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
It’s All About the Food has a new column in the Montgomery County News. It is my health and nutrition version of “Dear Abby”, now aptly named “Ask Pat.” Printed below exactly as it appeared in the paper.
Hardly a day passes that I don’t hear questions about my book. Sometimes readers have trouble personalizing information to their own situation and need a little help. And maybe, God forbid, I didn’t make everything perfectly clear. Anyway, whenever I answer a question I suspect someone else will also want to know. So here is my health and nutrition version of “Dear Abby.” Pose your question and I will do my best to answer.
Today’s question was asked in regard to losing weight:
“You said in your book that calories really don’t count. That seems to disagree with everything I have been told. How can that be?” Continue reading
Everybody wants to be healthy. Or maybe we just don’t want to be sick. Isn’t that the same? So the question is, how do we get that to happen? The answer is to use your key.
“Get serious,” my editor said. “You have to stop revising the manuscript or the book will never hit the street.” Part of my problem was a perpetual search for the perfect word; it’s an affliction I have. But the bigger issue is that I always want to do just a little more research. Just in case. On one side of my brain I was sure that I was on the mark. On the other side I feared I might have missed something important. Continue reading
Any heart disease in your family? Do you have any kind of heart or artery disease? Odds are really good because cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in America. And maybe you are kinda worried about that heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm. So maybe you would like to avoid that. Continue reading
This can be really scary. Folks with diabetes almost always have some bad stuff, stuff like nerve damage in our feet, eyes, and kidneys as examples.This is not “so what” stuff, rather these can be the beginning of pain, amputations, blindness, and kidney failure. Continue reading
The operation of the human body is truly magical because it has built-in backup plans. If only we weren’t so good at overriding the magic.
What are your triglycerides and HDL cholesterol? Do you care? When I ask people who are diabetic or those worried about their “cholesterol” what their trigs and HDL measures are, they rarely know. And yet these are crucial pieces of information relative to heart disease risk and the dangers of diabetes. Chapter 10 (page 61) in It’s All About the Food is short but pointed in explanation. The attached link, on the other hand, is long and very detailed, including a mountain of research in support. But the message is still the same. Diet is the essential element in both diabetes and heart disease. Continue reading