Monday, June 9, 2014

This is what I'm gonna need you all to do!

I'm gonna need you all to go and see this documentary, FED UP!

Just off the bat.......Katie Couric was involved with this production.  Girl is a gangster journalist.  Like will embarrass you on television if you don't know your stuff and not in a mean way just in a "I'm just asking an honest question way because I'm trying to get the facts" way and still look graceful while doing it all.  Remember, Sarah Palin had just a tad bit of a rough time?  Katie's face is killing me.

So back this doc.  I got a little pun going on there.  Get it?

What is it about that is so important?

One of the MOST pressing issues of our time.  The obesity epidemic that is nation-wide and now world-wide.

Why is this issue really that serious?

Well, when you really look at it, it's not just a "you need to stop eating so much and exercise more" issue.   It's a "powers to be experience zero accountability in terms of their business practices, take advantage of vulnerable groups like kiddies who just like having greasy behind chicken nuggets and fries because their friends do too and profit from the growing disease burden of a nation" type issue.

I sound mad intense though.  Maybe I should calm down?

Nope, can't do it and I'm not conspiracy theorizing either.   It is more than disheartening to know that countless individuals suffer and die every year from preventable diseases and the complications of those preventable diseases because interests groups have the monetary power to influence our society.

So what are you really taking about here?

I'm talking about junk food companies having the unrestrained ability to advertise specifically to our children.  I'm talking about the school cafeteria having consistent unhealthy food options for kids.  I'm talking about the implementation of new and progressive guidelines (McGovern Report) being denied because the Dairy council, Salt council, Meat council, Sugar council were offended by the suggestion of reduced intake decreasing the incidence of disease.  I'm talking about doctors endorsing the "positive" calorie contribution of soda or finding extremely "limited" data to suggest that drinking tons of soda can negatively impact your health.......................................even though there is a ton of research out there that strongly suggests you need to put the soda to the side.  Here are just a couple of examples: Research linking soda to diabeeetus

It's real folks.  It's real.  Just trying to keep you informed, happy and healthy.

The documentary also goes head to head with this age old concept of a "calorie is JUST a calorie".  This idea has been foundational to the nutritional paradigm since forever but it's completely incorrect, wrong, false, not the way the body actually works.   The documentary does a great job of creating really simple illustrations of what research has concluded about metabolism in regards to various sources of calories.  The truth is that a calorie is MOST definitely, ABSOLUTELY not JUST a calorie.  I've never believed this because it just never made sense.  Just on a basic level......just by looking at a piece of white bread and piece of multigrain bread that they are not the same thing.   I'm talking about real multi-grain bread.  Like the sprouted grain kind.  Not the one that is basically Wonderbread with a couple sprinkles of wheat bran and flax seeds.  They taste completely different.  One taste delicious and the other tastes like clay.  One broke down from the saliva in my mouth in a couple of seconds while the other took a noticeably increased amount of chewing.  One maintains my blood sugar levels while the other spikes it.  A calorie is not just a calorie.  Here is an excerpt from a HuffPost article by Dr.  Robert Lustig, MD, a long-time proponent of this idea:

"A calorie is a measurement of energy (a matter of physics), not a value judgment on where that energy goes (a matter of biochemistry). As my book Fat Chance explains, you get sick from inappropriate energy storage (in your liver and muscle), not defective energy balance (bigger love handles). Nonetheless, "a calorie is a calorie" continues to be promulgated by the food industry as their defense against their culpability for the current epidemic of obesity and chronic metabolic disease. But it is as dishonest as a three-dollar bill. Here are just four examples that refute this dogma:

  1. Fiber. You eat 160 calories in almonds, but you absorb only 130. The fiber in the almonds delays absorption of calories into the bloodstream, delivering those calories to the bacteria in your intestine, which chew them up. Because a calorie is not a calorie.
  2. Protein. When it comes to food, you have to put energy in to get energy out. You have to put twice as much energy in to metabolize protein as you do carbohydrate; this is called the thermic effect of food. So protein wastes more energy in its processing. Plus protein reduces hunger better than carbohydrate. Because a calorie is not a calorie.
  3. Fat. All fats release nine calories per gram when burned. But omega-3 fats are heart-healthy and will save your life, while trans fats clog your arteries, leading to a heart attack. Because a calorie is not a calorie.
  4. Sugar. This is the "big kahuna" of the "big lie." Sugar is not one chemical. It's two. Glucose is the energy of life. Every cell in every organism on the planet can burn glucose for energy. Glucose is mildly sweet, but not very interesting (think molasses). Fructose is an entirely different animal. Fructose is very sweet, the molecule we seek. Both burn at four calories per gram. If fructose were just like glucose, then sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) would be just like starch. But fructose is not glucose. Because a calorie is not a calorie."
A calorie will never be a calorie because food from a factory will never be able to do what food from nature does for your body.

So when you get some free in the the next 2 in the next 2 in the next 2 in the next 2 NOW!

Go see Fed Up!

Also if you didn't get that pun up there.  I'm gonna be a doc in like 6 - a jillion years depending on what I want to do.   So yeah, "back to this doc".  You know, this doc.  Me.  Back to me.  But also Back to Me talking about this documentary............Get it?  :)   Ahhhh man.  You gotta be quicker than that guys, you gotta be quicker, haha.

Thank you for reading! My people, I appreciate you all so much.  Be happy and healthy. Ciao!


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