Have you noticed that everything you eat will turn against you and cause your death? Documentary after documentary produced by ‘doctors’ or ‘professors’ are telling you that you’ve been projected to propaganda and the food industry is trying to dupe you. But, in saying that, these ‘experts’ are trying to dupe you into believing what they believe is right too.
There are always at least two sides of the story. Protein good or bad for bones? Does dairy actually cause bone loss and cancer? Do cruciferous vegetables induce hypothyroidism? Does soy cause infertility due to FSH and LH suppression? Are nuts causing inflammation? Fish mercury polluted? Grilled meat carcinogenic? Fruit liver toxic?
There’s a danger believing in studies regardless who’s paying for the study. Unless you actually find out who were in this study, their background and how the actually adhered to the program, you cannot really draw any conclusions. Let’s say we have 50 people who participate in a study about meat’s impact on LDL. If they are overweight, men, sedentary and have genetic predisposition for cholesterol issues, then no doubt will eating bacon, marbled steak and sausage every day lead to a ‘yes, meat does increase the bad cholesterol’.
But, if they had 50 athletes who train at an elite level, who ate the leanest grass fed beef every day, who were lean and without artheroscleroris running in the family, then I doubt the outcome would be anything but ‘meat doesn’t cause a rise in LDL or VLDL’.
When it comes to dairy and the role calcium has in bone health, there are those who claim dairy forces the bones to give calcium to the blood to normalize the acidic environment, then those who claim this is a lie. You can not zone in on one cause for bone loss. Osteoporosis is a disease that is caused by many factors. Exercise is one of the most important ones and not just any exercise; hard, intense workouts that cause the muscles to pull on the bones.
Now, people like to point out that in countries that have the highest intake of dairy have the highest rate of bone disease. I don’t believe dairy per se is the cause of bone loss. I believe it’s from several other factors: lack of sunlight (vitamin D) in Sweden as well as the old fortification of retinol to milk (I hope they stopped this by now, have they?). In America, well, look at the population’s food intake. Obesity caused by fast food and inactivity. Of course eating junk will affect all tissues. Being overweight will wear out joints and bones too.
If you check what countries have the lowest rate of osteoporosis, it’s usually in countries where the life length expectancy is about 40 years of age. People, of course they don’t have bone loss then, it doesn’t really hit you until you reach 50 or 70! It’s like comparing apples to pears again.
Fighter Diet emphasizes a large intake of health promoting vegetables. This doesn’t only soothe hunger, but neutralizes the protein from dairy, meat, eggs, fish etc. The proteins are needed for muscle building and yes you can build muscle as a vegan, but if you do you’ll either have to rely on soy protein which per se might cause a lot of adverse effects as well as do you really want to eat GMO soy, or you’ll have to eat a lot of protein powders from rice, pea, hemp etc. I don’t know about you but to me that doesn’t sound much healthier than a balanced diet.
So, what do I believe myself? I never recommend ketogenic diets per se, but yes, they are excellent for Parkinson’s disease I’ve read just to name an exception. I believe a healthy diet is abundant in vegetables as a base, then add different proteins, including low fat dairy. You don’t ever want to eat more calories from protein than from vegetables, that’s why the recommendation in Fighter Diet is 50% of your caloric intake in vegetables. That’s plenty of detox, people. No need for silly cleansing products when you get a great natural cleanse every day.
There’s another aspect of a living a great life: life quality. To me, I don’t want to live long just to live. I want to thrive, feel alive and experience without being scared of the consequences all the time. Why abstain from every little thing just to add another day to your life? Doesn’t make sense since there are plenty of people who die from cancer despite adhering to the healthiest, purest lifestyles. Some people go through life drinking vodka, chain smoking and never think about their diet for a second, yet live happily to their 90′s. Other people are the poster children for health and longevity yet get cancer when they’re 4 years old. Did they cause it? I don’t think so.
I love the old saying: “Living is dangerous. It might kill you”.