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.

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Be well.

Will Alcohol Make You Fat?

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Alcohol was once used as a medicinal drug. Overtime, it became a recreational beverage that many depend on to relax and numb their daily stresses. It’s a tremendous business and yet it’s classified as the 2nd most addictive substance, between Heroin and Cocaine. How is it okay to market booze and not cocaine? Booze is worse, right?

Okay, so we have this legal toxin that sparks our dopamine and endorphins, and makes us say and do stupid things…

But, does it cause weight gain?

Yes and no.

If you’re drinking a 5-ounce glass of straight liquor, like vodka or gin, it won’t spike insulin – the most powerful fat-making hormone in our body. But, it will stress the heck out of the liver and prevent any likelihood of burning fat.

When alcohol is consumed, it becomes your body’s highest priority to get rid of it. So, it pretty much ignores everything else happening. For instance, if you’re drinking a cocktail whilst eating a mountain of nachos, your body will metabolize the booze first, not the tasty junk food.

Now, if you’re drinking beer, or sweet wine, or some other sweet cocktail, you’re making matters worse. Sugar carbohydrates will spike your insulin by 200%; therefore, you’ll be causing more damage to your body. The body is trying to flush out the toxins and your insulin is wreaking havoc on your cells. Talk about inflammation! 

Let’s not also forget the fact that alcohol messes with our blood sugar and dehydrates the brain… and, it will prevent any potential fat-burning for up to 72-hours – just as any sugar carbohydrate would.

As for the liver, well… Your blood tests won’t show a damaged liver until it’s down to 25%. But, don’t fret, the liver can regenerate! How? Well, you’d need to spend 3+ sober years eating a clean, healthy diet, free from junk food and tasty toxins.

So, no, I don’t recommend poisoning yourself on a regular basis. But, if you do drink on occasion, make sure you replenish your electrolytes, and steer clear from the junk food. Either way, alcohol will hinder your ability to lose weight – and then some.

Be well, and remember… With true health comes true weight loss.

Love and Support

When people don’t support your efforts to get healthy, lose weight, quit alcohol… they might feel guilty for their own wrong choices. They’d tell you something like, “ah, you’re gonna die anyway; go ahead, eat the cake and drink the beer.” You might try to reason with them, but they’d rather come off being “right” than successful.

In other words, if you continue to follow “the unhealthy path,” then they feel safe. If you don’t, then they might guilt-trip you, and that’s disappointing. But, you’ll be strong in mind if you want something badly enough.

It’s unfortunate that the corrupt food industry, as well as the alcohol industry, markets junk and toxins as “socially acceptable substances.” There’s a lot of manipulation in the food industry. They don’t care about your health, only their wallet.

The so-called “they” always seem to tell you what’s good or bad for you… “They” also tell you about the “everything in moderation” excuse. This is terrible, because if your goal is to get healthy and lose weight, you cannot cheat at all. You wouldn’t cheat on your significant other, so why would you cheat on yourself?

Cheating a little bit here and there will nullify your progress. So, a drastic change in lifestyle must be a serious commitment. But, I assure you, the end result is worth the effort.

Anybody that might discourage you for bettering yourself is unfair. You need encouragement and you need to stay the course. You must do what’s best for you, no matter what anybody says. Life happens once, don’t shorten it by consuming the wrong thing.

Be well, and remember… With true health comes true weight loss.

Derailed by Temptation

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You say you want a resolution. Well, you know… We all make promises to ourselves, but do we actually keep them? I’d say, 9 times out of 10, no.

So, let’s be realistic and embrace the fact that we are human. We’re not perfect. Always striving for greatness, but too often derailed by temptation. And, once you give into that temptation, what do you think happens to your “resolution?”

Sure, you might be able to go weeks, if not months, without eating a piece of cake, or sipping a sugary cocktail… But, the reality is, you’ll most likely find a reason to cheat – you know that “safety” saying we all love so much… Everything in Moderation.

By the way, those are the 3 most dangerous words in the community of aspiring weight loss achievers. Once you cheat, your flow is sabotaged, and then you go right back to your instinctive habits. That’s fine, depending on what your health goals are – if any.

The point is, we don’t like to follow rules and we’re addicted to pleasure – in this case, pleasing edibles (junk food and tasty toxins). Most people don’t seek help until it’s too late, and health has no tolerance for the stubborn. You roll the dice or take the reins.

So, what could you do to stay the course?

First and foremost, get your mind straight. Nothing is achievable until you commit to it 100%. Ask yourself, how bad do I want to get healthy?

Secondly, avoid putting yourself in environments that will tempt you. For example:

  • Avoid going to a bar, if you want to quit alcohol.
  • Avoid going to a fast food chain, if you’re trying to eliminate junk food.
  • Avoid entering those supermarket aisles that hold the products with the hidden sugars and disguised MSGs, if you want to lose weight.

Lastly, do what works for you. Just be aware of the consequences.

Be well, and remember… With true health comes true weight loss.