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B-12 how can it be vegan???

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

When I shift to being more clean in my eating, I find I'm more curious about my food. Where does it come from, where did it originate and I ask myself questions like if B-12 comes from meat and eggs...where does vegan B-12 come from?

Read one article how farming most likely started from people gathering seeds and berries and extras ending up in refuge piles. The next time they returned to their favorite hang out - low and behold there was more of their favorite food sprouting up. Then as I was crunching my u-pick farm cauliflower, which is much nuttier in taste that the store bought variety, wondering where it originally came from. A quickly look on Wiki gave me the knowledge that it was from the mediterranean. Where I promptly wasted another hour daydreaming of each area of the world and what meals would be like with only a limited fare. Time for awe - aren't we lucky to have so many types of food?

Ok, I'm getting to b-12. So most listed sources of it are in what would be considered a meat eaters diet. So when a vegan takes a supplement, are they really just taking something that came from an animal source??? No. And the answer was so amazing that I had to share and I can't believe I've lived so long and never knew this.

B-12 is produced by bacteria that lives in soil and in the gut of animals; including us. The bacteria the produce b-12 need cobalt to thrive. In fact, the scientific name for B-12 is cynocobalamin - blue cobalt. So if you eat a diet rich in things with cobalt, your natural gut environment will make B-12 for you. This is REALLY important for animals that only graze like deer , cow and sheep, so ranches will either enrich their soil with cobalt or put out salt licks that have cobalt in them. Non meat sources of cobalt and therefore B-12 (all those great nitrogen locking bacteria come right with the package) are nuts, leafy green vegetables, blue-green algae (you've seen it in bread as spirulina), seaweed (dulse and nori...bring on the sushi but only if it has not been oven dried which kills the kindly bacteria), soybeans, kidney beans, lentils, mushroom - well there are a whole lot!

I know most people have heard of eating probiotics - the stuff in yogurt and kefir. Seeding your gut with the friendly bacteria is great, but there is a whole new line of thought that prebiotics may be more important. Cobalt is an example of a PREbiotic - basically trace minerals that encourage the growth of friendly bacteria that hitch a ride into us via our food.

So eating all those good for you foods, is also good for all the helpful bacteria helping us break down food so that we can get more complete nutrition.

Chart notes of one trying to get well:
Got up and walked gimpy slow today, but I did do much more.
Saw eye doctor due to an increase in dry eyes and floaters. In mornings can't open my eyes because they are glued shut; left worst than right. Starting a three tier drug program to control (antibiotics/anti-inflammatory), steroid drops, Restasis.
Made appointment with infusion clinic for next Monday as it looks like the final approval for payment from my insurance company will be completed Thursday. Long story, but let's just say I stood up from myself with a little help from the department of labor and the WA state insurance commission. It pays not to act like a victim, but to seek more answers when you have a need.
My hands are extremely stiff and the distal joints in the hand are starting to swell, as are the tendons in my wrist. This causes annoying itching.
I'm limping due to pain in my right hip.
I see my rheumy doc Wednesday. So things are hurting, but there is starting to be light again.

U-pick farm is on the agenda again for the end of the week. I'm going to go earlier to avoid the sun.

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  Very interesting. Thank you.

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Squashing the drive to eat

Sunday, July 15, 2012

The last week has been amazing as I shift to a lower calorie intake level. Rather than shifting to tiny potions of processed food I've taken my u-pick food to center stage.

A rather surprising thing has happened. I don't feel hunger. The crazy non stop nagging to have more food just vanished. To the point that I did some research today and found an interesting bit of information that I kind of knew about myself for a long time. That is my body will keep eating until it gets what it needs. I use to think about this only in terms of protein, so I really watch that I get protein early in the day. This research

observes that a lack of minerals and vitamins can actually drive hunger - and sometimes for things that can be higher fat.

I looked over my logs and saw that my micronutrient levels have been hanging at really good levels, even without taking a supplement. Also found it interesting that morbidly obese people may have a harder time using fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K,E) due to storage issues.

As another side note we watched fireworks last night at a community fair. I enjoyed a corn dog and 1/2 an elephant ear. I know goes right in the face of all the good eating I've done. Yet, I logged it as breakfast today and have balanced the rest of my day with tiny snack meals. Neither yesterday or today therefore fell out on any of my calorie/nutrition goals. Love it that this really is becoming a lifestyle where I can adapt in happy hours with my aunt earlier this week and a community fair with my husband and still not go off track.

Only three more weeks until I can start using my foot for true exercise. Now my craving is to be able to do true exercise. In the words of Bob, out of What about Bob? (movie)....I need, I need, I need!

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JULIEANNCAN 7/16/2012 8:50PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats on your progress and I'm glad you only have 3 more weeks to wait!

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BARBGEO 7/16/2012 9:58AM


And, every time I speak to or read something from you? I learn. Blessings!!!

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KAREN608 7/16/2012 8:04AM

    I've done that, logged my treat as breakfast the next day then kept counting for that day. Love your blog!

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    I just experienced this for the first time recently...there is actually a tipping point where your body starts to understand that it's fine without the excess calories. And I fully endorse treating yourself every now and then, otherwise I turn into a diet monster! Glad to hear you had fun at the fair!

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JENNIK2 7/15/2012 9:44PM

    I also found this to be true! Once I started eating less calories, I didn't want to eat so much.

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Corrected Birthday gain

Saturday, July 14, 2012

It's amazing that when I put my mind to it, I can knock off three pounds quite easily. I'd put on three pounds post birthday and then let it linger (the 1st through the 10th). The other day I thought this isn't going to go away on its own, but I bumped my tracked down and gone.

I've been on Spark long enough to know a few things about hanging at the low end of calories:

*start the morning off with something that has protein and for me which is easy since I tend to like to skip breakfast - almonds have been my thing and I keep them right next to my bed so I for sure don't skip. I started out estimating what part of a cup, but now am counting them. This tends to make me eat them one at a time...much better.
*there is no room on calories for processed food, so everything fresh big plate fulls of vegetables and using fruit as dessert (except for Dave's bread if I don't have enough calories at the end of the day)
*end of the day - I like to eat something right before bed as it allows me to sleep - I've been using bread and beer. The beer is an ale so it has more trace stuff and I limit it to 1/3 of a bottle. Benefit is that is cuts off the day so I'm not tempted to stay up and then want to snack. Also allows me to sleep really well.
*when I eat this way it is really hard to get enough calories as I'm very full
*oh yea, water....I go up to 10-12 cups.

Today I'm struggling again to get up to 1,200.

Something I also know about myself is if I keep at this range for too long, I binge so I'm going to do it for a few more days and adjust back to the higher range before this happens.

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SAL1512 7/14/2012 10:05PM

    Happy Birthday!
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JULIEANNCAN 7/14/2012 7:06PM

    Thanks for sharing what you do and congrats on your progress! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/14/2012 9:20AM

    Good idea. Belated happy birthday.

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UMBILICAL 7/14/2012 12:38AM

  Happy BD

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SUNSHINE99999 7/14/2012 12:36AM

  good luck with your plan which is good to at least have one. Blessings!

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Staying on Track

Friday, July 13, 2012

Calories for the day 1,215 with perfect amount of protein.

Made progress on the Remicade/insurance issue.

When to a U-pick farm today and got beautiful stuff. Will post pictures and tell the whole story tomorrow.

Unfortunately didn't have the greatest health day. Hunger wasn't a problem, because I was feeling nausea all day. When I got out in the sun, I started to feel very shaking and I've actually had to wait until now to force in the last calories to make a balanced day.

Drank more than enough water, just pushing myself too hard. Going to bed and tomorrow will be another day.

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SAL1512 7/14/2012 10:04PM


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JULIEANNCAN 7/13/2012 8:56PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your nausea. Take good care of yourself! emoticon emoticon

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/13/2012 8:08PM

    That's a twist isn't it? to force in calories. But you were prepared and you made the best of bad health day with planning and perfect protein!

Way to go!

So glad to hear insurance is turning around.

All you need now is a good night's rest....

thanks again for making me laugh with your slip story!!!! I really needed it :D

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/13/2012 9:05AM

    Good job!

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Shifting goals

Thursday, July 12, 2012

So I was staying in the 1,400 to 1,600 range on calories and just nothing was happening. My exercise right now it very very slow walking (due to foot) and floor exercises - neither of which burn a great deal of calories. I looked over my past tracking and found that the only times I had lost more that 2 pounds a month was when one of the two following things were happening 1) eating an average of 1,000 daily calories or 2) exercising more than 3 hours walking or doing stairs for 20 minutes.

I know I ran into nutritional problems in the past by being too low in calories. However, I did readjust to the 1,200 to 1,400 range on my tracker.

Today I did right on 1,200 and don't feel hunger at the end of the day.

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SEXYSIONFARM 7/13/2012 1:15AM

    So happy you found a solution emoticon

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KAREN608 7/12/2012 1:52PM

    I'm dealing with the same thing with calories. At 53, I just do not seem to burn them off easily so it is simpler to eat some less each day. I don't feel hungry if I get enough protein every day. Keep at it!

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JANETSJAMMING 7/12/2012 11:56AM

    That is the way to do it! Keep up the good work emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/12/2012 10:14AM

    Good job!

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