Checking in from our trip
Well, we made it to Mom's house. After 24 hours of traveling.
I did miss your post, but I just figured I would go ahead and put the yogurt in the freezer anyway. Thanks for confirming!
It is a tough subject, isn't it? I think Elaine's letter is more pointing to Dr. Kevin Merigian endorsing the diet and supporting it as chelating. I think it would help to check out his work (if we could find it) to see what his studies show. I do believe that the SCD helps open the detox pathways as you stated in your post below. And that's definitely a help. Maybe measuring the metal levels before or at the beginning of the diet and then after being on the diet awhile would give more a more accurate picture. But we don't have that kind of information. Unless, again, Dr. Merigian's work shows it.
Re: dry curd cottage cheese
Well, I sure haven't had any luck finding it here yet. I'm not even sure what it would be called here in this country (Italy.) So that's why right now I'm just using the dripped yogurt. Many of Lucy's recipes in her cookbook use dccc, but she states the substitute of dripped yogurt and 1/4 cup less water (don't have the book with me, so can't verify).
It's great that Amazon has the dccc but they definitely wouldn't ship to me right now. Not for that item anyway.
re: children's sleeping habits
I sympathize on not being able to get your ds to sleep.
I've posted about my dd's sleeping habits before. The child is on a 25-26 hour day. Routines be damned. She will do the routine and then still continue to play becuase her energy just has not wound down yet. We slowly rotate around the clock every once in awhile. Once she falls asleep, she's just fine: sleeps well, rouses a few times, but nurses and goes back to sleep. But she just cannot fall asleep a minute before her body tells her to.
On one hand I tell myself she obviously knows and listens to her body. She can be playing happily and then suddenly, like a flipped switch, say "Mommy, I tired" and will fall asleep nursing within 60 seconds. She can also fall asleep anywhere if she's tired enough. She also is not easy to rouse until her body's had enough sleep. On the other hand, this is obviously a crappy schedule for me and hard to follow.
My MIL tells me that as a child, my dh never slept either. Of course, considering his gut issues, I'm not surprised. And if the same thing is happening to dd, I dang well want to fix it.moneca
Thanks for the info about most yogurt makers only setting for 6 hours. I was wondering how the Yogurmet was not working for you. I tested mine just before we left. I opened the top and checked the water in that the inner batch jar sits in and that easily went up to at least 120. But once the yogurt was finished fermenting, (I shut it off at the 26 hour mark I think), I tested the inner batch of yogurt. (This is the batch I dripped, so I wasn't worried about disturbing it). It only got up to about 116. So I *think* we're safe. But now I'm not sure.
I certainly don't want the illegal disaccharides.
How frustrating! This is the yogurt maker that the SCD sites sell and most of the SCDers seem to use so it would really be annoying (to put it mildly) to not have the makers making legal yogurt.
re: mascarpone cheese
Jane is right about the cheese. Responses from the Healing Crow list confirmed it's most likely illegal:
|(Posted by Barbara:
just cream, basically, so if it's treated with lactase, it should be fine
(provided it's a real mascarpone with no illegal additives). However, in
double-checking this, I discovered that mascarpone is made by adding citric
acid to cream and then draining some of the liquid out, so it might not be
so advisable to eat after all, even though it should be perfectly legal if
fully treated with lactase.
Okay, I'm off to get some sleep. I don't know how often I can check in, but I'll try.