Who wins from a balanced diet?

Are you looking after your health and eating a “balanced diet”? How can you be sure that your diet is balanced?

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend the number of ‘standard serves’ we should consume from the five core food groups each day, for a nutritious and balanced diet

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Personally, I think that “balanced diet” is an absurd term used to manipulate you towards certain desired behaviours.

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So much BS so little time

Like many of you, I frequently get this sort of article in my news feeds. Hopefully by now, many of you can recognise it for what it is – the same old dogma that keeps people in line.

Just as you have to Marie Kondo your house to really keep it clean you have to jump on board a ‘movement’ if you want a seriously sculpted physique.

 

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Genes linked to anorexia nervosa identified

A major international study involving numerous Australians identifies eight genes associated with an increased risk of developing eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

 

Is this a good thing?

Firstly, don’t get me wrong, I think that people suffering with eating disorders are really suffering and should be helped. That said …

There is a lot to be said in support of building your brain out of good materials and then maintaining and fuelling it correctly. This is by far the most effective means of preventing and correcting the underlying brain function that causes these disorders. Treat the cause – not the symptoms.

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Critical Thinking – Think before acting

I was thinking about the argument that lean muscle mass in older age determines life-expectancy. This is a widely embraced view and is driving behaviour. It has almost achieved the status of dogma.

The belief comes from studies that show that the more lean muscle mass that an older person has, the longer they are expected to live. So, lean muscle mass is associated with a longer life. Is this all there is to the story? Well, not in my opinion, otherwise I would not be writing this ….

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Should you be scared of Glyphosate?

There is a lot of concern about glyphosate recently with some landmark court cases in the USA where some people have been award hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for cancer that supposedly resulted from exposure.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a chemical weed killer that is used in huge quantities by agriculture. It is generally applied by spraying – either by tractor or aeroplane. It is a systemic chemical that is absorbed by the plant and then interferes with the plants’ ability to use energy.

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Red Meat = Cancer = Science?

Inuit family circa 1929

The InterWeb has seen lots of activity over a couple of high-profile dietary statements:

  1. The EAT-Lancet diet promoting plant based eating, and
  2. The 2015 World Health Organisation statement that links red meat consumption with an increased risk of cancer.

As I have been asked for my view on this, I will share a few thoughts.

If you subscribed to the guidance of these high-profile statements on diet and nutrition, you would turn away from meat and towards a plant based diet.  No-one could blame you as these are ‘experts’ and ‘scientists’ telling you the TRUTH.

What you wont see is that neither of these statements are based on what is healthy for you – rather they are the result of other agendas where health is secondary. Continue reading

20 percent of your body fat could be industrial lubricant

Some interesting things about fat that should interest you:

  • Modern ‘vegetable’ oils are basically detoxified industrial lubricants made by chemical reactions in refineries.
  • If like many people, you eat a diet high in packaged, junk or take-away foods, then your own body fat could be 20% omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable oil (PUF) instead of just a few of percent.
  • The recommended daily intake of omega-3 PUF for an adult is less than 2g.
  • The body best uses omega-3 when balanced with omega-6 – so you should have less than 2g omega-6.
  • The average takeaway consumer eat around 100g of PUF per day – mostly omega-6 – yes that is 50 times what you need/want.
  • PUF can take 4-5 years to cycle out of body fat in a weight stable individual.
  • PUF is preferentially consumed by the body when losing weight – crash dieting can liberate harmful levels of omega-6 PUF.
  • Omega-6 PUF promote inflammation  – so what?  Heart disease, liver and other organ damage, stroke, arthritis, cancer.
  • Omega-6 levels in breast milk reflects the mothers diet.  If a mother is eating a lot of PUF, then she is feeding proportional amounts of PUF to her baby.

Should this be in your diet?