What are Tips to Avoid Overeating?
Simple Tips for achieving optimal weight & avoid Overeating
1. Constantly eat morning meal. Not simply at the weekends, not simply when you have time … always! Acquire your metabolic process burning body fat from the moment you obtain up. Consume eggs, vegetable soup, or a salad and notice your energy levels soar and keeping up throughout the day.
2. Keep well hydrated throughout the day with high quality filtered or bottled water. I advise one liter for each 40 pounds of physical body weight.
3. Avoid sweet, carbonated or caffeinated alcoholic beverages that dehydrate you and make you feel phony hunger. The same goes for alcohol.
4. Pack your dishes complete with fresh foods (fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts) as resisted to refined meals that typically are available in extremely sized boxes and are loaded with sweets, salt and cancer inducing chemicals.
5. Eat utilizing a dessert plate instead of overly sized bowls and plates.
6. Put your cutlery adverse home plate after every bite. It’s much easier to discover when you are satisfied and you’ve had sufficient.
7. Eat your food thoroughly. The digestion process starts in the mouth. Health and wellness and efficient weight loss starts with a healthy and balanced intestinal device.
8. Drink small sips of water (not sweet or fizzy or caffeinated beverages) with your meals.
9. Avoid consuming in front of the telly, while working from the computer, or while reviewing a publication or a journal. Basically, focus on the activity available.
10. Make your dishes a spiritual ritual. Pay them your complete interest. Put in the time to appreciate the entire experience: the shades on home plate, the taste of the meals and how excellent you feel after you’ve eaten healthy foods.
11. Constantly carry with you little snacks of fruit, veggies (carrots and celery sticks are terrific snacks) or nuts, so if you obtain hungry you can resort to them quickly. A portion of nuts contains the quantity of nuts you could suit a shut clenched fist. A section of fruit is one ordinary piece of fruit.
The worst thing you could do is bypass dishes throughout the day in anticipation of a bbq or a party. That will add to your metabolic rate reducing and you holding even more physical body fat.
12. Eat 7+ Vegetables & Sprouts daily:
Low in calories, high in fiber, and with almost all the vitamins and minerals your body needs, vegetables are a nutritional cornerstone. While many think vegetables equate to a few leaves of lettuce and some tomatoes, there’s a wide variety of veggies available, and you can use them in a number of different ways.
In addition to eating them raw in a salad, many can be lightly steamed or cooked, and you can boost your consumption by juicing them, or add them to stews and soups. Homegrown sprouts and fermented vegetables are other options that can significantly improve your diet.
Fermenting is one of the best ways to turn ordinary vegetables into superfoods. The culturing process produces beneficial microbes that are extremely important for health as they help balance your intestinal flora, thereby boosting overall immunity.
Fermented foods are also some of the best chelators and detox agents available, meaning they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals.
Since most veggies aren’t very calorie-dense, they should ideally constitute the bulk of your diet by volume. Tragically, very few actually get a healthy amount of veggies in their diet. As noted by Time magazine,1 vegetable consumption has actually declined over the past five years.
“About half of the total U.S. population eats less than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. And a whopping 87 percent don’t reach the recommended minimum goal of 2 to 3 cups a day.”
More Reasons to Eat Vegetables
If you are in the majority who’s skimping on veggies, you’re really missing out on major health benefits, including the following:
Healthy glowing skin
Courtesy of their higher water and phytochemical content, vegetables help produce that healthy “glow.”
As noted in the featured article, a “study from St. Andrews University concluded that people who ate three additional daily portions of produce for six weeks were ranked as better looking than those with lower intakes.”
The cause for this improvement? The carotenoids pigments that give vegetables their red and orange colors also improve the color of your skin, rendering it more rosy and glowing.
Many vegetables are also known for their anti-aging benefits, helping firm your skin and combat wrinkles.
Low in net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) and high in fiber, eating plenty of vegetables can help you lose and manage your weight in more ways than one.
Simply cutting net carbs and increasing your fiber intake may actually help you achieve results rivaling more complicated diets.
Previous research has demonstrated that fiber has appetite-suppressant qualities that helps you feel more satiated, thereby preventing unhealthy snacking.
Fiber also helps improve metabolic markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar; helps protect your heart and cardiovascular health, and appears to reduce mortality from all causes.
Improves gut health and keeps you “regular”
Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems, impacting nearly 1 in 5 Americans at any given time.
It’s uncomfortable, and can cause bloating and painful cramps.
The fiber and water in vegetables can help prevent this scenario, and promotes optimal gut health in general by nourishing beneficial gut bacteria.
Athletic performance and recovery
Nutrition is imperative for athletic performance. Specific veggies shown to boost endurance and speed up recovery include beetroot juice, tomato juice, and watercress.
As reported in the featured article, one study “found that drinking 16 ounces of organic beetroot juice daily for six days helped men cycle up to 16 percent longer than they did with a placebo beverage.
Meanwhile 100 percent tomato juice has been found to reduce exercise-induced stress on the body by as much as 84 percent.
Improves energy, mood, and psychological well-being
Vegetables help boost energy levels, especially if you cut out net carbs and processed foods at the same time.
Juicing tends to be particularly potent and quick-acting in this regard.
Recent research shows higher vegetable intake can also help you feel calmer and improves your mental well-being.
Eating fruits and vegetables was also related to greater self-reported curiosity and creativity traits associated with happiness.
Reduces risk for chronic disease
Vegetables help reduce your risk for many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.
In one recent study, eating just over one extra serving of leafy greens a day reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14 percent.
Part of this benefit is due to the fiber content.
The fiber in vegetables is broken down into health-promoting short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by your gut bacteria, and SCFAs have been shown to lessen your risk of inflammatory diseases.
Boosts healthy immune function
Researchers have discovered that a gene called T-bet which is essential for producing critical immune cells in your gut is activated by leafy green vegetables.
These immune cells, called Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs), reside in the lining of your digestive tract, and ILCs are thought to be essential for:
Maintaining balance between tolerance, immunity and inflammation in your body
Producing interleukin-22 (IL-22), a hormone that can protect your body from pathogenic bacteria
Maintaining healthy intestinal balance by promoting growth of beneficial bacteria and healing small wounds and abrasions in the gut
Helping resolve cancerous lesions and prevent the development of bowel cancers
Preventing food allergies, inflammatory diseases, and obesity
The Health Benefits of Purple Foods
Vegetables contain an array of antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds that are very difficult to get anywhere else. Plant chemicals called phytochemicals can reduce inflammation and eliminate carcinogens, while others regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce, get rid of old cells, and maintain DNA integrity. Many of the benefits associated with vegetables are due to the natural pigments in the food.
While it’s advisable to eat all the “colors of the rainbow,” purple foods tend to stand out above the crowd, courtesy of their potent antioxidants called anthocyanins. Research has linked anthocyanins to a reduced risk for a number of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological dysfunction and decline.
They also help prevent obesity and diabetes, in part by inhibiting certain enzymes in your digestive tract, and by supporting healthy blood sugar control. They also have potent anti-inflammatory effects, which helps explain their protective effects against chronic disease. Deep red and blue foods including all berries and cherries are also loaded with beneficial antioxidants. Vegetables high in anthocyanins include:
Cruciferous Veggies Are an Important Part of an Anti-Cancer Diet
Vegetables are also a key component if you want to reduce your risk of cancer. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, appear to be particularly important, and have been repeatedly shown to help prevent certain cancers by inhibiting cancer cell growth and promoting apoptosis (cell death). According to Olga Azarenko, a scientist at the UC Santa Barbara laboratories, whose research shows how the healing power of these vegetables works at the cellular level:15
“Breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, can be protected against by eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and near relatives of cabbage such as broccoli and cauliflower. These vegetables contain compounds called isothiocyanates which we believe to be responsible for the cancer-preventive and anti-carcinogenic activities in these vegetables.”
Broccoli, and even more so broccoli sprouts, contain the highest amounts of isothiocyanates. Other vegetables containing isothiocyanates include the following:
The isothiocyanates in these vegetables sparks hundreds of genetic changes, activating some genes that fight cancer and switch off others that fuel tumors.16 According to one recent study,17 “research suggests that cruciferous vegetables are not only an important source of nutrients, but perhaps a key to eliminating cancer as life threatening disease.” Besides breast cancer, studies have confirmed the protective benefits of these vegetables for other types of cancer as well, such as:
Bladder cancer Researchers found that the higher the intake of cruciferous vegetables, the lower the risk of bladder cancer in men by as much as 50 percent
Lung cancer Researchers found that men with detectable amounts of isothiocyanates in their bodies had a 36 percent lower chance of developing lung cancer over 10 years19
Prostate cancer Just a few additional portions of broccoli each week was found to protect men from prostate cancer
Liver cancer Recent research suggests eating broccoli three to five times per week can lower your risk of liver cancer, and help prevent the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)21,22,23
The ‘Trick’ to Maximizing Sulforaphane in Your Broccoli
One naturally occurring isothiocyanate known for its potent anti-cancer activity is sulforaphane, which is formed when you chop or chew broccoli (this combines its precursor glucoraphanin and the enzyme myrosinase). Once swallowed, gut bacteria help release some of broccoli’s sulforaphane so your body can benefit, but it’s a tricky proposition because sulforaphane is attached to a sugar molecule with a sulfur bond.
In order for the sulforaphane to be released, an enzyme in the broccoli breaks off the sugar to release it. However, the sulforaphane can be easily inactivated by a sulfur-grabbing protein.
Researchers have found that one of the best ways to maximize sulforaphane your body can use is to heat the broccoli for 10 minutes at 140 degrees Fahrenheit (or steam it lightly for three to four minutes until it’s tough-tender). This was just enough heat to kill the epithiospecifier protein, which attaches to the sulfur and greatly depletes the amount of bioavailable sulforaphane.
Another option is to eat broccoli sprouts. Fresh broccoli sprouts are FAR more potent than whole broccoli, allowing you to eat far less in terms of quantity. Tests have revealed that 3-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain anywhere from 10 to 100 times the amount of glucoraphanin the precursor to sulforaphane found in mature broccoli.25
Luteolin Another Important Anti-Cancer Compound
Luteolin is another important anti-inflammatory plant compound found in certain vegetables, including celery, peppers, and carrots. It’s previously been linked with lower rates of age-related memory loss in mice,26 but more recently, researchers discovered it may also slow the development of breast cancer27,28 particularly cancer caused by hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
According to the researchers, benign lesions in breast tissues may turn into tumors if they receive a “trigger” such as progestin, which attracts blood vessels and “feeds” the lesions, allowing them to expand. When this occurs, the breast cancer cells “take on stem cell-like properties, which can make them harder to kill,” the study’s lead researcher stated.
However, when breast cancer cells were exposed to luteolin in the lab, their viability markedly decreased. Not only did the blood vessels feeding the cells significantly decline, but their “stem cell-like properties” were also reduced, resulting in an anti-tumor effect. The researchers then tested luteolin on mice with breast cancer and similar benefits were observed.
Sprouts, a Living Food With Amazing Health Benefits
If you struggle getting enough vegetables into your diet, try juicing, and add sprouts. Sprouts are exceptionally packed with nutrients, including antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that protect against free radical damage, so in terms of volume you can get away with eating far less.
The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Sunflower seed and pea sprouts tend to top the list of all the seeds that you can sprout and are typically each about 30 times more nutritious than organic vegetables you can even harvest in your backyard garden.
The quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains also improve when sprouted because minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, bind to protein, making them more bioavailable. Sprouts can also contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables, allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from other foods.
Sprouts support healthy cell regeneration, and have an alkalinizing effect on your body that is thought to protect against disease, including cancer (as many tumors are acidic). Abundantly rich in oxygen, sprouts also help protect against viruses and bacteria that cannot survive in an oxygen-rich environment.
Sprouts are the ultimate locally-grown food, and can easily be grown in your own kitchen, so you know exactly what you’re eating. Another boon is their low cost. Sprouts-as-medicine.com29 is a good source for things relating to sprouts: their health benefits, recipes, and how to grow your own.
The British verticalveg.org30 is another. The latter gives helpful growing tips for each month of the year. One of the benefits of sprouts is that you can grow them year-round, even when it’s cold and dark. The article 6 Easy Steps to Sprout Heaven31 teaches you how to grow your own sprouts, from start to finish. Some of the most commonly sprouted beans, nuts, seeds and grains include:
Broccoli: known to have anti-cancer properties, courtesy of the enzyme “sulforaphane”
Alfalfa: a significant dietry source of phytoestrogens. Also a good source of vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K
Wheat grass: high in Vitamins B, C, E and many minerals
Mung bean: good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C and A
Clover: significant source of isoflavones
Lentil sprouts: contain 26 percent protein, and can be eaten without cooking
Sunflower: contains, minerals, healthy fats, essential fatty acids, fiber, and phytosterols. It’s also one of the highest in protein
Pea shoots: good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid and one of the highest in protein
My Most Recommended Vegetables List
My recommended list of vegetables (below) provides a guide to the most nutritious vegetables, and those to limit due to their high carbohydrate content (think: starch is “hidden sugar”). Organic and locally grown vegetables are ideal for maximizing nutrition, limiting pesticide exposure, and increasing freshness. Avoid wilted vegetables, as they lose much of their nutritional value once they wilt.
Again, juicing is a great way to boost your vegetable intake. When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.
Highly Recommended Vegetables
Avocado, very high in healthy monounsaturated fat
Green and red cabbage
Lettuce: romaine, red leaf, green leaf
Peppers: red, green, yellow and hot
Use sparingly due to high carbohydrate levels
Vegetables (or commonly perceived vegetables) to Avoid
Adhere to your everyday dish regimen. Through this you will not be depriving when you obtain there, which indicates you will manage to make far better selections quickly!
You’ve probably heard that red wine can be a very healthy drink option, but you most likely only heard about generic benefits of the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine.
But here’s another MAJOR reason below why red wine in moderation (1-2 glasses per day max) can be a super healthy part of your routine. I personally have really grown to enjoy having a glass of red wine with dinner about 4-5 days per week.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95:1323-1334) reported that people who drank 2 glasses of red wine per day (dry red wine, not sugary dessert wines) had higher levels of beneficial bacteria in their gut and lower levels of pathogenic bad bacteria in their gut. This is great news as you know from reading this newsletter how vastly important your gut flora balance is to everything from your digestion, immunity, metabolism, skin health, and much more.
The study concluded that while red wine consumption decreased pathogenic bacteria in the gut, it actually had a prebiotic effect in the gut in that it supported the growth and colonies of healthy gut microbes which protect your health.
But the powerful health benefits of red wine don’t stop there…
Another exciting part of this study is that the red wine drinkers also decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein). CRP is a measure of overall inflammation in your body, so it’s great to see an association between red wine and reduced inflammation.
The interesting part of the study is that red wine was compared against equivalent servings of gin (equivalent alcohol serving) and none of the benefits mentioned above were seen in the group consuming the gin. This means the benefits were probably related to the polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine and not necessarily the alcohol content itself, although there is likely a synergistic effect of the alcohol and other compounds in red wine since the group receiving de-alcoholized red wine got less of a blood pressure benefit.
You can choose Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Shiraz or any other dry red wine to get all of these powerful health benefits of the unique polyphenols and resveratrol.
Note that white wine also has some health benefits but not nearly as powerful as red wine due to the lower antioxidant levels.
Another benefit of red wine not mentioned in the study above is that some studies show that red wine consumed with a meal can slow and moderate the blood sugar response you get from that meal. This is yet another benefit to keeping your hormones balanced, lowering insulin levels, controlling appetite, and staying lean!
As you can see, there’s plenty of reasons raise a glass of red wine at your meals and toast to your health and happiness! After all, I’ve seen several stories on the news where they ask a centenarian how they’re so healthy over the age of 100, and one of the answers they seem to frequently give is that they have one glass of red wine per day.
Garlic is one of the most marvelous foods in the world and one of the primary factors why folks in the Mediterranean area live as long as they do in spite of cigarette smoking, consuming and eating a great deal of fatty foods. These foods have been located to stimulate production of an antioxidant called glutathione which is fantastic for the liver. Acquire your metabolic rate burning fat deposits from the moment you get up. Eat your food completely. Take the time to take pleasure in the whole experience: the colors on the plate, the preference of the meals and how great you really feel after you’ve eaten healthy and balanced foods.
I recommend a natural regime of low simple carbohydrate, moderate proteins and healthy fats as well as full hydration to achieve optimal weight.
Avoid sugar, processed foods, fructose in excess of 15 grams, and grains. This effectively means you must avoid most processed foods
Eat plenty of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
Large amounts of fresh organic locally grown organic vegetables, Low-to-moderate amount of high quality protein (think organically raised, pastured animals). Most Americans eat far more protein than needed for optimal health. I believe it is the rare person who really needs more than one half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Those that are aggressively exercising or competing and pregnant women should have about 25 percent more, but most people rarely need more than 40-70 grams of protein a day.
The rationale behind limiting your protein this: when you consume protein in levels higher than recommended above, you tend to activate chemical pathway, which can help you get large muscles but may also increase your risk of cancer. There is also research suggesting that this is a significant regulator of the aging process, and suppressing this gene may be linked to longer life to 101+ years. www.your101ways.com
To determine whether you are getting too much protein, first calculate your lean body mass by subtracting your body fat percentage from 100 (example: if you have 20 percent body fat, you have 80 percent lean body mass). Then write down everything you are eating for a few days, and calculate the amount of daily protein from all sources.
We help you calculate your BMI during your Biofeedback Session.
Aim for one half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, which would place most people in the range of 40 to 70 grams of protein per day. If you are currently averaging a lot more than that, adjust downward accordingly. You could use the chart below or simply Google the food you want to know and you will quickly find the grams of protein in the food.
Red meat, pork, poultry, and seafood average 6-9 grams of protein per ounce.
An ideal amount for most people would be a 3-ounce serving of meat or seafood (not 9- or 12-ounce steaks!), which will provide about 18-27 grams of protein. Eggs contain about 6-8 grams of protein per egg. So an omelet made from two eggs would give you about 12-16 grams of protein.
If you add cheese, you need to calculate that protein in as well (check the label of your cheese)
Seeds and nuts contain on average 4-8 grams of protein per quarter cup Cooked beans average about 7-8 grams per half cup
Cooked grains average 5-7 grams per cup Most vegetables contain about 1-2 grams of protein per ounce
As much high-quality healthful fat as you want (saturated and monounsaturated from animal and tropical oil sources). Most people need upwards of 50-85 percent fats in their diet for optimal health. Sources of healthful fats to add to your diet include:
Avocados, boiled eggs, Coconuts and coconut oil Unheated organic nut oils, Raw nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and macadamia, and seeds, organic Grass fed meats, almond/coconut milk and seeds.
Fats are an essential part of your diet. However, not all fats are created equal. So, how do you know you’re eating healthy, high-quality fat? In this interview, Dr. Cate Shanahan answers this important question.
Shanahan is a family physician and author of “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food,” originally published in 2008. A revised and updated version was issued this year. Herself an avid athlete, having competed in the Olympic Trials, she has also done consulting work for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shanahan’s journey into nutrition started when she got sick. She ended up doing a deep dive into biochemistry and molecular biology, looking for a connection between her health problem and her diet, and found it didn’t reconcile with what she’d been taught in medical school.
“I was practicing family medicine in Hawaii at that time. I had gone to medical school with this fantasy that I would get to the underlying cause of diseases, particularly the ones that I tended to get as an athlete, which were connected to tissue.
I had bursitis and every ‘itis’ I was a runner I actually had a scholarship [and] qualified for the Olympic trials [in] the 1,500-meter race In 2001 I developed this problem in my knee where I ended up not being able to walk more than just a few steps without getting pain, swelling and fevers.
Going from being a high-level athlete, exercising an hour or two a day, to being couch-bound, I felt like my life was over I didn’t know what was wrong. I’d had surgery. I’d gone to so many specialists and nothing helped.”
The Dietary Roots of Pain and Inflammation
Then, her husband suggested her sugar habit might have something to do with it. She would add a special concoction of caramel sauce and a quarter cup of sugar to her coffee every day. After running for 10 miles, she’d polish off a bag of M&M’s, thinking nothing of it since she wasn’t overweight and exercised.
“He physically handed me a book so that I could start reading it, because I was so stubborn,” she says. “The book he gave me was Andrew Weil’s ‘Spontaneous Healing: How to Discover and Embrace Your Body’s Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself.’
The phrase that got me was [how] omega-3 fatty acids are like vitamins. That completely blew my mind because I thought fats were bad for you. They were all the same. I didn’t know there were essential fats the body needed for anything in particular that we couldn’t make
I was like, ‘What? There are fats that are good for you? What is this?’ Even though I couldn’t walk, I flew to Oahu. I had to get a wheelchair through the airport so I could go to the medical library This was 2001-ish. We didn’t have Google. Amazon didn’t deliver to Hawaii at that time
I got three textbooks about fatty acids and biochemistry. I read them cover to cover. By the time I was done, I realized there was so much more to the science of nutrition than what we had learned.”
Surprise! Saturated Fats Are Good for You
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As like so many other conventional doctors, Shanahan was convinced saturated fats were bad very bad and cholesterol should be avoided at all costs. Polyunsaturated fats like vegetable oils and margarine, on the other hand, were good for you. At that time, trans fats were largely unknown. Omega-3s also did not get much public recognition.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Shanahan says. “I was like, ‘How could all of medicine be so wrong?'” A key principle that made her realize the importance of dietary fats for health was the understanding of how fats oxidize.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (found in vegetable oils) have highly perishable bonds that react with oxygen, creating a free radical cascade that turns normal fatty acids in your body into dangerous high-energy molecules that zip around, wreaking havoc in a way similar to that of radiation.
“I started listening more to my patients who were really into cooking I realized that, really, the key thing as their connection to nature. They were in touch with everything [They would] use every single part of the animal they would eat everything The fish, they would actually save the fish guts and start fermenting them under the counter for six months,” Shanahan says.
Considering the high amounts of sugar Shanahan used to eat, it’s quite obvious she was like most people eating a modern, Americanized diet burning sugar as her primary fuel. This caused mitochondrial dysfunction that, in her case, surfaced as inflammation in her knees. This is the premise of my new book, “Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy.”
Like I did, Shanahan concluded that you actually need 60 to 85 percent of your daily calories in the form of fat. But not all fats qualify, and this is why Shanahan’s book is such a gold mine. She really gets into the details of the different kinds of fats, and explains why vegetable oils, such as soy, canola and corn oil, are so toxic to the human body.
This understanding is shared by only a tiny handful of lipid scientists in the world because it’s so technical, which is why we’ve not heard it brought into the forefront of nutrition science where it belongs, because it changes everything.
good fats and oils versus bad
Vegetable Oils Decimate Health in More Ways Than One
The sad reality is that industrially processed vegetable oils are pervasive in the average American’s diet. Statistics show the average American gets somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of their calories from these oils not because they cook with them, but because they’re in so many processed foods.
Refined processed vegetable oils are in salad dressings and in restaurant meals; they can even be labeled organic. The reason vegetable oils are bad for you have to do with their molecular structure.
“Vegetable oils are polyunsaturated. That means they have two double bonds [in close proximity] That chemical structure has very important consequences for how these oils change when we manipulate them for processing and refining and then again when they’re cooked with,” Shanahan says.
Polyunsaturated fat found in processed vegetable oils is not harmful in and of itself, but becomes so if and when you eat too much of it, and/or when the oils degrade, which occurs during refining, processing and heating (cooking). Not only can they form trans fats if heated high enough, but they can also form cyclic aldehydes, which are even more harmful.
If you regularly eat processed foods, you are virtually guaranteed to get too much of these oils upward of 10 times more than your body can safely handle and due to the intense refining and processing that goes into processed foods, the oils are going to be highly degraded and therefore toxic.
Oxidative Stress Is the Great Disease Maker
In Chapter 7 of “Deep Nutrition,” Shanahan details how polyunsaturated fats consumed in excess affect your liver proteins to cause arteriosclerosis, for example. This is why avoiding processed foods of all kinds is so important if you value your health.
“Oxidative stress is what happens when your body has all these free radicals deteriorating in your body. Oxidative stress is the great disease maker. Every chronic disease we now know is associated with oxidative stress. There’s not a disease you can name that isn’t When there’s a lot of oxidative stress, your immune system doesn’t work as well.”
Ultimately, that oxidative stress impacts your mitochondria, which is why it produces so many symptoms. The mitochondria, of course, have cell membranes, and those membranes are made of fat, especially in your brain, and Shanahan does a great job explaining how damaged fats impact your brain health.
Your Brain Needs Healthy Fats
Your brain is about 50 percent fat by dry weight, and about 30 percent of that are the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Both are equally important, Shanahan notes. The problem is, most people get very little omega-3 and far too much omega-6, most of which is badly damaged by oxidation due to processing.
One of the reasons your brain is so susceptible to aging and age-related diseases is because you have high quantities of these highly reactive, easily oxidized fatty acids in your brain. To maintain optimal brain function, you need high quality, undamaged omega-3s and omega-6 along with antioxidants to protect them from oxidation. In summary, processed vegetable oils are bad for your brain health for a number of reasons, including the following:
They are loaded with damaged omega-6 fatty acids without protective antioxidants
They strip your liver of glutathione, which produces antioxidant enzymes, which further lowers your antioxidant defenses
Most vegetable oils are made with genetically engineered (GE) crops designed to resist herbicides like glyphosate. As such, they’re typically far more contaminated with glyphosate than non-GE crops, and glyphosate has been shown to disrupt the tight junctions in your gut and increase penetration of foreign invaders, especially heated proteins, which can cause allergies
Toxic breakdown products found in vegetable oils inhibit an enzyme called delta-6 desaturase (delta-6). Perhaps the most important fat you need for brain and physical health is the omega-3 fat docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is absolutely critical because your body does not actually burn it for fuel; rather, the DHA gets integrated into your cellular membranes. DHA is also essential for the conversion of photons from the sun into electric current to energize your mitochondria.
Research shows that restricting omega-6 in the diet enables your liver to function better, allowing it to elongate short-chain omega-3s more efficiently. This process involves delta-6, and this enzyme is inhibited by toxic breakdown products in vegetables oils. High insulin levels will also inhibit this enzyme.
Cooking From Scratch Is Key
A key strategy for avoiding these pernicious toxins is to eat real food, and that means cooking most of your meals at home.
“The first step I recommend to my patients is to start with a healthy breakfast Have good quality pastured [grass fed, organic raw] milk or cream, if you can get it, or at least organic, in your coffee. That’s going to help you burn fat. No carbs, but plenty of healthy natural fat.
You could also have eggs with cheese, butter and maybe whatever vegetables you like for flavor not the starchy vegetables obviously. Those are two examples of a really healthy breakfast If you have a very high-fat breakfast then you don’t have that hunger drive anywhere near as strong by lunch. You don’t have to snack You can concentrate better ”
In the transition phase, when you’re initially teaching your body to burn fat as its primary fuel, you may be better off putting grass fed butter into your coffee instead, as milk has sugar in the form of galactose. Another important strategy is to avoid added oils and just eat the whole food that the oils are derived from. If you want avocado oil, use avocados. If you want flaxseed oil, use flax seeds. If you want sesame seed oil, use sesame seeds.
Olive oil is an exception as it’s not a processed oil. It’s actually pressed, although there’s the issue of adulteration. The vast majority of olive oil on the market is adulterated with other low-quality vegetables oils. Coconut oil is another exception from the above rule. As noted by Shanahan, “This is why when people go on the Esselstyn or the Ornish diet and avoid all added oils, they do experience benefits. [They’re] getting these toxic oils out of their diet.”
4HNE A Little-Known Toxin in Polyunsaturated Fats
Another important piece of information relates to 4-hydroxynonenal (4HNE), which forms during the processing of most vegetable oils. 4HNE is highly toxic, especially to your gut bacteria, and consumption of 4HNE has been correlated with having an obesogenic balance of gut flora.
“They’ve actually done studies where they create fat mice and then take that gut flora from the fat mice and give it to skinny mice. It changes the way the mice behave. They get more anxious. Some of the mice will actually eat more. When I looked at this study, I said, ‘Well, how did they make these mice fat?’
What they were doing was feeding them a high-fat diet. Here’s where it gets really complicated [M]ost of the studies on high-fat diets that use lard are using lard from animals fed corn and soy. [It’s] high in polyunsaturated fatty acids nearly as [high] as if they were fed corn and soy oil.
So, these so-called high saturated fat diets are far from it. That means we have to rewind hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of research into the so-called health harms of high saturated fat diets that were done in animal studies.”
4HNE causes cytotoxicity and DNA damage, and instigates free radical cascades that damage the mitochondrial membrane. According to Shanahan, “You can’t design a better delivery vehicle for a toxin that’s going to destroy your health slowly over the course of maybe 10, 20 years, depending on the genetics of your antioxidant system capacity.”
Shanahan also notes that organic vegetable oil is not the answer here, as 4HNE occurs even if the oil is obtained from organic crops. It’s an intrinsic byproduct of the refining and processing of the oil, no matter how healthy the oil initially was.
“As much as 5 percent of [a quart of vegetable oil] can be toxic types of trans fat. That is 50 grams. That’s almost 2 ounces. We’re talking about 2 ounces of a highly toxic compound versus parts per million, which you can’t even measure,” Shanahan notes.
Your Body Needs Real Foods
To learn more, I highly recommend picking up a copy of “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food.” As noted by Shanahan, “You’ve got to eat, so you might as well do it right.”
While the devil’s in the details, and the details may be complicated, the simplest way to understand what a healthy diet consists of is to think back 100 years or so and consider what food was back then, and how it was prepared. What you’re aiming for is real food whole food that is as close to its natural state as possible.
This may be particularly important when it comes to fats. If you’re unsure, the easiest way to bypass potential hazards is to eat the whole food rather than the oil from the food, as some of the most dangerous toxins such as 4HNE are a byproduct of processing.
“My husband likes to remind me that food should taste good, so you should enjoy what you’re eating. You will enjoy what you’re eating when you get these vegetable oils and too much sugar out of your diet. You will enjoy the healthy food a lot more. You’ll really appreciate it,” Shanahan says.
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