Hi, I'm Dr Steve
Are you on one of the many diets that are low in carbohydrates? If you are, or you know somebody who is, then I'm going to tell you how to do it in a much healthier way Because it's possible that you, or somebody you know, is doing it all wrong, and it could be really unhealthy These low carb diets have become very popular in the last 10 years or so The popular ones are the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the Zone diet, the South Beach diet, the Earth diet, and the very low carb and the zero-carb diet Chances are that you're following one of them, or know somebody who is
There is MUCH to like about these low carb diets, for example, they are low in simple and refined sugars and carbohydrates, they TEND to have adequate levels of vitamin B12, carnitine, DHA, essential amino acids, iron, calcium and iodine: things that CAN be dangerously low among vegans I'll talk more about the challenges and solutions for vegetarians and vegans in my newsletter But for all their numerous benefits, the low carb diet CAN be improved – IF HEALTH IS IMPORTANT TO YOU I'll list some of the challenges that need to be overcome Low carb diets OFTEN: * don't have enough phytochemicals * they often have too much iron * they are often full of unhealthy charred meat, * they often contain unhealthy preservatives * they are often high in oxidized cholesterol * they are often high in polyunsaturated fats * they are often low in certain vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C
This is mainly a concern in the zero-carb group First let me say that I am not trying to argue theology I'm not trying to say that any of these diets is wrong or bad I'm just suggesting that there are a few VERY SIMPLE ways to make them MUCH healthier in the long term – according to the SCIENCE In order to keep this video short, I'll tell you the most important one here and cover the rest of the issues in detail in my newsletter
The single most important thing you should do to improve the health of a high meat diet is to increase your phytochemical intake! Here's how to do it and not violate your particular diet philosophy: If you are following the Paleo diet, or one of the other low carb diets, then increasing your phytochemical intake is not difficult Follow the basic rule: color, flavor and variety
Increase the amount of spices, fruits and vegetables with lots of different colors and pungent flavors, and eat a wide variety of them, not simply the same things every day Even for very low carb and zero-carb diets, there ARE carb-free phytochemicals that you can easily incorporate into your meals There is NO excuse for not doing it – it's extremely important! Carb-free phytochemicals are found primarily in spices and teas, and supplements Drink hot tea or cold tea at EVERY meal – never drink plain water Green tea is best, but try different kinds of tea, including herbal teas for occasional variety
And for ALL low or no carb diets, use a large quantity of diverse spices in your meal preparation in EVERY meal This includes marinating the meat in a spice broth for at least a few hours before cooking it – or don't cook it at all Think sushi or carpaccio And if you do cook the meat, then cook it VERY lightly on lower heat, flipping often I'll talk about tea and spice combinations, marinades, healthy cooking techniques, and specific supplements in my newsletter
So phytochemicals is number one, but there are many other important issues to discuss on the topic of low carb diets So sign up for my free newsletter at my blog, steveonhealthcom Right now! And don't forget, following a health and diet philosophy doesn't mean that you are a member of a CULT! You have the RIGHT to question the various aspects of the diet and improve on them! Stay informed!