The good, the fat, and the ugly

Since I can remember, I was told fat gets you fat or that fat is bad for you. Raised eating vegetable oils, products like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Now I’m really saying I can’t believe it’s not butter but in different context. In trying to be “healthy” we have actually provoked many of the health issues we were trying to mitigate. For decades fats have been demonized, said to raise cholesterol and raise your risk of heart related diseases.

The Good

Most recently a study done by Annals of Internal Medicine explains that there is insufficient evidence that saturated fats are linked to heart problems. Saturated fats specifically coming from grass fed meat, grass fed butter, and whole pastured eggs help reduce the smaller dense particles of of LDL cholesterol  (Type B)  which is what clogs the arteries.

Saturated Fats is one of the main molecules in brain cells. Your brain needs saturated fats to function properly. Research shows that saturated fat recedes your risk of dementia and other brain related illnesses by over 30%.  Sat fats also help with liver and immune functions and act as a regulator for hormone imbalance.

The Fat

Here is a list of good fats to get into your diet

1.Avocado

2. Salmon

3.Whole Eggs (Pastured)

4. Nuts

5.Coconut Oil (MCT*)

6.Olive Oil

The Ugly

Since the study of Seven Countries done back in the 70’s people have been replacing these essential fats with refined carbs and refined sugar. This is probably the worst thing you could do. Eating these refined sugar creates a toxic metabolite. This mineral striped sugar is devastating for your health, because it depletes the vitamins and minerals in your body during digestion. Sugar digestion puts a heavy burden on your entire body, and will affect every organ. Inflaming your liver, increase in weight that puts more stress on the heart. This creates irregular blood pressure, while your white blood cells increase dramatically so the tissues being degenerated become slower and slower to create new tissues, lowering our immune system.

Sugar is the complete opposite of fat when it comes to brain function. High intake of sugar makes essential vitamins and mineral deteriorate. Lowing our Vitamin B  will make you feel tired or sleepy giving you that brain fog. This clouds your memory and increases the difficulty in simple calculations.butter melting in the pan

Proof eating healthy works

After

After

Before

Before

I used to weigh over 200 pounds being that I was only 5’6, I knew I wasn’t healthy and that if I were to continue down this path I could be looking at some serious health issues much sooner than later. It wasn’t until I made up my mind that I’m actually going to be conscious of what I eat did things begin to change. My journey was a little tough at first I will admit but I never quit. I had a goal and I stuck to it. The idea is to make small accomplishable goals and one larger milestone. I was able to see the progress and monitor whether I was on track for my milestone. Doing this at least gave me some mental encouragement. When you are dieting you have to keep your emotions in check. Understanding how your body reacts when you take away certain foods like sugar for example was imperative for me. I knew what would happen to me before it would happen and mentally I was able to have the will power to say no. The first thing I did was educate myself by going to a nutritionist, she put me on a specific diet and I lost tons of weight. This was just the first step, from here I began doing my own research into dietetics and nutrition.

As an audio engineer I try to look at food as the input and your body as the output. When you are recording a session and you start with a bad recording you will end up with a poor final product. There is so much importance in having the right recoding technique and proper microphone. The same detail goes into nutrition. Many people say you are what you eat, I try to take it a bit further you are what you eat had eaten. Knowing where you food comes form is extremely important. The closer to home you get your food the more nutrients you are actually absorbing from them. Knowing what kind of diet the meat or eggs you buy have, as well as how they raise those animals are factors  that affect final output. This is why I love the paleo mentality, sometimes simplifying things makes it life better. If I can just inspire one person to eat healthier I will feel accomplished.

So what’s the deal with rice?

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Rice has been a big no no, for paleo dieters. Coming from a hispanic family rice was always on the table, and tons of it. When I began my research into paleo dietetics I assumed rice would not be part of the diet simply because of its high carb content. In most diet plans that your goal is to lose weight your carbohydrate intake should be monitored carefully.

Some paleo enthusiast say that rice should be avoided simply because cavemen didn’t eat it. When I got into paleo, what interested me into it was its simplicity and the fact that it takes you away from processed foods. My goal was not to recreate a historical diet, but to eat healthier. I began to dig deeper into the topic of rice and found some great information so that I can make up my own mind.

So here’s what you need to know

1. It contains Phytin which prevents minerals from being absorbed

2. Haemagglutinin-lectin which prevents nutrient absorption

3. Oryzacystatin degrades polypeptides which is necessary for biological processes

4. Trypsin Inhibitor – which disrupts the digestion of protein

5. Brown rice is worse for you than white rice

Now most of these anti-nutrients for the exception of Oryzacystatin, are removed either in the cooking process or by removing the bran which happens naturally in the milling process when turning brown rice into white rice.

If we take a second to look at rice through a purely nutritional stand point, it’s not the greatest thing you can eat nor is it the worst. If you are trying to lose weight then I would recommend avoiding rice. The reasoning is simple rice is basically empty calories, pure starch. If you need to get some carbs in, there are better more nutrient rich options. Sweet potato is a great example of a nutrient rich carb to swap for rice. Regulate the amount you have according to how active you are on a daily basis. If you are very active you can afford to  add a bit more sweet potato to your diet especially post-workout. Now if you have a more sedentary lifestyle or where not able to get your workout in try to decrease those carbs. This isn’t to say you have to avoid rice like the plague but at least now you have a better understanding and can make up your own mind whether it is worth it. It’s all about finding that balance.

Welcome to True Human Balance

True Human Balance is a complete assessment of what it means to be healthy.

Life is balance and juggling all the different areas that create a True Human Balance can be challenging. This is why here at THB we are dedicated to educating our audience by breaking down topics to their simplest form. Giving you what you need to know without all the extra fluff attached.  Our mission is simple, we educate so that you may educate others.  Feel better everyday as you become more aware of what is going on in your body. Everyday you make a choice to continue your path, or break the cycle and create an entirely new one that is in tune with your biology giving you True Human Balance. Here are just some of the topics we will be covering.

  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Fitness
  • Supplements
  • Focus
  • Mental Optimization
  • Meditation
  • Bio-hacking