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Thanks to everyone who has read my blog and commented

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I needed to put this in a blog, hoping that many of you who have been supportive and commented will see it. I'm getting way behind in showing my appreciation to all of you this week as I'm spending many hours learning from many online sources about low-carb living, currently by visiting www. undergroundwellness.com and the online paleosummit that is hosted there. So this is to say emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hope that once my schedule frees up to stay in touch more. I appreciate all of you, if we agree or disagree, if we go a similar path or very different ones, I would never have had the chance to learn many of the things I've learned about nutrition, exercise and health without you. This is a great community to be a part of because we are all learning together and as we know better we do better.

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KENDRACARROLL 2/28/2012 9:29PM

    I've been reading, but not commenting much.
My time has been very limited these past few weeks.
Keep on sparking.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/28/2012 3:35PM

    And I read your blogs Birgit but don't always make a comment...
Thanks I appreciate you too!

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RONNIEHUEY 2/28/2012 2:17PM

    Keep up the good work

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CONRADBURK 2/28/2012 2:16PM

    Thanks for telling me about the Paleo Summit! It is awesome! I am listening to every talk and taking notes! Very enjoyable and informative!
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Clearing out the wheat and rethinking emotional eating and exercise

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We finally found the time to get rid of any wheat, wheat products and other gluten-containing grains. It's not that anyone was tempted to eat them. My family has had a very easy time finding non-gluten grains to eat since I am so far the only one who does not eat any grains any more (and also the only one who still wants to lose some belly fat).
It reminded me how recent my decision to give up wheat has been, it will be exactly a month tomorrow. If you had told me that I would completely stop eating wheat 6 weeks ago I would have laughed, considering this very unlikely. If I walk through a supermarket I'm still not fully aware of the fact that wheat is EVERYWHERE and I still forget that I should consider it to be at least as harmful as sugar, if not more so. As we were packing up quite a few packages (our winter supply, bought on sale) of whole-wheat pasta, whole-wheat bread crumbs, whole wheat crackers and cracker bread, planning to drop it off at the local food bank, the thought crossed my mind that if these were cigarette packs and I just stopped smoking I would throw these packages in the trash, not give them to somebody else. So at some level I guess I don't quite believe that wheat is just as harmful as cigarettes. Not that most of the other foods that are at the typical food bank are much healthier. For some people any food is good food in this economy and it has been deeply ingrained in me not to throw food away. Even so, if it had been white flour or sugar it would have been easier to throw it out.
The other interesting thing I've noticed over the last two days is that since I've had this cold and not much of an appetite I still feel the need to eat. I'm not hungry, food does not taste good, I have no cravings and I know my body does not need any calories. The only thing that makes sense is that there are some tendencies towards emotional eating, comforting habits that are coming to mind from previous occasions when I felt sick and tried to make myself feel better by eating. Again, this is not about food cravings. I picked up a bar of dark chocolate and had one piece, feeling a little disappointed that it tasted just OK. I tried another piece (just in case I missed something, as if I had ever been too distracted to notice the flavor of chocolate before). After the third piece I realized there was no point to this. My throat still hurt and my eyes were still watering and I still didn't feel like exercising.
That was the other surprise: I realized that since I now know that exercise does not help me to lose weight that there is absolutely no reason to move more than what my body feels comfortable doing. I took a couple of the dogs for a slow walk in the sunshine for about 40 minutes and then decided to go back in the house where it's warm. There is no reason to worry that I will gain weight while not exercising, because my weight is regulated by my hormone levels and my appetite and desire to exercise will adjust to keep my weight stable (apart from some minor fluctuations due to changing hydration and sodium levels). Exercise is a stressor to our body in a good way but when there are other stressors, like illness, emotional stress or a diet change, there is just no reason to push things. Indeed, if I tried, I could easily get some other hormones out of balance via my adrenal glands.
My best way to prepare for my half-marathon this Saturday (assuming I feel better by then) is to rest, have fun, eat when I feel like it and then see how far and fast I feel like going on Saturday. If I'm a little tired I can always walk part-way and do some people watching. emoticon
Time for bed to get some well-earned rest. I know if I look back at this in a month I will have reached another different point in my journey. I can't wait to see where this is all going. Life is an adventure. emoticon

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GRACEMCDOG 3/20/2012 1:44AM

    Have you ever had your vitamin D3 levels checked? I've been reading a lot about that lately on the WB FB page. My GP recommended 1000 mg per day, when apparently I should be taking at least 6,000 living, as I do, in a northern clime with almost no sunshine during the winter months. I've also found using a neti pot very helpful in staying free of colds this winter. If I feel a little stuffy or sore throat, cough, I use the neti and, so far, symptoms have been gone by the next day. I think your body-intuitive approach to exercise is very wise.

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  Your blog has really helped me.

Yes, there are times to exercise and times not to exercise and I just couldn't figure it out since I just love exercising no matter what.

I have been fighting off a bout of seasonal sickness, which I have not been bothered with for ten years and just cannot exercise like I am used to exercising and just could not figure out this situation.

But, your blog has really halped me to understand what is going on with me and for that I am ever so grateful and know now that I will get back on track once my full complete health returns.

thank you and have yourself a most enjoyable weekend.

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CONRADBURK 2/28/2012 2:03PM

    I hope your cold gets better soon. Having a cold makes it difficult to enjoy food because it interferes with your ability to taste and smell. You will be back to normal soon!
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 2/28/2012 10:35AM

    I hope you feel better soon. I am slowly converting my kids to gf & wf with hopes by summer break to be about 90% free. Yes, only 90% due to health issues I am dealing with. I need the fiber found in some foods. I just need to find other ways to get the fiber in with depending on the bad food....KWIM

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KKINNEA 2/28/2012 10:19AM

    Interesting thoughts on the "disposal" of the wheat - it's almost similar to getting rid of sugar - donate or trash?

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HEALTHY4ME 2/28/2012 9:59AM

    Funny isn't it that we can try to think of wheat as poison but yet give it to someone else. I too would have done the same, although it is all here as hubby eats what he wants. I also ate a bite of choc bunny that we thought we would share, I said to hubby, this isn't worth eating, it isn't near as good as that dk choc bit we had. So finally my tastes are changing for the better!!!
I don't do a lot of exercise cos just getting used to my knee brace, but plan to get more walking. I want to do what I like which is walking, hiking, yoga and I think if you do that well and enjoy it you will help your hormones along.
I lose very slowly, even when eating well presumably my menopausal hormones are wacky lol
Have a good day, and hope your run is great for you too! My bil just finished a half marathon.

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MAGGIE101857 2/28/2012 8:42AM

    Good luck on the half marathon this weekend! Hopefully you will feel better! I am battling the same cold/throat/respiratory thing and feel awful - missing my workouts so much and craving sugar....good to know that the others here react the same way when they are sick. Planning on another sick day today and resting.....but I'm glad I don't have a half marathon to run this weekend!

I think it is wonderful that you donated the wheat products to the food pantry. It will be put to good use by people that desperately need it!

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LISEIGHT 2/28/2012 7:38AM

    I always feel like eating when I have a cold, and I think it is because chewing helps clearing your blocked sinuses. (our bodies always seem to find a way to make us want to do what it needs).
I find it hard to not want to eat tonnes of jelly sweets when I am with a cold, (my body obviously thiks it needs fast sugar to fuel the germ fighting power houses, but I try really hard to convince it that the fat stores are a better source ;-)), so I have chewing gums instead, the sugar free type, even if they have not so good for you sweetners, and that tends to really help (having one or two at a time to help 'bigger' chewing seems to do the trick!
Praying that you will feel very well by Saturday, and that if not, there will be another race available for you to run instead!

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REJ7777 2/28/2012 7:21AM

    I would have done the same thing as you did, given the whole-wheat products to the food bank. Maybe someone who would have spent money on them will now be able to buy some vegetables, fruits or meat.

Hope that you feel better soon!

I'm new to the Wheat Belly Team. I "accidentally" found the team about a week ago, and found that it had a funny name. Then I Googled the name of the book and the author. That sure did spark an interesting journey! Now I'm gradually eliminating wheat from my diet, and this morning. I joined the Wheat Belly Team.

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KANOE10 2/28/2012 6:46AM

    Hope you feel better and get over your cold. It is funny how old habits come to the surface when you are tired or sick. You are doing a great job of being introspective and identifying your feelings. I am glad your wheat free program is working so well.


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SAFETYSUE 2/28/2012 3:00AM

    Great blog, good luck on your half marathon...
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My thoughts relating to a blogpost by HISTORYRUNNER on excellence

Monday, February 27, 2012

The topic of this blog is "The fine line between necessary and excessive excellence" and the original blog is here:


I'm taking this topic a little bit in a different direction as it fits into my life:

When someone's life depends on it and we have only one shot at getting it right we need to pursue the absolute best.
Many times it is not necessary to choose between the absolute best and the good. For instance I can train for a 5k while long-term trying to figure out how to get in shape for running a marathon some day and it does not all have to happen by tomorrow.
There are many things that can get in the way of pursuing even necessary excellence. To me it all starts with gathering enough information to set a goal.
When it comes to healthy living the difference to a war situation is huge only on the surface. Underneath the surface there are some dangers that lurk quite invisibly at first, in particular misinformation that affects our strategy, our goals and therefore our methods. This misinformation is sometimes accidental and sometimes intentionally planted by someone who has an agenda to make a profit or to gain power but it can be equally dangerous regardless of the source.
What we believe about healthy living is often influenced by advertisement about food, pharmaceuticals and exercise all of which we are exposed to on Spark even at a subconscious level that shapes how our brain functions, if we want to or not. This advertisement is many times tailored to our specific situation based on our use of the internet. It is a trade that many of us consider worth it for the free website, blog and interaction we get with other Spark members.
What we believe is also influenced by "experts" in the field who are often right, but sometimes wrong.
The one thing that I believe has helped me the most in avoiding the mine fields of misinformation is what I was reminded of when I had a good talk with a former cryptologist (spy) yesterday. He explained that he used to have access to information about our and other governments that he knew was very different from what was presented through official channels. Now he only hears the official channel he knows that the information has been changed and is much more worried because he does not know the truth any more.
When it comes to gathering information we need to sometimes be spies. I've been lurking on many different spark teams and websites with the intention of learning from people with very different perspectives from my own. I have allowed these perspectives to change my own and can truly say that I change my mind and adjust my goals all the time as the evidence changes. The misinformation that is not intentionally planted can be just as dangerous. We have to remind ourselves to always stay open to the possibility that we were wrong and leave our ego at the door when we go looking for truth.

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WOUBBIE 2/27/2012 1:57PM

    I am frequently struck by how many people here on SP even on the low carb teams will whole-heartedly accept the nutritional implications of what the science says - that low carb nutrition is healthy and is what we seem to be most naturally adapted to - and yet cannot bring themselves to question their obsession with excercise as a means of weight loss.

Physical activity is crucial to overall well-being, but as a tool for losing weight it sucks. It mostly makes you hungry. Sweating doesn't mean that you burned more calories than the next guy, it just means you raised your body temperature too high.

But there's a tremendous cultural guilt trip being laid on us, particularly on those under 40 or so who grew up with Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons, and don't remember a time when most people thought of Jack LaLanne as "that goofy health nut". It's still driven by the notion that we all got fat because we're lazy and sedentary, so the "cure" must be the reverse.

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still no run, but lots of thoughts about exercise and why I love it

Monday, February 27, 2012

We have snow again, it's cold and windy instead of spring-like. At least I'm not sad about missing any fun things outside. So instead I listened to an online interview with Mark Sisson, which is part of the Paleo Summit put on by undergroundwellness.com
The nutrition part was interesting although there weren't really any surprises. But at the end something caught my attention:
They started talking about exercise and the first statement was identical to what Gary Taubes says in his book: EXERCISE IS NOT A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT.
It's not an issue of working out harder, longer or more often, either. Regardless of how much we work out, unless we are physically prevented from eating more to replace the calories we burned, there will be no weight loss. The reason is that body weight is determined by hormones just like height is regulated by hormones. It is the nutritional composition that determines hormone production at least in part (the insulin part). But exercise is still extremely valuable. The word that was mentioned was "play". I can't remember the exact sequence of key words but the whole idea was about having exercise be outside (and outside of the gym), fun, relaxing, stress-reducing and playful. That was right up my alley.
I have a very selfish attitude about exercise. It's my free time, carefully guarded from many disturbances in my life. I want to have FUN, I want to ENJOY movement . Everything else, like an increase in HDL, is merely a nice side-effect. Once the idea of exercise is not married to weight loss or weight maintenance, we can exercise in a way that suits our personal preference and natural abilities. Mine are neither speed nor strength nor much team spirit but I do have some endurance and pretty good balance as well as a good sense for rhythm and music. Any sports that allow me to use these strengths make me feel good, in particular when I get to be outside (in most weather). I play with my dogs when I throw the ball for them or run with them, I play a game of exploring when I go for a trail run or hike or take my horse out for a trail ride. I like to ride, ice skate or otherwise move to music that I enjoy and that helps me to tune into the mood of the music. I enjoy developing my endurance to be able to continue my activities for longer periods of time.
I believe we all know what exercise we are passionate about. It may be hard to imagine getting involved in it right now as we see our physical limitations. But we should never let our athletic dreams die.
What are yours?

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ELECTRALYTE 2/28/2012 12:58PM

    I love this blog, well I love all of your blogs.
This energy I am feeling from cutting out the wheat and sugar has made me feel exactly this way!
The new Lab pup is very high energy. We are getting a routine of going out to play ball and run around every morning when he gets up, and then a long walk in the woods or a run on the beach just PLAYING!
I feel like I am getting a very, very good workout but man, it sure is FUN!

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LISEIGHT 2/27/2012 4:07PM

    I so completely agree that exercise has to be fun.
I realised that I was failing to maintainmy attempts at doing daily sun salutations before breakfast, and identified why this morning: because, strangely enough, I cannot enjoy it when my kids keep in interrupting. I need to get in the 'zone' to enjoy it, so tomorrow, I shall do it in the peace of my bedroom, with my music on, and let my husband look after the munchkins for 10 minutes, after all., that is all it takes,,,, though if I get to really enjoy it, it will not feel like enough, well, I shall cross that bridge when I get there! I might try to do a short one at night too, as that might help me sleep, and I am sure not to get disturbed then... hum, here's an idea!

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MAGGIE101857 2/27/2012 9:46AM

    So true! The key is finding what works for you -- EXERCISE is not a "dirty" word!! It should not be a punishment, but a way of life, and life needs to have FUN in it! emoticon I have vowed to swim this summer in Lake Michigan - we have a beautiful beach and YES, the water is cold. Last year I got in the water only once - this summer, I am going for it!!! Swimsuit and all!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/27/2012 9:39AM

    I love this description of what exercise should be. My very favorite type of exercise is hiking. I like running too. I also like water aerobics a lot although it is at the gym. But to me it's fun. I have to find things I like in order to stick with them. Thanks for a great blog.

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Map of GMO crops worldwide

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Note that the US is by far the leader in producing GMO crops. Looks like our "Christian Country" has gotten a little off track as far as what God wanted us to do about food.


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CARDAMOMMA 2/27/2012 2:55PM

    I think that if we need to give up other things (movie tickets, cutting down on how much you use your car, Starbucks, whatever) to afford more organic and non-GMO food, it's worth it. Americans have never spent such a tiny amount of their income on food as we do now. (10% now vs. up to 50% in earlier times.)
Another way to afford more organic and non-GMOI food is to grow some it ourselves.

I think the US is a pluralistic, rather than a Christian country, and that we should all love and accept one another regardless of religious beliefs.
Great post!


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HOUNDLOVER1 2/26/2012 4:23PM

    I agree that we need to eat the healthiest diet we can afford and also know our personal sensitivities. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what those are. Having had a history of cancer and being slightly hypothryroid for me it is worth it to pay extra for organic food and I cut in other areas of my budget to make this possible. For others it may be enough to just increase raw fruits and veggies and healthy fats (incl. saturated fats) and avoid the dirty dozen (most polluted foods).

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CONRADBURK 2/26/2012 3:57PM

    Try to eat the healthiest food you can afford! That is all you can do. There will always be organic food, because it is increasing in popularity. I don't buy organic because I can't afford it. If I ate everything organic, my grocery spending would double. I already spend a lot eating whole foods and nothing processed. When it comes to food, "Caveat Emptor" applies, which translates, "Let the buyer beware."
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ANDROMEDA1967 2/26/2012 3:54PM

    My brother and I were just having a conversation about this earlier today. We found a shopping guide that lists all the various products made from GMOs. Here's the link:

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/26/2012 3:39PM

    I see there is no mention of the UK but of course they import lots of foods from around the world so it gets into the food chain that way. A couple of weeks ago in an English supermarket here (Spain) I saw USA sweet potatoes on sale.

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