Starch Wars

Not too long ago, at a party not too far away….

“We have sweet potatoes,” the host told me, knowing that I was a health nut.

“I don’t do potatoes,” I told her.

Without hesitation, she enunciated, ” Sweet potatoes!”

“I don’t do potatoes. No starches.”

Some folks tend to take things too literally. When I say “potatoes,” I’m also referring to sweet potatoes; tater-tots; french fries; sweet potato fries; truffle fries; potato chips…

When I say “starch” I mean all of those potatoes, plus bread products; corn and corn products; pastries; all grains, including rice, wheat, and so on…

When I say “sugar,” I mean all of the above. Starch converts into sugar.

So, Mike, if I can’t eat all of that, what’s left?

Plenty!

Wild caught seafood; grass-fed animal protein; organic leafy greens; organic cruciferous vegetables; avocados; lemons & limes; macadamia nuts; coconut oil… Basically, anything that won’t spike your insulin off the charts.

To stick with the theme of this essay, let’s say Insulin (the hormone that regulates blood sugar) is like Darth Vader; Insulin Resistance (when your cells reject insulin) is The Emperor; and the Food Industry, also known as “they,” are the evil galactic Empire (I guess that makes me a rebel).

Sugar is the path to the dark side.

Sugar leads to high insulin.

High insulin leads to insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance leads to suffering.

Seriously, Insulin Resistance is the primary reason many get sick.

How do you know if you’re insulin resistant?

Here are some of the symptoms and eventual long-term consequences:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Belly Fat
  • Brain Fog
  • Cancer (it lives on sugar)
  • Chronic Fatigue/Low Energy
  • Craving Sugar/Carbs After Meals
  • Decreased Testosterone
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Fatty Liver
  • Fibroids/Tumors
  • Fluid Retention
  • Gout
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hungry After Meals
  • Hypoglycemia/Blood Sugar Issues
  • Inability to Focus
  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Insomnia
  • Memory Issues
  • PCOS (androgens in women)
  • Skin Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke
  • Tired After Meals
  • Urination Problems at Night
  • Vision Problems

“Control, control. You must learn control.”

– Yoda

Food, by definition, is nourishment; not entertainment. Don’t turn to the dark side.

May the fork be with you.