I have been having some interesting conversations with people lately about their health and food. Or rather the relation of food concerning their health conditions. Now, I am full blooded Sicilian, so you CANNOT tell me food isn’t important. Heck, since I began teething and my parents gave me chunk of salami to gnaw on I knew there was a connection between food and health. So what is the big deal of cutting something OUT of your eating habits if 1.)it is going to help your health and/or 2.) it will save your life?
It really is that simple and straight to the point. And we all turn a blind eye or play ostrich with it or elephant in the room. The thing is, on Duke and the Doctor today they pointed out another study that just came out talking about the fact that in 6 weeks, people with high C Reactive Protein levels and high cholesterol had huge results in lowering their numbers by simply eating the Mediterrenean style diet. Know what that consists of? Fish, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, low or no gluten grains, good fats (olive oil). Very little animal product (meat, poultry, dairy) and gluten grains, nothing processed, no artificial sweeteners. Isn’t it worth it? C Reactive Proteins in your blood means there is inflammation in your system. Not the kind you feel like arthritis, the inflammation of the bowels, heart, circulatory system, the things you cannot see or feel until it is too late. The “I didn’t know I had diabetes until I passed out and went to the hospital and found my blood sugar was 400.” The “That heart attack came out of nowhere.” The “Where did this autoimmune disease come from?”
Food antagonists. When you begin to feel more fatigued, when you start getting sick more often, when you become irregular, when your PMS/menopausal symptoms make oyu want to curl up in a corner, when the daily headache turns into a migrane (neither of these are okay by the way), these are all symptoms that can be relieved by changing what you eat.
I thank the day I met Dr. Douglas Hall (Ocala hormone Dr. extraordinaire by my standards) and he said “I tell my patients to avoid certain foods to clear up their symptoms, but if they want the $500 in tests to prove to them that these foods are hurting their health, I’ll test them.” I am not a physician, I am not allowed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe anything. I am here for educational purposes only. But please tell me, why do you pay to come see me, listen to what I have to say and then go pay a physician to hear the exact same thing? And up until you read this, you are paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket for Dr.s who sometimes don’t even know this or make you take tests you don’t need and charge you extra for it (I know because I know what tests are legit for finding food issues and how much they actually cost. Dr. Hall takes insurance and will plug in the right numbers for you).
Food antagonists. Dairy (yes, that include lactose free stuff), gluten (oat, kamut, barley, rye, wheat and for some spelt), soy, corn, and for some egg. WHAT?!!!! No ice cream, bread, cheese? Ummmmm, inflammation, mucus, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, IBS, Crohn’s, arthritis, heart issues, allergies, sinusitis, ringing in the ears, bronchitis, asthma. And besides, there is Coconut Bliss ice cream and So Delicious ice cream and there is almond milk and rice milk and Tinkayada pasta, and coconut milk to replace heavy cream in recipes. There are so many good gluten free cake, cookie and brownie mixes out there you will not miss anything. Bread? In Tampa here there is a great bakery called Sami’s Bakery that makes killer millet flax bread. Not a gluten free facility yet, but I have known many celiac’s who eat their bread without issue.
Food antagonists = Negative: “I can’t eat ….. anymore.
Food antagonists = Positive: “I am healthy, lost weight, can move freely, no longer have IBS, no longer insulin dependent, again. And I can still eat….
Your choice. I gave you a bunch of tested tasty options.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell works in Tampa, FL. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for Skype consults and one on one cooking classes.
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