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Title: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 09, 2014, 09:00:28 AM
Hi, I have not kept a diary for a long time. I hope I will be presistent enough with documenting. For a while (some three weeks) I have been without wheat - inspired by the WB book. At first I felt like I am on withdrawal and figured that this is how an alcoholic must feel. Now it is getting better, because I am beginning to feel the positive effects. I loose weight and I feel more energetic although the latter is not true today. I still feel tired from my journey to Italy (5 week vacation), and it is exhausting to be at school full-time, but I had wanted it.  ;D

In Bologna, where I am staying right now, so far I have to get impression that extremely difficult to eat at a restaurant, but I was pleased that grocery stores offer Kamut flour and Kamut pasta and that bakers offer Kamut bread. The wife of a nearby baker even was very interested in the WB book and wants to know the title in Italian, and another baker's wife, whom I know from last year, apparently has lost a lot of weight. I have to talk with her and find out what she did.

I am staying with an Italian family. I have only booked the nights and no meals, and that is good, because a) they are not much into cooking and b.) when they eat something, it is full of wheat. For diplomatic reasons I did not want to tell them why I am abstaining from wheat. I said "I often have headaches, and I get hunger without limitation and start having a fourth meal in the middle of the night whenever I eat wheat - so my doctor wants me to test whether I fare better without wheat". The husband of the family has a wheat belly, so I did not want to refer to the book.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: VibeRadiant on September 09, 2014, 09:40:05 AM
I love your answer for why you abstain from wheat.
Sounds like you are doing very well so far. Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: VibeRadiant on September 09, 2014, 09:48:30 AM
Here Dr Davis' experience of eating the WB way while in Italy.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 09, 2014, 01:34:46 PM
Today I found the WB book in Italian, but I do not know whether I want to buy it. I still have time to decide, but my Italian is still basic and there are all these medical terms. Well, I still have time to decide. But the baker's wife was very eager when I told her the title, and I think she will buy it. I had smoked salmon and one piece of Kamut bread for lunch and a small piece of Kamut bread and loads of fresh salad and a bit of pesto for dinner.
The mother of the lady of the house is visiting for one night. She is quite energetic and fit at around 75. We talked about the importance of buying good quality, and she was interested in seeing my microplane grater. I took my microplane grater to Italy.

Thanks for the link - VibeRadiant.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: VibeRadiant on September 09, 2014, 05:31:39 PM
Did the microplane raise any eyebrows at the airport?
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 09, 2014, 08:56:34 PM
No, it was in my luggage - not in my hand luggage.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: VibeRadiant on September 10, 2014, 04:22:58 AM
That's good.

This reminds me of a time in 1983, when I was working at the Ottawa International airport in security. There were several planes about to take off, including an international one. There was a long line up and this one woman caught my eye. Very garish looking in her long stringy braids with bows at the end, her long purple coat and her black hat, not to mention really bad eyeliner.
I was working the x-ray machine that day looking at the contents of peoples luggage for weapons. This one suitcase comes into view and I see this square metal thing with a cord sticking out. I grab the suitcase to search just as she reached for it.
I say "Excuse me miss, but I'm going to have to search your bag." I open the bag and locate the device and I can't tell what it is. I ask her. She replied "It's a hair crimper.  To crimp hair" Her voice was deep and husky, not a woman, and up close, very evident that this person was not a woman.  I place the item back in the suitcase and off this guy goes with his two companions.
The next day, I am at the mall and who do I see? On the cover of an album? Boy George! I just about died. I had been in his luggage and held his hair crimper.   His two companions were his bandmates.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 11, 2014, 11:37:29 PM
Yesterday I had a large salad of grated carrots and zucchini, nuts and a bit of cheese - olive oil and vinegar.
The day before I had a seafood salad.

I counted that even on a lazy day I have to do 1500 stairs.  ;D The emphasis is on "a lazy day". Any extra activites and the number goes up because both the apartment and the school are on the 4th flood, and there is no escalator. And the stairs in that 500 year old house are especially high and massive. At that time there was no standard hight for stairs.
I notice that my heavy breathing is less, and the first week is not even over.

I am definitely not gaining weight here - I am loosing weight. And I eat whenever I want. My confidence in Italian is increasing, and I think while I am here I will probably buy the wheat belly book in Italian.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: VibeRadiant on September 12, 2014, 04:10:35 AM
Glad to hear you are doing well from the get go. We should all be so lucky.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on September 12, 2014, 06:05:29 AM

Stair heights and widths have been essentially the same since Roman times.  You are probably walking on treads that are worn down, making you lift your legs higher.  This is helping you to build muscle and use more energy to climb those steps, so you do lose weight/flab just going up and down. 

Fresh vegetables grown in nutrient rich soils and cooked properly are very nutritious.  Add in pastured animals and their products like eggs and dairy, you get even more nutrition.  Small scale farming can do this.  Farmers there have figured out how to keep their soil enriched naturally.   Surprise, surprise!
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 12, 2014, 08:24:54 AM
Thanks for the feedback.

Where I normally live, there are lots of stairs. Some are 500 steps long. In the hospital a year ago I used to climb up to the nineth floor, take the elevator down to the basement and climb back up. This is how my interest in fitness began. I was the only patient who did not have to wear compression stockings. Do you have to wear those in the US too in hospitals?

I live near a farm, so I usually buy my chicken meat from a farmer. The farmer's wife is an excellent cook and always gives her customers new ideas.

Today I had a granita. This is a free of milk and cream and no artifical stuff added. The granita was with almonds and orange blossoms from sicily.
But honestly two hours later I got hungry again. Well, I knew that, but I could not resist.

Normally at the school all the students get some food from the director on Friday. His wife cooks. Of course it is 80% wheat. I told my teacher that I will not eat because it is wheat (she knows the story about the book and all), so she told me that she would make sure that next Friday there is something wheat-free or with Karmut.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 13, 2014, 01:28:17 PM
Eggs and dairy products are much better here. Today I had a small desert from eggwhites and it was topped with whipped cream from a mountain farm. My gosh - that was the best whipped cream I have ever eaten.

Today I ate at a restaurant for the first time since I am here. I ate grilled meat, salad and a bit of homemade mashed potatoes. The portions in Italy are smaller, because normally you are supposed to order 2 plates. But since I told the waiter that I am not eating wheat, he could not offer me two plates, and I would not have wanted 2 plates anyhow. So that works out perfectly. My day today was not low calorie. I had a grain-free chocolate cake as desert. It was still lukewarm. I had not eaten one like that in a few years. The interesting thing is that when a chocolate cake is grain-free, it does not make you feel full, no matter when you eat it. The first time I had tried this out at a cooking class, and it was close to midnight when we at the chocolate tarts. At that time I thought our cooking teacher must be kidding, but he was right.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on September 13, 2014, 02:43:07 PM
What wonderful people you are meeting in Italy.  The food sounds like heaven, too.  I am enjoying reading your posts; it sounds like such a lovely place.  Yes, you would wear compression stockings in the US, if you had poor leg circulation.  Your walking up and down the stairs so much did you a lot of good, so you must not have needed them.  Stairs are great exercise and very good for the circulation.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 13, 2014, 11:06:36 PM
Thanks for your compliments, Lynda.

I used to walk stairs before I came here. In Germany I did not walk the stairs that much every day (for lack of opportuniy (I work on the ground floor, and I live on the first floor), but when I walked the stairs, I would do 2000-3000 upwards. Here I am doing my minimum of 1500 every day, which is of course a lot more.
I know that compared to 9-12 months ago my veins got better. I wear stockings that go up to my knees by the way. (The word "stockings" itself could also mean longer stockings, right?)

Anyway, about 3/4 of a year ago I would not spend a single day without these stockings - otherwise my calfs would swell that much and my legs would hurt. Until yesterday I did not wear stockings for 3 days, and I did not have the slightest problem, and my legs did not swell.  :)
After my vacation I have got an appointment with a reknowned vein specialist. I am anxious to hear what he said.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on September 14, 2014, 09:56:36 AM
I love Italy, spent almost every year there on vacation growing up.  We had a little condo near Venice, in Lignano Sabbiadoro - really lovely country and their way of life is the happiest I've ever come across!

Look forward to all your stories, REd!
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 14, 2014, 11:37:35 AM
I wish one day I could have a small apartment in Italy. But for that my health has to improve and be more stable.

I keep thinking about the fact that one day I should start writing a book. This is not one of the "I would like to be a star writer" fantasies - so - it is more that other people often have said to me that they like my style of writing....or when I tell a story, they say "you are so funny - you should pack this into a book". The good thing is that in the internet age publishing has become more easy, for example self-publishing via Amazon. I just have to wait for my ideas to come back. A well-known writer of women novels from Britain said that one should read novels of other women and to exactly keep an eye on how much has to be described so that a vivid image is created in the mind of a reader. That makes sense. I had never thought of it this way.

Today I went to the market and bought a pendulum and a matching ring. It is some black stone (I am not good at memorizing names of stones - I do not even know the names in German) and silver. An Italian lady started talking with me at a stall where they sold jewellery of lesser quality. She looked like she knew what was good quality, and so I asked her whether she could spare five minutes to accompany me to the stall where I then made the purchase. She also confirmed to me my impression that my choice was a good one.

Today I ate seafood salad again (with kamut bread). The seafood salad was not quite my thing, but at least it was protein.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 15, 2014, 12:19:16 PM
Today I had 2 small pieces of Kamut bread for lunch (with nothing on them). Since my food did not have much volume, it helped keeping my stomach small. If I think about what I ate for dinner - this would not even have been sufficient as a starter half a year ago. I hate some stir-fried bellpeppers and a carrot with some egg whites on top. The veggies were still crunchy when I ate them. And now I am done.

While my Brazilian school friend had lunch and I chewed on my Kamut bread, I told her about the WB approach and told her that the dress I am wearing used to fit tightly. She congratulated me. Needless to say, she is slim like a photo model.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on September 15, 2014, 05:54:29 PM
You're a very good writer, Red!  I look forward to your book.  I'm not sure why you are eating Kamut bread?  Is there something about it you think is beneficial?  I don't think it has anything you need, as far as nutrition, and as a matter of fact, it might be something holding you back from complete health. 

I am going to live vicariously through you in Italy.  I can smell, hear, taste that country, it's my favorite place to be on Earth, and when I was younger,  I always thought I would move there when I retire.  Life had other plans, but I can put myself in that place of mind, and relive the happy times we spent there.

I think Venice must be the most magical place in the World ….
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 15, 2014, 07:35:36 PM
I am eating Kamut bread instead of wheat bread, and I eat less bread than before. Once I also for example ate 2 eggs and some nuts or nuts and cheese instead of bread, but while I am in Italy. In this household of other people I have limited space where I can spread my stuff, and also I have to consider that in 2 weeks I have to relocate within Bologna and drag along all the stuff that I posses. I feel a bit overpowered right now being in an new place and trying to practice new habits.
Yesterday for example, when I stir-fried my veggies, I only found 2 clean plates. The dishwasher was still open and full of dirty dishes. I had asked the lady whether I can help empty the dishwasher (when the dishes were clean), but she had said "no thanks, we will do that". On the other hand she does nothing, gives her kids no rules, and then she occasionally freaks out on them (I can hear it thru the wall) as they do nothing. I do not blame them for doing nothing. This household has no structure to give them orientation.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 16, 2014, 09:55:28 PM
Hi Barbara, yesterday I bought sausages made from chicken, and I bought eggs. So this will be my breakfast for the next two days - without bread. I think today in the late afternoon I can reply to your email.

Yesterday I went out to meet some Expats. Only two showed up. We had what the Italians call apperetivo. You go to some place and you buy a drink and then the food is included. The food is not very fancy then of course. Since I did not want to have alcohol, there was lots of sugar in the drink.
At the buffet I picked lentil salad, stirr-fried carrots and chicken. The rest were things I could not eat.

For lunch I went to another baker, and he sells muffins made from spinach, eggs and cheese. Delicious. I ate one, and I promised to come back.  The lady behind the counter was quite surprised that in Germany the Italian bakers only sell bread and no Italian cakes or the like. That is indeed surprising, considering the amount of Italians that live where I live.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 16, 2014, 10:14:21 PM
When I get back to Germany, I will order the 30-min-Wheatbelly Cookbook and maybe also the regular cookbook, and I will try to make more grain-free meals.
I have subscribed to the newletter of coconut mama, and there is a recipe for flat breads from coconut flour. I willl try out those also.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on September 17, 2014, 04:44:33 AM

Check the recipes on this blog and also do an internet search for "paleo" recipes.  GourmetGirlCooks, NomNomPaleo, Linda'sLowCarbFriends and countless others have developed excellent recipes with adapted ingredients.  Also, Honeyville Farms, where some of us purchase almond flour, will post recipes for baked goods using their almond or other nut flour.  Today they have an apple streusel recipe.  We would further adapt it to use stevia, Swerve or other sugar substitute. 

With time, you learn how to convert many standard recipes to grain and sugar free.   
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 17, 2014, 06:45:00 AM
Thanks, Barbara. Yes, I probably have to get 1-2 new cookbooks so that I can get used to the new life style without having to do conversions at the beginning. I will definitely check out these things.
Before I came to Italy I had ordered coconut oil and coconut pulp from a mill that provides many of the "flours" that are allowed (hazelnut...coconut). So I will order flours from them also.

For tonight I will have mixed salad and chunk of feta. No candy for today.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 17, 2014, 12:57:23 PM
Today I obtained a Paleo book in Italian. My speaking capacity is making progress. I increased my individual lessons in the afternoon from 1.5 - 2 hours.

For dinner I had the previously mentioned insalata and no bread, and I am eating a few nuts now.

The mother of my host (lady) is here again for a visit. Unfortunately she is leaving tomorrow. She is very caring and nice, and she likes to talk with me. (I have a feeling that her daughter not quite likes to talk with me much.) The grandmother had cooked some food and wanted to invite me.  But she had wrapped the food in break crumbs. She apologized but I told her it was no problem. Well, it really was not. I can prepare her food at home and dip the food into coconut flour and grated nuts instead.

I am sure the kids also regret that she is leaving tomorrow. She made them a really nice breakfast today.

Well, I still have tons of homework to do. Today I just ventured into town briefly to buy this book and I tried to find out where I can buy coconut oil. At an organic  perfomery they gave me the address of an organic store outside the town. So just out of curiosity I will probably take an outbus on Saturday and have a look.

When our teacher told me that women here only go to a restaurant alone at daytime - not at night - then I felt we are somehow living in a different time zone here.  ;D
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on September 17, 2014, 02:40:25 PM
I love your posts, Redhead,  a lovely view into another lifestyle. Who wouldn't miss a grandmother who cooks like that?  Good luck with your new cookbooks.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 18, 2014, 12:37:44 PM
Yeah Linda, you are right. Anybody would miss a grandmother like that. Today the kids look sad again.

Yesterday I had had  a green mixed salad and piece of Feta and had had not been exactly thrifty with olive oil and had added pesto, BUT at night I got so hungry. It was insane. At about 2 a.m. I wanted to get up and eat, but the kitchen is beside my hosts bedroom, and the door was open. So I resisted the temptation. I had a hand full of nuts in my bedromm and at them, but that did not help much. I ended up being awake for about 2 hours from hunger. Needless to say, when I woke up again after 1,5 hours I felt as if I had been tarred. ;-)

Today I had plenty of chicken for dinner, some oilve oil and a different type of pesto and half a slice of bread. I hope I will not wake up again in the middle of the night. Tomorrow I have got a test.

I have done some reading on flax flour, which is so frequently mentioned here in this forum, and it so turns out that the mill from which I get my coconut products also sells that flour (plus all the other nut flours).

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on September 18, 2014, 01:47:42 PM

If you have a small coffee grinder, you can easily grind flax seeds.  The seeds should be kept in a refrigerator to delay rancidity.  Once the seeds are ground, they supposedly get rancid fast and also lose their nutrients from the oxidation.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 18, 2014, 02:14:02 PM
I have an expensive coffee grinder that does not stomach things that are oilern than coffee. That mills seels flax seeds ground and sealed in a one-pound-packet. How quickly could I use that up?

The other option I have is I want to buy a high performance blender (one that does 32000 rounds per minute - I don't lknow whether the way I named the blender is the proper term at all), and I have heard that these also turn all kinds of things into four because the knife is so sharp. The knife can even chop up the stone of an avocado. I will further inqure into this when I am in Germany. Then I could grind my flour freshly.

Hopefully I can get coconut oil at the organic store on Saturday. Then I can eat a tablespoon of coconut oil (or less, depending on what I have eaten before) instead of half a slice of bread. I never got up at night from hunger once I had eaten some coconut oil or pulp.
If the coconut pulp has been extracted without using heat, how do you call that process properly? In German we say something like "heat-free extraction".
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 20, 2014, 12:56:54 PM
Today I am having chicken breast and cottage cheese for dinner.
The cottage cheese in Italy tastes better than in Germany. Well, so far everything (except chocolate) tastes better here.

My teacher told a joke to make me laugh and learn with more fun. The joke is politically not correct (at least not for men  :D :D , but my teacher is also female).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on September 21, 2014, 09:46:42 AM
Hi Red, hope all is well in Bella Italia!

Sounds like you are getting some good food there, I like everything you have been eating, sans the Kamut bread.  But that's just my personal preference, and if it suits you right now, and helps you with efficiency and convenience, while going to school over there, then it should be ok for the time being.  It might be ok in Europe, not really sure, but have to admit I do eat bread when in Germany, and never gain weight or have noticeable problems.  I usually lose weight, because I walk and bicycle so much more.

Look forward to your next report, and description of what's been going on.

Is the school you're going to, mostly to learn Italian?  I don't remember if you wrote about that, but it's my guess.

So, whats the joke?   8)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 21, 2014, 11:55:06 AM
 8) 8) My teacher wanted me to revise all the names of the body parts, and so she gave me one of those drawings of a naked man, and there were name tags attached to all the body parts, and I should fill out those tags and learn the words. She suggested me to practice voodoo-learning to have more fun. When I write the words I should imagine that I am sticking a needle into the respective body part. I am planing to start voodoo learning tonight and revise next week before the lesson on Wednesday. 

Saturday I had an excellent seafood salad in some food hall (where you can find all kinds of restaurants unter one roof. You order from the counters along both sides and then sit at a woorden table in the middle of the hall. The seafood was excellent, and it was with baby rocket salad, small tomatoes, garlic, olives. Next week I am going there again.

The school's purpose is exclusively to learn Italian.

Yesterday I did quite well with only protein in the evening (a chicken breast and a piece of cheese), but today I made a bad choice for lunch. I had always been curious to know how gluten-free pizza tastes, so I went to a café where they proudly announce to offer gluten-free pizza. It was a smaller piece, like half a German breakfast plate. I am ashamed to admit that I ate it althought it tasted horrible. And I was not even super hungry. I have no excuse.  :(
On the positive side: now when I think of pizza I think "yucks, no thanks".

Today I went to visit the Medieval Museum. I also took some nice photos. Overall the museum had interesting objects on display, but there was a heavy emphasis on death an fighting.  40% of the display object were beautifully ornamented marble coffins. But even I could only see so and so many coffins.  I found it intersting, however, that between 1400 and 1600 it was quite common to build prestigeous coffins for reknowned professors. The more prestige the professor had had, the more ornaments were on the coffin. They showed for example how he was giving a lecture.
Since Bologna has the oldest university of Europe, a lot of display items in any museum frequently have something to do with the university.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on September 21, 2014, 04:12:46 PM
Haha, that is very funny indeed, and I hope you enjoyed your homework assignment.   8)

Was it like a German Food hall, like we had in Augsburg, you had all the butchers lined up along the wall, and could go from one to the other and stand up eating places in the middle.  Loved my Leberkaes Semmel … after a day of shopping.  :D

That even turned me off to Pizza, although I love the home made wheat free one I make.  YUM!!

And I'm a love of all things Medieval.  Envious of that Museum visit, wish I could have been with you!!

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 22, 2014, 06:00:15 AM
Yes, it sounds like the foodhall you describe.

If you have whatsapp, I could send you some photos. I do not have the patience to transfer them to my email account, all the more because it sometimes takes two days till the photos arrive in my email. Just a thought. Otherwise you could also google Bologna Museo Medievale and hope for some pictures.

Yes, I did my first round of voodoo today. Need to revise tomorow. Today I decided not to go to school and to study instead. It works great so far. Yesterday my plan had been to go out for a bit and to study then. I had already not studied on Saturday, and I do not want to pay for the individual tuition (on 3 afternoons) for nothing. But yesterday I exhausted myself too much, and when I came home, I was too tired to put my brain to work and too awake to get sleep. This morning I realized it is pointless that I go to school totally unprepared.

On some days I can walk and walk for 9 or 10 hours, and I am fine, but yesteray 4-5 hours were too much for me. I wonder whether other people also do not always react the same way to physical stress.

Today I ate cucumber and tomato pieces and 200 g of Camembert (= cheese). I am still hungry, so I took half a litre of milk out of the fridge and will drink that soon. I need to buy more groceries tonight.

Tomorrow night I will probably not go to that event where I went last Tuesday and where I had run into these 2 gay guys. For the next meeting only 4 people have signed up, those two again, the group organizer (who had not had the decency to reply to my message - if she does not want to accept people into her group who do not live here permanently, that is fine, but at least she should state that) and one other guy.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on September 22, 2014, 07:03:56 AM
I looked up the museum and it looks quite interesting.  I've been to quite a few, one of my favorites is the Cluny in Paris.  And surprisingly well done also the Cloisters in New York. 

I don't have whatsapp, and will take your word for it.  Maybe when you're back in Germany, you will be able to do a blog about your travels, that would be fun. ;)

My daughter was talking last night about doing a blog together, just a mother/daughter blog about cooking and baking low carb high fat, including baby food, and misc. other subjects like decorating.  She started one a while back, when Hudson was born, but then never got back to it, too much going on.  But she's an excellent writer too, and I loved the few posts she made.

Not sure why you ran out of energy, might have something to do with not eating your Kamut…  ;D   But you might just be tired, you do seem to walk a lot every day, so many your body just said "give me a rest already!"…  The only thing I can think of is to add more fat … what's your philosophy on that?

Hope you enjoy your study day, I'm waiting for the workmen to arrive, they are already 3 minutes late, haha!~
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on September 28, 2014, 01:19:50 PM
I have thought about blogging, but i do not know any topic right now. If it is only a travel blog, it will not get much food. The most I can afford is travelling once a year. I used to do really exotic trips up to 4 years ago or so (I have travelled wearing a veil, and I have done a lot of backpacking), but that was when the economy was better.

Today I moved to the shared apartment. The school was not very reliable in giving the key to me, so I spent one extra night at the Italian family's house. They were very nice and helpful and even wanted to help me transport my luggage. But I declined (I saw they were very busy preparing for the arrival of the next student). In Germany I would have taken a cab, but here the cab drivers are not very helpful. They do not even lift the luggage into the trunk. When I arrived here, he opened the trunk and made a guesture like "put your stuff in there". I wanted to slain him. I guestured that I cannot. So he did it for me, but you should have seen his face. S**** him.

My shared apartment is at a very noisy road. I have only met 2 inhabitans so far. One is a mexican girl. She is really nice. We talked for two hours. The other is from my class. She is Australian. We do not talk that much.

The advantage is that here in the apartment I can decide how often I do my laundry. I prefer to wash my towels hot. The host family did not seem to do that, and she kind of signalled to me that it is not necessary. So I got the message and did not want to start a discussion.

Today I had an ice cream for lunch and practically only protein for breakfast and dinner. I told the guy in the ice cream parlor that ever since I have eaten his ice cream I have stopped eating ice cream in Germany.

Here in the apartment everybody seems to keep his stuff in his own place. Some people have oil and food in the ktichen, but when the Mexican girl told me she keeps her oil in her room, i got the idea that she was not saying that for no reason. One guy from my class (American) was complaining last week that someone ate his food. I have not found out yet whether he also lives here. If he does, then the total picture makes sense.

I did some more reading about gluten-free live. I did not realize that buckwheat is no wheat, and many people seem to make bread from it or even cake. I will give it a try.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on October 14, 2014, 10:24:21 PM
The last days in Italy were very busy for me. Somehow I think I when I do this next time, I will plan one week without lessons so that I can go and see places also.
In that shared apartment many things did not function but the owner (= the language school owner) did not care. She only wanted to earn money. But after a few days at least some more open students moved in, and we began to talk and play card games or whatever and had fun. An Israeli also moved in. We really got along well, and on my last day in the apartment he got up when I had to take a taxi and he helped me shovel my baggage downstairs. That was very kind of him, considering that he had only slept for four hours.  :)

Regarding food I even managed to do 4 grain-free days, but on my first night in Germany (I arrived very late, the fridge was empty and the stores closed) i had a sausage (type Frankfurter) and a wheat bun at the gas station. I admit I did not have the consistency to order two portions of sausage and to cut out the wheat.

But the past two days (which were also my first days at work) I have been wheat-free. Yesterday I came home and was starved, and I ate nuts, a bit of salami and cheese and two eggs. Then I stir-fried mixed vegetables in coconut oil. I will take that with me to work today and eat  everything with sausage.
On both working days I had many temptations, but I was very consistent and said "no thanks, I am not eating wheat".
I am surprised that nobody asked why!!
Two colleagues (female), who really care for me, said "You have lost weight nicely. That is increadible. How did you manage that in Italy?".

Two days ago I went to the whole food store after work and I bought lots of protein sources and two types of vegetables. I want to make more trips to the store now just to buy vegetables. They should not sit in my fridge for a week.

Yesterday I went to Aldi's. I had not been there since I stopped eating wheat. There were a number of things that I used to buy regularly. I read all the labels (I am really consistent about that now!!!), and it was......I am sure, you can guess.....wheat, wheat, wheat. So I thought "okay, that saves a lot of time. I am out of here. So I just bought some organic smoked salmon and left. I did not feel I had to miss out on something - I felt I had saved time.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on October 15, 2014, 07:22:08 AM

As you continue this way of eating that you will spend less time and money in supermarkets because most of the products sold contain wheat, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, poor quality oils and numerous other undesirable  or unnamed ingredients.  While your marketplaces are different than here in the United States, the search for "clean" fresh food is ongoing.  Pastured meats, range free chickens, organic vegetables and minimally pasteurized or raw dairy products are becoming increasingly available here.  You will notice that even if you are paying a premium price for your food, your other expenses for health related items goes way down and you just don't eat in restaurants as much or buy expensive, already prepared foods because you aren't sure of the ingredients and your home cooking tastes better anyway.  The biggest  improvement is that you actually do have the energy to prepare a healthy meal for yourself!
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on October 15, 2014, 11:39:00 PM
You are right.
By the way, I hope to be able to reply to your email on Sunday. Saturday I am at a training course all day. I had completely forgotten about that. Normally it is a bit too much for me directly after my vacation, but "efficient reading techniques" is an important subject.

This morning I discovered some cereal bars and tossed them out.

Yesterday I was not so satisfied with my eating. I had my home-prepared veggies with a generous helping of coconut oil, one egg and one avocado, but after 2 hours I was hungry again, had nothing available at work. After work I went to the organic store, and I had a piece of organic wheat-free cheesecake.  I was dying of hunger, but that was not a good choice. The interesting thing was, however, that I considered this cake "too sweet". It was less sweet than commercial cheesecake. But I thought "yucks, and this is what I used to like". My taste buds seem to change. Two months ago I would not have thought that this is possible.

I need different ideas for breakfast, and I have done some reading. This is why I am still home instead of getting ready for work. The link www.urgeschmack.de might also be interesting for you, Barbara.

At work somebody brought me chocolate. He meant well, so I thanked him politely.  One of the two chocolate bars contained cookie crumbles (Kekskrümel?). I have a very young and slim colleague. She loves chocolate, and she knows why I am not eating wheat (she still keeps eating wheat), so I asked her whether she wanted the chocolate. She was delighted.
Later I had a guilty conscience for having offered the chocolate to her. If someone had offered me cigarettes as a gift, I would have refused the cigarettes and would never have offered them to somebody else. Maybe I should have mentioned something to the colleague...........
Today I will say to him that the chocolate was very good and that a friend helped me eat the chocolate, because one bar contained cookie crumbles and I do not eat wheat.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Bob Niland (Boundless) on October 16, 2014, 06:14:58 AM
> At work somebody brought me chocolate. He meant well ...

As you may be aware, chocolate per se is not a problem in modest quantities. The issue is the sweetener (and as you are aware, the other junk food junk many candies have).

Sugar is acceptably low at 80% cacao and above, with small portion sizes.

Bars and chips with safe alternative sweeteners (such as stevia, Lily's brand in the US) are OK at larger portion sizes, as long as you're getting enough Omega 3 DHA/EPA in the rest of your diet.

It's even possible to make a safe cookie crumb chocolate bar - Quest does with their Cookie's&Creme flavor. Very low net carb, gluten free, wheat-free.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on October 17, 2014, 12:15:19 PM
Yes, I am aware of that. But thanks for reminding me. I have some first class 85% Swiss Chocolate at home. The chocolate my colleague gave me was with a high sugar content, and the piece I gave to my colleague contained wheat cookie crumbles.

The past two days my meal management has been better.. I managed to eat low carb.  Today I was really hungry in the late afternoon, but I managed to control myself. I ate a hand full of nuts before I started my way home. I told myself that now it is a new chapter in my life, and stuffing everyhing into my mouth that comes to my mind does not work. In the end I felt good about having won.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on October 21, 2014, 01:30:44 PM
 :( Today I am not so happy with my attempts to cook. I cooked for the first time with lupine flour and with coconut flour. I tried to make pancakes with coconut milk. The pancakes fell apart. Okay, technically it could be that because of no glutine nothing sticks, but I have seen recipes of glutenfree pancakes and they looked proper. Maybe I shoudl have at least invested the time to look for a recipe, but I had thought "well, you know how to make pancakes with wheat, so how hard can the new challenge be?". I had put coconut oil into the pan. The amazing thing, however, is, that the result now looks like vegan scrambled eggs and does not even taste bad. I had added some organic spice.

But I tell you....for those who have not tried it yet.....lupine flour tastes terrible (by itself).

Today I wanted to order the 30 min. or less cookbook. The bookstore had discouraging news. They said it will take at least three weeks, and they cannot tell me the price. That is ridiculous. I am going to contact amazon Germany tomorrow. I want a proper book (no ebook).
Amazon can deliver I think in 3-4 days, but my German bookstore told me that there is a new edition coming up. I could not verify this online, but I do not want that Amazon sells me a soon outdated version.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 02, 2014, 06:22:39 AM
On Friday I was off work in the forenoon, and so I went to a farmer and bought raw milk and made yoghurt from part of that milk, and I bought butter which had been produced three days before. I discovered another farm store nearby that has a fantastic selection of vegetables. This is probably not the last time I went shopping there.

Last night I went out. I met a meetup group at a restaurant. It was the first time for me. I want to socialize more. Does anybody here have experience with meetup? We were about 10 people and had a great time talking until the restaurant closed. The restaurant only had pasta from wheat !!!. amd they had no idea of what was in the dressings. They were not even embarrassed that they had no idea. So I decided to not eat. I had kind of expected something like that and had eaten half a trout and a vegetable omelette at home.

Today my washer made me nervous. It refused to pump. I opened the pump and found some hair in it. I think I need to check the pump at regular intervals. After all I have long hair and it gets stuck on clothing. I am really happy that the machine is working again now.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 03, 2014, 10:42:45 PM
Today and yesterday I am at a training course at my employer's own training center. Yesterday I did not manage to prepare a meal, so I just had an apple for lunch, and I did accompany the others (eating wheat). The food at the cafeteria was either clearly with wheat or the ingredients were not listed -  so I decided not to take a risk. At our salad bar I can sometimes not even be sure whether they have poured some ready-made sauce on top of it.

Today I had two buckwheat pancakes (containing eggs) for breakfast and the training is only till lunch time, so I will eat when I get home.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 03, 2014, 11:00:24 PM
I forgot to mention something. Last week I ran into a colleague from a different department. We had not talked for months. He has a Turkish immigrant background, and we used to talk occoasionally, and he used to correct my errors (mistakes?). He told me that his wife now has multiple sclerosis. The couple is maximum 32, and they have two small kids. A real tragedy. I told him about the WB book. He speaks German perfectly, his wife not so, but fortunately the WB book has been translated into Turkish and can be ordered from a local bookstore. He found this quite interesting and said he would tell his wife about it. He even had heard about the term "gluten" because their kids have a friend with a gluten allergy.

I don't know whether he just said he found this interesting in order to be polite. That is not in my hands. But I at least wanted to have mentioned the topic.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 05, 2014, 01:07:38 PM
Today I had to resist quite some temptation. When I entered my second office, there was a party going on with 9 cakes and 6 types of pizza all with wheat. I was sooo hungry, but I had prepared some chicken and mixed vegetables, and so I ate that. But I did not eat it in the kitchen where pizza and cake were found - I ate my lunch at my desk - far away enough from the smell. Breakfast had been 6 hours ago, and so I was hungry, but there was no way I would have given in.

Yesterday a sales girl at a bookstore bought the WB book based on what I said. We talked quite a bit.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on November 05, 2014, 01:44:50 PM

Terrific move!  Avoiding all the temptations is really important.  The longer you are grain and sugar free, the less you are tempted.  Your tastebuds change and none of the formerly favorite foods really taste good to you and you wonder how you ever really ate that "stuff".
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 05, 2014, 11:04:42 PM
I already now notice that my taste buds change, and in town I can pass pizza places without even raising an eye brow, but yesterday was the first time that I felt tempted (BUT I must also say that I was starved). Is it normal that temptations can come up in isolated instances? (versus all the time)
When I was eating wheat, I always felt tempted by everything.

Yesterday I cooked 4 small portions of quinoa, used one and deep-froze 3.
I cooked a porton of veggies and a huge piece of salmon, so I am all set for today.

My daughter landed in Thailand today. She sent me a picture of the Wheatbelly book. I have yet to find out whether it is her travel compagnion's. Either that or she bought the book at the airport, because we had just started chatting about this and she had said "maybe I should also buy that book when I get back from Thailand".

Have you heard of Hugendubel? Next time you get to Germany, you should check out one of their stores. They have red sofas in the store, and one sofa is even for lying down...but in a way that you still sit half-way, and you can but your legs up in a way that any doctor for vene problems would be delighted. I was trying to find a picture but could not.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Rita on November 06, 2014, 10:24:36 AM
Is this the chair?  http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yhK43WhwbQM/UjNwUbLP4aI/AAAAAAAAAEs/jvg3ZhXD1oo/s1600/P1020739.JPG
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: HungryinTN on November 06, 2014, 12:54:47 PM
If my experience is any example, I'd say occasional cravings are normal!  Mine come from three sources - A)waiting too long to eat, B) too much booze, or C)too much stress.  I am having a major attack today because of a spike in my stress level.  I just seem to be hitting roadblock after roadblock right now, professionally and financially, and it's just made me feel very discouraged in general.  So I'd say if you were starving, that's a reasonable trigger.  It's helpful to acknowledge those cravings and think about their root cause and then decide whether there is something that you need to take care of.  Sometimes, when all else fails and there's nothing else to do, I'll give in to a craving, but NEVER to wheat, and I find that I can usually get right back on track right away.  It's different for ever situation and for every body, though, I imagine.  Then again, I'm not exactly a shining example these days, as I've been stuck at my "set point" weight for about six months with about 20-30 more pounds left to lose.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 06, 2014, 01:31:50 PM
Yes, exactly!!!

I will post later. I am hungry right now.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 06, 2014, 10:16:23 PM
In my case it then probably was a combination of stress and the last meal being too long ago. Yesterday I handled it differently. After work I was hungry, and I bought a hand full of walnuts and ate them slowly as I was driving home. I will try to be less strict with me. Maybe it was unrealistic to assume that once the cravings stopped they would be gone for good. After all I am a human being and not a robot.

I sometimes give in to cravings but never to wheat, right!
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 09, 2014, 01:30:27 PM
On Saturday I went downtown. The city was illuminated with many special effects and the stores were open till midnight. I visited my favorite pharmacy, and the owner's wife, who also does nutritional counseling, asked me how I was doing: I told her I felt fantastic, and she said "I can see that". When I wanted to know what exactly she sees (I was curious to see the environment's perception versus my self-perception), she said "you look very very energetic, and I can see that you feel well". On Saturday I ran around from 3 pm. till nerly 10 pm, and when I came home I still had energy.

Next Saturday a nutritional counselor will come to an organic store downtown. She will talk about gluten-free nutrition. She has an office downtown, so I guess she is trying to find customers. Since I will be in town anyhow, I will check out what she says. In case she recommends commercial products, I can make some critical remarks.  ;D If not, maybe it will be an interesting experience.,

I finally ordered two cookbooks. I allowed myself to take a long time, because I did not want to order book A while wondering whether book B would have been the better choice. Finally I came to the conclusion that I want WELLFED (the first book) and the second book by Danielle Walker. Maybe one day I get the respective other book of both authors as well. I decided to start with Danielle's second book, because I had read that it contains a lot of planning lists and grocery lists in addition to the recipes, and that appeals to me. I am interested in how other people organize themselves and then decide whether that could work for me as well.

I have some shirts which I once bought committing an offence to good taste, and now I am using those as pyjamas. Am I the only one who is doing this? I mean both. I mean buying things where you wonder "what the heck made me buy this" and hiding the things at night. ;-)
Today I remebered that when a while ago I was wearing this shirt (which I bought in 3 colors, because one offence was not enough), the cloth around the upper arms was sitting tightly, and the shirt sort of glued to my hips. Now the shirt does not touch my hips, and there is air between the cloth and my upper arms.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 09, 2014, 01:39:06 PM
I have a situation regarding food where I do not know how to behave. I do not want to impose on my environment, but I want to look after myself well. Before I went wheat-free, I had suggested that we have a potluck dinner in the office. Now someone remembered it, and I was asked to fix a date for this and to send an outlook invitation to my colleagues. German nutrition is very much loaded with wheat. I know that the idea of a potluck is that you do not plan and I do not expect everybody to prepare some wheat-free food, but chances are that all the meals will contain wheat, and then I am there with my own food (which I technically should share with the others), and it is the only food I can eat.
I have been putting off sending the invitation because I keep thinking "what if in the end I cannot eat anything". It may sound childish. Still I would appreciate some advice.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on November 09, 2014, 02:42:31 PM

You DO ask good questions!  I am sure everyone has purchased things that later had us wondering if we were afflicted with some weird lapse of consciousness or loss of our minds.  When i come across things like that, my favorite question is:  What could I have possibly been thinking???    8)

The longer you stay grain and sugar free you will see your weight loss and how your body gets thinner until it reaches an equilibrium according to how and what you are eating. 
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 09, 2014, 03:18:06 PM
Thanks, Barbara. BTW - I know I still owe you an email but lately I have been so "obsessed" with reading about nutrition and learning things, and after my vacation I had to fill in for a colleague in addition to having to do my own work. I still intend to reply.

I know what my intention was when I bought these clothes. I wanted to try out new things and new colors, and the concept of the store is very profit-oriented. At that time I needed positive affirmation, and OF COURSE they kept telling me that I look great, etc. It all fitted in. It comforts me a bit that several women fell into the same trap. Still, I could hit myself on the head for having bought 2 items threefold EACH.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 16, 2014, 02:10:20 PM
Lately I have cut down my milk consumption and have overall been more selective about what kind of milk I buy. I did not know until recently that the horns of many milk cow are removed so that more cows can be put into a stable or on the pasture without risking power fights. Even "organic" does not guarantee that his is not done. Only two organic companies in Germany (Demeter, which has the highest standard, and Neuland) promise to not tolerate this practice.
On calves the horns are removed by the farmer without any vet's help. That is so disgusting.
I am still not over it.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Bob Niland (Boundless) on November 16, 2014, 03:21:20 PM
> On calves the horns are removed by the farmer without any vet's help.

This is commonly done by a process called disbudding, with a cauterizing tool, usually by the farmer. It needs to be done quite young (too young for anesthesia I suspect). Calling in a vet would not alter the brief discomfort, but would add expense. There is a chemical method also, but it has its benefits and hazards.

If the horns aren't prevented, or start growing again due to inadequate disbudding, you have a problem animal that must be isolated, at considerable social distress to this [herd] animal, and some expense to you.

Cattle, sheep and goats with horns are dangerous to each other (esp. males) and possibly people, as well as being very destructive to fences and equipment.

It is risky to remove the horns once they start growing, due usually to blood vessel and sinus connections, as well as creating an open wound, that even with dressing, is apt to be re-opened and infected before it heals.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 16, 2014, 09:50:35 PM
It is only necessary to remove the horns when the animals are kept inadequately (too many in too little space). I am glad that I can still buy milk from cows with horns. I have seen pictures of milk from a cow with horns and milk from a cow without horns, and the latter had a very sick structure.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on November 16, 2014, 10:45:47 PM
I just started checking my skin care treatment products. Luckily they all list the ingredients in an understandable way (natural ingredients). At the beauty shop they had told me that his line uses wheat on some products but only on very few. I only use 3 products, and they are free from any grains.
BUT my heat protections spray for the hair contains hydrolized wheat protein. :-(
I do not spray it on my scalp but still I think I can be affected, right? SIGH - it is hard enough to find a heat protector without silicone. I googled "heat protection without wheat", and the result was all suggestions with wheat and without something else.

Yesterday I duscivered a box of rhy flour and some lasagna noodles in my kitchen. I threw both out.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Linda R on November 17, 2014, 08:04:20 AM
Lately I have cut down my milk consumption and have overall been more selective about what kind of milk I buy. I did not know until recently that the horns of many milk cow are removed so that more cows can be put into a stable or on the pasture without risking power fights. Even "organic" does not guarantee that his is not done. Only two organic companies in Germany (Demeter, which has the highest standard, and Neuland) promise to not tolerate this practice.
On calves the horns are removed by the farmer without any vet's help. That is so disgusting.
I am still not over it.

Life on a farm is NOT the happy "puppies and rainbows" picture that many advertisers like to indicate in ads and other propaganda in order to sell their products.
Living on a small farm in Nebraska for 15 years or so, where we raised corn, hogs, cattle and other livestock, there were certain days in the yearly cycle that I just hated and the dehorning was one of them.
I also hated the days when the young pigs were castrated.
Animals suffer far more pain than most people realize, all for us humans to enjoy another burger or plate of BBQ ribs or wings.

On the other side of the coin, my late husband often spoke of the time previous to our marriage when he owned and operated another farm in the area, alone, and during the winters he sometimes had to function outside, feeding and watering livestock in -40 degree wind chills. It is a very difficult way of life unless you are a wealthy producer with all the up-to-date amenities.

The average shopper in the grocery store, looking down at that carton of eggs, sirloin steak, pork chop or chicken breast, never thinks about all of this, nor do they care.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on November 18, 2014, 11:59:30 AM

Between our government and Big Food, consumers are absolutely removed from the natural rhythms of life.  Daylight savings time is now 8 months of the year.  Nearly all readily available food is processed in some manner and packaged.  The only animals we ever see are in a zoo.  We have no idea about the health of the animals we eat or the pesticides on our produce and fruits which we can't easily wash off.  Big Food likes it that way.

My small summer garden was a tremendous amount of work, but the veggies and melons made it worth while until we were invaded by deer and raccoons.  Add in the very hot and dry weather over the summer and it just wasn't worth the effort for the amount of food I got.  Even tomatoes didn't thrive.
I gave up, but always shopped at the local farm stores.  One by one, the local farmers sold their land to developers because they were offered more money for their property than they could earn in several lifetimes of farming. 

Farming isn't easy.  Never was.  My mother-in-law grew up in rural Minnesota living a life like Laura Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie.  She married a minister and lived all over the rural midwest, including an Indian Reservation.  Food was never a problem because many in the congregation would bring food from their farms instead of having to pay their minister's services in cash.  They were always one of the first families to have electricity and telephone service and cash payment for this was often forgiven or paid by the congregation.
When weather catastrophes ruined the crop or damaged a building, the entire community came out to help and share their food until that farmer could recoup.  There were some machines, but nothing like those used today.  Long hours, backbreaking work and good weather made for a successful crop and your farm thrived.

Here in northern NJ we have "blue laws" so that Sunday is a day of rest with only essential stores open.  There is a lot of pressure to allow stores to open on Thanksgiving Day now, as if we need more stuff! The message is now: be thankful for the deal you got on stuff you don't need and don't have room for and just runs up your credit card bill.

What a world we live in.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on November 22, 2014, 03:01:06 PM
Hallo - wie geht's?  Bei mir alles ok, nur viel Hektik!  Hoffe es geht Dir gut, und freu mich darauf, zu hören was es Neues gibt.

Viele liebe Grüße,
von Barbara

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 02, 2014, 10:04:46 PM
Hallo Barbara, mir geht es gut.

Meanwhile I received the nut flours I had ordered - 4 x almond flour and 1 x hazelnut flour. I have made bread out of almond flour and chia seeds. It turned  ouit okay. It was soft, and it survived the deep freezer without falling apart or changing otherwise.
This morning I cooked some almond flour in milk until it looked like puree, and then I added a hand full of blue berries, and that was my breakfast. I had not had any fruits in many days.

Yesterday I went shopping at a different branch of that supermarket where I usually buy my cleaning supplies theres days (everything else I buy at the organic store or at the farm). I know that in former times I used to think that this store in particular is great because it has much more variety. Yesterday I realized that this just means more of the "chamber of horrors".
But at least I found organic cream of tartar to replace my baking powder (which contains aluminum).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 04, 2014, 10:43:10 PM
Two days ago I did not do a good thing. I had two Mozartkugeln (an Austrian candy consisting of chocolate, pistaccio marzipane and nougat)
After that I got hungry and topped everything by eating a big mango. You all can figure what I did then: I got hungry again (small wonder with all that sugar), but then I did not eat anymore. I ate the candy at 19 hrs and the mango at 22 hrs.

Yesterday my boss invited us all to a Besenwirtschaft. That is something local here in South Germany. It means that someone can open a pub temporarily in autumn (often from September till December) in an underground basement or in an apartment. People sit very tightly - I mean there is not much room then. The food is fresh and with lots of fat.  ;D .  I had Schlachtplatte, meaning a piece of pork belly and freshly cooked Blutwurst and Leberwurst sausages with sauerkraut.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 04, 2014, 10:57:54 PM
Here is an explanation for this type of pub
(I had not thought that I would find something in English)

And this is what Schlachtplatte looks like:
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Bob Niland (Boundless) on December 05, 2014, 10:51:40 AM
> ... until we were invaded by deer and raccoons ...

Another word for these critters is: food

Well, you need to assess CWD risk before harvesting a deer.

How another nutrition blogger handled raccoon #2:
The Farm Report: Chicken-Killer Stew (http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2014/07/05/the-farm-report-chicken-killer-stew/)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 06, 2014, 02:52:41 AM
??? What are you refering to? Are you maybe in the wrong topic? Sorry, I do not quite understand the reference to my posting. I had not written about deer.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 06, 2014, 05:41:53 AM

Boundless is referring to my post #61 dated 11/18/14, second paragraph where I'm bemoaning animals eating my garden. 

The Chicken-Killer Stew video was funny.  I laughed at the way the the traps were reinforced and altered!  That could have been me!!! Yes, I was going to outsmart the critters!  After spending much time and thought, I consulted with everyone who might have an inkling over what to do and how to do it.  This became a "me vs. them" neurotic quest on my part.  I really was rather successful and eventually had 4 different sized HavaHeart traps which were cleverly altered so "they", my enemies, could not escape!  My husband used to tease me unmercifully about my quest.

I caught several skunks, groundhogs, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels and a fox.   I covered the cages and brought them to a nearby preserved wooded area and let them go.  I could not kill them for food, even though they ate my food.  I guess I'm not hungry enough to do this.  I can barely deal with gutting freshly caught fish. 

Boundless, thank you for bringing back memories!  Chicken-killer stew isn't a recipe I will ever use.    ;D
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 06, 2014, 01:44:44 PM
Barbara, thanks for the explanations. Now I got it.

Coming back to my things........today I went to a mall and at my favorite pesto store they also sell liquor. I used to like their Xmas liquor, but this time I tried one sip, but I was appalled by the sweetness.
When I left the mall I had to pass the fruit shop. I admit I was extremely tempted to buy a mango, but I did not buy one.

I went to the hair stylist today, and the hair salon owner had a hard time grasping that I wanted wheet-free shampoo. I did not know how to explain to him my issue, so I said "I live like a person with celiac ." He said "Celi....what?". Then I knew that this was not going to be easy.......but the hair stylist read all label contents to me before using anything and even the boss promised to call the manufacturer on Monday and find out whether he can get an overview of what is gluten free. (It is a hair stylist that sells only products form one line.)

Anyway, my hair looks spectacular now.

At the organic store I saw zucchinis from Morocco. This makes me mad. Here in Germany you can really find zucchinis at every corner. Why do I need f-word zucchinis from1500 miles away?? I did not buy them. I bought local ones at a regular grocery store that buys from local farmers.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 10, 2014, 11:07:20 AM
Do you also get to hear weird responses when you announce that you only eat gluten-free?
Today a colleague had brought some cake. I thanked him for the group invitation and said I would  keep some distance to the cake so that I do not get tempted as I do not eat gluten-containing things anymore. He looked at me and said "Yes, but that gluten is NATURAL.". I just thanked him again and declined.
This colleague is very intelligent, and he was about the least out of all from whom I would have expected to be presented with a reply like that.

Tomorrow we have got our Xmas party at the office. Food is safe for me. We will have tons of meat and 5 types of salads. Maximum one salad with be with pasta - the rest only greens. Needless to say - I stay away from the pasta.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: HungryinTN on December 11, 2014, 08:11:42 AM
Do you also get to hear weird responses when you announce that you only eat gluten-free?

All the time.  And of course lots of people have heard the mainstream media standard fare that gluten-free is bad because gluten-free products are still just junk.  When they catch me feeling especially soapboxy they get quite an earful at that point.  But usually I just explain all of the negative symptoms I was able to alleviate by going gluten-free and the reasons it isn't worth it to me to ever eat wheat again, after having a few re-exposure experiences.  When I explain that before I gave it up I could barely step up onto a curb because of knee pain at the age of 29 and that a week after I gave up gluten I had almost zero joint pain, that usually shuts them up fast enough that I don't have to go into the more TMI area of IBS symptoms or weight...
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 11, 2014, 09:49:46 AM
I just don't say anything to anyone unless they ask.  I do get comments about my skin and how vibrant I look.  When I speak of grain and sugar free eating, I will get polite nods, people will run to the other side of the room or nasty comments about following a fad diet.  I don't bring this up unless some asks.
Lots of people don't understand even the reasons for eating organic items or not eating pasta.  I usually just say that wheat gives me indigestion or that I am allergic to wheat and let it go at that.  What other people eat is their business and I don't expect them to tell me how/what to eat.  I personally don't care what they think.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: HungryinTN on December 11, 2014, 10:03:17 AM
I just don't say anything to anyone unless they ask.

Living in the South, people ALWAYS ask. If there is food somewhere in the room and you're not eating it, someone is bound to ask why not within minutes.  I attended a book signing event at the local historical society recently and I was hungry so I grabbed a couple of pieces of cheese, resulting in the inevitable "is that all you're having," followed by someone bringing me crackers, like I hadn't seen them, which resulted in explanation funtimes.  They were really very sweet about it and one woman even had a celiac granddaughter. But at the same time, she was about 70, obese, and suffering from type II diabetes and hypertension and complaining about being in physical pain.  I told her about the pain I had been in before I went grain free, but she dismissed it out of hand because at "her age" it was just "to be expected" and that she just wanted to "enjoy life" eating whatever she wanted.  I did not push the conversation further, of course.  But that's pretty standard.  That or, like one of my closest friends who is naturally quite thin but suffers from addiction issues, brain fog, and loads of GI problems, always says "Yeah...I should probably try it...but I just can't give up bread and beer!"  I think it must be harder to get motivated without the motivation of weight, sometimes, unless you are really suffering from devastating health issues, rather than just uncomfortable ones. 
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 11, 2014, 10:15:44 AM
Most of these people place the responsibility for their health onto their doctor.  They would prefer to endure how much their body hurts rather than actually do something about it.  Whatever their excuse, a pill is easier in their way of thinking than not eating their sugary confections and wheat filled diets.  After all, they are just following doctors orders!

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: HungryinTN on December 11, 2014, 10:21:55 AM
Oh yes which reminds me of one of the other things she said, which was "I'm type II diabetic, so I really have to be careful and make sure to eat my healthy whole grains to keep my blood sugar in check - doctor's orders!"  Thankfully that was about the time the author approached our table to sign our books and the conversation subject was, blessedly, changed...
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 11, 2014, 11:13:35 AM

And these people blindly accept that they aren't getting any better and in fact are getting worse.  However, this is their choice.  I cringe, but I respect that choice as long as I am not called upon to help them in any way.

Dr. Daniel Amen has a lot of information on how the brain reacts to diet.  All the aggressive people may not be eating grains and sugar, but they aren't getting the proper balanced nutrition either.  If they were, they would be calm and not aggressive or angry.  For example, when some people drink and become rather mean and abusive, lots of the new coverts to grain and sugar free eating need to clean out their body and build it back up with natural foods and supplements.  New allergies or sensitivities that previously were just covered up by larger problems start surfacing and need to be addressed, but these people often won't admit to having a problem since that would upset their perfect diet.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Jan in Key West on December 12, 2014, 05:04:59 AM
We have a group of my husband's tennis mates that we do lunch with on Thursdays (local's discount day) and while they are aware that we eat differently, I never make a big deal about it. Most, not all, are in good physical shape (not sure about internal shape!) but what I find most interesting is the increased number of questions we get regarding food quality, GMO's, farmed fish, gluten, wheat, sugar and on and on.....yesterday, our entire conversation centered around our food choices. One begins to wonder where they've been the last ten or twenty years! 8)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 14, 2014, 03:07:39 PM
Here in Germany if food is served and one person does not eat, automatically someone asks why. On Friday I attended a fairwell event of a director who left to manage a company my employer had newly bought up. He served loads of snacks, all full of wheat. I did not eat, and I had no problem with it. I had brought some food from home and had eaten that an hour before the event, so I just said politely "no thanks, I am not eating - I have no problem whatsoever watching other people eat.". They kept insisting "Well, but this looks so yummy and the snacks are tiny - do you not want to try a bit? Why not?". Then I said "I am not eating grains." Then I just walked over to someone else and got involved into a conversation with a different topic.

On Saturday I did not do good. I attended a seminary out of town, and I should have known that this means 2 meals. Lunch was okay. They had vegetables at the cafeteria, and I had brought some air-dryed organic sausages. But in the evening I was so damn hungry and on the countryside. All the stores were closed (6 p.m. - that is normal on a Saturday on the countryside). Then I had some cheap Leberkäse and a spelt sandwich. I still had a 1,5 hour ride home, and I was so hungry. After this dinnner of course later I was hungry again, and I was not particularly proud of myself.

What kind of snacks can I take with me for a whole day without them going bad?

Today I felt great. I had salmon and two types of veggies with coconot oil for lunch and a salad of lamb's lettuce, grated zucchinis, organic sausages and linseed oil for dinner. Besides that, I baked a chia bread (+ nut flours + coconut oil) and had  a slice of that with good Italian cheese.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Bob Niland (Boundless) on December 14, 2014, 06:40:39 PM
> What kind of snacks can I take with me for a whole day without them going bad?

Nuts, dry-roasted (no industrial grain oils), unflavored, salted or not.

I see that Quest bars are available from amazon.de. You might start with one of the mixed sample boxes (http://www.amazon.de/Quest-Nutrition-Bar-Protein-Riegel/dp/B00KPHJRO8).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 14, 2014, 10:41:33 PM
That sounds like a good idea. Thank you. I could even keep the bars in the car (trunk). This way I do not get tempted when I am at home.
 Before I order them, I will check my local fitness supply store (how do you call those stores where you buy protein powder and the like?). It sells many bars from the States.

By the way, meanwhile my wheat-free and silicone-free heat protection spray arrived, and I tried it out. It smells really nice and works well.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 15, 2014, 10:21:26 PM
Yesterday I found an organic high protein bar (gluten-free, non-GMO), which I am going to try out next time.

I went to the organic butcher and bought chorizo, lamb steak and a turkey steak. Besides, I bought brokkoli and cooked it. Together with some meat it will be my lunch today. Brokkoli of course has to go with butter. It tastes so much better.

At the office two people brought cake, but I just politely declined, and no discussion followed.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 18, 2014, 11:24:30 AM
I am doing fine so far. For dinner I had organic trout. My lunch was a bit run of the mill. I had forgotten my fish at home in the fridge, and so I ate at the cafeteria for the first time in months. I took only vegetables and some green salad. The veggies were already falling apart.
After work I ate some nuts which I had stored in my car.

At work two people gave me small edible gifts which I would have loved in the past but not anymore. However, I can see the intention very well, and so of course I thanked them for the gifts and threw them out only at home. One was a packet of tea, so packed with artifical flavours that I thought I was inhaling the content of a chemistry lab. I cannot believe that I used to like that. The other was Lindt white chocolate - unbearably sweet.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 18, 2014, 12:16:21 PM

Most of us have experience the same.  Seems our tongues and taste buds become very aware of unnatural ingredients and overly sweet flavors the longer we eat this way.  Even high quality chocolates become much too sweet tasting and are no longer enjoyable.  We are also quite sensitive to "umami" flavors which are complimentary and enhance each other, like tomatoes and melted cheese (like pizza).  A Japanese scientist discovered the sensitivity and chemical reasons for these flavors which make food taste so good.  It has to do with naturally occurring  MSG.  You might be interested in googling "umami" to learn more about this phenomenon. 

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 21, 2014, 05:11:15 AM
Thanks. I googled it indeed.

On Friday a colleague visited our company from Italy. He brought me some panettone (wheat!!!) and a wheat-free candy. I thanked him for having thought of me and will eat the candy but have given away the panettone. I explained to him that I no longer eat grains.

One colleague of mine now bought the wheat belly cookbook and the wheat belly book. For starters she bans wheat. Another colleague introduced me to his wife on the phone. She wants to go gluten-free and has bought the cookbook and still needs to buy the regular book teaching all the details. We might meet next weekend.

Yesterday I was out  of the house all day and towards the end of the day I got really hungry. I had forgotten my bar at home, but I was all right with not eating anything. I told myself "look - this is all trash - you do not really want that".  At home I friend lamb Bratwurst with two types of vegetables and really enjoyed it.

Today I am planning to make meat balls from the well-fed cookbook.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 23, 2014, 11:50:33 AM
I made a small gluten-free cake consisting of 3 eggs, pumpkin, 1.75 oz of sugar and 1.75 oz of xlit, ground hazel nuts and 3 table spoons of coconut flour + spices. The cake looked nice, smelled nice, it was easy to cut off slices (the cake was small, only 7.4 inches in diameter......gee, I hope I do the conversions correctly), but when I eat a small piece of this cake, I keep burping mildly for at least 2 hours. This made me so mad that I finally ditched the cake.
I never burp after food. It is enervating, embarrassing, and it shows that something is wrong.
I had replaced only part of the sugar by xylit, because I had at first planned to take the cake with me to the office, and I did not want that colleagues who are not used to xylit, have to run to the bathroom.

What have I done wrong?

Today I called the German celiac society because they sell a listing of products that contain wheat and where in many instances the wheat is not listed. Their listingss are a) by product type and b) also by commodity (--> two types of listings, in books). They found it really weird that I want to abstain from gluten voluntarily. And I found it weird that they found it weird.
I finally said "Well, I feel a lot better, and I just prefer it that way, irrespective of what others think.".
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 23, 2014, 11:52:35 AM
BTW, all ingrediets were fresh and organic.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on December 23, 2014, 12:58:03 PM

It probably was the xylitol which caused the gas/burping.  This sugar alcohol is known for this.  It can also cause diarrhea in some people.  You can probably use it in smaller amounts without difficulty.  There are lots of other sweeteners to try until you settle on what works best for you.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on December 23, 2014, 01:51:49 PM
Thanks, Barbara. Since I can eat gummi bears with xylitol I had assumed that I can handle it in the cake as well. My mistake, because after all there is more in the cake than in the gummi bears.

By the way, when I refered to the celiac society, they of course list what is gluten-free and not what is wheat-free. My mistake. I keep thinking of the wheat belly book - so wheat was on my mind.

The burping is still going on.............grrrrrrrrr.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 24, 2015, 11:33:08 AM
Hi, I have been kind of lazy journaling lately.  The time between Xmas and New Year is very boring for me. Most friends are busy with family, and all the doors are closed. After Christmas I was invited by my former neighbors once. They had prepared grilled goose, red cabbage and noodles. I skipped the noodles and had more of the other stuff.

Some time before the end of the year I once had a relaps with spelt bread. I bought three!!! buns and could not stop eating after the first. Of coure not - gluten makes addicted. I felt bad and my appetite was out of control. I did not eat anything until night, and then I had loads of veggies in cream sauce.

Ever since then I had not felt tempted by grains. I am busy trying out new recipes, and I have baked Dr. D's basic bread a few times in variations. Right now i am baking a bread with organic lemon zest and cinnamon.

My thyroid medication has been reduced by 30% due to weight loss. I used to get upset very easily when I was on the higher dosage.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 24, 2015, 11:43:33 AM
I was afraid I would loose my text ;-) .

My neighbour, who had shown interest in living without grain but had given up before she started, aske me the other day "are you still doing this stuff without grains or whatever?". From the tone I could figure that she was hoping I would say "no, it is too much trouble - I bought two kgs of wheat pasta".  8)

My colleague, who bought the book in December and who before Xmas said to me "I leave out the wheat now but I do not think I can do this without grains. I am Italian, you know. We eat bread WITH pasta." - she is really doing goöd. I visited her yesterday, and she said "I am really feeling so great and do not need this gluten crap. My mind is clear, I have no desire to overeat, I do not care about candy anymore, and I do not even worry about what my son and my husband are doing. The only problem is that they keep insisting on wheat, but once they have eaten their food, they eat some mine, too. With wheat bread along the side!!!".

She said that often people say to her "but what do you eat when you eat neither bread nor pasta?" she tells them that there is still plenty of food left for her, and she smiles. A month ago she asked me the same question, and now she is giving the same reply to the others.

I am rally happy that I have a mission buddy now.  :)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 24, 2015, 12:00:59 PM
You see - I am very talkative today.

Lately I have had problems. with my vestibular system on the right side. I suddenly felt dizzy and felt like I could fall down any minute. In fact this feeling accompanies me all day in various intensities and is only non-existent when I am sitting in the car. It is not to be mixed up with ordinary circulation problems.Those would be a piece of cake.

The ear, nose and neck specialist found thru testing that the vestibular system is having issues. He also tested my hearing and said "you really hear the gras grow".  ;D ;D THe neurologist also did all kinds of tests on my and made an EEG. On Feb. 6th I get an ultrasound of my cortid artery, and they also want to do an MRT of my brain. My guess is that it is something mechanical....something is squeezed in, because ever since the physical therapist at my employer is working on my neck and shoulder for 5-10 min. a day, it got a bit better. Next Tuesday I am seeing a chiropratic. He is very old and has lots of experience. My colleague swears by him.
I did not take the pills that the doctor prescribed. I researched, and it turned out that often patients have to take this medicine for weeks before or if at all they help. Besides, they have side effects like problems with the kidney and headaches and so on.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on January 24, 2015, 01:41:28 PM

These problems you are having is probably an inner ear disorder.  A chiropractor is a good idea just in case there is a misalignment in your neck.  It can be very frightening.  This can come with age.  It is important to supplement magnesium to keep the little bones and ear drum from calcifying.  Sometimes herbal concoctions for vertigo helps.  Check your local pharmacy for these.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 24, 2015, 02:39:50 PM

okay, I will buy magnesium on Monday.

I will go to the chiropractic because my back needs this anyhow. If he can help my equilibrium also, that is fine. If not, it will still be useful. He is very old and not money-minded and likes to use natural things.

My pharmacy gave me something herbal. I have not been consistent in taking it regularly. Whenever I feel my problem less, I forget it. *sigh*
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 25, 2015, 09:39:30 AM
Today I had a look at my cookbooks. Those I had not looked at when I went thru my bookshelf the other day. I opened every book and asked myself critically whether what it contains fits my new life style, and another 12 books were sorted out. I was surprised that I can trade them in at Amazon. Of course I get less money than when I sell them privately, but it is okay. When I get that money, I can buy other books I have on my wish list. For example something about gutt health.

Tonight I am going to cook turkey medallions and mangold. I will cook enough so that half of it is my lunch for tomorrow.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on January 26, 2015, 09:26:35 AM

If your tongue is red and bumpy, you might have a B-12 deficiency according to Dr. Osborne.  The best B-12 is methylcobalamin and is widely available in a lozenge.  Grass-fed meats are good sources as well.  Many times this deficiency causes a wooziness and balance problem.  40+% of the population has a defect in the MTHFR gene which makes utilizing B vitamins difficult unless it is in the methylated form.  This is natural, not synthetic. 
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on January 26, 2015, 03:00:12 PM
Redhead, that's a great story about your friend!  I enjoyed it.  Hope your chiropractor can help you.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: deanna in AR on January 27, 2015, 10:07:39 AM
Redhead, my chiropractor helped me. I was off my ReMag for awhile. Then I fell and landed directly in the middle of my upper hips and lower back. Ouch! Went to chiro about a week later (because I also had a bad bronchial thing going on and I didn't feel like getting out). Chiro found that I was "out" in 10 places and both iliums were twisted. He feels that my tailbone is sprained (not broken). He told me to get back on my magnesium. It's a week later. I have gone back twice and he said my body is now relaxed and to come back in about a month unless I need something sooner. It's gonna take awhile for my tailbone to heal. Meanwhile I'm sitting on a donut cushion. It helps greatly. But the magnesium made a huge difference.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Loanne on January 27, 2015, 10:52:51 AM
I, too, have cravings.  Especially lately.  I've decided d. mt. dew really IS bad for me, so it's gone now (I know...horrible that it's taken so long to let this go, and I think it made me hungry!)  But other times, I have to sit down and really try to feel if I'm hungry, which I'm usually not.  Emotional issues still rearing their heads, but now I recognize what it is...I guess that's growth, thanks to WB.  I'm thinking lots of things can stir up cravings...hunger may be the LAST issue it really happens to be.  Does that make sense??  :D
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Jan in Key West on January 27, 2015, 02:48:09 PM
Ditching the Mountain Dew was probably the BEST gift you could give yourself.....congrats! I imagine you'll experience some health benefits from that act alone. It's a learning experience for all of us.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Jan in Key West on January 27, 2015, 03:40:34 PM
We were talking at the accupuncturist's office today and she made a comment about ear issues having direct links to the kidneys.....never heard that one before. She recommends, if it isn't severe, to use colloidal silver for 8 - 10 days to help cleanse/detoxify.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Bob Niland (Boundless) on January 27, 2015, 04:13:14 PM
> I've decided d. mt. dew really IS bad for me, ...

Pop culture has it that their slogan should have been "all the sugar and twice the caffeine".

The troubling ingredients are:
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Loanne on January 27, 2015, 05:48:51 PM
Thank you for the kind words...you could just as easily have said "What?  You're still drinking that crap?"  <smirk>  And printing your comments, Boundless, to read when I feel a weak moment coming on.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on January 27, 2015, 10:19:05 PM
My colleague, who sent me to that Chiropractic, also takes colloidal silver. I have to ask him about it.

Thanks for your posting. You used all those words in English where I had  wondered how to say that in English (before I opened this page). My case seems to be similar. He said I am out on 4 and twisted on 3, and he said "no wonder you feel dizzy". He did not talk about magnesium (he in fact barely talked LOL), but the nurse at the company "hospital" had also given me magnesium. I will buy magnesium on the weekend.
I dislike donut cushions very much. Don't know why. My colleague has one, and I have to put it away every time I have to sit at her place. 8)

Tomorrow I have to go for a checkup. The treatment itself did not hurt. He told me not to drive the car the first 30 min. after having gotten out of his office. Well, I felt more dizzy than ever, but after 30 min. it went back to normal. I can walk faster with more confidence now. I still feel a bit dizzy, but I know I can stand on my feet. I am no longer scared to fall down. And I know that things take time. During the day I could feel that something was working inside my body all the time. After dinner I lay down on the sofa and fell asleep immediately.

In the evening I ate basic bread (WB), cheese and salami. I felt too tired to cook. Talking about this bread:
I think in future I will not again buy a book in German that had previously been published in English. Too many Germans complain about translation errors in the books. The WB bread recipe has no fluid in the recipe - only eggs. I always add fluid, and it works. With only the eggs I could not stirr the dough.
Which ingredients does the American recipe list for the basic bread?

On the weekend I am going out of town. I am going to Munich - which is my most favorite city in Germany. Have not been there for half a year. I am going by overland bus. During winter I do not like to do long distances by car. The bus is clean, cheap, spaceous and punctual.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on January 29, 2015, 03:48:27 PM
Hallo Andrea - hope you're feeling better, and Kudos to you for staying on track all this time!  Isn't it wonderful?  My daughter has also been doing a great job getting back in Ketosis, and has lost quite a bit since the holidays .. we all went a little Cookoo for a while, with Stollen and Lebkuchen, and Gluehwein.   :-[   Aldi has all that nice stuff from Germany, and I have to admit, we are sentimental fools, but now that's over and we paid the price.

More later, just a quick wave and Tschuess for now!

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 01, 2015, 10:48:53 PM
I hope you made the Glühwein yourself. You will find recipes on www.kochbar.de or on www.chefkoch.de.
Good luck and good nerves for your remaining working weeks. In Germany the company either has to grant the vacation or to give the money. In companies with a works council usually the vacation has to be granted.

I still feel a bit dizzy. The nights from Friday till Sunday I slept 50 per cent longer, and since then I feel that I have given my body the desired extra rest it needed as a consequence of what the chiropractic triggered.
On the weekend I went to a sale, and the shop owner told me she had the same problem (prolonged dizzyness). We compared our treatments.

My nutrion in Munich has not been the optimum. I had a spelt sandwhich for breakfast. I was staying in an apartment complex where no breakfast was served. There was one store that was so run down that Aldi looks like a luxury place compared to that. In the evening I went downtown and had Thai food with lots of veggies and organic meat. That was the first time I saw a Thai place offering organic meat.

I also went shopping at Dallmayr's downtown and bought fantastic cheese and salami from Italy (air-dried salami).

At the clothing super sale (my annual  festival day - LOL).....among other things  ;D ;D ....*chough* .....I finally found a parka that has no polyester lining. In fact it is an experiment of the designer (there were only 3 pieces available....each llooking different). I took the parka without the hood, because I almost never use a hood, and that hood was oversized and had a real fur rim on 3 models. I do not want to wear real fur, also no imitation fur.....
It is really neat. I can remove the lining, and like this I can wear the parka almost year around. Around the collar there are huge black press buttons, because this is where the hood was. The buttons at least have the size of thumb finger nails.

Today I am back to gluten-free. Last night I cooked some veggies in cream sauce, which I will eat today. And I have sausages from the farmers' market.

By the way, on my way back home in the overland bus I talked with a young lady all the time. She was VERY interested in wheat belly and noted down all kinds of things and links and names, and she was the one asking questions all the time She asked me how I make the basic bread and all.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on February 02, 2015, 04:05:23 AM
Hallo Andrea - no, didn't make myself, drank that sweet mess they sell as the stuff here at Aldi.  Not even all that good, so easy to let go!

The labor laws are not comparable to the German laws, that's for sure.  We have a German working with us for the next 6 moths, he loves to talk, and mentioned that the salaried people get their vacation paid out to them, and also over time is added to their vacation allotment!!  That is not the case here, we are step children in our company.

I wish i could be in Munich with you, just thinking about it brings memories of smells, sounds, emotions … isn't that weird?  Your descriptions are very real to me, like the little store that is so run down .. I've seen those in Munich, my grandmother lived in Sendling, on top of one of those stores.  I forget the name, but she was in the Schmied Kochel Strasse, right next to Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest takes place.  We would always park at her house and walk to the festival.  Fun times!

Hope you feel better soon, I have more energy already, not eating sugar and what this long weekend.  I stayed with Mutti, because her back is hurting, she had a pinched nerve, and can't get around well, so couldn't come to stay with me,  so I gave my sister a break, and slept over with her.  I am so grateful to my sister, she has way more patience than I do, and has been with her all week. 

Gotta run, it's nice to be back!  :)

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 03, 2015, 12:48:48 PM
The labor laws are better here - that is right - but this thing about the holidays and all is no longer that common - at least not in the big companies where the works council has a say. Where I work, the people have to take their vacation of the current year by the end of March of the following year. Not everybody gets overtime money (I never do). I had to grin that the works council now declined all of the overtime for February. I am so fed up with people playing lazy and getting overtime money. 2/3 of those who get overtime money in my department do not need it. So often I see people stand in the coffee corner for an hour, or they read the net every time I pass their desk.

Today I feel worse than yesterday. A repair guy came into the office, and I had to supervise him. He really was very clumsy, and so I was given the run-around. I should have delegated that - I did not put my foot down. It was my fault.

What you say about Munich, makes sense. I do not think at all that this sounds weird.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 03, 2015, 12:52:27 PM
Today I brought some things for my Italian friend, but it was a case of bad luck. She had to run home early and I did not get out of the office. So I hope I will be able to give the stuff to her tomorrow after work and after physical therapy. Otherwise it has to be next week.

Today I had some leftover veggies from yesterday and supplemented those with grated raw vegetables and good oil and a pair of organic sausages.
I was satiated and had no problem. In the evening I went to the organic store and bought - among other things - unsweetened almond milk. The milk had been on sale last week (nearl 20 per cent less), but when they saw me they said "You will still get it for last week's price."
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 05, 2015, 12:29:53 PM
I finally had to leave the stuff in her office. The same day I had trouble walking and the next day I had to leave before her late shift started. Her puzzled Greek colleague asked me who I am. She wants the Italian to eat wheat all the time. ;-) So I smiled politely and said "I just want to leave some grain-free foodstuff for Liljana here. We do not eat grains." :D

Today I finally had it with my burping, and I went to a gastroenerologist. He was very kind and thorough - spent over an hour on me. He took my blood and said he wanted to test for celiac disease although he assumes that the blood test might not work since I already changed my eating a while ago. He did an ultrasound of my abdomen and could not find anything except my gall bladder shows sand .....like the prestage of gallstones. I asked him whether eating bitter things helps, but honestly I am not sure what he said. I was so exhausted from doctors today. In the forenoon I had my eye background check. I got some drops that enlarged my pupils and she looked into the eye background. The assitant made me pass an eye test, and I had zero mistakes. 8)

The gasto....you know what I mean wants to test me for allergies. There are several breathing tests. The first one will be next week. In the end we probably have to do a gastroscopy, but first we will do one breathing test after the other. There are 3 or 4.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Rita on February 05, 2015, 09:01:34 PM
Today I finally had it with my burping

Some digestive enzymes might help with that.

He did an ultrasound of my abdomen and could not find anything except my gall bladder shows sand .....like the prestage of gallstones. I asked him whether eating bitter things helps, but honestly I am not sure what he said. I was so exhausted from doctors today.

I wrote an article about gallstones that might be helpful.  See here (http://ntischool.com/2014/12/remove-not-remove-gallbladder-question/).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on February 06, 2015, 05:41:03 AM
I hope you feel better soon, Red - haven't got much advice but do read the article that Rita wrote, it's got some great info!!

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on February 06, 2015, 05:48:36 AM

My 2 cents!:

Burping often happens when your production of hydrochloric acid is not able to digest proteins.  You might need to supplement HCL, taken a few minutes prior to eating.  It could be a general mineral depletion that is causing your symptoms, like zinc and magnesium.  This is discussed in Primal Body- Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. 
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on February 06, 2015, 05:50:26 AM
I have that book but haven't read it … hear it's really good!  Another thing on my bucket list ;)  She also has a website, I think, with good info.  Have to check that out.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 09, 2015, 10:19:21 PM

My 2 cents!:

Burping often happens when your production of hydrochloric acid is not able to digest proteins.  You might need to supplement HCL, taken a few minutes prior to eating.  It could be a general mineral depletion that is causing your symptoms, like zinc and magnesium.  This is discussed in Primal Body- Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.
At first I did not know what HCL means. The pharmacist said "hydrochloric acid". Hmmm.....on the weekend I once took a medicine that binds excess hydrochloric acid, and then I felt a bit better. The only reason why I did not keep taking it is that that stuff contains aluminum.
I will get a coloscopy and a gastroscopy done on February 17, and once I have a clear picture of what the matter is, I will get my blood levels checked ...for example the Vitamin D level and others...for example those suggested by you, depending on what I pay per checkup. Those checkups are not paid by the sickness insurance.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 09, 2015, 10:31:25 PM
Thanks for this article. I still have to work thru this with the help of the dictionary. Normally I can read English texts, but in your article there are quite a number of words I have never dealt with before. I may then have one or the other question, but I guess this will only happen next weekend. Right now I am in the survival mode because of stress in the office, and all I can manage is not eat grains.

Probiotics - yes, I definitely need to start those. Meanwhile I also found out which brands are good in Germany. But what confuses me is that Dr. Davis uses the unit "stems" to express how much we have to take. On the German products it neither says stems nor any possible translation of it. I just have to do more reading.

Yesterday I went to my gastroenterologist and he performed a breathing test on me to figure out whether I have a certain bacteria in the gutt that does not belong there. Heliobacter. I had to abstain from food and drinking since midnight, and I had to NOT brush my teeth, and then I first had to breathe into a bag. Afterwards the assistant put some medicin into my yoghurt, and I had to eat the yoghurt, wait for half an hour and then breathe. The lab result is expected next Monday, also the blood test result on celiac disease. He took the blood although he told me that this often does not work out, especially if I have avoided grains for some time, but he at least wanted to try it.

On 17th I will then get done what is described above.  After this I will start with probiotics. The good thing is that this doctor takes time with patients, and he was quite interested in hearing about wheat belly and all.

Yesterday my boss brought prezels for the whole office. He had forgotten again that I am not eating, so he said "have one". I crossed my fingers and grinned and said "they are no no for me, but thanks - the effort also counts". Then he laughed. I had some basic bread and goat cheese in the kitchen, and that was fine for me.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 10, 2015, 02:12:13 PM
Today I went into the cafeteria with a colleague. It was the first time since the beginning of my journey. He is Italian and from another department, and I was hoping to be able to network. We have an office that arranges lunch meetings between people who do not know each other (no dating!!). I had hoped that maybe he has an Italian wife who likes to learn German. Then she could help me improve my Italian.
He is a nice guy but terribly busy (the fourth child is coming), and his wife is French and has no interest in learning German. But I was pleased to see that it works quite well when I speak Italian, and his German was really good.

I think tomorrow I will try to find out who gives German lessons in our company. I will try to find that teacher and then ask her whether she sees anybody as a study tandem partner for me.

At the cafeteria I had a joghurt and a mixed salad, but I talked more than I ate, and so I had quite a bit of bread (grain free) with cheese for dinner. After that I cooked a pan full of mixed veggies.

Today I put coconut flour into the basic bread. This time I used flour from a different supplier, and the coconut flour had a lovely and fresh smell. I think I am going to change the supplier.

Today I did not manage to meet Liliana.  She was on strike, so she did not come into the company. It was a warning strike. I did not participate. I am not in the union.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 19, 2015, 01:43:25 AM

My 2 cents!:

Burping often happens when your production of hydrochloric acid is not able to digest proteins.  You might need to supplement HCL, taken a few minutes prior to eating.  It could be a general mineral depletion that is causing your symptoms, like zinc and magnesium.  This is discussed in Primal Body- Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas.
I am not sure whether I understand: HCL is hydrochloric acid, right?
This book you mention sounds like a very good recommendation. I have put it on my wish list at Amazon and will order it at the end of the month.

I have started supplementing zinc - 15 mg a day. Magnesium I have started taking recently (300 mg in the evening), but I am not sure whether it makes sense to take that long-term without getting the bloodwork checked.
As far as bloodwork is concerened - no sickness insurance will pay the checking of minerals, and I am planning to get vitamin D checked but overall have to keep an eye on the costs.

The magneisum I bought contains 20 portions. It is magensium citrate in granular form.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 19, 2015, 01:48:16 AM
Finally I worked thru your article with the help of a dictionary. Quite a portion of the advice I am already following (but I am new on that path).
After having read your article, I bought probiotics
(I did not buy them at this store but in Germany at a pharmacy - however, I wanted to post an English description)
I am drinking dandelion tea and I ordered taurin (also from pure encapsulations - I just love this brand).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 19, 2015, 02:13:40 AM
My procedure (gastroscopy and colonoscopy) was done on Tuesday. It was really hard for me to stay without food for 24 hours. Actually my period was longer. I already had to skip lunch, and my breakfast was very light. On the day before the procedure I was stuck in the hospital waiting to get my bandage changed, and when I got out of the hospital, it was 13.30 hrs, and I was only allowed to eat till 12.30.
The doctor took a few samples during the procedures and has sent them to the lab.

I am home on sick leave right now because I had a kitchen accident resulting in second degree burnings. I had a case of boiling delay when trying to warm up a glass of almond milk. I took the milk off the stove when I noticed the slightest movement on the surface, but after at least 30 seconds away from the stove the milk shot out of the pot like an explosion and spilled over my hands and all over the place. It was a nightmare for me. Even now I get nervous when I have to put a white fluid in a pot on the stove, and I stir it every few seconds, since I have read that this reduces the risk.
Previously I had thought that if nothing is in a liquid....nothing that can stick to the ground....then I do not need to stir.

The skin came off. I have a special bandage now that is supposed to help me until new skin grows. That tiny peace of "bandaid" costs 120 USD the doctor said.  8) .
Washing dishes is very complicated now. I use plastic bags for many things, and I do many things left-handed.

Tomorrow, when I get my bandage changed again, I will be able to buy grass-fed meat at the hospital. No kidding. The hosptial is run by nuns, and they have grass-fed animals and a butcher on the convent ground - so the animals do not have to suffer long transportation. In fact the butcher comes to the animals.
I also ordered eggs. Somehow I had completely forgotten this shopping opportunity. The butcher truck comes to the hospital twice a week to sell stuff. The only problem is that the butcher leaves at 2.30 p.m. and I normally need one hour from my job to the butcher, but with a little bit of goodwill I could probably work that out once or twice a month.

Anyway, I am glad that I can finally type again. With a bandaged right thumb it is not easy.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on February 19, 2015, 04:27:37 AM
Oh you poor thing, that sounds so painful!  I had never heard of hot milk jumping out of a pot, you just never know in life, from one moment to the next, do you! 

But _ Glueck im Unglueck - you found the butcher in the convent again, so at least something good came from it all.

Hope you feel better soon, just checking in before work, gotta run, but soon, soon I will be free!!!

Gute Besserung!!!   :D

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 19, 2015, 10:44:28 AM
I had also never heard of this phenomenon before it happened to me.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 25, 2015, 10:42:56 AM
Tomorrow I am back at work. The wound has roughly healed. The skin is very pink and thin still - so I have to be careful.

I think I have to throw out my handbag. I washed it a second time, and I had thought that the oil comes off, but it does not. The bag is dark beige - and it used to get some spots (like a patina), so before I had washed it, the oil spot sort of looked okay - now all the patina signs are gone, and the oil spot looks strange.

Today I did not have the necessary discipline in the kitchen, and I ate something ready-made from the organic store. I was pretty fed up when I got out of the hospital. The good thing is that I found mangold and will cook that tomorrow.

Today I ordered new nut flours, vinegars, coconut oil and coconut pulp. And I drove to a nearby mill and bought almond oil, linseed oil and walnuts (all organic). I did not like the nearby milll that much. The one where I order from offers so much more, partly also at better prices, and their entire product range is organic - not just a few items. On the way home I discovered a problem with my car. The display used to show 3 things, and it now only shows two. I hope that not the entire control unit has to be changed, but my optimism is sinking.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on February 25, 2015, 10:57:00 AM

Can you use leather polish or oil on your handbag?  I used to use that on my favorite pair of leather boots.  Worked like a charm to remove the water/slush and salt stains.  If you have a local shoemaker, he will be able to provide some advice. 

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 25, 2015, 10:54:27 PM
you mean you used to use regular oil on leather items? Then at least the whole handbag would have the same color.  8)
The shoemaker I used to go to for 15 years retired recently. I have to find out where there is a real shoemaker exists. These days there are so few real shoe makers. We have a lot of these chain stores were unskilled people glue heels to your shoes. Don't know whether you have the same problem in the States.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Barbara from New Jersey on February 26, 2015, 03:55:23 AM

Neatsfoot Oil, Mink Oil or Saddle Soap are the oils you should use.  A small container is very inexpensive and lasts a long time.  You can check Amazon for some local brands. Sports and hobby shops will carry this as well. I would use terms like leather oils, leather conditioners or baseball glove oil in your search engine to find brand names.  These products condition leather to keep the article supple and waterproof.  Baseball gloves, saddles and riding boots are regularly conditioned with these products, or at least they used to be!

It certainly is worth a try for a good leather product.  Many years ago I had a pair of favorite leather boots that I kept looking wonderful for years using the oils or soaps for leather.  When the upper leather got too thin to re-sole I had to discard them.  It was like losing an old friend.   :'(

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 26, 2015, 10:25:02 PM
Okay, now I got it. I know what you mean and where I can buy this tomorrow. I should have figured myself that you mean shoecare products and not regular oil.
You are right thattrying to save good leather is worth a try. Years ago I had light blue suede shoes from Italy. The sole was incredible. I could walk for hours and hours. After a good while, the color looked very messy. I thought I would have to discard them but the shoemaker (that one who unfortunately went into retirement) said he would color them black and then they would turn into smooth leather shoes. He did and I was able to wear them much longer.

Yesterday we had a birthday party in the office. I ate cheese and a piece of meat. Everything else was off limits (wheat buns, lots of cakes...). When I saw the cake buffet I sighed a little bit, but it was clear to me that I was not going to give in. I was so busy talking with other people that in the end I did not care.

When I baked my most recent version of the basic bread (WB), I did not add fluid (which is also not included in the recipe), and that was not a good idea. The bread is too dry, and it irritates my throat and makes me cough. Today I put a more than generous helping of coconut oil on it, but it did not help. I guess it has to go. On the weekend I will make a new one and will stick to what has worked well before.

In future I will better stick to

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on February 26, 2015, 10:59:12 PM
I just noticed that Amazon has already given me the money for the books I had sent in - so just now I bought 2 new books. One of them is the one you had recommended - Primal Body Primal Mind.

Yesterday I continued going thru my belongings and asking myself what I actually still need. The result is that I threw out some more things and discovered a pile of DVDs that I will sell to Amazon now. 8)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 08, 2015, 10:30:14 AM
Sorry, I have not shown myself for a few days. It was stressful to get back to work after my kitchen accident. There was so much work on my desk. During the week I did not have the discipline to cook beforehand on 3 working days of this week, so once I had a piece of sheep feta with WB bread and twice I had an organic salad from the store (the list of ingredients was understandable and not too long). But I cooked in the evening or at least made a big salad out of different raw things. Beats me, why, but somehow I never cooked enough to have a portion for the following day. Next week I want to do better, so today I prepared organic salmon and three types of vegetables.

My hand is doing okay, circumstances given. I put almond oil or coconut oil (more often the latter) on the wound every day several times, and sometimes I also use aloe vera. A colleague gave me some leafs from his plants, and he also gave me a baby plant so that I can grow my own.

Today is the first day where I get lots of things done around the house, but I would normally need another day like that. The weather is nice, we had lots of sunshine, but if I had gone outside, I would not have gotten anything done.

I visited my Italian colleague twice this week. She told me that now her family overall eats less gluten because they are so super keen on stealing her food  8) , and they pay her compliments for the delicious new things she tries out. That is really cool.
And one of my colleagues is going to bake something that I can eat. She specially came to me to inquire and said she wanted to make something that enables me to eat with everyone. Very nice.

My burping has almost gone away since I started taking probiotics. I maybe only burp 2-4 times when I eat salami - so I noticed - but apart from that I practically do not burp. But the salami causes it every time. I tested it out. It was no coincidence.
I am not saying that it was only the salami that caused it. It sometimes also happened in conjunction with other foods, but with salami it happened every time (organic salami, supposedly air-dried and free from pickling salt).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 12, 2015, 11:55:31 PM
I am cooking lots of veggies these days. Yesterday I ate mixed salad for breakfast.  8) I added coconut pulp and oil, but somehow it did not satiate me enough. Maybe I should have added some cheese cubes.

I learnt that I can never read enough lables. I buy organic spices from a manufacturer that does not add any separating material, and a long list of their spices are listed in the "List of gluten-free foods" of the celiac society. I should better have checked whether all of them are safe.
One spice contains raw cocolate and it said something about coffee on the front of the spice tin. So I innocently had assumed that we are talking about a few crushed and roasted coffee beans.  Now I read the detailled listing on the back, and it says "rhye coffee". I threw it out immediately. This was a lesson for me. I need to read everything, even when I do not suspect anything.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on March 13, 2015, 02:39:06 PM
Rhye coffee?  I had to look that one up and I'm still not sure I know what it is!  They put some strange stuff in our food.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: deanna in AR on March 13, 2015, 04:36:41 PM
Lynda, I looked it up too and didn't learn anything?????
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 14, 2015, 03:36:10 AM
This fake coffee came about in Germany in the post-war time when coffee was a rare commodity. THe brand that still is popular today consits of rhye, coffeeweed, malt and barley, but apparently the manufacturer of these organic spices found a fake coffee made from rhye alone.
This fake coffee is frequently given to children even today. Or sometimes people who have stomach problems and cannot drink coffee - they resort to this.

My household really needs my attention this weekend. I got up early, as usualy, and I am busy ironing clothes. I ate leftover veggies for breakfast. What I had cooked is called Superschmelzkohlrabi. Kohlrabi also seems to exist in the English language, and I have read about Superschmelz in English texts. It is an ancient type of kohlrabi, and it is very big. The one I bought weighed nearly 4 pounds.

Sometimes when I leave work and I am too hungry, I eat a few raw nuts on the way home, but that does not always help. A colleague now mentioned a trick that really works for me. When I feel ravingly hungry, I start eating, and then I get up and maybe wash a few plates, and then I sit down again, and after a brief period I get up again and do some chores. This way I feel my satiating point, and I do not stuff myself up.

I take my probiotics and my taurin every day, and the burping is gone.  :)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on March 14, 2015, 11:44:46 AM
Very interesting, Redhead.  It sounds a bit like the old Postum from my childhood.  It was a grain based coffee substitute, too.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 14, 2015, 04:35:23 PM
Yes, it is.
This is the brand popular in Germany:

Today I went out to attend the annual museums' night. The museums are open till midnight. You probably think now "What's the issue? Here things are open around the clock." ;D ;D but not here. One friend ate a wheat sandwich. I did not care to eat anything. I had eaten plenty of salad and some salami before I went out.

Today I started preparing the nomato sauce I want to make tomorrow.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 17, 2015, 09:20:25 PM
The nomato sauce really turned out amazingly red. I am glad that I had precooked veggies for another portion of sauce. That portion is in the freezer now and will safe me time next time.

A colleague who comes from the State of Brandenburg (where they have a high rate of free-rage animals) wanted to bring meet for me. He forgot it and had a guilty conscience, but I said "don't worry". He is going home again next weekend. I still have organic fish in my freezer, and I want to empty my freezer. If he now does not bring meat again, I will make another trip to the aforementioned butcher working for the nuns.

Yesterday I had Bratwurst from the organic butcher near where I work. He has found a way to produce things without pickling salt by coloring the meat with home-cooked vegetable soup. I assume he then also mixes something orange colored and something lilac to achieve a red like I did for the nomato sauce.
With the Bratwurst I ate this cauliflower:
http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http://images.fotocommunity.de/bilder/pflanzen-pilze-flechten/kuechenkrautpflanzen/lila-blumenkohl-4857ca91-78e3-4f57-9308-6a763aa10e9b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/display/25835071&h=667&w=1000&tbnid=6JdXIXloXG2bsM:&zoom=1&tbnh=90&tbnw=135&usg=__ssEJDE2YnGXdbvbmsvGgwCLPIxY=&docid=7lh0nZ6GTvdLtM&sa=X&ei=i-4IVYXFH8edPbC-gIAM&ved=0CCQQ9QEwAA (http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=http://images.fotocommunity.de/bilder/pflanzen-pilze-flechten/kuechenkrautpflanzen/lila-blumenkohl-4857ca91-78e3-4f57-9308-6a763aa10e9b.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.fotocommunity.de/pc/pc/display/25835071&h=667&w=1000&tbnid=6JdXIXloXG2bsM:&zoom=1&tbnh=90&tbnw=135&usg=__ssEJDE2YnGXdbvbmsvGgwCLPIxY=&docid=7lh0nZ6GTvdLtM&sa=X&ei=i-4IVYXFH8edPbC-gIAM&ved=0CCQQ9QEwAA)
It is always from Italy, but you can buy it at some places here, too.

Before I end up eating rubbish in the office one day, I bought a glass of coconut pulp, which I am going to keep in the office.

Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: deanna in AR on March 18, 2015, 02:15:30 PM
Wow! That cauli is beautiful!!!
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on March 18, 2015, 05:17:00 PM
That's the prettiest vegetable I've ever seen.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 18, 2015, 11:57:02 PM
I agree with you. In future I will try to buy this type more often. It seems to contain something that the white one does not. I just do not have the time right now to look up the words in the dictionary. I need to rush into the office.

Yesterday I attended another cooking class at my employer's cafeteria kitchen. That is a chance I have once or twice a year. We prepared asparagus salad with a dip made of plenty of cream, a 3-layer terrine along the side. The main course was lamb filet, potatoes, fresh spinach and a sauce that we simmered for 4 hours. the desert consisted of tiny marzipane pear pies with nuts.
I managed to keep everything gluten-free, because when the others put puff pastry around their piece of filet, mine remained naked. Everything  was slow-roasted in the oven. The sauce was free of binding agents.  After 4 hours of simmering you need nothing of that.
Since I did not want to skp desert, they put just the marzipane filling and the fruits into a pie crust and left out the pastry, and I must say it turned out perfectly. The marzipane developed a little crust on the outside.

We had a wonderful evening.

One of the things I learnt is this: I had so far only bought green asparagus during the main season, and then it is not necessary to peel it. The cook told us that in the upper class kitchen (haute cuisine I think the French say - with the special sign on top of the A) one always peels the green asparagus, and in the early seoson we should also do that, because green asparagus often is a bit stringy at that time.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Lynda (Fl) on March 19, 2015, 09:18:15 AM
The menu at your cooking class is certainly a nice one, Redhead.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 25, 2015, 11:27:45 PM
Yeah, Linda, ist sounds nice, but looking back I should not have eaten the desert. For up to several days after that I started drewling again at candy when I went shopping.  I managed to not buy the candy (once admittedly I put something into my shopping cart, but I managed to put it back into the shelf), but it was hard for me, and it used to be easy for me when I avoided sugar loads. This is really an addiction.

Two days ago I went out in the evening, and this time I had prepared myself well. I took two pieces of WB bread and a sufficent amount of cheese with me to the office, and before I went downtown to my evening event from there, I ate my meal-to-go. So when I was in town, I had no desire to eat, not even after the evening event when everybody went to a restaurant.

Last weekend my former neighbours visited me. I prepared a meat sauce (Bolognese) and a huge colorful salad bowl.  For them I made noodles in addition, and I gave them the leftovers to take home. I was too lazy to make zucchini noodles for myself, but I just ate more salad, and it was fine. We had low carb cookies (from walnut flower and coconut flower) as desert.

This weekend I definitely want to make broth again. Bones bought at the organic butcher are already in the fridge.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on March 30, 2015, 10:38:49 PM
Yesterday I ate grilled pork filet with zucchini salad. I prepare the dressing at home with a generous helping of good oil, and I grate the zucchinis in the office at lunch break, using my beloved Microplane.
It is really so much easier to keep the carb levels low. I had breakfast at 6 a.m. (I am an early riser), I had lunch at 1:30 p.m., and I did not even have an issue with hunger.

The meat was from the convent butcher (who sells meat in front of the convent-owned hosptial twice a week), and it was really fantastic - very tender, no "leaking" water.

I made my bone broth last weekend, and it turned out nice.

Yesterday my colleague came back from his home leave. He comes from a State where you find a lot of grass-fed meat. He brought meat for me. It is in the freezer now. He goes home sort of regularly, so I could get my meat thru him more often.
Last time I had ordered meat was when I burned my hand on the weekend, so then he ended up having to eat the meat. But he had no issues with it - he loves eating tons of meat.  8)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Rita on April 02, 2015, 08:00:13 PM
How have you been feeling lately?
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 03, 2015, 08:35:38 AM
Thanks for asking. I feel okay, but this week has been pretty exhausting emotionally. My ex boss (whom I used to work for until the end of last year) died of esophageal cancer. He had neither drunk nor smoked cigarettes. Over the months I had talked with him on the phone occasionally and more often with his wife in the latter phase when he was not in a position to talk much anymore.

Now I am off work for four days, because Friday and Monday are public holidays in Germany. I need this time at home because there are many things I have to catch up on like dusting, sorting out things.

I ordered new supplies of coconut oil and vinegar, and I found a small family run mill not so far away from my home. It is too far away to just drive there, but buying there still counts as "supporting the local economy". ;-) That mill sells macademia flour. I am really looking forward to knowing how that tastes.
The advantage of macademia nuts is that they have as much omega 3 as omega 6. And they sell macademia plup - something that I had never seen at an organic store or online before.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Rita on April 03, 2015, 10:18:03 AM
Sorry to hear about your ex-boss.  You'll have to let us know what you do with the macadamia pulp.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 04, 2015, 02:10:01 AM
I want to use the pulp as bread spread or maybe eat 1-2 spoons full as a small snack. Since the pulp is still in raw quality, I want to consume it in that form. The mill owner said it would have the same consistency as coconut pulp.

Since I had that incident the other day where I used a spice not considering that it might be contaminated, I have had two incidents where I dreamed that I was eating wheat bread and only realized what I was doing when half of the bread was eaten. Then I woke up and was so grateful that it was only a dream.
And I could not get back to sleep for half an hour or so. Has anybody else had such dreams?

On Tuesday of this week one of my colleagues baked a gluten-free Zupfkuchen. It tasted excellent. I am going to get the recipe and make it WB-compliant.
This is a recipe in English - just so that you get the idea:
The picture, however, looks disappetizing. Here are nicer pictures
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on April 05, 2015, 06:28:27 AM
Hi Andy - sounds like you're doing really well, so happy about that!  The cake looks amazing, pretty much like a cheesecake with a chocolate bottom, could use pecan meal or other nuts, with cocoa or melted chocolate.  And instead of Quark, I usually use a mixture of cream cheese and sour cream, it's almost impossible to find fresh quark in the US, at least down South. 

I haven't had dreams about eating wheat … but when I stopped smoking (it was 35 years ago, I smoked for 5 years, from 20 to 25 …) I had those dreams, and they are scary real … it always took me a while to figure out was it real or a dream … hope that ends soon, I guess it's a subconscious fear of falling off the wagon, because it would be so easy to give in, sometimes … they do make it harder in Germany, I have to admit the bread there is something I can never stay away from.  Much easier in the US, and I'm very happy with the bread I bake with the coconut flour or almond flour, or even with the cashew or almond butter, that one is just super easy and I might make some for today's meal.  Just to have some variety, and there are wheat eaters coming to the dinner, that way we all feel happy.

Frohe Ostern!!!   :D
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 06, 2015, 11:06:43 PM
Yeah, bread certainly is a bigger temptation here in Germany than in the US. I am glad you remember that.  ;D
I agree with you about the reason for my dream. This dream does not happen often, but it happens when I either failed to see something (like the other day with that organic spice), and I reproach myself for not having looked closer or when I discover something in the last minute, and I was at firat templed not to look closer. Then I usually reproach myself  "you should really know better by now that you always need to look closer....if you do not shape up, you will wheat yourself".  I am my own strict judge.  :(

Yesterday I prepared two beef filet steaks from the convent butcher. The meat was heavenly. The second steak I will eat at the office today.
I baked a flour-free nut cake with full-fat cream. At the end I added a sip of Marc de Champagne. It tasted heavenly. Everything is gone already.
And I made another bread.
The eggs I had this morning were from chicken that only eat fresh herbs.

Something really annoying (and hopefully not too costly) happened to me with my washer. I need to get a repair guy. I wlll go into more detail tonight.

By the way, how long does bone broth last in the fridge?
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 12, 2015, 11:16:00 AM
I am just eating freshly baked WB bread with newly delivered macademia pulp. I have added grated zucchini and mediterranean herbs to the bread.

The local organic butcher told me that he only uses spice mixtures that he has mixed himself, and I found out that he is also smoking fish. At first I had assumed that he only serves the smoked fish that I see in the store and that probably the fish gets smoked somewhere else, but I was wrong. He  does not sell anything that someone outside the store has prepared, and I can order any fish I want. This week I am having the best smoked salmon of my life, and for next Saturday I have ordered smoked trout.

Does anybody have a good idea as to how I can remove oil stains from clothing? Putting a lot of laundry soap on that spot and let it soak for a while does not always work.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 15, 2015, 10:51:38 PM
My zucchini bread maybe tasted good when it got out of the oven, but now I think it is time to say good-bye to the leftovers. About 1/4 is left, and I noticed that in the center it is a bit damp.

This is where I ordered my macademia pulp and all these things:
I know you cannot read the stuff (except for BarbNC), but you can see that the pictures are very nice. They extract all their products using minimal heat so that the products are still classified as "raw", and they do not use any coloring or additives.

I have visited my Italian colleague twice this week. Friday I will probably visit her again. Lately I had neglected her a bit and got carried away in the stress of what I had to regulated after my late boss had passed away.

She told me she had eated gluten a few times, and her gums started getting sore. When I showed up, she felt reminded of her goals. Yesterday I asked her "have we eaten any gluten?"  ;D She laughed and assured me she had not and  said it helped her if I said things like that.

Yesterday for lunch I did not manage to stay low carb. It was a stupid situation. In the morning I was already out of the door when the telephone rang. So curiosity got the better of me, and I picked up the phone. My physical therapist was ill, and since I have no mobile right now and do not want them to know in the office where my appointment is, she called me at home. Normally I always have something in the fridge that could serve as an emergency lunch. Not this time. So I decided to eat at the company cafeteria. Almost everything was with gluten (fortunately they have to declare that now due to a change in the law early in 2015), and I had to eat something . Normally when I go to the physical therapy, I eat Weisswurst and eggs at the hospital cafeteria. This is a high fat sausage.

I did not eat again until in the evening when I got home. Then I prepared stir-fried vegetables, and I ate organic smoked salmon. I prepared two big portions of vegetables, and the fish was big enough for 2 meals, so this is what I am going to have again today at work. And some veggie leftovers are in the fridge now. I will eat those slowly while I cook again tonight (to calm down my stomach).
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 15, 2015, 10:56:44 PM
I almost forgot to mention that I ordered a linnen blouse in two sizes, and I know that the bigger size fitted me last autumn. I know that because they delivered the bigger size to me in the wrong color, and when I sent it back, the season was over - so I never got the right color. Good for me. Now I ordered that same size and a smaller size, and the smaller size fits perfectly. The bigger size looks like I have inherited it from my chubby sister.  8)

It is a bit off topic, but I received this jacket
and I like it so much. I am contemplating on buying it in turquois color also, and at the same time I am asking myself whether I have gone nuts. Does anybody know this feeling?

In Europe in the past years we have had and still have lots of clothing in magenta and pink, and both colors match my red hair horribly.  So I am happy when I see different colors.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on April 18, 2015, 07:01:37 AM
Today something really sweet happened to me. I went to the post-office to return a parcel to that clothing online store, and my post office is in a watch repair store, run by two elderly people (retirement age). I had talked with her once and mentioned that I am not eating grains. So today she gave me a packet of organic coconut flour (of an expensive brand that I had not tried before). She said "good to see yiou - I had meant to give you this since you do not eat grains and you might like this flour as much as I do".
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on May 11, 2015, 08:54:46 AM
Hi Red - I just caught up with your journal, and have to send you big CONGRATS for doing so incredibly well!!  You have made lots of headway, and seem to be feeling so well and learning so much, it's just a pleasure to read about it. 

Barb  :D
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on May 11, 2015, 10:23:36 PM
Thanks, Barbara

I have been a bit lazy to write, lately, and on many mornings I find it hard to concentrate because my job life was eating me up. Up until recently so many people asked me about my deceased ex boss, and you can only answer the same question so and so many times. It especially started getting on my nerves when I got the impression that people just ask because they are personally inquisitive. If the funeral of my ex boss had been so important for them, they could also have attended it, like me, right?!
Then I had to clear out the office, and there was soooo much stuff in these cabinets. Incredible. It seemed like the last 2-3 managers had not cleared out their stuff. Finally, after I had done 60-70 per cent by myself (and nobody had cared), I walked up to a colleague who sits further away and had not seen how much I had worked, and I said "I need help".
The widow has still not contacted me. She is also an engineer like her deceased husband, so she knows how the game is played, and she knows we have things to regulate. I am sure she is an honest person, but she just thinks of her issues now. I somehow find it hard to accept that she did not even ask one of her grown children to call me. The legal department wanted his laptop because of certain data that belongs to the company. I finally told them to contact the widow themselves.
I understand that the family is going thru something terrible, but on the other hand my nerves are also limited, especially if nobody helps me and everybody thinks I have to answer every question regarding this topic.

Normally I am in a food diary here, but I had to get this off my chest. I will post separately about food now.
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: Redhead65 on May 11, 2015, 10:33:43 PM
Hi. everybody. I am doing well apart from the circumstances described above.  Today I am having bullet proof coffee for breakfast. Would there be any problem with having BB coffee every day for breakfast? I do not think so, but I want to be on the safe side. Actually it has advantages - all I need is a cup and no dishes, and I am done with breakfast in less time.

Recently I bought a glass of almond paste (it is relatively liquid)  at the organic store. I have been eating out of that jar quite a bit. After work, while I prepare my food, 1-3 spoons make me half full, depending on what I have eaten before.

Last week my colleague from the State of Brandenburg brought grass-fed meet (beef, pork) and salami from the same butcher again. I can order from him regularly now
BarbNC - you had mentioned somewhere the sodium in Salami being an issue. Is the sodium content of salami higher than that of other foods you could put on a sandwhich, or is that mainly an issue for people with high blood pressure? I have low blood pressure, and I use salt sparingly when I cook food - but I admit I have a soft spot for salami.  8)
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on May 12, 2015, 06:44:41 AM
Hi Red, I am so sorry you have to go through that ordeal regarding your ex boss.  Really not fair of them to heap that on you, and hope you were able to make it clear, that you did all you can do.  How old a man was he, and was this a total shock?
Title: Re: Wheat-free in Europe
Post by: BarbinNC on May 12, 2015, 07:12:27 AM
PS - and yes, salami very high in sodium here, usually more for export, to preserve better, I guess.  I like the taste, but it has a lot of stuff in it, definitely not heathy for me, I have high blood pressure.  I like anti pasta type eating, prepare a plate with cheese, prosciutto, tomato, cucumber, peppers and all those goodies they have - I enjoy that type of stuff, with a good glass of wine, eating outside, very al fresco and European.  Just not very healthy, sorry to say ...