Should I Eat Wheat?

Should I Eat Wheat?

  Should I eat Wheat? Another post about Wheat Ann? Seriously? Well, yes but then I’ll stop. Okay? I get a lot of questions about it AND people pick on wheat. I’ve always loved an underdog. Before gluten and Celiac were household words, and before the bountiful Internet, one of my dearest friends was experiencing a myriad of symptoms that seemed random and unrelated. There was muscle cramping and bone pain, menstruation abnormalities, tingling and pain in her arms and legs and abdominal bloating, so much bloating. After years of fearful suffering, afraid to face a possible MS diagnosis, she finally screwed up enough courage to see her physician.   The verdict: Celiac Sprue disease. Celiac’s disease is an autoimmune disorder where you cannot fully digest the protein gluten and is nothing to scoff at. If diagnosed with it, a wheat free diet is a must. The good news is that gluten intolerance in the general population is low. According to the Center for Disease Control about 1 in every 141 people have it, considering one in two or three people have some form of heart disease gluten is less prevalent.   With all the media attention about the perils of eating wheat we wonder, should we all give up wheat? Would we weigh less, have less belly fat and have more energy? The short answer is, eating wheat in moderation is part of a healthy diet. If you aren’t allergic, please do eat wheat. If it makes you sick, please get tested.   The problem is that getting tested for gluten intolerance is kind of a big deal, and...
Wheat Is Good For Most People

Wheat Is Good For Most People

First you need to know that wheat is Good For Most People. This comes from Marion Nestle at http://www.foodpolitics.com and man do I love Dr. Nestle. She is straight, trustworthy and razor sharp. Here’s what she said in her recent email post: As Food Navigator-USA puts it, “No, wheat does not make people fat and sick.” Bread lover that I am, I consider recent research to be giving us good news. Food Navigator is referring to a review of research on whole wheat and health published in the Journal of Cereal Science.  The authors conclude that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, eating whole-wheat foods is good for you. In fact, foods containing whole-wheat, which have been prepared in customary ways (such as baked or extruded), and eaten in recommended amounts, have been associated with significant reductions in risks for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and a more favourable long term weight management.   Nevertheless, individuals that have a genetic predisposition for developing celiac disease, or who are sensitive or allergic to wheat proteins, will benefit from avoiding wheat and other cereals that contain proteins related to gluten, including primitive wheat species (einkorn, emmer, spelt) and varieties, rye and barley…   Based on the available evidence, we conclude that whole-wheat consumption cannot be linked to increased prevalence of obesity in the general population. The authors find little evidence in support of popular myths: Proliferation of wheat products parallels obesity and is causally related.  No, it does not. Wheat starch differs from starches in other foods in especially undesirable ways.  No, it does not. Whole wheat bread has a higher glycemic index than sugar.  No,...
Feel Better Books

Feel Better Books

Since I teach health I read a lot of feel better books that can help people with health.  I’m spreading the wealth (health) of information here. Books that I think can make a big difference in helping you find your way. This is just a short list and I’ll add to it going forward. So which Feel Better book is right for you? Assess What do you need? What do you struggle with? Do you want to exercise but keep getting derailed? Where are your biggest health road blocks? Consider  Consider what might help the most. Maybe spending some time immersing yourself in information. Possibly reading a page a day that might steer you to your goals. Evaluate Evaluate how it all makes you feel. Find out where those feelings are coming from and check out the following books. These are in no order but these are books that I would require my students to read if we had more time. Feel Better Books WHAT TO EAT Marion Nestle She is the first lady of nutrition and everyone should read her work. http://www.foodpolitics.com/what-to-eat-an-aisle-by-aisle-guide-to-savvy-food-choices-and-good-eating/ * Making Habits, Breaking Habits Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick Jeremy Dean This is a wonderful book that should change how you think about habits. http://www.spring.org.uk/making-habits-breaking-habits * The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg This book illustrates very clearly how we can make habits work for us. http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/  * Crucial Conversations Patterson * Grenny * McMillan * Switzler Who doesn’t want to learn how to talk about the hardest things? http://www.vitalsmarts.com/crucialconversations/ I’m hoping you’ll pick one, come sit...
Feel Better Four (for the New Year): What Is In Your Way?

Feel Better Four (for the New Year): What Is In Your Way?

1. The first installment in our Feel Better Challenge was to just take a look at how you’re doing? How you doin’? Where are you with this change thing? Make no mistake a Feel Better-anything is going to involve change. 2. The Second installment asked you, what does feel better mean? Better than what? What are you missing? 3. The third one is to get you started by thinking small. Nope, not very American. We’re all about size matters all about the go big or go home way of thinking. Not me though I want you to think small. 4. This fourth one? This one is all about what is in your way? I see this. People get motivated–“I’m going to get anti-depressant meds, I’m going to start exercising. I’m going to eat more vegetables, get more sleep, stop chewing my nails.” They are so fired up that they think their motivation and general will power will take them through. Then a cookie stares them down like a dude in a singles bar and boom your knickers are in a twist. OR, the alarm has gone off and the thought of getting out of bed, getting dressed, and moving with exercise purpose feels like lifting a wet bag of sand into a luggage rack on a small airplane-y’know. Cuz, I totally know. That cookie is in your way. That tired feeling, your favorite blankie, your black out blinds, yet. They are like goalies in a big hockey game. They are good at the game and you, you give up. So let’s take a look at that. Assess: What is...