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224.4 on Route 66

Monday, April 12, 2010

JUSTJO66 is virtual walking on Route 66 and I caught a blog she posted. I don't know Jo, but I was inspired to take a look at a bit of history after reading her blog. (

The humidity has not hit us yet. It's amazing and beautiful, so I took this as an opportunity to take a few mile ride/walk along Route 66. Here ya go Jo :): This was a big deal when it opened. I had the dog or I'd have gone in. If you need a choice of 500 flavors of soda, this is your place. Unique architecture. The large bottle glows neon at night. You can take a tour here:

The Round Barn ... so it won't blow down in a tornado. So far, so good.

Hillbillees Bed & Breakfast. Lots of history I don't know :P.

"Hi! SP Dots was here!"

Lay's has radar for addicts and is following me??? emoticon

There's lots of this here.

I ate lunch at this closed diner's picnic bench. Thanks. :)

John's Garage grounds.

He's a creative mechanic (this is his Chevy Malibu rebuild), and runs marathons (30+, next one he's guiding a blind person - aw), does Zumba, pilates & yoga all while in grips of RA pain. You never know who you're gonna meet who'll keep you inspired. I try to tell him about grains and pains, but he's skeptical. Hasn't seen a doctor since 1986. He says everything is about your circulation, so keep moving. I said, "I'm working on it!" :)

The end.

Today's weight: 224.4 (down 1)
Calories yesterday: 821 (yikes - got up late, went to bed early. Not hungry til about 4 am!)
Carbs: 82
Fiber: 17
Fat 35
Protein: 48
Walking mins: 36

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JULIE_MAY 4/21/2010 5:20PM

    What great photos! Loved your trip - thanks for sharing! I wish my kiddos liked to take road trips. I saw a lot of road when I was young: Denver to Kentucky to Denver to Seattle with trips to Texas and Minnesota and who knows where else thrown in. I love seeing new things (and old things)!

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KLEONIKI 4/17/2010 4:14AM

    Thanks for the trip you took me with you!
Great picture, cute mecchanic, funny amusing wording!
love and hugs!

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CINDYTW 4/15/2010 9:53PM

  That was great to see for a NYer! I have only been to Vegas and otherwise East Coast only. The man you met is inspiring indeed! At least potato chips are GF! LOL

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KARRYB1 4/13/2010 3:41PM

    Loved your Blog! Great Pictures! emoticon

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HAMMOD 4/13/2010 2:42PM

    Great Blog - I want to go to Route 66 now. Hmmm - maybe a summer trip is in order. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/12/2010 10:31PM

    Hey, I've been there!! On Route 66 but but at the Lays Potato chip truck too - more than anywhere actually. I was addicted to Lays and M&M's. LOL.

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RHALES199 4/12/2010 10:15PM

    Cool Stuff!!!

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The Diet Cure

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Haven't I blogged about Julia Ross before? Well, it bears repeating.

This is one of those books where when I read something that applies to my own life, something that no doctor has ever explained or helped me with, that I have to take a deep breath and pause. I put down the book because it's too powerful. It has to sink in all this information. Why isn't this talked about more? Why are antidepressants doled out so easily by doctors instead of amino acids and diet revision? Why have I lived a lifetime not knowing this? It drives me crazy ... 'cept this crazy goil ain't gonna reach for the dairy! Nor the refined carbs. Nor the suga, suga.

A lifetime of this is enough. I'm so grateful to understand what I do and to be embarking on a whole new world of possibilities. I have to keep that in focus on my ride. My future. DH had a friend who told him once, "Two big sins are not getting a pension, or not enjoying the one you get." I know I'm only 49, but like Dd growing up, it'll be here before I know it. Since the first half of my life wasn't plummy, by gawd I'm trying to make the second half peachy! Watching my parents not enjoy their retirement age is SAD and flippin' depressing.

*insert great bible verse here* anybody? lol, you know my memory for bible stuff.

Have you heard of Sean Croxton "Underground Wellness"? Besides being highly motivational and awesome (cause I agree with his philosophies based on my own life experiences and reading), he talks about Julia's work/book: . You can watch more Julia Ross videos from that link.

Fibromyalgia legs update: I've been taking two Travacor pills a night since April 7. No headaches, better sleep, but still I feel like I'm awake, if that makes sense. I'm still "thinking." Last night was a bad night for sleep cause I kept having to pee, the dog even wanted to pee and that's unusual. I went to sleep at 11:30p, awakened three times at least to p, let the dog out around 3:30a, and back to sorta sleep til about 10:30a. Granted, yesterday I ate well (salads, protein, fruit), and walked a lot. Put it all together and voila. The serotonin is kicking in because my legs ... while not that "perfect" feeling I had when I initially slammed my brain with Travacor and got the headaches, they are bettterrr in that they're not aching the same way. They still feel heavy and bloated with water, like when you rub a water balloon. But better. I sometimes feel some ham and quad tendons individually like piano wires. . . sore, but bearable. I think it's serotonin related but I don't know how.

I haven't mentioned but my heart palpitations were about nonexistent. But last night my heart was all jumbly. ??

I'm going to try to do what MorticiaAdams (thanks Tish) does and recount my day:

Cals: 1440
Carbs: 159
Fiber: 24
Fat: 54
Protein: 93
Mins walking: 103 (this keeps me outta the kitchen, too)

Sweaty Betty Lost: 3.6 pounds and now is 225.4 emoticon

Edit to add activated links from PWVEGAS: , ,

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DIETSAFARI 4/12/2010 2:40PM

    I just read the website, and only taking the aminos has changed my life. Go THE DIET CURE!

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TMBTTLES 4/11/2010 10:58PM

    Great Blog! Thanks for the recommending this book it sounds interesting.


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CINDYTW 4/11/2010 9:27PM

  I have not read this book but I can say I second Morticiaadams comment...when I did suffer depression years ago and if I do now, all it takes is a good run or long, brisk walk to turn it around. They don't call it a runner's high for nothing! emoticon I also have felt tons better making diet changes away from processed foods and going organic. But a pill is way easier...and for me the thing nothing seems to work for is my blood pressure. I am waiting to find something drug free that will help that! emoticon

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PWVEGAS 4/11/2010 6:59PM

    I bought The Mood Cure and The Diet Cure both by Julia Ross on "used" for about a dollar a piece. Great condition hardcover books. I originally checked them out from the library and read them. The $3.99 shipping was the big expense but I wanted the books for my personal library. Anyway they are older publications so you can get great prices on used copies, some "like new" with just the remainder mark from being returned from bookstores.

JImmy Moore has a couple of great podcast interviews of Julia on his site

Sean (Underground Wellness) is one of my favorites also, here is the link to his actual interview with Julia

Julia Ross is definitely one of my Nutrition Gurus.

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KLEONIKI 4/11/2010 6:33PM

i have just bought my DIET CURE book , thank you for sharing your knowledge!
Thank you also very much for the youtube link ;the guy is very good and what he says finds me in total agreement.

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SMILES4383 4/11/2010 5:49PM

    Nutrition is cheaper....that's why modern medicine doesn't 'prescribe' it.
Pharmaceuticals are BIG MONEY...
But if we go back to the origins of 'modern medicine'
Hypocrites said:
Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

and the Hypocritic Oath which states they are to do no harm.
"I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice."

It's a mixed up world for sure.

Junk food is big business.
Pharmaceuticals are big business.
Chemical enhancers for food is big business.

Looks like you're doing well with your 'new' information.

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    A book I have not read. I will have to see if I can find it at Borders or Barnes and Noble when I am there next.

Antidepressants are doled out because patients generally don't want what will really work for them. Exercise actually works better than antidepressants but people come in wanting a miracle pill, not hours of sweat. I've always been highly active and have never been depressed unless I am unable to exercise. Exercise absolutely does work. After I get done working out I feel high. People give up because it's hard at first. And they don't find a way to make it fun.

I'm not sure that your father's friend would make it in this economy because pensions are becoming a thing of the past and are being dropped in my area like hot potatoes. You are lucky if you can find a job here with benefits. Most are full time jobs which are listed as part time jobs to keep from having to pony up the benefits. I know lots of people doing free overtime. And professionals are not immune. The country north of ours dropped health insurance for all employees. People in the business community all over the world are discussing how to drop these freebies. And all other counties are having similar discussions.

re the palpitations. Maybe you got a hold of some caffeine.

Watch your salt since you are up peeing in the night. Salt, HFCS, transfat - all bad.

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RENA1965 4/11/2010 2:56PM

    Hang in there emoticon

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Deleting Dairy is Not Easy

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Evard Munch's 'The Scream' courtesy of Wikipedia

Not to be a drama emoticon, but I'm in a twist about not having yogurt, coffee dairy and cheese in my life. I'm only on my third day. Yesterday I looked at the coffee cup and thought about the canned milk in the fridge. I thought all day yesterday about the unopened Oikos plain yogurt just sitting there needing my attention. I had to take a dose of my own medicine and remember how I was when I quit gluten. Take a big breath, relax already. Retraining thought patterns takes a bit longer, so be patient with myself.

There's a hole in my life and I'm trying to fill it now. Because I'm trying to help Dd navigate a gluten-free world, I've purchased all sorts of gluten-free substitute foods (bread, cookies, breadsticks and because she had her 21st birthday, gf cake & icing). I ate a bit of all of it and that's totally not like me. I took off my weight ticker cause I was gaining and losing the same dang three pounds for a year or more. SP friends were congratulating me on the same pound lost! Well, prior to bday groceries, what I haven't mentioned is that I've finally lost weight.

March 5 - 234.5, April 5 - 225.6 and on a roll.
Bday sabotage April 7 - 227, then 228, 229.4 and whoa, let's stop there.

Between birthday food crap (since thrown in the garbage by Dd of all people - good for her!), and not knowing what to eat to sub for dairy ... I ate her gf substitute foods. I can't help but think about the news piece stating fat friends help keep you fat! SO TWOO! It's okay, though, because this also taught HER the value of my old cupboards (which she'd complain were too bare), the value of real food. She's not a fruit eater, go figure (probably why her triglycerides were 39).

Yesterday, when I wanted my cup of decaf w/half and half, I got a cup of decaf organic tea instead. It really doesn't cut it at this point though. Yesterday, instead of reaching for a yogurt, I ate a mango instead. And another mango, and then a couple of kiwis. I really wanted a banana, but I'm outta bananas .. and I just wasn't satisfied. lol But I did it! I got through another dairy free day. Phew.

My leaky gut thanks me. That's all. I would really like some emoticon with my whine.

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TMBTTLES 4/11/2010 11:04PM

    Keep up the great work~! emoticon

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CINDYTW 4/10/2010 10:38PM

  I am a week dairy and casein free tomorrow! It was hard to give up the cheese! I got coconut milk creamer, almond milk, and coconut milk for coffe and things. They are decent, and I didn't miss my milk TOO much. The vegan cheeses I found are all pretty gross, though. The dog didn't even like em! The good news is my digestive system is better and is on a more normal schedule. I hope it was not really the dairy...I don't wanna give it up forever! emoticon Good luck!

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    You don't leave yourself with much. You have more will power than I do.

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MADAMEAJA 4/10/2010 2:11PM

    I stick mostly with rice and almond milk and add in coconut milk when I want to really rich it up some. But I do eat raw cheeses occasionally and don't have an issue with them. I've been told that the proteins that are changed with homogenation are what causes health problems with dairy, so raw milk and cheeses contain a more digestable protein . . . I'm very suggestible, so I'll go with that. Good luck to you!

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PWVEGAS 4/10/2010 1:46PM

    I'm a big fan of Coconut Milk of course. I like the extra good fat it adds to my diet.

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RHALES199 4/10/2010 1:42PM

    rice milk is good! (I haven't tried almond milk yet, but want to. I can't have soy)

try looking in your health food refrigerated section for brown rice cheese....I've found it at Kroger. Or almond cheese...or soy cheese, if you can have it.

brown rice ice cream is good, too :) (but not for the waistline...).

I've heard of brown rice yogurt, but they don't sell it here where I live.

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    ROFLMBO!! I've always loved that picture though it does mirror my life too often.

I could not live without cheese. And yogurt does help my digestive issues.

They sure have a lot of gluten free foods now. Like you, I prefer real food. LOL.

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The 'Drugs' I Take

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Luucy, I'm ho-ome emoticon! Here's my 'medicine' cabinet:

Well, to me they're supplements to my whole foods diet. This morning on The Today Show Matt Lauer and Dr. Nancy Synderman referred to the supplement INOSITOL as a 'drug' when speaking about new research indicating inositol can turn off lung cancer wanna-be genes. What a crack up.

Hmm, it's not on Medline's list of "I" drugs:

(FWIW, if you don't know me, I, via my doctors, monitor most of these vitamin levels except for the d-ribose, L-carnitine (in the fridge), CoQ10, and milk thistle. I also don't take Natural Calm magnesium anymore because it was found in testing by to have some lead contamination. Natural Calm has not resubmitted samples for testing.)

I'm also hearing a lot of tv diet gurus extoling the virtues of my favorite subject "whole grains" and then mentioning no, not "whole wheat," but gluten-free QUINOA! HA HA HA! Dont' they know that's a fad? :P *sarcasm*

Speaking of drugs, what about food, ie sugars, wheat and dairy that can be drug-like in many unsuspecting people.

The addictive nature of foods and what they can do to your brain neurotransmitters:

Inositol good for people w/OCD and anxiety (including people who smoke?):

"Inositol Treatment of "OCD"

"Inositol, one of the B vitamins, has been found effective in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Inositol is used in biochemical processes that effect serotonin receptors.

A double-blind study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 1996 [153(9):1219-21] was done on 13 patients. They were given 18 grams of inositol per day (2 tsp in juice 3 times daily). At 3 weeks there were no significant effects. At 6 weeks inositol significantly reduced "OCD" scores compared with placebo. It was as effective as some drugs." (wait, I thought inositol was a drug?" :P)

Feed your brain book (awesome brilliant, where has this been all my life?):

emoticon FINALLY. I hereby declare today as Dairy Free Day One (except butta? I don't eat much?) for me (working on repairing my leaky gut). I'm sick of thinking about it. JUST DO IT!!!! I had my morning decaf coffee black this morning. emoticonHere I come green tea emoticon. Easier to do in spring anyway :).

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MARGIE100%PURE 4/19/2010 12:34AM has an awesome liver cleaner that clears all 4 main liver channels, a great 'HM' (Heavy Metal) Chelate for lead and mercury and, cadmium. I cannot do the last since the list if things has pectin. I avoid pectin with sulfites. Fair prices and good answers that back up what you know with a twist. Many of these can be has without fillers and very clean and standardized. Their lab prices are very fair. My last quoted at local lab $202. Docnut price $50. Same tests different initiator. emoticonMy supplement basket is busy too.

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POEKSTER 4/10/2010 5:21AM

    and I thought I ate away a lot of drugs ... nah I use the real addictive ones ... which reminds me I have to take them ... No OCD most definitely LOL. The disaster is of AD(H)D is that you "forget" to take the meds that help you remember why you were walking to the medicine cabinet in the first place LOL emoticon

ps: black hot non sugar coffee is NOT emoticon it's utterly yummy emoticon ... hmmm forgot to drink my coffee as well ... The machine is on the way to the cabinet ... i might be able to get all in me ... its just 4 meters away. I can do this ...

Oops Had to reread this in order to know why I was walkin in the direction of my kitchen emoticon

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SISTERDOE 4/8/2010 10:24PM

    I love your sense of humor, my friend! Great blog.

Gentle hugs,

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GIRLINBRAZIL 4/8/2010 6:20PM

    What a medicine cabinet, girl! I'm so glad I know that you are super knowledgeable about all those bottles!

Take care!


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    I take a multivitamin and d3. You must have some very aromatic pee. LOL.

The TV doctors listen to every tiny preliminary study and jump on it instead of being cautious and waiting for the big guns. This little studies often don't pan out.

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2CATS2LOVE1 4/8/2010 12:13PM

    I am sure you know what you are doing, dear girl. Looks like a lot of "drugs" to be sure. I notice you are taking iron. Do you take a lot of it? Be careful. Supposed to be not good if taken in large doses. Sometimes you can get enough iron from your foods. Keep me posted on this. Thanks, girl!

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RICK1947 4/8/2010 11:57AM

    Just remember that TV shows like the Today Show are for entertainment and are usually inaccurate to some degree.

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HIPPIEFREAK66 4/8/2010 11:44AM

  good luck with the dair free

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Leaky Guts - ew

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Even the villi itself can be leaky.

The results of my long awaited* leaky gut test: My ratio: 9.8.
Ref. range is 2.3 - 12.2 U/g.

“Result within Ref Range, but outside One Standard Deviation (1 S.D. is a stat interval representing 68% of the reference population. Values between 1 and 2 S.D. are not necessarily abnormal. Results are dependent on renal function (mine’s fine). (There’s a graph of a lil hill. The middle of the “hill” is ref. range. My analyte is on the right or downward slope of the range, so “outside 1 S.D.”)

“The lactulose/mannitol ratio is elevated. Although lactulose and mannitol recoveries are both within the ref. range, an elevated ratio is indicative of “leaky gut”, an increased permeability to large molecules between the intestinal epithelial cells. These particles increase the load on the body’s detox system, and may stimulate immune reactivity. Elevations in the lactulose/mannitol ratio have been found in clinical conditions accompanied by enteropathy. These include, IBD, enteric GI infections (viral and bacterial), cow’s milk allergy, celiac disease, NSAID enteropathy and pancreatic insufficiency.”

Rx? Doc says I could still be healing from celiac or have undiagnosed food allergies. I'm to continue with l-glutamine, zinc, fish oil and probiotic supplements, and also include 1g of biotin daily. We’re doing ALCAT testing next to check for food allergies (test sent March 31st). I'd read something about aloe, but forgot to ask. Next visit I'll ask to check my HCL and do I need enzymes.

Per “A leaky gut not only can lead to disruptive symptoms, it has also been connected to other sorts of medical issues, including diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and heart failure, and may even contribute to certain kinds of depression and psychiatric disorders.”

“Digestive symptoms like gas and bloating can be signs of leaky gut, but many other possible symptoms may be difficult to trace back to the scene of the crime — the intestine — because they don’t seem related to digestion. Women might never imagine that joint and muscle pain, cognition problems, unexplained fevers, poor coordination, and even shortness of breath could be signs and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome. And if there is any type of chronic inflammation, I always look to the digestive system for the source of the problem.”

* because I wrote a note that I’d spilled a bit of urine in the toilet, so it wasn’t ALL "totally" collected, my test was diverted to customer care. They called me to question my note, to verify the amount of urine collected (a lot cause I drank two cups of water/hour) and thus my lab was put in the back of the line.

Note to other testers: pee over a bucket or into a larger container than provided to prevent overpeeing?! Collect every drop for accuracy and efficiency.

emoticonUpdate on fibro legs: well, I've been up to taking a full capsule of Travacor since March 6th without the headache side effect. That's great, but my legs aren't responding by feeling "normal." Booo. Late to take the capsule (before 10p), I decided that 11:30p was too late, so didn't take it on April 1st. I felt blue all day on the 2nd. WoW, that surprised me; I won't do it again! I'm going to take it up a notch and take more than one capsule, so will start titrating up my dose tonight until leg pain dissolves. It's got to be possible without headaches, right? Let's hope.

emoticonOther diet thoughts: I'm grateful to have learned what I've learned about low-carb diets because the people there taught me about pancreas health. I'm sure I could learn more, but low-carbing was difficult for me. I could never do the induction phase as I felt too bad/slow/tired. My cholesterol went up. When I did more raw, my cholesterol was mid 150s (LDL was still higher than I wanted but I only did that diet very well for about 2 weeks), and last test mine was 230s I think. I'd have to reread my own blog. Now I know 230s in low-carb world isn't horrible, that the ratio is more important. My ratio 'was' better than say before I was diagnosed celiac and I was in the 230s, that's for sure. BUT, I can't get over how much better and alive I felt eating more veggies and fruit. Fruit raises your triglycerides. I've added back in potatoes for the potassium. As long as my tri's are under the reference range, I'm okay with that, because I FEEL better. Maybe not all Atkins' dieters have low serotonin to begin with like me. Right now I 'need' some carbs for serotonin production.

Bottom line for me is that I'm going back to keeping a clean and healthy liver, so I'm changing up my fats from too much whole fat dairy & nuts/seeds to EFAs, some olives/oil, flax and whatever's in the meat I manage to eat. I kinda think it's funny so many people out there are trying to lessen their meat or go veg/an/etarian and I'm 'trying' to get more meat. I learn about stuff, put it back on the shelf, and go on to learning about something else, but I have to go back to the liver. A clean liver helps detox the body. If the liver's healthy, then it can handle the meat proteins and fats. Old carb daily totals were always 100ish (THEN minus fiber). Now I'm up to avg 150g carb/day (THEN minus fiber). The fiber helps keep down cholesterol.

emoticonI've got bad sleep hygiene and am working on changing my habits/circadian rhythm. I know my neurotransmitters have something to do with it, but have been changing my diet a bit (less yogurt, nuts, seeds ie glutamates). I tend to go to bed late and wake up late, most times with a pee break half-way through. The early bird gets the worm and I ain't got none.
Happy Easter. A bit o'spring has sprung. emoticon

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funny easter bunny pics:

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BANUELOS2148 4/10/2010 12:28AM

    So interesting Dots - gonna go back and re-read!esp. the eating protein (meats) ..I tend to feel so much more satiated with a nice amount of meat with my meal but anywho thanks!

SORRY about the hyper posts!! It kept on kicking me out.

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BANUELOS2148 4/10/2010 12:26AM

    So interesting Dots - gonna go back and re-read!esp. the eating protein (meats) ..I tend to feel so much more satiated with a nice amount of meat with my mealbut anywho thanks!

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KLEONIKI 4/7/2010 6:22AM

    Τhank you for sharing dear friend!
What a nice spring flowery picture you have there!

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JANETX62 4/6/2010 4:05AM

    That is so interesting, thanks for all the information.


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    Lovely picture.

If anyone wants to know what to buy you for a gift I would suggest a fully equipped lab. LOL. My husband would like one too. His dream is that we could examine everything we come in contact with. It's odd but when I was around 23 I wanted to be a medical technologist. The closest school was too far.

When you die I suggest that you be pickled in formaldehyde so you can someday study yourself when you are reincarnated.

You are eating more like I do now. Or trying to. LOL.

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CINDYTW 4/5/2010 9:48PM

  Hi! I was struck by your blog because I used to feel great on low carb diets... until I didn't! I was on and off them for years (because of cheating and being a carb/gluten addict!) I think that marked the damage of my intestines, when I no longer felt good on it. If you feel bad on low carb it may be that you are not able to convert the protien or fat to energy like is supposed to happen. I am still a believer in the low carb lifestyle, I used to be able to drop weight like crazy and feel great, but I can not handle it either right now. I am on more of a "low grain" plan in the meantime and trying to cut myself some slack. I am off dairy for a while too to see if it will help.

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POEKSTER 4/5/2010 6:13AM

    Hapy easter to you too emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 4/4/2010 9:36PM

    That is so true that if your liver is clean and getting enough water that it can handle just about anything. I too am eating more meat and have more energy because of it but if I eat grains I find that my energy goes away. So I will be eating meat and will not give it up. Forget the fake stuff that they try to pass off as meat (tofu), I will stick to the real stuff.

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OUTOFIDEAS 4/4/2010 8:30PM

    Thanks for the info, Dots...and the flowers are gorgeous...are they yours? By the way...what do you know about monoammonium glutamate? I know it is also glutamic acid, an amino acid...protein...flavor enhancer like MSG...but don't seem to be able to find out whether it stimulates a similar gluten response. Do you have any idea? I'm finding it on several products marked "gluten free." (like Herb-Ox "sodium free chicken bouillon")

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