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6/23/11 11:00 A

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Been avoiding that stuff for a while now. Well, I take that back I eat two grains. 1/4 c of oatmeal everyday and some quinoa about once a week. No milk cheese or yogurt for me and I feel amazing!

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6/22/11 6:30 A

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I did not know about Dr. Mercola until now. thanks for the information.

This is a learning journey... I am learning to eat healthy, to love exercise, but more important, I am learning to love myself.

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5/25/11 4:35 P

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Thanks for the advice! I'll have to read that article, it looks like it would be really interesting!!

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5/25/11 12:50 P

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Well, when I mean BULK up, I don't mean the muscle type of bulk. That was the interesting thing about the program I watched. They said that gladiators most certainly did not look like Russell Crowe. lol. They didn't look like Sumo wrestlers either, but that's the sort of bulk I mean. Protein builds muscle and grain promotes fat storage. Even whole grains. A lot body builders eat less carbs (grain), especially when going into competition and also do a lot more exercise to counter-act the grain/fat storage.

And yes. Modern day disease goes back to when man started eating grain about 10,000 years ago. Also, the scientists couldn't believe the difference the the solidity of the bones compared to the "grain eaters" bones.

I would say that Doc is fairly much Primal. He still enjoys dairy.



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5/25/11 12:20 P

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Thanks Laura. Now I'm curious and will do a bit of my own research. When you say modern day diseases do you mean today or in the last 10,000 years?

LOL wait, don't body builders now eat a ton of protein to bulk up? You mean they've been doing it wrong all this time??

So is the good Doc a paleo now?



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5/25/11 12:41 A

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Yes, well... people have been eating grain for about 10,000 years. People have been here for about 200,000 years. When scientists look at the bones of our ancestors (pre grain), they can see significant better health. Modern day disease started with eating grain.
Graqin is a cheap fuel source and that's how it came to be.
I just watched a show about the gladiators. The Romans would eat a diet of meat, veggies, fruit while they fed the gladiators grain to BULK them up quickly.

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5/24/11 11:33 P

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I can understand the science and see where he's coming from but I don't buy that it's as evil as he makes it out to be (OK I didn't read the article but it's the impression I'm getting from the responses). People have been eating whole grains for thousands of years and it's only been recently that diabetes and heart disease have been epidemic. If you look at the top 10 causes of death in 1900 and in 2000 you will see that the list we have today is related to lifestyle diseases while in 1900 they were more in line with infectious diseases - similar to what we see today in the developing world. In many poor countries people eat a lot of grains and they aren't suffering from diseases of affluence that we are. My humble opinion is that processed foods, overeating of animal products and portion sizes have created the pickle we in the western world are in today, more specifically the US. Even the Japanese, who are supposed to have one of the healthiest diets, are seeing their obesity rates rise because they are eating more fast food.

Unfortunately, as the poorer countries begin to gain more affluence (think China) they also want to have the convenience foods we have and they're now going down the same road.

Me personally - I don't eat grains at every meal, I'm not gluten sensitive but I do tend to overeat them so for me it's about moderation, just like with anything else I guess.

These things are good to know, this can help people make their own minds up and do a bit of research. Thanks for sharing.



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5/24/11 11:12 A

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In very simple terms grain starches raise blood sugar which can stimulate insulin resistance and the storage of fat. This isn't just refined grains (which are the worst for sure) but also whole grains.

This insulin resistance thing is a big issue for anyone who is trying to combat any degree of obesity or a diabetic (or pre-diabetic) issue. The nutrients that are in grains can be found in many other foods that are even better for us. Many people who have radically cut down on grains have found a profound increase in energy and amazing weight loss.

And grains, like anything that we are sensitive to and addicted to, can cause severe cravings for starchy carbs when we first try to get off them. and then, after being off them for a while, we can experience very uncomfortable physical reactions when we eat them again.

It is for these reasons that many people are choosing to eliminate grains from their diets and replacing them with increased amounts of fresh & natural vegetables, fats and protein foods.

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5/24/11 11:09 A

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That's a very personal decision.

The paleo diet wants you to eat meat, berries, fruits and veggies, etc.

Lots of people believe grains of all kinds are horrible for you. If you're curious, you could always cut them out and see what happens for you.

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5/24/11 10:30 A

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I'm confused here...I'm a vegetarian, so I eat a wide variety of whole grains. I thought that was healthy, and I was just supposed to avoid refined grains (like bread, pasta)?

What's the right thing to do?

Falon
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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

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5/23/11 6:12 P

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Thanks fit,
For the tips will be checking them out
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Ah, so you have found Dr. Mercola's website! Love him! He was just on Dr. Oz the other day.

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5/23/11 12:01 P

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This is interesting. My DH has been grain free for almost 5 months. On the rare occasion he 'needs' to eat a small amount - at a work function etc - he reports bloating. Prior to quitting grain products, he was a heavy consumer of refined flour products and had a major sugar craving. All gone - including lots of excess weight.

I haven't been as successful, though I've stuck to whole grains, so there may be a point here.

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5/21/11 2:23 P

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Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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5/21/11 1:17 P

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emoticon this is really good stuff. Since I eliminated grains from my diet I am feeling so, so much better all around. I've always preferred full fat dairy products and always believed that they were better for us but now the science is in and my instincts were right. I had to learn about the grain thing though because like a lot of other health food freaks I believed that it was only the refined grains that were the problem and that whole grains were actually very healthy. Now I have eliminated all grains except for very special occasions.

Here's an interesting tidbit. Now that it's been a little over 2 months since I've been grain-free, twice, when I've let myself eat bread I got heart palpitations (A-FIB). The last time it was so bad that it kept me awake. I had also eaten some sugary cake thing. I had to take extra doses of potassium and magnesium to quiet the ol ticker down. So now I know the truth for myself.

Sometimes you have to get away from something for a while and then try a little to see just how bad it is for you. This same thing happened to me about 15 years ago with soy and that time I ended up in ER!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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5/21/11 11:32 A

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Interesting.



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