Meal Prep Sunday: Jalapeño Bites!

With the fight going on this past weekend plus tailgating season right around the corner, we got super excited and wanted to make a dish we hadn’t in a while.

Back in college, I use to stop on the way on home after a night out at Sheetz which was right beside my apartment. I would always get a chicken Cesar salad wrap + breaded jalapeño bites.

Although my health awareness continues to grow and change some of the basics can never be forgotten. So, this week we made one of my all time favorite foods on the healthier and more denser side. Enjoy!

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PREP NEEDS:

  • 8-12 medium to large peppers
  • ~ 1 cup Greek Yogurt or cream cheese
  • 5-7 pieces of Bacon
  • 3-5 Bratwurst
  • Spices/Herbs — Garlic and Sea Salt

HOW TO:

  1. Fry Bratwurst on medium high until cooked completely through. (Use cooking thermometer if needed). Place a lid on and let them cook while you move on to the next step.
  2. Rinse Peppers, cut in 1/2, and clean out
  3. Preheat oven to 400-450
  4. Once Bratwurst is done set to the side and let cool. Mix Greek yogurt with a little bit of garlic together. Pull apart or dice the Bratwurst until very small and add to mixture.
  5. Line a baking pan with a tiny bit of oil and place peppers down with insides facing up.
  6. Spoon out a “glob” at a time the mixture and start filling each pepper.
  7. 1/2 the bacon pieces and wrap each pepper 1/2 in a 1/4-1/2 of bacon.
  8. Once all peppers are filled you can place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is done.

You can also add a topper of some extra Monterey Jack cheese before you place in oven if you’re not worried about the extra calories. We chose not to this time.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Happy Prepping!

Meal Prep Sunday: Grab Yo Eggs and Start Crackin’

Eggs are a part of our everyday meals. Either fried in the a.m. or hard boiled/baked for lunch or p.m. Adding a few eggs can make any meal more complete and well rounded. eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids, good source of fats with zero carbs.

We don’t like to overwhelm you with an intro or explanation on our meals preps because you don’t have the time! So… Let’s get to it.

Needs:

  1. Eggs
  2. Oil (depending on temp)
  3. Mixed greens, peppers, mushrooms, or anything else you wanna add

How To:

This is pretty much as simple as it gets. Line a muffin pan with coconut oil, avocado oil, etc. Depending on the temperature you’re baking at, you may want to change the type of oil used.

Place one egg per muffin and add any of the mixed greens, peppers, or whatever else you you wanna add to it. Bake around 350 (F) degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until desired egg “doneness” 🤣 is reached.

Let cool and enjoy or prep in a container for later. Always let your food cool before sealing it in a container and placing in fridge so bacteria doesn’t grow on it.

Happy Prepping!

Meal Prep Sunday: Sweet Potato Nachos! 

There’s a few times when I just crave something.  This week it was impossible for me to get out of my head, the idea of nachos.  

So, I went into my think tank a.k.a. my pantry and started looking for flavors that bounce off each other and give me the satisfying taste I want.  
Probably more importantly, I want this as a meal, just just an app which will require me to make more food.  What came out… was surely a masterpiece 🔥🙌🤣.


PREP:

  1. 2 lbs 🐮
  2. 2-4 sweet potatoes sliced chip size
  3. Black beans 
  4. Fresh salsa
  5. Avocado
  6. 4 Small wild onions
  7. Walnuts (optional) 

Oils/Spices

  1. Worcestershire sauce 
  2. Garlic powder
  3. Sea salt 
  4. Cumin
  5. Turmeric
  6. *Other- if wanted


HOW TO:

  1. We placed our thawed beef in the crock pot overnight.  You don’t have to do this, you can simply bake or fry but this makes it so good 🤗 it will literally fall right off the bone 🍖. (Next steps go over crock pot so skip if not using.)
  2. Combine spices, onions and optional foods (Carrots, beets) 
  3. Place on high/low depending on how you are cooking.  We did low and let it go overnight for 8 hours. 
  4. Then it’s ready for nachos whenever you are 😋 and looks like this ​
  5. Next all that’s left is to bake your sweet taters.  It usually takes about 30 minutes on 450F to get them with the right crunch.  I also lightly coat the pan with avocado oil.
  6. After potatoes are done let cool and place on plate. 
  7. Pull meat apart and place on top. 
  8. Start adding more toppings.  Place on top of meat: black beans, salsa, 🥑avocado, and anything else you like.  We used 🥜walnuts and the cooked carrots 🥕
  9. Consume, enjoy and comment to let us know how it turned out!

Happy Eating! 🍽

Cam 🤓

Nutrition Hack: 4 Must Halves While On The Road 

On the road again!  Over the next few months this is going to be a common theme for myself. Lots of road travel which means quick workouts, on-the-go grub, and sleeping when I can 😋.

What this doesn’t mean is – an excuse to get crappy food, be lazy and say I can’t or don’t have time to workout.  Overall I know I can’t slack on all the awesome things I want to share with you during this time.  Remember, you don’t have to do anything,m… YOU GET TO! and can choose to or not to do something.  Establish your goals and then reread them at least once a week so you don’t lose site in the shuffle of your day-to-day life.

(Meal #2 at campsite!)
Here’s a small list I put together of 4 essential things I travel with or get while I’m on the road when it comes to food/nutrition.

  • 1️⃣ Nuts/Trailmix: No, I’m not talking about the ones from the gas station with M&M’s, 🙄I mean nuts and possibly some raisins or dates, if needed.  I always have a bag of walnuts, almonds, or pistachios with me. Nuts pack a great fat and protein punch with minimal carbs which means you shouldn’t “crash” after eating. Plus, nuts are pretty easy on the go and you don’t have to worry about storing them any certain place.
  • 2️⃣ Water: This may seem like a no brainer or a “duh” moment, but when you’re traveling water is essiental.  If the worst should happen and you break down or have a long time between stops, staying hydrated is very curical.  Most of us pound tons of caffeine while driving which only further dehydrates us.  So get a Yeti or similar cup that keeps water cold even in extreme temperatures.  Also, try and stay away from leaving plastic in the sun or a warm car as this can become harmful for you to consume.
  • 3️⃣ Bars: Although not the best things for you ingredient wise sometimes, these guys can come in real handy when you’re hungry and on the go or have no other source of food with you.  My favorite ones are RX Bars, Kind Bars, and Quest Bars.  RX Bars are minimal ingredients, stating no BS, Kind Bars are pretty health conscious and fat heavy, while quest bars are packed with fiber.  Depending on your diet, you may like all of them or none.

  • 4️⃣ Super Greens Powder Mix: I keep this brand around in case I haven’t been able to hit my greens for the day due to travel.  Super Greens has over 80% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 4g of fiber, and a probiotic blend.  Is it as good as the real thing? Probably not, but it’s definitely better than nothing at all… I think so anyways?!


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*Bonus: Healthy options for “fast food” if you need it.

Clean Eatz

If you have one near you, grabbing some meals and packing them on ice is a great option.  If you just need something quick then they can do that too!  With so many healthier options, 🌯🥙🍳🥕🥗 I don’t think you can really go wrong here. They provide you the macro content of each meal and are huge on portion control.  If you stick to the portion sizes you’re going to be just fine but start adding in extra sauces or sides and you can pack on calories quick.  Be smart and stick to their plan!

Full discloser, I will be doing some work with this company in the near future but I’ve been a costumer for well over a year which is why I enquirered to be more involved.

Panera

Some of their food options are fantastic while others are caked with sodium and are higher calorie options due to sauces or a sandwich concactuion.  Just check out their online menu first show you know what you’re getting yourself into.  I usually opt for a 🥗 salad with 2x meat and veggies with little else on it besides a clean dressing or just lots of 🥑 avocados instead.

Chik-fil-a

If there’s not any other option then I’ll opt for the inventors of the chicken sandwhich.  I’ll get a grilled chicken sandwhich and some nuggets with possibly a kale salad.  Is it the best? No, not really.  But it is a healthier choice then the other guys and that’s the point.  Make the best possible choice for your body, mind, and sol when you can.  They as well have an online menu so check it out so you know where the calories lie.  I love their sauces but they are definitely not a great choice because of the ingredients and extra calories.  So, use these sparingly if at all.


For any choice what you really want to accomplish is:

  • Food choices with quality protein.
    • Protein will make you feel satisfied (satiated) and keep you from binging on sweeter foods.  Have you ever tried eating a pack of beef jerky and then been like wooo, I could eat 5 of those things?  Now what about a cookie?  How many of those could you eat?  This is why protein is your friend when traveling.
  • Get in some FAT. Yes, I said FAT.
    • FAT will take longer to digest  which means, hopefully, you keep from getting a sugar crash, and plus it’s good for ya if it’s a healthy fat!  This goes back to finding things like nuts and avocados BUT, be careful.  Some package of nuts have hidden ingredients like sugar.  Always read your labels!
  • Watch eating excessive sugar or things high in sugar, especially by themselves.
    • This can cause blood sugar spikes which can make you feel tired and sleepy which is no bueno when on-the-go.

Remember to do what you can when you can.  Food shouldn’t be seen as a cheat but a personal choice.  Figure out what foods make you feel great and eat more of those.  Figure out the foods that don’t make you feel so great and eat less of those.

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LET’S RETHINK FIT, TOGETHER!

Burning Fat: Vol 4 (3min)

Let’s get into today’s topic by discussing algebra shall we?  Yes, you heard me right, ALGEBRA.  For the most part you’d think if a + b + c = d then math tells us taking things to the other side of the equation you can find other letters.  For example, a+b+c=d so d-b-c=a.  Hello?  You still here? (Haha jk)

So let’s say a represent a normal healthy you and d represents overweight you.  If b and c are junk food and sitting on the couch then yes, subtracting those two makes perfect since.  However, if your speaking of chronic inflammation, being obese, having a disease, etc. then NO! just subtracting two things doesn’t get you back to healthy you.  

Throughout this post I’m also posting 3 personal photos.  The first two were taken 30s apart with #1 being immediately after excerising off a fast and #2 seated and not flexing.  The third is from about 30 minutes later and consuming a healthy recovery meal.  The point of this to show you don’t have to be an Instagram model every second of every day because no one really is.  Also, I want to clarify I am not calling myself and Instagram model by any means 🙄😂😂.  Anywho…

LIVE LIFE

Today, I wanted to make it clear that all of the things we’ve discussed over the past few weeks isn’t just for burning fat, it’s for a healthier and happier life.  A life free of chronic pain, chronic fatigue and hopefully disease. Gaining some weight over the years happens to a good bit of people.  This doesn’t mean it’s always the “norm” or that you must but chronically gaining weight, becoming obese, which then wrecks your body isn’t good at all.  

What is good?  You can change all of this.  By eating right for your body, using moderate exercise, and becoming aware of your surroundings, things can change for you.  You can make a a conscious decision today to shift your equilibrium back to your side.  Check this out! 

Some Things to Knock-Out Today!

  • Sodas, pop, cola, whatever you want to call them 🙄, fruit juices, etc.
  • Junk food — just throw it away! 
  • Other forms of chemical sugar like syrup, corn syrup, etc.
  • Vegetable oils 
  • Crisco

I wish I could go into detail on all of these topics but each one would require its own article and there are plenty articles out on the line already.  These substances, when consumed, don’t appear to be gut or body friendly at all.  Once you can expell these awful things from your diet, you will probably notice a change.  Remember start small.  Make one simple change to form a habit which can enturn form a lifestyle. 


WHY FAT?

I want you to also consider why it is you want fat gone.  Is it to look better, feel better, other or all the above? I’m not just speaking to people trying to lose weight here, but also, anyone concerned with their actual fat percentage.  The point being, you can lose weight, gain muscle, be jacked or ripped or something in between.  Looking different may gain you some confidence in the short-term but it won’t change who you are deep down inside.  

Finding out who you are and becoming comfortable with that person should be the ultimate goal in all of this. Most people don’t want you to hear that because they’ll say becoming fit will change your life.  That’s true, it will certainly help you have a healthy body but what about your mind?  Becoming comfortable with who you are, what you want to accomplish, and confident how you’re going to do it is the key.  

Does that mean problems won’t arise?  Of course they will, that’s life.  BUT, having contingency plans put in place and being able to adapt in any situation is how you combat problems.  Most people get scared or feel overwhelmed when they don’t have an answer or know how to solve a problem.    Being scared is okay, but having a plan to help guide you through your fear(s) is how you will conquior them in business, at the gym, at home, or wherever. 

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FINAL WORD
Start today trying to focus on WHOLE FOODS like meats, veggies, and fruits.  Try to eat them as much as you can and lay off the other stuff.  I won’t touch on bread or gluten here today but I will say it’s probably best to not buy the store bought stuff if you’re going to decide to eat it.  Just because it says “whole grain”doesn’t mean it even comes close to being healthy.  

Be smart.  Just because a TV ad, article, or whatever says eat this doesn’t always mean it’s true.  Yes, I know that sounds crazy but do your homework.  When you see a commercial or study that makes a statement, look at who’s funding them and see why they might have come to that conclusion.  
I hope this series helped or at least encouraged you to ask more questions.  My hope is only that, to get you to ask more questions and want to find answers.  Best of luck to your weekend.  
Happy Training! 

Burning Fat: Vol. 3 (5 min)

I have done you a disservice.  I’m not proud of it but, this is my time to come clean.  When writing the first volume of this series, Burning Fat, we dove hard into the topics and I made the comment calories in vs. calories out as a good way of thinking how to lose weight and/or fat without really explainning what that means.

If you’ve ever gone to a fitness center or worked out with a trainer to lose weight, gain muscle, or maintain weight, one of the most popular things people say is calories in vs. calories out.  While intuitively this statement makes since, what science is now learning and sharing is there’s a lot more to the equation than just eating less and working out more.  The eat less, sweat more mantra can actually further harm the progress you are trying to make.

In this article, I want to explain to you what’s possibly going on in your body and why what you’re feeding it means so much more than just looking good, losing weight, or “bulking up” for the season.  I want to empower you to take action and know what to eat and why… and how to best protect your body if you eat junk every now and then. I’ll recommend some further readings at the bottom if you want to nerd out with us.  For now, here’s what you need to know.

 

WHY SO SERIOUS?

Whether you want to believe it or not, what you put into your body matters a whole heck of a lot.  Frustration sets in anytime we come across a social media post, article, or other about If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) program.

Eating whatever you want as long as it’s within the range your given sounds like a great plan, but carbs, proteins, and fats are not all the same unfortunately.  If they were, I’d be in a Dairy Queen line right now getting an Oreo Blizzard (should that be capitalized? not sure) and asking them to stuff as many fries in it as possible.

Sadly, all calorie quality is not the same and vegetable oils don’t do the same things to your body, as say, a healthier alternative, like coconut oil or avocado oil.  People are making some serious cash off of this too.  Selling their calculators, diet programs and recipe books to you.

Why?  Because they are telling you to eat whatever you want if it fits in the macros… Isn’t that what you wanted to hear?  Have you cake and eat it too? It’s ok to have some of that every now and then but it shouldn’t be the bulk of your diet.  To be fair, not all people say this or believe this but they will try to make it a selling point for sure.

 

ENTER  THE WOLF

An interesting amount of research is coming out from Robb Wolf.  Who is this man? Robb used to be a biochemist researcher and now is major Paleo advocate and affiliate owner for Crossfit.  As you can see, health, nutrition and wellness seem to mean a lot to him.  In his new book Wired To Eat he explores the reactions your body has to certain foods.  That is to say, how your blood glucose responds to cookies vs. a banana, for example.

What he found was pretty shocking. Apparently, everyone has different responses to different foods.  It’s not just across the board, this food makes this happen in your body.  For example, he tested consuming a coookie and then measured the blood glucose response.  While some people had higher blood glucose responses as expected to foods like cookies others ate the cookies and had a normal blood glucose response.  Could this mean cookies aren’t so bad for you after all?  Well, I wouldn’t jump the gun and go by a box of Oreos chalked full of chemicals and garbage just yet. 

What Robb suggests is doing a 7-Day Carb Test to find out which foods promote healthy responses in your body.  You can find out more about in his book Wired To Eat or FAQs here.  It’s relatively easy to read or listen to and to do the actual test all you pretty much need is a blood glucose monitor.  

Why is your glucose response to foods so important?  Without getting super nerdy and sciency this week, I want you to understand some basic concepts.

Normal Conditions:

  • Your body tells you, HELLO I’m HUNGRY!! by releasing ghrelin (hormone)
  • You eat food
  • Your body extracts this across your GI
    • Different areas for different macros (fat, protein, carbs)
  • Your blood glucose rises in repsonse because it’s from the food you just ate now in a metabolite form in your blood
  • At some point leptin (hormone) is released and says HEY UP THERE, I’m GOOD, no more food please.
  • You liver releases insulin to tell your cells to store the excess glucose now in the blood stream to bring your glucose level back to normal for you
  • Once blood glucose returns to baseline (normal) the liver will stop release insulin and all is well until you eat again.

Under normal conditions this process seems pretty straight forwarded right?  You are hungry, you eat, your body says that’s enough and the body adapts and stores the nutrients.  The problem isn’t quite so simple.

Abnomral Conditions:

To be honest, this is what many books are written about, what exactly happens when we eat bad food to our bodies.  Best answer I can give you is a whole lot.  Our bodies are made up of atoms with continuous chemical reactions making us who we are.  Every second there is an estimated 37.2 trillion chemical reactions occuring in a eukaryotic cell (us).  So, you can start to imagine when just one thing goes slightly wrong what can happen “down stream” to the rest of the reactions.

When we eat junk, or better yet, when the food we eat bothers us internally (abnormal rise in blood glucose, leaky gut, etc.) or externally (ezcema, allergies, asthma, etc.) we cause inflammation to occur.  This requires our immunes system to go into over-drive because the body thinks of the food as an invader and wants to attack it.  I can tell you from personal experience when my diet includes the things I know I shouldn’t be eating, like certain grains, my hands and knees can swell-up and be very painful.  This dramatically affects my quaility of life so I know what I have to stick away from unless I want those consequences.

OH, COME ON!

Now, let’s assume you eat at least one food item that bothers you.  Just one.  (Although, I’m very sure after reading two books recently, more foods than that do bother us.)  So what?  Well, if you are already overweight or obese you are adding several factors in that are further complicating this process.

I’m not asking you to buy into anything, adpat to a new lifestlye, but I do want you to realize your body is one giant beaker of reactions.  What you put into one side of the equation must be balanced on the other side to meet – equilibrium or homeostasis. When we eat junk or inflammatory foods we are making a conscoius decision to disrupt this formula and consequences sooner or later will result.  It could be acidreflux after a burger and fries or worse Alzheimer’s 20 years down the road from a chronic inflammatory process.

Again, I know from experience when it comes to the inflammorty process.  I sometimes will break out with eczema or have bad sinus problems due to foods I acutely eat.  Now imagine I just kept eating these foods for years instead of rarely.  What do you think will happen then?

FINAL WORD

Whether you want to beleive me or not, food can make or break you internally or externally.  You may not see all the signs and symptoms right away from inflammatory foods, but believe me, they will find you.  Everyone’s body is different and you can react to certain foods very negatively while your buddy has no real response. 

Notice how your body reacts and feels to each food item you ingest.  If it causes a “crash” or other symptom like heart burn, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from those foods.  Eat more of the ones that make you feel great and you’ll be on your way to success.

Next week we will be talking about different diets and how they effect you. 
Happy Training!
Futher readings:

Wired to Eat — this takes you to audible for a 30-Day free trial and you can download this book or any to listen to. Worth it!
It Starts With Food — Great book by the peeps who brought you Whole 30 which is a 30 day challenge to change your eating and feel better.  Very simple and easy book that expands on many of the topics here.
Further listening:

Ben Greenfield Fitness Podcast — this podcast taps about good carbs, bad carbs, high carbs, and low carbs.  Yea that’s what it says and not me being funny.  Great listen plus it will give you a head start to next week.  

Is Our Food to Blame?

Things we know: Obesity and Diabetes rates are increasing, health care is outrageous, and cancer (#2), stroke (#5) and heart disease (#1) are among the top killers in the US.  BUT, is our food to blame for this?  Today was supposed to be Vol. 3 of the Burning Fat but I felt so compelled to release this first.  We will release Vol. 3 of Burning Fat next Thursday.

In the past few weeks I’ve been watching several documentaries on Netflix like What’s With Wheat? and What The Health?.  Recently, I’ve come across several people talking about these documentaries on social media and blogs and wanted to try to give an overview.

You have to remember the documentary (movie) has a point to get across.  I’ve watched a few vegan and vegetarian documentaries before which had me ready to denounce meat.  I’ve watched a few paleo documentaries that had me ready to go hunt my own bison on the plains and live in a hut like our ancestors.  The documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead led me to a 4 day juice cleanse which was hard but doable.  So, I wanted to share my take on What The Health.

WHAT’S WITH THE MEAT?

As I’m watching this documentary one word keeps popping up and it’s processed meat.  Not organic grass-fed, grassed finished meat, but processed meat.  The stuff chalked full of chemicals, antibiotics and grains.  This makes sense to me, why when people eat this stuff they would have an inflammatory response.  Meat has become tainted with so much other junk which shouldn’t be in it, our bodies don’t know what to do with it.

Let’s think for a minute.  We spray the plants, the animals eat the plants, we eat the animals… You see where this is going?  We are ingesting chemicals whether you buy processed meats or just the “pick of the day” ground beef from a grocery store.  With loose regulations from the FDA the words, ALL NATURAL, or ANTIBIOTIC FREE mean nothing.  For that matter, even if you are buying organic, loop holes are there too.

“Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork and poultry. The animals’ organic feed cannot contain animal by-products, antibiotics or genetically engineered grains and cannot be grown using persistent pesticides or chemical fertilizers.” – Whole Foods

For an animal to be organic, they must have “access” to the outdoors but that doesn’t mean ole Betsy is out roaming the open plains.  Then we get to terms like Free Range and Pasture-Raised.  To me, Free Range should mean exactly that, room to move around and be an animal not restricted and fattened to increase profit.  Animals that remain stationary or confined can’t have healthy bodies.  Think about what happens if humans don’t get daily exercise, exposure to sunlight, etc.?

“The USDA’s (and industry standard) definition for “Free Range” is that birds must have “outdoor access” or “access to the outdoors.”  In some cases, this can mean access only through a “pop hole,” with no full-body access to the outdoors and no minimum space requirement.”

One of the most irritating things for me to learn was (not in documentary) just because a product says grass-fed doesn’t mean it’s grass finished. What’s the difference?  Grass fed means the animal grazes on grass for the majority of its life.  The problem is the animals are usually grain finished.  What does this mean?  The animal, after eating grass up to this point, is then for x amount of time (months to years) fed grains to fatten it up before it goes to market = increase $$$.

Why does this matter?  The animals ate grass most of their lives so, it’s good meat right?  The problem is what happens when you change the diet of the animal.  Switching to grain does fatten the animal up but the bigger issue is this changes the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.  Grass fed, grass finished meats have higher omega 3’s than grain fed animals which is what we, as humans, want.  In the documentary they do say even if the meat is organic, it is still subject to persistent organic pollutants (POP) which is bad news bears again.

THROW OUT THE MEAT!

WOOOAHHH! Hold your horses, or maybe cows and chicken in this instance. I’m not saying to literally throw out the meat just yet so, feel free to put the meat back in the fridge.  But the documentary makes a great point to get rid of all processed meats.  Deli meats, bacon, sausages, pepperoni, and anything else that is processed.  These are laced with sodium and fillers,  among other things and WHAT THE HEALTH gives several scientific-based facts how eating certain foods like these ones can increase your risk for disease.  They go on to show several examples of how plant-based diets can rid the body of certain diseases and decrease the risk of others.

“LOW FAT, PLANT-BASED DIET IS MORE THAN TWICE AS POWERFUL AT CONTROLLING AND/OR REVERSING DIABETES, THAN THE ADA DIET RECOMMENDING MEAT AND DAIRY.” – What The Health? 

I’m a fan of the concept, if it works for you and your body then do it.  If whatever you eat makes your body perform optimally and rids it of disease and complications, do it.  If that turns out to be meat, great!  If it’s veggies, fantastic!  Regardless of the lifestyle most of the diets all agree on eating well-rounded, whole foods to give yourself the best chance of success.

“ONE SERVING OF PROCESSED MEAT PER DAY INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES BY 51%” – What The Health? 

Dr. John Douillard promotes the 3-Season Diet in which based on the season the types of foods you eat changes.  In winter, you would eat more meat, in spring more veggies and in summer more fruit.  The exact diet has way more to it than that but you get the picture.  In the winter food would be scarce so more animal meat would be eaten.  In the summer and spring, the plants would be blooming and growing so we wouldn’t need to eat meat but instead, fruits and veggies.  This makes a lot of sense actually.

If you watch the documentary What’s With Wheat you will see all the complications we now face with wheat and our produce due to the amount of chemicals we spray on them.  What’s With Wheat eludes to more of a paleo and keto type diet.  Again, this is fine by me if it works for you.

 BEST POINTS OF THE DOCUMENTARY:

I can’t list all the amazing points this documentary make but these are a few that stick out to me.

1.) Diet can be a huge reason why health problems occur.

  • By confusing the consumer with various studies, funded by corrupt organizations themselves, their point comes across and the consumer thinks the food is healthy.  This study says don’t eat eggs but another one says to eat eggs…  By the time you’re done, you’re so confused and fed up, you keep eating what you’ve always eaten.

2.) The American Diabetes, American Heart Association, and many more are taking money (sponsored) by the same people and corporations we know to not be healthy. Government funded programs can be behind some of your favorite fast food creations.

3.) The food pyramid is a joke.

4.) Regardless of what we consume Mike Ewell makes a point that pollution and other things don’t just skip over the organic fields and go to the non-organic ones.

5.) Dairy and processed foods aren’t a great idea for numerous reason for virtually anyone.

“FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD BREAST CANCER, JUST ONE SERVING OF WHOLE DAIRY A DAY CAN INCREASE THEIR CHANCE OF DYING FROM THE DISEASE 49%, AND DYING FROM ANY DISEASE 64%.” – What The Health? 

6.) Big Pharma = big problems to say the least.

  • The US has a big business in selling drugs for animal use and human use.  There’s no money to be made if people are healthy.

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7.) Plants = Bigger

  • They make a compelling case for some of the largest animals on earth having plant-based diets.  This includes rhinos, elephants, and many more. “The largest, strongest terrestrial animals on the planet are all herbivores.”  Also, they show a handful of athletes that have benefited and gotten stronger and felt better since switching to a plant based diet.  When you hear plant based diet, you probably think, How does someone get all of their protein? In a nut shell, you can get all of he protein requirements from this type of diet plain and simple.

8.) Checkoff Programs.

  • “Animal products are promoted through federal (USDA) commodity checkoff programs.”What The Health.  I had never heard of this term before but it’s very concerning. Big companies use checkoff programs to fund certain campaigns.  In the documentary, several examples are given like the dairy industry gave Dominoes 12 million dollars to market “cheese heavy” products.  Make since when you think about how all of a sudden triple cheese with cheese stuffed crusted pizza all of a sudden became a real thing.

POINTS NOT MADE OR COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:

This wasn’t made to be an everything you need to live healthy guide.  So, these points aren’t made to ridicule the documentary but give you insight and think hard on these topics.

1.) Problems with plants that aren’t wild or organic can be complicated.  Switching to a plant-based diet is fine but if you start consuming all produce and grains that are GMOs or sprayed with tons of chemicals, are you really helping anything? I’d recommend What’s With Wheat? before moving on and seeing what’s really in the wheat and other agriculture we consume.

2.) The studies on the documentary are pretty much all one-sided for plant-based diets.  This is fine but studies can say just about anything depending on who conducted them.  On pubmed you can find tons of scientific literature backing ketogenic and paleo diets, among others, showing decreases in all-cause mortality for different factors and diseases when followed.

3.) Very little on gut microbiome.

  • I understand this documentary can only cover so much but I think if you are going to mention it in the documentary, a more in-depth and clearer picture could have been portrayed.

4.) No real calorie consumption talk or mention about gluten.

  • They just say meat is bad and some of the doctors talk about eating tons of sugar which I’m not so sure about.  Through research one thing seems to be consistent though, if you are eating high fats you should to be eating relatively low carbohydrates.  If you are eating high carbohydrates, you should be eating low fats. Either way your protein should remain moderate.  When you overeat or eat high amounts of fat, carbs, and proteins all the time, complications can occur and fat storage is encourage in the body.
  1. “THERE ARE AT LEAST 450 DRUGS THAT ARE ADMINISTERED TO ANIMALS.”
  2. “PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY SELLS 80% OF ALL ANTIBIOTICS MADE IN THE UNITED STATES TO ANIMAL AGRICULTURE.” – What The Health? 

REFLECTION

I’m not a fan of cherry picking.  Taking bits and pieces of what you like about something and then putting it with your own point to validate it.  You either have to like something or not.  I have to say, I completely love this documentary.  The main point of creating public awareness for what we are actually eating and where it’s coming from is definitely achieved.  WHAT THE HEALTH also, made fantastic points about the food industry and big pharma.  WE need to realize as a society:

1.) The choices we make everyday are constantly being influenced by big corporation and possibly, even the government.  I won’t get into any more detail but I was blown away by some of the information in this documentary.

2.) I can’t say meat is the bad guy.  What happens if humans sit on the couch all day watching Netflix and are fed constantly?  Besides weight gain, a tremendous number of health problems would ensue.  Animals kept in restricted areas or pens probably have these same factors happening to them.  So, we now are consuming these possible health factors and in turn causing harm to ourselves.  Is it possible for everyone to have their own farm?  Not really, but buying local is always an option and talking with the farmer to actually see how they manage their wildlife is an option.

3.) One of the ladies they interview had health problems and was on several medications.  She decided to go on a plant-based diet and ended up stopping all of her medication use.  She briefly mentions fasting along with her diet.  I think fasting, regardless of the particular diet, has huge potential for health benefits because it allows cellular regeneration during the fasting period.

MY ADVICE

Watch it for yourself.  If you have Netflix, it’s free.  If not go to What The Health? and you can live stream it there.  I can’t do the documentary the justice it deserves besides telling you to watch it for yourself and make your own conclusions.

If you actually read a study first, figure out who funded the actual study and if the scientist or organization(s) are sponsored in any way by people with “special interests” other than the truth.  Then take the data for what it’s worth and follow-up with other studies.  Again, I think different diets work best for different people and a one-size-fits-all may not be there.  Remember each industry has their own set of studies and plenty of professionals paid or not, backing them up.

Personally, I’ve been on a low carb lifestyle with my high amount of fats mostly coming from oils and nuts.  Fish and eggs are the main source of meat in my diet with the occasional grass-finished burger.  I haven’t had any problems but I’m willing to go for it and try a 14-Day Plant Based Challenge with myself to see if I can do it.  As I mentioned earlier, I have juiced for 4 days which isn’t really the same thing but I’m sure I can do this for 14 days.  Will it be easy?  Not at all, but by incorporating things like shakes and juices I’m sure I’ll be fine.

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Wish Me Luck and Wishing You the Best!

Cam

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