Mirror, mirror on the scale, how do I get back on the rail?
Yes, we have a tremendous battle on our hands. And it’s more dangerous than the war or natural disasters. It’s one of the greatest threats to the society.
I am talking about obesity.
Controlling weight and preventing obesity is one of the corner stones of good health. In recent history, obesity epidemic is skyrocketed to the point of being the leading cause of chronic diseases and death.
According to Medical Research Council, 33% of black women and 25% of coloured and white women are overweight. Over the age of 35, the figures are even more staggering; 70% of all women and 40% of all men are overweight.
The most worrying fact is the prevalence in obese children. Available reports indicate; 1 in ten children in South Africa are overweight or obese. However, statistics are very often notoriously unreliable. I believe the problem is much greater.
When it comes to statistics about death causes; they are even more untrustworthy. When someone dies from heart complications, statisticians ignore the fact, that the person also had weight problem, which was the primary cause for the heart problem.
No matter what the statistics say, it is obvious that we have a very serious situation on our hands. The question is what is the cause, and what do we do about it. This is when everything really becomes very controversial and complicated.
The age of information and scientific progress
Every day, we are bombarded with the information from all corners of conventional wisdom. There are literally thousands of nutritional experts in the print, electronic and digital media, advising how to eat and live healthy.
In the last 20 years, we have seen tremendous growth in all branches of nutritional industry. And the trend is accelerating.
Farming and food production is advancing in leaps and bounds. Our supermarkets are stocked with delicious and healthy foods up to the rafters. We don’t even understand the meaning of shortage of food.
We have experienced great advancement in nutritional and medical science, like never before. Not even one day goes by without major discovery. Truly, we have arrived.
Yet, never in history of our existence have we been so overweight, obese and sick.
So, what is the problem?
The age of misinformation and scientific fraud
If you take a very serious look, you’ll figure out that many so-called nutritional experts are not experts at all, but a product of a seriously dysfunctional educational system.
The science of the past didn’t know much about nutrition anyway, and the science of today is hijacked by large conglomerates whose only interest is to get fabulously rich.
The scientific information in the educational system is entirely controlled by them. They are the alpha and the omega of all knowledge. However, the knowledge they possess is deadly to your health.
Their marketing machinery is used to brainwash the larger part of seven billion unsuspecting consumers. To accomplish this, they have taken major control of all print and digital media.
In their employ are thousands of so-called scientists whom they created through their dysfunctional educational system. These scientists are used to shut up anyone who is trying to question their wisdom.
They also control all the channels of food production; from farming to the final product. Genetically modified seeds and thousands of chemicals are used to produce most of the food of today.
The yield is the name of the game, and your health comes distant second or even not at all.
But don’t despair, if you get sick (and it’s not if, but when) there are hordes of their medical experts waiting for you with open hands, to give you the latest state of the art medical concoction, which in some instances might kip you alive, and unfortunately sick for ever.
Friend, you are living in the age of greatest misinformation and scientific fraud.
So, what makes us overweight and obese?
1. We eat nutritionally dead food
Large segment of the food we consume is processed to the hilt, which means most or all nutritional parts are removed. This is done in order to make food palatable and increase shelf life.
Because of the farming and food distribution methods, even fresh produce is seriously deficient in nutrition. For example, fruit is harvested while still green and stored for weeks or even months. By the time it reaches the consumer, the little nutrition which was there is further compromised.
Every time we consume the food which has little or no nutrition, the body senses it, retreats into survival or famine mode, and stores everything as fat.
The lack of enzymes in the food (because we cook it) is one of the most serious conditions, which leads to malfunction of the digestive system. Now we have created perfect environment for “diseases” to proliferate.
To make the situation even worse, preservatives, additives, colourings, food enhancers, and many other chemicals are routinely used in the manufacturing process.
This has serious long term health implications. Of course, you’ll be assured by scientific fraternity that these chemicals are totally safe.
As usual, this is a blatant lie. In reality, these chemicals are accumulating in the body, and eventually they’ll cause cell damage and system malfunction. The result is weight gain, obesity and chronic diseases.
One of the deadliest ingredients extensively used is sugar, especially fructose. No food is manufactured without some type of sugar. Even salt contains sugar.
Sugar is a common denominator in weight gain, obesity and most of the chronic diseases.
2. We eat wrong type of food
The advent of modern agriculture has created and made available great amount of different foods to be consumed. On the surface, this looks like a positive development, as any nutritionist will advise you to eat a wide range of foods.
But, if we take a closer look, we’ll conclude that large segment of food produced by modern agriculture are grains. And almost any manufactured food contains grains.
This is a very bad news.
And there are two main reasons:
1. Grains are not made to be eaten, and we are not made to eat them
The primary purpose of grains is for procreation of plants. They contain enzyme blockers, and when eaten most of nutrition will remain unabsorbed. Also presence of phytates and other anti-nutrients inhibits asimilation of minerals and vitamins.
Consuming grains whole or processed is a recipe for damaged digestive system, weight gain, obesity and ultimately disease. Just ask yourself, why are farmers feeding livestock with grains. The answer is, to make them fat.
Grains whole or processed play a single most important role in weight gain and obesity.
2. Most manufactured foods contain highly processed grains
Our food manufacturing process requires that the grains have to be processed as much as possible. Which means most of the nutrition will be removed. Shelf life and palatability are the main concerns of the manufacturers. Let me rephrase it; making money is their only concern.
As I indicated before, nutritionless food will be stored as fat by the body. And this is not the only problem.
As you know, most carbohydrate parts of the grains will be transformed into sugar before they are stored as fat. And as most of the manufactured foods contain significant amounts of refined grains, we are going to create a tremendous amount of sugar spikes in the blood.
The constant sugar spikes require constant production of insulin. This is how diabetes type 2, and many other diseases start.
Elevated insulin is the major player in obesity and weight control.
3. We combine food incorrectly
Our social and cultural habits in food consumption are integral part of obesity epidemic. Most of us cannot imagine having a steak without French fries (chips as we South Africans call it), or having a roast chicken without baked or roast potatoes.
Unfortunately, this is a deadly combination.
Eating predominantly carbohydrate and predominantly protein foods in one meal creates serious digestive disruption.
Proteins and carbohydrates are digested by different enzyme groups, in different pH environment and in a different time span. This combination of foods will result in poor digestion, poor absorption and creation of toxins.
In other words, weight gain, obesity and diseases.
The same is valid for combination of carbohydrates and fats.
In this instance when we talk about carbohydrates, we are talking about grains, starches and other non-fibrous carbohydrates.
All vegetables are carbohydrates, but most of the vegetables are non-digestible carbohydrates. So, they can be combined with proteins and fats. In fact, it is highly desirable for vegetables to be predominant part of any protein or carbohydrate meal.
It is very important to mention fruits should never be combined with any other food.
Food combining is a taboo to most of the dietitians, doctors, scientists and other “esteemed experts.”
I see you are wondering where do I get my information from. Directly, from nature.
Observe an apple; all carbohydrates, zero protein, minutest amounts of fats. Or how about meat; proteins, fats, zero carbohydrates. This is not accidental.
By observing nature you’ll notice that protein/carbohydrate and fat/carbohydrate combination of edible food is rare. And when you find it, it’s an indication not to eat it.
Grains and seeds are an exception. They can contain fats, protein and carbohydrates in order to ensure survival and proliferation of the plants, and to pass the nutritional matrix to the new plant.
Observe grazing animals, they will never eat seeds from the grass. They know what to eat and what not to eat. Only man doesn’t. He requires a “genius” to tell him what to eat.
And these geniuses will spend billions of dollars to find out what is good and not so good for you to eat. At the end, they still have no clue. The biggest problem is, they have compelled everyone else to have no clue.
Hence, the catastrophic epidemic of obesity and diseases.
But, the simple answer is staring them in the face. And it’s absolutely free.
4. Lack of physical activity
Man is designed to move often. That’s one thing very few of us do. Modern way of living and insatiable desire for comfort, has created a society of couch potatoes.
Physical inactivity is detrimental to weight gain, obesity and health in general.
On the other hand, excessive physical activity can be counterproductive, even dangerous. Running a 42 kilometres marathon borders on suicide. Running an 80 kilometres marathon is suicide.
Unfortunately, humans are creatures of extremes. We either do too little or too much. Somehow we cannot grasp that everything in the universe requires balance.
We are all different and at the different stage of physical condition. So, we all require individually tailored exercise.
But, generally speaking everybody would benefit by:
- Not siting long periods of time
- Walking half an hour a day
- Lifting appropriate weights three times a week for 20 -30 minutes
- Doing the same amounts of cardio exercises
The most important thing is to move, move and move. Everything which doesn’t move is dead.
If you want to control weight and be healthy, you have to:
- Eat food created by nature (as much as possible uncooked)
- Eat food designed by nature to be eaten
- Combine food as nature intended
- Drink enough pure water
- Breathe clean air
- Exercise appropriately
- Sleep eight hours a day
- Be spiritually aware
Don’t worry too much
It sounds simple and obvious. Yes, it does.
Most men and women fail by not doing simple and obvious things. So, why don’t we do simple and obvious things?