Wednesday, May 30, 2012
MAY 30, 2012 WEIGHT GAIN AND FOOD INTOLERANCE
"Expressing ourselves honestly in any relationship is essential to our well-being."
Yes, honesty is the best policy. It doesn't matter what kind of relationship we are talking about. It could be the parent-child, child-parent, sister-sister, man-woman, man-man, or woman-woman relationship.If you are to have a healthy relationship, then you must be honest. I was a man who was honest, but I had those little white lies. Sobriety has taught me that little white lies are in reality 'big' lies told small or stretching the truth. In either case, in my opinion it is a lie and will eventually get you in trouble. It is not healthy in any relationship not to be honest. If you disagree then you must ask yourself, what are you hiding from, or what is so secret? It could be a skeleton in the closet that needs to be brought out into the light of day to free yourself. Sometimes these skeletons are not pleasant, You are not unique--we all have those skeletons. I had plenty to fill many a casket. It was a relief to get it out.. my body actually felt lighter.
In the photo above, do you ever feel like your stomach hurts? Mine does!
It is not enough to lose weight if you eat less and exercise more. You need to consider why you are eating so little and exercising so much, and you cannot lose weight nor an inch of your waist line. You need to start considering if something you are eating or drinking is causing inflammation in the body. This is almost always overlooked. This was taught to me years ago when working closely with Dr. Atkins. Food allergy testing is just as important as following the low carbohydrate, high protein lifestyle. Today, I have no specific diet for everyone. Every patient is an individual. It is not a diet but a change in a dietary lifestyle. When a patient eats food that causes inflammation it is more than just bloating or gas the individual will experience. Some patients do not even experience these reactions, but have joint pain, headaches,anxiety and skin problems. These individuals never connect that their food intake could be doing this to their body. Those who consume diet sodas have more body inflammation than most patients I see. Well - there is one exception--those who consume highly processed foods.
Last week I saw a patient with an autoimmune thyroiditis, called Hashimoto's thyroidits (inflammation of the thyroid) causing fatigue, weight gain, depression, hair loss, cold intolerance and constipation. She is taking some thyroid medication. None of her previous doctors have ever mentioned the association between gluten foods and autoimmune thyroidits. Most of her symptoms were related to anxiety, depression, apathy and loss. This is because she eats gluten. Not only does she eat gluten but she eats white bread. I do not know many people who still consume white bread like Wonder Bread. She does not have a food allergy to gluten. She has a food intolerance or sensitivity which is not as obvious as a food allergy. These food in tolerances or sensitivities can take up to 3 days to cause symptoms. These are the delayed reactions. This is why an IgG RAST food test must be done. You will not see these delayed reactions if you do an immediate or IgE food allergy test. These IgG food intolerances are a source of many of the chronic diseases as chronic joint pain, muscle aches, depression, anxiety and even eczema.
You must eat foods that are typically low in inflammation as these foods place less burden on your gastrointestinal system. These are typically foods that are low in sugar (or those with a low glycemic index). Glycemic index is how quickly the food will turn to sugar. Breads and pastas are foods with a high glycemic index. Fruits that are high in sugar are also not the best to eat. These fruits taste good but have low antioxidant potential. These fruits should be combined with fruits that are high in antioxidant potential and low in sugar. All berries, apples and pears are lower in sugar and high in antioxidant potential.
You need to change your dietary lifestyle. Yes it is great to remove these foods, but you must then repair and restore the gut lining. This is assisted by the increased intake of amino acids such as glutamine, theanine and taurine. You must take a probiotic (the good bacteria) as well as vitamin D. I am sure your vitamin D level is low if you have food intolerance or food sensitivities.
I am a crafter. I am an artist. I, to the best of my ability craft a treatment plan for you. We accomplish this by working together as a team. We use certain blood testing to develop this plan. We also look at the psycho social issues that might be affecting your medical issues. This is a true overall assessment of the individual. I believe the doctor should talk to the patient NOT at the patient.