Everything in moderation – really?

Yesterday I nearly threw the radio out of the window!

I can get angry, and I think that that is a good thing. It is a righteous anger based on what I hear and see around me from so-called experts speaking on mainstream platforms.

People are suffering and it’s not their fault:

We are living through a metabolic disorder epidemic –

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have never been so prevalent, in fact 70 years ago these ‘diseases’ were hardly even an issue. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and type 2 diabetes is on the rise, hitting the top 10 for all cause mortality in the U.S (CDC report 2016).  In the 1970’s it wasn’t even on the chart. Experts are still trotting out the 1970’s/80’s advice , based on flawed research like the Ancel Keys seven countries study (see Dr Cate Shanahan) , calories in v calories out, not to mention high carb low fat.

The ‘radio moment’ was a wake up call and learning curve for me. This is often the case. 

I spend so much time learning from experts in my health and nutrition world about the science behind eating, hacking, supplementing and health it  enables me to enter into esoteric discussions with my colleagues around whether fasting and the eating of organ meats, alongside muscle meat, is good enough to suppress mTor and induce autogaphy (I know right!), so I’m then taken aback at where mainstream advice on eating actually is!

Look around you. The world has never been fatter, had more autoimmune disorders or seen more metabolic disorders, and still the same old advice it trotted out.

Two phrases I have heard this week are: 

Everything in moderation’ 

and even more alarmingly, 

‘No food is bad for us’ 


It seems unbelievable to me that this can carry on, and yet it does. Did you know that for the first time in modern history children in America have a lower life expectancy than their parents?

With all this mounting data, no one seems to be asking whether the ‘traditional’ advice is fit for purpose, or indeed thinking about what they are saying, as they hand out advice that is clearly making the situation worse not better.

Let’s take a quick  look at glucose and insulin within the body:

Your circulating blood can only cope with 5gm of glucose at a time, so when someone says to you, oh well it’s only a slice of cake and ‘everything in moderation’; ’it’s a treat and after all’; ‘no food is bad for you’ – ask yourself, is that moderation? What is moderation? A slice of cake a day? A week? Is that breakfast bar containing 50gm of sugar per 100 gm moderation? Or are you setting your system the onerous task of finding somewhere for all that excess sugar to be stored?

How will your already metabolically damaged system cope with all that extra glucose? What will happen to an already insulin resistant system?

What if you just ate enough carbohydrate, that wasn’t already processed, say in the form of a bit of sweet potato, that your body could break down, use where needed, not excessively spike insulin with no need for you to store any excess.

Instead, those that are supposed to be experts are telling us that as long as it’s low GI it’s fine, have that bowl of porridge, or piece of wholemeal bread, that’s great, long lasting energy!

Really? No, actually, it might take a bit longer and the insulin load might be ‘spread out’ but the bottom line is it’s still the same, you’re eating excess carbohydrates that your body can only store  as fat.

This anger comes from a place of deep concern. That is why I do what I do. I want to help people understand how they can dig themselves out of the metabolic crisis that they find themselves in. 

I teach people how to see food as life giving, healing, energising. Food will always have a reaction in your body, that’s biology in action, by telling people that what they eat is of no consequence as long as it’s not too much or that it isn’t bad for them is perpetuating a system that is costing lives for some, and costing quality of life for many more.

Rant over!

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