What does it take to motivate people to change their lifestyle and eating from SAD to paleo?
Two success stories that Jimmy Moore has put up that should be mandatory reading for those that come around here and say they just can't cut it. If they can't cut it, all they do is just cut their life expectancy.
I initially started a low-carb diet after I got my cholesterol screening back with very scary results. I happened to watch Tom Naughton???s FAT HEAD that weekend and figured I had nothing to lose. The nurse who read me my numbers scared the crap out of me and basically implied I would die within 10 years. My triglycerides were 885, HDL ???good??? cholesterol was 19 and my total cholesterol was 194. My fasting blood glucose reading came in at 92. Because my triglycerides were so high, they couldn???t even calculate my LDL ???bad??? cholesterol.
That???s when I went on the low-carb diet for two weeks and I stayed on low-carb for the most part (there were a few days that I definitely went over 20g of carbs). I went in for my annual physical and I showed my doctor the previous results telling him what the nurse had said. He wanted to put me on cholesterol-lowering drugs and I told him I wanted to avoid that. Well, the results came back and my triglycerides came down to 170, my HDL cholesterol rose to 39 and my total cholesterol dropped to 171. My fasting blood glucose also improved dramatically falling to 81. And this time around, they could actually calculate my LDL and it came in at a healthy 98.
Can you believe this? I went from being diagnosed with death and diabetes and pills to numbers that are all spectacularly normal. And all of this only happened after two weeks of low-carbing! I am estatic and amazed. I figured my triglycerides would perhaps go down to 600 or so, but going from 885 to 170 in that period of time is just amazing.
I write to tell you how very dangerous the low-carb diet is that you advocate. I urge you to stop at once. When I say ???dangerous,??? I mean it is harmful to the pharmaceutical industry, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, current public health policy, and many institutions revered in mainstream Western nutrition. Let me explain why we should all go back to the Standard American Diet immediately.
I went Paleo in December and have had lab work twice since then. Here are the results represented as December-March-May:
AST: 76-22-17 ALT: 186-45-27 TRIG: 441-119-70 HDL: 39-45-51 LDL: December couldn???t be calculated due to high TG-179-156 A1c: 8.3 ??? 6.4 ??? 5.4
I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in December???now it is completely gone. What is the deadly diet I eat? No grains of any kind, no fruit, no juices, zero sugar or other sweeteners, lots of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, plus eggs 4-5 days/week. I cook mostly in coconut oil, plus some butter, ghee, lard and, rarely, olive oil. I threw away all my polyunsaturated fat vegetable oil.
I don???t consume dairy except heavy cream in my tea and a little triple-cream brie. I eat lots of spinach, arugula, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage and cauliflower. I quit all alcohol consumption and take no NSAIDs or other meds unless absolutely necessary. I take a very small amount of 1 oral diabetes medication (I???m a Type 2 diabetic), and my doctor says I can probably quit that soon. My weight dropped from 255 to 210 on my 6???4??? body.
There it is, Jimmy. Let???s stop this foolishness by avoiding meat and start adding lots of heart-healthy whole grains to our diets.
With testimonials like these, how can anyone remotely interested in a healthy lifestyle not knuckle down and deal with the trials and tribulations of the transition to paleo?
Visit Jimmy Moore's site: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/two-more-fantastic-low-carb-health-stories-to-encourage-you/10779
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on May 19, 2011
at 03:54 AM
That first story closely resembles 4 patients from early in Dr. Michael Eades' career: Four patients who changed my life -- great read, too.
on May 19, 2011
at 03:43 AM
When I make the case to friends, I always get the response, "But this [SAD/grain-based] is how people have always eaten!" Sure, people throughout recorded history. But before that?? Not so much...
They usually have trouble grasping that we stopped evolving by the same pattern we'd experienced ever since we diverged as soon as agriculture rooted us in so many ways. Couple that with the recent anti-fat dictocratic bullshit fueled by Monsanto and co. and their dovetailed speculators, the pharmaceutical companies, and you have a majority that doesn't entirely understand the ancestral foundation of Paleo and is confused about conflicting dietary advice coming out right now. No wonder they think we're crazy.
Really, it's just such a foreign concept to our evolutionarily displaced norm that it's hard for people to see things from the right perspective -- a truly ancestral one. That was the conceptual step I had to overcome before I surrendered myself to Paleo. Wasn't it the same for most of you?