The Mountain Dog Diet: “You Are What You Eat Has Eaten”

11 03 2013

500504_18810086-640x250

Again, I’ve come across a great article containing a ton of valuable information. John Meadows posted this article on Elite FTS almost 2 years ago. I truly wish that I had found it earlier! Here is how the article begins:

“Several months ago I sat in front of a nurse at my place of work after she received my report on my cholesterol, triglyceride levels and blood pressure. I work at a Bank, and it’s pretty cool that they offer free cholesterol screening and all kinds of other nice benefits. Anyways, she looked very puzzled. She was comparing my results from 2 years prior, to my most recent results. She finally blurted out “what did you do to improve this profile so much.” My answer nearly floored her.

Well Nancy, I started:

  1. Cooking in virgin coconut oil, and grass-fed butter
  2. I also switched out all the store bought grain fed beef I was consuming with grass fed beef I procure from a local farmer. I eat 8 ounces every single day.
  3. I switched out my 99-cent a dozen eggs with true organic free range eggs, and eat 6 of these whole every single day.
  4. Lastly (and probably most importantly), I reduced refined sugars in my diet and foods that contain excessive levels of Omega 6 Polyunsaturated fats (bye bye Tostitos – dang corn oil), as I believe those things create arterial inflammation resulting in increased cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is an anti-oxidant and repair agent in your body.

I knew what her next question would be, “but isn’t all that saturated fat bad?” I said well you tell me, my cholesterol went from 212 down to 167. My HDL went up 11 points (something I struggled with for years), and my LDL and Triglyceride levels were at the bottom end of the range. Even my blood pressure was a startling 104/70. She finally asked if I had any reading material I recommended, as these concepts were not taught to her in her days of studying health and nutrition.”

There are several things that I took from this article that I would like to pass on to my readers (and please read it, because I won’t do it justice with this post!):

1) From the excerpt above: Doctors are not nutrition experts. We expect doctors to have all the right recommendations and expertise in everything to do with the human body, but they do not. Most doctors are very specialized in one area, and general MDs have a wealth of knowledge but their grasp on nutrition is typically very generalized and basic. Many (dare I say most?) doctors actually have horrible nutrition, because they work terribly long and busy shifts and end up eating whenever and whatever is convenient. Doctors are very smart people and can determine if your blood work is healthy or not, but if you would like advice on nutrition, please do your own homework and consult an expert in the field.

2) We need to focus more on micronutrition (vitamins and minerals) and less on macronutrition (carbs, fat and protein). If you can reduce the bad carbohydrates and processed foods in your diet, while improving your carb:fat:protein ratio, you will see improvements in your health. This is the first step that I recommend to everyone. Once you reach this point, you can then start focusing on the quality (think: micronutrients) of the foods in your diet. It is fantastic to eat more protein, healthy fats and veggies, but locally-grown produce and properly-fed livestock will pass on more nutritional value to us. We truly are what we eat has eaten, and it makes total sense that this is true.

Story of my life.

Story of my life.

3) The article lists 5 key concepts of the Mountain Dog Diet:

  • The best food comes from animals that have been fed their natural diet.
  • Correct ratio of fats with a special emphasis on saturated fats.
  • Fat soluble vitamins and their role in endocrine function.
  • Keeping your liver healthy.
  • Supplements to manage glucose disposal.

I cannot debate any of these points, especially after reading his explanations. I’m already a huge proponent of the first 3 points, but may now have to take steps to experiment with the last two. Again, it all makes sense.

4) The sale of raw milk in Canada is illegal, so we cannot include this in our diets. I do not know much about raw milk, but I just did a bit of research. I guess the main issue is that pasteurization ensures there is no harmful bacteria in milk, despite raw milk supporters claiming that there are no dangers of drinking raw milk. These same supporters claim that pasteurization ruins the nutritional value of milk- from what I can determine, this appears to be a false claim. Raw milk has more fat than 2% milk (9 g vs. 5 g), but the carbohydrate and protein content remains the same (12 g and 9 g respectively). As you all know, I love dairy, and if raw milk was available in this country I would try it immediately. I’m extremely skeptical of raw milk, and am of the belief that pasteurized milk is fantastic in itself, but if I am ever given the opportunity, I will try raw milk and let you know how it goes.

Some people take raw milk very seriously.

Some people take raw milk very seriously.

5) Again hammering home that saturated fat is not evil:

“Saturated fats play an enormous role our in our health and well-being. Here are just a few of many reasons to NOT avoid saturated fat:

  • Saturated fats make up 50 percent of our cell membranes! They give cells the correct amount of rigidity to allow “messages” in and out.
  • Saturates allow the body to use and retain Omega 3’s better!
  • They make our immune systems better (see butter and coconut oil!)
  • A few specific types of saturates are the best food for the heart. The fat around the heart is highly saturated.”

In summary, Mr. Meadows offers a wealth of knowledge in his article and I definitely agree with the Mountain Dog Diet- with raw milk being the one variable that I cannot speak to. As always, I encourage you all to ask questions about your food and don’t simply accept long-standing nutrition myths. Nutritional value and health benefits are usually far from the main reasons that most foods are made readily available to us; just because it’s there doesn’t mean we have to eat it!

For more information on the Mountain Dog Diet or any other nutrition-related questions, please send me a personal message or post a comment below!

Happy Monday!

DW

Advertisements