Today is the birthday of one of my most favorite friends in the universe.  She was the one who told me, when my dad fell ill with cancer, that no doctor could tell me what would happen in his case.  Remember, I talked about her here?  Happiest of birthdays to you, A!

No one commented on yesterday’s post although I had the normal traffic.  I am interested in your thoughts on the subject, so give it a read if you haven’t, mull it over, and let me know your thoughts.  I am going to continue to explore this idea that marketing impacts the food we eat and the way we move our bodies and I want you to be a part of the dialogue.

This New York Times piece on gluten sensitivity is the most important thing I read this week.  Here are some highlights:

Now medical experts largely agree that there is a condition related to gluten other than celiac. In 2011 a panel of celiac experts convened in Oslo and settled on a medical term for this malady: non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

What they still do not know: how many people have gluten sensitivity, what its long-term effects are, or even how to reliably identify it. Indeed, they do not really know what the illness is.

The definition is less a diagnosis than a description — someone who does not have celiac, but whose health improves on a gluten-free diet and worsens again if gluten is eaten. It could even be more than one illness.


“For the previous 250,000 years, man had evolved without having this very strange protein in his gut,” Dr. Guandalini said. “And as a result, this is a really strange, different protein which the human intestine cannot fully digest. Many people did not adapt to these great environmental changes, so some adverse effects related to gluten ingestion developed around that time.”


Some people with diseases like irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis also report alleviation of their symptoms, and others are grasping at gluten as a source of a host of other conditions, though there is no scientific evidence to back most of the claims.

(Hello.  That would be me.)

I will say, I get so frustrated that so many researchers and doctors compare gluten-consumers to people eating similar gluten-free products, as if that were the only way.  It all just makes me want to holler their direction, “Hey, some of us just forego the bread / pasta / cereal world entirely!”

I love this piece on toy-free play.  The blogger asks a question that I ponder often: “Why do we believe that children must be entertained all the time, lest they become some sort of nuisance?”

Here’s an absolute gem of a line:

Honestly, if you stop filling the gaps, they WILL find something to do. They need to explore the inside of their heads till they find something that interests them.

Personally, I need to work on a few of them but especially #13.  What about you?

This is an interesting piece of research looking at whether the “conventional wisdom” that polyunsaturated fats are heart-healthier than saturated fats actually holds true.  The conclusion?

In this cohort, substituting dietary linoleic acid in place of saturated fats increased the rates of death from all causes, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. An updated meta-analysis of linoleic acid intervention trials showed no evidence of cardiovascular benefit. These findings could have important implications for worldwide dietary advice to substitute omega 6 linoleic acid, or polyunsaturated fats in general, for saturated fats.

Yep – you read that right.  In this study, safflower oil and safflower margarine not only didn’t decrease coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease it actually increased the rate of death from those (and all) causes.

Speaking of good fats … I love Allison of  She’s honest, real and passionate about real food nourishment.  Here’s her scoop on how to render tallow in a slow cooker.  If you don’t follow her, you should!

You guys know I won’t leave you without some yummies, right?  What about these Chocolate Coconut Energy Bars from Wellness Mama?  (You know I’d nix the optional stevia, though, right?)

This one’s got some yummies for the belly and the eyes.  Roost is one of the most beautiful blogs out there, I think. Take a peek at these Lemon Vanilla Cream Sandwiches.  Gorge!

More from Roost: Toasted Fennel and Orange Morning Cakes.  I mean … .

Having trouble incorporating the super important organ meats into your diet?  Here’s one recipe that may be a good starting point for you if you can handle potatoes.  (Potatoes are in the nightshade family, which is one of the top allergenic categories.  I can’t handle them at all.  If you are experiencing unresolved food issues, they might be something to eliminate for awhile.)

This is soup weather, no?

Does it make you angry to read about these 13 foods that are legal in the US and banned elsewhere?

Yikes!  This is long.  I’ll make myself stop for tonight.  Have a great weekend and I promise to have a review of Liz Wolfe’s Skintervention next week.  This week was nuts and I am savoring it!

No!  Stop the presses … I’ve got one more thing to add.  My friend Tracy from Sharp Moments just shared this recipe with me and said, “Best thing I’ve ever had in a muffin cup.”  My reply was lemon + blueberries = bliss.  These are a must-try!



2 Responses to “Explore More : February 8th”

  1. on 08 Feb 2013 at 10:46 amhot Nai Nai

    Ever since I went on Atkins almost 37 years ago I have known that there was something about wheat and wheat products that I could not eat I never felt so good in my life but, very restrictive and instead of paying attention to my body I went back to old habits. Doctors just say eat more fiber (oh and lots of fruit….well guess what I CANNOT EAT FRUIT LIKE THAT!! Finally research is proving to me LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!! If you eat something and it gives you a stomach ache….makes you feel like a balloon and you cannot leave the bathroom…it does not matter if you are celiac or not.

  2. on 08 Feb 2013 at 10:47 amhot Nai Nai

    PS Do not even get me started on the arthritis issue!!!!!!

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