How To Improve Your Cholesterol

What You Need To Do To Improve Your Cholesterol

Like hypertension, gout, gerd, cancer, etc. many people are so confused as to how to eat to reverse/improve these health conditions. Cholesterol is another one that we tend to get all wrong…….

We’re told to limit our consumption of butter, lard, red meat and eggs, or worse, to go on statins to reduce our blood cholesterol levels, but yet, our ancestors seem to have thrived on those foods without the predicted heart problems.

Actually the pharmacology industry did a really good job of scaring us to death about high cholesterol and dietary cholesterol intake.

Here’s The Skinny On Cholesterol & What to eat to improve it…….

There’s cholesterol all over your body, it’s an essential constituent of all the cells of your body and also metabolizes all the sex hormones and fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K. Without it, you’d be dead in no time.

Also note that if you consume more cholesterol in your diet, your body will DOWN regulate its own production to match its needs so this way you don’t get too much of it.

The opposite happens when you reduce your consumption or take drugs to reduce it, your body UP-regulates the production and tries to make more for what’s missing.

HDL and LDL cholesterol…

HDL for which everybody recognizes as the “good cholesterol” is in fact a transporter that takes excess cholesterol in the blood and brings it back to the liver. On this point, conventional wisdom and the Paleo principles don’t differ, high HDL is a GOOD thing and the more the better.

LDL is what is known as the “bad cholesterol”. LDL, like HDL, is NOT cholesterol, but a transporter of cholesterol, one that takes cholesterol in your liver and transport it through the bloodstream to where it’s needed.

High cholesterol is a symptom, NOT a cause…..

Elevated serum levels of cholesterol is a symptom of an underlining problem in your body, not the cause of the problem. Cholesterol is NOT the bad guy, but it’s there when bad things are happening.

The actual underlining problem is oftentimes INFLAMMATION at the artery level. Cholesterol is then sent to the artery to help and heal the inflammation. If it is successful at it, everything is going to be fine and return to normal.

Otherwise, when the inflammation doesn’t subsides, more cholesterol is sent and starts to accumulate around the artery as a band aid. Then, plaque starts to form and you’re in for future problems…..

Understand, then, that cholesterol is sent to treat a problem, not to cause it. Again The real cause of the problem is inflammation at the artery level.

This inflammation is caused by chronically high levels of insulin, which is caused by excess carbohydrate (pasta, bread, desserts, chips, etc.) consumption. Trans fats and vegetable oils also cause inflammation.

We only really see LDL’s negative consequences when it becomes oxidized by free radicals. A diet high in antioxidants (vegetables and fruits) and low in carbohydrates will reduce factors of oxidation in the body.

Aim for high HDL and low triglycerides…

Triglycerides are fatty acids that are circulating in the bloodstreams. High levels is a bad thing. Again, high triglycerides are caused mainly by chronically high carbohydrate intake from grains (rice, oats, corn, wheat, barley etc) and legumes (beans, peanuts etc)

To reach a higher level of HDL, be sure to reduce your sources of omega-6 fats, mainly from vegetable oils, but also from an excess of nuts. Taking a good quality OMEGA 3 fish oil DAILY is a good idea.

Saturated fats will also raise the good HDL, so LOTS of it is a good thing. Think coconut oil, lard, butter, beef tallow, …

I hope this helped you reduce your fear about cholesterol intake and why it’s actually a GOOD idea to eat foods high in cholesterol. I also hope that you’re now better informed for preventing strokes and atherosclerosis.

So now go ahead and cut the sugars, cut the grains and eat the fat, the meat and the egg yolks. In fact, egg yolks are a nutrition powerhouse and it’s egg whites that we should worry about because of some anti-nutrients and protein inhibitors. This is the absolute opposite to popular belief, not surprisingly!


Kidney Disease & Paleo

Chronically elevated insulin levels appear to have a number of causes (excess fructose, linoleic acid (n-6), sedentism, inflammation, sleep disturbances…) and a shocking number of consequences.

Most common are Type 2 diabetes and obesity, but linkage to hyperinsulinim includes various types of cancer, mental decline, acne and renal (kidney) problems for a short list.

Today we are going to focus on Kidney Disease. Instead of me really going into a lot of geeky medical terminology talk, I’m going to cut to the chase. I could boil this whole thing down to the following:


2-Chronically elevated BLOOD GLUCOSE levels DO cause kidney damage.

3-Dietary fructose REALLY causes kidney damage.

4-Many kidney issues have either ahyperinsulinemic characteristic, an autoimmune characteristic, and or a combination of autoimmunity orhyperinsulinism. A standard, low-carb paleo diet can fix most of these issues.

5-For SERIOUS kidney damage a low-protein,ketogenic diet (Atkins) can be remarkably therapeutic.

6-If you get kidney stones that are from oxalates, reduce your green veggie intake (spinach for example) and have other types of veggies.

7-If you get kidney stones that are from uratesalts, you are likely NOT following a low-carb paleo diet, you likely have insulin resistance and your liver is not processinguric acid.

Protein and kidneys……

In healthy kidneys protein intake has NO EFFECT on kidney health. In sick kidneys, protein can cause problems. Why? Because when the kidneys are not excreting urea bad things happen. Urea itself is not particularly toxic, but other nitrogenous waste products are neurotoxic and can cause death at high enough levels.

The bottom line is that in healthy individuals, increased protein intake causes an increase in the kidneys ability to deal with creatinine and BUN. In individuals with kidney disease they will likely benefit from a decrease in protein intake…but they need to address one of the aforementioned factors if they want to REGAIN kidney function, which we will talk about soon.

Lets use Jason Couch Potato for an example (name has been changed but scenario is real) to help you see a clear picture of what’s going on…

Jason is a 30yr male, 5′ 7″ tall, 242lbs and pretty much a mess. He is sedentary, stressed, has terrible sleep and primarily snacks on twinkies, eats breakfast & Lunch at McDonalds and drinks a supersize “Coke” and similar drinks during the day and at night after dinner drinks a glass or 2 of vodka & cranberry juice to help him relax.

Recently Jason had to get a physical and he had: high blood pressure, elevated: blood glucose, BUN, creatinine. Given that his condition was obviously not good it was recommended that his renal function get checked out. Tests indicated Jason was operating on approximately 10% of normal kidney function.

Jason was pretty shaken up by his condition…peri-diabetic, facing dialysis ( his doctor wanted to start dialysis IMMEDIATELY) and all at the ripe old age of 30. Fortunately for Jason, he ran into a friend who happened to be a nutritionist that could tell him exactly how to eat to restore his kidney function in very short amount of time.

The course of action involved a low protein (10-15% protein) low carb ( less than 10%) high fat (mainly from coconut products), ketogenic diet. Jason’s doctor was horrified, but they petitioned for one month of “tinkering” to see how things went.

Three weeks later Jason’s GFR was 80% of normal instead of the previous 10% and his BUN was within normal ranges. His doctor was interested…but baffled. And now Jason has subsequently titrated up his protein intake with no ill effects on kidney function.

A ketogenic diet can restore your kidneys back to functioning properly. There are many low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet plans from which to choose. (The Atkins diet is just the most famous). They all involve following a higher fat, moderate protein, low carb food plan.

Excerpt by Robb Wolf

Autism & Paleo Testimony

The following testimony will likely shock and amaze you. I know it did and does for me and for a very simple reason: A child’s life was completely changed for the better, in many ways saved…and all from a simple nutritional intervention.

This story relates specifically to Autism and although there is increasing awareness of the role of gut permeability and various food intolerances in the etiology of this condition, there is also a remarkable amount of confusion.

The concept of “gluten free” is making it’s way into the collective consciousness of many people in the autism community, but unfortunately that is only ONE of many steps necessary to really affect change in this condition.

If you know someone with kids who suffer from autism, please pass this along…..

My name is Rachel, and I am a 30 year old mother of 4 children. I have been interested in fitness and nutrition for years, but followed a traditional bodybuilding diet until I began having stomach pain when I became pregnant with my fourth baby in 2008. Suddenly, a protein shake or other foods gave me unbearable stomach pain within 20 minutes of ingestion.

Sometimes this was even accompanied my vomiting, and got bad enough that I landed in the ER a few times. None of the doctors seemed to know what it was. They guessed lactose intolerance or IBS and sent me home.

At 22 weeks pregnant, I awoke in the middle of the night with the worst abdominal pain yet, and a fever. We went to the ER, and they rushed me into emergency surgery to remove what they thought could be an appendix about to rupture.

This was scary and risky at 22 weeks pregnant, but necessary. The surgeon discovered that my appendix was fine, but that I had a cyst in my small intestine which had ruptured causing the infection and fever. I asked tons of questions. What caused this? Could it happen again?

All of the doctors said they didn’t really know. A nurse told me to try cutting out wheat and see if that helped. It did, but I did not yet know why or how it helped. My daughter Scarlet was born full term and healthy, and we breathed a sigh of relief.

We knew early on Scarlet was different than our other 3 children. She seemed less affectionate and inclined to “stay in her own little world.” She was walking at 9 months, but had not even begun to speak after turning a year old.

By the time she was 18 months, she was still not talking at all, and had lots of strange habits such as jumping constantly (I mean ALL THE TIME) and pacing or rocking all the time.

She carried around objects refusing to put them down for any reason at all, and freaked out if people came too close to her. She was notoriously unaffectionate. Hugs and kisses were very rare. We took her to speech therapists, neurologists, and child psychologists.

They diagnosed her with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in September of 2010. Her language skills at 20 months were that of a normal 8 month old. She had no words at all. I started researching everything I could find about diet. I got Robb’s book The Paleo Solution for Christmas and read it all in 2 days. Then I read it again. This all made so much sense to me!

For starters, I tried to get as much gluten out of my family’s diet as I could, but many people around me were skeptical, to say the least. I was met with a lot of resistance. Even though I had been eating this way myself for almost a year and the allergies, asthma, and eczema that had plagued me my whole life DISAPPEARED, and I lost 50 pounds, nobody around me believed my diet could do that.

Scarlet improved a little bit with less wheat in her diet, and had about a five word vocabulary within a few months. She was still eating dairy and other grains at this point, and family was still sneaking her some cookies and such at this point.

I had begun reading for a couple hours a day on nutrition for several months, and I decided to attend a Paleo Solution Seminar in Toronto in March, 2011. Robb explained gut health, auto-immunity, the blood-brain barrier, and “brain inflammation.” This was what really made the “gut-autoimmune” connection click for me.

I came home determined, and tortured my husband with hours of biochemistry (I am a closet science nerd) until he agreed we had to go 100% Paleo and give this thing a shot. I no longer cared if everyone around me thought I was nuts. I knew my daughter had ZERO wiggle room, and I threatened physical harm if anyone tried to “sneak the poor baby a cookie.”

I began feeding her grass-fed meat, wild salmon, yams, carrots, berries, and the like. Instead of milk and juice she has caffeine free herbal tea or coconut milk with water. To my surprise, she LOVES this food and I had no trouble getting her to eat this way. I hoped that over time, this would improve her condition. I WAS WRONG. It was much better than that!

Within ONE WEEK of Scarlet eating 100% grain, legume, and dairy free the difference in this child was nothing short of amazing. Before paleo, Scarlet said about 5 words. One week after paleo, she is using more than 20 words.

It has now been two weeks on paleo and we cannot keep up with the word explosion! She can repeat most things she hears. She is pointing to objects and naming them, something she couldn’t do before. She is calling us “mama” and “dada” and we are getting all the big hugs and kisses we can handle!

She can point out a couple of shapes and colors and name them. She identifies animals and the sounds they make. This FAR exceeds her goals for learning for the whole year set by her therapists.

Her teacher and speech therapist cannot believe it either, but they are totally on board and even asked for info about Robb’s book and website, which I gave them.

We are so thankful for Robb and others like him who are getting this information out to families like ours. This is life-changing information you most likely WON’T hear from doctors, government or media.

Do your own research, and be skeptical. Check the source, follow the money, and do your best to understand the actual science.

If you try going paleo, don’t cave to people who are afraid you (or your kids) will wither away or die of malnutrition without bread, milk and cereal! If you actually DO this stuff, YOU will be the proof


Gallbladder Attack & Paleo

Gallbladder surgery seems to be on the rise, would it have anything to do with our love for breads, pasta and other foods that have been dipped (fried chicken/fish) and or made with flour…..

If you suffer from gallbladder problems or you’ve had your gallbladder removed know that WHEAT / Gluten in all of its many forms (bread, pasta, cake, cookies, gravy, cereal, crackers, beer etc) is NOT your friend.

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf mentions that most people who had gallbladder removal were almost assuredly, undiagnosed-celiac. So if you are suffering with gallbladder problems you more than likely have a gluten/wheat intolerance.


Read this if you believe fruit is healthy and you can consume unlimited amounts:

Many people who eat large amounts of fruit are not convinced that fruit can be dangerous. However many fruits have a large amount of fructose that can worsen insulin resistance if you consume too much of it.

It is also important to realize that 80 percent of Americans have diseases resulting from insulin resistance which are:
• Insulin resistance and obesity
• Elevated blood pressure
• Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
• Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis and even gout

If you have one of these conditions Fructose is a major contributor.

You would be wise to limit your total grams of daily fructose to 15 grams per day until you resolve the insulin resistance.  If you are still unconvinced you can measure your blood uric acid level and it will typically be greater than 5.5 if you are eating too much fructose.

Uric acid drives up your BP and new research has shown that uric acid is a far more accurate predictor of heart disease than your total cholesterol level and the more it is higher than 5.5 it is, the greater your risk.

If your uric acid levels are chronically elevated, you have an increased risk for hypertension, kidney disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. If your uric acid is between 3 and 5 than you do not need to be concerned about your current fructose intake, as you likely have a metabolism that can adjust for it and not cause you harm.

Fresh fruit is nearly always preferred to fruit juices as the processing destroys many of the nutrients in the fruit and many commercial fruit juices are also highly adulterated or deceptively labeled.

Additionally it is important to understand that most commercial fruit juices should be avoided as fruit juice typically has large amounts of methanol, which is wood alcohol, and a metabolic poison.  Often the methanol is bound to pectin and when you consume fresh fruits the methanol passes through your body and causes you no harm.

However, after the fruit is processed into juice and put into containers, the methanol gradually dissociates from the pectin and dissolves in the juice. The longer the fruit juice is in the container, or the more heat it is exposed to, the more methanol that is released into the juice

8 Fats You Should Be Eating For Weight Loss

Sometimes we hear the secret to success BUT we still don’t incorporate it into our own personal plan just to see if it really works….

I know I’ve said this several times but I find myself repeating this often only because I notice that many people are not in the habit of eating FAT to loose Fat.

Then later after trying paleo I hear, “Paleo didn’t work” due to x y z blah blah blah…… And after listening to ALL of your x,y & z issues I find out you DID NOT really follow the instructions for Paleo for weight loss.

You may even back up your claim with evidence from your food journal but then you realize the one thing you forgot to do was eat enough fat & take fat supplements (omega 3 & Vit D) to conti to push out unwanted body fat.

Then you state “but Tish I HATE avocado!” and I don’t think I will like coconut oil…..I cook with olive oil, and I take a couple of omega 3 pills most days…….

What everyone must realize is that true some people may not need to eat exactly like me to experience the results that I have.

While others of you may need to be even more STRICT. The best thing for you to do is TEST to see how you respond to various foods and adjust accordingly.

We are all different and require varying levels of fat, protein and carbohydrate for our specific metabolic needs.

If you are like me and are metabolic deranged it may be necessary to cut your carbohydrate intake down to the bare minimum, and make sure you eat enough protein not to much and not to little.

One of the MAJOR keys to my success with Low-carb Paleo has been a very deliberate increase in fat consumption. I haven’t been afraid to eat fat on my low carb diet.

In the absence of carbs it is the body’s fuel source. But pushing fat levels even higher while restricting carbohydrate and protein has made all the difference in the world.

Here are 8 high-fat foods you should be eating to be successful at weight/fat loss.

1) Avocados – 82.5% fat
2) Butter – 100% fat I prefer grassfed by kerrygold
3) Whole eggs – 61% fat
4) Coconut oil – 100% fat
5) Bacon – 69.5% fat
6) Coconut – 88% fat
7) Dark Chocolate – 65% fat
8) Fish Oil omega 3 – 100% fat

Special note on fish oil: if you are eating more junk foods than Paleo foods it more important for you to take the fish oil supplements than the person that’s eating a good Paleo diet.

Why? Because non Paleo foods have a ton of omega 6 in them so you have to get those healthier omega 3 oils in to balance the junk out.

Gray Hair Isn’t A Sign Of Old Age But A High-Carb, Low-Protein Diet….

Getting your first gray hair is traumatic for many and very difficult to ignore. Sadly, it is also a sign that many more gray hairs are probably soon to follow.
Everyone thinks it just seems to be a normal process of aging–one in which you can’t stop no matter what you do.

But I challenge you to consider these gray hairs as merely a personal wake-up call for you to improve your health and more specifically your diet. What if I told you that there is a way to stop or slow down this process of your hair turning gray? Would you believe me if I told you that you can do things to prevent or even reverse gray hairs from forming?

The reality is our current belief that graying is due to aging and that it is not reversible may not be true at all. So what is the answer? The answer lies in what you have been told before but may not have realized. It’s as simple as “You are what you eat.”

“You are what you eat” is a truism that you can harness to your advantage if you understand what nutrients are required for better health. The overabundance of carbohydrates consumed by most people is the major reason for the increasing rates of obesity and chronic health conditions that have befallen us.

In fact, a reduction or possibly even an elimination of carbohydrates is needed in order for your health, vitality, and aging to be improved. Regarding gray hairs, this happens when your body is unable to synthesize an adequate amount of melanin.

Melanin is the pigmentation that gives your hair its natural color. In order to make melanin, your body needs a specific non-essential but yet conditional amino acid called tyrosine.  Your body also needs tyrosine in order to make dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, coenzyme Q10, and thyroid hormones.

The availability of the needed amount of tyrosine may become deficient due to an incomplete diet low in protein. As you probably already know, amino acids are the basic building blocks of proteins. There are nine essential and eleven non-essential amino acids.

Essential amino acids are synthesized into non-essential amino acids. This fact highlights the delicate balance as to how dietary protein intake acts on the supply of both the essential and non-essential amino acids.

Therefore, consuming an adequate amount of protein and supplementation with tyrosine may be the answer to keeping your natural hair color longer…..

Paleo reverses the signs of aging. Eat meats, vegetables, nuts & seeds, little starch, NO sugar and NO wheat

Paleo Food Pyramid