…and my updated Morning Smoothy Recipe.
As most of you already know, I more or less follow a “primal” style of healthy eating. This means I eat almost entirely meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts and some seeds. Straying from this I also eat dairy as I tolerate it well AND I leave room for frequent treats. Those who know be a bit better know that I love to live and celebrate!
One of the challenges I have encountered and a challenge many others have shared with me following a primal or paleo lifestyle are the sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings that go along with the transition. Said another way, we are a bunch of sugar addicts! The typical pattern is that we get strict for awhile, get sugar cravings, give in after awhile and then end up back on the insulin rollercoaster. This sabotages not only our health, but any fat-loss goals we may have.
Recently, an old friend – John Markell (he’s not old, we have just known each other a long time) – directed me to the blog of one of his Queen’s classmates that has had a huge impact on my approach to eating and sugar cravings and I hope it will be helpful to you as well.
War on Insulin
The man’s name is Dr. Peter Attia and his blog is www.waroninsulin.com. Without going into the details, he is documenting his own experiment and research on eating an extremely high fat diet as a way to be healthy and lose weight! Most people think this is absolutely crazy. I encourage you to put your culturally programmed ideas about fat consumption aside and read what this man intelligently has to say.
Leaner, Stronger, and less like a Sugar Zombie!
My own experience in applying his principles is that I have lost a significant amount of body fat and the increase in dietary fat has truly been the secret to ending the daily sugar cravings. In addition I have gotten stronger (I am a beginner competitor in Olympic weightlifting). Dr. Attia is a long distance swimmer and discusses how his diet has impacted his athletic endeavours as well.
If you are concerned about cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease, the blog goes into detail explaining and dispelling myths in a much more eloquent way than I ever could.
Please, check out what his website has to offer.
We have recently had some requests for my famous Gault Family morning smoothy recipe and I thought there is no better time to update it as there have been some changes since discovering www.waroninsulin.com. Here it is:
Gault Family Morning Smoothy
Use portions according to number of people and preferred consistency.
-Whey powder concentrate (high quality with no filler or aspartame)
– coconut milk
– almond milk
– organic whipping cream (if dairy tolerated)
– Greens powder supplement
– Fish Oil (high quality extremely important)
– frozen berries
– 3 raw organic eggs (not for kids)
This is a great, fast breakfast that feeds the entire family. The high fat keeps me satisfied until lunch when I eat some high fat meat and veggies.