It’s Not the Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid that can only be absorbed on an empty stomach; therefore, the big bird isn’t the cause of our drowsiness on Thanksgiving Day. It’s everything else.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Whenever we consume something, our blood sugar rises, and then insulin swoops in to lower it. That’s its job. However, whenever we consume something high on the glycemic index, such as potatoes, bread, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, our blood sugar skyrockets; therefore, causing insulin to work harder.

What do you suppose happens when our blood sugar spikes higher than normal, and insulin works overtime?

We crash and burn!

The starch, sugar, and alcohol knocks us down for the count, because tasty toxins bang up our insides. These foods force our insulin to pump like no tomorrow. In fact, when people continue to eat this way on a regular basis, their insulin will eventually deplete, and they become diabetic.

Too much insulin is inflammatory, and inflammation is the root cause of serious illness. When we consume starch and sweets everyday, we open the door to disease and disorders. Common sense tells us to avoid the junk, but addiction is our downfall. And, again, obesity is only a symptom of this aforementioned problem.

Did you know, our body cannot tolerate more than 4-grams of sugar on a daily basis? Yet, the average American consumes over 120-grams per day. Keep in mind: when I say sugar, I mean glucose – so, that would be candy, cake, bread, pasta, cereal, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, etc.

That said, how in the world do we get through the holiday feast?

Simple.

Eat the meat and go for low glycemic vegetables, like leafy greens. 

Avoid the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and anything that is “manufactured” – like marshmallows. If you see marshmallows on the sweet potatoes, turn around!

Go for the real food, low on the glycemic index.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Trick or Treat? That is the Question.

Halloween, among other candy-jacked holidays, tends to revolve around junk food. Artificial fruit cubes and sugar-infused chocolate. Drugs, in a sense, as they light-up our brain’s pleasure sensor eight times more than cocaine. Therefore, it’s just a legal, addictive substance, like alcohol. Slow poison. Nothing more.

Nowadays, children become obese so easily. They develop diabetes; hypertension; attention deficit disorders… The list goes on and on. But, have you ever wondered, “maybe it’s what my child is eating that’s causing these issues?” These so-called disorders are actually symptoms; common responses to a variety of slow, poisonous food and drink.

Yes, poisonous!

Allow me to throw in an analogy here. There was a time when people believed the Earth was flat, until it was proven to be round. Many know that it’s truly round; yet, there are still some folks out there who believe it’s flat. It’s ridiculous. Why? Because, we’ve seen evidence that it’s round! How do these flat-Earthers not get it? Because, there’s a huge difference between knowing something vs. believing something.

Knowing is being certain something’s true with evidence. Belief is accepting something’s true without evidence. When I try to explain what I know on high-carb dangers to the sweet-toothers, they smile, nod, and bite into a bagel, because they believe “moderation” is their safe zone.

When you’re raised with the belief that dietary fat will kill you, but bread, pasta, cake, & candy are safe in moderation, you’ll find that’s 1,000% incorrect. That is, if you spent the time to get informed. Most people are content in believing what they’re told, rather than picking up some books to learn a thing or two about a thing or two. The same advice goes for politics, but we won’t go there.

Whether you want to believe it or not, processed food, breaded food, and sweet treats have ZERO nutritional value. They destroy our cells and shrink our brain. And, when I see kids eating bread, french fries, cake, ice-cream, chips, bagels, pancakes, waffles… CANDY… I cringe, because of what I know. But, yes, I was a junk food-eating kid once, too. I didn’t wise up until 2010.

What good is junk food for children, let alone grown-ups?

They taste good and it’s the only thing they will eat. That’s often the excuse I hear parents say. That, or perhaps it’s a way to keep the kid silenced, by giving them what they want. But, is that really helpful?

These junk foods, as well as fruit juices and soft drinks, are what cause 80% of our health issues. There are plenty of books and scientific evidence out there to back that up.

Sugar and starch… What are they good for? Absolutely nothing.

Just because the box of cereal has a happy cartoon character on it, shouting about how healthy it is, doesn’t mean it’s true. It’s brainwashing. Read the ingredients and look up what you don’t understand. Sure, it may contain vitamins – synthetic add-ins – but, not everyone is aware that grains, wheat, corn, and sugar deplete vitamins and minerals. Therefore, it’s nothing but a false, counteracting product. No, Tony, they’re not great!

What to eat instead?

Try real whole foods with a singular ingredient. Beef is beef; fish is fish; eggs are eggs; avocados are avocados. Foods that fuel, repair, and restore our cells, hormones, and tissue.

Make sense?

It does to me.

You are what you eat, but do you know what you’re eating?

Be well.