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post #1521 of 1544
where do I get the stuff? I want it now!
post #1522 of 1544
It's everywhere in this town, but I live in Crunchyville. Start stalking dairy aisle of your local grocery - and I'd guess any HFS would have it.
post #1523 of 1544
Just made a shepherds pie for dinner for the first time. (onion, carrot, zucchini, with leftover broccoli, gravy and lamb from last night's dinner; potatoes on top.) Way more potatoes than we should be eating, but mmmmmmmmmmmm. I am stuffed.

It's so quiet today.
post #1524 of 1544
I will have to check! If it's not here, I'll have to ask someone to carry it! HOw much does it run?
post #1525 of 1544
dannic- do you have Azure where you live? They carry it now too. (~$4/half gallon; ~$22/case of 6.)
post #1526 of 1544
Nope-we're co-op free here! We used to have one that made truck deliveries here, but they quit doing that and so you either order it yourself or get it in the bog city when you go there. My only dislike to living rurally--that and the lack of a huge library, lol.

Shepherd's pie is so yummy. MMM. I made a triple batch of spaghetti sauce yesterday--we some last night, I've frozen some for post baby and we're havnig sloppy joes tomorrow night--don't ask me why, but they sound SO good! (Probably the bread, lol) I got some kinnickwhatever buns so yum to me. I'm pregnant; what can I say?

Anyone know if WhoMe named sweet baby boy? (I'm a baby name addict living vicariously through all mama's--esp for boy names!)
post #1527 of 1544
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My shepherd's pie is in the oven.
DS2 was up at 4:30am then ds3 at 5:30am then ds1 at 6am, so all the kids (and I) were up. I woke dh up at 7:45am so I could take a nap in case I couldn't get the babies both down at the same time. Then I got them down for a nap around 10am and we all slept til noon. The afternoon's been spent mostly being disoriented from sleeping so late and playing catch up.
post #1528 of 1544
I agree, CS, it's quiet here today.
post #1529 of 1544
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Originally Posted by chlobo View Post
Can someone help me troubleshoot this bread recipe?

http://www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/2...ad-recipe.html

So I made the recipe. Trouble is that my bread isn't as "light & fluffy" as this one. It was a little "sticky" even after I cooked it until it had a nice crust on the outside. It also tasted a little yeasty.

So do you think I didn't put enough water in? Put too much yeast? Any thoughts?

I thought I kept forgetting to put in the guar gum but the one i'm using doesn't have any. Until I looked at mine and saw that it's not the same recipe.

I`m using this one. I didn't do the optionals and it turn out good. I find that it taste close to french bread and it's better toasted. The dough is sticky and I had a hard time putting it in loaves so I put the dough in a reg bread pan and it bakes well too.

hth
post #1530 of 1544
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Originally Posted by changingseasons View Post
Just made a shepherds pie for dinner for the first time. (onion, carrot, zucchini, with leftover broccoli, gravy and lamb from last night's dinner; potatoes on top.) Way more potatoes than we should be eating, but mmmmmmmmmmmm. I am stuffed.
That sounds delicious! My paidom meat order is on it's way and I ordered some lamb (along with beef, pork, and chickens). I'm going to start asking you for your recipes again (because I don't want to read all the way back through this thread to find them).

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DD2 is falling asleep on the couch at 4;15, eek. She's not going to make bedtime.

So Delicious has come out with a coconut milk that is dairy,gluten,and soy free. Has anyone tried it? I'm going to have to look for it...wonder if Safeway would carry it?
It's got something in it we can't have... carageenan probably. Whole Foods had it. I think that's the only place I've seen it. With the refrigerated alternative milks.
post #1531 of 1544
Just got a note from my doctor about lab test results (haven't gotten the full test results yet- should get them tomorrow or Friday.) She wrote that my liver & kidney panels were fine, and that my D level is 52- but she still strongly suggests that I stop taking so much D every day. (Even though my level is exactly the same as it was last fall, so obviously I'm taking exactly what my body needs!) And then the only 2 actual results she wrote down were for my hematocrit and TSH- but she put normal next to both. My hematocrit is 37%, which is borderline anemic (again. ) And my TSH is 2.31, which after some reading seems like it's NOT normal given all my recent symptoms (weight gain, debilatating fatigue, etc etc etc). I hate doctors. So now I have to make another appointment and try to convince this endocrinologist (read= thyroid "expert") that she needs to do a full thyroid panel on me like I originally asked her to, and to figure out why I keep becoming anemic when I eat red meat 2 meals a day, cook on cast iron, etc. There has to be something else going on.

Any thoughts about those 2 numbers? JR- in your thyroid expertise- am I actually in a normal range, or should I push for more testing?
post #1532 of 1544
I've been blathering on and on in the Chelating Jack thread, so I haven't blathered as much here as usual today. Plus, yay, my mood is getting better, so I'm actually getting some stuff done around here.

But boo! the mosquitoes are back. It's Houston, they are thick through half the year, and, well, it's that half again. I should check the schedule as for when the chemical-spraying trucks are going to start up--no, I'm not making that up, once a week or so a truck comes through the neighborhood late at night spraying chemicals out the back to kill the mosquitoes.

CS--my 2 cents is that 2.31 with symptoms is indicative of an issue, but how you treat it would vary. Do you want Synthroid, in order to feel good/functional? I can understand needing to not feel so bad. If it's a regular endo, they won't have other ideas for making your body work better. Childcare is probably an issue for the acupuncture, right? Cause I think the needles have mellowed me in the past few weeks, and my mood is continuing to improve, though there are other things combining to help that. You may have to work to get a whole panel run; the endo office I saw was very numbers oriented, and it took me pointing out... 1.05, 1.55, 2.4, 4.3 as an increasing TSH pattern before they'd do anything.

As for the iron--weird, very weird, I don't understand that at all, but yes, I think you need to run that down. You don't think you have any bleeding in your GI tract, do you? What anemia test is it? Um, in order to have happy red blood cells, you need iron, copper, and B12. You think you've got plenty (too much) copper, right? Any ideas on B12? Beyond that, I'm clueless.
post #1533 of 1544
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
But boo! the mosquitoes are back. It's Houston, they are thick through half the year, and, well, it's that half again. I should check the schedule as for when the chemical-spraying trucks are going to start up--no, I'm not making that up, once a week or so a truck comes through the neighborhood late at night spraying chemicals out the back to kill the mosquitoes.

CS--my 2 cents is that 2.31 with symptoms is indicative of an issue, but how you treat it would vary. Do you want Synthroid, in order to feel good/functional? I can understand needing to not feel so bad. If it's a regular endo, they won't have other ideas for making your body work better. Childcare is probably an issue for the acupuncture, right? Cause I think the needles have mellowed me in the past few weeks, and my mood is continuing to improve, though there are other things combining to help that. You may have to work to get a whole panel run; the endo office I saw was very numbers oriented, and it took me pointing out... 1.05, 1.55, 2.4, 4.3 as an increasing TSH pattern before they'd do anything.

As for the iron--weird, very weird, I don't understand that at all, but yes, I think you need to run that down. You don't think you have any bleeding in your GI tract, do you? What anemia test is it? Um, in order to have happy red blood cells, you need iron, copper, and B12. You think you've got plenty (too much) copper, right? Any ideas on B12? Beyond that, I'm clueless.
They spray for mosquitoes in Winnipeg too, Tanya. There are some neighbourhoods which petitioned and won the right to not be sprayed.

Pretty much a big to everything Tanya said, CS. I'm betting B12 may be the issue for you- it was low in some other test, right?
post #1534 of 1544
I'm not sure that I've ever had my B12 tested. But I was supping for a while (a sublingual), so I can't imagine that I would be too deficient.
I don't have any obvious bleeding in my digestive track.... did have heavier periods with the IUD, but not to the point where I would consider them abnormally heavy (where it would be an issue.) I can't think of any other reason why my blood count would keep dropping like that. Bleh. I am losing my train of thought halfway through each sentence. I am so out of it half the time, and so tired. So yeah- I would enjoy feeling better. I know nothing about synthroid though.. need to read up. I really need to get this stuff figured out though and get myself back up to somewhat-normal health. Our TTC plans were supposed to be for this spring....

And yuck about the mosquito spraying.
post #1535 of 1544
CS, Dr. Yasko sells a ton of B12 supps - maybe these sublingual drops would work for you, the base is palm glycerin? Citric acid too, but maybe less risky than some of the other choices? They come in hydroxy, methyl, and adenosyl b12.
post #1536 of 1544
Can't do palm. I was doing the Source Naturals sublingual (which most likely have corn derivatives, but DD seemed ok with me taking them.) But I was also doing the sublingual during/before/after the time my iron tested WAY low and I had to supplement ferrous sulfate. Which makes me think that B12 isn't the issue. Plus, lamb is a "good" source (according to WHFoods) of B12, and I eat that every day. Oh look at that- their "food of the week" is lamb. Funny. An OT (or maybe not?)- my gums have been bleeding (pretty profusely) all of a sudden- just in the last few days. I am completely falling apart.
post #1537 of 1544
Thread Starter 
Exploring this site tonight.

ETA: From there:
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A deficiency of vitamin B-6 may be recognized by anemia, convulsions, headaches, nausea, flaky skin, a sore tongue, and vomiting. Other possible signs of deficiency include acne, anorexia, arthritis, conjunctivitis, cracks or sores on the mouth and lips, depression, dizziness, fatigue, hyper-irritability, impaired wound healing, inflammation of the mouth and gums, learning difficulties, weak memory, hair loss, hearing problems, numbness, oily facial skin, stunted growth, and tingling sensations. Carpal tunnel syndrome has been linked to a deficiency of vitamin B6 as well.
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Iron deficiency can contribute to hypothyroidism, which can contribute to altered mental state. This is due to irons role in the conversion of phenylalanine to tyrosine (a precursor of thyroid hormones).
post #1538 of 1544
I've got nothing to add, Jessica, but something is going on for sure. Have you been stool tested and all that or only DD?

Going to a funeral today (DH's step-grandmother, but the only grandmother he had since both his real ones died in their 40s). Just going to the service, because there's a luncheon afterwards and I didn't want to make a big deal about not being able to eat anything. Then off to the lake for the gorgeous (70s) weekend. I just need to decompress. I'm feeling very stressed lately, and I've been forgetting to take my anti-inflammatory/Mg until about 3pm for the last two days which means I'm only getting 2 out of 3 doses, so I've had increasing anxiety. I know, I know, I need to remember, but I'm going through one of those phases where I'm not hungry until dinnertime so I forget to take the pills. I've got to start the lemon water again because I think that helped my back, oddly, but it tastes gross. Any ideas to make it more palatable?

I had awesome coconut milk flan (coconut milk, eggs, salt, vanilla, sugar) from a Whole Foods recipe last night. I added 2 Tbs. of vanilla, that was the only change I made.
post #1539 of 1544
JR--wow, I never would've guessed anywhere in CA would spray for mosquitoes.

Kathy--would something like, maybe soup-like help? I've been wondering if I should start making congee aka gruel, overnight for the kids in the morning, along with our regular breakfast. Something's going on, what does your osteo think? He seems good, when do you get the lyme results? When did you stop the zinc? And where was the k/cal supp in the whole timeline?

So, DH is taking a vacation day today, and this being Texas, Good Friday is a holiday for many folks including him, so it's a 4-day weekend, woo-hoo! We hope to do a lot of work out in the yard--a lot for us, which is not a lot for most folks, but it'll spiffy up the place, which is sorely needed. I think even our hibiscus died in the hard freeze.

Having food in the freezer is so cool! I forgot that we had some chili leftovers til early this past week, then I had dinner w/o any effort. I want to try to do that again, maybe this weekend--deliberately making leftovers for the freezer, I mean. So freeing.

Interesting thing--my acupuncturist told me that one way to see adrenal issues (kidney issues in TCM) is to look for an indent line down the middle of the tongue. I thought everyone had that, but the kids look quite different in that regard, DD's is more. And interestingly, mine is a lot more noticeable than DH's--hmm.... maybe, like he tells me, he really just needs low carb to lose weight and then he'll feel better. I've been doing better this week, but freezer meals would make it easier.

Hope everyone has a great day, we're going to be going to a friend's for quite a while today, DH will get quiet time at home to work.
post #1540 of 1544
Thanks JR- that's interesting. I've been taking a b-complex for months and months.... so there's another thing that shouldn't be deficient. But who knows. I'm SO not looking forward to making another appointment with this doctor.

Hope you have a good weekend at the lake Kathy. That sounds nice. We need to plan our weekend ocean trip in the next couple weeks; I'm feeling the need for a weekend out of town too.
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