This mid-week update of the Karma Sense Eating Plan (KSEP) comes to you just prior to July 4, 2015. This Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. It commemorates the day we Americans decided we were going to take control of our own destiny and do things our way. Despite where you may stand in today’s political spectrum, few can argue the positive influence our independence has had on the world.
When you adopt the Karma Sense Eating Plan you’re taking control of your own destiny and doing things your way. KSEP frees you from the dogma and pablum of diet plans that eliminate major categories of food or conversely pushes them down your throat. KSEP is a plan that ensures your mind and body gets the nutrition it needs but gives you the freedom to choose how. The result is a happier and healthier version of you. And few can argue that a happier and healthier version of you is the best suited for improving the world.
In this week’s update, we look at some of the insidious ways your freedom to choose is being surreptitiously influenced. We’ll pay a nod to America’s neighbor to the north, Canada, on their special day. And we’ll throw in the occasional odds and ends. But the first tidbit is about your…
Freedom to be a Low Carb Vegetarian
People choose to eat fewer animal products for a variety of reasons. If you’re simply reducing the amount of animals that you eat, you’re a Reducitarian. If you’re eliminating animal flesh (but still eating their by-products (e.g milk, eggs), you’re a vegetarian. If you’re eliminating all animal-derived food products, you’re a vegan. There are many creative classifications in-between.
What they all have in common is that they avoid a significant source of dietary protein and often make up the difference by adding foods that are higher in carbohydrates. This is fine if you’re an active person and/or someone who processes carbohydrates well. However, for some people this causes undesirable weight gain. The details on how our minds and bodies deal with carbohydrates are covered in the two-part description of mantra #4, Eat Whole Food Carbohydrates After Vigorous Exercise.
If you’re interested in avoiding or losing that weight gain and still honoring your plant-based lifestyle, you should pay close attention to mantra #1, Eat Protein in Every Meal in conjunction with mantra #4. Some good ideas for doing that can be found in this article from Authority Nation, How to Eat Low-Carb as a Vegetarian or Vegan.
If you’d like to learn more about how to be a lean vegetarian with Karma Sense, contact me for a free 30-minute consultation. No obligation. No sales pitch. No Bull$hit.
Freedom to Believe
I believe Elvis is dead. I believe Paul is alive. In general, I don’t believe in conspiracy theories.
So even though the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outsources some of its regulation to a shadowy industry trade group known as the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association, I don’t automatically assume that they are up to no good. Even though they play loose and fast with an FDA loophole that allows them to add just about anything they want under a “Generally Recognized As Safe“, clause I don’t see a problem. And even though the legal definitions of “natural flavorings” allows substances that have never been considered by nature. I still believe they have the consumer’s best interest at heart.
After all, “Generally Recognized As Safe” means that the food is considered safe by experts. It doesn’t bother me that the experts are selected by the companies that are manufacturing the food. After all, they’re using published research as their basis. I also don’t think anything loopy is going on when that research is paid for by those same manufacturers. For example when a study says that there is no link between High Fructose Corn Syrup and obesity, I believe it might be true. Despite the fact that the researchers received support from all the major sugary drink manufacturers (e.g. Coke, Pepsi, etc.) and by the Corn Refiners Association.
Our food supply system absolutely needs more transparency. But in the absence of that, there are ways to beat the system. Eat more foods that don’t require ingredient labels. You know, whole foods. Read ingredient labels and don’t buy foods that contain vague terms that you don’t know or understand.
Look at it this way. If I put a plate in front of you and told you it was chemically distilled amyl acetate, would you gobble it down? Probably not. Especially since you know I have the mind of an adolescent and may have done something nasty to it. But even if that wasn’t the case, I think you’d pass on it. So don’t eat it when it’s called “Natural Flavor” in your Yoplait Banana Yogurt.
It doesn’t bother me that food manufacturers rigged the system. My food isn’t manufactured. It’s grown.
Freedom to be Canadian
Today is Canada Day. Canada Day commemorates the day in 1867 that the British government combined three of its colonies to form the nation of Canada. Like everything else Canadian, it’s a more polite version of America Day aka Independence Day aka the 4th of July. No wars. Not even a true separation. The Queen is still on their money.
Last week I compared the Australian national dietary guidelines to ours. This week, let’s look at Canada’s.
Here are my comments:
Canada has very high expectations of it’s citizens. Apparently they expect people to read the guidelines. If you go by the graphic depictions, the rainbow shown above, there is no mention of fats, physical activity or water. You are supposed to discern the relative quantity of what you should consume based on the thickness of the individual color on the rainbow. They all look about the same to me.
The guidelines for quantities vary based on age and gender but generally follow the categories and amounts below”
- It honors mantra #3, Eat More Vegetables and Fruits in serving quantity (7-10) but does not distinguish between vegetables and fruits.
- The next category of food you are supposed to focus on is “Grain Products” and foods made from refined flours appear to be fine. This should rub anyone who read about mantra #4. Eat Whole Food Carbohydrates After Vigorous Exercise, the wrong way.
- “Milk and Alternatives” is the next category with a recommendation of 2-3 servings a day. The Karma Sense Eating Plan would classify these primarily as protein and fat sources.
- The final category is “Meat and Alternatives”. The Canucks include beans and other plant-based protein sources here. With a recommendation of 2-3 servings a day, the quantities are not in line with mantra #1, Eat Protein in Every Meal. This deficiency rings true even when you add in the “Milk and Alternatives” group.
- Fats are given no attention in the symbolic rainbow representation and the recommendations in the text are downright insulting. They push cheap vegetable oils including canola and soybean. It actually contains this sentence “Choose soft margarines that are low in saturated and trans fats.” No! Don’t choose margarine and don’t allow even small amounts of manmade trans fats into your body. The description of mantra #5, Eat Good Fats Daily and Get a Balance of the Different Types of Good Fats is not yet released, but it will discuss this in the excruciating detail you’ve learned to tolerate.
It looks to me like the Canadian guidelines are highly influenced by Canada’s agriculture industry. Canada is a huge producer of grain. Canola oil is called “canola” because it is a derivative of the rapeseed that was invented in Canada. This may work out great for Canada’s agriculture industry, but it does not make Karma Sense for its citizens. It seems having the queen on their money may be the only thing Canada and Australia have in common.
Freedom From Karma Sense
The next post in the Karma Sense series is on mantra #5 of the Eating component, Eat Good Fats Daily and Get a Balance of the Different Types of Good Fats. It’s all written and ready to release, but I plan to defer it to next week due to the holiday. What do you think?