The Toothless Diet is a soft-foods diet; hence, foods you could eat with no teeth. It is an essential diet for those who have been under the influence of Adrenaline Dominance for many years. This is because adrenalin has a highly disruptive influence on the digestive system as a whole, and the stomach specifically. We are all familiar with "butterflies in the stomach" just prior to participating in an anxiety-producing event. The "stress" of the event causes adrenaline to surge, the sympathetic nervous system to ramp up, and the digestive system, specifically the stomach, to shut down. This means a significant drop in hydrochloric acid levels (HCL), a condition called, hypochlorhydria.
The symptoms of hypochlorhydria include : bloating, loss of appetite, constipation or loose stools, and GI cramping. However, since digestion is critical for every function of the body, a host of other seemingly unrelated symptoms are nearly always present such as: hormonal imbalances, insomnia, hypoglycemia, skin issues, headaches, fatigue and many more.
Without appropriate levels of HCL, protein cannot be broken down, and minerals cannot be properly absorbed. Prolonged hypochlorhydria from adrenaline surges, ensures that the stomach becomes mechanically overworked from trying to do the important job of stage one food digestion without its primary digestive resource, HCL. The result is that food, which should take 40-60 minutes to prepare for passage into the small intestine, now takes two or more hours. In this state, it is a near guarantee that the linings of the stomach itself will become very irritated and soon thereafter, the valve between the stomach and the esophagus is also compromised, failing to remain fully closed. Now "splash back" can occur. Meaning that stomach contents, which are still acidic but much less so, come into contact with the tissues of the esophagus, causing burning and pain.
It seems paradoxical but it is true, the vast majority of those who suffer from acid reflux and/or ulcers, actually have low levels of stomach acid for the reasons explained above.
Healing the stomach A stomach in this compromised position has been "sprained" and needs to be taken out of the game and placed on injured reserve. To help the stomach get this rest, we only introduced mostly broken down - overcooked - foods. Foods in this state can quickly be moved through the stomach and into the small intestine for further breakdown.
No Salads? That is correct. Raw foods such as salads, granola, nuts and popcorn are irritating to an injured stomach and should therefore be avoided.
What about the loss of nutrients? Don’t worry, in 6 to 8 weeks you will be able to eat a wider variety of foods.
The foods listed below are all milk-product free. The reason is because dairy products are one of the strongest alkalizing food sources. It is the reason why those suffering with heartburn often drink a glass of milk to alleviate their symptoms. Yes, initially the irritation is relieved, but the use of a milk-product ensures that further acid suppression will result.
It should be noted that some increase in acid may occur within an hour of consuming a milk-based product due to milk's high protein content. However, this delayed effect is insufficient for stomach healing. The alkalizing effect seems to far outweigh any beneficial acid-rebound that takes place.
Can milk substitutes be used? Yes, but only if they contain less than 6% of the RDA of calcium. Unfortunately, the dairy-free product industry knows all too well that consumers expect to get a high amount of calcium from their milk. So, when they decide to switch to dairy-free, food companies are more than willing to comply, adding up to 45%
Puréed dairy-free soups.
Pastas (wheat or gluten-free).
Meats - All meats are acceptable if they are well cooked to a soft consistency or are medium rare in the case of red meats - Think rotisserie chicken, salmon, eggs, prime rib, etc.
Fruits - All kinds, mostly cooked and/or blended such as applesauce, but some raw are okay. Note, many patients do fine with applesauce, but the skins of raw apples are bothersome. Avocados are wonderful for their fats, which give a smooth and creamy texture.
Vegetables - all kinds so long as they are well cooked. Make it your goal to have 1/2 of your plate filled with colored vegetables!
Root vegetables - These starchy foods are satisfying for the palate and can be eaten regularly in small amounts.
Grains - rice (white not brown), quinoa (only once a week), wheat products like breads and pasta, gluten-free breads and pastas.
Legumes - refried beans & hummus.
Nuts - nut butters are okay, but raw nuts will be a problem if eaten often.
Shakes - These are a good twice-a-week option so long as there is plenty of protein (egg, plant or nut) mixed in. A straight fruit smoothie is far too disruptive to the blood sugar system.
The Big Food Rules
Eat protein at all meals - protein does several beneficial things: 1.) it stabilizes blood sugar swings by modulating the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas, 2.) it reduces adrenaline levels and the muscle wasting (catabolism) that comes with chronically high adrenaline, 3.) it provides the necessary amino acids for muscle repair and brain hormone (neurotransmitter) production, 4.) it stimulates acid production in the stomach, 5.) it changes a yeast-filled gut flora (microbiome) into a more balanced and healthy flora. All of these benefits are predicated on the necessity of proper acid levels in the stomach. Many people need to take supplemental HCL until their stomach is once again working as designed.
Low sugars – Never eat sweet foods by themselves, including fruit. There must always be protein present. The body must never be forced to produce an insulin surge. If this happens, the entire insulin/cortisol/adrenaline cascade is ignited and major setbacks occur.
Eat good fats (a lot of them) - Fats are the foundation of all cell membranes, the coatings of the nerves and 50% of the brain. Quality fats are anti-inflammatory and necessary for proper nutrient absorption.
Avoid Milk-Based products – The calcium in milk is all wrong. It is calcium carbonate/phosphate. This combination makes milk calcium a powerful alkalizing substance (TUMS are made of calcium carbonate). This is the opposite of what is required to fix a broken stomach. Ever wonder why so many people do so well with apple cider vinegar? It is a mild acidifier of the digestive system. Also, most prescription medicines contain hydrochloride, which aids in the absorption of the medicine.
Sauerkraut - Eat one cup per day. Sauerkraut contains high levels of glutamic acid and folic acid - these are excellent tissue-healing agents, especially in the gut.
No Chocolate – Calcium and potassium are the minerals most negatively affected by adrenaline dominance, which leads to low stomach acid levels. Chocolate is full of calcium’s antagonist, magnesium. Worse yet, chocolate raises serotonin levels (bad for migraine sufferers), and functionally raises estrogen levels by preventing its efficient metabolism in the liver. This is why women crave chocolate right before and during their menstrual cycles, because their blood and tissue levels of estrogen have dropped.
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