Recently you may have seen new research that shows a low carbohydrate diet versus the low fat diet is far more healthy and enables individuals to lose weight and consistently keep it off. For years I have followed a good animal protein, high fat, and low carb diet. When previously on a high carb diet, in my early teens and 20’s, I weighed over 250 pounds. Because of the high carbs and sugar, I was not a happy camper. I was unhappy, belligerent, angry, and felt like crap every day. What we have in our gut is hard wired to our brain. Researchers are now finding that our gut is the gateway to how our brain functions. If you are unhappy, depressed and filled with anxiety, it’s probably what you are eating and what ferments and breaks down in the gut. A healthy diet contains ample protein, usually one gram of protein per pound of body weight. Approximately 30% of our diet should be protein. 60% of our diet should be good fats – all animal fats, cream, butter, eggs, whole milk – preferably raw, olive oil, sesame seed oil, and coconut oil. 10% of our diet should be carbohydrates from non-starchy varieties, fruit and vegetables primarily. If you can’t do without grains, occasionally have brown rice, quinoa, millet seed, amaranth, or buckwheat. These are gluten free grains and are much healthier. If you want to do more homework, there are two books that I highly recommend for you to learn more about fats and how to eat. Mary Enig has written two excellent books on fats. The more friendly and easier to understand book is called, Eat Fats To Lose Fat. Her more scientific book for those who want to wade through the chemistry of fats is called, Know Your Fats. Mary Enig is an international world authority on fats. She and her team at Maryland University are responsible for exposing the use of trans-fatty acids in foods. Trans-fatty acids and hydrogenated fats cause heart damage. These fats along with vegetable fats – margarine, soft spreads and vegetable shortenings are causing heart disease. Learn more about fats and eat the right fats for heart health. For a brief understanding of the diet I now follow and advocate go to www.TerryTalksNutrition.com and click on “Terry’s Diet”.
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