We were all told that talking about politics and religion would
cause a divided room; not good at a social gathering. Now it
appears there is a new taboo subject that should be added to
the list – Nutrition. And why would that be?
How many times have you been told,
this is good for you, and that is not? How many times did you
change your belief system to adjust to new nutritional information?
Maybe politics and religion are easier subjects to tackle. At
least there is a consistency in their beliefs.
So once again here is new
information that I’m sure will hit you blind side the
way it did me. Leaving you to wonder, what now? How
do I eat before a run, during, and after? You will be saying,
as I did, this new info sucks! But keep in mind, the earth was
once “known” to sit in one spot as the sun and stars
circled around it. And those that challenged that knowledge
were not applauded for their amazing scientific insights. Nope,
they were seen as the crazy ones.
With that said, and no I don’t
feel crazy to have crossed the tracks on this one, here’s
what I’ve learned, and accepted, and adapted to.
Oils and Fats
Those “heart healthy” seed oils like canola and
soybean cause inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is the
base that diseases are built on. These “seed” oils
are in almost every processed food. One of the reasons they’re
inflammatory is because of the degradation that occurs during
extreme heating needed to produce them. The other reason is
they’re very high in omega-6. We now eat an omega-6 to
omega-3 ration of 20:1, while nature built us on a 1:1 ratio.
If you had to live off the land, as our ancestors did, you would
be able to find more omega-3’s, and not these man-made
highly processed oils full of damaged fats.
And there’s more!
Those saturated fats that we were warned to stay clear of are
now on the “yes” list. Grass fed butter, yes cows
are suppose to eat grass, and when they walk around in the sunshine
and eat grass their fat is an incredibly natural blend of healthy
human friendly fats. Same with coconut oil, egg yokes, and cold
pressed olive oil.
In fact, cholesterol has
been taken off the list as an item of concern for heart disease.
The American Heart Association made this announcement at the
beginning of 2016 (but if you look at their dietary guidelines,
they still sell up a low fat, low saturated fat diet). It seems
that the cholesterol found at the heart attack scene is very
similar to firefighters being found at a fire scene. There to
help put the fire out, or inflammation in the case of heart
And here’s what got
my attention, cholesterol is needed by EVERY cell in the body.
We do make some, but rely on food intake to get enough to make
healthy cells and a robust hormone system.
Plus our brains are mostly made up of this stuff. From a nature
point of view this makes sense. So why are our doctors, who
have a few hours of nutritional training, pushing cholesterol
lowering medications on us?
It appears that the bad cholesterol, the LDL number that gets
doctors nervous, can be small dense particles that are truly
an issue, or large fluffy particles that are extremely helpful.
The overall number is less of an issue than the number of small
dense ones. How are those small dense ones created? Bet that
has something to do with our overheated seed oil consumption,
and excess carbohydrates.
OH NO, you didn’t just
dis our precious carbs like they’re a bad thing!
Sorry, but yes I did. And this also blew my mind, and really
made running long and hard VERY difficult until I became “fat
adapted”. Now that I am, I can run for hours without any
food intake. I may have a couple hours of carbs in my cells,
but I have day’s worth of fat energy to burn.
It’s just a matter of opening the flood gate by turning
your sugar burning system into a fat burning system.
Chart from Primal Endurance, Mark
Sisson & Brad Kearns
Why are they bad? Excess carbs cause an insulin
rise that eventually leads to insulin resistance. That means,
the receptors get over stimulated, and lose the ability to “hear”
the insulin signal. Therefore the body needs to make more and
flood the receptor to get the signal to work. This is the bases
By eating carbs in the amounts that nature built us on, and
relying on fats for fuel, we can then address our biological
needs while fueling our athletic pursuits.
Plus excess carbs need to go somewhere. If the sugar (carbs)
in your blood is not being burned for fuel, or filling in a
deficit (refueling), it will be stored in the other only way
possible, as fat. We can only store a few hundred grams of carbohydrates
(hence the marathon bonk at mile 18ish). That’s not much,
that’s why we don’t need to eat many, and why it
has to be stored somehow. Storing it as fat is nature’s
So don’t add more carbs,
but instead let your body burn fat for fuel.
There are many resources to get you up to date on this new healthy
approach to eating. Here is one of my favorites and a great
place to get started.
Dr David Permutter
Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist, Fellow of the
American College of Nutrition and four-time New York Times
bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University
of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard
G. Rowntree Research Award. He has published extensively
in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives
of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and The Journal of Applied
Nutrition, and is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored
by such medical institutions as Columbia University, Scripps
Institute, New York University, and Harvard University. He serves
as Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School
Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated
television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN,
Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr.Oz
Show and The CBS Early Show. He is the recipient of the
Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to
neurological disorders. He is the recipient of the 2006 National
Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award and
was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award from the American
College of Nutrition in, 2010. In 2015 Dr. Perlmutter was awarded
both the Media Award from the American College of Nutrition
and the Healthy Living Award from The Invisible Disabilities
Dr. Perlmutter’s books have been published in 28 languages
and include Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About
Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print.
Other New York Times bestsellers include Brain
Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and his most
recent book, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.