Traditional: (adj) existing in or as part of a tradition; long established. Produced, done or used in accordance with tradition; Habitually done, used or found (Wikipedia)
The Holiday Season is upon us. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. It can be challenging for you if you are just starting a new healthy lifestyle that might conflict with what is served for a family gathering.
The other day a colleague of mine said that what I ask patient’s to do from a nutrition standpoint is anti-traditional foods. The main culprit here is of course gluten related food items. One that specifically comes to mind is a traditional Italian dish of pasta. However, it could be related to legumes, or grains or dairy depending on your ethnic heritage.
Sometimes you get caught. It’s mid afternoon, and you haven’t had lunch and there isn’t time to make dinner before soccer games. The only thing to do is go through the drive thru…..How do you get in/out without throwing yourself so far into gluttony that you can’t get out for weeks???
Here are a few tips to optimize your experience until you can better plan for next time.
Whole Food Substitutes For Gluten; What to eat for carbohydrates when removing gluten from your diet
Recently I wrote about the effects of gluten in Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity on the musculoskeletal system and followed up with 10 common mistakes. This is a follow up to describe options on what to replace gluten with in your diet.
Gluten, meaning glue in latin, is a protein most commonly found in wheat. It is what makes bread keep its form and makes it chewy. Gluten-like proteins are also found in barley, rye, oat and related grains like spelt, kamut, triticale. Gliadin and glutenins are the main groups of proteins in wheat that wreak havoc silently (Gluten Sensitivity) or obvious digestively (Celiac Disease).
Gluten lives obviously in beer, any processed product made from refined grains above. But it often hides in things you wouldn't expect as an added ingredient like soy sauce, bouillon cubes made commercially, processed meats, artificial cheese, salad dressing, and even spice mixes. It is always best to avoid processed foods, but if you must buy them be sure to read the labels carefully.
Recently I completed my first CrossFit Open…Scaled of course at 39 years old, mother of three young kids, married and small business owner/entrepreneur. It was pretty awesome. I ranked 43,615 (0f 56,166) worldwide and 2,551 (0f 3,233) regionally. That’s not super, but I do get bragging rights now. Best part is, I am proud that I completed the five workouts without injury. See I only crossfit officially twice a week, other days I live my life. Don’t believe me search me on the leaderboard.
“To (eat gluten) or not to (eat gluten)? That is the question”
Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
The gluten protein has gotten a lot of press lately. The question is how to decide if gluten is a problem for you or not. Gluten containing grains are widely consumed and provide an estimated 50% of caloric intake worldwide. 1 Gluten is a family of toxic proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and grains such as oats, barley, spelt, kamut and triticale. 1 Given the widespread use of gluten containing foods, it is of no surprise that in the past 20 years there is an increase in not only celiac disease, but other gluten related disorders. Although this was once thought to be a rare illness and mostly ignored, it is now becoming more widespread worldwide especially as other countries adopt the Standard American Diet.
I did then what I knew how to do.
Now that I know better, I do better.
- Maya Angelou
Being strong, fit and healthy during pregnancy increases your odds of a healthy delivery and healthy baby. The simple principles of eat well, move well, sleep well, soar on are good for any age and any condition.
There are some subtle differences though that I’d like to touch on specifically for pregnancy. We will break down the four simple principles in order for you to optimize your health and wellness during pregnancy and your developing fetus. Ideally, you want to address each principle before pregnancy. Yet, no matter your stage of pregnancy, it is never too late to start.
Thank you to Crossfit Initiative and Ty Jones for putting this together so it can be shared with others. References were omitted to keep the slides easier to follow, they are listed below.
Many of these topics are covered in more detail in How To Soar, coming soon.
Eat Well. Move Well. Sleep Well. Soar on.
Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a
family to improve our health and general well being.
What Is Real Food?
To put it simply, to eat well, you must eat real food, not something that only looks like food. Most of the food you eat must be in its natural or whole form, free of contamination, in order to maximize nutrient-richness and absorption. However, in today’s world, understanding what real food is has become a bit confusing.
Real food is as close to its natural state as possible. It is simple. It is in its whole form and merely needs to be eaten or cooked for consumption and for the nutrients to be absorbed by the body. An example of real food would be broccoli. Broccoli can be safely eaten raw, or it can be gently cooked. An apple can also be eaten raw or cooked. The bioavailability of nutrients in a whole food is optimal for natural absorption.
This blog was written as a summary for a talk given to young female volleyball players on December 12, 2015.
Many things have changed since my athletic days. I’d argue that my Crossfit participation reminds me of my athletic days, yet I don’t consider myself an athlete anymore. Why? Because I only do Crossfit twice a week and I don’t compete. It is a means to stay fit and healthy. A majority of my time is spent on mothering and physical therapy “performance.” However, I will argue that my ability to participate in Crossfit at my young age of 39 years old, is directly related to a few things that I WAS NOT doing when I was actually competing in high school and college athletics.
With age comes wisdom, right? What I know now, I wish I knew then? What might I have been able to accomplish athletically?
It doesn’t matter because what I know now helps me stay fit and healthy enough to participate in Crossfit, mother three kids, run a physical therapy practice, work towards a Master’s of Science in Holistic Nutrition, write a blog every once in a while….. My optimal performance in these tasks requires optimal nutrition.
When you are grocery shopping for a family, sometimes it is nice to find a few pre-packaged items that may make life a little easier. Over the past few years, I have learned though, to be very careful to avoid the “booby trap” of marketing on packages.
Here is another one of my favorite recipes for healing. It makes many vitamins and minerals readily available and easily absorbed.
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. What I remember the most is my grandfather's affinity to sweets. I have vivid memories of playing in their backyard in San Jose and picking fresh blackberries and raspberries off the bush. I never waited to wash them before I ate them, because even then I had little patience.
Another sweet treat my grandfather would have is a grapefruit cut in half with a dash of maple syrup. At the time, the tartness of the grapefruit simply made me pucker my lips, despite the maple syrup. Yet somehow, since transitioning to whole foods-paleo inspired, I have revisited this little trick, and guess what?.....I love it.
I use it as a refreshing lateral shift maneuver when my sweet tooth strikes.
In sharing my story regarding Offal (http://www.renosoar.com/holistic-health-tips/awful-awfuloffal-offal), edible organ meats, it has been mentioned to me that many people do not like the taste of organ meats, but that they worry it isn’t good for them or that we shouldn’t eat organ meats.
There is no doubt that offal is loaded with many healthy nutrients. Here is the list of potential nutrients:
B complex vitamins including B12 and folate
Healthy fats, especially Omega-3 fats
Choline (another B vitamin important for cell membranes, brain and nerve function)
Trace minerals copper, zinc, and chromium
Coenzyme Q 10 (important for cardiac function)
Vitamin E (circulation)
Purines (precursors to DNA and RNA)
If you are a Renoite (meaning you are born and raised Reno, NV), you have probably had the Awful Awful burger from the Nugget. It is touted as the “Best burger in Reno!” If you are not a Renoite, I hear it is something to experience. In fact, it is a Reno Legend and is available 24 hours/day.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.