Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Who’s To Blame?
Today, Americans spend more money on health care than anyone in the world, and our results are pretty dismal.
By virtually every marker of national wellness, America ranks relatively low compared to other developed countries.
A lot of this is probably due to the epidemic increase of silent inflammation in our society.
The inevitable question is, who’s to blame for this dramatic increase in silent inflammation and its negative impact on our wellness?
Ironically, the ultimate answer may be technology.
We’ve become addicted to technology.
Technology does increase productivity, but it also compresses time for simple human things, like preparing hormonally balanced meals and having the time to eat them at a leisurely pace.
We’ve become a fast-food generation, and it’s not just about McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.
It’s the same technology that’s given us instant oatmeal cooked in 1 minute instead of 30.
Then there are breakfast cereals, premade sandwiches for lunch, and frozen dinners that can be microwaved in seconds.
Real cooking with raw ingredients has become a lost art in America, because we’ve simply run out of time.
As a result, many Americans eat out because it simply takes too long to prepare food.
Fast-food restaurants exist because they prepare food fast, but other restaurants aren’t far behind in terms of speed.
As a result, more than 50% of our meals are eaten outside the home.
All restaurants have an overwhelming urge to please you so you’ll visit them again.
The easiest way to give you lots of food is to use the most inexpensive ingredients possible.
Which means a lot of grains and starches and extra (bad) fat to make the food taste better.
We’ve become victims of our success in the technology of agribusiness.
We have the cheapest food in the world today, and as a result we eat out more often and eat more of it.
New and changing technology constantly increases our productivity.
On the other hand, our genes are constant, rooted in our evolutionary past.
We now realize how finely tuned and tightly intertwined our genes are with our hormonal systems.
They work together to not only control the flow of storage of fat in our bodies but also to keep the appropriate levels of inflammatory responses.
These systems evolved while we were eating a low glycemic-load diet with adequate protein and long-chain omega-3 fats.
But this tight linkage between hormones and diet has been sabotaged by today’s dietary changes.
Remember, our survival as a species was highly dependent on our ability to store excess calories as fat to be used for a hungry day and to mount inflammatory attacks against alien microbial invaders.
This was a great advantage during times of famine, but the same genes now work against us with our continual oversupply of calories and increasing levels of pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids in our food supply.
Together they’ve made inflammatory diets the norm in America.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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