Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dr. Walter Kempner, back in the 1930's, developed the rice diet to help patients who were grossly overweight, had diabetes, and heart disease, and were basically at death's door. The rice diet was white rice (easier to digest than brown whole grain rice and tasted better so better compliance), fruits, and fruit juices. All of his patients on this diet reduced or reversed their conditions and all lost weight, with about half returning to a normal weight.
The rice diet is the basis for Drs Esselstyn, McDougall, Ornish et al and their respective diet plans, which are starch-centric, ultra low fat and whole food plant based. People who adopt these diets have had great lasting success (20 years and more for a lot of them) and all report a return to sickness and weight gain when they try to add in meat or fat or dairy, even occasionally.

There's something to this whole food plant based diet thing. Thousands of people have regained health and lost weight naturally after they committed to it.
Compare that with the statistics on people who fall into the corporate-funded scam of high-protein, low-carb dieting. Successful weight loss comes at a great price of compromise in health, and terrible cravings for carbs. They also have increased body odor, which makes producers of deodorants and antiperspirants happy.
Guess who's missing from the happiness and profit picture? Oh, that's right, the individual.
Jim Fixx was singlehandedly responsible for the upsurge of running for fun in the 1970's. He bragged about keeping slim and in shape while eating McDonald's all the time - burgers and fries and milkshakes - because he was a runner. You might remember that he died quite suddenly when he was out on a run and just fell over and died. He'd had a massive heart attack. He had ignored his family history of heart disease because he looked good on the outside and insisted that he felt good for his adoring public.
I know you've seen at least one video of some athlete doing what he does competitively and suddenly sustaining a freak and horrible fracture of one of the strongest bones of the body, the tibia. The femur is the only bone that's stronger than the tibia. But it begs the question - how can these meat eating fighting machines have these awful fractures? The truth is: eating meat leads to bone density loss, and if you're young and strong you don't even realize it until you sustain a freak fracture. It's a wake-up call that most of these athletes won't pay attention to, or deny that what they're eating is killing them.
On the Sparkpeople group on facebook an entire thread was deleted because I posted something about human breast milk being only about 5% protein, which is all an infant needs to grow and be healthy. So there's a brick wall of denial that's promoted by Sparkpeople. It's okay to talk about protein powder and eating more protein but it's not okay to say anything against a high protein diet, even though there are studies and peer-reviewed papers that prove a high protein diet is deadly.

I'm still increasing my mileage by doable amounts. I'm now a starchivore, and have been since I started my marathon training program. I've had no muscle soreness, and I have found that my times are getting marginally better as I up my mileage. I don't get the limb heaviness I used to feel all the time, and I haven't had any bathroom issues like I did when I was eating all that fruit every day. I limit myself to an apple a day and I'm fine with that. This morning I splurged and added 4 finely chopped dried apricot halves to my hot cereal along with the chopped apple. That's a treat, and not for everyday.
I was on call this past weekend and didn't exercise for four days. Tuesday I went for my postponed 3 mile long run and got 'er done with no problem! No stiffness or soreness afterward, either. I realize I'm not really up there in mileage yet, but I anticipate the next few months to be no different. I'm looking forward to the increases and the challenges of distance running again.
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