Lose the Wheat and more…

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Doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner

Although I am not convinced that global warming as portrayed by the media, politicians and special interest groups exists, I do believe in doing your part to reduce waste and live cleaner.  I do my part by recycling garbage, using non-toxic household products, and conserving energy whenever I can.

As described in a previous post TOXINS and on my website MELALEUCA , my use of non-toxic household products happened as a result of my own health issues and concerns. Everyone should be aware of what toxins are getting dumped down our drains to contaminate our drinking water, affecting our health and environment.  Melaleuca does it part by providing us with biodegradable products in concentrated form which reduces the number of plastic containers in our waste management systems.  I have been using the Melaleuca products described in the post for several years now, as have several of my friends and neighbours.  My favourite products are…

In the cleaning product picture are, from left to right: a scrubbing eraser, room freshening spray, Solumel cleaner, Solugard cleaner (diluted and concentrated), bug spray and wood furniture polish.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include Tub and Tile cleaner, Diamond Brite dishwasher liquid and tabs, and Melamagic cleaner.

In the picture of laundry products, from left to right, are: Prespot stain remover, Melasoft liquid softener, lavender scented (it comes in many other scents, both HE and regular type) liquid soap, Revive wrinkle remover and Melasoft softener sheets (front).

In the picture of beauty, skin care and medicinal products, from left to right, are: herbal deodorant, Pain-a-trate joint cream, Mineral sunscreen, skin clarifier, Renew hand cream (in two sizes), Melagel ointment and bar soap.  Other products I love in this category that are missing from this picture include lip balm, and tea tree oil.

If you wish to rid your household of toxins for the health benefit of your family and for the benefit of our environment, do your part too.  Contact me to learn more about Melaleuca products.  If you live in my neighbourhood you can order products through me.  If you live elsewhere, almost anywhere in the world, I can set up your own Melaleuca business for you online, it is that simple!

Start doing your part today!

Another Success Story: Wheat Free and Reduced Sugar Diet

Just before Christmas a friend confided that she has been struggling with weight gain, sluggishness, and low energy for a while now and since a car accident a few years ago has added concussion-like symptoms, body aches and brain fog to her list of ailments. She was in a no win cycle where she knew she needed to exercise more, but exercise worsened her symptoms…

I told her how my wheat-free diet has eliminated many of my health issues and loaned her my copy of “Wheat Belly” by William Davis. She read the book from cover to cover, gaining motivation along the way, and by the end she was hooked!

Three weeks ago she began to eliminate wheat and sugar from her diet, noticing an improvement almost immediately. To date she has lost 12 pounds, and 2 pant sizes. More importantly, she feels more energetic and is able to exercise more frequently and for longer periods of time…fantastic!!

Lose the Wheat, Lose the Fatigue, Brain Fog and Weight

For years we have been told to eat more complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and less of the simple carbohydrates found in candy or soft drinks.  Studies now show that modern wheat is no longer advisable,  in fact it is making us fat and unhealthy!

This is because amylopectin, the glucose units found in wheat, is easily digested and quickly absorbed into our bloodstreams, increasing blood sugar levels. Gram for gram, wheat increases blood sugar faster than all other simple and complex carbohydrate foods. The insulin we produce naturally in our bodies converts the glucose to fat. The higher the blood glucose level after a meal or snack, the greater the insulin level, the more fat deposited. The fat is deposited in our abdomens, encasing our livers, kidneys, pancreas, intestines, and stomachs. This is called visceral fat and is uniquely capable of causing many inflammatory processes and health conditions.

For the past 50 years, wheat has been genetically altered to increase farmers’ yield by making the grain heat and drought tolerant, as well as disease resistant. Changes have also been made to modify its properties making the wheat more suitable for the baking industry. These changes have made wheat very popular in our lives, but have also had tremendous consequences on humans ingesting the wheat: increased blood sugar levels, inflammatory processes, pH changes, activated immune responses, neurological disorders, heart disease, cancer, skin rashes, and obesity.  It is no wonder many people have developed a wheat allergy or sensitivity.

Wheat consumption can affect almost every organ of your body; the liver, lungs, pancreas, skin, heart, brain, stomach and intestine, thyroid gland etc. Wheat converts quickly to blood sugar, not only causing us to gain weight but also leading to many debilitating conditions not just associated with excess weight. Wheat has also been proven to worsen the symptoms of schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism, and ADHD.

In patients diagnosed with celiac disease, the most common wheat related illness, gluten protein causes an immune response.  This response inflames the small intestine resulting in stomach cramps and diarrhea. Gluten is the component of wheat that makes baked products doughy and able to rise in the baking process. Wheat is the main source of gluten in our diet. Other less common sources of gluten include Kamut, tricale, rye, bulgur, and barley. Gluten, however, is not the only villain in wheat flour, there are also thousands of other strains of proteins, enzymes, and starches. These ingredients cause allergic reactions triggering rashes, asthma and even anaphylaxis.

Unfortunately wheat is not so easy to remove from your diet. Wheat products are convenient, readily available and satisfying to eat. To avoid wheat, be sure to read the ingredients list on food labels keeping in mind that wheat is in many items other than just bread. Fill the gap in your diet left by wheat with meats (not processed), vegetables, fruit,  nuts, eggs, avocados, olives, and cheese. You can actually eat larger portions of these items.

Whether or not you have a wheat allergy or sensitivity, eliminating wheat can be beneficial. Your body’s ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients such as B6, B12, folic acid, iron, zinc, magnesium, and thiamine will improve. Your fiber intake will also increase.

Eliminating wheat from your diet may be inconvenient, but I guarantee you will notice a difference in as little as one week! You will have more energy, sleep better, feel more alert and look trimmer.

 

A smoothie a day

Many years ago, when my twenty year old son was in grade two, I began to notice that his “bad days” at school were the days I couldn’t persuade him to eat breakfast.  He didn’t, and still doesn’t, like to eat breakfast soon after waking up.  He didn’t like school to start with; it was a constant struggle to keep him focused.  While researching learning disorders, (his teachers suggested testing him for several of these) I found several articles on the correlation between brain function and food.  Basically, without food (the fuel) in his body, my son’s brain (the furnace) wasn’t able to function at full capacity!  I started making him (and his brothers) a smoothie (they call it “milkshake”) every morning, and have kept up this routine ever since!  His teachers and I started noticing a difference almost immediately; he has now graduated high school and college and is out in the work force.  He still loves his “milkshakes!”

You can use any ingredients you have handy; I use frozen strawberries, banana, yogurt, and orange juice as the base.  One son prefers just these ingredients, the other two like a bit of chocolate syrup (sugar reduced) added, and one likes some added peanut butter;   occasionally I put protein powder in too, especially when they have sports (all three play soccer and two play hockey) scheduled.    I just use a regular blender; I have been through quite a few over the years!  For cleanup, I simply fill with water, add a few drops of dish soap and blend.  I then put the whole container in the dishwasher.   This routine keeps even the small parts clean, without having to take it apart to clean each time.

A few months ago I read an article by the famed Dr. Oz about juicing to increase energy and lose weight and realized it was not a whole lot different than what I have been doing for my sons all these years.   I thought I’d give it a try since it worked so well for my boys.  I use spinach, blueberries, carrots, tomatoes, apples and green tea in my version.  Occasionally, when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time to eat some form of grain and protein, I will add protein powder and a few tablespoons of oats (the kind that cook fast) to the blender.   My version doesn’t taste as yummy as theirs does, but it is not bad!  I have lost approximately ten  pounds  and reduced my cholesterol level from slightly high to the mid-normal range in six months.   I am also on a wheat restricted diet, so not sure which of the two changes (probably a combination of both) has contributed to these results.