The Six Week Diet That Changed Everything
As a relatively healthy person, I had no intention of dieting. When I did, to support my wife, our lives—not just our waistbands—transformed. Here’s what we learned.
Hippocrates was human history’s first physician, establishing medicine as a profession, separate from theurgy (the supernatural) and philosophy, in Ancient Greece. 2,400 years ago, he wrote an oath that every aspiring physician today must first take, before being granted a license to treat patients. Consistent with Greek virtue ethics, it forms the moral framework to medical practice.
Hippocrates was also famous for uttering, “Let food be thy medicine.” In fact, medical practice in the Greco-Roman era focused on restoring balance to a dis-eased (physically imbalanced) body — the polar opposite of our modern focus on targeted acts of treatment. Wikipedia writes:
“In Ancient Greece and Rome… medical intervention, therefore, was purposed with goal of restoration of harmony rather than waging a war against disease. Surgery was regarded by Greek and Roman physicians as extreme and damaging while prevention was seen as the crucial first step to healing almost all ailments. In both prevention and treatment of disease in classical medicine, food and diet was central.”
The Evolution of Diet
It goes without saying that we evolved to eat that which nature provided, unmolested. The only exceptions to this were our ability to alter it with heat — which our ancestors discovered long before modern humans evolved, just 300,000 years ago — or to pulverize it with tools — an early form of pre-digestion.
So the first takeaway should be that unmolested foods, in their most natural state, are our true diet — the one that kept us in good health for hundreds of thousands of years before we could act on our foods with external tools, or coax them into growing on demand.
Second, we need to look at our ancestors, by which I am referring to evolutionary ones, not our familial lineage. Scientific American — the oldest continuously published science magazine in the United States, for 175 years — has done as good a job as any to parse ‘business interest’ advice from hard science. Most of the advice you will ever read is biased by financial interests: that is, selling you something, directly or indirectly. Often — too often — salespeople masquerade as scientists, when they are, in fact, vested by a financial incentive in predetermined outcomes.
I cannot emphasize that enough. When it comes to nutrition, just because someone has an M.D. or a Ph.D. or some accolade does not mean they are either knowledgeable or that they tell the truth. Too often, it’s the opposite. Titles are wielded so that we drop our guards, and believe them; while food interests (theirs; or the ones funding them) pay dividends.
The food industry — a behemoth worth $1.77 trillion annually in the United States; as much as its vaunted retail industry — is just too valuable not to cash in on it. Just twelve years ago, we finally tripped over a line. For the first time in human history, we collectively outsourced more of our food procurement and production to businesses than we made at home ourselves. And as should be obvious to anyone, the primary purpose of selling food is to make money; whereas the primary purpose of preparing food at home is to provide nourishment to our bodies, and those of our families.
Back to Scientific American. An eight-year old article studied the guts of our ancestors: the monkeys and apes from which we evolved. Our guts, it turns out, betray our true biology. The guts of carnivores are smooth and large, because the digestion of proteins follows a very different path from that of plant-based foods. The latter requires specialized stomachs lined with villi (hair-like structures) to break down the tough fibers of plants, and release their nutrients.
As it turns out, according to Scientific American, “The majority of the food consumed by primates today — and every indication is for the last thirty million years- — is vegetable, not animal. Plants are what our apey and even earlier ancestors ate; they were our paleo diet for most of the last thirty million years during which our bodies, and our guts in particular, were evolving. In other words, there is very little evidence that our guts are terribly special, and the job of a generalist primate gut is primarily to eat pieces of plants. We have special immune systems, special brains, even special hands, but our guts are ordinary, and for tens of millions of years those ordinary guts have tended to be filled with fruit, leaves, and the occasional delicacy of a raw hummingbird.”
I’ve not eaten hummingbird, but Puffin is delicious.
So not only were plants the majority of our diets (as most non-commercially motivated scientists will agree), we didn’t consume anything that nature didn’t provide for us, directly. We took what we found, which were mostly plants, fruits, nuts and seeds — a “veggie feast”, as Britain’s New Scientist put it in a 2016 article entitled The Real Paleo Diet, and we thrived.
Our stomachs did the rest.
Third, if the biology of our stomachs isn’t enough proof, then the burial grounds of Stone Age humans adds to the record of what we are meant to eat. The New Scientist article delved into a 780,000 year-old archeological site in Israel, to find clues. What they found was a cornucopia of plants — 55 of them, in all, including their nuts, seeds and stems.
The problem with our current narrative stems from the fact that animal bones are far more easily preserved than delicate plants, leading most archeologists to assume that we were ‘king carnivores’. This is simply not true. The Israeli site, under water, helped preserve a rare archeological record. Amanda Henry, an anthropologist currently teaching at George Washington University, is just one of countless scientists or researchers to concur that “Only a very little amount of animal protein and fat is needed to supplement a predominantly plant-based diet.”
Like the occasional hummingbird, or rodent, or insects.
A Personal Journey
Finally, there’s my own research. When my brother, Jordan died, he left many bookcases filled with tomes about health. A doctor, he was especially interested in holistic health, informed — no doubt — by the time he spent in a Nepali monastery trying to understand the mind’s role in wellbeing; and by the Ulcerative Colitis that ravaged his digestive track, which he spent 20 years trying to tame, with diet and meditation; and which ultimately killed him.
The one book that leapt out at me the day after he died — as our family stared numbly at the physical artifacts of a life left early — was called Fat Land. It chronicled the Standard American Diet and its role in the obesity epidemic in the US — the world’s leader in dietary disease.
Fact after fact, policy after policy, the compact book outlined the causes of rampant disease, all of which conspire to cost the American taxpayers $50 billion a year in cardiometabolic diseases — all of which are directly attributable to diet, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health pegs it at $190 billion — four times the NIH’s estimate.
Jordan’s book opened Pandora’s Box for me. I spent several years reading and researching dietary health: books, movies, medical websites. I briefly created and supplied content for a nutritional health website because I was so angry at the food industry for lying to us, and for the government for being utterly complicit. I wanted to help people understand what no one was telling them. But life took over, and when I felt I understood enough, personally, the urge to write about it waned.
You see, I’m not selling anything. I’ve no vested interest in any outcome, apart from knowledge, served by curiosity.
What I learned is straightforward, in two conflicting parts.
Plant-based diets are anti-inflammatory, and supply all 14 vitamins, 16 minerals, and macro-nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats, with just a few exceptions (below). Moreover, plants supply nutrients in far more bioavailable forms than do animal sources (forget supplements altogether; they’re neither food, nor in any way regulated).
To go down the rabbit hole, just once: you can drink all the calcium you want from milk; but not only will it not make it into your bloodstream, milk causes acidosis — acidification of the bloodstream and tissue — that makes your bones leech their calcium into your bloodstream in an attempt to rebalance the body’s pH level. This is why milk drinkers have far higher incidents of bone fracture and osteoporosis in old age. It gets worse. According to the National Library of Medicine:
“A hundred thousand men and women were followed for up to 20 years. Researchers found that milk-drinking women had higher rates of death, more heart disease, and significantly more cancer for each glass of milk. Three glasses a day was associated with nearly twice the risk of premature death, and they had significantly more bone and hip fractures. More milk, more fractures.”
So the source of one’s nutrients is critical.
And milk does not do the body good. That’s called salesmanship.
Animal product-heavy diets are strongly inflammatory. They lead to cellular degeneration, gut diseases, arterial plaque, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, arthritis and several types of cancer, among other joys. They are good primarily as a sparingly-used adjunct to a vegan diet, to supply things like vitamin B12, creatine, heme iron and taurine that one cannot derive from a plant foods.
To encapsulate the foregoing paragraphs into one sentence: Eat mostly anti-inflammatory, minimally altered plant foods, plus spare amounts of inflammatory animals products. Do just this, and your body will be healthy.
We Fixate on the Wrong Things, When It Comes to Diet
Most of us are fixated on one thing: calories consumed. This is asinine, because the reason we consume calories is as a vehicle to deliver the full complement of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and fiber our bodies need, to thrive. Consider a ridiculous comparison: 750 calories of soda (fast-food-sized) that provides nothing apart from inflammatory sugars — cancer’s favorite fuel; vs. 750 calories of broccoli, which not only cannot fit in your stomach (at 15 cups-worth!), but would provide our bodies with between 100% and 3,000% of the daily requirement of 11 vitamins, 12 minerals, fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats). Broccoli is one of the world’s healthiest, broadly nutritious foods. And as an organosulfur (all cruciferous vegetables are), it’s also one of the plant world’s greatest cancer fighters.
A calorie is not a calorie. The notion that they are all equal is as misinformed as it is ridiculous.
Calories are, in my strong view, the last thing we should focus on. We should focus on the nutritional profile of the roughly 35 known nutrients that keep us alive, and healthy. And if we eat accordingly, the calories take care of themselves.
Yet almost none of us do.
And yes: I have a spreadsheet that lists the nutrient density of every food I consider to be among the world’s 80 healthiest.
I geek out like that.
The 2011 film Forks Over Knives followed two highly decorated professionals: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D. and Dr. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. — a biochemist who specializes in nutritional health and co-authored the China Study, in 2005 — the most comprehensive nutritional study ever undertaken, of 6,500 people in 65 Chinese counties, over a twenty-year period. These doctors found a few simple, if elusive, things: that in plant-based dietary populations, most Western diseases — those influenced by diet — are wholly absent; and that within a generation of change, with the adoption of a Western diet, previously healthy populations became riddled with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, dental disease and general obesity.
In short, they became indistinguishable from Americans.
The movie follows a number of people whose dietary regimens (a ‘buffet’ of 20 medicines a day), or imminent demise (given mere months to live) have pushed them to seek alternative solutions to their survival from the doctors who abandoned them as hopeless cases. Needless to say, after a few months spent on a plant-based diet, under the watchful eye of Dr. Esselstyn, or those of husband-and-wife team Drs. Matthew Lederman, M.D., and Alona Pulde, M.D., the meds they were taking (and diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, aches and pains) all vanished; and 20 years later, those who were told to “settle their affairs” were not only alive, but running marathons… in their 70’s.
The movie provides powerful science, empirically visible in application, to improve lives.
Our Metabolic Reset
Genetically, I was born lucky, with a basal metabolic rate, a GI tract and a body shape that made good health relatively easy, without much effort. Moreover, I had no medical conditions to complicate things. Still, like every other human, diet significantly influences my mood, internal health and external weight. Also like every other human, as I have aged, my body has, too.
For most of the past three decades, my weight hasn’t changed by more than 1–2 lbs. (there were a few exceptions). And yet, consistently, as the youthful collagen in my face has ebbed with time, I’ve been invariably approached by concerned family and friends, every time I see them. “You’ve lost weight.” “You look too thin.” “You feel bony.” “Are you okay, health-wise?”
My answer has always been the same: “I weigh exactly the same as when you last saw me. If anything, I am healthier, and stronger.”
The next month brings a new round of comments.
The reason I share this is that our physical context — all the overweight people, thanks to our diets — has distorted our view to what’s normal. As a man in the 20th percentile of weight (80% of the population is heavier), I appear to most people to be too thin.
Our perceptions should worry us.
Health has little to do with thinness. You can be “skinny fat” to borrow a term from an old friend: visually thin, but a mess inside.
My wife suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which brings with it insulin resistance and hypoglycemia. She has an unrelated thyroid issue — Hashimoto’s thyroiditis — that compromises her metabolism. So when she recently came across a diet that promised to improve these issues with a metabolic reset, she asked what I thought.
I am not — nor have I ever been — a believer in diets. They are mostly snake oil: there to capitalize on trends that miss the central point of food, which is to provide a broad range of nutrients our bodies require to function, optimally. Diets almost invariably hyper-focus on one or two things, determining them to be the holy grail, or sworn nemeses: Protein! Sugar! Carbs! Fats! Calories! Meat! Gluten! In the process of following them, these imbalanced diets create other imbalances within our bodies. Moreover, following them requires a “battle of wills” between our minds (resist!) and our bodies (feed me!). We always lose, because the body will never give up seeking what it needs; and our minds will eventually capitulate.
I know from years listening to my brother that Western doctors are fond of saying, “The patient failed therapy,” thereby absolving themselves of any need to reconsider their actions or conclusions, instead of asking whether or not it was they, as the doctors (or nutritionists, or homeopaths, or chiropractors…) who failed the patient.
So when my wife, Deb, showed me what was being proposed, I ran it through my head, against the following tenets by which I operate, nutritionally:
1. Are the foods whole and in the form that they are found in nature (with the exception of grinding/cutting, combining, and/or cooking)?
2. Do the foods deliver the full complement of nutrients our bodies require, in order to thrive (all 35 vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and fiber)?
3. Is the diet weighted in favor of plant-based — i.e.: anti-inflammatory — foods?
4. Is the eating window limited (intermittent fasting is known to trigger the body’s internal purge of ‘free radical’ (mutated) cells that can lead to illness and cancer)?
5. Are the plant foods organic (synthetic chemical-free) and the animal foods wild or pasture-raised (mimicking natural eating and foraging behaviors)?
To this last point, the nutritional quantum between a farm-raised animal and a wild or foraged one is drastic. One example: salmon. Atlantic salmon (the most common, and exclusively farmed) is one of the most toxic foods on Earth; whereas Alaskan salmon (called Sockeye or Coho, and exclusively wild) is one of the healthiest. It matters where your food comes from.
So this diet’s administrator, a chiropractor we know, whose views on nutritional health overlap my own significantly (while varying solidly in other ways), was proposing what amounted to a combination of three things:
1. Whole, unmolested foods as found in nature (no exceptions). That meant no alcohol, no packaged foods, no grains, no oils, no man-made products, no sugars, no juices, no dairy (a processed animal byproduct), and no high-glycemic (starchy and/or high-sugar) plant foods that we’ve engineered.
2. Intermittent fasting, which limited participants to an eight-hour daily eating ‘window’ (no breakfast, really).
3. Organic and/or wild-caught/pasture-raised foods whose cultivation results in maximal nutrition density and minimal toxicity.
4. Strict limits on animal food portion size.
5. Calorie restriction, as a byproduct of eliminating foods that are high-glycemic (carbs) or high-fat (meats, oils and nuts and eggs)—not through limiting total food intake.
It was, essentially, Big Agriculture’s nightmare: all nutrition, limited consumption, and no high-margin ‘food products’.
Still: it ended up costing more. Deb went all-in with what I’d been suggesting for some time: that we buy organic, or pastured, or wild, without exception. While these things come at a premium, we are fortunate to be able to afford it. With that said, I need to note that North Americans and Europeans spend far less on food than we used to. We have traded our nutritional health for iPhones and $200 sneakers. Which is another way of saying, more of us could afford to purchase organic foods than we may think. It’s our spending priorities that have changed.
As I wrote in Food Dollars — How our Choices Are Making Us Sick:
“We have drastically reduced the amount of money we spend (or are willing to spend) on food. In a 2012 article in The Atlantic, writer Derek Thompson provides some startling graphs on the shifting nature of the American budget. In the 103 years between 1900 and 2003, family food expenditure dropped a whopping 300%, from 43% to just 13% of total income.”
Back to the diet: there are many other controls and processes related to what was being proposed, but these are part of its creator’s livelihood, so I’ll keep ‘mum’. In principle, I was on board with the idea, because it was sensible. Admittedly, it was ‘rich’ in animal protein for my tastes (the diet’s author is an avowed carnivore); but the quality and quantum were both reasonable; and it eliminated many inflammatory agents of ill health.
So in a show of marital solidarity, I told Deb I’d “shadow” her while she did it, to make life easier at home for all of us, and to give her a companion on her journey to becoming healthier.
Her goals were simple: get off her meds (that manage insulin uptake) and boost her metabolic effectiveness. In the process, if she lost some stubborn weight, she was good with that, too ;)
The six-week process concludes tomorrow. Here’s what happened to us on the way.
1. Deb stopped taking her medicine. Metformin is a first-line medication for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes that lowers blood sugar, and is also used to treat PCOS. She hasn’t taken it in nearly six weeks. What’s more, her blood sugar hasn’t spiked as a result; and her hypoglycemia — which on normal days can result in dramatic mood swings, if unfed — hasn’t surfaced, once. It’s as though the wholesale need to manage her blood sugar went away, the moment she stopped consuming foods that triggered it.
2. Our morning hunger disappeared, quickly. Human’s bodies evolved for ‘feast or famine’. We didn’t eat three square meals a day when we had to hunt and forage for our food, or even necessarily one. We are incredibly efficient — without a stitch of effort — at storing nutrients for later, and conserving their draw-down.
3. Deb stopped snoring! This was a nightly problem. Within a week of beginning the diet, it suddenly stopped, and I was able to put away the earplugs, for good. I believe this is due to a combination of weight loss, alcohol intake reduction, and better quality sleep.
4. We are getting more deep sleep. Deb wears an Oura ring. It’s a fancy sleep tracker. Her intervals of deep sleep have increased since we began the diet, which makes us feel more rested. There are exceptions: the 70-plus ounces of water the diet asks us to consume daily (not easy!) cause mid-sleep trips to the bathroom. Still, we feel much more rested than we did beforehand.
5. I’ve stopped having bad dreams. While I think there are many forces at play here to have led to this — things I wrote about, in Beyond the Human Cage — our diet must have played a contributing role in this, because of the point I make, below, about serotonin.
6. Our moods have lifted, drastically. As two A-type executives (and before we met, lone parents at home, due to a death and a divorce, respectively), we have butted heads often as a result of having been largely uncontested in both realms, nor in need of explaining or compromising very much. Well, in the past six weeks, we have argued twice. The difference at home and to our marriage is one of the biggest shockers for me, personally. It makes sense. As I wrote in Your Gut, Disease and the Immune System in 2016, our guts are the seat of “95% of our serotonin — that all-important chemical that regulates mood, social behavior, appetite, sleep, memory and sexual desire”.
7. We stopped blowing our noses. This seems ridiculous to mention, until you consider that dairy is a known inflammatory that exacerbates the production of histamines. For people who suffer allergies, one of many doctors’ first suggestions is to cut dairy from the diet for this reason. Dairy increases mucous. On a related note, during meditation, I stopped sneezing. It had become a joke between us. Within minutes of us closing our eyes, out came the (super-loud) sneeze, which interrupted our flow. No longer.
8. Our body temperatures flipped, like poles. Deb was always too hot. I was always too cold. Somehow, she is now frequently cold — colder than me — while I seem to suffer it somewhat less. I don’t know what to think about this one; but if we meet in the middle…….
9. Deb’s night sweats stopped. This may be related to her body temperature; but she used to break out regularly. No longer.
10. We are no longer bloated — ever. When you don’t overeat, or eat difficult-to-digest foods, this takes care of itself. It’s such a pleasure not to feel disgusting after a meal.
11. We are less gaseous. This tracks with not being bloated. So while we can still bust out a Blazing Saddles campfire scene at times, they’re pale shades of their former potty-humored glory.
12. Speaking of which, there was a drastic reduction in our stool frequency, and volume. This may seem obvious, because we are eating less. But this was the biggest surprise to me. To ‘go’ perhaps once just every four days — and even then, for it to be half of its former mass — raises a red flag for me: that in general, we may be consuming far more calories than our bodies need to thrive, and that these just end up in our waste stream, rather than being nutritionally absorbed; and that on a healthy diet, our bodies are making better use of what we are eating, perhaps because the nutritional density, per calorie, has ticked upward. I need to look into this more; but the idea that more of what goes in ends up staying in, and less being rejected, is a big deal.
13. Our breath is better. As a romantic couple, this isn’t a bad byproduct of a natural diet. It seems that ‘fake foods’ or diets high in fats, sugars and chemicals aren’t great for fresh breath. I’m not surprised by this.
14. Our skin is more vibrant. Also no surprise, given our water intake drastically increased (well, mine did, anyway; Deb was good at this), and the foods we are eating are good for our skin. Admittedly, with our diminishing fat stores, my micro-wrinkles have become more defined. But in all, the color and brightness of our skin are both visibly better.
15. Oh, and by the way, we lost weight. Deb got her ‘bonus’ wish. In six weeks, she lost dropped 16.4 lbs. — and now weighs 6 fewer lbs. than at our wedding; whereas I dropped from a starting weight of 168.6 lbs. (I’m 6’-0” tall) to 149.4 lbs., as of this morning’s weigh-in, for a total loss of 19.2 lbs.
I Feel Good In My Skin
There is no better description I could give than to say, “I feel good in my skin.” Everything seems to be working well, now: energy, body weight, strain, stress, mood, joints… it feels as though internally, I am at equilibrium—in balance, as Hippocrates sought, for us all. I won’t speak for Deb, but one could project a similar sentiment, given her demeanor, these days, and the relative peace in the house.
The diet — which I would rather call “good eating practices — has renewed our lease on a few things. It has brought us closer to eating in a way that supports our whole health, while drawing our heretofore deeply varied eating habits closer together. Our kids, too, are eating healthier; and they are, for the first time, eating what we do, for the most part. Another benefit is that we share the role of cooking more than we ever did, chiefly because I resisted participating in creating duplicate (and sometimes triplicate) meals, just to palliate the kids; and because the things we were preparing sometimes bothered me, from the standpoint of how strongly I feel about whole, plant-centric foods, minus the Standard American Garbage.
No longer. We are largely on the same page now; and we are all benefitting from it, as a family.
It’s hard to write a conclusion about this experience. Certainly, I’d say that the way the vast majority of what Westernized humans eat is making them sick. The cost of human life and the price of wellbeing for those who don’t die of obesity-related causes — for the first time in history, more people are malnourished due to overeating (2.1 billion obese humans) than to undereating (700 million starving humans) — is astronomical. This shouldn’t be a surprise, given what we consider a ‘good meal’. There are many culprits. Fast food. Eating out. Drastic reductions in food spend. Snacks and snacking, constantly. Packaged everything. Dessert and sweetness fixations. Non-water drinks. Dairy, in everything. Women’s lib! (Read Fat Land if you want to understand that one.) Gross overconsumption of meat. Misleading marketing. Government corruption, and their chief weapon: a toxic food pyramid, that conspire to fill our plates with the biggest cash crops. Subsidies of the most profitable foods, usually the least nutritious. Our inexplicable fixation on one nutrient (e.g.: protein) at the expense of whole health. And the idea that we should reward ourselves with food (the things we try to deny ourselves, because we know they’re unhealthy), rather than something that might make us truly happier, not sicker.
We must reduce our general lack of understanding of what the body needs to thrive, and how much. Disinformation is rampant. Everyone is selling something, from the government to the fad-peddlers. Because of this, our relation to food is broken. 100 years ago, 50% of Americans were farmers, most of whom fed themselves, or their immediate community. Now, fewer than 1% of us work in that industry, the majority of whom work for — or alongside — one of a handful of conglomerates. Thus, two things have happened: first, our understanding of food has eviscerated, because we no longer grow it, but rely on a complex supply chain that cares only about profit; and second, while we cared about what we ate, when we grew it, those from whom we now buy foods — or food ‘products’ — care only about separating you from as much of your money as is humanly possible. There are just three ways to do this. First, reduce the cost of the food, which comes invariably from its quality. Second, convince you to eat more than you need, by hijacking our brains’ reward systems to create addictions. Third, encode these things in official policy, and hide the costs.
We are mostly overfed, malnourished junkies.
Our biological needs haven’t changed since we evolved. We need 14 vitamins, 16 minerals, and a variety of other things, in balance. Humans did not evolve to drink the lactation of animals — or even humans — post-weaning. We did not evolve to eat animal proteins at every meal. We did not even evolve to eat three meals a day. We did not evolve to consume the plants we have since domesticated, and altered: wheat, corn, soy, rice and cereal grains. In fact, you’d wouldn’t recognize their ancestral forms, if you were shown them. We did not evolve to consume 1,600 calories — let alone 3,600 of them, our shocking new average — each and every day.
I just finished six weeks of eating roughly 750 calories each day — one fifth the standard American’s intake. Toward the end of this experiment, I began to feel that even this was too much, and I could use fewer, and feel utterly satiated. So over the past two days, I stopped eating my fruit allocation. I didn’t feel I needed it “for dessert”.
I’ve never felt better.
Here’s what we did evolve for: We evolved to move. We evolved to eat a diet of mostly plants. The science is in, as is the biology of our stomachs now known. We evolved to eat very little, if anything, at times, and just enough, at most others. Scarcity is our default. Our bodies adjust immediately to conserve what we need, and to package the excess. It’s called fat, and it not only haunts our midsections; too much of it clogs up our arteries, causing many of us to die needlessly, and relegating countless others to live lives of chronic ill-health. We evolved to meet our bodies’ full needs — without knowing it — with what we could forage, which was mostly plant-based foods. That included protein and calcium — from plants; and fats — from nuts, fruits and seeds.
It did not include any misleadingly packaged food. It did not include outsourcing our food growth, or production. It did not include a toxic food pyramid that moves product for our nation’s GDP, but conspires to weaken, or kill us. Those things are great for farmers; for tax collectors; for transporters; for grocers; for service-industry marketers; for food scientists; and especially for doctors; for drug companies; and for undertakers. Our diets are a giant ponzi scheme meant to keep the wheels of the economy turning. And it’s working beautifully. We now make 2,000 products out of corn, from detergent bottles to McDonald’s milkshakes (did you know they are 100% corn, when measured under a mass spectrometer?).
We are geniuses.
And we are killing one another, to make money.
You shouldn’t let yourself be used in that way.
You should be healthy.
It’s as easy as educating yourself, then eating in a way that makes you feel amazing.
Like I do.
It took me just six weeks of acting on what I have learned, to accomplish this.
And Deb’s and my lives are so much the better for it.
We are not going backward.
To this, we’ve already agreed.
It feels too good.