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What's wrong with a little insurrection among friends?

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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Don't get yourself banned too, Boss. SparkPeople is well within their rights to oust whoever they wish. I'm sure at some point on Day 1 we all signed a EULA and Terms of Use agreement that acknowledges that.

If you've ever wondered why you will seldom if ever see me posting on the Main Forums, there's your answer. They are heavily patrolled by Sparky Moderators.The individual teams that are "off-brand" are tolerated, and the low carb teams in general are public, but some of them have to be marked as "private/invitation only" to even exist, like the HCG diet teams.

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Voicing an official protest over the apparent ouster of our buddy Russell. What gives, SP?

Organizing a protest. Need ideas...

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Yay! Sounds like the colchicine is working! What a relief for you!

Probiotics are the critters themselves, like bifidobacteria or lactobacillus cultures in milk and yogurt and other dairy. You can get capsules or pills at GNC (expensive) or your local pharmacy or drugstore (not cheap, but you can shop around). Or you can just get dairy products with them if you're tolerant of dairy.

Prebiotics are (usually) starches that probiotics love to eat, but that we can't digest - they're basically fiber. You have to be pretty careful with them, cause introducing too much at once can make you really bloated and gassy! I don't take a separate supplement, but the sweetener brand I use, Sweetleaf stevia, has inulin, which is a prebiotic.

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Don't know anything about probiotics or prebiotics so will have to read up on them. Nothing else new except.....Praise God......my gouty toe/foot is feeling better which I am very thankful for. Have a great weekend!

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Well, the good news is that, if you can stick to a fairly low carb/Paleo plan, the diet itself is generally anti-inflammatory in a good way. High carb actually drives inflammation, and wheat is the worst offender of the bunch, it seems. Followed by sugar. Do you take probiotics and prebiotics? I've read a few things about the connections between gut health and auto-immune diseases.

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Hey Lady!

Thanks for your response. To answer your questions, I've been on coumadin (blood thinner) since 2003 when I had blood clots in both lungs and a stroke in 2001 right after I was dx with lupus and sjogrens. All this stuff with the bones started in the 90's when I started getting arthritis but I can't take antiinflammatories for the arthritis because it and the lupus interfere with my kidney function so I've been told to stay away from ALL of it. Hope the Colchhicine is not an anti-inflammatory that I shouldn't be taking but physician's assistant should know all this stuff!

And you are so right about the flowers, Love, LOve, Love them and this has been the FIRST summer in the last 20 probably that I was not able to get out and do my own container pots. I picked out two hibiscus (yellow and a peachy one) to hang by my step rail out front and my daughter and her boyfriend got two huge tubs and planted them with petunias for me. The only thing I need are a couple of baskets for the back and some red geraniums for the front. Just couldn't do it this year and I missed it.

Will be reading about the Autumn crocus and then the other site you gave me. I know I have to be careful about Vit. K and greens so will see what my doctor thinks. In addition, to the shots and med for gout (plus amoxicillin for an ear infection), I was also given a jug so they could have a 24-hour urine collection. Not my favorite thing to do. I was so glad when my 24 hours was up this morning!

I'll let you know when I know something. I go back June 24th so doubt I'll hear anything before then. She is also going to go over my bone density which came back again this time as having osteopenia so will probably be on some kind of monthly supplement or a once a year infusion. I hope it's not one of those ones advertised onTV that gives you all those cancer warnings. If it is, I"ll just take even more Vit. D3 and Calcium supplements rather than risk adding cancer to all the stuff I've got going anyway.Thanks again for your help and I hope the BOSS can give me some good info too when you catch up to him.

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6/12/14 5:58 P

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Hi, Ginger - sorry, I've been a bit here-and-there-and-everywhere this week, but obviously not to THIS "here"!

I'm pretty sure that BOSS has had good success with Colchicine for acute flares. If he doesn't post here with a comment in the next couple of days I'll go poke his Spark Page. Can't remember offhand if RUSSELL has used it much. I know that they don't generally prescribe it for long because it is potentially toxic in larger doses.

Not surprisingly (to me at least, LOL!), it works like an anti-inflammatory, though I don't think that it technically IS an anti-inflammatory. And, if anybody cares at all, it's been a treatment for arthritis and gout since at least the time of the Egyptians. It's derived from the Autumn Crocus. I had to mention that because I know you love flowers!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_crocus

As to the fracture, I'm no expert, but the process of healing actually drives inflammation. In this case inflammation is beneficial - it's part of the body's initial response to damage. Your best nutritional response at this point looks to be to continue to keep grains and other carbs low, make sure you're getting enough protein, and get lots of fat. (You actually require extra energy to heal.)

You should probably supplement too, if you can. More than calcium, you need Vitamin K and K2. I realize that might be problematic if you're on blood thinners, though (can't remember if you are or not). Anyway, here's a good quick summary of simple nutritional things you can do to promote healing. Run it by your doctor/s and see if any of the supplements are suitable for your situation.

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Knock Knock, anybody home?

Still having foot problems......stress fracture is NOT healing like it should and I've also got a bad case of gout. Saw doctor and got two shots on Tuesday which has helped somewhat......a steroid for the gout and pain shot for the foot and sciaitica pain. Also some Colcrys 0.6mg. Have you heard of this drug. Still in a world of hurting.

If that wasn't enough, the A/C went out after the serviceman left on Monday. Had to call them back, but it was a whole day later and it was so hot and humid in here. He was young and inexperienced and forgot to turn the A/C switch back on when he left. Since it is all outside and under the house, I had no idea. Anyway, thank you Lord, we are much cooler today. Just wish foot felt better.

Can't decide if I should go back to the podiatrist (have seen 2x & been x-rayed 2x) about the stress fracture or go to an orthopedic doctor. What do you think? Any experience with stress fractures? I need all the help I can get!

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Hi everyone,

In the middle of a HORRIBLE gout attack that has quite literally brought me to tears. I've had a stress fracture in bones #3 and #4 of the metatarsol bones of my L foot that just won't seem to heal.

My bone density two years ago and again two weeks ago has come back showing osteopenia so I'm not surprised, but very discouraged. I've had three breaks since winter of 2012.....a rib in 2012, 2 small fractures in my lumbar spine last summer and this winter the two stress fractures in my L foot.

For years, I did not have a gout attack and then last year it started up in my R big toe (outside bone that gets hot and red). I"ve never had it in my L big toe (outside bone again) before until last week and it HURTS!

Called doctor and was told to up my prednisone from 15 mg a day (which I take for two auto immune diseases - lupus & sjogrens) to 30 mg a day for four days and see her on Tuesday when I go back to get my coumadin levels checked.

I did low-carb in 2011-2012 to lose weight for a big surgery so I know it is not my diet, although I'm not sure what could be causing it. Podiatrist hesitates to prescribe uric reducing meds without my main physician doing it because of so many health problems. Do any of you think that the stress fracture could be contributing to this attack.....since I never had it in the L foot before until this happened.

I've been reading all of Woubbie's info on gout and have it on my list to get some Vitamin C to take and also some cherry extract (preferably liquid someone said). I CANNOT take any anti-inflammatories because they along with the lupus affect my kidneys in a bad way and the nephrologist has told me to stay away from them. I have even taken some morphine tablets that I have for my back and sciatica pain and that doesn't even touch this gout pain.

It gets discouraging when you seem to hurt all the time and are not able or just do not feel like doing anything, although I continue to move around as much as I can.....ha ha....especially since I take from 40mg to 8mg of lasix everyday because of terrible fluid retention and having lymphodema in my R leg.

Any good suggestions would also be appreciated. I'm going to try the 1/4 tsp of soda in water as well like someone suggested. Not sure of the logic behind this. My sweet mother who would be 104 years old this August used to give it to me as a child for an upset stomach.....she always said it will either kill ya or cure ya. well, it sweetened my stomach and I never threw up so that was a good cure back then.

Hope to see some ideas here and thanks to all.

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Good find! Here's a link to the original Health Day article:

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"What we are learning from the dual-energy CT scans has really changed our perception of where gout can occur and how it can manifest," Bongartz said. "The ability to visualize those deposits clearly broadens our perspective on gout."

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CT Scans Might Help Diagnose Gout in Some Cases

This is a Sparks Health article that I found today on a new study about gout.

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Good shopping! I'm hopeless at waiting for sales. If I need something I generally need it right now cause I've been putting off getting it in the first place, lol!

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Hope everyone is doing great.

My old Oral B. Electric Toothbrush died, so I was waiting for a sale. They are $64.99 at Walmart and at the Navy Exchange they were $59.99, so they went on sale this week at $15 off. When I got it home I found a $20 gift card deal in it IF I go on-line and answer a survey & put in the Code number, plus another $10 in coupons on brushes for it, if I go to another site and put in the code there and answer a few questions. So, not a bad deal at all. emoticon There was nothing on the box about these coupons/gift card inside.

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emoticon RUSSELL_39 is the MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY. He so deserves that honor. emoticon

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Indometh, Jibbie. And drink water. Lots.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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My gout has flared up after T'giving dinner. emoticon

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Yea, I know what to do. Been here and done that. My own fault... damn yummy carbs.

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Aw, Boss, that sucks. Hopefully, since you know what to do, it'll pass quickly this time.

I was thrilled this year that my niece actually deliberately brought not one but TWO low carb side dishes to the Thanksgiving dinner. She made a green bean and cheese casserole with crispy onions on top and a really delicious no-sugar cole slaw. (Need to get that recipe!) For once my sister didn't eyeroll as I passed on the bread, stuffing, potatoes, and creamed corn. It was a Thanksgivikah miracle!

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Thanksgiving - Guess what happened to me, because of declaring T-Day a Spark-free day? And I thought I was really on top of this, and that flares were behind me... Left top-of-foot this time... ugh...

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Hear, hear! June started off great, but I fizzled out that last week and a half. I'm ready to take on some new challenges!

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Hope everyone is having a good JULY. Let's make this a great month.

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One of the things I did a couple of years ago that really made a dent on the food budget was to commit to buying a lot less fast food. And when we do, it's from the dollar menu! I spent almost $1000. less on groceries/food the first year alone! We still eat too much processed junk (the boys especially - OH! all that sugary cereal!!!) but we're slowly getting there. Compared to most of their friends we cook WAY more food from scratch.

My older son even notices now that when he spends a day or so at his friends' houses eating crap and pounding down the sodas that he gets what he calls "soda belly" - he actually gains about 5 pounds of retained water weight and feels like junk for a day or so afterward. He has my body type, and I've warned him that after his teenage "growth" years are over he'll probalbly always need to watch what he eats to some extent. At least I can give him the benefit of what I've finally learned after 50-some years, rather than having to figure it all out on his own.

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Yeah, she does it very well on buying the right foods and all?

But a lot of food she buys I cannot have because of certain things I have ugh,


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As far as I know, SIMPLEMAW isn't on food stamps either. She just challenges herself to eat foods that cost less than $4. a day to challenge the notion that eating a low carb menu is too expensive for most people. MAW can really stretch a dime and still eat pretty well!

Most whole foods just cost a lot less than prepared or processed ones. Now, if you're looking at top quality or specialized foods, like organic veggies or grass-fed beef, then THAT will get pretty pricey!

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Popping in to wish everyone a great Monday emoticon


Anyway just wanna say stay out of that Heat if possible emoticon

Im not on food-stamps Woubble?


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I have just the SparkFriend for you! BUDGETMAW is the BEST at doing low carb on a tight income. In fact, she frequently does a "food-stamp" challenge, where she eats within her state's monthly food stamp allotment for 30 days. THAT'S a pretty tall order, but it's absolutely doable. Check it out here if you're interested:

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Were on a budget right now hard to really do away with everything like you want me to do,
so I will just have to see how things go right now.

"Thanks Anyway For Your Help" Today is My Last Day Being On That "Prednisone Pills"
so maybe things will get better soon and I can be on my way to a better me again I hope.


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Bobbi, any chance you follow a lower carb eating plan? It would probably help with all your issues, including the gout.

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I do too that is the only thing that worries me...but if it does I will just have to get,
myself back on track prayers that it don't Ugh.

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Hope it helps! The worst thing about the prednisone is the possible extra weight gain. Ugh. Hope you dodge that one!

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I still have a lil pain but they gave me "Prednisone Pills" and I have to take them for,
5 days and today is only my 2nd day and I have 3 more days to go on them,
my foot seems to letting me walk a lil more than I did with hubbys help of course,
I don't know what I would do w/o him.

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Very interesting the you tube

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Posting a link to the Youtube series. Thanks again!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zD1gj0pXk

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Ugh. Sorry you're having trouble again.

I think that there's not a lot of actual proof that red meat causes flares; scientists had focused on the purines in the meat and made an assumption that they are the underlying cause for a flare. For most people that is wrong.

That's not to say that it isn't a trigger food for SOME people, it most certainly is, just that it's not all that common, and these days sugar, and fructose in particular, are MUCH more common triggers. Things that cause inflammation likely cause gout flares, and sugar is a major player.

I was glad to see that you listed Dr. Lustig on your SparkPage. I hadn't watched that particular series, but I'm glad you mentioned it! Looks great! I'll watch it this weekend!



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I had a flair up the other day after eating some fudge candy. Seems like sugar is my issue and that meat really doesn't bother me. I can't eat beans of any kind or I have a flair up. I'm not on medicine for it.

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Great to hear! It's a blessing when someone checks in here just to confirm that they're OK!

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How"s eveyone doing with there gout ? I am still fine so far.

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Happy Spring!! Woohoo! Now, if we can just get a little less of this

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I agree when ever I eat something I know my gout will flair up I drink lot"s of water to flush my system out.

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Ouch! Are you taking anything for it? Keep drinking your water!

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Ate sugar and had a FLAIR up again.

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Bob's Red Mill brand is available in most grocery stores. The actual almond flour is a little harder to find. I'm going to try some "sugar cookies" made with almond meal tonight. Here's some background:

"Almond meal, almond flour or ground almond is made from ground sweet almonds. Almond flour is usually made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made both with whole or blanched almonds. The consistency is more like corn meal than wheat flour."

"It is used in pastry and confectionery – in the manufacture of almond macarons and other sweet pastries, in cake and pie filling, such as Sachertorte and is one of the two main ingredients of marzipan and almond paste. In France almond meal is called frangipane and is an important ingredient in the traditional Galette des Rois cake."

"Almond meal has recently become important in baking items for those on low carbohydrate diets. It adds moistness and a rich nutty taste to baked goods. Items baked with almond meal tend to be calorie-dense."

And some recipes:

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Where do you get "almond meal"? I've never heard of it before. I've heard of rice flour but not that. Is it good in other things you use flour or meal for?

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Good morning, all! I'm still digging myself out of a paperwork trench at work, but I'm hoping to check in a little more often. Are you all set for the holidays yet? My mind is still stuck in October! Time is just flying by too fast.

Fortunately, Thanksgiving is a very low-carb-friendly holiday. Turkey, green beans, and cranberry sauce are perfect. I'll have one bite of stuffing, one bite of apple pie, and pass on the gravy and potatos. I also have a great pumpkin-bake recipe; this time I'm going to try making it with and almond meal crust.

Have a great week, everybody!

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It's been a dog's age since I posted here, and just wanted to touch base with everybody. *waves*

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Juice is supposed to be fine, just make sure there's no added sugar or it defeats the purpose.

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Cherries aren't the only fruit to eat. You can eat any dark fruit. Pomegranates dark grapes and the like. Fresh is best but you can eat frozen or drink juice. I mixed a juice of 100% Pomegranate Grape and Cherry and it was GOOD!

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Been told to eat lot's of cherries is good. But I guess they are out of season? As I'm not finding any in the store's. When is cherries available?

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Thanks so much and yes I forgot to mention Im type 2. Ive been tying to loose weight but it seems to be stuck like glue. I been trying to do the gym everday doing weights and cardio. Thanks again.

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LOL! Nope, that would not be very helpful!

One confusing thing to sort out is that there is a difference between what CAUSES gout versus what TRIGGERS an attack. For some people meat does indeed trigger an attack, but it's just as likely to be bananas or shellfish or alcohol. What is becoming clear is that purines in food are actually NOT likely to set off attacks, so veggies like spinach and beans are back on the OK to eat list.

Start with Wikipedia:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout

for an overview. The immediate cause of gout is too much uric acid in the blood, which, for whatever reason, begins to crystallize and cause pain, swelling etc. Uric acid is an anti-oxidant, so if you're making too much of it you probably have systemic inflammation. That, very frequently, is caused by too much insulin in the bloodstream, which is usually driven by too much sugar and starch in your diet. Check out this comment from the article:

"The consumption of coffee, vitamin C and dairy products, as well as physical fitness, appear to decrease the risk.[11][12][13] This is believed partly due to their effect in reducing insulin resistance."

If you didn't already know this, insulin resistance in the immediate cause of type 2 diabetes, which often goes hand in hand with gout.

So, as I mentioned in another post, the very best thing you can do in the long run to make the beast go away is to cut out as many "white" foods as you can and add as many veggies as you can manage. It will benefit you in almost every way possible.

RUSSELL and I are both low carb lifers, so if you're ever interested in that specifically let us know and we can steer you to some great literature.

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I'm new to the gout thing. Can someone please let me know if there is a site, list or what of foods I can have. All I got from my Doctor was dont eat meats. Is this all there is?

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Good morning, all! Thought I'd check in since I've been quiet here lately. Actually I've been a bit quieter on SparkPeople in general. Been spending too much time daily, so I had to prioritize my list of what I do here. It got to the point where I was feeling OBLIGATED to comment on every team post and blog, and that's a little much!

Hope everyone's having a wonderful weekend. I was a little overextended yesterday and didn't get a lot done on my wish list, so I'm making up for lost time today. Enjoy your Sunday!

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Well my dietitian is suggesting something other that straight "low carb" and I agree. Still haven't seen her; just stopped in. The 18th is next Tuesday. But on the 25 of OCTOBER (grr) I am going for a sleep study for Narcolepsy. Right now I have to feed Ras before he eats my scooter! HUGS

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Hope you get one of the good ones.

Ironically, most of the "sponsors" that SparkPeople ads link to advocate a low carbohydrate way of eating, which is NOT what SparkPeople advocates. Low carb is probably the single best thing you can do for your overall health.

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Well my doctor's appointment produced some results; I will be seeing a dietitian on the 18th and will ask about the sleeplessness. Just watched the program here on Sparks for a sponsor of theirs called The Trim Down Club. Interesting. Now I know a bit more what to avoid, hopefully the dietitian will help with that as well. HUGS all!

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Happy Sunday, and Happy September!

Haven't been too active here lately. I think overall I have to scale back a bit on SP activity and get a bit more Real Life stuff done, lol!

Hope everyone's doing well. When it comes to the Gout team, at least, silence is usually golden!

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*sigh* Why's it always gotta be so complicated?

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Well, I gained as well. 20 pounds back.And I still have yet to get a doctor. I know from the other doctor that I need to be in gout-mode to have a blood test. Well I am. Now what? I'm also helping someone move so that's stressful and such. Also been falling asleep at odd places like the Kingdom Hall! GRRRRR. So I don't know if THAT is hypoglycemia or thyroid or adrenals! Never ends!!

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Kinda getting back on track now. Today my brother headed off to college with our only car.. so makes it harder to cheat, and more time to exercise..lol.

I have not had ANY foot pain since 3/20/12. and last checkup, my uric acid levels were normal, so keeping my fingers crossed. Today is 5 months, and I have eaten at least 2/3 of my meals low carb. Can't say I was strict over the summer. It was the first one I've started below 250. Currently I am 246, so gaining 30 lbs. since May wasn't good, but eating no more than 1 bad meal a day has kept gout at bay. Working on getting back to 220 by November, so I can break through to Onederland by New Years. Hopefully I will be at GW next summer, and can just maintain.

I do have to say that summer is a LOT more fun at 230 than at 330.

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Good morning, all! Hope everyone's having a pain-free day!

I'm scrambling at work today to get a day ahead of myself (taking tomorrow off), and needed a little mental break so thought I'd stop by here and wave!

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Just another Manic Monday! Seriously that's what I call it! I was EVERYWHERE on my poor scooter! (it held up; panting!) I went to have a hearing test and he actually found I have need of hearing aids-- not for deafness but the opposite. I have very sensitive hearing. Then I went to the library and got another prize (gift certificate) and got a butterfly net from the flower shop (my prize) and came home, ate (McD's) emoticon . I also got the final paperwork for my friend to move in here! emoticon Then I went BACK out and went to the chiropractor (yes the one doing the diet program. Oh well, he's still a good chiropractor!) And then I came home. I'm making ground chicken for the first time.Not sure what to do with it. Was gonna do kind of a meatloaf thing but no eggs or crackers. So this is what I'm doing: a pound of gr. chicken (in tube); a pack of dehydrated veggie soup mix and half cup water; and tomato sauce. Not sure after that. Any Ideas??
Almost forgot---add zucchini to to the mix!

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Hi, team ! (You know who you are!) Hope everyone is having a great, pain-free day!

Monday-back-to-work day here. Pushing paper and trying to carve out some free time for myself in the evenings. I have to work on my August goals too. Man time flies when you're busy!

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Thanks Woubbie for that information. Now I know what to ask my doctor about and discuss with him.

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It's the processing. White flour in any form hits your system almost exactly like sugar. You get a rush and then a crash. One of the best things about low carb eating plans is the rock steady energy you have. Fat burning doesn't elicit the same insulin response as sugar burning, so it's a much smoother ride.

To your body, the only difference between a "simple" carbohydrate and a "complex" carbohydrate is a half hour of processing time. "Complex" means it's a series of sugars linked together. Break the links and you have.....sugar.

The enzyme, amylase, in your saliva breaks the chains that make flour "complex" and starts to turn it into sugar before you even swallow it. The process is temporarily halted for the half hour or so that it churns through your stomach, but then as soon as it arrives in your small intestine the pancreas provides another dose of amylase and finishes the conversion of the starch to sugar. So Wonder Bread is really a Snickers bar in disguise, only the Snickers bar has better nutritional value! LOL!

You can actually prove this to yourself by putting a bland cracker in your mouth and keeping it there for a minute before swallowing. Over time it will become noticeably sweeter.

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7/29/12 1:07 A

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Good Morning Woubbie! I helped a friend declutter her stuff then came home and did same! I ate there as well. One thing that's been surprising me. She gives me Rye bread. And it doesn't have the sleepy effect on me that other breads do. I wonder how come?

Well Have a great day! HUGS

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7/28/12 11:47 A

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Good morning, all! I'm planning a low-key day today, just de-cluttering every corner of my life that I can, starting with email. I use a lot of folders to keep things organized, but I don't clean the folders very often, so when I'm looking for something it takes forever.

Kids are leaving for band camp tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to a quiet week at home and at work.

Hope you all have a great day!

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~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business


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7/25/12 7:54 P

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emoticon Not me! lol

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7/25/12 7:10 P

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I managed 140 oz between 8am and 4:30, so I'm good for the day. I'll just sip through the evening now!

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7/25/12 5:34 P

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Hope you meet your goal. That would be a good one for me!

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7/25/12 3:16 P

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Hi, all! Quiet day at the office today. My coworkers chose to go to a departmental event, but, just like the lovely wild violet, I don't much like full sun!

I challenged myself to get 100 oz of water today. (I'm retaining water like a boss and am kinda anxious to get rid of it!) As a bonus, the hourly bathroom trips are forcing me to walk more during the day!

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Yay! Hope all is well with you and kitty and komputer!

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7/23/12 8:47 P

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I"M BACK!! emoticon

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Happy Sunday, all! It's a pretty one here in Pittsburgh after a few (badly needed) rainy ones. A lot on my to-do list for the day, so I better get off the computer and start getting them to-done!

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Thanks dear for looking it up and confirming it. HUGS to all emoticon

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Good morning, all!

Laurie, I took a look at the Club Reduce website and it doesn't look like they offer anything you can't do more easily for yourself. You'd probably get more value (not to mention useful information) right where you are at the library! (And if you walk there you get bonus points!)

Welcome to JPOZ62! Hey, Russell - his profile says he's from the Detroit area, so yinz are neighbors! (I, on the other hand, am a "Yinzer" from Pittsburgh!)

Have a great day everyone!



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It's the weightloss health seminar I was talking about; It's called CLUB REDUCE and you can google it for more information. One thing he DIDN'T say that nearly every diet program does is "Before beginning this diet and exercise program; see your physician." Not a word. Who does he think he is GOD? Anyway, I may go back to Fastbreak goals (and get a nutritionist). It's kindof depressing considering I've been in maintenance for two years and Dr. Doug of course pointed THAT fact out to me. "See even Sparks isn't permanent!" I know it's my fault and not Sparks. He just needed something to pounce on. I got him back though. I asked him how long he'd been on HIS program,Bet you can guess his answer! emoticon

Anyway my computer is not working still and I'm at the library. So Gotta FLY! Hugs!

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Sorry about being out of touch, kids had me run ragged the last couple of weeks! This week they're both out of town at camp, so I actually have a few hours to myself!. Gonna get some house projects underway!

Hope everyone's managing through the heat! Laurie, what expensive program are you referring to?

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I have decided NOT to do the expensive program. Yes, I want to be healthy but not in the poorhouse! As to my computer problem (which is ongoing.) it's not the motherboard; it's RAM. Ah well. Hope everyone is ok. Doesn't anyone post anymore?? emoticon

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Howdy everyone! I haven't been on for a while cuz my computer motherboard BURNED OUT! So I am at the library and won't be "streaking" but will check in every few days. I am getting a new motherboard but it IS pricey (natch) Rascal is feeling much better and I went to a weight loss/health seminar on Saturday "fully armed". I had the Spark book, Two AWAKE magazines on "How safe is your food?" and I was wearing my Silver Sneakers t-shirt! emoticon He only got one of the magazines. Another lady there was interested in The Spark so I lent it to her before I lent it to my doc!

As for working out I even did a single session on July 4th. Of course it was the hottest day of the week and OF COURSE the cabs weren't running. I didn't remember that (of course) so I drove there on my scooter (in 107 degree heat that felt like 112) Lesson learned; Even though I had two bottles of water, a hat and took frequent indoor breaks, I suffered heat exhaustion and slept for 5 hours! Children don't try this at home!

Well I need to enter my fitness and finish my mail. Ttyl HUGS! emoticon

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Happy Friday, all! I've been meaning for days to stop by and wave at everyone on the team, but kept putting it off til last thing at night and then would run out of time!

So what's on your weekend agendas? I have a bunch of things to do for my younger son, who's heading off for Boy Scout camp on Sunday, and I have to start right after work today. I hate having to go shopping straight after work and then not getting home for hours, but the stores are all near my job and not my home so it's just more practical. :( (Yes, a woman who hates to shop! My husband brags to his co-workers about the paltry number of shoes I own, lol!)

Have a great day and a great weekend, all!

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~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business


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That sounds like a pretty good idea! Now, would it be the, what I call, the "shaker kind" or would it be Whole from the cheese grater. Now THAT could get pricey! Thanks for the help hon.

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I was looking into feeding my cats a more natural diet (no grains especially, since one of my guys is allergic/sensitive to them) and ran across this little blurb:

"Other tips: Coat the meat pieces in parmesan cheese or FortiFlora. FortiFlora is a probiotic that I use to entice cats to eat. I do not use it as the label states since I am not using it for its probiotic properties. Instead, I am using it as I would if I wanted to season my own food with salt and pepper. As little as 1/10th or 1/20th of a package sprinkled on top of food can go a long way to entice a cat to eat something new. This is because FortiFlora is formulated using animal digest which is the same substance that pet food manufacturers coat dry food with to make it very palatable for cats and dogs."

The Fortiflora is probably pricey, but the parmesan cheese sounds easy enough!

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