I arrived at my parent’s house to a fridge stocked with not much food
My parents knew not to do much shopping before my arrival, but even so there were traces of unhealthy habits lurking in the fridge, freezer and cupboard. The freezer was home to some things I especially don’t approve of, like the toaster waffles I regretfully remember so well from my childhood.
The fridge had a couple veggies, pasteurized milk products, processed deli meats, prepared pesto, guacamole and hot sauce, all packaged in standard plastic containers, with ingredients like ascorbic acid and vinegar guaranteed to leech toxins into the food.
The cupboard wasn’t too bad. There were of course spices, oils, teas and coffee, along with some year old grains, a bar of dark chocolate, conventional roasted nuts, a small bag of candy, a few varieties of stale seeds and a box of health-food type amaranth flake cereal (made of very little amaranth and containing lots of other stuff that negated any benefits from this otherwise healing grain, not to mentiomn that in general the flakes and puffs perceived to be a healthy start to the day are actually not much better than any other processed starch).
All in all, if you took stock of my parent’s kitchen you might think that they have a pretty healthy diet.
But in reality most of the foods my parents eat daily, are only a few steps above eating fast food. This is also not to say that my parents prepare all their own meals. My dad generally eats a home made lunch, often followed by picking up an easy dinner at local chains that boast a seemingly healthy menu, like Chipotle or their favorite establishment: ‘El Pollo Loco’.
That being the perfect name for a conventional chicken joint, given that their genetically inferior chickens (ie, inbred, GMO and unhealthy to start) were likely to really be ‘loco’ when still alive and squawking. After living their typical 28 day life-span continually pumped with hormones, antibiotics, arsenic, barely being able to hold up the weight of their own obese bodies, never seeing sunshine, having absolutely no stimulation, living amidst their own fecal matter and having to board in metal sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, including corpses – of course they’re ‘loco’! Eating this food product is certainly playing a role in my dad’s health condition, even if these foods are only consumed a couple times per week. I digress.
All of this together with a lack of undertsanding that it’s not animal fat (from pasture-raised, healthy animals) that increases LDL cholesterol but rather the overconsumption of sugar or starchy foods combined with chemicals such as PFOA (teflon), PFC (take out containers), and stress, that have led to a long standing problem with my dad’s cholesterol and blood sugar.
As per his doctor’s advice, my dad has been on a low fat diet for some time now with no real progress (this allows for foods such as Pollo Loco).
His diet largely consisting of bland ‘salads’ made with pre-packed leafy greens (not a lot of variety there) and the standard tomato and bell pepper combo, together with processed ‘lean’ meat and only one slice of dry bread is simply not the answer.
What’s worse is the additon of the standard statin drug treatment accompanying the low fat regimen.
Statins side effects include kidney and liver damage, muscle weakness and eye problems. To some degree my dad experiences all of these, though he may just associate the symptoms with old age. At 56 I don’t believe my father to be old. In fact, he may only be a third to half way there. That’s a lot of years he has ahead of him, and there is absolutely no reason that he should live those years in poor health – which will only escalate if we don’t turn things around now.
Yes, it is possible. And I believe that it’s pretty straightforward.
It’s my mission to help my father get off his meds and establish a healthy low LDL and healthy high HDL cholesterol, while simultaneously reducing his blood sugar levels. I’m not a doctor, but most allopathic doctor’s knowledge of nutrition is lacking and outmoded. Diet should be left up to tradition and in this day and age, a good health coach.
I’ll be preparing all of my dad’s meals throughout the entire month of October.
And will share recipes and more about my diet plan in coming posts. I’ll give you a hint by sharing with you the organizations who’s philosphies I feel aligned with: Weston A. Price Foundation, Donna Gates and Dr. Lustig.