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It’s quite awhil1-5-16 - via Dr. Minnich - Live Your Fill-Spectrum Self - 12359888_10153821581330917_8099558481104067222_ne since I last wrote. This may be my shortest post, ever!

However, because I have been impressed with so many of you signing-up to know when I start posting to this blog again. I will start posting periodically now, so please check for your email updates when I do! I look forward to meeting more of you.

Best Regards,
Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Here’s some of the advice that Hippocrates would give for at least a partial prescription for treating diabetes, as he always said “Let food be thy Medicine!”, and these foods are particularly useful for diabetics.

Lavender helps alleviate stress for diabetics.   Lavender

 

 

 

Registered dieticians Patricia Partain, RD and Jamie McDermott, RD list 10 herbs and spices below as some of the healthiest to incorporate into your diet, and many of these are especially helpful for diabetics.

Turmeric

Health benefits: The active ingredient is curcumin. It’s found in most curry mixes (it’s what makes them look so yellow). Turmeric is a calming spice and aids digestion. A 2006 study at Johns Hopkins University suggested that curcumin may also be helpful in reducing colon cancer.

How to use it: Add to curry mixes when making your own, otherwise, use a pre-made mix (check it’s in there on the label). You can also buy it as a single spice (when it is not a hot spice).

Mix it into any curry recipe, soup, or use with scrambled tofu or eggs.  You can also stir it into the water being used for quinoa, rice or couscous – and it will color them yellow as well as be more healthy.

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Garlic

Many people have learned about the amazing “stinking rose’s” health benefits: possibly lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, being a natural anti-viral and more. Holistic physicians use it to prevent onset of heart disease.

How to use it: It is most beneficial when it is raw. You must use it immediately after chopping or mashing withing 10 minutes or coat it in olive oil to give yourself a bit more time. Use in savory smoothies, dips, salad dressings, compound butters and spreads.

People suggest cooking it, but that does compromise it.

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Peppermint

Many diabetics have digestive issues as your overworked pancreas may not be supplying enough alkaline buffers needed for complete digestion.

Mint’s health benefits include:  relieving indigestion and nausea, as well as symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  But Partain and McDermott say peppermint is not recomm-ended for people with acid-reflux disease.

Peppermint also has some energy stimulation components.

How to use it:  Most people use Peppermint as herbal tea by steeping it in hot water for a few minutes.

For a summer drink: crush the mint along with some lemon juice as a base for lemonade. Then to sweeten, add diabetic-friendly Truvia or other stevia powder to taste. If you crush or shave the ice, it becomes a cooling granita.

Mint can be used as an edible garnish, mixed in with lamb, added to feta cheese, salt and pepper to use as a dip or spread and more!

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Parsley

This herb is a cleanser. It helps to clean the GI tract and thereby “sweeten” breath. But, it is much more!

Health benefits: Parsley is high in potassium – a critical mineral which can help control high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is also high in vitamins K, C and A (which helps to keep skin healthy — which is also vital for diabetics).

How to use it: Add to basil pesto or tabouli.  You can even make a completely parsley pesto! Sprinkle it over potatoes, quinoa or brown rice. Add to fresh tomato sauces and finely chop into dressings. Use in savory smoothies. Juice it! Make a Mediterranean-style salad with lemon juice, tomatoes, chopped fresh onions and feta cheese. Add it to soup just as you take it off the burner, as long as it is minced (be sure to use the stems, too). Mix into meatloaf or hamburgers (this is a good place to use finely-minced stems as these dishes cook longer).

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Rosemary

This is an herb used in classic European cuisines, as the Simon & Garfunkle song implies “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”.

Health benefits:  rosemary may reduce potentially carcinogenic HCA levels when mixed with meat before cooking — HCAs are produced during barbequing, especially.

This herb has also been used to cure indigestion.

But, be aware that it can act as a natural diuretic (as can lemons), so keep your fluid levels up by drinking at least 64 ozs. of pure water a day (unless you have kidney disease — in which case, follow your urologist’s recommendation). If you are taking diuretics, you need to make sure that all your liquid intake is water. Other “liquids” will dehydrate you, in varying amounts..

How to use it:  rub rosemary extract or ground rosemary over meat before grilling (it goes particularly well with lamb). Sprinkle this herb over potatoes before roasting. Add it the water when poaching salmon. Bake it into breads (along with some garlic and black, Greek olives). Add rosemary to tomato sauce as you heat it, but be sure you have ground the leaves in a mortar and pestle, as the leaves don’t soften in cooking, easily, whether fresh or dried versions.

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Chili Pepper

Chilis, especially the smallest Asian ones, along with jalapenos, are very good sources of anti-oxidants, and are  nerve pain relievers (usually as a pharmaceutical cream — not as food).

Health benefits:  the component called capsaicin is an anti-inflammatory. This can also temporarily increase heat production in the body, so it helps cool you in hot weather and helps burn more calories for revved-up metabolism and weight-loss. Capsaicin has also been used to help with circulatory problems, which is an issue that many sedentary diabetics have.

However, if you have a sensitive stomach and colon already, use this with great care. Maybe start with small amounts of dried chili powder or a Japanese 7-spice powder, instead of any of the hot, fresh chili peppers.

I would not give this to most children. For diabetic kids, use alternatives.

How to use it: Mix tiny amounts of chilis into mashed potatoes or eggs. Stir it into softened butter, along with a tiny bit of lime, then spread on corn on the cob. Stir a tiny bit in to make Mexican hot chocolate.

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Cinnamon

The word has been out for quite a while about cinnamon’s ability to help diabetics, but actually quite a bit is needed, more than people think. Plus, some things labeled as “cinnamon” are actually “cassia” which is not helpful for this purpose.

Health benefits: real cinnamon has an anti-inflammatory effect and it can lower blood sugar. Cinnamon can also have an anti-cancer effect.

There has been some indication that cinnamon can increase metabolism, but exercise and diet are what’s really needed to make the difference.

How to use it: as a sweeter spice, people are more willing to use it. So, sprinkle cinnamon on oatmeal, sweet potatoes and into applesauce. Even though you can, I don’t recommend eating cookies and pies, but if you do, then be sure to add cinnamon!. Use it to spice meatballs and in drinks when they will be well-mixed.

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Ginger

Ginger is in the same botanical family as Turmeric, so it has many of the same properties. The main one, apart from fabulous flavor (fresh or dried) is that it is a well regarded anti-inflammatory, so it helps to lessen pain, especially for those with osetoarthritis.

Health benefits: Ginger helps to alleviate nausea and vomiting, and is very useful for children on car trips or for sea-sickness!

It also helps nausea when related to pregnancy.

For the rest of us, ginger is good for digestion.

How to use it: Grate it and add to broths or to stir-fry dishes. If you steep ginger in hot water and add lemon and honey this will make a soothing digestive tea. Bake gingersnaps or gingerbread as a way for diabetic kids to enjoy this spice as long as you use a diabetic-friendly natural sweetener like a tiny bit of organic maple syrup or stevia. Personally, I like undyed sushi ginger to chop-up into dressings, smoothies, popsicles and more.

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Basil

Basil is a cousin of mint. Most people only think of it in terms of pesto — an Italian sauce for pasta, but Basil is quite versatile. Thai food uses it to good advantage and the Holy Basil of India is used in Tulsi — an important herbal tea.

Health benefits: Like mint, basil also freshens breath. It is also an anti-inflammatory, and it has an alkaline pH. Basil is a  good source of magnesium and vitamin A — both of which are needed in potent doses for diabetics.

How to use it: of course, we’ll mention pesto sauce, and you can pair fresh leaves with tomatoes and mozzarella in a Caprese salad (which I personally find hard-to-eat and suggest you dice everything up and eat it on a plate instead of how it’s usually presented). Finely mince and immediately sprinkle over fish just after cooking. Add it to lemonade. Make holy basil into Tulsi tea or buy the tea directly (at Whole Foods).

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Lavender

Ah, this is another French secret! They will have the best lavender recipes, and lavender honey is incredible (use just tiny amounts, but you don’t need much as it has wonderful flavor!).

Diabetes is very stressful on your body and psyche, so lavender can be very beneficial to help bring calmness, allowing your body to rest and also have a better chance to rejuvenate.

Health benefits: Lavender is very calming and can aid with sleep.

How to use it: The flowers can be used in a tea (for sleeping, add a few lavender buds into chamomille tea — unless you are sensitive to daisies or other aster flowers. Otherwise, just brew a purely lavender tea.).  Lavender can be baked into cookies – with stevia as sweetener.

In the famed herb mix, Herbes de Provence, is a mix of fennel, basil, thyme and lavender which is used with meat, fish, quinoa or brown rice.

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Fresh herbs may seem expensive, but they are not when you think of the benefits they bring — and with less liklihood of side-effects. They are also easy to grown in your garden, or on a patio or balcony or on a windowsill in winter. You can always benefit from many of these listed above, all year, for reasonable cost. See the Titles Archive tab above for my excellent posts on container and indoor gardening!

Enjoy these useful herbs and see if your Health also improves as you incorporate them daily.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:

Sources: Patricia Partain, RD; Jamie McDermott, RD; University of Maryland Medical Center; American Cancer Society; whfoods.com; Prevention Magazine; Memorial Sloan Kettering; Food Network.
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Still trying to catch-up after my California trip! Dr. David Brownstein, MD – a long-time holistic physician from Michigan –  sounds the alarm bell and we all need to listen! It’s about how your thyroid’s health is connected to diabetic health, heart health, brain health and more!

First thing — watch Dr. Brownstein’s video at: Dr. Brownstein Explains Low Thyroid and there’s an important FREE OFFER, too. You only pay only $5.95 for shipping and get a DVD and 2 books and 2 editions of his newsletter (I think)! Great help for a fabulous price.

And then read another 2 of his newsletters at the following links!
Diabetics and Low Thyroid – 59 Diseases  — and many of these diseases are: 1) life-threatening and 2) avoidable when you know how.

I’ve discussed the importance of the 2 forms of the mineral Iodine many times — now, Dr. Brownstein connects all the dots and shows you what happens when you are malnourished by lack of Iodine, as most people are in the world, now — either due to poor soils, poor food access or poor food choices. Read  Diabetics and Iodine – A Critical Nutrient.

I found all this information very clear and have taken the free offer myself. I try to keep up with thyroid issues as I think it is a multi-generational problem in part of my family. Even I learned new things from Dr. Brownstein and I expect the 2 books will be worthwhile, too.

Do make sure that you learn all you can about hypothyroidism as low thyroid can be causing or contributing to your diabetes!

While you are waiting for more of his information:

___    start eating sea vegetables and edible seaweeds – they are Nature’s blood-thinners and are a great alkaline source of unpolluted Iodine. (If you are on blood-thinners, consult your physician. You can still eat these, but the dose of meds may need to be adjusted.).

___   You can make sure that you erase man-made foods with nitrates, as nitrates wreck our thyroid!

For example – breads are “fortified” with the synthetic B vitamin Thiamine Mononitrate (make sure your flours, pastas, dry cereals and doughs [and vitamin pills] do not have it! Use natural whole grains, instead.)  Do not use processed meats, sausages, bacon which have nitrates added. Check labels on other processed foods.

___   Iodized salt is NOT a good Iodine source! (Dr. Brownstein explains why it is not). Instead, use a complete, whole sea-salt like Celtic Salt from Brittany, France  OR Eden-brand Sea Salt.

___   Avoid most baked goods, dry cereals, pasta and pizza doughs which are literally killing you, for a second reason. Because of a changed-process in industrial baking made in the 1970s, Bromine was added instead of the long-used Iodine.  Business hasn’t changed even though the problems with Bromine came to light a long time ago.  Sodas also contain a form of this killer, Bromine.

More when I can!

Best to all – Em

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No matter what people think, there’s not been enough medical testing of drugs that enter into the marketplace, especially recently, and much of the testing has been either paid for or conducted by the drug companies themselves. Then, it’s been “rubber-stamped” by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration – America’s federal governmental  ‘health watch-dog’ agency). That’s why there has been an increasing number of reported problems with various drugs, for various conditions, from various companies. Universities and other government agencies and even health workers are now investigating and revealing more problems.

Health reporter, Alice Wessendorf, mentions the following alert:

You may “… be the victim of a commonly prescribed drug combination that’s now been found to cause blood-sugar spikes. And getting in this drug-side-effect crossfire is not as unlikely as you may think, since experts estimate that anywhere between 500,000 and 1 million people in the United States alone are on the two-drug combo.

It was Stanford University researchers who accidentally made the shocking discovery when they were poring over the data from the FDA’s adverse-event-reporting database (AERS). And they were concurrently combining that data-search with the electronic medical records from 3 medical institutions.

Unexpectedly, the Stanford group found  a significant number of patients who were on the common antidepressant Paxil along with the common cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol had unexpected, unexplained spikes in their blood-glucose levels.

And the really frightening part is that patients very well may not have even known it because there was not a single report of the unusual levels was found in the AERS database!

It wasn’t until the researchers bumped the AERS data up against the electronic medical records that the relationship reared its ugly head, and it highlights the problem that this information, as it comes in, needs to be investigated, not just “archived”.

The archived data showed that 135 nondiabetic patients on the dangerous drug combo had an average increase in their blood-glucose levels of 19 mg/dl. Disturbingly, that’s more than enough of a jump to push a nondiabetic person right on over into the diabetes zone.  So, arguably, there are people “diagnosed” as diabetic, who aren’t really; they’re sympromatic because of this medicine combination.

And now, what about the real diabetics, already-diagnosed-ahead-of-combo use? What about anyone for whom maintaining blood-sugar control is critical? The Stanford researchers were able to identify 104 of them, too, on the two drugs who had on average a shocking spike of 48 mg/dl!

Just to be sure of the ‘drug connection to blood sugar spikes’,  they tested the drugs individually and then in combination on prediabetic lab mice. The Stanford group saw a dramatic spike in the sugar levels of the mice that were given both Paxil and Pravachol together—from around 128 mg/dl to a staggering 193 mg/dl.

If you happen to be on these two drugs —  especially if you’re diabetic, then run —don’t walk — to your doctor’s office and ask him about getting off them ASAP (now)!

You know I always favor the most natural approach (as does Alice) and she suggests your physician consider  alternatives like vitamin D, fish oil and exercise to ameliorate these conditions instead of the aforementioned drugs or to lessen the dose needed of the drugs.

It’s not as if these drugs have been shown to be all that helpful any way.  One of the drugs has already been revealed to likely be no better than a sugar pill and to possibly cause thickening of the arteries and the other one to most likely be unnecessary.  Your goal should be to get off them regardless of their effects on your blood-sugar level. Discuss how with your physician.

Lots of Food for Thought here. Make sure you act if you are taking this drug combo. You may even find out you’re not diabetic after all.

Best to all — Em

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Trying new foods which are healthy is imperative for diabetics, as many people are stuck in a rut, continuing to eat foods and sustain habits which are not helping, and which may harm. The new foods are generally vegetarian, and in this case, they are essential. If you haven’t been eating them, you are putting yourself in jeopardy.  Some options are more expensive than others, but in the BIG food-picture, saving money on one part of your food budget (the most expensive is processed foods and more protein than you need), then enables you to buy healthier fresh or lightly-processed real foods.

We do not have to buy processed foods for the smart 2-snacks-a-day in a diabetic diet. In fact, snacks are a chance to try out other new items and recipes. When this season’s Biggest Loser Finale show this week revealed 59 year old Deni and 35 year old Olivia winning, as the at-home and grand-prize winners, respectively, there were lessons to learn there. We’ll discuss that over coming weeks, but small, healthy meals and snacks, paced through the day, is integral for beating both obesity and diabetes.

Famed holistic physician, Dr. Andrew Weil, MD says “As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.

What’s going on here?

Well, Hemp History Week occurred May 2-8, 2011 and you can learn more at: Grow American Hemp! – it’s Nature’s Wonder Food and the safest ecologically for food, clothes (excellent and no pesticides — cotton accounts for 25% of all pesticide use!), building materials, cosmetics, industrial products (Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Lotus, GM and BMW already use it in cars)  and on and on.

Currently, one needs a permit to grow even industrial hemp (which cannot produce marijuana) and the American government has not been granting permits and has been waging war on those who want to grow this amazing, healthy, useful plant.

It’s even burned fields on the permit-holding, sovereign lands of several Native American tribes, for their own home-building use (they did the American government the  “courtesy” to get a permit, although they should not need it). The ATF agents burned 2 seasons of crops and left individuals and tribes without their crop after investing all their money.

No-one is getting permits in America, and meanwhile, we are importing hemp food and hemp products from Canada and other European and Asian countries which are more enlightened. So, we pay more and our farmers are locked out from one of the few lucrative crops which could help them save their family farms and provide a decent living-wage.

Hemp is one of the most nutritious foods on earth and if I had to choose 3 foods to have plenty of on a desert island, it would be one. Hemp seeds are a nearly-perfect food source. And, they are one of the few foods which have the needed human ratio of 1:3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) of Omega-3s to Omega-6s.

We must get these essential fatty acids everyday: either from cold water fish, molecularly-distilled fish oil capsules, organic hemp seed, organic chia seed or organic flax seed. Omega-3s are severely lacking in the modern diet, and this is possibly why neurological problems are increasing, as the brain is 70% these essential fats. Episodes of Parkinson’s, ADD, Autism, Alzheimers and more, along with IQ’s falling can all be attributed to lack of these EFAs. And, their lack also lets body-wide inflammation wreke havoc; this impacts diabetics directly.

So, like last week, when I wrote about chia seed recipes, I’ll add some interesting hemp seed ones this week.

I prefer NOT to cook hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds. If you do, please do not use any heat higher than 325F. That’s critical. Flaxseeds must be ground to be accessible and then used immediately.

You will not be failing drug tests if you eat hemp! Only those who use drugs will register on those tests.
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HEMP PANCAKES

Makes: About 16 pancakes Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 15 min

1 C  shelled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
3 T nut oil or organic butter (changed)

1 C organic whole wheat flour or organic substitute of choice
2 t no-aluminum baking powder (Rumford’s)

1 t baking soda
1 t Celtic sea salt

4 egg whites – divided, free-range, vegetarian fed —– save the egg yolks (or cook, whole, to medium, separately and serve on side).
1 C plain organic yogurt
2 T organic raw honey (not for those under 3 years old) OR organic maple syrup

1 C spring water
2 T vanilla
Berries (optional)

Combine flour, shelled hemp seed, baking powder, salt and soda in bowl.
Combine egg whites, yogurt, sweetener and water. Whisk in butter or oil.

Pour into dry ingredients. Use blender to mix to smooth consistency. Optional: add in Berries while cooking!

Cook on (buttered) griddle (medium heat, max 325F), until tops are bubbly – turn and cook until browned.

Serve with more maple syrup OR use the Savory Hemp Hummus or Hemp Butter, below. Can be frozen and heated up in toaster.

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SAVORY HEMP HUMMUS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes 4 cups Prep Time: 10 mins

3 C sprouted organic chick peas OR canned organic chickpeas OR beans
1/2 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)

1/4 C hemp seed oil OR mix of hemp and olive OR all organic, extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic
1/4 C organic lemon juice

1/4 C organic parsley
2 T cumin powder
2 T organic red miso

1 t cayenne powder
1 T fresh cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend on low, stopping to turn the mixture until smooth.

Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
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HEMP BUTTER

Makes 2 1/4 cups. Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 1/4 C organic hemp seed oil
1 lb organic unsalted butter

Soften butter in a container (over night usually does it)

Add 1 1/4 C hemp seed oil and blend in by hand until hemp oil and butter are partially mixed.

Now use a hand blender on low until it’s completely smooth (and green } texture. Refrigerate and remove a small pat when needed.

Usually softens enough to spread at room temp in about 10 minutes. Remember not to cook with it. Keep the temp low and simmer if you must. Compliments of Tom Kowalsky Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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COCONUT MANNA™ OATMEAL

1 bowl of hot oatmeal
2 T Coconut Manna™ (organic, extra-virgin coconut oil)
2 T Nutiva shelled hempseed
1 T organic honey or organic maple syrup

Gently mix together. Serve hot or warm.
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VEGGIE HEMP CHILI – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 45 min.

2 t organic, extra-virgin coconut oil
3/4 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

3 C canned peeled organic tomatoes, chopped, with juice
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seed)
1/3 C spring water

3 T chili powder, more if desired
2 t organic blackstrap molasses
3/4 t cumin

1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t black pepper
1-1/2 C canned organic pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1-1/2 C canned organic black beans
1 jalapeno pepper (optional), diced

Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until softened.

Stir in next 8 ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium low and simmer 15 minutes.

Add beans and simmer another 20-30 minutes, adding water if chili becomes too thick. Stir jalapeno pepper into chili just before serving.
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VEGGIE HEMP BURGERS – Manitoba Harvest

Makes: 6 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

10 ounces soft tofu
1 C hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1/4 C sunflower seeds

1/4C scallions, chopped
2 T soy sauce
2 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t dried basil
2 C herb seasoned stuffing — substitute (2C cooked quinoa OR 2C cooked brown rice OR combo)

In a blender, puree tofu then add the rest of the ingredients except stuffing / quinoa and brown rice. Put the mix into a bowl and pour tofu mixture over top. Combine well. Form into burger patties and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 300 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
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More hemp recipes next time!

Best to all — Em

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(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

Please do not use my articles on junk blogs. I will prosecute you. The only use of my copyrighted article is 2 small paragraphs (with my website shown) without further permission, from me, in writing. Contact me at the About Me page on the upper navigation bar if you want to share more than 2 paragraphs. Thanks.

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Diabetics have sensitive biochemistry, some of which needs to be re-calibrated. However, most Westerners now are in short supply of natural Omega-3 essential fatty acids — for brain and heart and reducing inflammation, all of which impact diabetic health. Where can you get Omega-3 essential fats?

Most references will say “cold water fish”, but some fisheries are depleted (see the endangered or at-risk fish species at Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s site), others are not in clean waters. So, more clearly, I will say:

___   Only WILD fish. NO farmed fish. Always ask!

___   Only fish which are small and lower on the food-chain,  (so less chance to get mercury-toxicity from our ruined environment) and from very-cold waters — avoid tuna, for sure, except albacore “tuna” which is really a mackerel species and is a smaller fish.

You can use wild mackerels, cods, salmon and halibut (it’s too expensive for most of us). Pollack would also work, but most of it is bought up by industrial processors and then it is made into fake-food as Fake Krab etc., (it’s too processed to consider).

___   For vegetarians, and budget-minded people, there are also plant-sources of Omega 3. All the seeds should be Organic. The usually-touted Flaxseed is actually the least-usable. It’s OK to use it if it’s ground (and it must be used immediately after grinding!).  Better, is using Hemp Seed, which is almost Nature’s perfect food, and it has the perfect lipid profile, one of the few foods which properly balances polyunsaturated fats, monosaturated fats and Omega-3 fats. You can also use Hemp Milk. And, lastly, new-kid-on-the-block is Chia Seed — sometimes marketed by patented names like Salba(R) and BenVia Gold (R).

NOTE: If you are sensitive to sesame seed, you may also have an intolerance for Chia.

All seeds should be kept in the refrigerator, as should nuts, each in airtight containers, with the least air. I put it in a ziploc bag, squeezed to expel air, and then the bag put into a tight-lid plastic carton in the refrigerator, to prevent moisture gaining access, even to the outer bag.

___ Some nuts have a little Omega-3 in them, too.

___  We might find flesh from Arctic and Antarctic birds, mammals and penguins also have high Omega-3 content, but most people do not hunt these, or have access to them. In fact, the Inuit and the Inuu — whom we call “Eskimos” — used to have NO heart disease when they ate these animals. Now that they hunt less and mainly eat processed foods, their illness rank is sky-rocketing!

Most of us are willing to eat fish, but if not, use the vegetarian sources. You MUST get Omega-3 sources in your daily diet, everyday, to have a real chance at Health.  If you decide to use supplements, fish oil must be “molecularly distilled“, otherwise, the processor is concentrating environmental toxins.

I am sure that most of us have favorite salmon and cod recipes — poached, lightly-broiled are best. There are some in my Titles Archive, on the upper navigation bar.

Many of us know little about using the seeds, however, so I’ll concentrate on that.

Make sure that your children are eating these foods! You want to try to head-off pre-diabetes and if they are already Type 1 diabetics, these foods should help them be healthier.

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2 Minute Basic Chia Fresca (Iskiate)

1/2 T organic chia seeds
1/2 t organic lemon juice
1 g stevia – low-glycemic, natural sweetener (like Truvia)( 1 gram = 1 packet)
12 oz natural spring water or alkaline water (like Essentia) – chilled

Combine ingredients and chill 1/2 hour before consuming, in order to thicken the chia into a gel (the traditional way to drink the beverage). You can also whisk the mix beforehand, for a few minutes, to make it “gel” faster.

Serves 1.

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Orange Chia Fresca

1 T organic chia seeds
8 oz. spring water or organic coconut water
1  organic orange (Valencias are most used for juicing)
1 t organic blue agave nectar, (or equivalent stevia is better)(Truvia)

1. Add the chia seeds to the water, let sit for 10 minutes or more.
2. Juice the orange, add the fresh squeezed juice to the chia gel.
3. Add the agave or stevia (Truvia).
4. Serve with a spoon or straw for stirring while you drink.

Serves 1

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Banana Hemp-Chia Pudding

1/2 -1 c. chia gel )(soak organic seeds in hemp milk or coconut water)(start: 6T organic chia seeds + 1/2C organic liquid)
3 – 4 whole frozen organic banana (peel before freezing)
1-2 C organic hemp milk
1t per person, organic extra-virgin coconut oil

Soak chia seeds in some hemp milk overnight to make chia gel. (For a thicker gel, hang in cheesecloth over a bowl in the refrigerator, (like yoghurt prep). You can also whisk the mix beforehand, for a few minutes, to make it “gel” faster.

Blend with a frozen banana and more hemp milk.
Freeze.
Blend again.

Optional: add cinnamon and / or organic walnuts.

Serves approx. 3 people.

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Leah Celeste’s Bulk Chia Smoothie Base

1C organic chia seed
6 C natural spring water
3 C organic nut milk OR organic hemp milk OR organic coconut water OR combo

Mix the chia with the water and allow to gel for about 30 mins to an hour. Use a wire whisk to mix the seeds with the water, the more and better you whisk it up the better it will gel up.

Then add your vegetarian milks or coconut water  and whisk again.

You can eat the thinner version in about 30 minutes or put it in the refrigerator for a few hours to thicken up.

This recipe will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and you can just scoop out what you want to eat. Flavor with banana, berries, dried fruit, cinnamon, cardamom, sweeteners, cocoa powder, coconut oil, coconut milk and anything else you like!
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Kristen’s Dehydrator Chocolate Chia Crackers and Spreads

Yield 1 dehydrator tray (quantity depends on size you cut)

1 C organic chia seeds
2 C natural spring water
Juice of 1 orange (organic)
1 apple, organic – cored, chopped
1/4 C raw chocolate powder (Navitas is a favorite brand)
2 T  raw agave nectar or equivalent Truvia stevia
6 dates, pitted
dash Himalayan crystal salt OR Celtic Sea Salt

Soak your chia seeds for 30 minutes in a large bowl with 1 1/2 C of the water.

Blend the remaining ingredients (including the remaining 1/2 cup of water) together. Add the blended mixture to the bowl with soaked chia seeds and stir to mix.

Break up any chia seed clumps with your rubber spatula or spoon. Let the mixture sit (as is) for 15-30 minutes.

Spread the mixture on a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick paraflex sheet and score the batter to desired size (be careful not to cut the paraflex sheet.).

(For a thinner cracker, divide between two trays.) Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 60 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate another 6-8 hours.

Flip crackers onto another tray without a paraflex sheet and peel off the paraflex sheet being used previously. Dehydrate another 6-10 hours, or until you reach your desired dryness.

Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Spread
Yield 1 1/4 cups

1 1/2 C  organic hazelnuts
3 T  raw chocolate powder
1 1/2 T organic agave nectar
1/2 C organic cashews
2 T organic extra-virgin coconut oil
pinch Himalayan crystal salt OR Celtic Sea Salt

Process all of the ingredients above in a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, until creamy.

Sweet Southern Peach Jam
Yield 1 cup

1 C frozen peaches, thaw (get organic peaches; others are heavily sprayed!)
3 dates, pitted, soaked 20 minutes, drained
1 T raw, organic  blue agave nectar OR equivalent stevia / Truvia

Blend all of the ingredients together.

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More recipes, especially for Hemp, next time.

Best to all — Em

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information” (TM)

There’s SO much need for information. SO many people are ill because they are NOT getting the real knowledge they need to make good decisions about their Health. Why is this? A lot has to do with Big Pharma slamming the doors on open-knowledge through America’s FDA (Federal Drug Administration) enforcement channels. Now there’s a ray of hope!

Dr. Robert Rowen, MD reports:

The Free Speech About Science (FSAS) Act – HR1364.

Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah designed this bill to protect your access to scientific information. It amends the current FDA law to allow  legitimate scientific and educational information attached to supplements.

It still permits the FDA and FTC the right to take action against false and misleading information, but that is appropriate.

The FDA should have never had any ability to take action against truthful statements, but it has been doing that. To most people, that’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment (and it should have been halted long ago)  but Big Pharma is the most important lobbying group and usually gets what it wants. That’s why YOU have to help[ this Bill survive!

Dr. Rowen says: “This is a small but important step in medical freedom. In my opinion, the FDA acts more as the enforcing arm of Big Pharma, than a protector of the people. Currently, Big Pharma grabs billions in blood money profits from its false and fraudulent studies. And the FDA recalls or stops these poisons only after the drug companies have made their “killing.” But if you were to make a truthful statement about a non-patented natural substance, you’ll get fined and possibly jailed.”

“The only way for Pharma to stay in business with inferior and dangerous products is to maintain its monopoly on disease maintenance.”

I’m not sure why, but at the moment, the Bill is in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (I guess it’s there because it’s about “sales”, rather than Health).

If any of your state Representatives serve on this committee, please urge them to take up the Bill. Otherwise, it will likely never get out of Committee. To find out who serves on this panel and how to contact them, please visit this website: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/committee.xpd?id=HSIF .

Now, on to VANADIUM.

Most people have never heard the word, but Vanadium is a crucial mineral for diabetics.

Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS says in his book, “The Diabetes Improvement Program”, that vanadium is low in the American food chain as AgriBusiness does not replace it in the soil. Factory farms just tend to rape the land and put very little back into it.

Buying standard, non-organic food will likely leave you with only 10 – 60 mcg (micrograms, NOT milligrams) of vanadium in your food, daily. Organic food usually comes from better amended and naturally-amended soil, so it should have higher values.

When non-insulin dependent diabetics were given 100 mcg of Vanadyl sulfate a day, their blood sugar levels fell by 14%. That’s substantial.

WARNINGS:

Toxicity to vanadyl sulfate may begin at 130 mcg (that is, at 1.3mg), so be aware of that when choosing supplements OR when combining foods to excess.

Hypoglycemics (those who have bouts with LOW blood sugar) should NOT supplement with vanadium.

Diabetics must confer and co-ordinate with their physician if using vanadium supplements, as they will mimic insulin, to a degree, and affect dosage of your medications.

Vanadium supplements should NOT be given to children.

People with kidney disease or low white blood cell counts also should NOT take vanadium supplements.

If you take warfarin, coumadin, heparin or aspirin, talk to your physician before taking vanadium supplements.

VANADIUM-RICH FOODS:

When using moderate, average amounts in food, people would have a hard time overdosing. Vanadium rich foods are seaweeds* and sea vegetables*, healing mushrooms (shitake, maitake), walnuts, shellfish from clean waters, dill, parsley, some whole grains and black pepper.

Vanadium is not well absorbed by our body (only about 5% of what is ingested) and chromium and iron help increase absorbability.

The website at http://whfoods.org states:

” As part of their natural defense mechanisms, sea vegetables contain a variety of enzymes called haloperoxidases. These enzymes all require vanadium in order to function. Although this mineral is not as well known as some of the other mineral nutrients, it appears to play a multi-faceted role in regulation of carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. While research in this area is still in the preliminary stage and remains mixed in terms of results, vanadium may help to increase our body’s sensitivity to insulin by inhibiting a group of enzymes called protein tyrosine phosphatases. It may also help us decrease our body’s production of glucose and help us increase our body’s ability to store starch in the form of glycogen. ”

Take daily steps towards Health and Knowledge.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCE:

University of Maryland Medical Center

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