Avocado, the Fruit of the Gods, serving a Goddess.
Talk Nerdy to me section!
In place of going to restaurants for $40-$50, you can spend $12 at home and eat for two days, while Keto. Without delving too much into this, I’ll only say that people’s first argument is that “KETO is SO expensive.” Eating calorie dense fats and protein from all organic, free range, Eco-friendly meats and dairy is expensive, no doubt. Especially if you eat three meals a day, or 6, or snack often, it can be cripplingly expensive. However, not if you eat one or two meals a day. It can actually be cheaper than eating three squares and a snack, a lot cheaper.
I think of buying quality foods as an insurance policy on my future my medical bills. If I stay in good health, and avoid the exponentially higher risks of me having *another* stroke, I will, as happy consequence, live a happier, more fulfilling life, eating mouth watering food all the while. I never want to take blood pressure medication, die of heart failure, cancer, or diabetes. All of these are aptly named. Preventable diseases.
In a later post, I’ll discuss fasting and the hormonal relationship it has with a ketogenic diet. But let me say, both Lara and I have been intermittently fasting because Fasting and Keto are cousins.
A few things:
First: The way I feel about buying all local, organic foods; produce, meat, and dairy.
I want to spend my money on high quality foods, that are chemical, preservative, BS free, one ingredient foods. This is why I’ve been making my own nut milks since 2015. Even the fanciest almond, hemp, flax and oat milks you can buy at Whole Paycheck have added ingredients. When did we forget that home made food is better than hipster boxed products.
I worked at Amyo Farms with a talented, young organic vegetable farmer Jesse Daves. It awakened, and honed a special reverence for permaculture, soil, plants, and the ever self-sustaining, cyclical regeneration of responsibly cared for farmland. When you support local, family-owned business, your body returns to the past, before monoculture farms came into existence. Small farms produce nutrient-dense foods, grown with love. These foods are fed, weeded, cared for, and harvested by people just like me! By the very nature of how these plants came into existence, they are more delicious, and life giving. I feel that when you eat this type of quality food, your mouth requires less, because the daily nutrient and mineral goals you try to hit, and that your brain craves, are reached sooner due to density. This is helpful in the quest for consuming less calories.
Second: If you are intermittently fasting, it’s really hard to eat copious amounts. If you eat twice within 6 hours, or once day, that’s golden. I dare you to try eating 2600 calories at once. Not really but, just sayin’…it takes impressive dedication.
Thirdly: Fasting quickly and comprehensively changes the feeling of fullness in you body, in a pleasant way. You will be happily surprised at how foods satiate you faster, for longer, and how quickly you regain your mid-day energy slump from the Netherworld. When I eat enough vegetables, drink a lot of water and approx. 30g of dietary fiber, I’ve actually had some trouble hitting my calorie goals. Another happy consequence is healthy poops.
Fourth and lastly: THIS is why we are constantly dissuaded from fasting, and why the pharma companies want us sick.
They make money keeping us sick. Drug companies and factory farms are in cahoots. Through the monoculture system, pesticides they spray liberally, and through the necessity to produce quantity, instead of quality, farms have joined forces and lobbied with pharmaceuticals in order to get the FDA to tell US that we need three squares and a snack. They used the food pyramid, when I was a kid, which truly should be flipped on it’s head. No one can make money selling Lucky Charms, if the public isn’t eating breakfast.
How would we have survived throughout history if our bodies weren’t capable of sustaining life in times of famine. The reason we have fat cells at all, is firstly to produce hormones, but thennnn it’s to be ready for lean times. I purposefully take fasts.
When our gut is resting, our horrmones have a chance to stop production, and we have the necessary time and energy to get our bodies into autophagy, the process by which we destroy free radicals, recycle and regenerate other cells at the end of their life cycles to extract ketones as energy and reduce free falling waste in our bodies. Autophagy promotes natural HGH production, and is the time when we are in an active antiaging process for the body. The research shows that high rates of autophagy prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s, and may even prevent dementia all together.
Back to the FDA:
These are the people that told us not to eat fat of any kind, and dissuaded us from having nuts and avocados, the best keto snack foods in existence. This was in order to facilitate making money for both parties (Monoculture farms, and Pharmaceutical companies.) Not in the interest of our health. If more people eat large amounts, of fat free carb-rich foods, more lives depend on pharma drugs, and inevitably, die from metabolic syndrome. Drugs solve symptoms not real health issues. The only thing that does, is proper nutrition. Plain and simple. Obesity is a symptom of a much larger issue at work, metabolic syndrome. More and more doctors are expressing the necessity to fix the the hormonal imbalance instead of cornering obese people and shaming them for addictive, habitual eating. Why fix symptoms, and not basic hormonal imbalances, which create impulsive eating behavior, and cravings. We have been putting the horse before the cart when it comes to the American Health Cartel (ahem… Industry)
Eating sugar begets more sugar cravings, and contrary to popular belief, so do artificial sweeteners. They provoke insulin response as easily as pure sugar, except are chemical garbage that your body simply cannot process, and so, get surrounded with water in the gut and cause inflammation. This decreases nutrient absorption in the colon, where most of the vital digestion occurs. You are better off having sugar every so often. Or natural sweetnes, like stevia, which has been shown to have anti-fungal,anti-bacterial properties.
On that note, hormone, antibiotic and GMO-fed eggs, meat and dairy also provoke the body to react in way that damages DNA and has been shown to cause disease and cancer. Eat real, healthy food all the time, as a priority. “Expensive” food prevents EXPENSIVE drugs heart surgeries, insulin, needles, doctor visits, early onset demetia, epilepsy and most immediately felt, general physical discomfort.
The extremely delicious macros for my dinner tonight were:
30 net carbs
Could have had more fat and less carbs, but for 1 meal today wasn’t bad.
Thank you for making it to the bottom!