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Julie Mitchell
12/Jul/2020

What is GLUTEN?

It is a series of proteins found in many different grains.

What’s so bad about GLUTEN?

Grains today are a lot different from grains of the past. Many are hybrid forms and/or go through chemical processing denaturing the grains. These reasons may play into the wheat/gluten sensitivity and celiac disease that is growing more and more every day.

Why are people so sensitive to GLUTEN?

Poor eating habits that lead to digestive issues can result in a lack of ability to properly digest the proteins in gluten and other grains. Over time, the villi (little finger like extensions in the small intestines) can become damaged from chronic poor digestion resulting in malnourishment and leaky gut syndrome.

What are GLUTEN-Containing Grains?

  • SEMOLINA
  • BARLEY
  • COUSCOUS
  • TRITICALE
  • DURUM
  • RYE
  • EINKORN
  • WHEAT BRAN
  • KAMUT
  • WHEAT GERM
  • SPELT
  • WHEAT STARCH
  • MALT
  • BULGUR

What are some GLUTEN-FREE flours?

  • ARROWROOT
  • MONTINA
  • BUCKWHEAT
  • PEA
  • CORN
  • POTATOES
  • GARFAVA
  • RICE
  • FLAX
  • SOY
  • LENTILS
  • TAPIOCA
  • MILLET
  • TEFF

Higher protein and fiber GLUTEN-FREE flours:

  • AMARANTH
  • QUINOA
  • SEEDS
  • SORGHUM
  • BEANS
  • NUTS

Why is GLUTEN used in so many products?

It helps baking products to rise and helps items stick together.

What illnesses are associated with GLUTEN sensitivity?

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Liver Disease(including primary biliary cirrhosis)
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Iron Deficiency/Anemia
  • Gastro esophageal reflux
  • Graves’ disease
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Headaches
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis

Julie Mitchell
12/Jul/2020

HEALTHIER RESTAURANT CHOICES

When eating out, it is important to know that most establishments are dedicated to getting their dollar first and the quality of the product is always second as long as they can make it taste good.  But people are demanding healthier choices today due to the education on health in the world.

The most important thing to know when eating out is the types of oils used to prepare the food with.  Also, the salad dressings will generally always be a poor quality with denatured oil.  Avoid breads, rolls and deserts whenever possible.

The following is a list of safer choices for restaurants:

 

AMERICAN FOOD

  • Salad bar with the soup available -but no soup with cheese, milk or cream. Avoid red meat where possible.
  • Salad with eggs and vegetables. Salad dressing in small amount for flavor. *Oil&Vinegar Dressings are best, avoid creamy dressings.
  • Chicken & turkey dishes with salad and vegetables. No bread.
  • Fish dish, broiled or baked –not fried. With salad and vegetables. No bread.
  • Hamburger Patty with salad and vegetables. No bread.

 

ITALIAN FOOD

  • Spaghetti (Small amount) in a meat sauce with salad.
  • Chicken in a light tomato sauce with salad.
  • Veal in a light tomato sauce with salad.
  • Baked vegetables in a light tomato sauce with a salad.

 

MEXICAN FOOD

  • Beans and rice with plain tortillas and salad.
  • Beans and rice with avocado salad, and 3 corn tortillas.
  • Chicken enchiladas with beans and rice.
  • Chicken tacos without beans and rice.
  • Corn tortillas are better than flour.

Note: Elimination of cheese, fried chips, and heavy meats is best.

 

ORIENTAL FOOD

  • Chicken and vegetable dishes.
  • Oriental vegetables and steamed rice.

Note: Ask that your food be prepared without MSG, and sugar.  Do not drink the restaurant tea, bring your own and ask for boiling water.

 

SALAD BAR

  • Beware of foods and sauces at salad bars, creamed sauces. Hidden fats and chemicals are usually present.
  • Bring your own dressing with healthier oils and spices, whenever possible.
  • Have your salad with a lemon if you have no dressing.
  • Order the salad with dressing on the side so you can control amount.
  • Oil&Vinegar Dressings are best.

 

FAST FOOD

  • Subway:  Turkey/Chicken wraps loaded with veggies (Oil&Vinegar optional)
  • Chick-fil-A:  A grilled chicken without bun.
  • Carry protein bar, nuts, seeds, fruit with you on-the-go.

Julie Mitchell
12/Jul/2020

There are some foods and drinks that we put into our mouths and swallow that create intense reactions within our bodies yet we live puzzled by our physical, mental, or emotional responses. If you are in a state of hypertension, low mood, obesity, constipation, depression, inability to sleep or blood sugar instability, then you need to look closely at what you are consuming and why you are drawn to them.

Did you realize the very foods and drinks you crave may be the very ones you are sensitive or allergic to? I remember being challenged years ago to go off certain foods/drinks and then staring at them in the pantry and longing for them like someone who has lost a good friendship. Foods/drinks (or can we even put some of the things we put into our mouth in this category, maybe poisons is a better one) like white bread, candy, crackers, pastries, basically highly processed and chemical laden foods and drinks, will create a war inside our bodies and minds spilling over to our spirit and emotions. Many processed white flour/white sugar items, pesticides, herbicides, and the chemicals within the foods produce a variety of physical and mental manifestations ranging from reflux, peptic ulcers, colitis, diabetes, to headaches, depression, nervousness, anxiety, tension, and palpitations.

Change your food and drink intake…change the outcome of your daily living. One of my favorite things to do is problem solve what is causing you to feel the way you do and develop a plan of how to support you in the healing process. If it all seems too overwhelming of where to start, contact us or find a health practitioner who can guide you in your process of discovering what is safe and good for you to eat. Your mind, family, and friends will be glad you did!


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