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I get the Premier Nutrition Protein Shakes from Costco for "on the run", and I get the 5 Blend Protein from Max Muscle for use in my smoothies, etc. I need to start taking good from home, but I'll have to find an easy way to do it. I have plenty of tupperware, but it never seems like I have exactly what I need. Maybe I will look into some that are 3 compartments specifically for a full meal. That would help. Thanks Chief.

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WOW that sounds like a lot of stress, girl!
Something else you might want to consider is whey protein if you don't have problems with dairy. Its a quick way to get easily digestible protein.

Ya while you are crock potting everyone's dinner, I'd just save out a portion for myself.
Perhaps recycle old TV dinner trays... they're lighter than glass.

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Thanks for the ideas. I usually cook up all the meals for my family the day before I leave (I have 3 crock pots). Sometimes I will make things in advance, then let DH assemble it the night they have it for dinner. I need to just start taking all my food, but it is so much to pull together, and then rinsing the dishes and holding them til I come home to wash. I don't use the kitchen at the place I stay when I go out of town for work. I keep a very small amount of food in the pantry - great grains cereals, oatmeal, etc. I am hoping to be back to my part time schedule by the beginning of summer when the census at the hospital will begin to go down again and we aren't so busy; that way I am not transporting so much food. This past Friday night, I never even took a dinner break. I gulped down my yogurt, and drank my protein shake - but that is all I had time for.

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2/10/13 7:42 P

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Roma

What comes to mind immediately... is to save your microwave trays, or even buy some sturdy ones, make your own microwaved dinners up and freeze them. That way you'll know what you're eating... you'll know its wholesome.

I've seen these glass pyrex trays with flexible plastic tops at the larger Walmarts, that you can fill with food of your choice. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
www.amazon.com/Pyrex-6022369-Storage
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They also come in rectangular, shallow shapes which might be better for microwaving.

You could use the smaller ones for soup or chili.
For breakfasts you can buy bananas or some other fruit like grapefruits, apples or oranges that don't need to be refrigerated and take a jug of yogurt.

Another idea is cheeses... the good ones, not the processed type. Or pack some chicken meat, bread and lettuce in plastic bags, put it together to make sandwiches... put some mustard or dressing in a plastic bag, too.

You can also bring sweet and white potatoes with you. A couple of pricks with a fork, into the micro for 6 minutes and you've got a baked potato.

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I've been trying to cook more from scratch too. I always did because we have such a large family. Unfortunately, when I am out of town for work, I am stuck with Healthy Choice, Marie Calendars, etc. I always feel so "yucky" after eating 3 days worth of frozen dinners - basically 2 each day - one when I wake up, and the other about 2 am when I take my dinner break. I have tried taking that much food with me, but transporting it and then the dishes are such a hassle. I work very long shifts, and basically wave a frozen dinner and inhale it. I have looked at the organic frozen dinners, but they are very expensive. I am open for any ideas if anyone has any.

Thanks for everything everyone.

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Hope you get a hit on the chicken, Jane.
Does all your food have to be imported, or is there any local farming industry?

Roma~
Hey, hope the Taurine works for you.
Let us know one way or the other, if it doesn't that's something good to know, too!
I've been fortunate not to have had leg cramps at nite since I started it... I just don't know if its the Taurine of something else new I am doing.

This Fall I started a diet overhall.. sticking as much as possible with organics, being scrupulous about gluten avoidance, working with bone broths, gelatin and Kale, balancing out minerals.

So far so good.
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I've started on Taurine, and also purchased an amino acid supplement to take as well. I will let you know how it goes.

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Thanks for the clarification on cooking.

I had put an appeal on Facebook to a local group that would have told me where to get organic chicken if it were available. Not a reply... Oh, well, living on an island in the middle of the blue pacific has it's ups and downs.

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Hey Jane!
I was joking around with you!
Soup from any chicken is good, organic is better, bet some of your locally raised chicken would be just dandy. What I've been doing is roasting my chicken in the oven(I get legs or thighs or drumsticks, which is the lower half of the leg), removing the bones, putting the flesh in the fridge to eat over the course of the week. Then putting the bones in a bot with a lot of distilled water, a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar (to break down the bone), ginger, garlic, a couple of carrots,celery and an onion cut in quarters. Then simmering this brew all day or overnite. Actually a crock pot would prolly be ideal, I am planning on getting myself one.

Bon Appetit!
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Mzzz, if there are organic chickens here in a store I know not where. Like I said, I have no desire to kill and pluck one. Done that when a kid. Last fowl I plucked were ducks on my sisters ranch (farm) here with my sons when they were in their teens. Still working on getting things together. Perhaps I will start it tomorrow night and let it cook overnight. Probably will have to keep my son from putting rice in it...







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Jane!
I bet you'd have no problem make organic rooster soup!
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I am really considering the chicken broth but organic chicken on Guam? I know there are lots of chickens all over the neighborhood but I do not want to kill and pluck them... Besides they may be loose but they do belong to someone. (People freak out when they call here from the states because invariably a rooster will start crowing from a neighbors yard.)



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Hope it works for you!
Also try the bone broth, gelatin for joints and tendons.

I also take CoQ10. Bought that in bulk this summer from NOW foods, dissolved it in hot coconut oil to make it more bioavailable and I have enuf for the foreseeable future! LOL

IMO hypothyroids... and just being older in general... we just don't make good protein as easily anymore and need all the help we can get with the conditionally non-essential amino acids and other things our bodies are "supposed" to make!

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Thanks Chief. I'll get it ordered, and let you know in about a month.

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I got mine from Muscle Feast.
It comes as a powder, no fillers or capsules.

I prefer supplements that don't have fillers and buy them this way, whenever possible.
The fillers are only there for the manufacturing process and may interfere with the supplements absorption.

I have a small scoop I use, I don't remember if the scoop came with the Taurine.
I use this to put some in a glass of distilled water, stir to dissolve and drink it first thing in the morning. When you are taking amino acids as a supplement, I've read its generally a good idea to take them away from other aminos since you don't want there to be competition for absorption. But I wouldn't stress out about this aspect... IMO taking it when convenient beats not taking it at all.

Let me see if I can find the page... okay...

www.musclefeast.com/Amino-Acids/L-Ta
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I bought a one pound bag, they don't seem to carry that size anymore.

Let me know if it makes a difference or is a complete bust!

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I checked my local all natural grocery and health food store and they didn't carry Taurine. I may have to check GNC or try to order on-line. Any suggestions for ordering on line?

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Good idea, Debbie!

I've had one on all the stove all day, smells wonderful... my dogs think its something nice for them and Loki (my parrot) keeps screaming Mmmmm MMMMM! Eat eat. ha

Made this one with ginger and turmeric root, fennel seed, garlic, celery. Going to throw in a bit of kelp when its done, as I heard its not a good idea to overcook that (turns bitter).

Anyone out there with kelp culinary experience?

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Thanks so much for ths Mzz. I am going to make the bone broth this weekend.

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Thx for the replies!
Please note I FORGOT apple cider vinegar which I add at the beginning of the bone broth recipe... I went back and added it. ACV has malic and acetic acid in it which helps leach minerals out of the bones. I also make the recipe with distilled water which has a slightly acidic Ph... the better to get the good out of the bones.

Lisa,
I bought Taurine separately in 500 mg capsules for Tomas... I'd one a capsule, put it in his morning food, reclose the capsule and give him that the following morning When they were done, I bought it in bulk in its pure form and just mixed it into his food. He's not picky. The ALCAR has a lemon-y taste, he doesn't seem to mind that either.

I take a 1/8 of a teaspoon in distilled water before I eat anything in the morning, dose again before bed. IMO that's approximately 500mg per dose.

I'm not sure if this will work for everyone, but its been nothing short of a miracle for me... before discovering this solution, it was rare that I was not up 4-8 times a nite with foot cramps, woken from a deep sleep. I've been getting by on 2-6 hours of sleep for years. I tried absolutely everything I could think of. Magnesium, calcium, salt. Ingested, sprayed on my legs. Taking a snack before bed. Stretching. Sleeping with heating pads. Nothing worked. My calf muscles would start twitching... like when you have a eye tick, and keep it up until I cramped. Its a condition called BFS, benign fasciculation syndrome. Only there wasn't anything benign about it!!

I'm not sure why my body doesn't make adequate Taurine, but I have noticed I have a problem with high cholesterol, too... independent of diet and exercise. I generally consume under 200 mg of cholesterol a day with 130 being the average.

The Diatomacous Earth helped lower my LDL about 10 points, but its still about 30 points too high. Since Taurine is a part of Taurocholic acid, one of the six bile salts that break fats into micelles, I am curious to see if my cholesterol profile changes in a few months when I test again.

I would also say that CoQ10 is helpful.
The ALCAR (acetyl-carnitine) helps Tomas, but I don't know if its appropriate for those with hypOthyroid disease. It is for those who are hyper.

Anyways, thanks for asking... I hope my experiences will be able to help someone else... AND that the this combo continues to work for me. Its nice being able to have sleep... it got to the point where I didn't want to go to bed, because I knew I was going to cramp.

I am also thinking the Taurine might be appropriate for those with MS, who have similar muscle/nerve transmission problems.

Be well...
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Thank you for the information.

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Thanks Chief for the great ideas. Do you recommend Taurine as a supplement by itself, or can it come in mineral combination I can get at the health food store and that amount be enough?

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Lots of us with thyroid disease complain of these symptoms.
If you're one of them, you may want to try two things that have worked for me... bone broth and Taurine.

Bone broth contains minerals in easily absorbable form, plus gelatin. Gelatin is high in glycine and proline, two amino acids that we don't get much of in our modern diets, but which are important for good health.

Its easy to make.
A whole (organic) chicken WITH the skin and bones... cut off fat before cooking or skim it later... the skin has the gelatin, so you'll want to retain that. Cover with water water, add an onion, garlic, celery and carrots, peppercorns, mabbe some rosemary, bay leaf or ginger. Add about 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vingar, to help get the calcium and minerals out of the bones. Simmer all day... I like to cut the ends off the bones so that the minerals can leak out. Add more veggies at the end and you've got soup, divide what's left into containers and freeze for later use.

Can't watch a pot? Use a crock pot!

Can't stand cooking?
Try a dry gelatin product like Great Lakes Collagen Hydroslysate, which you can stir into whatever you are drinking (no... not soda!) without clumps. It won't have the minerals, but its better than nothing.

Here's a link to that product, but do your own online search for a better price:
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The second thing to try is Taurine, particularly if you're um... older(like me)... and active in the gym.

Taurine is great for eliminating lactic acid build up in overused muscles, retaining water in muscles and skin cells, improving nerve transmission, strengthening the heart, calming the sympathic nervous system, which is what responds to stress. It reduces cholesterol and improves liver/gall bladder function... two things people with thyroid disease have issues with, even after correction with thyroid replacement hormones.

Google to read more, there's plenty of information on the Net.
The one caveat is that too much taurine can aggravate psoriasis if you've got it... so its Verboten for you if that's the case.

Give both of these supplements about a month to work.
That said, I got relief from my nitetime cramps the day I started the Taurine.
My skin improved dramatically within a week... that "crepey" look is gone.
And I haven't has DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from my efforts in the gym since taking these two.

I have to credit my dog Tomas for this discovery. I'd been testing Taurine (plus ALCAR and CoQ10) on him this summer and noticed a huge improvement in his COPD and arthritis. He gets bone broth from his dinner ( I've been cooking for the pups since the melamine scare years ago).. the protein in his dog food is stewed chicken.. skin on, bone in and liver. Now I put a teaspoon of unflavored gelatin I bought in bulk, on his dinner for good measure.

Be well...
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