What are your resolutions for the new year? Want to be healthy, lose weight or feel and look younger? We all do, but I’m going for all three in one.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and the trend isn’t going down, as it had it previous years. The medical community if finally getting the idea that the old saying is true, “prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Quite literally, as is discussed in this article in today’s news, Heart Disease Deaths Rise Health Experts Focus on Prevention. What a concept….
I’m preparing for my New Year’s resolution, to follow the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) diet and heal my lifelong GI problems. My theory is that by healing my gut, I’ll heal my heart. I’ve never worried to much about how many calories I eat or whether I’m losing weight. My motivation is the way I feel, and lately it’s been anything but nice. Bloating and indigestion are no fun, and I haven’t even been naughty. My food choices have been organic, whole foods, and fewer and fewer processed foods. However, I’ve neglected one important thing, getting rid of sugar and the starchy side dishes. So I’ve done more research and found a lot of information….now to sift through the choices.
Today I watched a very interesting video that supports the premise of my diet and it’s effect on heart health. Check it out for yourself. Prof. Jeff Volek – ‘The Art and Science of Low Carb Living: Cardio-Metabolic Benefits and Beyond’ . I also found this interview of David Perlmutter – Ketogenic Diet, Carbs & Gut Bacteria very interesting on explaining how the ketogenic diet works. The references made to the diet made me start wondering about all these new diets you hear about these days. Which one’s the right one for me?
Since I’ve had issues with flare ups within my digestive system, diagnosed as IBS, Crohn’s and diverticulitis, depending on which way the wind blows…I’ve opted for the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet). I got to know Elaine Gottschall, as a mother first, a scientist secondly. Her goal was to heal her child from an illness doctors didn’t understand. I too had a son whom I lost to suicide before I learned this very important information.
The SCD diet is important for anyone who has experienced GI illnesses that need to be addressed to heal the gut lining. For those of us who have suffered with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or Diverticulitis, you should consider the SCD diet for the new year. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is based on a limited consumption of carbohydrates, an elimination of grains, starches and sugars. Healthy fats are allowed, as are meats, but only grass fed and organic protein is recommended. Honey and certain carbohydrates are allowed, with the basic premise that the food breaks down into simple sugar, that the damage gut can assimilate and digest.
Out with the Old and In with the New
Dr. Mark Hyman was interviewed regarding this debate, Eating Fat to Get Healthy. He discusses the biggest breakthrough in science in thinking “food is information”, “every bite you take regulates our genes, inflammation, our chemistry…everything”.
So Many Diets, How Do I Know One From the Other?
There are as many diets as Carter has liver pills, but do you know the difference? One caveat, I am NOT promoting any processed food products referred to in these segments. The links below are to give you an overview of only some of the diets that are now being discussed around the water cooler these days. So which one suits you? What is your goal for the new year?
- Atkins Diet
- Gluten Free Diet
- Mediterranean Diet
- PAMM – Pacific Asian Modified Mediterranean Diet
- GAPS Diet (based on Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Part 2, and Part 3)
- Ketogenic Diet
- Standard American Diet (SAD)
So Many Choices, Are There Similarities?
Ditch the sugar, starch and processed foods in your diet. Eat only REAL FOOD, not the Sad American Diet (SAD) of fast and overly processed foods . All healthy diets are ones that agree to much salt is not good, instead use herbs and spices to not only flavor your food but provide essential nutrients to your body. Top Heart Healing Herbs and Spices includes a lot of great information on the favorites that made everybody’s list in 2016.
Using digestive enzymes helped me a lot with digesting my food, especially the little bit of fat that I was eating sans a gallbladder. All chronic diseases have inflammation in common, as does arthritis that keeps us from feeling our best. Here are some ideas on how you can reduce the flare ups by reducing joint pain and inflammation and get more active in 2017.