HOW CONSTIPATION AFFECTS ARTHRITICS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH. DINNER
The Breakfast to Aid Regularity
Most constipated arthritics too often think of breakfast in terms of “bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee.” Bacon and eggs do not add any stimulative effect to the colon. Toast and coffee contribute a mere trickle.
Many people swear by coffee as a laxative. Taken by itself, it may prove of some help. But drink it ten to thirty minutes before a meal or at least three hours after eating.
In this book, we have set up a better type of breakfast for arthritics. Consisting of buttered whole-wheat toast, eggs, and a glass of room-temperature milk, eaten in that order. This gives the stomach the potential semi-solid mass. The whole-wheat toast contributes the stimulating factor. A few leaves of green lettuce, with the morning meal, contain enough fibre to incite some more intestinal action.
Lettuce is optional, of course. It may sound strange as a breakfast food, but it does contain the right ingredients. Since no one wants diarrhoea or three bowel movements a day, we do not need any vegetable in the morning stronger than lettuce.
The fire—the burning of food—is now started. If you must drink anything between breakfast and lunch, make sure it is at least three hours after the first meal. And keep the liquid at room temperature or warm.
Lunch with the Right Ingredients
Lunch should also contain a stimulating factor which will aid the contraction and relaxation of the digestive tract muscles.
A lunch consisting of a grilled cheese sandwich should include a raw fruit or vegetable—so that the residue from the second meal will keep the mass moving. Celery, cucumber, or any laxative type vegetable is recommended. A portion of stewed prunes or raw, unsulphured (black) figs is gently laxative.
Afternoon Break
It is a long stretch between noon and six or “seven o’clock when the third and often largest meal of the day is served. No one is expected to go without some liquid or solid food during this long interval. But try to avoid eating if you can, especially if you are unduly constipated and your body needs oils.
If necessary, drink water at room temperature. Providing it is at least three hours after lunch, or at least ten minutes before dinner. Especially avoid iced water after a meal, or you will congeal the oils still in the stomach and digestive tract . . . you will smother the food-burning fire which you set going at meal-time.
Any mid-afternoon snack or sandwich should contain a little butter or lettuce. Butter serves as a lubricant, and lettuce as a stimulant to food already ingested. Mayonnaise should not replace butter, because it will yield energy, not lubricants.
Dinner for Health and Enjoyment
At dinner time still remember the stimulating factor. Follow the dictates of taste and the needs of the bowel. The soup is beneficial, with its oils. The steak is delicious, and it can be improved by adding garlic. Garlic has a kick of its own, a stimulation for sluggishness.
For complete dinner menus. The meals were designed to aid arthritics, and the list of foods was made keeping constipation in mind.
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HOW CONSTIPATION AFFECTS ARTHRITICS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH. DINNERThe Breakfast to Aid RegularityMost constipated arthritics too often think of breakfast in terms of “bacon, eggs, toast, and coffee.” Bacon and eggs do not add any stimulative effect to the colon. Toast and coffee contribute a mere trickle.Many people swear by coffee as a laxative. Taken by itself, it may prove of some help. But drink it ten to thirty minutes before a meal or at least three hours after eating.In this book, we have set up a better type of breakfast for arthritics. Consisting of buttered whole-wheat toast, eggs, and a glass of room-temperature milk, eaten in that order. This gives the stomach the potential semi-solid mass. The whole-wheat toast contributes the stimulating factor. A few leaves of green lettuce, with the morning meal, contain enough fibre to incite some more intestinal action.Lettuce is optional, of course. It may sound strange as a breakfast food, but it does contain the right ingredients. Since no one wants diarrhoea or three bowel movements a day, we do not need any vegetable in the morning stronger than lettuce.The fire—the burning of food—is now started. If you must drink anything between breakfast and lunch, make sure it is at least three hours after the first meal. And keep the liquid at room temperature or warm.Lunch with the Right IngredientsLunch should also contain a stimulating factor which will aid the contraction and relaxation of the digestive tract muscles.A lunch consisting of a grilled cheese sandwich should include a raw fruit or vegetable—so that the residue from the second meal will keep the mass moving. Celery, cucumber, or any laxative type vegetable is recommended. A portion of stewed prunes or raw, unsulphured (black) figs is gently laxative.Afternoon BreakIt is a long stretch between noon and six or “seven o’clock when the third and often largest meal of the day is served. No one is expected to go without some liquid or solid food during this long interval. But try to avoid eating if you can, especially if you are unduly constipated and your body needs oils.If necessary, drink water at room temperature. Providing it is at least three hours after lunch, or at least ten minutes before dinner. Especially avoid iced water after a meal, or you will congeal the oils still in the stomach and digestive tract . . . you will smother the food-burning fire which you set going at meal-time.Any mid-afternoon snack or sandwich should contain a little butter or lettuce. Butter serves as a lubricant, and lettuce as a stimulant to food already ingested. Mayonnaise should not replace butter, because it will yield energy, not lubricants.Dinner for Health and EnjoymentAt dinner time still remember the stimulating factor. Follow the dictates of taste and the needs of the bowel. The soup is beneficial, with its oils. The steak is delicious, and it can be improved by adding garlic. Garlic has a kick of its own, a stimulation for sluggishness.For complete dinner menus. The meals were designed to aid arthritics, and the list of foods was made keeping constipation in mind.*45\146\2*

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