What Foods Should You Avoid Eating?

WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID EATING?

Take everything out of your pantry that is non edible and throw it away.

Take everything out of your pantry that is non edible and throw it away.

Anything your Caveman ancestors couldn’t get – primarily processed foods and refined carbohydrates. Many of the health problems that plague the developed world can be linked to the excessive consumption of these items. They trigger an inordinate insulin response and disrupt your body chemistry. Avoid rice, bread, potatoes, and anything based on sugar, such as candy, sweets and soda.

What about foods such as brown rice, low fat yogurt, rice cakes, and quinoa -aren’t those healthy? No, these foods are your worst enemy. The low fat/ high carb revelation was a scare tactic used by our government to sell its own agriculture to the people. American farmers have a highly profitable business of growing cheap grains that can be made into cheap tasty food. The food pyramid was developed based on no scientific research, but against all research and for the reason of promoting the agricultural industry. If you want to live and not be obese, forget everything you learned from your parents, school, and the media regarding diet and go with what the food that was available to us before civilization had other greedy interests besides your health.

When we speak about food, we must understand that our bodies are hundreds of thousands of years old. Homo Sapiens emerged from it’s predecessor homo Erectus over 200,000 years ago. We evolved to the bodies we are in now many thousand years ago. We are the end evolutionary result of many other similar species of hominids that span back millions of years. With that said our bodies that we have now evolved to intake the food of this earth and to use it to its maximum capabilities. We evolved eating animals, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fruit when it was in season. All of these foods were eaten in it’s whole form, and fresh. These foods work in harmony with all of the functions of our body and will support a fit physical and mental self.

Breads, cookies, and potato chips may have been around for as long as you have been alive, but as stated before, our bodies evolved hundreds of thousands of years ago when such items did not exist. These processed foods came from the agricultural revolution. The agricultural revolution occurred around 10,000 years ago in the middle east. They started grinding up grains into flour and cooking them into bread. This process, although it has fed and kept alive millions of people since its inception, is not at all conducive to our bodies natural responses. Grinding down wheat into flour and cooking it highly elevates the rate of absorption of sugar into the blood stream, and at the same time stripping the food of its nutrients (nutrients are what spoils in food, so take out the nutrients the longer it lasts). Our bodies have not evolved to keep up with the agricultural revolution. Grinding is a form of processing, along with bleaching, baking, and refining. We call foods that increase blood sugar quickly: high glycemic foods. Some high glycemic foods are: rice, pasta, breads, sodas, high fructose corn syrup, sweets and potatoes. Excessive consumption of high glycemic carbohydrates are responsible for many nutritionally based health problems. Nowadays processing technology has become very advanced and we are able to make food like items out of very cheap resources.

The problem with high glycemic carbohydrates is that our bodies are designed to deal with the increased sugar rush by releasing insulin to control it. Although insulin is an hormone that we cannot live without, it can do massive amounts of harm to our bodies. Our bodies are designed to use insulin with diets of the “Caveman”. Whole foods do not spike the sugar with blood and insulin is not used in such high amounts as today. Insulin as a hormone sets the stage for gaining fat, increasing inflammation, creating desease state in the body and many more hormonally wrecking influences. But lets look at one responsibility of insulin that is easy to understand. Insulin is a storage hormone. When the brain senses that there is to much sugar (usually due to eating a high glycemic food) in the blood it stimulates the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin unlocks fat cells and stuffs the sugar from the blood into the fat cells and stops the use of fat for energy. Two things happen when this occurs. Our hormones that use fat for energy, like for example: testosterone and human growth hormone -cannot get access to fat to burn for energy, so they are not present in the body. These two hormones are responsible for keeping us youthful, strong, and fertile. The other is that now that there is no sugar in the blood, our brain senses that we need energy,… and now we crave more sugar. The cycle starts over again.

This causes a very damaging repetitive cycle of sugar rushes and insulin spikes. Eventually our body needs more and more of an insulin response to have the same effect. At this point the person has developed insulin resistance. Insulin resistance causes:
1. Fatigue.
2. Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it is mental.
3. High blood sugar.
4. Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Insulin resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates sometimes suffer from gas.
5. Sleepiness. Many people with insulin resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20% or 30% carbohydrates.
6. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. For most people, too much weight is too much fat. The fat in IR is generally stored in and around abdominal organs in both males and females. It is currently suspected that hormonal effects from such fat are a precipitating cause of insulin resistance.
7. Increased blood triglyceride levels.
8. Increased blood pressure. Many people with hypertension are either diabetic or pre-diabetic and have elevated insulin levels due to insulin resistance. One of insulin’s effects is on arterial walls throughout the body.
9. Depression. Because of the deranged metabolism resulting from insulin resistance, psychological effects are not uncommon. Depression is said to be the prevalent psychological symptoms

And basically opens Pandora’s box when it comes to disease. If you google “insulin resistance” and any disease you chose, there is probably a correlating factor.

How do we fix this? We get back to the prescription of food that our bodies are used to eating. We eat a paleolithic diet composed of meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. We must get a healthy and hefty supply of fat. Fat is the optimum form of energy for our body. We are made to burn fat for energy. If one reduces his or her carbohydrate intake down to 50 grams a day, which will happen if he or she gets them all from plant sources, along with eating plenty of fat from sources like coconut, olives, olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, then their body will switch over in the way it gets energy: from sugar to burning fat. This takes about three weeks to happen. But when it does our body stops craving sugar, the fat that has accumulated around your stomach, back, and butt will be burned away, sugar levels are maintained, insulin is not spiking, and hormonal levels will be optimized for a lean strong fertile body.

The word “food” has been caste upon to many items that are in fact non edible. Grains are not edible. be very weary of the stuff that goes into you and your families’ bodies. It is a safe bet that if it wasn’t around over 10,000 years ago then we shouldn’t eat it. Many have noticed that the outside perimeter of most grocery stores stock these types of foods. Stay in the produce and meats sections. Do not go buy anything that is in a box from the middle of the store. These are the tasty cheap food like items that have an expiration date 3 years in the future from now. We all know food doesn’t last that long.

Ronnie Teasdale
CrossFit Mean Streets
Downtown Los Angeles