absorption among Americans - especially those under stress, those eating
poorly, and senior citizens - has become an enormous problem. When the
human body cannot absorb nutrients properly, and when the food
themselves are of questionable nutritional value, the body is severely
compromised as a self-healing organism." -Todd Ovokaitys, M. D
Can our diets be feeding Cancer, and
contributing to Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease many of our
other health issues?
As promised to many of our customers, I have
been looking into what we eat that may be making people sick. I had
to try it for myself before writing anything up on it. I encourage
everyone to do there own investigating.
I have found that sugar and simple
carbohydrates may be feeding cancer, by increasing blood sugar.
My personal experience with changing my
I changed my diet starting out over a year ago
going gluten free. Going just gluten free did not seem to be enough.
(Most likely because substituting rice for wheat still increased
blood sugar.) In July 2012 I cut out all sugars and grains. I
replaced my sugar with Stevia and all my grains with almond meal and
flaxseed meal. I even cut out potatoes (because of the starch) and
replaced them with cauliflower. I did not think I could live without
my potatoes; however I have found that cauliflower tastes great,
frying and mashing. Cauliflower also is a great substitute for rice.
Instead of pasta, I now use spaghetti squash. And I replaced
processed milk with heavy cream, greek yogurt, and coconut milk.
I have been eating over 2000 calories a day. I
am eating red meat, chicken and fish. I get my natural sugars and
complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables. I have been using
coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and butter. And of course lots
of cheese. We are fortunate that we live in Iowa and can find beef
mainly grass fed and we have farmers markets. We are planting our
own gardens and canning.
My favorite drink is water with lemon and
Stevia. And of course my Cellfood.
I thought changing my diet so drastically would
be difficult; however I found it to be easy. It has also been very
easy to stick with because everything is so flavorful. The hardest thing
was to learn to read the labels and trying no grain, no sugar
recipes. You can find abundant websites on the internet for recipes
that use simple ingredients.
I do try and eat a meat, vegetable and fruit at
every meal for a balanced diet.
Everyone is individual and may process foods
differently. This is what worked for me.
I have found that if I try a processed food
now, it sometimes tastes like chemicals to me.
As a healthy active individual to begin
with, here are my results. No more bloating
Lost access weight and have not gained it back
Not hungry, (the carbohydrates and sugars make you hungry by
No more sleepiness after eating. And I am not munching 10 minutes after a
I found shopping was a whole new experience.
Have you ever tried to find processed foods without added sugar? It
is almost impossible, however many of our stores are now stocking
items with no added sugar and gluten free products. I was shocked to
find added sugar in beef and chicken broth! Only when we stop
purchasing products that are not good for us, will companies cut out
the unhealthy ingredients.
Some hints when reading labels:
If it has sugar on the nutritional label
without added sugar in the ingredients list, they are natural
If you have an item with 5 grams carbohydrates
and 3 grams of fiber, that will give you 2 grams of carbohydrates.
Other hints to cut carbohydrates:
If you eat pasta, eat ½ cup and put lots of
butter on it. Fats slow the absorption of the carbohydrates.
My favorite snack is an apple with organic
peanut butter. The fats in the peanut butter slow down the
absorption of the sugars in the apple. Or try a fruit and cheese
slices. Munching on nuts and sunflower seeds is so filling. I use to
be a popcorn addict and I don’t miss it now.
Choose a piece of fruit instead of fruit juice,
which is high in naturally occurring sugars.
I know you may be a thinking “you are eating
to much fat!” Yes, another reason I had to try this for so long.
What if it was never the fat, but the carbs that make us fat?
With low fat diets, a persons HDL (good
cholesterol) goes down. HDL collects bad cholesterol from the blood
and transports it to the liver for excretion.
If it says low fat, it most likely has added
sugar or fructose and many other ingredients for added flavor. When
the ingredients list on labels has ‘syrup’ or anything ending in
‘ose’ like sucrose, fructose and dextrose, they are all added
sugars. Companies add these unhealthy additives so the low fat food
does not taste like cardboard. MSG is another product added you
might want to look at.
Check the glycemic index. A measure of
how a given food affects blood-glucose levels, with each food
assigned a numbered rating. The lower the rating, the slower the
digestion and absorption process, which provides a healthier, more
gradual infusion of sugars into the bloodstream. Conversely, a high
rating means blood-glucose levels are increased quickly, which
stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin to drop
levels. There are many glycemic index charts to choose from online.
Even the pet industry is catching on, I
found cat and dog foods reasonably prices with no grains added,
called 4Health, and can be found at Tractor Supply.
Here are some interesting links and videos on sugar,
carbohydrates, gluten and their possible links to diseases.
There are so many opinions out there; however this made sense to me
so I tried it for myself. I encourage everyone to take a look at how
our processed foods may be making us sick.
Is sugar toxic? Links sugar to cholesterol, cancer, diabetes
and heart disease.
60 Minutes /CBS