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How Talking Politics Makes You Fat

When we were raising our family, the dinner table was always a place for lively discussion. We’d talk with the kids about their day, current events, local issues, interests — you name it. Through dinner-table conversations we discovered big gaps in the kids’ educations and found out about their friends. I’ve always enjoyed lively discussions. (What I call a “discussion” others have tagged as “debates,” “confrontations” and “arguments”. Did I mention I like my discussions lively?) Recently, though, I’ve banned political discussion at the dinner table. Why? Because I figured out the “lively” part of it was helping to keep me sick and fat. How Can Talking Make You Fat? It’s not the talking that does it. It’s...

How Talking Politics Makes You Fat
posted on: Oct 29, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

7 Diabesity Blogs You Should Follow

The internet is a great source of information overload, and sometimes it’s hard to know where to go for valuable, interesting information. Here are seven blogs I follow, and heartily recommend to you as well. The Healthy Skeptic. I’ve just discovered this blog by Chris Kresser, and I’m a big fan already. He writes about many different health topics, and he’s not afraid to call out stupidity and inconsistency when he sees it. Check out his ongoing series on diabesity here. Dr. Hyman is the doc who created [ad#UltraSimple Diet Book], which I’ve followed and documented throughout this website. This is his blog, which provides a ton of useful, actionable information about health, wellness, metabolism and diabesity. Dr....

posted on: Oct 26, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Leaky Gut – Why Should You Care?

I wrote recently about the discovery that diabetes and other chronic diseases can’t exist unless you have the biological markers (DNA), environmental influences and a leaky gut. In order words, even if you are genetically wired to develop diabetes, and even if you’ve been exposed to the environmental risks that bring it on, unless your gut is also damaged and leaky, you won’t actually develop diabetes. Wow! Since then, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about leaky gut, and I’m going to be writing a lot more about it. Here’s a list of symptoms and conditions that result from leaky gut. Some of them will surprise you. They certainly surprised me! Arthritis Diabetes (Type...

posted on: Oct 22, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

No Diabetes without Leaky Gut

Recent research shows that you can have all the genetic predispositions to developing diabetes, but you won’t actually become diabetic unless you have a leaky gut as well. According to Wikipedia, leaky gut is a name used to describe intestinal or bowel hyperpermeability. For those of us without medical degrees, leaky gut means pretty much what you think it means – something is wrong with your digestive system that lets stuff circulate in your body that should have stayed in your intestines until eliminated in the normal way. It causes problems, and lots of them: bowel diseases, arthritis, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, food allergies, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and more. Dr. Leo Galland of the Foundation...

No Diabetes without Leaky Gut
posted on: Oct 19, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Blog Action Day: All About the Water

Change.org|Start Petition Today is Blog Action Day, and all over the world bloggers are coming together to discuss a single issue: water. I’m not going to write about drought, or ecosystems. I’m sure others far better qualified than I will do justice to those subjects. Instead, I’m going to write about our bodies’ need for clean, uncontaminated water to maintain health. It may seem a bit snarky to complain about our relatively potable water in the US when millions throughout the world don’t have safe drinking water, but I’m going to do it anyway. Tap Water Is Hazardous to Your Health Most US residents enjoy a seemingly endless supply of safe drinking water. Oh, sure, it’s safe in...

posted on: Oct 15, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Back on the UltraSimple Diet for a Few Days...

Unfortunately, removing toxins from your body is not something you can do once and forget. Toxic chemicals and heavy metals are everywhere — in the air we breathe, in the soil we walk on, in the foods we eat. After I did the UltraSimple Diet in June, my food cravings all disappeared. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve started noticing strong hankerings (I won’t call them cravings just yet) for certain things in the not-so-good-for-me category. I’m putting myself back on the diet for a few days to see if I can kick those bad boys out before they get a strong grip on me again. I’ll keep you posted about how it...

posted on: Oct 12, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Not Your Father’s Dietary Fat

Myths about food and diet abound. Here are a couple of my favorite myths about dietary fat. Myth: A Very Low Fat Diet is Best I read an article recently titled, “Low Fat Diets are Grossly Misrepresented.” The author, T. Colin Campbell is a PhD doctor, not a medical doctor, and he took strong issue with some of the notions bouncing around today about low fat diets. I totally agree with the author when he talks about carbs that are healthy for us to eat vs. carbs that are not. No issues there. I also agree with him that obesity rises as people eat more and more processed “foods.” However, he goes on to advocate a low protein,...

Not Your Father’s Dietary Fat
posted on: Oct 1, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama