How to Really Use Your Cholesterol Panel as a Health Measurement

How to Really Use Your Cholesterol Panel as a Health Measurement

Pretty much everyone who has ever been to a doctor has taken a blood test for a conventional cholesterol panel.  It is often paid for by our insurance or employee benefits in an annual check-up.  While it is not exactly free, it is as close to it as we can get.  Given that, wouldn’t it would be nice to know what use it really is Continue reading “How to Really Use Your Cholesterol Panel as a Health Measurement”

Genetic Testing for Wellness:  Worth It?

Genetic Testing for Wellness: Worth It?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies such as 23andMe have been around for years already.  But do they provide any useful insight into one’s health?  Or are they best considered a recreational pursuit, taken with the same grain of salt with which, for example, a girlfriend and I recently attempted (unsuccessfully) to find a fortune teller in Chinatown last to tell us about ourselves.

How it is possible Not to find a fortune teller in Bangkok’s Chinatown Continue reading “Genetic Testing for Wellness: Worth It?”

Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In

Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In

Before writing anything more, I need to put out here that my initial thoughts were that I’m not proud of my performance during these past 6 weeks.  Compared to the first 6 weeks, really, I didn’t think I improved at all.

Or did I?

As I reflect on this second 6 week period of focusing on eating in a Plant Paradox friendly (Dr Steven Gundry’s Low Lectin Lifestyle Diet, Continue reading “Plant Paradox Update – 12 Weeks In”

How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help

How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help

To eat is human, to digest is divine. — Mark Twain

Getting enough prebiotics into one’s diet is really important.  Prebiotics are food for the good gut bugs (aka, “probiotics”) residing in our microbiome – the ones we need in large numbers to keep the bad bugs in their place and generally have a healthy digestive process, and it seems increasingly, good health overall.

Prebiotics tend to be fiber-rich foods.  This can make it a challenge to eat enough when you are also trying to eat a low carb diet.   By dramatically reducing our daily carb intake, as one does on the Plant Paradox eating plan, we might inadvertently be starving our good gut bugs.

One solution, some people think, is Continue reading “How to Be a Good Host…to Your Beneficial Gut Bugs & How Inulin Might Help”

A Little Resistance Goes A Long Ways:  the Case for Eating Green Bananas + Green Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe

A Little Resistance Goes A Long Ways: the Case for Eating Green Bananas + Green Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe

Green bananas, green papayas and green mangos, in addition to being found everywhere in Thailand, are part of a select nutritional group – they are resistant starches that also happen to be among the Yes Please foods on the Plant Paradox program.   If you are trying to cut back on carbs but still want the satisfaction of eating something pleasingly bulky while doing your gut a favor, this special sub-category of carbs can Continue reading “A Little Resistance Goes A Long Ways: the Case for Eating Green Bananas + Green Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe”

What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are & Why to Think Twice Before Taking Them

What Broad Spectrum Antibiotics Are & Why to Think Twice Before Taking 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 & Why to Think Twice Before Taking Them”

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 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)”