VEGANS and VEGETARIANS Will Probably HATE Me For This!!!

Bernard Okoth
9 min readNov 16, 2022

Sixty seventy percent of calories consumed are white flour, white sugar, and flavorless semi-synthetic seed oils that have been over processed.

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There’s no nutritional value in those and it’s all empty calories. If the Earth produced it, if it walked the planet, or it grew on the planet and you don’t screw it up, then it’s pretty good food.

China and Asia got along for centuries eating a bunch of carbs of rice but they didn’t add sugar on top of it, and they didn’t eat six meals a day with constant snacks. They also had physical labor.

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Insulin Resistance

The U.S and probably a large part of the world’s population is insulin resistant today. And if you are insulin resistant that only means one thing, you ate too many carbs and that could be 20 grams for one person or 200 grams for another.

But if you’re insulin resistant, you ate too many carbs and that is the same for not a few hundred million but for billions of people on the planet.

In the U.S., it’s probably somewhere around 88 percent. I think if you go around the globe, it’s probably still 60 percent. What is insulin resistance? What happens to the body if you are insulin resistant?

Insulin resistance is an adaptation. The body will adapt to circumstances and to whatever conditions you throw at it. The body will make an intelligent adaptation and if you eat carbohydrates, it will raise your blood sugar levels more than other types of foods.

And if you raise your blood sugar, the way to control it and get that blood sugar into the cell is to release insulin. So if you eat a carbohydrate, your blood sugar goes up and then your body produces insulin to get that carbohydrate into the cell.

And now if you wait a few hours, that insulin will come back to baseline and you can start all over. If you eat that carb, your body will produce insulin to bring the glucose down.

But then if you eat again while the insulin is still high, now you’re just driving it even much higher. Insulin resistance is simply an adaptation where your body starts resisting insulin.

So anything that the body gets too much of, it starts resisting. It’s just the way it’s supposed to work. Insulin is a storage hormone. It’s an anabolic hormone and its job is to get the glucose from the bloodstream into the cell.

And whatever glucose the cell can use at the moment, it will use it. But anything that’s in excess of what the body can use in the near future is going to be converted to fat because we can only store a tiny little bit of carbohydrates.

The body can store somewhere around 1500 calories as carbs. But we have unlimited storage for fats like half a million calories and that’s what I call a fortune of energy reserves.

Because the body is smart, it wants to put on some extra weight for the winter when there is less food. So the body is super intelligent and if you put on fat, there’s a reason.

Foods to Eat

It doesn’t really matter what you eat. I think meat, lamb, pork, fish, or poultry has roughly the same protein and nutritional value. I think variety is really good.

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But then, I think there are lots of other things that we can eat. I think we should be very limited on grains. Humans I don’t believe were really made to eat a huge amount of grains.

There’s this thing called paleo that most people have heard of and turned into a religion. And a lot of diets become religions like keto, low carb, and paleo. They have all become religions but it’s a philosophy.

The Paleo philosophy says that humans have been around on the planet for a while and during that time wherever our ancestors were. You can go as far as you want to go even back to the African Savannah, or whether you want to put that limit like a couple of million years back, or a quarter million years back, our DNA is mostly unchanged since that time period.

So the DNA is what determines what kind of enzymes you can make, and what kind of digestive tract you have to break down those foods. If we go a quarter of a million years on a certain type of food and then all of a sudden we change it, the body has no idea what to do with that.

Agriculture with grains was basically introduced some 10,000 years ago and for most of those 10 000 years, we had what’s called Ancient Grains like corn and so forth.

But then we got into the last hundred years or even the last 50 years which in the big scheme of things in the evolutionary scale, it’s not even a blink of an eye. And now instead of four Ancient Grains we have 25,000 different kinds.

So when they’ve started hybridizing all these modern wheats, they’re not looking for health benefits. They’re not looking for what humans can tolerate. They’re looking for what is sturdy to grow and has the highest yield and so forth.

I think some people can tolerate some grains and I think you can eat some. But if you have any sort of sensitivities, digestive issues, allergies, brain fog, or anything that isn’t quite right, I think grains would be the first thing to go really.

Where does oatmeal fall into that? Oatmeal is one one of the friendlier grains because it does have some benefits. It is naturally gluten free. Gluten is not the only thing that people react to in grains, but it’s the number one offender.

Normal oats are gluten free but it’s still a carbohydrate and it’s still almost all starch. If you’re insulin resistant then you need to avoid oats. If you’re not or if you’re super insulin sensitive, then you can probably have some oats.

Basically all carbohydrates turn into glucose and some of the resistant starch doesn’t get digested and becomes food for bacteria in the large intestine.

So if 30 percent reach the large intestine, that still means 70 percent becomes glucose. People who are insulin resistant need to watch it. And you need to understand where you are on that scale so that you can monitor. And if you’re getting results, fine then because that’s kind of what it’s all about.

If you’re getting the results then keep doing what you’re doing. If you don’t, then get a little stricter.

Vegan and Vegetarian Diet

What about all the different people coming out in the last five or ten years talking about vegetarianism and veganism and the benefits of that?

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I see vegetarians and vegans who eliminate things but also people that go that far extreme and have more issues. I think people find the arguments that they want to find.

So a lot of this is philosophical and ethical. I was a vegetarian for seven years really back in the late 90s and I read a book and it was very convincing.

And one of the arguments was that there were lots of them but it is one of them that I later sort of had a different perspective. Look at World War II, there was no meat around and people had way less heart disease, they had way less problems, and they lost weight.

Well, they didn’t have much of anything. They didn’t have any sugar, they didn’t have any white flour, and they didn’t have any processed food. So that’s the argument that is made erroneously.

Often they pick something that’s not a causative factor but just a correlation. I believe that plant food can have some cleansing properties. If you have cancer for example, and you have a toxic liver that’s overwhelmed in so many different ways, I think that you should go vegan.

I think you should try vegan diet for three months, six months, or maybe 12 months until you can re-evaluate because I think there’s some powerful cleansing properties.

What are we looking to get from food? We’re looking to get fuel to turn into energy, and we’re looking for building blocks to become tissue because your body constantly breaks down and you have to rebuild it.

So you need what I call genuine replacement parts. If you’re going to build a house and a tree falls on your house and the brick wall is damaged, you don’t rebuild that with foam, right?

You need the right stuff and we are built from the foods that the planet produces. So we need genuine replacement parts and then we also need vitamins and minerals.

Those are the catalysts that help us convert the fuel and the building block into energy and tissue. We get way more of that from animal foods.

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Animal Protein Benefits

Animal proteins have a higher food value and much more of the genuine replacement parts. And it kind of makes sense if you think about it because you are meat.

Your body tissue is primarily meat and if you eat something that’s close to your tissue, it’s going to be less of a transition for your body to turn that into a tissue.

So yes, your body can turn vegetables and plants into protein and body parts but it doesn’t happen nearly at the same percentage of conversion or absorption.

I’m assuming you’ve studied and seen all the documentaries about veganism and these Elite athletes that turn into vegan athletes and they have this superpower. And then other people that are meat eaters.

When you don’t eat meat, then you tend to be more limited. But what happens with a lot of people is that it might take six, seven, eight, nine, or ten years before they really become deficient in something. Before they become anemic or they’re missing vitamin D and B12.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, depression, pale or yellow skin, mental impairment, and pain and inflammation in the mouth and tongue.

Because the body has natural reserves of most of those and in my case I wish I’d known half of the stuff that I know now because I was not so educated before.

Back in the 80s, you were taught to eat carbs. Eat carbs over breakfast. I probably ate more than a thousand grams of carbs per day, oh my God, on average.

I mean I was working out four, five, or six hours a day eating five, six, or seven thousand calories and you burn it all off. So you think that there’s no problem here.

But when you stop working out, you keep eating that way. That’s what happened to me. It’s like I never really gained weight. I mean I gained some got a little fatter than I was because I didn’t maintain three percent body fat.

I didn’t really learn about food until much later and started putting it together. So you may not see the deficiencies in the first number of years but you’re probably eventually going to be more deficient. It’s just going to be harder and there is no black and white everyone is looking for.

I’m sure there are super strong weight lifters who are vegans because their body can tolerate it at least for many years. But then you have all these people who have been vegetarian or vegans for 10 years, and they start having all these issues. Thin females especially might have stress issues and digestive problems and so forth.

Foods to Avoid

The number one food to avoid for you is the one that you react to because that creates inflammation and wreaks havoc. It doesn’t matter how healthy that food is for someone else but if you can’t tolerate it, if you have a reaction, or a hypersensitivity reaction, that’s the absolute worst food for you.

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