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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:23:29 AM »
I recently started on Magnesium Malate about a week later started on Ashwaganda for Adrenal Fatigue. Both of these have been crazy helpful and wish I had started on them long ago. I was nervous about starting the Magnesium until I got the IBS under control, but now things are really working well and I'm not having any issues there. I also finally have experienced no arthritis pain in my bad knee. I noticed it getting better this past Summer, but was concerned about stopping the Cat's Claw. I've been off that for (2) months now with zero knee issues. It doesn't even lock up the way it used to sometimes! I am still stuck in this Fat loss vs Scale Weight loss phase. The Scale isn't budging, but I am keeping on keeping on. I love how I feel and you can't beat that!

Bailey

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Food Elements / Re: Zenbelly Lemon Pound cake
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:33:37 AM »
Barbara,

I don't have time to type it out today. I attempted to post a picture of the page in the book, but it is way too small. I've never had to resize a picture on here until yesterday when I posted the original cake pic. I do realize it is not WB approved, but for a "safe" Pound cake, thought it worked well. If Rita has the ability to change the size of a file and make it larger, I can try posting the pic again. Not sure it's worth disturbing her for that.

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Food Elements / Zenbelly Lemon Pound cake
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:56:07 AM »
Friday night, I made the Lemon Pound cake from the Zenbelly cookbook. Last night as a snack, I had a slice of the cake and made some Whipped cream to go with some Fresh Strawberries. It was wonderful! Wanted to share a pic
Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Deep Freezer
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:18:58 AM »
scrupulous, how do you make your broccoli/cheddar soup?

Deanna,

Sorry, just now saw this. I use Dana Carpender's recipe from her Fat Fast book.

Ingredients:

(2) C Broccoli florets, steamed
4oz Cream cheese, softened
(2) C Water
1/4 C Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 C Chicken broth
1 tsp Salt
1 C Cheddar cheese (grated)
Pepper to taste

I add all ingredients except the broccoli to my Vitamix. Steam the broccoli then add to mixture in Vitamix and zap to silky smooth texture. You could reserve some of the broccoli if you prefer a little chunky.

HTH

Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Deep Freezer
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:41:56 PM »
Thank you, Everyone! My Freezer is here and I made a Broccoli & Cheddar soup and Tomato cream soup today plus Gourmet Girl Cooks grain free bread. All of thos are being portioned, Vacuum packed and going into the Freezer. [size=78%]Today was the 1st ever batch of the bread and it turned out very well. After (16) months of not having bread, I realize it really is something I can do without, but thankful for the experience of having tried it. I immediately Vacuum packed the flours and the will also go to the Deep freezer once it gets to temp. [/size]
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General Discussion / Deep Freezer
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:45:24 PM »
I have decided that I am going to invest in a small 5 ft Deep freezer. I have also recently purchased a Food saver Vacuum pack sealer machine and just wondered for those of you who have a Deep Freezer, are you storing mainly meat and special flours there or are you making tons of make-ahead meals so you always have something on hand? What is the best way to organize it? Any help would be much appreciated.

Bailey

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Is the bleu cheese sauce made from Greek yogurt and crumbled bleu cheese? I used to make that for my wings (with Wheat Free Market buffalo wing sauce). I gave up dairy as well, and now I dip my wings in Greek yogurt alone. Yeah, I know it's dairy, but I practice the whole 85-15 thing when it comes to Paleo-style eating. Plus IIRC Greek yogurt doesn't have the components of regular dairy that's not good for you (but I could be wrong).

Randal, You are correct. Greek Yogurt, Mayo and Blue cheese crumbles. I am so pleased I have lost my desire for cheese. That was pretty tough initially.

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If you have the Original WB cookbook, get it out and make this recipe on Page 146. I did not make the cheese sauce tonight, since I am off dairy, but am considering a splurge for it the next time I make these and I think that could be this weekend. They were really good and such a super easy recipe! A family friend told me she made them with the sauce and everyone in her family devoured them. This was a recipe that really helped bump up my confidence in the kitchen. Cooking doesn't have to be as difficult as we sometimes make it out to be  :)

Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:56:44 PM »
Good evening! I have a couple of updates I would like to share.


At the end of September, I discovered that my Coconut oil Fat bombs were causing diarrhea, which I was attributing to IBS. After being completely off of them the entire month of October, no "IBS like" symptoms!!!!!! [size=78%]I am back to testing out how I do with "problems" foods. Unfortunately, nuts are a problem. [/size][/size][size=78%]The Black tea I was so fond of still causes issues, so definitely not drinking it regularly. I'm excited to be able to have Blueberries again occasionally. [/size]


I have been taking side Profile pix about every (7) - (8) weeks. Even though the scale has not budged in over (6) months, I'm still losing fat! I took a picture 09/15 and one today 11/02 and there is a very noticeable difference in the size of my gut and fat apron! The only change I've made is stopping the fat bombs.


Maybe my next Yoga class is not as far off as I thought  :D


Bailey


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General Discussion / KerryGold butter + Canola oil Jimmy Moore post
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:09:55 AM »
Has anyone else seen this yet? Just saw it on Twitter

Another reason to read any and all labels! Funny enough, if you Google Kerry Gold and Canola oil, you'll find a history of things from 2011 including some Blog posts of people I hadn't been following.

Bailey




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General Discussion / Re: Food Politics
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:47:41 AM »
Here's another Ryan clip I archived.....is this guy cool or what???


http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-congressmans-meditation-crusade/

Jan,

Thank you for posting this! I took my 1st Yoga class about a month ago and was surprised that I could keep up with the class as well as I did. I was so pleased with the way I felt afterwards, but definitely know it would be much easier to do some of the poses if I could lose the gut. I am thankful for taking my Ginger capsules because that has definitely helped with my balance! I could never have done that class a year ago. I do want to try again!

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General Discussion / Re: Gluten-free meal on Virgin Atlantic
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:19:56 PM »
Randal, Sorry to hear you had such a miserable meal offering. This is one reason I continue to look for safe products that are able to be carried with you. I know you might not be able to do so with your International travels. Sarah Ballantyne, the Paleo Mom, posted this portable pack of Coconut oil earlier on her Instagram. I've been making/keeping a list of things that could easily transport.

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:40:14 AM »
It has been 75 days since I dropped Dairy. I have purposefully had it twice, in the way of Gluten-Free pizza with my family and (2) times eating out and ordering Ceasar salad no croutons and just not really thinking it through about the dressing and cheese on the salad. Fortunately, I had no bad reactions in those instances, but overall, I feel much better without any dairy, so I will continue on with that process. IBS issues have really slowed down also since dropping dairy, and of course, I am thrilled. I am still taking Colostrum and have incorporated more Gelatin in the way of smoothies, Chocolate Avocado pudding, etc. Still haven't gotten the courage up to make Bone Broth.... I know, I know lol The one I tried from barebonesbroth.com back in the Spring was good. I recently discovered http://saltfireandtime.com/ via a Tweet from Juli Bauer with paleoomg.com that also provides ready made Bone broth for purchase in a pinch.

Another encouraging thing is that it has been over 40 days since I got on the scale. I am really thankful for the attitude that I have gained of just being able to feel good in how my clothes fit/feel vs what the number on the scale is. I am still working out, still getting my walks in when I don't go to the gym and totally thrilled that I haven't just given up since losing weight has been so slow. If I can leave a marked impression on anyone, it would be for someone with PCOS and that is even if this way of eating and losing weight is a slow journey and definitely a learning process, it works, I feel better, haven't had PMS in 13 of my 14 months now and with the drop of dairy, my monthly acne is gone and I'm just grateful for a new all around attitude.

Bailey

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Off Topic Discussions / Re: So sad tonight
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:54:35 AM »

Remember these people the way they were before they lost the fight.  That is who they really are. Not their deaths.

Lila, I am sorry for your loss. Vibe said it perfectly.

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Personal Diaries / Re: Me, myself and my wheat belly
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:48:41 AM »
Vibe, That is such wonderful news and I'm excited for you! Keep going and have a great weekend!

Bailey

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8oz Coconut milk Frozen Blueberry & Gelatin smoothie (original recipe from Grassfed girl)
Yesterday, I made the original recipe with Frozen Strawberries, but added Coconut Kiefer. It was fantastic.
8oz Homemade Chocolate Avocado pudding
(2) Fried eggs in Kerry Gold unsalted butter

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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Looking for a Safe Nutella Recipe
« on: July 08, 2014, 05:35:12 PM »
Barb, Thank you for the additional info. Here's the Recipe I'm looking to make for an upcoming occasion.

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Wheat Free Recipes / Looking for a Safe Nutella Recipe
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:14:11 AM »
I am wondering if any of you seasoned Bakers have a safe Nutella recipe you love or have you tried Civilized Caveman's Not-ella recipe and enjoyed it? Or, are you just using the store-bought Nutella? If you do have a Recipe, could you kindly pass it along?

Thanks!

Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Sun exposure and tanning
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:42:28 PM »
I definitely remember a discussion about it but I have no idea where it was.  I started experimenting afterward, though, while I was at my parents' house in Montgomery.  They have a pool, and the UV there is pretty intense.  What I found was that if I took extra D3 (10,000 IU instead of 5000), I cooked slower.  One day I forgot to take any and I got a little pink after about 45 minutes, but I am very fair skinned and usually would have burned in 30.  I went back down this weekend and we swam in midday sun yesterday.  I took my extra vitamin D3 and also put a dab of coconut oil on my face because that's the only part that's been turning pink.  You can barely even tell I was out in the South Alabama sun and we were out for over an hour.  So I'd say we cook slower but, as Suz discovered, aren't necessarily immune to burns.

Hungry, I love your phrase about "we cook slower" That's hysterical and made my evening  :)

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General Discussion / Sun exposure and tanning
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:02:00 PM »
I am hoping this isn't a duplicate post. I looked on the Vitamin D thread, but didn't see anything there. I thought about a month or two ago there was a short discussion about how easily people are actually tanning and not burning since going Grain-free. This has been my experience and while I don't spend a lot of time out in the sun, I am trying to get more than I normally do since I am working towards bumping up my Vitamin D levels in association with now doing 10,000 units vs 5,000 unites of D3 supplementation. If I am correct and there was really a discussion on this board about sun exposure and tanning vs burning, could someone kindly point me back to that thread? I am glad to have some color, but don't really understand the reasoning for why getting off grains would cause me to no longer burn like I used to.

Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Has anyone given up dairy?
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:03:25 PM »
Randal, Hoping your trip is successful! About (40) days ago, I gave up dairy, with the exception of daily Colostrum & 1 - 2x a week using Tera's Whey, which is Grassfed, in my smoothie. I feel better, IBS symptoms have improved and my monthly cycle acne is gone! I used to also have quit a bit of nasal draining in the morning, but that is now also gone. I use Coconut milk for my Chocolate Avocado pudding and am using it in other dessert type recipes such as dairy free ice cream. Lastly, the scale moved down after getting off the dairy. I am pleased to say that I now feel like I have it under control to where if I decided to have some of my Wheat Free a Market foods pizza or a Ceasar salad dressing while out to dinner, I wouldn't feel guilty, since it's a rare occurrence going forward. I feel great about my choice. Initially, the goal was for (30) days, but I'm not really sure right now why I would add it back.


It can't hurt to drop it for a few weeks and see how you feel. I say go for it!


Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:43:59 PM »
I've really enjoyed reading your story, it gives me hope.  It feels good to know you made it, very motivating story, and much to be learned from it.  YAY for you!!!


 :)


Barb, Thank you for your kind words. I still have a long, long way to go before I'm out of the Obese category according to the scale, but I've really strived to make this a way of life. PCOS and Insulin resistance certainly hasn't helped, but psychologically seeing a size 18 pant and XXL T-shirt really has kept my spirits up. Per the scale, last time I was wearing those sizes, I was 40lbs lighter and I just keep celebrating with a happy dance lol. I no longer dread going to try on clothes, because I know I can easily find something that will fit. 


Barbara & Lynda, Thank you both also for your acknowledgements. I appreciate it!  :)


Bailey




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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: June 22, 2014, 04:57:30 PM »
This last week I got to celebrate my one-year Wheat & Grain-Free anniversary. I am so jazzed to keep going and not give-up! The Scale says I lost (42) lbs, but in recent weeks continued teetering towards (45) lbs. I finally made the decision this week to remove the (4) Triple A batteries from my Scale and put them in the trash. I have made peace with myself that I can begin to rely more on how I look and feel in my smaller clothes. This has been a huge hurdle for me and I'm celebrating the new freedom from the scale, because I know it's a liar.


I still am working on figuring out how my brain will ever catch-up to my new smaller size. I feel like I have so much more confidence in different areas of my life and have been telling more people lately about what going Grain-Free and losing the inflammation can do. I am so much closer to beating IBS and that has added to my confidence and freedom to go out and actually participate in my life. I'm not sitting on the side-line of my own game anymore!


I am looking forward to the next year and less concerned about the weekly losses. I know it will come. The Gym workouts and other outside activity I've been able to do recently are making me leaner and stronger. The fat-girl in my house has left the building ha ha ha!


Bailey






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You might like them as Hashbrowns. I tried a similar recipe to this a few years ago when I did Medifast. 


Shred the Radishes, season and pan fry in Kerry Gold, a Coconut oil or whatever you like fir a healthy fat. Here's the full link to the sample I Googled http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=86798


Bailey
 




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Personal Diaries / Re: One year status report
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:46:16 AM »
Congratulations, Hungry! So proud of and excited for you!

Bailey

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Food Elements / Re: Paleo Coconut Flakes cereal (Julian Bakery)
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:00:05 AM »
Barbara & Jan, Thank you for your responses. I also no longer by from Julian Bakery after some other discussions here, maybe last Fall? I just thought that it was interesting they're trying to get "cereal eaters" on board.

Bailey

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Food Elements / Paleo Coconut Flakes cereal (Julian Bakery)
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:46:22 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Wheat Belly Book Club
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:56:38 PM »
Jan, Congratulations on your new endeavors! That is exciting news and sounds like you will definitely be busy! Please continue to share this part of your journey!

Bailey

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/independent-bakeries-are-a-dying-breed-185447965.html

Wow! It's really catching on, isn't it?! I am sorry for the loss of their business. Glad to know people are paying attention to new opportunities though.

Bailey

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You might try the Fat Bombs recipe that is in the Receipt section of the Forum. It is made with Coconut oil, Grassfed butter and a Nut butter, such as Almond. Some people add Stevia or similar sweetener and others do not. The longer you are on WB, the less sweetener you'll need.

Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Friendships Affected by Weight Loss
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:22:38 PM »
MissMel,

I have also experienced a similar issue with 2 friendships. One, a close friend and the other a nextdoor neighbor and friend. Both have distanced themselves from me over the course of the last year since I began doing WB. Back at the turn of 2014, one of the 2 out of the blue decided that they were going to lose weight and get on a plan that fit their lifestyle, which I was really encouraged by, but as things progressed, while nothing was said, I almost felt like she was competing against me to lose weight. She was much heavier than me when I initially started this journey and things have cooled off in her efforts in the past 2 months or so. I don't know if they will pick back up, but I feel weird about sharing some of my small victories, successes and celebrations with her. Many times when I do, I get similar responses to what you mentioned or if it happened to be sent via text, she never responds or claims she didn't receive the message. The neighbor, has distanced herself in a more severe way. It has been amazing to feel the progression of jealously and tension of success and strain of what was once a decent relationship begin to fall apart because we can't go out to eat and our interests have definitely changed.

My charge is just keep doing what you're doing, making changes and holding on to those successes you're seeing. While someone we love and care about may not want to do WB/Paleo or agree with what we're doing, we can still cheer them on and encourage them in their endeavors where diet/weight is concerned if they are open to sharing that part of their life. Even my own family thinks I'm crazy for not cheating and have real cake or my mom's "famous" desserts at holidays. When I try to explain that I don't want to feel bad, have a headache, stomachache, diarrhea, etc. just for one minor celebration, it all falls on deaf ears. I'm glad I gave up the Wheat and I'm thrilled with my status and success!

Keep up the good work and I hope that while your relationship with your friend may take a new direction, hopefully you can focus on some other areas and less on the diet for a while.

Bailey

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Personal Diaries / Re: Me, myself and my wheat belly
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:51:48 PM »
Vibe,


So glad to see your update! It does take some time to find the right balance in this woe. I recently dropped dairy and never imagined that would be a difference maker in weight loss. So glad I tried it! You are doing great and these next 3 months will fly by. Keep up the great work you're doing and continue setting an example!


Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:45:24 PM »
This weekend, I celebrated (2) weeks bring dairy free, which has been way easier than I thought and I tried on these Shorts that I've been waiting to see if I could get into before end of Summer 2014. I am down an additional (4) lbs AND THOSE SHORTS WITH A ZIPPER FIT, I started balling crying in disbelief, because when I purchased them in 2011, I was FORTY pounds SMALLER than where the scale says I am now! If you've been doing this a while and haven't seen the results you were expecting, let me be your proof. Even if the scale isn't showing you a change, good things are going on in your body. They truly are! I'm super close to celebrating my 1 year and it just keeps getting more enjoyable!


Bailey

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Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hello!
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:56:23 PM »
 MickiSue, Welcome to the Forum! We are glad to have you and glad to know that you're having a great grain-free experience! Hope that you enjoy what you see around here and feel free to jump in and share when you get a chance.

Bailey

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Personal Diaries / Re: Starting again
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:06:48 PM »
Ann,

Welcome back! Hoping that you're feeling good and getting back into the swing of things!

Bailey

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Food Elements / Re: Kanten Pasta
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:05:44 PM »
Hi Jan,


I haven't tried this.  Agar is a gel and used extensively for that purpose in the food industry.  I might be wrong, but I would guess that these noodles would tend to be more gelatinous than even the konjac noodles.  I carefully rinse my konjac noodles and then let them drain and heat in a hot frypan to "dry fry".  This gives them a bit more substance and reduces the gel like consistency of the noodles. 


If you do try some of the agar noodles, let us know how you like them!

I will echo what Barbara said. I 1st used the Miracle noodles about 4 years ago and they were the best of the few brands that I tried imo. Glad to know that these are available.

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Off Topic Discussions / For Ladies Only (Menstrual Cup)
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:26:07 PM »
I don't know if for those of you who still get your period have ever heard of or tried a Menstrual cup (silicone cup that holds your flow) vs using Tampons or Pads, but I tried a cup for the 1st time this month and with the success that I had, I think I am confident in saying I will be ditching Tampons and Pads. No more ooopss I'm out of or I have to get to the store for more pads, etc. or rushing to empty the trash before guests come by, etc., etc. Google Menstrual cups and do your research to see what might be the right one for you. I'm a happy to reduce my Carbon footprint a step further! There's also plenty of Youtube videos with information about the cups.

Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:32:47 AM »
Latest update:

The good news is I do not have Hypothyroidism. The test showed that I have slightly normal-high RT3, which is related to elevated Coritsol. The Doctor recommended that I go up to 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 for 30 days and 2 - 3x/week sun bathing for 20 - 40 mins each this Summer, enough to get a slight tan. It was also confirmed that I have Andrenal Fatigue, which was mildly pointed out when I had the NRT testing back in April, but this latest doc gave more definition to it and I'm now reading a book by Marcelle Pick about Adrenals and learning quite a bit of good information.

I thought I would share my Cholesterol screen.

09/30/13 (3.5 months into WB/Paleo)

Total Cholesterol 217
HDL 52
LDL 144
Triglycerides 104


05/12/14

Total Cholesterol 243
HDL 62
LDL 156
Triglycerides 125

Because of the Adrenal Fatigue, I am going to have to slow down on workouts at the gym and instead take several long walks during the week, preferably at a local park or trail that is flat. I can still go do a more intense workout at the gym twice a week. I am researching some additional supplements on my own because the Maximized Living Doctor appears to make TONS of money from his own brand of supplements. He made recommendation for (4) supplements which cost a total of $200/month and looking to have me on them for at least (3) months. I was not interested in that since there was no ability to talk to anyone who had been on them or see Online reviews. I am not discouraged. I get people have to make a living somehow, but if you're into helping people heal, I can't understand not making it affordable.

I have successfully dropped Dairy for a full week now and I realized I clear my throat less often and have had a fairly good digestive week. I tried and added Kimchi and a different brand of Sauerkraut earlier in the week to help my gut. The Kimchi wasn't as bad as I expected, and I'm sure it's better if you make it at home, but just not into that as of now. I think I could probably have them both a couple of times a week, so we'll see how that goes.

Bailey

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Off Topic Discussions / Re: OTC pain meds
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:22:52 PM »
Lila,


I'm so sorry to hear about your foot! I recently picked-up Phenocane, which is made with Curcumin. I was convicted to stop the NSAIDS because of Leaky Gut and was researching female related natural pain relief. http://www.amazon.com/Phenocane-Natural-Pain-Management-Capsules/dp/B000S88UAQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1400548684&sr=8-2&keywords=Phenocane. I used it yesterday for a Stress headache and it was gone within (45) minutes. While my PMS has been gone almost a full year now, due to being off the grains, I still occasionally need a pain reliever. I believe this will be the trick.


Mickey Trescott, Author of the Autoimmune Paleo cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Autoimmune-Paleo-Cookbook-Allergen-Free-Approach/dp/0578135213/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400548911&sr=1-1&keywords=mickey+trescott recommends White Willow a Bark on her Blog.


Feel better soon!


Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: May 19, 2014, 02:13:25 PM »
Linda & Jan, Thank you for your encouragement and responding. For anyone who has dropped Dairy for at least 30 days, did you see good results? Was it mainly in how you felt and not about weight loss? Cheese, Full-Fat Greek Yogurt and Sour Cream have been the main items I've been having recently and the doctor I am seeing now is recommending that I drop Dairy. I'm ok and on board with that and willing to try it for 30 days. Did you feel the need to do it longer than 30 days? I had hoped to have the Thyroid results today, but no luck so far. Hoping to hear from the Doc by Wednesday.

Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:30:51 PM »
My journey has taken another turn. After getting the results from the NRT testing that I had done last month, I chose to go another route and not continue on with that Practitioner (sp?) Today, I had a real Blood panel and Urine test ordered by a Doctor who is a Maximized Living Chiropractor. Not only is he my mom's BFF's Chiropractor, he is listed on the primaldocs.com website, which is awesome. The purpose of the Blood-pull and Urine test is for my Thyroid. I attempted to start a discussion a couple of weeks ago on the upcoming Thyroid Sessions at thethyroidsessions.com, which ends tomorrow, but it didn't appear to go anywhere. I'll have the results early next week and look to continue on this journey, not only getting more assistance in healing my gut, but maybe a real Thyroid diagnosis. If it isn't a Thyroid problem that is going on, hopefully this Doctor can continue pointing me in the right direction. I'm excited and nervous for what is to come. In a month of being at the Gym, I've gained 5lbs, so I don't know if that is water retention or what is going on, but it's scarey and annoying lol Hoping to get some good information soon so that I can keep at it and make some additional improvements. Next month, will be my 1st 12 month anniversary for being Wheat/Grain free. I had a goal of 50lbs for ending 12 months, but I'm fluctuating between 40 and 45lbs lost.

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General Discussion / Re: Penzy's Spice store
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:58:37 PM »
My trip to Penzy's today was an enjoyable adventure. Mostly I just enjoyed the time with mom and browsing. I spent double the amount I had pre-determined before we arrived. The ladies running the Register did not seem very informed about why they were there and so we didn't ask any questions. They did seem eager to ring us up and help get us on our way. I came home with (9) total spices and am looking forward to using them. I don't know that it's a place I would visit more than a couple times a year, but thankful for the opportunity to get by and see what it's all about.


Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Penzy's Spice store
« on: May 01, 2014, 06:54:19 PM »
Barbara, You made my day at work. I got to see this prob not long after you posted and I was quite excited after seeing it. I am definitely looking forward to it.


Thx so much!


Bailey

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General Discussion / Penzy's Spice store
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:55:00 PM »
I am going to Penzy's for the 1st time this Weekend. Is there anything they are known for or something special I should keep an eye out for there? It's about (45) minutes drive and going with mom since she's familiar with the area. She had never heard of it so it will be an adventure for both of us. I need Cinnamon and Chili powder for sure, but didn't know what else might be interesting. Or, is it just not a big deal kind of place? Do you need to be a super skilled cook to enjoy that sort of place?


http://www.penzeys.com


Bailey




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General Discussion / Thyroid Sessions
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:19:43 AM »
If you subscribe to GrassFed Girl's Newsletter, you probably saw this today, but in the event you do not and are interested in Thyroid information, Dr. Tom O'Bryan that helped put on the Gluten Summit last Fall is a part of this.

http://thethyroidsessions.com/

Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:20:42 PM »
Thank you, Suzhookem & Rita!


Got my Leg workout in this afternoon and feeling good. Hoping tomorrow I will still feel good. I am excited for how pumped I feel and energized both before and after my session.


Saw a great quote on Twitter earlier: "It's about progress, not perfection." That's how I felt after my single leg squats lol


Bailey

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Success Stories / Re: One Month in
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:47:49 PM »
New update: About (10) days or so ago, I started back at the Gym. Initially, it was just doing the Treadmill and by mid-week, I had started back on the weights. I was dreading Thursday because I assumed as had been in the past when I worked out that I would be terribly sore and aching bad the next day and my arms would likely feel like weights. Enter (10) full months plus (1) week being Wheat-Free and I found I had little to no problems with aches and pains throughout the day on Thursday!! I did feel a little sore mid-evening, almost like I had been helping someone move to an apartment or something, but the inflammation from being off the grains and wheat is just not there!


This afternoon, I had my 3rd weight-lifting workout and felt so good! I have remastered the 1st (2) rows of machines plus a few Free-weight exercises and I ended my session with 100 Squats today! I am surprised at how excited I am now about working out and happy to be in a good routine.


I am also excited and surprised at how energized I feel after my sessions. It was never like this that I remember when I wasn't Wheat and Grain free.


Bailey








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Success Stories / Re: In Progress
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:37:41 PM »
Lila, What a gorgeous picture and happy smile you have! I agree it's very neat to see the definition that has come into your face and neck. You are doing so well! Keep up the great things you're doing. I like what you said about it's not an "after" yet. Another 4 to 6 months and you'll see even more progress.


Bailey

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General Discussion / Re: Headache
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:47:57 PM »
Scrupulous,


Whenever I get a headache now I use curcumin (tumeric) pills.    The willow tea helps too.  Your headache could be a reaction to pollen if you live in an area that is in bloom right now.


Barbara,


I will look into the Tumeric pills. Thank you for the recommendation. Pollen is crazy here in Atlanta, but I really thought it was more stress related today. I did take some Ibuprofen before and feel much better after going to the gym!


Bailey




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General Discussion / Headache
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:59:13 PM »
I don't know if today's minor headache is because I haven't been hydrated as much as normal. It was much busier than I expected and I didn't get my water in like I normally do during the day. I still have some time before bed to get in some water, but I wonder what else could be causing it. Not sure that it's a "stress" headache, even though it's in my neck and shoulders and that's where I used to get them.

For about 8 months, I went mostly pain reliever free during the time of my cycle. I've on occasion taken a dose or two of Ibuprofen, which seems to help better now, but really prefer to stay off the NSAIDs due to everything I've learned and how it is related to Leaky Gut.

I found this article today by Mickey Trescott who has a great Cookbook out on the Autoimmune Protocal and she discusses White Willow Bark.

Has anyone taken it and do you really just take it at the time you have an ache/pain? I have taken Feverfew in the past, but stopped it a couple of months ago as I was trying to lessen the amount of supplements to try some changes in what I'm doing. If you have any suggestions for an alternative to NSAIDs for pain, please let me know.

Thank you!

Bailey

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