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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!
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    1749 days ago
    The book Wheat Belly, which does not strike me as very logical to be honest, states that beside wheat one should cut out all type of carbs as much as possible.

    Personally I don't cut out all wheat, but I try to not have it in big amounts, and the bread I eat is spelt bread. I notice that the complaints I get from eating wheat (spot of psoriasis, plantar fascitis) are not there when I have only spelt bread.

    Sugar to me is addictive and it wrecks my mood. I continue to wonder if I should either cut it out all together or limit it strongly. That's interesting what you said about the 10 or 7 per cent.

    You asked is it the wheat or the sugar. Could be both, could also be a psychological factor: wanting what you tell yourself you cannot have.

    1750 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2013 3:07:25 AM
    I have made a decision not to eliminate any food groups from my diet.
    It's too hard, and I end up binging.

    I do my best to eat less bad carbs and less sugar for health, but if I have more one day, I don't get upset with myself and just do better the next day.

    I do agree that the more sugar you eat, the more you want, but having none at all makes for one dull life. emoticon
    1750 days ago
    Take heart! If you can go 3 or 4 days with no sugar, by day 5 the milk/cream in your coffee will reveal it's inherent sweetness, something that your poor jaded taste buds have missed noticing for so long!
    1750 days ago
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