cbdforfatloss

For the last couple of years we at 13 Pastures have had the opportunity to work with many patients suffering from a variety of ailments.  We have been fortunate enough to work with autistic kids, veterans suffering from PTSD, seniors suffering from chronic pain and arthritis, and the list goes on.

But by far, the patients we saw, and continue to see the most are those with mild to moderate pain, possible early stages of arthritis and those with mild to moderate anxiety. Some, but not all are on prescribed meds to manage their ailments and looking to CBD to take over and get them off their prescribed medications once and for all.

On the surface these cases might seem easier to treat than say someone with autistic tendencies or endometriosis, but for us it’s the opposite.  The mild to moderate pain and anxiety patients are the most difficult to find consistent and significant relief from CBD.

Why CBD isn’t working

It’s not that CBD doesn’t provide relief in these types of cases, it does. But finding the correct dosage and product type can be challenging. You see there’s more to taking CBD than simply taking the suggested daily dose on the package. For some, to get the most out of CBD requires some patience, experimentation, trial and error, and in some cases, even lifestyle changes.

For example, if a patient is in pain due to inflammation and eating foods that cause more inflammation, than there’s only so much that CBD is going to be able to do.

About a month ago a lady came to see us. She was a bit overweight and walked on a cane due to pains from a motorcycle accident years before. She was a borderline diabetic who also had extreme anxiety from all medical issues she was dealing with. In addition, she took seven different medications to manage the conditions.  And while I empathized with her situation, I quickly learned that she wasn’t doing anything to help herself.  Her diet was garbage, she ignored her doctors recommendation to start exercising and said she usually sat around her home sad and depressed and was looking to CBD to fix everything!

Even though CBD is working miracles in many peoples lives, it is not a miracle drug. CBD is, and should be taken, as a supplement to healthy lifestyle choices.

Why I started this blog

For this reason, I decided to start a blog focused on diet, exercise and how CBD and other cannabinoids play a role in both.  My goal is to educate, inspire and hopefully make it an easier for those who had enough of living unhealthily transition to a healthier lifestyle. Extreme fitness and dieting have been a huge part of my life for over 25 years and feel I have a lot to share. I’m will be discussing dieting tips (some pretty extreme ones) and recipes with CBD, intermittent and prolonged fasting benefits, exercise and a slew of other related topics, including CBD.

So if you’re ready, let’s get started…

Lifestyle Choices

The lifestyle choices we make are critical to our body’s health and ability to maximize absorption of nutrients, including CBD, as well as, the ability to heal itself. Health.gov put out a strong article on the link between Nutrition and Health and how chronic level diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and even bone health have risen because of poor eating habits and lack of exercise!

Whether it’s pain, a chemical imbalance, tumors, or whatever, the body has the ability to fix what’s wrong, but it’s up to use to give it the tools to allow it to do its job. That means hitting the problem from 3 angles: a daily cannabinoid regimen, a proper diet, and exercise program. With this golden trifecta in place, I am certain that you will find significant improvement in all areas of your life!

The perfect addition to a healthier lifestyle is CBD!

It’s important to remember that CBD does not treat symptoms; it seeks to create homeostasis within our cells. CBD and the other cannabinoids work with our body’s CB receptors to fix the problem causing the pain, not the pain itself, and this can take time. How much time? It’s impossible to say.

Even studies cannot accurately predict this because other factors come into play, like how serious is the problem, the patients diet, exercise habits, do they drink or smoke? Are they overweight? All of these have a direct impact on our daily pain and anxiety levels.

Because unhealthy habits will always be fighting against CBD’s healing properties, users should go into their CBD treatment with the expectation of daily CBD dosing for 3-6 months in combination with a healthy diet, exercise.

As you begin making healthier choices, you might find that CBD is helping more than you know.

Adopting change in any capacity can sometimes be met with challenges and resistance, especially positive lifestyle changes. There will always be times of struggle, frustration, and stress in our lives and instead of turning to the comforts of food, turn to CBD. With its anti-anxiety and healing properties, CBD is the perfect choice to help you along and no guilt from binge eating!

CBD and Weight loss

Moreover, CBD isn’t normally associated with weight loss, but it absolutely has an impact on both metabolism and fat loss. CBD works with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate the metabolism and works to effect ‘fat browning.’ In an upcoming article I will give more details on the effects CBD has on the metabolism and three ways it helps to effect fat browning.

When buying CBD products, I recommend staying away from edibles that contain sugar. Remember, sugar spikes insulin, which is never what you want. The goal should always be to keep insulin levels low. So instead, stick with full spectrum CBD oil made using MCT, Coconut, or Grape seed oil or a CBD isolate.

Be careful not to take to much CBD. While users will not get high from taking CBD, it is biphasic more is not better. According to ProjectCBD.org, “CBD and THC have biphasic properties, meaning that low and high doses can produce opposite effects.  An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. So start with a low dose and slowly increase the dosage over time.

If you’re new to CBD and want more information on dosing, I highly recommend visiting ProjectCBD.org. The link will be direct you to their CBD educational page that has great information on getting started with CBD. There you will learn far more than I can explain in this post.

It’s the Inflammation!

Many, if not all of the ailments we experience are a direct result of inflammation. Web MD defines inflammation as “a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.”  On the surface this sounds like a good thing, and it is, for the short term. Inflammation is how the body heals itself, but too much inflammation can lead to all sorts of problems.

Inflammation is linked to arthritis pain, (link to arthritis.org) anxiety and depression, and a host of other ailments, including insulin resistance. Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, and even cancer!

In an article on Everydayhealth.com, they state” underlying inflammation may be a common denominator with other medical problems that often accompanies RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). In the article they link to a study published in the January 2016 issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy, that states 41% of the patients studied developed at least one co-existing medical condition, most commonly hypertension, cancer, stroke, heart attack or osteoporosis within 5 years after being diagnosed with RA.

Our diet has a huge impact on our inflammation levels. According to healthline.com, the top 6 inflammation causing foods are:

  • Sugar and High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Artificial Trans Fats
  • Vegetable and Seed Oils
  • Refined Carbohydrates
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Processed Meat

Compare this to chart 2-1on Health.gov that breaks down the good and bad food intake in relation to the recommended allowance.

  • About three-fourths of the population has an eating pattern that is low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils.
  • More than half of the population is meeting or exceeding total grain and total protein foods recommendations,
  • Most Americans exceed the recommendations for added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.

It clearly shows the majority of American’s diet revolves around high inflammation foods!

It’s important to note, I am not suggesting that the government daily diet should be followed to the letter. In fact, I absolutely believe some of their recommendations should be updated. For example, more and more studies are now showing that higher fat based diets with limited to no grains or sugar is best. However, their point about what and how much we consume is reliable.

Obesity and Inflammation

Obesity is a problem and has a huge effect on inflammation and pain levels. Just search obesity and inflammation in Google and almost 7 million results will come up. On the first page alone, there are four studies from the National Library of Medicine, as well as Harvard and other reputable sources that all detail the link between obesity and inflammation.

A new, recent discovery suggests that overeating increases our immune response causing the body to generate excessive inflammation. Inflammation induces insulin resistance. When cells become resistant to insulin they force the pancreas to work harder to produce more insulin, thus eventually wearing out the pancreas and type-2 diabetes sets in.  See the diagram from Sciencedirect.com

Moreover, fat puts excess weight on joints, bones, and organs creating even more pain and discomfort.

In conclusion

With all this inflammation, a sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits how can anyone expect CBD, or anything else for that matter, to treat what’s wrong? For all you know CBD is working, but the excess sugar and unhealthy fats are working that much harder?

The fact of the matter is this; if you are suffering from pain, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, croons, cancer and pretty much everything else out there, the first step needs to be a diet and lifestyle change coupled with a low dose CBD regimen.. I’m 100% confident that if you adopt these changes you will feel better!

In the next article we will be discussing intermittent fasting and the role CBD plays.

I said it before, but the fact is we eat too much and we eat too much of the wrong things! And it’s a problem not only in America, but globally.

Just take a look at the alarming statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as shown on Wikipedia:

  • As of 2015-2016 39.6% of US adults age 20 and older were obese and 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years were obese
  • An obese person in America incurs an average of $1,429 more in medical expenses
  • Obesity increases the risk of cancer, coronary artery disease, type-2 diabetes, and stroke.
  • Obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000-400,000 deaths in the Unites States annually.

The sad part about these statistics is that obesity is easily preventable and reversible. It really only takes some discipline and a little effort.  In this article I am going to demonstrate how just by cutting back the amount of food you eat can help you lose weight and lower inflammation.  Remember, it’s the inflammation that is responsible for so many of our problems. And, by pushing your first meal out a few hours will rapidly intensify weight loss further lowering inflammation!

I’m pretty sure that most of you reading this know what causes and/or contributes to obesity: poor diet, overeating, lack of exercise, and medical conditions.

Poor Diet

In the last post I shared a chart that broke down the good and bad foods we eat, and it was pretty disturbing.

The majority of Americans eat a lot of sugar and fats and very little vegetables, fish and lean meats. A diet that is rich in sugar and unhealthy fats is setting you up for a whole host of very serious health conditions over time.

In my next post I will focus on dieting for fat loss and overall health and will link back to this post when it’s complete.

Lack of Exercise

Most of us believe that lack of exercise is a contributing factor behind a poor diet as the leading causes of obesity. However, one study at Stanford showed that lack of exercise, not diet, was linked to obesity.

The fact is exercise is one of the best ways to keep fat off!  And it doesn’t take much.   A quality exercise program that combines weight training and cardiovascular training will build muscle, which in turns burns more calories and cardiovascular exercise to burn fat.

In the coming posts, I will outline some exercise routines that anyone can start doing immediately, and will link back to this post.

Medical Condition

Some medical conditions and medications can cause weight gain. Since I am not a doctor, and not knowledgeable on this subject, I am not comfortable writing on it, but I will share four conditions that may have a direct impact on weight gain: hypothyroidism, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary and Cushing’s syndrome.

If you have or suspect you have any of these, or if you follow a clean diet and healthy exercise program and not losing weight, consult your doctor.

Overeating

Managing how much we eat will be the focus of this post because in my opinion it’s the easiest to tackle.  The portion size of our food has gotten out of control. Have you ever really sat back and looked at the size of a 32oz soda cup from Mc Donald’s? Those things are huge!  265 calories and 73 grams of sugar! 3 times the recommended amount of no more than 25 grams in an entire day! That’s unacceptable and totally unnecessary!

This is a triple whammy to your immune system and gut!

1st, the calories are making the body expend energy to metabolize the cola without having any nutrients to draw from the soda,

2nd, the sugar causes a spike in insulin levels and stores excess as fat,

3rd the sugars eat away at the good bacteria in our gut.

And we do this over and over again day in and day out.

Sciencedaily.com says overeating increases the immune response system causing it to generate excessive inflammation, which may lead to a number of chronic diseases.

Inflammation! This is the culprit. This is the root of the problem for so many adverse health conditions and chronic diseases.

The reason I wanted to focus on overeating is that’ it’s an easy fix that can be implemented immediately.

Portion Control

Regardless of the diet, it always comes down to calories. Eat too many calories and you will gain weight, too little and you lose weight. It really is pretty simple but not always easy to follow, especially for those who eat out a lot and cannot control how much of what goes into the food preparation.

So just by eating smaller portions of food you will take in fewer calories and fewer calories equals less weight.

Let’s start with calories

According to the Mayo Clinic, 3,500 calories equals 1 pound.

  • You need to burn around 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound.
  • Cut out 500-1000 calories per day, you’d lose 1-2 pounds per week.

Here are some examples to give you a base line of what 500-1000 calories looks like:

Flavored Latte (16 oz.) 250 calories

Chocolate ice cream (1 cup) 285 calories

Lemon-Lime soda (16 oz.) 201 calories

Strawberries (1 ½ cups whole) 69 calories

Now that you have an idea about calories and the calories of some common foods you should be able to see that just by having one cup of chocolate ice-cream instead of two you will save 285 calories. While that may not result in substantial weight loss, it is a start.

There are a number of ‘tricks’ and tips you can start implementing right not to eat less:

  • Measure out your food, especially oils, butters, sugars, etc.
    • By measuring the ingredients, you can control exactly how much of each ingredient goes into the dishes.
    • The more experienced you get at this the easier and faster it becomes.
  • Use small plates and bowls.
    • Small bowl and plates makes are meals appear bigger and fuller than they are.
    • Don’t go back for seconds.
  • Make single serving packs of food ahead of time.
    • Label them for convenience and make them easily to grab on the go.

You will get out of portion control what you put into it. If you make the conscious effort to really eat less, you will see results.  The kind of results you will see will depend on how must dedication and for how long you continue controlling the portions you eat.

However, if you feel like you want more, if you want to really take portion control to the next level, intermittent fasting is the next logical and healthy option.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a lifestyle choice whereby you eat your total daily caloric intake within a daily window of time and fast for the remainder.  What you eat and how much you eat is not what’s important here, it’s when you eat that’s important.  The hope would be by eating in a tighter window one would consume less total calories and will lose weight. However, IF isn’t just for those looking to lose weight. Everyone can benefit from intermittent fasting, even a body builder! Bodybuilders need to adjust their portion sizes during their eating window to make up for any calories missed during the shortened eating window.

According to a recent study in 2014, IF was found to reduce bodyweight by 3-8% over a period of 3-24 weeks. People lost about .55lbs (.25kg) per week with IF, and 1.65lbs (.75kg) per week with alternate-day fasting.  Alternate-day fasting consists of 24 hours with no food, then a ‘feed’ day of 24 hours and repeat.  These results are in addition to a 4-7% reduction in their waste, suggesting they lost belly fat. This may be due to ketosis, a process when the body feeds off its own fat for energy after utilizing its stored glycogen reserves. Ketosis is the desired results keto dieters hope to achieve.

Let’s take a look at four examples of common intermittent fasting protocols.

  • 16/8. This is when a person fasts for 16 hours, then eats within an 8 hour window
    • Last meal ended at 7pm. Next morning wake at 7am, and do not consume calories until 11am, then eat fit your 3 meals in from 11am until 7pm, then repeat
  • 20/4 Exact same as above, but this first meal is eaten at 3pm and fits all meals in from 3-7pm
  • 5:2 Consume 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days.
    • So maybe Monday you eat as normal, Tuesday you eat 500-600 calories, Wednesday back to normal, Thursday 500-600
  • One meal a day (OMAD)
    • You simply eat what you can in a 1-hour eating window.

I started intermittent fasting in early 2017 and it’s truly how I prefer to eat. I started skipping breakfasts and simply had my first meal around 12:00pm (16/8) and gradually progressed to eating once a day.

The OMAD protocol is how I eat most days and prefer this way of eating. Overall I feel lighter, much less bloat, more energetic, the list goes on. IF has truly been life changing!

IF is not just about eating less for weight reasons, there are some amazing health, cellular, and hormonal  benefits as well.

  • Weight loss: As mentioned above, intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat, without having to consciously restrict calories.
  • Insulin resistance: Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering blood sugar by 3–6% and fasting insulin levels by 20–31%, which should protect against type-2 diabetes.
  • Inflammation: Some studies show reductions in C-reactive proteins, a key indicator of inflammation.
  • Heart health: Intermittent fasting may reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance — all risk factors for heart disease.
  • Cancer: Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may shrink tumors, as well as prevent cancer.
  • Brain health: Intermittent fasting increases the brain hormone BDNF and may aid the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Anti-aging: Intermittent fasting can extend lifespan in rats. Studies showed that fasted rats lived 36–83% longer.

In addition, fasting has a positive effect on your cells and hormones.

  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH): HGH is a naturally produced hormone that aids in muscle building and fat loss. This natural occurring hormone decreases with age, but in a fasted state, levels of growth hormone skyrocketed 1,000% for women and up to 3000% in men.
  • Insulin: Insulin sensitivity improves and levels of insulin drop dramatically because sugar isn’t present. Lower insulin levels make stored body fat more accessible.
  • Cellular repair: When fasted, your cells initiate cellular repair processes. This includes autophagy, where old cells are digested and replaced with new regenerated cells.
  • Gene expression: There are changes in the function of genes related to longevity and protection against disease.

CBD’s Role While Intermittent Fasting

CBD users will be glad to know that supplementing CBD while intermittent fasting helps maximize CBD’s effects and improve the benefits of fasting.  CBD has a positive effect on our metabolism and endocannabinoid system, which helps to balance our immune system, cardiovascular health, digestion, mental health, memory, and appetite.  Moreover, as your body’s inflammation levels decrease from fasting, your pains, anxieties, arthritic condition, and whatever other inflammation related ailments and diseases you have will improve!

   When taking CBD, it’s important to remember that some CBD products are made using sugar, like our CBD gummies, and should not be taken during while fasting. Opt instead for a CBD isolate, or our full spectrum green oil with THC or our gold oil that contains a full plant profile minus the THC and original plant materials.

Of the two, I prefer our green oil when dosing on a fast, because it contains all the valuable plant materials like chlorophyll, lipids, and waxes.  In addition, all of the cannabis plants cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, are also present allowing for the ‘entourage effect’ that only a true full spectrum CBD oil can offer.

In a very few cases, CBD oil based products can mildly upset the stomach when taken on an empty stomach. While this is extremely rare, it is something to note and proceed accordingly. If you’re one of the rare few, simply take your CBD with food at mealtimes.

In Conclusion

Hopefully this gives you a good base for understanding intermittent fasting, and how with just a little discipline you can start making some serious healthy changes. To learn more about IF and to review published studies demonstrating the various benefits of IF, click here to read Intermittent Fasting 101 – The Ultimate Beginners Guide on Healthline.com.

To get started with IF, I suggest starting slowly and work your way up to an 8-hour feeding window. Once there you can decide whether or not it makes sense for you to progress to a 4-hour window.

As I mentioned, I started by skipping eating in the morning and went right in to a 6-hour (12pm-6pm) feeding window with no problems. However, I have seen others who tried skipping their first meal and it didn’t fare as well.  If that’s you, simply push the first meal of your day out 2 or 3 hours for a week, then another 1-2 hours the following week and so on. Work your way to the desired goal. The more you practice IF the easier it will be. Especially after you start feeling and seeing the results, you won’t want to go back to eating 3 or more daily meals.

In the next post we’re going to discuss prolonged fasting, which is when no food and sometimes no water is practiced for periods of 24 hours or longer. These types of fasting protocols are becoming more and more popular and I’m going to sure some amazing health benefits resulting from these practices.