Why does my food taste so bland? Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods, so their healthy diet may initially taste bland.
One of the things that we hear very often when getting patients to shift their diets is how to make fresh food taste great. Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods. When we consume these foods over long periods of time, our taste buds often need adjustment when we begin to eat better.
Another factor of which a lot of neuropathy patients are unaware of is that good digestion begins in our mouths. It is important to understand especially as we consume more vegetables and complex carbohydrates that properly chewing of our food actually begins good digestion.
The good news is that proper digestion can actually make you feel a whole lot better!
Very often, in the neuropathy treatment clinic we see patients that have been diagnosed with chronic G.I. issues. This can include things like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or worse.
What we are eating is more important than you think!
Very often, these digestive issues are related to stress and years of poor diet.
It if you watch enough television or read enough magazines you would almost think this is normal.
The truth of the matter is that shifting your diet to more whole foods can result in some amazing changes, not the least of which is improvement in neuropathy symptoms. Of course, this is not the entire picture and all underlying neuropathy causes must be treated.
However, when neuropathy treatment patients shift their diets they often start to feel better than they have in years!
The reason for this is simple. Whole foods contain more water, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are also high in critical antioxidants and other very important factors like the minerals sulfur and magnesium.
Consumption of specific vegetables like asparagus on a regular basis may even help your body detoxify faster and more efficiently.
One of keys to #paincontrol & #neuropathytreatment success is gradually improving your lifestyle and diet. Take advantage of all the information we have regarding food preparation.
In particular, listen to our radio interview with natural food chef and TV host Andrea Beaman. Andrea and I discussed together value of learning to use proper spices, as well as consuming local and fresh produce, wherever possible. You’ll find our nutrition plan HERE
One final word on diet and neuropathy treatment.
Make sure any dietary changes are done gradually. And if you have any questions at all consult us personally!
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As a regular reader of our posts, you understand more than most about the importance of controlling carbohydrates in our diets. So today, lets discuss why carb control can help neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and many forms of chronic pain.
There are two forms of carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include things like refined sugar, which is commonly contained in cookies, cakes, sodas, ice cream, et cetera. You probably also know that these items are forbidden on the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan!
There are also complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are manly starches like those found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
The most dangerous part of high carbohydrate consumption is that it simply causes us to gain weight unnecessarily. The mechanism by which this happens is relatively complex.
In a nutshell, high carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to produce excess insulin. Production of extra insulin actually causes a number of things to occur, but the most important is lowering of blood sugar by driving excess calories into fat cells.
This is how excess carbohydrates in our diet causes us to gain weight, seemingly very rapidly.
Another factor which many patients are unaware of is carrying excess body fat can elevate blood sugars and triglycerides over time. Even mildly elevated blood sugars can cause some of these sugars to attach to protein molecules. This is responsible for making us feel very stiff and sore.
This also makes it more difficult for our bodies to regulate insulin levels.
Of course, this response is dramatically altered in patients who are diabetic, creating all types of dangerous health effects, including eye disease, kidney disease, and of course peripheral neuropathy and other forms of chronic pain.
The good news is, pre-diabetes and borderline diabetes can often be controlled—and sometimes reversed—by improving the quality of diet.
The sooner we spring into action, the better our chances of impacting our current and future health.
There are, however, two circumstances in which higher carbohydrate consumption maybe needed.
Number one, is if you take insulin. If you take insulin, you need to know that changing your diet, and certain dietary supplementation, especially with thiamine or vitamin B1, can influence your blood sugar and insulin requirements. That’s why need to work very carefully with prescribing healthcare professionals.
Also, if you are an athlete in training, you will need to consume more carbohydrates than average. To avoid excess weight gain, avoid overeating, and emphasize the complex carbohydrates, such as those contained in fruit and vegetables, as opposed to simple sugars.
Also try to confine higher carbohydrate consumption to within one hour before, and perhaps after, strenuous physical activity.
For more information, refer to the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan. In case you missed it, you can find it Here.
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One key to avoiding stress is knowing that it’s okay just to say, “No, I’m not participating.”
It is long been known that on the scale of psychological stresses, the holidays rank near number one.
Why is that?
As you probably guessed, there are many reasons—who can’t name a few? Finances, our and our spouses’ expectations, and—often the biggest—family.
It could be this has been a physically or financially difficult year for you. If so, the holidays might bring dread rather than joy.
One of the most important things to understand is that it’s okay just to say, “No, I’m not participating.” Seriously, I read this many years ago in one of my favorite life simplification books.
Yes, this could be the right solution for you. Sometimes one of the healthiest things we can do is just choose not to participate in chosen—or all—holiday activities.
Psychologists will be the first to tell us that, as adults, the most stressful things the holidays bring are our own expectations that they will miraculously do something for us that they can’t.
So, some people will choose travel, go away for the day, or simply be by themselves. What keeps you happy and healthy is exactly what you should do!
Others seemingly will suffer through anything, and complain about it all the while. This is how you stress yourself out!
Yet others embrace the season with joy.
Whatever it is for you, start by making a healthy choice.
Like everything, keep in mind it is a choice.
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How Do You Keep What You’re Eating From Eating You?
The key is beginning and staying with the NeuropathyDR diet program!
The most common nutrition question we get when patients begin to understand the impact their diet has on overall health is
“What do I eat, and when?”
So, what I’m doing today is to describe a typical day of meals and snacks for a patient who is following the NeuropathyDR Diet, which is simple, easy to modify and add variety to on a regular basis. Controlling body weight and blood sugar levels by diet, exercise and lifestyle has a profound effect on your ability to heal and stay as healthy as possible in so many diseases, neuropathy and other forms of chronic pain.
YOU NEED TO KNOW: More and more research says avoiding or minimizing animal products is crucial to health and longevity but you MUST be sure key blood nutrient levels are monitored!!! At a minimum, before starting care we urge you to let us check your blood count, (CBC), HbA1C, complete urine with microscopic exam, liver, kidney and thyroid function tests, Vitamin D, Folate, B-12, Iron and often B6 and homocysteine levels. DO NOT SELF DIAGNOSE & TREAT without expert guidance. Most of us may also require some supervised daily dietary supplementation.
Let’s start with Breakfast
It is very important to consume some protein within one half hour of arising. The reason for this is that it helps stimulate metabolism, protein synthesis, and mental alertness. It also helps us burn fuel more efficiently. My favorite breakfast is a vegetable protein shake, using a dairy-free protein powder with almond or coconut milk. Another good breakfast is a measured serving of gluten-free granola, taking care to keep carbohydrates between 15 and 20g maximum. You could also use a measured serving of gluten-free steel-cut oatmeal.
No more than three hours later, have a snack again, not exceeding 15g of carbs. This could include one half apple or banana, seven or eight almonds for other nuts, etc… Some packaged protein or nut bars can be fine if the carb content is low.
Lunch should universally be some form of salad or cooked vegetables with protein.
You can mix this up with your favorite greens. You could use baby spinach or mixed greens. Microwaved organic broccoli is high in protein and can be mixed with a few vegan “meatballs”. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil, some almonds or walnuts, You can use tofu or tempeh or other pant based protein from vegetarian sources.
No more than three hours later, have an additional snack, along the same lines as your mid-morning.
When dinnertime comes, this is the time to emphasize non-starchy vegetables
Some of the best are cooked spinach, broiled or sautéed asparagus, cabbage, beets, squashes, yams, and sweet potatoes, and so on. Keep starches, such as rice and white potatoes, to a minimum.
Be sure to get in a high-quality source of protein. Again, you could use one of the better vegan alternatives, just be careful of gluten and carb content.
Three hours after dinner, have another small healthy snack. This time, try a few gluten-free crackers with some almond or cashew butter. There are also low carbohydrate gluten-free cookies—just be careful not to eat the entire bag, which is easy to do! Another really good choice to satisfy your evening cravings is a small square or two of unsweetened dark chocolate.
So, what’s NOT here?
Well there is no dairy, cheese, or cows milk yogurt. There is no regular consumption of bread; there are no snack foods, soda, or chips. There are no ice creams or pies for dessert. There are no fruit juices, candy, or other sweets. Plant diets are best!
Consider periodic fasts with your doctors help and consent.
More and more research is showing value in periodic fasts of 8-12 hours and sometimes longer. But you CAN get into serious trouble if you are diabetic or on certain medications.
Do you see where we are going here? The fact of the matter is, poor choice of foods is probably responsible for more ill health and disease than any other single factor in the modern developed world.
The key is beginning and staying with the program. Don’t worry about the very rare weekend, or party. Just always stay trying not to go berserk. Be especially careful during holiday periods.
Most of us should consume half our body weight in ounces of clear liquids, most especially (filtered) water, during any 24-hour period.
Be especially careful not to overdo coffee and tea. Limit alcohol consumption to occasional low sugar wine or beer, and very rarely stronger adult beverages.
Once you make a shift, you will realize how simple, easy, and inexpensive this approach to eating–for all of us.
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Neuropathy and Fructose
Much has been written about consuming processed foods and drinks laced with the sugar known as fructose. But why is this simple product, which is often times billed as all natural food or sweetner such a troublemaker?
Mainly because fructose does not “burn” like other sugars. In fact fructose is only about 60% efficient in converting to simpler molecules. So this means 40% or so fructose gets converted to fat!
This also explains why those who consume the excess amounts of fructose common to modern diets have a very difficult time managing their weight.
The biggest offender of course is soda.
As we’ve written about before there is no reason that anybody with their eye on health or disease prevention should ever be consuming soda. This also includes artificial and calorie free sweeteners in soda, other drinks and foods.
Even a zero calorie soda that tastes sweet to your body WILL still create a weight gain situation!
Fructose can also be found in high amounts in fruits. This is why many people who go on the so called “fruit” diets or drink a lot of fruit juices have a very difficult time controlling blood sugar and losing weight or keeping weight off.
It’s also why our diet plan is carbohydrate controlled and this includes limiting serving sizes of fruits.
Typically, a serving size of fruit would be one half banana, one half or one small apple, pear etc. Generally, berries unless overripe are not so much a problem. Melon, again when consumed in moderation are usually not a problem either.
Remember we are having this conversation about fructose and neuropathy treatment because it is obesity, metabolic syndrome and prediabetes which are at the cause of over 50% of idiopathic cases of neuropathy and these also complicate many forms of chronic pain.
Taming your fructose consumption is just one thing but big thing you can do right now to improve the quality of your life both short and long term!
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Neuropathy Treatment Challenge
As you probably know actually working with and effectively treating neuropathy can be extraordinarily challenging. Neuropathy is almost never an isolated symptom. Very rarely does it occur just by itself. It is so often the result of many different causes and other conditions.
Fortunately, the most common cause is correctable. As you have read here before the most common cause of neuropathy is prediabetes also known as metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X. This is a lifestyle disorder often caused by years of weight gain, aggravated by cigarette smoking, and inactivity.
The underlying conditions related to other forms of neuropathy such as genetic types can by very challenging!
But there are some truths that are common to all of these types of neuropathy in many forms of chronic pain.
And that is drug only therapy serves to simply mask the symptoms and not treat the underlying illness.
Too often patients who suffer from #neuropathy, #fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain can go on this pattern for many years before effective treatment is actually implemented.
This neuropathy and chronic pain treatment of course centers around improving our overall level of health and well being! Physically, mentally, and spiritually. Cleaning up our diets, getting on appropriate exercise programs and minimizing medications is better long term approach.
You must at all costs avoid prolonged self-treatment for pain or other annoying symptoms!
It is not unusual now that we see patients taking large amounts of self-prescribed over-the-counter drugs ending up with liver kidney damage and sometimes organ failure.
Don’t let this be you! Yes of course some medications are necessary to help with pain but using them only to the exclusion of other good self-care is a sure path down the road to disaster.
It’s very important that you take the most appropriate steps to actually improve your underlying health and function as quickly as possible.
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