Who do you know that has taken up the hobby of taking old, beat up, fallin’ apart junk cars and turning them into beautiful show-pieces? I know a few; a brother even. And who do you know that sometimes feels like they’re beginning to live in an old, beat-up, falling apart body that needs to be tuned up, repaired a bit and turned back into a few years younger? I know a few, and one quite intimately.

How is it done? Where do we start on such an “impossible” project? My brother goes back to the original manual written by the manufacturer and learns how the old car was originally made. Then, he looks for the parts that are still around today. The same goes for the body. If we go back to the “manual” that was written by the “original manufacturer”, it says that every green herb was given for food. Animals were given for food later.

If we look around, we can still find some old “relics” whose bodies are still rollin’ around pretty well. If we go back to their parents’ and grandparents’ food source, we will find a garden that was probably on a farm. The table was loaded with full-fat, raw, home-made, tasty yumms that made the family gather around.

Why was full-fat good for them then and not for us today? Were they eating something they didn’t know was bad for them? Something that was giving those people Big-Ugly diseases that they were ignorant about? Look at the disease statistics then and now.

What is the value of fat in our body? When we take a peek at the most healthy cells in the healthiest body, where’s the fat? It’s all over the place. It’s holding every cell wall together. It’s at the heart of every hormone, from insulin to serotonin, in the form of cholesterol. Brain cells are made of fat. Nerves are insulated with fat. If someone is getting on a nerve, it could be because the nerve has lost some insulation (just kidding). Muscles burn fat for fuel like a truck burns diesel. Fat has its place in the body, so why is it bad? Because the quality is inferior when it’s been processed from corn, safflower, and soy. Why do we have too much fat on our bodies? Because the liver turns sugar and carbs into saturated fat and sends it to hang out in the belly and love handles. Why is it so hard to get rid of? Because we keep signaling the muscles to burn sugar.

The fat we wear is not the fat we ate. It’s the fat our muscles didn’t burn. If that’s true, I have a question? If fat is our muscle’s preferred fuel, then why are our muscles not burning it? Is it because we’re not moving our muscles enough to get it all burned up; we’re eating more than we’re exercising? That’s what I’ve been told all my life; until recently.

Research on the hormone, Leptin, shows us that hormones are messages the cells receive. If the cells receptor sites are plugged up with environmental toxins, like pesticides, heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium, artificial nutrients, bad fats, the cells will not receive the hormone messages.

What tells them to burn sugar? There are about 13 things we do that signals our muscles to burn sugar and store fat. 1. Eat sugar after feeling hungry. Whatever we fill the tank with is what the engine burns. If we want muscles to burn fat; eat fat. 2. Eat low-fat/no-fat foods. Fat turns off the “I’m Hungry” switch. If we don’t eat fat, we stay hungry and end up stuffing ourselves trying to get satisfied. If food doesn’t have flavorful fat in it then sugar (carbs) and protein is all that’s left. We end up consuming too much protein or too many carbs. If we’re trying to cut carbs, all we’re left with is protein. 3. Eating too much protein causes the liver to use its gluconeogenesis lab to turn protein into sugar. Where does this leave us? At the end of this article with so much more to tell you. I’ll do this. I’ll make the complete checklist of fat burning and storing signals available for you to pick up for free at Family HELM.

This month’s workshop is the fat-burner’s Keto Kitchen on Tuesday evenings at Family HELM.

Until then … Take charge.

(Sylvia J. Harral is a digestive health specialist and Michele Stewart-Buller is a pilates master trainer. They each have more than 15 years experience. Send your questions by e-mail to familyhelm@hotmail.com; by mail to Family HELM Health Center, 379 N. Hockett St., Porterville, CA, 93257; or by phone at 202-9105.)

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