The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 92: Gary Collins on The Simple Life

In this week’s My Sugar Free Journey Podcast, we are talking to Gary Collins about The Simple Life!

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You can find Gary Collins website here, and his new book here.

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This Week in Low Carb News: The US Interferes with Breast Feeding Policy and Juice Isn’t Healthy

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials – I read this article several times and got sicker every time.  An absolutely unconscionable intrusion of private corporate money on public policy.

Seriously, Juice is Not Healthy – Whoa.  NY Times swinging for the fences!  WTG!

Top oncologist to study effect of diet on cancer drugs – Great!  Let’s take a look at how taking sugar out of the diet improves cancer outcomes!

Nearly 75% of people over age 65 have Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes – What?  Are you kidding me?  3/4 of the retirement age population has at least pre-diabetes?  That is nuts!

In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes. – Wow “Residents of San Cristóbal and the lush highlands that envelop the city drink on average more than two liters, or more than half a gallon, of soda a day.”

Dr Diamond, if you ever see this, I want you on my podcast!

I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas, everybody’s looking for Stilton

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Who Can Benefit From a Ketogenic Diet?

This is a question I get asked A LOT.  People want to know if they can benefit from a ketogenic diet and my answer is usually some variation of, try it for 60 days and see what happens.  I really believe that if they can get through the transitional phase of the Ketogenic diet and see some of the benefits, they will stick with it or at the very least remove all the sugar and grains from their diet.

Having said that, I thought it would be helpful to create a quick list of issues the ketogenic diet has either been proven to cure or at the very least help.  If you suffer from something on the list, try it out and see what happens.  Here is a beginner’s tutorial on the diet and if you need help getting started, please join the FaceBook support group.

Morbid Obesity

I’m going to start off listing the diseases I have personal experience with because of the amazing benefits I saw when I started eating this way.  You can read my full story here but the cliff notes version is I used to be 400 lbs and now I’m not.  A ketogenic diet lowers insulin levels by removing sugar and starches and the increased saturated fat keeps you satiated.  It’s not a cure all as after a few years of doing this, I have to actually watch my calories but it got me 90% of where I wanted to go.

Metabolic Syndrome

This was the other issue I dealt with.  The technical definition of Metabolic Syndrome is having 3 of 5 symptoms; abdominal obesityhigh blood pressurehigh blood sugarhigh serum triglycerides and low high-density lipoprotein. However the way I usually explain is it means you are so fat that your body no longer has new places to put fat.  In this study there was a measurable improvement in all factors on the ketogenic diet.

Type 2 Diabetes

Virta Health has done some incredible work on this and in my experience, if you have this issue it is the first thing the Ketogenic Diet fixes.  I have personally seen insulin dependent Type 2 Diabetics that have been on insulin for over 20 years be able to throw away their insulin after less than 6 months on the diet.  If you have T2D, you really owe it to yourself to start eating this way.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy was the first disease ever treated by the Ketogenic diet and has been shown to be powerful for the control of seizures.  Before starting the diet with this condition, I would recommend doing some research at The Charlie Foundation.

High Blood Pressure

This is another issue that I unfortunately have experience with as I have stupid crazy high BP and it runs in my family, having killed both maternal grandparents and my father.  In a study comparing multiple diet types, participants in the Adkins diet dropped their BP by about double the rate of the other diet types.  While the Adkins diet wasn’t fully keto, it at least dropped the carbs enough that we can see the effect of a low carb diet on BP.

There are a host of other diseases that the Ketogenic Diet has been shown to be effective for including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and more but the above are the “big ones” where I believe there is enough evidence in the scientific literature to at least give someone the idea that it would be helpful.  Again, from my own experience, the dramatic difference in my weight and other metabolic issues has been enough to convince me that this is the optimal diet for human beings.

Having said all that, I would like to hear from you.  Those of you who have been on the diet for a while, what issues have you seen clear up?  Those of you that are new, what are you trying to fix?  Let me know in the comments below!

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The My Sugar Free Journey Podcast – Episode 91: Dr Howard Peiper on Nitric Oxide

In this week’s My Sugar Free Journey Podcast, we are talking to Dr Howard Peiper about Nitric Oxide.

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You can find more from Dr Howard Peiper from his website here.  You can find all of his books on Amazon here and find the Fitline Munogen he mentioned in the podcast here.

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This Week in Low Carb News: Iron Deficiency on the Rise and the Difference Between Keto and Paleo

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

Bacon Causes Cancer? – I’m a fan of anyone who tries to explain the difference between absolute and relative risk and if they do it in a way that explains why eating bacon is ok?  So much the better.

Iron Deficiency Among Young Aussie Women Is On The Rise – If you tell people (especially young women) that Veganism is the healthiest way to eat, you should expect bad things to happen to their health.

How intermittent fasting helped this man with his 125-pound weight loss – I love reading other people’s weight loss stories.  This guy just intuitively stopped eating sugar and processed carbs and saw the weight come off.  You don’t have to be fully keto to do this, just cut out the processed foods!

The Difference Between Keto and Paleo – Great article and one I’ve been meaning to write for this site for a while.

Diabetes defeated by diet: How new fresh-food prescriptions are beating pricey drugs – Another great article about VirtaHealth!

Evidence that Refined Carbs with Vegetable Oils Cause Weight Gain – Would it surprise you to learn that there used to be a product that was essentially sugar sweetened transfats marketed specifically to help people GAIN weight?  It certainly surprised me.

Self magazine features plus-size model Tess Holliday on first digital cover – I’m all for plus sized models but this is a little much.  This is a woman that clearly has endangered her health with her size and needs to drop a few.  It reminds me of when the head of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance died from Pneumonia at 46.  Obesity kills!

CrossFit, Inc. Exposes Conflicts of Interest at Foundations for the NIH and CDC – These links between soda companies and the makers of our public policies really need to be shouted from the rooftops!

The Connection Between Heart Health And Brain Health: Study shows fitness protects against depression and heart disease death in later life – Wanna be healthy late in life?  Start exercising now!