Healthy Eating – Work on my book

Healthy Eating – Work on my book

Today I am totally excited to share that I am working on a book on healthy nutrition. It all started a long time ago, actually, when I was born. My father was diagnosed with Type II diabetes (I was told that he was really overweight), and ever since I was pinched for blood. Until I started not to mention it anymore at medical checks!

The bad news about diabetes are all the complications. The high levels of sugar all over the body, combined with the insulin resistance create a caramelization of all protein structures in the body (creating Advanced Glycation Endproducts or AGE’s – Morinda story here*), causing nerves to stop working, coronary arteries to clog up with inflexible blood cells, eyes not getting blood anymore, resulting in a real disability. And as white fat tissue grows, so does the inflammation all over the body, since 30% of fat tissue is actually immune system tissue.

Title: Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs)
Owner: MorindaUniversityToday, Altzheimer’s  is also called diabetes type III, as it is so prevalent in diabetics, who have 50% higher chance, and not to speak of the pre-diabetics, those people who go undetected today. (18.8 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 and another 7 million went undetected*.) The “grain” challenge adds to the problem, particularly today’s wheat with its high level of gluten and addictive making glycin have a serious impact on the brain, strongly suspected to cause Alzheimer’s through inflammation triggered by gluten. Gluten triggers not just dementia but also epilepsy, headaches, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and even decreased libido, to name a few. And, whole wheat really loads our blood with sugar fast, contributing to the AGE, insulin resistance and growing fat and inflammation problem.

I remember my father one day burning himself terribly in the bathroom, simply because he could not feel the temperature of the water anymore. 3rd degree burns took weeks to heal. That was after about 20 years of diabetes.

In the meantime my parents and my two siblings have died from lung cancer. My father at 60, brother at 64, sister at 62. My mother at 80, which clearly was an emotional decision. They all smoked. Being a non-smoker at 58, the odds are better; for me it starts with the food we eat. It is not just about survival. It is about getting old happily, energetically and healthy. That all caused me to dive deep. At last count, I am covering more than 30 books and more than 30 diets to figure out what the key principles are. Good that I am pre-retired now.

While doing so, I am submitting myself to promising diets as well,  taking the supplements that make scientific sense. I thoroughly enjoy going through the scientific literature, which casts my mind back to the time I started my first job at Organon, the Dutch insulin producer, as pharmacist on the licensing department.  Full circle. And guess what? The irony of it is that now I am pinching myself to check my Glucose and Ketone levels with the Glucomen LX plus from Menarini. Cool little tool. More about that some other time, I will keep you posted. Have a great Tuesday! Time for a Bulletproof coffee. Stay off the wheat and the sugar  this week!

* (My wife Ada, is product consultant with Morinda, and we successfully brought down our biological age significantly with the Morinda Max drink.)

** Perlmutter, David (2013-09-17). Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers (p. 31-32). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition. also in French: Cerebro de pain and German link here: “Dumm wie Brot.”

 

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I seek the difference that makes the difference for challenges in life. For me, that means learning, getting out of the comfort zone, often rocking the boat with sacred cows. Pharmacist with IT business degree and certified coach, trainer, hypnotherapist. Dutch born Swiss Citizen.

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