2 hummus-based salad dressings for GOS fibers
We’ve previously discussed how adding a class of prebiotic fibers called galacto-oligosaccharides, or GOS, adds greater power to your campaign to restore healthy bowel flora. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, used to make hummus are a useful source of GOS fibers. Although moderately rich in carbohydrates, using hummus in modest amounts as a condiment, such as the base for these salad dressings, keeps you well below our safe cutoff. Each tablespoon of dressing yields approximately 1.5 grams net carbs, while adding about the same quantity in GOS fibers. So here are two simple recipes for interesting hummus-based...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora chickepeas galacto-oligosaccharides gluten grains hummus prebiotic fibers Source Type: blogs

Chicken Curry with Lentils (for GOS prebiotics)
In line with our discussions about cultivating healthy bowel flora with prebiotic fibers, we have been contemplating whether enriching the lifestyle with the galacto-oligosaccharide, or GOS, variety of fibers in particular is a healthy practice. If you choose to do so, you could purchase (exceptionally expensive) products available commercially, or you could simply add small servings (1/4 to 1/2 cup) of GOS-rich foods such as lentils or chickpeas/hummus. Here is a recipe taken from the original Wheat Belly Cookbook but tweaked to include lentils. The original recipe was ultra low-carb with 3 grams net carbs per serving (5...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 9, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Recipes Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora gluten grains lentils microbiota prebiotics resistant starch Source Type: blogs

Loading up on galacto-oligosaccharides
I previously discussed how galacto-oligosaccharides, or GOS, may provide unique or outsized benefits in cultivating healthy bowel flora, particularly bifidobacteria. Enriching bowel flora in bifidobacteria has been associated with a wide array of health benefits ranging from decreases in insulin to improved mental health. If you are interested in GOS and obtaining the beneficial effects of prebiotic fibers, note that these are strategies that should only be pursued if you are wheat/grain-free, have been taking a high-potency probiotic (e.g., 50 billion CFUs per day), and do not have dysbiosis. (Prebiotic fibers will make d...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 8, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bifidobacteria bowel flora gluten grains metabolic microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

Food from Different Worlds—Finding Foods that Nourish and Heal Across Cultures
When I was a college freshman starting life on campus, I found the food available in our college cafeteria very confusing. Though ranked among the most diverse and delicious offerings, many times, I would walk through and find myself still with an empty plate. I could not find anything to eat. I had grown up on non-typical food, lots of roots and tubers, legumes and pulses, kale before it became a dietary hit, and lots of plain old water. Now I was part of a place that had fun theme food nights, and I could not find something that resembled my normal diet. Where I should have been thrilled, I was feeling tense, and very hu...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - September 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Access Food Nutrition Source Type: blogs

Eat, pray push?
I’ve previously expressed my reluctance to dwell very much on the issue of constipation, but this common issue is one of the defining problems with wheat and grains, despite widespread conventional advice that they are healthy sources of fiber. Here’s an excerpt from chapter 4 of Wheat Belly Total Health, Your Bowels Have Been Fouled: Intestinal Indignities From Grains: “A condition as pedestrian as constipation serves to perfectly illustrate many of the ways in which grains mess with normal body functions, as well as just how wrong conventional ‘solutions’ can be. Constipation remedies are li...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel movements constipation fiber gastrointestinal gluten grains Source Type: blogs

Cancer is Not a Death Sentence
Life is Good! If you or a loved one has just gotten a cancer diagnosis, I want to reach out to you with this article to let you know you don’t have to be afraid. Of course you will be in the beginning. We are conditioned to fear cancer. But, I want you to know that you have enormous hope for a high quality, healthy, even long, life in your future if you want that and are willing to listen to the message from your body and take action to heal it. Let’s Face the Fear Factor First I realize that having “death” in the title is a little scary, but it’s true: Cancer is not your death sentence. Being born is. At birth...
Source: Life Learning Today - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AgentSully Tags: Green Living Happy Healthy Living How To Solving Problems Spiritual alternative cancer cures alternative cancer healing Believe faith fear fear of cancer heal yourself healing cancer healing power love yourself Source Type: blogs

Cool Foods for Warm Weather
Me mind on fire. Me soul on fire. Feelin’ Hot. Hot. Hot You too? Last thing you want to do is turn on the oven. I feel ya. That’s why I I’m keeping mine off and making these easy foods and recipes instead. No oven necessary. Go ahead and store your winter sweaters and other things you don’t need in there. Pour a nice cold glass of ice water and get inspired to keep it cool (and healthy) when it’s hot outside. Disclosure: The brands and organizations included in the TV segments and blog are clients of mine. ABC Newschannel 8 Let’s Talk Live DC Watch my appearance on NBC WBAL Baltimor...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - May 19, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking eating healthy food recipes TV segments best cereal canned peaches chicken wraps chocolate milk smoothies healthy deviled eggs Kind Bars lamb sliders memorial day recipes picnic foods slow cooker recipes Source Type: blogs

The ABCs of your post-grain experience
Wheat/grain elimination is an exceptionally powerful tool for restoring health, reducing inflammation, returning metabolic distortions such as high blood sugar and blood pressure back to normal, and for losing weight. But many of the adverse health effects of years of grain consumption do not fully reverse with their elimination. Specific efforts may therefore need to be undertaken to accelerate your return to full health. Taking these extra steps stacks the odds heavily in your favor that you will enjoy full recovery from abnormal health conditions. Among the strategies to consider are: Cultivate and nourish healthy bowel...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora fish oil iodine probiotics resistant starch Thyroid vitamin D Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly meals and flours for baking
So you kiss all things wheat and grains goodbye. And you’ve come to learn that gluten-free foods made with replacement flours like cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato flour, and rice starch are also very destructive, since they make visceral fat grow, send blood sugar through the roof, and contribute to diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. (If these gluten-free food manufacturers persist in pushing gluten-free foods made with these awful ingredients, I’m going to have to write a new book: “Gluten-Free . . . Fat, and Diabetic“!) But perhaps you’d sure like a few muffins o...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle baking cakes cupcakes gluten grain-free baking grains muffins scones Source Type: blogs

Corn, Zucchini and Chickpea Fritters
Our first dinner in the empty nest. We dropped our youngest off at college, which to our delight is a mere two hours drive north along the lovely Taconic Parkway. To say the campus is bucolic is an understatement, with the Catskill mountains on the horizon, and a lovely little town just a short ride away.  This was a happy day for us all, the culmination of an amazing summer for the entire family. She’s launched and we’re so happy for her. (And can’t wait to come back up to visit on parent’s weekend…) After settling her in, we explore the area, following dead end roads like fingers that end a...
Source: The Blog That Ate Manhattan - September 5, 2014 Category: Primary Care Authors: Margaret Polaneczky, MD Tags: Vegetarian chickpea corn fritters summer vegetable dinner vegetarian dinner zucchini Source Type: blogs

Fertilize the garden called “bowel flora”
I like to think of bowel flora, the thousand or so species of microorganisms that inhabit the human gastrointestinal tract, as a garden. Probiotics, i.e., anything that provides microorganisms believed to be among the desired inhabitants such as the various Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria species, are like planting seeds for peppers and zucchini in your garden in spring time. But what if you planted your seeds, then neglected to water and fertilize your garden? If you’re lucky, you might have a few peppers and zucchini after a few weeks, but you’re more likely to have a few stunted vegetables or nothing except ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle butyrate microbiota prebiotic resistant starch Source Type: blogs

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit and Veggies
We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables! Did you know over 2/3rds of Americans don’t meet the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake?!  We typically throw away spoil fruits and vegetable two times a week on average, which translates into about $42 a week! I am not saying you need to sacrificing taste or flavor or have to eat salads at every meal, I’m here to say “you can’t mess it up”!  Just add in fruits and vegetables to any dish you’re making. No matter what the recipes says, you can always add fruits and vegetables to any dish to help bump up the nutrition. Includ...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - June 25, 2014 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: cooking diet eating healthy food fruits nutrition recipes vegetables blueberries healthy eating kiwifruit mushrooms slow cooker smoothies stuffed burgers vegetarian veggie burger Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal Recovery After The Wheat Battle Is Won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. “I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is enco...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs

Gastrointestinal recovery after the wheat battle is won
Josie posted this comment that addresses the issue of bowel health recovery post-grain removal. I have been wheat-free for almost a year now and I no longer fall asleep during the day, and my mental fog has disappeared. My wheat-free life is great! However, I am experiencing major digestion problems. I went to see a dietitian and explained to her I do not eat wheat and try not to eat grains. She emphasized that I need fiber in my diet and based on my current food intake I was not receiving an adequate amount, which was most likely the cause of my digestion problems. She respects that I do not eat wheat, but is encouraging...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 26, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Bowel flora Gastrointestinal effects of wheat Source Type: blogs