Eating to Thrive

There are 2 types of people out there—those who survive on sugar, and those who thrive on fat. The simple fact is that some of us are fast oxidizers and our bodies just feel much better when we feed ourselves with stable energy sources such as fats; our bodies actually tend to get a big puffy when we try to feed ourselves the more unsuitable fuel sources, such as refined sugars and carbs. If you’re looking for a way to have stable energy with no crashes or sluggish afternoons, look no further. We’ve got you, friends!

 

"Our bodies actually tend to get a big puffy when we try to feed ourselves the more unsuitable fuel sources, such as refined sugars and carbs. If you’re looking for a way to have stable energy with no crashes or sluggish afternoons, look no further. We’ve got you, friends!"

 

Take a moment to look down at yourself, and ponder what exactly it is that makes up your glorious body. Our bodies are 80% water; you can see that by how easily we sweat or by how our veins pop out when we are hydrated enough—our bodies respond easily and readily to daily hydration, and we cannot subsist without water—we would dry out and die! If you’ve ever tried losing weight fast and fed yourself diuretics, there’s a simple reason why your body might have been able to easily shed weight—this is just water! But to make actual change elsewhere in our body in terms of our composition, it’s a slightly more involved process, which would be why you can easily gain all of that water weight back the minute you stop with the diuretics, and that’s when you realize that lasting change is all about working with body composition. What else are you made of? Bones, muscle, fat, skin, hair. Put simply, the remaining 20% of us is composed of proteins and fats. We don’t actually NEED carbs or sugars in our diet to survive, or thrive. In fact, if we look at indigenous cultures and the way our ancestors ate, we discover that for millenia, humans mainly ate protein and fats, and in some places, only fats, and our bodies thrived! It was only after the agricultural and industrial revolutions that things like grains and sugar were even cultivated. And it was after the introduction of these cultivated and refined foods that we see our nutrition and health depleting because the way our bodies thrived for centuries was by burning fat for fuel. In nature the sweetest things that we could taste were sweet potatoes and berries, which are very nutrient dense sources of carbs loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and not refined in any way.

 

"In fact, if we look at indigenous cultures and the way our ancestors ate, we discover that for millenia, humans mainly ate protein and fats, and in some places, only fats, and our bodies thrived!"

 

Put simply, our bodies are engineered to burn fat. We have an entire organ, our gallbladder, whose purpose is to help our body emulsify the fats that we eat, and it does that by creating bile for the liver to digest fats. The best way to keep these key organs healthy and thriving at what they do it to include plenty of healthy dietary fats. The healthiest fuel for our brain and our heart to run on are fats, specifically unprocessed fats found in nature and plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. The gallbladder and liver get very sluggish when we starve them of nourishment and go on a low-fat diet. When this happens, not only do we get a “fatty liver”, but the liver stop making hormones which we need for everything from stable energy to reproduction, thus really affecting the thyroid’s ability to do its job. The thyroid, which is the gland controlling our energy and hormones, among other things, will actually convince your body that you are starving and to store fat IF you are not giving the body adequate fats and cholesterol (the precursor to our hormones). The thyroid, thinking you’re undernourished since you’re not getting enough fat for it to do its job, will tell your body to turn anything you put into it—fat, protein or sugar—into stored fat thus causing weight loss to become almost impossible, no matter what size you are. Don’t starve your perfectly organs of the fuel they need to be healthy! Feed them fats!

 

"The thyroid, which is the gland controlling our energy and hormones, among other things, will actually convince your body that you are starving and to store fat if you are not giving the body adequate fats"

 

The best food to eat if you don’t want to store fat….is fat. Why? Because our bodies are made to burn on fat. When we are having a healthy regular intake of dietary fats, and relying mainly on fats for fuel, a beautiful thing happens—our body starts running on fat, and we become fat burners. The tremendous advantage to this is that imagine you get busy and skip a meal but need energy to burn to complete a given task. When you’re a fat burner, your body can easily access stored fat from the body, giving you instant and easy access to energy whenever you need it! But if you were a sugar burner in this same situation, no matter how much fat you had on your body, your system would wait until you gave it some form of dietary sugar to have energy—since sugar is the only fuel source it knows how to use! And thus, if you’re a sugar burner and you have a lot of stored weight…that fat is going nowhere. Your energy levels could be dipping but since your body doesn’t know how to utilize fat for energy, that stored fat won’t even get accessed. Thus, the healthiest way (and, I argue, the only way) to effortlessly achieve and maintain the ideal weight for your body is to convert your body into a fat-burning machine. This is not only for those trying to lose weight, but also for those who suffer from irregular energy levels, are not so active but want to effortlessly be at a balanced weight, and for those who want to have laser-sharp focus. Want to learn more? Join my 14-day Reset program where I teach you everything you need to know about sugar levels, and teach you how to live to thrive!

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