Friday, February 10, 2012

Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly – Part 1

(Information obtained from Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly by Larry McCleary, MD, renowned neurosurgeon)

The world of medical and natural remedies seem to be nearly enemies. Medical doctors are threatened by the bodies ability to heal itself, especially with the aid of nutrition, herbs and supplements. They lose money when people heal themselves naturally.

I love that this author was a medical doctor first and discovered something natural while tending to his patients. Instead of throwing it out because he couldn't make money off his new theory, he cared enough about you and I to look into it, prove it and write a book about it. I respect that a lot.

That being said, I've been very excited to share what he has taught me with you. I read this book, and although I know you will benefit more from reading it, I'll give you the general idea.

Fat Storage and Insulin

Fat storage is our built in pantry that allows us to survive under dire circumstances. On fat cells there is a “switch” that determines whether fat flows in or out. Insulin regulates the  “switch”.

After eating, insulin puts your body in fat storage mode to store it for later use. As insulin falls, the cells switch to fat burning mode and our body uses the fat for energy between meals.

Because of the food we eat, we are stuck in persistent fat storing mode. When insulin levels remain elevated, our body can't use the fat in the fat cells so we have to eat again for more energy. That is what he calls 'sticky' fat cells – they get stuck in fat storing mode, and keep getting bigger and bigger.

Insulin has two roles. It also regulates blood sugar – glucose. The more glucose that enters the blood, the more insulin is required to regulate it. Refined carbohydrates require excessive amounts of insulin. Unfortunately, while your body is trying to process the glucose, it is also keeping your fat cells from releasing fat to be used as energy.

In a nut shell...
More carbs = higher insulin. High insulin = locked fat cells. Locked fat cells (internal energy source) = requiring an external energy source (more food).

The problem - we eat too many carbs, the wrong kinds of carbs and our body can't use the energy (fat) it stored.

The good news - without the presence of insulin, your body cannot store fat.

Next post: Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly – Part 2


Sarah said...

Carbs?? I love carbs. That is really probably one of hardest temptations to stay away from. Especially breads! I can give up sweet things like cakes/candies/cookies but put rolls in front of me and I eat and eat. :(

aMY g said...

Sarah, I face the same problem. At that point you have to look at that roll and ask yourself if it is going to taste as good as thin feels.
Understanding that it could cause you to gain weight, ask yourself "How little of this roll can I eat?"
I am able to eat half a roll most times. NOT eating the roll is not an option for me most of the time.
Planning ahead is also helpful.

Cookies are my weakness. I TRY to eat just one. If I fail at that attempt, I look ahead and try to limit my next meal.
I'll give a tip in a later post about what to do when you really overeat on the cookies. :)

Sarah said...

I would also love to see what you eat in a day. I do fairly well with breakfast. I eat eggs/yogurt/berries/bananas/raw milk and will be adding almonds to the list for this weeks shopping trip.
Lunch is where I struggle. I never really know what to grab since I am busy feeding so many other little ones. Dinner I of course cook but we almost always have homemade rolls which we devour because they are so good.
This is very helpful for me to read this blog but giving up breads could be the hardest thing ever.

aMY g said...

I believe my tracker blog is on the sidebar...
I've been making the 5 minute bread I posted on the facebook page for my family. We eat it with butter, coconut oil or dip it in olive oil with fresh cracked pepper with a lot of our meals.
I'm definitely not perfect in my eating habits but we try.

Sarah said...

Thanks I will look for it.