Haribo Gummy bears- what is in them

Sugar free haribo gummy bears- is sugarless/sugar free with ingredients that can causes intestinal distress if taken in excess.

The ingredient is Maltitol- a sugar alcohol that is almost as sweet as table sugar but half the calories. Our bodies dont digest it, so it can ferment in the gut causing bloating, loose stools, and tummy rumbling.

Though these products are considered safe to eat, adults who consume these sugar alcohols in large quantities saw an increase in the frequency of bowel movements and they were watery.

Gluten free diet, Celiac, Autism, Gluten sensitivity etc

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. Eating a gluten-free diet helps people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms and prevent complications.
Initially, following a gluten-free diet may be frustrating. But with time, patience and creativity, you’ll find there are many foods that you already eat that are gluten-free and you will find substitutes for gluten-containing foods that you can enjoy.
The gluten-free diet is a treatment for celiac disease.
Diet details
Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and, like anything new, it takes some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diet’s restrictions. However, try to stay positive and focus on all the foods you can eat. You may also be pleasantly surprised to realize how many gluten-free products, such as bread and pasta, are now available. Many specialty grocery stores sell gluten-free foods. If you can’t find them in your area, check with a celiac support group or go online.
If you’re just starting with a gluten-free diet, it’s a good idea to consult a dietitian who can answer your questions and offer advice about how to avoid gluten while still eating a healthy, balanced diet.
Allowed foods Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:
Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
Fresh eggs
Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
Fruits and vegetables
Most dairy products
It’s important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet:
Corn and cornmeal
Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
Hominy (corn)
Always avoid Avoid all food and drinks containing:
Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names. Consider the many types of wheat flour on supermarket shelves — bromated, enriched, phosphated, plain and self-rising. Here are other wheat products to avoid:
Durum flour
Graham flour
Avoid unless labeled ‘gluten-free’ In general, avoid the following foods unless they’re labeled as gluten-free or made with corn, rice, soy or other gluten-free grain:
Cakes and pies
Cookies and crackers
French fries
Imitation meat or seafood
Processed luncheon meats
Salad dressings
Sauces, including soy sauce
Seasoned rice mixes
Seasoned snack foods, such as potato and tortilla chips
Self-basting poultry
Soups and soup bases
Vegetables in sauce
Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production. For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free.
You should also be alert for other products that you eat or that could come in contact with your mouth that may contain gluten. These include:
Food additives, such as malt flavoring, modified food starch and others
Medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent
Play dough
Watch for cross-contamination Cross-contamination occurs when gluten-free foods come into contact with foods that contain gluten. It can happen during the manufacturing process, for example, if the same equipment is used to make a variety of products. Some food labels include a “may contain” statement if this is the case. But be aware that this type of statement is voluntary. You still need to check the actual ingredient list. If you’re not sure whether a food contains gluten, don’t buy it or check with the manufacturer first to ask what it contains.
Cross-contamination can also occur at home if foods are prepared on common surfaces or with utensils that weren’t thoroughly cleaned after being used to prepare gluten-containing foods. Using a common toaster for gluten-free bread and regular bread is a major source of contamination, for example. Consider what steps you need to take to prevent cross-contamination at home, school or work.
People with celiac disease who eat a gluten-free diet experience fewer symptoms and complications of the disease. People with celiac disease must eat a strictly gluten-free diet and must remain on the diet for the remainder of their lives.
In some severe cases, a gluten-free diet alone can’t stop the symptoms and complications of celiac disease. In these cases, doctors might prescribe medications to suppress the immune system.
Not getting enough vitamins People who follow a gluten-free diet may have low levels of certain vitamins and nutrients in their diets. Many grains are enriched with vitamins. Avoiding grains with a gluten-free diet may mean eating fewer of these enriched products. Ask your dietitian to review your diet to see that you’re getting enough of these key nutrients:
Not sticking to the gluten-free diet If you accidentally eat a product that contains gluten, you may experience abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people experience no signs or symptoms after eating gluten, but this doesn’t mean it’s not damaging their small intestines. Even trace amounts of gluten in your diet may be damaging, whether or not they cause signs or symptoms.

OCD, TICs, hyperactive, sleep problems, etc

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANDAS) may present with

one or more of the following symptoms in conjunction with their OCD ( Obsessive compulsive behavior) and/or tics:
1. ADHD symptoms (hyperactivity, inattention, fidgety)
2. Separation anxiety (child is “clingy” and has difficulty separating from his/her caregivers; for example, the child may not want to be in a different room in the house from his/her parents)
3. Mood changes (irritability, sadness, emotional lability)
4. Sleep disturbance
5. Night- time bed wetting and/or day- time urinary frequency
6. Fine/gross motor changes (e.g. changes in handwriting)
7. Joint pains

There is an association with a strep infection or a positive throat culture for strep.
Usually it is age 3 years to puberty in onset of symptoms
and the symptoms can get worse and better, worse and better over time.

There is also an association of PANDAS with Lyme disease as well.

PANDAS, the diagnosis is based on the diagnostic criteria of
OCD and or a tic disorder
Pediatric onset of symptoms
episodic course of symptom severity
Association with a group A beta hemolytic streptococcal infection

Fructose and Weight gain.

Fructose and High fructose corn syrup DO CONTRIBUTE TO WEIGHT GAIN.
The amount of sugar from a single can of COKE and BEER are metabolically the same
That is why we see BEER BELLYS and OBESITY in children

Table sugar- sucrose- is half fructose and half glucose. The fructose in it doesnt tell the brain satiety center to feel full, so when we take excess sugar especially fructose in our diet, we dont feel full. That is why high fructose corn syrup drinks- dont satisfy us

In addition- many caffeinate beverages with fructose or high fructose corn syrup, have salt as well. The caffeine dehydrates you and the salt makes you thirsty, while the fructose doesnt make you feel full and you want more to drink.

In the body, fructose also contributes to gout by the production of uric acid.

Eating a diet with natural fresh fruits and vegetables has fiber- which increases the movement of the sugars throughout the intestinal tract and also slows down the absorption of sugars.

High sugar absorption in drinks without fiber- like apple juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice- lead to high insulin levels and insulin causes the deposition of fat in the body. Many of these drinks with processed ( although natural) sugars- contain glucose, to raise the insulin and lay down fat, and fructose which doesnt give you the sense of fullness and leaves you wanting more.

Fiber in your diet- will make you feel fuller. One glass of orange juice- about 29 grams of sugar- takes about 5 oranges to make one glass. Which would make you feel fuller? One glass of orange juice or 5 oranges?

For weight loss- you are better eating the natural fruit and vegetable( vegetables are low in sugar)

For Diabetes- the natural fruit and vegetable will have less of an impact on your blood sugar than the sugar drink.

For irritable bowel- a high fiber meal- from fresh fruits and vegetables may prevent cramping, constipation and diarrhea. Soluble fiber for diarrhea, and insoluble fiber for constipation

Hypoglycemia- Low blood sugar- as a cause of Fatigue

What is known as the hypoglycemic diet should really be called the “Natural Diet”.
This is the diet that humans have consumed over the millions of years to which our digestive system has adapted. It is said to provide the right combination of amino acid, vitamins and minerals from the food we eat.
The best plan is to ask yourself what diet your ancestors ate and think of your grand-parents. Think of what people ate in the 19th century without the sugar.

Whatever diet you finish up with, you must choose a diet that you enjoy.
In brief the nutritional treatment of the hypoglycemic condition consists of:

1) Avoidance of sugar, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, cakes and sugary drinks, candy bars, colas, cookies, ice cream

2) High protein + complex carbohydrates snacks every three to four hours or sooner, to provide a slow release of glucose, and to prevent the hypoglycemic dip. A high protein breakfast must be considered the most important meal of the day. ”High-protein foods, such as fish, eggs, chicken, and beef, contain all twenty-two, including the nine amino acids that are considered essential for humans.” Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits and the more varied the diet the better it is.

3) Fiber in your diet slows down the absorption of glucose (thereby avoiding blood sugar peaks and the release of stress hormones) Include fresh vegetables in your diet because they are high in fiber and low in sugar.

4) A diet low in processed sugars aims at normalizing blood sugar levels, thereby normalizing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, that are thought to be responsible for the symptoms of mood-swings, depression, anxiety, phobias, alcoholism and drug-addiction.
Such a pattern of eating needs to be adjusted to the individual needs and nutritional biochemistry. It needs to take into account the influence of allergies.
Furthermore, it should be realized that the beneficial effects this eating plan may take considerable time. Normally, the effects are noticeable within three months. If after this time symptoms still persist, it is time to seek the help of a clinical nutritionist or nutritional doctor for further testing, diagnosis and treatment.

Nature-made food consists of complex carbohydrates and proteins, the kind of food we were meant to eat.
Try to introduce the nature made foods slowly and gradually.

When introducing a new diet we must always consider possible allergies.
Many hypoglycemics have hidden allergies, that is after having been on the hypoglycemic diet for some time they discover that they are allergic to certain food items. These were there all the time, but were masked by hypoglycemic symptoms.

Finding your Allergies.
The Hypoglycemic Diet should not be regarded as a ‘quick fix diet’. It takes time for the body to adjust to a different nutritional lifestyle. Time is needed to absorb and metabolize nutrients to be converted to neurotransmitters, enzymes and coenzymes, and to rebuild receptors for natural neurochemicals.

Less Belly Fat with good choices…


Instead of a Pastry Danish- try yogurt with fresh fruit.

Instead of a whole rack of ribs- eat half a rack- and share it with someone else/

Instead of buffalo wings- have grilled chicken strips

Instead of regular soda- (or caffeine one) – try black coffee or water- Zero calories

Instead of fries- order a fruit cup or side salad

Instead of giant burgers- try single burger- can also be a veggie burger or turkey burger

Instead of pepperoni, sausage, beef pizza- try a veggie topped pizza

Commit to your health and wellness goals

Define your commitment
Be as specific as possible so you can vividly imagine it. Use a notebook for this and the other exercises, or dedicate a note to it in your smartphone. I’ll use a fitness example here and throughout, but these steps apply to all areas of life.

The what: I’m determined to commit to working out regularly by going to the gym at least three times a week for a minimum of 45 minutes.

The why: I want to have more energy and less stress, feel stronger and be leaner.

Make a good thing great
Compile a list of things both big and small that you treasure about this commitment, which you can refer to if your resolve begins to wane. For exercising, you might list these benefits:

Feeling invigorated and in shape after a workout
Fitting into the clothes I used to wear before I gained weight
Listening to really great music while working out
Connecting with others who care about their health

Now think about what could make this commitment more worthwhile, fun or valuable and note that down. For example:

I could do a few sessions with a trainer to stay motivated.
I could find some new songs through iTunes and purchase three of them today.
I could try a new activity that’s really fun, like a kickboxing class at the gym.

Sidestep pitfalls
Now it’s time to list (and tackle!) the troubles that could hold you back, such as:

It costs $120 a month to belong to the gym, which is kind of expensive.
Everybody looks so fit that I feel uncomfortable.
The gym is huge and I feel lost.
The parking is horrible; I hate having to drive around.

Put a check mark next to issues you can live with. For the ones you’d like to change, brainstorm ways to deal. So to handle the challenge of feeling lost:

I could work out with a trainer.
I could consistently go to the same class so I get to know some of the regulars better.
I could join a smaller gym.

Identify one or two solutions that you are willing to try, and set a deadline. Even small adjustments can make you more satisfied—and satisfaction is a major predictor of commitment.

Invest more, more, more
Take inventory of what you’ve put into your commitment: time (days/years); talent (skills/creativity); tenderness (sharing yourself/emotional investment); and tangibles (money/material items). An exerciser’s list might read:

I have been paying $30 a class in yoga fees for the past year.
I bought cross-training shoes.
I’ve put a lot of effort into learning those weight routines.

As you look at your list, you’ll realize that in many ways this commitment is already a part of you. Give yourself props! Now consider what new contributions you can make to help increase your sense that you can’t back out. Identify one or more you can do right away, and again give yourself a deadline. Like this:

I can sign up for the boot camp tomorrow and prepay.
I can post my goal on Facebook tonight and share follow-up posts about my progress.
Whenever I leave the club, I’ll tell the woman at the front desk, see you tomorrow.

Control your choices
One reason people can’t dedicate themselves as fully as they’d like is that they’re overwhelmed by options competing for their attention. To keep the focus on your commitment, jot down distractions that tend to derail you. So someone who’s trying to work out at the gym more regularly might note, Going out with friends instead. Now pinpoint solutions that will work for you, such as:

I can tell friends that I’m never available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings so they won’t even ask me to join them.
I can see if anyone wants to exercise with me instead of going out.
I can change the screen saver on my computer so I’m not constantly looking at a photo of the gang at happy hour.

These bits of self-reflection add up to major payoffs—you’ve just increased the likelihood of success. Of course, you won’t be able to control everything, and sometimes you’ll have to make tough choices. But when you’re aware of both the payoffs and the challenges, and you influence them as much as you can, your commitment will be clarified and strengthened. A win!