I have been reading a lot lately. My latest read is a book by a Swedish doctor, Annika Dahlqvist, who was reported for malpractice a couple of years for advising diabetics to eat a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. She was found innocent of the charges as her advice was supported by studies.
Lately, this nearly-vegetarian has given up her decades-long breakfast choice of rice milk and rolled four-grain mix and replaced it with boiled eggs and bacon. Butter is back in my cupboard. Meat and fish are finding their way into my home (if not in great amounts). Fruit is abandoned completely while nuts and vegetables are still favored. My beloved pasta is ignored, and I no longer eat bread or even oatmeal.
This is the first time in years, lots of years, that I am not gassy and getting stomach pains on a daily basis.
The discussion about whether or not you’ll lose weight aside, the scary thing about reading up on diets, is discovering all the disinformation that’s been fed us since at least the 1970’s. Before insulin was discovered, diabetics were advised to eat a low-carb, high fat (LCHF) diet; this took care of the diabetes. Today’s diabetics are encouraged to eat the same high-carb diet as the rest of us, with the assumption that insulin will take care of the blood sugar. Diabetics on the old-fashioned diet avoid the side effects diabetics on a regular diet develop. I’ve already learned that fructose is not good for you while cholesterol was never bad for you. But the biggest eye-opener for me was discovering that I have been given the wrong advice all these years about how to handle my digestion.
I have always had sluggish digestion. But honestly, I didn’t get IBS – where my constipation ceased to be only that and switched to more frequent bloating, pain, gas and even diarrhea – until I started eating more fiber to “cure” my constipation. (Sorry about TMI.) Now I’m reading that fiber damages the gut and converts to sugar! Fiber’s behavior in the gut is to annoy it, not help it; fiber tears up the lining, which forms mucous to protect itself, and the mucous makes things slide along easier. But if what you want is lubrication, the non-harming alternative is animal fats.
I’m still working on getting regular, but I will do it without fiber. I like going without the, er, sound effects.
My new problem is finding eggs from chickens on the natural omnivore diet chickens are supposed to eat (like worms and stuff): All chickens – also the organic, free-range ones – seem to be fed corn and other vegetarian food because it makes the yolk more yellow. However, it means that the useful and desired omega-3 fatty acid gets reduced.
And I’d like cheese and meat from grass-fed cows, organic or not, simply because that gives more nutrition a human body can make use of.
It’s a new dilemma, not only switching from vegetarianism, but also realizing that not even organic foods are the best choice if the animals are not fed their natural diet, only an organic one. I will supplement with cod liver oil.