The Truth About Healthy Eating & Deadly Food Conspiracies

So you want to live a long life, lose fat, and eat healthy…but man, even I get confused some times by all the propaganda out there from “paleo diet experts”, “vegans”, and yes, sadly, even “supplement companies”.

What’s the truth and who can you trust?

Well, the good news is that nutrition is a lot simpler than you think…or at least that’s what my friend Brad Pilon argues in this interview.

What started out as one simple email question from me turned into this extensive Q’n’A of how we can live longer and eat healthy.

CB: Hey Brad, I was reading an article about extreme calorie restriction in humans, and I started thinking,”Is there anything we can really do to live longer? Can we really extend our lifespan through nutrition?” Or is it that we can only shorten our lifespan through bad choices?

BP:
The research on life extension is “iffy” at best.

We know there is a theoretical possibility that by eating very small amounts and maintaining a very low weight for our entire lives we might be able to slightly increase the length of our lives.

However, we know for sure that by overeating (overeating any type of food), and carrying too much weight we can drastically shorten our lives.

We can do lots to improve the quality of our lives, doing our best to make sure every single year is a good year, and we can do lots to shorten our lives, and make every day a tired miserable mess.

Aim for quality, enjoy your foods, but don’t overdo it.

Eat for variety and eat for taste. I would never trade living to 94 for living to 104 if it meant never eating birthday cake, or ice-cream with my daughter.

CB: Well put. So simplify things for us…what are the worst foods we can eat that will shorten our life span?

BP:
Alcohol. In terms of its addictive qualities, toxicity, and availability.

I have no problems with the occasional drink, and the odd social hour, but when you put it all into perspective, it is a diluted poison that we are drinking. Small doses may have health benefits, but large doses can kill you.

Also, Trans-Fats and Sugar – I would say the greater the abuse, the greater the decrease in life (but it’s not like either of them is the equivalent of a cocaine habit or anything).

In the end it always ends up being overeating that is the issue.

Eat less, stress less; move more lift more. For physical health that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

CB: I can do that. I think. Alright, here’s another question I’ve always wondered about…Can a formerly obese person with terrible eating habits completely reverse all of the past damage by losing weight and eating a healthy diet?

BP:
I’m not sure.

Reason being we don’t know conclusively what is and isn’t damage, and really we don’t have a true definition of ‘health’ to work with.

That being said, even if you can never return to “perfect” it’s still worthwhile to attempt to improve your health and your quality of life.

CB: Okay, rapid fire question-and-answer time. I’m going to ask you about controversial nutrition hot topics and you have to tell us the unbiased truth about them…Let’s start with microwave ovens…are they really “bad”?

BP:
It’s dialectic heating it’s not nearly as complicated as people make it out to be. I know ‘radiation’ is a scary word but I’m sure the vast majority of us still listen to the radio when we’re in our car.

Furthermore, to answer this question properly we’d have to define what ‘bad’ really means.

There are many incidences where cooking in a microwave can actually be a healthier option (reduced nitrosamines).

Your food is exposed to heat for shorter periods of time, maintains a higher water activity and develop an even heat.

Any alterations in the nutrients in your food are trivial.  In my mind it doesn’t replace the oven, but I wouldn’t think twice about warming up a cup of Tea in the microwave.

CB: Fish oil supplements.

BP:
In my opinion, fish oil has borderline pharmalogical type activity… while I really like this stuff, I’ve come to believe that no-one should me mega dosing without medical supervision..

There are effects that are large enough that in certain populations their could be negative repercussions.

So try to get more (most of us get less then the institute of medicine recommend), but DO NOT mega dose…

CB: Should we be worried about genetically modified foods?

BP:
Yes. From an Economics point of view.

If GMO’s flood  the market, they could make traditional fruits and vegetables “premium” products and we could actually end up paying fair market value for them.

Fair market value for seasonal produce is not something that many of us can actually afford.

CB: Is organic meat better than regular meat you get at the grocery store?

BP:
I’ve looked all over and talked to dozens of people in the industry and with this one, I still have no clue.

Things to know…

1) The definition of “organic” is very broad and is constantly changing

2) Different countries have very different regulations on the amount of pesticides allowed to be used on farmland.

3) Organic meat regulations in the U.S. are so difficult to comply with that most meat producers can’t manage to get the designation anyway.

Lots of scaremongering on this topic, but it may all be a moot point anyways. For instance if you are BBQ’ing meat, does the organic meat develop less Heterocyclic Amines than the non-organic?

My personal preference is to buy meat locally from farmers I’ve  developed a personal relationship with. If you can find grass fed meats you’re doing great.

If you can actually find real designated organic meat and can afford it by all means go for it. At least you know it has been held to a higher standard of production quality.

CB: What effect will chemicals like Teflon, aspartame, and other environmental exposures have on health and lifespan?

BP:
To be honest, that’s the kind of stuff that scares the s*** out of me, because we have almost zero control

We have to breathe…and we can’t really control what we are breathing…same goes for electrical currents in your home etc….we just can’t control that, so we really can’t worry.

Teflon…my thought is there are other cooking options that are just as good, why not avoid it.

And aspartame?

Well, the idea that it CAUSES weight gain is ridiculous.

That would be very easy to prove in a dose response study… the people saying it causes weight gain are out to lunch.

CB: I agree. Makes no sense.

BP:
It could be correlated with obesity…but so are weight loss pills…as obese people are more likely to drink diet sodas or take diet pills than non-obese people.

As for health and cancer risk…no clue what effect aspartame has…

With cancer, I wish it as as easy as saying “oh it’s aspartame that causes cancer” but that is just foolish and irresponsible.

I try to keep Brier (my daughter) from having artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, but that’s because she’s still growing and developing.

I make sure I don’t overdo it myself…I’ll have a diet pop or two on the days I’m fasting, so maybe 2-4 per week.

But if I remember correctly there is about 50-100 mg of aspartame in a
diet coke, whereas I think there was 500 mg in the old Myoplex formula, and I used to have 3 of those a day.

The easiest way too look at this is people who almost have to take
artificial sweeteners.

I wonder if the progression of cancer in Diabetics has increased in a manner correlated to their increased use of artificial sweeteners.

Bottom line is your not missing out on anything by avoiding aspartame, so when possible and within reason make non artificial sweetened choices.

CB: Thanks Brad. Last line there pretty much sums up everything…when possible and within reason, make the best choice possible.

The bottom line?

In the end, just remember Brad’s earlier advice:

Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

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  • LuckyPenne

    We’ve just been discussing supplements, including fish oil capsules and digestive enzymes on the unofficial Gabriel Method forum. The following is from the FAQ at Doug’s website, http://foodnsport.com:

    -=- Because they are refined from their original state, oils are no longer safe to ingest into the body. In their concentrated forms, they are pure fat and large amounts of that fat will be directly absorbed into the bloodstream, adversely affecting the blood viscosity (thickness) and the blood chemistry. However, eating some fresh olives, coconut flesh, or sunflower seeds, in moderation, is not bad for you. These whole foods assuredly contain plenty of fat but it is in a form that is combined with all the essential nutrients designed by nature to accompany that fat. -=-

    Doug covers the subject of Omega3 recommendations in depth in his book, “The 80/10/10 Diet” in the chapter titled, “Fat: 10% Maximum,” and notes that overconsumption of Omega6 (found in grains and refined oils) in the typical Western diet has led to a major imbalance and correlating health issues. On a low-fat diet emphasizing living foods, adequate quantities of “both EFA’s (essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and Omega6) are easily obtained through the consumption of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables, with the occasional addition of nuts and seeds.

    As for overeating, that’s the beauty of living foods — it’s all you care to eat, and the more the merrier in ratio to cooked fare for shedding excess weight/waste and maintaining energy levels. For example, eating fresh fruit to satiation 30 minutes before meals curbs cravings and eliminates the need to deprive yourself even one day a week on a diet Coke fast (I gave up the real thing years ago, but diet never appealed to the Cokeaholic in me! :P)

    Oh, and birthday pineapples rock! 😉 Think out of the box and…

    Celebrate Life & living ~ I AM!
    Penne & the CanDo! Crew :o)

    iLearn in Freedom Network

  • Rick

    Nice to see someone with some sense, as opposed to the scaremongers! I think the key is balance, and as close to natural as you can get. The more processed something is, the worse off is likely is going to be for you! And as for aspartame, it may not be ‘bad’ for us, but I can’t see it being good for us, so like you said, “you’re not missing out on anything by avoiding aspartame, so when possible and within reason make non artificial sweetened choices”. Couldn’t agree more.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks for the feedback Rick!

  • Ilana

    I would find you a bit more credible if you spelled correctly or proof-read what you put on the web-site. As it is, I am left with the impression that you are not very careful (and possibly not well-educated either), and that makes me suspect the advice you offer.

    Here are some examples of things you wrote here:
    “We have to breath [you mean ‘breathe’]…and we can’t really control what we are breathing…”
    “Teflon…my thought is their [you mean ‘there’] are other cooking options that are just as good, why not avoid it.”

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Ilana!

      Thanks for the feedback, it made me laugh!

      Craig

  • Great advice “Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.”
    and by saying “does the organic meat develop less <b. Heterocyclic Aminesthan the non-organic” you mean cooking foods alters its toxicity, I think that’s good advice to be aware of as well.

    Also an absolutely stellar observation, “Fair market value for seasonal produce is not something that many of us can actually afford,” Genetically modified, government subsidized, unsustainable farming practices is making good organic foods the hardest to obtain.
    Yes!!!!! ” What effect will chemicals like Teflon, aspartame, and other environmental exposures have on health and lifespan”
    great question CB, it is not the answer that is 100% important, but the fact that the collective we are asking these questions.

    It is so easy to get caught in an existence that society deems to be true and correct, but is not catering for the long term survival of species and planet.
    You have great workout programs, that cater for out of shape bodies, but there is a lot of, out of shape consciousness as well.

    No matter what eating philosophy you attach to if you are not conscious of the bigger questions as you rightly say CB
    “we can only shorten our lifespan through bad choices”

  • “Any alterations in the nutrients in your food are trivial. In my mind it doesn’t replace the oven, but I wouldn’t think twice about warming up a cup of Tea in the microwave.”

    A study by a bio scientist done on a local current affair program here in Queensland looking at the nutrient value before and after found significant loss in nutrients in all foods after microwaving except for potatoes. Go figure! And heat up your tea? Spare me- boil the jug and you dont need a microwave at all..

    Pretty good advice though Brad otherwise. I wouldn’t touch artificial sweeteners personally. The cocktail of chemicals we are already exposed to cannot be studied and some people add to that chemical overload with artificial foods. Hello!

    Keep it fresh and clean as you can. Grow in your own back yard.

  • Rose Hollander

    There is a list of the 15 most important fruits and veg.. ‘s to buy organic, that is very easy to follow 🙂 and you will end up saving more money than you think on trying to buy every fruit or veg.. Organic.

    Making your own jam from the least toxic fruits (you don’t need to buy them organic) without any sugar (fruits natural sugar are really enough) is so easy and so fun to do 🙂
    Okeee.. If you really really need to add sugar ? Use this.. Agaves syrup Just a little! It’s very sweet and the good thing is that you can warm it up, unlike honey!

    Using avocado on bread instead of butter, i love it ;P
    OR,.. mixing olive oil with a little Sault and herbs, putting it in the freezer after one hour in the fridge, wait for a while and you have the best and the healthiest butter EVER, a spreadable olive oil ;D

    Don’t you like broccoli? no worry’s make a soup of it and blend it to a homogeneous mass some greek yogurt on top of it and you are ready to go ;P, do it at least 3 times a week with different vegetables.
    Salad-base of Red cabbage,.. Love it 🙂

    I just wanted to shear these little tips, works for me 🙂

    AND: Of course like Brad just said,.. Lift more! And don’t forget to concentrate on every muscle you are using like you are having a serious conversation with them 😀

    Greetings from Holland

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Rose, thank you so much for those tips. I will try the avocado on bread this week!

  • Nothing like a little good, common sense! Great post.

    Mind you, a lot of the food we eat is already “genetically modified.” That just means that it is cross-bred, hybrid, or in some way bred to produce more or bigger or sturdier plants. Without that, we’d have a serious shortage of food in the world.

    Any idea what your diet would be like if the only foods available were those that George Washington ate?

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Great points Fat Preacher!

  • Thanks Craig – what’s the basis behind grass-fed beef? Is there actual nutrition benefit, or does it just ease the conscience (since presumably grass fed beef are allowed to walk around and eat grass, then maybe they are better cared for)? From what I’ve seen, the grass-fed beef cuts seem to have a lot more fat on them at the market… So I’m confused.

  • Darrin: Grass-fed cattle are allowed to eat a natural diet. The grains and corn they’re fed on factory farms aren’t part of a natural diet. As such, they are not in as good of health. Then to “cure” the sickness, they’re injected with antibiotics and hormones… and it goes from there.

    Secondly, for Craig: While I’m not going to be as black-and-white as Ilana (i.e., a few grammatical errors = uneducated), it would do well to read through everything more than once and not simply rely on a word processor spell-check to catch everything, especially if misspellings or omissions still allow for an actual word to slip through the checker. Just a suggestion…

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Thanks Russell!

      I actually read it 2-3 times, somehow missed a few things.

      Brad usually answers questions in crayons and with stick figures, so having him type up a reply was a bonus! I’ll fix those mistakes.

      Craig

  • Great post and very sensible information.
    If nutrition was viewed as preventitive medicine people would think differently. Eating fresh, clean foods and cutting back on artificial sweeteners
    doesn’t take alot of brain power, it just takes awareness. I think we need to educate people on how they view food. How they can use nutrition to keep their bodies strong and healthy instead of filling it with toxic foods that break down the bodies immune system.
    It doesn’t take 100% perfect eating to get the positive effects of clean foods.
    I believe that if you’re good most of the time with the occassional spurge your body will reap the benefits.
    We as fitness proffessionals have to encourage people to “eat to live” not “live to eat”!
    LoseFatLiveHealthy.com

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Linda, I agree with you!

      Great quote here, “It doesn’t take 100% perfect eating to get the positive effects of clean foods.”

      Craig

  • Great interview! I just had a client ask about the fish oil and I told her while I feel its beneficial, no need to go overboard.

  • Cathy

    I find that the foods that are in season are usually the least expensive because they are the most plentiful. I like to eat fresh foods and try to stay on the outside of the grocery store as I’m shopping. The less prepared foods the better, plus you know what you’re eating because you made it. The expense is also a lot lower and there is a higher nutritional value to the food because it is actual food and not chemicals that extend shelf life. I think life is meant to be enjoyed but should be balanced. Sometimes we make things so much more complicated than they are and sometimes we need to really examine what we are doing and not just what we think we are doing to get a true picture and make adjustments

  • craig this was great. Thanks for introducing us to Brad. He is becoming a go-to guy for me. Also, that video of you running and Brad eating was classic!! In a world full of “trainers” thanks for being a researched fitness professional.

  • Margaret

    Hi.
    Thanks for the facts and ideas.
    We are trying to simplify and eat sensibly. The eat- locally produced foods works well, especially for fruit & vegetables in season. Meat & fish are used in moderation. Oils are used sparingly and nuts are used for crunch and flavour.
    I have to say that I do have to bake treats occasionally but try to keep them tasty and modify the calorie content. Cut back on sugar and fat content and add fruit for sweetness, when possible
    It is a little more time cosuming but satisfying to make the effort.

  • Meshel

    Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

    This really should be everyone’s mantra!

    We should learn to take things in moderation and never deprive ourselves of those simple pleasures…like Brad said, I would never trade living to 94 for living to 104 if it meant never eating birthday cake, or ice-cream with my daughter.

    Great interview…thanks!

  • Dallin

    Get article. As for the spelling errors, who cares!!!!!! I knew what you meant. People need to quite worring about what the media says and just live healthy lives. The point about aspartame is wonderful. In my opinion the reason why people who drink diet pop still gain weight is because they are not drinking enough water. What I do is make sure I drink 10-12 cups of water before I have a diet pop and then only have one maybe two a day (usually I am so full of water that I don’t want a pop 🙂 The biggest thing is to have moderation in all things. Eat healthy, excersize and live a healthy lifestyle and you will live longer. I also love the comment about alcohol. It is by far the most abused drug out there. It causes more social problems, family problems and health problems than any other drug.

  • Great article. “Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.” That about sums it up rigth there. I agree with Dallins comment about people not drinking enough water. Water should be the beverage of choice when following a calorie reduce diet, not diet soda.

  • Stoobz

    I enjoyed the discussion and would make a couple of comments. Grass fed meat is natural to the animal’s digestive system so it does not need artificially corrected. Also hormones and antibiotics are not things you want to put in your body. Obviously growing your own fruit and vegetables is best but if you can’t try to buy locally grown traditional varieties as most modern varieties have been developed for shelf life rather than food value. Like all of life it is down to individual choice but would you really voluntarly eat meat with fish genes included.

  • Deb

    Great post and love Brad’s quote “Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets.”

  • Great Article Craig and Brad!

    “Eat less, stress less; move more, lift more. For physical health, that’s pretty much as good as it gets. That’s really all there is to it. ”

    Now I’m sure all of the studies people are mentioning above are true. But I think some if not all of it is a little extreme. For example, in the study about losing nutriants through the microwave in veggies, I completely believe it. BUT GUESS WHAT?!?! You also lose nutrients when you boil veggies.

    At the end of the day as long as you are not consuming too much alcohol, sugar or trans fats and stick to natural, healthy foods you should be fine. I’ve been using a microwave and eating ‘non-organic’ meats for a long time now. I still have yet to grow a third arm.

    And if I did grow a third arm, it would allow me to lift more!!

  • there is NO QUESTION about the difference between organic and non organic meat

    Organic meat is superior to grain fed, commercial meat by a landslide
    However, organic meat is inferior to grass fed meat

    Organic meat means the cows are eating organic grains

    Cows are designed to eat grass, not grain…organic or not

    This diet is too high in omega 6 fatty acids, antibiotics, hormones and the animals are often sick and weak

    You cannot get healthy by eating sick animals

    Grass fed meat is the only meat humans should eat

    Also, GMO’s are not the same as farmers hybridizing plants

    GMO’s have insecticides injected into them and are low quality food sources that should not be consumed by human beings

    GMO’s are triggering allergic reactions in massive amounts of children since they started using them in masse in the mid 1990’s

    Nature is perfect , no need to mess it up

  • I have visited both commercial feedlots and grass fed free range cattle ranches and interviewed the farmers.

    Feedlot cattle are raised in confined quarters, living in mud and their own feces; an environment where sickness and disease flourish.
    They are fed an unnatural grain diet that is almost always genetically modified. Grains make cattle extremely sick it tears apart their insides (similar to celiac disease in humans).
    Also, these cattle are injected with hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive & get them to slaughter quicker.
    In the slaughter house, these sickly cattle are irradiated and injected with a virus to kill off harmful bacteria. They are often times injected with dyes that will make them appear fresher for a longer period of time on the shelves of supermarkets.
    Feedlot cattle result in unhealthy meat. People who eat unhealthy meat become unhealthy.

    GMO’s are the result of injecting a foreign gene into the DNA strand of a plant or animal, often times by way of a virus.
    These genetic modifications can result in a variety of outcomes including: resistance to herbicides, having insecticides become part of the genetic make-up of the plant itself, and injecting the genes of a human or a clam shell to enhance color or make the skin of a fruit stronger for transportation… just to name a few.
    Genetic modifications have only been available to the human food supply since 1996 so the ramifications are not yet fully understood.
    However, it is known that GMO’s are not good for human consumption.
    The most common side effect to eating GMO’s is allergic reactions to foods, which have escalated since the inception of GMO’s in the mid 1990’s. Allergic reactions to foods such as corn, wheat, peanuts, and soy.
    Many countries in the European Union, Japan, and a host of other countries directly oppose genetically modified produce and will not accept genetically modified produce from the USA int their countries.
    On May 5, 2009, German courts rejected a plea from Monsanto to end a ban on a strain of GMO corn.

    As for aspartame, a little research will tell you that it is a highly toxic substance that should not be consumed by you or the ones that you love.
    But don’t take my word for it. Here is a quote for Robert Williams, a member of parlaiment who was commissioned to do research on this very subject.
    “For almost a year I have been looking into the safety of the artificial sweetener, aspartame, and I was truly horrified by what I discovered.
    When I began my research, I was unconvinced by the off-the-wall internet conspiracy theories. I am a man of science, not of the internet. However, a number of eminent academics from the U.K. and further afield have persuaded me beyond doubt that aspartame represents a serious health problem.”
    He goes on to say: “The toxicity of aspartame’s individual components is surely sufficient for us to be alarmed about its wide spread use in the products that we and our children consume every day.”

    Remember, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity are all on the rise. Things are not getting better, they are getting worse and it is a direct result of the food that is available to us.

  • Interesting thoughts on the microwave oven there. I’m weaning myself off using it as often as I used to. Sometimes it comes down to not being lazy – eg me cooking my rice porridge in the morning takes the same time as it does to nuke it but i can’t just up and leave and come back when it’s done.

  • Anita

    Just started TT 10 days ago. Also started a 4 wk class “Coronary Health Improvement Program”. At almost 50 years of age, for the first time I am enjoying exercize! Also, learning that simple food is best for me. Low fat and plant based foods. A must read
    book for you “The China Study”, unbelievable research, an absolutely must read. Cancer feeds on animal fat! Too much protein, animal protein, is causing us (Westerners) to have diseases that the rest of the world does NOT suffer from!!!

    Anita

  • For some reason, most of the brainy science and maths guys that I know (only the guys mind you!) have terrible spelling and grammar. I’m always proof-reading their work and sometimes I think it’s because they feel that the information matters most, who cares about a little bit of spelling?

    Environmental toxins concern me greatly. My Grandfather was a gardener and used a lot of nasty chemicals. Nearly all of his workmates are now dead from brain tumours (uh, that’s just my kiwi spelling there) and he has also survived brain cancer. Of course, this is just a freaky coincidence, according to the council.

    Recently I visited a chicken farm (snuck in when a friend got a job there) and was amazed to find that commercial chickens grow to full size in less than half the time of a regular chicken. This is due to their breed and their feeding. They never eat a green thing in their entire short lives. Their feed is also designed to make them ‘puff up’ so that they are heavy. In other words they are fed a diet that causes water retention and inflammation. Sometimes (and this is gross) they get so big, so fast that they can no longer walk, or their legs actually break. I could never eat a non-free range chicken again.

    I have read ‘anecdotally’ that a lack of greens in the diet causes a lack of Omega 3 in farmed salmon (i.e. in the wild salmon eat algae, but not in a fish farm). I wonder if there are any studies on the relative levels of Omega 6 fats in chickens and larger animals that eat no greens? Does anyone know?

  • There is absolutely a lot of strange food conspiracies out there!

    Some which are qualified and some which aren’t!

  • Steven

    Hi Craig
    Thank you for your you tube where it all began. I like that because its real life and you are sharing it with your readers well done.
    What’s the truth and who can you trust? Interview with Brad Pilon
    I found it to be very interesting so thanks for the info.

  • Great post from both of you! I like reading Brad’s interviews 🙂

  • suzanne

    PLEASE HELP!!

    I’m 42, weigh 113, workout daily (I do TT and intervals), eat very healthy (lots of fruits and vegies). My problem is my stomach. It’s getting bigger and bigger. I can see definition, but it gets so bloated by the end of the day. I get very embarrassed.

    • Craig Ballantyne

      Hi Suzanne, I would try eliminating one food at a time for 2 weeks. Start with dairy, see if that changes anything. After 2 weeks, try removing grains.

  • LuckyPenne

    @Suzanne Only by eliminating salt (including sea salt) and refined oils in my diet did I finally rid myself of bloated tummy syndrome! My photojournal shows the results [link], six dress sizes and over 60 pounds later. I’ve been following a low fat, raw vegan (species-specific) diet, as recommended by Dr. Doug Graham, author of Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Very simple, sensible, and delicious!

    HTH ~
    Penne

  • LuckyPenne

    I should clarify the references in my initial post up top (so much for copy/paste/proofread ;)) The Gabriel Method is a book by Jon Gabriel, who is the poster child for obesity comebacks, if I ever saw one! The FAQ on refined oils is from Dr. Doug Graham’s website, FoodnSport.com

    ESE is a fascinating concept, although it’s based on the old caloric theories which emphasize deprivation in one form or another. This can backfire when it comes to maintaining energy levels due to insufficient and/or inadequate nutrients in the diet.

    Follow-up on fasting with diet cokes: This came as a surprise to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether Brad’s relying on caffeine as an appetite suppressant (had to look up the spelling of that one, geniuses ‘r’ us 😉 In any case, I’m definitely not a diet cola person myself, and prefer to emphasize living foods in a species-specific diet rather than implementing a weekly fast.

    Now there’s an alternative idea which is right in line with Brad’s advice to “aim for quality, eat for variety, eat for taste” and it’s all you care to eat! Rather than stop eating altogether, why not feast solely on living foods for a day — try something brand new and completely satisfying: fresh, whole, ripe, raw, and preferably organic fruits and veggies (plenty of variety and taste in the produce aisle, especially for the adventuresome.) It’s a “cheat day” in reverse! 😉

    Cheers ~