Today, we’re going to do a little more speaking about what is the best diet.
There are thousands and thousands and thousands of diets. There are literally tens of thousands of diet books.
Even if you take one small slice of the diet world, let’s say we’re going to talk about paleo, well, you can Google paleo videos on YouTube. And I saw one the other day where there were seven experts on a panel. They were all from the paleo community, and guess what? There were seven different opinions about various items, such as carbohydrates, safe carbs, safe starches, how much sugar, is it 25 grams a day of carbohydrates, is it a hundred grams of carbohydrates, many, many different shades, and shibboleths and ways of looking at things.
Well, let me just clarify something, all diets work. Because that’s what we do, we eat, right? We eat to maintain our life. And all diets fail. We don’t always get the results that we want from the foods that we’re eating. And there are a few ways to distinguish and to understand this, but here are some of the findings that I’ve personally implemented in my own life in the last couple of years.
I think about two years ago, I read about autophagy, autophagy, A-U-T-O-P-H-A-G-Y. This was the winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry and biology in 2016, a Japanese scientist. He discovered the processes by which the body actually does recycling proteins. There’s sort of an interesting sidebar here that vegetarians actually, generally are not protein deficient.
They are not. They may not eat meat, but they’re getting protein from plants and the body itself recycles dead or dying or misconstrued proteins, and those proteins get gobbled up and they get turned into fresh new proteins. That’s the miracle of our body. It’s the miracle of our DNA. It’s the miracle of how we regenerate ourselves. Autophagy is a really big one.
How do you promote autophagy where you’re actually cleaning up the inside of your body in a more effective and efficient way? Well, that is by stimulating autophagy, which is done through intermittent fasting. That may sound like maybe fasting is a dirty word and nobody likes fasting. It’s uncomfortable, I don’t want to starve myself, all that sort of thing.
The fact is you are intermittent faster. You’re already doing it. Congratulations, you’ve joined the ranks of intermittent fasting. Because whenever you stop eating in the evening and you decide to go to bed, well, unless you get up at two or three in the morning and raid the fridge, you’re fasting. You’re fasting generally for eight to 10 to 12 hours overnight. That’s what we do, and it’s intertwined and intermingled with our circadian rhythms.
When the sunlight starts coming up around six in the morning, when the sun starts peeping into the windows, the melatonin that you used and created in your body in order to help you go to sleep the night before, gets translated through a molecular process. The body actually creates serotonin out of the melatonin.
And then you wake up. Isn’t that interesting?
What I learned to do to stimulate autophagy and to do more recycling inside of my body, I started intermittent fasting where I seek to fast for 16 hours and limit my eating to eight hours a day. How does that work? Well, it’s actually much easier than it sounds, but it goes something like this.
When I awake in the morning between six and 7:30, I will have a cup of black coffee. Black coffee has no calories, so it’s not going to stimulate insulin to be produced. It’s only when you consume carbohydrates mainly and protein that you start stimulating insulin. If you eat fat, you’re actually not stimulating insulin, so that’s an interesting thing.
We’ll talk about the low-carb/high-fat diet in the next video.
I started eating around 11:30 or 12 noon. That’s my breakfast. That’s when I eat breakfast or I break my fast. I’ll finish eating by 7:30 or eight in the evening, most evenings. And whatever I eat in between that time, sometimes I eat a lot and sometimes I eat a little, I do pretty much follow a particular way of eating that helps me to be healthy and to have good energy and good blood chemistry and all those things.
Autophagy, intermittent fasting, if you Google it and if you look on YouTube, there are really a lot of really smart people who’ve used this to reverse diabetes, to reverse heart disease, to stave off Alzheimer’s, and to increase health and vitality overall. Something just to think about, whether you’re vegan, whether you’re paleo, whether you’re a vegetarian, whether you are on the standard American diet, which I know 90% of the are because that’s the statistics. 90% of Americans are on the standard American diet, which is high carb, generally low fat, and way, way, way too much processed food.
Just in closing, I want to say what’s the similarities between a paleo diet, where you’re eating a lot of meat, and low carbs, low vegetable, low fruits, and a vegan diet, for example, is that if done correctly, both diets seek to avoid processed foods. I want to share with you that we do have supplements in our store.