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Posts Tagged ‘elimination diet’

Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2011

Have you ever watched the nature channel?  Or Animal Planet?  Or a National Geographic special about animals?  You might have heard something like, “The monkey’s diet consists primarily of . . . .”  “Hummingbirds eat a diet mainly of . . .”   “The average diet of cows in the United States is corn.”  Do these shows mean that these animals went to a doctor because they wanted to lose weight?  Did they buy a book because they wanted to “be buff”?  Did they subscribe to a website so they could be ultra tasty?  No.  For some reason when we talk about what animals eat we get it right, but when we talk about what we eat, we are a little “off”.  The first definition of diet is what we eat.  Whatever we consume, that is our diet.  There are different types of diets.   There is the omnivore diet, the carnivore diet, the vegan diet, the vegetarian diet, the Pescetarian diet,  the Buddhist diet, the fruitian diet, Kosher diet, Mediterranean diet. . . . I could probably fill an entire page of the different names we have given the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group.  There are diets that people “go on”, there are “fad diets”, there are long term diets, there are short term diets, but whatever the case it is what we eat

Whatever we eat it is our diet.  Whatever is our habitual nourishment is our diet.  But society has gotten into the habit of saying things like, “I’m going ON a diet.”  “I am trying the low carb diet.”  “I am on a low fat diet for three weeks.”  For  some reason we have been programmed to think of the word diet as a bad thing.  As something that is suffered through in order to get a certain result then go back to the habitual pattern of eating.  I wonder when that happened?  I wonder how that happened?

This is a list of items to avoid for 14 days on one of the detox diets.

Since I try to use the word diet to mean whatever it is we are eating, I try to qualify the statement if I mean a diet for a specific period of time.  I say “try” because sometimes I fall back into the mainstream pattern of saying, “Oh are you on a  diet?”  I am not a fan of “Fad diets” that promise quick results. And sometimes I am talking about a specific “diet” –whether it is a “fad” or not, there are “diets” out there that are used for a specific time frame, as in the Grapefruit Diet or a detox/elimination diet.  I don’t think anyone could survive long just eating grapefruits and the detox/elimination diet could result in a change in your diet as it is used to see what effect certain food have on the body.   Once you determine any issues then the food that is causing unwanted issues could be eliminated from one’s REGULAR diet.  I know people that have “been on” the Atkins Diet and I know people who follow the Atkins way of eating as their diet, their habitual nourishment.

I keep thinking of trying the detox/elimination diet to see what foods affect me in negative ways, but I have not yet.  I feel my diet/my regular consumption of food could use an overhaul or at least an adjustment, but the overhaul/adjustment will be for the long haul.

Basically when I say “diet” I mean what you eat.  That is a diet.  A nutritional plan.  A way of life.  What we eat.  Whether you are “on one”, “trying one”, “restricting” yours, or “blowing” it, it is really just the food you eat, so I guess we are all “on” a diet.

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Anti-Inflammation Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 23, 2011

You know that the body being in a constant state of inflammation is not good, right?  Research and studies are relating this state of being to many diseases.  You know there are foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.  Do you know that there are foods that cause an inflammatory response in the body?

It is thought that foods that cause an allergic reaction are related to inflammation.  Since inflammation is an immune response.  One of the food groups to be avoided when on a nutrition plan to reduce inflammation in the body is dairy.  Dairy is a big allergy culprit so milk, cheese, and yogurt would not be included in this type of diet.  Although I love dairy this seems like one of the easiest things to avoid.

Another allergy food is peanuts.  This food is definitely not on the list of “can eat” if following an anti-inflammatory eating plan.  This food seems like it might be a little bit more difficult to avoid.  I would imagine if it is just being avoided with the idea to reduce inflammation it would not be so imperative to avoid things that are made in plants with peanuts as one has to do if they are highly allergic.

This diet also excludes caffeine and alcohol.  Strict adherence would entail no fried foods, no processed foods, and no corn.  I think the really difficult allergen to avoid is gluten.  It seems to be in so many things.  Things I wouldn’t have even thought of.  Since so many people are participating in gluten-free diets I have since learned a few of the things, but still.  It is in so many things it seems difficult to avoid.  Just like the items on my list*.  It is difficult to avoid them.   I keep wondering what there is so eat on a diet like this.

This diet is thought to help so many health issues.  Again from what I have seen it is thought that a constant state of inflammation is bad for the body.  It is thought that this state is a state in which diseases can infiltrate the body and its systems.  So if there are health issues I can see following this if it help relieve some of the symptoms of a particular disease.  But this type of diet is also used as a detox and to see if any of these foods cause a reaction in the body.  The plan is to not eat these foods for about two weeks then introduce them back into the diet and to check the reactions of the body.

I want to try this detox/elimination diet to see if there are some food that I should definitely cut out of my diet.  I can live without all of this for two weeks, but the gluten.  It is in so many things.  Well, I am going to research it further.  I am sure I will be posting more about this in the future, but I wanted to see what you think.

I know some of you follow gluten-free diets?  So if you follow a gluten-free diet, why?  And what do you notice, what differences in your body?  And what do you eat instead of bread?  Are they any of you that follow an anti-inflammation diet?  Please share.

*Currently my list of ingredients to avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or Corn sugar, partially hydrogenated oils, and Canola Oil

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