http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=carbs-against-cardio&sc=HLTH_20100427

Read it in wheat (no pun intended) folks!!! This made my day. A few bones to pick with the article (like polyunsaturated fat is heart healthy- the opposite is true), but definitely a step is the right direction. NOW, if only the ya-hoos in the dietary guidelines department would LISTEN AND REALIZE evolution and food provided in our backyards, or with a shotgun, is HEALTHY.

In March the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a meta-analysis—which combines data from several studies—that compared the reported daily food intake of nearly 350,000 people against their risk of developing cardiovascular disease over a period of five to 23 years. The analysis, overseen by Ronald M. Krauss, director of atherosclerosis research at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, found no association between the amount of saturated fat consumed and the risk of heart disease.

Stampfer’s findings do not merely suggest that saturated fats are not so bad; they indicate that carbohydrates could be worse. A 1997 study he co-authored in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated 65,000 women and found that the quintile of women who ate the most easily digestible and readily absorbed carbohydrates—that is, those with the highest glycemic index—were 47 percent more likely to acquire type 2 diabetes than those in the quintile with the lowest average glycemic-index score. (The amount of fat the women ate did not affect diabetes risk.) And a 2007 Dutch study of 15,000 women published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that women who were overweight and in the quartile that consumed meals with the highest average glycemic load, a metric that incorporates portion size, were 79 percent more likely to develop coronary vascular disease than overweight women in the lowest quartile. These trends may be explained in part by the yo-yo effects that high glycemic-index carbohydrates have on blood glucose, which can stimulate fat production and inflammation, increase overall caloric intake and lower insulin sensitivity, says David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston.

The problem: people WON’T give up their bread, their pasta, their oatmeal, their bagel thins, donuts, whole wheat stone ground veggie oil laden bready products. Society is addicted.

Here’s a thought AKA CHALLENGE– try to go ONE WEEK without ANYTHING sweet and see how you feel. No sugar, no fake sweetners, no fruit, no starch. ONE WEEK, eat real food and cook in butter, olive oil, coconut oil, lard, tallow… you’ll be amazed at your realization that indeed you ARE addicted to the taste of sweet.

I get so frustrated people are oblivious to our nations obesity, disease, diabetes and ALL health problems. Geez, it’s not some paradoxical mystery on why we are all ill and suffering!! It’s also not some paradoxical effect watching Americans chow down on msg laden chips, soda and soy burgers for dinner! They are addicted…A-d-d-i-c-t-e-d. there is common sense reason to this. Evolutionarily speaking, if you needed to pack on the pounds say for a cold winter, a fast, “time without good food sources” then you would need a response to a nutrient (carbohydrates) that would force the body into “storing mode.” The body directly converts carbohydrates to saturated fat (in an unhealthy liver overhaul way) so they can be stored at body fat. This common sense suggests that storing extra calories as fat via the addictive substance is an evolutionary advantage to our Paleolithic ancestors, who had to survive frequent famine. Get it? They knew, AKA they were smarter than the “professionals” running our health obsessed country, 10000 years ago that eating fruit was going to cause them to pack on the pounds and they were smart to eat seasonally, thus gaining weight in the fall for winter!

Doctor Ludwig can be quoted saying this :

”Grain products and concentrated sugars were essentially absent from human nutrition until the invention of agriculture,” Ludwig says, ”which was only 10,000 years ago.”

          FACT PEOPLE!!!! The human gene has not rapidly changed in the past 10000 years because evolution does NOT work that way.

Even ACCORDING TO THE God-of-claiming-saturated-fat-causes-heart-disease Ancel Keys reported “The Neapolitans, for instance, ate only a little lean meat once or twice a week, but ate bread and pasta every day for lunch and dinner. ”There was no evidence of nutritional deficiency,” he wrote, ”but the working-class women were fat.”

So while you are chomping away of your cereal, skim milk, and banana-wonder-calorie-free peanut butter ‘sandwich thin’ and concocting protein powder nonsense out the WAZOO, realize you’ll never get anything first of all out of cooking protein powder, and second of all protein powders are crap. You absorb all the protein in meat because of the way it comes, with all amino acids, and because it is a REAL food. Please inform me where in nature exactly you will find Choco-monster-hazelnut-white cocoa-flavored protein powder…oh right, you wouldn’t.

For those of you interested in the science, the REAL WHAT YOUR BODY DOES science here you go:

The answer provided by Endocrinology 101 is that we are simply hungrier than we were in the 70’s, and the reason is physiological more than psychological. In this case, the salient factor — ignored in the pursuit of fat and its effect on cholesterol — is how carbohydrates affect blood sugar and insulin. In fact, these were obvious culprits all along, which is why Atkins and the low-carb-diet doctors pounced on them early.

 The primary role of insulin is to regulate blood-sugar levels. After you eat carbohydrates, they will be broken down into their component sugar molecules and transported into the bloodstream. Your pancreas then secretes insulin, which shunts the blood sugar into muscles and the liver as fuel for the next few hours. This is why carbohydrates have a significant impact on insulin and fat does not. And because juvenile diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin, physicians believed since the 20’s that the only evil with insulin is not having enough.

 But insulin also regulates fat metabolism. We cannot store body fat without it. Think of insulin as a switch. When it’s on, in the few hours after eating, you burn carbohydrates for energy and store excess calories as fat. When it’s off, after the insulin has been depleted, you burn fat as fuel. So when insulin levels are low, you will burn your own fat, but not when they’re high.

 This is where it gets unavoidably complicated. The fatter you are, the more insulin your pancreas will pump out per meal, and the more likely you’ll develop what’s called ”insulin resistance,” which is the underlying cause of Syndrome X. In effect, your cells become insensitive to the action of insulin, and so you need ever greater amounts to keep your blood sugar in check. So as you gain weight, insulin makes it easier to store fat and harder to lose it. But the insulin resistance in turn may make it harder to store fat — your weight is being kept in check, as it should be. But now the insulin resistance might prompt your pancreas to produce even more insulin, potentially starting a vicious cycle.

                   http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=7

 And a few good quotes I have come across lately. I am realizing, after many tossing and turning sleepless over-thought-out nights that I need to start doing what makes me happy. I aim to please other and it is situation and occurrences, things people do that determine my day-to-day happiness. Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.’ This is exactly how I feel. I need to start doing for me, and the things that really do make me happy. Instead of waiting around for ‘guy to text’ I just told him how it is, and I am not interested in this beat around the bush player hating game. I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to drive myself up the wall crazy waiting for his voice, text or acknowledgement. But it makes me unhappy. So I change it. I am doing things for me, and finding what it is I do, or I can do to serve others, that make me happy.

 “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways”

What about you??

Are You Happy?

1. Are you outgoing, energetic, flexible and open to change?

2. Do you have a positive outlook, bounce back quickly from setbacks and feel that you are in control of your life?

3. Are your basic life needs met, in relation to personal health, finance, safety, freedom of choice and sense of community?

4. Can you call on the support of people close to you, immerse yourself in what you are doing, meet your expectations and engage in activities that give you a sense of purpose?

My answers in my next post…

1. Balance is a cornerstone of happiness and good design.

2. Allow things in your life, which make your heart sing, feed your soul or nourish you on a daily basis.

3. Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place.

4. Allow yourself to work with the “flow of nature” and change as your situation changes.

5. Be Flexible as the old willow survives in a hurricane, where the brittle, stubborn oak does not.

6. A disciplined mind is a free mind. Gain control over your thoughts and you maintain control over your life.

7. Clear out all the clutter in your life. Start by the material things in your home and office. Get rid of all things, which do not serve you. Then start on those around you. Keep those in your life who reinforce your good thoughts and your happiness. Let go of the rest.

8. Learn to balance your work, your family and time for yourself. Get rid of the unnecessary guilt that comes along with it!

9. Invoke the elements around you to serve your needs. Use the power of scent, the healing sounds of music and incorporate more touch into your life.

10. Honor yourself, after all, it’s your happiness.

10 Tips for Happiness

1. The Power of Positive Thinking Negativity is the root that undermines our happiness. The negative ideas we think can manifest in the words we speak. The minute the words leave your lips, is the minute they manifest. Change your thoughts to positive, uplifting ones. Think hope not hopelessness. Think goodness, not evil. Think joy not despair. Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!

2. Networking with those who have a good outlook on life. Do not be around others who are negative, self serving or do not know how to express genuine kindness.

3. Affirmations, are a positive word, expression or term to guide us and give us reassurance. “I am happy”, “nothing will deter my happy thoughts, today”, “I am full of joy”. These are all great affirmations to live by.

4. Happiness is a long lasting enduring enjoyment of life. It is being in love with living. Happiness is your reward for achieving good character and personal, rational values in life. Some important values are a productive career, romance, friendship and hobbies. Achieving these values requires rationality and takes effort and skill.

5. Learn Your Happiness Skills Two types of skills you can use are thinking skills and valuing skills. Learn to have confidence in your own mind and discover the virtues that make it possible for you to achieve your values, which make your life worth living, then you will experience the result.

6. The Metaphysics of Happiness has everything to do with our belief system. Belief is one of our most powerful assets. With the ability to believe, you can accomplish nearly anything! The more you believe in yourself, the more you will definitely accomplish. Happiness comes to those who BELIEVE THEY ARE HAPPY! It’s just as simple as that. When we face situations that are near physical or mental impossibilities, then it is our belief system, or belief in ourselves, that determines IF it is possible.

7. Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! How we “program” ourselves to see our real happiness, shows us just how happy we are.

8. Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves, which in turn allows happiness to find us!

9. Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, makes a significant difference. This is always an important element in a happy person that is often neglected.

10. Find happiness in simplicity and you will find the greatest joys yet revealed to you. Smile when you talk on the phone. Great everyone you pass by or meet today, with a smile. Appreciate the smell of the air, the warmth of the sun and the laughter in children. Make that your happiness.

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