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For 31 years of my life I never thought about what I was eating. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and never gave it a second thought. I wasn't a fast food junkie by any means, but did enjoy things like french fries, Doritos, ice cream, and Coca-Cola, as well as watermelon, sweet corn, Yoplait yogurt, and beer.
After my IBD diagnosis in 1998 I never ate any of these aforementioned foods again - and many, many others - at least not without serious repercussions that made me finally stop eating them.
When I realized that what I ate could make a difference in how severe my IBD symptoms were, or weren't, I began to research foods, nutrients, and diets. The number of diets available was staggering to me - the B.R.A.T. diet, the low residue diet, the rotation diet, the SCD diet - and each of them was foreign to me as well.
Eventually I found out what each diet was and how it worked. And over time I've tried or used each of them for certain situations or periods...
There has been an ongoing debate in the medical community regarding diet soda . It would seem that a zero calorie beverage is the perfect answer to the obesity epidemic. After all, most nutritionist and dietary experts do not want you guzzling liquid calories. Liquids are not satiating and frankly, most of us don't even count the calories of soda, sweetened waters, smoothies, blended coffee drinks and other calorie-laden drinks when we tally daily total calories. So drinking a few diet sodas daily, which offers fizz without calories, seems to be a no-brainer.
The problem appears to be a group in the population who chooses diet drinks in order to somehow then justify their consumption of burgers, fries, pizza and other high calorie processed foods. They feel they are doing their dietary diligence (and calorie diligence) by limiting liquid calories,which should give them freedom to eat what they want. The problem is that (a) diet soda may ha...
Two million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. This very serious illness involves dramatic mood swings from high manic episodes to very low depressed episodes. It can be very disruptive to the lives of the people who suffer from this illness as well as their close friends and family members. Bipolar disorder typically begins in adolescence and continues throughout life. While it can not be cured, with treatment these people can lead normal lives. Omega 3 Fatty Acids Bipolar disorder is not a condition that is generally considered to have direct nutritional considerations, like diabetes or heart disease. However, recent research has found that omega 3 fatty acids may lessen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. While research is still ongoing, studies have found that they lessen stress and aid in focusing. Antidepressants and Weight Gain There are special dietary requirements for people who take many of the medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Weight...
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