Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates in Our Diet & Debunking the Carbs Are Bad Myth

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Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates in Our Diet & Debunking the Carbs Are Bad Myth

When it comes to diet, we tend to have the mindset that we should avoid carbs and sugars to attain our health goals. In episode 24 of the Primal Pioneer, we are diving into why you should dissolve these limiting beliefs and how you don’t have to take on a deprivation attitude when it comes to these foods. Instead, you can have carbs and sugars within your diet without pathological impacts on your body.

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But before we dive right in, let me introduce myself in case this is your first visit. I am your host, Heathar Shepard and I am incredibly passionate about helping people JUST LIKE YOU find the health and happiness they truly deserve.

Besides being an alternative healer and integrative health coach, I’m also a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor who struggled for 10 years until I discovered the MOST important factor for overall health: the environment we live and work in. And in The Primal Pioneer, I share what 98+% of doctors don’t tell you (or don’t even know!) about true health and wellness. You’ll learn about the importance of sunlight, as well as the foods and eating cycles that heal the root causes of chronic disease. And in an age dominated by technology, you’ll discover how EMF mitigation can drastically improve your life.

Everyone has their healing journey with their unique struggles…but I’m here to give you all the tools you need to make that healing happen!

So if you’re ready to learn about how you can enjoy sugars and carbs within your daily diet and why you don’t have to avoid these foods to attain your health goals, keep reading! And for even more details, listen to ALL of episode 24 of The Primal Pioneer on your favorite streaming platform.


Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates, Point #1: Light environment plays a crucial role in how we process and digest carbohydrates

One of the biggest missing areas that Paleo and Keto diets fail to address is the light environment when it comes to carbohydrates and sugars. This factor can make or break your healing potential and how you process these types of foods. Having an understanding that your light environment has a direct impact on how you metabolize these foods is critical. When you live in a poorly lit environment such as artificial light or incandescent light bulbs, this drives our inability to process and digest carbohydrates and sugars. 

Since 1879 when Edison made incandescent bulbs, our lifestyle shifted from outdoor to indoor based. Over time, as we have shifted to a more indoor based lifestyle, this has driven a huge inability to how we process carbs and sugars. I want you to be aware of the differences between the light environment of indoor vs. outdoor. When you are outside, you are under the power density of the sun, there are different light spectrums you are exposed to throughout the day that drive your metabolism. When you are inside, you predominantly expose yourself to blue and green light, this is an artificial light environment. When you are constantly in front of your technology devices, or working and living under these light conditions, it has a huge impact on your metabolic health, hormone health, as well as the ability to metabolize carbohydrates and sugars effectively.

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Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates, Point #2: When your food is turned into energy, it’s not detected just as fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The food is also broken down into a more anatomical level involving protons and electrons.

On a surface level, we think of foods broken down into fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. We have to dive deeper, when your food is turned into energy it is being broken down on a deeper anatomical level including electrons and protons. Electrons and protons carry a light blueprint within them. For those of you familiar with your mitochondria, this is the energy warehouse of your body. I refer to the mitochondria as asking yourself if your battery is running on a fully charged mode or is your battery running low? The mitochondria is a huge area in which you produce your energy, the way you produce energy is with those electrons and protons with an end goal of energy oxygen and water. To do so, electrons and protons have to go across 5 train stops, referred to as cytochromes. As soon as you’re ready to turn that food into fuel, those electrons and protons go across those 5 proteins in your mitochondria.

This goes to cytochrome 1, 2, 3, and so on. As these electrons and protons move across your mitochondria, this allows you to produce energy, oxygen, and water. This is your key to health, the better you can do that, the healthier you will be. If you can do those three things super efficiently, you will age very gracefully and lead a longer life. For example, if you have a bowl of berries, these get broken down into electrons and protons, and they’re ready to make their journey on your mitochondria. 

The carbohydrates enter the electron transport at NAD NADH, the first cytochrome, but if this cytochrome is not in good shape, you will not digest the processed carbohydrates in an effective way. You ultimately end up compromising your ability to produce energy, oxygen, and water. Those components of electrons and protons in the carbohydrates you ate will over time develop a pathology state. This is a state where you gain weight, compromise your hormones, gain susceptibility to cancer, and more.


Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates, Point #3: We look to diet to rectify metabolic disorders, however, diet is a band-aid approach to rectifying these issues.

When we notice our metabolism is off, whether we are gaining weight, struggling with cancer, or obesity, these are key signs our metabolism is not functioning optimally. The mistake we’ve made around approaching metabolic disorders is simply looking at diet as a means to rectify these issues. Diet is somewhat a band-aid approach when it comes to rectifying these issues because we are not looking at what drives your ability to process carbs and your ability to have a healthy metabolism or hormone function.

We can look at a ketogenic diet to help with these issues as it’s low in carbohydrates. When you remove carbs from your diet, you bypass cytochrome 1, also known as NAD NADH. If your diet is predominantly fats and proteins, these enter the electron chain at cytochrome 2, and you bypass a broken system. This is why some people have success with a ketogenic diet. It’s because the first stop is broken but the rest are working optimally. It’s great to have healing breakthroughs from a dietary shift, however, if we want to get to the root of why you have that issue with cancer, or you’re susceptible to diabetes, we want to repair a broken or faulty NAD NADH to improve our carbohydrate metabolism. 

If you do not repair your NAD NADH function, anytime you divert from a ketogenic diet, your symptoms will come back. Any time we follow a diet or supplement protocol strictly and fall off that regime, all our symptoms come back. I consider this partial suppression and a band-aid approach. The diet is doing awesome things but to get to the root of the issue as to why so many of us today struggle with carbohydrate metabolism, we need to repair the broken engines at cytochrome 1, NAD NADH.

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With over 12 years experience as an alternative healer, integrative health coach and one who has been through severe physical injury trying every remedy under the sun to heal myself with no avail…I’m here to tell you, all of those things are not only attainable but are foundational to achieving optimal health and are core elements to overcoming all chronic and stubborn diseases.

At the age of 23 I suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) preventing me from the ability to engage in physical activity for over 12 years post my car accident. Today, I know I could have recovered from this injury much quicker if I had known then what I know now! But….the accident lead me down the healing path. A path that I was destined to take to help myself heal and to learn how to help others heal complicated and chronic disorders as well.

During this time, I learned two things: How to harness the healing power of sunlight and how to utilize frequency based medicine to facilitate biological transformations in the body – all the way down to the mitochondrial level.

Today, I lead an active life and you can bet I’m uber passionate about teaching others how they can overcome even the most daunting health experiences that most medical professionals have band-aid solutions for, at best.


And today, my health continues to improve each day and I now lead an active, healthy lifestyle – all of which I thought would never be possible to achieve again. All it took was discovering the most effective path to health and healing to get me there and now, to help my clients get there as well!

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Utilizing Healthy Carbohydrates, Point #4: Cytochrome 1 (NAD NADH) needs UV light to function optimally.

In order to repair our cytochrome, let’s explore how that becomes damaged in the first place. Cytochrome 1 is a protein designed to interact with UV light, there is a molecular structure designed to function when you’re exposed to UV light. NAD NADH needs UV light to function optimally. This also produces melatonin. Most people struggle with adequate melatonin release. We have to look at the other side of melatonin, while it’s released during the night, it’s recycled and replenished in a strong UV light environment.

If you are not going out in the sunlight during the day, you are not recycling and replenishing melatonin levels. This is why people with cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity often have low melatonin and vitamin D levels. When you start to correct your light environment, this is key to helping transform the way your body handles carbohydrates. When you are in UV light, now you repair the broken engines at cytochrome 1, while replenishing the melatonin source. This is key for your body’s ability to handle carbohydrates. When you know this information and inner workings of your physiology when it comes to metabolism, now you will start to see how long-term diets could be a band-aid approach to health.

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If you’re someone out there and you find yourself craving carbohydrates and sugar often, I suggest that you practice and implement the things we talked about in this episode. Know that you gain energy from your environment and that your skin is designed to attain energy from your environment. This is key to improving carbohydrate metabolism, energy levels, and rectifying those carbohydrate and sugar cravings. 

I hope you found this episode all about how you can utilize carbohydrates in a healthy manner supportive of your health goals. Ultimately, keto and other diets that have a strict limitation upon carbohydrates and sugars will be a short-term solution until your mitochondria has improved in its functionality. Engage in long-term strategies to get to the root cause of your carbohydrate and sugar cravings.

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