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A great long run with low-carb breakfast and a half mint brownie

Monday, February 06, 2012

I knew it was time for another long run today. This whole week I did not do that much running. It was partly difficult to find the time and my energy levels felt a little low so I only did a short mid-week run of about 3 miles.
Since I knew that training with the Maffetone method for several months now had prepared my body to burn more fat for fuel I decided to eat a fairly low-carb breakfast of yogurt, 1/3 banana, some cranberries and nuts.
I went out for my run about two hours later on a nice country road with wheat fields on both sides that only have stubble on them this time of year (looks like some of the farmers are doing the no-till method now). The road surface was chip-sealed and there were some hills. It was a beautiful run in sunny weather and it got warm enough that I could take my windbreaker off and run in just a t-shirt. I felt like I had a good level of energy today. On the way back I saw a Bald Eagle soaring overhead, the first time ever in our area and about a week after someone saw one in our town, and I could not take my eyes off him, making me run backwards for a little bit to watch.
My half-marathon is now just under 4 weeks away and I ran 10 miles today.
It took me 2hrs. 20 min. exactly, average speed about 4.3 mph, average heart rate was 135 bpm, but most of it was lower than that. I felt so good at the end that I decided to speed up a little for the last mile and let my heart rate slowly increase until it was up to 153 bpm at the end of my run. I was still not tired nor out of breath when I finished which felt great.
Later in the day I ran a few more miles with the dogs so I know I've done about a total of 13 miles today and I still have no soreness in my legs at all, I'll have to see how I feel tomorrow.
I burned around 1400 calories through exercise today.

My eating has definitely shifted away from grains/starches this week. I've included several servings of vegetables/day, about 2/3 of it raw, and to my surprise have not missed bread. My husband likes some more grain and probably needs the calories but I've really never liked plain-tasting foods.
Today I had some great salads for lunch at our co-op deli: kale slaw, cabbage/sesame/nut salad and a chicken-mango-veggie salad, all grain free. Afterwards I decided that after all that running I deserved a little treat and bought a small gluten-free mint brownie. Of course it still had a fair amount of sugar in it. It was delicious, but the amazing thing (for me anyhow) is, that I really enjoyed it but was quite happy to eat only half of it, saving the other half for my daughter. I can't remember ever not having finished a really good brownie. emoticon
I did not get too hungry for dinner, either, and had some spiced ground beef and an arugala/tomato salad.
Tomorrow is my day off and hopefully we'll be able to go ice skating and if the weather is good I'll try to take my horse out for a ride.

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    What a completely need day. Isn't it weird to lack a compulsion to finish something, even as you realize, "This is delicious!" It's like the littlest kids eat.

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LISEIGHT 2/6/2012 3:24PM

    WOW! I guess I had the opposite type of day, as i scoffed a fair bit! yet I am realisingthat my taste buds seem to have changed, as I find manythings too sugary. I will be back ontrack tomorrow, as I have now removed (by eating sadly) the temptors! I think there are a few more lurking around, i shall not hunt them down, and if I findthem, i shall send them packing!
Great news on your run, enjoy the next 4 weeks of training!

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KRISZTA11 2/6/2012 1:26PM

    Wow, you had great workouts and a wonderful day.

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KKINNEA 2/6/2012 12:02PM

    Nice job, this is all really coming together for you!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/6/2012 11:41AM

you make such a good point about doing reruns of good days. I guess we just need to make good plans for future days and hope for the best, LOL.
As far as appetite I have really seen a huge difference with giving up wheat. It did NOT take any willpower to stop eating that brownie. A truly new experience for me that will work as long as I eat slowly and enjoy every bite I do have. emoticon

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MARTHASPARKS 2/6/2012 10:26AM

    I really enjoy your blogs and the imagery of this one's run was so lovely.

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PATTYCAKE17 2/6/2012 8:42AM

    Great blog. Don't you just wish you could frame days like the one you just had and pull it out for a rerun whenever it's needed? It's so amazing on those days, when your appetite seems non-existent and only requires the bare necessities! You made some great choices! emoticon

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BEAGLEMAMA2 2/6/2012 8:25AM

    This was very motivating to me. That was awesome on the brownie...I give you great credit on that one!

Bald eagles are awesome...we have a few around here and when we were in
AK they were EVERYWHERE! You have to be very careful with small animals out there because they swoop down and grab them for food! emoticon

Great going today!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/6/2012 8:08AM

    YASYAYAYAYAY! on the brownie and the run!! good going!

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SEDGEY 2/6/2012 2:31AM

    It must be the day for treats. I had some almond butter toffee. It's wonderful to just be able to really enjoy a small treat.

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GLC2009 2/6/2012 2:27AM

    hello fellow horse and dog lover.
the weather here has been wonderful too. i went for a ride yesterday for the first time in a few weeks (i'm not a die hard anymore, so, when it's raining or really cold, we just do ground work or a good grooming).
tomorrow i will get my excercise by going to pick up a load of hay. throwing those bales is always a good way to burn a few calories.
i've stopped eating bread and pasta and such too. although this weekend i indulged cuz i found some low carb tortillas and had to try them. they were delicious.
still wading through 'good calories, bad calories' and looking forward to 'wheat belly'

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Wheat - Don't alter God's design ; this story is getting personal

Friday, February 03, 2012



Harvested Wheat field


I feel a little like a traitor writing this.
We have lived surrounded by wheat fields for 20 years now. My daughter has grown up playing with our dogs in the wheat fields around us and riding her horse through the same fields after harvest. We have sat and watched many beautiful sunsets from the hills around us with the ripe wheat in the foreground and on many occasions we have snacked on some grain in the process.
Some of my friends are wheat farmers and I have broken bread (wheat) with them many times. They are caring people who have old-fashioned values and they see themselves as responsible stewards of their land which is in this area usually several thousands acres. They rotate crops by planting barley, legumes like peas, lentils and garbanzos and occasionally canola and alfalfa to return nitrogen back to the soil. The majority have not planted a lot of GMO crops yet. They might plant GMO wheat around the perimeter of their crops so that if they have to spray the ditches around the fields for noxious weeds as required by law they will not kill any wheat in the process. Some will not plant some of their fields for a number of years (CRP) and will be paid by the federal government for this. CRP land is often planted with local grasses and gives native wild life a chance to survive.
One or two have tried to plant some organic wheat on a field that had been used for alfalfa the previous couple of years and had therefore not been sprayed. We bought their hay to use for bedding for our horse, our ducks and our rabbits.
Most of the wheat grown around here is not grown for bread but for pasta and is referred to as hard wheat (triticum durum). The wheat that William Davis is most concerned about in his book "Wheatbelly" is the kind that is used for bread which is an offspring of Triticum Aestivum that has only been bred in the last 50 years through modern hybridization techniques.
The most basic and original form of wheat according to Davis is Einkorn which was harvested wild about 10.000 years ago, The evolutionary successor of Einkorn was Emmer (Triticum Turgidum) which was the wheat of ancient Egypt. Emmer wheat naturally crossed with another grass and resulted in Triticum Aestivum, which is the closest to modern bread wheat. Triticum durum is genetically closer to Emmer.
Since the 1940's there were efforts to increase the yields of wheat to feed more people worldwide and by the 1980's these efforts had brought wheat with huge seed heads that would have made the wheat plant buckle and impossible to harvest if wheat had not also been bred for very short stalks. This reduced the growing season required, the amount of fertilizer needed and the amount of "useless" stalk. This semi-darf wheat makes up 99% of all wheat grown worldwide.
Along with the desired changes in wheat, however came some unintended changes. It was found that wheat gluten proteins can change with hybridization, resulting in new gluten
proteins that are not present in either parent strain of wheat. Some of these express more genes for gluten proteins associated with celiac disease.
Another characteristic that distinguishes wheat from other sources of starches is an ingredient called Amylopectin A which makes wheat much faster to digest than other starches and leads to a surge in blood sugar that can be worse than table sugar (sucrose).
There are more changes that have been made to modern wheat and some of the results of these changes may not be known yet. The second part of the book "Wheat Belly" makes connections between wheat and many kinds of illness.
I'm coming back to my title of this blog: Don't alter God's design. You can insert the word nature for God if you like, but one thing seems to be clear, when humans start tinkering with food they may not always be able to foresee the consequences of their actions.
The thought of not altering God's design is not my idea. It comes from the book by Rex Russell "What the Bible says about Healthy Living" and is second of 3 principles in this book.
The other two principles are "Eat the foods God created for you" and "Don't let any food or drink become your God". It's hard to follow the 3rd rule without following the second one.

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NICCIMC 2/6/2012 12:21AM

    My family have gone gluten/wheat free for a few reasons, including reduced effects of autism. I have noticed big changes when I eat something even whole wheat! I'm all for running Montasanto out of business! Local co-op foods are much better, but sometimes in MT we can't get local fresh produce during the winter. Little by little we all can change the way food is grown and yes, it's by the fork and $ first.

Thanks for sharing.

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SEDGEY 2/5/2012 3:17PM

    Just a point of interest on the wheat topic, our local extension service (Washington State Univ. but here on the west side) has a very comprehensive wheat research program. One of the things they're working on is bringing back perennial wheat. When I was there for a baking conference, I saw the gorgeous 6 foot tall stalks! They're also working on hard wheat varieties that will grow here on the west side and they're generally playing around with the older varieties as well. I picked up some Club Wheat, which is a short grain soft wheat. I look forward to grinding it up and making biscuits. They've also been instrumental in encouraging the east side farmers in the beautiful Palouse to practice no-till farming and various other practices that reduce the need for pesticides and keep them away from GMO strains.

I may be practicing the Primal lifestyle, but I'm still a baker (both hobby and professional) so I'm not able to leave wheat behind completely. ;)

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PATTYCAKE17 2/5/2012 9:56AM

    Your photos are beautiful; pictures we in the east never see in person; but we have the ocean! LOL.
I have recently switched over to the Blood type diet in order to eliminate troublesome foods from my menu, but even then, I am honing in on more organic foods. I have symptoms, such as hair loss, that are totally abnormal for me, having always had a very healthy thick head of hair, and skin hemorages on my arms that even doctors say is "normal" as my skin thins out with advancing years. Some would even think that Alzheimers and cancers are the norm now, and to be expected! We are becoming so manipulated by chemical giberish, both verbally and physically. I also agree that in order to eat healthier we have to eat simpler to afford the cleaner foods, but worth it, Amen?

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/4/2012 10:59PM

    What can we do?
At least two things are worth doing:
Buying only organic/non-sprayed food and local if possible. This might mean that we have to eat much simpler to make this affordable, a lot more beans and rice and seeds, eating what's in season and growing our own veggies.
I also recommend looking at the organization "Food and Water Watch" and supporting them.

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NDTEACHER1 2/4/2012 10:13PM

    I think we are exposed to too many pesticides and other chemicals. I wish we didn't have to have so many poisons sprayed on our foods but what can we do?

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KRICKET4 2/4/2012 9:20PM

    Great blog. I agree, don't mess with nature.
I think we have no idea what we're getting ourselves into; it might very well be the beginning of the end. Let's make the best out of what is within our control. That's all we really can do.

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BRENDARK 2/4/2012 7:25PM

    Love your post! Thank you for sharing... I'm interested in Wheat Belly, but not sure I'll be able to read it anytime soon.

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STRNGNGRNDED 2/4/2012 5:44PM

    Amen! Scientist need to be controlled. Just because something CAN be done, doesn't mean it SHOULD be done.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/4/2012 3:40PM

    There is alot of value to your blog and nothing I wouldn't agree with, thank you.

I could write a book about the hybridization and GMO destruction of our food sources making our children and ourselves sick, the planet destroyed and on and on and on.

I buy only organic from trusted sources at my local co-op. I don't mind supporting them at all.

It's time to turn this buggy around and regain our planet and clean it up. Personally I am focusing on starting with running Monsanto out of business. After that is voting with my fork and voting with my $$.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 2/4/2012 10:00AM

    Thank you for sharing what you have found! My grandparents were dairy farmers, and changing to organic dairy was something my dad and uncle weren't too sure about until I started showing them some of what I was seeing.

I am seeing some impacts of wheat in my own body. When I eat bread, pasta, etc, I find that my weight is up the next day, I retain water, and have a lot of swelling in my ankles and wrists (probably other areas too, these are just most noticeable). I have tried a few things to rule out sodium and other culprits, and always come back to the wheat. So, I am working hard to eliminate wheat products from my diet.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/4/2012 1:35AM

    Thank you for all the wonderful and encouraging comments. The pictures are from the Palouse region in Eastern Washington and parts of Northern Idaho a bit south of Spokane.

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SEDGEY 2/4/2012 12:20AM

    Great post. I recognize those wheat fields as the ones in the Palouse. Is that where you live? :)

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PAMAPPLE 2/3/2012 11:26PM

    It's best not to fool with mother nature and eat food the way it was put here on earth in its most natural form.... this way we don't have to worry about the consequences of GMO and resulting disease. Thanks for educating us on this important issue.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/3/2012 11:25PM

    Thank you for such a wonderful post.

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GLC2009 2/3/2012 11:23PM

    i love how this book has affected you. and how this in turn is going to affect me and who knows who else. as i said in your last blog, i am reading 'good calories, bad calories' right now and then it will be my turn to read 'wheat belly'!!!

keep up the blogs, you are being heard! emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 2/3/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing all this information. All the issues people are having with gluten now makes more sense to me. However, I am from Iowa, home of Norman Borlaug, father of the green revolution who is created with saving over a billion people world wide from starvation.
I don't think we can pin our problems with weight and obesity in this country on one variety of wheat. There are many intertwined issues.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/3/2012 11:10PM

    Great blog, very interesting, I actually suffer from celiac disease.

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SAFETYSUE 2/3/2012 10:56PM

    I have also grown up with wheat farms all around us and know many great families who are great people. Your article is very interesting and given me pause to really give this more thought.

Great blog, love the pictures, reminds me of Eastern Washington where we are!

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ON2VICTORY 2/3/2012 10:50PM

    very interesting read. I agree, all of the tinkering with crops and animals in the name of profit comes with a price tag somewhere. It may not be unveiled for years but considering the level of disease and health problems, one cant tell me that our food chain at least partially is to blame.

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TAMPATINK67 2/3/2012 10:04PM

    Again thank you for the insights....

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MARTHASPARKS 2/3/2012 9:11PM

    Great blog, very thought provoking.

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"Wheat Belly" by William Davis, this may be my most important blog

Thursday, February 02, 2012

This information could be critical to the well-being of millions of people. The message is "unbelievable" but it may be true.
I'm copying a post I made in the spark group "Wheat Belly" earlier today:

I just finished the book "Wheatbelly".
Let's say I finished everything but part 3 which is mostly recipes.
This is my conclusion about it for the moment: This is either one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century or one of the greatest scams of the 21st century.

Here's why:

The author says that wheat as we have known it over the last 50 years (before that it was different) is a primary contributor to most leading causes of death and debilitating disease in this and many other countries: obesity, diabetes, cholesterol problems, heart disease, brain dysfunctions, autoimmune diseases of many kinds, mental health problems, many common skin problems,epilepsy and premature aging (of many body tissues). If this is the case then the elimination of wheat alone has the potential to reduce the cost of health care in the US enough to where health care for all citizens would be very affordable. If wheat is as bad as the book describes then it should not be served in schools any more than wine or cigarettes and should not be sold to minors.

If the majority of people then understood and followed even half of the recommendations in this book our economy would be impacted in a big way. Wheat, like corn, is in almost everything. Mass production agriculture would be impacted in a big way as would companies like Monsanto and other GMO and pesticide companies that have a lot of money invested in GMO wheat. Of course most food manufacturing companies would be affected and would either have to find other ingredients for processed foods or lose buyers for their products. The menus in restaurants would change dramatically as would the items on shelves in our local supermarkets. Even the pet food market would change completely and pets would be a lot healthier without having to eat food with wheat in it.
Many doctors would lose a lot of income because they would have very few patients to write prescriptions for to treat all the diseases that are going to be a lot less common.
Of course we know that knowledge alone does not change behavior, especially not for substances that are addictive as wheat seems to be.
In any case, if we believe that William Davis is on to something I guess we should pass it on to as many people as possible. The book came out about 6 months ago and is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.
The word is spreading fast. Let's discuss this book and spread the word.
If it turns out that the benefits aren't as great as the author describes we and anyone who gives this a try don't have much to lose but much to gain: A diet that includes a much greater variety of grains and seeds than we have previously eaten, and that's always a good thing.

Everyone who has responded so far to the wheat belly blogs I've written has received a spark mail.
P. S. If your computer screen looks like mine you are starting to be bombarded with ads for gluten-free products by now. Some are ok in moderation but they may be much more expensive than buying some bulk grains locally and they are not necessary. I guess we'll have to put up with it to get all the benefits of Spark for free. emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/6/2012 10:02AM

  really interesting and is causing me to think deeply on what you have just blogged and I thank you so very much.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 7:26PM

    ROSEWAND, I can see that taking probiotics prophylactically makes sense for a lot of people as does helping our body in every way we can to deal with the onslaught of everyday toxin exposure. emoticon

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 6:19PM

    HOUNDLOVER1, the problem with your theory that
with wheat elimination, probiotics would not be
needed is that our gut is constantly under assault
from our environment and our stressful lives.

Even water with chlorine will kill off these friendly
bacteria because that is what chlorine is designed
to do. I, personally, do not use chlorinated water
but many do. Also pesticides and herbicides in
our foods, play havoc in our gut environment
and it is hard to avoid these in our modern diet.
And as i said, if meat, poultry, eggs, and diary
are consumed from conventional sources, both
antibiotics and GMO's are consumed as well
as additional amounts of chlorinated water.
These, too, damage the flora.

I would rather have the assurance that I am
regularly reinforcing my healthy flora than
take the chance that they are endangered.

I have never taken probiotics because I
eat wheat or because of symptoms if I do
not take them. I take them prophylactically as
part of my program for good health.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 5:54PM

great that your plan is working for you. emoticon
Concerning the probiotics I am not at all against using them. What I meant was only that if they are needed on an ongoing daily basis it may be a sign that the cause of the leaky gut has not been removed. In some cases removing the cause may not be possible as there are so many possibilities, wheat and other allergens as well as antibiotics and other toxins that we absorb with our food being some of the possible causes. I'm wondering, but don't know, if removing wheat from one's diet may make ongoing use of probiotics unncessary at least for some people.

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 5:37PM

    HOUNDLOVER1, thank your responding to my
comments on your blog. My purpose in doing
so was not to discourage your efforts to find
better health, but to show that its possible to
include wheat in your diet and remain thin
and healthy.

The different between us is that you are in
the beginning stages of testing another's
theories and I am living with a diet that has
worked very well for me for years both in terms
of diet and health.

Adding probiotics to one's diet is hardly a
"short-term fix." The health of our gut flora
is as important as any aspect of our health.
Science is just starting to understand that
the types of flora that live with us impact our
health in many ways. The overuse of antibiotics
in meat production and in medical treatment
have done much to undo our healthy flora.
And if one eliminates leaky gut, "substances
"that should stay in the gut" do stay there and
do not reach the organs of our bodies.

If one is concerned about GMO's and everyone
should be, one should have great worry about
the meat production in this country. Most animals
slaughtered for food are fed a diet of GMO corn.
So if you eat these animals, you are eating this
GMO product. I eat no meat or poultry so that
is not a concern for me.

Despite your statements to the contrary, the way
I eat takes little effort, is fun, very pleasurable
and healthy. I weigh only occasionally, need
no psychological techniques to stay on course.
Since I eat no meat, I do take supplements such
as zinc.

My diet is its own reward. I eat only three times
each day. Rarely feel hungry between meals.
And crave neither sweets or starches.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 4:10PM

I agree that what Monsanto has done to wheat and many other food crops through genetic engineering is scary. Many people don't know that this is not just about breeding in a different way, it is primarily about modifying genes so food crops like corn, wheat, soy, cotton, alfalfa and now several others can withstand spraying with the herbicide Roundup, also made by Monsato, until shortly before harvest. If anyone has not seen the documentary Food Inc. , you can watch it free online.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 4:04PM

I agree that there is no perfect diet for everyone. But there are foods that will do damage to everyone and should therefore be avoided by everyone. Of course maybe those things should not be allowed to be called food. That's where the problem starts for me. Even what we do to real foods in our kitchen may not be recognizable for our bodies as food, microwaving comes to mind. The fact that a plant dies within 2 weeks that has been watered with microwaved water makes me want to be careful.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:59PM

I feed my dogs raw as much as I can afford and I have eliminated all wheat from their diet. Many dog breeds are far less tolerant of any grains, especially gluten-grains in their diet than people. I have a Cocker Spaniel that I rescued that has allergies/sensitivities to all grains, with wheat being by far the worst (essentially Celiac disease) and is also allergic to dairy and beef (possibly only grain-fed). He has plenty of autoimmune type responses when on grain foods like chronically inflamed gums, chronic ear and skin infections and that's just what I can see.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:54PM

I do think leaving out most or all sugar along with wheat is a very good idea. If you have to have a little sugar combine it with fat and/or protein. Right now my go-to treat are dark chocolate covered almonds. Concerning bread, I'm going to make my "sandwiches" by using lettuce and cabbage leaves instead of bread slices and roll them up like tortillas. I'm also using buckwheat flour (not wheat related), corn flour, millet flour and nut flours to make pancakes and other baked items. I really don't miss wheat. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 3:50PM

thanks for your input. There are a couple of things I wanted to comment on which might affect many people:
Your suspicion is not only legitimate but smart and necessary. If the author of "Wheat Belly" said that one thing only is the main source of all health issues I would be very suspicious, too. I hope I did not misrepresent him in my blog but I would say that he sees wheat as one of the major, maybe the most important of many, but not by any means all, major health issues in the DEVELOPED WORLD. Other major issues are clearly sugar consumption and consumption of other processed foods, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, stress etc.
It is very possible to lose most extra weight and even maintain it for a long time eating a high-carb diet. But it may not be the easiest way and require very involved management like daily recording of weight, calories, macronutrients, psychological techniques, etc.
I agree that it is not necessary to spend extra money on gluten-free (processed) foods. Exploring grains and seeds other than wheat can be equally as beneficial as exploring many fruits and veggies.
I don't know too much about leaky gut syndrome yet but suspect that as long as you keep eating wheat any probiotics you take will at best be a very short-term fix to cure some of the symptoms of leaky-gut syndrome. Many of the symptoms seem to occur in other organs of the body once substances that should stay in the gut are distributed via the blood stream everywhere, incl. the brain.
Wheat is the only grain (apart fromGMO modifications to grains) that has undergone the types of changes explained in the book and they are far-reaching. More on that in my next blog.

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HAPPYONE331 2/3/2012 3:37PM

    Interesting. I have also read that sugar is the source of all our miseries, and yeast in our bodies cause cancer and other woes. What's a person to do??

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ROSEWAND 2/3/2012 3:09PM

    I am suspicious of any author who claims that one
thing is the main source of all health issues. My
experience has been very different.

I have easily lost sixty pounds and maintained that
loss for nearly one and one-half years. I include
wheat and other grains in my diet regularly. I enjoy
pasta, white bread, and pizza. I eat these foods as
I do all foods in moderation. I also eat these foods
in the context of a low glycemic diet, so that they do
not spike my blood sugar or insulin.

My waist has gone for 35" to 25" so needless to
say I have lost most of my belly fat. I am healthy,
and very happy with my diet and the delicious
range of foods that I eat. I do not have to spend
extra money on gluten-free or wheat free products.
I would rather spend that money on organic fruits
and vegetables that make up a large part of my diet.

Many digestive problems with wheat are do to
what is called the leaky gut syndrome.. Healing our
gut with probiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber
can minimize or eliminate many digestive
issues and food sensitivities.

Do I think Americans eat too much processed food
including white flour and sugar? Yes Do I think
most people need to completely eliminate these
foods to be healthy? No Moderation in all things
including moderation.

Comment edited on: 2/3/2012 3:12:53 PM

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NDTEACHER1 2/3/2012 3:01PM

    I can believe this is true.

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    I totally agree that wheat is a culprit to all the diseases. However I think a lot of it is processing. I have been pretty much wheat free for over a year. I feel so much more healthier and energetic.

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LORIAPO 2/3/2012 1:22PM

    Good blog.
The GMO's wreak havoc on us all.
Some suffer more than others.
Glad the word is getting out.

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GLC2009 2/3/2012 1:09PM

    i am looking forward to reading wheat belly. the librarian recommended it. said she lost 15 pds in a few weeks just eliminating wheat.
right now, i'm reading good calories, bad calories by gary taubes, so, that will take me a little while.....and then wheat belly.....

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 12:57PM

    Thank you all for the comments. They are so very much appreciated. emoticon
I'm aware that many people will not see all these comments and am going to try to send everyone who has commented an e-mail so they can continue reading if they are interested. After that I will try to respond to some of the thoughts that have been shared.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/3/2012 12:20PM

    I have been gluten free for a few years now and LOVE it!!! I have also been feeding my dogs a raw meat diet since 1999 and they love it!

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RR1_RR1 2/3/2012 12:16PM

    I think the raw food diet is coming in bigtime. Would be a good time to start up raw food stores or restaurants now! i limit my wheat intake- I do think it causes problems.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/3/2012 10:21AM

    Birgit...have you tried or looked into Spelt flour? I know the history of it but as I haven't eaten wheat for many years it seems to be a good substitute, not too much though.
I'm going to check out the spark team and have already checked out amazon re the book...just wonder if it's what I'm doing/ eating already?

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DRAWNTHISWAY 2/3/2012 9:25AM

    I am glad that you are enjoying(?) your new found diet. My overall belief in diets is that they are as individual as our bodies. There is no absolute solution for everyone because we have some people who do really well with various diets while others do not do well with the same diet (sometimes within the same household!) The one source I have found that has a similar proposed belief is Dr Mercola (tho many people write him off as some sort of quack) and his "nutritional typing", which I admit I have never purchased simply because I have not wanted to feel as tho I wasted money.

I also believe that many people write off food allergies, including drs, because the symptoms are not severe enough to readily be acknowledged, So many people go on a diet that removes an allergen to which they have had only mild symptoms for a prolonged time and find wonderful results then claim that removing this allergen from a diet is the solution for everyone.

No matter what I appreciate your honesty and wish you continued success with your new diet :)

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KRISZTA11 2/3/2012 8:44AM

    I'm looking forward to see the results of your experiment with this diet,
if it works for you it may work for me too,
thought I'm pretty happy with Spark Diet.

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JENN03275 2/3/2012 8:17AM

    I gave up wheat about a year ago after years of digestive problems and being treated for Lyme disease. When I gave up wheat during my Lyme treatment I lost 30 pounds in what seemed like overnight. I feel better when I avoid wheat.

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HEALTHY4ME 2/3/2012 7:35AM

    Have you watched Food Incv. What a show. Made me go to grass fed animals. I tried paleo last summer and lasted 2wks before pain in my legs was so bad - muscle cramps. I know now that I wasn't getting enough sodium, I upped my potassium,mag. but not just salt.
I have started primal/paleo again cos I really belive it. I don't know if grains were so bad way back before all the chemicals, genetically mod junk but know that in the 9 days I have done it now, my knees have not ached once and the weather has changed. That is awesome cos I have bone on bone arthritis and am waiting for a brace for one of my knees.
My hubby doesnt believe it all, but believes moderation and is doing better cos the stuff isn't in the house.
My son is paleo he is 34 and suffers from Crohns disease and feels 100% bettter when not eating grain and dairy.
Has to be something to it.
I am going to friend you as I too want to keep up on this. Awesome

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/3/2012 7:11AM

    Unless someone subscribes to this particular blog, and most don't, they won't see your comments back to them. Best to SparkMail them or put your comments back to them on their SparkPages.

I don't do grains unless they are organic - that leaves Monsanto eating dust! - and then I sprout them. I don't do cooked and I do raw organic vegan 98% of the time. I love it!

Wheat, the way it is farmed today, is a disaster to the human and animal population, and destroying our planet. Thanks Monsanto! Thanks big agri-business! Thanks carnivorous herbivores!

I am doing what I can to vote with my $ and with my fork. I am also putting a lot of energy of getting Monsanto out of business and out of agriculture. Personally, I'd be shaking in my boots if I were them!

Great blog!

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QUEEN_REINA 2/3/2012 7:06AM

    This is interesting. I've heard a lot of negative comments about wheat. But there aren't any alternatives as far as bread goes, if you are on a tight budget and feeding a lot of ppl. And I think the chance of wheat getting out of public schools and such is absolute zero. They haven't even banned trans fats, just hidden them! (0 trans fats means .5 or less, they aren't gone!)

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 2:24AM

I was under the assumption that eating roughly between 50- 100 grams of carbs, which is what the wheat belly book recommends does not qualify as low-carb but I guess for some people it may be low enough in carbs to induce ketosis.
I assume you are currently on the Atkins diet or something similar. How many carbs do you roughly eat per day?
I can only speak for myself in that I have eaten much lower carb before this and while I lost weight I never lost all my belly fat nor did I lose the cravings to eat after dinner. So while this is a moderately low-carb lifestyle there are many things specifically damaging about wheat that are not a problem with other carbs or even other gluten-grains like rye or barley.
I may decide at some point to try to add rye and barley back in and see if it makes a difference. This last week I had quite a few carbs from grains and beans, rolled oats with breakfast, corn chips, brown rice with dinner, brown rice pasta, quinoa, black beans, hummus, but I had all those in moderation while not limiting fats, proteins or veggies.

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/3/2012 2:17AM

    I have given up gluten and reached my weight loss goal and have remained here for over two years now. I would have never thought I would lose 120+ pounds just by giving up wheat and sugar and things made with those two ingredients.
I have not read the book but will put it on my must read list. Thanks for the info. Sandy

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EILISH99 2/3/2012 12:51AM

    One of the reasons you lose the 'belly fat' on this program is because you are essentially on a ketogenic diet. When you eat a ketogenic diet your body goes into ketosis, which is the process of burning fat for energy. You do this every single day of your life whether you are low carb or not.

When you eat grains/high carbs/sugars your body releases insulin to use those sugars (all carbs are sugars) for energy. This lasts for about 2-4 hours. Once those sugars have been burned your body turns to its own energy store - fat. If you go more than 4 hours between meals/snacks/sweets, like when you sleep at night, you go into ketosis. If you are following a low carb way of eating, then you spend a great deal of your day in ketosis and lots of fat gets burned.

Yjnana, I use almond flour (almond meal), flax seed meal and coconut flour as substitutes for wheat flour. You can look on sparkrecipes for recipes for muffins in a minute, revolution rolls, low carb breads to see what people have come up with.

Martha, Dr. Davis is writing from both his personal experience, and using case studies of his own patients. I personally am not a patient of his, but after starting Atkins I experienced a lot of what he describes in the book. My own physician allowed me to try Atkins, then asked me to do a 3 day normal standard American diet so he could compare my blood glucose readings. I could barely get through the 3 days. My stomach bothered me so badly during that time. When I went in for my physical my doc ran an indepth cholesterol test and was amazed at how much my cholesterol had improved, not to mention how much inflammation (C-RP) had disappeared. Of course, that was before Wheat Belly had come out. Wheat Belly helped explain what caused the pain & why, and reinforces my Atkins lifestyle.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/3/2012 12:18AM

good question. I generally have only faith in God. emoticon
The degree to which people can benefit from this may depend on their existing health situation and also on there current eating style. People who already eat a paleo diet or a gluten-free diet may not have that much to gain.
I'll say that I feel strongly enough to where eating wheat will be a very rare thing for me and I'm actively encouraging my daughter to stay away from it for the most part.
This guy seems to have read a lot of research and he gives references in the backof the book by chapter and a lot of it seems to be from medical research articles and reputable sources. I'm not a scientist, though. It looks like the author has looked at existing research and interpreted some of it differently but a lot of it may be common knowledge in the medical profession. Given the potential I guess I'm willing to take the risk in this case. Tell me what you think once you've read it.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/2/2012 11:52PM

    How much faith do you have in the information? I've ordered the book but am skeptical of all " this is the absolute solution" books.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/2/2012 11:47PM

    I'll respond quickly to some of your responses. Thank you for reading. emoticon
There is so much in this book that's hard to summerize I would strongly recommend you buy it and join the "Wheat Belly" group on Spark. You can find it from my spark page or you can find it here:
The other thing I did not make clear enough in my blog is that people who are not gluten-sensitive at all can still benefit hugely from eliminating wheat, even if they continue to eat other grains, although the fewer the better for blood sugar.
there are many grains and grain-like seeds that do not contain gluten: oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff and most of these can be ground into flour and used for baked goods, but not for yeast recipes because those would require gluten.
There are many good gluten-free cookbooks available. Take a look for all of these at a health food store.
great job on giving up sugar along with wheat. Good luck in going 7 days, I know you can do it. You can always have some natural low-glycemic sweetener like Xylitol if you should get a craving for sweet things.
that's great that you broke through the plateau. I'm hoping to get rid of my remaining wheat belly pretty quickly. The book mentions examples of people who lost all or mostly belly fat, the most dangerous kind when they gave up wheat. This seems to contradict the common wisdom that spot-reducing is not possible so I can't wait to see what happens.

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ON2VICTORY 2/2/2012 10:44PM

    i think there is something to it. I have started low-carb about a week ago and talk about withdrawls and cravings. basically it feels like i am "drying out" I have eaten reasonably healthy in my mind but it is amazing what happens when you reduce alot of the wheat / grain based stuff that you eat. I finally broke a 1.5 year plateau by shaking it up a little.

I guess one must ask, what did we eat before all of this other stuff?? probably much of what I am currently eating minus much of the grain products.

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DEC2DEC 2/2/2012 10:31PM

    I think if people dumped wheat and sugar, the health of the American people would COMPLETELY turn around -- dramatic reductions in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

I currently am 100% wheat and sugar free 6 days a week. For the next month, I'm going to go wheat and sugar free 7 days a week. It will be interesting to see if I notice even more of a difference.

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YJNANA 2/2/2012 10:06PM

    I was told a hugh percentage of people are allergic to Wheat, I am one, but haven't taken it out of my shopping.
What Subs do you use, as in baking?

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TAMPATINK67 2/2/2012 9:51PM

    Thanks for the insights - I look forward to reading this book.

Of course, being Paleo I dumped wheat 6 months ago and feel amazing!

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5th wheat-free and gluten-free day, 3 mile run, feeling tired

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I don't know if it was the weather, not enough veggies in the last 2 months since our garden hasn't been producing, the fact that I was exposed to my daughter's cold, dealing with the exposure to mercury from amalgam fillings as they are removed.
I ran even slower today than usual and cut my run on the treadmill down to 3 miles from the 5 miles that were planned. Average speed was 4 mph with average heart rate of 134 on the treadmill with incline of 2.
Mile 1: 4.2 mph
Mile 2: 4.0 mph
Mile 3: 3.8 mph
Other possible reasons I can think of are low thyroid function, lack of daylight, running at too high a heart rate, body adjusting to wheat and gluten-withddrawal.
Given that I have not improved in my running speed for quite a while, since late Novemenber, I suspect that mercury toxicity, having less daylight and not getting enough raw veggies and fruits and/or running at too high a heart rate for the amount of stress my body is handling are more likely the reason.
What I can do short-term is to lower my target heart rate to 130, eat more fruits and veggies, and add some foods that help with chelation of heavy metals. Today I started with a good serving of Cilantro.
Overall I ate a lot better today since I was home.
green tea with a little raw honey
yoghurt, banana, cranberries, cashews

Snack after my run: 3 pieces dark chocolate

big salad with alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, pumpkin seeds, 1/2 avocado, dressing made from olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic
a few corn chips and a couple of slices of turkey breast

Afternoon Snack (lunch did not hold me more than 3 hours):
3 dried figs, 1 apple with 2 Tbsp. almond butter

Dinner: brown rice and bean casserole with cojack cheese on top
broccoli w/onions, stir-fried just until thawed and warm
salsa wiath lots of cilantro

dessert: pear
I'm giving up on even estimating calories, since I won't eat less than what I'm hungry for anyhow.
I watched a good program on the Dr. Oz show about heart disease prevention in women today. It was very relevant in explaining that the signs in women are much more subtle than in men and can easily be mistaken for minor discomfort. If you know you are at higher risk for heart attack please watch this.They actually showed him performing open-heart surgery on someone, amazing but scary.
He showed a new blood test that is more reliable in predicting heart attacks than Cholesterol checks. It measures inflammation and I believe it is called C-RP test or something like that.

I was also reading the chapter in "Wheat Belly" about the connection of high carbs and heart disease. There was some info there that the author claims is not known to 98% of physicians, or at least wasn't known at the time the book was published.
An important distinction was made between different types of LDL cholesterol, one kind being much more harmful than the other and the fact that it is carbohydrates, not fat in the diet that will increase bad cholesterol in the blood.
So much for today,

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GRACEMCDOG 3/20/2012 1:35AM

    At this point, anyway, your carb intake would be much higher than what I've been aiming for: 25-50g per day. I am still feeling occasional energy slumps, too.

When I was first diagnosed with thyroid disease and I did so much reading and research about it, my GP was completely dismissive when I suggested that it might have to do with heavy metals. My dentist, however, was a different story. He was from Columbia, a very kind and honest man. He managed to find reasons why all 13 of my teeth that had mercury amalgam fillings needed to have work done on them so that he could remove the fillings and my insurance would cover some of the cost. He removed all the mercury fillings from all his employees for free. The onset of my extreme thyroid symptoms happened very shortly after I had a root canal on a tooth that had mercury. So cilantro is a good chelating herb? I eat tons of the stuff! Mostly in green Thai curries. I am curious to know if your energy levels have changed but will read more of your blogs first.

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    C-RP for C-Reactive Protein, yes! I took that test along with the lipid panel a couple of weeks ago, and while my cholesterol was high-ish, as were triglycerides (I'll revisit in June), I was very happy to see the CRP was down in the basement.

It appears that cholesterol has little to no relevance for women, and higher cholesterol in women OVER 50 is correlated with lower rates of mortality...

Sounds like you've got a lot of changes going on--how much sleep do you make sure to get? That's another huge "ancestral" change one can make, to really add in the full measure of sleep. Because you're keeping carbs in your diet, I wouldn't think the subtraction of wheat would contribute to the notorious "low-carb induction flu". But who knows? I hope you feel better in short order and that your experiment becomes pleasant. I, too, had to focus myself better on plant matter.

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/2/2012 8:14PM

    Thanks for posting your food as you are more creative than me and I need more clean eating variety ideas! I liked your lunch!

I never worry about how fast I run but just how many minutes I run. Your speed and endurance will increase over time. Make sure you are getting enough protein. I always add peanut butter to my oatmeal before working out.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/2/2012 12:15PM

    Thanks, Birgit. Your blgs are so full of good information.

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MAGGIE101857 2/2/2012 6:28AM

    Sounds like you are making a lot of changes - and your body needs time to adjust to them! Are you just focusing on cardio? I am making a point to add ST into my program for the new year; I have been really focused on becoming a runner for the last 6 months or so...and the more I read on the subject, the more I understand the need for ST to improve my running skills.

Hopefully things will balance out soon! I have another dentist appointment scheduled for Monday. Had my cleaning and x-rays done this week -now I have to tackle a filling removal and possible root canal/extraction. We'll see what Monday brings!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/2/2012 12:25AM

    Dr OZ has a lot of good information on his shows. I am sugar free and gluten free and have been for two years. Best wishes on reaching your goals. Sandy

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4th wheat free/gluten free day, lots of walking/jogging with dogs

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I burned about 500 calories walking/jogging with dogs today.

Total calories from food were about 2100.

Breakfast was an oat/chocolate chip cookie, full-fat plain yogurt, a nut/dried fruit bar
snack: hardboiled egg, sugar snap peas
lunch corn crackers with 2 slices turkey breast and 1 avocado
afternoon snack: fruit salad, chocolate sesame bar
dinner: radish greens, brown rice turkey breast
dessert: apple

I was away from home most of the day and that made eating regularly a challenge.
I'm going to sit down and watch Biggest Loser. I'm not hungry and will just have a cup of tea.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/1/2012 2:37PM

    I think you are doing a great job but also would like to see your greens and vegetable intake increased - not much in calories bit lots of nutrition. Your activity level is enviable.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/1/2012 1:19PM

I totally see where you are coming from, and you are right in that I was pretty low in veggies on day 4 (not sure if that was mainly what you saw). I'm going to have to take a little more time to do research on the dairy issue and also I don't want to eliminate more than one thing from my diet at a time or it won't be possible to know what led to which changes. In the meantime I really do appreciate your input.
So far I'm happy that my weight is going down as fast as it is but of course there is a lot more to health than that. emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/1/2012 6:50AM

    Honestly hon, I'd prefer to see a lot more truly healthy food in your diet and LOTS more greens. You are getting a lot of wonderful exercise and your body needs top notch fuel.

I am happy that your calories are sufficient. Now, just get the most nutritional sources.



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