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I fear I may have killed discussion temporarily. But yesterday while going back and deleting a number of my posts, I realized there are a LOT of people who were frequent posters who no longer participate. Seriously, go back 3, 6, or 12 months in the forum, and you can see lots of people who dropped off. The simplest interpretation is that they either stopped following the lifestyle or stopped following the board. We all can do a lot to prevent both of those causes, mainly by staying positive, supportive, and on point. I will endeavor to do so myself.

Off Topic Discussions / We need to be better ambassadors of this WOE
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:32:47 PM »
I've been holding back my tongue on people's responses to different things, but I now realize that we're doing ourselves a disservice by not being better ambassadors for the wheat-free lifestyle. Sometimes the tone on here can get a little too political, or fringe, or judgmental, or critical; or it simply comes off in a way that can put newbies off to all that this WOE can offer.

Just like vegans / vegetarians have a public persona that people make fun of, so do "gluten-free" people. Mainly it's that we won't shut up about it (which is why I almost never talk about it, unless someone sounds like they really need help). But also this WOE is so unconventional and goes against everything we've been indoctrinated to (eat low fat, whole grains are heart healthy, carbo-loading is good for exercise), that we have to be extra careful that we don't turn people off.

I'll mention a couple things I would encourage people to stop doing:
  • Taking shots at political leaders. The wheat-free lifestyle doesn't belong to one party or the other. If you take a shot at a political leader, you're probably going to bother half the people on the board. It might turn off newbies from returning, thinking that this board aligns with one party or the other.
  • Discussing things like vaccinations. This is a highly charged topic, but not all that wheat-free related. Someone new could read that thread and think that this WOE is aligned in a certain way.
Personally, I've gone back and deleted or edited a bunch of my posts, and right after I hit the Post button, I'm going to search out and edit or remove some more. I don't want people potentially not enjoying the benefits of this lifestyle because of something I've posted or something that could be perceived in a negative light.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like to discuss this off the boards as well...

Off Topic Discussions / Re: Mistakes I would prefer to avoid in future
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:29:00 AM »
Here's a similar problem I no longer have:

Pre-heating the oven, forgetting there's a pizza box in there.

A couple others related to our WOE:

Buying a ton of veggies to make a stew for a fad cabbage diet. Neglecting to make the stew for weeks until I forget about it. Then months later, opening the vegetable crisper to find a stew of its own. (This was a couple decades ago, before I ate veggies.)

Trying pills to lose weight. (One attempt messed up my plumbing for months.)

Having IBS related issues, and blaming them on eggs instead of considering wheat and grain to be the culprits.

General Discussion / Re: Fats
« on: February 15, 2015, 10:11:17 AM »
That link didn't work for me, no clue why. Here's my attempt at a link:

I like a lot of what she says. I agree with ditching the typical high-carb breakfast of standard American diets (bagel, toast, or croissant with some high sugar / carb spread; cereal with milk; oatmeal). But I've never been on board with the "Bulletproof coffee" as meal replacement. It's your first meal of the day; I personally believe you should be getting a decent amount of protein and a lot of nutrients.

Food Elements / Re: Bone broth?
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:03:31 PM »
I just found bone broth at Whole Paycheck (while looking for beef broth for my first attempt at beef stew). I'm sure it's not as good as making it from scratch, but I've been meaning to start bone broth for a while.

General Discussion / Re: IBS Sufferers after Wheat Belly?
« on: February 10, 2015, 07:33:32 PM »
I've had experiences with your situation. Pro- and pre- biotics will help a lot. Be aware, it might take a couple weeks for things to readjust, but then it will be better, and no pain.

General Discussion / Re: Monsanto
« on: February 08, 2015, 02:32:16 PM »
I started reading the account, and I couldn't understand what Mr. Four Weddings and Notting Hill was doing at the Monsanto stockholders meeting. Then I realized she was talking about the CEO and not the actor.

General Discussion / Anyone attending the online Healthy Gut Summit?
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:03:43 PM »
Link to register:

I've never attended one of these online summits. I'm interested in what others think of these things.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:06:50 PM »
After a couple weeks, things have stabilized and gotten back to normal (actually, a little better before). I could be wrong, but here's what I attribute it to:
  • I'm taking a probiotic a couple times a day. I want to get a different brand so I can mix things up (variety apparently is key).
  • I'm only doing a couple tablespoons a day. This is more because of my schedule than anything else; it's kind of difficult to manage four tablespoons a day.
  • I mix between potato starch and the green banana flour.
  • I take the RS with kefir (that way I'm taking in pre- and pro- at the same time).
  • I try to get a couple servings of probiotics a day, between kimchi and sauerkraut. I also usually eat some Greek yogurt every day (with cinnamon, which has amazing health benefits).
I figure things should be really good in a couple weeks, after I've significantly boosted the good bacteria population in my gut.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: January 29, 2015, 07:49:13 PM »
The bathroom in my new apartment in Seattle has the most amazing lighting device. It's connected to a motion detector, and when it senses movement, it provides just enough light (and the light is green) to make out the outline / layout of the bathroom. It's an extremely low level of light, just enough to reflect off the counters, procelain, and mirror. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it, and wondered where it had been my entire life. I tell other people about it, but they don't seem to appreciate how wonderful it is. You can use the facilities in the middle of the night without bumping into anything or waking from a half-slumber. This should be standard in every bathroom.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: January 28, 2015, 01:52:16 PM »
On the prebiotics, you do get CRAZY vivid dreams, and you can lapse into the dream state quickly (within minutes; I know this from looking at the clock, falling asleep, and then waking to my alarm). Until you do the stuff, you have no idea how dynamic and off the wall your dreams can be. And oddly, you can remember them. I hate people who tell others their dreams, but here's one example from a couple nights ago: Winona Ryder and I had gone to high school together (in my dream, not real life), and now she was my girlfriend. I could not tell you where the heck any of that came from.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: January 27, 2015, 06:45:29 PM »
Actually, my eliminations were pretty good before resistant starch. Like clockwork, very quick and efficient, very clean and solid.

I've been hearing so much about prebiotics I wanted to give them a try. Also, I had gotten strep twice last year, and I was concerned about my gut biome because of the antibiotics.

I've also started drinking kefir yesterday. So I hope between that, kimchi, sauerkraut, and a probiotic pill, I'll get the probiotic species increasing. I'll still go for a couple tablespoons of the resistant starch for the prebiotic.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:38:16 PM »
Update: Saturday I had gas and was pooping a lot. These are all signs that I wasn't getting enough probiotics. I was taking one regularly, but thought my intake of kimchi and sauerkraut would suffice. Apparently not. I've cut down the dose of potato starch; I might have jumped to the four tablespoons too quickly.

I started taking a probiotic on Sunday. On Monday I also tried banana flour in water. Didn't taste as good as the potato starch in water (which I find benign), and definitely felt bloated in the evening.

I'm hoping that things will return to normal / stabilize in the next few days.

General Discussion / Re: MLM regarding health and weight loss
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:10:24 PM »
Eat real food. Don't eat processed stuff. That's how I feel regarding "weight loss shakes" and "protein bars" and everything else.

I've tried weight loss pills in the past and they've only messed me up.

General Discussion / Re: Crock pot
« on: January 24, 2015, 09:27:56 AM »
I wish I had bought a crock pot 20 years ago. If there's any advice you would give a bachelor, it should be "buy a crock pot."

I'm heading out to Whole Paycheck in half an hour and this time I'm going to pick up beef for a pot roast.

Food Elements / Re: Resistant starch
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:13:38 PM »
I just started experimenting with RS through potato starch 3-4 days ago. I saw Boundless's comments above regarding the effects, but I was wondering, has anyone else tried it?

The past couple days I'm up to 4 tablespoons a day. I admit, it's thrown my... schedule off, if you know what I mean, but that's to be expected when you're changing your gut biome. As far as the vivid immediate dreams, I can attest to that. Yesterday morning I woke up 25 minutes before my alarm and decided to rest in bed. I fell asleep again and was well into a dream by the time my alarm went off. I thought that dreams typically didn't start until 90 minutes or so after falling asleep.

I need to start testing my blood glucose again, just to see if there's a noticeable effect.

General Discussion / Crock pot
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:42:31 PM »
I bought a crock pot because I wanted to make a lot of meals quickly and easily. Once a week I make meatloaf and meatballs, which are great and provide me with 6 - 8 meals for the next week. It's about an hour of prep, but I wanted something else for the snacks I eat at work and for on the go.

Today I made a lamb roast. It really was easy. I had expected the lamb meat to come from the torso, but the butcher told me it was from the leg. Anyhow, put the meat in, dump in some diced peppers, chiles, and tomatoes, then a bunch of seasonings. Put on low, come back in seven hours, and you have a lamb roast.

I normally don't like peppers and chiles, but the long low heat makes them soft and taste better. (Or maybe it's taking on the sauce of the meat.) And my whole place smells like the lamb roast (which isn't bad, because my place normally smells like steak.) But this looks like it'll get me a good 6 more meals.

I've got recipes for chili and pot roast; I need to find a Paleo beef stew recipe.

General Discussion / Alcohol Guide from Bulletproof
« on: January 17, 2015, 03:47:08 PM »
I saw this interesting graphic on Food and Health Revolution:

I tend not to follow Bulletproof, as I think the coffee deprives one of essential nutrients in place of breakfast, and that Dave Asprey has too much of a financial stake in what he advocates.

Vodka is my poison of choice, so I'm glad about that. I haven't had a beer in over a year and a half. But I'm surprised about red wine. I had always heard that it was good for you. I'll switch to white. Besides, I don't like the "I've been drinking red wine" lips you get.

Is there a list online of safe health care products? (I'm mostly interested in toothpaste, shaving cream, and deoderant. No Tom's of Maine, please; that stuff makes you smell worse than not using deoderant.)

General Discussion / Re: Foods to eat to eliminate supplement use
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:47:14 PM »
I was just reading about how CLA supplements are actually bad for you, and the only good sources are natural (e.g., grass-fed beef). So that's another supplement I'll stop taking.

Food Elements / Bacon from the butcher makes such a difference!
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:07:48 AM »
There's a butcher / deli counter at my local Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods. I've been getting the ground meats for my meatloaf and meatballs there for the past few weeks. They have a huge selection of different cuts of meat.

I've only returned to eating bacon with breakfast maybe in the past year and a half. (Before then / before WB, I associated bacon with high fat, and fat is bad for you, right?) I had been buying the pre-packaged stuff, like Hormel, Oscar Meyer, and enjoying it.

Yesterday I picked up a pound of bacon from the butcher counter. Yes, it's considerably more expensive than the pre-packaged stuff (but oddly enough, about the same price here as I was paying for the pre-packed stuff in Silicon Valley).

I cooked three slices up this morning to eat with my scrambled eggs and avocado, and holy cow! The taste difference is significant. It's like the difference between a McDonald's burger and one you cook on a grill.

It sucks that quality foods cost so much more, but the difference is appreciable.


Along the same lines as Barbara, I make a couple big meals a week. (And I'm lucky in that I don't need a lot of variety.) Every Sunday I make either meatballs or meatloaf. It typically takes me an hour of prep (an experienced cook would take less), but I get about 8 meals out of each batch. (An average of 7.5 minutes per meal.) So that's either my morning or afternoon snack at work (I typically eat at least 6 times a day), and Monday, Tuesday, and sometimes Wednesday, I'm finishing the previous week's batch. (So my morning snack might be meatballs, and the afternoon snack is meatloaf, which I always eat with raw sauerkraut.)

My other meals include scrambled eggs, tuna salad, egg salad, baked salmon, cold salmon, grilled steak, and a few other things. Again, I don't need a lot of variety.

General Discussion / Boar's Head meat: not getting it right
« on: January 10, 2015, 03:54:24 PM »
A new convenience store / deli opened around the corner from me. They make sandwiches with Boar's Head meat. I noticed a pamphlet on the counter from Boar's Head titled "Gluten Free: long before you even thought to ask." This falls into the category Boundless talks about regarding products that never had wheat but are capitalizing on the movement.

I glance through it, and there's a page on "Tips for cooking without gluten." Number one: "Make the right swap - If you need to avoid gluten, try these substitutes: brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, unflavored gelatin, soy milk, buckwheat, cottage cheese, flax and corn meal."

Ugh. Replace gluten with other products that will still raise your insulin and blood sugar. Another case where the substitute is practically as bad as what it's replacing.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: How to cook salmon?
« on: January 10, 2015, 12:29:48 PM »
That looks good (and simple). I usually steam kale and Brussel sprouts as the side dish when I bake salmon.

Sardines and mustard. Sardines are crazy with calcium (because of the bones), omega 3, and vitamin D. And of course protein.

Also egg salad (with celery). Eggs are nature's perfect snack / meal. And yes, I almost always have soft boiled eggs on hand.

General Discussion / Re: Ideas about oats?
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:17:15 PM »
You might want to read Denise Minger's "Death by Food Pyramid" where she thoroughly debunks these and other types of studies.

They are asking people to fill out surveys remembering what they ate over a period of time. These are thoroughly unreliable as people tend to forget, or more likely, lie to themselves and the survey.

Furthermore, it's using this weak, poorly gathered data to equate a "correlation" (which it isn't, since the data is faulty) with causation: whole grains reduces cardiovascular disease (which we all know to be false, having read the good doctor's book).

Food Elements / Re: questions regarding bread substitutes
« on: January 05, 2015, 09:52:38 PM »
The higher fat milks and creams are better for you. A lot of the nutrients are in the fat. We've been indoctrinated to be fat-phobic for so long that we turn away from the healthy options.

General Discussion / Cookies are part of a Fit & Delicious healthy snack!
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:06:13 PM »
That's what GNC would have you believe.

I ordered some weightlifting supplements off the GNC website. First, they took almost two weeks to arrive. (Yes, it was the holidays, but even that is ridiculous.) Inside the package was the following pamphlet:

That is a shake that based on a processed chemical-laden protein shake mix, with sugar-free chocolate syrup, and optional crushed cookies. Of course the picture shows the optional cookies, because that way you get people to think cookies can be part of a healthy diet.

The general public really has no chance, if even GNC puts out messages like these.

Btw one serving of this shake has 50 grams of carbs (not including cookies). But hey, it's low fat!

Litmus test: if it's processed, it's bad for you. Simply put: eat real food.

And if you express a desire to eat real food, you get attacked as elitist.

General Discussion / Re: Rotisserie grill?
« on: January 01, 2015, 10:30:55 AM »
Thanks for the advice.

In March it will be 2 years since I started this WOE. At first it sounds hard and restrictive, trying to eat all your meals without bread, flour, grains, etc. But once you learn how to make eggs, steak, and a few chicken, meat, and fish dishes, you're set. Add some vegetables (courtesy of my steamer, one of the best purchases I ever made), and you'll lose weight and have a healthy constitution.

General Discussion / Re: Rotisserie grill?
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:51:13 PM »
I guess it might be called a rotisserie oven instead.

General Discussion / Re: Rotisserie grill?
« on: December 31, 2014, 12:50:45 PM »
I meant one of those kitchen countertop rotisserie grills... I live in an apartment in a city with a tiny deck.

General Discussion / Rotisserie grill?
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:08:53 AM »
I'm thinking about cooking my own rotisserie chicken. Anyone have recommendations for a grill?

Also, what else are good meals to prepare on the rotisserie?

General Discussion / Re: Foods to eat to eliminate supplement use
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:45:08 PM »
Just realized I can stop supplementing with vitamin A due to my intake of carrots, kale, and tuna fish. Another pill off the list.

I want to stop supplementing calcium. I hope my Greek yogurt allows me to scratch that off the list.

Some I probably won't eliminate: Co-Q10, vitamin D, magnesium, and glucosamine (bad back and knees).

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: How to cook salmon?
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:50:18 PM »
Because of my job change and relocation, I finally got around to cooking salmon. Barbara (NJ), I followed your instructions. I can't believe how simple it is to create such a delicious and nutritious meal.

(I had some kale and broccoli with it. Forgot to put capers on it, and also didn't have lemons for seasoning. Next time.)

Now I've got another great DIY bachelor meal. Thanks, everyone, for your advice.

General Discussion / Re: Eating in Hawaii
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:43:26 PM »
We've been deceived into thinking that rice and potatoes (and of course, whole grains) are good for us, and that fruits and vegetables are equivalent.

I remember eating with my niece and nephew, and all my relatives telling them they can't have this snack or that unless they eat a piece of fruit first, and inside I'm just screaming "NOOOOOOO!"

General Discussion / Re: Foods to eat to eliminate supplement use
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:39:28 PM »
I've found glutathione to make a huge difference when I have a night of drinking. If I take that before drinking and activated charcoal before bed, I wake up feeling fine the next day. If I don't, I'm sluggish until 3 in the afternoon. Remember this for New Year's Eve, everyone.

Every year I (try to) quit drinking until the end of February after the Superbowl. It sucks this year because the 28th is on a Saturday, and I don't drink Sunday - Thursday, so it means I'll be abstaining from February 2nd to March 7th. Last year I ended up losing three pounds during my abstention.

General Discussion / Re: Eating in Hawaii
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:51:53 PM »
I remember when I was in Hawaii for Y2K (hey, if society is going to collapse, I want to be in paradise when it happens) and seeing the high obesity levels in the native population. It didn't make sense, since I assumed they spent a lot of time outside and swimming. But it just goes to show that exercise truly has little effect on one's weight.

Did you eat poi? I don't understand how something tasteless can taste so bad.

General Discussion / Foods to eat to eliminate supplement use
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:40:49 PM »
In my 20s I became addicted to taking nutritional supplements. Not addicted to the supplements themselves, but the process of taking them. I'd be scared to figure out how many different supplement pills I was taking at my peak. 50 wouldn't scare me. The clerks at GNC all knew me, and the couple times I came in a month, they knew it was going to be a big sale. My friends knew about this and rightfully made fun of me for this practice.

Anyhow, I'm really into eliminating, or at least drastically reducing, the number of supplements I take. I know from the past couple years and all the reading that I'm doing that the best way to get micronutrients is from real food, properly raised or harvested. Micronutrients from real food are absorbed much better by the body than something in a pill.

However, the OCD in me wants to make sure that if I'm dropping a supplement, I'm getting enough of it from a real food. Here are some of the changes I've made:
  • Vitamin K: kale and Brussel sprouts
  • Fish oil: salmon and sardines a few times a week
  • Selenium: eggs
  • Iodine: I just started eating nori with my veggies. (That's the green stuff that holds your sushi together.)
Anyone have any other examples to share with me and help me?

So I just moved to the Northwest, and on Monday a cousin of mine called me up and invited me to spend Christmas with her family. (She lives 30 miles away from me, and I had not seen her in five years.) The next day she was nice enough to text and ask if I had any food restrictions or allergies. I told her I eat gluten-free / Paleo; meats and veggies would be perfect.

This is what she and her husband prepared... a feast:
  • Prime rib
  • Potatoes - mashed only, nothing added. (Yeah, carbs, but I like the Paleo mentality of being 85% good.)
  • Green beans
  • Collard greens
  • Fresh real cranberry sauce
  • Corn on the cob (yeah, GMO, but half an ear can't hurt that much)
  • Deviled eggs
They also had bread rolls and pie for themselves as well, but it's actually really easy for others to accommodate you. And it's delicious because you're eating real food. It's nice when others respect your lifestyle choices without making a big deal about it.

Plus it's nice finally living somewhere where I have family (first time in over 25 years).

I was reading this article off a link from Diet Doctor today:

Just for giggles, I decided to look at the comments section. Holy heck. People are getting attacked for wanting to eat real food... that it's snobbery and a sign of too much wealth... and it's bad for the planet's growing population... how dare you go to a nutritionist because you're in pain... wheat allergies are all in your mind.

Makes me want to go to the woods and live off the land. What is wrong with people?

Food Elements / What do my eggs eat?
« on: December 15, 2014, 07:05:34 PM »
Or more specifically, the chickens that lay the eggs I eat?

Now that I am carless (by choice) living in a city again, I'm having my groceries delivered. I chose some organic eggs my first time out, and on the carton they brag about the vegetarian diet they feed their eggs. (I thought chickens were supposed to eat insects, seeds, and grass.) Well they brag about their chickens being fed wheat grains, corn, and soy - things that we in this WOE explicitly avoid. I don't want to eat eggs raised by chickens on that.

So what's a good source of eggs? Or am I worrying about nothing?

General Discussion / Re: Anyone have suggestions to heal a potential scar?
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:22:51 PM »
I used Mederma on a scar once and it helped. You can get it at any drugstore.

I've also heard you can open a vitamin E gelcap and rub it on the scar.

General Discussion / Re: I miss you guys!
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:57:45 PM »
I've been MIA for a few weeks as I got an amazing opportunity that resulted in a quick move to the Northwest, which was greatly welcome as I hated Silicon Valley. Will be posting more once I get settled.

Here's the funny WB related thing: because of the transition, my exercise fell by the wayside for a couple months. But I still followed the WOE. Yesterday, I couldn't remember which two pairs of jeans didn't fit. I tried them all on... and now they all fit.

Personal Diaries / Re: An epiphone
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:40:41 PM »
One thing I especially like about the Paleo lifestyle is that I always hear recommendations towards being 85% good. It's simply physically impossible in modern society and eat and live like a caveman. You drink alcohol? You eat cheese? You eat beans or any of the other no-no's? You cheat or fall off the wagon? No problem. Don't beat yourself up over it. All things in moderation, even moderation.

Personal Diaries / Re: An epiphone
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:41:47 PM »
Hungry, just wondering: are you still consuming dairy products?

Food Elements / Re: Muufri....artificial milk?
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:59:34 PM »
I'm sensing that once again the law of unintended consequences will raise its ugly head.

It's interesting that the developers are vegan.

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).

General Discussion / Re: what do pigs eat?
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:56:22 PM »
I find it hard to believe that bakery products are part of their natural diet.

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