|Problems with handling carbohydrate are common these days. Whether low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), obesity, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, restricting carbohydrates, including quality carbs, along with adequate protein and plenty of good quality fats, can be very helpful.|
We Need Carbs by Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Big Fat Lies with Gary Taubes - Lecture at Steven's Institute of
Technology - very valuable info on why carb restriction is important for
dealing with obesity and Syndrome X
* The Success of Low Carb Diets - Mercola.com
What's behind the carb problem?
Doctors Cause Diabetics to
D.I.E. by Ron
Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living,
* Low Carbohydrate Diets by Joseph Brascoe, M.D.
Low Grain and Carbohydrate Diets Treat Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Nearly ALL Chronic Illness
* CHEWING THE FAT: THE LOW-CARB DIET PHENOMENON by Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP
A Summary of much of this info on low carb diets
* The World's Biggest Fad Diet (and why you should probably avoid it), 1997 By Dean Esmay, a journalist type
Modern Nutritional Diseases
* Life without Bread - How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life, 2000, by Christian B. Allan, Ph.D. and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D.
* The Schwartzbein Principle, The Truth about Weight Loss, Health and Aging By Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., Nancy Deville
This is an overview of her program and provides good basic info.
Be aware that her first book endorsed the use of soy foods and canola oil, both of which you are better off avoiding, while panning beneficial coconut oil - examples of the pervasive influence of the commercial food industry. Her newer book may have corrected these problems. Check the links for further information.
* The Saccharine Disease - Conditions Caused by the Taking of Refined Carbohydrates such as Sugar and White Flour by T. L. Cleave
The "Paleo" Diet is a restricted diet which assumes that you have a health issues that needs healing. The original Paleo Diet (below) included assumptions about an ancient diet that didn't have much basis in science, and were not particularly WAPF-friendly. After all, who really knows what humans were eating 100,000 years ago. Some of the recent variations on the diet make more sense and are very WAPF-friendly. They often have been developed by folks who have dealt with serious health issues that have been overcome with diet and lifestyle changes. "Paleo Diet" is a catchy phrase, so it has been picked up by many bloggers. I've listed many of them below.
* Paleo Diet http://www.paleodiet.com/ - lots of links - but ignore the advice to use canola oil and avoid butter. He doesn't understand the value of natural grass-fed sources of fat in providing and protecting delicate omega-3 fats. A 'Thumbs down' review at WAPF
* Neanderthin - Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body by Ray Audette
WAPF-friendly Paleo books & websites - more or less WAPF-friendly, but can be helpful, remembering how many folks must avoid a variety of foods these days because of digestive and other chronic health issues:
* Beyond Paleo#
- updated series: Nine
Steps to Perfect Health Chris Kresser, L.Ac, "Medicine for the 21st Century" chriskresser.com -
free registration needed to access full site
Aglaée recommends The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, by Mickey Trescott.
* Sara Ballantyne, ThePaleoMom.com www.thepaleomom.com - scientist turned stay-at-home mom, who blogs about raising a paleo family. Sara's new book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, 2013, is a beautiful book, very user-friendly, and highly recommended if you are dealing with health or digestive issues. Her book, The Paleo Approach Cookbook, is also helpful.
Perfect Health Diet, by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet -
- A different take on the Paleo Diet - excellent book to start your path to better health.
WAPF-friendly, though they don't acknowledge the value of proper
soaking/preparation of nuts & grains, which may be tolerated once the
gut is healed.
* Modern Paleo Principles www.modernpaleo.com/principles.html
* Mark's Daily
Apple - Primal Living in the Modern World
* Grass Fed Girl www.grassfedgirl.com
* Balanced Bites http://balancedbites.com/ - Real Food for Real People
* Pure and Simple Nourishment to blog by a young physician who found healing through nutrition http://pureandsimplenourishment.blogspot.ca
* nom nom paleo My daughter-in-law recommends the recipes at this site
* PaleoLeap - paleoleap.com includes a wealth of recipes
* The Domestic Man - thedomesticman.com - elegant gluten-free and Paleo-friendly recipes.
Other Carb-controlled diets:
Eating Academy - Customized eating solution based on real science
* The Warrior Diet http://www.warriordiet.com/ (click on 'Warrior Diet' at top for more info) - a review at WAPF - 'Thumbs down' but much more WAPF friendly. Based more on intermittent fasting and whole foods rather than carb restriction.
the Vicious Cycle - Intestinal Health Through Diet
by Elaine Gottschall, a practical book that addresses the problems of intestinal
conditions, including indigestion, a "nervous stomach", chronic
diarrhea or spastic colon, to the more serious and debilitating problems such as
Celiac and Cystic Fibrosis. The book provides an alternative way to help combat
digestive disorders using dietary changes - with a diet called the "Specific
Carbohydrate Diet," explained at www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info.
* Low Grain Guide To Health by Dr. Joseph Mercola
* Dr. Mercola on Nutritional Typing (you do have to register and sign in) http://products.mercola.com/nutritional-typing/?source=nl
* What's With Wheat? - a movie
* The No-Grain Diet
by Dr. Joseph Mercola & Alison Rose Levy
And my comments on this book.
* Dr. Mercola's Total Health & Cookbook Program 150 Delicious Grain-Free Recipes & Proven Metabolic Type Plan to Prevent Disease, Optimize Weight and Live Longer”
* DANGEROUS GRAINS - Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous to Your Health, 2002, by James Braly, M.D. and Ron Hoggan, M.A.
Dangerous Grains turns the U.S. Food Guide Pyramid upside down by exposing the myriad health risks posed by gluten grains (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and triticale). The authors, leading experts in the field of food allergies and celiac disease, present compelling evidence that our grain-centered diet is to blame for a host of chronic illnesses. Largely misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed, these disorders can be prevented and reversed by the useful program outlined in this important new book.
Bernstein's Diabetes Solution
Interestingly, you can read excerpts of the book on-line at http://www.diabetes-book.com/readit.shtml so he really is trying to educate, and not just make money off his book. At almost 500 pages, I'd much rather study the hard copy which includes recipes, and which I bought after I read the library copy.
* Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combating a Modern Epidemic, by Tom Cowen, M.D. - Also here at Dr. Cowen's website - his Ask the Doctor Columns.
A fascinating website documenting the battle between conventional RD's and someone who overcame his diabetes on a low carb high fat diet, such as that recommended by the above health professionals. His meal plan.
Focus Called Counterproductive
Stone advocated the HED
Everything Diet for 30 days to restore low body temp to normal and promote healing
and weight loss - involves eating lots of high quality whole foods, including
starches, natural fats, and adequate, not excessive protein, plenty of rest, and
limited exercise, no refined carbs, sugar or fructose (except for limited whole
fruit) and very limited omega-6 oils.
Books - Some good weight control books that explain the value of good fats in controlling weight:
*Eat Fat, Lose Fat, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
*The Liberation Diet by Kevin Brown & Annette Presley, RD http://www.liberationdiet.com/ Click on "About the authors" for links to their individual websites. See also http://www.liberationwellness.com/
* Primal Body-Primal Mind - Empower your total health the way nature intended (...and didn't), by Nora Gedgaudas www.primalbody-primalmind.com
A very comprehensive WAPF-friendly look at a healthy way of eating that is low in carbs.
Other considerations in obesity:
Healing by Bee - low carb helps on the Web
Intermittent Fasting to promote fat burning - grazing throughout the day is counterproductive
*Mastering Leptin - Your Guide to Permanent Weight Loss, by Byron Richards, CCN - www.wellnessresources.com/leptin
Low carb from the point of view of this important hormone and related hormones.
*The 6-Week Cure for Middle-Aged Middle by Mary Dan Eades, MD, and Michael Eades, MD - http://tinyurl.com/6weeekdiet
which presents a different tack on obesity in middle-aged, and may be a way to overcome the leptin resistance discussed in Mastering Leptin.
They are aiming at getting rid of the visceral fat and fat that has infiltrated the liver
They emphasize the importance of getting adequate protein, esp. the branched chain amino acids, and most particularly leucine, along with quality saturated fat. There are some fabulous sounding low carb recipes, though I'm not keen on the Splenda they utilize (or the microwave) - but at least they say avoid aspartame and they don't really recommend soy, but mention it for the sake of vegans who are trying to follow the diet - which a pretty difficult as they say!
* Protein Power - The High-Protein/Low Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health-in Just Weeks! by Michael Eades, MD
* Arguments In Favor Of Ketogenic Diets - please ignore the all too conventional misinformation about saturated fat and cholesterol in this otherwise insightful analysis.
* mariamindbodyhealth.com - Website of Maria Emmerich, author of Ketogenic Cooking and other keto-related books. She does like grass-fed meat and bone broth, but uses some strange ingredients that are not WAPF friendly. Be aware that such a very low carb diet does not suit everyone. See Why We Need Carbs
* The HCG Protocol - In an age when some people are so desperate to lose weight, they resort to gastric bypass and related surgeries, which have become a profitable business with less than satisfying results, I need to mention a possible, far healthier alternative - the HCG Protocol, based on Pounds and Inches, a New Approach to Obesity, by A.T.W. Simeons, MD. (Another copy of the book) This lecture by our local cardiologist, Dr. James Roberts, explains the Protocol in detail, and why he came to embrace this technique. The HCG Protocol mimics pregnancy, when the body burns fats to provide energy to the fetus even if the woman doesn't eat, overcoming the typical starvation response to the calorie restriction recommended for weight loss. Here's Dr. Mayer Eisenstein's enthusiastic video on the HCG Protocol - his website
*Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes, has very helpful info on successful weight loss, and why the typical recommendation to eat less and exercise more doesn't work very well.
*A Yahoo discussion group discussing Good Calories, Bad Calories
Also Weight Loss on a Traditional Diet: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/NTWL/
*The Biggest Gainer - interesting
story from Kat James of gaining health while losing weight.
*What to do When the Atkins Diet Fails
You ... and Why it Usually Does
*See General Info above on carb restriction
*Exercise is a consideration in weight control. Too much can be a problem. See Dr. Al Sear's PACE program, for a better approach:
* Fat Quality - Essential fatty acids are important for weight control, but they must be in proper balance. The typical American diet is too high in omega-6 essential fats, so this merits attention in choosing you food. More on essential fats
*Supplements that could be helpful for weight control, when combined with a healthy diet:
* TonaLean http://tinyurl.com/tonaleannn - incorporating conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), green tea extract, and chromium to boost fat burning.
*FucoThin http://www.fucothin.com/ - with fucoxanthin, a unique seaweed product that boosts fat burning.
*Primal Lean http://alsearsmd.com/wp/primal-lean-irvingia/
with fucoxanthin and an West African herb, called irvingia gabonensis,
that restores your body's appetite signal network
* Some doctors are beginning to use HCG hormone combined with a very low calorie diet to treat stubborn obesity. See Dr. James Robert's position on this. Leptin resistance can explain why drastic measures may be needed. And here is the book that started it all Pounds and Inches by A.T.W. Simeons, M.D. - interesting reading!
Keeping track of your carb/fat intake, if you'd like to
Protein is often emphasized on a many diets, but be aware that too much protein can also be a problem. That's why including good fats in the diet is so important - They make up the balance of calories on a low carb, moderate protein diet, calories that keep you happy and satisfied without overeating. Protein quality is also an issue.
requirements - Restricting carbohydrates does not mean high
* Protein powders are often recommended, but can create problems:
More on protein powders here: