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CINDYTW Posts: 5,783
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Are you a nicotine junkie (terrible cravings, physical side effects from quitting) or a habit smoker? The patch will not help the junkie but only make it worse...

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2/9/11 8:52 A

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I find I do not over eat raw nuts like I do roasted and salted nuts. Would that help?

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2/9/11 8:31 A

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Yeah I totally know that about smoking. I've been wearing a patch for 2 weeks and I'm down to three cigarettes a day. I'm trying!!!

Nuts and cheese... i do eat them just in small quantities. I have a nut problem. I dont stop when i start. measured portions are good as long as I eat them out of the house lol.

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As a recovering nicotine junkie I can tell you SMOKING=ANXIETY!! It makes you believe it is calming you, but really once you get off the rollercoaster of nicotine in your system you will be a lot calmer! The dropping nicotine in your body makes you feel anxious, as does the stimulant effects it has. I smoked for 20 years and quit just about 18 months ago. Seriously, the best anxiety medicine may be quitting!

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2/8/11 11:07 P

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When looking at protein sources don't discount the ones with what seem to be higher fats ratios- ie. cheese and nuts. Remember that fat is also an energy source - as are carbs.

For me a measured amount of nuts such as almonds as one of my snacks can make the difference in my energy levels.

I find that I self medicate with with foods such as homemade rice mac-n-cheese. Which can take the edge off of situational anxiety and get my brain chemicals in a better place- especially if I am dancing and doing my self care to keep the energy flowing.
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2/6/11 8:16 P

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I forgot to mention my primary doctor of 6 years who gave me the celiac diagnosis also left the state. I've seen a different dr and this NP and I'm not happy. I loved my doctor :(

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2/6/11 6:41 P

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That is really cool on the Vitamin Pharmacist! My NMD did that. I took them all to her and she want through them. It was very helpful.

What a great service! When I think of all the supplements I have bought and thrown away, I get overwhelmed. I am on the right track now I think.

Adrenal supplementation is key to adrenal fatigue. I take one by RCL Labs from my Drs office. I believe you cannot buy online, could be wrong though.

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2/6/11 6:22 P

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I took all of my meds and supplements to a holistic pharmacist. When I was having so much trouble with the Celiacs, insomnia, anxiety, concentration, etc.

She asked me lots of questions, then looked up everything I was taking. She made a client profile-complete with suggestions of other supplements that she thought would help me (and those she thought I should stop) and sent them to my doctor.

My doctor was really impressed. He told me he did not have that much training in supplements and vitamins and appreciated her input. Anyway he approved the plan and also prescribed the supplements that the pharmacist recommended. The ones I could not get over the counter.

Then the pharmacist told me exactly what to take and what time of the day. It took some massaging between myself, the pharacist and the doctor, but now I feel much, much better.

If you like I can ask my pharmacist if she has referrals in your area. She has done a lot of extra training in supplements, vitamins, hormones, etc. in addition to her pharmacy training.

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2/6/11 3:40 P

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OAKRUN

thanks for all the info! i did have my bloodwork done and all my b vitamins are well within a good range, particularly b12 which was in the 700s. one of the nurses is my friend so he actually delved into my bloodwork rather than just looking for flags, where it was found that my ferritin and vitamin d are only in the normal because they are at the very bottom number. ive subsequently added a vit d supplement and tried to eat more iron (i cant take supplements for iron cuz of the belly). i do take a b complex (a rather strong one) once a day.

my energy level is in the toilet which i believe is due to adrenal fatigue. my father committed suicide a little over a year ago; i lost an entire family and then some in physical absence (they didn't die, just left my life), my husband and I went through a serious trial, and i was diagnosed with celiac all within the last 8 months. I also ventured into the realm of anorexia shortly after my dad died and still struggle with the back and forth of that aftermath. if stress alone was a cause of adrenal fatigue id suspect it, but i have dietary and exercise issues that have also been linked to adrenal fatigue.

the nurse practitioner i saw said the test for adrenal fatigue was cumbersome, wanted me to talk to my shrink and get the bloodwork for vitamins, etc before we talked about testing my adrenals. i found a self test (not sure of the reliability) of adrenal fatigue online whereby you check the dilation time of your pupils and mine were a bit hesitant.

so what do you think?

i take fish oil, calcium/magnesium/zinc, vitamin c, probiotics, valerian at night, i'm on lamictal, and i added vitamin d and b-complex.

what more can I do? honestly. the shrink is great, although as of yet wants to treat my anxiety with an increase in my mood stabilizer rather than specific anxiety medication. im a dancer in a release based technique that allows for catharsis, and I am otherwise physically fit. I sleep pretty well every night.

ah yes im also a smoker. emoticon

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2/6/11 11:39 A

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I can entirely understand the conscious desire to avoid meat and be a vegetarian. That dietary choice does present problems for Celiacs and the gluten intolerant. These disorders often come with poor methylation due to malabsorption issues. If there is any lack of folic acid (folate), B6 and B12 it provokes poor methylation (detoxification of harmful compounds in the body).

Poor methylation because of chronic low levels of these three nutrients causes an excess of homocysteine to spill out of our cells into the bloodstream where it can damage the arteries, setting the stage for atherosclerosis (the buildup of plaque in the arteries). Consequently, homocysteine levels are very important to track, too, particularly as a vegetarian.

See: http://www.backtolifehealth.com/Methylatio
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(I encourage everyone to do some research on methylation and Celiac.)

Since you are substantially increasing your level of physical activity, it could throw a strain on the body, particularly in the methylation cycle (cellular detoxification). Your idea of improving protein intake to offset the activity increase is a great decision, but because you already know you have potential absorption issues due to celiac/gluten, it will be really important to get enough B-complex, etc. And this is actually hard to do consistently as a vegetarian.

I myself had to go back to eating animal protein after several years as first a careful vegetarian and later two years as a careful vegan. Ultimately my adrenal function tanked due to low protein intakes and for me there was no way to get adequate amounts of digestible protein to repair adrenal fatigue while eating as a vegan/vegetarian. Once I started eating Paleo, I have improved substantially in energy in the last 10 months.

So it's just a word of caution, getting enough digestible protein and enough B-complex plus the other vitamins that are commonly deficient as a Celiac, is absolutely critical to good health. Thus if you remain a vegetarian, you'll have to be even more watchful of your diet as your body may compensate for a any lack of critical nutrients by robbing Peter to pay Paul. Since you already do a lot of physical exercise you should be able to tell pretty quickly if you start to have less energy or more fatigue than you should, if your recover times become slower, or if you start to have digestive issues.

As for affordable protein choices, I tend to use seafood/fish as a primary protein source followed by eggs, chicken, turkey, and beef last (no pork), in that order. I've found fish to be the easiest to digest along with shrimp and squid (calamari) and a good bang for the buck since waste is nil, followed by eggs/chicken/turkey with beef being the hardest to digest and most expensive.

Getting enough greens is important for minerals and calcium, and other vitamins so green smoothies can be a big nutritional boost, too. And when exercising I find that the little packets of EmergenC really do restore my electrolytes and give a little energy (Maybe it's my age, 62)

Cheers :)

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2/6/11 10:23 A

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I found Quinoa much cheaper in bulk section at Sprouts or Whole Foods. If you feel comfortable getting it there, I guess you could get cross contamination there though. I do not have Celiac, just trying to reduce my Gluten, might be sensative.

HTH!

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2/4/11 6:09 P

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The quinoa recipe sounds good. It will be great to get it when it is posted. Thanks!

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2/4/11 1:36 P

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Sardines can be cheap :). I just bought some in soybean oil (yuck) but I drain it and pat it good ("nice sardine" - lol), at the Dollar Store for 79 cents. I was gonna suggest Crown Prince wild caught boneless skinless but it was a lil over $3. You kinda want the bones, too, for the calcium. But i wanted to try. That can had 26g and was innocuous in taste. Smoked have some good flavor.

good job on getting your vit. levels checked! emoticon why not take vit d3 supplements? they're pretty cheap, and it's that time of year you need it NOW. :P

keep up the good work on yourself. that new workout sounds intense!

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Dotslady-meat is just expensive!!! I'm picky about cuts and fat percentages and growth conditions so I only buy organic meat but it is very expensive. So I don't buy it very often. I eat a lot of shrimp because it's a bit more affordable, has iron and vitamin d and I love it!!!

I do take a b complex but surprisingly-I just had my bloodwork done-my b12 was quite nicely in the mid range. Iron and Vit d, however, barely hanging onto normal. So I added some Vit d protein bars, more milk, more good quality dark chocolate, and higher iron beans.

It's so cumbersome taking care of auto immune diseases !!!!

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sPIRULINA is a distant cousin of SPIRULINA. Hee hee.... typo.


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LISAED58, do you mean instead of "Pirulina", "Spirulina?" I've never heard of pirulina.

BLEEDINGROSES - would you consider sardines? Pretty handy and lotsa protein. I hope you consider B12 supplements if you haven't. Are you vegan, just don't like it, or don't assimilate it? Just wondering.

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My next experiment in the rice cooker is to make my own yogurt. I think that will be my saving grace. Dairy doesn't bother me at all, so milk and cheeses will also work to get some protein, and I think as long as I can find a source for socially and environmentally responsible tuna, that I will still eat that. I made a quinoa recipe with black beans and chick peas that turned out great. I better head over to the recipe generator and share it. I'll let you all know when it is posted.

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Hi. I have the same problem so here are some of the high protein foods I include:

Hemp Hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
Pirulina
Flax seed
Pumpkin seed
Greek yogourt
Soy beans (shrimp chop suey my fav.)
Tuna
Turkey / chicken breast
Lactose free skim milk




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I made quinoa in the rice cooker tonight, and it turned out great!

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Since I can't have dairy, I use rice protein in my morning smoothie, and add chia seeds as well. I also like tofu pudding. Quinoa can be cooked in a rice cooker with very good results.

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Do be careful with the pea protein as some have had digestive issues with it. For some people it causes excess gas. For those who is does not bother it seems to be rather popular. Whey powder by Bob's is also great to add protein. Be aware though that Bob's is not a protein shake mix. It is kinda like a base for those drinks. So you would add your fruit or cocoa powder and such to it. Greek yogurt is awesome for protein as it has over 12g per little serving. I love it because it is also fat free. You can buy it in the bigger tubs and go online for coupons. If you go that route you can usually get it at about the same price as regular yogurt. Greek has way more protein in it than regular yogurt. My aunt tried the hemp powder and did not like the texture of it. Not saying it is bad but to each their own right?

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I was happy to find all of these suggestions. Since I started tracking my nutrition here at SP, I could see that I was barely getting enough protein on a daily basis. And NOW... after watching FOOD INC., I think I just became an overnight vegetarian. This is going to take some work on my part and some experimentation into the world of beans and legumes.

FOOD MATTERS was also an awesome documentary that talks about SUPER FOODS and can really help a person understand how wheat and corn got into ALL of our food! They focused more on corn, but you will be able to see how it all is related. I am cooking for my godchild right now, so I am super aware of it. She is celiac AND has an extreme corn allergy.

I went out and got a rice steamer the other day, so I guess I have to play with those other rices and not just the plain long grain white stuff. I also plan on making my own yogurt in it after getting glutened by Dannon Activia. I ate that garbage for 2 weeks before I noticed and had a terrible setback, but I am ready to move forward again...stronger and smarter!

Everyone should watch Food Matters for the validation it will give you! Only watch Food, Inc. if you are serious about making some major changes. I am already planning on a full garden in the Spring.

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I have been a vegetarian for over 25 years and like you, I am very active. I do eat eggs and dairy, as I raise my own. The average adult needs 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, depending on weight and overall health.

Here is some protein ideas: two eggs (12 grams) on two corn tortilla (2 grams), total-14 grams; 1/2 cup black beans on 1/2 cup of brown rice (12 grams); an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter (5 grams), 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1/2 a cup of lentils (13 grams), 15 almonds, dry roasted, (4 grams), 1/2 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup of tomatoes (17 grams).

I team those with as many fresh fruits and veggies as I can get. Sometimes the beans and rice go into a big bowl of veggie soup or I put the eggs or cottage cheese onto a big salad. Or I add marinated veggies to the quinoa and lentils, or steamed veggies with the beans into a corn tortilla.

Hope that gives you some ideas! I will be interested to hear how the martial arts go. I have never attempted them, but have always been interested.





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I am also trying to increase my protein and I am gluten free as well. Here is a suggestion that I am giving a try. Swanson's website has a pea protein powder that has 28g of protein! It is gluten free and low in fat and is supposed to be easy to digest. It got a lot of good reviews. I should get it in the mail today. And for 2lbs, it was $14 or $15. that is only $0.50 per serving! I also saw they had a high fiber, hemp protein powder (organic and gluten free). It got good reviews too. I almost ordered it, but might wait until next time since I think am getting enough fiber and trying to increase the protein. I think for 2 or 3 lbs it was about $14. I think it had 10-14g of fiber and about 11g of protein. On SP, they have a promo code for Swanson's website. It was SWANDEALS and you get $5 off an order of $50 and free shipping.
I make a protein shake in the morning that includes plain yogurt (would love to use Greek yogurt but on too tight of a budget right now to use all the time), 1/2c fruit, 1 tsp fiber, & 1 scoop of protein powder (sometimes I add stevia too depending on the yogurt I use to add some sweetness to it).

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2/3/11 9:55 A

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Lentils, fat free Greek yogurt (is higher protein and very good), eggs.

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2/3/11 9:12 A

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I am a dancer and I started capoeira also (Brazilian martial arts). I am going to need more protein. I'm not a full-fledged vegetarian but I am really not into meat. I need good high protein sources that are affordable. I love beans - black are in my everyday diet. Yogurt is good but I try to stay away from too many nuts or cheese simply because the protein is not high enough with the fat. I also stay away from a lot of grains because they're almost useless in affordable GF. I eat GF oats nearly daily, but that's about it. I'm into quinoa but it's rather expensive especially bc I have 2 kids who LOVE it lol.

Thoughts?

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