Inflammation is a hot health topic but I often wonder if folks understand what that means to them personally. Really important for those with diabetes, heart and various autoimmune diseases. These are people with extreme inflammation. From a dietary perspective, grain and legumes (beans) are particular contributors. Here is why.
Think about this. What food, what supplement, what medication can you take or feed to your family to fix their health? Do you have or know children with sick brains? Do you have a parent with a sick brain? The fix is usually not in what you should add but rather what you need to subtract.
So you manage to work your annual medical checkup into your schedule and part of that includes blood and urine tests. And you discover you have protein in your urine. The doctor says that isn’t a good thing. Continue reading
Diabetes is an energy storage problem
Diabetics are sometimes (usually) told that their A1c is the only thing to watch. But just watching your A1c is like watching your favorite football team on Monday night and praying for the best. Continue reading
I’m thinking about my “perfect” Thanksgiving dinner for years and years, famous (at least according to my family) and happily anticipated.
I got the menu and all the recipes from my mother. I like to think that I polished it to perfection. Oven roasted turkey. It had to be oven roasted so that the drippings could be used for broth. Continue reading
What do people do when the doctor tells them they are prediabetic or diabetic? What should YOU do? Continue reading
Do you actually enjoy a crisis? Half of my automobile trunk is taken up with an actual spare tire on an actual wheel rim. Why? Because the idea of being out in the middle of nowhere with a no spare (or even a donut tire) makes my stomach hurt. Always a good idea to have a plan B. Continue reading
What’s the difference between full and no-longer-hungry?
I have out-of-town friends who have both changed their way of eating. We will call them Dick and Sally. Dick’s primary interest was to control his blood sugar because he is a diabetic. Sally, on the other hand, was just being a supportive wife but she wouldn’t be unhappy if she lost some extra pounds.
This new way of eating (WOE) eliminated or almost eliminated processed food and sugar, pretty much a whole food diet of meat and vegetables. You know, the food that is around the perimeter of the grocery store. Continue reading
My most recent posts are autoimmune related. While there is evidence that even diabetes has an autoimmune component, that component may just be that the food that got you to diabetes is likely to create other conditions as well.
In other words, pretty much everything that goes wrong in your body will be tied to food. Don’t you just hate it! So if you think of your diabetes as a stand-alone condition you are wrong. Continue reading
There seems to be no end to the number of ailments aggravated or caused by diet. And it seems to be tough for people to give up eating the stuff they just love in the interest of avoiding body fat or an ailment. But some ailments, particularly for men, are harder to ignore.
In my experience, women are very much more concerned about their body fat than men. Dissatisfaction with weight is a perpetual subject of discussion among women; usually a “Do you think I look fat?” thing. Women join together in weight loss support groups. But for men, erectile dysfunction is another matter. Continue reading