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Crack Open a Coconut and Enjoy the Benefits

The tree bends and cracks as the man levitates toward the overflowing leaves. The coconuts are quickly picked and fall like meteorites striking the earth with a peculiar thud. These green globes are swiftly broken open revealing a dark fibrous shell. The villagers, gathered by a nearby rock, raise the coconuts to the sky and thrust them down upon the stone as their aromatic liquid pours into awaiting bowls. They remove the porcelain white flesh and place it in the sun to dry. The flaky coconut we buy in the store has a beautiful beginning, and while witnessing the harvest of coconuts is a sight to see; their health benefits surpass the experience.

"Eating coconut helps fight gas, constipation, ulcers, and other digestive and stomach ailments. Coconut supports thyroid function and can help prevent goiter because it naturally contains iodine. Coconut has been shown to protect the body from cancer and osteoporosis, dissolve kidney stones, reduce epileptic seizures, and reduce symptoms associated with pancreatic disorders." - EHOW.com

A one-cup serving of shredded coconut contains 283 calories, 3 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber, as well as zero cholesterol, and only 16 mg of sodium. Internally, coconut provides quick and lasting boosts of energy, while externally, coconut helps soften skin, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. The meat of the coconut contains lauric acid, which helps fight bacteria from intestinal parasites. While coconut water maintains proper kidney and bladder function.

With all these health benefits it is possible that coconut water is present at the Fountain of Youth. Unfortunately, nobody knows where the Fountain is, but if you see a group of tall trees and levitating men, it may be close by. For now, visit your local grocery store and ask the clerk where you can find this miracle fruit, bring it home and enjoy this recipe for Coconut Macaroons
 

Hot Topic: How To Avoid Gluten

If you or someone you love has gluten intolerance, then I am sure this month has been full of worthy information. May was after all National Celiac Awareness Month, making this the perfect to time dive into the topic of gluten-free recipes. I read recently in the Interstitial Cystitis Network Newsletter that, “Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are hot topics in IC support groups around the world.” As if Interstitial Cystitis is not enough, now tossing out the lovely grains and decadent treats seems to be the trend. In my previous blog, Ollie Ollie Gluten Free, I discussed the origin of gluten, and in this story I will help you understand what to avoid.

Do not be fooled by bright colors and pretty stickers, avoid those processed foods, as well as the refrigerator section filled with gluten free dishes, they are a poor attempt at providing a market that has great need with few options. High gluten foods are made with grains like wheat and rye, they contain high amounts of gluten because gluten is an elastic protein that forms when these flours mix with water. This means products such as pasta, cake, crackers, waffles, ,and batter-fried foods are foods you should avoid. For an extensive list of foods to avoid, along with how to enhance your gluten-free/interstitial cystitis food style visit http://www.drugs.com/cg/gluten-free-diet.html.

Remember, eating fresh is always best, and cutting out the processed food will give you full control of what you put into your body. This way you can create a game plan before you go to the store and tempt yourself to buy foods that may cause you to flare up. Write a list of dishes prior to your shopping trip and do a little research on what brands are safe for both Interstitial Cystitis and gluten-free diets. There is gluten-free flour at your local grocery store, and we have plenty of gluten free options in our recipe section.

June is National Safety Month, as well as National Smile Month; maybe this blog can help you achieve both!

Interstitial Cystitis Weight Loss: The Best Foods That Fight Fat

For the last three years I have created recipes based on the IC food list. My focus was to create dishes that everyone missed, I had no idea it would cause me to pull out my hair. Did you know that is why I am bald?  Seriously, though, I had become accustomed to picking ingredients to fit any idea, much like how you would just open the refrigerator and chow down. However, Interstitial Cystitis put a twist in my imagination and forced me to become even more creative in order to satisfy your hunger. We have received a treasure trove of requests for gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian recipes, and we have responded. As of late, we have noticed a demand for low calorie and low fat recipes. You yell and I hear you.

The majority of fat is stored in fat cells right under our skin. We have between 50 – 200 billion fat cells in our body in areas such as; breasts, waist, hips, and buttocks. There is also fat storage around the kidneys, liver, and even inside muscle, and as we age, we store more fat in our muscles making it difficult to notice. It is impossible to choose where you wish to reduce these fat cells, but if you stop exercising it is possible that your muscles will shrink and fat will replace it. With regular exercise and correct dietary changes, you will decrease your overall body fat.

I am not Richard Simmons, and I would never wear his shorts, but where he and I do agree is with our diets. The top ten fatty foods to avoid are cakes/pie, candy, ice cream, fried foods, chocolate, soda/fruit drinks, white bread, chips, breakfast cereal, and fatty meats. The IC diet contains none of these, so I would say you are ahead of the game! The IC diet does contain a few foods that are the best at fighting fat.

Diluting Fat: Cantaloupe, Watermelon

Melons contain flavones, which help break down fatty compounds.

Speed up Metabolism: Almonds, Rolled Oats, Natural Yogurt, Beans, Spinach, Turkey, Salmon, Water, Whole Grains

These ingredients increase the body’s metabolic rate, speeding up the rate at which fat is burned.

Limit Fat: Apples

Red fruit like apples are loaded with pectin, which limits the amount of fat that each cell can physically hold.

Dissolve Fat: Lettuce, Radishes

These are abundant in iron and magnesium, which dissolve fat.

 

 

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