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How to Trust Your Gut Part II

01/02/2019 3:34 AM | Michael Morrow (Administrator)

Grandma’s Old Winter Remedies Are Not Enough

The Holiday Season has passed.  The fun of when you were unwrapping presents as a child.  Later, watching children unwrapping presents with excitement seemed even better.  For my late mother, it was magical.  She loved this time of year because she adored children.

Unfortunately, her oldest son has his problems with this time of year.

It’s also the Cold and Flu season.  I tend to be sick at this time of year.  The worse cold I had was on a plane from Reno back to Las Vegas.  I had been visiting my nephew.  People were coughing horribly on the plane.  When I got back home, it hit me hard.  I had to call of work.  One co-worker said, “You know Mike has to be really sick, because he never calls off work.”

My cold and flu memories are too nasty and painful to relive.  But I remember being sick when I was a boy and my grandmother using a word I didn’t understand.  She said, “You need a good physique.”  I asked my mother what she meant.  Mom was too embarrassed to explain the word.

Physique means laxative.

Blood Sugar Explosion

What do we usually like to eat during the Holidays?  “Oh, you must eat my homemade pie.  I made it especially for you.  After all, it’s your favorite.”  How can you say no.  Or, “You can’t let this food go to waste.”  So it goes to my waist.  Never mind, if you’re borderline diabetic or a cancer survivor.   It’s only one time of year...

Let’s get an accurate account of sugar eating holidays:

  • Halloween – Usually candy (the worse being milk chocolate).
  • Thanksgiving – Pies, cakes, cookies, candied yams, mashed potatoes, white bread stuffing, and more.
  • Christmas – All of the above and don’t forget the eggnog (even worse with booze).
  • New Years – Lots of booze (loaded with sugar).

Only one time of year, eh.  No wonder we suffer every Holiday Season.

Do you realize what all this does to you, especially if you are up in age?  One thing I noticed with my grandmother, and so many other seniors since then, is the sweet tooth gets stronger.  The addiction to sugar is great.  What is the most common item I see seniors bringing to church meetings – sweets.

Happy Candida

An imbalance between good and bad bacteria in your gut can get you sick.  The bad bacteria, Candida, needs to stay at a 1/3 level with the rest being good bacteria.  It’s not just the liver and kidney damage diabetes can do (as well as destroying limbs).  We have been making ourselves sick every Holiday Season gorging on sweets.

My grandmother’s answer was good and bad.  A laxative is good for cleaning out bad bacteria.  But it is not the overall remedy.  Prevention is most important to keep yourself off the sick bed.

Flushing out your gut after you’ve made yourself sick can make things better, or worse.

I’ve heard many people go after antibiotics like they’re a cure all when sick.  What they don’t know is that they now have a viral infection that their immune system is desperately fighting to keep them from possibly dying.  The problem started with the over abundance of bad bacteria lowering the immune level.

Constantly eating the wrong thing and using antibiotics is not a healthy recipe.  We need to control our eating.

The Prescription Is “Sorry I Can’t”

Stop eating what’s bad for you.  That or eat less, much less, of it.  That along with moderate exercise is the best way to keep yourself well.  Splurging once, twice, or the entire season (only?) is deceiving yourself.  Sugar is as addictive as cocaine.  You won’t stop there.  I know...

I was almost completely off sugar for two and a half years.  Then the excuses came back – during the summer.

Am I just speaking to seniors, diabetics, and cancer survivors?  No.  I’m speaking to everybody.  Sugar, especially processed sugar is harmful in mass quantities.  Many replace these, especially those wanting to keep a trim waste, with alternative sweeteners that are more damaging than sugar.

Even more deadly is a preservative used to expand shelf life – high fructose corn syrup.  Processed food producers (many serving the fast food businesses) use added chemicals to keep food existing for years to come.

Forget calorie counting.  Look at what you’re putting into your mouth.  I read more than the pretty label.  There’s a section on the product that tells how much sugar and sodium is in that food item.  If not on the same area, another section tells what the ingredients are.  If any of it sounds like you have to have a science degree to understand it – run.

Many reading this will say, “You sound like a health nut.”  Others will say I’m being extreme.  I’m only advising on what I’ve seen and been though as someone who is borderline diabetic and a cancer survivor.  Do yourself a favor and read.

Why Am I Telling You This Now?

Would you have listened to me back in September or October?  NO.

After all, it’s only one time a year (three months worth).  Then you make your New Year’s resolution: to exercise all the new gained fat off or go on that exotic diet.  You quit them in less time than the binging you did previously.

Sticking to a sensible diet and the right exercise is of course boring.  But the result is a better way to live.  It’s easier to stay in shape.  It’s harder to fall out of shape, get sick (maybe more than once), then force yourself into an excruciating regimen.  It doesn’t just take a toll on your body but your mind as well.

Maybe you’ll listen now that you’re wrapped in a blanket and coughing your head off.  Do you really want to go through this every end of the year?  I know.  I’ve been there too.  I realized this time.  It has to stop or I could suffer much worse.

Try Resisting Next Holiday Season

My plan for my next season is simple.  Get rid of every piece of candy after Halloween.  Eat Thanksgiving Dinner at home so I have my own diet met.  Or, tell my family that I have my limitations and I don’t mean to offend.  The same plan for Christmas.  Avoid sugar or eat less of it (better to avoid).

When you feel like your belly is brimming – STOP – you’ve gone to far.  Try to eat just one helping.  I’ve been there when my mother or grandmothers would say, “Are you sick?”  When I explained to them I was on a diet, they would say, “Why?”

I know you don’t want your Aunt to cry over your resisting her apple or pumpkin pie.  I’ve cried not being able to eat it.

Your good health comes first.  Don’t tell them it will make you sick.  That’s worse.  Just use the doctor excuse.  I do because it’s true.  I tell them my doctor limited my diet.  They get angry at the doctor and spare you.

I hope you all have a happier and healthier 2019.

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