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Red, White and Blue breakfast with “added value”

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:18pm
Red, White & Blue Breakfast

Red, White & Blue Breakfast

This morning I made us an Independence Day breakfast. You know, presentation is everything. I’ve always known this, but at Weight Watchers they are making a point about presenting our food well.
This breakfast contains some good and bad foods. I have been very busy and lax these days about making sure we are well stocked with groceries. When I don’t have enough groceries in the house, hubby goes out and buys some.  And he isn’t totally on board with my natural and organic eating, so I can never be sure what type of processed food or non-organic food he will bring home. So, due to my own lack of grocery shopping, I had to fix what we had in the house this morning.
Care to take a guess just what on in this breakfast was so healthy?  
Hmmm, this is really embarrassing. The pancakes were Bisquick, the butter was not organic (but it was butter, not margarine), the sour cream was not organic, and the shake?  uh, oh….the shake….hubby just loves this shake and I must confess, I have been drinking them too. It is that “awful” Weight Watchers shake..with all kinds of additives. But inside of this particular shake was lime juice, a banana and L-Glutamine.
What’s L-Glutamine?
My alternative M.D. turned me onto L-Glutamine. We usually take it in capsules with our nighttime supplements. But I also ordered some powder from Swanson’s Vitamins.
I gleaned this information from the Now Foods website )
L-glutamine is called a “conditionally essential” amino acid. It is a key ingredient added to brain/mind formulas because it is effective at getting across the blood-brain barrier and it can serve as the brain’s backup source of energy. L-Glutamine is the only amino acid that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Once in the brain, glutamine is converted into L-glutamic acid, known simply as glutamic acid. While glucose is the brain’s primary source of energy, the brain can utilize glutamic acid as a backup fuel.
 
L-glutamine has been effective in increasing the IQs of mentally deficient children. L-glutamine is also the precursor for the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) for proper brain function and mental activity. It is found in both plant and animal proteins. 
 
 Glutamine can inhibit fatty buildups inside the liver and aid medical treatment of cirrhosis, and also has been used to curb the desire to drink alcohol. Cravings for sugar can be alleviated by taking L-glutamine, preferably with just a touch of non-sugar sweetener, hopefully a natural one. The National Institute of Mental Health has acknowledged glutamine’s influence on sugar cravings. By preserving lean tissue, which encourages the burning of fat, this amino acid helps cleanse the body of waste products that are created by fat metabolism, thus helping achieve proper weight maintenance.
Sources: Many plant and animal substances contain glutamine, but cooking easily destroys it. Raw spinach and parsley are good sources. Soy proteins, milk, meats and cabbage are additional sources.
 
Precautions: Glutamine should not be taken by persons with cirrhosis of the liver, kidney problems, Reye’s syndrome, or any type of disorder that can result in an accumulation of ammonia in the blood. For such individuals, taking supplemental glutamine may only cause further damage to the body. Because L-glutamine possibly reduces sugar and alcohol cravings, it could be considered for treating recovering alcoholics. L-glutamine should be kept absolutely dry or the powder will degrade into ammonia and pyroglutamic acid.
Time to get a move-on, hubby wants to get going. But I do have some thoughts on what Jazz had to say about Indpendence Day. I will post that later.
Red, White & Blue Breakfast

Red, White & Blue Breakfast

This morning I made us an Independence Day breakfast. You know, presentation is everything. I’ve always known this, but at Weight Watchers they are making a point about presenting our food well.
This breakfast contains some good and bad foods. I have been very busy and lax these days about making sure we are well stocked with groceries. When I don’t have enough groceries in the house, hubby goes out and buys some.  And he isn’t totally on board with my natural and organic eating, so I can never be sure what type of processed food or non-organic food he will bring home. So, due to my own lack of grocery shopping, I had to fix what we had in the house this morning.
Care to take a guess just what on in this breakfast was so healthy?  
Hmmm, this is really embarrassing. The pancakes were Bisquick, the butter was not organic (but it was butter, not margarine), the sour cream was not organic, and the shake?  uh, oh….the shake….hubby just loves this shake and I must confess, I have been drinking them too. It is that “awful” Weight Watchers shake..with all kinds of additives. But inside of this particular shake was lime juice, a banana and L-Glutamine.
What’s L-Glutamine?
My alternative M.D. turned me onto L-Glutamine. We usually take it in capsules with our nighttime supplements. But I also ordered some powder from Swanson’s Vitamins.
I gleaned this information from the Now Foods website )
L-glutamine is called a “conditionally essential” amino acid. It is a key ingredient added to brain/mind formulas because it is effective at getting across the blood-brain barrier and it can serve as the brain’s backup source of energy. L-Glutamine is the only amino acid that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier. Once in the brain, glutamine is converted into L-glutamic acid, known simply as glutamic acid. While glucose is the brain’s primary source of energy, the brain can utilize glutamic acid as a backup fuel.
 
L-glutamine has been effective in increasing the IQs of mentally deficient children. L-glutamine is also the precursor for the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) for proper brain function and mental activity. It is found in both plant and animal proteins. 
 
 Glutamine can inhibit fatty buildups inside the liver and aid medical treatment of cirrhosis, and also has been used to curb the desire to drink alcohol. Cravings for sugar can be alleviated by taking L-glutamine, preferably with just a touch of non-sugar sweetener, hopefully a natural one. The National Institute of Mental Health has acknowledged glutamine’s influence on sugar cravings. By preserving lean tissue, which encourages the burning of fat, this amino acid helps cleanse the body of waste products that are created by fat metabolism, thus helping achieve proper weight maintenance.
Sources: Many plant and animal substances contain glutamine, but cooking easily destroys it. Raw spinach and parsley are good sources. Soy proteins, milk, meats and cabbage are additional sources.
 
Precautions: Glutamine should not be taken by persons with cirrhosis of the liver, kidney problems, Reye’s syndrome, or any type of disorder that can result in an accumulation of ammonia in the blood. For such individuals, taking supplemental glutamine may only cause further damage to the body. Because L-glutamine possibly reduces sugar and alcohol cravings, it could be considered for treating recovering alcoholics. L-glutamine should be kept absolutely dry or the powder will degrade into ammonia and pyroglutamic acid.
Time to get a move-on, hubby wants to get going. But I do have some thoughts on what Jazz had to say about Indpendence Day. I will post that later.
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