WHAT I’VE LEARNED SINCE MY LAST POST

 

…is some pretty cool stuff about nutrition. I took some time for a family vacation in October. As soon as that was over, I enrolled in the Primal Health Coaching Certification Program with Mark Sisson – you can find his blog at [marksdailyapple.com]. The website is a wonderful resource for everyone, and the coaching program is excellent too. I will be finished in January, and then ready to work with clients in person, via email, on the phone, or with Skype or Face Time. Contact me if you’re interested.

In the meantime, though, here are the two biggest “ah-has” that I’ve had so far:

(1) As long as you have insulin in your bloodstream, your body is not able to access or process stored fat for energy. The body will use the glucose in your bloodstream first, producing insulin as needed to process the glucose and then storing any excess as glucagon.

(2) Any extra protein that you’ve eaten (like that second helping of holiday turkey!) will also be processed into glucose or glucagon before your body will look to process stored fat for energy. No wonder I can’t seem to lose any weight – I am eating too many carbohydrates (even the “good” carbs turn to glucose) and too much protein (which is also turning to glucose).

The above is the short explanation of why primal/paleo eating patterns work better than any other method. And Mark Sisson isn’t the only one saying so. I’ve also started to follow Dave Asprey and his book Head Strong, Dr. Joseph Mercola and his book Fat for Fuel, and Dr. Mark Hyman and his book Eat Fat, Get Thin. All three advocate the elimination of grains, sugar, and processed carbohydrates, along with limiting protein. The balance of your food intake should be “good” fats, including coconut, avocado, and olive based products. More about that next time.

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