|July 2, 2013||Filled under General Health|
File this one in the No Duh department. I think many of us have been saying this exact thing for years:
“Consumption of a meal that has a high glycemic index (GI) appears to stimulate key brain regions related to craving and reward, a finding that supports the controversial hypothesis of food addiction, new research suggests.
Investigators from Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts found that compared with consumption of a low-GI meal, a meal high in refined carbohydrates decreased plasma glucose, increased hunger, and selectively stimulated brain regions 4 hours after eating — a critical time point that influences eating behavior at the next meal.
“We think we have shown for the first time that refined carbohydrates’ biological effects can provoke, independent of calories and tastiness, symptoms related to addiction in susceptible people — those who are overweight or obese,” said the study’s principal investigator, David Ludwig, MD, from Boston Children’s Hospital.”
You can read the full story about how refined carbs may trigger food addiction here.
I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that the intense cravings set off by certain foods was just in my head. Guess they were right…..it really is in your head and it stimulates several areas of the brain making you want more!
|July 1, 2013||Filled under General Health, Nutritional Information|
I previously blogged about having some issues with hand pain and increasing hand gripe weakness. The results from the blood tests and xrays came back. They show nothing. Absolutely nothing. Which on one hand is a great thing. It means no arthritis that they can see and my blood work does not show any immune system flare ups. The down side is the lingering question of why. Why do my hands hurt? Why is it getting harder to open things?
A possible suggestion was fibromyalgia. Yes I do have many of the symptoms: painful trigger points in the hands, shoulders, back and hips. Muscles in my legs that ache for no reason. Problems with sleeping and fatigue which I have always blamed on working the night shift for almost 20 years. There are no definitive tests that can be done to rule out fibro. As for the treatment, if it is fibro that is causing the problems, not much unless you want to take pills.
I don’t want to go down that rabbit hole and pursue the whole fibro thing if there really isn’t much that can be done. Before I take that option I started to think about the fact that there might be something I could do nutrition wise. I know that nutrition can’t fix everything but it sure can help many things. So I started to think about things that I have been reading over the years. I can see merit in just about every diet plan that is out there. There are always some who benefit and others who will not. I’m not into extremes but I’m all for finding what works for you and makes you feel great. I have a hard time jumping all in on particular ways of eating such as vegetarian, vegan, paleo, primal, low carb, WAPF, etc. They each have their good points. I don’t believe that there is any one right diet for every single person.
With this in mind, having read many stories about people who have felt health improvements (decreased joint pain, improved skin, fewer gut issues, better sleep, etc) once they eliminated wheat. In some people it seems to stimulate an inflammatory type of response causing an increase in pain, fatigue and more. Over the last two years, during our drastic drop in income due to my husband’s sudden health issue and multiple lay offs, I started eating more wheat products because they were cheap. Let’s face it. When the food budget is tight adding in bread or pasta to meals helps keep people filled up. When I was heavy I blamed all the joint pain on the weight. After WLS my wheat consumption had been reduced to next to nothing. When the pain went away it was assumed to be the weight loss that did it. Now I began to question if it was something more since my weight has been stable for years. With that in mind I decided to go back to not eating wheat. While discussing this issue with my mother, who has been diagnosed with fibro, she decided to give it a try too. Check back for an update on my wheat free adventures. I want to give this a little more time before reporting some interesting results.
|June 28, 2013||Filled under Misc|
If you’re using Google Reader, you need to make a switch!
Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1st. If you make the transfer to another reader then you can transfer all your current blogs you subscribe to through Google Reader. After that date you won’t be able to transfer them.
I switched to Feedly.
Check out this link from Google for more information as well as directions to download your reader data. I know Google Reader is used by a lot of people. After checking several other free readers out there I decided to go with Feedly. It’s worked out quite well. Feedly has even provided information to help make the transition a whole lot smoother.
If you are making the change to another reader here is the direct link to my feed: http://remakemyplate.com/feed/
This URL can be entered into any type of reader in order to subscribe. You can also subscribe through the subscription box on the website. This box uses Feedburner which, according to rumors, may possibly be disappearing in the future. For now Feedburner currently works fine.