As a follow up to yesterdays blog, in regards to listening to the CBC ‘White Coat, Black Art” podcast….
What I found most interesting was, the conversation with Dr. James Wortman, who did a study based on his heritage, and as such, studied the Metis in going back to their natural diet in regards to the way that the Metis ate prior to colonization. Their diet which, was based in low carb, high fat, at that time was similar to the Keto diet.
He suggested that, in his study, what was found was an enormous difference in regards to weight management, and medical ailments, as the individuals on the diet decreased in both. Yet, interestingly enough, when asked by the interviewer, if the people in the study were able to maintain this way of eating, and if their weight loss had been maintained, the answer was no. Dr. Wortman had been able to maintain weight loss and was now a big proponent of this way of eating. The wondering was; was it successful in regards to being an ongoing way of living life? Interestingly enough, Dr. Wartman’s response was ‘no”. The majority, if not all of the participants in the study relapsed and went back to their original way of eating.
My wondering in this is to do with the emotional component. I am wondering if the fact that the emotional component of the participants situations were not addressed, if this had an impact. And, if concentrating specifically on the intake of food and in the decreasing of starches and sugars with increasing fats was not enough of a game changer to be able to maintain this diet.
So my wondering is, why did the people on the Metis group study revert? Based on my experience of the Emotionally Focussed Eating Program, it is the emotional component that is the driving force. The information in regards to food content is one thing, but the actual driving force is really to do with what Dr. Laurie says is small-t-trauma, which is relational trauma.
So my suggestion might be that the reason why the people in the Metis group study eventually reverted was because the emotional component was not taken into account. It might actually really the driving force to the need for hi carbohydrate food. And as much as the information about food might have been significant, the reality of their emotional traumatic background was actually really the driving force.
Interestingly enough, the members of this conversation talked about Susan Powder, who was an enormous celebrity on TV in the 1980’s and she was a huge proponent of how fat actually makes you fat. Her stance was that, anything that you ate had to be less than 3% fat. She was based in physical exercise and never talked about carbohydrate intake at all. This is reminiscent of the culture in regards to fat being associated with disease. This has now totally been disproven. Higher saturated fat has been proven to NOT be associated with disease and fat intake has been proven to have nothing to do with being fat.
Apparently the new Canadian food guide is still touting whole grains and fruits as a main source of dietary requirements and as such political, based upon our need to promote Canadian wheat and dairy farmers. The truth is, milk has a high carbohydrate number as well as wheat but, butter, cream, and cheese is actually really good for you.
These doctors with their closed Facebook group, who have been “secretly” studying the Keto diet, against the advice of the Canadian food guide are wondering how they can get the message out. Because what these doctor’s have found that those that are on the Canadian food guide that 12% of individuals have been found to be metabolically healthy compared to 88 % who are found to be metabolically unhealthy.
The physicians that have decided that they wanted to try something different because the mainstream ‘eat healthy and exercise’ guidelines have not actually allowed them to lose weight but instead gain weight, have prompted them to question the Canadian accepted guidelines.
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