A lifetime of lies

Monday, June 20, 2011

When I was born, the general wisdom of the day by the 'experts' was that formula was superior to breast milk. My caring parents wanted to do what was best for little BearClaw and so they fed me formula. Who wouldn't want the best for their child?

As I grew, the wisdom of the day by the 'experts' became perfectly clear that all that cholesterol in butter and eggs was bad. It was killing America! So, my caring parents banished butter from the house in exchange for trans-fat filled margarine. They also turned eggs into an occasional thing rather than a regular food. Eggs actually would sometimes go bad in or fridge because they weren't used fast enough.

And low-fat was obvious. "It isn't the carbs in that boy's diet that is making your son fat," said the doctor (or something to that effect) is the fat. Duh! So flavorless low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. Low-fat milk. Frozen milk instead of ice cream. Pizza was a good food if you topped it with low-fat mozzarella.

As I grew, the wisdom of the day by the 'experts' made it clear that table salt was killing us! So, I basically grew up without a salt shaker in the house. Really. The rare guest would have to take a pinch from the bottle in the baking cabinet.

All the while, there would be a Hostess treat in my lunch every day and dinner was always a meat, a vegetable and a big pile of either potatoes, noodles or rice. Deserts were every day and certainly not high in fat (but sugar bombs the likes of which would make you cringe).

Lean cuts of meat and vegetables served with a pile of starch was good for you, right?

Could it be....just possibly true....that maybe....just maybe....the experts who set up the food pyramid and the new 'food plate' and who also seem to work for a government that subsidizes grains for billions of dollars per year....just wrong......again?

I have found a way to eat that let over 100 pounds melt away almost effortlessly. I have found a way to live that allows me to exercise but my general health isn't dependent on exercising obsessively. I have learned a way to live that is sustainable for the rest of my healthy life. does include butter, fatty meats, vegetables, eggs, salt and sour cream while it does not include grains, potatoes, Hostess treats or trans-fats.

I am still fat, but give me some time to undo a lifetime of damage. It has only been eight months after all. And, I am not going to listen to what the 'experts' say when they tell me how to do it. They have been wrong too many times in the past.
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  • --KREN
    A beautiful exposition of "how we got this way". Thank you.
    2051 days ago
    I lost a pile of weight with the calories in and Calories out phylosophy, so the idea that Carb are bad does not hold true for me. But than, Gramie and I were looking over my portion managementing and my diet. When I cut back a little I cut almost all processed Carb, funny it was not a deliverate plan, just my clever unconscious. I always found that there was no great effort. I am not making some deliberate changes in incorperate some of these things that health experts have been saying are so bad, but that science seems to be saying are good.

    Good blog
    2079 days ago
    Great blog! As far as the whole milk, I think I found the cure. Get heavy cream (from raw milk if you can) and make ice cream from that. It requires almost no sugar if you add some nuts and is delicious. Also use heavy cream in coffee and whip it to put on top. After that the transition to whole milk is much easier because you are used to the taste of milkfat. emoticon
    2144 days ago
    I love sugar,but it hates me and make be feel worse. Love low carb but i can't lose on it either...AAAHHHGGG!!!
    Congrats to you bearclaw keep up the good work. love all or your post. I'm a nurse and under stand the science vs medical stuff. Like the told us years ago "no need to take vitamins just eat right" but they never were able to tell anyone i spoken what that was that asked. And now every thing is fortified. and they still can't tell you what "eat right is" LOL!
    2359 days ago
    Your page is really inspiring me!

    I have been kind of unsure about the carb suggestions on this site especially. My inclination was to cut out bread based carbs/sugars almost completely with the exception of before and after intense workouts. But every day I would be so far below the carb suggestion on the tracker here (and there was no way I could get my fats under their suggested limit either... and I'm just talking about the good fats here). So I've been considering and reluctantly adding some whole wheat based things here and there, but I don't really think that's right for me.

    Thanks for giving me a little boost to keep doing what I know is right.
    2362 days ago
    My mom tried very hard to feed us (all 14 of us) as nutritionally soundly and cheaply as she could but I suffered through all those same food fads as you- PLUS powdered milk!!!
    Pretty sure were all breast fed, though.
    I love your blogs and have subscribed.
    I'm 10 days into Atkins induction and have lost a measly 2 pounds but I'm fine with that. I'm in it for the long haul.
    I did this years ago and don't believe I ever got into ketosis. Any hints for me? Does it change day to day? I have kept it between 20-30 carbs every day but one.
    Sure wish my DH would join me- hoping my amazing weight loss will motivate him. He was always thin until the last 10 yrs or so (he's 61) and started gaining- probably about 30 pounds overweight.
    Listen to me go on about him!
    I just read Taubes "Why we get fat and what to do about it"-which I understand is a more readable BCGC and I am a true believer. Calories in- calories out has not worked for me and I have always been a gym rat- often in the gym 2 hrs a day 5-6 days a week.
    You are an inspiration, my friend.

    2378 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/19/2011 12:55:26 PM
    ICK!!! I can remember the 'ice milk' mom used to buy for us instead of ice cream. And the skim milk. My brother and I refered to it as goats pee! She was also a big fan of corn syrup over sugar. So a lot of things had or were coated in straight karo, like pancakes and cereal. Also fried taters were a staple in our home.

    Congrats on the loss! And the changes in diet. emoticon
    2380 days ago
    Speaking of experts, do you consider Gary Taubes an expert?
    2398 days ago
  • GLC2009
    doing what's best for "little bearclaw". that's so cute emoticon
    i watched gary taubes on dr oz today. it was a bit frustrating hearing oz's opinions which sounded like he hadn't read up on the subject. "i can't imagine never eating a piece of fruit again". yes dr oz said that.

    and showing the low carb diet as no veggies, pork rinds and giant steaks slathered with butter. yikes! emoticon

    i am not a big red meat eater and i love my veggies. i still think low carb works for me--or rather low carb SHOULD work for me. cuz if i was following it faithfully i wouldn't be fat now, would i?

    it has worked in the past though, so, i do know that it works. and i know it is good for alot of people, cuz, i have seen the difference in me and other people i know who have changed to this way of eating.
    2405 days ago
    The thought that one single thing is the solution to a complex problem seems to persist, especially in health and nutrition. We need to keep things simple when it comes to food and health. Eat simple/whole foods and move.
    2406 days ago
    My mom always did the latest thing, but fortunately, I am older, and while I managed to get my share of sugary snacks, we still ate healthy meat fats. We ate margarine because it was cheap, not because it was healthy.
    My mother never bought into the high carb mantra, even though I told her they were OK. Even though she eventually switched to lower fat, she always kept her carbs controlled. She'll be 89 soon, and still enjoys her weekly swim, as well as her yoga and tai chi classes.
    2407 days ago
    Thanks for the comments. The really weird part about it is that I am a scientist, and at times have been the 'expert' on various aspects of my work. But, I find that there is a big difference between the scientists in the trenches discovering the nature of the universe and the 'experts' that seem to let the facts fit their preconceived notions. I really feel that time will solve this problem, but a lot of big egos are going to have to fall before the 'experts' start admitting that some of us are poisoned by carbs.

    On whole milk: PZF144, you may find that whole milk is disgusting. many of us raised on the lower-fat stuff just can't handle it.

    And SammyJoe920....yes. about a year and a half ago, my then 9 year old asked me what a Twinkie was! Fat dad, not fat kids. It is especially hard as a parent to try to know how to feed your kids. I am willing to experiment on myself, but what about the kids? I have started lowering the kids' carbs a little. Basically, I feel like my metabolism is damaged by a lifetime of sugar and carbs. My guess is that my kids' carbs do not need to be lowered as much as mine to be healthy for life. The kids will probably be fine on eating some of those 'whole grains' that are still a no no for me. So, the kids will be eating less grain than a typical American, but way more than I could ever handle.
    2407 days ago
  • PZF144
    Do you want to hear something funny? I have NEVER tasted whole milk. I am 49 years old, and I have had maybe one SIP of 2% milk, but I have zero idea of what whole milk tastes like. I'm gonna go out and buy me some on my next trip!

    We had tubs of the fake margarine stuff and pitchers of Kool-Aid and O.J. And boxes of Rice Krispies, Chex, and all the other cereals you can think of.

    I think I ate protein maybe once a day, with my "balanced dinner", like yours.

    I know my parents were trying to do the best for me (formula-fed!), but sheesh...we were all fed a bunch of lies!
    2407 days ago
    Well said! I like your way of thinking! I have 2 little boys and my goal is to teach them healthy habits - like purchasing and eating real food, eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full. I have a long way to go in my journey, but I hope they never struggle with it like I have! Proud mommy moment: my son was looking in the kitchen drawer, pulled out the ice-cream scoop and said "What is THIS for?".
    2407 days ago
    I am SO with you! My parents, too, replaced butter with margarine when I was growing up. I was a still growing little kid. That trans-fat junk is embedded in my DNA somewhere. Thank goodness for real scientists like Dr. Mary Enig who fought against her peer establishment who were pushing hydrogenated oils.

    So no, I will not trust the latest government dietary advice. And the fact that some of us are being suppressed from sharing our knowledge makes me really suspicious as to what 'experts' are afraid of. The 'experts' advice that I should eat a whole grain with every meal was putting me on the path to clinically diagnosed insulin resistance. I had no choice but to do my own painstaking research, and I have turned the course. Without their help, or 'official' advice.
    2407 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 1:26:41 PM
    First, congratulations on the huge loss! Second, I agree totally with you. Nothing the experts say has really worked for me. I believe that because we are all different that different things work for each of us.
    2407 days ago
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