Mar 032012
 

Rethink your Health – Rethink your Breakfast

For decades, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) has suggested orange juice and cornflakes with milk (and sugar) for breakfast…
Then along came the Health Craze and updated the same S.A.D. breakfast to include freshly squeezed organic orange juice and fresh fruit topped with low fat, high carb yoghurt over muesli packed with grains, raisins and nuts, honey or sugar, all roasted in oil. While using healthier ingredients, suddenly we ended up with more calories and a whole lot more carbohydrates.

The unpleasant result of good intentions:
a sugar, starch and fat bonanza that promotes, inflammation, cravings among weight gain, hormone imbalances amid general ill health.

If there is any time for low carbohydrates, it is breakfast.

#1 Rule: Breakfast is Protein Time

Think ahead: Cook a little extra salmon, chicken or other light meat for dinner the evening before.

Breakfast Idea #1:

· Egg-feast: Gently heat the shredded or finely sliced protein in the skillet. For a change, add a handful of chopped veggies. Add, the lightly beaten egg(s), cover, and finish into an omelet.

Breakfast Idea #2:
· Boiled Eggs: Either chopped or whole, served with lettuce leafs or the protein almond crackers (see below).

Breakfast Idea #3:
· Swiss Greens: Heat up a skillet. Meanwhile, coarsely chop a head of romaine lettuce or a few ribs of Swiss chard with lots of greens, Chinese Yuk choy, or other leafy greens. Add a little olive oil to the skillet. Add a handful of almonds and the greens. Cover and finish on low-medium heat for 5-6 minutes. — The romaine turns slightly crisp and sweet and the almonds will be pleasantly roasted.

Breakfast Idea #4:
· Egg-free: Wrap meat protein leftovers in a nori sushi wrapper, a leaf of romaine lettuce, Belgian endive or radicchio. — Make a “veggie mayo” from your cooked veggie leftovers, peas, chickpeas, carrots, celeriac, sweet potatoes, avocados, etc.

Breakfast Idea #5:
· Almond Crackers/Cookies: This batter takes 2 minutes to make while the oven heats up.

Grind a handful of almonds with a teaspoon of flaxseed, chia or salba seed in your coffee grinder of magic bullet. Blend in a little sea salt, a teaspoon of glutenfree baking powder, and a heaping tablespoon or two of gf arrowroot flour or gf tapioca flour or gf rice flour. Then mix in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sufficient water to turn it into a paste to drop by the spoonful onto a large flat cookie sheet. The thicker the batter, the “meatier” the crackers or cookies; the thinner the batter, the thinner and crispier the crackers. Bake at 350F for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.
— Enjoy with an easy homemade olive tapanade, avocado or tuna-artichoke heart guacamole, peanut or almond butter, etc.

Proteins for breakfast up your brainpower, energy, a lasting feeling of satiety and a good mood to boot.

 Posted by at 7:48 PM
Feb 102012
 

Q: Many people are allergic to dairy as well as Gluten. The allergies seem to go hand in hand. Why is that?

The Short Answer:

  • every gluten molecule contains 15 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins
  • every casein molecule contains 8 receptor sites for Opioid Exorphins

Both, glutens and casein, are addictive (their morphine/opioid connection!)

The (medium) Long Answer:

Both tend to destroy the gut mucosa barrier in those genetically not set up to handle them.
Since there is no health without a healthy gut mucosa, ingesting gluten and/or casein may trigger:
  • inflammation (acute and/or chronic, i.e. build-up over time)
  • -> over time leading to leaky gut syndrome
  • -> food and environmental toxins being dumped directly into the bloodstream

As a result the body tries to quench the inflammation:

  • leaching of calcium from bones and teeth to buffer blood pH value
  • -> bone loss, tooth enamel loss, osteopenia, osteoporosis
  • -> rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia

All this leads to…

  • lack of mineral, nutrient absorption
  • -> physical / mental weakness, tiredness, chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.
  • -> sleep disturbance
  • -> heart irregularities, anxiety

and also:

  • kidney issues, UTI
  • shortness of breath, asthma, allergies

Over time the system develops…

  • weakened immune system
  • thyroid and adrenal issues
  • fertility problems
  • skin issues

etc., etc.

TESTING

These days it is so easy to “test” for the necessary underlying genes that predispose an individual to gluten and/or casein sensitivity. When we know if our body runs on “gasoline” or on “diesel” we will be able to avoid most health issues by feeding the body the right fuel.

 Posted by at 2:27 PM
Jan 132012
 

Comment of a dog owner newly switched to RAW feeding:

I think the raw diet (still with some kibble as I am transitioning them) is affecting [my two big dogs’] behavior. Both seem more relaxed and less hyper. Hmmm… I really hope that this is the case in the long term.

Dearest Doggy Friend,

good observation. A dog fed a natural diet will be happier and healthier. That is exactly why many of us more experienced dog owners have been feeding RAW for decades.
Not to worry, you will never see your dogs’ behavior revert unless you put them back on commercial CRAP food (CRAP = Cereal Reinforced Altered Protein – one of those 1960s misguided and destructive marketing ploys praised to make our  life easier).

Dogs simply are not grain eaters.

  1. like us gluten-sensitivity or celiac individuals, dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest grains and any of the carbohydrates.
  2. neither can dogs handle the sugar boost they get from being fed any starches/carbohydrates.
  3. to be digested, grains and starches need saliva and lots of chewing (IF the necessary enzyme is available to process them past the stomach!). I have yet to see a dog chew!

For comparison in people – 101 of Anatomy and Physiology:
carbs are digested in the mouth – proteins in the stomach – fats in the small intestines.

Why do you think cancer tumor rates in dogs have gone up?
– (sugar feeds cancer cells)

Why do you think there are so many more fat dogs?
– (excess sugar stores in fat cells)

Why do you think diabetes rates in dogs are going up exponentially?
– (not only can dogs not process starches, they also don’t produce the amount of insulin needed to move carbohydrates/sugars into the cells where they could be converted into energy)

Why do you think so many dogs develop stomach ulcers?
– (wolves don’t!)

Why do you think there are more dogs with behavioral issues?
– (comparable to ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, etc.)

Why do you think so many dogs are on ritalin or antidepressants?
– (ditto!)

Why do you think so many dogs are developing epileptic seizures?
– (same in people many of whom now are being diagnosed with underlying gluten-sensitivity or celiac disease instead)

Why do you think so many dogs develop tendon and bone issues?
– (mineral imbalances, lack of mineral absorption and dog-appropriate nutrients)

Why do you think veterinarians are starting to diagnose celiac disease in dogs?
– (stunning to see the growing number of articles in DVM journals)

It is no day too soon for you to make the transition to

RAW FOR YOUR DOGS.

 Posted by at 12:24 PM
Dec 162010
 

Worth repeating before the Holidays…
From cravings to headaches, sinus issues to fibrocystic ovaries, tender breast tissue, discharge, acne and more, excess sugar may be at the root of many of your health challenges.

“Sugar” comes in many forms:

  • anything sweet(ened) – except for herbs such as stevia
  • anything grain and starch (their carbs too turn to sugar in the body)
  • anything dairy (lactose also turns to sugar in the body)

Sugar makes the body more acidic and lowers iron (Fe) levels.
This in turn lowers the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. As a result, energy levels drop and heart and lungs are forced to work harder (shortness of breath and anxiety) as may be the kidneys (water retention).

Sugar causes inflammation and triggers the calcium leaching metabolism. This can add to the formation of fibroids (uterine and breast tissue). Amenorrhea (lack of or delayed monthly flow) or dysmenorrhea (painful menses and premenstrual syndrome) may be early signs of calcium leaching and pH buffering.

Sugar may promote acne. Higher levels of sugar are commenly related to acne and other skin eruptions. These can serve as early risk indicators for possibly future diabetes.

Sugar nourishes yeast cells. Yellowish or whitish discharge are a common result and possible sign of a yeast infection.  

Sugar nourishes cancer cells.  This process possibly is connected to sugar displacing blood oxygen. If detected early, many cancer cells can be outright starved if sugars, grain carbs and lactose are cut from the diet.

Now that we have recognized the “rat” let us remember the Power and Importance of Antioxidants!

 Posted by at 8:27 PM