Carb-Loaded:  A Culture Dying to Eat

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Shana and I enjoy watching documentaries about our culture and especially the food and health industry. The latest one that caught my attention was Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. It was produced by Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen.  Poland was diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.

Poland exercised regularly, ate an average american diet and weighed the same as he did in high school.  He was prescribed three medications by the doctor.  He wanted to learn if medication was the only solution so he started researching the cause of diabetes.

Shana led a similar journey when she was tired of taking her multiple prescriptions for her digestive issues. Her search for alternative remedies is a huge part of what got us where we are today. Poland’s journey and discoveries led to the creation of this film.

Poland stated, “I wasn’t overweight… To be honest, I was completely blown away when my doctor gave me the diagnosis. Why would a seemingly healthy 30 something man like myself get a disease like this?  My misconception like most people was that there were two scenarios where you get diabetes…Either it’s hereditary and it’s not your fault, or you eat junk food like it’s going out of style and end up diabetic.”


Thought-Provoking Quotes from Carb-Loaded:

  • With the advances in medicine, it would seem we would be healthier than ever, but the opposite seems to be true.
  • If you have to exercise to regulate your weight, your diet is wrong.
  • I ran 70 marathons and I couldn’t regulate my weight.
  • They’ve been saying eat less and exercise more for years.  Maybe this thinking is wrong.
  • Pay the farmer now or pay the doctor later.

Remember the food pyramid you saw in school years ago?  That is the root of the issue.  As a culture, we are eating too much grain and not enough good fats, protein and unprocessed carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables).  Refined and processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates have become a staple of our culture, and we are reaping the consequences.

These processed foods are full of additives, sugar, and other hidden dangers. These additives cause foods to have a high glycemic load that requires additional insulin to process, among other issues.

Not feeling compelled to make a change? I encourage you to watch the documentary for yourself. We found it on Hulu.

If you’re wondering how you can start taking steps in the right direction, the answer is simple. When you can, avoid boxed and packaged foods that have been processed. Look for foods that you can recognize – fruit, vegetables, pure grass-fed butter, and meat in their real form. Shop the outside of the store as much as you can. These small changes could have a huge impact on your future health and the wellness of your family.

Disclaimer: Always remember I’m not a doctor or medical professional. The content on this site is meant for education and entertainment and should not be taken as medical advice. As always, please take responsibility for your health by doing research and possibly consulting a medical professional.

Casey Bresnahan
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