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Another reason bread's not tasty anymore ...

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I'm searching for a Steve Hartman "Assignment America" segment I liked from October '08 so I can delete it from TiVo (can't find it), but I did find this weird bread artist from Thailand. No pics for this, it's too "ew."

If YOUR kid/s want to make their own bread art, go to WORKSHOPS here emoticon: (I made a piece of toast with the words GLUTEN FREE) - brilliant! lol

I found the Steve Hartman piece I thought was SO funny! These kids are priceless (their faces ... too great for words). And I've saved it since "2007!" lol. I can declutter the TiVo now ... emoticon emoticon "The "victim" so reminds me of one of my nephews.

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GIRLINBRAZIL 10/9/2009 6:57PM

    I'll skip the video for now since my net is super slow this week! Sounds like something good for Halloween!

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DOTSLADY 10/9/2009 4:29PM

    Sorry: warning!! The first link has pics of a baker who makes life-like gorey body parts out of bread. They could be used on a CSI episode, they look so real. If you're not into that, please spare yourself. :P

DO visit the Steve Hartman Assignment America. It's cute. I love kids.

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JAC-ATTACK 10/9/2009 1:37PM

    I really didn't know what to expect when I opened the link. I was totally shocked.

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/9/2009 11:12AM

    Weird...and GROSS!!

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POEKSTER 10/9/2009 3:12AM

    I love bread ... not the art though or is it dough ... can't rember my english right now LOVE BREAD .. just ca't eat it ;)

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    Very strange. At least he's found a use for bread besides spiking blood sugars and making people sick. LOL.

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Gout: The missing chapter from Good Calories, Bad Calories

Monday, October 05, 2009

Gout runs on DH's maternal side (the diagnosed celiac, btw); he has a cousin who also shares the affliction). A recent Tim Ferriss blog re: gout caught my attention:

Gouty arthritis and sugars. Hmmm.

I want to write more, but had to bookmark/save this for later. Gotta run.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/7/2009 12:28PM

    Very interesting. I wonder how many more diseases will be linked to high carb diets.

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2CATS2LOVE1 10/6/2009 7:57PM

    Thanks for sharing. I will read this when I have more energy. I am suffering w/ a sore throat. Know what? This is the first time on Atkins I have been sick. Usually I don't get sick when on Atkins. Come visit when you are able. Miss ya!!

Comment edited on: 10/6/2009 7:57:57 PM

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MOLLIEMAC 10/6/2009 8:10AM

    Thanks for sharing this link...MJ

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Guts and Greens

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A pic from the infamous Mel Brooks' campfire scene in Blazing Saddles (carbs carbs they make you toot!).

I'm tivo-ing Dr. Oz's new show. Today's episode: A Cowboy Goes Vegan. He introduced us to a cowboy from Arizona who has diabetes. His CT scan showed he was in the 97th percentile for his age (or 97% blockage) in an artery; or the heart of an 85 yr old.

What you don't see in the clip is his home introduction - how he lives his life teaching city slickers how to horse around (my pun). Dietary points shown:

1) He's a "meat and potatoes" man, with heavy emphasis on the meat. There are LOTS of close-ups of his meals: bacon, eggs, potatoes, steaks and potatoes, burgers and fries in the truck on the ranch on the fly (not a very peaceful meal).

2) He eschews vegetables and hasn't eaten any for YEARS.

3) His portions were huge (he does burn a lot, I'd think, too), but I'd like to see his caloric intake vs energy expenditure for both Ways of Eating (WOE).

Dr. Oz has him going vegan ("no faces" "no mothers") to reverse his plaque and to lose weight and get off his diabetes medication. This is interesting to me, especially when he shows his mostly soy alternatives (if you didn't know, I'm not a fan of soy). Most of the food is what DH would call "Simpson food" ... all brown (and the same could be said for Mr. Cowboy's meals if truth-be-told). Why would vegan be a "natural" diet if one had to supplement with B12? Seems B12 is "natural" in meat, but I digress. I eat meat, and I still have to supplement with B12, so whatever floats your boat and works with your system is okay by me.

Week One: Detox week. Replacing protein with nuts and seeds, supplementing multivitamin and B12. Vegan chili.

Week Two: Find alternatives to meat: soy alternatives shown. Seitan tastes like meat, soy proteins taste like meat. He's "rebooting" himself.

Week Three: Learning to snack by making good choices. Though potato chips are vegan, they're not okay. You can eat soybean alternatives, 70%+ cocao chocolate.

The fourth week of the diet, Dr. Oz "does" explain that his meat is not going to be the main course, but the accoutrament to the meal. I'm assuming the meat he pointed to on the plate was still "soy".

I guess I was discouraged to NOT see the important part of a vegetarian or vegan dietary premise (or ANY diet for that matter): the vegetables! Remember what I learned about greens being prebiotics for better gut physiology which, when coupled with fats/oils help vitamin K promote BONE health by directing calcium INTO the bones, not tissues (arteries)? Do you need to be vegan for that? Nope. You need some guts and greens. You need more alkaline to acid - that's my belief.

Mr. Cowboy had a great question regarding concerns about his blood sugars on this diet - beans and rice, all those buns and crackers. Dr. Oz said once he loses his gut, he'll lose the diabetes meds. I can only think that he'll be pretty hungry ... I hope this is discussed at the end of the "experiment."

I recently watched the movie FAT HEAD and found Tom Naughton's blog. He says this as part of his Sept 17, 2009, blog entry regarding elevated insulin, which I think so appropro re: Mr. Cowboy (I'm guessing he's trying to low-carb it, but with the taters, fries and buns it's not exactly working out):

"Suddenly it made sense why fat people overeat - or at least appear to overeat. In fact, they’re eating as much as they need to keep their cells fueled. When elevated insulin commands your body to store calories as fat, you run out of fuel and become hungry. So you eat more. In other words, you’re not getting fat because you’re eating more; you’re eating more because you’re getting fat."


I think vegan would be hard, and "gf" vegan even more difficult!
On my homefront: I'm excited to have picked up a couple of small mini-tramps from my neighbor's garage sale, and managed to jump 50 jumps before getting whooped! What a workout! I got outside my food box and tried sardines in olive oil (pretty bland), and bought some beets to include in a smoothie. I'm concerned about the sugar, so I won't use much, but how WILD am I!? lol

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GIRLINBRAZIL 9/26/2009 9:05AM

    Looks like this Dr. Oz guy could use some of your advice! I'm with you all the way on this one!!!

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2CATS2LOVE1 9/23/2009 5:28PM

    Personally, I think Dr Oz is a FAKE! I never really liked him, Dot. Really. Even in the Bible, when God allowed men to eat meat after the flood he himself said "your body craves meat."~Deuteronomy 12:20. Perhaps in our imperfection due to Adam & Eve sinning we now NEED the nutrients in meat. Had Adam & Eve not sinned they would have continued to eat the fruit of the trees (vegetarian) because at that time they didn't kill animals for food. We are so far from being perfect now. There are many vitamins, minerals and iron in red meat as well as foul and fish (omega oils). I agree w/ Dr Atkins on all accounts. Less carbs, more protein, veggies and fruits (except induction). We were never meant to eat packaged food w/ long preservation dates. Again, the Bible says that in God's New Paradise on earth he will make for the people a "banquet of well-oiled dishes."~Isaiah 25:6. Imagine that! Well oiled dishes! Olive oil was well used in Biblical days too.

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PENCILDANCER 9/23/2009 3:55PM

    oh you're killing me here! beets and sardines? yikes!

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JEFFREYC1 9/23/2009 12:59PM

    Good Blog Dot!

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ESSEXCHICKIE 9/23/2009 2:30AM

    I can not access that show right now as I am still in England but I do know from my own experience, and I am a vegetarian, that eating tons of soy makes me either gain weight or plateau. I once had a 9 week plateau and the very day I stopped with all the fake meat I had been eating the scale moved.

I know there is a lot of controvery about soy, especially with regard to thryoid function, but all I can attest to is my own personal experiences with it, and it never did a blessed thing for my menopausal symptoms either as I have read it would many a time.

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CLIMBNRUN 9/22/2009 11:08PM

  To tell you the truth I'm a bit disappointed in Dr. Oz's decision to incorporate so much soy-based fake meat products into Mr. Cowboy's diet and also into the lives of the other people he is advising, like the whole American population who will watch his show! Now I do like Dr. Oz, I think he has brought a lot in terms of sound nutritional, medical and lifestyle advice to the public via Oprah, but this is one area I have to disagree with him on. Soy protein ISOLATE, used in these 'meat substitutes,' is questionable in the nutrition community and the products that contain this compound are very processed foods. Pure, whole soy foods like edamame have a much lesser estrogenic effect on the body and are a safer choice when non-GMO (aka "organic" because all organic soy products MUST be non-GMO to be certified). Plus, they are delicious and, when prepared fresh, not at all processed.

I also have to wonder why he elected to have Silk sponsor his health challenge bus (Friday's episode). Silk was pulled from Starbucks shelves across the nation recently because they removed the 'organic' seal from their products, meaning it is no longer a reliable source of non-GMO soybeans. Amongst all products that people might select to pay a premium for as "organic," soy ranks high. I hope people can take his soy-related nutrition advice with a grain of salt, but I fear that will not be the case. I truly do admire his overall perspective on health and believe he makes health accessible and understandable to the masses, so I'm all for his new show. However, I am glad that you have both recognized and addressed this bizarre 'vegan/soy protein isolate' diet recommendation. With SO many other satisfying and sound vegan recipes out there, this is quite an oxymoron to me as well!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/22/2009 10:30PM

    The cowboys diet sounds horrible. Both his former diet and the Oz one. LOL. I think I'd almost rather die. Cowboy will never be able to stay on it.

I love beets but not in a smoothie. I'm not into the smoothie thing really. And sardines?? Ewwwww!! The SMELL!! You really are wild!!!

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AINTSKEERD 9/22/2009 10:25PM

    emoticon emoticonSardines-nom nom nom
Musical fruit is also one of my staples. emoticon

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What do you and bananas have in common?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Does "stubborn" show up on the human genome, mom?

Little ditties:
I thought it would be interesting to redo my allergy test for comparison to the one done around the time of my diagnosis three years ago (+/-). Will I respond to the same foods? Results in two weeks or so.
One of the first books I read after my CD diagnosis was Trace Your Genes to Health by Chris Reading, MD . One of the most disconcerting things I remember was that it took three generations to repair your DNA with environmental change. I already birthed the Child, and she’s a lost soul at this point in her evolutionary development regarding “environmental” change. I was likely undiagnosed hypothyroid and celiac at the time of her birth so she was born with some dietary deficits; and trying to undo my (and therefore her) old SAD life at this point is a slow process as she’s a teenager hell bent on doing things her own way. And that’s okay, as I’m still her role model and she KNOWS what to do. I see gleams of hope now and then, but really, I’m not holding my breath. I sound like a Debbie- downer, but that’s where I am. I think it's because of this:


My DM finished her fourth round of chemo last week and has already seen an orthopedic surgeon about repairing the hip that keeps coming out of the socket. Thankfully, she’s not returning to the doctor who has twice NOT helped her. The bad news in her lung cancer progress is that after I left, she started smoking again I recently found out. GASP – the horror, right? I’m mortified beyond words, and find myself having to emotionally distance myself from her when she might need me most. I’ve been angry about her smoking my entire life, and where has that gotten me? Angry? Not anymore. I’ve dusted off and mustered up my Big Girl Panties and have found Grace (…again). I sent her shelf-stable probiotics (as opposed to refrigerated because she lives in Vegas and it’s still 110*), and told her how many pills to take and she refused, saying it’s too many. Lordy. Where’re my Grace panties? I’ve misplaced them. LOL.

Grace panties are very eloquent.

As opposed to my reg'lar bloomers.


You know what I wanted for Christmas last year? A DNA test kit (didn’t get it). When started, I signed up, but at that time the test was $1k. Have I already blogged about this? Déjà vu – it has been on my mind while taking my walks -lol. Last Christmas the test kit was on “sale” 3 kits/$1000 or 1/$399. I couldn’t get anyone in the family to sign up with me (surprise surprise). The sale is over, but the single test is still $399 (fingers are crossed for a sale again this holiday).

This week I caught Drs. Oz and Roizen discuss with one of the founders of Dr. Oz’s DNA test results. Mentioned quite a lot was celiac disease as one of her friends has the disease. 23andme has a study and they need participants (you still pay, but they have a $99 test as well):
. I’m going to put this on my Christmas list again this year. Check the list for a disease process (ironically many w/ties to celiac), and sign up if you’re interested, too. Or check out their blog link: The Spittoon (how clever).

Misc: Did you know that we share 50% matching DNA to a banana? www.thingsyoudontneedtoknow.c

Oh, and have you had your probiotics today?

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CLIMBNRUN 9/9/2009 10:16AM

  You are absolutely hilarious Dot! Thanks for one laugh after another!!

I'm sorry about your Mom - stubornness really is a toughie. If you ever find something that works, I'd love to hear about it since my father had quit smoking until we went to Spain this year where everyone lights up. It's such a hard thing to see someone go through, when they see it's health impact (in your Mom's case, the worst!) and yet just can't abstain. I sort of want to find that "lung" ashtray above for Christmas for my father....


Sending you my biggest wishes.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/29/2009 11:41PM

    Who else would be proud of their banana heritage and want DNA tests for gifts? ROFLMBO!!

I totally understand about your mom. I'm a nurse but do you think my mom would listen to me or take my advice???? Noooooooooooooo!

Probiotics today? yes. Banana? no.

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AINTSKEERD 8/29/2009 11:25AM

    Haha, I was having them while reading this blog! No wonder I always tell the boys that a banana is the 'perfect' quick meal. emoticon

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FOUCUST 8/29/2009 10:43AM

    Interesting post. I like it.

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MIZZY~C 8/29/2009 10:38AM

    !? How are we kin to a fruit fly? The mud worm does look like a human embryo. Good point!

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MOLLIEMAC 8/29/2009 10:22AM

    LOL, it's nice to know that we are so close to bananas! I have an image of those Grace panties in my mind, hope I'm wrong:)...MJ emoticon emoticon

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FIRSTFERRET 8/29/2009 10:22AM

    LOL - I'm still trying to learn how to teach others to wear the big girl/boy panties without loosing mine! And, my kids confirmed I'm 50% bananas - a looooong time ago.

I'm finally feeling good enough to get back on my bone supplement routine but alas, no I haven't checked into nor have I begun a probiotic routine yet. Bad Ferret.

The nicotine monster is a strong one. I had a lung xray done a few months ago. Mine are so black, it was scary. I am trying, in steps, to slow down and stop. But I want to. That's the trick, you got to want to stop. Even then it is harder than Hades. So, I buy some nasty tasting things to take the pleasure out of it.

Sorry about your ma hon, watched my pa do the same thing. He did things the way he wanted to, right up to the end. At some point I began respecting that.


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JEFFREYC1 8/29/2009 10:21AM

    Nice post!!!

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2CATS2LOVE1 8/29/2009 9:56AM

    What's a probiotic?

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PENCILDANCER 8/29/2009 9:55AM

    Grace Panties??? How come I didn't know about these? Guess that's what I've been missing a few times lately. emoticon Who knew Love Your Neighbor as thyself could be solved so easily!

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HEALTHY4ME 8/29/2009 7:27AM

    HI I so feel your frustration with your mum and her smoking. Lung ca killed mum this june past. and she snmoked till she got in hosp and while she had her mind ( before the ca went to her brain) and was in hosp wanted to go outside to smoke. oh well in the last few years i made my peace and said it has allready done the damage and she isnt going to stop adn they wont operate so let her do it. but is really hard cos i am so anti smoking even as a kid i was. dad is still smoking and we just got word that they ahve seen a spot on his lung. havent found much out yet as he hasnt had ct scan yet.
hugs to you as you deal with all this. I hope you do okay and you can only do what you can do.

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VEGCHUNK 8/29/2009 2:09AM

    I did have them, thanks!

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Silly gluten-free song makes me happy ...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Docta! Is there nothin' I can take to relieve my belly ache?!"
(... where was THIS doctor when I needed him/her?!)

wwoooo hooo


I'm very surprised that birth control pills "help" bacterial vaginosis after what I've been reading. Birth control pills ALTER vaginal flora. I notice no mention about natural means to fix this often 'recurring' problem (recurringly 'treated' with ANTI-biotics)? *cough* PROBIOTICS ... & change sugar diet?


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OREAD_1 8/18/2009 2:43AM

    and say Woooo wooooo and then say woo wooooo

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-SHAWN- 8/18/2009 1:43AM

    Brother bought a coconut
He bought it for a dime.
His sister had another
She paid it for a lime.

She put the lime in the coconut
And drank them both up.

Called the doctor, woke him up, and said
"Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take"
I say, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
I say, "Doctor ain't there nothing I can take"
I say, "Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"

Now let me get this straight;
You put the lime in the coconut
You drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut,
You drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut,
called your doctor, woke him up, and said,

"Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take"
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"
I say, Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take"
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?"

You put the lime in the coconut, and drink them both down,
You put the lime in the cocount, you're such a silly woman!
Put the lime in the coconut, and drink them both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning."

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/30/2009 10:39PM

    I had my probiotics today. LOL.

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TERJEGOLD 7/30/2009 3:56PM

    Nice walk down memory lane. I can't remember when that song first came out. I think I was fairly young.

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