The Oil Change Diet has been very good for me and I have heard good news from many other people who have balanced their omega 6/3 ratio. However, it was my wife’s diabetes that actually got me to read the chapter in “Protein Power” that led me to discover the importance of balancing my omega 6/3 ratio. While the Oil Change Diet has helped her maintain a A1C below 6, she was still not loosing weight and her blood glucose was still slightly above normal.
The Paleo Diet is another diet that will result in a balanced omega 6/3 ratio, and after I attended a seminar on the Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf, I told my wife about it. The big difference between the Paleo Diet and the Oil Change Diet is that the Paleo Diet requires total avoidance of grains and grain based products. The Paleo diet focuses on fruits, veggies, meats and seafood. The meats need to be wild game or grass fed meats which can be hard to find, but after a month of following the Paleo Diet, my wife has lost 12 pounds and her blood glucose has been completely normal for the last few days.
While it can be difficult to completely avoid grain and grain products, it is not as hard as you might think. Fruits, veggies, meat, eggs and seafood have been a big part of my Oil Change diet. Stir fried veggies (sauteed in coconut oil), grilled or roasted veggies and meats and seafood, and salads have become our mainstay. I use coconut and almond flour in place of wheat flour and arrowrood powder in place of cornstarch. The benefits go beyond diabetes, the Paleo Diet also helps with intestinal disorders and many auto-immune diseases.
I am still following my Oil Change Diet and I use the information of the amount of omega-6 and omega-3 in various foods to make sure we both maintain a balanced 6/3 ratio. I have significantly reduced my intake of any grain products like bread, pasta, and rice.
Gut microbes are an important factor in maintaining your health. Scientist are learning more and more just how important our gut microbes are and their relationship to a number if diseases, especially auto-immune diseases. Arthritis for example is believed to be linked to a few specific gut microbes. The fact that I have been able to stop taking anti-inflammatory medication for my arthritis after balancing my omega-6/3 ratio may have as much to do with changing my gut microbes as it does with reducing the inflammatory hormones created by omega-6.
Gut microbes also control our metabolism and are responsible for making brain chemicals like serotonin. The old saying we are what we eat has never been more true and what we eat controls the microbes in our gut!
This article and webpage explain how:
Caesar et al. Crosstalk between Gut Microbiota and Dietary Lipids Aggravates WAT Inflammation through TLR Signaling. Cell Metabolism, 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2015.07.026
Cell Press. “Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 August 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150827130139.htm>.