Animal products in general are often on the 'don't' list of vegetarians and raw food diets partly because they can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Heart healthy diets like the Dean Ornish diet - very high in carbs and low in fat -also pans animal proteins in favor of a high carbohydrate diet.
A new one-year study was just released this past week comparing four diets, The Atkins Diet (low carb, high protein), The Zone Diet (40:30:30: (carbs, protein, fats), The Learn Diet (low in fat, high in carbs) and The Ornish Diet. The results indicate clearly that The Atkins Diet is significantly more beneficial for weight loss. Atkins dieters also experienced an increase in good cholesterol and lowered blood pressure.
We read the report on this study with interest. Of particular concern was the question - would those following the Body Ecology program be confused? Which diet would you prefer to follow? We suggest discarding the idea of a being on a diet and think instead of following a "way of life." Body Ecology is offering you a complete system of healing that provides you with all your nutrient needs.
This free newsletter allows us to share with you the reasons why The Body Ecology Diet works so well.
Healthy fats are an important part of Body Ecology and we want you to obtain a wide variety of fats from variety of organic, beneficial sources.
So Is Fat Bad for You?
Yes, when consumed in excess, foods with certain types of saturated fats and cholesterol can increase your risk of chronic illness. But contrary to popular belief, animal proteins and fats are not the nutritional bad guys they are often made out to be. In fact, grass-fed meats and poultry and eggs can be incredibly healthy for you because they all contain substantial amounts of conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA for short.
One of the reasons why The Atkins Diet helps people lose weight or remain slender is because eggs and meat could be providing this important fatty acid. CLA is very valuable to include in your daily intake of foods. But it is important to know that you can only obtain CLA from foods like raw butter, milk and beef IF the animals are fed grass.
Consuming healthy grass fed meats, poultry, dairy and eggs as part of your Body Ecology diet can actually protect you from cancer. Have the highest quality healthy meats, poultry, dairy products and more delivered to your door!
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
CLA is a compound substance and essential fatty acid necessary for optimal health. Recent studies have shown that CLA can:
- Enhance your metabolism.
- Build muscle mass. CLA helps people reduce body fat and increase lean muscle mass in people who exercise.
- Lower your cholesterol and triglycerides.
- Prevent and treat diabetes by lowering insulin resistance. CLA can be a treatment for people with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).
- Boost your immunity.
- Fight all three stages of cancer: initiation, promotion, and progression. CLA also reduces the potency of the dangerous carcinogens that cause cells to mutate.
Where to Find CLA
Scientists have shown that CLA is present in human breast milk and contributes to a sound nutritional base for our newborns. As we age, however, we need to take in CLA from our diets, and the best sources for CLA are grass-fed meats and poultry, dairy, butter and eggs.
Keep in Mind
The type of beef and other meat you buy from a typical store is NOT grass-fed and strongly recommended against for that and other reasons, such as the antiobiotics and other chemicals. BE SURE to consume only grassfed beef and other meats… if you have difficulty finding it locally it is easy to get online from the source linked to above.
When animals graze on grass, they have as much as 500 times the amount of CLA as conventional animals fed grains and feed. Organically raised grass-fed animals also have more lean protein, less fat, and they have been raised without hormones and antibiotics.
When you "plate up" your meal, remember that animal products should only make up approximately 20% of the food you are eating. Ocean, cultured and land vegetables the other 80% of your meal. Yes, animal products can be good for you if you choose the best sources and follow the 80/20 rule.
Consumed in moderation as we suggest, animal products provide valuable protein and essential nutrients not available from plants.
Because we must honor The Principle of Uniqueness. the Body Ecology program does not judge one food as better than another. The best food for your body is what it needs at this moment in time.
Many people feel best when they include animal proteins because the have a "grounding" and "strengthening" quality. Of course, these foods must also be properly prepared (never overcooked), and digested completely. If they are not digested completely they become another toxin. As they reach your digestive tract they can even over time create serious health problems like inflammation, colitis and even cancer. High quality enzymes like the strongly recommended Assist and fermented drinks and foods help ensure digestion of animal protein meals and should be included at every meal. Animal protein meals are best consumed between 11:00am and 2:00pm.
At Body Ecology, we love US Wellness Meats because their beef, poultry, pork, lamb and dairy products are produced by a collective of highly experienced farm families committed to the health and wellbeing of their customers. You can shop online and have grass-fed meat, poultry and other natural foods delivered to your door!
To learn more about how to select the best meat, poultry, dairy and eggs for you and your family, read Healthy Meats vs. Unhealthy Meats: The Definitive Guide to How to Choose Healthy Meat. For more specifics on eggs, read Eggs: What Health-Conscious People Need to Know about One of Our Most Misunderstood Foods.
What About Supplements?
CLA is also available in supplement form, but some studies have shown that supplements (where the CLA is from refined safflower oil) may not offer the same benefits as CLA from your food. In fact, some studies indicate that CLA supplements actually might have negative effects on your body's insulin resistance.
Conjugated linoleic acid from animal sources is an essential part of a healthy diet and can protect you from disease as well as keep you slim. Thanks to CLA, you can have your beef and eat it too!
Should you now begin the Atkins diet because you want to lose weight for spring? While we rarely promote the Body Ecology System of health and healing for weight loss, there is no better program out there than ours. That's not just "promo talk" - many thousands of people are living proof. We're waiting for the day researchers discover us and compare Body Ecology Diet with any of the others. With our Principle of Uniqueness, our focus on improved digestion and the quality of foods we recommend, we are certain we'll come out the winner!
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- What is CLA? EatWild.com. http://www.eatwild.com/cla.html