February 11, 2014

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NOoodle is made of 97% water & 3% soluble fiber also known as Glucomannan fiber. Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber. Derived from the roots of the Asian Konjac plant, Glucomannan boasts many health and wellness benefits.

Top 10 Benefits of Eating NOoodle

  1. Zero calories— the glucomannan in NOoodle contributes no calories and when consumed as part of a meal reduces the net caloric content of the meal.  The calories come from what else one puts on the noodles.
  2. Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in NOoodle increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine.  The net effect of consuming a meal with NOoodle is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it.
  3. Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in NOoodle is made up largely of water which fills one up quickly giving the feeling of satisfaction.  One tends to eat less when NOoodle is part of the meal.
  4. Delays hunger— the glucomannan in NOoodle increases the viscosity of gastro-intestinal content and extends the feeling of fullness so one doesn’t feel hungry for an extended period of time.
  5. Modulates glucose spikes— the glucomannan in NOoodle reduces the rate of glucose absorption in the small intestine and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium).  Stirring in NOoodles into ice cream and parfaits helps one enjoy treats with less absorption of sugar.
  6. Modulates insulin surges— the glucomannan in NOoodle, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
  7. Cholesterol reducing agent— the glucomannan in NOoodle, by virtue of its viscosity, traps the cholesterol from foods and also the cholesterol released by the body and prevents it from being re-absorbed.  A meal containing NOoodle in addition to flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood cholesterol.  Cholesterol reduction is further enhanced when glucomannan is combined with other cholesterol reducing agents such as plant sterols and chitosan.
  8. Regularity / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers.
  9. Anti-inflammatory activity— although the mechanism is still being investigated, the positive effect of glucomannan on skin inflammation is well known among its users.  For centuries NOoodle like products have been part of Eastern traditional medicine.
  10. Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity.  Foods that promote the growth of healthy bacteria have innumerable health benefits for people of all ages and genders.

Have you ever heard of the word anaphylaxis? Today that word will be embedded in my memory forever!

Anaphylaxis is an acute, life threatening hypersensitivity reaction, involving the whole body, which is usually brought on by something that was eaten or injected.

Last Friday night John and I went to Stanleys Fruit Market here in chicago to pick up some fresh veggies and berries to prepare dinner. We have been eating roasted peanuts in the shell as a snack because it is gluten free and on my diet. Unless you have anaphylaxis, peanuts,in moderation, are good for you. If you have Anaphylaxis things like peanuts, wheat, and eggs can kill you as I learned this past weekend.

We start opening the shells and eating the peanuts. They tasted funny to me, the texture was chewy and they tasted raw. We looked at the bag and noticed it said “Raw”.  Maybe that is why they tasted raw, because they were. It’s funny, I have been eating peanuts at baseball games since I was a little girl and I never knew they were cooked in the shell. I guess I never really thought about it. Of course peanuts are raw at first, all food start out that way, Hello-Terri! They were different than what I was use to. I liked them better roasted, however, the texture was intriguing to me. I continued to snack on them until dinner was ready.

I  have had allergies my entire life. They have gotten much worse as an adult. I had a skin test as recent as last year. They said I was allergic to Weeds. I was never blood tested, only skin tests. After we ate dinner which was late, I went to bed complaining of a headache at 10 pm. At midnight I started to experience the worst allergy attach I had ever had. My throat and ears and eyes were itching and a few hours later breathing thru my nose was not an option. I was tossing and turning and then finally got up at around 5 am to the bathroom. I noticed I couldn’t open my eyes. I turned on the light and I gasped, I was unrecognizable. My eyes were swollen shut, I couldn’t open them. I was  kind of still sleeping and I didn’t want to wake John up in the middle of the night. I figured whatever was wrong with me I wasn’t going to be able to fix it now. I decided I would handle it in the morning and I went back to bed. About a half an hour later I woke up again. I decided to take another zantax( over the counter allergy pill). I took it with water and it got lodged in my throat. Thank god it did because right then I knew exactly what was happening to me. I couldn’t swollow the pill! I knew my insides were swelling up and It started to get harder to breath thru my chest. My nose passages were completely blocked and it was only a matter of time until my chest cavity was swollen shut too. With a little panic in my voice I said, “John… get up! We have to go the hospital right now! He turned on the light, took one look at me and within minutes we were in the car. John wanted to go to Walgreens first to pick up benedryl and maybe to avoid going to the emergency room. I wanted to avoid going to the emergency room too so I agreed to stop at Walgreens first and check in with a pharmacist. We went to the pharmacist, he showed us where the benedryl was and he looked at John and said,”Get her to Northwestern hospital right away!” Thankfully we were only a few blocks away. When we arrived the administrative woman took one look at my face  and called the nurse. I told her It was getting very hard to breath and I felt week. Within a minute I was in a room on the bed with three nurses and a doctor  at my side . The dr. asked John what was different that I ate last night. John said, “Raw Peanuts”, right away. I told them I was having trouble breathing. The Dr told the nurses to get IV, a concoction of meds and then he said, “check her throat.” The nurse said, “it’s swollen”.He asked me, “Are  you have trouble swallowing? What does it feel like?”. I said,  ”Yes it was hard to swollen and my insides feel like I was just given a shot of Novocain in my throat. He then instructed the nurse to, “Do it right now.”  He said, ” We are going to give you a shot in your thigh. This is going to hurt and then you will feel an anxious-nervous feeling like you would  get starting a race or giving a public speech”. It all happened so quick. Within seconds after the shock of the adrenaline shot, my lungs opened up. I was able to breath thru my chest again.  I was listening to the dr. tell John what happened to me. I was diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction.

Today I have anaphylaxis. I have to carry around an epi-pen wherever I go. This is the name for the adreneline shot that I got in the leg that opened up my chest cavity in the hospital. Did you see the movie “Pulp Fiction”? When the woman almost overdosed and the drug dealer stuck that needed in her chest really hard and then she came back to life? That is what an epi-pen is and it will save my life if I am ever exposed to peanuts and any peanut products ever again. I also have to wear a necklace warning people  that I can die if I eat peanuts. The Pharmacist at Walgreens (who filled all my prescriptions after my hospital visit) told me the next time can be 50 times more severe. I asked,  ”Fifty times more severe?” What exactly does that mean?”  She said, “It means that if you were ever exposed to anything with peanuts again it would take minutes, not hours, for your air passages to close up completely. The Epi-Pen is the only thing that will give you time to get to the emergency room for additional treatment.

I walked out of Walgreens feeling scared. After a few hours of digesting all that had happened in the last 12 hours, I  had a break thru. My fear turned into a great new possibility for myself and my life. I am highly allergic to peanut and peanut products. If I don’t eat them I won’t suffer from allergies anymore. Woo Hoo! It has been three days since I was in the hospital. I haven’t eaten any peanut butter and my allergies are gone. No more itchy throat, no more congestion and no more sneezing!  My kids and John are excited too. Finally mom gets rid of the  sniffling and sneezing which had become annoying for everyone to live with. Not only that but now I need to read every food label and by mindful of everything I put into my mouth and my cooking.

I believe everything that happens in life has a purpose, a silver lining.

Thank you again to our first to market  NoOodle adopters who have Diabeties, celiac decease  and other foods allergens that can be life-threatening. You have shared your stories with me over the years thru emails, letters and conversations. I remember every one of them. Your stories of inspiring changes that you needed to make to keep yourself, your children and your loved ones healthy are heroic.

I hope  in some way my story of “Anaphaylaxis” will inspire you too, thanks!

Be mindful, Be grateful, Be… Healthy & Happy (-:

Chef Terri

Chef Terri Rodgers
Chef Terri Rodgers


1 Comment

Karen E A Sharp
Karen E A Sharp

February 16, 2014

Terri – I have known for several years that I am allergic to caffeine and to pork in addition to a number of meds. I have recently had an acute fluid retention problem that the drs have been unable to pinpoint, so one of the PA’s suggested that I go on the Paleo diet. I have been on it with the addition of dairy products (because of a severe calcium defeciency) for 6 weeks. I have been able to keep the fluid retention under control and feel better than I have in a very long time. My family understands that this is a lifetime thing – not just a little whim for a few weeks – and they are very supportive. Reading your story and learning about NoOodle means a lot to me. Please know that I will be keeping you in my prayers and that you will not have to use that epi-pen. Thank you so very much for sharing this.

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