buzzwords

As humans, you’ve got to admit that we are easily trained to behave in a certain manner. It’s not surprising that BigFood has learned that our brains respond to buzzwords instead of fact. We’re busy. Who has the time to try and decipher those ever-more-confusing nutritional labels and read the fine print on the ingredient list? It seems less and less of us do.

The study, How Food Marketing Creates a False Sense of Health, examined the degree to which consumers link marketing terms on food packaging with good health. It found that consumers tend to view food products labeled with health-related euphemisms as healthier than those without them.

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prophylactic chocolate

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What can I say? I absolutely LOVE articles that tell me eating chocolate is a good thing AND healthy, too! Even better, these clever Swiss Scientists found that, “Fifty grams of dark chocolate a couple of hours before a stressful event may blunt the rise in stress hormones.”

If you knew me and my hermit-like existence, you’d know that this would mean I ate 50 grams of dark chocolate whenever I had to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, went shopping, or had to deal with pretty much any human. Life’s looking pretty good. 🙂

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brownies for people who are allergic to everything

The good folks at Paleo Demystified (@allaboutpaleo) thought this too extreme to publish on their blog. Maybe so, but welcome to my world! 🙂

I know you are out there: people who are allergic to coconut, nuts of all varieties, eggs, and the list goes on. This brownie recipe is for you.

I went paleo in August of 2012, but that was just the beginning of this continuing journey. When I saw a functional medicine MD a month later, she was happy to know I was already paleo, but she then ordered all sorts of tests to further understand my body’s state. MS and RA were the easy parts, of course. I also had leaky gut and carried around a not-so-lovely population of clostridia, campylobacter, and candida. I was also highly allergic to coconut, all nuts (tree and non), gluten, brown rice, bananas, pineapple, shellfish, berries, cow dairy, soy, and eggs; this is the short list. I must avoid fermented foods and vinegars (cause excess histamine and fermentation in sensitive guts) while following an extreme autoimmune version of the paleo diet.

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chocolate

2014-06-17 14.43.14Chocolate. I remember when I first began paleo in August 2012 and realized I couldn’t have sugar. It was devastating, but when I cheated (even a little), my hands became claws from the effects of RA. This was real motivation NOT to have any type or amount of sugar–even dark chocolate with its negligible amount of sugar.

I am happy to report that 2 years later, 6 months into killing off my candida, and several months into killing off my camyplobacter/clostridia populations, I am now able to taste a tiny bit of chocolate without disastrous results to my hands. I just had to do the experiment and it was worth the wait. Associating chocolate with pain is not a healthy thing.

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post-operative

When this email The Benefits of the Paleo Diet in Post Operative Care came across my desk, I was both surprised and unsurprised. Surprised from the view that more healthcare practitioners have not seen the benefits of paleo on their trade and unsurprised because I knew of those benefits first-hand.

In the summer of 2013, I had dental surgery which included an extraction. A temporary bridge was put in place while the socket healed. I returned within a week to have the site examined and later to have the permanent bridge placed. The information the dentist office gave me for “care of the site” was quite detailed including foods I might want to enjoy while I was healing and having difficulty with my mouth. The list included OJ, pudding, yogurt, jello, sports drinks, and other sugar-laden items. Being paleo, and knowing that sugar causes inflammation, I avoided all such items instead opting for real food which had been minced and continuous cups of green tea. I not only drank green tea several times per day, but I also held the warm elixir in my mouth to bathe the extraction site.

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Dr. Hyman

Another great video to watch. It’s 22 minutes of your time, but when the speaker is functional medicine MD, Dr. Mark Hyman, it is definitely worth it! He’s speaking via a MindBodyGreen Symposium on everything from what we know about food, why sugar is a recreational drug and the best decision you can make about what you put in your body. Watch Sugar & The Only Rules You Need To Eat Healthy now!

carb-loaded

Yes another movie trailer for your viewing pleasure. This one is a three minute sneak peek from the Carb-Loaded documentary which is currently in post-production. Maybe with enough information out there illustrating how bad the USDA-“recommended” diet is for us, the general public will begin to take notice? One of the people behind the film:

  • …was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2010. Once he learned how common diabetes had become he knew what his next big film project had to be about.

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The Big Fat Surprise

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  • This book lays out the scientific case for why our bodies are healthiest on a diet with ample amounts of fat and why this regime necessarily includes meats, eggs, butter, and other animal foods high in saturated fat.

I loved this book. It is full of research, citations, personal interviews, etc. detailing the facts surrounding how our diet content has been swayed and manipulated for the last 50 years.

From the perspective of a scientist, the recounting deeply disturbed me. It embarrassed me because the way data was fudged, squelched, buried, and ignored is not how the science I was involved with was accomplished or undertaken.

This said, I’ve worked in academia…within the ivory towers with all of the control freaks and over-sized egos. I, unfortunately, can easily see and believe how this travesty took place.

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Grain Brain

2014-06-09 17.50.27I’m paleo; it’s no secret. Because of this, reading Dr. David Perlmutters’s book, Grain Brain, was an easy sell. We’re not big carb eaters, and I don’t consume any type of sugar except for the occasional taste of dark chocolate. I also carry HLA-DQ2 and anti-gliadin antibodies; I’m, obviously, gluten-free.

The amount of information contained in this book is simply astounding. The listing of scientific citations is most impressive, and it definitely served to activate my inner-geek. Of all the quotes, however, I think I like this one the best:

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