“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Our lifestyle choices are killing us.

Lifestyles are determined by habit.
One of the most insidious aspects of habit is its ability to dull your awareness and discipline.

Metabolic syndrome [MetS] remains one of the most pressing health concerns of our time. It is the most potent health crisis in America and its global proliferation cannot be ignored. It is a lifestyle disease stemming from our habits.

Each of us has the power to avoid, overcome, or succumb it.

MetS indicates a malfunction among the plethora of biochemical processes essential to life. MetS represents a constellation of markers indicating a predisposition to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other pathologic states.

Inefficient conversion of food to fuel silently wreaks havoc from the inside out. Acute inflammation from an ankle sprain running trails is far different from chronic inflammation catalyzing the Diseases of Affluence.

The first and most effective course of action to remedy health markers is lifestyle change. Poor dietary habits combined with a sedentary lifestyle are the forerunners to MetS symptoms.

MetS risk factors increase with age and a predisposition to race and genetics exists. A diet and exercise intervention has a profound impact on MetS markers. Interventions respective solely to diet or exercise fail to reverse chronic and degenerative disease markers.

MetS is a disorder of energy utilization and storage diagnosed by a co­-occurrence of three out of five of the following medical conditions:

  • Abdominal obesity;
  • Elevated blood pressure;
  • Elevated fasting plasma glucose;
  • High serum triglycerides;
  • Low high-­density cholesterol levels;
  • Advanced glycation

MetS represents a group of risk factors that collaborate to increase the prospect for chronic and degenerative diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

The link between carbohydrate [CHO] consumption and the incidence of MetS risk factors is unequivocal. A high CHO diet [>60%] increases the risk for MetS. Lean protein, fiber-rich CHO [vegetables], and healthy fat [MUFAs] represent the formula for metabolic stability.

”Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

A dietary priority must be the stabilization of blood sugar.

The key hormone that inhibits fat breakdown, oxidation, and stimulates fat synthesis is insulin. The primary macronutrient that stimulates insulin is [CHO]. Fiber-rich CHO [vegetables] represents your optimal path to insulin sensitivity versus insulin resistance.

Insulin not only facilitates the proper utilization of glucose but plays a significant role in other aspects of cellular function and nutrition. Insulin has been shown to affect protein metabolism, amino acid transport, neurotransmitters, nutrients, and other molecules across the cell membrane.

A system termed the sodium­-potassium pump is critical to cellular homeostasis. Elevated blood sugar damages this precious system via oxidative stress, glycoslyation, and hypoxia.

Elevated blood sugar increases insulin secretion which decrease the insulin/glucagon ratio, inhibits glycolysis, which hampers energy production. View below some of the disruptive elements related to unstable blood sugar levels:

  • Inhibits glucagon secretion necessary for the liver to convert glycogen to glucose;
  • Stimulates fat accumulation in adipose tissue;
  • Propels fatty acid uptake to fat cells;
  • Promotes lipogenesis and triglyceride conversion

Consumption of insulin­-stimulating CHO is a surefire way to block fat oxidation and generate a roller coaster ride of volatile spikes and crashes en route to the podium of self-­destruction. Sport drinks and gels with high CHO concentrations have become fixtures on the athletic scene.

A similar phenomenon occurs daily as the mainstream pumps insulin-spiking stimulants in their veins to wake from a fitful sleep and offset physiological lulls. Negligible continuance has its consequences thanks to The Price of Convenience.

It is your choice to create time to exercise and pay now for primary source foods or pay later to treat symptoms of chronic and degenerative diseases you allowed to fly under the radar.

Most simple sugar products are easily digested, absorbed, and assimilated for quick energy. The backlash from artificial colors and flavors, refined sugar, and other processed ingredients to make them palatable is poor health and poor performance due to nutritional stress. Nice compromise.

  • High levels of insulin inhibit lipolysis;
  • Insulin activates protein phosphatase 2A;
  • Dephosphorylates HSL and inhibits its activity

ME™ is about blood sugar control in the spirit maximizing health and sport performance. Nutrition periodization with a focus on protein, fiber, and healthful fat meals will promote blood sugar stabilization and hormonal balance.

Keeping insulin low is associated with significant changes in metabolism favoring decreased fat storage and increased fat oxidation. It is the cornerstone to ME™. Consuming low glycemic fruits with vegetables will stabilize blood sugar and a 25% to 75% ratio of the same will effectuate weight loss.

The key dietary intervention to mitigating MetS risk factors is a decrease in CHO intake. Each risk factor is linked to insulin resistance. Blood sugar management leads to controlled insulin response which propels fat oxidation and manifests insulin sensitivity.

“The Way to do is to be.”
Lao Tzu

There are five indicators central to defining MetS and these symptoms precisely respond to the intake reduction in dietary CHO:

  • CHO restriction is a strategy for weight loss;
  • Improved glycemic control and insulin levels;
  • TAG, and HDL levels;
  • Endurance sport performance

Low fat, high CHO diets have long been known to raise TAG, lower HDL and worsen glycemic control in the absence of weight loss.

There are numerous strategies for weight loss a client with high BMI and high TAG [triacylglycerol] is likely to benefit most from a regimen that reduces CHO intake.

CHO restriction is effective at ameliorating:

  • Weight issues;
  • High fasting glucose and insulin;
  • High plasma triglycerides (TAG);
  • Low HDL;
  • High blood pressure

ME™ testing has the ability to transform the medical paradigm.

Its far­-reaching benefits for endurance athletes is the tip of the iceberg. Its potential impact on the medical establishment is profound and almost incomprehensible. ME™ testing ought to be the foundation of preventive health care as a matter of public policy.

It offers a blend of intuitive dietary patterns and inexhaustible metrics to identify and implement protocols to enhance synergy from the inside out –­­ the key to optimal health and human performance. ME™ testing aptly focuses on causation versus symptoms to maximize longevity.

Performance Medicine™ is an innovative medical specialty that analyzes physiological and biochemical metrics and modifies environmental factors to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport. ME™ is a vital component of said medical discipline.

The next post will delve into the four primary reasons to implement the ME™ concept. These reasons impact health markers and sport performance limiters common among the mainstream and athletes.

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling
yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
Jordan Belfort

MetS is a lifestyle disease.

The beauty is we can eat and exercise our way out of any self-induced MetS snare dependent on our Stage of Readiness.
Mindfulness manifests synergy which cultivates self-actualization.

Our unique wellness and nutrition consults, diagnostic and performance assessments, integrate revolutionary technology with expertise from board-certified specialists in health, nutrition, sport dietetics, and natural medicine –> Performance Medicine™.

May your Sadhana thrive!


Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.