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4/9/13 7:24 A

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I have a recipe for flaxseed crackers which I tried quite a while back. I wasn't especially impressed as I recall and I've since discovered that my system can't deal with flaxseed. Oh well, but if you'd like I could put the recipe in our recipes thread.

Like you I put soft cheeses on celery. Depending on the cheese it can also go on slices of apple or carrot. Personally I do allow OCCASIONAL rice or rice products as I've read "The Perfect Health Diet" which advocates some "safe starches" including white rice and sweet potatoes. I've tried these with no adverse effect, however these foods are high in carbs and I try to keep under 50 gm a day with those so I really don't use these often.

My only hard and fast restriction is wheat and corn products as I clearly have sensitivities to these without a shadow of doubt. I try whenever possible to follow the JERF theme - Just Eat Real Food, but in real life I like to have some food indulgences now and then for celebrations and special occasions, so that's when I might allow rice crackers or such. But generally speaking I eat hard cheeses for snacks and those don't need to be supported by anything.... and I've also been known to eat cream cheese with a spoon.

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4/9/13 6:34 A

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I have a recipe for grain free crackers, it's been on my to do list. I'm trying to make one new recipe each week, and it's been a while since I've had cheese and crackers. Maybe I'll try them this weekend. Can I get back to you once I make them?
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4/8/13 8:06 P

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emoticon Hi Everyone...

Does anyone have any good alternatives to what to put cheese on (those small spreadable wedges). I use to put cheese on crackers and toast. I have done it on celery...but was wondering if anyone has any other good ideas or good combinations! : )

Thanks!

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4/7/13 12:43 P

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Finally! After 5 months of trying, I've finally managed to find a recipe for making grain free bread that works! Alleluia! Last night's bread was moist, fluffy, sliced well, and I was able to use it to make a grilled cheese this morning! I may not have found a flour that will work in every recipe, but having a reliable recipe for bread will make my life much easier!



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4/7/13 8:36 A

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Hi Everyone..

I am new to this group. I joined Sparks a few years ago..to have done well, but then realized with my comfort with food, I have gained some weight back, well most of it. The No Grain Diet really worked well for me, so hoping to get back into it starting tomorrow. Starting easy with no bread, rice or spaghetti. Then tighten the reins a bit after that.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! : )

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SeaCrone thank you for the welcome. I'm actually feeling so much better. I have stop the aweful itching on my neck. It was so bad I was constantly digging. Nothing helped including benadryl. I have lost 3 pounds as of this morning. And I'm having less headaches. The only grain I am allowing myself is oatbran. I have been using it since I started the dukan over a year ago. I haven't stuck to it faithfully because of money but I have stayed pretty much low carb until the "I don't care" attitude raises its ugly head. When it does I pay for it like I did now. In four short days I gained 8 pounds and was miserable. So now I am treating wheat and any flour products as "I'm allergic", I am hoping I can stick to it.
I will hopefully this weekend pick up the book this weekend.

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11/5/12 10:25 A

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Welcome to Grain Free Jules - This small little group is a quiet one, but there are some great members who are more than willing to share ideas and support to the goal of eating grain free. Of all the grains there are - if you only eliminate one - I say you should make it wheat.

Have you read the book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis? If not, I suggest you put it next on your "must read" books. It will enlighten you to ways wheat has changed and how the wheat being sold today is not the same as it was 50 years ago.
People argue against wheat free diets and say they are just a fad thing and that we are depriving ourselves of essential nutrients. That's bologna! There isn't any nutrient in wheat that you can't get in other foods. They say that only diagnosed Celiacs should consider a wheat free diet. That's also bologna. Your intestines can be damaged and well on their way to being full blown Celiac well before you get a positive diagnosis. Many people have adverse reactions to wheat who are not Celiac patients. And it's not just about the intestines. Wheat has a negative effect on many parts of the body. As you are learning it worsens arthritic flares. I used to be almost immobilized with arthritis in my hips. Since I've been wheat free I haven't had any flares at all and I feel stronger and more flexible than I did 10 years ago.
So welcome to the team. Hope to hear more from you and get some activity on this forum.

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11/4/12 10:40 P

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Hello everyone. I am hoping to find a little more motivation in being wheat free. I have realized this week that my by is not wheat tolerant. I have been pretty low carb for a while now but wasn't rigid. This past week I have had wheat bread a couple of times and have found that the pain in my joints came back. So as of today I have been really watching what I eat. And going forward I have to remind myself that to be healthy I must avoid it at all costs. I can't wait to meet everyone here and read through the threads.

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It sure is quiet. I was hoping everyone was doing ok. We are supposed to get some effects from the storm around Monday/Tuesday. Honestly I am not paying too close attention. No matter what I will still have to go to work(I'm a nurse) and I will be able to get there(hubby has a truck). No small children to worry about getting to school as they are young adults. Of course I would have to worry about my home and any damage, I pray there would be none. You are much more in the storm's path where you are so I pray that you stay safe. We never have problems with water but electricity is an issue. You are right though anytime they predict bad weather where I am it seemsit's not as bad as they predict and often miss the "milder" storms which turn out to be pretty bad lol. Any way stay safe!

Sounds like you made a good choice at Wendy's. I don't often go out to eat but it is nice to every once in a while. I think if you have a plan it is easy to stick to making a good choice. if you go planning on going off your plan you will and will regret it later.

I had a glitch in the middle of the month but i am back on plan and doing better. My husband is also trying to eat better and lose some weight so this is helping me too.

Stay safe, talk to you soon.
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10/28/12 9:58 A

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Hi Amy, - It's wicked quiet in here, isn't it?

How's everyone doing?

We are battening down the hatches here in preparation for Sandy. Yesterday Ken (dh) dug some trenches to try to devert rainfall from flooding our basement and then we went to a warehouse store. We didn't buy a lot of freezer items this time. It's one of those "Murphy's Law" kind of things. Seems like the more you prepare, the less likely you are to be effected by the storm. It's when you blow off the hype and don't prepare that you get hit hard. One of the most damaging storms we've weathered in our 20 years in this house was "the storm with no name". There was no hype in advance - barely any warning - but a mini cyclone tore through this neighborhood and did a lot of damage. We were without power for 4 days. The worse part of that here is that means no water. The entire town is on well water. The fire dept. uses tanker trucks they fill up from the ponds to put out fires. So no power - no water - no showers - you can't even flush the toilet. So prep means filling containers with water.

We went to Wendy's for lunch yesterday. It was the first time I've been to a fast food restaurant of any kind in the 14 months since I started my low carb/wheat free journey. I had looked up gluten free options in advance and was pleased to find several. Although some of them were high carb (baked potato) - I don't care as much about going off the rails with carbs as I do with eating wheat. Anyway I had an Apple Pecan Grilled Chicken salad which is entirely gluten free if you leave off the pecans (they give them to you separately). There's wheat starch in the pecans, but since I don't have Celiac I took the risk of eating those and haven't had any ill effect. A half size salad has 29 carbs I think - and that's more than I usually eat in a day, but still not horribly high. In any case I really enjoyed the rare treat of a meal I didn't have to prepare and it's nice to have options for the occasional "I don't want to cook" days.

Hope all of our readers are doing well and that those of us in Sandy's path weather the storm well. If I go silent for a while you'll know why.

Have a great day!

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Hello everyone!

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G'morning everyone. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. It's cold and rainy here:(

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I didn't get Wheat belly but i have been reading Why We Get Fat..I decided ishould probably finish it first before I start another book. I have recommitted to eating low carb and exercise.

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9/27/12 8:49 P

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Marti I read your Sparkpage and could relate to a lot of what you said. As you pointed out about the "healthy whole grain"; I ate very "healthy" but yet could never lose or maintain a weight loss. I was eating whole foods, whole grains etc nothing worked. I have had bad foot pain, very dry skin, high blood pressure, etc all the while eating a "healthy" diet. i could not understand why my body was responding negatively to what I was doing. It all is so clear and makes perfect sense.

Again I thank you for your motivating words. I am off tomorrow and hope to pick up a copy of Wheat Belly.

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9/27/12 8:43 A

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You're welcome Amy. I'm glad that you took my words in the way they were intended.

I'm really glad you are going to pick up a copy of Wheat Belly. It's not that I think this is a great diet, per se. In fact I think it's unfortunate that it's referred to as a diet because this might throw people a curb who need the information about toxicity of wheat and how and why wheat has changed in recent years. There are people who are thin - like my dad - who could benefit from this information greatly as it applies to so much more than just belly fat.

The founder of this Grain Free group had a good idea and I have left her introductory posts intact and "sticky" because the one thing that should tie people together here is that they have chosen or at least are considering a grain free diet. What other disciplines they include are not that important here. If you subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian diet that's fine - so long as it's grain free or at least wheat free.

I think Dr. Davis explains the"healthy whole grain" misconception very well. There are many diets which discourage the use of refined flours and products made with them, but they still promote whole grain foods. Dr. Fuhrman's 'Eat to Liive' plan for example is popular with a couple of members here, but it is incompatible with "grain free" because he does promote things like "whole wheat pita bread" as healthy food choices.
Davis explains that is misapplied information. While it is true that whole grain choices are better for you than refined grains, that does not mean they are good for you. That was something I tripped over a lot when I was following my nutritionists advice (and staying fat and unhealthy because of it). I was avoiding all refined foods and eating only 100% whole grain everything and it didn't help even a little bit - not with weight and certainly not with any of the other conditions that grain consumption aggravated or caused - IBS, rosacea, arthritis, depression, high everything, diabetes - and the list goes on.
Better for you does not equal "good for you". It's like say that a low tar cigarette is better for you than a regular cigarette, therefore you should smoke more low tar cigarettes. That's not a very good analogy because they have found that it really doesn't make any difference at all, but you get my drift.

The beginning of the book is heavy on the history of wheat and you might want to skim over that to get to more about what the toxic effects are exactly.

Time to shake a leg here. Wishing everyone a great day!


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Marti, thank you. I so appreciate the fact that you took the time to try and help me. I did not take what you said as lecture, rather than you are trying help me. Everything you said about calorie restriction and the fixation/obsession over what you are going to eat the next meal, I can totally relate to. You have helped me make a decision about going back to a low carb lifestyle. I need nto read more. You pointed out about how some people eat this and some eat that made me think how ridiculous I was thinking about low carb. I loe bacon and I love steak, but I should be eating different foods anyways for nutrients. I don't know much about primal/paleo so I can read up on those also. I really need to educate myself better so I can adopt this way of eating for life not just to lose weight.

I am stopping after work to get the wheat belly book. I need to do something different, yesterday I ate low carb and felt so much better all day. No crazy cravings for junk, candy, etc. It's the right course for me. Again, thank you so much, you don't know how powerful and enouraging your words were for me. I am so moivated to do this.

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Amy - If you feel guilty about eating bacon or steak, then don't eat them. I'm not trying to be a smart a$$ here, but low-carb or paleo meal plans don't have to mean you HAVE to eat a lot of meat, and if certain types of animal product bother you then you certainly aren't required to eat them.
Everyone seems to be up in arms today because to the announcement of future "bacon shortage" and the doubling of prices for same. I find it too expensive as it is and due to the nitrates there is warning against bacon even in the low-carb/paleo communities.
As for steak - again - too expensive for this household, plus we both have dental issues that make it very hard to deal with tougher cuts of meat. We eat beef, but it's almost always ground beef and we grind it ourselves to economize and insure a better quality.

Wheat Belly - I see you have joined the WB team. That's great. Like all teams here it goes in bits and starts of activity, but it you review some of the threads during these "quiet times" you'll pick up lots of good tips. I think I put links to the Wheat Belly Blog in our team links. I will add that if I haven't done so as that also has a lot of good information, recipes, etc.

I think I mentioned too that Dr Davis himself is not a meat eater. He doesn't mention this often but he "just doesn't like the taste of meat".
Perhaps you would feel better if you limited the types of animal products you use. I know a lot of people who aren't quite vegetarian who do eat poultry, eggs, fish and shellfish. Or just eggs and shellfish (nothing with a face).
Based on a lot of what I've read about how a totally animal free diet can create health issues - particularly brain health - I personally don't think a vegan diet is wise. However I know there are some vegetarian wheat free people who rely on legumes for protein. Legumes are out or quite limited if you are following the letter of the law on paleo and the reason for that again is toxicity, but I don't think anyone should feel obligated to follow strict guidelines. You have to make this work for you personally and that means you ignore some "rules".
I mean the only thing required for "grain free" is you don't eat grains, and some even take that down a notch or two and allow oatmeal or rice. Wheat is definitely the most toxic of them all, so maybe you just want to start there.

For myself there is no surer recipe for diet failure than to count calories or limit fat. Been there, done that - really tried to conform to what the "experts" say about it being all about calories in and calories out. Every single effort in that direction was a failure. Although it is very true that you can and will lose weight if you restrict calories it is inevitable that you will eventually stop starving yourself and you will gain the weight back.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you track weight loss here on SP whenever you record a loss you get a message that congratulates you, but it also cautions you that as you lose weight your calorie requirements are less and less and therefore you have to continue to restrict calories more and more in order to lose weight. The more you do this, the more you train your body to turn down the burner and get by on fewer and fewer calories, which means that if you start eating "normally" you can and will gain weight even at a low to moderate calorie level. I don't know how tall you are, or how active you are, but 1600 is calorie restriction - i.e. starving yourself. It sounds like e you are already at that point where your body has learned to get by on less than that - so anything over that will cause a gain. If you keep at this there will come a time when you will gain weight if you go over 1400 - or even less than that.
Instead of repeating the "calories in - calories out" mantra in your head, try thinking about it this way. "Eat fat - burn fat" and/or "eat sugar - burn sugar". This is how low carb diets work. The idea is to flip off the sugar burner and switch to burning fat. When I say "sugar" in this context I am referring to carbs - as all carbs are converted to sugar. If you become familiar with the teachings of Dr. Davis, you'll realize that eating whole wheat bread is actually worse in terms of sugar load than eating a Snickers bar. It takes a little while to flip that switch, but once you do you'll see that it really does not matter how many calories you are eating as long as the macro-nutrients are low carb - moderate protein - high fat ratio. When your body starts burning fat for fuel instead of the sugar/carbs you are eating, then that's when it starts burning your fat stores. But this won't happen if you sit on the fence and continue to rely on carbs for your main energy source.

And for myself one of the big rewards of going low carb is that that constant hunger, cravings and obsession with food and calories stopped. I'm comfortable. My DH has remarked about this more that once. He's seen me on several diet plans and although he is always supportive of everything I try to do to improve my health he has high praises for my present plan "because you aren't suffering!" He says I was unbearable whenever I was doing Weight Watchers or some other calorie restrictive plan. It's true. When you are starving it's impossible NOT to be obsessed and consumed with "when can I eat? what can I eat? how many points are in this? if I save points from today can I have that dish of ice cream tomorrow? " and on and on and on. But once you've switch to being a fat burner hunger is an entirely different thing - it's just a gentle reminder to refuel - not an all out panic of MUST EAT NOW.

I'm sorry if I'm coming across like I'm lecturing. I really don't want to do that. It's just that I hear you struggling with the same traps that kept me morbidly obese for so long that I want to try to influence you to think about the problem a little differently.

That's enough out of me. Have a good day everyone!

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I have not read the book, but I am thinking about picking it up tomorrow. I am not doing very well with my current plan, I have been eating anythingi want but trying to stay within a calorie allotment of 1300-1600 cals. i am staying around 1600 but have gone over a number of days also. I think the fact that i have been eating wheat and grains has caused me to gain and not lose. I have had cravings for junk that I had not eaten while following a low carb plan. I think it is time to get back to something that works and forget the low cal/low fat mentality. i have literally gained 8 pounds since I have been "counting' calories. I just feel guilty eating things like bacon and steak.

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9/24/12 7:42 A

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Have you read "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis? He goes over the toxic effects wheat has on virtually every part of the body. There's a whole chapter devoted to the skin with the title "Bagel Face".
People tend to think the issue with wheat is just about the gluten and that it just effects the intestine, but it does have a major impact on every system in the body - brain - skin - endocrine system.
I went grain free as a natural consequence of doing a low carb diet, and although the first couple of weeks was miserable I felt wonderful once it was out of my system. I read Dr. Davis' book and it explained why it was that I was feeling so great.
If you're not familiar with that writing you would be doing yourself a favor to get ahold of a copy of it. There's a Spark team based on it too.

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I had a small melanoma removed from my arm last summer. Thankfully it was a stage l lesion. So now I am very diligent about sunscreen and limit the time I am in full sun, but you have to live too. That's interesting that your skin responded to the absence of wheat, obviously it was causing inflammatory conditions in your system.Another reason to stay away from wheat.

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I had a vitamin D deficiency too - enough to get prescription strength supplements for a time, but now am on OTC supplements. I do avoid the sun because I have very sensitive skin - melanoma in my family - and meds I was taking for Rosacea made my skin even more sensitive, but after being off wheat, my skin improved considerable.

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I was diagnosed with being extremely deficient in Vitamin D and since I have been taking supplements I feel I tolerate the long winter much better. I would prefer living in the south and my husband and I are plannig to do so sometime in the next few years. The winters are very harsh where we live. We are right on the snow belt. I have not tried the special light therapy but that is always an option.

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I knew a woman who had SAD (she lived in Maine) and she used one of those special lamps. Wow - are those things BRIGHT! But it was very effective for her.

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I had SAD the last winter before we moved here. I told DH I would have to have a light box if we move back.

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Yes - weather is always an interesting topic.

I was just going to comment and ask Amy if she had problems with SADs. I'm so opposite on that. When it's spring I start to dread the summer. I do not mind the cold and I actually prefer less light. Perhaps my ancestry is from the northern regions. Light hurts my eyes, and heat makes me crabby. I've often thought I'd fair better if I moved further north.

But it is all about what you get accustomed to as well. I would be very unhappy if I had to move south for whatever reason, but I'm sure I would adapt if I had to. We are very adaptable creatures.



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Wow, all this weather talk. My DH wants to move us to Northern MI.
We have lived in the Phoenix AZ area for 19 years, not sure I could do the dark or cold.

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Congratulations on your Anniversary. Enjoy your day.

It is certainly fall here where I am; cold, rainy, and dark. It actually was hailing last night. I don't want to think about what's around the corner.

Way to go on your diet. Fourteen pounds is not too far away. You can do it.

Have a happy Sunday
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Well it's official - today fall begins. It's earlier this year by a day because of leap year. Normally it's on the 23rd - which is my wedding anniversary. Seventeen years tomorrow - hard to believe. But I'm such a lucky lady - we are so well suited for one another and still very much in love.
So far it looks like he'll get the day off tomorrow, and that will be nice. We'll be going out to eat - probably to Hearth & Kettle. We had our first date in one of their restaurants.

I'm feeling tired and low energy today. I've been going to bed too late and getting up too early, so today I'm just going to coast.
I spent a day and a half this week reformatting and restoring a Toshiba laptop for on of my computer clients. I don't know what she did exactly, but the symptoms were very like that of an infected computer. Her home page was hijacked and then her network connections went haywire and it just got ugly. She had been searching for "free games"... I think she got something for free alright, but it wasn't a game.
Anyway that was a big job and an interesting challenge as this was the first time I reformatted a Win 7 computer.

Meanwhile - in my spare time I've been taking an on line video course at Craftsy in beginner serger techniques. I'm not a beginner sewer or serger, but I never did get real friendly with my serger. Thought it was about time I dusted it off.

My diet has been going well - still holding steady at 174. I had hoped to get down to my wedding weight by our anniversary, but I'm 14 pounds heavier than that. Interestingly though I recall that I suddenly packed on 15 pounds right after we got married - like within the first three months. It was mostly medication related, but it took a while to figure that out.

Hope you ladies are having a great weekend.

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Hello ladies. I was at a nursing conference last week in Nashville, it was very nice and very motivational. Our weather here yesterday was ugly, cool and rainy. I'm not sure what it wll be like today. I really hate to see the cooler temps as you know what is just around the corner. I just dread thinking about the "white stuff".

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Yes, clearing is a language skill. Decision making involves a lot of internal dialogue. I can clean and listen to an audio book - anything that doesn't involve thinking about a task... although I can play Sudoku while listening, so I guess numbers might be a different part of the brain, or else it's easier to switch attention back and forth.

Weather has been just delightful here. It gets warm during the day, but not really hot, and the nights are so cool I have to shut the windows, but I love it! I just feel so much more alive in this drier weather. It's supposed to get very blowy here later in the day.

Today is my day to have wheels. I have counseling this morning and grocery shopping this afternoon. There's blowy weather predicted for later on, but hopefully I'll get the groceries in before that hits.

Have a good one all!

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I'm afraid my clearing is a "language task" - making decisions about what to keep. I could do it with music on, but not an audiobook.

We've had more cool weather. I love it - every year, I'm surprised if there are cool days this early. There will still be some hot days - if I'm prepared to stay hot, I enjoy the cool days that much more.

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Good Morning Ladies - It sure is a beautiful one here. Crisp cool nights - great sleeping weather - and then dry and sunny in the day. It still gets up there in temp, but the dryness makes all the difference in comfort.

Kathy - good going on the 15 minute thing. Seven is a good start and keep trying for more. As I think I mentioned I use my MP3 player a LOT in conjunction with this. Listening to a story or something interesting while working on a "no-brainer" task is a great way to keep me focused. I download a lot of books for free from our library system and will listen to those or sometimes I'll transfer an interesting podcast. The books are usually divided into one hour "parts" . There's a draw back with the library books in that there's not a way to "bookmark" them on the player. If you stop in the middle of a part it usually will not pick up again at that point, so you have to listen to the part again from the beginning. I work this into my system in a way that I commit to doing non-language functions for that hour. You can't read, write, or listen or participate in a discussion and listen to the player at the same time. You can with music, but not with language. So although I don't have to stick to the same non-language task for an hour - I'm commited for the hour to doing things that aren't language based. It could be doing the dishes, folding laundry, sewing, painting, going for a walk - whatever - but one thing I can't do at the same time is the computer - so that's a helpful thing.

I looked up Costco locations closest to me, and the nearest one is more than 65 miles away, so that wouldn't be too helpful in savings. We do have a warehouse type store - BJ's and there's one in Hyannis which is about 28 miles away. We used to have a membership there but let it lapse. Ken has been talking about renewing. We did get some savings by going once a month or so to get non perishables in bulk. We'd also get a large cut of beef and then grind it ourselves into one pound portions that we would freeze. That saves a lot of money and you get a better quality product. You also know that the meat all comes from the same animal. We have a Wal Mart about 40 miles away, but it doesn't have a food dept.

Amy - it is quite difficult to give up wheat, but the longer you are off it, the easier it gets. I do strongly recommend you read Wheat Belly. I got my copy in audio format and that was a mistake because it's impossible to look up and review anything. It's only available in hardback now, but is coming out in May in paperback. Don't wait that long LOL. There's a Wheat Belly Cookbook coming out at Christmas that's definitely on my Santa list. But there's some recipes on the Wheat Belly Blog. The blog is a great place to visit to get a lot of information. Any Low Carb recipe site or book is helpful in going wheat free. Linda's Low Carb site was my life saver for the first few months. Most low carb recipes are wheat/grain free because grains are all high carb foods, but you have to be careful because some recipes do use wheat containing items like "carb-quik". Paleo sites, books, and recipes are all good because Paleo is grain free.

You can do it gradually, but I don't recommend that. The reason is that as long as there's even a little bit of wheat in your diet you will not get any of the benefits of going wheat free. Wheat is physically addictive. It has proteins that cross the brain blood barrier and inpact the opiate receptors. When people say they are addicted, they mean that figuratively or psychologically, but the truth is that there is a true physical component and so there is withdrawal. Any alcoholic or addict (like yours truly) can attest to the fact that a little bit of the drug of choice is worse than none at all. It keeps the monkey on your back. On the other hand, if you rip the bandaid off all at once and go "cold turkey" you will only suffer for a couple of weeks. It's not pleasant but it's bearable - especially when you get to the other side and start to feel what it's really like to be free.

Was it you who mentioned that you have dairy sensitivity too? That's not uncommon, and if that's the case then Paleo is definitely the way to go for you as they cut out dairy as well as grains and legumes.

I'd better sign off and post before this goes poof - have a great day!

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Hello ladies, out of work early today-worked late yesterday and my boss took pity on me. I am going to a conference tomorrow in Nashville and have some things I need to do. Thanks for the link to the presentation about the vegetarian myth. I now have osteoporosis and low vitamin D and I am totally convinced it is due to yrs of low fat diet and eating no meat. I still have a hard time giving up wheat, I guess I need to read wheat belly.

Marti when you were talking about living in Cape Cod and being a victim of traffic and tourists it made me think about where we often vacation in NC. We stay on Hatteras Island which is a very narrow strip in the Atlantic. when i first went there when I was 19yrs old no one even knew what i was taking about, now everyone goes to the "Outer Banks". It is so over-run with people it is sickening. I know a lot of the natives do not appreciate what has happened to their island.

I like Boston, although we do not drive we take the subway and do a lot of walking. We park at the Science Museum and go from there. When we are done we hop back on the interstate and back we go. I don't think i would like driving in town either.

Well off to run some errands and do some packing. Have a great afternoon.
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Just remembered one more thing I was gonna say. When I lived in Boston, those roads were not there yet, and Boston drivers were scary if you just need to cross a street. I didn't have a car then. Those roads were meant to ease the problems they had back then.

I haven't been back to learn how it's changed. I've only seen pictures. Judging from the anger of the people there, I'd never want to drive there. My memories of Boston and Cape Cod are still that it was the best time time of my life!

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We've had to share one car before. There was a long period where Allan would take me to work and pick me up, and it was a long way in the opposite direction from our house. I was off first, and waited for him to pick me up. That seems backwards, looking back. That's the way I wanted it then.

One vehicle = togetherness - maybe not the kind you need or want, right ? emoticon

Allan has had two small pickups, and I know what you mean about the ride. The truth is, my Fiat is something like that. I'm not getting the mileage promised, and finally I have noticed that. The Fiat is always our weekend car, bcs Allan thinks it's fun to drive. The shocking thing is, his Subaru gets better mileage.

At Walmart, I park it in the space marked "green cars only." It qualifies 2 ways - it supposedly has good mileage, AND it's painted green.

Marti, we have done some comparisons, and Costco isn't worth the membership fee IF you have a Walmart, but since you don't, I think it would be. But I don't know about your mileage to go there (to your warehouse store).

I tried the 15-min. method of sticking with a project, and was only able to do 7 good solid min., so the "gluing" idea was right on target for me. Starting at 7 min. and going up. So, I'll do another, and another. And, that's where I'll be. . . .

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Hello Ladies,
I just took Ken to the bus stop in the Ford truck we now share. It's going to take some getting used to. I'm so conditioned to the van and it's the only thing I've driven for over 5 years. The truck isn't a comfy ride. It bounces all over the place. Nothing wrong with it, that's just the nature of it.

We picked up the tags from the van on Saturday and Ken turned them in yesterday. Sniff, sniff, but you're right Kathy about the reduced worry of an accident. That van broke down in some very dangerous places on more than one occasion and I was always tense and anxious when I drove - worried that something major would give away in a bad place (There's never a good place to break down is there?).
But since I have a standing appointment with my therapist on Tuesdays we are going to try to work in out that I get the truck on Tues. to get to my appt. and I'll plan to do the grocery shopping and other errands on Tuesday as well.

Amy, Portland, ME is a nice city as cities go. I have a friend who lives about an hour north of there so I've been in and through a few times. It's nothing like Boston (shudders) I hate Boston because of the way the roads are laid out and how scary the drivers are. I'm just a country girl anyway. I've never had any desire to live in or even near a city. Boston is ? 60 to 80 miles from here and that's close enough.
We live in Eastham which is quite far down on the Cape. It's past the "elbow" and it's where the National Seashore Park begins. In fact the bus stop we use is at the Nat'l Seashore Visitors center. The land is narrow here with the ocean to the east and the bay to the west. The beaches are quite stunning, but when you are a year round resident just trying to get around and live your life, it's horrible to get trapped in beach traffic and travel at 8 miles per hour for 8 miles. I've lived on the Cape for 55 years having moved here from NH when I was five - so I don't know anything else. I know people think I'm lucky for that and in a way I am as I really do appreciate the natural beauty I'm surrounded by, however it's very expensive to live here, and I would like to know what it feels like to live somewhere that isn't a tourist resort.

Time to sign off and get on with my day. I'm working on a "Dammit Doll" for my friend who quit smoking.

Hope yall have a great day!

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Ladies thanks for posting, I have enjoyed catching up this am. I am off to work but hope to post this afternoon.

Happy Tuesday!
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Marti, I know just how it feels to have typed a post and have it disappear. I can imagine Ken saying "My first day off - and there you are typing ? ? ?" Sure hope you do something fun, together, today!

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Amy, I think my hospital experience was in a place similar to med/surg. I took care of patients who were in for general surgery. It was long, long ago but left permanent memories.

I looked at the map to see the corner of PA that meets Lake Erie. I knew of Erie, PA but hadn't placed it before - so you are 20 miles in from there? The closest I've been to there was the Pittsburgh area.

Thanks for joining this chat thread. As Marti said, we are often mute. Maybe some of the others will read this and join in. Since this is not a new topic, no one else gets notices on it.

I 'missed' the last line of your post, about running a 5K this morning. How was it? emoticon

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This is about the big, really big picture: how can we feed the 70 million? WE CAN'T.
WOW. I tried to listen while doing other things, and the volume wasn't enough. Earbuds would help with this.

Thanks, Marti. Sorry about the van, again. I'm just glad you didn't have a bad accident in it.

We rode bikes yesterday and I made it through the day. I was always a klutz, but now it's worse.

Amy, your experience with weight sounds a LOT like mine, except I gained more.

TTYL, K

We could only ride bikes because a cool front came through - so we got outside to take advantage of it.

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Amy - I haven't read Good Calories Bad Calories by Taubes, but I did read his "Why We Get Fat" and it was that book that inspired me to give a good college try to the No Sugar No Starch Diet (outlined elsewhere on this forum). This plan is an example of a low carb diet and it was in the appendix. It was authored by the Duke University Medical Center.

You can read my entire (long) diet journey on my Spark Page. One day I will get into editting that and posting some new pictures.
I too had tried a couple of stints on a low carb diet before, but they were brief and I couldn't sustain them because I got so darned depressed. I've now learned that that was because I was also trying to do low fat - and that's never going to work, but so many people fail at this because they are still brain washed by the whole "fat phobia" thing.

I started my grain free journey a year ago last August and outside of a few indulgences in rice now and then I am totally grain free.
I've lost 46 pounds in this time, which might not be impressive to the younger crowd but it's pretty damn good for post menopausal women. I hope to lose 34 more pounds to reach my goal of 140, but if I never lose another pound I'll remain grain free because it's so much more than the weight.

If you haven't read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis I highly recommend that you do as it will explain so much more that you won't learn from the medical community or even from trusted authorities like the American Heart Association - Diabetes Assoc. etc.

My long term suffering with IBS completely and totally disappeared after getting off grains. My arthritis has vastly improved. My diabetes has reversed itself. I've had an A1C of 5.7 for a year now. I have more energy than I did ten years ago. My skin has improved. I sleep better, and I'm not suffering. I don't obsess about food all the time. I'm not craving more food two hour after eating. I don't feel deprived. I don't feel like I'm on a diet.
Yes it was hard to adapt and it's sometimes inconvenient in this world of grain eaters, but it was/is worth making the changes, and it's now second nature to me. I look at it like I'm allergic to grains - especially wheat - and so when people try to coax me with "just a little slice of birthday cake won't hurt you" I insist that I'm allergic and I don't feel like I'm lying because even the tiny bit of wheat in some soy sauce I had brought on belly cramps - so I can only imagine how much worse a slice of cake would do, and I don't want to test that.

Cheesecake with nut crust or flourless chocolate cake make for wonderful indulgences on special occasions.

A lot of people have the misconception that low carb is all about eating lots of meat - especially bacon - but that's really not accurate. I don't eat a lot of meat. I don't eat any more than I used to. The calorie value of my meals is probably the same as it was, but I don't ever restrict food to save on calories. I eat when I'm hungry, but I'm not hungry all the time the way I used to be on a high carb low fat diet.

There are people who do vegetarian low carb. I'm not one of them, but others have offered advise on that in the Wheat Belly group on SparkPeople.

Hubby has a day off for the first time in weeks, so I'm going to step away from the keyboard for a while.

Have a great day!


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I've got to learn to keep my responses short. This is my fourth try at replying and I've accidentally wiped out my writing by one wrong click.

I will go into more soon, but for now I want to post a link to a YouTube clip about the book "The Vegetarian Myth".

youtu.be/rNON5iNf07o

It's 27 minutes long, but well worth the time if you are concerned about eating animal products and are leaning toward vegan for health or ethical reasons.


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Marti I was grain free when I joined this team but lately I have had a bit of grain/bread. I am having a real hard time finding something that will work. I have tried Weight Watchers a million times and I have done a low carb diet with results and then fell off the wagon and have yet to get back on. Sometimes I think it's just the amount of food I eat. I don't track, but this past week I have and see where I have two of things that I should have one of.

I have read half of Taubes book Good Calories, Bad Calories and know what he says makes sense, but I still feel guilty about eating lots of meat and things like bacon. Are you totally grain free? Have you had great success with what you are doing?

Sorry to hear about your Caravan, I think the bike sounds like a great option for running to places like the store etc if it works for you. When i lived in townI preferred walking if I had the time. I walked to work when I worked at a physician office. It was great being able to do that. Come to think of it I was 25 pounds less also.

I have never been to Cape Cod, I hvae been to Boston a few times. My sister lives in Portland, ME. I love the beaches and coastline in New England, they are stunning.

Have a great Sunday, running a 5k this am.
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Hi Amy - Glad to hear a new voice here.

Twenty pounds, eh? I've been at a standstill for a while, with an occasional dip on the scale, but I've been indulging in too much fruit. As the cooler weather comes (soon I hope) my activity level is bound to increase and that make help to make the shift too.

We've just discovered that we cannot eke any more time out of our old '97 Dodge Caravan, and because we simply cannot afford to replace it - even with another junker - I will be carless for a time. We've done this before. It is possible, but here on Cape Cod it's a lot more difficult that it would be in places where there are more public transportation options. I'm thinking that maybe we might get me another bike. I haven't ridden for 12 years, but I'm in better shape now than I was then, so maybe... It would give me an option for the little trips to the corner market, or the library, or even to one of my occasional jobs. We'll see. Right now we are in the process of making funeral arrangements for the old van, and working on a share schedule for the remaining vehicle. So that stinks, but it could be worse. It can always be worse.

Amy - are you grain free? If so - how long? What inspired you?

Keep chattin' ladies & have a great day!

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Hello there, I'm from Erie, PA. The lighthouse you were speaking of is one on the Pennisula on Lake Erie. The Penninsula is a favorite attraction here and about 20 minutes away from my home.

I have been a nurse for 26yrs and I currently work on a med-surg unit. I am married and also for 26yrs. We have two young adult children.

I have been trying to lose this doggone 20 pounds for 10 yrs and feel I am finally in the right mindset to do so.

I am happy to see some conversation here:)
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With no days off during the season, I was wondering when he finally gets a break. Does he get a much easier schedule for the winter?

It doesn't cool off here til much later. When we first moved here, I thought October was hot. It can stay in the 80's through Oct., varying up or down quite a bit. Often all through winter, you'll see people out with jackets, but wearing shorts. For some reason men do that a lot.

I'm getting a better idea of what Whydah is like, from their FB page. I think I even saw Ken, but I'm guessing. I'll have to go back and get the date, and ask you.

Amy, from your Sparkpage, I can't tell where you're located, or anything about you, but I did see you have a picture of a lighthouse. So, come back and tell us about yourself, please!

Marti, congrats on staying small and getting smaller!

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When I was a kid Labor Day really did mark the end of the tourist season - the drop of was dramatic, but not so any more. Although it is the end for families with children, it's now prime time for the childless. Now "bus tour season" begins. Most of those "cruise New England" tours for seniors will start coming now. Although we don't have much in the way of fall foliage, it really is a lovely place in the fall and the #%$@!! beach traffic stops.
So although I don't have to dread the prospect of getting trapped with the beach goers resulting in an 8 mile trip taking a full hour, things will remain pretty busy - just no more kids.
I couldn't see any decline in those beach goers in spite of the sharks and even when two major beaches were closed because of high bacteria levels a lot of people didn't get the message.

Because Ken manages the marina he will remain quite busy - days might not be quite as long. He's been working 7 days for weeks and weeks and I hope he can at least get one day off soon. The floating docks come out sometime in October - between Columbus Day and Halloween, so there will still be marina business until then. The museum/gift shop is open daily until Halloween and then it closes for the season and doesn't reopen until April. The field season (divers going down for exploration of the wreck site) is still on going too.

As for my fitness level I'm happy that my scale showed a new low number when I weighed nekkid this morning. It does that before an actual consistent drop - like a preview of coming attractions - lol, so that's encouraging me to tightened up the reigns on treats like fruit. Exercise is actually more likely to happen now that the worst is over and the weather is getting cooler. It's still not safe to walk on the bike path, but it's less risky - especially if you go early.

Summer always seems to drag on for me due to the many negatives of trying to live a normal life in a tourist resort - plus I hate the heat - but it did go fast in terms of not getting much accomplished.
I'm working on the later and I am making some headway.

Weather more comfortable for yall yet?

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Amy, what type of nursing do you do?

Marti, Cape Cod has been getting lots of coverage bcs of the sharks. So, how many tourists are still there after school begins? Summer has seemed so short. What are Ken's hours like as the season ends, and when does that happen?

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I'm here. It's just that, no one else posts. Membership is growing, though.

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Just checking...was hoping everyone didn't leave.

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I'm here! This group goes mute quite often, but sometimes "new blood" gets things going.

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Where is everyone?

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I'm a nurse. Needed some days off to get some much needed work done and relieve some stress lol.

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Hi, Amy! What do you do at work?

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Good morning, hope everyone is having a good week. I am off from work for a long weekend-it started yesterday. It's nice to do things you have been neglecting at home. I went to the library yesterday and picked up a few books on low carb. Now just need to sit and read. Have a great day everyone.
Amy

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If you can find a way to put them in the general forum, that would be fine.

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