Not the NY Times Well Blog but...
Friday, September 06, 2013
My local newspaper had a lot to say about nutrition this week. I usually peruse it for coupons and events happening in the area, but every once in a while I get a little tidbit of health education (the last one was this article on emotional eating back in March my therapist found for me - wp.me/p1N36Q-15
). Today, they reviewed “eating lifestyles:”
Naturally, I was curious to see what they had to say about paleo and gluten-free diets.
The didn’t go into anything too in-depth, and suggested not following any one lifestyle but borrowing from all by really focusing on plant-based foods. They also didn’t recommend a gluten-free lifestyle unless you have a gluten allergy because it’s “tough to do.” Well… getting to the gym routinely is tough to do. Preparing fresh meals is tough to do. Seeing a doctor regularly is tough to do. Just because something is “tough to do” shouldn’t be avoided if it’s healthy.
Also in the local newspaper today was an article about sugar addiction:
Timely, as I will be heading to the library to pick up the "The Sugar Detox" tomorrow. I know I began this experiment focusing on eliminating wheat, but my travels through various health and wellness websites, blogs, and books suggest I need to do something about my sugar intake too. Let’s look at my ongoing cookie question – wp.me/p1N36Q-hU
- why can’t I stop eating them? Is it the wheat flour or the sugar? The article suggests not eliminating sugar totally, but reducing it to under 10 percent of your total calories each day (The American Heart Association suggests less than 6 or 7 percent each day, but the math is much easier to do on 10 percent). The author suggests you’ll feel noticeably better within four or five days. The article does not mention anything about sugar substitutes.
I’m interested to see how that compares to The Sugar Detox program. From what I saw on the news about the book back in July, it suggests NO sugar for three days, including no fruit. I think the hardest part about doing it that way would be getting through my morning coffee – I always like it a little bit sweet!