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Frankenapple coming soon

Thursday, April 18, 2013

www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar
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Buying organic will help temporarily but we need to start addressing the issue of GMO's that are not tested. People who can't afford organic will pay the price as will the environment (and all of us in the long run).

  
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MKATE88 4/19/2013 7:51AM

    This makes me sick. Thanks for sharing; I am glad I know this now.

Dear Monsanto,
You are not God, so stop it.

Sincerely,
Those of us interested in our health, not your bottom line

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ANASARI 4/18/2013 9:02PM

    Gosh that trend is so scary!!! Thanks for sharing the information.


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BROADBRUSH 4/18/2013 5:46PM

    a pet peeve of mine over 20 years ago- now it is a tragic reality - permeates everything from tomato/potato to peanuts and peas.
i would be freaking to feed a young family these days - a child with any kind of allergy may eat a food with the gene instilled of that food.
i talked of frankenfoods many times - now the shelves are more stocked with them than real foods.
it is a travesty perpetrated on all of us.

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NAYPOOIE 4/18/2013 4:09PM

    DesertJulZ, you've got it right.

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VHALKYRIE 4/18/2013 2:53PM

    It's easy to keep apples from browning naturally - with lemon juice. I do this all the time when I make fruit salads with apples.

It's easy to avoid the GMOs since I don't eat grains anymore, but this is getting scary if they start tampering with produce in the same way.

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WOUBBIE 4/18/2013 1:57PM

    The most disturbing thing is that they would risk dire consequences for a cosmetic feature that no one much even cares about.

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DESERTJULZ 4/18/2013 1:56PM

    Frankenworld, if Monsanto has their way. The Antichrist has come and it is named Monsanto.

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A river of waste - The hazardous truth about factory farms

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you eat animal products you need to see this video. And no, this will not leave veganism as the only option.

www.organicconsumers.org/articles/ar
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Birgit

  
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BRASKIN 4/12/2013 7:21AM

  appreciate the link

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NASFKAB 4/11/2013 11:23PM

  thanks so true

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DOVESEYES 4/11/2013 9:03PM

    thanks for sharing this.

Go free range....


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Sugar-free for 8 days - this is not as hard as I thought

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

My daughter and I have both been sugar-free for the last 8 days. We have also eliminated grains and beans for over a year now, but sugar was something that had to go completely as well because of blood sugar levels.
My daughter overcame her worst cravings in about 2 days since she started and is doing very well. She is in ketosis with carbs around 50 grams/day and her energy levels are as good as always. When I asked her if she wants sweet things, more, less or about the same as before she thought it was about the same. But I do notice the difference. She is snacking a lot less, in part due to eating higher fat and more vegetables. I make a point to flavor all our vegetable dishes very well, with garlic, plenty of herbs, lemon, sesame, hot sauce and many other things to make vegetables more interesting. Of course we are not restricting calories at all.
This evening my daughter had a small piece of frozen mango that we took out of the freezer to make a whey smoothie (made with fresh whey from yogurt making, delicious!) and she noted how sweet it tasted.
I have joined the "Official tame your sweet tooth challenge" on Spark and made myself a rule to not only eliminate all added sugar but also to eat no more than 20 grams of sugar per day from natural foods including fruit.
We are working on finding new fun foods that are tasty and somewhat naturally sweet. Usually our breakfast is yogurt and berries with nuts, tomorrow we will have some low-carb pancakes made with almond and coconut flour and fruit.
I am very glad my daughter is doing so well. A big part is keeping the fridge well-stocked with things she and I can eat so that there is never a reason to be hungry. I also spend more time cooking and baking then I used to. But it is so worth it knowing that this will prevent us from ever having to deal with full-blown diabetes.
Based on Steven Phinney and Jeff Volek's book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" I expect both of our physical performance to improve significantly over the next couple of months. I'm sure there will be occasional struggles, but overall I'm very hopeful that as much as is within our power we are laying a very good foundation for our future health.

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 4/10/2013 9:14PM

    Yes, I was already pretty low sugar. I decided to cut it down even further because I learned more about the toxic effects of sugar on things other than insulin. It's almost impossible to avoid sugar completely because there is sugar in all fruit, some veggies and in dairy, but it is possible to eliminate any added sugar. I was still getting small amounts from dark chocolate that I felt I could give up without much trouble.

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-LINDA_S 4/10/2013 6:52PM

    I guess I thought you were already doing low sugar. It's so good if you can reduce your need for things to taste sweet.

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JSTETSER 4/10/2013 5:45AM

    I did not know that a person would give up beans to lower blood sugar. You must eat a very restrictive diet.
I hope that it works for you.

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LISBETHSALANDER 4/9/2013 11:17PM

    Sounds like this is working for you. Best wishes for success!

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SILVERWITCH59 4/9/2013 7:20PM

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KRISTINSGOALS 4/9/2013 1:07PM

    Very cool!

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JMO070163 4/9/2013 12:57PM

    just love it you are truly inspiration to me me and my family need to cut to cut down on our sugar intake too ,so hard to do but I think we can if we set our minds to it .all things are possible thanks for good information emoticon

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GAILRUU 4/9/2013 11:23AM

    I don't do low carb but I do try to avoid sugar since it sets me on an eating binge.

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SCENIC_ROUTE 4/9/2013 10:57AM

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My sis saw on Dr. Oz about monk fruit sugar and we got the Monk fruit in the raw
http://www.intheraw.com/product
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and started using it. It is sweet and doesn't have a bad aftertaste (which i find in truvia or stevia) and the best part, it doesn't spike my blood sugars. I use about 2 packets a day to sweeten some of my tart herbal teas.
There is also Nectress (monk fruit sugar) but it has too many chemicals in it.
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NASFKAB 4/9/2013 5:42AM

  awesome congratulations great work

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    Great work emoticon emoticon

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CENOLA 4/9/2013 2:01AM

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Mom, the drug pusher - it all seemed so innocent at the time

Monday, April 01, 2013

It all started when me daughter was 10 days old. We knew better than to feed our baby sugar. In fact I had done the best I could during pregnancy to eat a healthy diet (or what I thought was healthy at the time) including lots of vegetables, some organic, lots of fruit, lots of whole grains and beans, moderate amounts of lean animal products. I also exercised all the way through pregnancy and had a baby of normal weight, 7lbs. 7 oz.
So we were really just having a little fun when we were enjoying a French Silk pie that had lots of wheat, chocolate, dairy and most of all sugar in it. Offering our daughter a taste seemed like a natural thing and after all it was only half a teaspoon or so. But that was only the beginning. In spite of our eating a reasonably healthy diet, still way better than the SAD, we did indulge in desserts regularly as well. It was not that unusual for me to eat a while 3oz. chocolate bar in one sitting and as our daughter grew up she came to expect sweet treats on a daily basis, sometimes several times a day. This was many years before we knew about the dangers of wheat in any form and our knowledge about sugar was largely limited to knowing that it may make people fat and that it is "bad" for you. We also assumed from superficial reading that it is normal and natural to crave sweet things, even wild and certainly domestic animals will take any opportunity to enjoy sweet foods when they can, so eating them occasionally (and for some reason I convinced myself that several times a day on some days qualified as occasionally) could not be THAT bad. Both my own weight and that of our daughter was always within "reasonable" limits, even then. I had managed to lose the majority of excess weight in my early 20's just by eating more natural foods, less junk food and exercising a lot. But that little belly in front told a different story. I remember my body fat percentage getting tested about 10 years ago and it was about 30%, not a very good number, but typical "skinny-fat". Within the first two years after my daughter was born I had started noticing reduced stress tolerance, reduced exercise tolerance, fatigue, some mild allergies, mood changes, all things that most people would attribute to the general experience of having children which includes getting up at night a lot for several years. Doubtless those were factors, but maybe just the factors that pushed my body over the edge. About 9 years ago I discovered that my thyroid values were abnormal, which my doctor tested for because of my low blood pressure and feeling cold a lot more than normal. At the time my blood sugar levels were still in the normal range with A1C at 5.2
My daughter was always healthy and very athletic through most of her childhood.
Fastforward to 2011: My daugther is now 15 and dealing with acne, consuming sugar daily in smaller amount (no soda pop, almost no juice, no gluten-grains), on average maybe 20-30 grams/day, although overall eating a healthy diet with carbs between 100-150 grams/day.
But still, she is dealing with carb cravings almost daily, evident in her looking for chocolate, sweet fruit and gluten-free pastries. She had at this point read Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" and was familiar with the basics of healthy eating.
After I had my A1C level tested and found that I was pre-diabetic at 5.9, in spite of eating fairly low carb I decided that my daughter needed to be tested, too. Her level was 5.7, still pre-diabetic, although on the border. Her physician recommended to lower carbs just a little bit, but 3 months later her A1C was still 5.7, not surprising to me, because at this point I was very aware how often she would snack on sweet things. She did not gain any weight by the way, in part due to genetics and an active life style. So a couple of days ago we had a long talk.
She already knew all the facts about insulin, low-carb eating and how it allows us to control blood sugar levels without medication from watching me. My own blood sugar levels had gone down from A1C of 5.9 to 5.7 over the course of about 6 months. The fact that at her age her levels were now the same as mine concerned me. So I went more into detail about the benefits of a low-carb, ketogenic diet, in particular the effect of eliminating or at least substantially reducing food cravings and eliminating the need to eat frequently. I also talked about the fact that there are really no other options that I can see to get her blood sugar level down without the use of drugs. At the same time I felt very remorseful that I had been the one pushing the sugar drug or at least allowing it's use at an age when the sugar habit could have been prevented. But then I also realized that in our culture she probably would have wanted to try all those foods that her friends eat eventually.
In any case, after showing some definite signs of going through the grieving stages (denial, anger at me, the messenger of bad tidings, and the world, sadness) and a lot of "testing the facts" she decided to give this paleo-low-carb thing an honest try. This past Saturday was probably the hardest day for her, including lots of physical sugar-withdrawal symptoms, many talks about carbs with me trying to listen more than talking, trying to find out if a little would be ok... . By Saturday night this had turned into some positive plans for making a low-carb cheesecake which she did make on Sunday morning with a raw nut crust, cream cheese, gelatin and "Just like Sugar" non-caloric sweetener.
We had a great day, going for hike having 3 wonderful paleo/low-carb meals and fortunately beautiful, sunny weather to lift anyone's mood.
I suspect this struggle is long from over completely but really am just hoping we can find lots of good, healthy foods for snacks and meals. We have another shopping trip planned for this afternoon and will do a lot of cooking and baking this week.
If anyone has experiences or questions concerning getting their kids over sugar and/or carb addictions I would love to hear from you.
In the meantime we are taking it one day at a time, maybe it will turn into a little bit of a competition who can get their blood sugar level down first. emoticon
I'm going to try to be as supportive and encouraging as I can, focusing on rewarding positive efforts rather than nagging about mistakes she makes while trying to be a role model.
If I can protect my daughter from some of the bad effects that sugar had on my body, probably including cancer as well as the things already mentioned, this would be my biggest reward.
I know that we can do it, and so can anyone else. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ZIGGY122 4/6/2013 3:29PM

    Thank you for sharing.... what a good Mom... time spent with daugher is priceless

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OPTIMIST1948 4/3/2013 7:16PM

    I'm glad you have come to a realization and are both taking steps to get your house in healthy!

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GOPINTOS 4/3/2013 7:13PM

    Thank you for sharing. Don't beat yourself up. How did we know back then? But now you know, now you guys are working on it, so she will have a grip on it for a long healthy life. My niece that is here often, is going to be in for some trouble, and try as I may, I am not the parent. In fact my step forward is set back by two with her mom. ugggh. But I am hoping that at least some little changes while she is here, is helpful. I enjoyed this blog very much. Thank you for sharing!

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BOPPY_ 4/2/2013 11:10PM

    You're starting to get a handle on it, now. Keeps after that and your program (as YOU say, "keep pushing"!).

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LILY_SPARK 4/2/2013 11:07AM

    Dairy causes terrible facial cysts on me. I know because I'm grain-free (which helps my joints -- obviously being Celiac means no gluten but when I dabble in tapioca, quinoa (technically a seed), corn, my guts is NOT happy, too).

My point is dairy is the devil to me -- and may be to her. Not all bodies are the same. While I know that you've tested dairy, I don't know if you elimination tested it. That's to say eating 100% things you know are non-reactive for a minimum of 4-6 weeks -- sometimes longer, then adding ONE item and seeing if it produces negative symptoms.

I have done this and dairy is the culprit. I still consume dairy now and then but due to my face not clearing for months, I went strictly off again (over a month), then last week had dairy. It made me nauseated (which normally only happens about 20 minutes after eating and goes away within 2 hours) for 3 days! It also caused terrible gut pains for 4 days. I had to lie down and stay medicated (gut tranqs).

Here's the thing: this is because I'd gone so long WITHOUT any, no cheating. It's the same for Celiacs when they go 100% clean for months, then get contaminated. It's a MUCH stronger reaction. That's why elimination testing requires that 4-6 week 'control' period.

This is something my doctors supervised and taught me (you can read about it anywhere) and is the BEST way of identifying intolerances.

I'm not talking about the hormones or the insulin or all the other things that dairy can do to bodies (especially acne) but in general the best way for testing and KNOWING.

Most people just can't do the control period. I've done for over 2 years now (maybe 3) and I'm pretty used to switching to control mode. Like anything, it gets easier the more you do it. Anyway, I know that you're super health-orientated and that's wonderful. I also know from vast medical experience, elimination testing is truly worth it if there's any CHRONIC symptom.

I wish your daughter great health.

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HOUNDLOVER1 4/2/2013 10:42AM

    Thanks everyone for their encouragement and feedback. I know that it is not always helpful to tell kids what they should be eating. Getting an objective measure, like the A1C blood test that tells us what the blood sugar levels were over the previous few months, is very helpful because then there is objective information to use when talking about dietary choices. Ours went along the line of "this is what it will take to make sure you never progress to type 2 diabetes".

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NASFKAB 4/2/2013 4:46AM

  you are doing the right thing helping your daughter

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NUOVAELLE 4/2/2013 2:29AM

    I think your supportive attitude is the most important thing. Being on her side and trying to fight this together will certainly be much more effective than the"I've been there" attitude that we all accidentally have sometimes as parents.
Your blog was really informative for me as I have a 10-year-old daughter who seems to have lots of sugar and carbs cravings. I've been trying to talk to her and I don't want to put pressure on her because it didn't work well with me when I was a child.
At least we are more educated on nutritional subjects than our parents were and we can do what's best for our kids.
Good luck both to you and your daughter.

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-LINDA_S 4/1/2013 9:47PM

    I wish I had more control of my grandson's diet. He seems to listen to what I say, but I get no support even though I'm convinced his "asthma" is likely from food sensitivity. Your daughter is lucky to have you to help her.

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WOUBBIE 4/1/2013 6:33PM

    Ugh. I have a sugar junkie. The older one likes sugar well enough, but he can do without it pretty easily. The younger one. Eats. Sugar. Packets. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa. *gulp*

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MJREIMERS 4/1/2013 6:31PM

    At least you are "doing this" together. Being honest and up front with your daughter is all you can do. I have four kids and they all were allowed some of the "junk" when growing up. Three are slim built and one is muscular. They all will eat sweets, but only one that gets caught up in them. Nurture vs. nature will always be the question.

We all do our best and now that you are more educated about foods, you are passing it on to your daughter. Keep at it!

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LINDIEMAE 4/1/2013 4:51PM

    I am afraid I do not understand the tecnical part of your blog - the numbers, but I do understand diabetes - its not just caused from sugar though - its a hormone imbalance - my father was diabetic and so was his aunties and they succumed to that illness. It tends to skip a generation in my family, so my generation is fine, my children's is not. I was raised on a low carb diet as we did not have a lot of money for even bread never mind milk. A lot of times it was just poridge... I hope you find the answers you are looking for and I hope your daughter is not discouraged from being denied so many of life's so called pleasures. Its so good that you can talk to her about these things. I hope also that she understands enough to accept the peer pressure from school and school mates - If you want to know more about the 11 hormones we have and how they can be unbalanced, you can read it in Sam Graci's book The Power Of Foods... he's done several books on nutritian. It might help your daughter to understand the role bad carbs play in her life... cheers emoticon emoticon

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3016DEBRA 4/1/2013 4:01PM

  emoticon emoticon I don't know why I never really developed that "Sweet Tooth" but I'm glad. Best wishes to you and your daughter emoticon

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RONDARC 4/1/2013 3:57PM

    Good for you and your daughter fighting this together!! It will get easier. emoticon

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JSTETSER 4/1/2013 3:10PM

    We all do our best when raising kids. When things go right (as they have with your family and mine), we live and lear.
No sugar for the grandkids!


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My dairy experiment and testing gluten, sugar and chocolate

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

All this should have been several blogs, but for lack of time I'm rolling them all into one.
My A2 dairy experiment is done as far as my half is concerned. I tested the milk from 3 separate cows and neither one caused a response in the form of a raised pulse (or any other adverse reaction). Since all 3 of the cows were Jersey cows and statistically they are about 50% or a little less A2, I knew that the chance is not terribly high that all three cows are actually pure A2. I don't know when I'll get the results on that so did some further testing. I assumed that there may have been other factors then A1 vs. A2 that influence how I tolerate dairy as well. So I decided to give some organic grocery store cream a try to see what would happen and to my surprise I tolerated this well, too, even though I had had trouble with it before. There was a very minimal rise in my pulse but it may not have been statistically significant. The day after, my daughter decided she wanted to try an ancient (heirloom) type of wheat called Einkorn, which contains gluten but does not have some of the very toxic characteristics of modern wheat. So I decided to try half of an Einkorn cookie. There was no immediate reaction. But the next morning having some cream in my coffee caused a rise in my pulse, not hugely, but noticably, about 8-10 beats per minute. The same thing happened when I ate goat yogurt later that day and that should definitely have been A2 but I also tried a new treat, some licorice which does not contain wheat or corn but does contain a little beet sugar. I have always liked the taste of licorice, but not licorice tea, and this candy started cravings for more of the same, so I had at least 5 or 6 pieces.
The next day everything was almost back to normal in my response to dairy. Last night I reviewed the effects of sugar in Nancy Appleton's book and read that sugar can cause sensitivities to foods that are eaten together with it.
Later, quite a few hours after a healthy breakfast of berries, goat yogurt and nuts, I got hungry but was not near a store on the road. The only thing I could find was dark chocolate with hazelnuts which contained about 14 grams of sugar per serving size. I decided to get some, thinking that I could eat a meal a little later. My schedule changed and I ended up getting pretty hungry and ate 3 servings, the whole chocolate bar. Calorie-wise this was not a problem at around 500 calories. But my body really did not need 42 grams of pure sugar. After a little while, my pulse, which had been fine after breakfast, jumped up about 10 beats. So maybe I am sensitive to chocolate as well, or to a combination of cocoa and sugar.
My next step is therefore to continue consuming dairy, at least the raw full-fat dairy that may be all A2 from our regular supplier, but to completely stop consuming sugar, even in the small amounts that are in very dark chocolate. My dark chocolate-covered almonds will also have to go.
I thought about the fact that I could still make treats with nuts, cocoa and sugar substitutes but actually don't think I will feel the need for them. I'll rather try to get back into ketosis and enjoy dairy.
I suspect that several sensitivities and even allergies can work cumulative, meaning if we are exposed to several things at the same time we are sensitive to the effects may multiply.
I can't wait to find out about the test results of those 3 cows.

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 3/27/2013 10:35AM

    Lily,
I don't test my blood sugar daily, but have tested it it a few times. My most recent A1c was 5.7 and it's on the way down (that is if I don't repeat chocolate for lunch, LOL). I'm planning to do some more research about the connection of gluten intolerance, sugar intolerance and dairy intolerance, in particular if people with gluten intolerance can handle A2 milk. There is still a lot that is not known and I know there will be more research.


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LILY_SPARK 3/27/2013 8:39AM

    Just curious: are you testing blood sugar? I'd think with your issues you'd do that. My mother is Type I diabetic. I'm not terribly well-informed but I'm around it a lot (and my foster-sis is type I).

I can't do dairy but that's digestion AND you've probably read how it affects hormones -- I get massive cysts from just one fatty serving of dairy (I can sneak nonfat milk but I don't want to push it). It always makes me queasy and erm... later loose stools but the cysts are just sooooo weird. I mean, ONE serving=BAM!

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DOVESEYES 3/27/2013 5:53AM

    Very interesting results it just shows so many factors are involved that accurate ratings are hard to get.

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CINDYTW 3/27/2013 1:52AM

  Yes, I had reacted MUCH more horribly to dairy after I had just been diagnosed as Celiac. I think the body does react cumulatively, and I find I can get away with a serving of dairy, and the more I do afterward it adds up to an "OMG WHY did I DO that??!" But the interesting thing is I never had an issue with dairy all the years in my 20s while I was on/off Atkins...it wasn't until I switched to Clean Eating and whole grains that I wrecked my insides and created all this allergy response. Granted the Celiac predisposition was always there, but I threw the switch with all that dense, GMO wholegrains. :(

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LINDIEMAE 3/27/2013 12:46AM

    Good luck, I have dark chocolate - 85% nothing less every day - I don't have a full serving but 2 squares of Lindt dark chocolate. I have never paid attention to my pulse or anthing else but I eat the dark chocolate as its heart healthy - and recommended by most food management books I have read including the Bone Building Solution by Sam Graci, creater of Green+. I've read his other books on foods as well, some of which I have blogged on.

Will be interested to see the results of your tests. I don't' do much dairy, not enough to care - I use mostly almond milk - but in cooking will use it in cooking if asked for in the recipe because I can't always use the almond milk. Keep blogging, very interested, cheers

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