Based on many of the comments made on the most recent post, many people seemed to still be confused – or they are at least confusing the message that has been constructed here over the past 2 1/2 years.
For starters, I believe that a high-calorie, high-fat, high-starch, high-protein (i.e. – “High-Everything”) diet that contains significant amounts of refined sugar is probably the most devastating and harmful diet one could pursue. This is especially true considering that the median level of health has declined tremendously due to ever-poorer heredity.
Refined sugar appears to screw up the metabolism and screw up the digestion, making the rest of the diet get mismanaged and thefefore become harmful. Take, for example, fats – which will accumulate in the blood as high-triglycerides and cholesterol if the metabolism is low – but be burned off if the metabolism is high. Or, a person with a low metabolism may develop allergies to foods they are ingesting while someone with an optimal metabolism would not develop such strange, illogical, and disadvantageous hindrances. It’s not what you eat, but what your body does with what you eat, and refined sugar appears to be able to alter what your body does with what you eat like no other common component in the modern diet.
Diets that exclude sugar seem to be the most healing to fundamental cumulative problems, especially when they exclude other aggravating factors such as vegetable oils, food additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers, and so on. However, many diets that do not contain refined sugar are often extreme, which can actually create new problems of their own after the initial benefits of sugar removal have been realized. These include extremely low-carb diets, high-protein diets, vegan diets, raw food diets, and more. The best diet for fixing core disorders and providing the best nourishment long-term is a diet that does not exclude any fundamental component of the traditional human diet – either carbohydrates, fats, or animal protein, and is high enough in calories to be metabolically-stimulating (a High-Everything Except Sugar Diet).
Anyway, here are the comments I left on the last post as a current summary of the viewpoints of this blog…
I’m surprised people are still making the mistake that eating a high-calorie diet with lots of fats, starch, and ample protein means that:
1) This is a recommendation to eat doughnuts, ice cream, white bread, french fries, and Mountain Dew all day long.
2) That one must force-feed themselves as much food as they can every day for the rest of their lives.
No! Not even close!
Here’s a more accurate summary of where this blog stands to date, in order of importance:
1) Every bit of historical research that one could ever scrutinize points to refined sugar as being the root cause of 90% of the most common diseases known to man. Therefore, the most important thing you can do is remove that from your diet. Even a little bit, as a daily habit, is unsafe.
2) Human beings are far less healthy than they were in the past. We now have allergies, have become allergic to foods, have asthma, have psychological problems (50% increase during 1996-2006), have crooked teeth, have cavities, have misshapen bodies, have thin bones/low bone mass, have heart disease, have diabetes, get cancer, are overweight, have more physical pain, and so on.
3) Since this all came about at the dawn of refined foods, one can assume that there may be a single root cause in the development of all these problems (although, as we know, there are hundreds of aggravating factors – which are precisely what get the most focus by modern health advisors).
4) If the root cause is refined carbohydrates, primarily white sugar and the now worse – artificial sweeteners, HFCS, and crystalline fructose, then it would make sense to look for the physiological disturbance that they cause.
5) Because of Broda Barnes’s work, and the multiple manifestations of having a “damaged metabolism” – to steal more accurate verbage from Diana Schwarzbein, it seems likely that the problem is metabolic in origin – and surfaces most frequently in the form of a reduced metabolic rate (although there are plenty of other telltale signs, this is only one of them, but, when corrected, can make a big difference).
6) So, pursuing strategies that heal and optimize the metabolism are in order, and current recommendations that are counterproductive, such as reducing calories, overexercising, or eating high-protein diets should be avoided at all costs.
7) Eating an unrefined diet with ample amounts of all the human body desires, in large quantity, paired with light physical activity and plenty of rest – continued until the metabolism has been corrected, appears to be ideal. That includes at least 50 grams of protein, 100 grams of carbohydrates (and probably much more for optimal results), and enough fat to satisfy the appetite – all derived from wholesome, nutritious foods that don’t appear to be overtly problematic. Eating more than is desired, i.e. – force-feeding for a month or two, shows some signs of expediting this process. I also believe that this is far more effective when all of these food components are combined together in somewhat consistent proportion to one another.