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Food Elements / Re: Satisfied
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:49:08 PM »
Indeed, (Not)HungryinTN.   ;)

It is totally unbelievable.  And everything tastes so wonderful!! 

Incidentally, it has been awhile since I've been this happy, too.

Food Elements / Satisfied
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:23:25 PM »
We just finished our dinner and it occurred to me that I'm full and satisfied, not full and bloated, wishing I had another roll and butter.  We had no trouble STOPPING!!

It is just wonderful to be able to STOP eating.  It feels wonderful NOT bingeing!

Happy Labor Day, y'all.

Wheat Free Tips / Re: Snacks on the road
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:55:25 AM »
We went for a picnic yesterday on the Cherohala Skyway in eastern Tennessee/western NC yesterday (love that road!).  I packed us a nice wheat free lunch:  celery sticks, sliced tomatoes, pepper jack and cheddar cheese slices, turkey slices, and natural peanut butter.  And lots of cold drinking water!  Very filling and very tasty! 

We didn't take any snacks.  These days we usually don't snack between meals because what we're eating is so filling (and lasts a long time). 

I just love not having cravings.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ever be without cravings for bread and salty snacks like crackers, potato chips, and party mix.  When I think of them, my appetite just shuts down, unlike before when I'd often run out to the store just to buy some of that junk.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Monster Mash
« on: September 01, 2013, 06:08:05 AM »
Oh thanks for the other sites!!  Will peruse them today.

Ido find that prep time is a lot longer.  Sustainability could be an issue for me (dinnertime-- sometimes not home until 7).

Will be looking for things to freeze ahead. 

Next weekend will be a real test when we have to go visiting
and we have a sit down banquet to attend (not unusual with my job and now is the season) and
invited to a football game in the presidents box at a university in southern GA.  Bad food all over the place I'm sure. Maybe I will slip some string cheese in my purse.

Rita I love our picture too.  We were in Hawaii celebrating our 35th.  This was one of our "re-marry" pictures!

Wheat Free Recipes / Monster Mash
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:59:22 PM »
At least that's what my husband called it. 

I have made Gourmet Girl's cauliflower mash (

It is fabulous. 

My husband suggested that I make it with broccoli florets instead of cauliflower, so I simply substituted the cauliflower with broccoli florets.  It was amazing too.

So my husband suggested tonight that I make it with california veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots).  Again, I simply substituted the vegetables.  I thought it was good, albeit a bit sweet to me (from the carrots I'm sure because there isn't a sweet taste with the broccoli or cauliflower mash).  My husband LOVED it and dubbed it Monster Mash. 

We had it with Gourmet Girl's "breaded" chicken cutlets topped with fresh mozarella and tomatoes, caprese style (

My favorite is the cauliflower mash, but the broccoli and Monster mash get my hubby's seal of approval.

Personal Diaries / Re: Concerted Effort
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:00:47 AM »
I got three tests done (from, Free T4, Free T3, and RT3 then calculated the T3:RT3 ratio myself.  The labs were drawn and performed by LabCorps, the same as my doctor uses, only I went directly to the lab in Riverdale, GA instead of being drawn at my doctor's office.

The sites are down for maintenance but I'll check them out as soon as they're back up.

Personal Diaries / Re: Concerted Effort
« on: August 30, 2013, 06:56:27 PM »
Got my thyroid results today.

TSH:  1.77
Free T4: 1.85 ng/dL (high, but I'm taking 150 mcg Levothyroxine per day, taken in the AM so I would expect this)
Free T3:  2.4 pg/mL (within normal range but low end)
Reverse T3: 37.2 ng/dL (high)

By my calculations (and confirmed by the beta version calculator at Stop the Thyroid Madness), my T3:rT3 ratio is 6.4 (ppt).  It should be > 20.

sigh.  Now to get these results to my doctor.

Personal Diaries / Re: Concerted Effort
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:28:29 AM »
No, Jan.  But I'm going to read through the discussion thread on this and look on the WBB site to see what is recommended.  I might check out some pre-biotics as well. 

We'll see how that works.  I know I'm eating the right things, low carb (obviously from the ketone strips), and exercising. 

Decided today to stop weighing every day.  Maybe I'll start measurements once a week instead.

Personal Diaries / Re: Concerted Effort
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:59:57 PM »
Update:  Four days this week well over 7000 steps and each night averaging 7 hours sleep (with some restlessness, according to Fitbit).  Maintaining moderate to large ketones

Weightloss?  Zero.  Nada.  Zilch.

But I'm loving the excellent wheat free/low carb recipes and I feel excellent. 

General Discussion / Re: Adrenal Fatigue
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:29:29 PM »
What kind of doctor would test for such?  Certainly not mine.....

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Wheat-Free Forever
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:31:01 AM »
Glad you joined us!!  A great group, here.  I'm nearly 4 weeks WF and finding it amazingly easy, although my weight hasn't budged yet.   :(   Encouragement from like minded folks really helps!!

Food Elements / Re: Heirloom wheats
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:28:20 PM »
Because I'm so new at this I am trying to avoid bread substitutes, even the ones in the WB recipe book (aside from the flax and almond flour pizza crust/wraps).  In a week or two I'm going to try the biscuits from Gourmet Girl: and

mainly for my husband.

I'm keeping myself in moderate ketosis so I'm staying away from most things that have alot of carbs.  Amazingly easy--no cravings.  Don't want to go back to the bingeing!!

Food Elements / Re: Processed meats
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:21:16 PM »
I don't care for jerky but I surely like bacon and sausage and occasionally mystery meat hot dogs (have been alternating between Kosher hotdogs and Oscar Meyer uncured).  The last bacon I bought is uncured. I do have sausage or bacon for breakfast with eggs (I still feel guilty).

I also haven't been tracking my sodium, suspect I may be overdoing it because with the weather warmer the last few days, I have some leg and ankle swelling.  (which could also be due to my "absolutely fine" thyroid...we'll know in a few days whether the TSH is a good enough measure of that)

General Discussion / Re: For the ladies - a personal question
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:55:21 AM »
Afraid I'm (in terms of age) 'way beyond that...

Personal Diaries / Re: Concerted Effort
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:19:47 AM »
Yesterday---9600+ steps (wow, I couldn't believe it).  That is if my fitbit doesn't over count, but even if it does, that's 'way more walking than I imagined I could do during a day.  The campus where I work has a beautiful lake with woods so I walked around the lake and then walked to a meeting at our residence hall that is actually off campus.  Beautiful day! 

Had my free T3, free T4, and rT3 tests today so in a day or two I will have more information than I have now.

Alas, I have meetings and classes all day today so I probably won't be able to move around as much as I'd like.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 27, 2013, 07:16:25 AM »
It is funny that my feline IS wheat free.  In fact, is the reason that I'm wheat free.  We thought he was diabetic this summer and when I did my reading on causes/treatments, I read that all the wheat and grain fillers in dry cat food is what makes most cats diabetic.  Thus, feline diabetes is almost 100% preventable.  So he is now wheat free (hasn't lost an ounce, I'm afraid, but did not test positive for diabetes) and so am I!

Am loving the pictures, even the precious kitty.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:46:10 PM »
LOL--that was a photo taken at our vow renewal in Hawaii this summer.  35 years.  I may post one that has my husband's mug too--it is really a cute one.  I like to see faces too.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hello :)
« on: August 25, 2013, 05:47:16 PM »
Hi Barbara from Australia!  I'm 3 weeks in--haven't lost much weight but feeling lots better. I've stopped eating all grains and added sugars/corn syrup.  Keeping carbs very low.  The only dairy I'm having is cultured cheeses, occasional heavy cream, sour cream and cream cheese in recipes. 

Our comrades here are very supportive and I'm enjoying reading all the posts.  I'm sure you will too!

Personal Diaries / Concerted Effort
« on: August 25, 2013, 04:14:18 PM »
After my disappointing doctor appointment last week, I'm going to make a doubly concerted effort to drop the weight.  Maybe if I write it down here, I'll really do it!   :)

1.  I got a Fitbit and am going to track my steps, activity, water, and sleep.  (my technology fix for the month)  Am certain I won't make 10K steps at first so I'm shooting for 5K.  I strongly suspect that with my sedentary job I don't get close to 5K steps every day.

2.  Although I have been tracking my carbs, I'm going to write it down rather than just count on the fly.

3.  Taking 600mcg kelp per day (4 150mcg tablets).  My doctor has not diagnosed me with Hashimoto's (Ha!  He only checks for TSH and says it is fine with my daily dose of levothyroxine, so he wouldn't know!)

4.  Keep doing the wheatless, grainless thing and loving the food I'm eating.

I also ordered free T3, free T4, and reverse T3 blood tests on my own.  When I see the results and get them interpreted by our campus physician, I'll decide on what to do next. 

I have alot to lose, but I'm really happy with all the great food choices.  A lot more trouble than fast food, but so much more delicious!

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Pizza...oh my.
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:45:56 AM »
I wish I had one in my part of metro Atlanta too...Gourmet Girl must live on the north side (or is willing to drive there).  We have Sam's.

Incidentally, her recipe for last night's dinner is what I'm doing tonight.  I need to check my ketchup, though.  I believe I have Heinz which adds corn syrup.  I have to go get zucchini though because last week I made zucchini lasagne (also one of her recipes).

Wheat Free Recipes / Pizza...oh my.
« on: August 24, 2013, 05:22:11 PM »
If you haven't checked out the Gourmet Girl Cooks blog, you absolutely must.  I have made several of her recipes.  My favorites so far, the pizza crust at, and the parmesan mashed cauliflower at

Oh my goodness.  If we have to eat this way, I don't think we can stand it.   :)

Kudos to Gourmet Girl!!!  Please check her out and find her on Facebook.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Mexican Pulled Pork
« on: August 24, 2013, 06:10:07 AM »
Sounds wonderful and basically similar to something I made last week.  I'd pass on the beans, though, for now.  I made this that someone posted on facebook, last week (with my substitutions listed).  It was delicious.  I may make it with pork tenderloin next time.

Ingredients[/size]2 lbs. (32 oz.) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless1 cup salsa, homemade or purchased  (I used Pace Medium Picante sauce)1 cup petite diced canned tomatoes (choose low-sodium)  (I used frozen tomatoes we grew last summer)
2 tbsp. taco seasoning  (I used plain chili powder--watch the packaged taco seasoning!)
1 cup onions, finely diced
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1/2 cup carrots, shredded  (I did not use carrots but threw in some broccoli florets)
3 tbsp. sour cream, reduced fat
Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the meat then layer the vegetables and salsa on top. Pour half a cup water over the mixture, set on low and cook for 6-8 hours. The meat is cooked when it shreds or reaches an internal temperature of 165F. When ready to serve, break up the chicken with two forks then stir in the sour cream.
Makes eight 1 cup servings.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 24, 2013, 05:31:52 AM »
I'm in the Atlanta area and work at a university.  I'm going to order some tests from LabCorp and then go to the campus physician--maybe she and I can have a chat.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:48:55 AM »
Actually, Lynda I don't have T3 and T4 numbers.  He only does TSH and has ever since my very first visit 5 years ago (when he ordered a more comprehensive set of tests as I was a new patient then).  My TSH was 1.71, "well within normal," he said.  Dr. Davis says we should look for "ideal" rather than "normal," and anything over 1.50 is indicative. 

I wish I knew how to find an MD who would more fully test.  If it comes back normal, then you haven't lost anything except $$.  My doctor says that if I'm not having symptoms (such as temperature preference and hair loss), then the hypothyroidism is well-controlled and he's done a good job.  I otherwise like the physician's practice, and I have liked him (thought he was very scientific until he poo-poo'ed the journal articles I brought him this morning).

Really, I don't see any harm in adding T3 to my T4 prescription, even if just for awhile to see if there's an affect in my ability to lose any weight.  Funny he didn't have any problem writing a script for Metformin (off label because I'm not diabetic or pre-diabetic) to see if it would help me.  It didn't and made me very sick most mornings.

Sorry for venting y'all.  I'll be looking for other solutions.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 23, 2013, 10:17:01 AM »
Had the T3 talk today.  Dr. is adamant that T4 converts to T3 and if TSH is normal all is well with the world.  He said losing weight is just not as easy as that (are you kidding me--as if I didn't know).  He did say he was sorry but adding T3 to my current 150g T4 won't work.  He did not order anything other than TSH test for my next visit.

Not sure why a doctor wouldnt be willing to even try something different

Disappointed and thinking about getting independent lab work. Maybe self medicating...

Off Topic Discussions / Re: Toenail fungus
« on: August 23, 2013, 09:42:49 AM »
I had one for years--very gross.  Tried everything over the counter. Vicks.
, tea tree oil, over the counter topical fungicides.  Nothing worked.  Finally told my dermatologist I wanted Lamisil.  Not a natural remedy and is hard on the liver.  Got results though and am in sandals this summer, which I have t done in 6 yrs.  If you find a natural remedy that works for you be sure to get new shoes so you don't reinfect.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:44:32 PM »
Thanks, guys.  The wheat free part is really not so hard and for sure my binges have disappeared.  Just hoping the binge-free part lasts. 

I did have an opportunity to eat out at breakfast and luncheon meetings--the breakfast was easy with eggs and crispy bacon (and I checked to make sure the eggs didn't have filler, as sometimes is the case in a buffet line).  Lunch was harder--had to pass over the fish with unknown sauce and chicken with unknown sauce.  But the Brazilian roast beef with onions (and thankfully no gravy!!) was amazing.  And a nice garbanzo bean & squash salad with (amazingly) no dressing. Easily skipped dessert and rolls.

Did you guys find that you enjoy so much more what you eat?  Seriously I used to eat so much that I was miserable and couldn't stop.  Now I can actually stop eating when I'm full.  Yesterday I got full on raw cauliflower. 

I've also given up my artificial sweetener and diet sodas.  Exclusively drinking water, black coffee and unsweet tea.

I think the hardest part is not having alcohol.  I'm trying to abstain completely until I get in a weight loss mode.  I do like (bourbon & diet coke) cocktails or white wine, especially on the weekend. 

Wish me luck having my thyroid talk with my doctor tomorrow.  Hope he doesn't find it offensive that I'm bringing in medical journal articles. :)

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Three weeks in
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:19:36 PM »
Yes, full fat everything.  I feel so guilty using full fat cheese. 

Have found some wonderful recipes on Gourmet Girls Cook that are absolutely delicious.

I keep reading about excellent success stories and am a big discouraged.  I have a dr. appt later this week, so we will talk about T3 this time instead of TSH.  I have several articles to show him and hope he will change up my meds.  Maybe that will make a difference.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Three weeks in
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:07:46 PM » three weeks wheat free.  Doing low carb (25g net carbs/day).  Weight loss very very slow so far.

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