Starch-Smart Blogging

Blogs from people supporting the Starch-Smart lifestyle helping improve world-health, one meal at a time!

Don't Worry... Be Healthy!

Don't Worry... Be Healthy!
Do you consider yourself health conscious?  Do you ever worry about getting enough nutrients?  It seems common for the health conscious to seek out foods with the best and most nutrients. In the beginning of my Type-1 diabetes journey, I was completely clueless about nutrition.  I knew of the words "protein" and "vitamins", but didn't really know anything about them.  I just knew what most everyone in my community believed - that meat was vital.  I didn't know an amino acid from an enzyme or a flavonoid from a protein, but I did find what foods made my blood-sugar control the hardest and which foods that made it the easiest.  Yes, I was (and still am) obsessed w...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
2157 Hits
0 Comments

Alternative Medicine: Part 2

Alternative Medicine: Part 2
Webster's definition of Alternative Medicine: any of various systems of healing or treating disease that is not included in the traditional medical curricula of the United States and Britain. But, what if a traditional medical curriculum is in error?  Advancements in our society are built on top of previous advances.  Each advancement is the foundation for the next, and so on.  This has been going on since before recorded history.  While this allows us to make amazing progress, there are options for long standing errors. For example, if any advancement is in error, the subsequent advancements will be based on that error, unless it is found to "not fit."  If, however,...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
1132 Hits
0 Comments

Omnivore?

Omnivore?
Until the age of 36, back in 1988, I believed that humans were carnivores. That is, until after a very eye-opening education from my Type-1 diabetes journey where I learned that consuming meat, or any animal product for that matter, was a large influence on insulin resistance which is not a good thing! This seems mysterious, since it appears that humans have been eating meat since long before recorded history. It is widely assumed that we evolved eating meat and are thus, carnivores or at least omnivores. From personal experienced along with matching observation of others, I believe this is flawed logic. Also by observation, I have learned that humans are not the only species that consume i...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
4310 Hits
0 Comments

Diabetes! What is it? What’s the risk? What can I do?

Diabetes!  What is it?  What’s the risk?  What can I do?
The percentage of diabetes cases are skyrocketing in the US and many parts of the world. How do you know if you are at risk? Is it genetic? Is it lifestyle? Is it preventable? A clear understanding, even if simplified, is your best defense against becoming diabetic and becoming non-diabetic if you already are. By definition, diabetes is the condition of chronic high blood-sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes; Type-1 and Type-2. Both types are due to an insulin issue. Type-1 diabetes is due to an autoimmune condition where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been amputated by the immune system. As with any amputation, they will not grow back. This leaves the vi...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Ken Thomas
It has been pointed out that the sentence in the last paragraph that reads, "The very fortunate thing is that diabetes is easy to ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:12
Continue reading
1988 Hits
1 Comment

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs

Ken's Type-1 Diabetes Journey: Logs
In many of my Posts, I mention the fundamental significance of using a log to learn and manage my Type-1 diabetes, not to mention discovering the profound benefits of a Whole Food Plant Based Starch Smart diet. It has been requested that I provide a blank copy of my Type-1 diabetic log file, so here it is! My log has evolved over the years of my diabetic journey. The original log was for learning and discovery as well as diabetes management. As I have learned and gained experience, the log has condensed. I thought it would be good to provide both versions. Here is a link to the early version log: Early-Diabetic-Log.pdf Here is a link to the early version log legend and explanation: Early-...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent Comments
Sean Carney
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing!
Sunday, 28 December 2014 17:37
Mary Jo Oft
Ken, thanks so much for the log files you posted. I had just begun to log again today after breaking for the holidays.I really ap... Read More
Monday, 29 December 2014 13:51
Guest — Illina
Ken, Thank you for being willing to share these logs from your years of diligent observations! What a blessing
Friday, 10 February 2017 01:10
Continue reading
2932 Hits
3 Comments

Hypothetically - ish

Hypothetically - ish
What If a food was offered to you that had a blissfully satisfying taste, but you were informed that it contained a slow poison that would kill you after about 30 years. What if you were further informed that the poison kills you slowly, progressively robbing your vitality, replacing it with tiredness, pain, illness, disability and accelerated aging over the years before it finally kills you? Would you sacrifice your future life for a few minutes of a great tasting food now? What if you were, instead, offered a food that was bland, but would progressively enhance your vitality, youthful energy, strength and agility extending deep into what is commonly known as elderly? What if you were f...
Tags:
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Sean Carney
Ken, This doesn't see all that hypothetical to me! Seems like you have hit the nail on the head regarding what is happening to so... Read More
Monday, 22 December 2014 10:37
Continue reading
1245 Hits
1 Comment

Fad Diets Part 2

Fad Diets Part 2
The previous Fad Diets post did not answer what is not a fad diet.  Instead, the post was to point out how fad diets are not only possible, but almost impossible to avoid.  It was to point out how deeply diluted truth and reality is by all the noise of opinion, false associations and cascading strings of if-then assumptions taken as fact. So now, part 2 is what I believe is the true optimum human diet and how I arrived at that belief.    I feel very fortunate to have learned about diet and nutrition with minimal noise.  My initial (and only) Type-1 diabetes hospital stay painted a very bleak picture of the future to come.  My blood-sugar was wildly out of cont...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent Comments
Mary Jo Oft
Thanks so much for sharing your experience with a low fat plant based diet on type 1 diabetes. you have no idea how much you have ... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:33
Ken Thomas
Hi Mary Jo,And… you have no idea how, after decades of having to keep quiet about something I feel so wonderful about and now fina... Read More
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:37
Sean Carney
Ken, Can you provide a copy of a blank log file? I wonder if we should make one available for download? Sean
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:49
Continue reading
2072 Hits
3 Comments

Fad Diets

Fad Diets
There are countless diets inundating our society and they are all wildly different - most are polar opposites; some heavily promote a certain food while others say to never eat that food.  They all have an identifying trade name such as; Adkins, 80-10-10, South Beach, McDougall, Mediterranean, Engine 2, Paleo and so, so many more.  Over 700 different diets are listed at www.everydiet.org, and I’m sure there are even more because I am aware of a few that are not on the list.  Each of these diets claims a method by which the diet works and how it is beneficial.  There are even scientific studies that support the diet claims.  What’s interesting is that many of the stu...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent Comments
Ken Thomas
Please stay tuned for the upcoming sequel to this Fad Diets post. This Fad Diets post intentionally did not answer what is not a f... Read More
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 08:20
Sean Carney
Hello Ken, I am looking forward to seeing your continuation of this discussion! Sean
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:15
Continue reading
2419 Hits
2 Comments

Oh no! Not that protein question again!

Oh no!  Not that protein question again!
“Where do you get your protein?” has become such a common question it is almost comical. Most of the answers I see are along the line of, “well, you don’t really need all that much protein”. While that is indeed true, it doesn’t seem to be very convincing to the average meat eating American. I guess the geek in me makes me lean towards a physics point of view. With that, I like to point out that ALL protein comes from plants. Yes, every molecule of protein in every muscle in every animal on this planet, all came from plants. Animals that eat animals still get their protein from plants - they just get it second-hand. There are major benefits to getting your protein, first-hand, from the ori...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent Comments
Sean Carney
Right on target. What a great post. Thanks for the nerdy analysis. :-)
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:27
Paige Patrick
Hi Ken! On the topic of protein sourcing--a dear family friend emailed me a link to an article written in the Huffington Post that... Read More
Friday, 10 October 2014 11:52
Ken Thomas
Thank you, Paige, for those wonderful links and WELCOME to Starch-Smart!Just a couple of my favorite success stories are Ruth Heid... Read More
Saturday, 11 October 2014 17:26
Continue reading
2230 Hits
3 Comments

Sacrifice?!

Sacrifice?!
Almost always, when describing a low-fat Whole Foods Plant Based Starch-Smart lifestyle with most people, their response is something like, “Oh, I could never give up my [some sort of meat], and cheese, [etc.]”. The unfortunate truth is that they literally do not know what they are missing. When it comes to diet, we tend to consider any healthy change a sacrifice. We consider eliminating a favorite food a terrible loss. In reality it is simply a trade. We make trades every day. We buy a car, home, clothing, etc. and we are happy to trade the money for the item. Even if we have to save money for an extended time, the benefit of the purchase is easy to realize. It is an instant gratification....
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Sean Carney
Wow Ken, Really great blog. Thanks. You have outlined very clearly something that many of my wife's patients exclaim after making ... Read More
Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:07
Continue reading
1802 Hits
1 Comment

Our Mission Statement: To Provide Starch-Smart® Dietary Care Extraordinaire - From Sun to Plant to Plate by empowering education, support and encouragement through family-friendly social networking, knowledge sharing, blogs, recipes, news feeds, health science and more.