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vozelle last won the day on August 28 2016

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  1. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi ladies, I'm still around and continuing to progress on my gut-healing journey. Finished the Medical Medium cleanse at the end of Nov with really good results, then continued the recommended protocols for healing SIBO and Chronic Strep infection... will stay on this path until my symptoms disappear completely. Giving it plenty of time and taking it gently. Planning to re-do lab tests sometime this Spring (nervous but also eager to see the results... I'm really curious to see if this protocol has been more effective for treating the SIBO than the modified Paleo plan my functional MD had me on before). I've been battling some cravings during the colder weather... remembering comfort foods liked mac-n-cheese, and baked potatoes piled high with dairy stuff. Missing the seasonal fruits of summer. Also, the sweets around me everywhere during the Holidays was not so fun. I made a few healthy treats to share with others, however, and they were actually quite impressed! That was cool. @Crimsann, nice to hear your update, wishing you well. I did my first Whole30 in June too, and I agree it's a great month for eating clean and resetting our circuits! Like you, I am generally feeling really strong in my good eating habits too, but this group really helped during those early days on the path to wellness. : ) Hope y'all are doing well out there, many blessings. V
  2. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Where is everyone else? @NancyW, @misslindy! I'm on Day 20 of the Medical Medium 28-Day Detox Cleanse and everything's going well. Yes, that means I'll still be on it during Thanksgiving, ack! Poor planning on my part, oh well. I'm feeling great, so it's totally worth it. : ) Happy holidays to you all! V Info about the cleanse: https://www.healyourlife.com/a-28-day-detox-diet-plan
  3. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi all, Still here! Just popped in to see who's still around. I've been enjoying the Medical Medium material, currently on Day 7 of a 28-day detox cleanse. Author says Streptococcus Virus is the root cause of SIBO, so I'm following the recommended protocol to see what happens! Willing to try anything at this point. Hope everyone's doing well out there. V PS @Crimsann those plastic bags were outlawed here awhile ago, so I always take reusables when shopping. My local health food store gives out free cloth bags whenever you spend over $50, so needless to say we have far too many in our closet! Can't remember the last time I spent LESS than $50 at the grocery store!!
  4. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hiya ladies, I'm still here too. Even if we don't check in that often, it's nice reading your updates when they come in! I wonder how @misslindy is doing with BLE? Blessings and well-wishes to those of you in Texas, goodness gracious... I hope you have the support of family and friends, dry places to go, etc. Well, my lab results were disappointing but not disastrous. I still have SIBO, but it's getting better s-l-o-w-l-y. Will keep plugging along. One year with no sugar feels good, can't believe I've done that! I discovered an interesting book with a new take on healing from chronic illness called "Medical Medium" by Anthony William... check it out if you're ready to think outside the box and try a new approach. I'm doing fresh celery juice every morning per the recommendations for healing gut problems, and it feels great so far. @Crimsann you are truly amazing. 224+ days straight? WOW. So inspiring. Good that you let go of the cupcake project, self care is #1. : ) Take care, everyone!
  5. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hello ladies! Happy belated birthday to you @NancyW! Good luck you BLE-ers... would like to hear more about that. I peeked at the book on Amazon, but haven't delved further. @Crimsann, despite the food challenges, you totally are rocking the exercise thing, very inspiring. Let's see.... a year ago at this time I was eating pureed foods after gum surgery. But more importantly, I was getting ready to give up sugar. Can't believe it's been almost a year!!!! My grandma turned 98 yesterday and she had ALL the cake. No flour and no sugar for me still... perhaps I am BLE-ing after all? I just finished the 60-day SIBO treatment (Candibactin AR and BR, plus a buncha other stuff). I will be re-testing in a few weeks. Wish me luck! I was sooooooo tired of taking pills (36 a day) and tracking my supplement schedule, it was kinda exhausting and made travel a real pain. But that's all done now, and I'm looking forward to retesting to see what's up. These days I am generally sticking to a Paleo template diet, with occasional added homemade yogurt, soaked lentils, plus rare small servings of grain (millet, quinoa) and hard cheeses for variety. I am also still eating honey here and there. My MD approves. : ) Will check in after my tests come back. Best to all, V
  6. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi everyone, I'm still here… Good to catch up on what's going on with each of you. Sorry to hear about the various struggles, wishing you all well. And good luck with the new challenges/goals! Crimsann, WOW. I am now on Phase 2 (of 3) of treatment for my kinda stubborn SIBO, I'll be on this regimen of supplements and careful eating for 60 days. Then hoping to retest and see where things are at. In a weird way, I'm now almost grateful to have had this medical issue to keep me making healthy choices all this time. That "forced compliance" over the looooooong haul has really transformed my lifestyle in what feels like a permanent way. And honestly, after the EXPENSE of treating this gut dysbiosis, I have a very strong financial incentive to stay healthy once the condition is healed! Blessings to you all, V
  7. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Good luck navigating the emotional waters, @misslindy... I've been dealing with a lot too. We'll get through... Happy Belated Birthday @Crimsann, excited for you about the year long challenge! I have successfully incorporated honey back into my life (the only sweetener I'm using), and am not having any major sugar dragon experiences. I bake occasional things at home, or purchase from local farmer's market (we have a great Paleo bakery lady there), and have been in good balance with it. I like having more variety and options, and not feeling deprived... the occasional healthy treat makes me happy, and I have no problems with portion control. I may have found my food freedom with sweets, yay!
  8. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    There is a great cookbook called "Against All Grain" by Danielle Walker... can highly recommend if you want to live a grain-free life for awhile. I am having to go without grains due to ongoing SIBO treatment. It's not so bad. HAPPY EASTER! Hello everyone, it's been good reading your updates and notesworthy news. Wishing you all well. I try not to spend much time on the computer, just cruising through to say howdy and that I'm still here. Currently in Phase 1 of my second round of SIBO treatment, which will likely include 3 phases over the next 3-5 months, depending on symptoms and response. Meanwhile, I'm studying up on SIBO and learning everything I can about what's going on inside. Blessings!
  9. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Right!? It is like a drug. I really really REALLY wish it wasn't, but it IS. I made a Paleo dessert at home, sweetened with honey. Not a good idea… set off sugar cravings like crazy. I am now finding my way back to center after that experiment. I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to live my life forever without any dessert or sweet treat EVER, but the drug-like affect is pretty clear. And it doesn't seem to matter how much time has gone by since the last sweet intake... even after all those 6+ months without it, there was an immediate crack-cocaine-must-have-more effect. Even my home-made healthy treat made with honey, from innocent little bees in nature, no less! *sigh* Or maybe it's the microbes I'm still struggling with that make sugar cravings worse. Met with my functional medicine doc, now doing a new 6-week regimen to try to get rid of the SIBO... apparently I have the more difficult kind to treat; the methane-dominant bacteria (as opposed to hydrogen-dominant). *sigh* Sorry to hear about your foot injury, @misslindy... get better soon! Blessings to all of you!
  10. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi ladies, just popping in to catch up, enjoyed reading your posts and updates. I just got back from 10 days in Portland, where I had an amazing meal at the most fabulous 100% Paleo restaurant, "The Cultured Caveman". It was so so SO delicious. I wanted to take a double order of everything on the menu home with me. Oh how I wish there was a restaurant like that in my town!! I was there for over an hour, and there was a line the entire time, in the pouring rain… on a weeknight! That is a good sign. I hope the restaurant is a smashing success, and they franchise all over the place. Blessings to each of you and good luck with your Whole30 and/or whatever personal program you are choosing to do… I will check in again after my next doctors appointment, hoping to get some answers about my SIBO situation.
  11. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Good for you, NancyW! You're going to feel great once you get into the swing of it again. How nice to have a Paleo lunch companion. Best wishes to you and good luck with all that prepping.
  12. Starting Jan. 16th!

    @pammelasue, Don't give up on oatmeal just yet... first, take the time to re-introduce oatmeal and rice again separately. For me, brown rice causes constipation, whereas oatmeal supports regularity. It is worth taking the time to separate them out, trust me! The reintroduction schedule set up the way it is for convenience and "doability" for people. If you have a weird reaction to one of the categories, it is very helpful to separate items and find out if there is a difference between them. I know it seems weird that one non-gluten green would have a different effect than another, but it isn't uncommon. Good luck!
  13. Starting Jan. 16th!

    Congrats to everyone, great results for the group overall. I reintroduced parmesan cheese last night and woke up with sinus congestion, poo. Good luck with your experiments and discoveries! Remember to take notes, you won't regret it...
  14. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi @misslindy, yes that's exactly the problem, super concentrated fructose, ack! I was reaching for it during my stressful week, had no fresh fruit on hand, and that was right before I got the SIBO results... so I didn't know it would be so bad. It definitely affected the symptoms. I was busy patting my own back just for staying compliant during such a crazy week! Luckily sulfur isn't an issue, as I am allergic to it and only have the non-sulfured kind in the house. I started on low FODMAP foods yesterday, and the symptoms are already improving. No dried fruit allowed, just the berries you mentioned and a few other fresh fruits. I'm not much of a fruit eater anyway, normally… LOL.
  15. Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Today is Day 30 for me, kinda glad to be done. Had difficulty with snacking and sugar cravings this time, especially following a super stressful week last week with a family medical emergency, power outages, raging storms and road closures. Crazy! I definitely notice a difference when I'm eating too many nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Looking forward to a few focused reintroductions and then probably back to my usual Paleo rhythm. Some of my medical test results came in, and it looks like the main bad bugs (parasites) are gone, *whew*! I am so relieved, because that medication was very expensive, and it had weird side effects. Unfortunately, it looks like I still have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), so I'll be meeting with the MD next week to figure out what to do about that. Disappointed, because I completed the 45 day antimicrobial protocol right after Christmas, and I was REALLY hoping that would be it. Apparently, this SIBO stuff can be hard to conquer. I just realized that I am now 6 months into the "no sugar" experiment. Planning to relax a bit regarding natural added sweetener in dressings, sauces, etc. Will continue to avoid refined sugar and artificial sweeteners like the plague. Might make a compliant dessert and see what happens... something sweetened with dates or fruit. Have a good week, everyone!