Please hack my email to a new friend who's healthy eating habits include tons of sugar and seed oils.
We never had a chance to talk about that casserole. It sounded mostly fantastic, but you mentioned using sesame oil and that's what I got hung up on. And then we moved on to more important, wildly fantastic activities, and I never got to explain myself. Talking about this stuff in general is far less interesting than the aforementioned activities, so I'll forsake any long speeches in favor of enjoying our time together, free of my pedantic ramble; that said, you're 70 miles away from me, and I'm lonely for you, and I want you to understand some of the background of where I'm coming from. I'm also incapable of doing any real work, it seems, on this lonely Friday afternoon.
So, that said...here’s an article about diet that I mostly agree with: "Feast Like a Caveman and Watch the Pounds Melt Away" (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/11/paleo-goes-mainstream-cbs-news-reports.aspx?np=true) I could care less about weight loss at this point—it’s all about having lots of energy. And not dying.
Here’s my one request for you personally—give up all seed oils (“vegetable oils”) for a month (yes that includes your sesame oil, canola oil, safflower…etc. etc.). Keep the olive oil. Replace with animal fats (ghee is nice, or butter) or coconut oil. Your skin will be luminous and clear. It will not give you heart disease. In fact, as the article points out, a diet rich in animal fats improves blood lipid profiles. This is actually well known and is not seriously disputed among scientists. Scientists, however, were never on the team when we created the original four food groups and subsequent food pyramid, MyPyramid, etc. I’ve been moving in this direction for four years and my total cholesterol has dropped from the low 200s to 160. HDL (“good cholesterol”) increased from low 40s to high 60s (this is considered very good). Blood pressure went from “hypertensive” to “pretty fucking awesome.” Pulse rate went down from 100 to 60-something bpm. Based on my own personal journey, I have come to question every piece of prevailing wisdom—and not just because of the celiac/soy allergy issue. I have found, through self-testing, that there is only one correct conventional dietary truth out there—you are what you eat.
One final note, and I realize you have more important things to do than read a bunch of shit that may or may not be crazy talk, but you REALLY need to read this article about the history of how this ungodly social experiment in diet evolved and took its current form: "What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" (http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm) In eliminating the seed oils, you’ll find that the stuff you use to sauté is the least of your worries—99% of processed and restaurant foods are FULL of seed oils. We’ve systematically eliminated healthy animal fats from the industrial food supply. There is a good reason for this: seed oils are produced for pennies and sold for dollars. Hugely profitable. But if you can run your car on it, it is decidedly NOT food. (Willie Nelson runs his tour bus on biodiesel, which is literally recycled “vegetable oil” from restaurant fryers…)*
I go on to some wildly inventive sex talk from there, so I'll spare you.
So is this a good place to start? I'm going after the seed oils because she expressed concern over an acne breakout and I'm fairly convinced that it's a seed oil thing.