I have been given a ton of meds to take for this or that and the other. I am a diabetic (2)So for a long time.
I am trying to lower my sugar levels, lose weight, lower my cholesterol and BP.
So I was told that LSA which is Linseed, Sunflower Seeds and Almonds would reduce my sugar levels and cholesterol. I added low fat yoghurt to that as well as fresh sliced apples. Well I found later on with huge disappointment that nothing lowered. I nearly sliced my throat instead of the Apple I can tell you it was so During this time I gave up eating all bread, pasta, rice and potatoes and the like...carbs you know! Bread was supposed to be a no no and I know it can chunk on the weight and everything in moderation. Nothing happened after giving that up too.
For breakfast and you might reel.....and go for it!! But I decided to completely change my breakfast. I ate salads for breakfast during summer with the flaxseed oil over it and lemon juice. Nothing changed
So during this time I had an exacerbated problem and a serious one like if you have eaten huge amounts of peas or baked beans. I thought it was the meds so I came off them and finally they were changed
OK now to this year. I decided to eat tropical muesli again and it was fine. I loved it but the wind continued as a breeze then it became winter and I decided to go for porridge. No milk and checking on the nutritional panel and the $$ of packages or sachets of Porridge was a bit expensive. Its cheap really. Anyway the packages seemed ok with my system except for the bloating n wind. I tried and I always go just get on with it and stop whinging. Then I bought a package of Oats to make the porridge and I ate it both ways. This one I ate without milk but hot water and an apple grated. I nearly died in pain. I had introduced new meds for a day or so, I stopped them. Off to the drs this is so serious. I stopped the Oats/porridge for a week including the meds. re intro'd the meds and it started again but not as feriousously. Then after 8 days I began again to test out the porridge. I have eating it plain or with 8 dried prunes and a small tub of yoghurt but ...... either way..... OMG the pain, I was doubled up, I was in total agony and I was ummm...... like a cross between a tornedo and a hurricane or maybe it was a cyclone and the heartburn/indigestion OMG. This put me to bed. I thought this is it I am going to die. I stopped eating the porridge after this as one would declare I was totally allegic to Oats/wheat or porridge. I eat Rye Bread or dark rye bread but not a lot of it. Ok my question for those who have a wheat problem is
'What can I eat for breakfast?
Bearing in mind that I am allergic to Oats. Toast gets to me after a while although i have some great and weird ideas with eating.
Remember I am a diabetic, that has cholesterol to watch.
Garlic makes me very ill to eat
Celergy from time to time makes me ill as well. pulling a stick which is very fresh is ok. Some things really do make me feel sick whilst I love eating them, i stay clear of them...ie peppers are a killer for me too. Rice bloats me as does too much pasta chunks on the weight too.
So what do you suggest? The Muesli pushes my sugar level up a bit as does fruit.
Thanks Stella and Dianne for the link. I ticked them all off. I do probably 99.5% of what is said on that site. I really am on the page
Thanks Stella. Its a huge pain in the butt that most foods you eat are all laced with some additive or preservatives. Not all but they are there to be read or hidden and not noted.
I knew about nitrates in meats ie ham or corned beef etc etc. A shop owner next to mine a few years ago used to get these horrendous headaches and she would be sick for days. As she lived in the shop she would ask me to close mine for 1/2 during a quiet time to join her for lunch. She is German and they eat a lot of liverwurst and polish sausage and all kinds of cold cuts. I didnt eat that but I love Liverwurst which is a kind of pate. Daily she would eat this on bread. Till it dawned on me to read the label and I did. I said to her one day when she was so ill. You know i know what is making you so ill. Its the Nitrate and preservatives /additives in the meats you are eating. She was also putting on weight. It all added up to me. I now read labels and I dont ingest preservatives or additives if I can help it. So with the porridge there is no additives or preservatives in that at all But it has to come down to the wheat. I can eat bread no problems. I love bread but I back off on that big time. I can buy bread here that is 100% preservative/sugar/additive free. I still limit my bread. I dont have sugar or art. sweeteners, nor salt nor pepper and in fact I hardly use many additives at all apart from a bit of curry. I dont use tinned foods except for beetroot in a tin. I hardly use butter and I dont go for margarine. I sound brilliant dont I? I eat fresh veggies all the time and buy from fresh markets stalls. I dont do lollies or candies as you might call them either. I eat fruit. I dont drink any diet drinks or low fat drinks or sodas or pop as you call them. So I have a pretty good diet I d say and the nutritionist has agreed with me. What i need to ask and find out is what does one eat for breakfast apart from Toast? Bearing in mind of how my health is. Any suggestions as to what to eat? I have no problems with the other meals at all only breakkie.
I like legumes but after a while I get sick. I dont think my system likes them.....that often anyway
Its a curly question isnt it? What do you suggest?
What seems to me to be your main problem is with digestion and from what I teach it is more about getting the Acid/Balance corrected (See Alkaline - Acid Balance) and creating naturally more hydorchloric acid to assist with digestion.
Much of it is about nourishing the diestive system back to health as I know all too well (see read the whole story...) I could eat no more then 12 foods at one time now I can eat almost everything .... although I have to say wheat and dairy are still not my best foods; but when I do eat them I do not get instantly ill.
I work with people all of the time with severe digestive problems and I know that the acid/alkaline balance is key.
I cant now eat Oats, yoghurt and fruit together it kills me. Its the oats or the combo.
I have found from Freedom Foods here in Melbourne a Gluton free mueslie. The coconut seems to be a problem but already I have had it for breakfast and it seems to be ok. Maybe its also some meds I am taking too.
Thanks for the thread for me to check out. That was a help.
Breakfast and you dont have to follow the crowd. Yes I know this. For 8 mths I had salads every morning. It was weird but I was testing my body out to see if things changed for the better. I guess it did and in summer salads were fine. In winter they arent its just too cold for the stomach to cope with or myself. I eat different things at different to the norm times. But my request was more to do with what should I eat for breakfast rather than eating oats, bran etc.
Tomatoes or egg or mushrooms on toast can be a bit monotonous.
Have you tried a barley/rice porridge?
Thanks now rice elevates my sugar levels and I have to be a bit careful, however, I tried rice puffs which were organic and low fat skim milk and it was like eating air. Didn't taste too bad but I just didnt feel satisfied at all.
I am nearly too scared of eating porridge and the rice puffs actually gave me very slight heart burn.
Now this is my breakkie now at least to see how i fair.
Four large dessertspoons of Natural Low Fat Yogurt
One dessertspoon of Walnut Meal
One dessertspoon of L.S. A ( linseed which is flax-seed, Sunflower seed and Almond) this is ground down and is a 'meal' as well.
a Tablespoon of Pepita's which are pumpkin seeds..green.
2 pear halves from a can with a little juice.
Mix it up and eat.
I have to say that this is better and more filling than the Rice Puffs and all this doesn't cause a bodily Typhoon
The interesting thing I have noted here is that for over a week, I have given up bread!!! I am eating now this is the paradox here, rice cakes which are like a biscuit but I only have one or two.
I now feel 'light' as opposed to just darn heavy. I am sure many would understand what I mean. Some days one feels light and has a spring in ones step while another day you feel like you are dragging sandbags that are attached to your legs. I feel better, well much better. I mentioned to my Dr on Sat. morning about not eating wheat and I said perhaps I was a Coeliac and she said that she had tested for that. I guess I was ok.
If I eat rice, pasta, wheat ie porridge, oats and some breads I just chunk on the weight very fast and I am very fluidy.
Now my sugar levels are hovering around 5-6. For me the test will be in the three month glucose fasting test.
My BP as of yesterday is now 132/80. My Dr is elated and gave me a high 5 ^ I just need to get it down to 130.
If my 3 mthly reading for my diabetes has come down and surely with these daily readings it should Huh?
My aim is to reduce all these expensive meds more than $150 a mth nearly $200 now.
I would still be interested to learn about other ideas which dont require much cooking and putting together. I am too busy to sit/stand and stir etc. I am a lets get it going and eat NOW.
I cooked pancakes this week with organic flour and I wouldnt get the Jamie Oliver Award for best pancakes, they werent too bad, my sugar levels didnt like them.
I am type two.
Summerannie, are you taking "Probiotics" at all? You may not have enough "friendly bacteria" to digest your food properly ...
this article "Fat Facts" appears in the August 13, 2006 edition of the NYTimes ....
"...what was so impressive to me was the fact that not all fat people eat too much.”
Other scientists, led by a group of microbiologists at Washington University in St. Louis, are looking at the actions of the trillions of microbes that live in everyone’s gut, to see whether certain intestinal microbes may be making their hosts fat.
If microbes help explain even a small proportion of obesity, that could shed light on a condition that plagues millions of Americans. Today 30.5 percent of the American public is obese; that is, nearly a third of Americans have a body-mass index over 30 (which for someone of Janet’s height is 186 pounds). The Department of Health and Human Services says obesity may account for 300,000 deaths a year, making it the second-most-common preventable cause of death after cigarette smoking. It’s been linked to various diseases: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and some cancers. “Individuals who are obese,” the department states on its Web site, “have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.”
If microbes do turn out to be relevant, at least in some cases of obesity, it could change the way the public thinks about being fat. Along with the continuing research on the genetics of obesity, the study of other biological factors could help mitigate the negative stereotypes of fat people as slothful and gluttonous and somehow less virtuous than thin people. There is, of course, the risk of overemphasizing how potent the biological forces are that make some people prone to gaining weight. Biology sets the context, and that is critical, but obesity still boils down to whether a person eats too much or exercises enough. The danger in bending too far in the direction of a biological explanation — whether that explanation is genetics, infectobesity or some theory yet to be discovered — is that it could be misinterpreted, by fat and thin alike, as saying that behavior is irrelevant.
Patt that was one very interesting article to read.
For many years now I have said to many people and doctors included that those who are morbidly obese must have some gene or an unknown disease, something apart from not having the brain trigger off a signal that they are full from eating. Here in Australia there are many overweight people and very overweight people but to be honest I havent ever seen a person so overweight as in nearly 300lbs. Even at the hospitals I frequent.
So I used to think and still do that although I am overweight I am not 300+ lbs or morbidly obese. So I think that this article might have 'solved' the riddle. For me I cant eat and eat and eat and eat more I would be sick. I eat normal meals and healthy meals. My overweightness is carried thru my mothers side of the family where as my fathers side of the family are slimmer.
I used to think why is these men and women in USA so huge apart from eating junk foods? Is it a certain germ or bacteria that causes this and this article suggests that I was right all along. However with some people food = excercise so what you put in to the engine makes it go but an engine peeters out over too many revs or too much high octane.
Can you explain to me please Patt about Bio probiotics? or is there a link to read? I have heard of them yes but what is the nitty gritty of them?
everyone not only I AM learning but the ones who read and not respond are learning as well. Every bit helps.
Learning is knowledge and Knowledge is Power.
About 14% of Americans has a wheat intolerance of some sort or level.
Less that 1% have Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease. I have Celiac. I have to stay 100% off wheat gluten. 99% is not good enough. This is not all that easy.
Yes good article Patt!
SummerAnnie, isn't it fun the way we learn by sharing here? I love that!
Okay about Probiotics; in my work with people who are overweight or have digestive problems, one of the first things that we do is make sure they are consuming a probiotic because always there is a candida problem.
As my friend Rob, Former Fat Guy says:
"Candida Yeast is a negative YEAST INFECTION that begins in the digestive system and little by little spreads to other parts of the body. It is a strong, invasive parasite that attaches itself to the intestinal wall and becomes a permanent resident of your internal organs. It is causing numerous health problems and discomfort for over 30 million men and women every day and it is estimated that nearly everyone has or will have a moderate to serious Candida condition eventually in their lives.
Many people digest less than 50% of their food because the Candida Yeast creates a digestive conflict and robs them of their nutrition. Candida Yeast creates chaos in the intestines and diseases of which the doctors have little or no answer and can use only medicines to treat it."
Here is something from my files:
'Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist the body's naturally occurring flora within the digestive tract to reestablish themselves. When it is out of balance there can be candida, poor digestion we need friendly bacteria; when this is in balance, it helps the digestive tract break down food, so the body can efficiently absorb the nutrients; it boosts the defense system, as well as, helping with energy.
Because all of us seem to have at one time or another been prescribed antibiotics, almost everyone has unfriendly bacteria in the intestines and colon.
The presence of this beneficial bacteria in the digestive system can help displace or decrease non-beneficial micro-organisms, some of which can lead to fermentation thereby causing bloating and gas, or rob the body of necessary nutrients.
The important thing is to make sure that the probiotic used bypasses the stomach acid which will destroy the good bacteria. It needs to get it to the intestinal tract, and nourish, and add to the friendly bacteria already there.'
Now I have to say I did have a severe candida problem for at least 15 years. I did all the different diets and tried many reccomended probiotics that did not work. It was not until I used Vitadophilus that I had success within 6 months.
Breaking the pattern of sugar consumption -- a pattern that Lustig compares to nicotine addiction -- is more than just a matter of willpower. It will take a grassroots effort of doctors, community leaders and consumers to force the government and the food industry to get those sugary foods out of mainstream American diets, he said."
read the whole thing ...
They said the drinks, yoghurts or capsules could help protect older people against bowel conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IB.
People over 60 have about 1,000-fold less "friendly" bacteria in their guts compared to other adults.
But experts, speaking at a briefing in London, also warned that some of the smaller brands on sale in the UK were not effective.
The human gut contains different strains of bacteria, some of which are "friendly", such as bifidobacteria or lactobacilli, some that help with food digestion and some that are disease-causing.
Having a balance of friendly bacteria is thought to stop harmful forms taking hold and causing disease.
Probiotics, meaning "for life", are products that contain live strains of bacteria incorporated into yoghurts, fruit juices or freeze-dried powders, which boost levels of the friendly bacteria in the gut.
Drop in bacteria
Glenn Gibson, professor of food microbiology at Reading University, said: "The (scientific) literature has reported about 80 human studies with positive results against bowel conditions like travellers diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea."
He said, while probiotic products are useful for the healthy population - helping to prevent bacteria which cause food poisoning, such as E.coli or campylobacter, from taking hold, they would be even more beneficial for older people.
Dr Sandra McFarlane, from the microbiology and gut biology group at the University of Dundee said that as people get older they have reduced levels of friendly bacteria and increased levels of disease-causing bacteria.
She said at about the age of 60 there was a big drop in bacteria levels, and older people had 1,000-fold less friendly bacteria than other younger adults.
They are also more susceptible to gastrointestinal infections and bowel conditions, like IBS, she added.
Professor Gibson added that it was no surprise the 21 people who died in an E.coli outbreak in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1996, were all elderly.
The scientists said this population would benefit from a boost in friendly bacteria, and it would help to protect against acute and chronic bowel diseases.
They also said people of all ages on antibiotics would benefit from probiotic products because antibiotics reduce levels of all strains of bacteria in the gut.
However, the researchers also cautioned consumers to check that the products being consumed were effective.
Professor Gibson said of around 50 brands available to buy in the UK, about half did not live up to their claims.
He said while the larger manufacturers such as Nestle, Danone, Seven Seas and Yakult, made products that were effective, other smaller brands did not.
He also said some "bio-yoghurts" on sale were not the same as probiotics, rather they just had bacteria strains that were useful for making yoghurts.
He explained that it was important the product contained the correct strain of live bacteria, such as bifidobacteria or lactobacilli, that they had scientific evidence that the bacteria survived the digestive process, and that there was at least 10 million bacterium in the product.
He added that consumers should check this information with the manufacturer if the label did not specify these details.
Recently introduced EU legislation will mean probiotics manufacturers will have to provide a dossier of scientific evidence for their product, as well as safety information. Professor Gibson said this would help to reduce the number of "spurious" products.
However, Peter Gibson, professor of gastroenterology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, added a note of caution, warning the increasing use of probiotic products was not matched by an equivalent amount of research.
"What we still debate is whether probiotics are going to have much impact in improving the health of our community.
"There are only a few specific areas where probiotics have proven benefit so far."
I know this is old but I was reading a great book. It's mostly about digestive disorders but some of the info could be of good use.
http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/ this is the official site where you can order the book. This book even helped our dog who was basically dying from diarrhea.
Oh, also DR. Mercola has great info as well.
This post was modified from its original form on 30 Mar, 15:26
Thank you Joanna, I have seen that book and it has some good and interesting ideas that do work for some people.
Carrie...good tips! I just had some quinoa for dinner this evening; it is my favorite.
Wheat Belly is a new name for beer belly or pot belly… or technically …visceral fat.
It’s also a New York Times best selling book by William Davis, M.D.
You might react to this book in three ways:
1. Love it since the information can or has already helped you lose weight.
2. Are sad since you now want to give up wheat but find it difficult.
3. Hate it for its shaky science.
I was already ‘wheat free’ before reading this book, so I am definitely not in the second category. I loved the information in Wheat Belly but I do have also some major problems with some parts of the book.
First the Pros:
1. Extremely well written and documented.
Davis takes a pretty tough stance against “healthy whole grains,” going against a lot of major health advice without sounding fanatical. He does not mention anything without backing up his statements with published research.
2. The intense genetic alternation of wheat and its consequences.
The modern wheat of today is perhaps the most genetically altered plant that we eat. It is perhaps even worse than the regular GMO’s we hear about so much. It is no longer the staple of life that our forebears ground into their daily bread or the mainstay of most major cultures and religions.
Instead it has been genetically altered to provide processed food manufactures with the highest yield at the lowest price though monoculture.
No human or animal testing has been done on the new wheat varieties we now use even though they produce radically different proteins. Some of those new proteins are now discovered to be associated with celiac disease but there may be many other consequences.
3. The principles with insulin resistance and glycemic index and how they affect your health.
Right on the cover it announces, “Did you know that eating two slices of whole wheat bread can increase blood sugar more than 2 tablespoons of pure sugar?”
After reading this book you will have a clearer understanding of this statement and its many ramifications. Wheat has a unique kind of carb that quickly raises your blood sugar and thus causes a host of health problems. It’s the dumbest of all dumb carbs.
4. Why you crave wheat so much.
Wheat upon digestion yields ‘unique polypeptides’ that have the unique ability to cross the blood brain barrier and bind to opiate receptors. This is what causes the warm fuzzy feeling when you eat wheat and why people have definite withdraw symptoms when they go off wheat.
5. The principle of Acid/Alkaline balance is clearly explained.
We do a lot of testing for wheat sensitivities which is slightly different than allergies. MOST people are sensitive to wheat in the sense that it doesn't raise their vitality.
Often if a person goes off it for a month or two some of the bad effects are reduced but it hardly ever becomes very positive. From our perspective most people should reduce or stop wheat consumption temporarily or permanently. Even people who are very negative for modern wheat often test very positive for different strains such as kamut or spelt.