Month: December 2018

Balance Brings Peace To The Diet Wars

The Perfect Diet Is A Myth

Are you in search of the perfect diet?

Good luck.

You’re more likely to have an aneurysm before you discover the diet that you can label “perfect”.

In fact, you’ll never discover the perfect diet because it doesn’t exist.

Sorry vegans, keto’s, carnivores, vegetarians, paleo’s, Atkins, Zoners, South Beachers, and all of you in between.  The perfect diet is as tangible health goal as finding Big Foot’s senior prom pictures.  (but that hair tho!)

Dieting these days is a meme.  It’s a social media dick measuring contest.  It’s a never-ending carousel of pictures of flat bellies, food, and doing deadlifts.

Dieting is becoming as toxic of a discussion as religion and politics.

Remember when we used to have a rule that said you couldn’t discuss religion and politics around the dinner table.  Now add to that your trendy diet that holds as much scientific scrutiny as Jesus walking on water or Russia hacking our elections.  (I’m holding myself back on this one)

The problem is that there are now countless books and “experts” in each diet concentration and they all make fairly valid points.

The next time someone tells you about a new study that came out or they quote you a trial out of their Paleo book, keep in mind that most nutrition studies can be scrutinized, even when held to the highest scientific standard.  Randomized, controlled trials.

Every Nutrition Study Is Flawed

When someone says that the vegan diet has proven to reverse heart disease, this simply isn’t true.  The vegan or vegetarian diet in combination with lifestyle factors such as quitting smoking, stress, exercise, and community have shown to reverse heart disease.

No study exists that holds all of these other factors constant with a large group of people who are all of the same fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, and stress level.

There are plenty of 90+-year-olds who have never lived a day in their life without eating some sort of animal product and are doing just fine.

There are also plenty of junk-food vegans out there who will quote you word-for-word every line of Cowspiracy with a “Go Vegan” sweatshirt on barely keeping their muffin top all together.

On the other side, you’ll look all around at the keto movement and the only science that supports eating nothing but bacon, butter, and bunless cheeseburgers are rat and mouse studies.

Unless you live under a New York City subway track, there’s little scientific proof that this diet is actually a long-term diet solution.

Trust Your Gut

So when you’re trying to figure out which works best, you just have to stop, take a breath, and remember that none of these people are you.

You are an individual and you have a very different biochemistry than all of these people trying to tell you which diet is best for you.

You come with a very specific formula and the only way to figure out which diet is best for you is through your own experimentation.

While the vegans will tell you that every egg you eat is like smoking a bunch of cigarettes, most people can live a long healthy life eating multiple eggs a day and surprisingly multiple cigarettes.

Don’t be afraid of eggs.  Eat them and see what happens.

However, don’t smoke. It’s stupid and has been shown to cause disease (not in everyone though).

Eat a steak, or a cheeseburger and see what happens.

Eat a stalk of kale or some quinoa and see what happens.

Chances are you’re not going to have a heart attack, nor shorten your lifespan.

Bio-Individuality

But connect to your body and feel what happens inside.  Do these foods make you gassy or nauseous?

If you have a bad reaction to a food that means it’s no good.  Your body is actually telling you to stay away.

Plenty of people eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and have these kinds of reactions.  Plenty of people are allergic to nuts and seeds.

But also, plenty of people eat chicken and get bloated and never put it together.

Everyone is different.  This is called Bioinduviduality.

I don’t know if the word “bio-individuality” is a household word yet, but it will single-handedly cripple the crash diet market.

If people connected to their bodies more, there’d be no need to sell people on diets, because people would know what works best for them.

Unfortunately, that’s asking a lot and I know most people aren’t up for it.

Other Ingredients

Know what other ingredients are being used alongside these foods.

No matter what study you look at there is a good chance that it doesn’t take this factor into consideration.

Ingredients like canola oil can totally wreck whatever it is your eating because it rancidifies at a very low heat point and creates toxicity in your body.

Also added sugar is in almost everything now and pretty much everyone agrees that is bad. (except for the one guy in What The Health)

I, myself have been at both ends of the spectrum at one time or another.  I was a vegan who thought I couldn’t do any wrong, and I ditched it to eat bacon every day.

Neither side was necessarily bad, because I have a lot of other positive lifestyle factors that keep my health optimized.

At the same time, I believe in balance.  I can be plant-based while eating an animal. I don’t want to tell myself I can’t eat something because it’s bad.  I might as well say I can’t curse because it’s bad.  Let’s just take that whole idea of “bad” versus “good” out of our vocabulary.

The stress alone of trying to find the perfect diet will make you fat, long before a pad of butter.

Warrior 2, holistic health

Holistic A-Hole 1st Blog

Hello world!

That’s the default blog post you get with every WordPress install. However, I believe it does aptly describe my thoughts about what to write about in this first blog post. I’ve been mulling over whether to start a blog in the first place for a while. I do weekly podcasts, videos and regularly find my way into social media arguments. So do I really need another medium to tackle? The long and short answer is both YES!

The fact is this site is more than just a blog, it’s a culmination of everything Holistic A-Hole. Over the last few years I’ve fallen headfirst into this world of health and in the last year specifically, I’ve been fortunate enough to work towards becoming a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and I’ll have the official certification next month.

As I’ve learned more about health, especially in studying anatomy and physiology Im astounded at how much incorrect health information is available to people, how many charlatans are making money off of incorrect health info, and how many actual DOCTORS are pushing this wrong info.

More than anything I empathize with you, dear reader, future A-Hole, who has to try and sift through this nonsense while trying to understand multiple sides of these health debates that are all somehow backed by real science. Real science that is many times funded and manipulated by giant corporations who sell food, supplements, and pharmaceuticals.

So really, is it any surprise that Americans spend the most money in the world on healthcare (and it isn’t even close), yet we’re near the bottom in overall health?

How can we be healthy when we’ve got obesity, crash diets, a mental health crisis, pharmaceutical lobbyists, doctors who know nothing about nutrition, a health insurance cartel, industry-funded science, and a mainstream media whose job is to push it all on you with clickbait headlines?

This is not to say there aren’t people out there doing good work. In fact, nothing has motivated me more than the functional health and integrative health movements that are becoming more accepted. These fields believe that the body is capable of healing itself through diet, lifestyle, and self-care. I whole-heartedly believe this. While people are stressing about which Obamacare plan will bankrupt them first and running to the nearest pharmacy to get their flu shot, I’m sitting back using all that money I saved on things I love to do while not getting the flu in 10 years… which was, coincidentally the last time I got the flu shot.

So this is who I am and what I am about. This blog will be my life for a long time. I want to bring you the best and most accurate info I can in the most brutally honest way I can. There are a lot of health bloggers out there that believe in being kind and gentle, I don’t buy into that method at all. I believe we’re on the cusp of a major health catastrophe, and as far as I’m concerned, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. – re: Pottenger’s Cats. If the fear of you or your children, or your children’s children not being able to live a long healthy life doesn’t motivate you to part of the solution, than you will be part of the problem.

I encourage you to join my email list and stay afloat on whatever channel is most convenient for you whether it’s the blog, podcast, or videos as I will never pull a punch or not be 100% fully honest with you. This is my mission and I’m happy you’ve made all the way through this rambly first post. I look forward to serving you and growing as voice in the functional health movement. So pull yourself up by the bootstraps and stop being a little bitch. I love you.

Erik
The Holistic A-Hole