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How to Avoid Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms?

What is gluten, anyway? One can define gluten in its simplest form as a peptide comprised of 2 different proteins – gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutamin protein).  Gluten is found in all grains and its derivatives and is primarily responsible for the elastic properties of dough.  Gluten comes in different forms and there are good forms and toxic ones.  The toxic forms are mostly found in wheat, rye and barley products, and of course, its derivatives. Are you sensitive or intolerant to gluten? There are individuals who are intolerant to food containing gluten.  This extreme form of intolerance is diagnosed as Celiac Disease.  When an individual with Celiac Disease ingests gluten, their body creates an immune response to the gluten peptide and damages their intestinal wall preventing the absorption of vital nutrients from the food.  There are tests that you can have performed to determine whether you have Celiacs Disease or not.  What’s important to note here is that just because your test may come back negative for Celiac, your body could still illicit sensitivities to gluten but the manifestation of the symptoms may not be digestive in nature and therefore, don’t qualify for a Celiac diagnosis.  For further information on Celiac Disease, I recommend visiting the Celiac Disease Foundation website. To understand the difference between Celiac disease and gluten sensitivities, consider an iceberg. With icebergs, the portion that sits above the sea level is undeniably a very small percentage of the overall iceberg size. Consider the tip of an iceberg to represent the population of gluten-sensitive individuals that have Celiac Disease. The rest of the iceberg,...

7 Tips to Rock Around Your Aging Clock

We all want to look like Joanie and Chachi Many of you remember watching Happy Day’s on TV. Weren’t those actors on Happy Days in their twenties but they were playing teenagers and we believed them? No Fair! But wait, let’s back it up some… Didn’t Chachi look like he was 12 years old???!!! Again, no fair! Well, we too can “Rock Around the Aging Clock” and look younger. Here’s a few simple anti-aging techniques that we all can do to look younger so that others wonder whether it’s “Good genes or good docs?“:  7 Simple timely tips to “Rock around the Aging Clock”  1:00 – Drink more water Drink up! Drink half of your body weight in ounces to help detoxify and cleanse your body 2:00 – Sleep 7 to 9 hours a night Remember, it’s called “Beauty Sleep” for just that reason! 3:00 – Rock!/Exercise Remember how those poodle skirts twirled and the saddle shoes hopped to the tunes of the jukebox in almost every episode of Happy Days? Take your choice and rock to your favorite form of exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. 5:00 – Eat real food We never saw Joanie eating 100 calorie snack packs. Mrs. C was often wearing an apron and cooked real food for dinner. If we stay away from processed food and switch to nutrient dense “real food”, we can better nourish and take care of our bodies. 100 calorie snack packs and all processed food only ages us!  If you are experiencing gluten sensitivity symptoms, then click on to our gluten resource page to for tips...

7 Better Carb Choices

The Simple Science of Sugar There was a time, long before you, I or anyone else reading this post were alive, when the only sweet-tasting foods that was around were fruits and honey.  It was a simple time back then when the available sweet-tasting foods were not only limited in variability, but their availability was not all year long, rather only seasonally and in year-round, warm climates.  The beauty of it back then, was that naturally sweet-tasting foods didn’t over-stimulate the palette or lead to cravings as today’s refined sweet foods do. So how does sugar lead to cravings?   It all comes down to Dopamine.  We’ve all heard this word, but may not know exactly what it means.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical messenger that delivers signals to and from the brain.  Dopamine is responsible for communicating signals that control the feelings of reward and pleasure.  As you would imagine, dopamine is released for many reasons, including physical touch and exercise as well as in response to the consumption of certain substances, including caffeine, narcotics, and sugar. If dopamine is responsible for the feelings of reward and pleasure, then, when do you think dopamine would go into action?  You’ve probably guessed correctly…whenever something feels good, dopamine gets released.  In the case of sugar, when you eat sugar, dopamine gets released and then you crave more sugar, and then, you eat more sugar.  This vicious cycle is otherwise known as the Sugar Addiction Cycle. This cycle wouldn’t be bad if the sugar being eaten were nutrient dense, like a naturally sweetened food, such as fruit or...

Hiking for Turkeys

Get moving so you can pre-work-off your Thanksgiving Meals Thanksgiving is synonymous with two things – family and food.  Or, better yet, too much food!  The family part is the easy part.  You usually know where you’re going to spend your Thanksgiving well in advance.  In many cases, that may mean you’re spending your time amongst two different sets of family members on the same night, or you alternate years with your wife’s family and then with your family.  Or, like us, you may celebrate two Thanksgiving dinners on two different days.  Double whammy! The food is a whole different story!  If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving family dinner at your home, there’s a lot of preparation, not just in determining what you’re going to cook and serve, but also all that goes with the grocery shopping.  In an earlier post, we covered a shopping tip for a one-stop-shop for almost all your ingredients.  Whether or not you’re hosting a Thanksgiving meal, you are very likely to eat more than you need.  For that, you also need to prepare! Now, I’m not one to advocate the counting of calories, nor am I one to shy away from the ingestion of a lot of good quality saturated fats, but according to The Calorie Control Council, the average American will eat 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving Day.  Consider that 3,000 calories in thanksgiving dinner alone are likely to come from only the main dinner sitting.  Plus, you will likely eat, nibble and drink non-water-based beverages and sugar-loaded desserts throughout the day as you hangout with family and friends....

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