Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Tag

Tsunami Of Sugar   1 comment

I thought this article was totally worth reposting.  I found it off of Andrew Weil‘s post on Facebook today.

http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/why_our_food_is_making_us_fat

The author, from the UK, discusses how food has changed since the 70s and how sugar is in so many things that we don’t even expect.

Look at the information out there on inflammation — it’s on sugar, gluten, etc — not fat as we have been led to believe.

Looking for good information out there?  Check out Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal.  He gives a nice critique of “diets” out there.  And he gives some good solid guidelines for eating healthy, rather than a diet.

Also, check out some of the new Paleo or caveman diets. . . I don’t know how much is hype and how much is real . . . they call for getting rid of wheat, dairy, and focuses on high healthy protein — and of course, non-processed foods.  It’s worth a look.

If you are using anything like a Paleo diet to help with disease or weight loss, please post a comment and let us know how you are doing.

Warning: Flax isn’t always good for a body   2 comments

Flax

Flax (Photo credit: bwmaddog21)

You know… I really hate health food some times!

People just assume that if it is good for one, it’s good for all.

And the FDA does a horrible job at keeping up with the need to label allergens.

As much as EVERYONE is on the flax is the perfect food bandwagon, you have to be careful what you eat.

Twice I have gotten very sick by eating/ingesting healthy things.

The first time was when I took a natural decongestant when I lived in TN.  It had bee pollen in it and I blew out an ear drum a few weeks before moving away to grad school.

Flax seed

Flax seed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other time was, at the instance of a then-boyfriend who was a health food freak, when I started taking flax-seed oil supplements and eating bread made from flax-seed.  He insisted that it was a “bad” batch of flax until I found a site from Andrew Weil that said it was possible.  I didn’t want to go to the ER so I made him stay up all night with me, to make sure that I could breathe as my throat closed.

And what did I learn?  Never date a guy who insisted on things I did not feel comfortable with … like crazy “health” remedies that felt counter intuitive.  And get to the doctor when you are not sure…

My point is, if you are intuitive at all, do your own research and go within to decide what you need to do about your own body… don’t let someone try to force you to do a treatment (of any kind) that you don’t feel is safe.  Don’t fall for gimmicks that promise the moon and will most likely not even deliver moon rocks!

Here is a blog post that disguises her experiences with flax.

Learn from our lessons.  When in doubt, research, research, research!

http://allergyfoodie.com/2010/03/16/uncommon-allergies-flax-seed/

Here’s What Harvard Says About Healthy Eating   2 comments

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid/ — the article where I found this diagram

Remember that health institutions put out guidelines for the general public.  I do believe that some people do better with some foods or should totally avoid some foods.

I think this is a great depiction of what a plate should look like.  Research shows that most women with migraines tend to eat high carb, high fat diets and I am sure there are a lot of reasons why… comfort and the ease of digestion come to mind first.

Be smart.  Don’t be extreme.  Listen to your body.  Breathe.  Drink water.  Manage Stress.  Love some one or something… or practice lovingkindness to all beings.