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  • Sgilmor started a new discussion, KIDNEY DISEASE
    KIDNEY DISEASE

    I have a friend whose daughter has kidney disease. The doctor thinks it may be FSGS. Wondering if there is any lifestyle related treatments that can help her. She had a kidney transplant but her body has recently rejected it. So it is back to...

    I have a friend whose daughter has kidney disease. The doctor thinks it may be FSGS. Wondering if there is any lifestyle related treatments that can help her. She had a kidney transplant but her body has recently rejected it. So it is back to dialysis. Wondering if there are other options available for someone like her.

     

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  • Sgilmor started a new discussion, Ways to Gain Weight
    Ways to Gain Weight

    My son has had a severe stomach flu. We then discovered he is dealing with a stomach ulcer. I've been following an ulcer-healing way of eating that involves no nuts, citrus, or spicy foods. But he told me this morning, he's worried he's still...

    My son has had a severe stomach flu. We then discovered he is dealing with a stomach ulcer. I've been following an ulcer-healing way of eating that involves no nuts, citrus, or spicy foods. But he told me this morning, he's worried he's still losing weight (lost weight during the flu because of not eating and vomitting). So he experimented yesterday morning and had a little almond butter on some millet bread I made.

    I have a list of ideas for gaining weight but most of them are based on using natural fats--nuts, seeds, olives, avocados. Fat builds acid in the stomach so we are trying to avoid these right now. Do you have any other natural ways to gain weight on a plant-based diet?

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    Sgilmor started a new discussion, No Gall Bladder
    No Gall Bladder

    I had my gall bladder removed almost 10 years ago. I am wondering if the body can't digest fats very well when we don't have one. I know when my gb was diseased, it had trouble digesting fats. I've found I have flareups in a skin rash on my face...

    I had my gall bladder removed almost 10 years ago. I am wondering if the body can't digest fats very well when we don't have one. I know when my gb was diseased, it had trouble digesting fats. I've found I have flareups in a skin rash on my face when I get too much natural fats--wondering if this is normal?

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    • Hi there,
      I agree with you that there do seem to be more problems with dietary fats in my patients who once had gallstones, whether or not they dissolHi there,
      I agree with you that there do seem to be more problems with dietary fats in my patients who once had gallstones, whether or not they dissolved their gallstones by a low-fat, oil-free plant-based diet of whole unprocessed food, or instead had cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gall bladder.)

      Many people tell me that they suffer more skin inflammation when they eat foods higher in dietary fat than 20% of calories from fats. I sure do, myself. (But I have never suffered gallstones...)

      So to answer your question: Is it normal? No, skin eruptions or inflammations are not normal, yet they seem to me to occur more commonly in those predisposed to gallbladder issues.

      Are these intolerances to dietary fat more common than many people suspect? Yes, I do think so.

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  • Sgilmor replied to a discussion, LEAKY GUT

    I hope you've gotten my message about oil in my diet. That was the best thing I ever did on my health journey--ditching all refined oils. But I also have found that nuts can cause flareups. I had been keeping them to a strict minimum. But I've...

    I hope you've gotten my message about oil in my diet. That was the best thing I ever did on my health journey--ditching all refined oils. But I also have found that nuts can cause flareups. I had been keeping them to a strict minimum. But I've gone back to a nut free diet and it's been giving me better skin health. You might want to experiment with avoiding the chia seeds for a couple of weeks and see if it affects your symptoms.

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  • Sgilmor replied to a discussion, BRINGING DOWN LDL

    Thanks Dr. Carney--some of these things don't fit my friend's situation but I see many things he might experiment with to find out what may be the trigger or triggers. You are the best! So grateful...

     

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  • Sgilmor started a new discussion, BRINGING DOWN LDL
    BRINGING DOWN LDL

    Has anyone had difficulty bringing down LDL even though you are following a whole food-plant based diet and getting regular exercise? What has helped you bring your numbers down?

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  • I got hit hard with a stomach flu last night. I haven't had stomach flu since I was a kid! I am so afraid of vomitting! I did have the dry heaves but when that happened, I seemed to start mending. I've also been sipping water anytime I felt nausea or heartburn. Did take almost one dose of...
    I got hit hard with a stomach flu last night. I haven't had stomach flu since I was a kid! I am so afraid of vomitting! I did have the dry heaves but when that happened, I seemed to start mending. I've also been sipping water anytime I felt nausea or heartburn. Did take almost one dose of anti-nausea medicine that we had in the house. That seemed to calm the nausea but I soon had dry heaves after that.

    I am thankful that I slept through the night. I sipped some water a few times when I stirred. But got 8 hours of good rest. I feel so much better. Stomach feels empty and no more bloating and pain! A little achy and weak so I will be resting today and using a liquid diet, mostly water, maybe herbal tea.

    My son had stomach flu 3 weeks ago so I probably picked it up from him. But thankful the incredible pain is gone!
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  • Sgilmor replied to a discussion, LEAKY GUT

    Thanks Sean for your kind words. It does take time and patience and a whole lot of perseverance. I'm still healing but I am thankful for the progress I've been able to make. Having a food diary has helped me pinpoint food offenders. 

    Today I had...

    Thanks Sean for your kind words. It does take time and patience and a whole lot of perseverance. I'm still healing but I am thankful for the progress I've been able to make. Having a food diary has helped me pinpoint food offenders. 

    Today I had a flare up and I think it's because I've had too much soy lately. So going to fast from that for a couple of weeks to see if it will make a difference. 

     

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  • Sgilmor replied to a discussion, LEAKY GUT

    You're welcome, Isabelle. I'm glad I could help a little. And yes, I've always been able to handle legumes. Are you sensitive to every bean? How about peas or lentils? 

    While I was dealing with nightshades, I removed them all from my diet. It...

    You're welcome, Isabelle. I'm glad I could help a little. And yes, I've always been able to handle legumes. Are you sensitive to every bean? How about peas or lentils? 

    While I was dealing with nightshades, I removed them all from my diet. It wasn't easy. Tomatoes are normally a staple in my cooking. But I found a recipe online that mimics tomato sauce. I call it No-mato Sauce. It was pretty good. It uses beets, sweet potato, carrots, onion and garlic and some seasonings. If you'd like the recipe, just let me know. 

    For breakfast, I rotate between a cooked cereal breakfast (usually oatmeal with berries) or I have a savory breakfast (brown rice, beans, herbs and greens). Rice has been a friendly grain for me; if I have had flareups, rice and beans help calm it down again. They are my friendly foods. Sometimes on the weekend, I may occasionally make some oat or brown rice waffles for my family. I like putting homemade applesauce on them with fresh or frozen berries. Blueberries are my favorite. Great anti-inflammatory foods.

    Lunch varies from day to day. I may have soup or homemade burgers or a stir-fry over rice or a pasta with beans. Sometimes I will have a little tofu; I like making tofu steaks. Of course, there's always lots of veggies--I try to get greens every day--spinach is my favorite. I enjoy cooking it fresh baby spinach. 

    I try to eat colorful veg--sweet potatoes, winter squash, red cabbage, red varieties of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I have a list of anti-inflammatory plant foods posted in my kitchen and I cook from my list every day. 

    I eat a very light supper, mostly just a couple pieces of fruit with a cup of tea. I don't have a gall bladder anymore so I can't eat heavy at night. I also like to eat light because it helps me lose weight; I still want to lose 10 more pounds. Many people have found by making breakfast their biggest meal and supper their lightest, it is easy to lose weight. It has helped me so much and helps me have better sleep. 

    I hope that helps, Isabelle. If you'd like some recipes, just let me know. I have my own website where I post plant-based recipes and have other articles to help us on our health walks. 

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