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General Discussion / MLM regarding health and weight loss
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:12:09 PM »
I was just approached in one of my "support links" after I'd posed a question or comment re: my "stall" and my issues.  She pm'd me and offered that this product had enabled her to stop being insulin resistant, healed her thyroid and helped her to lose her weight as well.  I thanked her but told her she was being dishonest by approaching me in the way she did plus B/4 going on WB I'd looked into this product. NOT only is it expensive BUT it has some ingredients I'm known to be sensitive to.  Healthy???  I'd rather be where I'm at now than depart with money that I could just as well set a match to.

I'd appreciate any comments you all have on these types of products (though I probably could say everything you all will say)! 

General Discussion / Need to "unload"...not vent exactly!
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:56:12 AM »
This isn't really related to our WOE just want to share.  For many years I've had a really bad back.  I was born with spondylolithesis (sp) and had a work-related injury about 25 yrs ago.  Haven't been 100% ever since.  Then around 2000, I began to experience LOTS of sciatica pain and more culminating in a ruptured disc 3 1/2 yrs. ago.  I had a dissectomy and had the blessing of almost no discomfort up til this past mid-summer.  Ever so gradually it's gone down-hill to where I finally saw my primary (the surgeon has left our area) to get a referral to ??  I had the required MRI yesterday with the result of "severe" lumbar stenosis. She didn't think it was to the point of where she'd refer me to the neuro-surgical practice in a nearby city but rather to "pain management" which will be steroid shots.  Had that before and it helped but was a mere "band-aid".  I'm basically doing our way of eating to get rid of inflammations and the side-effect of weight loss as well.  THAT last part is going slowly due to insulin resistance.  BIG SIGH!!!

General Discussion / Diatomaceous it good or bad??:
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:29:10 AM »
Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) popped up on my FB page.  There is also a support link on FB re: it so I've been reading re: it.  Anyone familiar with it?  Thoughts!!

Currently I'm doing a pre (Bob's Red Mill Unmodified Potato Starch) and a probiotic along with all the recommended supplements that Dr. Davis recommends.

I'm just searching for a natural way to heal since our budget doesn't allow me to go see a functional medical doctor.  There is one in our community but he charges out of pocket for his office calls and the labs would be that as well.  We're on Medicare and a Supplement (it's an advantage plan) that won't pick up any costs out of network.  My primary is supportive of my doing WB but still is conventional re: medications---such as statins (which I refuse to take).  IF I could reduce my cholesterol (I've been told by folks on the WB links that my #'s are fine) to a better range (for my primary to back off) and also to get some other #'s down as well.  I've been able, so far, to reduce my metformin and Armour Thyroid medications.  That said re: the primary doesn't really know how to treat thyroid issues as a whole.  I know this is a lengthy and all-over-the-board question...but would appreciate thoughts.

General Discussion / Possible sinus infection question
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:08:41 PM »
I've been doing Wheat Belly since Jan. '13.  I've not been sick since I began this program. That said though...this afternoon I feel a bit like I could be getting a sinus infection.  Have that low-grade headache across my eyebrows, feel just a tad off, drippy nose, scratchy/dry feeling in throat (which could be due to dry-mouth too).  Anyway, what-if I truly am getting one of these??  In my past I'd visit Urgent Care and would be put on antibiotics which very soon knock the thing out. on WB I really don't want to do that.  I do know about the neti-pot thing but other than that can any of you suggest things I can do to counter this??  Thanks ahead of time. 

General Discussion / Question about this site...
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:10:46 PM »
I sometimes don't come into this forum for quite awhile (LIFE and busy-ness I guess).  Do we always have to sign in with the tabs?  I always have to look up my password and type it in...........I just thought that once I'd put in the other info and hit the "enter" button I would automatically be on-site!  Just curious is all.

General Discussion / Cureality?????
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:28:29 PM »
I've been away for awhile so maybe this has already been discussed.  Has anyone here signed up for Dr. Davis' new site, if so what is your opinion on it??  Is it worth the money??  Has he eliminated his blog with this site??

General Discussion / Possible healing is occurring
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:09:15 PM »
I think it was in April that I wanted to get even more serious with my health.  I decided to omit dairy and also focus on my "gut health" after beginning to read Grain Brain which speaks about "leaking gut".  Prior to that I'd invested in 3 supplements that Dr. Davis recommended to heal autoimmune issues (I have several).  Then Dr. Perlmutter suggested 7 more to focus on the healing of the I invested in those as well (though not the ones he sells from his website---way too spendy).  I'm going into my 3rd month and I'm thinking that I'm experiencing some healing as I don't have near the symptoms I'd been having prior.  These were some reflux, some tummy burning after eating spicey foods (I LOVE spicey!), lots of burping and more.  It's been gradual but just today I thought to myself...I really haven't felt much of the above in awhile now.  I know that I will need to continue my regime to come to total healing (as it took a lot of time to get unhealthy).  I will say I also quit taking nsaids as I could tell they were contributing to some of my discomfort.  Hopefully with the healthy eating and what I'm doing...the inflammations will disappear as well.  Just had to share!!!

General Discussion / Supplements for inflammations
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:13:58 PM »
Another one to throw out at you folks.  I hear the Anatabloc ad on t.v. and the radio regularily and our local paper will occasionally have full page ads for it.  Today I stopped by the GNC and asked about it.  My word...the cost is $99.00 for 100 tabs.  I went online to 'research' this supplement to see what others say but quite honestly I'm wondering if the comments are to be believed!!  I wonder "if" there isn't something similar out there that is much less costly AND if supplements really work!  I'd appreciate thoughts on this.  With my many auto-immune issues you must know then that my body is full of inflammation!  I so wish I'd known years ago how what we eat and drink affects us in this way!!!!!

General Discussion / Health comes from the gut
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:55:07 PM »
I know we've read this in WB and also Grain (good or bad) starts in the gut.  I've been doing a bit of reading and now am convinced that I have leaky gut along with my hypo-thyroid, and a handful of auto-immune diseases.  I'm following what Dr. Davis and Dr. Perlmutter recommend for healing my gut.  I'm about 4 weeks to a month into this regime.  I have been doing a lot of burping, which 'they' will say is one of the symptoms of the gut being unhealthy.  Does anyone else on this forum deal with leaky gut as well as the auto-immune issues??  IF so can you give words of wisdom on what you're doing for it all AND if you've seen improvement??  Would love to hear some encouraging words.  I'm stalled with my weight loss.  Sometimes I think I gain some lbs then lose them again.  I've given up weighing as I know the scale will just make me frustrated so I "tell" by whether my pants fit or not.  I've been doing WB now for a year and a half....while there has been some really good signs of improvement for me I feel that I need or could be doing something differently.  I know there are links, blogs etc out there that give good teaching but I'd be on my computer 18 hrs a day looking at all that.  HELP!!!!!

Wheat Free Recipes / Need a crust recipe that's tried and true
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:17:44 PM »
Before I was on WB I would make "cold pizza" aka "veggie pizza" as an hors d'ouerve to take to parties.  Of course the crust is Pillsbury Crescent Rolls so that's no longer an option.  Does anyone have a crust recipe that they've tried and deem worthy to share??  I'd like to make this for a get together next week.....

General Discussion / New "wrinkle" in the mix...high BP
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:17:11 AM »
Well on Thursday I had an app't with my RNP, who I see as my primary, to go over my medications as our Part D supplemental for Medicare will be changing. 
The last 3X I've seen her my BP was high (150-ish over 90)  I'm on lisinopril 2X/daily, after my previous visit.  She'd recommended I check my BP at home, which I did and it was normal with a range of 134/80.  It gets checked when I see my rheumatologist--just saw her 3 weeks ago and it was in that normal range as well.  Anyway, my RNP is having me come in in two weeks, bringing my own meter and we'll compare this.
I've been doing WB since Jan., I exercise 5 to 6X/week and I'm down THREE clothing sizes now.  My glucose A1c was in high/normal my last test in the summer (I check again in Feb), my cholesterol #'s according to Dr. Davis on his blog (where I posted) said they were acceptable.  My BP had always been quite normal---my age is 69---so I was pretty happy, that is until now.  Can anyone tell me their thoughts on this.  I'm doing the apple cider vinegar, I'm taking turmeric/garlic/cayenne capsuls 2X daily, plus magnesium .  I might add though that I get to decrease my Metformin from twice a day to once---which I'm happy about.  Part of my goal with going on WB was to possibly get off some of my medications.  I know I won't be able to for the rheumatoid arthritis.  I did ask her if any of these could be causing this...she couldn't answer.  Just feeling a bit frustrated!!!  I've added more coconut oil with the fat bombs to my daily consumption.  I think I'm doing everything that Dr. Davis tells us to.  Thoughts!!!!!????

General Discussion / Anyone here with auto-immune issues?
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:37:10 AM »
Maybe this has been posted before...I might have even (LOL) but sometimes my "rememberer" doesn't work so great.
I have several auto-immune issues---rheumatory autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia and others.  I've been doing WB since January of this year partly due to these as the book did state going off wheat and sugar should improve inflammations (which these are).  I'm not sure if mine are improving or not since I haven't had a "huge" RA flare in awhile.  The fibro will give me issues (pain and achy) as does the weather changes.  I live in Florida!  We traveled to the Midwest in late Spring where it was chilly and damp (rainy mostly) so really could tell that that was a factor.  I'm just wondering if anyone else has any of these...if so are you feeling better on WB??  I won't go off of it as the other benefits are so worth it.  Down the clothing sizes is what helps keep me motivated---that and sites like this one plus no more IBS!!

General Discussion / Where does everyone get their products?
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:00:16 AM »
Good Morning friends!  I was on Facebook this morning, in a site that's pro-WB.  One of the people there said they get their coconut oil online from a certain company.  I went online and it seemed that you had to be a member.  I couldn't find out how to order any of their products or find what their s/h costs were.  Then I went to Amazon, to a source but thought those product prices were high and now Amazon has increased the "free shipping" to $35.00 instead of $25.00.  Maybe because folks are going to that other plan they offer for free shipping---I don't know.  Anyway...does anyone know of a source that offers better prices than most??  Just curious!

Wheat Free Recipes / Fat Bombs...a nice, filling treat!
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:43:54 AM »
I had posted this on the "General Site" but decided it should come here as well.  I made my 1st batch and found I really, really like them.  They are filling too btw.
Got this from another WB link.  It's supposed to supply one with a "treat", it's filling and may help with a stall in weight loss because of the fat content!  I haven't tried it yet...may make them today.  IF you can't use peanut butter, they say to use almond butter.  I looked for the silicone pan at Michael's yesterday but couldn't find one.  I'll use my "tart" pan with spray instead.
1 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (melted)1 Teaspoon of Stevia (liquid or powdered)8 Tablespoon Coco Powder (unsweetened)1/2 Cup Salted Butter (melted)Instructions1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and melt on the stove  until all the ingredients are combined2. Place a Silicone Brownie Bites Pan (Michaels Arts & Crafts) on top of a cookie sheet3. Pour 11/2  tbs of mixture into each of the 24 molds4. Freeze for 30 minutes and enjoyNotes1. The Silicone Brownie Bites Pan can be purchased at Michaels Arts & Crafts2. Once frozen, store in an air-tight container or plastic Ziploc bag3. You can change the flavour by adding more cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut butter, or peanut butter.4. To give the Fat Bombs a nice crunch, add unsweetened shredded coconut or crushed peanuts

General Discussion / Fat Bomb recipe
« on: October 17, 2013, 09:12:44 AM »
Got this from another WB link.  It's supposed to supply one with a "treat", it's filling and may help with a stall in weight loss because of the fat content!  I haven't tried it yet...may make them today.  IF you can't use peanut butter, they say to use almond butter.  I looked for the silicone pan at Michael's yesterday but couldn't find one.  I'll use my "tart" pan with spray instead.Ingredients1 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (melted)1 Teaspoon of Stevia (liquid or powdered)8 Tablespoon Coco Powder (unsweetened)1/2 Cup Salted Butter (melted)Instructions1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and melt on the stove  until all the ingredients are combined2. Place a Silicone Brownie Bites Pan (Michaels Arts & Crafts) on top of a cookie sheet3. Pour 11/2  tbs of mixture into each of the 24 molds4. Freeze for 30 minutes and enjoyNotes1. The Silicone Brownie Bites Pan can be purchased at Michaels Arts & Crafts2. Once frozen, store in an air-tight container or plastic Ziploc bag3. You can change the flavour by adding more cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut butter, or peanut butter.4. To give the Fat Bombs a nice crunch, add unsweetened shredded coconut or crushed peanuts

General Discussion / Whoot...just wanted to share!
« on: October 15, 2013, 10:46:28 AM »
Today was my once-a-month weigh-in!  I'd stalled for awhile (several weeks actually) but today I found I'd broken through and now since I 1st began weighing in Feb. (I started WB in Jan. but didn't stand on the scale!)  Anyway, today I'm down 40 lbs!!!  What I did was from you folks (and Dr. Davis)===I cut my carbs, eliminated my daily breakfast banana and added more fat!!!  I will continue this to see what happens!
BTW....would the "fat bombs" help???  I'll be shopping tomorrow so would pick up the silicon pans folks recommend for these. We no longer have ice-cube trays!

General Discussion / does it affect us?
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:40:51 AM »
I've been seeing posts re: candida and I'd asked how we know we have it and what can we do about it BUT no one responded.  So I'm starting a new thread with hopes of hearing what you all think or know about this subject.

General Discussion / Just wanted to share this
« on: September 20, 2013, 08:09:13 AM »
A few months back I began going to a "support group" for gluten free folks in my community.  We come from a wide range of celiacs to gluten sensitive to wanting to eat healthy.  Yesterday was the monthly meeting.  This time we broke into "small groups" to share our stories and to even give helpful tips etc.  At my table of 4 were 2 ladies who've been diagnosed with celiac, me (I'm sensitive to gluten and been on WB for 7+ mo) and another lady who's probably wheat sensitive.  The latter and I were astounded with the 2 celiac ladies and their stories.  We both have read the WB book so kept telling them "you NEED to read the book!"  One comment stood out to me...this was that both of these women did not know that gluten can be hidden in food items (ie. katsup).   We need to get the message out there, one person at a time!!!

General Discussion / Another question on carbs
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:59:05 AM »
I've plateaued with my weight and somewhere saw that I should allow only 30 carbs in my diet to "jump start" my metabolism again.  Is this 30 per day or 30 per meal??
I've been doing my best on 30 a day for nearly a week now.  Any tips on how you all do this???  Thanks ahead of time!!!!!!!

General Discussion / Just wondering....
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:18:48 AM »
Just wondering if the good doctor who authored Wheat Belly ever comes here to read and to comment??!!

General Discussion / The Wheat Free Market
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:44:05 AM »
Well, I just bit the bullet and made a purchase of items from The Wheat Free Market.  Hoping it will be good stuff!!  I got 3 of their muffin mixes, some cookies and their sweetner.  I should be set once I get it to make some items in the WB cookbook as I've gradually been stocking up in provisions!
Has anyone else purchased from TWFM???

General Discussion / several questions..stevia, acid reflux and cooking
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:47:25 AM »
I was going to post on the Stevia thread but decided to begin one of my own.  I've been doing WB now for about 7 months and doing well.  Cooking...what would I use for sweeteners?  I go online for gluten-free recipes and a support group I go to shares some as well.  They all use sugar!  I'm trying to stay away from sugar so what to do??  THAT's my first question.....and I guess this is a 2 in 1 so encompasses cooking and sweeters.
I have acid reflux so take Prilosec.  An allergy doctor told me to increase my dosage to twice a day as sometimes when we sleep we still have a bit of reflux which can get into our sinus cavities and cause infections.  So I'm on 1 pill 2X/daily.  I see here where folks stop taking meds for acid reflux.  Do you just stop???  That's my third question.
As an aside to all this I wish my husband would come on board with WB but he's stubborn, doesn't think he has health issues etc.  BUT about 15 years ago he did have the surgery for severe acid reflux.  Fast forward to about 5 years ago when he began to experience "choking" on meat and ended up in the ER on 3 different occasions to have it medically scoped out.  He was fine for a time then began this again...went to a gastro guy just this Spring/Summer and had another scope and needed to have his esophagus stretched.  He doesn't have Barrett's but probably needs to watch things.  He drinks soda (Mt. Dew and Dr. Pepper) which HAS to be bad for this plus he still eats bread and sweets from the store.  He's very supportive of me and my program but just the same I wish he'd join me.  Just wanted to vent on that a bit as all of you would understand!

General Discussion / Link for gluten-free lipstick
« on: August 28, 2013, 09:18:25 AM »
This was shared with the folks on the "gluten-free" support group I've gone to.  Thought some of you would be interested in it.

General Discussion / Rheumatoid Arthritis
« on: August 21, 2013, 02:00:10 PM »
I have this awful disease!  I'm wondering how many on this forum also has it, if so how has changing your diet helped???

General Discussion / Blood pressure issues...
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:53:27 PM »
I had been told by my primary that she was concerned about my blood pressure.  So I'm on lisinoprel 5 mg. twice a day.  Up until recently my BP was within normal ranges---which for my age is remarkable in my opinion since so many seniors have high BP.  Well in a conversation with a friend---she mentioned my "diet" of mixed nuts and olives and how they're full of salt.  LIGHT BULB MOMENT!!!  I'm planning on scaling my in-take of them down (I'm stocked up and don't want to give them away).  Instead my plan is fresh veggies to snack on.  So we'll see how it goes!  Wish me luck!

Success Stories / An updated Whoo Hoo.....
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:20:54 PM »
Well today I had an appointment with my primary.  I'm type 2 diabetic and insulin resistant plus have hypo-thyroid.  (I also have rheumatoid arthritis and fibro....but go to a rheumatologist for those).  Anyway, today was so she and I could go over my fasting labs.  My A1c went down from 6.0 to 5.8---six months ago it was 6.8!!!!  My cholesterol was this.---triglycerides were 103; total cholesterol was 233; Hdl was 81; LDL was 131; chold/hdlc ratio was 2.9 and the non-HDL cholesterol was 152.  She explains all this but in all actuality I still don't understand it.  But she said she's o.k. with how it looks.  It did improve from 3 mo. ago.  My thyroid was fine at 2 (I think it was.) weight...I confess back in January when I began W.B. I was skeptical on it working because of my insulin resistance, so I didn't step on the scale.  Well "doh"...I should have as I don't have an "exact" number to record. That said, I did begin a once-a-month meeting with the scale on the 15th. in Feb.  So stepped on it at home today and I'm down 30 lbs.  BUT I'm thinking it "has" to be more than that.  Of course the scale at the doctor's office weighs heavier but percentage wise---I've still lost that amount!!!  Her only concern was my BP, which has never been a concern---til now.  It was 150-something over 90-ish so she has me on lisenoprel (sp?) 1 tab/2X a day.  NOT sure why my BP would begin to change. 
When I was leaving she said, "Keep up doing what you're doing and I don't have to see you for SIX months!!!  That's a first for sure.
Went to a gluten-free support group in my community today.  Of course most folks there have celiac disease.  It was a "share your recipe" day and most were desserts etc.  I have to bite my tongue as most of these use sugar AND flours that WB doesn't recommend.  They also have a table full of (empty) containers of "gluten-free" (processed) foods one can buy at the stores.  I spoke with the leader before the meeting began (she has celiac) as I'd told her last month about the WB book. She has a copy and is reading it.  Will be interesting how she reacts to that.  Oh, she also shared it with the whole group on a book to read.  Someone piped up that it was  "MUST" read!!!  So yay, me!!!  I still get from people that they could never do this plan!!!

General Discussion / An eating out delimma
« on: August 10, 2013, 04:46:11 PM »
Occasionally my husband and I are a part of a group that (it's a church group) gets together for a meeting.  At times they might order pizza's for supper (I'm not in control of this) what could I do??  Any suggestions??  My mantra has been, I don't want others to make concessions just for me as I'm a "minority" in this instance.
I'd like to hear what other folks do to live their lives as normally as possible.

Success Stories / WHoo Hoo
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:53:19 AM »
I had an early morning fasting lab app't as I'm seeing my primary next week.  I always hate going to the clinic as they weigh-every-single-time!!!  However, it's sort of becoming fun! Did I actually say "FUN"???
When I began W.B. back in January, I erred in not weighing myself for a set-point!  Thinking maybe because for so many years I hated the scale AND I wasn't really trusting that W.B. would work for me.  I finally stepped on my scale in mid-Feb. deciding I'd do it on that date, once each month.  My clinic's scale weighs 5 or better lbs MORE than the one at home.  I'm sticking with the home one...LOL!!!  Anyway, today the scale showed me to be down another 5 lbs from my last visit 3 mo. ago.  I'm insulin resistant so the lbs aren't "falling" off BUT I'm losing so that's something.  Today was another encouragement for me to keep on keeping on!!!
I wanted to share here too about how I still read labels, even in health-food stores!  Gluten-free is a huge buzz word(s) these days as we all know.  Yesterday I visited a new health-food store in our community and of course they had items that "might" tantalize if we didn't have Dr. Davis to educate us!  ALL of these had sugar, sugar, sugar in them.  Sugar isn't our friend certainly isn't mine!!   As an aside to this, I haven't tried any of our W.B. items for desserts/snack foods as it's difficult to find all of the ingredients needed.  I'm working on it, slowly but surely!!   
I also want to say (again) I'm so very thankful for this forum too...where we can come for encouragement and information!!!  :)

General Discussion / another possible culpret....
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:44:04 PM »
I was just reading a link that I get e-mailed to me (I'd have shared here but didn't know if it would be considered spam).  It had to do with GMO corn and how that too may contribute to many ill's folks are experiencing.  I do know that W.B. hits on corn since it has a high glycemic level....and corn syrup is in about everything processed.
On another note re: this....since being on W.B. and trying to eliminate sugar, I'm finding that "if" I do get something sweet I'm really not caring for it because the sweetness is over the top, too much.  I'm happy I found this forum so that we can share freely w/o our friends/family lurking.  Thank you for starting it! 

General Discussion / question re: probiotics
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:36:33 PM »
Howdy folks!  My question of the day is this....I  began to take probiotics (the amount of florae the good doctor recommends) yesterday.  I've been having "gas" pains which before W.B. indicated IBS issues for me.  I've been doing very well with the WB plan but this really isn't "convenient"! (LOL)  If this is "normal" will it eventually settle down??
On a more positive note, I just learned that a new health-food store has opened near my community!!!  MUCH more convenient to get to than traveling to other communities for my items!  Now to visit them to see if they have what I need!  :)

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / first time on here....
« on: July 27, 2013, 11:43:59 AM »
Hi Everyone!!  I found this forum thru the Wheat Belly blog!  I'm glad someone set this up so we can share etc. away from other 'social media'.
I began W.B. in mid-February of this year.  I began it as I have rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and hypo-thyroid.  Along with all this, as if this isn't enough, I'm also insulin resistant which has made weight loss VERY difficult and weight gain extremely easy.  I'd heard of Dr. Davis' book thru 3 different venues so felt "someone" was trying to tell me something.  Once I got into it, had purged our household of anything "wheat" or having gluten I've found it not that hard.  Since being on it, "IF" there's been any deviation, either intentional or not, I can definitely feel it in my gut.  Bloaty for sure and just a plain yukky feeling.  I'm at the point now where baked items, pre-packaged items etc. just don't look all that good to me.  I'm still learning and need the re-inforcement of other's stories etc.
I can't thank Dr. Davis enough for his book and all that he's done to share this with "the world"!!!!

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