Common Foods I Don’t Eat Anymore And Healthy Reasons Why It Works So Darn Good

If you have been reading my posts for long, you will know I have been experimenting to perfect my diet. In doing so, I realized that what works for me may work for you, too. We are all humans and do have more things in common than not. Our bodies are very similar. We also share similar genes with the great apes, and they eat mainly fruits and vegetables. Maybe, we should eat the same as they… Continue reading “Common Foods I Don’t Eat Anymore And Healthy Reasons Why It Works So Darn Good”

‘6’ More Foods Like Wheat You May Have An ‘Allergic Reaction’ To…

I think I’ve probably written a million and one pages about gluten and lectin. At least, it feels like it. I know this is a weight loss site, but in addition, it has evolved into a health and longevity site since I lost my 50 pounds. And, I really feel if you eat the way I do, you will lose all the unwanted weight you desire. Continue reading “‘6’ More Foods Like Wheat You May Have An ‘Allergic Reaction’ To…”

Did You Know Healthy Vegetarian Foods Can Cause Aches And Pains, Maybe More?

You might be surprised that so called healthy vegetarian food could cause you problems. And, certain plant based whole food can and does, at least for some of us. But, which ones can possibly be culprits? Continue reading “Did You Know Healthy Vegetarian Foods Can Cause Aches And Pains, Maybe More?”

Are Your Aches, Pains And Inflammation An Allergic Reaction To Food? Could Be. Here’s Why…

I have suffered from mysterious aches and pains through the years and wondered why. To this date, it seems to be somewhat ongoing, depending upon what I eat. I am narrowing some of the supposed culprits down, but there still remains something which obscures itself. Continue reading “Are Your Aches, Pains And Inflammation An Allergic Reaction To Food? Could Be. Here’s Why…”

Is All ‘Starchy’ Plant Based Whole Food Healthy? Not Necessarily. Here’s Why…

I contemplated giving up eating white potatoes, brown rice and wheat bread because I had doubts about their nutrition, effects on my blood sugar and if they gave me energy or simply made me feel tired. Yet, the most important aspect was I thought eating these might be causing me a ‘leaky gut’.

For me, they were all so easy to overeat. But, were my reasons for giving them up backed up with evidence they were harming me?

“It seemed I was missing something. There was something else I couldn’t seem to put my finger on which was still causing me painful inflammation. I came to the conclusion certain foods may have caused me to have a ‘leaky gut‘ ” ~ your author

How I understand it is that inflammation spreads because of what shouldn’t be in your blood which passes through holes in the damaged small intestine gut barrier. No wonder, it’s only one cell thick!

‘I don’t believe eating these three starchy foods is essential, for there exist other more nutritious plant based foods to choose from. You can eat fruit, but it doesn’t satisfy for long. It seems complex carb foods satisfy in a way fruit never does. Therefore, why not eat fruit and a few starchy veggies, too? But, which ones are the healthiest’? ~ your author

White potatoes, rice and wheat rank relatively high on the glycemic scale as compared to legumes like beans. Go here, see for yourself and make a comparison and make your own judgement. You hear pros and cons everywhere you look.

‘My breakfast is fried potatoes with onions, mushrooms and shredded cabbage around ten-thirty, maybe a lunch at noon or not, but dinner around three to five and possibly some fruit or banana later at night. I am retired, so there isn’t a set schedule for most everything, including bed time and get up time the next day. After being on a schedule for most my life, it’s quite nice not having to do anything at all during the day if I don’t feel like it’! ~ your author

I heard pressure cooking my rice, potatoes and beans will remove most of the lectins. So, I went out and bought me a 6 quart pressure cooker and have been having lots of fun cooking lectins out of soup, chili and beans and nightshades!

‘I personally don’t care for the taste of sweet potatoes and yams. I will give them another try because I learned they are healthier to eat than the russet…’ ~ your author

To conclude, I am not sure if eating starch is a problem. Yet, I believe gluten (also, a lectin) in wheat, and lectins in the rice (I eat California basmati, Indian or Pakistan white rice because the arsenic content is lower,) pinto beans, russet potatoes and soy is.

I have since removed tofu, soy milk, soy sauce and wheat from my diet, including peanut butter and cashews which are both atomic lectin explosions! I am still considering giving up rice, because it has inorganic arsenic, which is more toxic than the organic.

‘But, why should anyone eat any food that has a small amount of arsenic? This question haunts me and deserves an answer and decision to continue eating rice or not’ ~ your author

OK, yes, I know billions of people eat lots of white rice, but does that make it right for the whole planet to follow suit? I learned most the arsenic and lectins are in the fiber or shell of the grain, but some arsenic (and, lectin) still remains in white rice even though you soak it, rinse it and pressure cook it.

‘Inorganic arsenic intake is likely to affect long-term health [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25536328]’.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25536328/
Website Title Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Publication Month January
Publication Year 2015
Access Day 17
Access Month march
Access Year 2020
Article Title Arsenic in rice: a cause for concern

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

Delicious Foods I Stopped Eating That Improved My Health Almost Immediately

You are probably not going to like what I have to say. Here it goes… After many years of eating these kinds of products, I finally had enough proof I needed to give this category of food up. It’s very hard to do because it’s so prevalent in our society. It seems it’s in everything and everything is made from it or used to eat with it. Are you ready for the answer? Continue reading “Delicious Foods I Stopped Eating That Improved My Health Almost Immediately”

Pressure Cooking Beans, Rice And Potatoes: Reducing Lectins, Combating Pain And Inflammation

I have researched far and wide through the years in finding a cure to my ailments and conditions. For example, I get symptoms of ‘rheumatoid arthritis’ popping up from time to time when I ‘forget’ about the consequences of eating snack and junk foods which I ‘theorize’ have damaged certain parts my intestinal tract. I’ve learned the hard way that what food you eat can either cure you or make you sick. If one has what’s called a ‘leaky gut‘, this can lead to many autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “Pressure Cooking Beans, Rice And Potatoes: Reducing Lectins, Combating Pain And Inflammation”

Is It Healthier Not Eating Potatoes, Rice And Wheat Bread? Maybe, Maybe Not. Here’s Why We May Never Know…

For the longest time, I was unsure about what I am about to say. But, through many years I have experimented eating potatoes, rice and wheat. Yet, I still am not sure without a speck of doubt one way or the other. Yet, each one does have questionable pros and cons… Continue reading “Is It Healthier Not Eating Potatoes, Rice And Wheat Bread? Maybe, Maybe Not. Here’s Why We May Never Know…”

Are You Sure Wheat Actually Bothers You? Or, Is The Culprit Other Ingredients In Your Bread?

I am still not sure if wheat bothers me, in that it causes leaky gut and then inflammation throughout my body. It is possible other ingredients within the bread are causing it, not simply the gluten. You might be buying 100% whole wheat, but it may have other ingredients causing you pain. Continue reading “Are You Sure Wheat Actually Bothers You? Or, Is The Culprit Other Ingredients In Your Bread?”

What! No Cheese on my Pizza? Here’s why You Won’t Miss it…

Health, diet and weight loss has been for me at least, an ongoing study where I am learning all the time. It’s so easy to get fooled into buying something you know for certain you shouldn’t eat at the grocery store, especially if you haven’t learned to not shop hungry.

‘I make my wife a Canadian bacon pizza with sauce, onions, pineapple and cheese. And, yes, I succumb and take a few bites out of a slice. I don’t try to be perfect or preach my way of eating, but do eat mostly plant based whole food…’ ~ your author

Most of the time I don’t go food shopping hungry. And, when I do, I find myself not thinking right and buy stuff I know I shouldn’t. I don’t know how that works, except that your mind tends to play tricks on you or your stomach has a mind of its own and takes complete control over the brain!

‘I found out that dairy and wheat bothered me, in that it caused my ears to plug, my sinuses to flare up and made me cough up mucus. The combination of wheat and cheese or too much of each by themselves sometimes made it hard to breathe waking me up in the middle of the night in a panic. What I did was open up a bottle of Vicks® Vapo Steam which has menthol and other ingredients like eucalyptus oil you pour in a steamer. Instead of what they recommend,  I shook it up, opened the lid and breathed it straight from the bottle mouth. I would take a walk outside and breathe in the cold air deeply for awhile. This really worked for me in getting me breathing right again, erasing the fear, then falling back asleep…’ ~ your author

I can actually eat a few slices of homemade pizza with cheese, but don’t take a chance on eating more than that. I began cooking it without cheese, but my wife didn’t like it. So, I used to make half of it without the cheese for me.

You actually don’t really miss the cheese. To me, it tasted just as good. After you eat mostly fruits and vegetables for some time, pizza will taste very greasy and you probably won’t like greasy tasting food anymore.

As you likely already know, pizza is a very high calorie treat. But, did you know that fat is higher in calories than carbohydrates? Pre-made pizza crust usually has salt, refined oil and milk products, and more added.

‘The higher net total energy, saturated fat, and sodium intake associated with children’s and adolescents’ consumption of pizza demonstrates the importance of implementing policies and practices aimed at curbing its consumption and improving its nutrient content. Dietary strategies to address and treat obesity should focus on the principal sources of calories in the diet, particularly from foods that contribute to excess caloric intake [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306796/]’.

If you don’t want dairy and do well by wheat, you can make a vegetarian pizza with items like pineapple, mushrooms and onions with just sauce. This does make a very satisfactory pizza.

‘My best estimate is that when you make your own pizza at home with cheese on it, each average sized slice will have approximately 250 to 300 calories, not including any meat…’ ~ your author

I used to make my own pizza dough and let it rise by adding yeast. It was fun, but more work. Now, I buy Boboli® pizza crusts whenever my wife gets the craving. Much easier. It only takes about twelve minutes in a 450 degree pre-heated oven. Personally, I would rate it up there with all the major fast food pizzas for taste. But, for me at least, there will be no more pizza cheese or no cheese.

Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4306796/
Website Title Pediatrics
Publication Month February
Publication Year 2015
Access Day 04
Access Month january
Access Year 2020
Article Title Energy and nutrient intake from pizza in the United States

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.