Wednesday, March 09, 2011
MY BAR: cashew butter, almonds, organic dates, almond butter, whey protein, rice protein, organic unsweetened coconut, dried cherries, rice cereal, gf oats, organic vanilla, cinammon, organic ginger, flaxseed, vitamin infusion, maca powder.
Nutrient Label for a 45g or about 1.5oz. or their size Medium.
Total Fat: 14g, Sat Fat 3.5g
Total Carb: 16g
Vit A: 10%, Vit C 110%, Calcium 20%, Iron 15%
I ordered these from Youbar.com in January because I got a groupon for $12.50 off. They were still kind of expensive depending on your budget, but I wanted to try. I'm dangerous and impulsive with gluten-free options that way. :P There are 13 bars/box. ($38.87 for 13 bars = $2.99/bar. Groupon: less 12.50 = $26.37+ s/h)
1. Base - Choose 1 or 2
The base of the bar is your choice of a nut butter (almond, cashew, soynut, peanut) or sunflower seed butter or organic dates. I chose the one they said was "most popular" - cashew butter.
You can click on the choice to see ingredients within that choice (if I'd have read instructions I could have saved a call to the company-doh). The cashew butter ingredients pop-up said "cashews, safflower oil." When I got the bar, the ingredients label said "cashews, canola oil." wah wah. If I wanted canola, I'd have wanted organic at least. Next time I won't even get a nut base, I may try the organic dates. I'm gonna phase out nuts/seeds for a while. Next one: more paleo.
2. Protein Powders - Choose up to 3
No Protein, Organic Rice Protein, Soy Protein, Whey (Milk) Protein (*Recommended)
Choice of Less, Normal, or Extra Protein.
As you build the bar, you can assess nutrition with the handy Nutrition Facts label program on the sidebar as you go - I couldn't get my protein more than 10g, so it must be built in for the size of the bar? Not sure. Maybe I'm wrong; will have to double check at some point.
3. Nuts - Choose up to 2
Wide variety: Almonds (*Most Popular) Cashews (*Recommended) Chia Seeds Hempseeds Organic Flaxseeds Organic Sesame Seeds Organic Soynuts Peanuts Pecans Pumpkin Seeds Sunflower Seeds Walnuts. Choose Less Nuts Normal Nuts Extra Nuts.
4. Dried Fruits & Berries - Choose 1 or 2
No Fruits or Berries, Apples Apricots Cherries (*Most Popular) Organic Black Mission Figs Organic Goji Berries (*Recommended) Organic Raisins Organic Shredded Coconut Organic Sweetened Cranberries Prunes Sweetened Blueberries. Choice of Less Fruit Normal Fruit Extra Fruit.
5. Sweeteners - Choose up to 2
Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Clover Honey (*Most popular &*Recommended). Choice of Not Too Sweet Normal Sweetness Very Sweet.
6. Seasonings, Chocolate & Other Tasty Additions - Choose up to 4
No Seasoning, Carob Powder, Chocolate Chips (*Most Popular), Cinnamon, Coffee Crystals, Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, Organic Cacao Nibs, Organic Ginger, Organic Maca Powder Vanilla Extract.
7. Grains/Cereals - Choose up to 2
No Grains/Cereals, "Galaxy Granola", Crunchy Rice Cereal - For crispiness. (*Recommended) Oat Bran - For chewiness and high fiber
8. Infusions - Choose 1
No Infusions, All-One Vitamin Infusion, Fiber Infusion, Greens Infusion (Spirulina), Stevia
1. Choices, choices! The combinations of bar recipes are great. You're likely not as picky as me, so will have MORE choices!
2. The company (and rep, Joel) is super accommodating. I'm sure because I ordered these w/a groupon, they were slammed with orders. They are a small business. I called because I wanted them by a certain date, and I got them - thanks!
3. You can write up special requests re: gluten-freeness. Their oats ARE gluten free, their oat bran is NOT. I ordered oat bran if it was gf, but since it was not they subbed the gf oats. Therefore there was a difference between my label online vs the label on the bar. Joel said to refer to the label on the bar as most accurate.
Can't taste them first! lol This first recipe wasn't to die for because I didn't use sweetener. But I'm glad to have them in my purse when I need them.
FYI: Youbar About Us Page: bit.ly/ettMQ7
Build a Bar Page: bit.ly/dWpOev
Make your own recipes: bit.ly/fe1ZqV
Monday, March 07, 2011
(Boobie Wrap $35 from Lourdesoftheflies, LA, CA via etsy: etsy.me/dO9afD if you're interested! what will they think of next?!)
Quick share: Let us not be shy. Everybody has 'em. And my 'breastses' have changed. Wish I could say they're young and perky, but alas, it's more clinical.
I remember painting the exterior of our house around 1998-ish, the next day I had a breast lump which hurt. I'd been on a ladder, reaching odd ways and contorting so as not to have to move the ladder (hey, I was tired). I thought I might have pulled something. I 'mammogramed' to verify the lump wasn't more serious. I learned I had benign calcifications, or lumpy breasts. True, true. OB-GYN mentioned it again a few years ago during a routine exam. True again, they do seem a lot more tender prior to "TOM." He told me about caffeine, but I thought, "Hm, I "only" drink one cup a day" and had no intention of giving it up. BUT, I kept it in the back of my mind.
The mammogram looked similar to this: bit.ly/ev71ai
I can tell you with certainty that my breasts DO NOT have lumps or cyclical pain anymore. No knots, nothing, just fat/tissue. :) Whyforhowcome, right?
I surmise it's my lack of caffeine and dairy.
Women to Women has a nice article: bit.ly/gvV0UK
Google search: 'caffeine breast calcification': bit.ly/eG5q3f
Google search: 'dairy breast calcification': bit.ly/fWVJMB
Just another anecdotal story.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Have I ever mentioned Dogtor J? I think I have, but I must again. His blogs have enlightened me since 2006, so I want to pay him forward. Someone in a Diet and Nutrition thread asked about people's thoughts on milk and I wanted to back up my experience on how depression lessened off the drug of dairy. I shared this link after a quick google search for casomorphins. One link was for Oprah? I wondered why Oprah would have ANYTHING as controversial as this topic (the public seemed to not appreciate the vegan stuff), so I checked out the link. Oh, of course, it's in the comment section: and was written by my Dogtor J, celiac veterinarian. Nary a comment to his brilliant share either. I wonder what people thought if they read it? A lot of people I hang with already get this, but if this is new to you, please share your initial thoughts. I'd love to know!
CASOMORPHINS AND GLIADOMORPHINS
The morphine-like substances, casomorphins and gliadomorphins, which we derive from dairy and wheat respectively, are critical to our understanding of the power of these two foods in our health and well-being.
Casomorphins are formed during our attempt to digest casein, the glycoprotein that makes up 80-86% of the protein content of cow's milk (versus 0-2% of goat's milk). It is this same protein that can induce villous atrophy of the duodenum (intestinal lining damage) and a malabsorption syndrome similar to that seen in celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. It is casein that is used by Borden to make Elmer's Glue.
The gliadomorphins are derived from gliadin, one of the main proteins found in the gluten grains (wheat, barley, and rye). Gluten is also used to make industrial adhesives, as are soy and corn. All four of these foods are capable of damaging the lining of the intestinal tract and leading to the malabsorption of calcium, iron, iodine, B complex, C, and trace minerals (e.g. zinc, magnesium, lithium, boron, and more). This malabsorption syndrome contributes greatly to the ill health of the brain (and immune system), setting the stage for the action of these food-derived opiods.
Both casomorphins and gliadomorphins are morphine-like opiods that have been likened to drugs like LSD. They can be very sedating and addictive and help to explain why 75% of the calories in the standard American diet (S.A.D.) come from wheat and dairy alone. Food addiction is a very real thing and these opiods play a huge role.
As many of you know and have expressed, autistic children are very addicted to wheat and dairy, which is consistent with the tenet that we become addicted to what will make us ill (cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and food ). There are no healthy addictions and food is no exception. If an individual feels that they cannot give up cheese or bread, then they are very likely to be having a problem with one of these foods. I talk with people like this all of the time and can use that dependency to help them see that those very foods are a major contributor to their IBS, arthritis, asthma, depression/chronic fatigue, or other typical signs associated with food intolerance. And withdrawal from these foods can lead to classic drug-withdrawal symptoms.
These sedating compounds are also the single biggest contributing factor to post-meal drowsiness. I have proven this in my own life as I used to become extremely sleepy after meals starting in my late 30's. My wife was beginning to think I was a narcoleptic. I would literally pass out during our favorite TV show. I no longer exhibit this annoying and even dangerous symptom now that I am gluten and dairy-free. In fact, it has been stated that more people die from falling asleep at the wheel while driving than from alcohol-related accidents. What could be doing this? What could keep us from doing the most important thing (staying awake) while driving down the Interstate at 65-80 mph? Now we know. Throw alcohol into the mix and we have a tragic situation just waiting to happen.
We need to become very familiar with these two terms. Sadly, I have yet to casually meet anyone who was knowledgeable about these substances during the seven years I have been reading about them...not a doctor nor a lay person. That is amazing to me. And yet they play a vital role in the lives of the multitudes, contributing to autistic symptoms, food addiction, clinical depression, chronic fatigue, caffeine addiction, highway deaths, and more.
Amaze your friends! Commit these to memory and talk about them at dinner parties. You'll be the focus of attention. Now, "Go have some nice, warm milk and get a good night's sleep". Talk about knowing something without really KNOWING it."
He cracks me up: "Amaze your friends! Commit to memory and talk about them at dinner parties." Love it. Yeah, they'll remember you alright - lol
bit.ly/i655HL Oprah link. His new site: bit.ly/ftQtp3 , his old one (he's chattier, and I like that): bit.ly/feoPUa
Friday, February 11, 2011
Listen to Dr. O'Bryan, then decide about the tests below: Slides: bit.ly/DrTomPart1 ,
or Listen only, no slides (does not include testing info): bit.ly/f0hiD9
Recently got a mass email from Dr. Tom O'Bryan because the food sensitivity tests he has been promising for a few years are finally available.
Ask your doctor or health practitioner to open an account with this new lab: bit.ly/cyrexlabs .
Learn more at Dr. O'Bryan's site: thedr.com . More info on specific tests here: bit.ly/cyrextests
"Over the last few years, we have seen the correlation of Gluten Sensitivity as a common initiator of multiple pathologies. From Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to Hepatocellular Carcinoma [liver cancer], from Migraines to Recurrent Pancreatitis, from Cardiomyopathy to numerous autoimmune diseases, we have seen the association of sensitivity to this protein of wheat, rye and barley with the initial manifestation of multiple pathophysiologies."
"Gluten has to have significantly destroyed the gut wall for current blood testing to be effective. For the majority of people that isn't the case...especially if the brain, heart, liver, or some other part of the body is the main target of attack.
A very recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition screened 5,000 children with a saliva test to see how it compared to the blood tests. Their Conclusion? It was as good as the best blood test to screen for Celiac Disease..."
Tests Now Available:
$150 - Array 1: Gluten Sensitivity Screen bit.ly/glutentest1
The most research-validated 'screen' of Gluten Sensitivity (oral fluids)
$230 - Array 2: Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen bit.ly/intestinaltest2
Finally a test that will identify antigenic Intestinal Permeability
$360 - Array 3: Wheat/Gluten Proteome Sensitivity & Autoimmunity bit.ly/peptidestest3
There are multiple peptides of gluten that are antigenic. Until now, we have only been able to test one - gliadin. Now we can test for 10 gluten peptides.
$260 - Array 4: Gluten-Associated Sensitivity and Cross-Reactive Foods bit.ly/crossreactivetest4
When a patient doesn't 'feel like a million dollars' on a GFD, are they ingesting foods that cross-react with gluten? Now the Array is available looking at 24 of these foods.
$575 - Array 5: Which parts of the body are affected by a gluten-sensitivity?
People typically shrug off the possibility of a gluten sensitivity by saying, "I don't have any digestive problems." Little do they know that gluten produces digestive symptoms in only a minority of people (1 out of 8). For the majority gluten damages the brain, the heart, the skin, the respiratory tract, or the joints.
Already gluten-free? Q&A about gluten challenge for testing: bit.ly/eoPD22
Canadian testing will be available early next year!
Friday, February 11, 2011
I'm in correspondence with a "fibromaniac" who is a celiac. She knows not of the correlation between not only celiac, but leaky gut and dairy, sugars, additives, you know, the stuff I've written about avoiding for fibro. She's a breath of fresh air, though, because she understands the gut and is open to slowly changing her diet. She loves dairy and drinks alcohol. She asked me what happens when I have any of the AVOID foods. Well, I've been too fearful to try, but decided to try just for her (and to answer my own curiosity):
1. Three days ago I tried 1 cup of 0% organic Oikos plain yogurt thinking that full-fat would be more inflammatory:
Within hours my left leg was in slight pain, above the knee - the subtle fibro ache I'd almost forgotten was noticeable and tolerable, by old standards. My ham strings are sore and stiff when I bend.
2. Today I made Elana's Pantry's carrot cake for DH's bday (almond meal, carrots, raisins, walnuts, 1/3c agave - yuck, but i used it), and with cream cheese/butter/powdered sugar icing (wicked stuff):
Within an hour my left leg quad is aching way higher than above just the knee, and now my right knee area is hurting. The sugar made my throat GERDy, too. Blech.
It has been two hours, and now my left arm is aching and my left calf is aching, too. *argh*
edit to add: AND I GOT A ZIT on the left side of my chin! huff.to/f6WGcM
I am not ready to reintroduce these foods for sure. Another science experiment done. FAIL. :P
I hope I don't reverse the leaky gut protocol the nutritionist has me trying right now. I realized I never really mentioned what that was, so maybe by my mentioning it, someone else could share the idea with their own health practitioner. I've read most celiacs have low stomach acid and might benefit from taking betaine. I asked the MD which came first, the chicken or egg in this regard, ie, do celiacs have low stomach acid to begin with, or does eating gluten have something to do with it? He said he didn't know.
I listened to Suzanne Somers on Rosie O'Donnell's radio show. She said that eating meat with antibiotics also ruins your gut flora setting one up for leaky gut. Huh. I doubt there're many people out there who've not eaten gluten with their meat, but interesting.
One hour prior to eating breakfast and dinner:
Take 1 5g scoop of Xymogen GlutAloeMine in 2-4oz water
Take 1 Metagenics CandiBactrin-BR (for 2 days, then 2 for 2 days, then 3 thereafter)
Take 1 Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus probiotic
Take 1 Bromelain
Do this for 1-3 weeks or until the CandiBactrin bottle is empty. This was about three weeks for me. Then:
Take 1 Metagenics CandiBactrin-AR immediately before one meal. (strong herbal)
1 Hour before meal: Continue taking a scoop of Xymogen's GlutAloeMine
Continue Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus.
Continue taking Bromelain
After all protein meals, take enough betaine to just before the "burn" to help digest protein. I took too much betaine last night (changed brands/doses) and woke up with a burn in my esophagus. I took my GlutAloeMine early, and it helped, thank goodness. :) I saved you about $300 in nutritionist appts by sharing that. :)
I hope to keep you posted on my fibromaniac friend. My fingers are crossed that she will graduate into fibro freedom.
DH is home for some minor surgery. YaY? lol I've been enjoying his company and not online as much. I'm out the door at 6am, so I best end this shorty entry. Peace out SP buds. Keep up the good fight! I have faith in you.
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