Overweight, Undernourished, and Misinformed | KC Craichy
How To Think About Food
ABOUT KC CRAICHY
KC Craichy is the founder of Living Fuel and the author of "The Super-Health Diet: The Last Diet Book You'll Ever Need."
KC was introduced to me by my podcast producer who personally met KC in 2016 at an event in Florida, where KC lives.
At the event KC told his story about creating his company Living Fuel (which he also relays on the podcast today!)
Several years back, KC's wife became terribly sick with conditions that doctors could not diagnose or heal.
KC's wife was not some sickly or out of shape woman, in fact she was a professional model who had won several beauty pageants.
Doctors gave her several prescriptions but none of them seemed to work, and many had adverse side effects.
KC began to wonder if the problems might be treatable with nutrition. He began researching nutrition, physiology, biology, chemistry, and food history for several hours a day.
Eventually, he started creating supplement stacks to help his wife. Diet and supplements helped her more than any of the medications provided by doctors.
KC realized that continuing to get supplements custom sourced from multiple other companies was going to cost him too much money to afford long-term and was very inconvenient for his wife to replace one handful of pills with another handful of pills.
So he created "Living Fuel," a meal replacement powder that KC claims has well over the daily amount of every micronutrient needed per day for the body to thrive.
KC's wife is now the healthiest she has ever been, and the Kraichy family has expanded LivingFuel to create all sorts of products.
My producer upon hearing that story noted how his girlfriend (now fiancé) was having several health problems that nobody could seem to figure out.
He found KC after his speech and asked for only 5 minutes of his time - KC spoke with my Producer (at the time, a 19 year old young man) for 30 minutes about all of his girlfriend's symptoms and offered some specific supplements and dietary changes he could give her if he couldn't afford Living Fuel, then he gave him a free book and some free LivingFuel.
My producer followed the advice and it worked like a charm.
When he introduced me to KC he said "this guy knows his stuff about nutrition and he is the most charitable, kind person working in this field."
I suppose that's as good an intro as one can get, so I relay it to you here.
If you like the episode or what you're reading here, consider checking out KC's website: Living Fuel.
NUTRITION: THE MOST POWERFUL MEDICINE KNOWN TO MAN
Obesity is an epidemic in the modern world.
Being overweight increases your likelihood of contracting (and dying from) Diabetes, Heart Disease, Strokes, and numerous other conditions.
Being overweight contributes to chronic pains, shortening of lifespans, hormonal imbalances, mood disorders, and exacerbates symptoms caused by other conditions.
Obesity is one of the number one co-morbidities of COVID-19.
But we think incorrectly about Obesity, and that's because we think incorrectly about food.
What does that mean? On a very basic level obesity is caused from eating too much food compared to what you burn through exercise and your resting metabolism.
Everybody knows that, I hope.
Specifically, it's when you have more calories going in than calories going out.
So many people assume the simple fix to obesity is to eat less food.
And that is true to some degree - eating less calories will slow, prevent or reverse weight gain.
Intermittent Fasting, prolonged fasting, whole food diets, or even calorie restriction are all good strategies to simply cut some pounds.
But obesity is the mask for an even sneakier ailment - malnourishment.
We assume people who are obese eat so much food that they must be getting "everything they need," but this is not true.
In fact, many people of an appropriate weight are still lacking in essential nutrients.
Food has micronutrients and macronutrients.
Macronutrients are fats, carbs and proteins. These provide energy and effect body composition (calories).
Micronutrients do not have calories but they're just as important, they're your vitamins and minerals.
Most Americans are chronically lacking in Vitamin C (immune system), Vitamin D (which comes from the sun), Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Potassium and more.
Most of the food in the Standard American Diet is abundant in macronutrients (usually sugar and unhealthy seed oils). But it's scant of these micronutrients.
This means you can get fat without even getting the nutrients you need to support your hormone health, digestion, mental health, mitochondrial function, immune function, etc.
In addition to lowering calories, or re-budgeting the balance of macro-nutrients, we must also make sure the food we DO eat is full of micronutrients.
Unfortunately, as discussed by previous guest Garrett Dailey, our practice of industrialized agriculture has made many of our crops (fruits and veg) lose the vast micronutrients they typically have in nature.
If we were to eat well, minding our micro and macro nutrients then we could eliminate the one condition that leads to the top causes of death in America (obesity) and improve our quality of life.
I encourage all of you to begin learning more about nutrition.
It's something I SHOULD have been taught more about with the amount of money I paid for Medical School, but alas, I wasn't taught about nutrition.
It was more valuable for me to be taught how to sell you symptom management pills than it was for me to be taught a basic set of facts to relay to you about your grocery shopping, cooking and eating routine.
But alas, here we are, learning together from people like KC.
Please check out the full episode and if you enjoy it, take the discussion to social media and let me know what you found most illuminating.
What changes are you going to make to your diet and eating?
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