WHEAT THE WORST GRAIN

Welcome Back,

I have to apologize again for this long silence. Oh my goodness! I don’t know about you, but my time is running too fast. I guess I am having a lot of fun. Yes, I have been having fun this summer with birthdays (one to three each month from January to September), graduations, traveling to Italy etc. etc. Thanks to my good health – all glory goes to the Almighty God.

I am sure the title shocked some of you just as it did for me when I first learned about the dangers of wheat. Yes, wheat. When I wrote about how I had lost weight, I mentioned that I was using portion control, was eating more vegetables and less carbohydrates, while consuming protein in between. At that point, I didn’t realize I was actually reducing my WHEAT intake because, all my simple carbohydrates WERE 100% whole wheat. Like many people out there, I was sold on the idea that this was the healthiest grain on earth. All that changed when I read Dr. William Davis’ book Lose The Wheat Lose The Weight. This is one book that everyone who cares about his/her health should read. No, I am not getting a cut and he doesn’t know that I am un-officially marketing his book.

While people with celiac disease are affected by all products with gluten, you and I are susceptible to this modern wheat because of this new protein called GLIADIN. He calls this modern wheat a perfect chronic poison; and he claims to have cured many of his patients from all kinds of conditions just by having them eliminate wheat. So, what I did was to become again, a guinea pig for you. I eliminated all products that have wheat in them – it’s not as difficult as you think especially if you are used to cooking. Get this, without exercising and without portion control (already used to smaller meals) I lost about four more pounds, which brought me up to a total of twenty pounds that I had lost to date. To get to my original weight (148 lbs), I need to lose seven more lbs. At age 65 and 5’6″ tall, I am getting advice that I should not try to lose more. Well, I’ll see how that goes.

I still use other grains, such as rice (black is my favorite) not to be confused with wild rice. This black rice is sometimes called forbidden rice and it has short grains with great flavour, while wild rice has long grain, and includes grains such as millet, quinoa, tef and amaranth. For me and my family this list is enough so far. I use any fo these grains to make bread. I had tried to purchase wheat free/gluten free bread from stores but most of them don’t taste good and have some harmful ingredients in them such as tapioca, corn starch, potato starch, cottonseed etc. So, I decided to make my own bread – inspired by Dr. William Davis, using the ingredients I know for sure are not detrimental to my health (at the moment, anyway… Remember, these things keep on changing). My problem now is that all my children, grand children and friends want my bread. My children got me to blogging now they are asking me to write a recipe book.

My next article, right after this is the recipe I just mentioned above. Please come back and get the recipe and start eliminating wheat from your diet. I care that much. I must mention that some people get withdrawal symptoms from eliminating wheat because it is addictive. If this is the case, start with one meal at a time until you no longer feel the effect. For those who have no problem with yeast and who do not want to spend time in the kitchen baking I recommend this bread – by Berlin Natural Bakery. It’s made with non gmo ingredients: freshly stone-ground whole sprouted spelt flour, water, honey, yeast and sea salt. So far I have seen it at Whole Food and Roots Market – in freezer section. I am sure it won’t be long before you can see it in more stores. Their website is www.berlinnaturalbakery.com. For others outside United States, try to find bread with similar ingredients.

To your better health,

Agnes Kiganda

Other Useful Resources

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chronic-poison-doctor-says/

Dr. William Davis’ book Lose The Wheat Lose The Weight available at

www.amazon.com

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/07/26/avoid-wheat.aspx

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wheat-allergy/DS01002

http://www.livestrong.com/article/225299-wheat-soy-free-diet/

ALMOND MILLET BANANA LOAF

Welcome Back,

As promised, I am giving you this loaf recipe because I care that much. Although I was inspired by Dr. William Davis, many of the ingredients are quite different from his. But, before I give this recipe, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my fans for the wonderful comments of encouragement you posted. It is impossible to respond to each individual as I have received so many kind comments since I started this blog. However, I will answer one that came in the form of a question. I was asked how long I had been blogging. The answer is that the first article on my blog was the first time I blogged. If you read my first article, you will understand that, it was my children who made me do it – so to speak. It is their turn to make me do things I am not ready to do, in other words, it is pay back time:-)

Okay, now, here is the recipe: This recipe is gluten free, wheat free, soy free and dairy free. The ingredients are very easy to find.

1 1/2 cups almond flour – preferably Trader Joes’, (whole, unrefined)
1 1/2 cups millet flour – preferably whole, unrefined (in Asian stores)
1/8 cup coconut sugar – preferably the one that says low glycemic index
2 tbsps arrowroot flour – found in most grocery stores
1 tsp cinnamon – ground
1/2 teaspoon sea salt – optional
1 cup bananas – mashed
2/3 cup water – filtered
1/4 cup coconut oil – organic virgin

1. Grease a 5×9 inch (or smaller) baking glass or ceramic dish with coconut oil (if it’s liquid, after greasing the dish,
put it in the fridge or freezer so the oil sticks on the dish) you need this to prevent loaf from sticking in the dish.

2. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

3. In a smaller bowl, mash two medium bananas (should make a cup) and mix well with the other wet ingredients.

4. Pour all wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix well with wooden spatula or spoon.

5. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the center of a preheated oven at 335 degrees.
The loaf is ready if toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6. Cool for 2-5 minutes and run a spatula gently around top rim of dish. Invert a plate on top of dish, flip over
and let loaf gently onto the plate. Let it cool for at least one hour and enjoy with your favorite organic butter, cheese or alone.

To your good health,

Agnes Kiganda

Going Away

Hell Everyone,

I want to first thank all of you for your kind, wonderful encouraging words and mostly funny ones about my blog.  I am very much so touched and very honored.  The reason for this note is to let you know that I won’t be writing articles for the rest of this month – January.  I will be traveling abroad; and my next article will be on 3/1/12.
May God bless you with good health,

High Blood Pressure Part 2

In my previous article, I mentioned how at 52 years, I felt like a 90 year old. I had gained 30 lbs going from my previous weight of 145 pounds to 175 pounds. My waist line went from 28 to 37 inches! I was not in the best of health and was taking high blood pressure medication, had developed other health challenges, such as sleep apnea, joint pain, backache, skin conditions etc. But I want to tell you now that, at age 64 I feel like a healthy, thirty year old. One of my granddaughters just told me that I am the fastest grandmother she knows. This is the same granddaughter who always tells me that I am old because I have seven children and eleven grandchildren. Like many people one of the mistakes I was making that was affecting my health was that I was buying bottled water. At the time I did not know the danger bottled water brings to one’s health; not to mention wasting money. This being due to the fact that bottled “Spring water” was not guaranteed to be what it stated on the bottle and there was also a risk that the water was contaminated since it was not regulated. It’s been about 12 years since, and I can’t believe people are still buying bottled water. They tell me, it’s for convenience; AND CONVENIENCE IS WHAT IS KILLING US! I am expecting everybody to know what I know about water, food, skin care products, hair products, household products etc. And with all these, I have become the guinea pig of my family and friends. Therefore, most of the things I will mention, I have used them myself. I hope you will come back to read about my experience with water.

Stay well.