Eating Weeds, Carb Cycling and Intermittent Fasting Abel James — #012

Abel was raised by a mother that was a natural healing practitioner, so he knew the power and connection between plants and the body.  In his 20’s he found himself in a stressful job, not focusing on his health and gaining weight.  His pivotal moment came when he lost everything he owned in a house fire.  This experience made him realize that he could not control anything else in his life, except his health.  From that point on, he made getting healthy his first priority.

Through a lot of research, Abel realized that so much of what traditional medicine was recommending (low fat, low salt, low cholesterol) as a diet was actually not best for him.  He did a hardcore shift into eating a lot of fat and lowering carbs, and found himself in the midst of a transformation.  Eating carbs translates into getting fat, and eating fat is counter-intuitive.  Fat is the most benign macro-nutrient you can consume.  Eating natural fats (grass-fed butter, avocado, etc.) is the best fuel for your body.
Abel focused on REAL food and really got results.
Abel looks at nutritional structure through the ancestral template.  Fake foods were not available to our ancestors.  Looking at the macro nutrients in the early diets is a great structure for us to follow today.  This is the basis for the Paleo diet that has recently become popular, but Abel has his own spin on the diet:

  • Eat healthy raised meat
  • Lots of vegetables
  • Only a little fruit
  • Eat natural carbs
  • Stay away from refined carbohydrates
  • Eat natural fats (grass-fed butter, unrefined palm oil, coconut oil, avocados, ghee) that are as unrefined as possible.  The more a fat is processed, with heat or chemicals, the less your body recognizes it as useable.
  • Dairy is all but eliminated.  If you have been dairy intolerant, many times raw dairy products can be tolerated.  Fermented dairy (kefir, yogurt, hard cheese) is better for lactose intolerant people than raw dairy.
  • Make sure any food you eat is as close to coming from the ground as possible, as unrefined as possible.

Able recommends eating weeds.  Maybe you have never thought about it!  Abel has a few tips for getting in to eating weeds.
Milk weed, wild strawberries, and other things that grow naturally.  Abel recommends some of the field guide books that are widely available for beginners, as well as pairing with a local who knows what they are doing.
Abel highly recommends getting your regular diet under control before you would even consider foraging for food.
To get started eating the way Abel eats:

  • Eat real food
  • Nothing prepackaged
  • Nothing with long lists of ingredients that you don’t recognize
  • Willpower is limited, so take bad foods out of your environment
  • Beware of cheap food that is full of chemical and manufactured elements
  • Eat more healthy fats and less carbohydrates
  • Avoid whole grains because they are not healthy for you
  • Gluten is a huge problem
  • Limit most grains, but this doesn’t include fiber carbs
  • Eat more protein, and less fat

>People who regularly consume wheat, out eat those that don’t consume wheat by 400 calories per day!  Those extra calories really add up over time.

>Eating a fat with a glucose spiking carb, like rice, it blunts the glucose spike you experience.  For example, adding grass-fed butter to rice would be better than rice without it.

>Remember that many times it is the additives in food that make it binge-worthy.  Salt and sugar are the most common additives that manufacturers use.

How to beat a weight loss plateau:

  1.  Stick with your food plan.  Do not give up!
  2. Realize your body is making other adjustments behind the scenes that you don’t always see
  3. Hitting a plateau can actually be a great sign that your body is making great success.
  4. Judge your progress by the way you look and feel, not by the scale.

Tips for Carb Cycling:

  1. On training days, eat more calories, especially carbs after a workout.  The insulin boost helps you recover.
  2. Non-training days, eat fewer carbs and calories.
  3. Scale your carbs and calories to match your activity levels.
  4. Allowed starchy carbs would be rice, brown or white consumed with an acid or natural fat (or both), sweet potatoes.  Quantities are small.

Intermittent Fasting Tips:
A surplus of calories in your body causes your cells to divide (grow).  A lack of calories in your body causes your body to go into restoration mode, repairing cells and restoring your body.
By compressing your eating window, it becomes easier to lower your body fat.  This would mean skipping breakfast.  Lunch is your first meal of the day and dinner is the last meal.  Eat nothing late at night.  If breakfast is eaten, it is mainly a fat.
-Heavy cream in coffee
– Coconut oil
This is the rationale for the whole “bullet proof coffee” craze..

Books :
Cave Man Feast
The Wild Diet

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Until next time, remember to eat consciously, because the world needs a healthy and vibrant you!

With Love <3
Dr. Anh


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