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Running improving slowly

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I only had time for a short run of 3.3 miles today before it got dark. Average pulse was 134, average speed was 4.4 mph. I really did not feel like running today because it was wet outside and I felt a little tired. I'm glad I went anyhow. If eliminating wheat/gluten is helping my body than I might see some more significant improvements in the next few weeks.

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PAPAMIKIE 2/9/2012 2:03AM

    My daughter was diagnoses with a sensativity to wheat/glutean. It made a huge difference, but she eventually convinced herself that it made no difference and when back to eating things she should not (according to her specialist). She shows many of the same symptons as she had before she changed her diet, but has convinced herself that it is other things causing her to be tired, cranky and general a bit off.

Give it a good try and keep track of the differences

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HJFOGARTY 2/8/2012 10:14PM

    way to go - that is so great! stay strong and you will improve quickly - continue to take care of you - you are a great inspiration!!! happy running!

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Playing God documentary - Food for Thought

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Here is a link to watch this for free:


Would like to know what you all think. I have now finished watching this and hope to blog more about it later today. This video is about more than mixing genes of different species. This is about the developing field of synthetic biology (which means essentially "creating life").

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MARTHASPARKS 2/8/2012 11:14PM

    Thanks, again, Birgit! Everything that you share is so thought provoking.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/8/2012 2:04PM

    I've finished watching this. It's even scarier than mixing genes from different animals species (as if that were not bad enough). At the end there is mention of synthetic genes being inserted into humans. I hope to write a blog about this later today (if I can get my head wrapped around it). The term for all this is synthetic biology.

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    I don't disbelieve any of it...over here they have already crossed a lizard gene with a strawberry, so the strawberries stay firmer longer I believe. Gross!!
They have truly broken into God's laboratory!!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/8/2012 12:54AM

    Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it & planning to watch it this weekend.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/7/2012 7:20PM

    Wow, does this strike a cord. Let's also take a look at how Monsanto and some others are doing the same to our phood supply. I will watch this this weekend.

When man messes with the natural laws there are consequences. Unfortunately we the people pay the price.

I commend you for posting this. Thank you!

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Feeling great, no soreness from long run, chocolate almond cookies

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In spite of running 13 miles total yesterday I don't have any sore muscles and went ice skating for 2 hours today. I also walked dogs for about a half hour.
As far as food I'm getting more in the habit of eating raw. If I cook vegetables I stir-fry them in healthy oil, usally virgin coconutoil for only a few minutes. I'm going to start using my raw cookbooks and videos more.
Dinner tonight was mostly vegetables with very little protein and fat so I decided an hour after dinner I was hungry for some more protein and fat. I had a bowl of full-fat yoghurt with blueberries.
I also think that I may be somewhat lactose-intolerant since I don't feel very good after drinking milk, but don't have any trouble with other dairy products at all. I may give raw milk a try tomorrow to see if that makes any difference.

I've ground some almonds into almond meal in the food processor and made some raw almond chocolate cookies by adding 100% Ghirardelli chocolate, a little milk and coconut crystals as sweetener, We enjoyed them but no cravings to finish the plate, we just had two each. emoticon

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JENN03275 2/7/2012 6:16PM

    Wow, wish I could fix in that exercise. The veggies and cookies sound yummy.

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KKINNEA 2/7/2012 5:00PM

    Wow, the cookies sound good!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/7/2012 12:37PM

    Thanks for the comments. I like to stir-fry all veggies that I don't eat raw in coconutoil and add seasonings like garlic, hot pepper, lemon juice and sometimes a little raw honey. I also like a little sesame oil for seasoning. Since I use coconutoil almost exclusively I get it by the gallon once a year from tropicaltraditions.com but there are other online sources as well. Since virgin coconutoil is a healthy saturated fat it will keep for a long time (at least two years) without going rancid and that makes it a great emergency food supply as well.
Of course anything that is sweet or salty and has a lot of fat can still be addictive for some people to eat so use in moderation. One to two tablespoon of coconutoil for a large frying pan full of veggies is what I use to make enough for 3-4 people.

Comment edited on: 2/7/2012 12:38:29 PM

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HEALTHY4ME 2/7/2012 8:14AM

    WOW do you ever get the exercise in!!! I am hoping that once I get my brace for my knee I can start walking longer! Cookies sound great, I put dates, coconut, almonds and 2 tsp melted coc. oil in food processor and rolled into balls and yes I can eat 2 and be fine!
hugs have a great day!

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MAGGIE101857 2/7/2012 6:21AM

    Running and skating?? Awesome!!!

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QUEEN_REINA 2/7/2012 4:44AM

    Stir fried veggies in coconut oil sounds TOO delicious! How much coconut oil did you use, I want to try it! I have GOT to learn more about eating raw. Where do you get the virgin coconut oil?

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TAMPATINK67 2/7/2012 12:44AM

    "cookies" sound amazing!

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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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    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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