I see many clients with a variety of problems. One issue on the rise is Crohn’s and Colitis. If Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are caught before serious damage has been done, both conditions can be treated simply by restricting carbohydrates. This chart clearly shows that when carbohydrates are limited, both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis respond very quickly. Carbohydrates, sugar and vegetable oils are extremely inflammatory and terrible for our intestinal health. Could the increase in carbohydrates and sugar be the cause of all these problems??? In 1840 the average person consumed 2 tsp of sugar a day and in 2009 a typical person consumed over 63 tsp every day!!!
The main thing to avoid is Long Chained Triglycerides. Long-chain triglyceride impairs the healing time in active Crohn’s disease. These fatty acids are substrates for inflammatory eicosanoid production. Polyunsaturated oils: Red meat has long been wrongly blamed for IBS. A study published in December 2009 shows that linoleic acid harms the gut but news reports and health websites mislead by blaming ‘red meat’ — which contains the least linoleic acid. It’s the polyunsaturated fats and oils, derived from seeds such as sunflower, safflower, soy and corn, which are the major dietary sources of linoleic acid; they are the most harmful oils for those with intestinal problems because they increase inflammation.
When it is absorbed in the intestinal lining, linoleic acid is transformed to arachidonic acid, which is a component of the cell membranes in the bowel. Arachidonic acid can then be converted into various inflammatory chemicals. High levels of these chemicals have been found in the intestinal tissue of people suffering from intestinal disorders.
Long chained triglycerides come from VEGETABLE OILS...this means anything that is pre-packaged; salad dressings, roasted nuts, "baked" chips, popcorn, crackers, cereal...you name it! We have been wrongly pushed to replace healthy saturated fats like coconut oil with harmful fats such as canola!
Coconut oil is a medium-chained fatty acid. MCFA are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices so that pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are not even essential. Therefore, there is less strain on the pancreas and digestive system. This has important implications for patients who suffer from digestive and metabolic problems. Since it is easily absorbed in the digestive tract it also helps other essential healing nutrients become absorbed as well. Ulcerative colitis often begins with a virus or a bacterial infection and that the body’s immune system malfunctions and stays active after the infection has cleared. Coconut has antimicrobial properties that affects intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation. Coconut oil resembles breast milk more than any other food...breast milk helps keep babies healthy!
People with the highest intake of omega 3 fatty acid also known as docosahexanoic acid reduced the complications of crohn's and colitis by 77%. Omega 3 fatty acid is found in oily fish such as salmon and sardines.
"HEALTHIFIED" Magic Shell
6 TBS butter or coconut oil
1/4 tsp stevia glycerite (or to desired sweetness)
1 tsp natural cherry extract
2 tsp Natural Red Food Coloring
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
Melt coconut oil over low heat. Stir in coloring, sweetener and salt until completely melted. Allow to cool to room temperature before drizzling over ice cream. Makes 6 servings.
OPTION: add crushed "Healthified" Captain Crunch Cereal pieces on top!
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Smucker's Shell = 210 calories, 15g fat, 1g protein, 18 carbs, trace fiber
"Healthified" Shell = 102 calories, 11g fat, 0.1g protein, 0 carbs
This recipe also works great to decorate "healthified" cake pops!
“One of the most common ingredients in the food we eat isn't even a food. It's food dye.” Now isn't that an interesting fact! Yikes!
Food dyes are synthetic chemicals that are harming our children as well as adults! It has been proven to cause hyperactivity, restlessness, and attention problems. The Center for Science in the Public Interest called on the FDA to ban 8 of the most common artificial dyes, but instead they put a warning… "Warning: The artificial coloring in this food causes hyperactivity and behavioral problems”
Americans consume five times as much food dye as they did 30 years ago, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But the trend in other countries may be turning. British arms of General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, and McDonald's, for example, use few or no dyes.
So what makes our food yellow? In the United States, it's two synthetic food dyes: Red 40 and Yellow 6. In England, it's pumpkin and carrot extract. At a U.S. McDonald's, the strawberry sundae gets its color from Red 40. In England, the red comes from (surprise!) real strawberries.
But we must be smart shoppers, even things that claim "100% Real" potato au gratin today that gets its golden hue from 100 percent real "Yellow 5 Lake" and "Yellow 6 Lake." Also, cheese should be WHITE! :) To read more on our brain health, check out Secrets to Controlling Your Cravings Weight and Mood.
I always use India Tree Natural Decorating Colors. Click HERE to find. They are made from highly concentrated vegetable colorants and contain no synthetic dyes. Happy Eating!
(Above chart is from: Lutz W. Dismantling a Myth. Selecta-Verlag Dr. Ildar Idris GmbH & Co, KG Planegg Vor München, 1986: 125-180.)