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Intermittent Fasting

Wow! Time flies! It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. I have been busy!

I do have an article about my experience with Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting over a defined period.

It’s been a great way for me to lose weight consistently over the past few months and fits in well my other programs that I follow.

Check out the article if you want.

Intermittent Fasting & The Plant Paradox

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Me, personally, I still drink coffee every morning when I get up.

A coffee habit can be unhealthy in a lot of ways. Not necessarily the coffee itself, but more so it’s all the junk we put in coffee. Yes – I know – a lot of respected people say don’t drink it – or drink it in moderation, but there are health benefits to coffee and after all there are those of us who like it.

I’ll save the detailed conversation about coffee itself for another time, but I would like to point out that if you are going to drink coffee, you should consider using it without sugar and instead use heavy cream (aka whipping cream) to make it taste good.

Personally I have managed to consume coffee without sugar for at least 5 years. That was one of the hardest health transitions I ever had to make. I loved my coffee with sugar.

Worse than consuming just bad old sugar in my coffee I was also one of those using fake creamers and even worse those flavored cream concoctions that tasted so good (like candy).

That was back when I though drinking diet sodas was being healthy.

But as I learned more about nutrition and especially how sugar in particlular was causing a lot of health problems I started making an effort to eliminate it from my diet.

Around the time I learned about the Phase One Diet and Know The Cause I gave up drinking sodas completely (even Ginger Ale) and I began substituting honey for sugar in my coffee.

I didn’t think honey was exactly “Phase One Diet” friendly, but I thought it was better than using sugar.

I also tried agave nectar in my coffee, although I didn’t really connect with that.

Thanks to Doug Kaufman and some information I have learned from him and the guests on his show and elsewhere, I have found that coffee tastes good without any sweetener if you use cinnamon or unsweetened chocolate (pure cocoa powder) along with a heavy unsweetened cream (at Trader Joes it is called Whipping Cream).

Cinnamon by the way is anti-fungal as are a lot of the foods and vitamins that are good for us :’>

Is cream healthy? It certainly is healthier than artificial creamers and flavored garbage for coffee.

I am curious because from time to time I have noticed that cream (yet more often milk and dairy) gets slammed in articles and diet instructions.

Since unsweetened whipping cream is considered OK in moderation on the Phase One and Phase Two diets and used in many Phase 1 friendly recipes by Doug Kaufmann himself, I thought it would be interesting to research if there are any health benefits to cream.

Heavy Cream or Whipping Cream is basically the stuff that rises to the top when milk is made. IT must not be very heavy or it’d sink… but it is heavier in fat – saturated fat, which by the way does have health benefits.

I am pretty sure that cream is generally not pasteurized, which in itself is considered by many to be healthier than drinking milk which is pasteurized.

I know – there has been a big campaign to tell Americans that fat is bad for us – but now in 2014 and beyond a lot of doctors are changing their opinions about good fats and bad fats and are realizing that our bodies and especially our brains need some good saturated fat to operate at our peak.

Heavy Cream by the way can be consumed by a lot of people who are otherwise “lactose intolerant” without any digestive issues.

Cream has practically no carbs. That’s good, right?

It is also said that heavy cream because of the high saturated fat can suppress your appetite. That can be helpful.

Heavy cream is certainly healthier than polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils. That’s good.

It has a good amount of calcium and phsopherous which our bodies need. That’s good.

Cream is also good for people who are active and need energy (kids especially).

And perhaps the best thing about cream – especially in coffee – is that it has a sweet taste that can help us stay away from sugar. That’s good!

Now – having pointed out those things – there still is a faction of people who would rather have you drink skim milk than consume cream. But those people still think saturated fat is all bad and harmful. In my opinion and many high profile doctors and nutritionists who believe we need to eliminate as much saturated fat as possible are flat out giving BAD ADVICE.

Who do you believe??? I’ve puts some good links at the bottom of this – read them for yourself and decide.

Me – I think grandma had it right with a lot of the foods they ate. Butter, cream and such was not conisdered unhealthy back in the days. Maybe they had it right and all these high tech processed food companies have it wrong.

In any event – follow some of the links below and do a little research yourself before you write off cream and saturated fats in your diet.

The intention of the Phase One Diet by Doug Kaufmann is to starve fungus out of our bodies by NOT giving it what it wants and that is why there is a list of acceptable foods to consume while on the diet.

In general it’s sugar and carbs that are universally not allowed however dairy also has limitation. Here are the suggested dairy foods that are allowed on Phase One:

Organic Butter, Organic Yogurt, (use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream.

Getting Started On the Phase One Diet – explains the foods that are allowed and includes a section on milk and dairy where it says “milk is not what it was 50 years ago”.

Foods High In Saturated Fats are Not The Enemy – hey – this is a must read!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Heavy Cream – this article asks if you should use cream for coffee or cooking.

Real Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk – which is better?

Who do you believe about saturated fats and cholesterol? – Read and decide for yourself!

Heavy Whipping Cream Forum Post – get involved in the discussion!

That’s all for now!

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