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Wheat Free Recipes / California Dreaming Avocado Soup
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:07:27 PM »
This recipe is from Dr. Alan Christianson's Adrenal Reset Diet.  He posted it today and said it was one of his most popular recipes for breakfast. 

Avocado California Dreaming Soup

1 1/3 medium avocado
1 Quart vegetable broth
2 cooked chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp. ground tumeric powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger powder
S & P to taste
*** optional additional lefttover vegetables such as onions, tomato, red pepper, cabbage, etc.

Blend the avocado, broth, turmeric, onion powder together until smooth.  Heat.  Add chicken and any other vegetables.  Serve hot or warm or even cold.

General Discussion / Re: Thyroid Tests
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:23:31 AM »
Look up the work by Amy Myers, MD on thyroid testing.  She has just published an excellent book on thyroid issues and explains the testing quite clearly.
If you can, read the book in addition to her web site.  The book is called "The Thyroid Connection". 

He started publishing papers about the dangers of trans-fats in 1957!  Talk about a strong lobby and government collusion!  His research was pretty straigh forward and compelling. That didn't stop the transition to all the bad oils.  All that lobbying and advertising made these health destroying oils part of the American supermarket and our diet.  We were too foolish to actually think that our FDA would "permit" a product which was unhealthy for us.  Between the bleaching, combining, hydroginating and other chemical processes, the oils we were told to cook and which were used in nearly every packaged food had to be the most unhealthy thing we could eat, all with the blessing of our own government.  Any wonder there is so much heart disease?

Success Stories / Re: Fresh ground wheat berries
« on: June 02, 2017, 10:59:16 AM »

Boundless's post and check list says it all.  There really isn't any way to get around most of the problems with ingesting wheat, whether it is ground fresh from organic wheat berries or various other heirloom varieties.  Lowering your carbohydrate consumption is as important as increasing your consumption of appropriate fats.  Most of us have achieved suprerior health benefits from being grain free, especially those of us who have done this for several years.
It takes time for your body to heal itself, but it will if you feed it properly.  In our opinion, we think that grains are inappropriate foods and do not consume them.

General Discussion / Re: Bullet proof coffee or Rocket Fuel Coffee
« on: May 29, 2017, 08:34:50 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Bullet proof coffee or Rocket Fuel Coffee
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:56:07 AM »
Experiment!  Use 1/2 cube in your coffee.  Change the recipe for your cubes.  Perhaps your stomach, gall bladder or liver is stressed by this fat fest.  If you think that is the problem, then eliminate the cube.  Try using only coconut oil or only butter.  You could try taking MCT oil pills with your coffee and forgo the bullet cubes. 

General Discussion / Re: Magnesium Powder
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:45:59 AM »
Natural Calm is a good product.  Your body did not absorb the magnesium which overloaded your intestines and caused the problem.  Other brands and forms of magnesium are readily available.  You just have to find the one which works best for you.  Dr. Davis has a formula using Milk of Magnesia and seltzer water.  Dr. Carolyn Dean has one called ReMAg which is piconic in size and absorbed in your small intestine.  Dr. Mercola thinks another form is best.  Your health food store has nuumerous  other formulations at various price points and pill sizes. 

The key is simply what works for you.  Keep trying different porducts until you find the one which doesn't cause the common problem of loose stools.
Dr. Davis's Milk of Magnesia formula didn't work as well for me as ReMag.  Natural Calm was fine, but I found it too sweet.  I was happy that I  no longer had to swallow huge pills and looked for powders or liquid formulas.  Ionic liquid formulations seemed to work best.

For me, the signal seems to be in muscle stretching/cramping to know which brand my body likes and absorbs.  I keep the bottles of poorly absorbed magnesium and will use it when I have occasional constipation.  Ususally this condition is caused by the food available when traveling as much as I try to avoid processed foods.  Eventually, the bottle is used up!

Everyone is different and it takes time to find which works for you.   Don't forget about all the other minerals needed along with magnesium!  Dr. Carolyn Dean has many good articles about the need for other mineral supplementation.  Look up ReMyte to find them.

General Discussion / Re: Keto Lipedema Summit
« on: May 15, 2017, 03:55:25 AM »

The boomerang will come back to haunt these vicious and vindictive people.  The worldwide health crises of diabetes, alzheimers, autism and similar diseases have stressed medical facilities to the breaking point.  Not only here, but in every country which just "manages" the problems with drugs and ever-increasing participation in available procedures, protocols and prescriptions.  The Standard of Care currently used is being rejected over and over by increasing numbers of people. 

The popularity of various internet sites on diets and health issues, ever expanding organic, properly raised animals and produce markets and an increasing number of people not needing prescriptions indicate that this is happening here in our country and in many other places around the world.
The seems to be summits on health issues constantly, each devoted to versions of the same LCHF diet.  Even Dr. Davis has written "UnDoctored" which addresses most of these issues.  There are new cookbooks printed constantly, all with variations of the same theme.

As a Boomer, I'm seeing many of my friends and family all take sick, develop additional "conditions" with regularity and generally feeling poorly despite their medical care.  Those who are actually enjoying life have adapted to eating a version of LCHF.  They no longer take much in the way of prescriptions and their doctor visits and tests are minimal, if any. 

Somewhere along the way, the outrage will keep uncovering the lies told to us concerning the food we eat.  Australia isn't the only country whose business interests will decide to sue a practitioner.  With intelligent people all over the world walking away from refined carbohydrates, sugar, CAFO foods and medical offices, mainstream media will be reporting this.  I'm old enough to remember when we were told to eat only hard boiled or hard cooked eggs because eggs (yolks and whites) were heavily contaminated with salmonella due to overcrowded hen houses, poor quality feed, and chemical enhanced rapid egg laying conditions.  Eventually laws were enacted for inspections and procedures.  It is an uphill battle, but at least it is happening.

I will never go back to eating the processed foods available.  I just rotisseried a pasture raised chicken with only salt and pepper as spices under the skin and a cocnut oil rub on the skin.  I brought it to a gathering and was constantly asked for my "recipe".  The other chickens were from Costco.  Mine ws demolished,  the others were just picked. 

Didn't mean to go on a rampage here!  Got carried away by the waste of time and money on a vindictive lawsuit which makes no sense.  Big business will spend millions on legal fees because they make mega-millions on their unhealthy food products.  Small price to pay for them.  Big price to pay for us.
Walk with your pocketbooks and you will see the change happening.   


What wonderful news you've shared!!!!

You've given yourself and your loved ones a wonderful gift of good health.  Fewer doctor visits, no meds, fewer aches and pains as you get older.....
money can't buy that!  Kudos on your success!!!!

I remember how my Grandma used to make various foods.  She would have loved a food processor and many of the other inventions common now.  Freezers were very small as were refrigerators compared to today, so most foods had to be bought fresh and local with farmer's markets popping up along the roads during the season.  The fish market, butcher, bakery, green grocer all had fresh food or they didn't stay in business.  To save money, people would purchase food near closing time, buying whatever was leftover at a much cheaper price than those morning or early afternoon shoppers.  This made the cook very inventive!  Glad we are getting back to that....even our supermarkets are now advertising local sources of produce.  Grandma didn't have much in the way of a pantry either.  Most items for a pantry were jarred or in cans as I remember and these were only for "emergency use".  There was a small supply of fermented foods.  I'm a city gal, so perhaps the experiences were a bit different than someone raised in a rural area.  I actually inherited her pastry board and long tapered rolling pin!  She made her own noodles from eggs, and flour.  I sure miss that!  You brought back many memories for me.

Also, your weight will stabilize at the proper level according to your height. bone structure, etc.  You may be close to that now.
Congrats on your weight loss, new found health and skills at cooking.


Excellent article.  Thanks for posting this.

Yes, most of us lost weight and regained our health by eliminating grains and sugar from our diets.  We also found that eating certain high fats and keeping our carbohydrate intake to 50 carbs daily worked well for most of us.  We drank 1/2 our body weight in ounces of chemical free water daily, although some of this might have been in tea or lemonade.  Sweeteners were changed as well, even though we lost most of our taste for sweets.

There are many delicious recipes posted here and many questions and discussions of experiences on the older blogs.  Your situation is not unusual.
If this is a rapid and recent fluid retention, please see a doctor.  Changing your diet to a more natural one will help any condition.  Dr. Davis has a program called Curality which will guide you through these changes.

Your love of grain products also provides a large dose of glysophate and other herbicides/pesticides which are rather harmful to humans, animals, insects and soil.  It is well established that these chemical further enhances the permeability of your intestines. 

You will never know how filled with vibrant energy you can be unless you try to eat healthier foods.

General Discussion / Re: Keto Lipedema Summit
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:08:55 AM »

The really sad part is that the same thing as the Noakes trial will be happening here.  POTUS has already selected his agency directors and encouraged them to deregulate so corporate America can expand with fewer environmental concerns, more pollution, fewer efficacy tests and biger subsidies.  Protected lands are now being made available to them to plunder as they wish.  Drug testing regulations are minimized so that the new "biologics" can be sold without even an understanding of their medium or long term effects on humans as long as they do "something" immediately.

Thanks for posting this.   I read many of the related articles and felt my stomach churning the more I read about this travesty.  Even our NIH is mentioned as being complicit. 


Wheat Free Recipes / Avocado Coconut Crabmeat Cold Soup
« on: May 03, 2017, 05:35:20 AM »

Serves 4

This is an easy soup for a light summer meal.  Ready in 10 minutes, it is satisfying and a good way to use avocado and any cooked shrimp, crab, thick filet fish like cod.  It is ready in about 10 minutes.  Kate Morgan Jackson submitted the recipe to our local paper. 

2 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
4 scallions trimmed and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp. cumin
3 C chicken broth
1 C coconut milk
4-6 oz. lump crabmeat, cooked shrimp, cut up flaked cooked fish
S & P
Toasted Coconut Chips for topping

Place all ingredients except for fish and coconut flakes in blender and puree until smooth.  Taste and season with S & P.
Ladle into bowls and add fish and coconut chips as a garnish.  Serve room temperature or chilled.

General Discussion / Re: Dr. Tim Noakes and LCHF is innocent
« on: April 21, 2017, 11:40:30 AM »
That IS good news!  Of course, the charges never should have been made in the first place.  Inch by inch, our way of eating is gaining traction.  The naysayers must be getting desperate.  I'm happy for Dr. Noakes.

I started this way of eating in December 2012.  Since then, farmer's markets have proliferated, availability of free range, grass fed and organic foods have become readily available, even in ordinary supermarkets.  Sure, there is a lot of junk out there but a cursory glance at ingredients quickly lets you know if the packaged item is suitable for consumption.  Most amazingly is that eating real food from properly raised animals and produce continues to make a big difference in overall health.  The result is no meds, no OTC products for pain relief, once yearly doctor visits for blood tests with lots of energy to boot.

Thanks for posting this!

General Discussion / Restore
« on: April 18, 2017, 12:41:56 PM »
Dr. Mercola had several columns on Restore which is a liquid mineral solution (mainly lignite) developed by Dr. Zac Bush, MD.  This solution is supposed to help tighten the joints of your leaky gut, ultimately ending your health issues.  Very interesting and cutting edge science.  I was wondering if anyone on this forum has tried this product or if they have an opinion about it.  You can find information by googling Dr. Bush's name, Youtube discussions or go to web site.

This seems to make sense to me and he is reporting great successes with autistic children and autoimmune diseases.  Does anyone with a more sophisticated scientific background have an opinion?

General Discussion / Re: How long
« on: April 13, 2017, 08:17:22 AM »
Rita is correct about the muscle twitches.  Magnesium relaxes muscles and potassium stiffens them.  A mineral supplement is probably needed since our food supply is so deficient in minerals.  Unsweetened coconut water is helpful as well but is very sweet and should be mixed with water.  Wheat withdrawal symptoms usually aren't as severe when you take extra minerals.  Pre and probiotics, fermented vegetables are excellent.  Keeping hydrated is also extremely important because your body is eliminating foods that it doesn't like so flushing out your system will help "clean" it.

Food Elements / Re: fenugreek spice
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:16:09 PM »

Fenugreek is rarely used alone.  It is usually combined with several other spices as a cooking sauce.  I'm wondering if there are grades of this spice and which grade is used for the tea? Maybe the tea has other ingredients in the teabag to make it more flavorful? Perhaps it needs to be sweetened and a few drops of lemon juice added?  Like you, I didn't find this in a local store so I  purchased a bottle of the pills. The spice must be difficult to digest because the directions are to take this with a meal.

Food Elements / fenugreek spice
« on: March 28, 2017, 08:58:29 AM »
I was fascinated that Dr. Doulliard recommends the spice called fenugreek as a tea or supplement for spring cleaning of your lymphatic system.  This is very inexpensive to purchase. 

In checking my spice cabinet, I found a jar of it.  It is a bittersweet flavor, most commonly found in Indian and Ethiopian foods.  It has a maple flavor-essence and is delicious when combined with coriander, cumin or paprika.  Tomatoes also enhance the bittersweet flavor. Most often lemons or limes are used to offset the bittersweet flavor. It is often used in small amounts with recipes calling for rich, complex gravies and sauces.  If you like the cuisine from southern India, you will like using fenugreek.  They also use fresh or dried leaves as well as the seed. 

General Discussion / Re: Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: March 28, 2017, 05:06:36 AM »

My guess it is the marketing genius's way to sell the book.  I really respected Dr. Doulliard and his adaptation of Ayurvedic principles to modern medicine.  That respect is somewhat diminished now.  However, I agree that there is a lot of good information in the book about digestion and the lymphatic system. 

Those of us who have been grain and sugar free for years now (just over 4 years for me) seem to finally be dealing with root causes of our health issues.  Doulliard's guidance on these issues is very helpful.  Even now, most doctors just don't deal with them so we must do the searching for information ourselves.  Helping your lymphatic system cleanse itself is paramount and should always be addressed first because that is the natural way.  Just too bad that this way of thinking is just hitting the mainstream now.

As Boundless pointed out, a 10,000 year old mistake is still a mistake.  Grains were never supposed to be a major portion of our diet.
Perhaps it was the lure of displaying your wealth or power by having expensive and labor intensive grains readily available for your table.  No one really knows the answer.  Most anthropologists can pinpoint when changes in skeletal remains occurred and the corresponding introduction of grains and sugar into diets is compelling.

As a cook, I know that most dried beans and nuts/seeds can be worked into a flour consistency with some effort.  However, these flours do not store well and their rancidness becomes readily apparent.  Grain flours store better and for longer periods so this might have been a factor as well.

General Discussion / Re: Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: March 27, 2017, 07:47:04 AM »

Right on!  To be made edible, grains were labor intensive though out history.  Using grains in your diet was limited until machinery came along to mill it better than stone and rocks.  Perhaps this limited use kept our guts from being damaged the why they are today. 
When you add in the herbicides, pesticides and GMO's of the last 50 years and the proliferation of their use in packaged food, the result is apparent. 

I really enjoy cooking, especially international cuisines.  Older cookbooks and recipes from around the world tend to use vinegars, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, citrus, spices etc. instead of the sugar and wheat/starches used today.  Cooks needed some skill to create meals.  Salt, pepper, garlic and onion were the most commonly used to flavor food.  Brines, smoking and dehydrating were sought after skills to preserve the food available.  Food was expensive and rarely was anything wasted. 

Important in Duolliards message is the role of the lymphatic system.  Eating veggies (at least half your plate) will keep this vital system clean, all the way down to your guts.  Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine seem to agree on this.  The people from that side of the world did not eat much in the way of grains at all until after WWII, and then it was mainly rice or perhaps barley and both were expensive.  Root vegetables were your starches/thickeners/sweeteners.  Digestive issues were not nearly as prolific as today.

As Boundless pointed out, you can heal your gut by abstaining from grains.  Why on earth would you want to start eating the very things which we now know caused you health problems to begin with?  Before WWII, grains and sugar were limited because of expense and availability.  Just ask your great grandmothers or browse through some old cookbooks.

General Discussion / Re: Digestive Enzymes
« on: March 26, 2017, 12:45:27 PM »
This is really interesting.  I'd bet that eating the greens he recommends, taking tumeric and drinking the fenugreek tea would be very
helpful in cleaning out the congestion. 

I had digestive issues for years.  My doctor recommended antacids.  At first I got relief, but it didn't last.  After starting the Wheat Belly way of eating, I slowly began to heal my sore stomach.  Gulping down HCL and digestive enzymes, I added Manuka honey, mastic gum and DGL.  Digestion had improved markedly and I was weaning myself off these supplements. 

I started several meals a week in restaurants and my digestion became worse and worse.  Bloating was painful.  Various scans of my gallbladder were negative for stones.  I started taking GallBladder Complete and got relief.  Chanca Piedra also helped.  Now I'm thinking that there is probably too much congestion still in my intestines just as Dr. Doullard describes and that is why I still have the stomach bloat and often feel uncomfortable after eating. His recommendations for eating abundant greens, beets and artichokes are simple enough to follow as is drinking fenugreek tea and several other easy to do items for breaking up the congestion that he suggests develops.  This idea seems to make sense and certainly worth exploring.

Thank you for posting this Rita!

General Discussion / Re: Instant Pot
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:50:43 AM »

I'm sure there are many fans of this pot.  It doesn't really take the place of a good pan to sear or saute' your food nor does it take the place of a good quality wok.  It many cases that doesn't matter.  Since most of us don't eat much in the way of rice or beans, those functions are not really needed or useful.  It does work very well for crockpot type functions and I do like the way it will sear meat for stew type meals.  That saves the cleanup  of using another pan to sear.  However, you can't really sear a steak or chop in it.  It is good for making soups. 

My opinion is that you are new to cooking and just furnishing your kitchen, then this is a good addition.  If not, then it is an expensive crockpot. 

General Discussion / Re: Instant Pot
« on: March 12, 2017, 08:05:45 AM »
Hi Deanna and Boundless,

I didn't like the Instant Pot for the same reasons Boundless mentioned.  However, I do have a SousVide (water bath) which I use to make my own yogurt.  There are portable ones which you can attach to a large pot and they keep the water temperature quite precise for as long as you choose. I make lots of custards using this.  The ramekins are placed on a rack in the water.  There isn't any churning of water so the custard sets without any splashing.  Never had a failure!   The other method is buy an inexpensive induction portable cooktop.  You would need a suitable size induction ready pot.  These cook to precise temperatures using magnetic energy.  Very energy efficient. Most have timing cycles though so you really have to check on the brand if you want to use it for long cooking items like bone broth.  I'm a big fan of induction because of the ability to really be precise when you want something to simmer or cook to "just below the boil". 

I find that using pressure cooker type methods doesn't change the consistency or taste as much as microwave cooking does.  However, it is an unnatural way to cook and there are probably issues about nutritional values using these methods.  Soup stock just doesn't taste the same, neither do beans.  Even beans cooked overnight in a crockpot will have more flavor and a creamier consistency than those cooked using the pressure method.  I'm a big fan of Indian curries.  They definitely do not taste as good when cooked in an Instant Pot. 

Food Elements / Re: Coconut Butter
« on: March 09, 2017, 05:54:54 AM »

What is the difference between coconut butter and coconut cream?  I was under the impression they were the same.

Off Topic Discussions / Kernza
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:55:52 PM »
There is some print on a new grain called Kernza.  It is supposed to be a long rooted perennial and not need pesticides  nor annual replanting.  Low amounts of gluten.  Not much other nutritional information available that I could find.  Does anyone have more information or an opinion of this grain? 

General Discussion / Re: Google
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:41:57 AM »

This is just the beginning.  Bashing the media, deleting any references to information which doesn't match your marketing plan, innuendo to destroy the lives and careers of people who disagree with you are time tested ways to keep information away from the general population. 

History has many examples of this method, such as the Inquisition (1400's) or even Galileo.  Fake news, alternative facts and data fiction are current buzzwords which support this way of keeping the population ignorant and poor while you make sure you and your friends have the benefits (the 1%ers).   Courts of law don't mean anything anymore because you and I can't afford the legal bills and the 1%ers wind up doing just as they please.

We've had many interesting discussions on this forum about food quality, health, vaccinations and environmental concerns.  While Dr. Davis was revolutionary with his ideas in Wheat Belly, there are now various offshoots in diets and health issues.  I know that I am much healthier and more active than most of my peers, thanks to Dr. Davis and others.  I remember the first seminar series which gathered many people in different fields to discuss their viewpoints.  You might remember when Jan from Key West provided the lectures here.  Since then there have been countless other seminars indicating that the movement is growing....which is probably why information is being deleted by government agencies, all currently headed by millionaire/billionaires trying to keep the status quo. 

This issue of suppression will probably get worse before it gets better.  By marching with our pocketbooks, more naturally raised foods are available.  At least there is hope. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Chicken Enchilada Casserole (no tortillas)
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:38:55 AM »
Hi Deanna!

We had a very warm day up here in NJ and I was able to use the BBQ to rotisserie a chicken.  Have lots of cooked meat left over so this recipe is timely.  I like the recipes by Kate Bramlett, but I finally took my name off her email list because she was selling lots of other items and I got tired of deleting 2,3 and 4 daily emails.  She has a lot of good recipes which I look up on her web site.  I'm doing this with nearly all the other prolific emailers.  I got really tired of having to delete 75-125 emails a day from these gurus.  Dr. Kellyann. the BoneBroth Doctor is another one with good recipes but a prolific emailer.

Thanks for posting this recipe.  I've also made this with ground beef which is delicious as well.

General Discussion / Re: Oh my... Wisconsin is outlawing Kerrygold butter
« on: February 23, 2017, 12:13:40 PM »
I'm guessing that Kerrygold has been rather successful in Wisconsin.  The dairy lobby backlash is starting!  I know that I will never go back to eating American Butter.  I only eat grassfed Kerrygold, Finlandia, Vital Farms, New Zealand or raw butter from my Amish buying club.  The taste is fresh and creamy tasting. 

I've discovered Arla Cream Cheese from Denmark.  No fillers or thickeners,  This is spreadable, fresh tasting and delicious like I remember cream cheese used to be.  Very satisfying.  I don't eat much in the way of dairy products, but these European products are superb and add a wonderful dimension to your dish which cannot be achieved with even top quality American brands.the difference is in the feed and care of the animals.  Cows are supposed to eat grass, not grains.  Healthy grassfed animals produce quality milk and their products show this.

I would expect that the dairy lobby is going to become more vocal as they lose market share to butter from grassfed cows. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Flourless Chocolate Cake
« on: February 13, 2017, 04:59:19 AM »
This recipe was published by Viking Cruise Lines a while ago.  I've made it and it is delicious, like a giant truffle with a crunchy top and fudge center.  Pairs walnuts with chocolate instead of almonds.  Make it a day before to let flavors mingle. Keep refrigerated, but serve at room temperature.


6 T unsalted butter
2/3 C walnut pieces
3/4 C + 1 T coarsely ground walnuts
8 oz chopped dark chocolate
3 T cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 C sugar equivalent
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla


Chocolate bar shavings, nut crumbs, raspberries with sauce, vanilla ice cream etc.

Preheat oven to 350*F.
Grease 8" springform pan with butter or coconut oil.
Place 2/3 cup walnut pieces in food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.  Set aside.
Place chopped chocolate in microwave safe bowl and heat on high at 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.  Set aside.
Mix cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together until well combined.
In large bowl, cream butter and sweetener.
Add eggs one at a time, beating until mixture is pale and creamy, about 5 minutes.
Add chocolate and vanilla, beat until just blended. 
Fold in ground nuts, chopped nuts and cocoa powder mixture. 
Pour into pan and bake until cooked through, about 35 minutes.
Let cool completely on wire rack, then run a knife around edge of the springform pan before releasing sides.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Acorn Squash
« on: February 09, 2017, 11:42:28 AM »
You can cook it first or just cut it up and freeze it.  Just think of the squash you find in the frozen food isle of your supermarket.
I will often cook extra squash using favorite recipes and then portion out and freeze the cooked dish. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Cookies
« on: February 05, 2017, 02:36:26 AM »

There are several detailed tutorials on the web which show and tell you how to do this.  Type coconut cream recipes into your search engine.  Oh She Glows is a good site and shows you how to make a whipped coconut cream to freeze in ice cube trays or keep in your refrigerator for a week and lots of other helpful hints.  People who don't use dairy products have been making whipped coconut cream products for many years to place in coffee and other uses. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Cookies
« on: February 02, 2017, 03:48:20 AM »

It would really help if you listed the ingredients you used in your all-purpose mix and then provide the recipes you used.  Many of the recipes for cookies specify the size of the cookie and also suggest that you chill the cookie dough.  Other than that, until we get the ingredients and specific recipe, there is no way to figure out what went wrong for you.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Avocado and Sauerkraut
« on: January 15, 2017, 10:14:06 AM »

Burned out is right!  This variation is tasty, at least to me.  Let us know your opinion. 

By the way, I use cultured sauerkraut made by Amish farmers or FarmHouse Culture brand found in many supermarkets (refrigerated section).  Both are mild tasting and delicious, not harsh or salty at all.

Wheat Free Recipes / Avocado and Sauerkraut
« on: January 15, 2017, 06:50:40 AM »
I get rather bored with eating an avocado nearly daily, no matter how I prepare it.  I came across a recipe I jotted down many years ago and then was reminded of this by a recipe on Dr. Mercola's blog site. 

You simply slice up your avocado, add sauerkraut to cover and salt and pepper to taste.  This concoction was actually delicious!  The avocado lends a creaminess to the taste of sauerkraut.  Next time I have this, I will experiment with some additional spices. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Wheat free tortillas
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:14:24 AM »

While this cassava flour looks very promising, it is over 100 carbs per cup!  Care needs to be taken when using this.  I really like making crepes and filling them with spinach-cream cheese-mushroom or similar fillings. The web site recipes show some terrific uses, but we must keep in mind that this is very high carb so use should be quite limited. 

Thank you for posting. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: The Warrior Wife
« on: January 04, 2017, 03:02:37 PM »
Thank you Rita!

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: The Warrior Wife
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:41:54 AM »

Don't know why this keeps happening.  Just use your search engine then type in: The Warrior Wife  this should list several ways to get on to her site.

Wheat Free Recipes / The Warrior Wife
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:58:22 AM »
Kate Bramlett, also known as The Warrior Wife, has some excellent recipes for grain and sugar free cooking.  Use your search engine to look up her recipes. 

General Discussion / Re: Could someone please offer advice for my friend?
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:13:17 AM »
I had another idea which your friend could use to wean herself off sugar.  Truvia is stevia and sugar. It can be substituted in equal amounts as regular cane sugar. If your friend is addicted to sugar, then using this product is a first, temporary step to using the approved sweeteners.  After 1 package is finished, her taste buds will be much more sensitive to the sweetness of stevia or Swerve so she won't feel deprived.  Truvia can be found in most supermarkets. 

If she is astute enough to use this product as her body adjusts, then you could provide her with the names and types of other sweeteners and where to find them.   

General Discussion / Re: Could someone please offer advice for my friend?
« on: January 03, 2017, 08:32:22 AM »
At the very least, your friend needs to take pre and probiotics and eat lots of cooked vegetables.  Increasing water intake is important.  By this I mean that she needs to drink about 1/2 her body weight in ounces of plain water.  Next step is to stop eating the foods that are harming her.  Well known allergens like wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, etc. should be tried.  She does this by eliminating a specific food for a few days to a week and then re-introducing this item into her diet and see how she feels.  Of course, in doing this, she is taking responsibility for her own health rather than doing only what the doctor says to do.  The doctor benefits from this drastic surgery because he has repeat business and fees.  She winds up with a pouch for the rest of her life.  Clearly, additional consultations and other opinions are needed. 

Don't feel bad for her.  She is responsible for her own health.  If she won't change her diet, but prefers this drastic surgery, many medications, many tests, scans and doctor visits for the rest of her life, then that is her choice.  We all know people like this.  Her family doesn't control what she puts in her mouth - she does.  DH and the grandchildren  keeping her from even trying to lose weight is as good an excuse as any. 

Also, some people spend lots of time and energy talking about their illnesses.  She hasn't really shared enough information for you to really form an opinion and advise her.  She "gains" sympathy or some kind of perceived status by her discussions without ever having to "do" anything about it.   


Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: My fibromyalgia
« on: December 18, 2016, 10:42:37 AM »
Welcome Sandi!

Try to explore the many topics on this site.  You will find that your "tastes" change and foods which used to taste good to you, no longer are something that you want to continue eating.  The longer you are grain and sugar free, the better you feel.  FM is considered an auto-immune disease which Dr. Amy Myers explains in her recently published book "The Auto-immune Solution".  This is an excellent, easy to read and understand description of how and why auto-immune issues develop.  The books Bob has recommended are also excellent and should be your first step in the process of regaining your health.

Dr. Davis has an excellent blog site and this forum is an offshoot of that.

Best wishes to you! 

General Discussion / Re: Pink pineapples?
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:14:57 AM »

No doubt this pineapple will be excessively sweet and lose that tangy flavor.  Fruits in general have now been so modified and heavily treated with chemicals that they are are either tasteless or nearly too sweet for me to eat. 

I can't find white grapefruit anywhere, only the pink and red.  These taste much to sweet for me.  Then, while shopping at my local Fresh Market, I had a sample of their pink grapefruit from South Africa.  Wow!  Grapefruit the way they used to be: tangy, but with a touch of sweetness.  Delicious!

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:03:20 AM »
Rita and Bill,

Interesting comments.    Pectin certainly seems to be a worth while supplement.  I am amazed at how our supplements are changing from just vitamins and minerals to generic items like gelatin, pectin and bone broth which are rarely in our foods now.  It is easy to sprinkle pectin on your food if you don't make jams or jellies.  Glad to know this. 

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:43:49 AM »

I realize that gelatin is from animal sources and pectin is from fruit sources, but what is their nutritional difference?  Since pectin is much more expensive than gelatin, is there a reason, besides being OK for vegetarians to consume, why we should use pectin as a supplement?

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 11, 2016, 07:11:40 AM »

There are pectin powders and pills used to lower inflammation levels and supposedly help with keeping cancer from spreading.  I don't think there is any protein in pectin. 

I'm wondering if anyone on this forum has experience in using this supplement.  Reading some Amazon reviews, many people are writing in that their CRP levels (inflammation) normalize and they begin to feel much better when using this. 

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:52:01 AM »

I believe it is 11 or 12 grams of protein in 1 TBS of Great Lakes Gelatin.  This excellent quality is most probably not the kind of gelatin used for packaged Jello mix.  Great Lakes Gelatin is made from the hides of grass fed, well treated cows and not from CAFO animals.

You can make your own jello easily from fruit and the recommended sweeteners in addition to water or juice and the gelatin. 

General Discussion / Re: Monsanto
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:27:16 AM »

This is absolutely terrifying!  Not only for the health of our citizens, but the health of our soil, animals and available food.  Add that our government watchdog agencies are now blind and deaf regarding the safety of our food and water supply, we can look forward to more and more bizarre behavior, illness at younger ages and higher medical insurance costs.

Any wonder the newspapers are filled with reports of how angry and agitated people are?  We are being poisoned, meal by meal, no matter how careful we try to select our food items.

General Discussion / Re: Can this be anxiety?
« on: November 10, 2016, 05:59:39 AM »
Dr. Carolyn has posted an interesting discussion about the importance of minerals for relieving anxiety.  Use your search engine and type in her name.

General Discussion / Re: Can this be anxiety?
« on: November 07, 2016, 06:33:58 AM »
Your problems can be caused by many. many things.  Amy Myers, MD has recently written a book on Auto-immune problems and also the Thyroid Connection.  She is a functional Medicine Doctor and the most basic step in her opinion is to remove foods that you may be reacting to, like all grains, soy, dairy, legumes among other items.  The second step is to note your results after removing each from your diet.  Also, there may be a nutritional deficit in the food you are eating and your body is starving for them.  These issues are clearly discussed in her books.  Dr. Carolyn Dean MD has a great deal of information on line about the need for absorbable minerals.  Both these physicians suffered from health problems and went on to resolve their personal issues as well as write about them and develop protocols.

Gut health is paramount.  You might start reading about this as well and start taking good quality probiotics.  This web site has many discussions about these issues, so it is worth your time to explore the information.

General Discussion / Re: Probiotics?
« on: November 02, 2016, 06:35:34 AM »

You might want to check Dr. Amy Myer's web site.  She is an MD who practices functional medicine.  She wrote The Thyroid Connection and The AutoImmune Solution, both of which are easy to read and very informative.  She has a recipe for yogurt using canned coconut milk and a probiotic capsule among other recipes on her web site. 

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