Like many people I thought I ate a pretty heart healthy diet before I got heart disease. Actually, I wasn't doing too badly but I've since learned lots of ways to improve my food choices.
But interestingly, some of those changes may surprise you.
You see, I started this website with my husband at the beginning of 2008. At that time I followed the accepted heart healthy advice I was given. You know, the usual advice to eat low fat and no saturated or trans fats, and to consume healthy complex carbohydrates, lots of fruits and vegetables. All the stuff we still still hear today.
A lot has changed
In those intervening years (it's late-2013 as I write this) we've done a lot of research. In particular we've become very concerned about the alarming rates of obesity which goes hand in hand with an increase in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, and a host of other diseases.
The standard "Western Diet" is making us all sicker
If the diet we've been advised to eat by the government and health associations since the late 1970s is supposed to be healthy, why are we getting fatter and sicker? If reducing fat is supposed to make us thinner, why is this not working (because as a society we have cut down our fat consumption).
As we looked at what has been happening and really thought about it, there were too many things that just didn't add up.
And so we started to look very seriously into what could be the cause and, more importantly, what could we do about it.
Part of what we did was to include a section on this site called The Lipid Hypothesis. But in reality that section does not go far enough. However, the books on those pages did form a large part of what we researched.
Low carb and healthy fats, even (GASP!) saturated fat!
As a result of our extensive reading, we embarked on a low carbohydrate diet and lost our fear of saturated fat, what we call healthy saturated fat from animals that are grass fed. We eliminated virtually all grains and sugar, except for the sugar found naturally in the berries and other fruits we eat. We do not drink fruit juice (which is just a concentrated form of sugar).
We eat lots of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, green, red and yellow peppers, onions, tomatoes, leeks, carrots and lots and lots of salads. We also eat mixed nuts, salmon, tuna, and other fish, pasture raised chicken, pork, beef, turkey and eggs, and cheese. We use butter, heavy cream, and sour cream.
We avoid processed foods, choosing instead whole foods whenever possible. We source our foods from known sources. We do not eat wheat or soy, we avoid margarine and most seed and vegetable oils such as canola, corn, sunflower. We use olive oil, avocado and coconut oil for salads and cooking.
We do not count calories, we eat until sated, but we do count carbs on occasion.
The pounds came off and stayed off
After starting to eat this way my husband effortlessly shed about 25 lbs. in about five months. And he's had no problem keeping that weight off.
I was not overweight but felt that I was carrying around a few excess pounds. That weight, which I had tried to lose for years, came off effortlessly too!
Changes to the website
We've decided that, since we now believe very strongly in this approach AND there are enough credible experts along with valid research to support it, that it's time to make significant changes to this website to reflect what we believe is an important approach to better heart health.
Whether you choose to look into this is, of course, up to you.
It is our hope that you will, at the very least, give it your careful consideration. We've seen the results personally and heard hundreds of testimonials from a wide range of people, from doctors and other health professionals to regular folks like us, all saying pretty much the same thing.
And what they're saying is that this uncontrolled experiment of a low fat, high carbohydrate diet that's been recommended for the past 30 or 40 years has been a massive failure. As you can read here, it was based on faulty, biased and flawed science and driven by personal agendas. It's caused untold pain, misery, suffering and death. In short a very different approach was needed.
Is it right for you?
Only you can make that decision. But please look into it closely and with an open mind.
To that end you can certainly read some of the books in the Lipid Hypothesis section of the site as well as the column to the right. And we've provided you with links to a lot of other websites, blogs and podcasts that you can check into as well.