Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Why You Can't Lose Weight, Part 2

In order for companies to get people to consume food with processed oils they have to add sugars, MSG, and other preservatives and additives. Otherwise it would taste so bad you wouldn't eat it. McDonald's adds High Fructose Corn Syrup to its hamburger buns, its pickles, catsup, and yes, even its hamburger. All sugars are bad (with the exception of honey) because they have been processed and stripped from the fiber that would make the sugar real food.

In addition to having no fiber corn syrup has naturally occurring MSG. Although MSG occurs in corn, soy beans, and some sea weed it is essentially a drug that makes you think your food is not stale. It is one of the "natural" ingredients that can permeate the blood/brain barrier. Because the FDA allows it to be listed as "natural flavoring" corn syrup is a favorite of the industrial food industry because they can add sweetener and MSG at the same time.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Why You Can't Lose Weight, Part 1

Fake food has not co-evolved with the human family
WHAT I'm about to tell you is hard to accept–that's the bad news. The good news is that with the following information you will achieve real health results. You will learn how to lose weight and enjoy the health you deserve. But first you have to hear–and understand–the bad news.

The reason you can't lose weight is because the forces you are fighting are overwhelming the natural functions of your body. Many people try to lose weight using a variety of diets such as the Atkins diet, the South Beach Diet, or endless variations. These diets target only one dietary flaw.

The Atkins diet, for example, is based on the premise that we eat too many carbohydrates which turn to sugar. The theory says that to offset the negatives of carbs we need to eat more protein. This is a variation of the calories in/calories burned diet that proposes that if we maintain a balance between what we eat and what our bodies burn we won't gain weight. Using this model dieters try to balance how many calories they eat and how many they burn. This strategy only works if the body is functioning properly–which in America means it never works. Because of the Standard American Diet (consumption of foods we have not adapted to) the bodies of most Americans do not function properly.

If you are healthy and only slightly overweight the Atkins and similar diets will work. In this case your body is like a bucket with one hole in it. In order to make the bucket hold water you only have to plug one hole. The problem is most Americans have a bucket with ten holes. Your bucket will not hold water just by plugging one or two holes.

During the last century our food has been evolving from locally produced, highly perishable foods to industrially processed, nearly non-perishable foods. In most cases the motives have been good–trying to provide a cheap source of nutritious foods that have a long shelf life. But the process has proceeded without due attention to unintended consequences. The most recent research proves that our modern, industrialized diets are extremely low in oils essential to proper bodily function. 

One of the largest holes in our collective health bucket, and the hardest to plug, is the nearly universal inclusion of processed oils in our food supply. Processed oils, such as canola oil, are freakish, frankenstein creations that have evolved in such a way they are no longer food but more akin to bad medicine or poison. All hydrogenated oils are fit only for running diesel engines and should not be in our food supply. Most people know not to eat margarine, which is simply a solid hydrogenated oil. There is no health difference between consuming margarine and other processed oils like canola oil.

How vegetable oils are processed is complex but I give an abbreviated version here. Canola oil is made from rapeseed which was genetically modified for high oil content. The oil is expressed and heated to extremely high temperatures destroying any nominal nutrition. The oil is then hydrogenated, meaning hydrogen is percolated through the oil at extremely high temperature so the oil will not oxidize (oxidation increases deterioration). The oil is deodorized and detoxified with a variety of chemicals such as Hexane and metallic filaments (Canola is toxic at many stages of its production. Ironically Hexane is also a toxic chemical). Read a more detailed account here.

The end result is that processed oils such as soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, and peanut oil are more akin to poison or bad medicine than they are to food. Such oils are like bad medicine because they suppress and imbalance your endocrine system.

The endocrine system produces a multitude of hormones that regulate your growth, immune, and reproductive systems. It regulates your mental and emotional  health, impacts your nervous system, and every other system in your body. Your endocrine system is the central control that regulates every other system in your body.

Let's say you want to eat healthy so instead of eating french fries you opt for sweet potato fries instead. You rightly assume the sweet potato is lower in carbs and has more nutrients and fiber so you will lose weight. What you don't understand is there is so much canola oil in the sweet potato fries the health advantage of the sweet potatoes is not only negated, but because of the metabolism suppressing nature of the oil, you suffer a net health deficit. It literally would be better to deposit the fries directly into the toilet.

A potato fried in coconut oil is better for you because the positive effects of the coconut oil on your endocrine system will offset the carbohydrates of the potato. Coconut oil is expeller pressed meaning that the oil is extracted by pressure, not heat, thereby preserving the health qualities of the oil. Your body needs a very specific type of oil to have optimal health. The net effect of coconut oil is beneficial because it's the type of oil your body needs for endocrine health. Because processed oils are the wrong type of fat when you eat processed oils you are eating bad medicine that causes your body to dysfunction and gain more weight than the actual calories of the consumed foods. In short, processed oils are not food. If you learn this one fact you are on your way to better health.

When you eat real foods, like coconut oil, you are eating good medicine that promotes proper endocrine function. Your body gets the right kind of oil. Weight gain will only result if you don't need the energy (or calories) contained in that food. There will be no additional caloric impact.

People know intuitively that potatoes are real food yet wonder why they gain so much weight when they eat potato chips. They don't realize that the processed oil causes the body to malfunction, lower metabolism, and add excess weight. In short, the potato is real food but the processed oil is bad medicine that offsets the nutritional value of the potato promoting weight gain beyond the innate calories of the potato.

It is nearly impossible to eat processed foods without getting copious amounts of processed oils. The solution is to always check labels and boycott any food with the non-food, bad-medicine ingredients that are ruining your health. If you have a choice between eating non-food and going hungry, go hungry until you can eat real food. Remember that in America far more people die from eating processed oils than they do from hunger.

Healthy oils are virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and organic, hormone-free butter. NOTE: many olive oil brands are cut with flavored canola oil even if labeled 100% virgin olive oil. Some oils labeled olive oil are 100% canola oil. Read more about it here.

When I traveled by bus from Kansas to Utah in 1977 two men sat behind me who were going to a vegetarian convention in Oregon. Like nearly everyone on the bus they were smoking non-stop. When we crossed the Utah border the bus driver told everyone to extinguish their cigarettes. One of the vegetarians behind me asked his traveling companion why. The other man explained that Utah was essentially a theocratic dictatorship and the state didn't allow people to make their own health choices. It is hard to believe anyone holding such antiquated and erroneous ideas, especially since as vegetarians they presumably represented the most health conscious people in America. Such opinions seem laughable now but such willful ignorance is still with us. Those who currently believe processed food sources are healthy and that they can consume such foods without consequences will have the same rude awakening.

One of the primary holes in America's leaky health bucket is processed oils. Stop this leak by avoiding all hydrogenated, industrially processed oils. Only eat oils that are real food.

Brad Teare –2015

These opinions are my own. Do your own research to determine if I am a credible source of information.
Brad Teare © 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Joint health

Recently I decided I need to start paying attention to my joints. So I have eliminated processed oils from my diet (oils such as Canola oil) and have been trying to get some mild exercise.  I have opted for the Eight Brocades as it is low impact and also benefits mental health.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Three food categories you need to balance

After a lot of reading and experimentation I found what really is the problem with the American diet–an imbalance of unhealthy, over processed food. You might ask why is processed food bad? The reason is that processed food has been engineered to make food with traits irrelevant to health. Processed food is designed to be transportable over long distances, last a long time on the shelf without going rancid, and taste better without regard to nutrition. Health and nutrition is almost an irrelevance to modern processed foods.

Most people intuitively sense that margarine is bad for you. It looks and feels like a block of congealed petroleum by-product. The fact it taste horrible further confirms suspicions. But such intuitions did not prevent margarine from being classed as a superior food by health officials.

Friday, October 7, 2011


I DON'T JUICE 100% OF THE TIME. I can't because of a strange work schedule. But I do see myself heading toward a more healthy lifestyle because of juicing. One advantage juicing has given me is more sensitivity to how foods affect me. I ate pizza a few days ago, topped with a few pepperonis and lots of cheese, and I felt a heaviness in my gut for two days.

Before juicing I wouldn't have noticed. After inhaling the pizza I didn't sleep well for a couple of days either. So as much as I love pizza I'm reassessing how much pizza I want to eat. I'm not banning pizza it's just that my healthy eating mentality seems to be taking over because I just want to feel good. It's as if my body is giving me a choice between feeling good while eating or feeling good while not eating.

I think juicing is going to be the backbone of my dieting strategy, not because it is so delicious, but because of how it makes me feel. Time will tell.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE JUICE DIET is making drinkable vegetable based drinks. A good basic drink is 1/3 apples, 1/3 carrots. and 1/3 celery. You can use fewer carrots if you find they are too strong (I find they have a strong, earthy flavor I don't like much). I am going to experiment next week by adding tabasco sauce and curry into this basic drink.

The fruit drinks are much more palatable. This morning I had a drink of 1/2 green grapes and 1/2 red grapes to which I added a peach and an apple.

Another obstacle for me (I tend to be a bit lazy when it comes to food) is having to clean the juicer a lot. My remedy last night was to juice my morning fruit drink first. I put it in a glass, sealed the top with cellophane, and stored it in the fridge for my morning meal. I then juiced my veggie drink for the evening (the recipe above).

Juice your fruit first as any residue won't matter in the veggie juice (since I often add fruit to veggie drinks anyway). Veggie drinks taste better when they are fresh and don't store very well. They turn slightly brown and get a strange texture. I definitely don't recommend pre-juicing vegetables.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I RECENTLY SAW THE MOVIE Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I immediately ordered a juicer. This is the one I bought:

SO FAR I have lost 11 pounds in two weeks and I haven't been juicing every day. It really is an amazing diet although I am sure I will be getting sick of it fairly soon, especially the veggie drinks. But if I juice two weeks a month, and maintain the other two weeks using the Goji-Walnut diet, I think I should keep the weight off and feel better for it.

I am sleeping better and feeling better in general than I have in years. If I could find a truly delicious veggie juice combination I think this diet would be the killer app of diets. My daughter has the same ailment as the guy in the movie (she has chronic hives) and has been able to cut her antihistamine dose in half after three weeks.

I am currently experimenting by adding a bit of agave nectar to the veggie drinks although this adds calories. Leave comments if you know where to locate good veggie juice recipes.