Posts Tagged ‘blood sugar’

Akkermansia Muciniphila

Monday, June 3rd, 2013



Apparently, it has been recently discovered that an intestinal bacteria called Akkermansia Muciniphila is significantly lower in people with obesity and type 2 Diabetes.  The studies have only been done on mice at this time but the results are promising.  It seems that when obese mice and mice with type 2 diabetes are given this bacterium they drop pounds without changing their diet.  Even mice that were given high fat diets digested their food better and lost weight.  In these test mice, higher levels of A. muciniphila reversed fat mass gain, insulin resistance, adipose tissue inflammation and metabolic endotoxemia.  It also seemed to help with inflammatory bowel disease.  

Here’s the article published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA”

This is a welcome bit of knowledge for me, not because I will finally be able to lose the extra fat (a treatment for people will not be available for some time), but because it helps explain why I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life.  I mean seriously, I eat way better than a lot of my skinny friends.  I even exercise more than some of them yet I consistently carry around more pounds.  It always seemed really unfair to me.  And is a lot of the reason I gave up caring about my health a few years ago.  Giving up hope that I could ever be thin made me just give up all together because as any one who has weight issues knows being treated like a loser by most of society sucks.  Being told you aren’t good enough if you are overweight gets to you after a while.  Surely I’m not the only person who has felt the leering eye of a skinny person looking down on you because they assume you don’t do anything or care enough about your health.  (A big fat raspberry to all of those people) I would try and try with little to no results and simply be told I hadn’t tried hard enough.  The only time I was even close to an ideal weight (and I would still have been considered overweight) I was on a strict vegan diet, I did hard labour work for anywhere from 4-8 hours 7 days a week, and I walked about 15 miles a week.  That is not an easily sustainable lifestyle.  I mean seriously, I would like to enjoy my life a little as well.

Here’s hoping that Akkermansia Muciniphila is a positive answer for a lot of people in the same boat as me.  All the people who work hard at staying healthy but still want to enjoy their lives.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Honey and Cinnamon

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013



Honey and cinnamon seems to be the latest health craze floating around.  This is one of those possible fads that I’m totally willing to give a try.   As I am not allergic to honey or cinnamon, it really can’t hurt to give it a go and quite simply I don’t care if it works or not.   I love this combination of flavours so why not incorporate a glass of cinnamon honey water as my first thing in the morning drink.

Unpasteurized honey has been known for centuries to work as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and regenerative agent.  It is full of phytonutrients including B vitamins (no pun intended), iron and manganese.  Pure unadulterated honey has been known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory affects.  I really could go on and on about why you should always have honey in the house.  Another interesting fact is that honey is the only food that never goes bad.

True cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum aka Ceylon Cinnamon) as opposed to Cassia which is sometimes sold as cinnamon is apparently what really works.  As  an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and is said to help lower blood sugars and cholesterol.

The combination of honey and cinnamon is claimed to help a host of ailments including heart disease, arthritis, infertility, pimples,  fatigue, bad breath…you get the idea I’m sure.

So why is it supposed to help in weight loss?  Not entirely sure.  I guess it’s because honey is a said to speed up your metabolism, curb your appetite (certainly for sugary things), and boost your energy. Cinnamon lowers cholesterol and aids in digestion (therefore helping your body process foods more efficiently).  The combination sounds useful.

In a jar, combine:

  • 1 part natural unpasteurized honey
  • 1 part ground Ceylon cinnamon

Dilute a tablespoon in a cup of room temperature water and drink first thing in the morning.

Note: some people recommend boiling water but the kills the effectiveness of the honey.

Autumn Vegetable Soup

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012


Well the rains have come and the leaves are changing. We’re bringing in the last of the harvest and staving off the cold with good hot food. Here is a delicious way of getting a belly full of cozy with my nutritionally balanced, hearty soup.

All the veggies in this soup are high in alpha-carotene and beta-carotene which is good for the eyes, cognitive function and cellular regeneration.  You will get a lot of vitamin A and C in this soup, as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Being chock full of Veggies rich in fibre can’t be bad either.

We all know that Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas) are high in fibre but recent studies indicate that they are better at blood fat regulation, including lowering levels of LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Awesome!  Also noted is garbanzo bean consumption will improve control of blood sugar and insulin secretion. Equally important, only one-third cup of the beans per day was needed to provide these blood-sugar related health benefits.


  • 3 medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 1 small Winter Squash (acorn or butternut work best)
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 large Kale Leaves chopped into 1” strips with the stem removed
  • 1.5L of Vegetable Stock
  • 540ml can of Chick Peas
  • 1 clove minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 0.5 tsp ground celery seed
  • 0.5 tsp ground Cumin
  • 0.5 tsp ground ground mustard seed
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste. (Chef Tip: don’t try to salt all at once; the flavour is different when you add some at the beginning and then adjust for more at the end of cooking. So don’t over salt to start.)
  • You can also add Turnips, Celery, Parsnips, Golden Beets, Celeriac, and any other hardy root vegetables that you like.


Peel and cut the raw squash, carrots and sweet potato into 1” cubes. Cut the Onion into large chunks. This is an easy throw everything into a pot recipe. So do just that. Bring it to a boil then turn the heat down to medium low and cook until the vegetables are soft. Add more water or stock if it starts to get too dry. Serve with a fresh Rye bread to compliment if you like.garbanzo bean consumption to improve participants’ control of blood sugar and insulin secretion. Equally important, only one-third cup of the beans per day was needed to provide these blood-sugar related health benefits.