I just looked again at all my test results from Langton Smith Health after reading Why We Get Fat and reviewed where they have led me and put them all in a folder (to print out and stick to fridge) as I have just finished the book that brings all the information together into one digestible meal of information.
The vitamin and mineral test led me via magnesium, wild yam (I found some in London but forgot to buy them so got supplements) via ashwanga and fish oils etc to a book, which I’ve just read that brings all the science, research, experiments and conclusions together on weight and health through nutrition.
Previously I’ve read books, such as “fat around the middle” and experienced cognitive dissonance when points contradict each other. I have always thought, whatever I have read or heard, despite all I have read and all my parents read, that: 1. excercise is not to do with weight loss 2. sugar and high GI carbs block the nutrients from leafy greens and protein. 3. fat is not about calories in or calories out but what foods are eaten. 4. that nutrients and vitamins are a last resort 5. that diseases can be avoided through diet. 5. a genetic predisposition for certain diseases means knowing about nutrition is very important to avoid developing these 6. people who are thin and active eat whatever they want whenever they are hungry (except the ones i know who are always skint) 7. we have a genetic natural weight (finding it can be done by the right, information, understanding and nutrition) and some people will be healthy but never skinny, which is fine. (some people will be skinny but not healthy due to the same Gordian Knot of info out there).
My brother shed all his youthful fat with a pasta/bread/rice/potato free diet in 1987 (maybe he got it from Atkins, I don’t remember) and it had always interested me. But he never really told me that it was forever, which again was a bit of cognitive dissonance as I would have loved to have known to stop carbs when I was a teenager but he made out like it was a temporary thing. We both have hunter-gatherer genes and today have a similarish diet.
In London, the transition to the high protein, low/almost non-existent carb diet I can do now very happily would have been some transition and with commuting to work I was scared of having periods of great tiredness and the uncertainty of what would happen, so I’ve slowly changed my diet with a few ? hanging over fruit, veg, eggs, dairy and already cutting out bread, cereal, (oats thanks to Langton Smith) potatoes, tomato, cauliflower etc as I realised if I didn’t feel good or fell asleep afterwards or lacked energy, they weren’t working for me.
It is easy to ask for a full english breakfast without the beans, toast or hash browns
For me, the ultimate feeling of having finally understood it all (and removing my uncertainties of the Atkins diet as I never read the book as eating beef – and it includes dairy, which would have given me personal cognitive dissonance) is due to Gary Taubes’ explanations of insulin, fatty acids, triglycerides, muscles, organs, LDL and HDL, hormones, enzymes etc and how our bodies work. In other words, I wanted the hard science and the whole room, not just the corners of exercise, fasting, nutritients and dietary supplements and intolerances.
So am doing a blog/trip advisor trip on items in restaurants that are free of diary, sugar and high GI carbs (including fruit and veg) without calling them on their intolerance or allergy notice or having to ask for much of an exception to what is listed or resorting to a green salad. My aim is to encourage more places to cater for a paleolithic diet or keto or Atkins, whatever it is best termed as. So many places cater for vegans, gluten free (why not just an alternative to carbs?) vegetarians etc but the idea of being able to choose items such as smoked salmon, bacon, mushrooms, green leaves and avocado could be a restaurant revolution for people eating out who don’t want to eat dairy, carbs, sugar or excess salt.
Thought it may interest you. Just started so will let you know my progress if it shifts a few more pounds as the story so far is I lost about 6lb since i started then plateaued, with a spike after a meal out (forgiving a few naughty bits to not be a trouble or embarrass my companions).