Summer blooms in Albuquerque! We decided to make beef meat balls, pan-fried in garlic olive oil, and ghee. Power greens cooked in our pan drippings, with Parmesan and Romano cheese. All atop a Morrocan-Style spicy Harissa.
104 degrees F today!
Talk Nerdy to Me!
A Culture of Immediate Satisfaction, and HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
I have discussed in previous posts, the idea that the obesity epidemic isn’t our fault. Simply look at the statistical data: 40% of the U.S. population will have insulin resistance, and 11% full-blown diabetes, by 2020, according to Prof. Dr. Timothy Knoakes. Knoakes is a leading keto researcher in South Africa, who despite being sued by the South African government, stood his ground with his data, and beat the case. Either, we as a people are broken, or more likely, the dietary guidelines that they have been pushing, are just plain wrong. I have said this in previous posts, fault and responsibility are very different. These will be returning themes across time.
We have been given false truths about the roles of cholesterol, carbs, complex or not, protein, and last, but not at all least, fat. This candy eating, carb-loading, gatorade drinking environment in which I was raised, has slowly been turning us into high-fructose corn syrup sucking fiends, that keep needing more and more sugar to be sustained, while our brains think we are starving. An unhappy side effect to all of this, is that it has led to a hangry population, constantly looking for the next sugar high, and immediate satisfaction in everything they do. They are unwilling to work hard for things that are not immediately, completely obvious, or beneficial.
I’m referring in this case, to diet. Most obese people, like myself, are or have been fad dieters. We have tried low-carb before (or so we thought), we have tried high-carb, vegan, juice diets, we have tried calorie-counting, and we have tried cutting calories down to 1300 while working out 7 days/week, until we crash and burn, feeling horrible, tired, and want to quit. Doing this sort of thing makes your metabolism slow, so that whenever you eat anything you gain weight. It’s crushing to an obese person who feels like they’ve tried everything. We have all been through this. Then you go to your doctor, and they tell you to “eat less, and move more” and you want to choke them. We are shamed into our state, if not by external sources, by ourselves. We “do good” on unsustainable protocols, and inevitably fail, eat sugar, a cheat meal, cheat day or cheat month, or 6. We end up, if we are lucky, where we started, but often, heavier than ever. We beat ourselves up for being a fatass, eat more to comfort our spinning minds, and finally after some time, decide to finally get back “on it.”
On the flip side of these arguments, and scientific evidence that ketosis curbs hunger, and makes intermittently fasting easy, is the fact that this sugar-driven, immediately satisfied culture, of obese people has turned soft. The generation of my grandparents, fixed things that were broken, cared about quality of their stuff and their food. Nowadays, we throw all of our plastic i-phones into the ocean, because it was designed to break or become obsolete in the six months since you bought it. People these days can’t handle hearing that they are in charge of their health, and that they ruined it. Turns out that the government guidelines gave us information that made us fat, and sick.
Unfortunately, you, as a citizen of the U.S., have to do research on what is ACTUALLY healthy, and not what’s in the interest of mono-cropping giants. After telling you that you are a victim of your environment, I have to give you a more difficult pill to swallow.
Obese people, a group in which I include myself, love to put the blame everywhere else. They can’t handle being told that their problem doesn’t only affect them. “it’s none of your business” only works if you don’t ask for accommodation everywhere you go. Your obesity affects everyone you know. Even if only in the way where they need to manage your feelings about no one mentioning your weight, and/or that they are worried about you scarfing down 3 people’s worth of food, healthy or not. Being told that our weight is affecting us negatively leads to a cascade of defensive mechanisms, and excuses. I have kids, I’m going to school, I hurt myself, I will after December, after this, after that, I went out with friends, I have problems with my adrenals etc. etc. The idea that you aren’t responsible for the food you eat is as absurd as assuming that becoming morbidly obese didn’t take work. This brings me to my point.
In this American culture, when people try to change their diet in an effective way, (i.e. eating low-carb, whole foods) they quit when they don’t see immediate results. Just think for a moment how long it took you to become, 100, or 200 pounds over weight? It took dedication, time, effort, countless episodes, upon episodes of eating so much you couldn’t move, couldn’t sleep because of your GERD, and the times you ate second dinner because you were sad. People seem to forget that obesity is a disease of the brain. It’s malfunctioning hormones. It’s chemical reactions. It is driven by what your body needs, which is nutrients. Sugar tells your brain “I want moooore!” In the American ultra-refined, ultra-processed diet, nutrient-density is what is lacking. While they haven’t given us proper training in school to learn to eat, and shame us for becoming like the other 39.99999999999999% of the population, obese people (me too, in case you feel like getting upset) find ways to continue the status quo, even though they are driven by anxiety, depression, self-loathing, hopelessness and pipe dreams of being fit. We have become soft. Unwilling to take proper steps to fix our health in a real way, because we think it will be uncomfortable, or worse yet, impossible. Fear of failure cripples us. And, just short of saying they like it that way, the American Government, and yoga pants companies are making $$$ from your yo-yo diets and metabolic syndrome. So, they aren’t exactly going to help you through this.
Luckily for you, and me, keto works. Especially in conjunction with fasting. It is counterintuitive that fasting curbs hunger. But it’s true. If you are looking into starting keto, pair it with fasting for the best, healthiest results, and change the way your brain works and the way your body metabolizes your fuel substrates. It is uncomfortable, it is hard, it is undoing and rebuilding your eating habits. But, It is not impossible. That’s the assumption they are counting on, that you will defy.
Meaningful change in any aspect of your life takes effort, research and education, trial and error, an open heart and mind. Think of your life as a wildly successful bulk. Now it is time for a cut. Get past the keto flu, one month of work doesn’t negate a lifetime of poor eating habits. You won’t lose a hundred lbs. Besides, if you did, what would you have learned about sustaining a lasting healthy lifestyle. I myself had 105 pounds to lose, and although I have lost a significant amount of weight (just over half), I still have quite a ways to go. But, considering that I started only 6 months ago, and I have been fat since I was conscious, I absolutely must be patient. I must also be active in my pursuit. Inaction is the greatest form of sustenance for anxiety and depression. Everything you try on your keto journey will be a stepping stone to your success, even if it stalls your progress. When you stop trying, is when you fail. Don’t know where to start? Eat a grass-fed steak, Brussels sprouts fried in butter, and a handful of organic macadamias. Start somewhere, anywhere, you’ll get it.
Chuch, Happy Eating,