Well, you made me look up this diet - so here's a link :). Thanks Snorkle-- for the www.eatingwell.com
site - I've never been to that one. (I have George Matelgan's book - re: the www.whfoods.com
.. he's pretty smart ... except I read that apple seeds are poisonous!
DH eats the whole apple and hasn't keeled over yet - and my VitaMix man also includes the whole apple in his juicing recipes - I think you'd have to ingest A LOT of appleseeds! I had a friend whose Df was a toxicologist - too much nutmeg is also very bad. Okay, I'm off topic!
I agree with SunClay (I'm hypothyroid as well, so I steer clear) and here's my perspective. Whole soybeans (edamame) are probably okay in moderation. Fermented soy is the same IMHO. Otherwise, all the other commercial products? We overdo it in our culture. I remember reading about the miraculous health benefits of soy back in the mid 1980s and couldn't believe it wasn't mainstream, too. But since then the farms have caught up with science culture and so have the commercial products. It's kinda "Supersize Me" thinking - more is better? I don't think so! I cannot really talk about soy"milk" though. There's a SP friend in my celiac team who believes soy has helped her tremendously. Everyone has different needs.
I personally also don't like grains as a whole food. I'm a celiac - what can I say?! Nutrient-wise, there are too many calories for the amount of nutrients supplied. Grains and cereals are "fortified" with these vitamins! I can get my B vitamins from a supplement (and am). Don't get me wrong - I've been trying to convert to more raw diet, which is obviously more whole foods. I believe in gut health and raw foods have more enzymes so it helps your gut environment and digestion (so do fermented foods!). I have also been nutrient deprived for well, my whole life. Probably why I ate (unfortunately per the USDA "SAD" food pyramid) more food and whole grains included (suggested 6-11 servings/day) to try to satisfy some innate craving for more nutrients. It was a vicious cycle.
What I notice about this Flat Belly diet link - is that the sample recipe mentioned in the article is gluten-free!
Many "anti-inflammatory" diets are gluten/grain free as well. You want liver health (talk about an important organ!)? Read Ann Louise Gittleman's Fat Flush Diets. You want clear skin? Read Dr. Perricone's diets. You want to do what stars are doing at a posh NYC gym or Heidi Klum to lose baby weight? Follow trainer David Kirsch's Ultimate NY Diet. South Beach Diet Ph. 1 and 2? ATkin's? These are all gluten-free (for the most part that I've read anyway). Just because Rachel Ray is Italian ... doesn't mean she couldn't lose a few (cute and all that she is) "noodles". Italians actually have a higher incidence for celiac (moreso again do the Irish, so do Scandinavians, Germans, and Serbians, and No. Indians-from India, or many Africans ...and who are we shipping grains to to feed the starving? It's actually MAKING them starve! See those bloated bellies? Some are gluten-induced (bloating is a symptom)! I could go on and on, but truth is many peoples are not adept at digesting wheat/grains ... or dairy ... but don't get me started! :)
My point is: weight gain and obesity is rising in America - my generation (40s) is producing larger kids than ever before. This is since the low-fat, high carb craze!
Autism spectrum (incl ADD), schizophrenia, crime rates - incl those school shooters, rates are all up. I believe it's because of malnourishment. My lifelong depression abated after I went gluten-free and got my nutrients. I did not expect this to happen! How many of those school shooters are on antidepressants? I wonder what they're eating?!
How about Jenny McCarthy's book spilling the beans about how DIET *can* help many many on the autism spectrum? This was "underground" for years because mainstream docs didn't believe it based on no "studies" ... but who is jumping to do studies for a "diet?" There's no money in taking AWAY a food, rather than pharma companies producing a pill, right? How is diet helping AS kids (and epileptics and Tourettes/tic disorders)? Gluten-free and casein-free diets high in whole foods! (Casein is the protein found in all dairy!).
We've been duped by our culture into believing that wheat and dairy are healthy ... look at the 4 top allergens required for food labels (we shouldn't be buying labels, right? I'm not perfect yet either - lol): WHEAT, DAIRY, SOY, CORN and to a lesser extent and for different reasons than weight gain: egg, peanuts, treenuts, shellfish/fish. All are highly allergenic foods! Maybe our collective fat is a allergic response to the wheat, dairy, corn and soy??
My naturopath suggested I try a "white-free" diet - no grains, corn, bananas, sugars, dairy, legumes? can't remember legumes. It's intense - I did it for 2 weeks before wanting to slip some cream into my coffee and it all went downhill from there!
However, I felt fantastic, didn't exercise and lost 10 pounds quite readily. There's power in our bioindividuality!
Some people may be allergic to legumes, oxalates, phytic acids, purines, sulfites, nightshades, food dyes and colorings, lactose, gluten, casein, etc., and not even know! I sure didn't!
Okay, what was the original post?
I felt like "talking" - hope I didn't put anyone off! I haven't had any greens today, so I'm off to feed my spirit now :). Hugs to all and to all a good night!
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