The transitioning phase from a SAD (standard australian diet) to a whole food diet. During this episode Jaimielle and I dive into:
➡️ What you can expect during the transition phase.
➡️ Things you should be aware of, that may make you feel “different” when you change to a healthier diet.
Below is the unedited script from our Podcast. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.
Happy listening 🎙
If you think changing your diet is not good for you, it encompasses too much ‘pain’, and you want to keep doing what you are doing, then keep reading. We ask you to have an open mind, be open to change. To help you make the jump, below are are a bunch of reasons to adopt the short term pain for long term gain.
Changing to a healthier diet, may at first not feel good. There’s lots of nuance to the many levels here but we will try to give a broad overview.
Firstly we need to define what we mean when we say a “healthy diet”.
This simply means eating unprocessed real food. This includes consuming the minimal daily intake of protein from whole quality protein sources such as meat, fish, and eggs, as this will trigger repair and rebuild of your body each day.
More simply, eat meat fish and eggs as your main food at a majority of your meals, as opposed to eating processed foods that are high in glycemic load (i.e processed carbohydrates), which will turn to sugar once you eat them.
So if you currently don’t eat like this, or say you tried but couldn’t, here we will talk about what you might experience if you do change to a healthy diet, or why you couldn’t make the change in the past.
Some of the things you thought were healthy may not have been healthy for you. IF you started having raw green smoothies, here are a few issues you may have encountered.
➡️ Bowel movements (faster or slower)
➡️ Dislike the taste of these new foods
➡️ Indigestion and gas
➡️ Skin issues
➡️ Aches and pains
➡️ Weight gain. Hold tight we will explain why in a little bit….
If you experience symptoms other than perfect health, then you should understand that the big picture means all your cells and hormones are a little less than perfect too. Everything is connected.
So no matter how you ended up where you are, if you have less than perfect health, your digestion is likely to be less than perfect also. Subsequently any change to your diet may be for the better, albeit it may not feel like it at first as many things may be out of their “perfect” connection and function with one another.
This podcast is not about the answers to your symptoms, it is about the causes of symptoms. And when we say causes, we mean a very broad general picture of stuff that is going on that could be the cause. We are not offering any diagnosis or remedy, although we will give some hints to what MIGHT help, and what MIGHT hinder.
Lets start with the obvious – what is the point of food? To provide us with vitamins and minerals which are essential, and protein and fats which are essential.
These are the factors that allow us to be alive, to produce energy.
Sadly for the majority food is also a source of anxiety, physical pain and discomfort.
Some problems from food are related to:
➡️ Not being able to digest it well
➡️ High sugar content
➡️ Microbiome unbalanced due to a high sugar and low protein low fat diet
➡️ Plant toxins causing leaky gut
➡️ Plant compounds causing autoimmune reactions
➡️ Histamine intolerance
➡️ Reactions or deficiencies caused by oxalates, lectins, phytic acids, enzyme inhibitors, alkaloiods, tannins, fibre, and the plant list goes on and on.
➡️ Intolerance and the complete inability to digest what other humans can – dairy, and different dairy proteins, a1, a2, casein, and also lactose the dairy sugar.
➡️ Electrolyte imbalance/deficiency
➡️ Poor sleep, poor recovery from exercise and stress load
➡️ Inflammation caused by higher glycemic load causing insulin irregularities and blood sugar spiking
Blood sugar will rise with processed carbohydrate – like breads, pasta, etc. Natural foods like fruit can have a similar effect, and potentially worse for some people – due to the fibre content fruit won’t spike blood sugar as much although fructose impacts the liver. There are a myriad of effects when this happens, not in the scope of this article.
Without testing real time blood glucose or ketones, monitoring hba1c or employing a dexascan to physcially look at the liver, or a heap of other blood tests, it is hard to provide concrete evidence as to the above. We are talking about what COULD be happening, and without data to prove it’s not happening to you, you could assume it is happening to you and hear us out.
Gut microbiome changes dependant to you are eating. There can be a lag time when transitioning to a new way of eating.
“Supplement by feel or by science” – there is a time and place for suppplements. Blood tests for basic things like iron, and vitamin D are an excellent place to start, as you don’t want to overdose on these vitamins.
Other supplements are a good thing to go based on feel. Everyone is different, no test can get down to the cellular level of what you need or don’t need so biofeedback and tapping into your self awareness can be key.
Some changes will take days or weeks, while others may take months or years – for example the oxidized fats in your cells from too much deep fried food, or even from cooking your olive oil on a high heat, can take years to be replaced.
▶️ Genetically modifies plant-based food like the soybean come “prepackaged” with enzyme inhibitors. Enzymes are needed to break down macronutrients. Soybeans also contain isoflavones which are a major source of phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens have the potential to inhibit testosterone production and increase estrogen. Specifically not great for men or athletic minded women.
▶️ Genetically modified soy can mimic and mess with hormonal function.
▶️ Soybeans are engineered to be resistant to glyphosate. This enables farmers to spray the crops with RoundUp, the chemicals kill the weeds but not the genetically modified crops. While the crops may be engineered to survive glyphosate, we aren’t.
Health Dangers of Phytic Acid
Phytic acid binds to our minerals like phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium and prevents absorption.
▶️ Plants have a form of iron called “non-heme iron.” Phytic acid interferes with its absorption.
▶️ Some of the worst offenders are whole grains, nuts, and soybeans. Removing the bran rich layer of seeds can help reduce the phytic acid in grains like wheat and rice.
▶️ The best way to reduce phytic acid is fermentation. This works much for the same reason that cows can eat phytic acid without any issues – because both have microorganisms that can digest the phytic acid. Animals like cows and sheep have bacteria in their guts that break down phytates. Their guts are designed for plant-based diets.
▶️ Gluten is a lectin, and all plants have lectins. These proteins can cause inflammation, specifically in less than healthy and thriving humans with gut permeability and hormonal dysfunction.
▶️ Plants could make you feel worse because they were designed that way – self preservation.
So how can we explain why you may feel worse if you ate animal protein?
After not eating meat for a while…. Or not often enough… the body has changed, not for the better…
PLUS getting older makes everything worse……..more explained throughout the episode.
What do your liver, gallbladder and pancreas all have in common? They help digest fat!
Fats are one of the major food groups needed for proper nutrition, along with protein and carbohydrates. When you eat food, your digestive system must break down the nutrients in the food by converting them to smaller molecules that your cells, organs and tissues use for hundreds of metabolic functions.
Enzymes made in different parts of your digestive tract act on these smaller molecules to finalise this process.
Listen to the episode for full clarity!
Feel free to contact myself of Jaimielle if you need help mitigating your digestive issues 😉
Your health and performance Coach,