Friday, June 19, 2015

Carbohydrate intolerance test menu

A healthy food platter

Do you suffer from any of the following?
  • Poor concentration or sleepiness after meals.
  • Increased intestinal gas or bloating after meals.
  • Frequently hungry.
  • Increasing abdominal fat or facial fat (especially cheeks).
  • Frequently fatigued or low energy.
  • Insomnia or sleep apnea.
  • Waist size increasing with age.
  • Fingers swollen/feeling “tight” after exercise.
  • Personal or family history of diabetes, kidney or gall stones, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol/low HDL, high triglycerides, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer.
  • Low meat, fish or egg intake.
  • Frequent cravings for sweets or caffeine.
  • Polycystic ovary (ovarian cysts) for women.
According to Dr. Phil Maffetone it could be as a result of carbohydrate intolerance. He describes it as...
Carbohydrate Intolerance—and the full spectrum of ailments that accompany it—begins as a hidden problem. CI then progresses to a functional disorder producing symptoms that negatively affect quality of life, such as fatigue. Gradually, this process generates serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

You can read the entire article HERE... but I wanted to list the menu for the 2-week test he suggests to see if one is CI.

During The Test: The Menu
You may eat as much of these foods as you like during the Two-Week Test:
  • Eggs (whites and yolk), unprocessed (real) cheeses, heavy (whipping) cream, sour cream.
  • Unprocessed meats including beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, fish and shellfish.
  • Tomato, V-8 or other vegetable juices, but no carrot juice.
  • Water—drink it throughout the day between meals.
  • Cooked or raw vegetables such as squash, leaf lettuce and spinach, carrots, broccoli and kale, but no potatoes or corn.
  • Nuts, seeds, nut butters.
  • Oils, vinegar, mayonnaise, salsa, mustard and spices.
  • Sea salt, unless you are sodium sensitive.
  • All coffee and tea (if you normally drink it).
Be sure to read the ingredients for all foods, as some form of sugar or carbohydrate may be added. Especially focus on ingredients in peanut butter, mayonnaise, sour cream and even sliced meats.

You may not eat any of the following foods during the Two-Week Test:
  • Bread, rolls, pasta, pancakes, cereal, muffins, chips, crackers, rice cakes and similar carbohydrate foods.
  • Sweets such as cake, cookies, ice-cream, candy, gum, breath mints.
  • Products that contain hidden sugars, common in ketchup and other prepared foods (read the labels).
  • Fruits, fruit juice, carrot juice.
  • Processed meats and fish such cold cuts and smoked products which often contain sugar.
  • All types of potatoes, corn, rice and beans.
  • Milk, half-and-half, and yogurt.
  • o-called healthy snacks, including all energy bars and sports drinks.
  • All soda; this includes “enhanced” mineral water, and diet drinks.
A Note on Alcohol
If you normally drink small to moderate amounts of alcohol, some forms are allowed during the test.
You may include these kinds of alcohol: dry wines, and pure distilled spirits (gin, vodka, whiskey, etc.), and those mixed with plain carbonated water, including seltzer, tomato juice, or V-8.
Avoid these kinds of alcohol: Sweet wines, all beer, hard cider, Champagne, alcohol containing sugar (rum, liqueurs, etc.), and those mixed with sweet ingredients such as tonic, soda or other sugary liquids. If in doubt, avoid it.

Not sure if I will take this test or not (I know I won't right now - while doing the 24-day challenge), but I am shooting for a steady diet similar to this one. At least I'm thinking about it.