HeatherFTW

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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from lorileighb44 in Fed Up!   
    This kind of thing fires me up. Our food industry is so broken!! I went shopping for my first ever Whole30 last night. Even at Whole Foods, it was astounding how many packaged foods have sugar in them.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from bajabum in Nightshade Reaction Symptoms??   
    I know this thread is old, but I'm curious if anyone has ever had respiratory reactions to nightshades? I started Whole 30 to help heal a bout of chronic bronchitis, and was feeling noticeably better in a matter of days. But recently (I'm now on Day 18), after bell peppers consistently in a few meals, and a huge plate of white potatoes one night (PMS carb cravings), my lungs hurt and I've been coughing noticeably worse in one day than I have since the early days of the program. I've looked online and am not sure if respiratory symptoms are common with nightshades, but I've been suspecting for a while now that they may not be my friends.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from lorileighb44 in Fed Up!   
    This kind of thing fires me up. Our food industry is so broken!! I went shopping for my first ever Whole30 last night. Even at Whole Foods, it was astounding how many packaged foods have sugar in them.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    You know, on the topic of what kids eat, feeding them correctly, etc., I wonder if there's a balance between top health and the indulgence of childhood? My mother was SUPER strict with our food choices when I was a kid, and once I was no longer under her roof, I completely rebelled. I ate the crappest of crap both behind her back then, and for most of my young adulthood. Eventually the early childhood education in nutrition she gave me caught up, and I returned to it later in life (when my body demanded it). But part of me wonders if I would have stayed more consistent if I hadn't felt so repressed as a kid. I don't have kids now, so I can't speak to how I'd manage that balance.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from lorileighb44 in Fed Up!   
    This kind of thing fires me up. Our food industry is so broken!! I went shopping for my first ever Whole30 last night. Even at Whole Foods, it was astounding how many packaged foods have sugar in them.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from gobarbless in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    Have you tried Redbridge sorghum beer? Good gluten free stuff when you're really wanting a brew.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from gobarbless in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    So sorry I missed this question! See http://www.metanx.com/. It's a medical food product, a combination of B vitamins and folic acid that are methyl- something or other to help fill in the gaps left by the MTHFR deficiency. I have a prescription for it through my integrative medical practitioner. If your doctor is up on MTHFR ask him or her about a Metanx prescription.
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    HeatherFTW reacted to GFChris in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    Hi Hutlifr.
     
    In your context, it sounds like you already know how the dairy you want to eat affects you.  In that case, there's no reason for you to do a controlled reintroduction on that food group: you've already got the information you need.   The idea behind reintroduction is to test for when you don't know how a food group impacts you physically/psychologically, and/or you want to know how eating that food will affect you.
     
    Some folks separate out different types of dairy on different days. For example, they don't know how cow's milk impacts them vs. sheep's/goat's milk. Those people would do three different cow's milk products on one day, and then three different sheep's milk products on another day.  Or a pasteurized dairy day vs. raw dairy day.  Soft cheese day vs. hard cheese day.
     
    It's your experiment of 1: test for what makes sense in the context of what you already know, don't yet know and/or want to discover.
     
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Marie Davis in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    Hi Heather,
     
    I had MTHFR tested this spring, and low and behold I am homozygous for C677T.  My endo has me on methyl folate and methylB12, but hasn't gone any further with that
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    HeatherFTW reacted to praxisproject in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    I'm MTHFR too, two copies. My naturopath recommends no gluten, minimal grains and no dairy for me. I have the odd bit of rice or buckwheat, but rarely. Corn is almost as bad as wheat for me. I have big problems with homocysteine cleanup/recycling because of my B12 deficiency.
     
    http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/111/19/e289.full
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from lorileighb44 in Fed Up!   
    This kind of thing fires me up. Our food industry is so broken!! I went shopping for my first ever Whole30 last night. Even at Whole Foods, it was astounding how many packaged foods have sugar in them.
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    HeatherFTW reacted to AI-Paleo in Whole30 and AIP: Fearing Isolation   
    It took me 4 months on strict 100% compliant Autoimmune Protocol for Paleo to get to a point where I could start adding back foods I'd cut out. I would add a food back (like avocado) and wait a day or two then try it again = then wait a few more days before trying another one. I'm 6+ months in and still fiddling and adding and taking out foods. Still pretty limited but I FEEL SO GOOD - I don't mind or miss foods I used to love. Yeah, my diet is pretty simple and I have dinner for breakfast but it works! NO MEDs! I haven't felt this good in a couple decades...
    I hope it's going well for you!
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    HeatherFTW reacted to calee in Calee's Getting Road Ready!   
    Yup. 62.5 going on 39.
    Thank you for the lovely compliment! I love this space for us all to grow..
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Melissa Hartwig in PMS and Carbohydrate Cravings   
    During your luteal phase (pre-menstrual), the body shunts tons of energy in the form of glucose (sugar) to your ovaries and related activities, like producing more hormones. As more glucose goes to your reproductive system, less is left for the rest of the body... which responds by craving more "fuel" in the form of... you guessed it... sugar!
    Understanding this, perhaps purposefully bump up your starchy carb intake during this time period. (Chocolate will provide fast glucose, sure, but any form of carbohydrate will do.) Pre-emptively eating more carbohydrates and providing your body with the glucose it needs may help to diminish some of those carb cravings.
    Best,
    Melissa
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Physibeth in Tums?   
    I sometimes do a tbs of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water when I have heartburn and that helps.
     
    Usually what we associate with too much stomach acid is really symptomatic of not enough which is why the vinegar helps.
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    HeatherFTW reacted to SusanB. in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    Thank you - Heather. That's a book I've heard of but not yet read. Some friends are starting a book club focusing specifically on healthy lifestyle issues, perhaps I'll suggest it? Either way, it will go on my list.
     
    Cheers
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from SusanB. in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    P.S. Typo alert! You probably already noticed this, but by sugar addition, obvs I meant sugar addiction.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from SusanB. in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    Hey SusanB.,
    Two additional resources come to mind if you want to explore and dig deeper into sugar addition and how to tackle it (beyond or in addition to Whole30): the book Potatoes Not Prozac, a program specifically for sugar addicts (http://www.amazon.com/Potatoes-Not-Prozac-Solutions-Sensitivity/dp/141655615X), and Growing Human(kind)ness with Karly Randolph Pitman, a personal friend and inspiring voice behind the emotional foundations of sugar addition (http://growinghumankindness.com/)
     
    Just thought I'd share in case either help strengthen you on your journey. Cheering you on!
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Deb. in Day 30 feeling down and discouraged   
     
    It sounds like you need to work with a qualified clinical nutritionist, or functional medicine doctor.
    Don't mess with this, this is your health. Be sure you see someone with a  legitimate qualification who can work through this with you and order appropriate bloodwork etc. 
    I'd recommended going fully AIP (Auto Immune Protocol) and eliminating everything that could possibly be an allergen. 
    Have you tried eliminating eggs? 
    I know it sucks and its a total pain in the ass. You have my empathy. 
    Have a look at these AIP sites. I promise you, many of us who have to eat AIP because we have auto immune issues, eat yummy and tasty food all the time.
     
    http://aiplifestyle.com/is-aip-a-good-fit-for-you/ 
    http://www.thepaleomom.com/autoimmunity/the-autoimmune-protocol
    http://autoimmune-paleo.com/
    http://www.phoenixhelix.com/paleo-autoimmune-protocol/
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    HeatherFTW reacted to SusanB. in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    Just looking for words of wisdom from other people who have dealt with the sugar demon themselves, that's all.
     
    A lot of the commentary was very helpful, and I appreciate those who took the time to share it. When tackling something this difficult (and I do find getting the sugar out of my life difficult), it's nice to know that there are other people who have done it successfully.
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    HeatherFTW got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    You know, on the topic of what kids eat, feeding them correctly, etc., I wonder if there's a balance between top health and the indulgence of childhood? My mother was SUPER strict with our food choices when I was a kid, and once I was no longer under her roof, I completely rebelled. I ate the crappest of crap both behind her back then, and for most of my young adulthood. Eventually the early childhood education in nutrition she gave me caught up, and I returned to it later in life (when my body demanded it). But part of me wonders if I would have stayed more consistent if I hadn't felt so repressed as a kid. I don't have kids now, so I can't speak to how I'd manage that balance.
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    HeatherFTW reacted to Marie Davis in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    I have Hashimoto's, which is autoimmune hypothyroidism - and I can tell you without a doubt being militantly gluten free is the best thing I've done for my symptoms, besides switching from levothyroxine to armour thyroid.  Do I miss pasta, bread and other stuff - not as much as I prefer feeling WAY better.  At the end of the day it's your decision to eat food that makes you more healthy, or eat food that makes you less healthy.  What are your thyroid lab results?  Did they test all aspects or just TSH and antibodies?
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    HeatherFTW reacted to LadyM in elevated thyroid antibodies?   
    If I were in that situation, I'd look for a good functional medicine doc/naturopath willing to work with the nuances of my body. It's probably a good thing not to start on the path of synthroid/levoxyl but instead seek the deeper cause and help your body correct it. Whole30 is a wonderful part of your healing, no doubt, though yes, you'll likely need to be patient and stick with it for a while.
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    HeatherFTW reacted to MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    I know a "school lunch lady".   She's a good one and an excellent chef/cook.  She tries so hard to make healthy lunches for the kids but is limited by the food delivery and school protocols.   She's in charge, but not really.   She can't stand putting out that food...but here's the real kicker.  They've added more fruits and vegetables and they're dumped in the trash every single day by the kids.  The good food is thrown.   Might as well take them to the city dump and let them forage....they've grown accustomed to pop tarts, chips, and soda pop.   
     
    Food education begins at home.