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3rd day without wheat or gluten, run in the wind

Monday, January 30, 2012

After getting a lot less sleep last night because of the wind I was not sure how that would affect my running.
I ended up running 5.5 miles as planned, speed 4.2 mph, on the slow side for sure, and I felt hungry for carbs half-way through the run. I'm wondering if that is just the power of suggestion or maybe some wheat withdrawal. Pulse was at 132, on the low end.
I also did some walking with the dogs and ended up burning about 1000 calories total through exercise.

Breakfast was full-fat yogurt, blueberries, banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, about 600-700 calories.
After the run I had very little time so had a coconut water and a few tablespoons of vanilla ice cream, about 200 calories total.
In the late afternoon I got hungry and made myself a 3 egg omelett with radish greens, cooked in coconutoil, some rice crackers with hummus, total calories about 800.
At dinner time I had a pear and a big mug of mint tea with honey, some almond butter and an apple, calories about 300, total for the day about 2000
I'm not hungry for any other snacks.

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KKINNEA 2/1/2012 10:55AM

    Nice, looks like you're adjusting well.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/31/2012 11:07PM

    I believe the calcium leaching is not the case with raw dairy but I will have to read more on that.

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DEC2DEC 1/31/2012 10:31AM

    My Paleo friend is also a triathlete. She eats sweet potato when she is planning a big exertion.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 1/31/2012 6:16AM

    I've read too much about dairy's carcinogenic properties to ever want it again. Also it leaches calcium FROM the body instead of giving calcium TO the body. No thanks!

If you are wanting more calcium eat more greens. The best way to do that is in a green smoothie. Ask me about this if it tweaks your interest.

You need honest to goodness 100% fuel for your body when you are working it so hard. Take a look at a different source for that fuel. Please!

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2nd day without wheat or gluten

Monday, January 30, 2012

I've read several more chapters of the book "Wheat Belly" and learned that about one in 133 people in the US (and other wheat eating countries probably) have celiac disease but only 10% are diagnosed. Only about half of them have the more typical symptoms of gastrointestinal cramping, diarrhea etc. the other half have anemia, migraine headaches, arthritis, neurological symptoms, infertility, short stature (in children), depression, chronic fatigue or later in life gastrointestinal cancer.
Another interesting piece of info from the book was that the author recommends against eating special "gluten-free" products like tapioca starch, potato starch, rice flour etc. because while these things are gluten-free they are extremely high on the glycemic index and are a very bad idea for people who have diabetes or want to lose weight. When I talked to a friend who is diabetic he informed me that diabetics who desperately need sugar because of risk of insulin-shock can be given french fries or other potato starch.

My second wheat and gluten-free (I'm not eating barley or rye either) day went well.
My breakfast yesterday was a big bowl full of plain full-fat yogurt with apple, banana, walnuts and rolled oats.
Lunch was a some chicken breast, green beans and a few raisins for a sweet treat.
In the afternoon I got hungry, probably because my lunch was slightly rushed and was pretty low in calories for what I typically eat. My afternoon snack was some kale salad, bought at the food coop, and a full-fat cup of vanilla yoghurt (18 grams sugar) .
We only had dinner a little late and I was getting hungry. I had 2 fairly big crepes made with buckwheat and corn flours filled with two thick slices of pepperjack cheese and a bowl-full of mixed sprouts. After dinner I felt like fruit and ate a satsuma orange.
Again no desire for sweets or anything else after dinner.
I drank lots of green and herbal tea throughout the day along with water.

Again I only got minimal exercise in because of time constraints and weather. About 1 mile of running and another mile of walking (if you count the half mile through the mall).
Today is my day off so I'm hoping to fit more exercise in. After a very windy night that kept me up for a couple of hours I'm hoping to get a good run and some extra walking in today.

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-LINDA_S 1/30/2012 6:55PM

    I'm working on some quinoa I cooked the other day. I think it beats the gluten stuff, but I'm trying to keep pretty much all grains to a minimum. Good luck to you and I hope you get some positive results.

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JERIBERI1 1/30/2012 1:59PM

    I do eat quinoa. I usually go a month or so, and by then my stomach has calmed down and I think, "What the heck. A biscuit won't hurt." But it does hurt, so I quit the gluten again. Then it takes another couple of weeks to work that biscuit out of my system. I do make my own almond flour for baking. It's very yummy. I haven't had any gluten in a couple of weeks now.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/30/2012 1:46PM

    Other things to try that are gluten-free are quinoa, millet, amaranth and teff, both as whole-grain cereals and ground into flour. Many people with celiac can tolerate organic corn and oats. And then there are nut and bean flours, too. Nut flours can be expensive. If I were gluten intolerant I would probably save to buy a grain mill and grind my own. Millet is the least expensive gluten-free grain. I pay about $1.20/lb when buying in bulk.
Part of liking the taste of different grains than wheat is not to expect them to taste like wheat, they are not wheat-substitutes, they are delicious when prepared right. Many work better for flat-breads and pancakes than for loaf breads. There are many ways to eat without using sandwiches. Try to experiment with lots of different grains.

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JERIBERI1 1/30/2012 1:10PM

    I have really cut back on my gluten, although I haven't totally eliminated it. Gluten does very bad things to me. I've found I don't care for buckwheat, not at all. I do use rice flour. I have no problem with being diabetic, and I'm not really looking to lose weight. I haven't found any good gluten free substitutes for bread. They all taste gross and disgusting to me.

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Reading "Wheat Belly" and 1st day without wheat

Sunday, January 29, 2012

It was pretty easy so far. I stepped on the scales yesterday morning and my weight was down one pound to 139. So this will be my baseline.
I started out with buckwheat pancakes made with buckwheat flour, duck eggs and milk, and added blueberries, a teaspoon of honey and walnuts as well as a cup of green tea.
Lunch was on the late side, away from home, but I decided to eat slowly. A cup of homemade- type Chili with grassfed beef, organic black and kidney beans and corn and tomatoes, served at our local food coop. After lunch a cup of decaf with lots of half-and half. My daughter and I shared a gluten-free brownie mid-afternoon on the way back home and when I got home I had a little plain full-fat yoghurt to make sure that the sugar did not lead to an insulin spike.
At night I found out to my surprise that I was not hungry. This is very unusual for me, especially after having had some sugar hours before. We started watching a movie and around 8 pm I decided I'd better eat something or I'd get really hungry shortly before bedtime. I had a cup of tea and a small bowl-full of raw sugar snap peas. That's all, just something to crunch on. I went to bed around 9:30pm not feeling hungry at all. emoticon
Can't wait to see if that was coincidence.
This morning I noticed that my feet and lower legs did not feel slightly swollen for the first minute after getting out of bed, something that I had attributed to the running I am doing. After this I read in one of the posts on the "Wheat Belly" group that someone else mentioned swelling in the legs going away. emoticon
My weight was down about another 1/2 pound this morning but much too early to draw conclusions, since I did not eat much dinner.
I should add that I did not do so well in the exercise department yesterday, only 1 hour of walking instead of two. I guess I'll call that my rest day.
Planning on a shorter run today, probably 5 miles if it's not too windy.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/31/2012 5:10PM

    I am a classic wheat belly and puffy face for that matter if I eat anything with wheat. I also have very swollen fingers in the morning too. I do find that Spelt is alright for me so use that to make my bread etc.
I really hope you can stick at it and avoid wheat as they seem to seek it into all sorts.

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SISTERDEAR 1/29/2012 10:53PM

    Hope this works for you! emoticon

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    When I first went wheat free I lasted 8 months and the I just had to have a sandwich. I ate bread for 3 days and my ankles and feet swelled so badly that I could barely walk. I then read an article on Celiac Disease that stated: The filial in the intestines cannot absorb nutrients properly and this can cause you to have malnutrition.

One of the symptoms of malnutrition is the swelling of the feet. To get tested for Celiac all you need is to request if of your doctor and it is a blood test.

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DEC2DEC 1/29/2012 1:35PM

    I never had anything I recognized as symptoms, but I've found being off wheat has made a big difference. Where I really notice, though, is when I go back on! For the first few days I'll actually feel like I have arthritis, particularly in my hands, and my physical strength -- the amount of weight I can lift during a workout -- drops dramatically.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/29/2012 1:34PM

    For those who did not see this yet, there is a spark group devoted to the book "Wheat Belly". It's small but I think it will grow quickly. You can find it from my spark page team listings.

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LIVE4THETRAIL 1/29/2012 1:09PM

    Great post. I am slowly taking wheat out of my diet. Got a real problem with bread. So i am trying to replace it with healthy substitutes.

Thank you for sharing.


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HOUNDLOVER1 1/29/2012 1:01PM

    Thanks for the feedback, I have not been tested for any allergies since I did not think I had any allergy symptoms. I may have to rethink that as I'm learning more about it. There seem to be different tests for contact and food allergies.

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TAMPATINK67 1/29/2012 12:54PM

    Looking forward to tracking your progress!

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HJFOGARTY 1/29/2012 12:32PM

    wow that is great - do you have an allergy to wheat or just trying to figure things out? they just told us our grand daughter may be allergic to dairy and eggs so we are going to try to limit those items for us and avoid them for her til we see the allergist - but I then want to try to change things up - after reading about allergies and the symptoms - sometimes it isn't an allergy but an intollerance or build up of junk our bodies just can't process easily - so I'm going to limit dairy for 2 weeks then slowly add it back in and note any changes - then I'm going to do the same for glutin - and see how that goes - so I'll be interested to see how your changes go for you. continue to take care of you and know that you are a great inspiration! thanks for sharing

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1/27/2012 Long run and some weight loss plans

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I did my long run today, distance covered is 8.4 miles in 2 hours, average speed 4.2 mph and average heart rate 132. This is slower than what I was hoping for but given that I hardly ran in the last two weeks and missed two long runs I can't complain.
Exercising less and giving in to a few temptations these last few weeks has added another two pounds to my weight and I decided I want to lose as much of that as possible before the half-marathon since every pound I'm not carrying around should make me a little faster. Of course losing weight is harder while training so I will only reduce my calories a litte, maybe down to about 2200, but I won't count, just estimate, and I will reduce grain and beans by eating smaller servings while increasing raw veggies.
Ideally I'd like to lose 10 lbs. in 5 weeks but that is probably unrealistic in that short a time and given the amount of time I have to exercise, so I'll be happy if I lose 6, down to 134 lbs.
I will weigh myself daily, but know that daily variations can be several pounds depending on water intake,hormones etc. , so I will mostly be looking at the weekly average.
I've started reading the book "Wheat belly" which talks about the role that wheat (of the modern variety) has in keeping people from losing weight. We have been on a gluten-free (and therefore wheat-free) diet since the beginning of the year, but I did allow myself a few servings of wheat during that time so I'm planning to leave out all gluten for the next 5 weeks to see how that works for me.
Of course I do burn more calories by running longer distances now, today it was about 900 calories for the long run and the other two runs of 5-6 miles each should be around 600 calories each for a total of 2100 calories from running. In addition I will increase my walking to a regular time of 2 hours 3 times/week on the non-running days up from 1 hour which should let me burn about another 1400 calories a week. This should result in weight loss of about 1 lb./week just from the additional exercise.
This will be an interesting experiment.
Another thing that should help is that I'm getting much better about getting to bed earlier and getting up when the sun comes up. Sleeping better and more should help my overall energy level and make it easier to eat less.
As far as my running for the next 5 weeks I'm still trying to make up my mind if I want to increase my distance by about a mile each week, making my long runs significantly over 2 hours or if I should just continue to do 2 hour long runs and see if my time improves.
I know that either way I should have no trouble covering 13.1 miles, in fact I could have run quite a bit longer today if it hadn't gotten cold and dark.

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MOBYCARP 1/28/2012 6:43PM

    I had hoped to be able to do a long run this weekend, but my body is still saying, "not yet." I do miss seeing those 1000+ calories burned messages when I put the runs into the exercise tracker; not that I trust the calculation all that much.

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MARTHASPARKS 1/28/2012 10:49AM

    I'm going to check out Wheat Belly. Your calorie count is well in line with your activity to lose that weight. Glad that the 13.1 training is going so well.

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KRISZTA11 1/28/2012 3:39AM

    Sounds great!
Eating less + running/walking more must create a calorie deficit for sure.
Good luck!

During my past diets, when I counted calories, even 2000 calories a day seemed insanely much, an orgy of food that leads to obesity.
Now I see that 2000 calories are good for my maintenance as long as I stay active (despite my sedentary job).
With your amount of exercise and physical work, 2200 sounds good for weight loss.

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3 hours at the dentist

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I had another amalgam filling removed. 7 down, 4 to go. I'm hoping that as my body will soon have to deal with a lot less mercury that this will have a positive influence on my overall health and fitness. I decided to skip my run today since three hours in a dentist chair is enough stress on my body for one day. emoticon
I'm still planning to learn more about heavy metal detox and will have to do some work to find out more about testing for that. The doctor who was going to my support system was forced to retire due to his own health problems so I'm going to have to spend some time looking around for a new one who is not too far away.
I hope to get a run in tomorrow, if necessary on the treadmill.

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AFINEMESS 1/25/2012 2:03PM

    I have plenty of mercury in my mouth also, first appointment to the dentist : TOMORROW! It's on it's way out for me too :)

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MARTHASPARKS 1/25/2012 11:39AM

    This toxicity is a serious problem fo many people. Mine are almost completely redone now.

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TAMPATINK67 1/25/2012 10:14AM

    emoticon - dental work... Glad your doing the right thing for your long term health....

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/25/2012 10:08AM

    For anyone who is considering having amalgam removed: Make sure that your dentist knows the proper procedure to remove it without your getting exposed to the vapors, at least a rubber dam and a vaccuum, especially for people who maybe have symptoms of heavy-metal toxicity. Surprisingly the visit was not that unpleasant. If the dentist is careful in numbing all the necessary areas and numbing the skin with a solution first there should be very little pain. Knowing this ahead of time will also help you relax and a patient who is painfree is easier for the dentist to work on. emoticon

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KANOE10 1/25/2012 7:48AM

    I sympathise with you ..3 hrs at the dentist..Your jaw must be sore. I have a 2 hr apt coming up which I am dreading. Hope you get a good run in today.

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YICHE12 1/25/2012 6:50AM

    This is food for thought for me too! Goodness, I should be asking my dentist about this also. Hope you get to run today! Hugs.

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60SIXTY 1/25/2012 4:05AM

    I have wondered about whether I have mercury in my mouth.
Sounds like it requires a lot to go through this.

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KRISZTA11 1/25/2012 3:56AM

    It is amazing how many years the old amalgam fillings hold up...
I have only one left and it's at least 20 years old.
They were a good technology in their time,
but it's good to have these new high-tech filling materials instead.
They are strong and pretty, and dentists can rebuild entire teeth with them, not only fill cavities.

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