Clearly, I am fascinated by how often our most widely accepted beliefs lay at the foundation of the behaviors that serve us least. So why “Against the Grain?”
Because what’s a good blog title without a clichéd double entendre?
The foolishness of official doctrine can be seen with devastating clarity in the effects of United States nutritional guidelines and food policy over the last 40 years. Indeed, there may be no realm in which supposedly well-intentioned, state-promulgated wisdom has proven more disastrous to human health.
History of Obesity Rates, by State (1990-2010), click to enlarge:
Nevermind the corporate-sponsored, convenience-centric mentality that now informs most Americans’ moment-to-moment decisions about what to put in their mouths. Even folks who go out of their way to “eat healthy” are often doing themselves more harm than good.
Because the infamous 1992 USDA “food pyramid” might as well have been written upside down (recommending 6-11 daily servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta), and the modern-era “My Plate” recommendations (for mostly sedentary adults, 6-8 daily ounces of grains, at least half as “whole grains”) offer little, if any, improvement. Because when “whole grain” is defined to include such staples as whole wheat bagels and microwave popcorn, “government credibility” becomes even more oxymoronic.
Because as harmful as a diet high in refined and processed grains may be for people, one heavy in whole grains (no matter how they are defined) may be as bad or worse.
Because, when it came to identifying the nutritional causes of obesity and chronic disease, it’s looking more and more like John Yudkin was right and Ancel Keys was wrong.
Because dietary fat does not make you fat. Quite the contrary.
Because sugar is a toxin.
Don’t take my word for it. I have no academic credentials or professional experience that ought to lend credence to my views on nutrition. I have done a fair amount of research (the links above are the tip of the iceberg) and six months of experimenting with how I eat. My results speak for themselves. I have lost 28 pounds (including approximately 23 pounds of body fat) while exercising no more then 30-40 minutes per week, and I improved a variety of biomarkers for disease risk, as indicated by a series of blood tests.
That said, every person is different. Do your own research. Experiment with different ways of eating. Track your results. Refine and repeat. Let me know how you’re doing and how I can help or support you.
There is a lot of information out there, but one thing should be clear. Nutrition and wellness need not be complicated, as long we are willing to eat, think and live “Against the Grain.”