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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
1/29/14 7:38 A

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In addition to meeting with the nutritionist at the wellness clinic, I've been reading Dr. Junger's book, Clean Gut. He describes the toll that the typical American diet is taking on our population -- and increasingly on the rest of the world's population as it imitates us in our addiction to fat foods and processed foods high in sodium and toxic preservatives.

Based on nutritional practices he learned in India and holistic centers in the US, he offers a set of diet principles to heal our malfunctioning digestive system, promising that doing so will put us on a path to healing many of the other diseases that come with a malfunctioning gut and the hyperactivity of the immune system as it responds. He also offers an action plan to help repair the gut and maintain it in good working order.

At the core of the plan he advises us to avoid mixing protein animal and vegetable sources [the combination overwhelms our gut's ability to process the mix], excluding processed foods and any plant foods that were raised with artificial fertilizers or any animal foods that were fed corn or antibiotics, and working to eliminate dairy products and gluten products because our guts aren't geared to process the genetic modifications in grain or the elements in milk that cows provide when they're not nursing their own newborns. Finally, he recommends eliminating all sugar from our diet that is not within organically grown whole fruits or vegetables and reducing the presence of those fruits or vegetables, as well, because we digest the fruits more rapidly than we do other carbohydrates.

His website offers a set of products and recommendations for supplements that can help to cleanse and maintain the health of our guts. They're not cheap, but -- if they work -- they're cheaper than medical treatments to alleviate the symptoms of the many diseases that we experience as a result of our malfunctioning digestive systems.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
1/24/14 7:25 A

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The wellness clinic where I teach a yoga class also has two nutritionists who are quite proficient and wise. On Wednesday, I met with one for a consultation to help me tune up my diet since I'd been gaining a bit of weight since last summer. Not surprisingly, most of her recommendations came from areas where I'd been lagging with regard to animal protein and processed foods. So I'm focused on eliminating all animal protein -- including poultry, fish, and dairy -- as well as refined sugar from my diet. Last night, I made a butternut squash soup based on a recipe on a cookbook that she put together. I adapted it for my slow cooker and added a couple of cups of kale [with some lemon and sunflower seeds to help release the vitamin D in the kale]. The primary seasonings were cumin, curry, and coriander. It was quite hearty and tasty, and I'll be making it again since my family really liked it, too

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
11/23/13 12:03 P

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I get several nutritional newsletters. Most of them have advice about foods to eat more of or foods to eat less of. I'd need another blog just to keep track.

But several of them have noted that many adults develop deficiencies in vitamin B12. The foods that provide B12 are animal proteins, especially meat. It seems that we don't need a lot of animal protein in our diet to to get enough B12, but "enough" becomes more as we get older.

I'm not a big fan of vitamins as supplements because I'm pretty sure that vitamins in the context of whole foods are much better able to meet our nutritional needs. But I do want to consider what supplements might provide my aging body with some more B12 and talk to my doctor about their nutritional value.

I may just decide that eating a few eggs or a few ounces of cheese or meat each week might be better.

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JOEMARCHESANI Posts: 79
10/21/13 5:52 P

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I just got back from a weekend conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, where the meal options are mostly vegetarian. There was some cheese, some eggs, choices of dairy and non-dairy milk, and one chicken at dinner one night. I had no trouble going with mostly vegan options. [I did sample the scrambled eggs one morning to compare them with the tofu scramble.] The vegan dishes were inventive and tasted really good.So I'm optimistic that I'll be able to develop a more vegan style of cooking as I work on it at home.

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