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post #261 of 286
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Originally Posted by NaturalCatholicMam View Post
So, if I'm going grain-free for a time to try to end my sugar cravings, but I don't have any physical problems with grains or gluten, should I avoid ww sourdough, too? Thx!
At the very least, I would avoid it for the detox period (usually about 2 weeks). Trying to break the sugar cravings while eating grains can be very challenging.
post #262 of 286
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Originally Posted by Periwinkle View Post

I was FLOORED by what I found -- the impact of my diet and my weight on my cycles is plain as DAY!! -- and thought I'd share in case anyone else likes seeing the numbers like I do.
That is awesome. You should be very proud of not only losing weight, but doing so in a very healthy way. Your chart demonstrates that you are following a proper natural diet. I hope lots of people see your chart and get inspired, especially those PCOSers who are not convinced that a change in diet can do wonders.
post #263 of 286
And its not just weight, is also diet. I'm not overweight, but my cycles are still screwed up (I'm not a "thin cyster" by nature). Being on a raw vegan diet made me thin, but not exactly healthy.
post #264 of 286

menu ideas

So, I thought since we're all grain-free here, maybe some of us could post some menus/meal ideas for inspiration! I just made up my menu for next week and here's what we're having. Everything is also dairy-free for my menu:

mon: roast duck, steamed broccoli w/extra virgin olive oil, sauteed squash ribbons w/parsley (and I'm saving the duck carcass for stock, yum!)

tues: chili (I make mine with just meat and dried pureed chilis and oregano/cumin), jicama sticks (cut jicama into french fry strips and toss with lime juice, chili powder, and salt)

wed: lamb/eggplant meatballs over spaghetti squash (maybe marinara sauce too), green salad

thurs - indian night!: spiced chicken parts, coconut cabbage, and "green" potatoes

fri: out

Lunches are either leftovers or some permutation of marinated chicken breast + salad + fruit.
post #265 of 286
We've never had much success with gardening- but a new food co-op (that thing where you pay for the year and get a box of fresh produce every week, what's it called again?) is starting up this year, and we can volunteer to help out over there.

Even if we don't join the CSA (right, that's what it's called!) we'll probably still volunteer to get some gardening time (and then of course we'll buy stuff from the farm stand if we haven't signed up for a whole year's worth)
post #266 of 286
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Originally Posted by LionTigerBear View Post
I tried two summers ago. I got these really big buckets and filled them with dirt, made sure they had proper drainage too, had them on the porch of our third floor apartment. Apparently nothing was ever pollinated in my garden, so the vegetables bloomed and then that was it. No fruit. I had tomato plants, pumpkin plants, lettuce . . . none of it really worked out at all, never a hint of a tomato or pumpkin or anything. I was so excited about it, too! I will probably not try doing vegetables in an upper-level apartment again.
Ack, that's such a bummer! I don't even have a balcony, just windowsills, so it probably wouldn't work out for me at all either.

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Originally Posted by Shazer View Post
Tomatoes are self-pollinating and can be grown inside with enough light, but you may need to give them a hand. I've heard of people taking a damp q-tip to spread pollen around the flowers. Peas I think can also be done this way. You can also hand-pollinate squashes, but they need a lot of heat and light. They have male and female flowers so pollen has to be transported from one flower to another, which is why they grow best outside. I only grow herbs inside and start transplants, so I haven't tried anything else. Outside I have a big plot.
Wow, you guys are so much more knowledgable about gardening than I am! I never would have guessed that the plants needed to be pollinated and that I would have to help them out! I feel like a newb. This idea had literally never occurred to me before, lol. I guess if you plant stuff outside, the bees and wind do the pollinating? At any rate, seems like I should probably just stick to herbs.
post #267 of 286
I never plan ahead for meals because I usually only eat what we're in the mood for and that can change from hour to hour especially during the week when I work and work out (or we might end up going out.) I only plan if we're having people over. I do shop about 2-3 times a week (farmers markets mostly) so I already have plenty of food at home - its just a matter of what exactly I'm going to do with it.


Today

Breakfast
CO
Baked chicken from last night w/raw butter.
Steamed veggies


Lunch
Late lunch at a raw vegan cafe:
nut bar made with CO (coconut oil)
flax crackers and guacamole.

Dinner
Tonight I made a Thai chicken/veggie stir fry and baked yams (cut in cubes, mixed with a tiny bit of olive oil, salt and pepper). I add my fat in my plate because SO doesn't like oily food and I'm really not fond of cooking with a lot of grease. I added butter to my yams and took CO before eating.

Tomorrow I will probably have grilled steak and veggies for dinner, but since a good friend is in town, we might go out (Mandarin, Thai or Japanese)...I cooked for him last night after I got in from work so we're not inclined to stay in and do it again. If we go out, I have to make sure I'm eating enough fat.
post #268 of 286
Whew! I just finished reading that whole thread.. took me like 2 hrs! Seems like you all have done amazing things without grains! I don't eat that many grains (ezekial bread every once in a while, soaked oatmeal and I think that is about it... WOW! I never realized that). Anywho, just wanted to lurk and check out your recipes and what not!
I have no idea if I am grain sensitive or anything sensitive really... how did you all figure this out? I am 22 and always tired it seems with really dumb irregular sometimes VERY PAINFUL periods... and I have no kids or anything... could this be a food sensitivity? You all amaze me with your astounding knowledge! WOW!
THANKS!
P.S:
firefeary (sp?)- how does one make mac nut cream? That apricot thing sounded amazing!!!
post #269 of 286
For me, it was from years of living with specific medical issues such as PCOS, Endo, hypothyroid, and having very poor digestion and specific unlivable symptoms that would indicate intolerances to gluten and other foods.

I'm 29 and all of my adult life I've been fighting with all of the above, plus infertility and more devastating events. You try to do all you can to feel "normal" and healthy, especially when Western medicine fails - miserably; which in my case, it did.
post #270 of 286
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Originally Posted by stilllearning85 View Post
I have no idea if I am grain sensitive or anything sensitive really... how did you all figure this out?
My journey to figuring this out has taken me almost 2 decades, starting with the total metabolism shift (and resulting weight gain) when I hit puberty. I've known I'm sugar "allergic" after being diagnosed through muscle testing after western medicine failed to do anything other than treat the symptoms (severe shortness of breath; basic asthma-like symptoms). After many years and doctors of varying kinds, it came down to simple trial and error. I did low carb for years, and felt way better than ever on it... but it was not sustainable for me because I was still eating grains, which led to binges, and my body would not stabilize on grains. Only by removing grains altogether have I been able to stabilize my hormones, but I have only discovered this in the last 8 months. Like I said before, there's still something that's messing with my hormones, and I'd be willing to bet it's dairy. But removing dairy from my life will be much harder for me than grains. So I'm taking it one step at a time.
post #271 of 286
Thread Starter 
For me it was my son's problems-- I was trying for months and months to pin down what his health problems were in reaction to, eventually noticed he had an obvious reaction to wheat, and started learning about gluten intolerance, then realized that gluten intolerance could be what MY problems were from. Ultimately went from gluten-free to grain-free and am now feeling much better . . .

That's the shortish version.
post #272 of 286
Holy monkeys! Guess what ladies? I just hit 1000 posts!
post #273 of 286
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Holy monkeys! Guess what ladies? I just hit 1000 posts!
Congratulations!!
post #274 of 286
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Holy monkeys! Guess what ladies? I just hit 1000 posts!
Congrats!!!
post #275 of 286
Just want to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year's Eve (I know it is tomorrow, but who knows if I'll get to the computer).

My your New Year be filled with healthy grain-free goodness.

And Kallyn - congrats on the 1K posts.
post #276 of 286
this thread is so inspiring!

I'm trying to weed out if I'm being paranoid or if there are really some issues I have to address with my husband and I (also, if we are having problems, does that mean that ds or future children will, too?)

I used to think that didn't I have any issues with grains, or any other food type....Despite my hoarding sweettooth, which until currently I blamed on my parents' sugar-restriction in early childhood , I hadn't made the connection with my awfully desperate and depressed menstrual cycle...Happy and UP--almost manic--for two weeks, and then episodically depressed for two weeks....I know it has a lot to do with my obsession with sweets, even if I counter it with healthy fats, meat raised by a local farm, our homegrown vegetables, eggs from practically our backyard, ethnically-balanced cuisine, etc etc....

I think my husband does, too...we're trying to narrow it down, whether its grains or dairy (albeit entirely raw) or possibly even both (he suffers from nasty post-nasal drip, snoring, asthma, constant phlegm.....it's awful, for both of us ) I don't even know where to start with him though, especially since he is a bartender for a living, a regular homebrewer, and fond of those types of 'sweets'......

I'll keep this at the forefront for motivation to detox and see what happens.........so much to learn!

cheers to all
Kyara
post #277 of 286
Thread Starter 
Congrats, Kallyn! Happy New Year to you too, Shazer! Good luck with figuring out a healing diet that will work for your family, Kyara!
post #278 of 286
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Holy monkeys! Guess what ladies? I just hit 1000 posts!
Sweet!

I'm giving myself a break on FitDay and will start again Jan 1st. I had a little fruit today, but other than that, I'm still doing well.

For dinner, we went out w/friends who are in town for Japanese at a local restaurant. I had:

- miso soup (normally dont eat soy, but I think fermented soy every now and then is OK for me.
-avocado sushi (no rice - wrapped in radish)
-grilled mackerel
-grilled salmon
-green tea
-chardonnay

Before we left, I took two large spoonfuls of CO. I worked out last night and this afternoon so I was pretty hungry!
post #279 of 286
First of all, subbing, finally! I read through this whole thread and I am (have been) on board along with my DH and sometimes my kids.


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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
My journey to figuring this out has taken me almost 2 decades, starting with the total metabolism shift (and resulting weight gain) when I hit puberty. I've known I'm sugar "allergic" after being diagnosed through muscle testing after western medicine failed to do anything other than treat the symptoms (severe shortness of breath; basic asthma-like symptoms). After many years and doctors of varying kinds, it came down to simple trial and error. I did low carb for years, and felt way better than ever on it... but it was not sustainable for me because I was still eating grains, which led to binges, and my body would not stabilize on grains. Only by removing grains altogether have I been able to stabilize my hormones, but I have only discovered this in the last 8 months. Like I said before, there's still something that's messing with my hormones, and I'd be willing to bet it's dairy. But removing dairy from my life will be much harder for me than grains. So I'm taking it one step at a time.

How do you get around being allergic to sugar? I ask because I have had shortness of breath and asthma like symptoms since I was a child and it has always been (after several tests for my heart and asthma itself) considered to be from anxiety. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety that precedes the shortness of breath, but it in and of itself is kinda scary and can cause some anxiety I just wonder how you would cook to not include sugar, even honey? I already have to exclude dairy, eggs, soy, and gluten. I am just thinking that maybe this may be true for myself...

Jamie
post #280 of 286
I read this whole thread last night, and then my laptop battery died before I could reply.

I'm in. I was planning on going grain- and sugar-free in the new year anyway.

I don't want to go back and quote, but I was really intrigued by a few things that were mentioned so far. One is the mitral valve prolapse thing. My stepdaughter (14) has this. She also has Down syndrome, which puts her at a much greater risk of having celiac disease. She has lots of other symptoms (cravings, distended belly, snoring, congestion every morning, occasional hand tremors that doctors have no diagnosis for, etc.) and I really want her to get tested. I'm trying to find a doctor who knows what he's doing so when her mother takes her in this gets taken seriously. Anyway, I had no idea there could be a link between the heart condition and celiac. One more thing to add to the list!

My story is that I've had poor health almost my whole life, but nothing chronic enough to be debilitating -- just personally annoying. I got sick a lot as a kid, had acne into adulthood, always felt weak, had chest pains (that doctors said were stress) and back pain. I also only got my period maybe once as an adolescent and then nothing. I went on the pill at 21 and stayed on it for ten years, until my DH and I decided to have a baby. Nothing happened with my cycles (there were no cycles) so we went the infertility route. My son was conceived through IVF.

My reproductive endocrinologist said it was a "PCOS-variant" and had no interest whatsoever in figuring out WHY I didn't ovulate/menstruate, just in getting me pregnant. Of course, at the time I was in a hurry to have a baby, but now I'm rather angry about it. Especially since after switching to a TF diet (I'd been vegan/vegetarian prior to that) and supplementing with high-vitamin CLO for about six months I finally got a period on my own a year ago, then fifteen weeks later, then eight weeks later, and when I mentioned this to her in a follow-up visit (we tried using a frozen embryo last fall and it failed) as a victory on my body's part, she totally dismissed it. I'd read a study that showed that some women with PCOS who were deficient with vitamin D and supplemented with it started having normal cycles and some actually got pregnant, and I would have shared this with her so she could share it with her patients, but she just scoffed at me.

Oh, and BTW, I was put on Metformin, too, but it did nothing for me (though no noticeable side effects either).

I started researching gluten intolerance, Weston Price, CLO, etc. because of my son. He was diagnosed with gluten intolerance through EnteroLab last spring, and we have both been off gluten ever since. That led to me reading up on grains in general (Dangerous Grains was a good read) and now I'm convinced that grains are things to be avoided. Funny, a few years ago I thought grains were super important -- I ate a ton of them and would have defended Dr. McDougall and the like to the death.

My family has a history of health problems, too. My dad: gout, glaucoma, low blood pressure, light-headedness, snoring, hearing problems, rage issues, blood clots, post-nasal drip, stroke and now dementia. My mom: blood clots, allergy to sulpha drugs, phlebitis, hypo-thyroid, arthritis, chronic diarrhea, over-weight issues, and some "female" problems that I don't know the details of. I'm problem even forgetting some, and these are mostly all things they've dealt with for as long as I can remember, not just things that struck them in old age.

The interesting thing is that my mom was always a big fan of Adele Davis and she supplemented both of them (and us kids) with tons of vitamins. But I think now that the issues have to do with gluten and grains in general, and more than that to insulin resistance/blood sugar issues. My mom got tested through EnteroLab recently and found that she is also gluten intolerant. She doesn't think my dad could have that issue though since she's stuck on the GI aspect of it. I wonder if my dad's diet had been radically changed when he was first diagnosed with dementia if things would be different. He now has no idea who any of us are, so he's pretty far gone.

I'm here because I want to be totally healthy and hopefully get pregnant again. I'm starting acupuncture next week and seeing another doctor to check for yeast/metal issues (for me and my son). I always thought, growing up, that my parent's problems were things that "just happened" and a part of life. I don't want my son thinking that or living that!
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