Carbs. To eat or not to eat.


In my last blog, I talked about how proteins participate in three important body processes: production of energy, repair and growth, and homeostasis (balance between what’s inside and outside our cells).

How do carbohydrates play into this picture? 

Are they good or bad? 

Let me shed some light on the puzzle. 

The digestion (breaking down) of carbohydrates begins in your mouth. Your saliva provides moisture, and your body makes a digestive enzyme called amylase which begins to break down the carbohydrates before it ever gets to your stomach.  From there, carbohydrate digestion continues a little in the stomach, and a lot in the small intestine.  

And what do we need carbohydrates for? ENERGY! 

In fact, that is basically the only thing carbohydrates do.  They make energy. They don’t repair and grow the body.  They don’t create homeostasis. 

They just make energy.  And they are our body’s preferred source of energy. And most people don’t realize that veggies and fruit are carbs just as well as grains and seeds.  

You would conclude, then, that we need carbohydrates just as much as everything else we can eat, right?

Bottom line is, things don’t go well when we don’t have energy.

Whether it is the type of energy that gets us walking in the morning, or the type that assists our liver in detoxing garbage at night.

So the answer to our question above is…it depends.  Depends on our genetics, on our gut health, on the variety of foods we are eating, on our activity level, on our age, on whether we are fighting a disease, or a cold.  Carbohydrates are super important for energy production in the body.  They are good in that sense.  But, refined carbohydrates cause our guts, immune system and lymphatic system to get mucked up, and not work well.  They are bad in that sense.  

So how do we determine how much of our diet should be carbohydrates? 

Again, that is a moving target, depending on all the parameters above.  What works for a marathon runner might not work for a ninety year old grandma. Your body is telling you what it needs.  Do you know how to decode its language? I do a quarterly palpation with MY enzyme doctor to check and see what my body needs when I am not listening.  Hey, it happens to all of us.  Sometimes, we need each other to figure things out.

There are three very important things that our food nutrients need to do in our bodies.

  1. Produce energy in the cell and out of the cell
  2. Repair and grow the body
  3. Maintain balance structurally, biochemically, and energetically

 

 

And the one macronutrient that does all three is…

PROTEIN. A good target for daily intake is between 60 and 90 grams of protein a day. How are you doing on that?

Proteins are complicated bunches of amino acids that look something like a tangled slinky. So what is it that breaks these complicated bunches of amino acids down?

FOOD ENZYMES (special type of protein found in food), DIGESTIVE ENZYMES (special proteins made by our bodies), and STOMACH ACID (special combination of Hydrogen and Chloride that is sparked into being by the digestive enzymes made in the stomach cells).

So here’s the issue.

  1. If you eat cooked food, the enzymes in the food are destroyed, and become inert.
  2. If you are stressed out, in any way, your stomach cells can’t do their job.  It’s like they are as upset as you are, and they don’t work and they won’t break down the protein effectively. The whole “I’m sick to my stomach” when you are stressed is an actual true physical thing.
  3. If you are dumping stuff into your body that it doesn’t tolerate well, the inflammation in your intestinal lining, stomach and bowel won’t allow you to absorb the food you eat effectively.

If the above three things are true, then your VERY WISE BODY rallies your immune system to take care of all of the rogue rusted out “slinkies” roaming around your body. As well as everything else that may harm you.

Your body does this so you don’t die.

See? Your body is pretty miraculous.

Time to get to the true cause of your symptoms. Give me a call! Let’s get to the bottom of those things your doc hasn’t been able to figure out. Not because docs are bad. No, I love docs. They saved my husband’s life, by repairing his aortic valve and arch in 2012.  They saved my life by removing my ruptured spleen in 2008. But the bottom line is that the science of nutrition is usually not their specialty.

Figure out what you can’t digest, and you might just get rid of one of the greatest stressor on your health.  Undigested or partially digested food. 

When I do my non-invasive palpation exam on you, I can tell you if you are struggling with protein, carbohydrates, or fats, or all three.  I can tell you if your immune system is on full alert. I can tell you if your lymphatic system is full of garbage. 

Let’s do this! Schedule your palpation exam soon, so you can get to the root cause of your symptoms!

 

So have you ever considered why you find fries under your seats after years of owning a car, and NO SELF RESPECTING living creature ever nibbled at them? I’m talking, they look the same as when you first ate their friends? 

What’s wrong with the fry?

A lot of years ago, I pondered this question of questions. So I researched it. Cuz that’s what I do. 

You’d think that McDonald’s fries are made of potatoes, oil and salt.  But in fact, there are 14 ingredients used to make fries. Everyone who work with me knows I am all about simpler ingredient lists. You can make a perfectly good fry with just potatoes, a good coconut oil and salt. (I happen to like my fries with black pepper, too.) It’s just that McDonald’s fries must be consistent, they mustn’t gray, so they are preserved with chemicals like sodium acid pyrophosphate and dextrose solution. In their defense, McDonald’s doesn’t use GMO potatoes.

So, nutritionists say that the perfect serving is 6 fries, with a side salad.  How many of you don’t polish off the entire bag of fries?If I’m gonna eat fries, then I’m eating all the fries on my plate, and any left over ones on someone else’s plate.  Which is why I don’t order fries. I don’t know about you, but six fries is ridiculous.

What makes the fries so addictive? Ready for a surprise? Hydrolyzed beef flavor and hydrolyzed milk.  And what, you may ask, is “hydrolyzed”? Well, it’s when you add a molecule of water and the substrate (what you are adding it to), actually breaks down.  That’s good. Proteins become amino acids, sucrose becomes glucose and fructose, for example.

So, why are fries bad for you, then?

It has to do with the type of fats and increased calories.  According to Healthline, one small baked potato has 93 calories, and 0 grams of fat. The same amount of potato made into french fries has 319 calories and 17 grams of fat, some of which has turned into transfats.  And you all know that transfats are bad for you.

And why is this?

Because transfats cause increases in Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, High Blood Pressure, and reduced good cholesterol. We need good cholesterol to make hormones! 

So unless you are only eating six fries every now and then, you are stacking the deck to develop some of these diseases. 

Dang it.  Too bad they taste so good.

It always boils down to what you eat, habitually. Your indomitable liver can handle some challenging stuff, quite well, actually. But if all you dump down your gullet is toxic, chemically laden garbage, well, eventually, you will see symptoms, and then, eventually, you will see disease. 

Listen, True Cause Solution Seekers!

The symptoms always come first, BEFORE the disease.

You just need to be listening, and willing to make changes. 

 

What’s one of the first things you think when you hear the words “organic produce”?

EXPENSIVE, right?

Our indoor chemical load can be off the charts, if we are using conventional cleaning products.  And many consider Whole Foods to be the most expensive way to buy produce and grass-fed meats. 

OK, we all know that we need to minimize the amount of toxic chemicals we take into our bodies.  And if you live in an urban area, that can be a real challenge.  Seems to me like toxins are everywhere.  

Well, I have been thrilled with a company called Imperfect Produce.  Did you know that farmers often either throw away ugly fruits and veggies, or sell them to feed companies for pennies?

I have received three boxes so far of so-called ugly, unloved produce.  Honestly, I think I am not meant to be a food photographer, because I don’t mind some odd shapes in fruit and veggies. Sometimes, it’s just fun!

The produce in my boxes have been delicious, and not really very ugly. So I’m thrilled to get anywhere from 7 to 9 pounds of produce delivered to my home for under $17.  And you can customize what you want! Man, what more could you ask for?

Oh, yes, you get $10 towards your first box. How cool is that?

Check out this incredibly convenient service!

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When?

Saturday, January 12, 12noon to 2pm

Where?

Edge Yoga School, 525 W. 87th St., Naperville, Illinois 60565

What is this? 

An introductory class teaching you how to spot the hidden stressors in your life,

and how to use simple, effective movements and breath work to calm the nervous system and mind.

Who is it for?

People of all ages, regardless of physical abilities. Most movements can be done in any position.

Why should I do this?

Our bodies are miraculous. We have more influence over how we feel physically, mentally, emotionally than we think.

We CAN do something about our hidden stressors!

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes you can sit, stand and lay down in.

How much?

$18

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Have you ever wanted to do this to your kids?

Just duck tape them into stillness?

I REALLY hope you have never actually acted on the impulse.  Every parent has had one of THOSE DAYS. I did chase a child around trying to duck tape that mouth shut.  It didn’t go over very well. But most of us are good parents, right? We won’t just hang the children by their toes over the edge of a bridge, no matter how much we might want to. 

 

So, I’m going to ask an uncomfortable question.

Why do we do this to ourselves? 

Now, I’m not talking about necessary prescription medications that we need to stay alive.  I am talking about how we tell our bodies to Stop Talking. 

What is it for you?

  • The feeling in your stomach that you have a ball of…don’t know what…just hanging out in there.
  • Or the headache you have every week.
  • Maybe it’s the alternating bathroom fiascos…as if your body has a problem with moderation in the toilet one way or the other.
  • Or do you hurt everywhere?
  • Are you hiding food or drink from your family, in strange places, like behind the shower cleaner, or in your sock drawer?
  • Are you tired of subsisting on TUMS?

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to do something about this? Let’s start listening, and stop duck taping our bodies.  Our bodies don’t tell us what needs work until it simply doesn’t work anymore. And then, we bandaid it shut, so we don’t have to interrupt our very important lives.  People to see, things to do…

Don’t wait until it’s too late. It’s a lot easier to prevent a disease than to restore health afterwards.

Schedule a health assessment with me before my December and January schedule fills up. Forward this email to someone you love. 

Happy, happy holidays!

 

 

Last week, I was inspired to look up the studies that have been done on mental health and gut health. By now, just about everyone has heard of the second brain in our gut, and the fact that our guts produce more than 70% of the serotonin in our bodies. I went on PubMed, and found 1000’s of studies, saving nine in my records on this topic, after reading for approximately three hours.  I could have gone on and on, but, I had to stop. Email me if you would like copies of these studies.

Turns out that there is no mental health issue that is not influenced by gut health. I mean, I was truly astonished by how much gut health influences everything

  • depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • anxiety
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • panic attacks
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • autism
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s

Our gut microbiota affects our mental health.

One article published in 2018 mentioned seven different things affected by microbiota. Yes, the little buggers in our gut, affect pain regulation, cognitive ability, mood & emotion, temperament & character, stress management, dietary behavior, social interaction & reproductive behavior. 

In fact, people who have high neuroticism and low conscientiousness traits often have an overabundance of gammaproteobacteria and proteobacteria in their guts.  An abundance of butyrate producing bacteria such as  Lachnospiraceae, can help this, causing high conscientiousness. Everyone knows people who don’t do what they say they’re going to do, or who behave in ways that are not necessarily right, or thoughtful, or organized. Eek! It just might be their gut microbes running the show.

Frontiers in Genetics published a 2013 study that suggests that mental health is dictated by an interplay between genetics, environment and mutations of certain biochemical pathways, namely, potassium, sodium, and calcium channels. Still, the study approaches the whole thing from a pharmacological perspective.  Where do we get potassium, sodium, calcium? Hmmm, could it be we get it from the foods we eat, particularly the plants, and only indirectly from the animals that eat those same plants? I mean, we don’t do so well at digesting rocks and dirt, you know? So, perhaps what we eat plays a big role in our mental health? Well, what about how we digest what we eat? Couldn’t that be pivotal in the making of these minerals that contribute to our brain health? 

So…why don’t we eat better?

Perhaps it’s because it’s just not that sexy to eat celery…that is, unless, you are surrounded by very sexy people eating celery.

I’m going to flesh that question out a little at a time, thanks to psychologist Dr. Douglas Lisle, who discusses four traps that plague those of us who want to eat better and feel healthy. Stay tuned for my next blog where I discuss the Pleasure trap.

 

 

Remember when the docs were telling us to lower our dietary cholesterol? Eggs are bad! No saturated fats! If you have high cholesterol, you must reduce your fat intake! 

Current awareness is the polar opposite. 

One of my clients had total cholesterol levels of 285, way above the recommended levels of less than 200. In an attempt to avoid getting on cholesterol lowering drugs, we began working together in August using nutrition and enzyme therapy. Now, mind you, I have only been her cheerleader, and coach; she has done ALL the work. And she has done a brilliant job.

IN TWO MONTHS, HER CHOLESTEROL DROPPED 20 POINTS DOWN TO 262.

She’s not out of the woods yet, but if she stays the course, her lipid panel will be normal in pretty short order.

How did she do it?

  1. Improve the type of fat she is taking in. Olive oil, eggs, coconut oil, raw dehydrated nuts, avocados are all on the YES list.
  2. Take in the appropriate plant digestive enzyme. In her case, she needed extra lipase. Now, don’t go running out to get the first bottle of digestive enzymes you see in stores. Not all enzymes are created equal. In addition, everyone is an experiment of one, so make sure you get with a great enzyme therapist who can help you figure your unique Personalized Nutrition Plan out. (LIKE ME!)
  3. she improved her fiber intake, so that she was efficiently eliminating the waste created by her already overworked liver.
  4. Clean up the refined starches, grains and sugars so she can thin out the bile that is so necessary for emulsifying the unnecessary cholesterol made by her liver. 
  5. Drink more water, and eliminate hidden sugar drinks!

 

This is just a simple beginning.  Everybody’s health issues can be multi-faceted, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t just STOP taking a medication, or change your diet drastically without talking to a health professional.

All the same, if we get out of our own way, our bodies do work towards healing. 🙂 If you have cholesterol issues, and are sick and tired of being sick and tired,  I’d love to help with your nutritional and enzymatic deficiencies.

LET’S DO THIS!

Do you look like this…

Or more like this…?

I guess that depends on how much you have nourished yourself, how much you have released that which doesn’t serve you anymore, and how much you move.

Now, I’m not talking about what most people think of when they see the word “movement”. You know, going to the gym, sweating like there is no tomorrow, lifting your body weight in weights, running through the city streets in bitter cold like Rocky Balboa …(although if that’s your favorite movement, more power to you!)

I’m talking about the really subtle stuff, movement that moves the part of you that is energy.  

Isn’t that what we are all made of? I mean, doesn’t science tell us that we are mostly made of energy? That’s what is inside our cells, right?

If you are living, you are moving, even when you are meditating, or sleeping, or resting.  And living tissue creates heat and movement when it is brought close to other living tissue.  

I’ll be discussing this, and demonstrating the Armor of God Movement Meditation Series at Alleluia Church in Naperville on Friday, November 9th, for their Grand Chocolate Party event. Now, I was there last year, and this event is fantastic.  Those people at Alleluia Church know how to put together a chocolate party.  OMG.  I have never seen so much chocolate. So, if you love chocolate, you should go. Here’s the link for you to register.  You know, even if it is just for the chocolate.  But stay for the Movement class I’m doing. And bring some friends.  I promise you will learn new tools to help you feel better, balance hormones, and bring peace of mind. 

See you then!

3950 earths…

I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone—the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.

~George Gallup

Let me give you some insight into the miracle that you truly are.  The latest statistics states that we have over 30 trillion cells and over 40 trillion non-human microbes in or on our bodies. Incredible, isn’t it? The human body has 10 systems that we know of: skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, reproductive, muscular, digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary, and respiratory. To give you a perspective on this massive number, there are 7.6 billion people on the earth, represented in 105 countries, and eight genetic racial groups.

Doing the math, that means that each ONE of our bodies has approximately 3,950 earths in them, all working together, resulting in the ONE human body that is YOU.  Egads, we can’t even work together and get along on our ONE earth.

And I didn’t even figure in the other animal species coexisting on our planet into the equation.

Perhaps that statistic gives you something to be grateful for…?

You are a miracle. Don’t squander yourself on petty, selfish garbage, or on wandering around like a brain dead, destructive zombie. (That is, unless your true essence is a zombie.)

Exploration

Today, become an observer of people, with an eye to feel awe or wonder at the incredible variety of humans around you. I know, some might seem like aliens. If you believed that your body was a statistical miracle, what would you do differently? How might you view the people around you?  Do you treat yourself and others like the statistical miracles you are?

 

Photo by NASA on Unsplash