A key part of achieving the best possible health is a healthy diet. But not just any diet. I follow a low-carbohydrate/moderate-proteins, high healthy fat diet. I believe a diet like this can prevent—and even cure—heart disease, diabetes, GERD, arthritis, allergies, obesity, and even cancer.
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, the answer may be changing your diet from one that is high in carbohydrates to a diet of protein and healthy fats.
The Traditional Diet
Many studies have proven that the proper diet is the Traditional Diet that our paleo ancestors followed. To eliminate as much suffering as possible, return to vitality, and promote longevity, we must return to the traditional diet supplemented with superior nutritional formulations.
If you are very unhealthy and are challenged with many health issues, it is good to start with a very clean diet that absolutely avoids all grains and all dairy products, with the exception of cream, butter, and eggs. For many people, the gluten in grains and the casein in dairy products are toxic and poisonous to the body. If you suffer from a chronic condition, like allergies, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, dementia, epilepsy, seizures, decreased libido, heart disease, MS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, unspecified tremors, and nerve disorders, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar, you’ll will see huge benefits by avoiding grains and casein.
The Trouble with Our Diets
For two million years, our ancestors’ diets consisted of animal protein, high animal fat and low carbohydrates. This Paleolithic or ketogenic diet consisted mainly of meat, fish, fowl, fruits, vegetables, berries, seeds, and nuts. Our bodies adapted to this diet, and we evolved into the smart, athletic people who could meet the challenges of the natural world.
Fast-forward a couple of millennia and our diets have changed considerably from that foundation. We have changed from food found in nature to manufactured food, like breads, vegetable oils, sugars, that are not good for our bodies.
Even our grandparents would have trouble recognizing what we call food these days. Do you think they had the typical junk food diet in 1905? Think again. We consume way too much processed food. And it’s killing us.
White sugar, grains (especially wheat, rye, barley, and oats), and vegetable oils may be the real causes of cancer, heart disease and a host of other diseases. In the early 1900’s, there was very little heart disease, diabetes, cancer or many of the other diseases that wrack our bodies today. Today cancer occurs in nearly one out of two males and over one out of three females.
Researchers and scientists are spending billions of dollars looking for cures for diseases caused by our modern diet. They are looking for a quick, synthetic, chemical fix for a problem that is rooted in our quick, synthetic, chemical food. The only “fix” for that is to change our diets!
Download a sample meal plan
Food is your best medicine. Change your diet, change your health. Drugs are not the answer but with the right changes to your food and lifestyle, you can make unbelievable, positive health changes.
Here’s a look at the composition of this diet.
- 30% animal protein
- 60% healthy fats
- 10% non-starchy carbohydrates
The plan is simple: Eat plenty of good quality animal proteins and healthy fats at EVERY meal and focus on keeping carbohydrates low. By cutting down on carbohydrates, you’ll curb your craving for sweets and accelerate your weight loss.
There is no reason you can’t feel fantastic. Just remember healthy fats do not cause weight gain, excessive carbohydrates cause weight gain!
Foods You May Eat
Animal protein: beef, bison, elk, venison, rabbit, pork, bacon (no nitrates or nitrites), seafood, eggs, chicken, duck, turkey (and skin).
Fats: cream, lard, butter, coconut oil and olive oil. Try to consume organic foods when possible or at least grass fed animal protein as well as butter, and cream from grass fed animals.
Non-starchy Carbohydrates: fruits (those lower than 50 on the glycemic index), vegetables, occasionally yams or sweet potatoes.
- All sugar and sweeteners, like fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup
- All grains. Yes, all of them, especially refined flour (if you are serious about regaining your health)
- Refined salt (use Celtic Sea Salt)
- All vegetable oils (corn, soy, sunflower, safflower seed), vegetable shortening, and margarine
- Soft drinks (sweetened or diet)
- Juice (eat the fruit instead)
- Artificial coloring, artificial flavoring.
It can be difficult to cut your carbohydrate intake as you work to improve your diet, but it’s worth it. Controlling carbohydrates will have the most meaningful impact on healing and restoring your health, as well as losing the weight you always wanted to lose (especially your belly fat).
To help make controlling carbohydrates easier, you’ll want two things.
First, you’ll want to keep track of the glycemic index of the foods you eat. The glycemic index measures how foods affect blood sugar in the body. The lower the glycemic index for a food, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Carbohydrates typically have high glycemic index scores.
Second, you’ll want a way to find out how many grams of carbohydrates are in the foods you eat. For both of these, you could use books, websites, or an app.
Use these tips to help you stay low-carbohydrates:
- Consume no more than 72 grams of carbohydrates daily.
- Get your carbohydrates primarily from vegetables with smaller quantities of fruits.
- Know the grams of carbohydrates in everything you eat and make smart choices.
- Select foods that score a 50 or less on the gycemic index.
Special Note on Dairy Products
I recommend drinking only fresh, raw milk, from organically managed cow or goat. Any raw dairy products are superior to the pasteurized, hormone-laced ones you can get at the grocery. Drinking up to a quart of raw milk daily will supply a superior form of raw protein, many good fats, and many nutrients and enzymes that are often destroyed in the heating process. Otherwise, avoid milk products.
I also recommend soft-cooked eggs. Eggs are superior proteins, packed with nutrients. Don’t believe all the bad press eggs received. They are wonderful for your health.
Warning—Eating raw or undercooked foods can be dangerous especially to children, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system. Eat raw foods at your own risk.
My Recommended Book List
Many leading experts have been exploring a low carbohydrate diet to reduce insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. Here are some of my favorite books on the topic.
Know Your Fats by Mary Enig
Eat Fat to Lose Fat by Mary Enig
The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
Lipitor® Thief of Memory by Dr. Graveline
Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol by Duane Graveline M.
Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life by Christian B. Allan (Author), Wolfgang Lutz.
Vitamin B6 Therapy: Nature’s Versatile Healer by John Marion Ellis
The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein, M.D.
Iodine, Why You Need it Why You Can’t Live Without It by Dr. David Brownstein
Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall
Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter