Do you ever get really excited about something, and then someone (who is usually far less informed than you) totally kills the mood and shoots down your excitement?
Don’t you hate when this happens?
I sure do!
In my consulting business I see this far too often and it is really sad, because I am often helping people who have serious health challenges and people who really need to lose weight. I finally make a breakthrough with these people and then somebody completely crushes their momentum, shakes their confidence, and sabotages everything!
The worst part about this process for me, is that the momentum killer is often their doctor!
I am not trying to hate on doctors or medical professionals. I work closely with many fantastic medical professionals and there are certainly great ones!
However, nutrition is outside the scope of medicine and I get really irritated when a misinformed medical professional makes a quick careless comment to a patient that completely kills their momentum. Now I might be slightly jaded since I personally saw 27 medical doctors who completely disregarded nutrition as a root cause or even a variable in my lifelong health challenges.
As it turned out, diet was at the very center of all of my health issues and moving towards a Paleo Diet absolutely changed my life.
In today’s video blog post, I am going to address the top six things that I wish all of my past doctors would have known, and the things that your doctor should know before he or she advises against a Paleo Diet to help improve your health.
If you are not familiar with a Paleo Diet, here is another video that goes into great detail on the benefits of a Paleo Diet.
Here are the top six things that your doctor needs to know about a Paleo Diet:
1. Fat is good for you! The war on dietary and specifically saturated fat is the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition. Every study that claims dietary and saturated fat to be the villain has been refuted. Time Magazine did a great cover story on this in June 2014. In fact, as the FDA guidelines switched to encouraging a low fat diet, there is a direct correlation to an increase in the diseases of civilization such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disease, and autoimmunity. Additionally, a low fat diet consists of a diet full of processed grains and dairy that negatively impact blood sugar and lead to weight gain.
Here is another video on dietary fat intake.
2. All animal proteins are not created equally! Properly raised animal proteins are completely different from commercially farmed animal proteins which are improperly fed to promote weight gain. Properly raised animal proteins have the right fat profile with higher amounts of Omega 3 fats and lower amounts of Omega 6 fats.
This proper fat ratio is anti-inflammatory and these animals do not generally need antibiotics and steroids to keep them alive. Many commercially farmed animals are sick their entire life from eating the wrong foods that they have been fed for weight gain and profit. Constant sickness requires antibiotics and steroids. The drug residue and other toxins bind to the fat of these sick animals and we then eat these toxins through the consumption of meat from improperly raised animals.
Here is additional information and an article on properly raised animal proteins.
3. Paleo is not a low carb diet! Within the framework of a Paleo Diet there is nothing that states how many carbs you should eat. Therefore, Paleo is not a carb specific diet. It is what is called a carb agnostic diet. Paleo does eliminate grains, dairy, and legumes, but there are still plenty of acceptable carbohydrates that you can and should eat.
Athletes often need a lot of carbs and will eat sweet potatoes, yams, Japanese sweet potatoes, squash, beets, carrots, and other root and tuber vegetables. Here is a video with more information on the proper carbohydrates to eat.
Here is another video that discusses the need for dietary carbohydrate intake in further detail.
4. Paleo is a vegetable based diet and depending on your individual goals, you may be eating 40-70% plant derived foods. Paleo is not a diet that is solely based around meat eating and it does not prescribe raw meat eating either. Most people who are on a Paleo Diet will be consuming plant based foods in larger quantities than meats and fats. However, some people with health challenges and drastic weight loss needs will have greater success on a diet more like a Ketogenic Diet that is a lower in carbohydrates and higher in fat.
5. You do not need dairy and grains to get enough calcium! These foods are calcium fortified and they are not the best natural sources of calcium for your body. In fact, foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, and other green vegetables are going to be your best source of calcium. Further, grains and dairy are pro-inflammatory and irritating to your GI tract and eating them will actually hinder the absorption of the nutrients that are fortified into them. Green vegetables are a far better source of calcium than processed dairy and grains!
6. Paleo is not too restrictive and once you learn how to cook and learn about new vegetable options, you will understand that the Paleo Diet has literally thousands of great meal options. You just have to get creative and learn how to prepare food. Food preparation is one of the most basic primal needs of a human being.
Additionally, a Paleo Diet is full of the most nutrient dense foods that you can possibly eat. If you are eating huge amounts of vegetables, properly raised animal proteins, some fruit, nuts, and seeds then you are not going to be missing any nutrients that could have been obtained through processed dairy and grains.
Unfortunately, we have become so busy that we have completely lost sight of what is important and what must be done to live a healthy life. If you don’t have time to eat right, then I would argue that your priorities are completely out of alignment. This mentality (of “I don’t have time to eat right”) is absolutely at the root cause of disease and so many other problems of civilization. I go into further detail on this topic here.
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Terry Shanahan is a functional nutrition and performance consultant, blogger, and online diet and fitness coach. His client list includes world champions, NBA and NFL stars, and Olympic medalists. Terry also helps individuals who are suffering from chronic health issues including autoimmune, endocrine, inflammatory, and digestive disorders, as well as those who simply want to improve their quality of life, health, and physical appearance.