In St. Louis we have ice. Dangerous, treacherous ice. Highways closed. I heard a fire truck, rushing to aid accident victims, flipped over! Frightening to say the least. So, while watching a forecast the weather guy says, “Stay home. Stock up on milk and bread and make a ton of sandwiches.” Good gosh! Save me from the advice of the weather guy. For those of you who care about your health and fitness. Don’t listen to him!
Instead buy fresh vegetables and chop them up to eat raw — perhaps with a dip or humus. We hope there will be no power outages, but in the event it happens the power usually comes on quickly. Thanks to our wonderful Ameren guys in this area. I understand the spirit of the weatherman’s message. You have to eat, and if you don’t have power you can eat sandwiches. I would prefer you find something else to eat.
In my humble opinion grains bear watching. Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard about the information on grains and other foods that may be the cause of inflammation. Chronic inflammation. Not to be confused with Acute Inflammation which is what happens when you get a scratch and the body rallies to fight off infection and heal. Bret Bauer, M.D. in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter says, “The other kind — chronic inflammation, also known as low-grade or systemic inflammation — can play a more puzzling and long-lasting role in the body.” Medicine does attribute conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica, asthma, and the inflammatory bowel diseases ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease to an autoimmune. However, the buzz about other health issues being exacerbated by inflammation has no scientific support.
My “scientific” evidence comes from my personal Food Diary. I was diagnosed with a condition known as adult onset asthma in 1982. My protocol has been to use inhalers, and at one point I was on an oral medication called Singular as well as 4 inhalers daily. When I began my tracking nearly 3 years ago I recognized that eliminating grains from my diet helped my breathing. I am down to the oral medication alone, and that being a seasonal necessity only. Will the condition go away completely? Perhaps, in time. I do not recommend anyone stop taking medicine for a condition, but change your diet. When you notice that you feel better, with fewer symptoms, tell your doctor and he may just adjust your meds.
I don’t want to stop with you thinking about only your gutt or your butt. I want you to think about your brain. That’s part of us we don’t think about — silly really since we need the brain to think about the brain. In the book Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter furnishes us with adequate information to blow your seemingly healthy diet of whole grains and fresh fruit right out the window. Peer reviews from Dr. Oz, Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman should convince you this piece of information bears watching.
“A provocative, eye-opening scientific account of how diet profoundly influences nerve health and brain function. Grain Brain explains how the American diet rich in gluten and inflammatory foods is linked to neurological conditions. Dr. Perlmutter outlines a blueprint for optimal health and a more resilient brain through proper nutrition and lifestyle. Grain Brain is a must-read!”–Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health
Before you chalk this up to another fad diet. Start working with your personal food program and see what kinds of things happen when you eliminate whole grains and fruit from your diet. As long as you are actively working toward increasing your vegetables — including raw vegetables — you should find balance in your body. Good gutt health depends on fiber, but fiber can come from other places besides grains. Either Dr. Perlmutter’s book or Dr. Mullin can offer guidance. You can also ask your personal physician. Be proactive. Make dietary changes and watch how your body changes.