Wheat Belly Cookbook

I was pleased to find a copy of the Wheat Belly Cookbook under my tree this Christmas. Written by Dr. William Davis, the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Wheat Belly, the Wheat Belly Cookbook is loaded with recipes for those seeking a healthful, wheat-free diet.

In the cookbook, Dr. Davis carefully makes the distinction between healthful, wheat-free eating and simply going “gluten-free.” Unlike gluten-free cookbooks that replace wheat with damaging, high-glycemic ingredients such as rice starch, tapioca starch, or potato starch, the Wheat Belly Cookbook uses far more favorable foods like chickpea flour, almond flour, and flaxseed meal. The result is tasty, healthful that doesn’t promote a damagingly high glucose response.

One of the first recipes we tried was the Basic Focaccia. After nearly three years being wheat-free, I thought my days of dipping focaccia bread into a dish of flavored olive oil were long gone. Even though¬†I no longer crave bread or bread-like foods, it’s nice to find a healthful substitute for something that I thought I’d never eat again.

In less than 20 minutes, we whipped up a batch of focaccia bread, which we used as a principal component of a wine and cheese dinner.

Eating healthfully doesn't have to be boring.

Wheat Belly Cookbook is divided into sections dedicated to breakfasts, sandwiches and salads, appetizers, soups and stews, main dishes, side dishes, and, finally, the chapter that may be most welcome to those new to a wheat-free life: the Wheat Belly Bakery. If you’ve gone wheat-free and you’re craving chocolate chip cookies, breadsticks, or pizza, this is the chapter for you.

Perhaps best of all, Wheat Belly Cookbook’s introductory chapters very effectively summarize the content of Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis’ best selling indictment of today’s frankenwheat. If you haven’t read Wheat Belly and are curious to know more about why so many of us are giving up wheat, these introductory chapters will certainly deliver.

While Wheat Belly shows us that a life without wheat is beneficial, Wheat Belly Cookbook shows us that a life without wheat can be tasty and fun, too!


Keeping Your Medical Records

I was chatting the other day with a family member about the importance of vitamin D for optimal health. I mentioned that vitamin D metabolism can vary significantly from person to person and this is why just telling someone to “take x amount of vitamin D” is less useful than saying “maintain a healthy level of vitamin D in your bloodstream.”

“My doctor checks my vitamin D level twice a year,” he said. “Great!” I replied. “What is your vitamin D level?”

“My doctor said it’s fine,” came the response.

I replied that many doctors think a vitamin D level of 30 is “fine,” while others recognize that ¬† values in the 60 to 80 range are preferable and I asked if he had ever been told his vitamin D value.

“Nope. But the doctor says it’s fine.”

Ok, then, but you still don’t know what it is!

While it’s perfectly admirable to have a trusting relationship with one’s physician, staying in the dark about things like your vitamin D level, lipid studies, or other lab tests doesn’t allow you to check for yourself whether or not your doctor’s opinion of “fine” is really in line with your opinion of fine. Moreover, having ready access to your labs will make discussions with other physicians easier, either because you’re seeking a second opinion or if it’s an unrelated matter (for example, your OB/GYN asks you what your vitamin D level is, you can give a number instead of saying “fine”). If you change physicians, having a copy of important test results can be a godsend if your records are lost or delayed in being transferred from your previous physician.

As useful as medical records are in preventive care, they’re even more important if you are being treated by multiple physicians for a more serious or chronic matter. In such cases, having copies of your records, and being familiar with them, can help you ensure that your physicians are communicating thoroughly and accurately. Ive been in a situation where one physician says “I’d like to run a blah blah test on you” and I respond, “Dr. X ran that test last month and here are the results.” In an ideal world physicians would communicate so effectively that there would never be a case of a needlessly repeated test but the last time I looked out my window, it wasn’t an ideal world. It’s up to each of us to be the principal advocate for our health and a backup custodian of our vital records.

It’s pretty simple to do: each time your doctor orders a test, ask for a copy of the results to take with you. I’ve never had a physician hesitate at such a request.

Most seem pleased that I care enough about my test results to keep a copy.

Every 17 Seconds an American Is Diagnosed with Diabetes

“Every 17 seconds an American is diagnosed with diabetes.”

So reads the cover of an informational booklet that recently arrived in my mailbox. Written by the PEO (professional employer organization) that handles my company’s HR and insurance, this brochure espouses the goal of “improving the health of our employees.”

Despite their laudable intentions, the brochure’s diabetes prevention advice is the same hogwash that’s gotten us into this diabetes mess in the first place.

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