I usually talk about self-love and reconnecting to your gorgeous self, having the freedom to love yourself. Self-love comes from your mindset but also your exercise and knowing you are on the right nutritional path.
To reconnect with your gorgeous self you start with self-love. You also use exercise to increase your health and longevity and improve your mood AND you work with nutritional advice. Which leads me to write last weeks blog on stop eating low-fat yoghurts. The low-fat debate is losing momentum. Mainly because most low-fat yoghurts contain sugar, but also because low-fat eating is now considered erroneous.
The blog started another big conversation about Gorgeous Girls saying that they were eating low-fat yoghurts on Dr’s advice. NHS recommending low-fat products because of the problems with heart disease and low pressure. So we have the cholesterol debate.
Last weeks blog started the fascinating conversation about low-fat diet and protecting your heart from heart disease.
The cholesterol debate.
Whilst I appreciate that when you visit the NHS websites you will still get plenty of advice on how to eat ‘heart healthy’ diet of low fat and high fruit is still prevalent. I would like to draw your attention to the increasing momentum that is being given to sugar and simple carbohydrates like white bread and white pasta and that link to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension (increased blood pressure) and heart attacks.
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard examined the links between eating saturated fat and heart disease.
The studies involved analysing the results of half a million people
They were unable to find convincing evidence that eating saturated fats leads to greater risk of heart disease.**
The focus is moving away from fats giving you a heart attack and other diseases to the rising debate that sugar is causing these lifestyle diseases.
This evidence is not NEW evidence. There has never been a link between low-fat diet and a long life. The link was never categorically proved in the first place.
The 7 country study by Ancel Keys from the University of Minnesota in 1952 was the first study to link high level of cholesterol to heart disease. This study started the whole low-fat nutritional explosion but didn’t account for two of the biggest fat consuming countries in Europe – France and Germany, who also have the highest life expectancy in Europe.
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Gary Taubes and others report that this initial research was funded by The Sugar Association.
Since that first study, more elaborate and expensive research has also been inconclusive. Science has never substantially proved the link between low fat and a healthy heart.
Incidentally, these more recent studies never study women, simply because women are not the biggest risk population.
It is a simple fact that fat consumption may have increased in the twentieth century but not nearly as much as the sugar intake. The most consistent change in Westernized and urbanised diet is how much more sugar you consume.
The Law of Adaptation*
Researchers and scientists Campbell* and Cleave* (who was a British Naval surgeon and medical researcher) used the Darwinian perspective to food. The law of adaption is simple, the more a food changes from its natural state the more harmful it is to the animal who consumes it.
Fats and proteins from meat are a natural source.
White pasta and bread are not.
Refined flour and sugar increase the speed of digestion of sugar in the body giving you a sugar rush, an insulin release and a feeling of being hungry when the insulin drops. A hunger cycle that is ever present when insulin is present in your body. Insulins is a fat storing hormone that is released when glucose from food is released into the bloodstream.
Your gorgeous body cannot burn fat when insulin is your body.
A steady flow of nutrients from proteins and fats and slower digestion will not release insulin. Your hormones will balance and you will burn fat.
The Genetic Debate*
There has been a long held belief by scientists that you can’t change your genetics and whilst previously scientists believed that 80% of your disease was caused by genetics and 20% from the environment. That ratio is changing – dramatically.
80% of your lifestyle and what you eat is affecting your personal risk from disease and only 20% can be attributed to your genes. The good news is you can do something about your health. You are not predisposed to illness.
Proof? Cohen believed the disease was inherited; Joslin disagreed.
Joslin studied the influx of Jews into Israel from all over the world comparing the diet of those established in the country to those entering. Israelis in the country suffer from heart disease in the same way as the rest of the world, but the new refugees coming from poorer parts of the world didn’t not. Same genetic disposition different diets and lifestyle. Joslin found an increase in sugar in your diet the increase in disease, it is not an inherited gene.
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This study was pursued by Campbell in Africa and compared rural Africans diet and the coincidence of reduced Western diseases to the those living in urban African cities. The Zulu population in rural Africa had no diabetes
What changes in urbanised areas – more processed sugars in the diet.
Don’t believe me…
Try it ….
Take ACTION: Drink Full-Fat Milk
Drink full-fat milk, not semi-skimmed. There are vitamins and minerals that only soluble in your gorgeous body in the presence of fat.
Drinking semi skimmed milk means that the lack of fat ensures that you are not able to absorb the minerals and vitamins. Full fat milk means your body can absorb the minerals and vitamins supplied in the milk.
The Gorgeous MESSAGE IS SIMPLE
- Reduce carbs until after exercise, the more you reduce your carbs like potatoes and pasta the more weight you will lose
- For energy and happiness increase fats and proteins. You will smile more.
- Vegetables are carbs so it is not a low carb diet
- Calorie counting is so last year
- Reducing Sugar is the popular way of reducing your carbs.
It isn’t complicated it is easy, step by step, module by module I help you through your journey of self-love, healthy eating and looking after yourself with your personalised Get Gorgeous plan.
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* References: Gary Taubes (the man!) from his book “The Case Against Sugar” It is a fascinating read.
** Reference: Michael Mosley www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29616418