What do I eat for breakfast?

What do I eat for breakfast?

I think how I eat contribute a great deal to my health and everyday energy. 

My diet pattern may not be for everybody yet but keep your mind open to learn and experiment.

I am talking here  about the intermittent fasting I do and at least 2 benefits from doing it:

 

1.       Balance blood sugar, which helps to stop the constant production of insulin (very inflammatory if we have too much insulin in our bodies)

2.       The body is highly stressed when we are digesting food.  If your body is constantly digesting food (including snacks) then there is no energy left for healing

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If I don’t have any energy left, how do I start the healing?

If I don’t have any energy left, how do I start the healing?

I have questions like this all the time from people with RA or Chronic Pain:

" I don't have the energy to basically get up to do it (healing) every single day because my body is so inflamed and sore, I have a lack of appetite and energy to fix myself something to eat".

You are right the full Healing Protocol is hard follow, here are some ideas to start:

1. Start with one step at a time.

When we talk about your diet start with removing processed foods one at a time, and start to make changes with one meal a week at first, then twice a week, after that every other day, etc. 

If starting with breakfast instead of eating a highly processed sweet cereal, boil a couple of eggs (not much energy requires here).  Next time break a couple of eggs in a pan and add some broccoli (or kale) add some salt and the close lid.  No further assistance is required.

When you learn how to avoid all processed foods, then start to remove trigger foods like gluten, dairy, etc.

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How to make more digestible grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

How to make more digestible grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Almost every day I receive the question: Can I eat rice (any grains)? And the answer is, it depends.

Keep this idea in mind as we talk about grains, legumes, nuts and seeds as it will help you wrap your mind around what is happening when we eat this “staple” food. A food that can damage digestive, irritate the immune system, and can cause any chronic disease including RA.

Lectins are sugar-binding proteins that are abundant in legumes and all grains (incl. rice, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, etc.). “Lectin proteins are resistant to human digestion and enter the blood stream unchanged. Therefore, our bodies produce antibodies against lectins because we don’t digest them and nearly everyone has antibodies to some dietary lectins in their body. However, the response by each individual may vary, and the various lectins may have different consequences. The current concern is that for some select individuals these lectin proteins drive leaky gut and inflammation.” M. Menolascino, MD “Heart Solution for women. “

Phytates and Phytic Acid – digestive enzyme inhibitors found in grains, legumes, nut and seeds, and also in dairy products. They directly interfere with the activity of digestive enzymes. This means that phytates can be as devastating to gut barrier (causing leaky gut) and the gut microflora (causing gut disbiosis) which is extremely common in RA.

That said, we probably have some resistance to a small amount of them, which is why we can see some scientific studies showing some health benefits to nuts and seeds. Grains, legumes (and dairy) are not good for sound health or longevity.

However, I don’t think we should ever remove them from our diet if we don’t eat them every day and/or with every meal. Plus remember to include a lot of vegetables, good quality proteins, healthy fats (and some fruits) with your meals.
But preparation is the key!
Soaking and then cooking beans greatly reduces the activity of these anti-nutrients (but it doesn’t totally get rid of it) especially when cooked at lower temperatures, such as in slow cooker. I didn’t show it in my video, but you can add 1 Tbs. of baking soda to water and soak legumes, for 24 hours. Soaking for 24 hours at room temperature has been shown to remove 66% of the anti-nutrient activity in mung bean, 93% in lentil (this is what I personally eat most often), 59% in chickpeas and 100% in broad bean. Soaking time for grains is up to 24 hours. For nuts and seeds soaking time can be shorter from 5 to 10 hours, depending on the nuts/seeds. For softer nuts and seeds the soaking time can be around 5 hours but for harder nuts (like almonds) it should be up to 10 hours.

However if you struggle with RA pain, or digestive track issues, sleep problems, fatigue, depression, joints and skin problems, etc. than it is better to start your strict elimination diet and stay away from grains until you fix your gut and start to have a noticeable improvement.
So what I recommend is for you to take 30 days and eat more fruits and veggies instead of the grains. Then see how you do.

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Did your Leaky gut get fixed? How do you know?

Did your Leaky gut get fixed?  How do you know?

How long will it take to heal your leaky gut?

And how will you know that it is fixed?

Will you ever be able to eat your favorite foods again?  Such as tomatoes, peppers, dairy, grains, etc.?

 

I receive these questions all the time!

 

According to Dr. Sara Ballantyne PHD, the author of “The Paleo Approach”, that if you suffer from an autoimmune disease chances are extremely high that you have a leaky gut. 

Even for healthy individuals the damage done by gluten (wheat, barley, rye) and other prolamins (grains and legumes) can cause a leaky gut but the healing process for them is relatively quick lasting anywhere from a few days to three weeks. 

For those with a chronic disease, autoimmune condition or RA, the healing process takes much longer …    

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Food to Heal your Leaky Gut

Food to Heal your Leaky Gut

The most common questions you have are concerning diet and gut health, which coincidentally are interrelated.  Because what kinds of food you put in your mouth is how your gut will react.

Remember the health of the gut is at the core of every single system in the body.  Depression – you can’t address it without looking at the gut.  Cancer – you can’t address it without looking at the gut.  RA, MS, and other autoimmune conditions – you can’t address them without looking at the health of the gut.

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Not Just Your Food, But Your Gut

Not Just Your Food, But Your Gut

As we have already learned food is the #1 cause of inflammation in the body.  Food can be your friend or your enemy.  But it is not just food but also your gut health that is involved in every single system in your body.  By now you have probably already heard that “All disease begins in the gut.”

It is important to understand that the health of the gut affects many if not all the organs in the body.  You can’t address depression without looking at the gut.  You can’t address cancer without looking at the gut.  You can’t address thyroid health without looking at the gut.  You can’t address MS or any other autoimmune conditions without looking at the gut. 

Diet along won’t do it you need to heal your digestive organs.   Yes, the food is important but even more important is not what you eat, but what your body can do with what you eat.  

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Tired Of Your RA Fatigue?

Tired Of Your RA Fatigue?

Energy is the building block of everything in our lives – from our relationships, to our careers, to our moods, to fulfilling our dreams, to our overall happiness in life.  When our energy is hurting, everything in our lives suffers.

But what if you will be able to increase your energy level by 5% every signal day?  Or what if you did it 10%, how about 20%?  20% more energy on daily basis!  Would you enjoy your life more?!  But the way to get it is not through medications and supplements or new and fancy solutions.  It starts with a foundation of wellbeing.  It is about long term engagement.  It requires you to change some habits.  

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5 Common Foods That Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

5 Common Foods That Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis  Pain

Food does matter for your health and how you deal with RA.  It can be one of the main trigger that make your immune system react and cause flare-ups.

As I mentioned in my “7 Common Triggers of Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain” e-book, if you take ten people with Rheumatoid Arthritis it’s possible all ten can have different triggers.  This is the same situation with the foods we eat.   Different people react differently to the same foods.  Each one of is unique and there is a unique diet that will work best for you.

However, there are some foods that are more common for causing RA symptoms.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a reaction to these foods but it is always best to start with these first.  To find out if these foods trigger your RA you have to remove these foods from your diet for some time.  How long will it take depends since it varies from person to person and the state of your disease.  Generally, it takes about 30 days.

Why these foods?  These 5 common foods have the potential to damage and irritate your digestive system.  

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Why me? Part 2

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Why me? Part 2

Because of your RA it’s likely your doctors have told you that you are going to have irreparable tissues damage. 

First - the tissue can be repaired once the cells revitalize and the body becomes healthy again.  It will take some time so be patient and persistent.

Second - it is not your RA that is causing the tissue damage.  It is your body’s own IMMUNE system that is causing the tissue damage. 

Remember your immune system is triggered by what you do and what decisions you do every day. 

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Why me?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?  Why me?

The autoimmune disease epidemic is a growing problem and affecting so many people.  Statistics show that in 1997 we had 9 million people diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and in 2017 the number is over 50 million people just in the US alone.  Of those people in the US the number one diagnosed autoimmune disease is RA and the second thyroid autoimmune Hashimoto’s.

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