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Is grain free the way to go?

“Healthy whole grains” is a flawed recommendation given the advent of frankenwheat (wheat is found in bread, cereals, pasta, baked goods, dressings and condiments).

What happens to our body when we wheat (white, whole wheat, pasta and corn starch)

  • Carbs convert to sugar
  • Blood sugar and insulin skyrockets, our bodies can’t handle the spike
  • Carbs and sugar turn into fat and it is stored in our gut, hips and organs
  • Creates irritation, inflammation and can effect our kidneys, liver and heart
  • Ailments include: IBS, autoimmune diseases, acid reflux, heartburn, appetite stimulation, mind fog and obesity

 

 

Bread with Caution Tape

 

National Diabetes Awareness Month (Stats and facts)

Diabetes Concept

Insurance companies will often refuse to pay $150 for a diabetic to see a podiatrist but will cover amputations, which typically cost more than $30,000.

Physical activity can be as powerful as glucose-lowering medication with fewer side effects.

Diabetes prevalence by race/ethnicity:
7.1% whites
8.4% Asian Americans
12.6% blacks
11.8% of Hispanics

Rates among Latinos:
7.6% for Cubans
13.3% for Mexican Americans
13.8% for Puerto Ricans

Diabetes-you can lose

Two years ago all my mom had to do was take her insulin, but she didn’t. “Ay, I don’t want to poke myself” was her standard response when I asked why she wouldn’t. Today, my mom has become one of the thousands of Americans that had to have multiple toes amputated due to a non-healing diabetic wound. A wound she sustained as a result of a toe stub while walking barefoot in her apartment.

My mom spent the first six months of her retirement in emergency rooms and visits to her wound care specialist, pain doctor, podiatrist, primary care physician, endocrinologist, cardiologist, vascular surgeon and underwent over thirty hyperbaric treatments. Today, she has gained back some of her independence but still requires medical equipment to move around, is undergoing extensive physical therapy and is disabled, she is 63.

My mom suffered a massive heart attack at age 39 on New Year’s Eve, I was there as it was happening, she collapsed on the kitchen floor clutching her chest and grasping for air. Growing up, she cooked for my brother and I, but we were also a TV dinner and snack food family. The 70’s & 80’s were all about Pepsi, pork chops and a pack of Kool cigarettes (she smoked for 30 years) the Jane Fonda movement did not move my mom. Post-heart attack she didn’t change her diet or exercise. She’d often say “I’m going to die at some point, might as well eat what I want”. This type of self-sabotage is not unusual, but it placed a heavy burden on our family and finances. Her journey, in pictures:

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First Lady Michelle Obama & Beyonce get moving for fitness

Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity has a new signature song and dance. The Let’s Move flash workout” was launched yesterday.
The collaborative effort was sponsored by Michelle Obama’s national fight against childhood obesity and Grammy award winning singer Beyonce. The “Let’s Move” campaign released the Beyonce featured music video yesterday. The video showcases fabulous dance moves.

The “Let’s Move flash workout” was performed by middle school students across the country. Beyonce surprised students at P.S. 161 middle school in Harlem while the first lady got her dance on in Washington, D.C.

Beyoncé’s official Let’s Move! “Move Your Body” Music Video