9
August
2010

The Eat Me Diet!0

EAT ME!

A Lifestyle Diet Created by Dr. Michael J. Leff

Any diet will help your symptoms, for a while. The reason being any change will take your body out of a static pattern. The real trick is consistent, long term change. I have compiled some guidelines to provide you with a solid direction for your eating habits.

The truth is, good fats are good for you. You cannot lose weight without eating them. If you don’t eat enough good fat, you body thinks it is in ‘starvation mode’, and stores fat. If you are eating adequate amounts of good fat, your body knows it is being fed, and will release your fat stores, and you will lose weight. Contrary to what you may have heard, good fats do not make you fat. They make you thin. Have you ever met anyone who got fat eating nuts and avocados? There is a list of these good fats at the end.

Most people gain weight because they eat refined carbohydrates and sugar. These foods give a rapid release of blood sugar, releasing insulin, which turns the sugar into fat for storage. If you want to burn fat, you cannot eat refined carbohydrates, period. Refined carbohydratess are foods that contain white flour or white sugar. I call them the ‘Evil Whites’. Examples are: cake, cookies, candy, bread and most cereals. The carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables are different. They are known as complex carbohydrates, and they are good for you.

Although some people advocate eating dairy products, I do not. You may get some calcium from it, but it is insufficient in quantity, and more importantly, it is a terrible allergen and pro-inflammatory (inflames your body). Eggs are fine, in fact they are very good. We have all read negative press about eggs and cholesterol causing heart disease. The recent studies have disproved this. Heart disease comes from inflammation, not just cholesterol. Adequate cholesterol in your body is absolutely essential for health. All of your hormones are a direct derivative of cholesterol. If you are having trouble with hormone levels, and are on a cholesterol medication, this may be an issue to discuss with your prescribing physician.

Focus on eating protein (meat, chicken, fish), fruits, nuts and vegetables. If you have intestinal problems, I may have you eliminate nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables for the initial stages of healing. This will be discussed on an individual basis. Brussel sprouts and beets are especially good for you. Radishes and pineapple are natural anti-inflammatories.

As for juicing, I never recommend drinking anything at one time that you couldn’t sit down and eat. Who can eat six carrots or 3 apples at a time? This over-consumption of fruits and vegetables in one sitting will elevate your blood sugar, just as if you ate a candy bar. Fruits and vegetables are obviously good for you, but eat only what your body asks for. Consumed in normal quantities, the sugar in fruit will not make you fat. Again, have you ever met someone who became overweight by eating too many apples? It doesn’t happen. Your body has an innate intelligence that lets you know how much you could or should eat. Really, try to eat two oranges, it’s nauseating.

A few silly, but true sayings : “If it has a mother, eat it.”

“If it grows, it’s good.”

Another myth we have been perpetuated is that salt is bad for your blood pressure. The truth is…that is not the truth (except in very specific situations). Salt has very little effect on the blood pressure. Most people are lacking good salt and electrolytes in their diet. I recommend using sea salt, or Mortons Lite Salt. It was actually designed for cardiac patients!

Eat fish. Don’t worry about the mercury, unless you are eating an obscene amount. The recent studies have shown the levels aren’t as toxic as we once thought.

THE ‘MEAT’ OF THE MATTER

Eliminate all refined carbohydrates from your life.

Eat foods with a glycemic index of less than 50.

Do you know that one can of soda contains 6 tablespoons of sugar? On average people eat ½ pound of sugar every day (170 pounds a year) without even knowing it. The glycemic index is essentially how much sugar each food contains. This is what we want to limit.

What can I eat for breakfast? Plain oatmeal, fruit, nuts, plain yogurt, quinoa, and yes, bacon and eggs.

What can I snack on? Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds.

Aim to eat things that have only one ingredient.

Aim to avoid things in a bag, box or can.

If you can’t pronounce the ingredient, don’t put it in your body.

Should you take calcium if you’re a woman? Yes.

Should everyone take a multivitamin? Yes.

Most people can’t and don’t eat everything they should. There simply aren’t enough vitamins and minerals left in our ground soil to grow fruits and vegetables the way they used to. Do you know that it takes 12 apples to get the same nutritional content as one apple used to? Eventually this lack of vitamins and minerals leads to nutritional deficiencies. It is almost impossible to eat what we need. Whenever possible, eat organic.

I have put together two lists. The first is a list of foods you may eat. It lists the carbohydrate content of the foods. Remember, only 75 to 100g carbs per day. Again, this is a generalization, and I will add and subtract specifically for your condition.

The second list contains the glycemic index of foods. Consume foods with a glycemic index below 50-55. The smaller the index, the better it is for you.

I hope this will be helpful for you. I understand that some of it may fly in the face of what you have come to believe. Truthfully, if what you thought was correct, you wouldn’t be reading this!

Glycemic Index

Cereals

Snacks

Pasta

Beans

All Bran 51 chocolate bar 49 cheese tortellini 50 baked 44
Bran Buds + 45 corn chips 72 fettucini 32 black beans 30
Bran Flakes 74 croissant 67 linguini 50 butter 33
Cheerios 74 doughnut 76 macaroni 46 cannellini beans 31
Corn Chex 83 graham crakers 74 Spagh: 5 min boil 33 garbanzo 34
Cornflakes 83 jelly beans 80 spagh, 15 min boil 44 kidney, boiled 29
Cream of Wheat 66 Life Savers 70 spagh, prot enrich 28 kidney, canned 52
Frosted Flakes 55 oatmeal cookie 57 vermicelli 35 lentils 30
Grapenuts 67 pizza,cheese/ tom 60

Soups/Vegetables

lima, boiled 32
Life 66 Pizza Hut, supreme 33 beets, canned 64 navy beans 38
muesli, natural 54 popcorn, light micro 55 black bean soup 64 pinto, boiled 39
Nutri-grain 66 potato chips 56 carrots, fresh, boil 49 red lentils, boiled 27
oatmeal, old fash 48 pound cake 54 corn, sweet 56 soy, boiled 16
Puffed Wheat 67 Power bars 58 french fries 75

Breads

Raisin Bran 73 pretzels 83 grean pea, soup 66 bagel, plain 72
Rice Chex 89 saltine crakers 74 green pea, frozen 47 baquette, Frnch 95
Shredded Wheat 67 shortbread cookies 64 lima beans, frozen 32 croissant 67
Special K 54 Snickers bar 41 parsnips 97 dark rey 76
Total 76 strawberry jam 51 peas, fresh, boil 48 hamburger bun 61

Fruit

vanilla wafers 77 pot, new, boiled 59 muffins
apple 38 Wheat Thins 67 pot, red, baked 93 apple, cin 44
apricots 57

Crackers

pot, sweet 52 blueberry 59
banana 56 graham 74 pot, white, boiled 63 oat & raisin 54
cantalope 65 rice cakes 80 pot, white, mashed 70 pita 57
cherries 22 rye 68 split pea soup w/ham 66 pizza, cheese 60
dates 103 soda 72 tomato soup 38 pumpernickel 49
grapefruit 25 Wheat Thins 67 yam 54 sourdough 54
grapes 46

Cereal Grains

Milk Products

rye 64
kiwi 52 barley 25 chocolate milk 35 white 70
mango 55 basmati white rice 58 custard 43 wheat 68
orange 43 bulgar 48 ice cream, van 60

Drinks

papaya 58 couscous 65 ice milk, van 50 apple juice 40
peach 42 cornmeal 68 skim milk 32 colas 65
pear 58 millet 71 soy milk 31 Gatorade 78
pineapple 66

Sugars

tofu frozen dessert 115 grapefruit juice 48
plums 39 fructose 22 whole milk 30 orange juice 46
prunes 15 honey 62 yogurt, fruit 36 pineapple juice 46
raisins 64 maltose 105 yogurt, plain 14
watermelon 72 table sugar 64

GOOD FATS:

Butter

Eggs

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Avocado

Nuts and Seeds

BAD FATS:

Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated oils (canola, vegetable)

Fats in sweets

Butter substitutes

Margarine

GOOD BREADS:

Sprouted Wheat

Rice

Spelt

BAD BREADS:

White breads

Whole wheat breads

(Everything but those listed above)

NO-NO’S

Artifical Sweeteners

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Hydrogenated Oils

Anything ending in –ose

Artificial Sweeteners. Use honey, stevia or agave.

Limit coffee, tea and alcohol

Milk (yes, milk). Use soy, almond or rice.

REFINED CARBOHYDRATE EXAMPLES:

Candies, jelly and jams

Soda, fruit juices, fruit drinks

Pudding, custards and other sweets

Bread and pasta made with any refined flour

Cakes, cookies and other sweet bakery products

16
July
2010

Introduction to Complimentary and Alternative Medicine0

The term “Complimentary and Alternative Medicine” (CAM) is a bit of a nebulous term. Many people do not understand what it is, what techniques it employs, or what conditions it can help. The following are case studies of actual patients, their conditions and treatments. In this way, you can see the tremendous variety of conditions CAM treats, and its amazing efficacy. Yes, names have been changed.

You will see similarities in many cases. I will provide a system by system approach to these studies. If you follow along with them, you will not only the similarities between conditions, but also the differential diagnosis between them.

The first few articles are about two systems: The Digestive System, and the Adrenal Glands. There is hardly a condition (besides a blatant injury) that doesn’t in some way involve one or both of these systems. You will hear much about them in the forthcoming articles. My hope is that eventually you will understand why.

Along the way, you will also gain insight into my medical philosophy. Some of it you will agree with, some not. I can also assure you that most of it will be new and different to you. Good. That is precisely the purpose of my writing them. Did you know the word ‘doctor’ comes from the Latin root ‘docere’, which means ‘To Teach.’ If you understand what can and probably is going wrong in your body, you can actually do something about it. You are not at anyone’s mercy. You can take charge of your health and your life.