Whole 30 | Food Log | Day 22
I do sometimes think about being a vegetarian, though I have never been able to do it for long. I guess I sort of think of red meat as my original ‘real food’ since I tend to eat it daily. It’s also murder. So. I get that too. To continue this eating strategy, however, you really have to put that out of your mind. Every animal that dies for me to eat has my deepest sympathy and respect. And while it is zero comfort, I appreciate their sacrifice.
Anyway, last night we went out to dinner at Outback with fellow Whole30er, Melissa. We were talking about all of the red meat we have been eating since starting the eating strategy. While this isn’t a big change for me, it is a big change for Melissa and Becky who don’t take part in it daily.
So, we wondered if we stayed on this diet and continued to eat the red stuff, will we be having our heart attacks a little earlier than every one else’s? With all of the recent research on fat, it seems more and more health enthusiasts are coming to the same conclusion. The problem isn’t cholesterol, it cholesterol combined with sugar, wheat, and other inflammatory parts of our diet. A friend posted some random website article on Facebook that addressed the issue like this:
“Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.” (source)
I don’t know who this guy is, but he totally looks like a trustworthy Dr. in the photo, so I won’t be at all suspicious. Plus there is a lot of other information out there on this new research, but I thought that was succinctly put. Mark’s Daily Apple has been preaching this for many years. I used to include some of his nutrition posts in my daily newsletter, back in the day. Here is a bit from his blog:
For many years, the “cholesterol-fed rabbit” was a popular model for studying heart disease and gave rise to the now-popular idea that dietary cholesterol also elevates blood lipids in humans (thus immediately condemning them to a heart attack, naturally). Except it isn’t the case. Save for a select few who are “hyper-responders,” the vast majority of people can eat cholesterol without it affecting their cholesterol levels. And even when dietary cholesterol affects blood lipids, it’s usually an improvement, increasing HDL and the HDL:TC ratio while leaving LDL mostly unchanged. As for where all that blood cholesterol comes from, we make pretty much all the cholesterol in our blood in-house, and dietary cholesterol tends to suppress endogenous cholesterol synthesis. Boy, between “staying local” and “only making as much as we need,” our livers are downright green. I bet our HDL is GMO-free and organic to boot (not so sure about those sneaky LDL particles, though)…
- A 2011 study found that “reducing the intake of CHO with high glycaemic index is more effective in the prevention of CVD than reducing SAFA intake per se.”
- From a 2010 study out of Japan, saturated fat intake “was inversely associated with mortality from total stroke.”
- A 2010 meta-analysis found “that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.” (source)
So, my take away is that if we lay off the dairy, sugar, and gluten, the red meat won’t put us in an early grave. However, if we decide to eat this much meat, AND have the other stuff, we’re looking at speeding up potential heart clogging issues.
Breakfast | Adiells sausage, scrambled eggs, sweet potato, kiwi, a few macacamia nuts
Lunch | Pot roast, nuts, tangerine
I forgot to take a photo of this but you probably have an idea.
Dinner | Outback prime rib, salad, sweet potato
My prime rib was so rare, i think some people will be grossed out, so I am leaving out this photo too. The server asked us if we wanted to enjoy a drink, which I believe Becky did, in fact, want. However. We are on this Whole30 thing so no drinks for us. 🙂 We are totally teetotalers.
Speaking of which… this reminds of what I thought was a great episode of “Who do you think you are?” if you can imagine such a thing. Helen has an initially negative reaction when learning that her great-great-grandmother was a teetotaler and headed up the charge for the local women’s temperance society. However, after learning about the history of the time — kids would drink, men drank at work, there were violent brawls at the pubs on a regular basis etc. — she began to realize that her GGG was actually a feminist, who started daycares, helped get women ellected to school boards, and was a leader in getting women active in getting women the right to vote. In fact, her GGG was the very first woman to vote in her county when she was 90. She died 10 days later.
Physical Condition Report
I was able to exercise AFTER work last night, which isn’t common because I am usually so tired from my drive home. The drive still sucked, but it didn’t entirely zap my last bit of energy though, so that’s a good thing. I think that’s all there is to report today. Onward to day 23~~~~