Tag Archives: flaxseed

Wheat-free

19 Jan

Reading an interview of William Davis, M.D. (author of Wheat Belly) got me thinking… is wheat really that bad? According to Dr. Davis, it is. He says that wheat has been bred to increase the amount yielded, causing a change in a protein called gliadin which today is a very powerful appetite stimulant. Yikes! So, he is saying that the very wheat you think keeps you full is actually making you over-eat. According to Dr. Davis, glaidin, a component of gluten, stimulates hunger for carbs.

wheat-productionHe goes on to say that glaidin is unique to wheat but other carbohydrates should be limited for other reasons. Two-thirds of Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic and to reverse that you much limit other carbs, says Dr. Davis.

Dr. Davis recommends nut meals and flax seeds in place of wheat flour as they don’t cause the spikes in blood sugar that lead to diabetes.

All that said, I’m still on the fence. I will need to do some more research. I might try more flax seeds since I have learned they are helpful for other reasons. But to cut out wheat completely? I just don’t see that being possible for me. What about you? Wheat or wheat-free?

Fight With Food

23 Nov

In the early stages of my research on how to find relief for arthritis through diet, I found this fantastic article on NBC Today called Fight Arthritis with these foods.

I discovered that there are certain foods that can help with inflammation (which is what arthritis is).

I decided to try the first thing on the list: Omega-3 fatty acids.

According to the NBC Today Health people: “The healthiest of fats for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders are omega-3 fatty acids, one of the polyunsaturated fats… More than a dozen studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fish oils can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Study participants reported greater strength, less fatigue, reduced joint swelling and tenderness, less joint stiffness and less pain.”

The omega-3 fatty acids foods that I have tried are: salmon (canned in my case but wild or fresh are good too), flaxseed (ground but oil is ok too — not whole), and walnuts. Here are a few other good choices that I haven’t got to yet: herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, and omega-3-fortified eggs.

I can’t say if it is helping yet or not, but adding more omega-3 fatty acids can’t be a bad thing for my overall health.

My omega-3 power breakfast is a take on a hot breakfast you can get at a certain coffee company shop except my version has ground flaxseed and costs a lot less.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats ā€“ Quick Oats
1 cup Hot Water
Handful of walnut halves, crushed by hand
Handful of assorted raisins
1-2 Tbs of ground flaxseed*

Method:

Place oats in a bowl.
Pour hot water over oats.
Crush walnut halves as you add them to the bowl.
Add raisins to the bowl.
Stir.
Wait 3 minutes, add flaxseed and stir again.
Enjoy!

*Figure out if your stomach can handle two tablespoons at a time. That is the recommended daily serving but you might need to break it up. Try one tablespoon in your oatmeal and the second in your yogurt (plain Greek with honey, perhaps?) for a snack.