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Easy Cheesy Chicken Breasts [Jul. 26th, 2007|10:44 pm]
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I'll admit it, I'm horrible in the kitchen...but I'm learning.

Out of boredom/creativity, I've messed around with a few recipes, and ended up making something absolutely delicious.

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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2007|08:38 am]
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Hi everyone!

I have fibromyalgia, and I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes in accordance with the ideas behind this community :). Some of these recipes require chopping fruits or veggies. Since I've been sick, excessive chopping of veggies is something I've wanted to avoid, even using a food processor doesn't circumvent the problem for me because of the assembly (I have a small kitchen with limited storage) and clean-up :(. So, I get around this by buying pre-chopped ingredients when I can: canned diced tomatoes (drain the liquid), jars of minced garlic, onion powder instead of chopped onion.

I've also scored the recipes according to ease of preparation on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being as easy as microwaving a TV dinner and 5 being "only attempt this if you're having a good health day." In recipes where it is easy to substitute pre-chopped ingredients, I have not factored the effort of chopping these ingredients into the score (see above). A few recipes have ingredients that aren't 100% ideal, but they are in low enough amounts that I feel it should be okay, but let me know what you think. Anyway, here are some of the recipes (linked to other websites, or directions behind LJ cuts as necessary):

Fruity curry chicken salad. Score: 3.5 due to preparation of chicken and coring/chopping the apple (leave the skin on, it's healthier :) ).

Colorful vegetable fajitas. I use whole wheat tortillas instead of white flour tortillas. Score: 3 due to chopping and multiple steps.

Quinoa and black beans (I like to serve this with the fajitas above) Score: 2.5 due to multiple steps.

Quick pasta and lentils. Recipe calls for ditalini pasta (???), but I use whole wheat rotini instead. Can substitute brown rice pasta. You can throw the block of frozen spinach directly into the pan, no need to thaw and squeeze dry (yay! I hate thawing and draining frozen spinach). Score: 2

Quinoa tabbouleh. Score: 3 due to chopping, but you can buy pre-grated carrots, bottled lemon juice, and use canned diced tomatoes (drained) to reduce some of the effort. Good for people with gluten sensitivity.

Salmon with tomatoes. Get your omega-3 fatty acids. Good for people with gluten sensitivity. Score: 3.

All-Around Good Smoothie. Best.Smoothie.Ever. You don't need a frozen chopped banana, I just break a fresh banana into a few pieces and throw it in the blender :). Score: 1.5.

Ricotta cheese pancakes. Yum, pancakes without lots of flour or sugar :). I use stevia instead of Splenda. Score: 2.5

Dr. Edelberg's Black Bean Soup. Check out the rest of the site, he has a lot of good recipes, but this one has become a staple for me. It's quite versatile, as he notes in the recipe. I omit the fresh cilantro, and I add lean ground turkey so that it's more like a chili. I also mix in fresh spinach. Make sure to use turmeric. Score: 3-4, depending on how you modify it.

Baked sweet potato, score 1Collapse )

Baked veggie-loaded eggplant parmesan, score 5 but it tastes better reheated, and makes a weeks' worth of lunches or dinners.Collapse )

WHEW. Sorry for the length of this entry :). Let me know what you think of these recipes, whether you try them or think they aren't chronic illness-friendly enough to attempt.
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Low Carb & Cancer [Jul. 15th, 2007|02:12 pm]
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Eating a mostly plant-based diet with limited amounts of saturated fat, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight are key to preventing cancer. If you’re one of the many, though, who are going the low-carb route, follow these guidelines:

Choose protein sources that are low in saturated fat -- chicken, turkey, fish, and legumes -- instead of excessive amounts of red meats.

Eat five or more servings of colorful vegetables and fruits each day.

Eat at least three servings of whole-grain foods each day, such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and whole-grain cereals. (If you’re looking for “whole wheat bread”, the first ingredient on the bread's nutrition label should read "whole-wheat flour."). Even if you’re limiting breads, cereals, rice, pastas and the like, shoot for at least half of your grain sources to be whole grain.

Regular exercise, a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables, a healthy weight…researchers have confirmed that these lifestyle factors, which each person can control, are key to lowering cancer risk.

I looked up the effects of low carb diets on heart disease. High fat versions of low carb diets are detrimental. That should be pretty obvious. But low fat diets high in sugar carbs from bread and potatoes and refined sugars are just as bad, when it comes to heart disease.

The most protective diet, in terms of heart disease risk, was a low-carbohydrate that was also low in saturated fats and cholesterol where vegetables were the main sources of fats and protein. "The vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet combined the best features of low-fat and low-carbohydrate eating," Halton says. Following this diet was associated with a 30 percent reduction in heart disease risk over 20 years.

Fruits & Veggies low in carbsCollapse )

Here's a link to a page listing "How to Stock Your Pantry & Fridge for a Low Carb Lifestyle".
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Heart Health & Cancer concerns [Jul. 15th, 2007|01:08 pm]
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A couple weeks ago my dad found out that he has heart disease and probably needs a triple bypass surgery. In addition, he is overweight and constantly has kidney stones.

Then, a couple days ago, I had a bad scare with my mom. She found a lump in her breast. Thankfully, it turned out to be benign. But it really got me thinking about my work in this community, how to find a healthy diet.. and how much a diet can help with cancer.

Add to that.. I took classes this summer semester that kept me insanely busy and I ate fast food every other night, the most junk food I have eaten sequentially in my whole life. I don't even want to know how much weight I might have gained.

Instead of low calories, I am browsing sites trying to find a low-carb diet that is healthy in it's own right, possibly more veggies and less meat. I am going to try to find out about the repercussions of low carb high protein diets on heart health and cancer.
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Vegan AND Low Carb? [Jul. 15th, 2007|12:31 pm]
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I haven't analyzed this to see how beneficial it would be, and/or how well iit fits the ideals of the community but I thought it was worth posting.

From Laura Dolson,
Vegan/Vegetarian Diets Can be Low Carb

My friend Terri is probably the most careful eater I know. She eats an organic, vegan diet, with food as local and fresh as possible. Grains in her diet are always whole grains, and she eats very little processed food, or refined sugar. In short, she eats in a way which many nutritionists would hold up as the ideal. And yet, a few years ago she found that eating too much carbohydrate was having negative effects in her body. By experimenting, she found a way of eating that worked for her. To me, in addition to being a model of someone who truly lives her goals of “walking lightly on the earth”, her story shows 1) that contrary to popular opinion, one doesn’t have to eat meat, or even animal products, to eat a low carb diet, and 2) an example of figuring out how to adjust one’s diet to the changing needs of our bodies as we age.

Many people find that as they go through midlife they do better with more protein and less carbohydrate in their diets (as well as fewer calories). Here is how one woman made that adjustment, even eating what many would consider to be a very restricted diet.

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Three of Terri’s Favorite Recipes

Terri's Tofu Scramble
Baked Tofu with Three Marinades/Sauces
Baked Tempeh
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"world's healthiest foods" advisor [May. 12th, 2007|08:50 am]
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this site advises your diet by matching foods to nutrients - breaks down your diet and gives advice on what foods to eat. pretty cool..
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Low Grain & Carb Diets as a Cure for what ails [May. 9th, 2007|01:28 pm]
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This makes a lot of claims but I feel it's worth reading.

Low Grain and Carbohydrate Diets Treat Hypoglycemia, Heart Disease, Diabetes Cancer and Nearly ALL Chronic Illness

by Joseph Brasco, MD

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Article found here.
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Artichokes! [Apr. 25th, 2007|10:10 am]
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Artichokes are apparently in season and I read an article in some sort of Yoga magazine in the airport about how chock full of antioxidants and other nutrients they are. But the really great thing about them is that they enhance the tastbuds on your tongue that sense sweetness! They are also easier to make than I thought.

Steamed Artichoke:
Cut off the stem, leaving about a half inch
Cut off the top third of the artichoke
Put face down in a bowl filled with a half inch of water
Microwave for 6-8 minutes
Let cool

It's yummy on it's own, but if you eat a piece of fruit afterwards, the fruit tastes hyper-tasty! Pretty cool.
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(no subject) [Apr. 9th, 2007|12:39 am]
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Hey everyone. Looking for some opinions on the detox diet that my nutritionist recommended for me. Hope that's appropriate for this community, let me know if not.

Anyway, I was put on this diet to rule out food allergies/sensitivities as a cause for the symptoms I've been having (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, sore throats, fevers, headaches, stomach aches). The diet is basically gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. Other no-no's include artificial sweeteners, caffeine, hot peppers and other hot spices :(, beef, pork, and... citrus fruits? The idea behind the diet is to "reduce inflammation." I understand why I should limit common allergens such as gluten and dairy. However, I feel that citrus fruits and peppers/spices have a lot of health benefits that outweigh any potential "inflammatory" effects (by which I assume my nutritionist means heartburn or IBS?) and I am reluctant to eliminate these. Also the diet is boring enough and I need my cayenne pepper to spice up those few dishes that I can still have! Granted, one of my symptoms is upset stomachs, but my GI symptoms do not correlate with what I eat.

Any thoughts?
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Recipe Guidelines [Mar. 26th, 2007|07:08 pm]
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This post is subject to change as new information and opinions come in.

Recipes should be:

Wheat & Gluten-Free
Sugar Free
(This means no added sugars, no sugar syrups and no honey, etc. All sugar found in fruit naturally is exempted but any recipe with a lot of fructose should include a warning that they are high in natural sugars.)
Dairy Free (nonfat sugar free live active culture yogurts being the only exception)
High in Antioxidants and/or Phytonutrients (in the fruits & veggies)

Whenever possible include how many servings of each group there are in the meal.

Bonus Points for Recipes that also apply the following guidelines!

Nightshade Free!
Super Quick & Easy to Prepare
Diabetic Friendly! - To keep one's blood sugar level balanced, the Ideal Daily meals are approximately:

38% grains & starches
31% protein
31% non-starchy vegetables & fruits

Go Here to determine serving sizes.


Add tags to your recipe posts so that people can search for specific recipes:

gluten free
sugar free
nightshade free
yeast free

My brainfog is kicking in so I will work on this in a bit.
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Sugar & Alcohol [Mar. 26th, 2007|05:38 pm]
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I have two questions for you.

1) Which is the lesser evil.... sugar? or calorie free sugar substitutes?

And I am interested in all the pros & cons and effects on health of a diet that includes sugar VS a diet with nutrasweet or stevia or splenda or aspartame, etc. I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so I just can't go without. That being the case, I am trying to figure which will have the worst effect on my health in the long-run.

The Mayo Clinic & FDA Approve Sugar SubstitutesCollapse )

2) Are all forms of alcohol bad for you? Are any alcohols okay? And how much is "moderation"?

I have bee trying to research these topics without great success.

xposted to easysuperfoods and fibromyalgia
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Getting to know you... [Mar. 26th, 2007|05:26 pm]
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Please take this poll! It will help the community!Collapse )
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Cancer Diets [Mar. 26th, 2007|04:58 pm]
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It's worth mentioning that the foods recommended to prevent and treat cancer are complete different than the foods recommended DURING cancer treatment and recovery. Current cancer treaments such as chemotherapy take a lot out of the body, and it is recommended that people going through it eat a high protein and fat diet. That isn't going to be something incorporated into this cookbook.
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Wheat & Gluten [Mar. 26th, 2007|12:38 am]
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For the community and our recipes I am considering not completely banning gluten & wheat, because not all of us are intolerant to it. However, some of us may be and just not know it. So I think that we should aim for recipes that are gluten free, but not sweat it too much if some minor ingredient has gluten in it, or if a non-gluten product like rice milk has the warning "May contain 0.6% wheat or gluten" simply due to processing. If you ARE gluten intolerant you can probably still work with this plan with slight modifications that you probably know more about than I do.

I will try to learn more about how critical it is to be 100% gluten free vs 99% if you are merely gluten sensitive and do not have celiac disease or an actual gluten/wheat allergy. A lot of the symptoms of gluten intolerance match up with symptoms of auto-immune disorders and other chronic illnesses, so I figure it's worth looking into. Also, some experts say 30-50% of Americans have gluten intolerance but many don't know it.

Here are some websites for gluten-free living.

http://www.celiac.edmonton.ab.ca/alcohol.html - this one talks about what kinds of alcohol you can drink if you have celiac disease, not that some of us should drink any alcohol at all


Okay after some research I see that most sites say it is critical to avoid gluten cross contamination, so even having bread cut on the same surface or cooked in the same toaster with wheat breads is not acceptable. Should I take a poll?

Should we try this 100% gluten/wheat free? Or just cut down? I will keep researching. If anyone knows a general practicioner or dietician that they can ask how crucial it is to cut it out completely vs 95% that would be great.
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Diabetic Friendly [Mar. 25th, 2007|12:45 am]
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As I am planning to do my best to make a diet that is healthy for everyone, from people fighting cancer to fibromyalgia or CF to those with diabetes, I am going to post the individual illness specific diet recommendations and see if they can be made into one healthy diet plan.

This information is regarding people with Diabetes:

A rule of thumb is that for every pound of body weight you need 10 calories a day. If you weigh 150 lbs, you need to take 1500 calories a day. Men need a bit more and usually start with a 2000 calorie per day diet.

Consistency and variety are key
Consistent eating habits can help you control your blood sugar levels. Every day try to eat about the same amount of food at about the same time. Include a variety of foods to help meet your nutritional goals. Your dietitian can help you plan a program that meets these guidelines:

Nutrient Aim for
Carbohydrates 45% to 65% of daily calories
Protein 15% to 20% of daily calories
Fats 20% to 35% of daily calories

If you stick to your meal plan and watch your serving sizes, you'll eat about the same amount of carbohydrates and calories every day. This helps control your blood sugar and your weight. On the flip side, the more you vary what you eat — especially the amount of carbohydrates — the harder it is to control your blood sugar.

So.. any feedback from everyone else? Do you think this is a reasonable nutrient breakdown for daily meals, and an appropriate calorie count? Or are there conflicting nutrient and calorie requirements for people with fibromyalgia/CFS, heart disease or anything else? (I am not including in this anyone who is pregnant or doing bodybuilding for some reason, just average people trying to be healthy.) If I don't get feedback i will just go with this. Although, it seems kind of high in the fats. I won't get a good feel for it until I write out a sample day plan.
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The World's Healthiest Foods [Mar. 24th, 2007|02:42 pm]
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I found a site that lists the World's Healthiest Foods. It includes all their beneficial properties, and any possible allergy risks, lists recipes and gives instructions for their selection, storage and preparation.

Criteria for The World's Healthiest Foods

Among the thousands of different foods our world provides, the majority contain at least several of the nutrients our bodies need but to be included as one of the World's Healthiest Foods they had to meet the criteria listed below.

The criteria we used will also help you understand why some of your favorite (and also nutritious) foods may not be included on our list. For example, Readers have asked why pomegranate, a very nutritious food, is not included on our website. While pomegranates taste great and are rich in vitamins and flavonoid phytonutrients, they are still rather expensive which makes them not as widely available to many people.

1. The World's Healthiest Foods are the Most Nutrient Dense

The World's Healthiest Foods have been selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. We used a concept called nutrient density to determine which foods have the highest nutritional value.

Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. A food is more nutrient dense when the level of nutrients is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains. By eating the World's Healthiest Foods, you'll get all the essential nutrients that you need for excellent health, including vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more for the least number of calories.

The other criteria for the foods on this list is that they are: Whole Foods (pref. organic), Familiar Foods, Readily Available, Affordable and Taste Good.

The List of the World's Healthiest FoodsCollapse )
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Fruits & Veggies [Mar. 24th, 2007|12:03 pm]
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This is where there seems to be a lot of controversy - fresh foods vs canned, frozen and dried. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best so any time you CAN use fresh produce you should do so. If you can go to the grocery store once each week, or afford a box of organic produce delivered to you weekly, then you can include a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet. You will have to eat the ones that spoil faster first, like bananas. Oranges and apples and grapes should last through the week but if you don't have specific meal plans for your produce then you might consider only buying the amount you are likely to eat in the next 7 days.

Secondly, health experts have stated that both fruit juices and dried fruits have more sugar and less nutrition than whole fruits, and should be only one of your many servings of fruit/veggies per day.

If you can't go to the store as often, you can stock up on many of these items in the freezer and canned foods sections. When buying any canned fruits and vegetables be sure they don't have added salt or sugar.

On to the Produce!

There are a lot of vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants available in foods that we simply don't get enough of. Certain supplements which seem helpful to fibromyalgia are Magnesium, Malic Acid and Potassium (all help with muscle pain and energy levels). These can be found in the following foods:

Foods with malic acid: sour foods such as green apples, a little bit in most fruits, apples, apricots, cherries, cherimoyas, currants, loquats, mangos, papayas, pears, peaches, pineapples, plums, prunes, quinces, tomatoes, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries. It is found also in parsley & carrots.

Great plant sources of both magnesium and potassium

Vegetables and legumes: globe artichoke, asparagus, black eyed peas, beets, broccoli, collard greens, sweet corn, kale, lima beans, okra, parsnips, green peas, pumpkin, sauerkraut, spinach, squash (especially winter varieties), sweet potato, turnips, yams.

Fruits: dried apricots, avocado, banana, blackberries, black currants, dates, dried figs, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, orange, papaya, dried peach, dried pear, dried prunes, raisins.

Grains: barley, cornmeal, millet, brown rice, wild rice.

Plant foods rich in magnesium:
Vegetables and legumes: Jerusalem artichoke, beet greens, brussel sprouts, swiss chard, green beans, leeks.

Fruits: boysenberries, pineapple, raspberries.

Grains: buckwheat, millet, rye.

Seeds/nuts: almonds, filberts, peanuts, pecans, English walnuts, sunflower seeds.

Plant foods rich in potassium:

Vegetables and legumes: Black beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, mushrooms, navy beans, split peas, pinto beans, soybeans.

Fruits: Dried apples, apricots, cherries, elderberries, grapes with skin on, guava, mango, honeydew melon, nectarine, persimmon, pomegranates, rhubarb.

If your goal is to maintain already good energy levels, be sure that at least a few of those daily fruit and vegetable choices come from the lists of potassium- and magnesium-rich foods on this page. If your energy levels are low, select the majority of your fruits and vegetables from these lists. Be sure to also get your share of oil-rich seeds and nuts.
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What Should We Eat? [Mar. 24th, 2007|12:43 am]
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These foods were selected by me as they came to mind. Chocolate was the 2nd word I ever said, so it's fitting that it be the first food I list. I have tried to include links supporting the health statements made about every food listed.

Chocolate - excellent antioxidant, but should be eaten sparingly if it has sugar in it. Most sources say only dark chocolate has healthful properties and less sugar than milk chocolate.

Dairy Products - There are a ton of reasons to avoid dairy products altogether. However, a lot of recent research shows health advantages of yogurt, so for now I am letting it be the exception. Just be sure it has Live Active Cultures and is low or nonfat with no sugar added.

Butter vs Margarine - Instead of butter, choose non-hydrogenated soft margarine like "I can't believe it's not butter". It is a dairy alternative that contains zero cholesterol, no trans fat and typically very small amounts of saturated fat.

Meats: General guidelines are to buy organic/free-range meats. Buy it fresh, cook soon and cook it well. It is also safer to grind your own for burgers than to buy pre-ground.

Red Meat - Eat lean meats sparingly for health reasons, or if you don't want to hurt animals then not at all. (1 serving per week max.)

White Meat - Up to 3 servings/day (but can be replaced by nuts/legumes/eggs)

Chicken - A good food for heart health, high in protein and low in fat.

Turkey - Same as chicken. Note that turkey may make you sleepy as it has tryptophan in it.

Fish & Seafood - Used to be really healthy but now you need to watch out for toxins and overfishing when deciding which fish to eat. Up to a serving a day (but be careful about mercury levels!)

Soy Products - May or may not increase cancer risk in women, but also lower cholesterol levels. Eat sparingly, if needing to replace dairy products. Should not be eaten daily in large amounts as a meat replacement.

Eggs - If you only buy organic free range eggs they are good for you. If you need more than one egg consider only using one yolk and multiple whites. Up to 3 servings per day (and can be replaced by nuts/legumes/white meat).

Mushrooms - Good for you, even if you have candida. Ignore the fact that its a fungi.

Nightshades (potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant) - Because these foods are both popular and have a lot of vitamins I am not going to rule them out just yet. However, there has been some evidence that the alkaloid within them can worsen arthritis. Eggplant has the highest levels of alkaloid. If you have arthritis consider avoiding these altogether, otherwise steaming, boiling, and baking all help reduce the alkaloid content of nightshades. Also be sure to cut out the sprouting areas on potatoes , as the alkaloid deposits are higher there.

Peanuts & Peanut Butter - In moderation, but cashew butter is better for you. Also, stick to stores brands instead of fresh ground as it's less likely to contain a cancer causing mold occasionally found in peanuts. Check ingredients to make sure there is NO hydrogenated fat.

Gluten & Wheat - A lot more people are suffering from gluten intolerance than probably realize. The best recipes should not include wheat or gluten, but if one does decide to eat wheat it should only be whole wheat, because it is higher in fiber.

Rice - Brown rice is very good for you and high in fiber. White rice doesn't have the fiber or nutritious content and is high in carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain and diabetes.

Oats - An excellent food with antioxidants and cholesterol lowering power just be sure you check ingredients, as it is sometimes processed with soy and wheat that can contaminate the oats.

Corn - Some people have allergies to corn. But if you don't, it's very good for you and along with rice can be used as a substitute for wheat products. There are a lot of problems with GMO corn though, so try to especially avoid it.

Sugar - Most sugar should only be consumed in fruit form, because too much sugar leads to a plethora of health problems. I remember when I was a child we went completely sugar-free for two years. Boy, that sucked. It would probably be fine to have one sugary treat per week but don't go overboard.

Honey - Honey isn't much better than sugar, but if consumed it should only be as raw unprocessed unheated sugar. Children under 1 year old should not eat honey, as there is a risk of botulism poisoning.

Stevia - This product is getting rave reviews, but there are some cautionary tales as well. Use in moderation.

Aspartame - Avoid. Can cause a lot of health problems, and induce migraines in people with FMS.

Splenda - not going to kill you instantly if it's in something you're eating, but don't cook with it or add it to your foods. Apparently it has more in common with pesticides than with sugar.

Nuts - A good snack with healthy phytochemicals and complete proteins. A serving a day is recommended, but be aware that they can be fattening!

Dried Fruits - kind of high in sugar, so fresh fruit is much better for you.

*Cooking methods are very important. Anything fried is a no-no. Eat the lean parts of the meat, not the fatty parts or skin. If cooking over coals, cover the coals in foil to shield the meat from smoke and lighter fluid fumes. Don't eat smoked cured meats as they have nitrates/nitrites in them. Baking, steaming and boiling are healthier ways to cook.

*This site shows the food pyramid that lets you know how many servings of everything you should eat every day.

*This site recommends the following eating styles for people with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia:
Dr. Nicolson recommends a controlled diet, two-thirds of which is composed of vegetables, one-sixth starch and one-sixth protein. The vegetables should be green, orange, and yellow and the majority of vegetables eaten should be cooked. The starch should be whole grain and include complex carbohydrates. The protein can include chicken, fish, beans and lean, well-cooked meats.

While some fruit is okay, a large concern of Dr. Nicolson is keeping dietary sugars low. Thus, fruit lower in sugar content is better and fruit juices are discouraged. On the other hand, vegetable juices, herbal teas and plenty of water are beneficial to keep the body cleansed. Dr. Nicolson's concern about sugar is based upon sugar's promotion of mycoplasmas and other harmful microorganisms. For this reason, as much as possible food and drink containing sugars should be eliminated from the diet. Refined, fatty, and yeast containing foods are also good to avoid. Likewise tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine would not be included in a diet most helpful for CFS.

MSG - Avoid any foods containing MSG. A lot of chinese food restaurants add it to their food and you can request they leave it out.

Post Two will list Great Fruits & Veggies!
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