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Vivica Menegaz

Nutritionist, Author, & Blogger

Hi I am Vivica, welcome to my blog! I am a certified nutritionist and the creator of the Healing Foods Method. My philosophy of healing is to let the right foods delight you, nourish you and make you healthy!

What Do Eating Carbs And Killing Firefighters Have In Common?

What the heck do carbs and firefighters have in common? Find out in this post about cardiovascular disease and it's origins! Carbs and Firefighters By The Nourished CavemanAnd what does insulin have to do with cardiovascular disease.

Insulin resistance is not a strange word out of the dictionary anymore. It has unfortunately become part of our everyday lingo. Just like diabesity.

When you eat a diet rich in sweets and carbs here is what happens;

Your body has to constantly produce large quantities of insulin to  make sure your blood sugar does not rise too high, and sends you in a coma, so the insulin is called in to put the sugar away in the cells…(by turning it into fat for storage).

When an hormone like insulin constantly flood your cells, is like constantly screaming in someone’s ear…eventually they will get a bit deaf…so your cells become deaf to insulin and your body needs to produce more and more to keep putting that sugar away….

That eventually leads to insulin resistance.

What does this have to do with cardiovascular disease?

So where do you think all that sugar goes when it gets shuttled away from it’s insulin “cop”?

It really has only two options: One it gets burned for energy in the cells, like when you run a marathon or work out, or play a sport.

Option two is the sugar gets converted to tryglicerides to get stored…for later use. Later use, meaning the time when you will have NOT ENOUGH sugar in your bloodstream and NO insulin to store it away, and fat will be able to be used for energy.

But really, when does that happen? If you keep eating carbs and sugar (and calories), there is always a fresh source of sugar to put in circulation in your blood stream. And if you run out for a moment, before you can ever get to those fat resources, the drop in blood sugar will make you run for more carbs in a hurry!

Tryglicerides, Cholesterol and Inflammation

So why do we have high tryglicerides? Because of the constant influx of carbs!

Why do we have high cholesterol then? Because the body is in a state of chronic inflammation. High insulin, starts a domino effect in the body that leads to a chronic inflammation.

That also means chronically inflamed arteries. In fact the only place where you find cholesterol plaquing is in high flow, high pressure areas like arteries.

So you these inflamed, high flow, high pressure areas that are your arteries, can easily rupture and start leaking….

Killing Firefigthers

This is where your body’s natural wisdom, and self repair mechanisms spring into action. The body then sends a repair material to fix the weak area of the artery; This is a strong, flexible, waxy material = cholesterol plaques!

Imagine there is a fire just breaking out in a house, so the neighbor calls the fire department who sends out a fire truck with 10 firemen ready to tackle the problem.

Except when they get there and get to work a strange back car shows up and a bunch of shady guys in black get out and start shooting on them…once they kill them all they go and break down the fire trucks, then leave!

So Cholerstrol is the firemen and LDLs and HDLs are the fire trucks carrying them to the site of the damage.

Can you guess what are the guys in black??

What happens next?

So do you know wonder what happens to the arteries after we take away their ability to patch up damacge with cholesterol? They have no choice but to start calcifying.

Sure, the plaque will become a problem if it keeps building…but now the million dollar question: Why not remove the underlying cause of inflammation and just prevent the problem from starting in the first place? Or if the problem started why not just revert it by eliminating the inflammation?

I would be delighted to hear your thought on this one…please leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!



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Comments 6

  1. Kerri says:

    It has taken me 42 years and the onset of arthritis to understand what inflammation is and what it’s doing to my body. I don’t know about you….but I want to keep the “firefighters” safe! Great analogy. I’m going to pass this on to my family and friends. Thank you for the information and support you give to people like me.

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Thank you Kerri! And thank you for understanding!! 😉

  2. Karen M. says:

    I loved this article. Heart disease is rampant in my family – in fact when a cardiologist asked my brother if anyone in our family had heart disease, he said that was the only way someone got out of our family!

    I am overweight and have been cutting carbs for a while now. Off and on. So now I am following a keto style WOE so I can get rid of the weight and other problems.

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      Excellent idea Karen! Welcome to our healthy KetoPaleo world!! 🙂

  3. MB says:

    What is your response to the Whole Foods plant based gurus who scream that keto is killing everyone? They advocate no meat or poultry, no eggs, no dairy, no oils….but encourage pasta, grains, veggies, and fruit. They also show folks who have reversed chronic illlness like RA and cardiac problems. How is one to know who is espousing the healthiest way to eat and live??? It s very confsing for most people looking to be healthier and eat right.

    • The Nourished Caveman says:

      I totally understand how confusing it is. So far I have refused to be part of this conversations because vegans seem to take their food choices more as a dogma than a choice…They are not very open for conversations and are more interested in being right…
      For my part I know that no indigenous culture on earth was ever vegan, because humans are not designed to be vegan, but omnivorous. They really mix up the WHY with the HOW of eating animal products. I stand very strongly behind sustainability of resources and practices, and also am adamantly against cruelty to animals. But guess what…the planet will not be saved by giant GMO vegan monocultures…and the soil needs animal poop, nit petroleum based fertilizer…people have it so wrong…
      As far as what is good for your health, I think that the best diet is one that is closer to the one we ate during 200k years of evolution, vs the last meager 8k years of agriculture. Agriculture has brought is nothing but health and social problems..
      And again, the mind is stronger than anything, so if you are 100% convinced that veganism will heal yo, guess what….it will! (it’s called placebo effect!)

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