Monday, October 05, 2009
Gout runs on DH's maternal side (the diagnosed celiac, btw); he has a cousin who also shares the affliction). A recent Tim Ferriss blog re: gout caught my attention: www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/1
Gouty arthritis and sugars. Hmmm.
I want to write more, but had to bookmark/save this for later. Gotta run.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A pic from the infamous Mel Brooks' campfire scene in Blazing Saddles (carbs carbs they make you toot!).
I'm tivo-ing Dr. Oz's new show. Today's episode: A Cowboy Goes Vegan. He introduced us to a cowboy from Arizona who has diabetes. His CT scan showed he was in the 97th percentile for his age (or 97% blockage) in an artery; or the heart of an 85 yr old. www.doctoroz.com/videos/cowboy-goes-
What you don't see in the clip is his home introduction - how he lives his life teaching city slickers how to horse around (my pun). Dietary points shown:
1) He's a "meat and potatoes" man, with heavy emphasis on the meat. There are LOTS of close-ups of his meals: bacon, eggs, potatoes, steaks and potatoes, burgers and fries in the truck on the ranch on the fly (not a very peaceful meal).
2) He eschews vegetables and hasn't eaten any for YEARS.
3) His portions were huge (he does burn a lot, I'd think, too), but I'd like to see his caloric intake vs energy expenditure for both Ways of Eating (WOE).
Dr. Oz has him going vegan ("no faces" "no mothers") to reverse his plaque and to lose weight and get off his diabetes medication. This is interesting to me, especially when he shows his mostly soy alternatives (if you didn't know, I'm not a fan of soy). Most of the food is what DH would call "Simpson food" ... all brown (and the same could be said for Mr. Cowboy's meals if truth-be-told). Why would vegan be a "natural" diet if one had to supplement with B12? Seems B12 is "natural" in meat, but I digress. I eat meat, and I still have to supplement with B12, so whatever floats your boat and works with your system is okay by me.
Week One: Detox week. Replacing protein with nuts and seeds, supplementing multivitamin and B12. Vegan chili.
Week Two: Find alternatives to meat: soy alternatives shown. Seitan tastes like meat, soy proteins taste like meat. He's "rebooting" himself.
Week Three: Learning to snack by making good choices. Though potato chips are vegan, they're not okay. You can eat soybean alternatives, 70%+ cocao chocolate.
The fourth week of the diet, Dr. Oz "does" explain that his meat is not going to be the main course, but the accoutrament to the meal. I'm assuming the meat he pointed to on the plate was still "soy".
I guess I was discouraged to NOT see the important part of a vegetarian or vegan dietary premise (or ANY diet for that matter): the vegetables! Remember what I learned about greens being prebiotics for better gut physiology which, when coupled with fats/oils help vitamin K promote BONE health by directing calcium INTO the bones, not tissues (arteries)? Do you need to be vegan for that? Nope. You need some guts and greens. You need more alkaline to acid - that's my belief.
Mr. Cowboy had a great question regarding concerns about his blood sugars on this diet - beans and rice, all those buns and crackers. Dr. Oz said once he loses his gut, he'll lose the diabetes meds. I can only think that he'll be pretty hungry ... I hope this is discussed at the end of the "experiment."
I recently watched the movie FAT HEAD and found Tom Naughton's blog. He says this as part of his Sept 17, 2009, blog entry regarding elevated insulin, which I think so appropro re: Mr. Cowboy (I'm guessing he's trying to low-carb it, but with the taters, fries and buns it's not exactly working out):
"Suddenly it made sense why fat people overeat - or at least appear to overeat. In fact, they’re eating as much as they need to keep their cells fueled. When elevated insulin commands your body to store calories as fat, you run out of fuel and become hungry. So you eat more. In other words, you’re not getting fat because you’re eating more; you’re eating more because you’re getting fat."
I think vegan would be hard, and "gf" vegan even more difficult!
On my homefront: I'm excited to have picked up a couple of small mini-tramps from my neighbor's garage sale, and managed to jump 50 jumps before getting whooped! What a workout! I got outside my food box and tried sardines in olive oil (pretty bland), and bought some beets to include in a smoothie. I'm concerned about the sugar, so I won't use much, but how WILD am I!? lol
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Does "stubborn" show up on the human genome, mom?
I thought it would be interesting to redo my allergy test for comparison to the one done around the time of my diagnosis three years ago (+/-). Will I respond to the same foods? Results in two weeks or so.
One of the first books I read after my CD diagnosis was Trace Your Genes to Health by Chris Reading, MD bit.ly/cAumB . One of the most disconcerting things I remember was that it took three generations to repair your DNA with environmental change. I already birthed the Child, and she’s a lost soul at this point in her evolutionary development regarding “environmental” change. I was likely undiagnosed hypothyroid and celiac at the time of her birth so she was born with some dietary deficits; and trying to undo my (and therefore her) old SAD life at this point is a slow process as she’s a teenager hell bent on doing things her own way. And that’s okay, as I’m still her role model and she KNOWS what to do. I see gleams of hope now and then, but really, I’m not holding my breath. I sound like a Debbie- downer, but that’s where I am. I think it's because of this:
My DM finished her fourth round of chemo last week and has already seen an orthopedic surgeon about repairing the hip that keeps coming out of the socket. Thankfully, she’s not returning to the doctor who has twice NOT helped her. The bad news in her lung cancer progress is that after I left, she started smoking again I recently found out. GASP – the horror, right? I’m mortified beyond words, and find myself having to emotionally distance myself from her when she might need me most. I’ve been angry about her smoking my entire life, and where has that gotten me? Angry? Not anymore. I’ve dusted off and mustered up my Big Girl Panties and have found Grace (…again). I sent her shelf-stable probiotics (as opposed to refrigerated because she lives in Vegas and it’s still 110*), and told her how many pills to take and she refused, saying it’s too many. Lordy. Where’re my Grace panties? I’ve misplaced them. LOL.
Grace panties are very eloquent.
As opposed to my reg'lar bloomers.
You know what I wanted for Christmas last year? A DNA test kit (didn’t get it). When 23andme.com started, I signed up, but at that time the test was $1k. Have I already blogged about this? Déjà vu – it has been on my mind while taking my walks -lol. Last Christmas the test kit was on “sale” 3 kits/$1000 or 1/$399. I couldn’t get anyone in the family to sign up with me (surprise surprise). The sale is over, but the single test is still $399 (fingers are crossed for a sale again this holiday).
This week I caught Drs. Oz and Roizen discuss with one of the founders of www.23andme.com Dr. Oz’s DNA test results. Mentioned quite a lot was celiac disease as one of her friends has the disease. 23andme has a study and they need participants (you still pay, but they have a $99 test as well): https://www.23andme.com/researchrevolution
/ . I’m going to put this on my Christmas list again this year. Check the list for a disease process (ironically many w/ties to celiac), and sign up if you’re interested, too. Or check out their blog link: The Spittoon (how clever).
Misc: Did you know that we share 50% matching DNA to a banana? www.thingsyoudontneedtoknow.c
Oh, and have you had your probiotics today?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Docta! Is there nothin' I can take to relieve my belly ache?!"
(... where was THIS doctor when I needed him/her?!)
I'm very surprised that birth control pills "help" bacterial vaginosis after what I've been reading. Birth control pills ALTER vaginal flora. I notice no mention about natural means to fix this often 'recurring' problem (recurringly 'treated' with ANTI-biotics)? *cough* PROBIOTICS ... & change sugar diet?
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