Eating for Two?
A while back now my sister was pregnant for the first time.
Now I am not saying my sister is dumb… but sometimes she does tend to accept information that can come from the most unreliable sources, fail utterly to inspect it and adopt it with enthusiasm all the while feeling confident that she now “knows” something.
At that time of course the subject in question was “being pregnant” and somehow she got on to the catch phrase of “eating for two.”
Quite early in her pregnancy she began to gain significant weight and this subject was taken up by her doctor at time as the doctor felt that the weight gain was too fast and too much to the point of being a little unhealthy.
When asked about her dietary changes since being pregnant my sister happily reported to the doctor that she had been very good and was dutifully “eating for two.”
My sister’s doctor was one of those patient types that had to deal with an array of people under all sorts of circumstance so she gave my sister that “yes I understand” look that did not judge.
She then asked my sister to list out her diet as close as she could to get an idea of the situation and waited while my sister laid out the full horror of the amount of food she was eating.
She then asked why she was eating so much and of course got the “eating for two” answer.
The doctor then pulled out a peanut in its shell, removed one pea from the shell and placed it on the desk in front of my sister.
She then explained that the peanut on the desk was actually twice the size of the “other one” in the “eating for two” scenario and honestly speaking just how much did my sister think that half peanut would really need to be eating!
Needless to say the “eating for two” diet got dropped pretty fast.
A recent study has shown that while an increase in weight in pregnant women is both normal and healthy the reality of being overweight after pregnancy comes down to too much increase.
The recommended extra caloric intake for a normal woman carrying one child is something like 300 to 400 extra per day…. not double!
One of the reasons I particularly like to follow the Authority Nutrition blog is that they try to confine their articles as much as possible to science.
I am not saying that anecdotal evidence is totally without value.
In fact I strongly believe that anecdotal evidence very often is the trigger that finally causes the scientific evidence to be gathered and evaluated.
The downside of the anecdotal is that it tends to lack complete objectivity and very often is source from individuals who are emotional or at least under some kind of emotional stress.
In this day and age of the internet the real problem is that rarely are research based results and anecdotal results marked clearly as such and even then the scientific results can still be twisted or emphasized in some way to serve a purpose or a cause.
The result of this can be quite simply put into one main problem, you can rarely tell whether you are reading fact or you are reading an opinion or you are simply listening to someone’s story… they all come out the same!
Check out this article below for some science of why you should make fish as part of your diet.
Not because someone sometime ate some fish and felt better or someone else had some disease, ate fish and it disappeared!
Not because the multinational fishing concerns want you to eat their product, not because granny said you should and not because “everyone knows!”
Do it because the research, the science shows it to be true.
Probably the most underreported and hidden health problems facing the the developed world today is that of magnesium deficiency.
It is hard to isolate a single substance more important to more vital bodily functions than that of magnesium.
Why is this such a problem now?
Well the answer to that is tied up with the reason that in general terms even when we are eating healthy we are not really eating as healthy as we used to.
We choose wholegrain bread but it is made from a strain of wheat that is so different to those of yesteryear that it contains very little nutritional value.
We eat fresh green vegetables but they are grown in soil using techniques that have laid waste to that soil so the soil is artificially restored to a state that will support the growth of the vegetables.
Does it produce vegetables of equal nutritional value to those of 50 to a hundred years ago?
That soil is restored to produce the vegetables in commercial quantities and that’s all.
NO consideration is given to the quality of those products.
This is a pattern that repeats throughout the entire food environment worldwide and when you produce food in mineral poor conditions (but good enough to produce the plant) you end up with mineral poor produce.
This particularly applies to magnesium.
It was everywhere, it is now almost nowhere.
As an example of its value let’s look at one of the over 300 biochemical reactions that magnesium act as a precursor to in the body.
Now everyone knows if you pump in the vitamin C just before you have a cold, when you first feel it, you can pretty well hold it off altogether or at least lessen the severity of it.
But in order to absorb that vitamin C you need to have lots of calcium in your system because they go together right?
But underlying this is the fact that if your body is in any way deficient in Magnesium then the calcium in your body is pretty much useless in helping you to absorb the vitamin C in the first place.
So of course everyone rubbishes the vitamin C handling for colds because it never seems to work!
Bug Bites and Bee Stings
Many of us are now making our way into the summer months and with that comes greater outdoor activity which is a good thing!
However in many cases we as a species have to share our outdoor activities with other species and some of those species seem to have difficulty sharing space and resolving conflicts.
Often it tends to be the smaller ones that can be the most annoying… insects.
Most insect bites are pretty harmless and although some can cause some discomfort they are not dangerous.
However there are some that can be quite nasty and there are some people who may be allergic to some of the ones that may not bother anyone else so…
If you or someone you are with displays any of these symptoms while you are out and about in nature you should seek medical advice as soon as you can.
They may indicate a bite from something a bit nasty or they may indicate an allergic reaction to a bite that is not so nasty.
- Difficulty breathing,
- The feeling that your throat is closing,
- Swelling of lips, tongue or face,
- Chest pain,
- A racing heartbeat for more than a few minutes,
- Dizziness or headache, Vomiting.
- Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?
Yay! A New Diet!
OK, so now that Paleo is beginning to lose it’s marketing lustre and South Beach Diet is positively archaic it is of course time for a new one!
And todays winner is the Nordic Diet!
In a nutshell the nordic diet suggests eating more fruits, berries, vegetables, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rye breads, fish, seafood, low-fat dairy, herbs, spices and rapeseed (canola) oil.
Moderate intake of game meats, free-range eggs, cheese and yogurt.
Only rarely eat other red meats and animal fats.
Don’t eat: Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meats, food additives and refined fast foods.
Overall you end up with a diet containing less sugar, less fat, twice as much fiber and twice as much fish or seafood.
I don’t know… doesn’t that just sound like eating healthy to you?
Home Made Sports Drink
This is a recipe I came across this week for a home made sports drink to stave off dehydration during exercise.
The recipe itself is quite simple and only uses salt (sodium) as the electrolyte part of the formula.
As it is I think it is OK as a sweat replacement but again I stress that it is formulated for re-hydration during exercise.
For that reason it also has a healthy dose of carbs in it from maple syrup.
I am going to make some this week but for me I think I will replace half of the salt with potassium and use sugar instead of maple syrup (I don’t really like it that much) but only add enough sugar to make it palatable.