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Why Whole Grains Aren’t As Healthy As We’ve Been Told

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We’ve heard for decades now how important “whole grains” are for our health.  We need the fiber and the B vitamins.  A major problem with that is that the wheat we’re eating now isn’t the same wheat that was available 100 years ago. 

The wheat we eat now is a dwarf wheat with less fiber and more gluten.  Through hybridization, in an effort to create a heartier wheat to feed more people, the gluten content was increased by more than 5 times what it used to be.  The wheat we ate 100 years ago had more in common with the wheat in Europe 2000 years ago and the wheat in the Middle East 5000 years ago than the wheat we have now.  The increased gluten and decreased fiber gives bread a doughy-er texture than what our ancestors ate and it appears our bodies don’t like it.

Gluten is a known inflammatory, whether you have celiac disease or not.  It can manifest itself in headaches, skin irritations, brain fog, seizures and of course, digestion issues.  Gluten also has addictive properties.  Our opiate receptors actually react to gluten causing a euphoric effect and, therefore, the addictive response many people feel when they even smell bread.

I highly recommend reading the book “Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist who calls wheat “your brain’s silent killers”.  He believes the increased consumption of gluten has contributed to the increase in incidents of Alzheimer’s disease as well as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.  Of course, he recommends a low carb diet for long term health.

When Losing Weight, Beware of Eating Too Much Fruit

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While fruit is a nutritious food with many needed antioxidants, it is still a source of sugar and can limit weight loss.  Fruit contains both fructose and glucose in varying ratios depending on the fruit.

Glucose is the primary sugar in starches like grains and potatoes and is the main source for glycogen for our muscles.  When muscle glycogen stores are full or the muscles are insulin resistant, excess glycogen is taken by insulin to the fat cells to be stored for later use (body fat).

Fructose replenishes liver glycogen levels but when the liver has enough glycogen, excess fructose is also stored as fat.  Over consumption of fructose is generally the cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup are made up of both of these types of sugar and most of us get plenty of both.  So fructose comes into our system even if we haven’t eaten fruit just from common sweeteners and as a hidden ingredient in foods, like many wheat breads and meal replacement shakes.

I generally recommend to my weight loss clients and in my weight loss coaching group to have no more than half a serving, 15g, of net carbohydrates from fruit (carbs minus fiber).  Examples of this would be half a grapefruit, a cup of berries or a small apple.  To determine the sugar content of your fruit serving use a food app or just Google it.

The “Biggest Losers” Gain Their Weight Back But No One Understands Why

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There was a recent N.Y. Times article about several former “Biggest Loser” contestants who have gained most or all of their weight back.  After some tests, it was found that many of them had a slower metabolic rate than would be expected from a person of their current size.

This has many wondering if the extreme approach taken by the show is the cause of the metabolic slow down.  Is it possible that the their weight set point in the brain hasn’t caught up with the body and their bodies are trying to regain the weight for fear of starving?  This MAY be a factor but for now, even the doctors aren’t sure what has the metabolisms of many of these “Biggest Losers” as much 200 to 500 calories a day slower than they should be.

What’s The Story With Soy And Why Should We Avoid It?

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For a few decades now, SOY has been considered a “health food” because of benefits to the heart and as a vegetarian protein source.  However, soy is also known to contain phyto estrogens which can act as endocrine disruptors and create imbalances in the body’s sex hormones.

In my opinion, the health risks of disruption of testosterone and/or estrogen in the body far outweighs any possible health benefits soy could provide.

Do You Know How To Check Your Blood Sugar?

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Unless you’re diabetic, you probably haven’t taken your blood sugar with a glucose meter. Taking your blood sugar, or having your doctor do it, could help you determine if you have some insulin resistance. If you’re carrying more than 30lbs of excess fat and having trouble getting the weight to come off with a healthy diet and exercise, then you MAY have some insulin resistance.

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When Losing Weight, Keep Lifting Weight

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Just because your goal is to lose weight, don’t think you avoid lifting weights. One of the greatest benefits of resistance training is insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity means that your muscles are receptive to insulin bringing fuel to be stored in the muscle- NO, this does not make you bulky. It actually provides energy for when you move those muscles.

The opposite of insulin sensitivity is insulin resistance which means that your muscles don’t respond to insulin so the fuel is diverted to your FAT CELLS for storage. Increased insulin resistance leads to, not only fat gain, but also diabetes.
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