Last week U.S. News & World Report published a ranking of the “best” diets out there. The winner? The DASH diet.
I’m not going to mince words here.
The DASH diet is the same old typical waste of time high-grain, low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie starvation diet they’ve been pushing on us for the last 40 years with absolutely no success.
Will we never learn? How many times do we have to bash our heads against the wall until we realize this type of diet is not good for the brain or the body? What does it take for us to stop the madness? Are they ignoring the undeniable, vast quantity of scientific research that says the opposite? Who picks the winners? Is all news and medical research hijacked by a system that doesn’t want us to be healthy?
This is the EXACT reason I published our free video series, The Truth About Health, to help lift the wool that has been pulled over our eyes.
Here are the basics of the DASH Diet.
- 2,000 calorie diet
- 6-8 servings of grains
- 4-5 servings of veggies and fruit
- 2-3 servings of fat free or low fat dairy
- 6oz or fewer servings of lean protein
- 4-5 servings (per week) of nuts, seeds and legumes
- 2-3 servings of fats and oils
- 1,500 milligrams of salt
Where do I begin? How do I keep the innocent reader from being deceived by such a Dead Ass Stupid Healing diet (D.A.S.H. – get it?).
I’ll just start at the top and work my way down through all of the points.
Why the DASH Diet is Wrong
The 2,000 Calorie Diet Fallacy
Where did the concept of 2,000 calories begin? A calorie is a unit of energy and, in a closed circuit, this “calorie in, calorie out” methodology might work. But the human body is not a closed circuit, so everyone burns energy differently.
A calorie from a soda is not the same thing as a calorie from an avocado. Want to be miserable for the rest of your life? Try to permanently follow and document less than 2,000 calories per day.
6-8 Servings of Grains
Holy cow, are they trying to kill us?! If they would at least say non-GMO, organic, sprouted ancient grains then maybe we’d be on good footing, but obviously they don’t say that.
The reason so many people these days have digestive issues, leaky gut, arthritis and other chronic disease is because so many people consume too much grain! Currently, 72 million people in the U.S. suffer with autoimmune disease created by eating unhealthy grains. Thus we have carbohydrate intolerance, which has become a truly deadly disease.
Increased grain consumption is a documented way to ruin your health. There is a reason everyone feels better when they go gluten free.
4-6 Servings of Veggies and Fruit
Drop the fruit – most of us don’t live in the tropics. A pineapple in Cleveland in February is an abomination. That type of off-season consumption didn’t start until about 50 years ago – right when Americans started to get fat. Fructose (fruit sugar) increases your insulin levels and decreases your body’s ability to burn fat.
Vegetables can and should be consumed, but raw vegetables should be eaten in moderation. Try to get as many fermented vegetables as possible. Fermentation makes them far more digestible, releases more of the inherent nutrition, and provides beneficial and essential bacteria for the gut. Additionally, you can cook, steam or stew the vegetables for improved digestion.
2-3 Servings of Fat-Free Dairy
I seriously want to punch the person that came up with this diet.
If you are going to eat dairy, eat full fat. Studies have shown that eating full-fat dairy is significantly less likely to lead to obesity and cancer. Perhaps the person who came up with this diet owns an ice cream factory and wants to keep all the fat for himself, or maybe he owns a hospital and wants you to get diabetes.
If you really want to do dairy right then ferment it first (kefir or yogurt). Cheese and milk should be consumed from an organic source and it should always be raw. Always.
6oz of Low-Fat Protein
Wow . . . all I can say is, just wow.
Fat tastes good for a reason – it’s not a fickle God that gave us delicious fat only to make it bad for us.
Our bodies, our brains and our nervous systems are designed to run off fat. They’re called ESSENTIAL fatty acids. Eating the right fats will actually turn you into a fat-burning machine and give you amazing energy. When you don’t burn fat for fuel, you burn sugar, and then you’re destined to suffer from blood sugar issues and endocrine fatigue.
The type of fat makes a big difference: Are you eating a farm-raised salmon injected with dye and antibiotics, or one that swam in the open ocean? Are you eating a CAFO (contained animal feeding operation) cow grown in Mexico, or are you eating a ribeye raised down the road by a grass-fed farmer who cares for his animals?
Low fat, seriously? Wait, I think I figured it out: The author of this diet is a miserable person and wants us to be miserable too.
4-5 Servings (per week) of Nuts, Seeds and Legumes
Make sure you soak or sprout your nuts, seeds and legumes. They all contain a powerful coating called phytic acid, which is an indigestible coating on seeds that stays until the warmth and moisture of spring melts it away. Phytic acid is an enzyme inhibitor, which means it shuts off your digestive juices. And it’s a chelator, which means that it binds to minerals, making them less available to the body.
You can remove phytic acid by soaking them in water with either some apple cider vinegar or fermented whey. Leave it out on the counter, covered, for a minimum of 12 hours.
Not only are soaked and sprouted seeds, nuts and legumes far more digestible, they’re actually tastier too!
2-3 Servings of Fats and Oils
OK, I figured it out: The creator of this diet is obviously a sadistic psychopathic mastermind genius who owns a major hospital system and has his life savings in Big Pharma stock.
Here’s the deal on fat: Consume as much of it as you want. Fat makes you feel full and good fat is documented to NOT cause obesity or heart disease. Again, what are they thinking?
Here’s some even better advice: Never eat heated polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn, cottonseed, canola, and soy. Eat vegetable fats raw without cooking them, like avocado oil, olive oil and flax oil. Eat as much healthy animal fat as you want and always cook with butter, lard, tallow or ghee. Coconut oil is good for everything. Eat it raw in your tea, cook with it, rub it all over your body, use it as lubricant, toothpaste, hair conditioner, whatever. The more coconut oil and good fats in your life, the healthier you will be.
1,500 Milligrams of Salt
Throughout history all of our ancestors used salt in abundance. We used it for taste and to preserve food.
REAL salt with over 80 trace minerals does not cause heart disease or kidney issues.
Use salt like fat – to taste. And consume at LEAST 2,000 milligrams a day, but ideally not more than 3,500.
The salt you need to avoid is the white salt. This is bleached of all minerals and spiked with anti-caking agents. Avoid this salt like the plague.
The Ketogenic Diet
Given the sheer lunacy of this diet, we’re not surprised that the Ketogenic Diet did not make the cut for U.S. News & World Report‘s list. This is the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet we prescribe to all our patients going through our functional medicine and medical weight loss programs.
The Ketogenic Diet has been proven to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Weight Gain
- Cardiovascular Disease and High Cholesterol
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia