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Personal Diaries / I really didn't drop off the earth....
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:00:52 PM »
Hey-- I ducked out because I was spending much too much time on social media.

A side effect from not interfacing with like-minded people was that I kind of got off track. Stayed wheat-free, but having French fries once per week turned into twice per week turned into three times per week. Gained back about 15 pounds between eating cooked potatoes and tortilla chips on occasion together with some (quite wonderful) travel experiences.

After a trip to Africa and 6 weeks of antimalarial antibiotics, I'm trying to get back on track and just finished Dr. Davis' 10 day detox just before two weeks of conference + vacation. It really helped to interface with the private Facebook group. I gave this forum a very favorable plug--you guys are so knowledgable and supportive, I wanted to share this resource with folks who might need help after the 10 days. On the 10 day detox, I lost 4 pounds but really disconnected from the need to stop on my way home for French fries because I was hungry.

Had a most wonderful educational trip to South Africa and Namibia in May--it was probably the greatest trip I've ever had. I have a conference in Denver next week and then DH and I are headed to Grand Teton Nat'l Park and Yellowstone.

Hope all of you are doing well! I'll post again when I can.

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Personal Diaries / Just a Quick Medical Update
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:47:20 PM »
Had my physical today and a check up with my endocrinologist. On the thyroid front, I had the best thyroid report ever---I know the TSH number by itself doesn't matter so much, but it was 1.5 (Dr. Davis' "ideal"). Free T3 and Free T4 were well within normal, with the T4 being optimal. We tweaked my cytomel a bit because I still have some subclinical symptoms like tiredness as the T3 wears off during the day, low temperature, and slightly elevated NMR LDL-P.


All other bloodwork normal but the NMR cholesterol results are worth mentioning. My PCP only looks at NMR LDL-P and triglycerides and my LDL-P was 1017 (<1000 normal), triglycerides 70. Of note (to me) was NMR HDL at 104, and NMR Small LDL at negligible.


Query: can one's thyroid start healing itself from Hashimoto's? I'm happy to take those meds, but I've never had results that good.


Also BP was 110/70, and weight down 11 lbs from last visit. Woot.



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Off Topic Discussions / Strength Training
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:35:01 PM »
I need to do some core strength training. My knees are a mess and squats & lunges are pretty much out of the question. I've tried to do planks but my feet (due to bunions and hammertoes) are just not flexible enough. Same thing for burpees--I just don't have the flexibility in my feet do do anything that requires being on my toes.


Does anybody have modifications that could help my poor old body develop some core muscles?


I'm doing great with interval cardio on the elliptical a la Mercola (well, as fast as I can do it). I just need to gain some strength in my body but am disadvantaged due to anatomy.

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Wheat Free Tips / Eating Out
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:08:07 AM »
It is so hard sometimes to eat out. I'm in (freezing) San Antonio for a conference.

I expected to have great difficulty finding something to eat at a restaurant chosen by a friend last night. Boudros Texas Bistro. I explained to the server what I needed and asked her about some menu items I had looked at and how they might modify them. She was ever so helpful and would say, "that wouldn't work for you," and then I came to a nice grilled flank steak with grilled vegetable salad and their house pico de gallo. She said that would be great and do I want them to leave off the grilled potatoes. Excellent. It was a beautiful piece of meat and delicious vegetables. The margaritas were excellent too--that was my splurge and she said that they use pure lime juice that has no added sugar. So while not such a good thing, not as bad as it could be. So I give Boudro's a big thumbs up.

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General Discussion / Ideas about oats?
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:57:38 PM »
Just heard about this report on the nightly news.


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/01/06/whole-grains-diet-lifespan-study/21339741/


They mostly talked about oats.


It would be great to be able to have some nice hot oatmeal. Old Fashioned or steel cut.

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Off Topic Discussions / Happy New Year!
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:32:50 PM »
Hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous 2015!


Our New Year's dinner will be (somewhat) traditional: I'm cooking a boston butt "island style" wrapped in banana leaves and roasting. We will have spinach instead of collards and we will have small servings of purple hull peas instead of black eyed peas (although they look a lot alike). We had some good kalua pork while in Hawaii and there are some simple recipes online so we'll see.


Enjoying some good college football and relaxing after a good workout at the gym. Life is good!


All good wishes for the new year to all of you!

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General Discussion / Eating in Hawaii
« on: December 27, 2014, 08:40:11 AM »
Just returned from an awesome Christmas break in Hawaii. Went to Maui, Kauai and spent a couple of leisurely days in Honolulu. Just an excellent adventure.


We stayed in condos except for the hotel in Honolulu, so it was easy for us to prepare meals. We generally fixed breakfasts and dinner (usually a salad because we ate a larger lunch) and ate one meal out. It can be a challenge to eat -- surprisingly Hawaiian folks don't eat very healthy foods. Lots of starch (potatoes, rice, taro) and processed meats like spam. But every restaurant we went to had grass fed beef, free range chicken (lots of free range chickens in Hawaii, especially Kauai), and delicious roasted pork. So we did a good job most days, with slip ups having more to do with happy hour drinks like Mai Tai than actual food. Had fish a couple of times, but it was not outstanding.


One of the best meals, surprisingly, we had was something we took on the plane Christmas Day from the Lahaina Chicken place in the Honolulu airport. Roasted chicken & pork and three sides: got double serving of a wax & green bean mixture (really cooked well--crispy!!), mixed greens. Fairly inexpensive ($14) for the huge serving and DH and I shared it over the Pacific. Really outstanding.


Didn't gain any weight!! Now to get back to the gym.


Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

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General Discussion / Food & Complexion
« on: November 01, 2014, 03:46:56 PM »
Does any of this sound familiar?


http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/31/10-worst-foods-for-your-skin/?intcmp=ob_homepage_health&intcmp=obnetwork


I know my skin (adult acne/rosacea) has measurably improved since going low carb and grain free.


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General Discussion / Carbs anomaly?
« on: October 25, 2014, 05:36:41 AM »
Hey y'all. I've been out of pocket awhile and not keeping up too much with the forum. Looking forward to reading all the posts.


Have been stuck on the same weight for three weeks, despite 45-60 minutes of exercise (mostly cardio but some strength training, which I'm going to increase this week coming up). %body fat (as measured by my Aria scale, which my trainer said was in agreement with his device) had been down but was back up by 3/10 of a percentage point.


Last night we had an alumni gala and while our food service director has done a great job lately having something very tasty that I can eat that is low carb (and there were some great choices), there was also a mashed potato bar. Red potatoes with skin and a separate sweet potato. She told me that the sweet potatoes had sugar so I'd probably want to stay away from that for sure. But I did have a mashed red potato martini. It was so good--that's why I can't trust myself to eat cold/raw potatoes as resistant starch. Love them so much and it is so easy to overeat them. No control with potatoes.


Well, I expected to have movement in my weight this morning, in the wrong direction. Instead I was down 2 full pounds and over this week with the strength training I've dropped 2/10 of a percent in body fat.  Not dehydrated either


Just a blip perhaps but maybe I will be able to buy a couple of new blouses and pairs of pants before my Hawaii trip in mid-December.


I do believe that cardio alone isn't the ticket, but I feel like I haven't accomplished anything unless I've walked 10000 steps for the day and been on the elliptical for at least 20 minutes.

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Wheat Free Recipes / A couple of keepers
« on: October 12, 2014, 06:29:14 PM »
Gourmet Girl Cooks posted a spicy pumpkin donut recipe a week or so ago. Yesterday I made 6 donuts (the size of my pan) and made the rest into a loaf. Wonderful!!! I used a cream cheese frosting instead of the chocolate. This morning I made some "french toast" with a couple of slices and put some of the Nature's Hollow xylitol sweetened maple flavored syrup on it. Delicious!!


http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/09/chocolate-glazed-spiced-pumpkin-donuts.html


And last week I found a coconut cheesecake with macadamia nut crust. Made it today. Oh my...amazing, even though I'm not wild about cheesecake.
http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2014/07/low-carb-coconut-cheesecake-with-macadamia-nut-crust.html


Cheesecake is a lot of trouble, but it was beautiful. I put 3/4 of it in the freezer so we'll see how it comes out.


Not in to sweets so much, but it was a nice treat today.

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Wheat Free Recipes / It's soup time!
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:12:44 PM »
The weather has finally gotten cool enough to have soup. I made Gourmet Girl's beef & cabbage soup at
http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/09/spicy-beef-cabbage-soup-slow-cooker.html.


Delish!! I did not sautee the cabbage first--no time this morning--and just dumped it in the crock pot. It was amazing. And we have leftovers for tomorrow night!!

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Food Elements / ch-ch-ch chia
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:11:33 AM »
Have any of you baked with chia seeds? I substituted chia for the flaxseed in my zucchini bread last night. I'm a bit disappointed. I didn't like the consistency at all. Felt a lot like poppy seeds, only more of them.


Maybe I should have ground the seeds?


Part of it may be that I'm having a hard time getting past the growing chia figures...

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Food Elements / Baking Tonight
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:32:16 PM »
Baking Gourmet Girl's Best Zucchini Walnut Bread and her cheddar-pepper biscuits (made as a flat loaf).


Tomorrow I need to make some English Muffins and some of her bagels.


Then I can tidy my kitchen!

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General Discussion / laryngopharyngeal reflux
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:26:34 PM »
A nursing colleague today suggested that my (apparently chronic at this point) hoarseness, post-nasal drip, ear congestion and tinnitus could be a result of laryngopharyngeal reflux.

I used to have a lot of reflux prior to this WOE with painful heartburn. Since I've been wheat free I no longer have the heartburn. I've been reading some about this laryngopharyngeal reflux and it appears that it can go on without heartburn.

Does anybody have experience with this? It certainly would explain my symptoms in the absence of a cold and lack of relief from using allergy meds (Allegra & Nasonex).


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Personal Diaries / HIIT the Mercola way
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:18:44 AM »
Found this video a week or so ago and have been working up being able to do the elliptical workout. I haven't been able to manage with just the 90 second recovery time, but am working up to it. I'm so out of shape that the elliptical is no doubt helping with building muscle. The backs of my legs and butt really feels this.  DH and I are going early mornings (there by 5:45am) and I think this is going to work well for us.


It is an indeed hard 30 seconds, and my intensity is much, much lower than his.


http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2013/06/21/interval-training.aspx


Tonight I'm going to go to the Aqua Fit class!

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General Discussion / Hot Dogs
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:39:00 AM »
well, I've been eating the uncured Applegate hot dogs, but maybe not anymore.


http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/01/eating-hot-dogs.aspx?x_cid=20140901_lead_twitterdoc


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Off Topic Discussions / Tinnitus & allergies...or something
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:05:08 PM »
For the past several days I've had some mild nasal congestion, definitely not a full-blown cold, and my ears are roaring incessantly!! Most annoying. Can't hear correct pitches and it is a struggle to hear some people talk. I love music so much but my tunes don't sound like they're supposed to.


Did I say most annoying?


I broke down yesterday and started using my Nasonex and Allegra, hoping the symptoms are from allergies. Not much relief yet.


Anybody have some home remedies? I have no pain whatsoever and no dizziness so it isn't inner ear infection.


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Wheat Free Recipes / Longing for Soup Season
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:01:19 PM »
As we swelter in 100+ heat index temperatures today, I find myself longing for fall and soup. Found this recipe that looks fabulous. Can't wait to try it.


http://www.ruled.me/chicken-enchilada-soup/

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Personal Diaries / New fitness membership
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:58:36 PM »
Well, I joined my first fitness club today. It is really nice--there are pools, an olympic lap pool and an outdoor pool, and although I don't swim (yet) I do plan to take advantage of the aqua classes. There was one going on when I was there this morning and it looked like tons of fun. Lots of people (who weren't svelte) with lots of smiles.


DH was with me (he actually gets a free membership as a benefit of his Medicare advantage plan) so I didn't stay to work out but I'll be there when they open tomorrow morning!  Can't wait to spend the morning there.


I get a free personal trainer session on Monday and I will probably work with maybe once per week or twice per month.


I am quite embarrassed to say that I've never in my 59 years been on a treadmill. That will change tomorrow.


I'm going to be training for a possible trip with a study abroad group to Italy in the spring. Whether I go or not will depend upon whether I can keep up the pace on the ancient (pre-ADA) stairs and hills. But regardless of whether I feel like I can go, I think this fitness club will be fun.

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Wheat Free Recipes / LCHF cabbage casserole
« on: August 17, 2014, 05:01:44 PM »
Found this today and had a small head of cabbage.
http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/cheesy_chick_bacon_cabb_cass.html


I didn't use chicken (although it was good) because I had a pound of grass-fed ground beef. I think it would be better with some diced tomatoes but that would make it a bit higher in carbs.

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Off Topic Discussions / Sad week
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:11:59 PM »
It has been a sad couple of days. I guess I never stopped to think how I would feel if someone like Robin Williams committed suicide. It is horribly sad that he was in such pain although he brought us so much joy. I didn't think of him often, but when I did, I always smiled. Or had a big belly laugh. My heart hurts for him (and his children) and the world isn't nearly as funny as it was at the beginning of the week.


And Lauren Bacall. She had a nice long life and it is probably a blessing she didn't survive a massive stroke (this is what I hope for myself--surviving a massive stroke and living in a vegetative state is not something I want for me or my DH). She was so talented and I miss the strength and awesome talent of these wonderful actresses.


And a dear friend passed away from cancer (metastasized breast cancer all over her body except for her breasts--go figure that!) She fought a gallant fight for 2 years but passed away night before last in her sleep with her husband (a really dear friend of mine and former colleague & mentor). Not looking forward to that funeral on Saturday.


But life goes on for the rest of us. It is great to be alive!


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Food Elements / Baba Ghannouj
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:03:15 PM »
Today our dean's council had lunch at a Lebanese restaurant. I had baba ghannouj for the first time. It was amazing. They fire-roast the eggplant for two days so it has a nice woody/smoky flavor. OMG.


Of course I ate it by the spoonful and didn't eat any of the soft, warm pitas.


I bought an order to bring home. Tonight for dinner we had cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and baba ghannouj. I had some left over salad with chicken and tzatziki sauce.


Divine flavors! Low carb & grain free.


They also had a home made yogurt dip called Lebanee. I brought some home for DH as I'm not all that fond of yogurt. He said it was great.




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Personal Diaries / What a difference in 1.5 years.
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:58:43 AM »
A work in progress. The red blob was the winter of 2013 before I started WB. The other was last week.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Porridge
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:21:30 AM »
I found this recipe from Danielle at Against All Grain : http://againstallgrain.com/2013/01/04/banana-nut-porridge/


Looks like a yummy substitute for hot cereal except for the banana.


What might I use as a substitute? Am thinking some unsweetened applesauce.  Or just a lot of cinnamon & some blueberries.


What do you think?

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Off Topic Discussions / So sad tonight
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:12:35 PM »
I learned that my admin at my previous position committed suicide last night. She was wonderful, beautiful, and brilliant. She was the best thing I did for my department and it is largely true that she was the reason the department was better when I left than when I arrived there. My heart is heavy......


It is so hard to know why someone who brought so much joy to everyone in her life had so little in hers and felt that the world would be better without her. It isn't.


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General Discussion / Niaspan + Statins
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:41:03 PM »

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Wheat Free Recipes / Walnut Zucchini Bread from Gourmet Girl Cooks
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:38:24 PM »
Y'all, you have to make this bread! I didn't go back out to get real buttermilk (Gourmet Girl says she buys her whole milk buttermilk at Publix) so I used heavy cream.


OMG, OMG--this recipe is fabulous!! DH and I had a piece for our lunch with a bit of Kerrygold butter. It may be better than any zucchini bread I've ever had.


I used walnuts but I am certain it would also be good with pecans.


http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/07/best-ever-zucchini-walnut-bread-low.html




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Food Elements / Buttermilk
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:52:49 PM »
I am going to make GGC's walnut-zucchini bread tomorrow and went to Kroger to buy buttermilk.  Think again. Ingredients include tapioca starch.  I asked her what brand she gets and it is from Publix--whole milk buttermilk.


Who knew--tapioca starch.  Like DH said, "boy if you don't read the label"....

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Off Topic Discussions / Happy Fourth of July!
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:34:53 AM »
We're spending the holiday weekend at our mountain cabin in North Georgia. Beautiful weather and mild temperatures today and forecast for tomorrow!


We had our grain free french toast breakfast on the porch this morning and it was wonderful. Tonight we will have rib eye steaks, cauliflower mash, and a salad.


It is great to be an American! Land of the Free!


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Food Elements / What Not to Eat...from Mercola
« on: June 30, 2014, 10:32:00 AM »

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Personal Diaries / Home again
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:07:14 AM »
After a grueling two weeks in Cambridge, walking 20K+ steps nearly every day (my hotel was 1.5 miles away from the classroom building and I chose to walk instead of riding the shuttle), and eating as well as I could, I'm back home again, 4 pounds heavier. Amazing...don't understand it at all.


Will be working this week to undo what is probably water weight due to forgetting to take my T3 mid-day most days. Hopefully will be back in ketosis in a few days.

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Personal Diaries / The trouble with special dietary instructions...
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:22:19 PM »
I'm at a two week institute at Harvard and I had several emails from the organizers about my dietary requirements prior to coming. While I have enjoyed some of the choices they have made such as sugar free deviled eggs and boiled eggs--cage free--strawberries & blueberries with unsweetened whipped cream, and many gluten-free, albeit not necessarily low carb, selections. A lot of chicken.


So far my "special" lunches have been HUGE boxes of lettuce. This afternoon's snack was another salad.  Yesterday there is no way I could put a dent in the lettuce. The unrestricted meal was a variety of very nice sandwiches and I could have just taken some meat off the sandwich. I told them that I really didn't eat snacks much, but they're making sure I have something, even if I end up not eating it.


Honestly, if I had to eat this all the time I would not be able to stick with it. Clearly they are making an outstanding effort, but also clearly they don't know how to make a restricted diet the least bit interesting. Part of me wishes I hadn't told them I needed anything special and then I could pick and choose as appropriate.


Tomorrow night I will go to Legal Seafoods for a nice seafood dinner.

A positive thing is that the weather has cooperated and I've been able to walk the 1.5 miles (each way) from my hotel to the Graduate School of Education campus. Over 12K steps per day, according to my fitbit.


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General Discussion / Vitamin K2
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:10:07 AM »
I was reading on Mercola's site today that if one takes a vitamin D supplement, h/she should also be taking vitamin K2.


My doctor reduced my vitamin D from 45K/week to 20K/week but I've never taken any K2. Do any of you supplement with K2 and if so, what brand & dose do you use?


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Off Topic Discussions / Obese operatic performers
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:14:12 PM »
DH and I had a rare mid-week date night last night. Went to the performance of the Verdi opera Aida performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & chorus and a cast of phenomenal soloists. Although we often go to the symphony, we rarely go to operas and I must say this was an amazing performance.


It was the case, perhaps not surprisingly, that the lead actor and actress (both truly virtuosos) were both obese, not just pleasantly plump. Big. It is not all that unusual for operatic performers to be large and I found myself wondering why. Is it that they are so focused on developing their talent that they are mainly sedentary? I know that there is a huge amount of practice and breath control--I wouldn't doubt they have better lungs and breathing capacities than marathon runners.


I really enjoyed the evening and performance. But just goes to show how you can think about such things even in the context of a beautiful (albeit sad) opera.


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Personal Diaries / No bariatric surgery pour moi!
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:49:57 PM »
My doctor is affiliated with the Piedmont Hospital network in Atlanta area. When I checked in for my appointment yesterday, I noticed a flier about their bariatric procedures. Today on my twitter feed, Piedmont Fayette was hawking their gastric sleeve surgery.


Now I have a friend who had this surgery. She said she would have taken a 2nd mortgage on her home to do it if her insurance had not paid for it. She had absolutely amazing results. Did I say amazing? Absolutely amazing.


BUT, she had 75% of her stomach removed.


Although I would like to lose 100 pounds, and really need to so my BMI won't be in the bad range, I'm just not going to do that.

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Food Elements / "All Fruit" spread
« on: May 29, 2014, 12:13:28 PM »
So this morning I toasted one of my faux english muffins and thought--Hey! I have some Polaner's blueberry all-fruit spread in the fridge! Wouldn't that be great on my muffin!


Without thinking, I got it out, stuck my knife down into it to get some (it wasn't much but I didn't measure). It was good on the muffin that had melted Kerrygold.


Later in the morning when I took a break to update my myfitnesspal diary, I was astounded (astounded!) to find that 1 Tbs of this all fruit spread has 10 carb grams and 1 gram of fiber. Ouch! It is criminal to waste 9 carb grams on something so miniscule. Since I didn't measure, I credited myself for 1 Tbs even though the amount I got was more likely a teaspoon.


Did I say ouch?!?




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Success Stories / NMR Results. Ta da!
« on: May 23, 2014, 04:15:35 PM »
Woo hoo!!!

Check out the NMR numbers

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Off Topic Discussions / OTC pain meds
« on: May 19, 2014, 05:40:59 PM »
I think I'm working on a new stress fracture in one of the metatarsals (3rd or 4th), or (hopefully) some soft tissue damage. I'm sitting here in my chair not being able to keep my foot still because it hurts.


When you need some help with pain, what do you take? My choice is Aleve, but I've really been trying not to take anything much these days. I think tonight I will need to take something.

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Personal Diaries / Worried about DH LDL-Ps
« on: May 17, 2014, 08:11:33 AM »
Well, we've been wheat-free, low carb, high fat since last August. DH just had his NMR lipid panel:




Test[/color]Low[/color]Normal[/color]High[/color]Reference Range[/color]UnitsLp-Ir Score
44
<= 45
1Ldl Size
19.8
> 20.5
nmSmall Ldl-P
864
<= 527
nmol/LHdl-P (Total)
31.0
>= 30.5
umol/LCholesterol, Total
105
<200
mg/dLTriglycerides
62
<150
mg/dLHdl-C
47
>=40
mg/dLLdl-C
46
<100
mg/dLLdl-P
1026
<1000
nmol/L





Last time (in Feb)
[/color][/size]TestLowNormalHighReference RangeUnits
Hdl-C[/font][/color][/size]
49
>=40
mg/dLTriglycerides
54
<150
mg/dLCholesterol, Total
108
<200
mg/dLSmall Ldl-P
765
<= 527
nmol/LLdl Size
20.1
> 20.5
nmLp-Ir Score
44
<= 45
1Hdl-P (Total)
29.5
>= 30.5
umol/LLdl-C
48
<100
mg/dLLdl-P
1025
<1000
nmol/L
 
He is on a statin (atorvastatin) and takes fish oil twice a day. I'm sure our PCP is going to say he needs a higher dosage, but seems to me that if the statin was going to be effective, it needs to lower the LDL-p (in particular the small LDL-p). Clearly, it isn't doing that and he's not getting the results we'd hoped for from the WOE.


Any thoughts?
I want him to ask the PCP to put him back on Nispan (or Slo-Nicacin over the counter) to see if that will help
DH is a lot more active than I am so I'd expect he'd have benefit from the exercise. I'm sure genes play a role.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Fruit Pizza?
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:09:42 AM »
It occurs to me that it might be possible to make fruit pizza using an almond meal "cookie" crust, cream cheese sweetened with Swerve, and fruits.


I'm thinking mostly berries--strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, maybe a peach.


I wouldn't make a very large one, just two single servings (that's what I'm thinking now) because I'm afraid the almond meal crust might get soggy.


What do you think? I'll adapt one of GG's cookie recipes I think.

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General Discussion / A source for stuff I hadn't seen before
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:58:44 AM »
www.netrition.com


I just ordered some Nature's Hollow products and Swerve packets. $4.95 flat rate shipping. Looks like they sell a lot of supplements, too, including NOW supplements.


I learned about this from the Nature's Hollow Facebook page.


This one was new to me. I believe it will be a keeper.

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Wheat Free Recipes / A delicious Mother's Day breakfast!
« on: May 11, 2014, 06:57:51 AM »
I'm mother to two furry creatures and we celebrated Mother's Day anyway with a wonderful breakfast!


I made French Toast with bread made from Gourmet Girl's bun recipe (http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/05/amazing-turkey-sandwich-on-sesame-seed.html, without the sesame seeds). I used english muffin rounds to make beautiful, sliceable buns.


Here's my recipe for the French Toast batter (so simple)


3 eggs
1/4 cup whipping cream


that's it. Whip it all up and soak the bread before browning in melted Kerrygold.


I cooked 4 halves of the buns and then just scrambled the rest of the batter as a side.


Gourmet Girl uses Nature's Hollow syrup (sweetened with xylitol) and it is very good (albeit thin).


Topped it off with uncured bacon, a couple of sliced strawberries.


DH and I are stuffed now and he's doing yard work while I am getting ready to clean pollen off the porch. We're spending the weekend at our mountain place. Almost heaven.





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Food Elements / Chardonnay & 85% chocolate
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:15:11 PM »
made a nice after dinner treat tonight.  :D

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Food Elements / Confused now about sweeteners
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:41:48 PM »
I'm glad there were some posts about the upcoming documentary "Fed Up"--I surely plan to see it when it comes to a theatre or PBS or some channel on TV.  I'm reading up on it and have learned about the "Fed Up" challenge to give up all sweeteners for 10 days.


Now, I have given up sugar, Splenda (the yellow packets), aspartame (the blue packets), and long since stopped with the pink packages. I don't use syrups or sorbitol or sucrose or agave nectar or honey or fructose or any of the "ose"es.


I do (occasionally) use xylitol and erythritol, but the Fed Up folks and Mark Hyman http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/19/artificial-sweeteners-could-be-sabotaging-your-diet/#close


say not to use them.  Dr. Davis speaks about sweeteners in his blog http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/10/in-pursuit-of-sweetness/.


What are the thoughts here?


Seriously, I have either of these two sweeteners no more than three times per week so I'm wondering what my good friends here think about whether these two sweeteners are likely to significantly slow the metabolism--something I absolutely don't need.




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Success Stories / In Progress
« on: April 25, 2014, 01:48:00 PM »
It isn't an "after" yet because there won't be an after.


Right now, let's just say it is a work in progress.

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Off Topic Discussions / Powdered alcohol...seriously???
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:41:24 PM »
What's the point? 'Way no fun with this. On tonight's news they were talking about what might be the result of putting it in food.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/21/powdered-alcohol-palcohol_n_5185944.html


If I am going to have alcohol, I want something you pour out of a bottle (not reconstituted).

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Food Elements / None of Your Business
« on: April 19, 2014, 05:29:36 AM »
A friend of mine posted this on my Facebook page. I totally laughed out loud. 


I thought my friends here would appreciate the humor.

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General Discussion / Junk email that maybe isn't
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:24:47 PM »
This link showed up in a junk mail that came into my inbox.


http://todayspulse.org/2014/04/14/making-case-adding-fat-diet/?utm_source=ushealgen&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04142014


Not completely junk, huh?


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Food Elements / Turnips
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:00:53 AM »
I'm at a college & career fair and some of the middle school students served me roasted turnips. They looked like potatoes.  Absolutely divine. But being a root vegetable I wondered if turnips are WB friendly.

Anybody eat turnips? These were prepared with olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper.

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