Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Dilemma

I'm reading an excellent new book about the impact of carbs (esp grains) on the brain - it's called Grain Brain, by Dr David Perlmutter, and is absolutely fascinating in the explanations of links between excessive carbs, grains generally, and especially gluten and brain disorders including depression, Parkinson's & Alzheimer's, ADHD & autism among others. It's kind of worrying as well though, because based on what he has to say I'm getting concerned about the current & future health of several of my relations, especially my Dad, who's on statins, and my mother's diabetic OH. I can't make them change what they're doing and I'm not qualified to really analyze the data I'm reading - it's compelling to me but I'd probably be as involved if I was reading an equally well-written treatise recommending a vegan lifestyle or a low fat diet - but I'm freaking out slightly at the idea of increased risk of Alzheimer's for both of them (in Dad's case especially as his father had Alzheimer's, but being diabetic seems to be a massive risk factor too) So what do I do? They both eat bread by the ton, pastry and other gluten sources as well, and both are stubborn & set in their ways and I'm not willing to annoy them or push them away by banging on about something they neither of them are interested in, but also don't want to lose them prematurely if it could be prevented. Arrrggghh maybe I should just not read this kind of book and live in blissful ignorance instead... Come to think of it last time I visited Dad I was spreading germs all over the place and he resisted infection and is fine so maybe I should just shut up and stop worrying about him...
As I'm getting closer to returning home I'm also trying to plan how I'll be eating massively better than I have been. I've got loads of whole30 approved recipes bookmarked, I'm building a shopping list and already planning menus for the first week back - I'm actually getting excited about getting back to where I want to be!!!

Food today:
Breakfast: eggs cooked with red pepper, leek & mushroom
Lunch: chicken lentil soup from the canteen. The lentils make it non-paleo but it was the only Gf option on the entire canteen menu
Tea: cold chicken & salad
Snacks: cashews, Greek yoghurt, hardish boiled egg

2 comments:

  1. I think you need to take this book with a pinch of salt - remember the doctor who associated autisme with the mmr vaccine - Guess what breathing kills you!!!! If anything is going to make you ill it will be stressing out over what you are eating. All things in moderation and you will be fine.

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  2. Oh Chrissie, I know exactly what you mean when you say
    "I'm not willing to ... push them away by banging on about something they neither of them are interested in, but also don't want to lose them prematurely if it could be prevented."
    I have similar worries about my lovely sister and her husband. Both are carb-fiends and the health implications of this scares the heck out of me as we all grow older.
    Sadly, I can't change things - it is their choice, however that makes me feel.
    I haven't been able to make even a tiny dent in her 'everything in moderation' mantra* even though she admits that a couple of biscuits for breakfast and some chocolates as a late snack probably isn't a healthy eating option.
    *also, my definition of 'moderation' and my sister's occupy rather different scales!

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