetarians vs meat eaters, Paleo vs SADD, Keto vs carbs, vegans vs everybody. We begin to pit ourselves against others in an attempt to project our ethos, not our science..not our clinical studies and n=1 of the eperson we’re trying to convince. My point, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT DIET IS FOR YOU! I’m still trying to figure that out for me.

Here’s what I know…

You can get lean and build muscle, and perform optimally by eating

as a carb burner (I’ve done it)

as a fat burner (I’ve done it)

as a carnivore (I’ve done it)

as a vegan (I’ve seen others do it, bless their heart)

as paleo (i’ve done it)

etc, etc…

Get the point?

“But you always talk about keto.” True homie, I do. I am keto. Right now. For the above reasons as mentionded for why to eat, keto has solved these for me. Restricting carb, increasing fats, and moderating proteins..using clean sources, has benefited my life in a ton of ways. Epigenetically speaking, it has warded off my auto-immune better than any other WOE (way of eating). Mentally speaking, my brain thrives on ketones for fuel and has optimized my focus and cognition. Metabolically speaking, it has healed and repaired by body and supplies me with more energy than I’ve received from any other WOE. I am able to compete in long distance races while fatsed and no G.I. Distress. It keeps me lean, And it tastes great. But, those are MY reasons. That is MY n=1.  Even as a Keto eater, I play around with the numbers. I’ve been paleo-keto with a more balanced approach. I have been 100% carnivore keto (check out Amber O’hearn) and found that that is quite lovely and sustainable. I’m now diving into plant based keto. I’m discovering myself.

I can tell you right now what the best diet is for you. I’m sure others have told you what you SHOULD eat. They’ve probably spouted some pseudo-scientific jargon from a source they found on Pinterest to help further encapsulate and protect their personal dogma. They sounded smart and knowledable, anyway. But, alas, at the end of the day it boils doen to this. Are you ready?

Eat in a way that works for you, and is sustainable. BOOM. Mic Drop.

*picks the mic back up*

That’s your grand truth. What food works best for your body to fuel, build, repair, sustain, and is enjoyable?

As a foodie community we can actually get along with one another if we peer through these lenses and stop projecting what we like or what works for us as the way for someone else. It makes no difference to compare a foods nutrient density that “fits our macros” as why another person should be conviced to eat them. Not when every person has a different genetic mapping that contributes to how those nutrients get absorbed, if at all. For instance, my wife does well with plant based protein. By body rejects it. My wife can eat more carbs than I can and not get the same insuligenic response. I have higher insulin resistance.

Aside from genetic mapping, we all have different gut biota schematics..different bacteria levels, colonies, and symbiotics. Your gut bacteria plays a major part in food absortion and utilization. I struggle with leaky gut and have to manage my diet around that in order to feed my gut biome properly. I have to be very careful with plant based diets due to SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth). It’s not pleasant for me or those around me.

I believe the journey of finding your WOE is a wondeful one. You get to self-discover and play. Instead of ripping pages from the gospel of Dr. Oz or the latest diet guru, you can listen to your own body and read the pages of how you feel and perform…and not feel guilty!

How to break your kids sugar addiction? Make grandma out to be a drug dealer. 

It’s a natural tenency, heck, even a right for every loving grandma to want to lavish their grandchildren with decadent sweets. My mother is no exception. She loves to sweeten up her two grandsons every chance she gets. If you know me, you can already sense the problem. I preach atop a very sturdy pedastool of anyi-sugar rhetoric. My mother supports my claims, sympathetically understands and agrees, yet still attaches to this desire to divvy out candies, sweet, and desserts. This week she has offered to bake the boys a chocolate cake. 

Sugar as we know it has destroyed the lives of countless folks by subjecting them to diabetes, heart disease, mentally degenerative diseases, hormonal abnormalities, nueropothies, obesity, and death. This is fact. It is the white drug of the 20 and 21st Centuries. Unlike heroine or meth, sugar has and shotgun effect. You don’t know how it’s going to show up. Will it be diabetes? Cancer? We won’t know until it happens. What we do know is, something dreadful WILL happen. It starts with a pleasant flavor, then a craving for me, then an addiction to it, followed by the cause of it. 

Back to grandma. I love my mother and I stay consistent in educating her on sugar and diet. I’ve helped her to address some of her own issues, as well as my dad who deals with pre-diabetes. Yet I will never be able to entirely stop her desire to bless her grandsons with sweets. She is well intentioned. So I concocted a new plan. I sat the boys down and talked to them about drugs. We’ve had many of these conversations in the past. They are well educated about the dangers of drug use. I began to pose 3 characteristics about drugs; 1.they damage the body. 2. they are addictive. and 3 they change your behavior. If something fits this catagory, is it a drug? Their response, “absolutely,yes”. As we have all agreed  drugs are bad and unwelcomed in our body. At that point I began to show them that sugar shares all 3 characteristics of a drug. Sugar damages our bodies in horrible ways, leading to death. Sugar creates serious addictions that are difficult to break. Sugar alters our moods and personalities (which we joke about via Snickers commercials). 

In one fell swoop, I just destroyed their desire to have sugar. They sincerely understand and have made a decision. They are willing to turn down this new drug. Now, I didn’t say they don’t want sweets. That’s not the same. I too enjoy sweets. What I’m teaching them, though  is alternative sweets. Stevia, erythrotol  xylotol. They get to enjoy amazing cookies, cakes, and  candies made from almond flour, and natural sweeteners. I’m healthy, I’m not a jerk! They choose these foods over sugary drugs. And, my kids eat healthy and I don’t have to hurt grandma’s feelings. 

In conclusion let me give you a guilt trip. Are you a drug dealer? Are you freely handing out drugs to your kids? I’m sure you’re not. You love your kids and you strive to protect them. However, you need to look at sugar for the drug that it is. If you would never give your child drugs, for reasons I’ve listed, why would you keep feeding them sugar? 

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