I love evolution, but particularly in thinking. It’s not an issue of right vs. wrong but a process hallmarked by honesty. Evolution happens in large swaths of time, such that discrete changes at any point in time are hard to identify short of outright re-evolution. Then one day, you realize that everything has changed. To my mind, the job of historical scholarship is to relate those seeming gulfs, such that people laf at the way they think today, realizing it’s likely fleeting.
Going back to 2007/8 when I first jumped on this bandwagon, perhaps the most helpful thing was to dismiss the dogma of limiting saturated fat and its cholesterol, or cholesterol changing properties. I still remember being part of the whole gig, as blogging about saturated fat and cholesterol in those first few years was an everyday staple. I touted HDL test results as high as 133 mg/DL. Even the Wife Unit got up to 93. No idea what either of us test, today. I’m not interested in such tests anymore.
Around 2010 I developed a nagging nag that I’d gone from unnatural in one direction to unnatural in the other. Saturated fat from animals and some plant oils (coconut & palm) may not be deleterious in the slightest, but why process, concentrate and chow down so much? Moreover, while fats in general are a bunch of lipids, that’s about all they are. Check it out.
I got too sick of—and especially low carbers—postings and Tweetings about eating spoonfuls of [processed and concentrated] “nutritious” fats as though it’s a superfood (no such thing except offal). Why? That’s just going too far in a benign dietary direction to prove IT’S THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
Alas, that’s the one thing I’ve learned from this path: Everyone has to be right, such that everyone else is wrong.
Meat. Fish. Fowl. Vegetables. Fruits. Nuts, perhaps. Get ’em yourself. Cook ’em yourself. And you don’t need to essentially deep fry everything—where it’s OK, ’cause you’re using a skillet! I still have a few ounces left of a 1-lb tub of leaf lard I got almost 3 months ago.
All that said, it does serve to review from time to time. Dr. Greg Venning, always looking out for me, shot me a video the other day. It’s an Aussie production, and has as its mainstay authorities Dr. Michael Eades, Dr. Jonny Bowden and Gary Taubes, amongst a couple of others I’m not as familiar with.
It’s pretty remarkable how the Doktors in the interview, those from the Australian Heart Whores for the Statin Drug Industry (AHWSDI), appear as dear in headlights.
The video is about a half hour and I enjoyed it a lot. (Good job, Gentleman Mike!)
This is a good time to pimp for Tom Naughton, again. Fat Head Director’s Cut is to me the go-to in this realm, and it’s all done in a sometimes serious, sometimes comedic presentation that begins by debunking The Queen of Fear Porn, Morgan Spurlock, who still won’t release his actual food journals from Super Size Me (because he lied his ass off).
So go get Fat Head and watch for a screen clip of this blog in the Director’s Cut….