Sent by JUDY CHO | August 13, 2022
This week has been busy with a major deliverable (I’ll share when I can!) and an overhaul on our reports and personalized assessments given to our indivdiual clients. My husband is all about user experience and we are trying to make the content as easily digestible as possible. The ultimate goal is that we can help our clients get to root-cause healing, and for the long-haul.
As an aside, I have a bunch of small clips that I’m dying to make as a reel against Mr. Bill Gates. But I don’t know when I’ll have time to make it. Or if it’ll keep me in Instagram jail even longer. Hopefully I’ll share soon!
Meat made the headlines again this week.
“Dietary Meat, Trimethylamine N-Oxide-Related Metabolites, and Incident Cardiovascular Disease Among Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study”
I like to give credit where it’s due so I’m going to cite two articles written by some of my favorite people. Dr. Georgia Ede disproves the study in an article, “New Study Claims Red Meat Risky for Heart and Brain Health — Researchers link carnitine, a nutrient in meat, to high TMAO levels.”
Nina Teicholz, author of the Big Fat Surprise, debunked the study in, “The Latest Study on Red Meat & Heart Disease: A Red Herring.”
Nina shares how 83 news stories shared the new TMAO study, yet not one shared the major conflict of interest. (see images below).
What I found really, really interesting is one of the authors of the study, Dariush Mozaffarian was the main author of the recently released TUFT’S Food Compass Guide. I did some research on the companies that sponsor him for a very comprehensive article.
You can read the new TMAO study, here and you can learn more about Dariush M. here. (Scroll to the bottom).
A body isn’t forgiving when nutrient status is depleted.
I’m not a fan of calorie counting long-term. Yes, when we first start carnivore, we should track for a week or two to get a sense of what eating sufficiently looks like but long term, calorie counting is not ideal.
Our body is not a calculator. We are a collection of complicated chemical processes that are so heavily reliant and affected by hormones. No amount of calorie tweaking is going to change this.
You may find a sweet spot for a while, but over time, that sweet spot will turn sour. (e.g., hormone and thyroid imbalances)
We want to heal from metabolic disease. Give it time.
We want to lose weight but when we take shortcuts by undereating, we can cause eating disorders to grow rampant and other health imbalances.
When we consume very few calories in a day, our bodies will rebel. It will show up as an inability to stick to a diet. It will show up as bingeing and sometimes compensatory behavior. It’s not a lack of willpower, our bodies are screaming for nutrients.
Some of the rebellion will show up as the following:
Do you feel cold all the time?
Dizzy when you stand up from being seated?
Consistent leg cramps at night?
Hair thinning or falling out?
Skin, not so bright?
Amenorrhea (inconsistent and loss of menstruation)?
Need to always wear sunglasses when going outside?
Are you moody (see below)?
Can’t fall asleep or stay asleep?
You may be undereating. You may have adrenal imbalances. Adrenals are part of the endocrine system that include the thyroid, pituitary, and sex hormones.
If the adrenals are imbalanced, then the other areas are usually imbalanced too.
These symptoms can be a different illness but these are the body’s warning signs: the calm before the storm.
The Minnesota starvation study shared prolonged restriction of food negatively impacts mood. Restriction and weight loss can lead to an increase in anxiety and obsessive thoughts. Add coffee to restrict hunger, and we’re creating an emotional, anxious cycle.
Take it one meal, one day at a time because consistency matters. Healing IS possible but it takes time.
Be patient with healing and weight loss. Don’t try to outpace losing weight. It’s not a sprint or a competition.
Even if you are ahead of the weight loss game, you will eventually feel the adverse effects. Undereating can cause hormone imbalances and adrenal issues. ⠀
You didn’t get sick overnight so don’t expect to heal overnight.
If liver cells take 300–500 days to replace, how do you expect to lose X amount of weight in 2 weeks? Especially after eating poorly for decades?
· Blood neutrophils: 1–5 days⠀
· Bone osteoblasts: 90–100 days⠀
· Bone osteoclasts: 14 days⠀
· Fat storage cells: 8–10 years⠀
· Hippocampal neurons: 20–30 years⠀
· Intercostal skeletal muscle cells: 15 years⠀
· Intestinal epithelial cells: 5 days⠀
· Liver cells: 300–500 days⠀
· Liver hepatocyte cells: 6 months — 1 year⠀
· Pancreas beta cells (rats): 20–50 days⠀
· Red blood cells: 120 days⠀
· Skeleton: 10% per year⠀
· Sperm (male gametes): 60 days⠀
· Stomach cells: 2–9 days⠀
· Tongue taste buds (rat): 10 days.⠀
I am a firm believer in bioindividuality. You have to figure out what works best for you.
But don’t fear fat. Many people are eating fat at about 55%-60% in total calories. We need to turn to fat for fuel and less from gluconeogenesis.
The body’s main energy sources are fat or carbs. If you remove carbs, you need fat. Eat the meat and eat the fat.
Never sacrifice yourself to strive for perfection. You’ll find perfection is unattainable. Ask yourself where the perfect-desire is stemming from.
♥️ Know that you are enough. Be consistent. Have grace and embrace that the journey will never be a straight path.
There will be moments of cruising and moments of turbulence and that’s okay. We’re human and able to handle turbulent times because of the resiliency instilled in us.
Eat nutrient-dense foods in nourishing quantities. Your body is not meant to be overweight. Trust your body. Your body will eventually find homeostasis — it just might take longer than you wanted.
Eat nutrient-dense meats and fat. Your body will take care of the rest. ♥️
In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain episode, Laura and I share about raw vs. cooked meat and the implications of striving and advocating for perfection.
Paleo Valley’s meat sticks have been a lifesaver during this hot summer. Since they are shelf-stable, I always have Paleo Valley meat sticks in my bag at all times.
It’s also been perfect for my boys’ lunchboxes.
I loved Paleo Valley’s grass-finished beef sticks and pasture-raised turkey sticks because they support US Family farmers that focus on regenerative agriculture.
These meat sticks are from animals that have never been fed grains, corn, soy or GMOs. They’ve never been exposed to chemicals or pesticides, and have never been given antibiotics.
The spices in their sticks also are 100% organic.
Each stick is about $2 with our discount code and comes in a 10-pack bag. The sticks come in 5 different flavors.
Paleo Valley’s meat sticks are a perfect snack and frankly, a great value without skimping on quality.
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Per request, I shared a very honest, hard discussion as to why it’s critical to find a diet that makes sense for our own needs.
This is a very short video explaining what is Carnivore Cure’s Food Toxin Database — Nutriment. This database is far more powerful than what we ever expected it to be. We hope it brings people healing.
Because I’m a naturally curious person, we decided to do some mold testing in our home. I got an ERMI mold test done, and while the results were pretty mild, I wanted to clean up any mold for my young boys.
I am too close to the illness with my clients suffering from CIRS that I want to make sure I provide a clean building for my children.
Our plan was to take out one kitchen cabinet that had some mold.
We sometimes get sideways rain in Austin, and some of that rain went through our backyard door into the bottom molding, causing water damage.
The remediators told us that there was a risk of our granite countertop breaking… and of course, it did. I know I opened a can of worms with this repair, but it’s showed me a small glimpse of what my clients go through with CIRS.
My husband is also thrilled at all the money being spent. It was another thing I get to empathize with my clients. Many of my clients suffering from CIRS or chronic illness can’t really work. They are very mindful about medical costs, especially because they have to ask their partner for resources.
So never once have I complained about the money going into our small journey with mold. None of us are really sick, and for that alone, I’m extremely grateful.
Between us, I’m sort of glad I’m going through this. Otherwise, I would have never fully understood the level of stress mold remediation brings to a chronically ill person. Going through my journey and having to experience every single step helps me to understand what my clients are going through.
And since I don’t suffer from chronic illness, I can be some of the legs and arms to help them get through this.
Thank you for being part of this community. ♥️
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with ♥️ and hope for healing,
While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.
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