Thursday, February 02, 2012
This information could be critical to the well-being of millions of people. The message is "unbelievable" but it may be true.
I'm copying a post I made in the spark group "Wheat Belly" earlier today:
I just finished the book "Wheatbelly".
Let's say I finished everything but part 3 which is mostly recipes.
This is my conclusion about it for the moment: This is either one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century or one of the greatest scams of the 21st century.
The author says that wheat as we have known it over the last 50 years (before that it was different) is a primary contributor to most leading causes of death and debilitating disease in this and many other countries: obesity, diabetes, cholesterol problems, heart disease, brain dysfunctions, autoimmune diseases of many kinds, mental health problems, many common skin problems,epilepsy and premature aging (of many body tissues). If this is the case then the elimination of wheat alone has the potential to reduce the cost of health care in the US enough to where health care for all citizens would be very affordable. If wheat is as bad as the book describes then it should not be served in schools any more than wine or cigarettes and should not be sold to minors.
If the majority of people then understood and followed even half of the recommendations in this book our economy would be impacted in a big way. Wheat, like corn, is in almost everything. Mass production agriculture would be impacted in a big way as would companies like Monsanto and other GMO and pesticide companies that have a lot of money invested in GMO wheat. Of course most food manufacturing companies would be affected and would either have to find other ingredients for processed foods or lose buyers for their products. The menus in restaurants would change dramatically as would the items on shelves in our local supermarkets. Even the pet food market would change completely and pets would be a lot healthier without having to eat food with wheat in it.
Many doctors would lose a lot of income because they would have very few patients to write prescriptions for to treat all the diseases that are going to be a lot less common.
Of course we know that knowledge alone does not change behavior, especially not for substances that are addictive as wheat seems to be.
In any case, if we believe that William Davis is on to something I guess we should pass it on to as many people as possible. The book came out about 6 months ago and is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.
The word is spreading fast. Let's discuss this book and spread the word.
If it turns out that the benefits aren't as great as the author describes we and anyone who gives this a try don't have much to lose but much to gain: A diet that includes a much greater variety of grains and seeds than we have previously eaten, and that's always a good thing.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2012
I don't know if it was the weather, not enough veggies in the last 2 months since our garden hasn't been producing, the fact that I was exposed to my daughter's cold, dealing with the exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings as they are removed.
I ran even slower today than usual and cut my run on the treadmill down to 3 miles from the 5 miles that were planned. Average speed was 4 mph with average heart rate of 134 on the treadmill with incline of 2.
Mile 1: 4.2 mph
Mile 2: 4.0 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Other possible reasons I can think of are low thyroid function, lack of daylight, running at too high a heart rate, body adjusting to wheat and gluten-withddrawal.
Given that I have not improved in my running speed for quite a while, since late Novemenber, I suspect that mercury toxicity, having less daylight and not getting enough raw veggies and fruits and/or running at too high a heart rate for the amount of stress my body is handling are more likely the reason.
What I can do short-term is to lower my target heart rate to 130, eat more fruits and veggies, and add some foods that help with chelation of heavy metals. Today I started with a good serving of Cilantro.
Overall I ate a lot better today since I was home.
green tea with a little raw honey
yoghurt, banana, cranberries, cashews
Snack after my run: 3 pieces dark chocolate
big salad with alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocado, dressing made from olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic
a few corn chips and a couple of slices of turkey breast
Afternoon Snack (lunch did not hold me more than 3 hours):
3 dried figs, 1 apple with 2 Tbsp. almond butter
Dinner: brown rice and bean casserole with cojack cheese on top
broccoli w/onions, stir-fried just until thawed and warm
salsa wiath lots of cilantro
I'm giving up on even estimating calories, since I won't eat less than what I'm hungry for anyhow.
I watched a good program on the Dr. Oz show about heart disease prevention in women today. It was very relevant in explaining that the signs in women are much more subtle than in men and can easily be mistaken for minor discomfort. If you know you are at higher risk for heart attack please watch this.They actually showed him performing open-heart surgery on someone, amazing but scary.
He showed a new blood test that is more reliable in predicting heart attacks than Cholesterol checks. It measures inflammation and I believe it is called C-RP test or something like that.
I was also reading the chapter in "Wheat Belly" about the connection of high carbs and heart disease. There was some info there that the author claims is not known to 98% of physicians, or at least wasn't known at the time the book was published.
An important distinction was made between different types of LDL cholesterol, one kind being much more harmful than the other and the fact that it is carbohydrates, not fat in the diet that will increase bad cholesterol in the blood.
So much for today,
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I burned about 500 calories walking/jogging with dogs today.
Total calories from food were about 2100.
Breakfast was an oat/chocolate chip cookie, full-fat plain yogurt, a nut/dried fruit bar
snack: hardboiled egg, sugar snap peas
lunch corn crackers with 2 slices turkey breast and 1 avocado
afternoon snack: fruit salad, chocolate sesame bar
dinner: radish greens, brown rice turkey breast
I was away from home most of the day and that made eating regularly a challenge.
I'm going to sit down and watch Biggest Loser. I'm not hungry and will just have a cup of tea.
Monday, January 30, 2012
After getting a lot less sleep last night because of the wind I was not sure how that would affect my running.
I ended up running 5.5 miles as planned, speed 4.2 mph, on the slow side for sure, and I felt hungry for carbs half-way through the run. I'm wondering if that is just the power of suggestion or maybe some wheat withdrawal. Pulse was at 132, on the low end.
I also did some walking with the dogs and ended up burning about 1000 calories total through exercise.
Breakfast was full-fat yogurt, blueberries, banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, about 600-700 calories.
After the run I had very little time so had a coconut water and a few tablespoons of vanilla ice cream, about 200 calories total.
In the late afternoon I got hungry and made myself a 3 egg omelett with radish greens, cooked in coconutoil, some rice crackers with hummus, total calories about 800.
At dinner time I had a pear and a big mug of mint tea with honey, some almond butter and an apple, calories about 300, total for the day about 2000
I'm not hungry for any other snacks.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I've read several more chapters of the book "Wheat Belly" and learned that about one in 133 people in the US (and other wheat eating countries probably) have celiac disease but only 10% are diagnosed. Only about half of them have the more typical symptoms of gastrointestinal cramping, diarrhea etc. the other half have anemia, migraine headaches, arthritis, neurological symptoms, infertility, short stature (in children), depression, chronic fatigue or later in life gastrointestinal cancer.
Another interesting piece of info from the book was that the author recommends against eating special "gluten-free" products like tapioca starch, potato starch, rice flour etc. because while these things are gluten-free they are extremely high on the glycemic index and are a very bad idea for people who have diabetes or want to lose weight. When I talked to a friend who is diabetic he informed me that diabetics who desperately need sugar because of risk of insulin-shock can be given french fries or other potato starch.
My second wheat and gluten-free (I'm not eating barley or rye either) day went well.
My breakfast yesterday was a big bowl full of plain full-fat yogurt with apple, banana, walnuts and rolled oats.
Lunch was a some chicken breast, green beans and a few raisins for a sweet treat.
In the afternoon I got hungry, probably because my lunch was slightly rushed and was pretty low in calories for what I typically eat. My afternoon snack was some kale salad, bought at the food coop, and a full-fat cup of vanilla yoghurt (18 grams sugar) .
We only had dinner a little late and I was getting hungry. I had 2 fairly big crepes made with buckwheat and corn flours filled with two thick slices of pepperjack cheese and a bowl-full of mixed sprouts. After dinner I felt like fruit and ate a satsuma orange.
Again no desire for sweets or anything else after dinner.
I drank lots of green and herbal tea throughout the day along with water.
Again I only got minimal exercise in because of time constraints and weather. About 1 mile of running and another mile of walking (if you count the half mile through the mall).
Today is my day off so I'm hoping to fit more exercise in. After a very windy night that kept me up for a couple of hours I'm hoping to get a good run and some extra walking in today.
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