Grains contain phytates that bind with minerals in Jane’s body and leech them out in her
urine. Many people on high grain diets become mineral deficient. This shows up as dull, lifeless
hair and skin and lack of energy—the regular blahs. Excess carbs increase the depletion of B
vitamins causing lack of energy, shorter temper, and bloating. Some of Jane’s belly bloat is not
only due to the overgrowth of yeast and sugar in her digestive system from excess grain, but
also from the difficulty she has in digesting the un-soaked grains.
We’re not saying you have to soak every grain or bean you eat. You do not need to worry
about lentils and millet as they are lower in phytates. Oats are one of the highest in phytates, so
we do suggest soaking them. But, don’t beat yourself up. We’re all busy women. It’s unrealistic to
always remember to soak grains. Poor Jane would need pots and pans of soaking grain covering
all her kitchen counters to eradicate the phytates that are robbing her of her vitality and energy.
When grains are reduced to a health promoting portion of the diet, this problem is no longer
overwhelming. We’ll be honest. Serene soaks. Pearl usually forgets, or doesn’t bother about it.
Soy, Goodie or Baddie?
Soy is not doing Jane any favors either. All the soy in Jane’s diet which she believes to be so
health promoting could be a problem. A little tofu here and there doesn’t hurt too much, but soy beans have some of the highest phytate levels. Her daily soy milk on her cereal is not
only too high in sugars, because it has been pre-sweetened, but because it is full of phytates,
which cause a large mineral leech for Jane’s body. Soy’s effect on estrogen levels in the body
is not completely understood, but it has been shown to be a powerful aromatase stimulator.
That means it is an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Dr. Russell Blaylock, a
neuroscientist and widely read author, says in an interview in the book Knockout by Suzanne
Somers: “We know that breast cancers produce a lot of aromatase and things that stimulate a
breast cancer also stimulate aromatase . . . Soy massively increases aromatase, so that’s a reason
not to consume soy.”
Dr. Blaylock goes on to explain that soy has very high concentrations of fluoride, manga-
nese, and glutamate. He says, “We know that manganese, fluoride, and glutamate are terrible
brain toxins and in my neuroscience journal, it shows that giving soy formula to children is
associated with Parkinson’s because of the manganese. Women have been lulled into thinking
that eating and drinking all this soy is good for them, but it is loaded with manganese, which
is a powerful brain toxin and has been shown to cause brain atrophy.”
Dr. Blaylock points out that most soy is genetically modified. There is increased evidence
that GMO foods induce sterility. He cautions that young women who consume a lot of soy
may find that they have trouble getting pregnant.
In order to keep a well functioning metabolism, Jane should worry less about fat in her
food and consider her thyroid. There are serious questions about soy’s impact on thyroid.
A 1991 Japanese study found that soy consumption can suppress thyroid function and
cause goiters in healthy people, especially in elderly subjects. European researchers found in
one study that even a week of consuming unprocessed boiled natural soybeans caused changes
to thyroid levels.
Czech researchers, in a 2006 study that examined thyroid hormones and thyroid antibod-
ies, found that even small differences in soy phytoestrogen intake can influence thyroid func-
tion, especially in those who are deficient in iodine. In 2004, researchers carried out a study
at the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Medical School. The study, published
in Arch Dis Child, found that babies fed soy formula had a long lasting increase in their TSH
(Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels. An increase means the thyroid is becoming hypo or
less efficient. In a 1997 study published in the journal of Biochemical Pharmacology research-
ers concluded, “It was observed that an extract of soybeans contains compounds that inhibit
thyroid peroxidase catalyzed reactions essential to thyroid hormone synthesis.”
It’s not our aim to march around holding “We Hate Soy” banners. Our approach to food
hopes to avoid all extremes and that would include suggesting that someone never put soy in
their mouths again. Soy is a controversial subject and while we have brought to your attention
studies that show its negative effects, there are some studies that show the opposite. Jane could
still comfortably use small amounts of naturally fermented soy in her diet, as fermented soy is lower in harmful phytates as the fermentation process breaks them down. Jane could also eat a
little tofu now and then or some soy beans.
It is the constant barrage of soy in Jane’s diet that poses risks for the balance of her hor-
mones. Like grains, soy enjoys too prominent a place in her diet. Jane has simply gone too far
using soy crumbles to replace meat, soy milk to replace dairy, soy slices to replace cheeses on
her sandwiches, and tofu to replace meat protein. It comes down to common sense again. Soy
cheese looks processed and fake, smells processed and fake, and tastes processed and fake. It’s
sad that Jane has come to believe it is a better choice for her than the real thing, simply because
it has less fat, is considered cholesterol free, and is not an animal product.
Try This on for Size
You don’t often hear this, but the truth is that Jane would be better off adding more fat to her
diet, including saturated fats!
Retrial for Fat
Americans have only gotten fatter since the low-fat, high-complex carb diet was recommended
in the seventies and eighties. Saturated fat intakes have dropped substantially while bellies have
grown bigger. Kind of makes you go, “Hmmmm.”
We know there is much debate on this subject, and conventional doctrine says that eating
saturated fat causes high cholesterol and makes you susceptible to heart attacks. However, sci-
ence now reveals that high insulin levels generated from more high-carb and lower saturated
fat diets causes plaque to be deposited in the arteries.
A diet that is too high in carbs results in smaller cholesterol particles, rather than bigger.
This is a problem, because bigger, fluffy, cholesterol particles are safer. They are less likely to slip
through blood vessel walls and form dangerous plaque deposits. Bigger particles, nice healthy
ones, form when a diet is tipped higher toward fat and lower towards carbs. Fats help lower
glucose levels, which, in turn, result in lesser need for insulin, and these lower insulin levels
have a more balancing effect on the cholesterol profile.
It sounds crazy, but triglyceride levels can rise by simply eating too much fruit! Triglycerides
are circulating forms of fat found in the blood stream. Most of us would think that a higher
fat diet would raise triglyceride levels and a lower fat diet like Jane’s would lower them. Not so.
A 2004 study in The Journal of Nutrition shows that reduced carb consumption consistently
decreases triglycerides in the fasting state and in response to meals. Other studies continue to
back this one up. Fats, (including saturated fats) actually lower “trigs,” while carbs raise them.
This information is seldom heard because there is so much noise about how low-fat diets are
the requirement for a healthy lipid profile.
Poor Jane is stumped since she was told by her doctor that her triglycerides were close to 200
on her recent blood test during a full physical. High triglycerides are a key warning sign of declin-
ing cardio vascular health and often precipitate both strokes and heart attacks. Any time triglyc-
erides are over 150 the first suspect that needs to be seriously checked out is a high-carb diet.
Fat deprivation in diet causes many imbalances in the body, including loss of lean muscle
mass and more fat gain around the middle. Jane is now experiencing this for the first time.
Eliminating fat can actually cause a halt in hormone production, and this can cause cell abnor-
malities. Also, believe it or not, fiber is not the only important requirement for preventing
constipation. Fat is necessary to stimulate bile flow which allows bowel action. Fat also helps to
prevent heavy mood swings, is essential for brain function, and keeps skin soft and less lined.
Real fats like butter, saturated oils, cream, and yes, even red meat, are essential for healthy hor-
mone cells. Jane needs to include some of these, along with monosaturated fats like olive oil
and nuts to obtain a more correct balance in her body.
But, the best thing we like about fat is its satiety. It satisfies like no other food. Jane’s con-
stant cravings could be curbed by simply adding an appropriate amount of healthy fat and
pulling back on the excess carbohydrates. Sugars stimulate the appetite while fats suppress it.
Studies have shown that high-carb foods can cause people to eat 60-70 percent more calories
at their next meal.