Posts filed under ‘Nutrition’

Still here

I know, it’s been a looooong while. Pardon me and my lazyness. The exceptionally hot hot hot summer has made me do other stuff. Was also quite stressed out during the remains of the spring so the hotness has been good for the body and (atheistic) soul, relaxing me. Hoping still warm weathers, starting my vacation in a week!

I’m currently having a great inspiration at work, I really appreciate ot and I’m so proud to be one. So I’ll soon write more about occupational therapy and other hot health stuff such as the diet but to get some initial paleolithic inspiration check out this woman combatting autoimmune diseases with paleo diet and some Crossfit workouts. And don’t be intimidated by the workouts, the diet is thee most important factor!

Veronica Garza – working paleo diet and Crossfit to fight autoimmune diseases

Also check out this OT Anthem – for all the occupational therapists in the world! 😀 And if you haven’t already listened to this OT Song, do it. DO IT. O_O

Beautiful August days,

Meri

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August 7, 2010 at 07:07 Leave a comment

A Cancer Killing Diet

Master of Surgery and a Registered Dietician Amy Kubal recently posted an article about killing cancer cells in the Paleo Brands blog. For all of you that cancer has touched in a way or another and especially for those who are themselves combating cancer or watching someone else do, I seriously suggest to read this article. At least you have a choice to make.

Here’s the basic rule for the diet, that literally starves cancer cells and also prevents them from growing in the first place:

  • restrict glucose (sugar/carbohydrate) and energy
  • …which translates into following a calorie-restricted, ketogenic diet
  • …which in fact, is the very same thing as a low-carb diet

Ketogenic diet or ketogenesis is the process in which your body uses ketone bodies (ketoonit in Finnish) as its main source of energy (ie. FAT!). This oppose to using sugar as it commonly does following a modern diet high in carbohydrate. Read more from Wikipedia: Ketogenesis.

So if you’re willing to start cancer prevention or even treatment, start following a diet (quite) rich in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrate intake. Optimally the diet should also be on the low side of calories as well, but when eating a diet rich in fat and low in carbs the overall energy balance tends to stay on the moderate side.

April 17, 2010 at 15:41 Leave a comment

The First Nutrition Lecture

I gave my first nutrition lecture today, at The Beauty Salon Helmi. Went well, felt good about it, a lot of questions and enthusiasm. Thanks for everybody who participated! …and if you need some paleo recipes, check my other blog monkeyfood.net (and the recipes tagged “paleo”).

The basic structure of my lecture was:

  1. The latest take (or new interpretations) on research regarding nutrition, health, exercise and weigh loss
  2. Food, especially the paleolithic diet as a baseline
  3. Exercise (…and how to optimize your health and weight managing)
  4. Rest: stress management, sleep, putting the cardio aside ie. cortisol reduction

If you want to contact me, please email me at mur at iki dot fi, I’m glad to  help! …and if you’re interested in ordering some superfoods from the Keho.net Store, just email your orders at akonan at keho dot net and put my name for reference, you’ll get a 20% discount.

April 7, 2010 at 20:48 Leave a comment

Robb Wolf’s Fish Oil Calculator

The magnificent Robb Wolf, the guy behind The Paleolithic Solution, has published a simple yet very informative fish oil calculator. So if you’re unsure how many grams you should take in per day, pay a visit here! Also to check the doses for your trainees if you have some.

March 27, 2010 at 15:12 2 comments

Omega-3 for Alzheimer’s

It’s been known quite a while that (heavy doses of) omega-3 fatty acids may significantly improve the condition in people with Alzheimer’s. Among others Dr. Barry Sears has done some experimenting and written about it in his several books, such as Omega Rx Zone. Now the researchers from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and School of Medicine at The Deakin University believe they’ve found out, why omega-3’s prevent Alzheimer’s. Apparently low omega-3 levels in brains and an actual omega-3 deficiency causes the zinc level to rise which results in cell death.

When Alzheimer’s is already the second most feared disease in the U.K. after cancer and younger and younger people tend to fell ill, there’s finally some light to this. By making sure you’re having an adequate amount of omega-3s (at least 2,5 grams per day for an healthy adult) and taking care of your diet (remove processed carbs ie. sugars, cut down vegetable oils and other products rich in omega-6, preferably also grains and possibly dairy, include: organic meats, vegetables, nuts such as macadamia and walnut, fish, eggs, berries, avocado and virgin coconut oil) you can make a difference for your own future.

NOTE: when treating Alzheimer’s and other memory illnesses as well as neurological conditions by supplementing with omega-3, the needed amount is SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER than the amount recommended for an healthy adult. For example Dr. Sears was experimenting with some 20 grams dose of fish oil per day.

Via Jess Banda’s Blog.

March 10, 2010 at 06:35 Leave a comment

Beating the terrible gout

Gout, that wicked and painful lifestyle disease that I would otherwise be completely ignorant of, used to terrorize my dad ever now and then. The pains just attacked out of nowhere and lasted several days if not weeks. My dad and I had read everything about the gout diet and the purines in food which are said to cause gout. My dad obeyed most of the time: no red meat, no beans, no shrimp, no seeds…

Then, in the beginning of last fall 2009, I ran into this article: Gout: The Missing Chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the article Tim Ferris, the keeper of the Four Hour Work Week blog summarizes the mechanism behind gout and the conclusion is, the purines are pointless! In gout, as well as almost every other known lifestyle (and several other) diseases the diet DOES play a remarkably important role and a diet LOW IN CARBOHYDRATE especially. It seems, that the gout attack is caused by sugar, fructose (fruit sugar) and glucose (also glucose sirap/high fructose corn sirap present in many of the prepared foods, candy et cetera).

Having this knowledge as my guideline I designed my dad a new diet that he immediately begun to follow. Results? Six months gone and no gout pain in sight! My dad’s lost the last few pounds, looks fitter and does a good job working out at the gym and has no problems of following the diet approximately 85% of the time, which is enough to work it’s magic.

So, if you want to give it a go, base your diet on these few principles:

  • cut the carbs: as little bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugary and starchy things as possible, also minimize fruit intake
  • eat read meat, fish, shrimp, chicken, turkey, game meat, eggs and full-fat cheese for protein
  • eat butter, organic coconut oil, olive oil, nuts (except for peanuts which are actually legumes) and seeds for fats
  • eat plenty of (no potatoes, sweet potato, corn or yams) vegetables and berries

There it is. Quite classical low carb diet that works perfectly for gout as well. I also suggest to avoid any additives, especially E621, ready made marinades and meals. Opt for as unrefined food that you can and prepare the most of it yourself. Prefer organic whenever it’s possible, especially buying fatty meats.

March 1, 2010 at 21:18 Leave a comment

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