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The Carnivore Diet vs. the Keto Diet

So what is all of this buzz around Carnivore vs. Keto? The buzz isn’t that new actually. It can be traced back to its origins in 1923 with Dr. Russell Wilder. He worked with treatments to impact Epilepsy, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Keto relates to his Ketogenic Therapy, which became the Ketogenic Diet, now the Keto […]

So what is all of this buzz around Carnivore vs. Keto? The buzz isn’t that new actually. It can be traced back to its origins in 1923 with Dr. Russell Wilder. He worked with treatments to impact Epilepsy, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Keto relates to his Ketogenic Therapy, which became the Ketogenic Diet, now the Keto Diet. This is well explained at the CharlieFoundation.org

Ketogenic influence has increased in popularity over other buzzes like Paleo since Paleo has become heavily diluted and incorrectly marketed. Many people get them confused due to the marketing and food companies jumping on the bandwagon and trying to make a buck off of the buzz. Many publications are crossing the relationships in a confusing way too. It is okay if you’re confused, after all, the big buzzwords these days now include Keto, Ketogenic, Carnivore, Paleo, Paleolithic, NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) Low Carb, LCHF (Low Carb High Fat), and more.

I want to preface the rest of this article by reminding you that each of us are at a different place on the health education timeline. What might be working already for me, might not work for you… just yet. It’s important that people realize that there are short-term vs. long-term decisions here. I.e., fad diets (short) vs. lifestyle choices (long). Legitimate and sustainable healthy lifestyle transformations happen with a proper allotment of time. Choose your steps and changes that will create a sustainable, positive change.

Another quick note on “DIET.” This term has become a bad four-letter word due to marketing turning it into short-term psychological impacts on our mindset. A “LIFESTYLE” change is what you’re really looking for, especially if you’re living an unhealthy lifestyle with daily energy impairment, health problems, medical issues, etc. Committing to healthier lifestyle choices could bring you improved energy, alertness, awareness, stress reduction, and more.

I’ve always been a person living in a somewhat of a Keto Lifestyle, I just didn’t know it. Over the recent years, I had barely eaten bread, so I simply stopped. This allowed me to move and get cleaner into a No Sugar No Grains Lifestyle. I live a pretty ketogenic lifestyle. Meaning, I am more fat-adapted. I’m just not always in a pure state of healthy ketosis. Fat, healthy fats, are your body’s preferred source of long-burning energy.

70% of our diet aka fuel intake, should be roughly centered around healthy fats if you’re looking to live more ketogenic. What are healthy fats? Coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, or even avocado oil are all great sources. Other natural sources of healthy fats include heavy whipping cream, grass-fed butter, half and half, etc. Those dairy-based sources of fat are not overly processed like traditional milk. So their whole fat purity reigns supreme. When you cut the fat, you’re left with lactose aka milk sugars.

Now whether we’re talking Paleo, Keto, or Carnivore, it’s important to remind ourselves to try and source our food aka fuel as clean as possible. So finding grass fed, chemical free, hormone free, etc. will help us reduce our daily toxic exposure. Unfortunately, not all food companies have to clarify this on their labels. So if you can source whole food solutions from farms and markets you know care about this, then you’re winning. Fun note, a chemical-free muffin is still a muffin and is not Keto, it’s converted to an unhealthy sugar bomb.

Now let’s help clarify the simplicity of a Carnivore. Carnivores are actually simply focusing on wild game, red meat sources, and then beef as the foundation if those aren’t available. These red meat sources are actually super rich in minerals and vitamins overtop of other meats like chicken or turkey. An excellent reference on this would be Dr. Shawn Baker MD of the Carnivore Training System at Shawn-Baker.com. I also recommend checking out Dr. Anthony Jay Ph.D. of AJConsultingCompany.com. He is starting the first 100% Carnivore Study, to analyze the impacts of a 100% red meat lifestyle for 90 days. He’ll be measuring the before and after effects on the length of our Telomeres of our DNA which determine aging.

So are you Keto, Carnivore, or Paleo? I can only dive so deep in this short article. The most important thing we can take away is that we need to get back to our roots, away from manufactured “food,” and start finding the healthy lifestyle choices to improve our lives. Yes, I live a marriage of Paleo / Keto / Carnivore / NSNG / LCHF lifestyles. So I’m not 100% Carnivore since I’m currently consuming avocados, pasture-raised eggs, bacon, and lots of red meat, other well-sourced Keto-friendly products.

It takes 28 days to build a habit, it takes 30 days to prove you can implement potentially sustainable actions to a healthier lifestyle. To tell you the truth, be prepared at 90 days, but actually, 120 days to establish a legitimately sustainable body and lifestyle transformation.

So take your health seriously my friend and give yourself time to commit and to see these transitions happen. So you could read these benefits for years to come.

 


 

Disclaimer… The information provided above is my own research, opinions, and experiences. Scott Mulvaney (LIVETHEFUEL) is not liable for any personal decisions. Please always consult a professional doctor when appropriate, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

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Your Inner Circle of Health

I wanted to target this article around your circle of trust or in this case your circle of healthy influencers or lack thereof. Take a moment and think about who is in your inner circle that influences nutrition, exercise, and fitness in general. Ask yourself who you allow to remain in your inner circle that […]

I wanted to target this article around your circle of trust or in this case your circle of healthy influencers or lack thereof. Take a moment and think about who is in your inner circle that influences nutrition, exercise, and fitness in general. Ask yourself who you allow to remain in your inner circle that also influences your daily lifestyle.

I think many of us underestimate the power of our closest influencers. I’m reminded of that today as I write this. We have just finished two weeks working with my inner circle of biking enthusiasts to track down an adult size tricycle bike. A very good friend of ours is a special education teacher. She also specializes in working with autistic children. She had recently reached out because she was going to go buy an adult tricycle and was looking for sponsors or supporters for her therapy work. Once we heard about her goals, we couldn’t let her buy a low-quality bike from Walmart. As a huge biking nut, this will not do. Now that being said, tracking down a bike of this type became a bit of a project and I was quite busy. However, I had a good friend of mine who happens to really geek out and loves to track down bikes that are in amazing condition. He basically flips them or repurposes those bikes as a little fun yet entrepreneurial side hustle.

Building a network or in this case, an inner circle of healthy and trustworthy people ensured that we got to pull together something with a positive benefit for others. I’m telling you this story to help provide an impact on the importance of that inner circle of influence. Many of us underestimate this, so before I continue on, I’ll reference one of my favorite Jim Rohn quotes: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

I’m truly inspired by people in general who choose to help kids and adults for that matter, living with autism. Helping to enable kids with balance issues to ride a bike is something I never thought about. I’m hoping this inspires you to really think about who is in your inner circle of trust. I’ve referenced positive results but let’s really take the time to think about who is negatively impacting your daily goals, your weekly goals, and your monthly goals. These are important topics to consider when it comes to your health, fitness and your overall lifestyle. Ask yourself what changes must be taken to improve your life. Many of us keep making excuses that are fueled by the people around us. Many of you may justify your sedentary lifestyles because of your busy careers, businesses, or the feedback from other sedentary friends/family.

We all have plenty of things to distract us, we all have plenty of opportunities to become sedentary, or justify our unfortunate unhealthy choices. Let’s be honest; it is not always your business, your job, or careers. I’ll be the first one to tell you that’s all BS because I was there once. That is your own internal psychology and possibly the bleed-over of negative influence from your inner circle that influences your actions daily.

So please really take the time to look at who is influencing your daily, weekly, and even monthly lifestyle. If these people are not helping promote positive change, you need to change that time management. This is a hard decision for many people. Psychologically, it is crucial that you start changing the people you surround yourself with. This is a must to create massive and sustainable positive change in your life. Whether it be your nutritional practices, physical education, or overall health practices, all of these things can be influenced by the people you spend the most time with.

You don’t need to change everybody you spend the most time with but start looking at those core people. Then look outside your normal inner circle and see other people that you could be spending more time with. People that will help promote and support your healthy mutual goals. Then get to work because as I already said, it’s not going to be easy, you will have struggles, and yes, it will be awkward. The most impactful changes in our life come from hard decisions.

Most people who struggle to support your healthy changes, because they themselves, are afraid to create them. If they see you taking those positive steps that used to scare them, they may hopefully want to make the same changes themselves and want back into your “Inner Circle of Health.”

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DNA Health Data Analysis

We now more than ever have so much science available at our fingertips and the online shopping readiness for our healthy spending habits. Some questions I asked myself were: What is the value in understanding more about my DNA? How can DNA data help me positively impact my long-term health, fitness, and lifestyle? What if […]

We now more than ever have so much science available at our fingertips and the online shopping readiness for our healthy spending habits. Some questions I asked myself were:

  1. What is the value in understanding more about my DNA?
  2. How can DNA data help me positively impact my long-term health, fitness, and lifestyle?
  3. What if I learn things from my DNA that concern me in relation to illness, disease, etc.?

On Valentine’s Day 2018, my fiancé helped me indulge my healthy research obsession and purchased me the 23andMe DNA Test that included Health + Ancestry. The 23andMe reports were quite informative. Some of the health-related report categories include Carrier Status, Genetic Health Risk, and Wellness.

Now for this article, we’re going deeper in relation to recommended supplements. Dr. Anthony Jay Ph.D. has co-hosted my podcast show multiple times, got word of my 23andMe test. Dr. Jay offers this deeper DNA and genetic analysis services. He’s currently researching Stem Cells and Epigenetics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota too!

Okay, so without further ado, let’s dig into Dr. Jay’s report on my DNA from AJConsultingCompany.com!

KEY SUPPLEMENTS AND CHEMICALS YOU SHOULD ESPECIALLY AVOID BASED ON YOUR DNA

Here is what I found based on my analysis of your +/+ DNA gene variants.

Based on your specific +/+ COMT gene variant (catechol-O-methyltransferase), you likely need to eat more salt and drink more water than normal. I use and recommend Redmond Real Salt since it has no radioactivity, no microplastics, and a complete mineral profile. Also, because of this COMT gene, adrenaline will stay in your body longer than normal. This can inhibit your digestion and sleep after an intense event so be sure to explore techniques to “wind down” in evenings and around meal times. I recommend magnesium supplementing in the evenings and workouts/exercise earlier in the day rather than later. In addition, having high levels of vitamin D and/or estrogen can lower the function of this enzyme, so you don’t want high levels of vitamin D and estrogen.

Based on your specific +/+ VDR gene variant (vitamin D [1,25- dihydroxy vitamin D3] receptor), you need to get higher-than-normal levels of vitamin D; preferably from plenty of sunshine. In winter, supplement at least 5,000 IU every day and probably closer to 10,000 IU each day. Never supplement vitamin D in the evening as it causes poor sleep in a surprising number of people (it inhibits melatonin production). Ideally, take a week or two in the dead of winter and visit southern Florida or a similar tropic region each year.

Based on your specific +/+ BHMT gene variant (betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase), you likely have higher-than-normal levels of “homocysteine” in your body. You should experiment with supplementing with vitamin B6 at 100mg per day (5,000%) to help lower your homocysteine (inflammation), along with other B vitamins (use a “B Complex”) so you don’t get a B vitamin imbalance. You should also eat less processed sugar and research additional ways you might lower general inflammation throughout your body (for example, exercising consistently, supplementing DHA/fish oil, and supplementing curcumin regularly). Alternatively, rather than B vitamin supplementing, eat foods rich in vitamin B6 at least twice per day. These foods include seafood, meats, and eggs. Pistachios are also good. Finally, be sure to get 100% daily value of zinc each day.

Based on your specific +/+ SOD2 gene variant (superoxide dismutase 2), you need to get 100% daily value of manganese every day. Preferably, simply eat a handful of pecans every day, since these have high levels of manganese and low phytic acid (Brazil nuts have high levels of phytic acid, so these are not an ideal manganese source). Next, eat more antioxidant-rich foods than normal, such as colorful fruits and vegetables. If you can afford it, try supplementing “liposomal glutathione” because it will probably work for you; try cycling this supplement into your diet on and off – especially when you are under high-stress loads.

In general, +/- gene variants have less negative health impacts. If you have several +/- issues that affect one gene, though, they are more likely to cause problems. Based on my analysis of your +/- DNA gene variants, I found one additional and notable specific issue.

Based on your specific +/- NAT2 gene variants (N-acetyltransferase 2), you need to be especially careful to avoid any and all carcinogens as much as possible. Google and research “top carcinogens” and see if you are regularly exposed to any of these. Because of this issue, vitamin C is more important for you than people without this DNA variant (vitamin C is both an antioxidant and it generates hydrogen peroxide when it is broken down – which also can kill cancer cells rather than put them on life support like other antioxidants can do!). I prefer you get high doses of vitamin C from foods like guava, bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, oranges, and papaya but you can also supplement vitamin C at the upper limits of recommended values in cycles (like one week off and one week on). This will help diminish cancer-causing problems from carcinogenic items. Avoid vitamin C supplements that have carbs, sugars, or artificial dyes. Garlic is also likely to diminish the function of this enzyme even further in your body – something that may not be optimal for you.

Disclaimer… The information provided above is my own research, opinions, and experiences. Scott Mulvaney (LIVETHEFUEL) is not liable for any personal decisions. Please always consult a professional doctor when appropriate, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

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