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☞ Sacred Cow

☞ Sacred Cow

A finished a new book called Sacred Cow a little while ago, and I really recommend it to just about anyone. Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf have written a great overview of why meat, particularly beef, is important for human health as well as the environment. They touch upon most of the vegan/vegetarian pushback, including ethical considerations, and go back to the science to clear things up.

I did pre-order the book, and enjoyed the perks a lot.

The book is well researched and easy to read1I, for instance, have no hesitation recommending people with English as a second language to read it.. And since I care about nerdy stuff like that, the book is overall quite well made and well laid out2Possibly I found the paper to be a little thin and cheap feeling, but this sadly not unusual these days.. Much of the research I had come across before, but never this neatly and accessibly packaged.

One of my particular favourite bit in the book was the references to a paper called How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died. This paper looks at how the mid-Victorians likely had one of the best diets in recent history, and how the introduction of dry-goods and sugar basically ruined it all. In the span of something like a generation, the average height shrank almost a foot! It also touched on the very interesting statistics around longevity and how we’ve essentially been fooled in to believing we live longer and healthier lives today. We don’t.

Analysis of the mid-Victorian period in the U.K. reveals that life expectancy at age 5 was as good or better than exists today, and the incidence of degenerative disease was 10% of ours. Their levels of physical activity and hence calorific intakes were approximately twice ours. They had relatively little access to alcohol and tobacco; and due to their correspondingly high intake of fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables, they consumed levels of micro- and phytonutrients at approximately ten times the levels considered normal today. This paper relates the nutritional status of the mid-Victorians to their freedom from degenerative disease; and extrapolates recommendations for the cost-effective improvement of public health today.

Abstract of How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died

The statistics are an average where infant mortality and childbirth mortality isn’t really accounted for. But generally people lived as long if they survived to adulthood. Yes, life was tougher and there were more wars. But most people lived good lives, until they died. Not like today, where many are doomed to live half lives for years on end, with plenty of chronic issues, slowly vanishing.

Anyway, I found that paper to very interesting in its own right!

In conclusion, I readily recommend you read Sacred Cow (you can find it through most booksellers) if you have any interest in health, the environment or how to save the planet for real. As a kicker this book companions a documentary film3Narrated by Nick Offerman, and having multiple great interviewees., which hopefully will premier sometime this autumn. Check out SacredCow.info for more.

Sacred Cow trailer
☞ The Proper Human Diet

☞ The Proper Human Diet

For anyone even vaguely interested in the low carb world of today, Ken and Neisha Berry should be familiar faces. A doctor and a nurse, they alone have done more for the general health of people than any government probably ever.

Now they have decided to do an online summit for The Proper Human Diet on September 11-13 this year, and given that almost everything else has been canceled this may well be the greatest keto event of the year.1Personally I especially lament the Scandinavian Meat-ing being postponed. But hopefully next year!

For $37 you get video access to some amazing speakers, undoubtedly a lot of fun, and you are practically guaranteed to come out smarter about your health the other side.

PHD SUMMIT 2020 GOES DIGITAL!
In this year’s first ever digital PHD Summit, we are excited to provide the community with the same top speakers, panels, groundbreaking content that brings out the best in us despite any medical condition.

We are excited to create a conference that will serve as the catalyst for those who want to follow the PHD lifestyle, around the world to easily build the healthy life you want. You will gain the cohesive expertise you need to rapidly accelerate your lifestyle and take control of your health journey.

By bringing together the top health educators for a three day journey, we are creating the proper environment to deliver everything you need to optimize your future by making a serious health impact.

I have just signed up, and I am really looking forward to enjoying what promises to be a great event! A few of the highlights2Though obviously all really are…! are Professor Tim Noaks, Jamie Seeman, Michael Eades, Nurse Cindy, Kim Howerton and Ben Bikman.

Hope to ‘see’ you there!

☞ Where to start?

☞ Where to start?

Looking around the low carb community these days, it is easy to see issues it just didn’t really have when I first started. In fact, there barely was one at that point.1This was in 2011. So it was not that it didn’t exist, just not as large. I had heard about it before, but essentially been warned it was unhealthy. The upside is that it is much easier to find information today, though at the same time there is much more crap to wade through too. Not least have the popularity meant there’s a fair bit of snake oil going around too2As a beginner stick with the “don’t buy stuff in packets” rule, and you should be fairly safe..

Since then I’ve come across many people doing various types of what, when I started, was called LCHF3Low Carb High Fat. These days the majority of the information I use and fund useful come in English rather than Swedish, so the term keto is now much more useful, and I prefer it.. A few friends even stepped straight from being vegan to becoming carnivore just like that. Unless you know you have that kind of personality, I don’t really recommend going that fast. Though there’s really nothing wrong with doing so, it’s just a bit of a shock to the system and can be tough to go through. Arguably my shift took too long, but a more step by step path is what I recommend friends who ask to do.

So you want to go low carb and eat Keto. How do you do that? My first introduction was simple. No starch or carbs, no grains, no tubers etc. Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, poultry, full-fat dairy and nuts and seeds. When you first start out, there’s no reason to overcomplicate things! You could even boil it down to this:

  • No processed foods. If it comes in a box from a factory, you probably shouldn’t eat it.
  • No sugar. To make this easier, if you have a sweet tooth, go for sweetness. I agree they aren’t always that tasty, but at least they are nowhere near as harmful as sugar.
  • Focus on getting more fat in your diet. You, like most of us, are probably scared to eat fat, but you shouldn’t. This is where your energy will come from now. Fat isn’t dangerous, it’s delicious!

Now, since the world is rather less grownup than it should be, I need to point out that I am not a doctor and that you should consult your doctor if you take any medications and so forth.

I am a big believer in doing my own research, and I’ve learned the hard way that in the end I am the one responsible for my body and I am the one who has to live with my choices.
I’ve tried a few times to mention my dietary choices to doctors4I live in Sweden, and the medical system here has a much better reputation than it deserves. I’ve practically never (as an adult) had the same doctor twice. It’s also a struggle to ask for things or tests even if you offer to pay for them. It’s gotten a little bit better with a few private clinics, but not a lot. and at best they are bemused, at worst they actively try to get me to eat bread and grains. It’s not pretty.

For great tips on how to start, or restart, you Keto lifestyle I recommend checking out Youtube, with a focus on Dr Ken Berry (all manner of low carb stuff) and Health Coach Kait (mostly carnivore, but very keto-friendly too5The difference is keto usually means you eat some plant stuff like vegetables and so on, whereas someone doing carnivore usually eat almost exclusively animal products. Personally I fall into the second category, though I occasionally enjoy keto treats, nuts and such.). For more general information and lots of other stuff, check out Diet Doctor (also available in Swedish and Spanish). There are tons of great resources out there, but for getting started you’ll get an excellent education with these.

A great idea to start is this: open your cupboard and throw out everything with carbs and sugar in it.