In talking with
people all over the world about food and nutrition
and health, I've come to the realization that most people truly
eat in a way that gives them great health and keeps them at a
But they just
don't know what the heck to do anymore!
Everything they hear conflicts with everything else.
And what is
considered healthy depends on who you're listening to and what
their motives are.
For instance, food
manufacturers will say whatever they need to in order to sell
products. They would even claim that eating used cat
litter is healthy if they could box it and sell it.
But by far the
biggest blunders in the healthy eating advice world are:
1) "Carbs are no
good--they make you fat."
2) "Fat is bad.
Low-fat is the only way to go."
I have news for
Both are false.
Because your body
Depending on the
source, carbohydrates can provide fiber, B-complex vitamins and vitamins A and E, plus the minerals
magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and selenium.
are not "optional" when it comes to your body--they're essential
and you pay a dear price when you're lacking them.
For instance, being low in B vitamins can cause fatigue, muscle degeneration,
mental deficiency, depression, skin eruptions and headaches,
among other things.
A zinc deficiency
can lead to learning disabilities, poor digestion, rashes,
menstrual problems, depression, prostate problems, and erratic
Funny, you don't
see that on any low-carb food packages, do you?
Similar things can
be said about fats.
Fats are critical
to your body for cellular function, protecting your brain and
nervous system, absorbing vitamins and nutrients and maintaining
Not having enough
fats causes brittle, aged-looking skin, hair and nails, repeated
infections, moodiness and--get this--weight GAIN (I'll explain
why in a moment).
The key to eating
for blubber loss and great health is NOT to stay away from carbs
and fats...but to make sure the ones you are eating are GOOD
vs. bad carbs
Good carbs are
natural, unprocessed and unrefined whole grains. They include
whole wheat, oat, rye, spelt, quinoa, barley, millet, buckwheat
and brown rice (not white).
These grains and
products made from them provide the essential nutrients I
mentioned above, plus they taste delicious.
sources are root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnips,
winter squashes, etc.
Bad carbs, on the
other hand, include white flour, white rice and white sugar, and
all products made from them (also known as refined
carbohydrates) like cakes, cookies, donuts, chips, breads,
The processing of
the grains strips away all of the naturally occurring nutrients
and fiber. Some vitamins may be added back after processing, but
only a fraction of the amount that was originally in the grain.
carbohydrates are quickly converted to sugar in your body and
are stored as FAT. Blubber. Adipose tissue. Flab. You-name-it.
grains and root vegetables contain balanced amounts of amino
acids (the building blocks of protein), fiber, vitamins and
minerals. They're broken down more slowly by your body and used
AND their fiber
helps encourage regular bowel movements and can decrease your
risk of colon cancer.
So next time you
find yourself blindly counting carbs, think instead about
looking for good vs. bad carbs.
good, bad and the ugly
A moderate amount
(2-3 tablespoons) of good fat each day isn't just a good idea -- it's VITAL.
Good fats include
olive oil (preferably extra-virgin, cold pressed), avocado,
butter (yes--I said butter and NEVER margarine), flaxseed oil, fish oil, coconut oil, nuts, meats, fish and dairy products.
These fats help
you lose flab by turning off your body's hormone messengers that
direct fat storage, especially around your midsection. Plus,
they make you feel fuller. (So bye-bye spare tire or muffin
Healthy fats also help lower LDL cholesterol levels WITHOUT
lowering HDL levels--so your HDL/LDL ratio can dramatically
improve. Regular consumption of them can help lower your risk of
heart disease, stroke and cancers.
Bad fats are processed fats--also known as hydrogenated or partially
hydrogenated fats and oils.
They contain trans-fatty acids (trans-fats), which are fats that are not
found in nature, so your body can't metabolize them.
Instead, trans-fats just accumulate, clog your arteries, and cause
inflammation, cell damage and heart attacks.
Trans-fats are found in deep fried foods, margarine, baked goods,
powdered and artificial coffee creamers, and most processed
Look for the words
"hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" on
package labels. If you see them, do NOT buy the product.
And don't be
fooled by products that profess to be "low fat." All that means
is that they're lacking good, essential fat, and the fat has
probably been replaced by sugar (a bad carb).
The manuals in the Great Taste
No Pain eating system explain more about the health risks of
bad fats and bad carbs, plus it gives you delicious ways to
incorporate more good ones into your meals.
Many of the GTNP recipes are made with things like whole grains, olive oil, butter and
alternatives to hydrogenated fats...and are they ever tasty!
You'll be shocked at how delicious eating for spectacular health
Plus, you'll learn
about smart combinations of foods, which will help improve digestion and
nutrient absorption. This can make gas, bloating, constipation,
acid reflux and excess weight a thing of the past for you for
Don't swear off
fats or carbs any longer -- your body clearly needs them!
Instead, know the good from the bad and start making smart
I'll bet you start
feeling a whole lot better and notice your pants becoming looser
To your health,
PS: Leslie and
her family are seeing dramatic health improvements!
have been trying to get my family to eat healthy for 10 years
without success. Finally, because of stomach and joint pain,
excessive weight, hypoglycemia, and depression, I got both my
husband and son to try your Great Taste
No Pain plan.
It certainly helped that your recipes are much better than any
of the others I tried in the past.
Both my husband and son have dropped about 10 pounds each in the
first 3 weeks!
My husband's stomach and joint pains are much better, as long as
he stays on the plan.
My son's supposed hypoglycemia and depression are amazingly
better. On the occasions when he doesn't eat properly, his body
starts to show the signs of hypoglycemia and depression again.
have had fewer migraines than usual. In fact, I seem to have no
migraines at all when I eat properly.
This is the best change I have made in my family's life.
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