Written By: Maxwell Fayans
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“Whole wheat bread increased sugar as much as or more than table sugar, or sucrose.” William Davis.
It was great to be able to challenge myself by going on the Slow Carb Diet. I was amazed when I lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks. Rather than a quick way to lose some fat, I wondered if this could be a lifestyle change. I decided to do some research on the many reasons one should eliminate wheat from their diet and the health effects. On the Slow Carb Diet, which mainly eliminates all white carbohydrates, I started to have more energy throughout the day, I felt more agile in the gym, I felt focused at work and even slept better. Replacing wheat with foods containing fat was something that worked. I decided to start my research by skimming these 3 books:
–The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
–Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
–Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers
The wheat we eat today is not the same wheat our ancestors used to eat. The alterations of wheat that could potentially result in undesirable effects on humans are due to the hybridization experiments that pre-date genetic modification. Over the past 50 years, thousands of new strains have made it to the human food supply without a single effort at safety testing (William Davis).
The consumption of wheat has been tied to many health issues including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, multiple sclerosis, narcolepsy, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few. One of the major culprits is inflammation, specifically when it is not under control. If the body is under assault by exposure to irritants, the inflammation response stays on and spreads throughout the body. Grain is composed of many proteins, one being lectins. Lectins are easily mistaken by the body as foreign invaders and our immune system will attack it and produce antibodies against it (Robb Wolf). Prolonged inflammation can lead to the production of chemicals that are toxic to our cells, can lead to activation of chemical pathways that increase free radical production and the increase of oxidative stress. A free radical is a molecule that has lost an election and oxidation refers to an oxygen molecule missing one of its electrons. Oxidized tissues and cells don’t function normally and lead to further inflammation (David Perlmutter).
The whole fat free idea created in our time is something I quickly realized is false. We once thought that all fats were bad for you. Saturated fats are actually essential parts of our diet and can help build stronger bones, improve cardiovascular risk factors, improve liver health, improve lung health, improve brain health, are essential for proper nerve signaling and a stronger immune system to name a few.
To bring more saturated fats into my diet I recently started to use MCT Oil in my coffee each morning. These are medium chain triglycerides that are easily burned by our bodies and quickly turned to energy in the form of ketones. They also play a major role in brain health and can improve cognitive function. MCT’s are a rich source of the precursor molecule for beta-hydroxybutyrate. This is the most important fat for brain energy utilization. Being on a ketogenic diet has been shown to reduce amyloid in the brain, increases glutathione (a brain protective antioxidant), stimulates growth of mitochondria and increases metabolic efficiency (David Perlmutter).
I first started using MCT oil with half a tbsp. in my coffee. The next day I went to 1 tbsp. This was a mistake. A warning, you will find yourself in the bathroom. I went back to ½ tbsp. for first week and then 1 tbsp. after that and have been keeping it there since. All is well. I highly recommend that you try this supplement in your coffee. You will notice the oil forming as a layer on top of the coffee. It will also make your lips nice and smooth. It is odor free and flavor free which is what I like. I feel the energy and concentration immediately and feel even more satiated throughout the morning. I encourage you to pick up one of the books above to learn more about the importance of diet in your health. I was shocked by what I learned and I am happy to be on the Slow Carb Diet as a part of my lifestyle change.
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