SAD is appropriate. It stands for Standard Australian/American Diet. It has also been killing us since it was introduced in the early 70's.
Historically, man has been eating grains and domestic vegetables and fruits for about 5 seconds!
One of the earliest civilisations to domesticate grains were the Egyptians. Interestingly, archaeologists have discovered that civilisations who began eating grains developed tooth decay.
One of the most famous dentists turned nutritionist, Dr Weston A. Price(1870-1948) got frustrated with treating dental cavities and travelled the world studying isolated primitive tribes and made incredible findings. Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of native peoples on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.
For those of us old enough to remember, prior to the early 70s, it was rare to find a fat kid at school. I grew up in the 60s and 70s. I didn't start to get fat until I was about 12 - 1971. I had always been overweight since then until recently. In 2002 I weighed 130kg + (285 lbs) and at 42 suffered a stroke.
I lost 38kgs simply by cutting out a lot of the rubbish I had been eating - soft drinks, potato chips, beer, rum & coke, pastries etc. I got to 92 kgs (202 lbs) but got stuck there. Over the next 16 years I gradually got back to 100kg (220 lbs).
I had been aware of what I was eating - I followed the guides (not strictly) but I tried to generally do the "Right thing". I made sure I ate whole grains, low fat, skim milk and generally avoided processed foods. Tried to cut back on red meat. But still, I gradually gained weight.
In 2004 I found out I had diabetes. I was started on metformin and gradually over the next few years they added another diabetes medication and increased my metformin to the maximum daily dose. In 2017 my doctor wanted me to go on insulin.which I refused. I knee that insulin was a long, slow downhill decline.
In 2018, I was falling asleep at work, always tired, feeling weak and worn out. One morning I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Ì couldn't get up. I lived alone and that scared me.
The next day, 1st December 2018, I joined the gym. Being an older guy, I was wary of doing too much so I stuck to cardio and started researching exercise for old farts. During my research, I stumbled across KETO (Low Carb High Fat). I found a guy called Dr Eric Berg. I attribute him for saving my life and I don't think I'm exaggerating all that much.
I started strict keto on 1st January 2019. At the time I was on my diabetes medication and a Blood Pressure tablet. My BGL was 11 (7 is diabetic).
After 1 WEEK doing strict keto my BGL was 9 and I stopped taking my diabetes medication. 1 week after that, my BGL was 7.
By mid May, I had lost 25 kgs (55 lbs) and my BGL was around 5.5 (normal). I felt great, I had energy to burn. I was going to the gym 3 - 5 times a week, getting stronger and was 70kg (155 lbs), the lightest I had been since about 1975 when I was 16.
The weight loss was great, but the BEST thing was my health - the pain I felt 24 hrs a day was gone, my knees (which I had assumed were irreversibly damaged) were about 95% better, my skin tags had all disappeared, my skin had improved 1000%, my IBS (Irritable Bow Syndrome) totally gone, all of my scars and skin lesions either disappeared or have improved greatly, my teeth are cleaner and whiter and feel smooth, my Candida is gone (That's another story for another day) and my depression gone.
The only problems I had was a feeling of bloating after a meal and at that stage I still had the Candida problem.
I decided to try the ultimate elimination diet, Carnivore, for a month and then re-introduce vegetables gradually. As soon as I ate any vegetables I immediately felt bloated. I did manage to resolve the Candida problem, but that was quite an unpleasant problem.
So. It is now January 2020. 13 months low or 0 carb, high fat.
I'm the healthiest I've been in my life, I'm no longer diabetic (BGL 5), I have mental clarity again and I'm great.
See you all again in my next post.