29 April 2017

Article: A Pro-Wheat Comeback?

Is The Anti-Gluten Frenzy About To Be
Countered By A Pro-Wheat Comeback?

Americans at one time lived their lives utterly unconcerned about the gluten in their diets. But an anti-gluten craze that erupted in the last decade has become so prominent that it spawned a $16-billion-a-year industry.

Gluten became branded as the enemy of good health, bestselling books scared the public away from wheat, and foods marketed as gluten-free popped up everywhere.

But it’s time everyone takes a deep breath and re-evaluates this whole “wheat-is-a-villain” attitude, says Dr. John Douillard, a leader in the natural health field and author of Eat Wheat (www.LifeSpa.com).

“Wheat was found guilty without a fair trial and there are risks when we just blindly take a food that people have eaten for 3.5 million years and remove it from our diets,” Douillard says.

He’s ready to lead the charge in the opposite direction, though even Douillard acknowledges that avoiding gluten is the right move for certain people.

May, for example, is Celiac Awareness Month, which brings attention to the genetic autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine.

“People with celiac disease should avoid gluten, there’s no doubt about that,” Douillard says. “But for the greater majority of people, the anti-gluten frenzy has gone too far and needs to dial it back.”
Far from being a dinner-table scoundrel, wheat can be beneficial, helping to lower the risk of diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, he says.

“The real problem is that processed foods have changed our digestive systems,” Douillard says.

“That’s why people often feel bad when they eat wheat. But taking foods out of the diet won’t fix what processed foods have done to your system. That just kicks the problem down the road, leaving people at risk for more serious health concerns later on.”

So if going wheat-free isn’t the answer, what can you do to begin to improve your digestive system? That can get complicated, but Douillard has a few suggestions to get you started in the right direction:
• Eat more fiber. Aim for 50 grams of fiber in your diet each day. Make half your plate green vegetables, one-fourth starch and another one-fourth protein. Increase the amount of beans you eat. Of course, beans can be difficult for some people to digest, but one easily digestible bean is the split yellow mung bean. As your digestion improves, you can re-introduce other beans.
• Drink water between meals. The brain’s relationship with the rest of the body can be a funny thing. When people are dehydrated, the signals to the brain often get translated as hunger signals. So people scarf down an unhealthy snack when they should be reaching for a glass of water. A good guideline is 16 ounces 30 minutes before each meal.
• Don’t overeat. Perhaps it can be traced back to our mothers telling us to eat every bite, but people have a tendency to eat until their plates are empty rather than stopping when they’re full. Douillard says it’s better to stop even before you’re full. About three-fourths full is the way to go, he says.
“Your digestive strength is the key to a long, healthy and vital life,” Douillard says. “Whether you eat gluten shouldn’t be decided for you because of weak digestion. It should be decided by you based on what you prefer.”

About Dr. John Douillard

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, author of Eat Wheat (www.LifeSpa.com), is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural heath, Ayurveda and sports medicine, and is author of six previous health books. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurveda health and wellness resource on the internet. Douillard also is the former Director of Player Development and nutrition counselor for the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He has been a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and has been featured in Woman’s World magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other national publications.
 
Eat Wheat is available on Kindle as well as in paperback and a hardcover editions.

 

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Y is for Yumminess! #AtoZChallenge


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Y is for yumminess.

Here are a few things on my yumminess list!


Cheesecake

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Black Forest Cake

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Shrimp

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Guacamole

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Tomato Sandwiches

First Tomato of 2017 ©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

 

Broccoli

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Are you hungry yet?

What things are on YOUR yumminess list?


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28 April 2017

X is for Xerxes #AtoZChallenge

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X is for Xerxes.

Xerxes was the name of a king from in the Bible. He was married to Queen Esther.  We had a king of a different sort in our lives for a little while.  His name was Xerxes, too.


I sure do miss my babykins. 



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Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins 21 April 2017

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. A book I would like to see made into a movie is ____________________.

2. If I could afford a billboard, it would say __________________.

3. I have a hard time _________________________.

4. I really enjoy _____________________________.


Here are my responses:

Although I do not generally watch horror movies anymore, and this book was very scary to me on so many levels, I think that Beastia would make a great horror movie! This book was so scary at some points that it had me fighting off tears and a panic attack. It is a very short, but powerful, book.

Okay, chances are if I’m seeing a billboard, I’m on the road somewhere, maybe even the freeway. So, if I were able to afford a billboard (and maybe all of them along my path), it would say, “Back off, bucko!” Or, maybe even, “Slow down! Walmart will still be there. You, however, might not make it if you keep driving like that!”

I have a hard time performing or being in front of people. I am a behind-the-scenes person. David is our front-man.

I really enjoy researching our family’s history and photographing things in nature. I can’t imagine a life that didn’t include these things.

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


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27 April 2017

W is for Water #AtoZChallenge

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W is for water.

In the area where we live, it is always feast or famine in regards to waterWe're either so dry the earth is cracking open from lack of rain or people are having to be rescued by boat from their homes because of too much waterWe got greeted by a tropical storm the day that we moved here in mid-September 2004.  The plumbing in this house exploded that first night here and we had a flood indoors, water everywhere.  Thank goodness it was another two days before the moving truck got here with our stuff!  Our first Texas Thanksgiving was during the Great Flood of 2004.  There have been many more floods since then and many more instances of severe drought.

Water is a mighty powerful force, whether feast or famine.  It sustains life.  It takes life.  It brings pleasure.  It brings pain. 

It also brings snakes and alligators to little town squares.  It did one year here in this little town called Wharton.


Here are a few photos from the first flood (that we were aware of) in 2016, which was in late April.  We also flooded again in May 2016.







At the point these photos were taken, the river was over 48 feet at the gauge.  Flood stage is 39 feet. We had a flood pretty much all of May 2015.  The flood pictured was April 2016. We also had another flood in May 2016.  To say that I'm a bit fidgety going into May 2017 would be a bit of an understatement!


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26 April 2017

Press Release: Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating By Carey Madden

BUTTERCREAM BASICS
Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating

Easy-to-follow decorating techniques for exquisite designs.

Carey Madden, baker extraordinaire, gracefully and playfully walks you through every step of transforming simple ingredients into fully formed and decorated pieces of art.

Working with buttercream may seem intimidating, but armed with Carey’s expert and easy-to-understand instructions, along with frank tips and advice about her own confectionary triumphs and setbacks, you’ll be creating and decorating stunning cakes in no time!

Satiny smooth buttercream is the perfect medium for creating decorated cakes that taste as sublime as they look. Buttercream’s popularity can be attributed to its simple sweetness, versatility, resiliency and ease of use.

You can start by making some of the less complicated projects and then work your way up to more intricate designs once you start to feel confident about your decorating abilities. Soon you’ll be able to use Carey’s techniques and advice to create your own unique designs. With just a little practice and some patience, you’ll soon be having your cake and eating it too!

Carey is delighted to see the return to honest clean food such as buttercream, along with the return to hand-crafted and heartfelt items and desserts created by devoted artisans.

Full color throughout and absolutely gorgeous, this book is perfect for both novice and intermediate home bakers with an interest in learning the fundamentals of decorating with buttercream and who are looking for achievable projects. Carey provides you with dozens of fabulous designs + 360 step-by-step photos. So have fun, because everyone deserves to have their cake and eat it too!

Courtesy of Buttercream Basics; Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
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Courtesy of Buttercream Basics; Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
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Courtesy of Buttercream Basics; Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
Image credit: Daniel Jackson


CAREY MADDEN has developed an entirely fresh, innovative and technically adept approach to cake decorating. Her cakes and cupcakes have been featured in Vogue and Mademoiselle and enjoyed by countless celebrities and gourmets.

Carey resides in Philadelphia, where she owns and operates Violet, a custom cake and cookie bakery specializing in handcrafted seasonal buttercream cakes and decorated cookies using local and organic ingredients.

Carey’s hobbies include reading, dancing the Argentine Tango, hanging out with her two chihuahuas, cooking, hiking, fostering children and, of course, cake decorating.

Buttercream Basics: Learn the Art of Buttercream Decorating
256 pages • 7.75" x 10.5" • Index
Full color throughout • More than 225 color photographs
ISBN 978-0-7788-0563-2
$27.95 CA / $24.95 US / £18.95 UK
Publication date: March 31, 2017





BY THE SAME AUTHOR:
SENSATIONAL BUTTERCREAM DECORATING
ISBN 978-0-7788-0477-2 • $29.95 / £19.95













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