The Eat2Live Nutrition Philosophy – Your Food Is Your Health

Eat2Live Nutrition Philosophy

At our core, we believe Your Food Is Your Health.

If you are what you eat, it should be quite obvious that you don't want to eat junk that will make you sick, depressed, rob you of energy and causes you to gain weight. You will be surprised to note that junk is not only take away foods, it also includes some of the things you've been told is healthy.

Before we get deeper into the Eat2Live philosophy we need to clarify a few things.

  • Eat2Live is not a Paleo diet although there is some science in the paleo diet we agree with.
  • Eat2Live it's not an Atkins diet, although some of the proven science concepts have been incorporated into our nutrition philosophy.
  • Eat2Live is not strictly a Keto diet either, however, the science behind the insulin cycle and it's effect on our health is something we definitely include in our nutrition philosophy.
  • We are not in any way related or associated or hold to the "Eat To Live" nutritarian diet philosophy by doctor Fuhrman.

The Eat2Live Lifestyle recognises that everyone is different. The way our body reacts to food, the budget we have to buy the food we eat, our individual tastes of food and our ability to cook this food is mostly different for each person, therefore, the one-size-fits-all approach to diet does not work and cannot be sustained long-term. For this reason, Eat2Live holds at its core a personalised weight-loss and/or lifestyle program.

We Are All Different

Another point that needs to be raised is this, Eat@Live is not a diet program, it is a lifestyle adjustment program. Therefore, strictly speaking, it is not for weight loss only, it is concerned with the readjustment of our lifestyle for optimal health and wellness. The Focus is to overcome metabolic illnesses, neurological illnesses, and diet-related diseases. Our mission is to free humanity from the lies of corporate nutrition greed and the food addictions they create. The misinformation of the nutrition sciences HAS to stop.

Not long ago everybody knew what to eat and what was good for them, everybody knew how to cook good food and live a nutritious life. Now, no one knows what is good for us anymore, not even ourselves. A quick search on the Internet will quickly reveal that there is no consensus on what is good and what is bad food. If we had to follow the advice online, we would have to stop eating. It is the Eat2Live mission to help you get clarity on YOUR nutrition and empower you to make informed decisions about your diet and lifestyle.

The Food Industry

Food FactoryAre our food producers evil?

In 90% of the cases no, however, they are in the industry to make money not to feed the world. They are not about making the best nutrition available to you, rather, they are in the industry to make the best-tasting food for you, to make sure that you will buy their food again and again and again.

How do they make your food taste so good? They add sugar and colourants and preservatives and taste enhancers to get the taste of their particular food product perfect. Now I'm sure you've heard of the chemicals are from the pit of hell and that they will kill you on site. This, of course, is not true. What is true however is that our bodies do not know what to do with laboratory manufactured chemicals, so even though they might not harm us in low quantities they do not contribute nutritionally at all.

A great way to understand this is if you buy one biscuit from one manufacturer you gonna get a really good tasting biscuit. But now there is another manufacturer that makes another biscuit and they make their biscuit even nicer than the first producer, which means, of course, you will buy the second biscuit as well. If I carry on with this narrative you will have a cupboard full of manufactured food that is all designed to taste amazing and this is the problem. If you add up all the chemicals placed in all of those boxes of food to make them individually taste good, you will be surprised at the amount of sugars preservatives and colourants you are actually consuming on a daily basis.

At this point, you might think that we are a clean eating diet. Well, there are principles in the clean eating movement that we should definitely take note of. At Eat2Live we do not believe that all manufactured food is evil or should never be touched (unless you have a pre-existing medical condition that we need to resolve first). We do however hold that these foods should not be eaten on a daily basis but should only be eaten as a treat every now and then. If they were made to taste its absolute best, then it is more a treat than a nutrient and that's what they are, a treat, not as part of our diets.

Milk & Dairy

Milk Even though milk, comes from animal products and is mostly good for us there are things you need to be aware of. The human body is not really well adapted to deal with lactose. That is why you will often hear the term lactose intolerance when milk is discussed.

This again is no true for everyone, however, for most people, an excess of milk and dairy does have negative effects on the body such as bloatedness, tiredness, headaches, brain fog, rash and itchiness.

Even though milk is touted as the great calcium source of the modern age, it is by no means the only one. There are many great sources of calcium such as spinach, kale, okra, collards soybeans, white beans and some fruits that can make up your calcium needs.

If you are struggling to lose weight or are suffering from sinus issues, it might be a good idea to stop using milk for two weeks and see if you feel better. The result might surprise you. You might find that your chronic aches and pains go away.

The golden rule with all dairy products is to stay very far away from all low-fat dairy. All the goodness has been taken out of the dairy, meaning you are left with high calory low nutrition food. When you remove fat from the food you also remove its taste, in order to make it taste like anything you have to put in sugar. So the trade-off for low fat is high sugar.  Do yourself a favour read your food labels and compare the sugar content between low fat and full-fat products.  

Again, it boils down to what has been dished up for us by nature for thousands of years versus the words of the industry. Full fat has always treated us well, now we must process the food with chemicals and extraction processes to make the food supposedly better. You take out the goodness of the food and replace it with ingredients that we know causes health issues and claim it is healthier than the natural product. 

To make matters worse, now the natural products are more expensive than the manufactured products so we are forced to eat industry food if we don't have large budgets. That is why healthy food is ignored. Just go buy organic food and you'll see what I mean.

Eating of grains

Every time I start talking about this subject, it gets people hot under the collar, but it has to be dealt with if we are to deal with our health. The way grains are incorporated into the modern diet is not healthy, is not beneficial to the digestive system, and has a detrimental effect on many aspects of our health.

I want you to seriously consider this:

Wheat in HandWheat in the wild is not something you would search out to fill your stomach with. First of all, raw wheat tastes horrible, secondly, your stomach does not handle raw wheat very well it causes bloating and gas. I think naturally you would rather look for an egg or look for something to hunt. (This was what I found in my personal experience living in the South African Lowveld bushveld)

Even though wheat has been eaten for over 12 000 years, the grains of old were the grains of note. Those ancient grains still had the wheat germ, still contained some nutrient value and was not bleached and was not consumed in the amounts we consume wheat today. Studies have shown that eating ancient wheat shows great health benefits over modern grains.(1 and 2)

We eat on averages 91kg of wheat products per person per year. That is equivalent to 182 loaves of bread per year or just more than half a loaf of bread per day. This amount of wheat consumption is simply not good for us no matter what we try and say. I don't believe we should completely remove wheat and never touch it again, but I am saying we should be very wary of modern wheat. There are too many accounts and warnings and studies of the negative effects of modern wheat to just outright discount them, no matter how much we love our peanut butter and syrup sandwiches. (Please refer to the studies quoted in the sources for more on this topic)

We have also seen for ourselves too many positive results in weight loss and overall feelings of lightness by restricting grains and wheat from the diets of many people to ignore it. If you show no improvement from eating less wheat and grains, you should be fine eating grains, however, we would still advise eating less of it and exchanging grains with other foods to create greater variety in your diet.

Fruit

Eating 5 fruits a day, every day is quite excessive. Fruit in the wild is seasonal, which means if we did not have shops and fruit imports, fruit would only be available at certain times of the year.  If you were to eat naturally, you would only eat fruit when they are in season and you would eat lots of it at one time and then nothing for weeks. The reason is simple, you would be in competition with insects and animals for the fruit. You would only be able to eat fruit as long as they were available. After that, the fruit would be finished. 

Following a natural perspective, we should not pump ourselves full of fruit every day. I would rather have a day in the month where we fill up on fruit. This is more in line with what the body can deal with than pumping it full of fruit sugars on a daily basis. This amount of daily sugar is not what the body was designed for. If you have not read our article on sugar yet, I urge you to read it  why-is-sugar-so-bad-for-you 

Here is an interesting exercise - do a search on the natural fruits, tubers, vegetables and meats of the province you are staying in and the season in which these foods were available. If you did not have a car or contact with the outside world, that would be the food you'd have to eat and thrive on. Compare that with what you are told to eat today and see if this modern advice could possibly be done naturally. Then you have to ask yourself, who has it right? Nature, that fed us from the beginning of time or our modern industrial food producers that have been feeding us for the last 100 years. 

Eat2Live holds to nature knows best. Not paleo knows best because the paleo group holds to the same as the clean eating philosophy and they still hold to the 5 fruits and vegetable dietary laws, no, NATURE KNOWS BEST. 

In Nature, Finding Food Looks like this

Finding Food When You Live On A Grass Plain

Finding Food When You Live In A Forest

Finding Food When You Live In The Mountains

Finding Food When You Live In The Bushveld

Finding Food In Our Modern World Looks Like This

Abundant Food Available everywhere.

You Just Go To the Shop.

Pick Your Fruit

Pay And Eat

You can clearly see from the images above, that the way modernity forces us to look at food is 100% different from what it was when we lived in nature. Modernity forces us to live to eat, whereas nature forces us to eat to live. I hope you saw that the amount of food the modern dietician is trying to sell as healthy is unnatural and impractical.  The natural eating habits would definitely not have included 5 fruits and 6 vegetables per day.

We have been lied to, we do not need half of the food we consume every day for our health, wellness and energy needs. The industrialised food producers convinced us that we need to eat more, and more and more. They made their food incredibly delicious but nor half as nutrition or nutrient dense. This resulted in us having to eat more to get and stay full (look at the plate sizes). We are so addicted to the industrial food that we are ready to go to arms to defend our unhealthy addictions - it is really sad.

Note: if you hold to the calorie counting idea, this should be a shocker to you. The 1950's plate would hold approximately 850-1100 calories of food. The 2017 plate holds on average 1800-2100 calories. How is it that people ate so little in the 1950's and survived and more importantly, why do we have to eat so much today to survive. Which doctor ordered this? 

Tying in closely to fruit is our vegetables.

Almost all of the vegetables we have to eat today is not the vegetables we would get in nature. It has been bred mostly beyond recognition. Look, I don't believe that these manipulated foods are necessarily bad for us, but I do believe they have been bred to make them taste much better than what they used to. (Don't tell the kids veggies tastes nice) Compared to vegetables in their natural state, our modern vegetables taste like sweets. I would refer you to our article Natural Food Dilemma for more on this.

Vegetables are great sources of roughage and minerals. If we include more of the leafy green vegetables in our diet we will be much better off. We hold that vegetables that grow above ground are better for us on a daily basis than vegetables that grow underground. Most underground veggies contain large amounts of starches and we don't need all that energy in our modern lifestyles. We just don't move around enough to need it.

Fats and Oils

Our body needs a full range of fats, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and Saturated fats. They all have an essential role to play and we should not leave any of them out of our diets.

There has been a war on saturated fat for many years now, but every day, as new studies are published, the benefits of fats and saturated fats are revealed. The original science supporting the idea that fat is the cause of obesity, as well as heart disease, has now properly been debunked.

Just to use a bit of logic, if saturated fat is the problem then we have a bigger problem on our hands than we first thought because all foods that contain fat has saturated fat as well. So if we are to remove saturated fat from our diet we will have to stop eating all fats. For instance, the super oil that all nutritionists will push as healthy, olive oil, contains 1.9g per tablespoon of saturated fat and the new great oil, Canola oil, contains 1g per tablespoon.

The great avocado which is a health food and is a fruit contains 3.1g of saturated fat per cup. The fatty fish like salmon we are told to eat because of the omega 3 fatty acids in it, has 6g of saturated fat in a 200g fillet. But wait,  the evil villain, the horrible 200g beef rump steak we are told will give us heart disease contain 7g of saturated fat per 200g steak.

It seems very strange that we must not eat saturated fat, but all the foods that contain the fats we are told are good for us also contains saturated fat in quite high amounts. There is a definite disconnect in the advice we are given. We have been eating saturated fat since we started eating, and we survived without disease till now.

Now man and industry tell us nature does not know what it is doing and we know best. Strange that heart disease, cancer, and obesity have become rampant since the industrial revolution. For this reason, we stay away from processed oils. All margarine, and all oils that are not cold pressed and all oils that are refined. 

Meats Fish and Eggs

Meat Is Our FoodHumans were designed to eat meats. Anyone that tries to sell you the vegan diet is against nature and who we are. Humans are omnivorous, meaning we eat meat and greens.

Our bodies cannot function without vitamin B12(3) and deficiencies in Vitamin B12 causes Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness, Heart palpitations and shortness of breath, Pale skin, A smooth tongue, Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking, Vision loss, Mental problems like depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes.

The only source of vitamin B12 is in meats and dairy and eggs.

Vegans now get vitamin B12 from industry fortified foods and/or supplements, if we want to be truthful, where would they get it if we were living in nature without any supplements or fortified laboratory added vitamin B12? 

Also, complete essential amino acids come from meats only. If you want to get it from plants you need to have a degree to know which plants to eat to get the complete set of 9 essential amino acids. I refer back to living in nature - how would we have known without the microscopes which veggies and grains to eat together so we could get the complete essential amino acid range.

Bushmen San people Look I am not saying it is impossible to live as a healthy vegan, there are enough healthy vegans today to show it is possible. My contention is it is not natural, and it would not be plausible to be a vegan in an all natural state. Imagine being a vegan in the grassy plains? or being a vegan bushman in the Kalahari desert. 

Eggs have been a staple of the human race since the beginning of time until industry told us it will cause heart disease. We have lived and thrived on eating eggs for thousands of years, but now eggs are going to kill us. The reality of the statement is so ludicrous that we have to wonder why they would even try to sell the idea. research actually shows that eating 3 eggs a day is beneficial for cardiovascular disease and good HDL cholesterol.(4)

For goodness sake, eggs, and meat have been part of the human diet forever. Then mysteriously, since Dr. Ancel Keys said so in 1955, meats, eggs and saturated fats turned on us and all of a sudden started killing us. Even though there are many subsequent studies that prove the diet-lipid-heart disease hypothesis false, it still persists.

The only reason for holding on to this is of course accountability. Can you imagine having told your patients to get of fat, meat and eggs it is killing you to changing your story and then tell them to eat fat, meat and eggs it will heal you, especially if your previous advice did not improve your patients and they actually died? 

The meat, eggs and saturated fat scare is is pure politicised nonsense. These are real foods that should be eaten. Do not exchange real food for industry food. 

Eat2Live Nutrition PhilosophyOur Nutrition Statement

Your food is your health, and healthy food is found in the way nature served it to us for thousands of years. 

Our health and wellness statement

Not everything made by man is bad, however, we should choose the natural above the manufactured. We should use the natural as our staple and the manufactured as our treats. Natural food an fitness is fundamental to good health and wellness.

Our weight loss statement

We hold to a personalised weight loss strategy that focuses on lifestyle adjustments rather than a weight loss formula. Everyone reacts different to foods, has a different budget, has different cooking skills and different access to different foods. Our weight loss strategy is finding the lifestyle that fits you, is sustainable, can be managed by yourself and that promotes optimal health and wellness.

Sources

1) Effect of Triticum turgidum subsp. turanicum wheat on irritable bowel syndrome: a double-blinded randomised dietary intervention trial - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24521561?dopt=Citation

2) A khorasan wheat-based replacement diet improves risk profile of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM): a randomized crossover trial - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26853601

3) Causes and Early Diagnosis of Vitamin B12 Deficiency - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2696961/

4) Intake of up to 3 Eggs/Day Increases HDL Cholesterol and Plasma Choline While Plasma Trimethylamine-N-oxide is Unchanged in a Healthy Population. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28091798

Why Is Sugar So Bad For You?

Why Is Sugar Bad For You

Sugar – bad for you – really?

That sweet nectar that makes so many dull things taste so good, how can that possibly be bad for you? How dare we even consider asking the question why sugar is bad for you? After all, did the advertisers not teach us that sugar gives us energy? Would they really give us food that is bad for us – never??

I wish, oh, I mean I really wish that all the above were true. Just about everyone I know loves a bit of sweetness every now and then, but what if that sweetness is the cause of our health and weight issues. Look I don’t for a minute believe that it is only sugar that is the problem, but I will concede this, the amount of sugar we consume is absolutely a gigantic problem in the modern diet.

According to the latest surveys, each one of us eats on average 65kg of sugar a year.

Too Much Sugar Today

That is 13 bags of 5kg sugar in a year. Considering that 200 years ago the average sugar intake per year was only 1kg.1 No, you read that right, it was only 1kg per year. Here is a little bit of an eye-opener for you to give you an idea of how much sugar this really is.

Where Does All This Sugar Come From?

It is not just from the teaspoons of sugar you put in your coffee, or on your breakfast cereal I can guarantee you this. When I looked into the sugar phenomenon, I was astounded. Look, the horrible truth is that sugar tastes great. It makes food taste great, so, sugar is used in just about everything that is manufactured.

I understand why industry uses sugar in all their products. It is a  business, and as a business you want people to buy your product. So it would make sense that you make your product taste as good as you can possibly make it taste right. I don’t think the one food producer speaks to another food producer to see how much sugar they are using so that they can use less sugar to make sure they are not poisoning the population.

If every producer is loading their products with sugar to make it taste good, you can see how this can quickly lead to overconsumption of sugar.

To make matters worse, with the rise of the low-fat fad diets, sugar fell into even more products. It is a fact that removing the fat from food groups make them taste terrible. To make these food taste good again they have to add sugar. So much for diets and health foods. The low-fat lie has caused an epidemic in overconsumption of sugar through low-fat products. Most of the time low-fat products contain more sugar than high-fat products.2

To answer the question, your sugar consumption comes from almost everything you eat. Please look on your product labels, sugar is hidden in many forms. Look out for these things on the label – they are sugars:

  • Sugar
  • Dextrose
  • Maltose
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Corn sweetener
  • Honey
  • Corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Sorbitol
  • Brown sugar
  • Lactose
  • Molasses
  • Syrup
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • High-fructose corn syrup

Also While we are on labels, when reading the amount of sugar on the label, remember to look at the portion size you will be eating. Divide the gram value by 4 to give you a teaspoon value. Consider that you should not eat more than 6 teaspoons (25 g) for women, 9 teaspoons (38 g) of added sugar per day.

How Much Sugar In?

The values are teaspoons of sugar
Apples – 2.5 (per 100g)
Appletiser 7
Apricots – 2.3 (per 100g)
Banana Nut Crunch – 4.5
Bananas – 3 (per 100g)
Beer 7
Blueberries – 1.7 (per 100g)
Brown and wholewheat bread – 2 slices 0.5
Butterfinger bar (60 grams) – 7
Cake (one small slice) on average 4
Can Red Bull (250ml) 5.5
Canned Fruit (Average for half a cup) 3
Carrot cake (1 medium slice) – 3
Cheerios – 1
Chocolate bar (small ones 50 – 60 grams) 6
Chocolate mousse (1 medium portion) – 3
Coca-Cola (one can) – 8
Cocoa Krispies – 9.75
Cocoa Puffs – 9.25
Cookie Crisp – 8
Corn Flakes (per 50 grams not including what you add) 1
Cranberries (per 100g) – 1
Cream Soda 12.5
Custard (1 medium portion) – 3
Donut (1 jam doughnut) 3.5
Froot Loops (per 50 grams not including what you add) 5
Frosted Flakes – 8
Fruit pie (1 medium portion) – 3.5
Fruits (on average per fruit) 2 -5
Glass of Orange Juice 6
Granola & Cereal Bars 4
Grapes – 4 (per 100g)
Honey Nut Cheerios – 8.25
Ice cream (half a cup) 3
Jam Per teaspoon 1
Kiwifruit – 2.3 (per 100g)
Lemons – 0.5 (per 100g)
Low-Fat Foods (on avg per tablespoon) 1
Lucky Charms – 9
M&M’s packet 7.5
Mangos – 3.2 (per 100g)
Milk (one cup) 3
Milk chocolate bar (44 grams) – 5.75
Milk chocolate M&M’s (packet 47.9 grams) – 7
Mountain Dew (one can) – 11.5
Muffin (one chocolate chip muffin) – 4.75
Pepsi cola (one can) – 8.75
Pineapples – 2.5
Raisin Bran – 7
Raspberries – 1 (per 100g)
Rice Krispies – 2.5
Sauces & Instant Gravies (per tablespoon) 1
seedless prunes (dried Fruit per cup) 25
Shredded Wheat – 0.1
Snickers bar (52.7 grams) – 6.75
Special K (per 50 grams) 1.5
Sponge cake (1 medium slice) – 5.5
Sprite (one can) – 8.25
Strawberries – 1.3 (per 100g)
Swiss roll (1 roll) – 2.5
Tomatoes – 0.7
vegetables ( underground veggies avg 50g) 0.5

Do yourself a favour. Add up all the sugar you eat from the products you consume in a day, then you will really see where the amount of sugar depicted in the video above comes from. Our manufactured food are all loaded with extra sugar.

Ok so why is sugar bad for you?

From what we have covered above, we have to start with the amount of sugar we eat. You will have to admit that eating 65 kg of sugar a year is extreme and completely overboard. There is no human that was built to run on that amount of sugar in any way shape or form. Ever heard the saying, too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Right, so that was the logical argument, but we have to look into the nutrition argument as well.

Sugars are the smallest and simplest type of carbohydrate.3 They are easily digested and absorbed by the body. There are two types of sugars, and most foods contain a little of each. The first is single sugars (monosaccharides) are small enough to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. these are fructose, galactose and glucose.

Sugars that contain two molecules of sugar linked together are known as disaccharides and are broken down in our bodies into single sugars and these include sucrose (normal table sugar ) which is made up of glucose and fructose, lactose (sugar in milk) which is made up of glucose and galactose, maltose (sugar found in malt) which is made up of two glucose molecules.

Now we know sugar occurs naturally in dairy products, fruit and vegetables. These are not considered bad sugars, rather it is the sugars that are added to our food, or our food being processed that is cause for concern. For instance, we could argue that fruit juice is healthy because it comes from fruit and it is natural sugar right.

Here is the problem though. When you eat one fruit, it will fill you up. but to make the glass of fruit juice you want to drink it will take 4 fruits to make the one glass. What you have done is take out the good fibre from the fruit and compressed all the sugars from four fruits into one meal. You will find the same problem with dried fruit.

Sugars provide calories, or “energy,” for the body. Each gram of sugar provides 4 calories. Your body breaks down sugars into glucose. Glucose in the blood (often referred to as “blood sugar”) is a primary energy source for the body.  Glucose can be used immediately or stored in the liver and muscles for later use.

Sugar Nutrient Value

There is nothing in sugar except for calories. So if you are eating empty calories what value does it add to your daily nutrient needs. Answer – 0%. Diets lower in added sugars and higher in nutrient-dense foods can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cavities.

Let me use an example to show you what I mean by dead calories. 1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to 16 calories which are equal to one cup of cucumbers. You can see that value for value you get much more from food than from sugar. So this is the second problem with sugar. First we eat too much of it, and second, there is no nutritive value in the sugar, especially not in the amounts we eat it. However, empty calories are not the biggest problem of sugar.

Let’s have a look at what all sugar effects in our bodies.

Blood Glucose cycleSugar and your pancreas

As soon as you eat, your pancreas starts pumping out insulin. Eating too much sugar causes your body to stop reacting properly to insulin. This means your pancreas starts pumping out more insulin. Eventually, your pancreas will get overworked and will break causing your blood sugar levels will rise, setting you up for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The effect of sugar on your brain

Sugar causes a big influx of dopamine (the feel-good chemical) released into the brain, which gives a feeling of energy and gusto. It is no wonder so many people are addicted to sugar because they are after that good feeling.  Like most addictions, your brain starts to need more and more sugar to get that same feeling of pleasure. Have you ever had that must get it now feeling, where you would kill for that ice-cream or chocolate or anything sweet? This is where it c those “gotta-have-it” feelings for your after-dinner ice cream that are so hard to tame

Sugar and your heart

we already established that your pancreas pumps out insulin into your bloodstream. This extra insulin affects your arteries by causing the arterial walls to grow faster than normal and get tense. This stresses your heart and causes damage to the cardio system. The obvious outcome of this is heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Research also suggests that getting 25% of your calories comes from added sugar puts you at twice as high a risk for heart disease as people that eat less than 10% of their calories from sugar.

Sugar and arthritis

Excess in sugar causes more inflammation in your body. This inflammation can attack joints so if you suffer from sore joints and do not have gout or arthritis, lay off the sugar. Speaking of Arthritis, studies have shown that overconsumption of sugar can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Sugar and your liver

Having to much sugar can cause your liver to become insulin resistant. This condition is very serious in the long run as it disrupts your body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. This is the surest route to Type 2 Diabetes, an epidemic of the modern world.

Sugar and your kidneys

Look most of the time your kidneys is quite capable of dealing with filtering your blood sugar in your body. But if you’ve pushed it too far, and you have diabetes, having sugar can overtax the kidneys and can lead to kidney damage and eventually kidney failure.

Sugar and obesity

There is nothing new in the statement that too much sugar causes weight gain and obesity. I doubt that it is only sugar that is the culprit, but there is enough studies that show sugar contributes heavily to weight gain. What is maybe not as well known is that being overweight puts you at a much higher risk for type 2 diabetes. So if you want to get rid of those extra rolls you have to start with the sugars.

So is sugar really from the devil?

I would love to say no not at all, but I would be lying. If it were 200 years ago, I would say no, sugar is good. But in today’s world where sugar permeates everything we eat, it is definitely an evil that we have to get rid of in our diet. If you can stop eating all manufactured products, then you can still use sugar, and you will be fine. But if you cannot let go of those sodas and cookies, boxed foods etc. you might be in for a nasty and unhealthy surprise in your future.

If you are already overweight, I plead with you, get off the sugar. If you really must have something sweet use stevia or xylitol. Eventually, when you don’t use sugar for two weeks, the sweet things don’t taste so good anymore. I know this is not easy but think of your tomorrow. It is worth it.

If you want to take control of your health and your weight, feel free to join our Eat2Live Weight Loss Plan

We would love to hear back from you, please leave a comment, a question or a thought in the comment box below. 

Please have a listen to this video by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. It is quite eye-opening.

1. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
(https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/documents/sugar.pdf)

2. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health 
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4742721/)

3. Nutrition Facts Label: Sugars
(https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/InteractiveNutritionFactsLabel/factsheets/Sugars.pdf)

About Us

Marius Nel

Marius Nel – My Values

I hold strong Christian values. After all, I have received my PhD in Theology in 2007 so it must be core to who I am and what values I hold to. But let me flesh out this statement a bit. I hold five themes as my life and business rules, they are:

  1. Love others as you love yourself
    1. This ties in with doing to others as you would have them to you. But love is an incredible force that shapes and changes everything, and this is what my base is built on
  2. Be honest in everything you do
    1. When you know the truth, it will set you free.
  3. Live with integrity
    1. Live with the thought that your every action, word and thought is written down forever
  4. Purpose is found when you help others
    1. When we lose purpose, we lose joy
  5. Never stop the dream
    1. Life lived without hope is no life at all

My Story

Live To Eat

Allow me to share my story with you. I was trained as a chef by the South African Military in the ChefsCorps. I was trained to make nutritious food to keep 3000 troops healthy and full of energy. I loved creating amazing dishes and loved good food.

All of this changed when I was diagnosed with Splenic Flexure Syndrome and Functional Dyspepsia. Suddenly the foods that I was taught is good for me, were causing me pain. The diets the doctors gave me caused more pain and they would not listen to my complaints. They were mostly interested in prescribing more pills. Because of this an amazing and serious food and supplementation research journey.

I made some startling discoveries about the food we eat and about the health industry as a whole. I decided to do a nutrition specialist course for clarity, but found the same dietary advice I received from the doctors.

I tried different diet programs, some good and some very bad. Some gave relative results others just caused more pain. I investigated the paleo concept but found it had some wrong ideas. Inspiration eventually came from nature – the San Bushman.

Bushmen San peopleThose that live from nature itself not from supermarkets, eat to live, they don’t live to eat. Remarkably when I changed through experimentation to this new powerful discovery, I experienced immediate and extraordinary results.

I saw incredible weight loss results and the pain from my medical conditions diminished dramatically. I was so excited I shared the concept with friends and family. They did not have my medical conditions, however, their weight loss results were just as remarkable as mine – Plus, the bonus was they saw big health improvements.

I became very excited about the possibilities of helping improve lives. Eat2Live was born. Eat2Live is an exclusive step by step health and weight loss solution for life that I am very proud to present to the world. I wholeheartedly believe that Eat2Live is a solution for the modern world to help with the fight against obesity and metabolic diseases.

 

Can I invite you to join us and let your success story become the motivation that will help save the lives of other people just like you?

 

There was another byproduct of the Eat2Live diet plan and lifestyle that is worth the mention. I lost weight and built muscle. I have to note here, that the muscle building came from doing exercise, not from just the diet. But the weight loss came from the die, not the exercise program. If you are interested in the exercise program I used it is called Isometeonics. Visit the Isometonics website to find out more

Eat2Live is the culmination of many years of food research and live testing. Every person is unique, and the way our bodies deal with food is unique, The time has come for us to deal with diet as unique to each person. This approach changes a diet into a sustainable way of life, shaped around you, the individual, to increases your health, weight loss, wellness and energy.

Helping people lose weight and becoming healthy again has become my passion, and I have weaved this passion into every aspect of Eat2Live.

The Company Name

I believe our world has changed the way we are supposed to look at food. As a chef, I understand the concept of making food taste incredible. So incredible in fact that people cannot resist overeating.

All food that is produced is made to taste its absolute best. This has bred a society that “lives to eat.” This lifestyles breeds many bad habits, obesity and health problems. I want to show people that we can still eat amazing food, maintain weight and increase health. It was a lesson or epiphany learned while studying the San Bushmen of South Africa that I realised they only EAT TO LIVE – From this concept came the company name – Eat2Live.

 

Our Missionearth in trouble

Our world is in serious need of assistance. Anyone that tries to find out what they should eat gets information overload. Eat this, don’t eat that, this will give you a heart attack, that will give you some disease.

Who knows what we can eat anymore. If we had to listen to the advice on the internet, we would not be able to eat anything because no one agrees on anything.

I believe food is for life. It is there to keep us going, keep us healthy, keep us full of energy. I want to teach the world how to live their best lives by changing their way of life. As a chef, nutrition specialist and health and wellness coach, I want to help you through the maze of skewed information to the point where you can confidently build your own way of life.

 

My Family

I am a blessed man. I have a great family, and to answer your question, yes, they are following the Eat2Live lifestyle.

Marius Nel's Family

Love those that are in your life. Give them a special place in your day. They deserve it, so do you. Love is the fastest route to happiness. Without it, what is the purpose of anything? Make sure you have love, I don’t just mean a husband or wife kind of love, I mean family or friends, colleagues, neighbours. My first advice to you is, start loving people, it will change your life – I promise.

Natural Food Dilemma

The original broccoli, cabbage and kale plant

I have been a painful subscriber to the natural food camp for many years. I still subscribe to eating healthy fresh food. (note, I left out natural) When I discovered the reality of our food, it changed everything I believed. So if you are not ready to have your reality turned upside down, don’t read this article. Another thing before I get stuck in, please read this to the end to understand the point I am going to make.

For the longest time, I held the view that we should eat Broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Brussel sprouts because these are super healthy foods. Here is an excerpt from Medical News to show you it’s not just me that says so:
“Brussels sprouts are a part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes the nutritional powerhouses kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and collard greens, all of which supply loads of nutrients for a small amount calories. If you are trying to improve your diet, cruciferous vegetables should be at the very top of your grocery list.” http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284765.php

Before I get further into that topic, I want to point out another thing that is pushed quite strongly in the alternative treatment, and anti-produced food groups. Now please remember I was myself, quite a strong believer and considered myself a natural food prophet. Here is what you will hear all over the internet, “Clean Eating”, “Natural Food Diet”, “The Paleo Diet – The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to eat back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.”, “Back to Nature Diet” and the catchphrases goes on and on.

Now I am not against eating good healthy veggies, and fruits. As a matter of fact, I’m all for it. Very much so. However, I used to chime in with the internet crowds that everything that is man-made is evil and should be avoided like the plague. I searched out every article and paper I thought was scientific, to back up this claims. Natural – Like nature intended.

How foolish we are. Quick to jump on the bandwagons, quick to shout conspiracy theories, quick to boycott everything that is man-made. One of My favourite sayings was, “If it doesn’t look like food, don’t eat it,” Oh and “If it has a label with ingredients, stay away.” Again I say, how foolish.

In this modern world, we cannot eat what the caveman ate, because what we know as food, did not exist in the caveman’s diet. All the foods we have to eat, are modern foods, all bred and manipulated by man. This is the kicker, there is no more natural food like nature made it. There is now natural food like man made it. We could not create it, but we most definitely manipulated it.

You think the food at the grocer comes from the farm and is “natural” Have a look at this first.

See this. All our green superfoods do not exist in nature. These were all bred from the wild mustard plant. Therefore cavemen could not eat broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage, it did not exist in nature, it was manipulated by a man about 2000 years ago. So now what about the GMO hating. This type of breeding necessitates a change in genetics, whether we like it or not.

Oh, I wish this was all there was to it:

the original tomatoesThe original CarrotTomatoes are in reality these tiny little red cherry like thing. Like our very small mini cherry tomatoes. Modified!

Alright, I know the carrot is probably old news. but let’s be honest, which one of us would have gone for the little shrivel of a white thing unless we really had to. Orange and juicy just looks better and healthier right.

Modified!

Corn on the cob. Who does not love a nice corn on the cob with a bit of butter? It is delicious and now it is almost illegal because it is claimed to be genetically modified recently. Nope, estimates are 6 – 7000 years ago. They were not stupid back then, They knew even back then how to manipulate plants. Those damn cavemen.

Modified!

 

The potassium wonder of the modern world. The pre-workout loadout. How would you feel if someone came to you and gave you the little green number as a pre-workout snack? TASTY ——-NOT.

Yellow Does look more appealing, but wait:

It’s Modified!

 

 

I wish I could say this was it. These were the only things that were manipulated. But not so. There is a long list of other things that are not the same as what our caveman ancestors had available to eat.

Here are some more

  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Legumes
  • Soy
  • Wheatgrass
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Cashews
  • Ginseng
  • DonQuay
  • Chamomile
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Echinacea
  • Chickens
  • Cattle
  • Pork

And this list can go on. I think for now it is clear to see that what we thought of or were convinced was natural, is, in fact, man-made. There is a slight distinction between Genetically modified and modified with breeding. The one is faster than the other. For a plant to change its structure it has to change its original genetic material. So in essence all, or shall I say most of our modern food, is genetically altered from its natural state.

Here is the kicker though. If we are to believe that the food revolution was only bad and everything that man has done to food is leading to the ill health and death of the populations, then we have to place 80% of all the food we eat today in that same group. We will be left with pretty much nothing to eat.

Consider that the super greens like cabbage, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, are all seen as superfoods, it is safe to say that what humans have done to the original plant is enhance its nutritive ability. Furthermore, these enhancements to the food, allowed us to expand our populations’ numbers dramatically. We would never have been able to sustain the world population using only the true natural foods. These modified foods have saved lives, saved people from starvation and malnutrition, and brought health to many people that turned to them as a staple diet.

If we really want to for back to what the cavemen ate for vegetables, we are going to look at very unappetising food. We have to face the truth, we cannot eat that way anymore because we do not have that food available to us. We have to look at what is available to us and make really informed and common sense decisions. This is what we cover in our other section in this website. Be sure to look around for articles on this subject.

Please leave us a comment, we would love to hear back from you.

 

Water for health and weight loss?

Drink water for health

Water for live - eat2liveWater is an absolute essential for life. Without water, you will die, too little water and you will suffer ill health from dehydration symptoms. Too much water and you could cause hyponatremia (Dilution of mineral content in the blood). Some people try to be excessive in their water intake and try to drink 4 to 6 litres of water a day – this is dangerous.

The agreed upon water intake a day is between 1.5 litres and 2 litres per day. The best water intake barometer though is your thirst level. If you are thirsty have some water. Often times we replace water with coffee and cold drinks. It is better to keep those beverages at a minimum and your water intake at a maximum. For instance have 2 cups of coffee a day, 1 cup of tea and the rest water.

Let’s get into the heart of this article though. How can we use water to aid in weight loss? Now I want to be clear,  this is only an aid, and is not a fad that should be promoted as the water weight loss diet. This it is not. What I am going to suggest to you here, is a health benefit and it will simultaneously help with losing weight.

This is what you need to do. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, have a nice big glass of water (350ml to 500ml). Leave the coffee for at least an hour after you’ve woken up. This glass of water first thing in the morning has some fantastic benefits.

  • Re-hydrating the body after 7 – 8 hours of sleep
  • Flushing out toxins
  • Kick-starts brain function
  • Helps with constipation
  • Refreshes you

When you start your day with water it will definitely make you feel better. There might not be much scientific evidence for this yet, but the experiential evidence is plentiful. For this one, you can test it yourself to see if you get great results or not without taking my or anyone else’s word for it – you can be the scientist.

The second thing you need to do is five to ten minutes before a meal, have a glass of water. This will stop you from over-eating. This little trick helps with digestion, it helps with regulating hunger pangs and overindulging.

Again, I will be clear, there are no scientific papers for this, so you can do the experiment yourself. If it works, use it, if it doesn’t you are among the few that it does not affect, and that is fine.

Now let me be clear, water is not a diet pill. As I’ve said before, don’t make this into a diet fad. What the water will definitely do, is make you feel better, the second thing it will do is make you feel full therefore helping you eat less. Thirdly drinking more water, means you will cut out on some sugar-containing drinks which will also help with weight loss.

All things considered, I’d say we need to get into the habit of using water to our advantage. Don’t make it a bother to drink water, make it the reason to drink water.

Why Am I Always Tired?

Why Are You Always Tired

Tiredness is a malady that many people face on a daily basis. It is not necessarily that they are out partying all night and therefore have either a sleep deficiency or a hangover, rather it is someone that sleeps 7 to 8 hours a night and wakes up tired. Feels tired during the day, and then when three o’clock comes, they struggle to keep their eyes open and to concentrate.Tiredness is a malady that many people face on a daily basis. It is not necessarily that they are out partying all night and therefore have either a sleep deficiency or a hangover, rather it is someone that sleeps 7 to 8 hours a night and wakes up tired. Feels tired during the day, and then when three o’clock comes, they struggle to keep their eyes open and to concentrate.

Constant fatigue is not something to ignore or just accept as something you have to live with. If you are tired like this all the time, there might be an underlying medical condition that you have to tend to. Here is a list of things you should have checked to rule out any illness:

  1. Anemia
  2. Thyroid Disease
  3. Diabetes
  4. Depression
  5. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  6. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  7. Sleep Apnea
  8. Anxiety

What can you do to beat tiredness?

The good news is if you do not have any health issues causing your fatigue, it can be overcome by doing a few simple lifestyle changes. The first thing you should look at is to lose weight if you are overweight and get into doing regular exercise. Just focusing on these two elements in your life will solve a lot of your tiredness issues.
Exercise, for instance, will help you lose weight, it will help you sleep better at night and it will raise your spirits by releasing the feel-good hormones (endorphins.) You should really invest in a good exercise program – The benefits are far greater than just getting rid of tiredness.

Losing weight is the other element that will resolve tiredness. Being overweight places extra strain on your body, your muscles have to work harder to do normal tasks, and the heart being a muscle is also affected. The heart being under strain all the time will definitely lead to constant tiredness, but it has other bad effects as well, like failing heart health.
Now exercise will help you lose weight, but it will not be the only thing you need to do to lose weight. You will have to change what and how you eat. This is equally valid for those that are not overweight but still suffer from tiredness and fatigue. Diet plays a huge role in the available energy we have.

No-Breads-or-starchesCarbohydrates have been getting the limelight as great food for the last 100 years now and this makes it difficult for people to accept that this so-called good food is actually BAD food. Research has now shown that the glucose cycle is badly affected by refined carbohydrates such as bread, processed foods, sugars, pastries and anything that contains preservatives.

These foods spike the glucose levels in the blood that makes us feel full of energy and ready for anything. but the body cannot maintain this cycle for long and the energy levels drop fast leaving us tired and ready for bed. To fight this the body sends signals of hunger to the brain to get food for energy. If you eat more carbs, the cycle will continue indefinitely to the point where you will gain excessive weight and always feel tired.

No-Processed-foodChange your shopping and eating habits. You need to shop only in the fresh food aisles. Get away from anything mass produced in factories. If food does not look like it does in its natural state, stay away. Get rid of the cheap oils, go for coconut oil (incredibly healthy and packed full of nutrients), olive oils and the nut oils. Throw away margarine, it is man-made coloured, flavoured wax. Use butter, it has been around for 4000 years and has never harmed us in all that time.
Eat eggs, they are packed full of vitamins and minerals. Eggs were also part of the human diet since we could eat, it never killed us – rather it sustained us. Getting into the habit of eating natural foods will drastically improve your overall health and will get rid of your lack of energy.

Water is another beauty you should add to your fight against fatigue. Water is a wonder substance. Every living thing is made up mostly of water. Suffice it to say, we need water to stay alive. But what most people forget is that we need water to stay healthy as well. It flushes the system which helps get rid of toxins. It helps with weight loss and stops dehydration. Now dehydration has a lot of bad factors attached to it, one of which is tiredness. So lets drink some water during the day. You don’t need 4 liters of water a day, one and a half to two litres ample.
Another factor that causes tiredness is stress. Known as the silent killer, stress has some serious negatives in its bag of tricks, one of them, you guessed it, tiredness. What do we do to get rid of stress then? – RELAX.

Relaxation exercises are king or Queen if you prefer to fight stress. Funny enough, you don’t need to do hours of yoga to de-stress, the body is quite amazing. If you give it the tools it will quickly repair itself and it will quickly get rid of the stress. Again, bad diet, and being overweight adds continuous stress to the body and the heart and this is why it is called the silent killer. See why diet and exercise are so important?

Getting rid of your three o’clock slump, your constant tiredness is achievable by changing what you eat, how you eat, getting enough water, and getting into some good, well planned daily exercise. Following these guidelines will set you free from the burden of tiredness.

Where Did Common Sense Health Go!

Less than a hundred years ago if something was wrong with you the first person you went to was your mother, and if she wasn’t sure she would go to her mother. People had old remedies that we as South Africans know as Boere-Rate. Hell, there are even a few books on the market about these ancient remedies.

But, already I digress, the topic here is the certain knowledge we had about what was good for us and how that has been diminished to a point where no-one knows for certain what is good for us anymore.

Remember the visits to Grandma’s house. The food, the smells, wasn’t it great that you could pour some of the homemade butter over the green beans and not feel like you are going to die of a heart attack. Now we have stopped all that yummy eating and replaced it with everything low fat, boxed and anything that has the little red heart foundation sticker on it.

For goodness sake, even the restaurants are cutting of the crackling from the pork chop before they serve it. Who told them to do that. I happened to enjoy that rind of crackling fat on a nice ole pork chop. You know it was less than a hundred years ago that we did not have any incidence of coronary heart disease. It wasn’t because we did not know about it, it was that it just was not an issue.

Heart foundation LogoThe rise of cancers and tumorous growths has skyrocketed in the last hundred years. Isn’t it amazing that the human diet was changed drastically in the last hundred years? What used to be good and healthy food is now poison and it is substituted by mass-produced, hyper-coloured, msg’d, preserved, boxed, tinned and dried food that all carry the little red heart. Can you see the irony here?

Science now tells us our food is not good enough, we must have supplements and vitamins, and who knows what else in order to get enough goodness from our food. Well duh! If we don’t eat the good food we used to, then don’t point the finger at the good food, point it at the food industry that is tampering with our food to the point that it is nutrient deficient. As long as we can paste a little red heart on it, it is good.

Really, why is there such a drive to get the human race away from good natural food the way Granny used to make it? Could it be that they want to make money – noooo, never!

What is the answer then? At Eat2Live we have a different way of looking at health and fitness. It is nothing radical like never going to a doctor, and not eating any food. No, we believe in eating good food. Because good food ultimately tastes great, keeps you full and regulates your weight -and – nourishes your body with most the minerals, nutrients and vitamins it needs.

Obscure Mountain

No Himalayan little bush that only flowers on every third full moon that has so much of everything that you will turn into Hercules with a brain by just drinking one tablet. Just what is around us is ample to supply every need for our health. You don’t need to go looking for it in the latest supplement from some obscure and distant shore.

Even exercise has been tampered with. Now it is this science, this application, this machine, and if you don’t have these, then well, you will never make it. It is here where old school is a great example of pure fitness. They are the proof that none of this hyped up nonsense stands in the way of you getting strong and fit. We have a similar approach to exercise. Visit our sister website – Isometonics.com – for more on this topic.

Fresh FoodMy suggestion for a greater healthier life is simple. Stay in the fresh food Isles at the supermarket. Fresh food has most of the time, no colourants, no preservatives, no Msg’s, no reduced goodness and no laboratized (new word) food. Stay away from anything that is enriched, irradiated, comes from a pulp, was dried and reconstituted and you are halfway to a healthier you. Don’t shy away from fish, meat and eggs, especially eggs, they are powerhouses, superfoods – and they won’t give you a heart attack – promise.

Finally, I have to say this. Get away from sugar. Our world is packed full of sugar. If you look at sugar as only the sugar you have in coffee and in a chocolate, then you need to read the labels of your food and see the total amount of sugar that you consume in a day. Sugar is not good for us. It is ok from time to time, but there is sugar in everything we buy, go check it out, we are TOTALLY Sugar saturated. Get rid of it!

Transformation is as simple as a choice. Choose to be better, put some action to your choice, and you will succeed. We give our members all the tools to make these life-changing decisions.