Am I too fanatical about the food I eat? Not only have I been asked that many times, but I’ve been told my fanaticism is detrimental to my well-being. Is it?
In my younger years I was a typical go-go guy. I engaged in many sports and there were times I exercised like my life depended on it. My diet was as reckless as my activities: work, social, and athletic. Snow skiing, playing football, horseback riding, and acting out with gymnastic stunts were among the more physically abusive of my many sports. Numerous social events – too little sleep and too much to drink were part “of the job.” My work was intensive with long hours, high stress, and I was on deck every day of the year. Work was interspersed with attending conventions which always meant bad food, even less sleep, and more alcohol. Vacations were not a part of my life.
Yes, in my twenties I was bulletproof (I thought) and maintained that intense working lifestyle into my fifties – when I started hitting the wall. Fortunately for me, about the time I was hitting the wall I started learning about the science of human nutrition and had commenced to eat and market grass-fed beef. As my diet changed, my health pulled out of its nosedive and improved rather dramatically. I bounced off the wall!
Only Some Eggs are Fit to Eat! Big time egg producers are talking up Omega-3 Fatty Acids but let the buyer beware. The only eggs on the market with evenly balanced Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids are Christopher Eggs. Bar none, they are the finest mass-produced egg we've found and a tour of their web site is educational and informative. What we find flabbergasting is that there was a time Christopher Eggs were available in, of all places, Wal Mart. But Wal Mart wanted cheaper eggs rather than healthier eggs. So now Christopher Eggs are available in selected Kroger stores as "Kroger Private Selection Omega-3 Eggs." They cost only a bit more more than other eggs but they are worth every penny. You may eat as many as you want and as often as you want because they are zero glycemic and a perfect balance of 660 mg. of Omega-6 and 600 mg. of Omega-3 in every egg. .
Here's what Kroger's Christopher Egg carton looks like.
Grass-Fed Beef, the "fish of the land," can state, unconditionally, that it is: “A Natural Source of Omega-3.” In addition, and most importantly, grass-fed meats of all kinds are the most nutritionally perfect food for man. In other words, nutritionally speaking they are the standard by which we should measure all the foods we eat. Why, because the foundation food for all animal life is the green leaf.
Grain-fed beef cannot make that claim.
To optimize body and brain function most foods consumed must cover three critically important parameters.
● Be low glycemic. High glycemic foods are foreign to body function and cause weight gains and fungal issues that negatively impact the body. ● Eat foods that are low in Omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) and higher in Omega-3 EFAs. Seek a 1:1 ratio. A balance of 2:1 or less is critical for an effective nervous system, strong immunity, and better brain function. ● Eat nutrient dense and diverse foods. A diet heavy on nutrient lite foods can not significantly contribute to the needs of the body?
The first table below is a summary of the food groups in the analysis. In the tables below it are the particular foods in each group. The data utilizes a four-ounce (113.4g) serving size for all foods. The headings are: glycemic index, glycemic load, milligrams of Omega-6 EFA, milligrams of Omega-3 EFA, the EFA ratio, and the all-important Omega-3 deficit number. Next are fat, net carbs, protein, and sugar as a percent of the nutrients in the food. The last column is the estimated comparative nutrient diversity and density with 100% being best.
This essay not only explains why our food system is flawed, but points out which foods all humans should eat to optimize body function, lose weight, and address chronic diseases. The answers will surprise you. This essay just touches the tip of the iceberg about what is well known in scientific circles and it begins and ends by helping you understand what all the fuss is about regarding Omega-3 fatty acids. For more about what is and is not proper food for man -- and why -- please check out some of the other essays listed above.
Best and Worst Foods
I've analyzed the recommendations of many of the more popular nutritionists. By far too many of them follow the government's lead, which has already influenced the thinking of the masses. Therefore their “safe” common knowledge approach is readily accepted as practical and proper by the masses, most educators, the popular press and, of course, is supported by Big Business who serve the masses who vote with their dollars. It's also the approach most physicians use because common knowledge is backed by USDA guidelines, therefore it's the "safe" way to discuss nutrition even if it doesn't work.
The number one concern of U.S. citizens today is health and health care costs. Sixty years ago, doctors made house calls. Today, sick people by the score line up in their doctors’ offices and wait and wait and wait for their opportunity for a diagnosis and drug prescription. In all too many cases the drugs prescribed do not cure the ailments, but simply allow patients to function in spite of their ailments.
Most people believe they are what they eat. But by and large, they don't care a wit about nutrition. They believe the government protects them from “bad” food products. In addition, they're jaded. They've heard so many different variations of the right foods to eat that they've concluded that all “diets” are fads. They'll tell you that as long as they eat a variety of foods, as the USDA's food pyramid suggests, they can't go wrong.
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