Thursday, September 15, 2011

Health and Weight Loss - by Kato Haws (Tom's dad)

In 1988 I found out I had cholesterol of 304. I was shocked! Since that time I have worked to discover
what I can do to keep my cholesterol and triglyceride levels within normal range.
Surprisingly I lost about 30 pounds along the way!

What I Think is Important

  • I gave up most dairy products 23 years ago. Today I am strict about no dairy.
  • Bernando LaPallo (110-years-old) told me he is also strict about no dairy.
  • No wheat, rye, barley, corn or soy, because of the writings of John Symes ( Wheat grain/flour products give me a stomach ache (like an ulcer).
  • No chemical additives, canned food, micro-waved food or processed food.
  • No alcohol, coffee, tea or tobacco.
  • Mostly foods listed as “legal” by Elaine Gottschall on the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). This means no sugar, molasses, maple syrup and only certain starches.
  • Eggs and fish occasionally. Bernando LaPallo, age 110, eats fish about every other day, and no other meat. (However he told me that he does not eat eggs).
  • Lots of cooked and raw vegetables, including arugula, asparagus, basil, beets, beet greens, bib lettuce, bok choi, butternut squash, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, cilantro, celery, collards, endive, entsai, escarole, garlic, jicama, kale, leaf lettuce, onions, parsley, savoy cabbage, spinach, turnips, turnip greens, radishes, romaine lettuce, summer squash, sweet potato leaves, Swiss chard, yu choi, and zucchini.
  • Some beans adzuki beans, baby limas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans and split peas (all legal on the SCD). These beans are soaked for 10 to 12 hours, and rinsed prior to boiling.
  • Fruit (including avocado), berries, and melons


I am 5’ 8” tall and weigh between 132 and 140 lbs. I eat about 2300 to 2500 calories per day. I get between 20% to 60% of my calories from fat, about 20% of calories from protein, and the rest from non-starchy, but unrefined carbohydrates. I get most of my calcium from greens and beans, the mainstays of my diet

References -- Why I don’t eat wheat, rye, barley, corn, soy or dairy -- 110-year-old Bernando Lapallo’s web site -- A summary of a Harvard Study showing that unrefined foods tend toward weight loss. -- The SCD web site, which helps with yeast infections, chron’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, autism and etc. -- Acid-ash/Alkaline-ash food charts. These folks, Robert O. Young, et al, say that people get fat because of eating too much acid-ash food, not because of eating too much food or fat. I believe this is largely true. -- I have type-O blood. Generally speaking I follow D’Adamo’s recommendations.

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