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Yesterday, I told you about Liz Wolfe’s fab book, Eat the Yolks and shared quotes from the introduction and Chapter 1 on Fat.

Today, I am serving up more of Liz’s goodness. This time, from the chapters on Protein, Carbs and Nutrients.

Take a peek, and then, go buy the book! (There is LOTS more where all this came from!)

Chapter 2, Protein

“Certain nutrients found in animal products work synergistically to regulate mood- and mental health-related physiology.”

p. 105

“When we choose to depart fully from ways of eating so firmly grounded in historical tradition and nutritional biochemistry, we had damn well better understand the potential consequences … .”

p. 108

“We often confuse ‘thin’ with ‘healthy’ and ‘healthy diet’ with ‘intervention diet,’ but losing weight on any given diet doesn’t make that diet – or the person losing weight – healthier in the long term.”

p. 111

“How we treat our food – plant or animal – matters. When we do our best to honor it by harnessing natural processes rather than attempting to override them, we have the extraordinary effect of fostering a nutrient-filled, low-waste food web.”

p. 120

Chapter 3, Carbs

(Just a note to say I learned the most new information from this chapter. It’s got some really terrific information in it about how carbs work in the body.)

“But here’s the truth: All that marketing is covering up some pretty damn dangerous stuff. The bloated ad budgets of Corn-This, Big Soy, and Whole-Grain-That exist not because the products are healthy and they have a moral imperative to tell the world, but because the crops are government subsidized, the products are cheap-cheap-cheap to make, and every single one sucks in profits right along with that last piece of Big Agriculture’s soul.”

p. 141

“Food that requires marketing jargon, fancy-schmancy labeling, or, worse, a cartoon spokesperson (or spokes-rabbit, or spoke-tiger, or spoke-leprechaun) isn’t food. It’s an edible industrial product.”

p. 141

“Here’s a good rule of thumb: Widely advertised products with the muscle of large corporations behind them are generally nutritionally bankrupt and do the body no favors.”

p. 142

“The idea that a carb is a carb is a carb is totally false, and going low-carb without prioritizing food quality is a pitfall that won’t keep you much healthier than if you’d kept sucking down the fat-free, sugar-free diet soda pop.”

p. 145

“When you process food out of its original form, you process all the appetite-regulating, tummy-filling potential right out of it.”

p. 152

“The only food is the food that has always been food.”

p. 176

Chapter 4, Nutrients

“But the way our bodies use food is orders of magnitude more intricate than a simple count of calories eaten and burned, and our metabolism(s) are driven by complex interactions of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, hormones, and things with nerdy acronyms like ATP and BMR. These facts don’t change.”

p. 181

“Calories are nothing but an approximation of potential energy until our metabolism gets cracking.”

p. 182

“It’s all about the hormones. Hormones, not lack of willpower, drive hunger and overeating in response to dieting and food restriction.”

p. 188

“The path to hormonal balance is also a path to true health: Don’t restrict nourishment. Forget about calories. Eat real food.”

p. 189

“(W)hen we restrict food – in particular, robust, nutrient-dense food – we restrict nutrition. Talk about breaking the bank.”

p. 192

“If any nutrient can prove to us that we know far less about the amazing compounds in real foods than we think, it’s vitamin K2.”

p. 218

“Vitamin K2 is so powerful, says Masterjohn, that “Research is … redefining heart disease largely as a deficiency of that vitamin.”

p. 220

“Factory farming is not a natural, compassionate, biologically or environmentally appropriate or necessary way to produce food, let alone healthy food.”

p. 231-2

“Fun fact: The same minerals that are housed in certain bodily tissues in high concentrations are also necessary to the health of those same tissues.”

p. 243

Conclusion

“We are activists simply by virtue of our choices. Every meal we eat that’s free of processed junk, crop oils, and refined industrial ingredients is a major statement. It’s a vote against the status quo.”

p. 255

“To become a nutrient-seeker rather than a calorie-counter is to become deeply connected with your food and your body. It is transformational.”

p. 256

“Remember this: You are not dieting. You are living.”

p. 260

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But seriously? I only shared maybe a quarter of the stuff that I highlighted and circled. It’s a quick, easy book to read. Get your copy now.

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