Sunday, June 28, 2009
SNL Phil Hartman's "Colon Blow" commercial: tinyurl.com/nlne6r (Konstantin Monastyrsky, the author of Fiber Menace, would appreciate this SNL commercial, wouldn't he? www.gutsense.org ) Okay, being silly here, but couldn't help but see the irony in cleaning out your insides a little TOO well, ya know what I mean? (I'd rather keep my villi thank you very much.)
We're very conditioned to think of INsoluble fibers when told to increase our fiber, aren't we?! Wonder why, especially since soluble fiber from veggies/fruit have more nutrients and are way easier on the GI tract. I'm of the thought that eating nature food is better than manmade food. We "manmake" breads, twinkies, pies and ice-cream - but just because they're there doesn't make it right (except potato chips of course -ha). How natural is it to break down grains like we do? Would you naturally seek out and chew wheat stalks?
Alas, I still LOVE yogurt. I'm struggling with that one (and I know, I know, I'll have "manmade" food once in a while - I'm not perfect, so don't bother calling me out on it. The world is full of decadence and once in a while won't kill me I think.)
Speaking of commercials, I get disgruntled when I see most of them. I'm hard pressed to find a reason to buy the products so I know the ads are there to remind me of their existence with repetition - to brainwash me. (Oh, and how lovely to see/hear those "male enhancement" commercials during the evening news; "Miss Dots, what are they talking about?" "I dunno!" as I fast forwarded or changed the channel quickly and nonchalantly when my neighbor's curious kids were visiting.)
Here's an ad that I don't appreciate me when I see it - Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats: "Keeps 'em full. Keeps 'em focused." tinyurl.com/n6x4lx .
It's misleading to believe that even "whole" wheat (like it's SOOO much better?) can help you focus (wrapped in colored sugars) especially since many of our kids have ADD. The "wheat" may indeed keep you full, but what they SHOULD have said was "bloated!"
My DH has a cousin, and he & kids have "ADD" .. I tried sending info via email regarding brain health, but never got a response. They think I'm a "health nut whackadoo". When I tried to explain diet related to ADD to people here? Same thing. Some were more vocal than others that diet didn't help. You can't change a person who doesn't want to change.
On some level, this bothers me because I want our culture to change. You have to do it one person at a time. Michael Pollen helps. :) I know there are lots of people just plain living well and it continues to inspire me. I sure would appreciate commercials for lettuce, ya know?! I told the produce guy at a family grocer I visit that he should display signs over the veggies/fruits with info regarding all the nutrients and what they do for the body since they don't have nutrient labels. He's thinking about it!
Another thing I'd LOVE to see: little black Surgeon General warning labels on all things gluten and/or casein (maybe we should make them big and red). I've read many times how gluten affects kids (heck, me!) neurologically by stimulating opiate receptors in the brain causing poor attention, memory, and sleepiness.
I went to an MD's luncheon regarding health and diet a few months ago. She's a "reformed" mainstream doc and I'm going to find a way to include her in my budget (she's out of network). Part of her speech included the caveat to not be paranoid about our food when we go home. Hard to do. Because I'm online and read, I knew what she was talking about. Plastics, chemicals, additives, we've heard about it a lot lately. Even our produce is affected, right? Which food will have the next salmonella scare? I don't know if I'm looking forward to the new movie Food, Inc. Has anyone seen it? preview.tinyurl.com/bp4tno .
So I "work" on the people I know and love one person at a time. Four recent case histories here. The point I'm making is that it takes a long time to get people to wrap their brains around what gluten can do because they've been so conditioned how healthy "whole grains" are.
1) Vicki. Lovely young 20-something who used to babysit DD. I remember she took Accutane, which is hard on the liver. She didn't even have acne - just those little clogged bumps on her arms which apparently bugged her enough to take the drug. This was in her teen years. She got married. I came to learn she had a miscarriage. She has IBS. Just those two symptoms I couldn't NOT tell her about gluten-free diet and for her to check for celiac. I sent articles about miscarriage/gluten, IBS/gluten/celiac. Nothing. For three years and two more miscarriages. I told her mom she needed to learn about it and urge her daughter. "Vicki's an adult now." okaaay.
2) Lunched w/Vicki's younger sister last year. When you're celiac and eat out, there's lots of explaining to do: to the wait staff and therefore by happen chance, to your guests. Oh dear: she has IBS, too? Well, gluten stories spewed from my mouth. Another year of IBS goes by and someone at her work tells her about celiac or gluten, so she calls me for information! Yay! She doesn't want "celiac" testing so it doesn't go on her medical chart, but goes gf, and feels wonderful in short order. This spurs Vicki to try the gf diet (sticker shock at the $70/grocery bag of new food) and feels fabulous in a week. I really wished they'd get tested for celiac though. It's important so family members take it seriously (the third sister thought Vicki a "drama queen.")
3) DH's work friend's wife, a nurse: IBS. A year or more ago I sent celiac/gluten info via email. Didn't hear from her (it was the depression). Her husband asked that I write her to spur her on (she's since gotten an actual celiac dx - yay!) to the diet as she's not well. She said she'd try now, but I haven't heard from her.
4) DH's brother. Their mom was celiac and after her second dx, she told him he was celiac "as a baby" too. He didn't (want to) believe her. He's a strapping tall muscled guy - no pudge like DH at all. Not skinny either. He kinda looks like Josh Harnett (who might want to consider gf diet as well actually!*). Since my diagnosis 3+ yrs ago, I kept telling him to get tested, but he said he doesn't eat much gluten (how many times have I heard THAT one?!) Meanwhile, he'd get consistent bouts of flu, diarrhea and upper respiratory infections blaming it on working in a hospital, or the kids. He would brag about his LOW cholesterol (another celiac symptom). It was scarily heart-attack low, like 113 or something (I keep asking for copies, but no go of course. We've been conditioned to believe that low cholesterol numbers are good). Well, this year he decided to get tested and he was positive! Yay! He's gluten-free: bought a bread maker the next day, made his first loaf and even LIKED it (no hockey puck jokes)! I haven't even bought a bread maker! lol ... now to get his kids tested! :P And I had to break it to him, that his cholesterol will likely go up. He didn't like hearing that. He does heart caths, so I have on occasion (without response of course) sent him posts from Dr. Williams' blog: www.heartscanblog.blogspot.com . Maybe now he'll pay more attention? We shall see.
*Josh Hartnett recently hospitalized for gut pains (it started for E. Hasselbeck this way - I'm just sayin!): www.people.com/people/article
Thanks for letting me cruise through the BS TiVo!
P.S. Seems as though Angelina and Brad's twins have "allergies" ... www.entertainmentwise.com/new
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
RIP little buddinski Buddy boy.
After a number of visits to the vet I had to put this stray dog who wandered into my heart down yesterday. Since I've been married, we've had four dogs. Two others have been put down, and I've never had the courage to be there. I had no choice but to face the inevitable this time as DH is away. I didn't want him going it alone, so I was there. I'm heartbroken, and have cried everytime I see his little face. He had such a good ride while we had him this past year. He was like having a toddler at home again: curious, playful and loving. When I'd get on the floor to be near him, he'd put his neck atop mine and almost purr and groan with gratitude. When I stopped petting him, he'd paw my face for more (he still had duclaws- ouch). DH called him "Spare Parts" - *chuckle*. He had such a big personality in that little bod. And he matched the decor (a friend told me this, and I thought it funny).
It seemed my life revolved around his needs since he got here - now a new purpose awaits, who knows.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My parent's fridge is a gluten and dairy nightmare :P The green pepper, two kiwis, and a plate of baked sweet potatoes are mine. :)
Contents: 2% milk, Activia yogurt for the "probiotics", white dinner rolls, mini cinammon rolls, round French loaf, cheese bread, hardy European loaf, cheese bagels, fruit pie of some kind, and in the foil, a neighbor brought over some homemade sweet bread. I didn't take a photo of the pantry, but you can imagine.
I recently visited my parents who live a few states away. As I've mentioned, Mom has lung cancer. I had planned to visit before she got diagnosed, but this gave new meaning to the "vacation." While there I got to meet her oncologist. One of the first things I asked was if it was true that we all have cancer running through us (as I'd read in the book, Anti-Cancer written by a doctor) which can be battled by our diet. He said that was a fallacy. I had no time for "Cancer 101 According to Him" during the visit, but took it as one man's opinion.
The surgery to remove the top right one-third portion of her lung went well. Her procedure was done differently. Instead of making a long incision in her back, they went in arthroscopically from the side under/near her breast and the top back near her shoulder. In order to get to the lung, they removed about a two-inch section of one of her ribs. It's apparently easier to remove a rib than try to heal a "broken" one (who knew?). She was the first in the state to get this type of surgery. For someone who is easily pained, she said she wasn't in much pain (considering - maybe she expected worse). One of the first questions asked to her by the doctors (plural) while she was recovering in the hospital, "So. Do you want a cigarette NOW?" Made her mad. But she hasn't had one, thank goodness.
She started chemo this week and they offered the prediabetic chocolate chip cookies to snack on. Hmmmm. I keep reading how sugars feed cancer. Did they get the memo? Or am I barking up the wrong tree? I only know if it were ME? I would try to not feed the monster "just in case." All this has made me lose focus and become a mopo. For a couple of days I ate Tostitos w/cheese and salsa only. I felt like crap. It kinda reminded me of pre-g-free days actually (not as bad, but bad). It fueled my rotten attitude. My mom, however, has a great attitude. She's going to beat it, she says. She confided she prefers to not know anything and just do what she's told. She has always been this way as it's easier. Honestly, we couldn't be more different in that way, so it's hard for me to digest. My eating poorly for a couple of days made me think about my mom.
She has her diet routine and making all the changes I've suggested overwhelms her. It's kind of like a chicken/egg thing. When I ate poorly I had no steam, no desire, no oomph. When you're like that, it's difficult to be motivated for great change. I can understand (but not like) where she's coming from. She's iron-deficient on top of everything. There's no oomph in that either. But it's compounded with the poor diet. She's not supposed to eat fruits/veggies because they help keep cancerous and non-cancerous cells alive. I'm okay with that. Eat fats and protein, fine. But that fridge? I'm working on trying to be at peace with her choices. She doesn't know it because she won't read her medical papers, but she also has a slow-growing tumor in her arm bone, and tumors on her adrenals (living w/my dad?). Oy. Poor thing.
While there I tried to explain "contamination" and no "double-dipping" knives from a gluten source back to a g-free food, my dad's temper reared as he threw the knife on the counter while telling me I was crazy. Sigh. He wouldn't remember this outburst the next day. I'm grateful for my gluten-free home where I feel safe.
How am I overcoming the dip in my mojo? I became a bit of a hermit and didn't go out for about a week, so I needed and bought some groceries. The first thing I ate were raspberries, and it did the trick. I'm getting some of my mojo back. It was a baby step in the right direction ... again.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Start 'em young and you can be healthy like her. That's not MeMe, this is.
I love Meredith Roth's message LOUD and clear about feeding kids "treats" for special occasions in school (not necessary). Just because our foodie culture is insidious, doesn't make it right! The people who argue against her in the comments section of the below NY Times article are obviously put off by her personality and forcefulness (my father's side of the family is rather like that, so I'm used to it. My mom never got used to it, however - :P). But listen to the message.
Ms. Roth likely HAS to be that way to get heard. Publicity stunt or not, I'm glad she's voicing her opinions well and for the kids. The "status quo" culture has gone on long enough, and look where 'that's' gotten us (1 in 3 obese kids grow up to be 2 in 3 obese adults). Her kids are lucky to have her, and I'm sure they know it (despite others' opinion). You can have sugar and be thin and not healthy. You can be thin or average and have Type II diabetes. You really shouldn't have sugar when you are fat. I try not to. It's hard to stay away from drugs when you're jonesin', so I understand. I still think it's a sad state of affairs to have to deal with the addiction. Do you think we're addicted? Am I the only one with this paradigm?
her website: www.actionagainstobesity.com/
Sugar is a drug - kids "do" things for sugar; like when I was bribed by the babysitter. It's way overused as we associate it with emotions - bad and good. Life's emotions are real, so take it straight without drugs. :P Deal in a healthier way: talk, exercise, hug your momma, or call the police and press charges!
On a personal note, I've lost my mojo. sigh. I'm working through it, but I'm being floppy and lackadaisical.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Where's my "flu mustache?"
Oink again: speaking of pigs and swine. Since there's much media re: Swine Flu I have to hope that the health measures I take will help prevent infection. Remember that 70-80% of our immunity is in our gut. Eating fruits, veggies, proteins, probiotics and fermented foods (I could do better on that one) for good bacteria is helpful.
So is exercise , vitamin D , and rest . Stress kills. Sugars (including grains, esp in excess) depress the immune system, so can too much bad fat, too much protein (bogs down the digestive system) -jmho. Remember: death begins in the colon!
I had to wonder when I heard a psychiatrist on the Today Show this morning speak about hypochondriacs' anxiety regarding the Swine Flu and how they'll be the hardest hit. In my old life I HAD anxiety 'because' I was malnourished, which in turn would lead to becoming ill from lack of immunity, so kinda the other way around. In the old days I would have become a trembling mess had I seen the snake on my patio (prev. blog piece) ... now I grab the camera! And re: hypochondriacs ... I've always thought of myself as 'proactive!' ;)
Echinacea, vitamin C, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene, healthy fats, olive leaf extract are immune boosting vitamins and minerals, etc. Garlic and onions help clean your blood (anti-fungal/bacterial/viral). This is my reminder of why I do what I try to do! I hope you 'do', too!
And btw. Not "confirmed" because they didn't know about Swine flu when he should have been tested, but my neighbor's son returned from college last week with a terrible "flu" (so bad he came home) ... we can't help but wonder if it 'was' the Swine of course (his roomies have it also). The neighbors are going on a cruise and are guarding themselves (and others) preventively with Tamiflu (you can see how and why this spreads). I didn't meet up with him, but did visit their home ... I wonder if I touched anything with live virus germs. Time will tell...
Viruses, bacteria, nanobacterias, etc. rule the earth! We adapt and so do they. Antibiotics and pills are not the cure. We are. Our bodies are amazing: I've changed my life by changing my diet. By changing my diet I have the energy to change my lifestyle, and try to stay ahead of the enemy. At least I hope it's that easy!
sugars & immunity article: tinyurl.com/pqlxbh
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