Carbs and Sugar and Grains, Oh My!

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I’ve watched this conversation develop over the last couple of years.  I’ve wanted it to go away.  I’ve ignored it.  I’ve denied it.  I’ve scowled at it.  I LOVE breads and crackers and candy and cakes and cookies and all of those things that I grew up equating with love.  They taste good.  They make me feel good – well, for a few minutes anyway.

I’ve read the articles and now the studies and I can ignore it no more.  Gluten seems to be an issue for a lot of people.  People who don’t even have Celiac Disease – the hallmark of which is gluten intolerance.  There is gluten sensitivity and gluten allergies.  There’s the general bloating and weight gain that a lot of us have been aware of for a long time, even knowing where to place the blame, but not wanting to give up our yummy carb-laden dishes.  So what if I feel really tired after eating all those carbs?  If I just laid there long enough – eventually that would pass.  Oh, and that’s another thing – the “passing” thing.  Apparently carbs have been making the “passing” a bit more difficult as well.  And if you’re not “passing” correctly – you may be “keeping” stuff that you really should be “passing.”  Everybody with me on the code I’m using for poop??

Now comes the latest book by a doctor that I respect enormously, Dr. David Perlmutter.  My primary care doc saw Dr. Perlmutter speak at a Functional Medicine Symposium years ago and told me at that time that I should see him.  He’s a neurologist who has a fellowship in nutrition and specializes in treating the whole person – learning what’s going on in their lives and finding the thread in the stories that weave together the outcome in their health. For those of you impressed by celebrity, he’s on the Board of Medical Advisors for the Dr. Oz Show and counts Naomi Judd among his patients and biggest supporters.

I went to Naples, Florida and saw Dr. Perlmutter a few years ago.  He was incredibly upbeat and happy.  He had a light that emanated from within.  And – here’s the big thing – he really cared.  He just met me – and he cared about me.  And he cared about my husband – and my kids.  And my life.  My whole life – not just that MS crap I was there to talk to him about.  He cared about what my fatigue meant for my whole family.  Well – I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  He was a bright ray of hope in an otherwise dark moat of despair.  **Wow – this chick is good.  She should be a writer.

So – when I heard he was coming out with another book (may I suggest Power Up Your Brain and The Better Brain Book – both phenomenal), I knew I had to learn more.  And when I learned more, I knew I could no longer ignore the facts.  Dr. Perlmutter took the carbs, gluten, sugar and grain conversation out of the gut and brought it up to the brain.  He illuminates that process by which these toxins are driving our society into Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive dysfunction.  I don’t know about you, but that has been one of the most frustrating MS symptoms for me – the dreaded COG FOG (said by a deep, booming voice from above with the sound effect of lightening for emphasis).  I watched my mother in the early stages of dementia as well – and it all scared the crap out of me.  I listened to an hour-long webinar by Dr. Perlmutter on his new book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers and I knew I had to act.  This is information that I feel compelled to share with the FUMS community in general – and with my family in particular.  This is really important, cutting-edge information, of which, everyone should be made aware.  It is critical to those of us who are at risk beyond the general public.  I’m providing a link here to the webinar that I found so compelling.  I’m also linking to all of Dr. Perlmutter’s books.  While these are affiliate links and I would receive a small commission for anything that you purchased through these links, this recommendation is not made for monetary gain.  Choose to purchase these books without my link, that’s fine.  What’s important – no, crucial – is that you understand what’s at stake and to what degree you have control over the outcome.  I don’t care how you get it – just get it.  I’m on the waiting list myself.  I’ll be among the first to receive the book when it is released September 17, 2013.  I hope you will be too.

Do you have any experience with carbs, sugar, wheat, gluten or grains that you wouldn’t mind sharing with your FUMS community?  Good or bad – what say you?

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Dr. Perlmutter agreed to do a podcast with me several years ago.  I think the time is right for me to call that chip in now.  Stay tuned . . .

 

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2 Responses to “Carbs and Sugar and Grains, Oh My!”

  1. Chris Says:

    Well. . . . I was a hardcore carb. addict, even though I thought I was doing very well as regards my diet. Anyway. . . .I’ve been ‘off’ gluten, all grains, all refined sugar, eggs, nuts (well, I’m allergic, so I’ve been ‘off’ those for a while), coffee, tea, dairy, white potatoes, and all processed foods for 6 months. I’ve spent an obscene amount of money going organic, grass-fed, and free-range. When do I start to feel better? :-( I *have* lost weight — I’m about half my size. But, I do NOT feel better. I would love to understand more!

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  2. Julian Says:

    I ditched carbs for a ketogenic diet (started out on Atkins) about 18 months ago. I was 135kg (297 pounds) at my heaviest and miserable. Excersise was wasn’t in my vocab at the time. I had heard about a friend on the diet and just thought what-the-heck. I lost about 5kg in the first week and on average 1-2kg per week from then on. I was hooked.

    I tried to keep to less than 20g carbs per day but ALWAYS made a point to take a day off once every couple of weeks and eat whatever I wanted to. I actually found an occasional sudden intake of carbs actually sped up my weight loss – purely anecdotal evidence I realise but that was my experience.

    I’m now 85kg (185 pounds) and whilst I don’t “feel” an overwhelming sense of healthiness, my back doesn’t hurt anymore, I don’t sweat all the time, I actually FEEL like excersising and I’ve got my confidence back. I feel NORMAL and wouldn’t trade that for all the chocolate cake in the world.

    The overall lesson I’ve learnt is that most carbs we eat simply aren’t worth it. Potato, chips, white bread, rice, pasta – they’re all vehicles for flavour (fat and salt). They’re nice occasionally but you can still enjoy the fat and salt without them and do just fine. :)

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