Special Diets

Special Diets

Special Diets
Looking for a gluten-free diet plan? What about a detox diet? Perhaps you are lactose intolerant and need to have special diet recipes? Any time you make changes in your eating habits with a specific goal, you're on a special diet. Meal planning is especially important for these types of special diets. You need to be prepared for unexpected occasions, travel and sickness. Get the facts on these special diet plans and recipes to ensure you have success in making changes to your eating habits.

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    Lactose remedies

    There are many replacement food options for people who are lactose intolerant. In this video, Dr. Oz details non-dairy options as well as foods that may contain hidden lactose.


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    The macrobiotic diet was developed in the 1920s by a Japanese educator named George Ohsawa. Ohsawa is said to have cured himself of a serious illness by changing to a simple diet of brown rice, miso soup, and sea vegetables. After regaining his health, Ohsawa worked to integrate Eastern and Western philosophy and medicine to form the dietary and lifestyle principles of what is now known as macrobiotics.

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    The following are the key components of the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle:

    • Eat only organic food.
    • Eat two or three meals a day.
    • Avoid cooking with electricity or microwave; use a gas or wood stove; and use only cast-iron, stainless-steel, and clay cookware.
    • Chew each mouthful of food approximately fifty times to aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients.
    • Do not eat for at least three hours before bedtime.
    • Take short baths or showers, as needed, with warm or cool water.
    • Use grooming, cosmetic, and household products made from natural, nontoxic ingredients.
    • Wear only cotton clothing, and avoid metallic jewelry.
    • Spend as much time as possible in natural outdoor settings, and walk at least thirty minutes daily.
    • Do aerobic or stretching exercises, such as yoga, dance, or martial arts, on a regular basis.
    • Place large green plants throughout the house to enrich the oxygen content of the air, and keep the windows open as much as possible to allow the circulation of fresh air.
    • Avoid watching television and using computers as much as possible. Whole grains, such as brown rice, barley, millet, oat, corn, and rye, make up the bulk of the macrobiotic diet. The diet also emphasizes the consumption of vegetables, especially cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, collards, and mustard greens. Beans, tofu, and sea vegetables should be eaten on a daily basis, and a few servings each week of nuts, seeds, and fresh fish, such as halibut, flounder, cod, or sole, are permissible. All food should be organically grown; and, ideally, only fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables should be eaten. The macrobiotic diet incorporates many of the principles that we advocate but falls short in its nutritional completeness and variety of health-boosting foods. Nonetheless, the macrobiotic diet is a health-promoting diet that clinical research has shown to be beneficial for people with cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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    A high fiber diet may produce short term gassiness and abdominal discomfort; however, a high fiber diet has been shown to decrease your risk of colorectal cancer and decreases your cholesterol as well.
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    Dr. Oz, Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, says the positive effects of getting enough fiber will happen "almost immediately." The fiber can help move things through your system -- including toxins -- very quickly. And that's not all. "Bile, when it gets absorbed through the bowel, turns into cholesterol. So when you take a lot of fiber in your diet, you suck the bile out of you, and your cholesterol drops automatically. It also gets rid of sugar, which helps the diabetics. And it's a great tool if you want to lose weight because it makes you feel full."

    Do you need to get more fiber in your diet? Most likely, Dr. Oz says. The average American gets just seven grams of fiber a day. But women need about 25 grams a day, and men need 35 grams a day. "That's somewhere between seven and nine helpings of fruits and vegetables," he says.

    If you radically increase your intake of fiber, though, you may feel gassy. "Your intestinal tract isn't ready for it," Dr. Oz says. "The fiber in the bowel is permeated by all these bacteria, the bacteria eat the fiber, and they make gas. That's their waste product. So you've got to slowly build up when you add fiber to your diet. But at the end of the day, you're going to have some gas. But it's a good sign because you're digesting food that's good for you."

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    Flax Crackers, All-bran Multigrain, Triscuits, Wasa Fiber and Ryvita Multigrain all have at least 2 grams per serving. Most people only get half the daily fiber they need. Daily requirements are as follows:

    Females:
    • 9-18 years - 26 grams/day
    • 19-50 years - 25 grams/day
    • >51 years - 21 grams/day
    Males
    • 9-13 - 31 grams/day
    • 14-50 years - 38 grams/day
    • >50 years - 30 grams/day
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    High-fiber diets do not cause loose, watery poop or diarrhea. Diets high in fiber help to keep your bowels regular. Watery stools can be caused by many things, but fiber does not specifically cause this. If you are having loose, watery stools, you should not eat large amounts of fiber.
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    Increasing your consumption of fiber is central to the success of the Hunger Free Forever program. Eating high fiber foods in abundance reduces hunger and promotes satiety. Fiber also slows the absorption of carbohydrates from food, lowering their glycemic impact. Insoluble fiber such as wheat bran, corn bran, and vegetable fibers increases the volume and viscosity of foods and moderately reduces the glycemic impact of carbohydrates. Soluble fibers such as oat bran, psyllium, and legume fiber, on the other hand, absorb more water and tend to have a greater influence on a food's volume, viscosity, and glycemic impact. Eating an abundance of fiber-rich foods, especially those high in soluble fiber, is central to the success of the Hunger Free Forever program.

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    High-fiber foods are terrific for weight control -- they tend to fill you up before you can take in too many calories. Fiber-rich foods also help lower cholesterol, protect against some kinds of cancer, and promote good digestive health.
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    There is a magic quality to willingness; when you are willing to be different, you don't have to know exactly what that looks like, but only remain open to change. When I was moving toward a plant-based diet, I said to myself, "I don't know how I'm going to find foods that taste as good to me as the steak and tuna fish that I love, but I'm willing to believe there might be some other foods that are just as satisfying that don't do that kind of harm. I'm willing to just try a few different menu choices when I go out, and I'll at least pick up a few new items at the grocery store that would fit in to my new world view."

    Remember everything you've learned and seen. Every time you look at meat or cheese on your plate, even if you are still eating it, think about the process that went into making it. On my way to giving up animal products, I would try and see a quick visual of who the animal once was and what she went through before becoming the meal on my plate. That way, I was not in denial; I was aware. I did that enough times until it was just naturally distasteful to me, and the addiction no longer had a hold on me. I just didn't want it anymore.

    Do not deprive yourself so that you end up going back to your old habits. Find delicious food and enjoy the old traditions you always had with family and friends. Substitute hamburgers with veggie burgers, hot dogs with soy dogs, chicken enchiladas with bean and guacamole enchiladas. Have your familiar looking meals but make (or order) them with better ingredients.