What is the RC Diet:
Many journals and doctors agree: our current modern lifestyle of processed and refined foods is closely linked to modern health ailments. Those health ailments have a common factor, inflammation. The immune system becomes activated (by a variety of internal and external factors, like diet) and inflammation occurs. This inflammation proceeds to cause breakdown of the body’s systems, leading to chronic illnesses.
One of the most inflammatory factors is insulin, which is produced by the pancreas in response to carbohydrates in the diet. For this reason, adopting a lifestyle that keeps insulin levels down is one of the best ways to combat these symptoms and diseases. We at The Rothfeld Center recommend a diet which is low or absent in grains and starchy carbohydrates. This diet, sometimes called a paleolithic (“Paleo”) or “caveman” diet, lowers insulin secretion and therefore lowers inflammation in the body. When followed even for the short run (several weeks), this dietary approach improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles.
The RC Diet is similar to a Paleo diet, except that many Paleo diets are overly strict and therefore doomed to fail. The RC Diet is a realistic, healthy approach to food, using local foods, innovative menu planning, and tasty food choices. The main principles are:
1. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods: meat, eggs, seafood, non-starchy vegetables – and some (but not huge amounts of) fruit, nuts and seeds.
2. Try to avoid eating things with sugar, grains (whole grains, too), legumes (including soybeans and peanuts) and polyunsaturated fats (except fish oil).
3. Eat anything that can be hunted or gathered, and try to avoid stuff that’s processed, cultivated, or sealed in colorful plastic packaging.
Here’s a quote for one of our favorite Paleo websites:
I eat “real” food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, my diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy – it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. And I’m not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since I’m eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way.
-The Whole 9 Nutrition Pitch
We will be posting our favorite recipes, websites and meals, for all to check out and share. Dr. G’s wife Magi will be contributing, as will Ryann and Katy from TRC office. Meanwhile, here’s some of the Paleo websites that we find helpful:
Websites that explain the Paleo diet:
Websites with great recipes:
- The Rothfeld Center