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In last week’s article I introduced the idea of B.I.M. (Body Information Markers) which you can use to help you assess your own Health or that of your children. As a diabetic, you are used to self-measurement, but these are new tools, and they work for everyone!

So, here are some new B.I.M.s and the link to last week’s article is below.

___ Neck circumference has been explored in studies as a B.I.M. for potential obesity and heart problems in adults and the information below also applies to children.

One of Body Mass Index’s (the usual method) shortcomings is that it “does not accurately define central body fatness,” said Dr. Nafiu (an assistant professor of pediatric anesthesia at the University of Michigan School of Medicine Health, Ann Arbor).

Neck circumference could give better clues to actual body fat composition.

Additionally, Dr. Olubukola Nafiu and his colleagues examined 1,102 children and recorded their heights, weights and neck circumferences to determine whether this measurement could be another way to assess obesity in children. It can.

At the link below, you can get relevant charts for neck circumference guidelines. Help you and your child by referring to them often.

The doctors measured necks using a flexible tape at the most prominent part of the neck for young children. For older males, that area was around the Adam’s apple level (larynx bump, in the front of the neck).

But common sense also indicates the connection between a large, fatty neck circumference and ill health.

It was particularly poignant to see this research as in a recent week’s “Losing It With Jillian”,  trainer Jillian Michael’s intervened to save the health of a Miami 9 year old, who was already pre-diabetic and almost at full-blown Type 2 diabetes, which is at epidemic levels among juveniles.

___   David Alvarez, Jr. was a miniature, thick-necked version of his severely overweight father and somewhat overweight Mom. He was already having to monitor blood sugar, and the terrible thing about juveniles who are getting Type 2 diabetes is that food can either create or obliterate the condition!

If a family will choose healthy foods and use it and exercise to get the weight off, then you are on your way back to Health. But, children are at the mercy of their parent’s ignorance or lack of concern or both.

Children don’t buy or prepare the food they eat; adults do that, and it is up to the adults to validate and encourage healthy exercise and other healthy habits.

Jillian courageously told the Alvarez family that they were causing their son’s ill health.

So, Jillian showed them how to eat better and exercise properly and efficiently and choose time to have fun together. By the time 6 weeks had gone by, little David had lost 25 pounds and he was most of the way to becoming a normal-sized kid again.

He was no longer being taunted; he had a new lease on life, as he wanted to make sure his new friends stayed healthy or the ones who needed help learned what he had. Talk about paying it forward!

Jillian supported little David’s after school program so he could continue to help the other kids learn how to live a healthy life. Brava! and Bravo!

___ And, you need a test like the neck  B.I.M.  above to help gauge your children’s weight well being, as the usual growth charts (which are based on BMI) may not tell the whole story, yet another article suggests. However, the medical profession does consider Body Mass Index a B.I.M. and uses it in all childhood assessment of weight.

And, importantly, the article says it  seems that the vast majority of pediatricians are NOT willing to discuss or intervene in juvenile weight control — I just couldn’t believe what I was reading!

___   More than 20 years ago, the alarm bell rang on the childhood obesity epidemic. Now, 17% of American children and adolescents are officially “obese“, triple the rate in 1980.

And nearly 33% more children are also now considered “overweight“, according to the latest government data.

Importantly and shockingly, in a 2006 study surveying the parents of the obese children, one-half of those parents did NOT recognize that their child was even overweight (some studies show it as high as 90%).

Less than one-third of parents said they were “worried” about their child’s weight!

In another survey, only 38% of parents had taken steps, or were planning to take them, to help their obese child lose weight.

Parents should be concerned, because although some overweight kids do outgrow their baby fat, roughly two out of three are likely to grow up to be obese adults! And along with that sentence comes a slew of serious health problems, including: diabetes, asthma, heart disease and depression. Who would wish that on their child!

The failure of parents to accurately assess their child’s weight is also partly due to changing social norms — not only are kids heavier than ever before, but roughly 2/3 of adults are also overweight.

Parents who are overweight themselves are less likely to identify their children as overweight and similarly, some studies suggest that parents of various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds have different conceptions of body type and overweight.

___   BMI might be a better B.I.M. if it was looked at with a CRITICAL eye. Be aware that steadiness in the relationship between weight and height on the graph are crucial.

Dr. Samuel Gidding, MD says studies show that there is a serious concern when lots of weight comes on rapidly, at any time. If so, regard that as a possible problem showing up in metabolism or biochemistry.

Use Body Mass Index (BMI) as a signal to monitor your child, consult a pediatrician who is active and aware, and double your effort to give your child proper amounts of only healthy foods.

Monitor your children from birth. Use the charts below and the neck circumference charts already mentioned (link in Reference section below).

And, as children get older, parents should teach them about:
___ nutrition
___ appropriate portion sizes
___ healthy eating habits (such as sticking to regular meal times)
___ and the importance of being active.

Here’s your access to the scientific basis for a healthy child’s growth assessment and normal weight to height ratios — by gender.

Girl’s Height and Weight Charts

Boy’s Height and Weight Health Chart

Neck Size as a Diabetes Indicator

Diabetic Body Information Genes, Bellies and More – Part 1

Best to all — Em

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In today’s uncertain economic future, when you may be hit with unemployment or reduced income on top of struggling with diabetes in your family, then this Gardening for Diabetics series is important for you!

Not only will you be able to eat more fresh, healthy, low glycemic, pH alkaline food, but for the techniques which I have shared in parts 1-4, you will not need much money to get your garden started.

These simple gardens can make a huge, positive change happen in your life!

The following 2 techniques (aquaponics and aeroponics) which are  explained today require more equipment, so I will not give lots of information – there’s plenty to get you started at specialized sites online.  But I wanted to introduce these ideas to you because both are very effective methods. In fact, aquaponics has been practiced in Asia for centuries, if not millennia.

Biochemically, you need to constantly detoxify your body if you have diabetes, and the best foods to do this with are organically-grown, low glycemic vegetables e.g. leafy greens and other alkaline foods like papaya, sweet potato, seaweed, avocado and more.

I have written about alkaline foods (look in the Title Archive, link above).

You only want to feed your family healthy food —  for the least amount of money — so having your own garden IS the way.

It’s an idea needed to make global and personal change. We need to start growing our own food, or at least a decent portion of it.

In other parts of my series, you have seen people are beginning to use sunny windows, rooftops, reclaim vacant land (with permission), encouraging their city to make community gardens and more.

The “food miles” involved in producing your food and dragging it an average of 1,400 miles in the US,  is untenable in today’s world and in all future scenarios.

If we persist in using this flawed system, food prices will become astronomical. Get out of the loop  and become independent, now!

There’s a link below to an Aussie report as an example of how much can even be home-grown on an apartment balcony, let alone what can be done on a roof or a backyard.

If you are lucky enough to have a yard, then you can make miracles happen, even if yours is a tiny plot of land.  Maybe you will even sell your fish and produce as a Southern California family has been doing (for more than a decade) in a small but intensely efficient garden.

Their current production record is 6,000 pounds of food from their 1/5 acre yard garden!!!! Yes, you read that correctly!

Links for these encouraging sites are at the end of my article. And, be sure to notice that these techniques will help with America’s and the global fresh water access crisis. There’s not enough fresh water now in most parts of the world. Water conservation is critical. These gardening techniques require the least water.

All of this is good self-help and good parenting because is also the route to return to Health and fight Obesity.

Many young people are pre-diabetic or even have Type 2 diabetes, long regarded as a disease of middle age and beyond.

No-one can afford to sit around still thinking that somehow expensive medicines are the answer. They are not.

Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD and other health professionals with open minds have consistently shown that the proper diet of healthy foods, alone, can improve and even reverse Type 2 diabetes, and increase quality of life for type 1 diabetics.  Type 2 diabetics were able to reduce and in some cases even eliminate their medication.  Start gardening and eating all your produce, so you may have these results, too. Just do it!

Now on to the 2 techniques for today.

___   Aquaponics will produce LOTS of FAST, healthy food! And, as it is an ecologically sound system, you will not really need outside supplies, once it is properly set up, and you learn how to run your unit efficiently.

The end products will be that you will produce are:

___   either freshwater prawns, tilapia fish or arctic char fish to eat

___   also organic fruits and/or  vegetables.

Your diabetes diet plan will be filled with accessible, low-cost, healthy food. You will not even have to buy fertilizer. And, if you keep plant seeds, then you will not even have to buy plant seeds next season, but I think you will buy some, as you want to try new vegetables and fruits.

You can learn how to properly prepare home-harvested seeds for storage — check Seedsavers Exchange. One version of aquaponics is barrel-ponics.

___   In my reading about these systems, I think Aeroponics is the most technical, requires the most equipment and cannot be sustained without buying commercial products. But, it is a very effective way to grow food. For sure.

If you have a couple of hundred dollars to spend on a trial, then you could buy one of the tiny countertop units like AeroGarden. Just look for the official website, and see their authorized retailers. Theirs is a small but well-made system.

Do NOT have anything to do with Earth Solutions Farm-in-a-Box.  It is exorbitantly priced and when investigated by others online, the reviewers said it used materials toxic to the fish as well as being shoddily made.

LINKS:

Balcony Garden in Sydney, Australia Once established, this garden takes only 10 minutes of care a week!

BarrelPonics

Free download: The BarrelPonics Manual

Food for Fish – BioPod Plus and she is an Aquaponics – acknowledged expert

Ebb and Flow – Aeroponic or Aquaponic Text and Video: Hydroponics on a Toronto Balcony

For genetic biodiversity it is important to grow no hybrids. Use heirloom vegetable and fruit varieties, only. Get them at: RareSeeds.com
and SeedSavers Exchange Catalog

Raising Fish in the City

Dervaes Family Garden. Southern California’s celebrated home-gardeners. and Path to Freedom, Dervaes Family

Zero Power Aquaponic System Remember to only use food-grade plastics and NO PVC!

Brix Meter and organic BioVam Method. A Brix meter is needed for any garden, as it measures carbohydrate plant content to tell you exactly when your crop is “ripe”.

Seed Search Engine

Help Getting Seeds

Community Food Advocacy

BOOKS:
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholamew
Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier
Backyard Self-Sufficiency by Jackie French

THE REST OF THE SERIES:
Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 1

Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 2

Diabetics Need to Garden, Part 3

Hydroponics with Safer Plastics Part 4A

5 Gallon Bucket Gardening Part 4B

Hydroponic Gardening Part 4C

5 Gallon Bucket Hydroponic Gardening Part 4D

Gardening in Rubbermaid Totes Part 4E

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Here’s some new dietary information to help diabetics make better choices.

Hawaiian researchers recently examined the influence of dietary fiber, magnesium (Mg) and glycemic load (GL) on diabetes.  They found these offer protection against diabetes and can be achieved through food choices.

After taking into account body weight, there still are differences in commonly consumed foods due to ethnicity and culture, so risk estimates may differ by ethnic group (J Nutr. 2010 Jan;140(1):68-74).

In the study, the 75,512 Caucasian, Japanese American and Native Hawaiian participants aged 45 to 75 years at baseline completed an exam and questionnaire. After 14 years of follow-up, 8,587 incident diabetes cases were identified through self-reports and via health plans.

When comparing, total fiber intake was associated with reduced diabetes risk among all men. High intake of grain fiber reduced diabetes risk significantly by 10 percent in men and women.

Interestingly, high-vegetable fiber intake lowered risk by 22 percent in all men but not women. (Maybe the women were already eating more vegetables than men … I think this stat is strange as a finding and needs explanation.)

Magnesium intake reduced risk, which may explain the protective effect of fiber, as it is found in high Mg foods.

Ranking in the top Glycemic Load quintile was associated with a significantly elevated diabetes incidence in Caucasian men and in all women except Japanese Americans.

So, eating lower glycemic foods is important, period! Junk food, too-high carbs food, sugary foods and too-low fiber foods all have too high GL.

Overall, several associations were more pronounced in Caucasians than in the other groups. So whites may have gotten on the junk-food wagon more than other groups with stronger ethnic ties to traditional foods OR there may be inherent physical weakness towards diabetes in Caucasians OR both. All that remains to be figured out, but eating low glycemic foods, high-fiber foods and lots of fresh vegetables helps everyone, and Japanese Americans are traditionally better at this.

I believe that the Japanese and Okinawan diets are the world’s healthiest.

And we all know mild exercise, like walking daily at a conversation pace, is helpful to diabetics. Now, the research shows that after exercise is a good time for a higher protein / lower carb meal, that is not low calorie. Aim for a 200 to 400 calorie snack-meal after exercise, and a maximum of 200 grams of carbohydrate at that time.

The study is a follow-up on other research which revealed how the biochemical benefits of exercise occur from the most recent exercise session.

For 20 years, my neighbor was a prominent endocrinologist and he was always happy to see me walking-the-circle near our homes. He always told me to do long-steady exercise, daily, as the benefit carried-over for a small amount of time. If I linked the exercise, then the biochemistry was more likely to still be in exercise-benefit mode.

This study bears that out. Since the benefits of working-out can die off after a few days of no activity (or even in a few hours for some people), health experts now are suggesting that diabetics eat a low-carb, but not low calorie, meal after exercise. Discuss this with your doctor.

The study revealed how low-carb (but not low calorie) meals improved blood sugar control for hours after activity, or even into the next day.

BUT Diabetics, and overweight people at risk for diabetes, should not start a strict low-carbohydrate diet, Atkins type diet any time soon, if ever. Popular low-carb diets restrict far more than what’s recommended, and those plans have too much protein which can overload diabetic kidneys.

But focusing on the meal just after regular exercise is important, and that is the best time to intervene. Carbohydrate deficiency after exercise, but not energy deficiency, is encouraged.

Participants in the study ate as much as 200 grams of carbohydrates after working out. Of course, there are many factors when it comes to diet; age, weight, size and current health or activity level.

Every person should eat about 12 calories per pound of body weight, unless they are severely overweight or clinically obese. Doing the Math, a person weighing 200 pounds should consume 2,400 calories per day, unless the person is overweight, then calories should be cut to approximately 1600 for women and 2000 for men. Lower than this level is not good.

After balancing out the needed calorie amount, fat, protein and carbohydrate percentages must be weighed in. Experts and trainers suggest that 50 percent of most diets should consist of calories from fresh, mostly unprocessed carbohydrates (organic as much as possible), while 30 percent consist of calories from lean, natural, organic protein (as much as possible), and 20 percent, calories from healthy fatmonosaturated like olive oil and omega-3’s like in salmon, hempseed, flax seed and walnuts.

Fats do not affect blood sugar levels and provide satiety.

Our bodies need the foods which help control blood sugar. High-protein diets are NOT the answer as when only (or mostly) protein is consumed, then calcium isn’t absorbed as well, heart conditions worsen, exercise benefits weaken and it can effect the body’s ability to control blood sugar.

Healthy forms of alkaline, low glycemic load carbohydrates are a very important part of a balanced diet, and especially in people who exercise regularly.  It is important to replenish at least some of the carbohydrate stores your liver used up during exercise, so you have this major fuel source ready for your next exercise session or emergency when your blood sugar dips.

The study is called, “Energy deficit after exercise augments lipid mobilization but does not contribute to the exercise-induced increase in insulin sensitivity,” and it appears online in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Even though you are probably sitting down right now to read this, you’d be helping lessen your chance of diabetes if you read this standing up! Yes, and some good may also be found in all those boring or semi-boring year-end parties, too, now, but only if you spend most of your time standing. Who knew! Anything which helps lessen diabetes or helps diabetics is no laughing matter, and as I mulled over what to post right now (and I wasn’t standing, drinking mulled wine), I finally decided on this strange item. It is SO simple, that anyone can begin to do this, and make a change for the better.

What’s the research? “Physiologists analyzing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes found that the act of sitting shuts down the circulation of a fat-absorbing enzyme called lipase. They found that standing up engages muscles and promotes the distribution of lipase, which prompts the body to process fat and cholesterol, independent of the amount of time spent exercising. They also found that standing up uses blood glucose and may discourage the development of diabetes.”

Sitting is not benign; it’s passive, but it’s a serious step in the wrong direction, if you spend most of your time doing it.

Chair time is an insidious hazard because people haven’t been told it’s a hazard,” Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

In evolutionary terms, we certainly were meant to move around, and only sit to rest when needed, just like other animals. As we have become more social, other actions have started that may be detrimental to our basic physiology, and our best interests.

We do not have to be constantly exercising, or even moving all the time, but evidently, our physiology gets “key” triggering when we stand!

Sitting seems to put our physiology into a ‘parking mode’. Who wants that! Especially in today’s world, we want to burn-off our easily-found food, otherwise we will become obese. Our thrifty-gene just parks the food calories for times when ‘famine’ will happen. Now, famines rarely do. Our 100,000 year old body doesn’t know that!

So, the best thing is to work WITH your body.

In the United States alone, 47 million people have Syndrome X – a metabolic disease which is part of a biochemical freeway to heart disease and diabetes, as well as to obesity. Triggering better biochemistry and making better food choice (alkaline foods, alkaline spring waters, whole sea salt to help alkaize your body and attain alkaline pH in your body’s tissues) are all things that can reverse the slippery-slope, in my opinion. Now, the scientists are telling us to stand up more.

Maybe that’s yet another reason why symphony conductors traditionally live such long, quality lives. Apart from the vital energy field of the music, and the aerobic exercise via the arms, these people spend huge amounts of time just standing-up. No one ever realised standing’s power until recently.

The photo above is clear evidence! Here’s why.

“”The existing data, by numerous studies, are starting to show that the rates of heart disease and diabetes and obesity are doubled or sometimes even tripled in people who sit a lot,” Dr. Hamilton explains. One reason, he says, is an enzyme called lipase. When it’s on, fat is absorbed into the muscles, but when we sit down, lipase virtually shuts off.

Instead, the fat will recirculate in the blood stream and go and be stored as body fat or it can clog arteries and cause diseases,” Dr. Hamilton says. And it’s not a small amount of fat. Plasma samples were taken from the same person after eating the same meal. When they ate sitting down, the sample was cloudy, but when they ate while standing up, it was clear.”

Again, see the photos above!

Stand up when you are watching your children play, rather than sitting in the bleachers. Better still, if it’s something you can join in, then do.  When you are at work, stand up to do tasks as often as possible. Maybe even see how your monitor and keyboard can accomodate that. Have a lectern to place your laptop on. Eat lunch standing while you look out a window. Find ways to not seem weird, if that concerns you, but even getting up more often to stand, stretch, walk a little around your cubicle will all add up to help.

I wanted to introduce this subject while many of you will have Holiday time over these next 2 weeks. If you start the “habit” in a less stressful surrounding and do this every day, by the time you return to the usual work day in 2 weeks, you will be a long way toward the 21 days it usually takes to successfully ingrain a new habit.

So, with cocktail parties, family gatherings, quiet time, whatever, just start. Knowing that standing will improve your health SO much, will help you get better results.

Happy Holy Days to all.

— Em

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food-banks  Rebecca Muscarello, Arabi, LA saves food-stamps for fresh-food  www.nyt.com 11-11-08

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Over the week-end, I learned how one healthy vegan couple “fed” themselves on $1 a day per adult person! It was an eye-opener. In past years, when things were tough, periodically I’ve had to feed two adults for about $30+ a week, total, and that was hard enough. Experts on low budget sites currently say a bottom-rung reasonable budget in America is a minimum of $100 per person per month for food. I think Food Stamps probably equates to less than that.

Cheap foods do not usually end up being healthy for diabetics. so, we have to craft this carefully for Type 1 diabetics and sensibily show Type 2 diabetics how this nutrition-focused budget-plan can help them become healthy again. But, after this autumn’s huge jump in food prices, in today’s even more challenging economic environment, can this severe cut-back in food even be accomplished without compromising health? And, if its a balancing act between diabetes medicine, other medications and food in your household, then this discussion is critical for you.

I think the young couple I first mentioned, Kerrie and Christopher, did have health consequences that may not “last” from only a one month “experiment”, but which in the real world would not bode well, longer-term, for anyone on their regimen. I am going to begin to figure this out, off and on, over the coming weeks and months. Just how do we eat well on the least money? And, how much is that likely to be, as prices continue to rise? Join me on the Journey.

Below, I am also posting an original, diabetic recipe and a health explanation of the ingredients used. 

Meanwhile, it’s Veteran’s Day. My father’s grave will have a little American flag on it today, placed there by Boy Scouts, as usual. Maybe one day, there won’t be any more wars to send Girl and Boy Scouts to. And, today, those who served and those who serve, are in our hearts. We send you our eternal Gratitude. And, meanwhile, the citizen-politicians need to steer the Country you fight and die for, into better waters, so your families survive and thrive.

Yes, things are really tough now.

My husband, also a Veteran, has been unemployed for 3 of the last 4 years, and that’s with 3 Ivy-league university degrees, but corporations don’t want to pay for “experience” anymore and don’t want to hire people who would usually be “retirement” age (even though that’s illegal, it’s happening). We’re on the most stressful roller-coaster, but it’s been a longer Journey than 4 years, so we’re pretty experienced, unfortunately. And, the fact that he worked closely and personally with some of the nation’s wealthiest families, for the first 25 years of his career, makes our situation even more bizarre.

Now that the rest of American society is joining us, you’ll likely have many questions. This series will try to give you the benefit of what we’ve learned.

We’ll lose my health insurance, again, in the Spring, (if we can still pay the C.O.B.R.A. out-of-pocket for it until then). I’ll also be OK if another job materializes, or a national health plan is fielded and passed by Congress, (but I doubt that will happen quickly). My husband has Veteran’s benefits, so he’ll mostly be OK. I’ve had to learn a great deal about how to keep my family healthy, even when under the most traumatic stress; so far, I have done very well at it, especially during the 3 years (2003 – 2006) when I had no health insurance at all, and never could go to my doctors, as they were part of an HMO, rather than private-practice physicians.

The crisis is likely to get much worse, and I don’t think ANY Administration will have an easy time or even have a chance to be successful. So, my advice to all of you is that you need to be proactive.

In a New York Times article printed today, they report:

First American CoreLogic, a real estate data company, has calculated that 7.6 million properties in the country were underwater as of Sept. 30, while another 2.1 million were in striking distance. That is nearly a quarter of all homes with mortgages. The 20 hardest-hit ZIP codes are all in four states: California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona.

Read that again — “that’s nearly a quarter of all homes with mortgages! That group also states that only 10% of Americans have succeeded in completely owning their homes. The other 65% are at risk, too. And, it’s not a matter of people being “irresponsible”. There are huge societal and global aspects in play. 

And the magnitude of the current declines has little precedent. In the article, the question is asked, “When (my)(a) house is valued at 50 percent less than it was, does this begin to challenge the way I’m going to behave?” That’s the real central issue.

Rebecca Muscarello, pictured above, is a newly-divorced, single-Mom in the post-Katrina havoc. Until recently, she was married, with a job, but Katrina’s aftermath blew all that away, so now she and her two children are on Food Stamps and are using one of the few remaining food-banks in Louisiana. (Others existed but where never replaced post-Katrina, even though the needs were greater.) Rebecca says she uses her Food Stamps to buy as much fresh food as possible, and gets the shelf-stable items from the food-bank. That seems a good strategy. I can’t speak to using Food Stamps; we never could qualify, even though we felt we needed to. You literally must almost have nothing, so please remember that.

Please give generously to food banks, as they try to collect food for the Holiday Season.  Even the least of us can find something to share.

In the four months since June, demand for food aid has risen 20 percent in areas of the country with the healthiest economies and more than 40 percent in areas with the weakest, leaders of nonprofit food-distribution organizations say. And they predict that the need will keep growing in 2009 if the job market continues to contract, as expected.

The statement in red shows how “private” this issue was and is. One of the first lessons is, don’t keep it to yourself. Don’t suffer in silence. Start with a list of people you feel comfortable sharing this with and go from there. The second lesson is how to do everything you can to help yourself, first. That’s what we’ll try to help with here.  Remember, ask for other help, after you have done everything you can.

Having had parents who had to survive the Great Depression or generalized, periodic poverty in the generation before theirs (the newly-arrived immigrants), our family still remembers the struggle. Little did we know that our hard-won 5 university degrees would not protect us. I thank our parents and grand-parents for passing along their basic-survival knowledge and skills; I never thought I’d “need” it, and my use of their knowledge had always been skewed towards being a better steward of the Planet, and not wasting resources etc. etc. Now I NEED these skills.

Even when much of America is prospering, hunger is a significant problem, according to annual reports issued by the United States Department of Agriculture.

One American household in nine was “food insecure” (the government avoids the word “hungry”) for part of 2006, and more than a third of these households “had very low food security — meaning that the food intake of one or more adults was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food,” according to a recent department report.

The federal study estimated that 35.5 million people — nearly as many as live in California — sometimes lack enough to eat and that 10.1 million adults and children, roughly the population of Michigan, often go hungry in America.

And the article continues:

At the core of the problem is the lack of job growth. The number of Americans earning any wage grew by two million a year in the 1990s, but at only half that rate in the first seven years of this decade. In recent months the economy has been shedding jobs at a quickening pace, especially in construction and manufacturing.

At the same time, tax data show that 55 percent of Americans have no interest-bearing savings accounts to draw on during hard times. Among the bottom half of taxpayers, who make less than $30,000, two-thirds have no interest income.

And just as more people need help, less is available at food-banks, so that’s even more reason to learn all you can to help yourself, even if it will not be completely in place before winter.

Food manufacturers, restaurants and grocers are giving less to food-banks, or even not at all. Part of this is lack of Government foresight. When the laws make it easier for manufacturers to sell old or over-stocked inventory overseas, rather than get an “equal return” as a “charitable contribution”, something is wrong with the Tax Code. Restauranteurs and grocers seem to still be giving, but less, as they hone their skills to have less inventory waste.

One somewhat dubious silver-lining is “The Bush administration has also started shifting the federal government’s support of food banks toward more vegetables and fruits, and away from surplus agricultural commodities like nonfat dry milk, butter, peanut butter and lard.” But, this is more expensive for the food-banks, as they now require refrigerators and have higher utility bills, and less protein foods are available. Over all, I think Rebecca’s strategy of using Food Stamps for fresh food is good, but, remember, many people going to food-banks don’t get Food Stamps, so having SOME fresh foods there IS essential.

I think food-banks need both types of food and less packaged food. The Lesson: that means the best “donation” to a food-bank is money, so they can buy what their people need most, and to volunteer your time, if you can. Do what you can as hungry people are already being turned away, in many parts of the country.

Now, I want to share an inexpensive meal. I spend all my discretionary money on food, so that’s why I still can buy the most important items as “organic”, but I’ve cut back to only those items necessary as “organic”, too. More on that another time.

Buy Omega-3 eggs (free-range, organic too, if you can — use a co-op grocery or Trader Joe’s as less expensive sources). Eggs are one of the best protein sources, as 100% of the protein in eggs IS bio-available, unlike other protein sources. So, with Omega-3 eggs you get the most protein for your money, and these types of eggs provide Omega-3 essential fatty acids for people who eat little or no cold-water fish. Omega-3s are needed for brain development and for heart health.

Along with a green salad (with dark lettuces, not iceberg) and as many other veggies as you can, and a slice or two of sprouted grain bread or sourdough bread *, try the following recipe.

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Em’s Harvest Scramble

1   medium-large yellow onion, very tiny dice ** 

2 organic Gala apples in tiny, 1/16″ slices, then diced; leave peel on ***

6   Omega-3, free-range eggs

~ 1/8t Celtic sea salt

tiny pinch of cayenne pepper

~ 1/4 t organic, dried oregano 

~2T extra-virgin organic coconut oil and organic butter mix

___   Have your salad already made and serve it in a separate bowl, as a second course. Toast some sourdough bread OR sprouted wheat bread, buttered and sliced before you start the eggs. Keep the toast warm. And, especially in winter, warm the plates too, in a lowest temperature oven.

___  Mix the eggs and the spices together well. Set aside.

___ Using a deep stockpot saucepan instead of a frypan, and using medium temperature, add the coconut oil-butter mix and saute the onion and the apple together. When just beginning to soften, add the egg-spices mix. Using a wooden spatula, keep moving the whole mixture quickly so it does not stick or carmelize. Do not overcook the eggs; they should be moist. (The high sides let you move the food around quickly without it flying out of the pot!)

___   pile the eggs in the middle of the plate with toast triangles on the sides. Have salad on the side with olive oil or hemp oil or flax oil dressing, each with lemon squeeze.

*    sprouted grains help you by decreasing the amount of nutrition-robbing phytates found in wheat; sourdough accomplishes this another way, by using friendly bacteria to pre-process the grain for you
** (onion is a natural sodium source)(also filled with anti-oxidants — especially quercetin)
*** leave the peel on organic apples, as they are not sprayed and just in the skin is where the chromium is located, which helps all diabetics and everyone else. That’s why apples “keep the doctor away”. 
Serves 3 adults, generously.
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Yes, there’s lots of healthy fat in this meal. Daily, 35% – 40% of your diet needs to be healthy fats, especially organic medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) from organic, extra-virgin coconut oil and monosaturated, unstaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) from organic extra-virgin olive oil and extra-virgin organic hemp or flax oils (NEVER HEAT THESE LAST TWO OILS!!!! ); avocado on your salad adds more MUFA.

And use the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (O3-EFAs) daily; from the Omega eggs, hemp or flax oils or cold-water fishes, especially salmon (wild-caught, canned, Alaska salmon counts). Yes, they ARE  “essential”.

Fats don’t raise blood sugar, and they are needed in winter even more. MUFAs like the ones mentioned target deep, visceral fat, the loss of which will help diabetics greatly and also helps those with Syndrome X (Metabolic Syndrome Disease), so don’t be afraid to use these healthy oils in moderate amounts.

Organic butter has counter-balance substances in it, too, so it is naturally a food, not a demon (don’t use regular butter!).

And, by the way, it is possible to be thin-looking and still have killer visceral fat, that hides deeply inside and strangles your organs, so thin people need these healthy fats, too.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR THIS WEEK: inventory your pantry. Get the oldest items to the front — oh, you don’t label them by date — start. I use removable labels rather than using a permanet marker pen. You choose how to do it on any item that doesn’t have a legible use-by date when you purchase it. Anything you make and freeze should also be labeled. All left-overs should be labeled for date and content and preferably packaged in a way to use them for lunch the next day.

Americans waste as much as 40% of their food; this has to stop.

And, to prevent the flu and stay healthy this winter, so you can work on this budget-food project with me, you need to up your intake of Vitamin D. It’s a fat soluble vitamin that most of us are deficient in. The flu map shows that even families in Texas have shown to be lacking in this sunshine vitamin because most of us don’t spend enough time outdoors and then we use sunblock. To help prevent all those nasty flu symptoms, at least for winter time, up your intake to at least 1,000 units a day, according to Dr. Mercola, and even more is needed if you actually get the flu. I am using this as my strategy to prevent the flu. See Dr. Mercola’s reference below and sign-up for his newsletter; you’ll learn a lot and he doesn’t overwhelm your mailbox.

Check out the specialized recipe search-engine in the Reference section to see if you can start to brainstorm how to use your oldest food. More later.

Best to all — Em

REFERENCES:

Help prevent the flu: Simple way to help prevent getting the flu.(Click here.)

Learning more about the housing crisis. Homes – New York Times(Click here)

The New York Times Giving Index(Click here)

When the cupboard is bare. New York Times(Click here)

Visceral Belly Fat and Heart Disease – with MRI photo: Science Daily(Click here)

There are important differences among body fats. Science Daily(Click here)

Root-cellaring and food storage. New York Times(Click here)

RECIPES USING INGREDIENTS AT HOME, SEARCH ENGINE: Supercook(Click here)

GLEANING and FOOD BANKS:

US Department of Agriculture Gleaning(Click here)

How To glean. Gardeners.com(Click here)

Feeding America.org(Click here)

Learn gleaning basics. Oregon foodbank.org(Click here)

End Hunger.org(Click here)

Tips for gleaners. Fields to Families.org(Click here)

Gleaning. Slow Movement info(Click here)

Year of the Potato potato2008.org(Click here)

Feed the Hungry, Save the Earth. Southern Cuisine at Suite 101(Click here)

Foodshare(Click here)

Real Food – Gleaning at the supermarket, too. Mother Earth News(Click here)

Read the first two parts of this series at:

https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/stocks-crash-food-prices-rise-panic-is-possible-how-to-cope/

https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/stocks-crash-food-prices-rise-panic-is-possible-how-to-cope-part-2/

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Talk about job-related health hazards! In 2005, handsome, trim, 64 year old Herm Rowland, Sr., chairman of Jelly Belly Candy Company, announced that he has Type 2 diabetes. This points out the constant work-place danger for everyone, not just for diabetics or pre-diabetics. Often we get suckered into going along with the pack. Office snacks, get-togethers, as well as lunch-rooms, make you feel like you have to run the gauntlet — there’s little or no healthy food in sight.A constant stream of poor lifestyle and poor food choices (even if each is just a small portion), can mount up over days, weeks and years. All those sugary snacks can kill you slowly. Don’t you want another real, healthy option?

However, fake sugar and sugar-free is no better, and in fact has serious ramifications of its own. Studies recently have shown that those who use sugar-free sodas are at risk. They are often much more obese than those who do not drink sodas, and soda-drinkers also risk kidney disease, too.

So, the calories are not the whole story — biochemistry is. Sugar-free hits many of the same biochemical triggers that sugar does! Therefore, insulin keeps spiking. Also, the high acidity of sodas (phosphoric acid, mostly) can wreke kidney damage and imbalance our body’s vital pH values, pushing us into Acid Crisis Mode (ACM), packing on pounds to wall-off life-threatening amounts of acid into the life-saving, fat-moisturized adipose cells, engorging them into balloons as we “balloon” in size. Or, we begin “wasting away” when we have no more fat storage available and the acid starts attacking any and all body cells and systems, directly.

Yes, under these circumstances, your fat is saving your life and protecting precious tissues and organ systems from acidic destruction. So, please stay away from man-made sweets, as our body can only “buffer” these acids for a little while before we start losing the battle and dis-ease begins.

What’s a healthy option for the sweet cravings we all have? The best course is to let your palate return to its natural appreciation for fresh fruits. That’s Nature’s candy. It satisfies. Cravings will even abate, more likely than not, if you eat only about 2 or 3 pieces of a wide variety of whole fruits, daily.   Nature’s Candy! (c)2007 Em

Juices are not recommended; only whole fruits are OK. Juices leave out fiber and the many nutrients of those with edible skins and juices cause blood sugar spikes because of the lack of fiber.

Always, only eat fruit in its natural season and please pay the extra for Organic fruit, especially if you eat the skins. The healthiest fruits are:

  • tomatoes, olives and avocados — yes, they are fruits!
  • lemons, limes and grapefruits — which are alkaline in your body
  • watermelon
  • nectarines, peaches
  • persimmons
  • pineapples, mangoes, papayas
  • raspberries, loganberries, blackberry and blueberry (in that order)
  • grapes, currants, raisins
  • black cherries
  • apples
  • tangerines

You can read more about the Jelly Belly story at:

Original Source article

and more about the work of Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD, D.Sc, N.D. about how the pH of your blood is the Key to staying alive:

Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD – pH miracle living

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Best to all,
Em

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