The one question my friends and acquaintances ask me the most is if I have a cheat day per week in my diet. This question is one that could be very confusing to them. Most so-called nutritional experts–dietitians and doctors–will tell you it’s okay to have at least one cheat day per week. And there is a reason that the good folks following their examples are not getting good health results or losing weight!
Several major university studies indicate that processed sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine. So if you were to tell a cocaine addict or an alcoholic they could have one cheat day every Saturday, just what do you think would happen when Sunday morning rolls around? That’s right–the addiction will be back. And don’t think for one second if processed sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine then you can just easily quit after that one cheat day.
Why would you want to spend six days eating healthy–getting inflammation and disease out of your body–just to put it back in for the weekend? You want to be bloated and swollen up on Monday morning? Cheat days do not work, anyone who tells you they do–regardless if they are a doctor or not–is only telling you this out of total ignorance or to pacify you. An addiction is an addiction and you cannot go back to it every Saturday of your life.
Let’s take a look at what most of us have for an afternoon snack vs. the John Rankin Way afternoon snack. My example will show you how important it is not to eat inflammatory disease-causing foods, as well as what foods we should be eating on a daily basis. I call these late afternoon snacks my energy snacks.
Most of us cannot even make it home from work without stopping at a convenience store (what I call poison center!) This is usually the case for most of you who do not eat a well-balanced healthy lunch. If this is the case then by afternoon your liver and pancreas are screaming for the same processed sugar you had a few hours earlier. It just so happens that we see more and more doughnut stores opening almost daily all over America. And why not–there is a huge demand (addiction) for them.
If you are having a late afternoon donut-type snack, then you are eating disease-causing pure white bleached flour, loads of processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup, inflammatory sodium, MSG, and ugly chemicals like emulsifiers, thickeners, dyes and trans fats. The chemicals found in commercial doughnuts have been found to raise bad LDL cholesterol levels and lower the healthy HDL cholesterol level. The soft drink that you have with your afternoon junk food is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, carbonation, phosphoric acid and usually high amounts of caffeine. Folks, this kind of snack translates to diabetes or a heart attack coming your way soon.
One of my favorite afternoon snacks includes 100% pure cranberry juice, unrefined garlic kimchi fermented in unrefined salt, all-natural organic kalamata olives from Greece, fermented root vegetable kimchi, and raw unpasteurized goat cheese. The garlic has vitamin B1, iron, phosphorus, copper, calcium, and is very good for colds, blood pressure and lowering total and LDL bad cholesterol and also great for infectious diseases and helping to prevent Alzheimer’s. The root vegetable kimchi Is loaded with the same only much more energy boosting anti-inflammatory and natural blood thinning effects. The olives in my snack are a super antioxidant, stopping oxidation in the bloodstream and consequently stopping plaque and preventing blood clots. They are a healthy saturated fat that will aid in raising you vital good HDL cholesterol. As for the goat cheese, like any grass-fed raw cheese it helps tremendously with allergies and adds healthy probiotic gut bacteria that helps with the digestion of food (Meaning no more bad gut issues.) It also has vitamins D, B, C and is loaded with natural calcium, K2 and thyroid building iodine.
What all this means is that the sick-making snack will do just that. It will cause massive inflammation in your body which will create every disease known to mankind. The John Rankin’s Way snack will tremendously decrease disease-causing inflammation in our bodies while giving us awesome amounts of energy, good cholesterol and heart healthy thyroid building fats.
It all boils down to who and what you want to be folks: the sick pill- popping fat person lying on the couch eating doughnuts–or the lean healthy person doing cartwheels. Diet is just like everything else in life–it’s a choice and we have to make it. We can make a good choice or a bad choice–it’s that easy. And oh yeah, what most people think is my too-expensive snack actually cost less than the disease causing junk food snack.
I sincerely care about you and the health of your family.
GET HEALTHY AMERICA!