#117 Low-carb is not zero carb, and it is not high protein.

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#117 Low-carb is not zero carb, and it is not high protein.
QUOTE So, what does this look like then? How does somebody eat this way? Well, first, let me tell you what it’s not. Low-carb is not zero carb, and it is not high protein. These are common criticism that are so frustrating because they are not true. Next, if we take the carbs out, what are we going to put in? Because, remember, there’s only three macronutrients:if one goes down, one has to go up. My patients eat fat, and a lot of it. “What!? ” you say. What’s going to happen when you eat fat? Well, let me tell you, you’re going to be happy, because fat tastes great, and it is incredibly satisfying.
But, remember, fat is the only macronutrient that’s going to keep our glucose – blood sugar – and insulin levels low, and that is so important. So, I want you to now hear my simple rules for eating. These rules, you have to remember, are even going to be more important if you are one of the tens of millions of Americans who have trouble with insulin levels.
Rule number one: If it says light, low fat or fat-free, stays in grocery store. because they took the fat out, they put carbs and chemicals in.
Rule number two: Eat food. The most important rule in low-carb nutrition: Real food does not come in a box, and no-one should have to tell you real food is natural. You should know that when you look at it.
[Rule number three:] Don’t eat anything you don’t like.
[Rule number four: ] And eat when you’re hungry; don’t eat when you’re not, no matter what the clock says.
And [Rule] number five is a simple way to remember what we want to avoid. No GPS: no grains, no potatoes and no sugar.
That last one is a biggie, right, no grains? Na, no grains. But we have to have them. Nope, they’re a carb. But whole grains are so good for us. Well, first of all, there are actually very few foods out there that are truly whole grain even when they say they are. Most foods that purport themselves to be wholegrain are highly processed and the fiber benefit ruined. Or they’re coming with highly refined flour, usually both of these things. So if you are one of the truly insulin-sensitive people, you can eat real, whole grain. But if you’re in the enormous slice of our population with insulin issues, it’s making things worse. So what if you are one of the real insulin-sensitive people? Can you still eat this way? Yes! I am a great example. Over a year ago I decided I would cut my carbs as low as I recommend to my diabetic patients. Now, it’s not mandatory for my health like it is for theirs; I’m not insulin resistant, so would this be a problem? No! That’s just the thing. Unless you have an exceedingly rare syndrome, then cutting carbs is going to be good for you, even if it’s not necessary. [1]
QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
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[1] from the transcript of Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines, presentation by Dr Sarah Hallberg at TEDxPurdueU,  (2,919,883 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ. (Access the transcript by clicking on “…” to the right of the title.)  Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg has a B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994, M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996 and M.D., Des Moines University, 2002. She is also the medical director of Virta Health, founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025 (https://www.virtahealth.com/about).
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