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Aug 10

The Keto Diet for Weight Loss Review | Shape Magazine

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I’m not usually a fan of prescribed “diets”I live by more of the anti-diet mantra. Call me jaded, but the word “diet”has a bit of a negative connotation these days, with “fad” and “restrictive” usually preceding it. So, when I had the chance to giveDr. Axe’s new Keto360 program a two-week test run,I did some serious digging on the ketogenic diet and whether it’s healthy.

Here’s what I learned about the keto diet: You essentially swap a high-carb diet, which most Americans tend to eat, for a diet that’s very high in fat (the healthy kinds), moderate in protein, and very low in carbohydrates. The idea is that you change the source from which your body gets its energy (and burns calories) from glucose (from carbohydrates) to ketones (from fat). This shift doesn’t happen after one bulletproof coffee, though. It usually takes a few days of eating this way for your body to reach ketosiswhere it’s looking to fat as its first source of fuel. Once there, though, your body “will be burning fat all the time,” says Dr. Axe. “It doesn’t matter if you’re working out or sleeping, or what you’re doing, your body continues to burn fat in ketosis.”

Armed with the 411 on how the keto diet works, I felt encouraged and relieved. The concept is rooted in nutrition- and weight-loss science. And from my initial conversations with Dr. Axe, I liked knowing that ketogenic diet results are always meant to be time-boundeating this way is not a lifestyle and that makes sense. You may have heard that the keto diet was ranked last in the U.S.News &World Report’s 2018 list of the best and the worst diets. While I embarked on this journey before that news came out, I would havegiven the keto diet a try regardless. Part of the criteria for that ranked list was whether a diet was sustainable and easy to followthe keto diet is neither, but it’s not designed to be. “I don’t recommend people follow strict ketogenic diets for their life,” says Dr. Axe. “I recommend 30- to 90-day periods, and after that moving into more of a ‘cycling’ phase, where you can cycle in and out of keto.” Dr. Axe admits that following a keto diet will be difficult for most people, since many Americans have diets high in sugar, salt, and carbs. Buthe says that the potential benefitsboosting brain health, supporting muscles and overall improved performance at the gym, at the office, and in lifeare worth putting in the hard work. (Just Look at the Keto Diet Results Jen Widerstrom Saw After 17 Days.)

All of that said, I was ready to put the keto diet to the testand in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, no less. I relished the idea of proving that eating fat doesn’t make you fata diet myth that I’d like to see die a faster death.

All new habits need a plan. Luckily, I had the Keto360 Blueprint (which mapped out how this was all going to go down), Dr. Axe at my disposal for ALL the questions, a Keto360-approved food list, and a husband who agreed to jump on the two-week keto bandwagon with me. (Research shows that having a buddy system will increase your rate of success in fitness, a diet, and even sticking to your New Year’s resolutions.) Still, sitting down to figure outmy first week of keto diet mealsand snacks was daunting. (Side note: Iknew that if I was going to succeed at this, I’d have to be able to buy lunch. Luckily, Dr. Axe is totally on board, saying that most caf salad bars will have what I need to create a keto meala big spinach salad with salmon and avocado, for example.)

Keto mealsseemed so heavy and rich to me, and it just wasn’t how I was used to eating. Plus, I consider myself a flexitarian, so the thought of eating more meatand more often than I typically wouldgave me pause. Dr. Axe assured me that even vegetarianscould pull off a keto diet if they planned well enough. (Vegans can, too.)That said, he’s a proponent of animal products and red meat specifically, because of the iron it provides for women (who are more susceptible to deficiency) and because it can bolster energy when carbs are lacking. (TheseAre the Other Things Vegetarians Need to Be Aware of Before Going Keto.)

Still, I enjoy cooking and I plan my meals on the regular anyway. With a keto food list in hand and advice from Dr. Axe in my mind, I filled my grocery cart with family-size versions of what I regularly buy (apples, berries, nut butter, kale), and a lot more meat than I ever have in my cart at one time (ground lamb, chicken, REAL bacon). What was missing? Some of my usual high-carb items, like whole-grain English muffins, orange juice, butternut squash, and tortilla chips.

While I was feeling pretty confident about my ability to cut back on obvious carbs, I felt less sure about doubling up on my fat. This is one aspect of the ketogenic diet that I think a lot of people misunderstand. Keto is not just a low-carb diet, it’s a HIGH-fat diet, too.

I can tackle coconut oil and avocado just fine. But there was one thing about the next two weeks that was looming over me: the intermittent fasting (IF) Dr. Axe built into his program. (Not all keto diets include this.) On Keto360 you can choose from three different eating windows, and I went for the longest: noon to 8 p.m., which meant I wouldn’t be eating solid food until midday. I have an active fitness schedule, which needs fuel (and recovery) on a regular basis, so I was concerned I’d really miss my morning yogurt with berries and be left feeling hangry by 10a.m. (Not to mention, some food pros feel the potential benefits of intermittent fasting might not be worth the risks.) Dr. Axe assured me that not only could I handle the IF, but that temporarily starving the body this way will allow it to heal. “When you’re fasting for a period of time, you’re essentially letting the systems of your body completely rest and recover.” And he’s right. This is exactly why sleep is the most important thing for weight loss and health, why there are such things as beauty night creams, and why rest days are crucial to meeting any fitness goal. The breaking down of food, the rapid turnover of cells, and the repairing of muscle tears all happen during rest.

Plus, it’s not like I couldn’t feed my body anything until noon. Low-carb keto drinks such as tea, water, and coffee were all options, and Dr. Axe suggested adding protein (such as his bone broth or collagen protein powders) to my liquids to help fend off hunger. So, throughout my twoweeks, I experimented with Dr. Axe’s bone broth protein and collagen protein, as well as unsweetened nondairy milks such as almond and oat milk. I’ll cut to the chase on this one: While expert opinion is mixed on the bioavailability of collagen powder and its potential health benefits, through trial and error, I landed on coffee with oat milk and collagen peptides as my go-to morning brew. I also took some of Dr. Axe’s Keto Fire supplements in the morning. They contain exogenous ketones, which is a fancy way of saying bonus ketones my body doesn’t produce on its own.

With meals planned, research done, and supplements on hand, I was ready and excited for the challenge. Here’s a snippet of my two-week experienceand the keto diet results that came with it:

Day 1: It’s 8:15a.m. and my stomach is growling. It knows it’s time for its breakfast, and I’m depriving it. I blended my protein coffee and ran out the door. My first thought is that the vanilla flavor is a nice complement to black coffee. But toward the end of the thermos, I realize that no matter how you dice it, vanilla bone broth protein coffee is not the same as a vanilla blonde roast with skim milk.

Day 2: There’s a bagel shop less than a block from my office. I pass it every single day and never really think anything of it. Well, not today! The smell of the freshly baked everything bagelsand was that veggie cream cheeseI smelled?was wafting out the door as I walked by extra quickly. (Though I found out later that thereisa way to have bread and still stay in ketosis.)

Day 3: I’m tired AF. Like the kind of tired when you’re so exhausted you have to use your left arm to lift your right arm. Somehow, I pried myself out of bed to work out only to realize cardio has never been more hardio, so some chill strength training was going to have to do. (I Now Know These 8 Things About Exercising While On the Keto Diet.) Nonetheless, feelings of lethargy were to be expected, says Dr. Axe, who says days 2 and 3 were also the hardest for him the first time he tried keto. “Every body is different,” he assures me. “Some people feel better by day 5, others take twoweeks.”

Day 4: Grabbing lunch out has been successful thus far. Today was some tilapia, zucchini, and yellow squash, and a kale and tofu side salad. I tossed onhalf an avocado for good fatty measure. Oh, and I notice that I’ve lost a pound already, which is definitely just water weightcarbs hold water so limiting them is a surefire way to release some fluid in your bodybut nonetheless. Weight loss wasn’t my objective, but I doubt I’malone in thinking, “I’ll take it!”

Day 5: As fate would have it, 3 p.m. rolls around and we get a message that there are cookies in the conference room. I have been snacking on keto-approved foods like Granny Smith apples (the tart green apple has way less sugar than, say, a red Gala), and full-fat cottage cheese with blueberries (where have you been all my life, snack?) with no real trouble with cravings. But just knowing there are cookies that I can’t eat makes me feel a little cheated. (Though These Low-Carb Keto Desserts Help With That.)

Day 6: When I thought back to what I ate today, I realized that between my salad and my lamb burger, I ate an entire avocado. The Keto360 plan recommends no more than half an avocado a day, and most nutritionists would probably agree. While the creamy, green fruit is filled with a lot of healthy fats, which I need in excess to stay in ketosis, at 300 calories a pop, that can quickly add up. (One gram of fat equals 9 calories, opposed to 4 calories per gram for both protein and carbs.)

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It’s true that calories are not the only thing that matters in your diet, but if you’re trying to lose weight (which is a major reason many people try the keto diet), being mindful of combining all those high-fat foods is important for success.

Day 7: Peak exhaustion set in back on days 3 and 4, but I rounded the corner and started to feel more like myself the last couple days. Now at the halfway mark, I feel likeI’ve gotten this keto meal-planning thing downeven if the food isn’t everything I hoped and dreamed. (More on that below). PlusI’m able to effectively train the way I’m used to. Over the weekend I hit the barre, the bike, and the (kettle)bells, and it feels great. I have my energy back and then some. And I simultaneously feel lighter (down another pound) and stronger.

Day 8: I’m still struggling to find a morning beverage that I enjoy and that keeps me full, so I try flavorless collagen protein powder with my coffee plus a splash of macadamia nut milk. It still isn’t the same as a French press with cream, but it’s a win! On the solid-food front, I’m starting to get a little grossed out about all the meat I’ve eaten in the past week. It’s more than I’d normally eat in three times as long. Lamb burgers, turkey lettuce-wrap tacos, chicken salads. My digestion is off (even though I take probiotics every morning), so Dr. Axe recommends his Keto Digest supplements at lunch. They contain fat-digesting enzymes to help break down the extra fat and protein that my body isn’t used to consuming, and it helps.

Day 9: I caved. I was running out the door for a morning workout and I had a hefty spoonful of peanut butter this morning, but I was hangry, okay?! While I silently wonder if that’s enough to send me out of ketosis, there’s really no guilt (food should never make you feel guilty, IMO). I need fuel for my workoutperiod.

Day 10: I’m starting to get sick of the same foods that I know are safe bets. And the number of times I’ve Googled: “Is _____ keto?”is getting out of hand. I’ve realized that the only real gripe I have with the keto diet is that there are so many healthy, nutritious foods that you can’t eat while on it. (Maybe that’s why experts say you should give up restrictive diets once and for all.) Carrots? Sweet potatoes? Brussels sprouts? What vitamins and nutrients am I missing out on by leaving these foods off my plate?

Day 11: The women at the salad shop accidentally put bread in my bag even though I said no bread. I threw it out on my way out the door. Today is a sad day. In other news, my energy is still kicking, I’ve been keeping up with my workouts, and I lost another pound. (I kind of hate weighing myself this often.)

Day 12: Dr. Axe assured me from the beginning that I’d be able to stick to my usual kind of workouts, and I’m happy to report that I can keep up with my favorite boxing and cycling classes without feeling dead halfway through.

Day 13: I have a love-hate relationship with this intermittent fasting thing. I think it’s “working,” and by that I mean I’m losing some weight. (Plus, improved body composition and definition can come with weight loss.) When I ask Dr. Axe if I should attribute my success to keto or IF, he says both. “I would say 80/20 it’s more strongly in the favor of keto, but intermittent fasting does help as well,” he says. The fat-burning capabilities of keto have more strength behind it when it comes to weight loss, specifically, he adds, but the intermittent fasting can be great for digestion and just feeling good.

Day 14: Today’s the last day on the Keto360 plan, so naturally I wear my Body by Butter tank to my morning workout. The class incorporated heavy lifting circuit training and cardio bursts, and I felt like I could go for round two when it was over.

In the end, I’m pleased with my keto diet results both internally and externally. I lost 4 pounds in twoweeks, gained some energy and efficiency with my training, and more often than not felt that I could see better muscle tone instead of feeling bloated or weighed down. While the ketogenic diet may not be my go-toon a regular basis, Dr. Axe’s final feedback was encouraging: He says because I’ve now had a successful keto trial run, if I wanted to cycle through some keto weeks (or even a month, next time), I’d be able to easily, potentially reaching ketosis even more quickly. While going full-force back on the carbs could derail me or anyone else who wants to keto-cycle, Dr. Axe says the odds are in my favor. Ninety percent of the time if someone’s done it once, they will get into ketosis quicker and easier the next time, he says.

In fact, he says my already somewhat balanced diet is part of why I didn’t experience the keto flu. (Some people report feeling sick to their stomach, irritable, and dizzy, among other flu-like symptoms, for the first few days or even weeks of keto.) People who transition from a very high-carb and high-protein dietto a high-fat dietare more susceptible to these rare but extreme symptoms, he says. This is why he says he builta Feast Phasewhen you’re adding fats into your diet without really restricting your carbsinto his Keto360 plan as a way to ease your body into ketosis. “If someone is a fairly good eater, and they already do have a moderate amount of fat in their dietnot high fat but moderatetypically they’ll transition pretty well,”he says.

Many people may look at myside-by-side before and after picsand think, “She was fit before and she looks the same now.” (Isn’t it strange how differently other people see you versus how you see yourself?) But eating and exercise should always be about more than the aesthetics. How do your diet and fitness habits make you feel? Food is fuel (and recovery) for the activities you like to do most. If eating well means you gain some perspective, then ending up with abetter butt isjust icing on the cake. BTW, I can have cake now.

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Aug 7

9 most popular diets rated by experts 2017 – Health News

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Aug 5

What is Autoimmune Paleo or AIP Diet?

The Autoimmune Protocol is a diet that helps heal the immune system and gut mucosa. It is applicable to any inflammatory disease.

We have a problem in this country with how we eat, treat disease and heal disease. AIP addresses inflammation in the gut that causes Autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune disease is a condition where the body cannot tell the difference between healthy tissue and foreign invaders and a hypersensitive reaction occurs. The body starts self-tissue attack. For months or perhaps years, this self-tissue attack can occur silently until full blown autoimmune disease develops. There are more than 80 types of “official” autoimmune disorders (and MANY more being discovered daily) but all autoimmune disease have in common is tissue self-attacking in places like the thyroid gland, brain tissue or salivary glands, to name a few.

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet works to reduce inflammation in the intestines. Many elimination diets are not complete enough and often do not remove immune triggers that promote inflammation in the gut. AIP works to calm inflammation in the gut and also calm inflammation in the body. And while autoimmune disease can never be cured, it can be put into remission. The AIP diet is geared toward healing the intestinal mucosa and supporting low inflammation in the body that can temper the fires of an autoimmune flare-up. First I would like to say that this is our interpretation. There is more than one interpretation of how to follow the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet. I call it a lifestyle because in a modified form it is how I eat and live my life. It is also how I recommend my autoimmune clients to eat in their own modified form long term as well.

The Autoimmune protocol has been said to be a version of the Paleo diet, but really, I see that it is so much more than that; it is a dramatic way to address inflammation that is driving Autoimmune Disease that has its beginning roots in the gut. Diet is one aspect of healing. And, although it is the largest aspect of long term health, in the short-term, there are other components that require the help of a skilled practitioner. I suggest you find one that is trained. I personally have a professional practice primarily around helping those on this diet as well as nutritional lab work evaluations, supplement protocols and dietary support. Please email me at info@aiplifestyle.com if you would like to set up an appointment and work together remotely. There are many divergent paths that have an overlap with the AIP lifestyle like Autoimmune disease, adrenal fatigue, H-P Axis imbalances, co-infectins, parasites, SIBO, liver congestion, hormone imbalances, insulin resistance that play a role in how you may use supplements along with the AIP diet to heal your body. Each person who decides to try the AIP diet should work with their practitioner to determine if they are candidates for a low histamine, low latex and/or low FODMAP in addition to following AIP. This is where you will benefit from having an experienced, clinically seasoned practitioner to help personalize your AIP plan. Other adjunct protocols may include: functional blood chemistry, saliva hormone testing, saliva adrenal testing, stool testing and antibody tests.

Before you start AIP, I encourage you to read this post: When AIP Is A Crutch Not A Cure.

I share this all with you as an expert AIP Nutritionist. I am an authority in the AIP movement. I always recommend working with an experienced practitioner when starting AIP and getting blood work and other functional tests like adrenal/cortisol and hormone saliva tests. If you have dysglycemia, insulin resistance, anemia (not all anemias are from low iron!), intestinal or other infections like h. pylori, SIBO, h-p axis issues, adrenal dysfunction, you may not get better on the AIP diet alone. I see this quite a bit in my nutrition practice. If you have been on the AIP diet and are not seeing results you wanted, or are looking for a heart-centered approach to autoimmune disease please contact me directly for information on how to set up an appointment with me. I primarily use Skype for both my AIP clients and The Loving Diet Program. For more information about me and working together, go to this page.

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High FODMAPS may disagree with some on the AIP diet. For example; nectarines, coconut or onions may bother some people. Whole30’s great Paleo Low FODMAPS shopping list: http://whole9life.com/book/ISWF-Shopping-List-FODMAP.pdf

If you are reacting to certain starches in foods, it may be a sign that high FODMAPS need to be eliminated from your diet. Also, Ashwaganda is in the nightshade family, and should be eliminated during the first phase of AIP. I find it usually well tolerated in general by most people however. If you are FODMAPS sensitive, eliminate for 10-14 days and then slowly reintroduce.

Eliminating these foods is important to reduce inflammation. All of the above listed foods can be gut irritants and exacerbate dysbiosis in the gut and contribute to SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). AIP can help address the GALT imbalances (Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue) in the intestines. Because the gut contains such a large percentage of immune system GALT tissues (70%) that mediate the T & B Lymphocytes that carry out immune system attack by producing antigens or antibodies, the goal of AIP is to reduce this from occurring. It is widely accepted that gut mediated inflammation is applicable for addressing Autoimmune Disease. Below are the studies I have found that link the gut to the immune system. I encourage you to print these articles out and bring them to your doctor.

I also recommend doing yearly or twice yearly cleanses and support phases, eating fermented foods and bone broth at least 2-3 times a week in 1/2 cup portions. The reason we are compelled to share this all with you, is that food is fun. I believe you can be on the AIP diet and do as a lifestyle. You can be a foodie and do AIP. I love food too much to feel like I cannot eat foods that are satisfying, creative and exciting. Food is spiritual for me. It is my path. Helping others heal is my path. Teaching is my path. As I share my recipes with you, I eat them too. You are not alone in your path to health. We do this journey together.

There are many resources available to you beyond diet and supplements. I talk about them extensively on this blog as well as in my private practice. Looking beyond diet and supplements can be a very valuable endeavor on your path to healing. Here are a few posts to check out:

When You Don’t Get Better on The AIP Diet

Self-Compassion and Autoimmune Disease

Trusting Your Life

Autoimmune Disease As Joy In Disguise

New Program for Autoimmune Disease

Illness as Transformation

Other Fabulous Resources (Some are not AIP but useful for autoimmune disease):

http://carrickbraincenters.com/

http://www.terrywahls.com/http://www.drperlmutter.com/http://www.thyroidbook.comhttp://brainhealthbook.com/http://the21daysugardetox.com/http://www.thyroidpharmacist.com/

https://www.functionalmedicine.org/

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Jun 4

diet | Definition of diet in English by Oxford Dictionaries

noun

1The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

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selection of food, food and drink, food, foodstuffs, provisions, edibles, fare

screen violence is becoming the staple diet of the video generation

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2A special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.

I’m going on a diet

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dietary regime, dietary regimen, dietary programme, restricted diet, crash diet

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1Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.

I began dieting again

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follow a diet, be on a diet, eat sparingly, eat selectively, abstain, fast

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Middle English: from Old French diete (noun), dieter (verb), via Latin from Greek diaita a way of life.

1A legislative assembly in certain countries.

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legislative assembly, legislature, parliament, congress, senate, synod, council

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Late Middle English: from medieval Latin dieta day’s work, wages, etc., also meeting of councillors.

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Jun 4

Healthy Eating Plan

A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal for weight loss. A healthy eating plan also will lower your risk for heart disease and other health conditions.

A healthy eating plan:

To lose weight, most people need to reduce the number of calories they get from food and beverages (energy IN) and increase their physical activity (energy OUT).

For a weight loss of 11 pounds per week, daily intake should be reduced by 500 to 750 calories. In general:

Very low calorie diets of fewer than 800 calories per day should not be used unless you are being monitored by your doctor.

Set goals to eat healthy like replacing full-fat version of foods such as milk, yogurt, and salad dressing with the fat-free or low-fat kind.

The best way to give your body the balanced nutrition it needs is by eating a variety of nutrient-packed foods every day. Just be sure to stay within your calorie needs. For more information, check out http://www.mypyramid.gov.

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Jun 4

Diet | German government | Britannica.com

Diet, Medieval Latin Dieta, German Reichstag, legislature of the German empire, or Holy Roman Empire, from the 12th century to 1806.

In the Carolingian empire, meetings of the nobility and higher clergy were held during the royal progresses, or court journeys, as occasion arose, to make decisions affecting the good of the state. After 1100, definitively, the emperor called the Diet to meet in an imperial or episcopal city within the imperial frontiers. The members of the Diet were originally the princes, including bishops of princely status, but counts and barons were included later. After 1250 the representatives of imperial and episcopal cities were recognized as members of the Diet, and at this time the electoral princes, whose duty it was to elect the emperor, began to meet separately, a division formally confirmed in the Golden Bull of Charles IV (1356), which established the number of the electoral princes as seven. (See elector.)

Beginning in the 12th century the power of the emperor gradually declined; by 1489 the Diet was divided into three colleges that met separately: (1) the electoral college of seven lay and ecclesiastical princes presided over by the imperial chancellor, the archbishop of Mainz; (2) the college of the princes with 33 ecclesiastical princes and 61 lay princes, presided over by the archbishop of Salzburg or the archduke of Austria; (3) the college of the cities presided over by the representative of the city in which the Diet met. The college of cities was separated eventually into the Rhine and Swabian divisions, the former having 14 towns and the latter 37.

The decisions taken separately by the three colleges were combined in an agreed statement the text of which was sent to the emperor as the resolution of the empire (conclusum imperii). All the decisions of the Diet forming the resolution were called the recess of the empire (Reichsabschied). The emperor could ratify part of the recess or the whole of it, but he could not modify the words of the recess. Until the 17th century the Diet possessed effective legal power, including the decision of war or peace, but the Peace of Westphalia (1648) spelled the final breakdown in the conception of a single German empire united by its members common aims. The three-college Diet was replaced by an assembly of sovereign princes, usually represented by envoys, indifferent to the emperors wishes and divided in religious and political aims. The Diet of Regensburg of 1663 prolonged itself indefinitely into permanent session and thereafter was called the Regensburg Diet, or the Everlasting Diet (Immerwhrender Reichstag). The emperor was now represented by a prince of the empire as his commissioner; a jurist was appointed as subcommissioner; and the elector of Mainz, archchancellor of the empire, had charge of the business of the meetings of the Diet. This assembly of representatives without legislative power disappeared when the Holy Roman Empire collapsed under Napoleons attack in 1806.

The name Reichstag was revived in 1871 for the legislature of the German Empire and retained by the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich; the name was abandoned in the two Germanies after World War II.

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Jun 4

OMS Recovery Program | Diet | Multiple Sclerosis …

Several long-term studies show a close connection between saturated fats and the development and progression of MS. People with MS who avoid saturated fats (such as meat or dairy fat) but consume unsaturated fats (such as those from fish and flax) typically have reduced progression of the disease and in many cases experience minimal effects from it.

The most important research on this topic is by Professor Roy Laver Swank, of the Swank Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Portland, Oregon. He initially found that MS followed the consumption of saturated fat and was lower among people who ate fish (which is rich in omega-3 fats).

This led to a compelling 34-year, 150-patient study that began in 1949. Published inThe Lancetin 1990, it showed that people who adhered to a diet very low in saturated fats had dramatically better health outcomes than those who did not.

Swanks diet for MS had a huge advantage over other tried therapies. It was not a passive approach; it gave patients active control over their illness through major lifestyle change.

The power of such control should not be underestimated. Self-determination may significantly affect immune function and mental state. A modified form of Swanks diet, taking into account modern data on fats, forms the centerpiece of the Overcoming MS program.

To read more on how diet affects MS, and to see sources, see theMS Encyclopediaor viewProf. Jelinek discussingProfessor Roy Swanks revolutionary research spanning 34 years on the connection between diet and MShere.

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May 13

Gastroparesis Diet for Delayed Stomach Emptying : GiCare.com

Author: Frank W. Jackson, M.D.

Gastroparesis is the medical term for delayed stomach emptying. During the process of digestion, the stomach must contract to empty itself of food and liquid. Normally, it contracts about three times a minute. This empties the stomach within 90-120 minutes after eating. If contractions are sluggish or less frequent, stomach emptying is delayed. This results in bothersome and sometimes serious symptoms, as well as malnutrition, because food is not being digested properly.

Gastroparesis may be caused by various conditions such as diabetes mellitus, certain disorders of the nervous system, or certain drugs. Often however, no cause can be found although a viral infection is suspected in some. Usually, the physician prescribes medication to stimulate the stomach to contract. The purpose of the gastroparesis diet is to reduce symptoms and maintain adequate fluids and nutrition. There are three steps to the diet.

STEP 1 DIET consists of liquids, which usually leave the stomach quickly by gravity alone. Liquids prevent dehydration and keep the body supplied with vital salts and minerals.

STEP 2 DIET provides additional calories by adding a small amount of dietary fat less than 40 gm each day. For patients with gastroparesis, fatty foods and oils should be restricted, because they delay stomach emptying. However, patients at the Step 2 level are usually able to tolerate this amount.

STEP 3 DIET is designed for long-term maintenance. Fat is limited to 50 gm per day, and fibrous foods are restricted, because many plant fibers cannot be digested.

The STEP 1 Gastroparesis Diet is inadequate in all nutrients except sodium and potassium. It should not be continued for more than three days without additional nutritional support. STEP 2 and STEP 3 Gastroparesis Diets may be inadequate in Vitamins A and C, and the mineral iron. A multi-vitamin supplement is usually prescribed.

Frank W. Jackson, M.D.

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May 13

GM Diet The Fastest Indian Vegetarian Diet to Lose …

GM diet is a secret diet plan to slim down your body and cut down your weight in just 7 days! This is the best vegetarian diet to lose weight.

Are you wondering why this diet is any different? When you have tried almost everything possible in the world and havent got the best results. This vegetarian diet to lose weight will help you lose weight very quickly.

The Vegetarian diet plan for weight loss is not just to lose weight, but it is also a maintenance method for a slim and proportionate body. Along with these, it will help you practice eating vegetables and fruits which will help to boost up the metabolic rate.Vegetarian diets and weight loss go hand it hand. It is the healthiest and the fastest way to shed pounds. This vegetarian diet program has become famous around the world. Every one is addicted to it, it actually works!

Most people are skeptical about the fruitfulness of this diet plan. Is it really all that effective? And can you really lose oodles of weight, just by sticking to a GM Diet Chart for one week? To answer that question, we must first understand how the GM Diet works.

The fact that dieters have to drink up to 2 liters of water each day is a great way to help digestion and wash away the toxins. If you detoxify your body regularly, it will help in faster digestion and regular elimination of toxins in the form of urination and bowel movements, which lead to eventual weight loss.

Foods need an adequate amount of water to dissolve into nutrients. The digestion process is much easier with regular water intake. The water intake aids in the assimilation of nutrients and also utilizes the reserved energies for boosting for metabolism though this weight loss diet.

But the GM weight loss diet ensures we eat a lot of high fiber foods and water to flush away the toxins in a regular manner. Bowel problems, for instance constipation, can thus be easily avoided by the help of The GM Diet.

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Is this Vegetarian GM Diet backed by science? Its a question most of us ask ourselves. The fiber filled diet ensures that you keep your hunger pangs at bay, for a longer period. Vegetables and fruits are chock-a-block with all kinds of essential vitamins and minerals, and meet the nutritional requirements of the body.

The diet is rich in complex carbohydrates like brown rice, which is high in essential nutrients like magnesium, potassium, calcium and fiber, while still having a paltry amount of fat.

In the GM diet, you can only have chicken, which is low in fat. What the right amount of protein does is that it increases the metabolic rate and burns fat.

Another thing that works for the diet is that you do not have to limit the amount of food you eat, just the kind of foods you eat. That works fine for most of us, as we do not have to feel deprived. It is only when we feel deprived that we go on a binging spree. Also, having frequent small meals and increasing water intake boosts metabolism and aids in fat loss.

It is not what you will call a science- based weight loss diet. But then again, very few science-based diets have enjoyed the unprecedented success that the GM Diet has.

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This 7 day vegetarian diet plan was developed for the well being of General Motors Inc. employees. That is the reason it is called the GM Diet Plan. The aim of the program is to gain a healthy body. You can expect the following things by practicing this Diet Plan regime:

All these in just 7 days! It is a miracle diet plan! At the beginning it may sounds a bit impossible to follow it, but just 7 days of dedication will bring you a healthy body. If you successfully complete these 7 days, you will definitely love the results. You would never want to break the diet regime, because you know the worth of it. Just to make sure that you are healthy enough to practice this diet, consult your doctor before you begin.

This Diet Plan includes the intake of fruits, vegetables and starch. To prepare yourself for the vegetarian GM diet plan, you need to avoid alcohol for a few days. Especially in the time of the diet schedule and before it. This is a very important tip you need to follow. Alcohol increases the uric acid in the body, which leads to water retention. This blocks the natural detoxifying process from taking place.

It is also very essential that you drink up to 10 glasses of water everyday. As you will not be consuming the same amount of carbohydrates which you normally do. Water will be your main source of energy for the whole day. It will also boost your metabolism and remove the unwanted pounds from the body, naturally. In case you have already tried this diet plan, it is better to take a break for 2 to 3 days before you resume the diet again. This will help the body to adjust to the new method of nutritional intake, which will also relieve your body from any kind of anxiety. Here is what you have to do for the 7 days of your Diet Plan.

Being the first day, it is always the hardest. Try to keep yourself away from all kinds of cravings as you will be consuming only fruits. You can consume all the fruits, excluding grapes, bananas, litchi and mangoes. You can have them in any quantity you like. It is suggested that you consume more watermelon, lime, oranges, apples, pomegranates, strawberries and melons. You can eat 20 times a day, but you should eat only fruits.

This is the way of preparing your body for the upcoming days. The only source of nutrition is from the fruits, they provide you will all that you need for your body. If you prefer to cut them up and eat, its great but make sure you arent adding anything else to it. Its just a pure fruit for me day! If you can limit your fruit intake to only melons, your have a good chance of losing 3 pounds on your first day.

Like the first day, the second day is All veggies day. You can eat nothing but vegetables and only vegetables. You can eat to your hearts content, feel your stomach filled up with vegetables if you need to. Boiled or raw vegetables will do. You can even begin your day with a boiled potato and a tea spoon of butter. This is done in order to give the body enough energy and carbohydrates for the day. But after that only raw and boiled vegetables.

Only one potato this day is enough, dont consume more than that. Adding a pinch of oregano or basil seasoning to make the vegetables more edible is perfect. Day 2 is a calorie free day with a good amount of fibre and nutrients. If you make it through day two, you are definitely dedicated!

Day 3 is a combination of day 1 and 2. You can eat the mentioned fruits and vegetables. Eat any quantity and any amount you like and drink lots of water as directed. You need to avoid potatoes on day 3 as you are getting enough carbohydrates supply from the fruits. Your system is all set to burn the excess pounds. Your cravings may try to dominate, but think about the weight loss and the great results. You will feel light and happy by this time.

Everything has its perfect time, if you believe in this saying then your right. Remember how you were told not to eat bananas on the first three days? Well on the 4th day of the vegetarian diet for losing weight, you have the liberty to eat up to 6 bananas for the whole day. You can drink up to 4 glasses of milk. You must have heard that bananas help in weight gain, however in this diet, they act as a source of potassium and sodium for the body. Since the intake of salt is reduced, bananas will do the job.

You can also have one cup of a highly diluted soup for a meal. The soup should consist of capsicum, onions, garlic and tomatoes. It is a tasty and healthy recipe which will help in the weight loss process. You can drink it only 1 time a day, it is only to refresh your taste buds from all the vegetable and fruit intake. Be careful to resist yourself. You are just 3 days away from a losing weight!

Day 5 is a festival day for you, as you can have a tasty meal. You can munch on tomatoes, sprouts and cottage cheese, also known as paneer in India. You can also add soya chunks to you meal. Make a tasty soup with the mentioned ingredients and drink it. Make sure to increase your water intake on day 5.

You can eat up to 6 tomatoes and increase the water intake with 1/4 of the daily consumption. This is done in order to cleanse your body from uric acid. The tomatoes are for the fibre and digestion process. The water will purify your body from all kinds of toxins.

Day 6 is a little different to day 5. You will be eating sprouts, cottage cheese and other vegetables but by excluding tomatoes. No tomatoes on day 6, avoid them. The tasty soup and lots of water should help you through your day. Vegetables will provide vitamins and fibre to your body. You will already notice change in your body by this time. Continue consuming a good amount of water everyday.

The last and final day of the diet plan. This is the most important day. You will be feeling light on your toes and happy inside out. You can have fresh fruit juice, one cup of brown rice or half chapathi and other vegetables you would want to eat. You can complete your day with the consumption of water.

That is the whole diet plan for 7 days. If you can follow it strictly, no one can stop you from gaining a healthy and slimmer body. The below tips will help you to plan your 7 days effectively.

Your complete vegetarian diet plan is ready for you. Now what? You lose 5 to 8 kilograms for that week and gain it back the next? This easy vegetarian diet plan to lose weight was not made to help you gain weight right? It is definitely hard to stick to this vigorous diet plan all your life. All you need to do after this diet plan is to maintain yourself. You dont have to live on this food forever. So here are a few things you should be doing, to maintain a healthy and happy life.

The GM diet has become the most popular diet which is practiced by Indians. This is mainly because of vegetarian attributes. Just 7 days of dedication and hard work will make you shed lots of weight. This weight loss diet is extremely effective and has satisfied many Indians.. Dont wait any longer! Take up this 7 day challenge and say hello to a better lifestyle and a better body. It is a great regime for you to follow. Watch what you eat, control your food cravings and you will be a happier and slimmer person next week!

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Day 1 of GM Diet Plan:

Day 2 of GM Diet Plan:

Day 3 of GM Diet Plan:

Day 4 of GM Diet Plan:

Day 5 of GM Diet Plan:

If you eat non-vegetarian food then you can have the following foods:

Day 6 of GM Diet Plan:

If you eat non-vegetarian food then you can have the following foods:

Day 7 of GM Diet Plan:

If you eat non-vegetarian food then you can have the following foods:

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Most people are scared to follow a strict exercise regime while following a weight loss diet. They are bothered by the fact, that they might not be strong enough to do the exercises. But if you are smart enough, you can follow an exercise regime which wont be very taxing and will enhance your weight loss efforts.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Go for a brisk walk, or walk fast for two minutes and then walk slowly for another one minute. Do this for 40 minutes. This acts as interval training and is great for weight loss.

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Day 6

Repeat this procedure three times, or if you feel weak you can do it two times.

Day 7

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The vegetable soup is the staple food o the GM diet chart for weight loss that can be consumed on all days of the diet except for day 1. There are a few other recipes such as baked fish and chicken that are included in the non-vegetarian version if the GM diet. Here, we have presented all the important recipes of the seven days diet chart in one place for your convenience.

Soups are undoubtedly the healthiest of all foods which is low in calories, oil free and enriched with the nutrition vegetables and spices. Check out this easy and simple mixed vegetable soup recipe that you can prepare on all days of the GM diet. It is one of the best diet soup recipes that can also be included in other weight loss diets.

Ingredients:

Method:

Wash peel and chop all the vegetables. Add all the vegetables into a pressure cooked and pour enough water so that all the vegetables are submerged, sprinkle some salt. If you are non-vegetarian then you can use chicken stock instead of water. Put on the lead and cook till 1 whistle. Switch off the stove and let the steam escape on its own. Now, open the lid, pout the soup in a bowl, sprinkle a pinch of black pepper and lemon juice on it and enjoy.

Lentils and beans are an amazing vegetarian source of protein and fiber and sprouts are the healthiest forms of enjoying them. The health benefits of bean sprouts need no new emphasis. In this recipe we have explained how to make sprouts and prepare a tasty and healthy sprout salad.

Method of Sprouting

Take the amount of beans or lentils you want to sprout and keep it in a bowl, wash it thoroughly 3 to 4 times and transfer it to a dry bowl. Pour some water over the beans/lentils and let it soak overnight, discard the excess water the next morning and transfer the swelled beans/lentils into a clean muslin cloth. Tie the corners of the cloth together ant the center and keep it aside for 10 hours. After 10 hours open the muslin cloth and you will notice the sprouts coming out. So, now that we know the exact method of sprouting let us check out how to make sprouts salad.

Ingredients:

Method:

Put all the ingredients except salt, mint and coriander leaves and lemon juice in a glass ball and mix thoroughly, sprinkle the salt and coriander and mint leave from top; drizzle the lemon juice and mix it once again.

You can include spinach in your soup as well as palak paneer in order to enjoy a low-calorie healthy and tasty food with the brown rice. But in order to include it in the GM diet routine, it is necessary to make the palak paneer oil free.

Ingredients:

Method:

Clean the spinach and blanch it in boiling water for 3 minutes and then put it in a bowl full of ice-cold water for 5 minutes. Drain the leaves and keep aside. In a dry pan add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and saut the onions, ginger and garlic. Pour the onion mixture and spinach leaves in a grinder and grind them to from a fine paste. Now, in a non-stick pan toss the paneer cubes till they turn slightly brown. Again brush some oil on the non-stick pan, add the onion and spinach mixture, dry masala powders, shahjeera, salt and simmer for a few minutes, add the sauted paneer cubes, simmer for few minutes and enjoy hot with brown rice.

What better way to load up on high quality proteins on days 5, 6 and 7 of the diet than with delicious and light boiled chicken? This is one of the simplest boiled chicken recipes for all those non-vegetarian weight watchers who have craved the tasted of meat for the first four days of the 7 Days GM diet.

Ingredients:

Method:

Wash the chicken toughly with water and place it in a large pot with lid. Add enough water so that it completely covers the chicken; add all the other ingredients into the water, put on the lead and start boiling. Set the lid at an angle so that the steam can escape from the pot. Reduce the heat and continue to boil for 1 to 1 hour 30 minutes. Add more water if needed. Remove the chicken form the pot once the meat starts coming apart from the bones. Enjoy the boiled chicken on days 5, 6 and 7 of the diet, strain and stock the broth in the fridge which can be used to prepare the mixed vegetable soup.

Fish is another amazing source of high quality proteins, healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids that is a good potion for those who dont like eating chicken on all the last 3 days of the diet. This is one of the easiest recipes for baked fish that required very few ingredients and can be prepared in a jiffy.

Ingredients:

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F or 165 degrees C. In a small bowl add the onion paste, black pepper powder, lemon juice and chopped coriander. Dip all the filets in this mixture and arrange on a baking tray coated with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven or till the fish flakes easily.

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The GM Diet is not an easy diet to follow, especially since you have to do away with carbohydrates to a large extent. So to keep yourself satiated, you can rustle up a few delicious soup dishes.

This fiber-rich vegetable soup has minimal calories, yet is a nourishing recipe which will stave off those hunger pangs. This is one soup, which you can have even after you are done with the GM Diet plan.

Ingredients

Makes six servings

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May 13

Food IQ for People with Kidney Disease – DaVita

As kidney function declines, protein waste and minerals become hard to remove, and diseased kidneys must work harder to get rid of them. Each persons kidney diet prescription is different, but the main nutrients limited in kidney diets include protein, phosphorus, potassium and sodium. Read on to enhance your kidney-friendly food IQ.

Choose tap or plain bottled water, mineral water or flavored sparkling water. Specialty waters may be enhanced with sodium, potassium or phosphate additives.

Home-brewed tea and homemade lemonade are ideal alternatives to water. Some bottled or canned beverages are loaded with phosphates, so its better to limit them.

Choose fresh poultry and pork. Many enhanced and pre-cooked products (including broth, nuggets and strips) contain greater amounts of sodium, phosphate and potassium additives.

Make homemade low-sodium soup with organic or homemade stock.

Eat meatless meals or plan entres that use modest amounts of meat to reduce protein and thus added stress on your kidneys. Meatless meals have fewer saturated fats to boot, which is good news for your heart.

Select strong-flavored natural cheesesand limit the amount you eat to 1-2 ounces to help decrease your intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and phosphorus.

Eat antioxidant-richapples, berries, cherries, red grapes, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onions and red bell peppers to help decrease chronic inflammation associated with kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Choose egg whites and high omega-3 fish as your protein source. Regardless of your protein level, plan at least half from high-quality sources such as these to receive all the essential amino acids. Egg whites are very low in phosphorus; fish such as salmon, trout and tuna reduce inflammation associated with kidney and heart disease.

Replace unhealthy fats such as shortening, animal fats and hydrogenated margarine with healthy fats, such as olive oil and trans fatfree margarine.

Check out the kidney diet-related tools on DaVita.com. Diet Helper makes it easy to plan, prepare and track kidney-friendly meals. And take the DaVita Phosphorus Challenge, a tool that includes phosphorus education games, quizzes, polls, articles, videos, recipes and more.

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