Archive for March, 2015

Depression: Why not START with a nutritional solution?

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If you experience depression, you will typically be prescribed an antidepressant, an SSRI or other agent. If you consult a psychologist or counselor, the underlying psychological underpinnings (if any) are explored, strategies devised to cope. But there will almost never be talk about your diet, nutritional deficiencies that amplify dark moods, the life habits that allow demons to emerge.

Yet there are some very powerful strategies available that have potential to substantially lift mood. Such solutions won’t, of course, erase the effects of childhood trauma or grieving from personal loss, but they can help smooth the emotional impact of such life events, elevate the hormones of mood, and make life easier easily and naturally.

Another characteristic wheat/grain sign

Julie shared these photos of her ankle before and after wheat/grain/gluten exposure.

My ankle on a 3 month gluten binge:

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My ankle after returning to sanity for just 4 days:

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It’s an odd phenomenon, but the red, inflamed, swollen ankle Julie had while eating wheat/grains/gluten is quite common, especially among women. It is typically also accompanied by hypertension and the signs of metabolic syndrome, including low HDL, high triglycerides, high blood sugar/pre-diabetes, increased measures of inflammation. You can also make out the water retention evidence in Julie’s ankle on the “before” photo, largely gone after just 4 days in the “after” photo.

Week 9: Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce, Served with Roasted Potato Wedges

Pork chop with mustard cream sauce. (My sauce is runny. Explanation is below.) These recipes are on page 252 of Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals: Over 280 Incredible Supper Solutions. Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce Ingredients: 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (1/2 inch thick) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black […]

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My New Meds: TOPAMAX® for Binge Eating Disorder and Cymbalta for Depression and Nerve Pain

After monitoring my eating since the start of the year and doing well for four weeks, I finally stumbled upon some issues causing me to binge eat. This has been typical the past two to three years. Do well for a bit, hit a snag, then binge for a while and gain a lot of […]

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