Sunday, November 9, 2008

I am what I eat... And, no - I wouldn't call you fat!

I don't discuss or report on a whole lot of nutritional issues or information, but I'm making an exception today...

It was recently sugested by a doctor of mine to change up the sources of my nutrition.
A recommendation was made for 80 percent to 100 percent of my calories to come from vegetables, fruit, raw nuts, potatoes, and either lean or omega-3 protein sources including fish, lean meat, skinless chicken, wild game, grass-fed animals and omega-3 eggs. Spices such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, oregano, and the other popular spices are all anti-inflammatory. The best oils/fats to use in moderation are extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil and butter.

Instead I was describe as being on a typical "American Suiside Diet", one which consisted of; food and calories soucreced from about 10 percent dairy products, 20 percent from refined sugar, 20 percent from refined grains, 20 percent from refined oils. The biggest problems clearly are the sugar, grains and oils. Approximately another 20 percent of calories come from obese meat, which is the fatty meat from domestic animals that live a sedentary life in feedlots where they are fed a tonnage of grains/corn instead of grass/pasture. The remaining 10 percent of calories might be fruits and vegetables.

It does seem I'm in trouble here... I don't think I can deny the accusations... This food issue combined with all the hours I spend sitting at a computer arn't good news!

Our focus should be on correcting the 80 percent of calories that come from sugar, refined grains, oils and obese meat. Worrying about yogurt, the occasional bran muffin, a cup of coffee, etc., has little influence compared to the tsunami of inflammation created by the 80 percent of calories derived from inflammatory foods. Another key to reducing dietary trauma and inflammation is to eat appropriate amounts for your body. In general, overeating leads to an inflammatory response.

I like that! I'm not fat, or merely gaining weight...
My body is simply having an "inflammatory response" to my diet. :-)

Knowing you have a problem is have the battle...
Now at least we know what to call it.

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