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Look Better, Feel Better Week 7


I did not completely give up on this program. What I mean by that is I’m too lazy to opt out of the emails it sends me for the length of the program. This week went over healthy eating habits when eating out at restaurants. I’m always game to improve my restaurant eating habits. So I read on.

This week’s advice was ridiculous. It advised avoiding any meal containing coconut milk. At least they’re consistent. The avoidance of coconut milk was probably recommended on their avoidance of fat. Coconut is fatty. It is also yummy. It is also nothing to fear.  There’s a collection of studies found here. They discuss the benefits of coconut in general, but are countered with a doctor's skepticism on certain claims of the panacea that is coconut. It is not a professional/peer-reviewed article. But it provides some nice resources if you'd like to look at them yourself. If you surf on over to Mark’s Daily Apple, you will also find a breakdown of various coconut products.

For those of us sensitive to dairy, coconut milk is a great option. Yes, it has fat in it. Get over it. There’s a few studies, like this one (abstract only), that indicate coconut oil may have a slenderizing effect. Is it that simple? Probably not. There are many mechanisms not accounted for in an abstract. I’m just not impressed with the “avoid fat at all costs when eating out” recommendation. Although, there is a good chance that quality may be an issue with certain restaurants. In these situations, you may just want to avoid the restaurant all together.  The same goes with fatty cuts of meat. Good quality, grass-fed meat fat is awesome. Poor quality, grain-fed meat fat is not so awesome. Love on one, avoid the other. Not so hard to grasp.

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Look Better, Feel Better, you still disappoint me. Your program does sound spot on for anyone following a conventional diet.  Thanks to the Food Pyramid, we’ve seen nothing but skinny people in the US, right? Wrong. There are plenty of obese people.  Many have given the conventional diet a run for its money and have not seen the health and fitness benefits that the “science” that supports it. I am just astonished that as someone singled out as needing  to lose weight (me), I was given the same crap that’s been shoveled down my throat through mainstream media and education for years. If it hasn’t worked this far into my life, what makes you think your program would do any better? Now I understand the draw of fad diets, anything and everything that is different may be able to help because this crap hasn’t worked. Thanks for promoting such desperation in some people that they will turn to anything that offers a sign of hope. Maybe one day those people will start turning to a less fat-phobic diet. As soon as I get the energy to stop these emails, I will.

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