Recovered Chickens!

Mistreated chickens were recently recovered  from the fraser valley and are now living & thriving at my aunt’s house in Deep Cove!  Having twice visited and seen them happily wandering in the vast garden , I have witnessed  just how delightful these free chickens are;  scrambling between your feet.  If you would like them as pets, please  make sure you fence off your kale, its a favourite treat of theirs!

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/disturbing-video-prompts-investigations-into-fraser-valley-chicken-farms-1.3988450#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=8OKz3uG

The Potato Diet!

Now we have the “potato diet”.  You too can lose 117lb in a year by eating only potatoes!  Andrew Taylor from Australia https://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/a19536403/can-the-potato-diet-help-you-lose-weight-safely/entered the “Spud Fit Challenge” and is boasting about the virtues of the potato.  He said that you can meet most of your nutritional needs with the potato, especially if you are overweight and have some stored nutrition to waste.  He ate only potatoes, all day everyday for 1 year, with skim soymilk to mash, BBQ  and sweet chili sauce to flavour, no exercise for the first month and then 90 min/day subsequent months, supplemented with Vit B12.

So I calculated that to encourage weight loss for myself, (-20 lb/yr) and meet most of my  nutritional needs, I could eat 3 red potatoes, 3 russet potatoes and 4 sweet potatoes per day with 2 c soymilk to mash and 4 T chili sauce, 6 T BBQ sauce which would give me about 1600kcal per day, 42 g protein, 11 g fat, 342 g carbohydrate and 35 g fibre, it would meet most of my needs except calcium – 866 mg vs 1200;  zinc 5.6 vs 8 and Vit D 5.8 vs 15 ug Vit D.  |My immune system would suffer with a daily 10 g protein deficit but altogether better than I thought,

But I agree with Dr. Nadolsky’s (Taylor’s MD) assessment that the vegan diet is restrictive, the ketogenic very restrictive but the potato diet is one of the most restrictive diets available.  There are many other healthier ways of losing weight.

Bring it on “Spud Fit Challenge”

Jan

Eat Smart

Eat Smart

This is a great idea, an easy way of incorporating healthy good tasting veggies in your diet!  I’m also impressed that they sponsored a collegue of mine to go to the Dietitians of Canada conference!  Way to go!

Caffeine


So I was researching whether coffee was linked strongly with reflux disease and my sources have told me that it is the 7th most common complaint from patients who are experiencing reflux but the actual evidence in the literature is mixed, it is still not known whether it is the caffeine or other products in the coffee that cause the discomfort.
Simultaneously I saw this recent well written article on the risk of having acrylamide in your coffee and decided to share it with you. Thanks to my colleague Andy, the RD.
Coffee can cause cancer

Gluten Free Apple Mincemeat Pie


Thanksgiving dinner
My son was coming to visit, he has celiac disease and I wanted to make something special so I found my favourite gluten free pastry recipe, filled the pie with sliced Fuji apples and my own mincemeat made from spartan home grown apples and green tomatoes!
My daughters boyfriend who is vegetarian rated it 10/10. I was very pleased with the results, maybe not be best choice if you have diabetes but using local ingredients mad me proud.

Gluten Free Soups

On the coast, it’s a great idea to make your own soups from scratch, choose the ingredients that are added, and adjust the salt with a variety of vegetables and herbs.
I’m looking for a soup that is dehydrated, easy to prepare, high in salt to maintain sodium levels for an athlete who is competing in the upcoming Tougher Mudder, an 8 hour overnight, 50 mile race in Los Angeles
He wanted a gluten free chicken noodle soup. Haven’t been able to come up with this… but there are a few alternatives, only the chicken bouillon cubes are available dehydrated, so far in my search.
Not that anyone else on the coast is crazy enough to do this race but see the best choices that I found:
GoBIO Organic Chicken Bouillon Cubes with 451 mg sodium per cup

and Campbells Herb Chicken & Rice with 770mg sodium per cup!

Please note I’m attempting to find high sodium (salt) soups!

Renal Diet Maze

A close friend has called on my skills to help him with navigating the maze of restrictions imposed with a renal diet. This was a sudden diagnosis and he is overwhelmed.
First of all, it is important for us all to keep our blood pressure optimally at 130/80, new guidelines to keep our kidneys functioning well. The dietary component which will keep your kidneys healthy includes restricting your salt and keeping your body weight close to target, which may vary depending on your genetics.
Secondly you want to stop smoking or if you are diabetic, you want to keep your blood sugars close to target.
Thirdly if your kidneys stop functioning, you may need to restrict your protein, this preserves kidney function, so the Paleo diet may not be a good choice but a vegetarian diet may also be a difficult choice.
When your kidneys fail, you often need to restrict you potassium- some of those loved fruits (bananas and oranges) and vegetables (tomatoes and potatoes)
Lastly the phosphate in your diet often becomes a problem, this mineral is often found in foods that we naturally choose because they are healthier
dairy, proteins, legumes, nuts, whole grains. There are phosphate binders that you may be prescribed.
The diet for chronic kidney failure in fact doesn’t seem very healthy but is important for your compromised kidney and your longevity.
This new publication has many of the details you need to learn about, including recipes with herbs and spices give more flavour to your food while restricting the salt (sodium). Its available at Gibson’s Library.
If you need help navigating this maze and want your diet analyzed, these are services that I provide, helping you to get on the right track!