. . .and it makes me a bit sad. She worked hard all the time I knew her to reduce calories, eliminate fats and cholesterol and get enough exercise. She had quadruple bi-pass surgery before she was 55 and died of a massive heart attach 9 years later. It never occurred to her or us or her doctor that she may have been doing it wrong. We had all so completely bought into the Diet -heart hypothesis that we believed it had to be something in her genes. But as I am discovering the whole story through several books I have read and am reading this year I understand how hypothesis can become Dogma and how a whole nation can change it's way of eating based on misinformation and fail to question any of it in the face of increasing levels nation wide ill-health. But rather than get angry I feel the best response is to be be grateful and to spread the word. Here are a few facts that will change your life.
Eating Fat will NOT make us fat.
Eating cholesterol will not increase your risk of heart disease, but may well protect your brain from Alzheimer's.
The process or metabolizing Carbohydrates results in stored energy within our tissues that we experience as body fat.
We do not get bigger because we are eating more--we are eating more because we are getting bigger: Mass demands energy.
Counting calories is a nonsensical method for body weight control.
Some Doctors are starting to refer to Alzheimer's as Type 3 Diabetes.
I am not going to try and convince you to take up a new way of being. I simply want to let you know that there is some amazing information out there that some of you who may have built a frustrated way of life around misinformation ( calories in - calories burned = body mass or balanced healthy diet means including more carbohydrates than fat) will find life saving. You like me may be beyond thrilled to realize the health and body size you want while enjoying the satiation you can only experience on a diet containing adequate Fat.
Is it a guarantee that because I feel great and my body is shrinking on my new 65% of calories from fat (Saturated and monounsaturated) that I will not die of a heart attach? No absolutely not, but I am 55 and feeling 'leaps and bounds' better than I have in 15 years and I am willing to take the bet that going back to my grandmothers cook book and eating things soak in bacon fat and lard and rich cream while tossing out the bread, cereal, pasta, (which I actually ate very little of anyway in the last 5 years) corn chips, (Guacamole and salsa are great on salads too) sweet desserts more than occasionally, (which I am surprised to find I don't even miss) and a few of the many baskets of fruit I used to consume each month won't hurt a bit and it sure does taste great! OK I admit I will not give up local fresh corn on the cob during the month of September in Maine! But in a few small doses and dripping with real butter it doesn't seem to matter a whole lot. I have to say that beer is the hardest Carb to avoid--but Wine and cider are good substitutes most of the time.
So in case you are curious and what to learn SO much more here are a couple links:
Book:Why-We-Get-Fat By Gary Taubes.
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by investigative journalist Nina Teicholz.