Sunday, January 08, 2012
From my blog: roseywinterrose.blogspot.com
If only I had psychic powers. I bought my subscribe & save 2-pack deal for $41. :)
Thursday, January 05, 2012
(official blog here: roseywinterrose.blogspot.com/2012/01
I've been blogging more regularly on my blog at Blogger, but I've been forgetting to update over here on Sparkpeople!
Please visit my blog for my recent posts. :)
From here on out, I'm going to try and remember, though! For now, I'll share my most latest blog entry below, and hope that you all get a chance to head over to Blogger for the rest! :)
"No, You Don't Need Dairy for Calcium!"
(Original post here: roseywinterrose.blogspot.com/2012/01
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That's right. I said it. And you really don't.
I just finished answering a question about dairy and calcium at Paleohacks.com, and this is what I said:
""I can definitely relate to giving up dairy! I'm doing the Whole30 challenge this month, and talked about (whined about) my issues with giving up dairy on my blog.
The idea that we need dairy for adequate calcium is definitely a myth. You can get calcium from foods like broccoli, spinach, sardines, and most nuts... and you might not even need as much as you think, as Living Paleo suggests.
I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I have a theory that the reason for why people eating a neolithic diet seem to believe they need large amount of calcium (and they probably do) is because of their highly acidic diet. Because they eat such large quantities of grains, they need the extra calcium to strengthen their bones from the acidic load. But of course, getting calcium from dairy can be problematic for a lot of people.
One question to ask is, do you actually have a problem with dairy? If you do, and it effects you negatively, I would opt to give it up all-together, and read this article at Whole9.
However, if you are able to tolerate some dairy, then you might consider staying away from conventional dairy, and get more higher quality full-fat dairy sources, and read this article at Paleo Diet Lifestyle.
You might even consider reading both articles -- the Whole9 article which is against dairy entirely, and the Paleo Diet Lifestyle article which promotes certain types of dairy -- and then come up with your own conclusion.
Good luck, and hope you find the balance that's right for you! :)""
And this is something else I found while perusing teh internets:
Yup. Bok-freaking-choy, baby.
Don't be afraid to eat your vegetables, people.
And that's all I wanted to share for now. :)
(Oh, and I found this chart too, but it's not nearly as cool -- even though it's longer -- as the other one since it doesn't show the comparison to milk... plus where are all the effing leafing greens?! The actual good, powerful leafy greens like listed above? Like romaine?? Hmmm?? NOTE: my infatuation with romaine might be guiding this somewhat-bias thought.)
Have fun eating bok-choy. I know I find it yum. :)
And romaine... oh romaine... *drools*
Sunday, December 11, 2011
(Originally blogged at roseywinterrose.blogspot.com )
In my last blog post, I stated that I am never going back to wheat. This statement still rings true, and I am convicted to living a gluten/wheat-free, low carb/grain, and low sugar life. I want to eat as paleo as possible and keep my body healthy, and work on becoming more fit and getting down to my goal weight.
All of these things in my immediate life are controlled. I know what to do when I'm at home, and I know what to do when I'm eating out. All of this is no problem... until I step into somebody else's home.
Do you ever feel too timid to insist your own personal eating habits on someone?
Today I was talking to my dad about my day yesterday, and I realized something. I am a film student, and this weekend is full of production finals. Yesterday I helped out two different classmates on two different sets. On the first set, my classmate could only afford to feed us Mcdonald's. I didn't want to be rude and make a fuss, so that is what I ate. On the second set, there was an even larger group of people, and pizza was the go-to food (quick, simple, affordable). On this set however, my classmate was aware of my eating restrictions and offered to buy alternative food. I felt like I was being a burden and told him that it would be "okay." He insisted, asking me if I was sure. I gave him the go-ahead, and trivialized my own health problems in order to make the situation easier and more comfortable... for him, for the rest of the group, and to push uncomfortable attention off of me.
I recounted this to my dad, and I realized something... what if I had an eating restriction with IMMEDIATE negative repercussions? What if I was deathly allergic to peanuts or shellfish? Would I be too timid to say "no" in that situation? Absolutely not. So why was I tripping over my own feet in regards to wheat?
As someone who suffers from gluten-intolerance, I cannot let guilt get in the way of my insisting alternative food accommodations. The negative health impact that gluten has for some people might not be as obviously apparent or immediately detrimental as someone with a peanut or shellfish allergy, but it is still there. It is still damaging.
I realized that, although my convictions are strong in my home and when I eat out... they aren't so developed for when I eat at someone's house. However, just like I learned how to control my eating environment at home, and my environment in restaurants and in drive-thrus... I also have to learn (and practice, practice, practice) how to control my eating environment in somebody else's home.
For anybody reading this that suffers from gluten-intolerance or celiac disease, please remember this when you are eating at a person's house:
- You are NOT a burden on your host
- You CAN insist on eating something different
- Your eating restrictions are JUST as important as someone with a peanut allergy
- Don't be shy for choosing your health, and please DO speak up.
And if your host asks if you are sure and insists... by all means take their offer for face value!
So that was yesterday. Today, however, I am filming my cinematography final at my house and therefore will be in control of the food. Yay. :)
For dinner there will be barbecue chicken drumsticks, salad, and quinoa cornbread. I'll also be having some "normal snacks" like potato chips, corn cheese curls, and soda to offer to my cast and crew, but still keep it gluten-friendly at least.
Can't wait for tonight... I will be attempting to aesthetically recreate the "Tears in Rain" scene from Blade Runner... hope it ends up looking great!
Monday, December 05, 2011
Originally posted on my blog at: roseywinterrose.blogspot.com
Wow it's been a long while since my last update! Truth be told, I was doing pretty well for a while. However, I ended up lapsing into some SAD eating habits. And by sad I mean not only the "Standard American Diet," but also pathetic & bad!
For a couple months I started eating wheat and sugar again, in much-too-high quantities. Actually, as far as wheat and gluten are concerned, ANY quantity is bad.
But I digress.
Basically, if ever I doubted the negative effects of wheat before... I surely solidified the facts through personal experience. When I was Paleo and Anti-Candida for 3 months, I lost 20 pounds, my scalp problems were rapidly improving, and I never needed to take any asthma medicine. My skin and overall mood and energy improved, as did my stomach problems. I was steadily regaining my health!
Then came my 2 month lapse through the last part of September, until the middle of November. I tried to eat as Paleo as possible, but was at a friend's house where his parents had bought me a steak sandwich before I arrived. I didn't want to be rude -- they went through all that trouble to have something for me to eat before I even arrived! I had explained my diet to my friend previously, and he tried to explain to his parents, but they didn't really understand. And so, rather than offend them, I ate the steak sandwich.
Dear God, I was an addict getting that very first taste of heaven after abstaining for so long. After that, it was a milkshake "just this once" with oreos (because no milkshake is complete without crack's cousin, wheat, right?) And then a grilled cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread because -- whole grain wheat can't REALLY be all THAT bad if the government says to eat lots of it, right? The addictive properties of wheat, further perpetuated by its federal endorsement and inaccurate health-hype gave me excuses to start incorporating the gruesome grain back into my diet again.
And you know what happened? I gained 14 pounds, going from 233.8 pounds to 247.8 pounds. In only about TWO MONTHS!
Not only that, but my skin and scalp problems came back, worse than ever, and my asthma was especially bad. All of the problems I was having pushed me towards re-evaluating my nutrition again, but especially the asthma. Not being able to breathe well was really, really scary, and none of my medicine was helping to relieve my symptoms. Feeling that I needed extra encouragement beyond paleo and low-carb/sugar-free blogs, I ordered two books off of Amazon.com -- The Paleo Solution and Wheat Belly. I started reading Wheat Belly, and it made all the difference.
When Thanksgiving week arrived, I decided to give it all up for good and went cold turkey (or, as the book Wheat Belly puts it "cold noodle") and gave up the ugly grain, thanks to some extra encouragement from Wheat Belly.
I cooked an entirely gluten-free, refined-sugar free feast for my parents and siblings. Since my re-start, I've been completely gluten-free, low-carb, mostly paleo since Thanksgiving week... and I'm already down to 237.8 pounds. 10 pounds lost, just like that. I haven't even exercised since the day before Thanksgiving. My only change was cutting out the wheat!
Now that I've experienced the before and after... and the before and after, I'm never going back! I now truly see first-hand the effects wheat has had on my body, inside and out. :)
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