Archive | December 2011

So What Do I Eat?

Breakfasts: (one of these menus)

 1.  Eggs and bacon:  2 whole eggs and one egg yolk (preferably pastured eggs) fried in 2 tsp. of coconut oil, 3 slices of turkey bacon (we don’t eat pork), and a commuter cup full of coffee with 1 tbsp. heavy whipping cream and 1 ½ tsp. of coconut oil.  (Mmmmm, don’t you just love “diet” food?)  ;o)   Sometimes, when feeling extra virtuous,  I put the eggs on a bed of fresh raw spinach—the heat from the eggs wilts the spinach.      OR

 Hot flaxmeal cereal (1/4 cup ground flaxmeal cooked in 2/3 cup water) with 1 tbsp. almond butter and “fixings”—one or many of:  ½ square of baker’s unsweetened chocolate, coconut flakes, nuts, cacao nibs.  Usually a few drops of stevia, especially if I’m having the unsweetened chocolate.  And I pour on a little heavy cream, plus more in my coffee.    OR

 Low carb pancakes made from low carb protein powder and egg with frozen blueberries (I usually do this on the weekends when I have more time). A few slices of turkey bacon and coffee with HWC, too.  OR

 Whole Milk yogurt or my homemade yogurt (made with heavy cream) with some homemade low carb granola and a few frozen berries.

 Lunch:

Breakfast usually fills me up, so I have lunch late, and sometimes forget to eat lunch at all.  Generally I have a protein smoothie made with 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup of whole milk or homemade cream yogurt.  I usually eat a little something on the side—often some homemade low carb granola (dry), a slice or two of cheese, some leftover meat or veggie from last night’s dinner.   On the weekends, I’m more likely to eat leftovers from dinner.

 Dinner

This is the one meal I don’t have control over since DH usually cooks.  He’s pretty good about making something I can have.  We have an entrée of meat, chicken, or fish most nights.  (Organic and pastured or grass-fed meats if possible).  Sometimes we have a quick low carb vegetable frittata, or homemade soup.  Last night he made butternut squash soup—a little high in carbs for me, but not too bad.  And it was delicious! 

 I have frozen cooked hamburger patties and sausages in case I can’t or won’t eat what he makes for himself and our kids.  If it’s a starchy entrée (pizza or pasta, usually) I eat one of my frozen stash. 

Sometimes there’s a starchy side dish like grains, potatoes, or noodles, and I just don’t eat  it (I will eat small servings of sweet potatoes or winter squash) .

Why don’t more people “get it”?

San Francisco talk radio station KGO had a pediatrician on today. A grandmother called worried about her five month old granddaughter who has severe eczema and doesn’t sleep more than 2 hours at a time. The baby is irritable and unhappy. They thought it was an allergy to something in the breast milk and switched the baby to a soy formula.

The pediatrician explained that this was common. He sees babies like this all the time and they go on to have allergies and asthma as a child. Yikes! He spoke about this chain of events as if it was inevitable and unpreventable—the normal course of things. It didn’t seem to be a big deal for him—once these other things develop, a pediatrician will simply prescribe drugs to treat the ongoing issues. Score one for Big Pharma.

The doctor’s only advice was that the skin issues will get better and she’ll do fine by age 1 ½ or 2, or at least until the allergies and asthma kick in. Poor kid.

I wanted to call in to the show and scream. From what I’m learning in Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, it’s highly likely that the baby’s skin issues are related to an allergy to the wheat in her mother’s diet. If the mother dropped wheat from her diet, I bet anything the baby’s skin issues and irritability would improve. My guess is that mom is also trying to eat a low fat diet to get her pre-pregnancy figure back—fat would satiate the baby and help her sleep and develop.

Instead, they put this baby on a chemical concoction that is soy formula. Soy in the United States is a genetically manufactured INDUSTRIAL product, and is probably contributing to the baby’s problems, not helping them. Nothing is better for a baby than mother’s milk. She was successfully breast feeding, and with a dietary alteration that could have continued until the baby was ready to wean. But the mom has no clue.

Even scarier, neither does the pediatrician. How many more babies have to suffer and go on to develop lifelong problems with allergies and asthma before they “get it”???

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