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Lose Your Wheat Belly on Dr Oz

Published on February 7, 2014,

We can’t embed the videos here but see the link below for a three part video in which Dr Oz discusses Dr William Davis’s idea that modern wheat has become “Franken-wheat” which is fundamentally different from the traditional version and far less healthy…

Dr William Davis on the Dr Oz Show

Dr William Davis on the Dr Oz Show

He discusses how modern wheat has become high in GI, meaning bread can have a higher glycemic index than candy bars, how the glutens have changed and how this may be affecting intolerances and making people fat. Dr Oz goes on to interview Dr Davis who says everyone should now be off wheat because of the multitude of adverse consequences he believes it is responsible for.

Dr Davis claims conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions and much more can improve in as little as five days once people give up wheat.

The show goes on to describe Dr Davis’s diet ideas and demonstrates a series of 30-minute “wheat-free” makeovers for favorite meals…

See the videos at: Dr Oz: Wheat Belly – Lose The Wheat, Lose The Belly

The Real Reason You Feel Stressed… SUGAR! Why You Reach For The Chocolate When You’re Having ‘One of Those’ Days and How You CAN Break The Habit

Published on August 27, 2013,

Here is more evidence that sugar is starting to lose its lustre within the mainstream media with a highly critical article in the UK’s Daily Mail which blames sugar consumption for stressing people out…


Sugar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having one of ‘those’ days? Grab a biscuit. Love life gone awry? Chocolate should help. Lonely or bored at home? Sit down with a glass of wine and a bowl of ice cream … 

Sound like you? You’re far from the only one. There’s nothing like stress to send many of us straight to the sweetie jar. In fact, over the last 50 years, our consumption of processed sugar has doubled.

We each now consume a staggering 24 lbs of chocolate every year – and that’s before you factor in any other sweet treats. 

However, new evidence suggests that far from being the stress reliever we assume it to be, sugar may actually cause us to be more panicked and wired.

And that’s not all. According to the charity Food For The Brain – a group of doctors, scientists, nutritionists, psychiatrists and psychologists promoting the link between food and mental health – there is a correlation between behavioural changes and blood sugar levels.

Deborah Colson, a nutritional therapist for the charity, says: ‘Poor blood sugar balance is often the single biggest factor in people suffering mood swings, depression, anxiety, and ‘emotionality’ – where someone appears to be fine one minute then in floods of tears the next. Having big blood sugar swings lessens people’s ability to cope with stress.’

…’Refined sugar and processed foods release sugar into the body too quickly,’ says James Duigan, A-List personal trainer and author of the Clean And Lean low-sugar diet. ‘This increases the amount of insulin, which convinces our bodies to store fat rather than burn it, and alters our blood sugar levels.

‘The more uneven our blood sugar levels; the more uneven our moods – we get hungry, angry, depressed and upset and can’t think clearly. Eating something high in sugar turns this back again – temporarily. But this soon gives way to a crash, when we feel panicky and wired. 

‘The more your blood sugar levels fluctuate, the more likely you are to react badly to life’s stresses. And your reliance upon sugar becomes a trap.’

…’It’s no coincidence that desserts spelled backwards is stressed,’ says nutrition expert Dr Robert Lustig in his book Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar.

‘Cortisol (a hormone we release in response to stress) specifically increases our desire for comfort foods. Over several years, prolonged cortisol release leads to excessive intake of high-fat and high-sugar foods.’

‘Happiness isn’t only a sensory or emotional thing,’ says Dr Lustig. ‘It’s also affected by the body’s chemistry – namely serotonin. A deficiency causes serious clinical depression. One way to increase serotonin production is to eat more carbohydrates, especially sugar. Over time, however, more sugar is needed for the same effect, driving a vicious cycle.’

…Glucose, or sugar, is also present in carbohydrate-dense and processed foods, especially those with a high GI, eg white bread and white rice. 

Recent brain scans at the New Balance Obesity Prevention Foundation in Boston showed that these food-types can be addictive and stimulate cravings in much the same way as illicit drugs.

…’Every person reacts to sugar withdrawal differently,’ says Deborah Colson. ‘It depends on your general overall health and psychological factors.

Rather than making patients go cold turkey, Food For The Brain tends to increase the good foods they should be eating. By doing it this way, we expect small improvements in a week, and big changes in three to four weeks.’

So what should you eat instead?

James Duigan recommends…

Berries: These are packed with vitamin C, which helps the body deal with stress. They’re also full of fibre, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels.

Dark green vegetables: To help replenish the body’s vitamins and minerals at times of stress.

Turkey: Contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid that releases the feel-good hormone serotonin.

Nuts: They boost battered immune systems and are full of B vitamins to help lower stress. No more than a small handful a day though.

More at:  The real reason you feel stressed… SUGAR! Why you reach for the chocolate when you’re having ‘one of those’ days and how you CAN break the habit

Your Brain On Carbs: Study Suggests How Sugary, Starchy Foods May Lead to Addiction

Published on July 3, 2013,

A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the brain responds differently to some types of carbohydrates than others — and some sugary foods trigger the same reward mechanisms as drug and alcohol addiction. This is from the New York Daily Post…

Milk Shake

In the study, researchers observed the brain activity of 12 overweight or obese men

between the ages of 18 and 35 in the hours after they consumed milkshake meals. The milkshakes were identical in taste as well as calories, nutrients and carbohydrates, but one set of shakes was made with high-glycemic carbs, such as the kind found in white bread, white rice and processed sweets, that spike blood sugar more quickly. The other set contained low-glycemic carbs such as those found in whole wheat bread and brown rice that cause a more gradual rise in blood sugar.

Predictably, when subjects drank the high-glycemic shakes, their blood sugar levels rose more quickly, and several hours later had dipped lower than when they drank the low-glycemic version. They also reported feeling hungrier.

But researchers also noticed substantially more activity in the parts of the brain that regulate reward and craving, the same areas activated in addicts, four hours after the men drank the high-glycemic shakes.

Lead study author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity research center at Boston Children’s Hospital, said the brain activity may suggest why some people get stuck in a cycle of reaching for — and overeating — sugary, starchy foods.

“Beyond reward and craving, this part of the brain is also linked to substance abuse and dependence, which raises the question as to whether certain foods might be addictive,” Ludwig said in a statement.

“Limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat.”

Eating too many high-glycemic foods isn’t good for anyone, but the bigger picture of whether a person can become addicted to food — or to specific type of food like high-glycemic carbs — is more complicated, said Dr. Lisa Young, RD, PhD, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University.

“I wouldn’t jump so fast to call it addiction, but it’s possible in a certain subset of people,” Young told the Daily News. “There are other factors you need to look at, at the same time. When some people eat a cookie they can’t stop, but other people can stop. You’re dealing with psychological behavior.”

More at:  Your brain on carbs: Study suggests how sugary, starchy foods may lead to addiction

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