I was fortunate to have my friend, Dr. Walters in town to do some comparisons for different breakfasts. I found this delicious cocunut flower pancake recipe online and was curious to see how coconut flour would affect blood sugars. I find many of my patients eat oatmeal for breafast, so I found a recipe from The American Diabetic Associations site to try out. As I mentioned in last week’s episode, the ADA has absolutely atrocious nutritional recommendations and this oatmeal recipe is a good example of what not eat in the morning.
The importance of breakfast cannot be overstated. Sadly, for most Americans, the most important meal of the day has become the most carb-laden as well. Waking up and having your morning muffin and latte is a sure way to set you up for the inevitable 2:00 pm crash, which usually leads to more coffee or a sugary snack. This cycle of sugar addiction over time has led to a serious situation in which one in every three Americans is overweight and which can eventually lead to diabetes. [click to continue…]
Eating out can often be a challenge for people who are starting out on a Paleo diet. Going out to eat is one of my favorite things to do and I find that most restaurants ofter healthy substitutions (especially here in Portland). Breakfast in America tends to be fairly starch heavy, but if you replace the potatoes and toast with vegetables you’ll find that your energy will be consistent throughout the day. One potato has the same impact on your blood sugar as a can of Coca Cola. So that side of hash browns and toast with jam in the morning is setting you up for a blood sugar crash later in the day, which usually leads to more sugar or that afternoon cup of coffee to get you through the rest of the day. [click to continue…]
Eggs have been getting some press lately because of a new study out of Canada published in the journal Atherosclerosis. The summary of the study was this:
Our findings suggest that regular consumption of egg yolk should be avoided by persons at risk of cardiovascular disease. This hypothesis should be tested in a prospective study with more detailed information about diet, and other possible confounders such as exercise and waist circumference.
According to Dr. Davis, author of “Wheat Belly”, modern wheat is a “perfect chronic poison.” and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve mentioned his book before but it bears repeating. If you eat wheat or is someone who has been covinced that whole grains are a health food then I highly recommend it.
How could our “daily bread” have become so bad for our health? Haven’t we been eating wheat forever? The short answer is no. The wheat we are eating today bears no relation to the wheat your grandparents ate. In 1943 a research foundation called the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (IMWIC) was started with the goal of helping Mexico achieve agricultural self-sufficinecy. By 1980 their efforts had produced a strain of wheat known as “dwarf wheat”, which increased the average yield per acre by eight fold. Dwarf and semi-dwarf wheat compromise about 99 percent of wheat grown worldwide. [click to continue…]