January 1, 1962
This was an awesome and highly informative article but I feel that you've glossed over the true value of nuts. The key is here:
"To avoid increasing caloric intake, regular nut consumption can be recommended as a replacement for consumption of refined grain products or red or processed meats."
I can tell by reading this that Jeff (and perhaps most readers as well) is a long-time vegetarian and so this statement probably does not have much personal impact. However, for people who have just recently chosen to abandon the standard American diet this statement is significant. More explicitly, if you are trying to give up meat and dairy then nuts and seeds provide an important source of alternate nutrition.
I recently switched to a pescetarian diet which consists of some fish but otherwise no meat or dairy. (My doctor allows fish, but I was never a big fan so my diet is practically vegetarian.) I've found a small handful of nuts or seeds after a meal consisting of fruits, grains, and vegetables to be very satisfying. It makes the meal feel "finished". I started this diet in early March 2012 and as of late July 2012 have lost about 45 pounds. I do not count calories or restrict food intake but I do limit myself to healthy plant-based foods occasionally supplemented by fresh fish. (Oddly, although I don't generally like fish I have learned to enjoy fresh sashimi.) I eat as many nuts and seeds (mostly sunflower and pumpkin) and if they have slowed my weight loss then that is fine; my current rate of weight loss is more than satisfactory.
People who have not achieved their weight goals and who include nuts in a healthy plant-based diet should certainly consider eliminating nuts from their diets but people who are eating the standard American diet should concentrate on eliminating dairy, meat, and processed foods and utilize nuts as a substitute.
I don't recommend people give up nuts while simultaneously switching to a healthy plant-based diet. The change is too drastic and people can fall of the wagon too easily. I lost a lot of weight just by giving up meat and dairy. (I had never really incorporated much processed food in my diet to begin with, so I was lucky there.)
My suggestion: work in stages and set yourself reasonable goals. If you've given up meat and dairy and all processed foods and still have not met your weight goals then you can start looking at the next set of culprits, such as nuts and seeds as well as olive oil and avocados.
However, readers should also keep in mind that not everyone lives in the public eye, and part of their weight problems may be in their expectations. AJ herself wrote that she needed to lose those last 10 or 12 pounds for cosmetic reasons not health reasons. We seem to think that everybody needs to be thin as a reed but the reality is that each of us has a unique ideal figure.
People who promote the paleolithic diet forget some important facts.
> The hunter-gather lifestyle occurred during a specific window in our past. During other periods we followed different diets.
> It is only recently that we have had much control over our diet. In the past our diet was a reflection of our environment and we adapted to whatever foods were available. That doesn't necessarily mean it was ideal. Evolving to survive a specific dietary constraint doesn't necessarily mean we will thrive with the constraint.
> The high-protein high-fat diets of the paleolithic era supported the strenuous requirements of the hunter-gather lifestyle. Readers wishing to adopt the diet would be advised to adopt the entire lifestyle, which includes wandering around in the woods all day either gathering edible vegetation or hunting for game, depending on your gender.
> 64% of people adopting this lifestyle will of course die by the time they reach 45, with 43% of all children dying by age 15. The rest of you will be brimming with health until you die at about 65.
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In general I do not. Once in a blue moon I have a green smoothie as a treat, but in general no. When I do, I make my own.
Thank you! I've just been informed I am being invited back to Marshall next year to speak and be the Emcee of their now annual New Year, New You fest.
If nuts and seeds stop heart attacks, why is heart disease still the number one killer of all Americans?
And if someone still has fat on their body and they give up nuts as an experiment for 3 weeks, I seriously doubt they will have a heart attack. Excess weight, on the other hand, carries great risks.
Chef AJ looks good in whatever she chooses to wear. Lighten up folks.
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