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11/22/14 1:57 P

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Eating and drinking your way thru Italy is something that sounds very appealing to me!

I think that the exercise you prolly got had a lot to do with keeping you healthy, those pasta carbs didn't have an opportunity to sit around in your blood or find their way to your belly and hips, bc they were burned by exercise.

Which is another great insulin resistance/ blood glucose lowering cure that's virtually free!

I truly believe that we all need to find what works with our lifestyle and dietary preferences, there really isn't a one size fits all diet for everyone.

Lifestyle and physical limitations, food preferences, restricted palettes and in some cases fear or unwillingness to try something new bc the old ways are just too comfortable can all get in one's way.

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Mzzchief

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11/22/14 12:14 A

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Just finished reading "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet" by Nina Teicholz. Excellent research and blows my mind by what she reveals about the diet studies done in the past that formed the pyramid and myplate of the government. She shows a connection with insulin resistance and a heavy on carbs, even good carbs diet and how saturated fat can improve insulin resistance as well as cholesterol and triglyceride levels and help with weight loss! I would highly recommend this book to anyone, even vegans. I had just finished Dr. Furhman's book, with good carbs and little fat, no meat, and it is totally confusing deciding who makes the most sense!

After recently eating and drinking my way through Italy without gaining anything, and eating more fat and pasta than I usually do-this may be the best way to go!

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MZZCHIEF's Photo MZZCHIEF Posts: 10,408
11/21/14 12:31 P

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I thought I would post this on our thyroid forum, its a blog I am writing about blood sugar control in the hope that my experience may help others.

I've had a number or problems that included weight gain this last two years, turns out high blood sugar levels in the not quite type 2 diabetes range were responsible for my inability to lose and my slow weight gain.

Anyways, here's the blog, I'm off to yoga!


HI fellow Sparkers@
I started a new team, along with my Sparkfriend 1CrazyDog, as I've become "IR"... insulin resistant.


Insulin resistance will not only make it very difficult for you to lose weight, but it can have some unfortunate side effects like blurry vision, retinal hematomas, hardening of the arteries, cataracts, feeling super sleepy after meals.

I've been looking for natural remedies, in an attempt to get my BG (blood glucose) under control. I bought a Relion Glucose meter at Walmart, since it was reasonably priced and more importantly had the least expensive glucose strips which are a recurring expense.

Reason for this purchase was that I wanted some hard numbers( data), on my postprandial (after meal) BG numbers.
I wanted to know what my fasting glucose was every morning. Both so that I knew I was making some sort of progress with my IR.

"In god we trust, all else bring data"
ha

I'm going to be posting some remedies I've personally experimented with, in an attempt to control this, to avoid going on prescription drugs. I'm already on thyroid medication, that's plenty!

My thoughts about IR is that anyone who is doing "everything right", and still not losing weight, has been overweight according to their BMI for some time, has some degree of insulin resistance. Especially if your fasting glucose is in the high 90s, or under 120, and your HbA1c comes back with a number higher than 5.7.

If you don't know what those things are, next time you go to your doctor, ask him or her to test you.

Anywho... Today's about Gynostemma.



Gynostemma is a vine that grows in Thailand and in areas of South West Asia.
Years ago it was noticed that a population of Hill County Thais had a higher than usual population of centenarians. Investigation showed that this group of people, regularly drank a tea made from Gynostemma.

Gynostemma is an adaptogen, meaning it helps normalize functions that are awry in your body. One of its benefits is lowering blood sugar.

I have been drinking it for a couple of weeks now, and have had encouraging results when I test after meals where I have drunk a cup of it beforehand.

I would like to emphasize that I eat healthy, meaning low carb, basically fish, dairy and vegetables... occasionally blackstrap molasses (for iron and minerals), honey and dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacao. No soda, alcohol perhaps once or twice a month, usually used in cooking, no junk food, no deep fried stuff, no heavy starches, wheat and other grains.

Even so my BG numbers after meals without the Gynostemma was causing problems... it was way too high!

The added benefit of drinking a cup of this tea, is that if fills me up, so I tend not to eat as much during the meal.

I take it without milk, bc milk has the unfortunate tendency to bind beneficial compounds. Sometimes I add a bit of coconut water to it for a touch of sweetness and flavor, or I combine it with other teas or herbs (rooibos, honeybush, tulsi, black or green tea).

You may want to add this herb to your daily routine and see if it makes a difference.


: )
Mzzchief
Update! 11/20/14
Many of you have asked where I get it?
Its sold in the Asian markets here as Jiaogulan tea.
The plant itself looks a lot like woodbine, if any of you are familiar with that, its got 5 leaves coming out of a central point. I'm telling you this, bc sometimes they have the plant printed on the box.
I wanted an organic source of it, so I ordered a big bag off the internet, from a source I trust called Mountain Rose Herbs.
They do charge a hefty fee for shipping and handling. I bought the one pound bag, bc I'm going to be using it a lot
https://www.mountainrose
herbs.com/search?page=1&q=
gynostemma&utf8=%E2%9C%93

If you can't get in that way, got to Mountain Rose Herbs, and type "gynostemma" into the search window which is at the top of the page, on the right.

https://www.mountainrose
herbs.com/

Its comes loose, I put it in a tea ball if I'm making a large pot of tea.
I've also put it in soups, as an ingredient... its in today's tilapia soup along with spinach, so that any leaves will just blend right in with the spinach.

I was so impressed I actually ordered gynostemma PLANTS, bc eventually I want to grow my own for my own use. Apparently they grow well indoors, that's where mine are now in the kitchen window. This spring I will move one of them outdoors.


Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 11/21/2014 (12:35)
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