SOME COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS
If you are the Unique Healing Program or considering it, make sure that you do some research about nuts and their digestibility. Here are some thoughts and suggestions:
Peanuts [legumes, not nuts] and cashews [not traditional nuts], become rancid and develop mold easily. Test them out to see if you are sensitive to them before eating. Nuts, cashews and peanuts sold in bins are highly suspect. Wash them if you do eat them, but I avoid them entirely. Allergic reactions to peanuts is more and more common today. The gut and immune system connection that is not openly discussed or understood is why one major reason for the escalation of these problems.
Peanuts, even the “natural” brands often have some kind of sweetener added to them. Read the label. It is so very easy to assume that if you buy something in a Health Food Store type of environment a sweetener would not be added to peanut butter or nut butter.
5/2014: I have recently read that Arrowhead Mills has a Valencia Peanut Butter that is less likely to be made from Peanuts that are moldy due to them having been grown in a dry place – the desert of Arizona. Check it out here. The website has some religious content that has nothing to do with my directing you all there.
Through another participant on The Unique Healing Program, I was introduced to a website that discusses Oxalates and their effect on health in general. Many nuts are high in oxalates.
Nuts are high in the amino acid L-Arginine and can cause an imbalance in the amino acid L- Lysene blood levels. This can put more stress on the immune system of those who are already struggling with their health. Link here.
Nuts seem universally hard to digest. When in a shell they take longer to eat. These days most people [ including me] never see the shell of the nuts they are eating. I do not eat nuts very often, but if I do I try NOT to consume them in the later part of the afternoon. I always eat them in a nut butter form. As an aside, anything that is dense and hard to digest is not a good idea to eat before going to bed. Those late night cravings can be hard to not surrender to for many of us. If that is the case, try to make what you eat on the light side. Even some kind of non-stimulating hot beverage with stevia, cream etcetera can be satisfying. Late night eating habits can be hard to break. When the gut is healthier it does become more easy.There will be some yearnings for the old ways popping up intermittently, and that is to be expected.
One goal is that if you do eat late it is a choice, and you are healthy enough to not be paying for it the next day by feeling lousy. The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin is a healing program that outlines a way to create better digestion and overall health. The Unique Healing Program is not, in my experience, a quick and easy path, but the rewards can be great.