What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are and Why to Avoid Them

If you live in Thailand long enough, you will at some point go to a doctor.

When you do, you will notice that no matter what your condition, odds are you will be prescribed numerous medications – in the neighborhood of 4 has been the average for my family.  It is critical that you understand what medications the doctor is advising to put into that designer “shopping bag” at the clinic or hospital, and that you actively participate in deciding whether you need them or not.  It can be trickier Continue reading “What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are and Why to Avoid Them”

What Mineral Water Is and How to Shop for It

As the end of 2017 draws closer, I find myself thinking about my plan to commit to full-on Plant Paradoxing in February.  This will entail about 6 weeks of strictly following Dr Steven Gundry’s diet – or rather Way of Eating, since his intention is that once on it one does not really ever stop.  I have already read the book forwards Continue reading “What Mineral Water Is and How to Shop for It”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 4 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets. In Part 3, I shared the list of Yes Please foods.

Dr Gundry’s 6-week eating plan boils down to two fairly straightforward lists – the Yes Please foods and the Just Say No foods.  He enphasizes that adhering to the “No” foods, where we cut out disease-promoting lectins, is far more important than adding the “Yes” foods into our diet.

In this final post of a 4-part series, I present the Just Say No list.  I also note where there may be Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 4 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there.  Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.  In Part 2, I summarized the 7 disturbing changes in the past 50 years which have exacerbated the need to take action in changing our diets

There are two keys to Dr Gundry’s program:  the first is to avoid what is bad for your body, primarily lectins, the plant proteins which cause trouble for many people and of which as a rule, we in the modern Western world tend to eat way too many.  Second is to feed the good bacteria, the troops in our gut that work for us, what is good for them so they can succeed in the war for our health.

Dr Gundry’s plan begins with Phase 1, a 3-day detox to clear the gut and prep it for what is to come next.  Phase 2 is his 6-week eating program, which is really a “forever” eating program, with the exception that, you may want to test your body’s tolerance for adding back in certain other foods if prepared properly, aka Phase 3.

But before that, he sets forth his 4 golden rules of eating, Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 3 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)

It’s a jungle out there, Learning what to eat and what to avoid in it, and how and when and why is what The Plant Paradox, by Dr Steven Gundry, is all about.  In Part 1 of this 4-part blog series, I explain why I trust Dr Gundry as an authority on this topic and summarize his message.

So, from Dr Gundry we know that plants are trying to kill us, and that it matters how we choose and prepare our food.  We also know that it is important to consider our good gut bugs when we eat, because they need to eat too.  The next step might seem to be Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 2 of 4)”

It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 1 of 4)

You know when you are carrying on with your life, thinking you are making incremental but true forward motion toward a healthier lifestyle, only to discover that many things you thought were basic and good turn out to be wrong? Like when it becomes clear, for example, that vegetable oils are evil?

Well, if you have never had this experience, and don’t want to have it, then I suggest Continue reading “It’s a Jungle out There. Learn What to Eat and What to Avoid in The Plant Paradox (Part 1 of 4)”

Becoming a Health Weirdo & Why You Might Want to Add MSM Powder to Your Daily Routine

I don’t know exactly when it was that I crossed the line from being this person who frequently declared belief in maintaining a “healthy balance” of food and lifestyle choices, and left it at that, into the one who obsessively actively seeks out the latest minutia of nutritional & wellness information for the purpose of experimenting on herself. A person whose social media heroes are Continue reading “Becoming a Health Weirdo & Why You Might Want to Add MSM Powder to Your Daily Routine”

Coffee Add-ins: Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil

In the ongoing quest to optimize my breakfast fuel, I recently considered whether, and if so how, to inject my caffeinated beverage of choice, French-roast black coffee, with oil.

If you have heard of Bulletproof Coffee or the Bulletproof Diet, the idea of putting oil in coffee will be familiar to you already. If not, I may have just Continue reading “Coffee Add-ins: Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil”