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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Starting Jan. 16th!

    Today is Day 30 for me! You guys are almost there, keep up the good work! I haven't had much Tiger Blood either, but that's probably because last week was super stressful and I had a harder time sticking to the meal template (and I also eat pretty clean usually). I let "compliant snacking" win out over throwing in the towel altogether, and I'm ok with that, although I definitely notice a difference when too many nuts and dried fruits are in the mix. After dealing with a family medical emergency, power outages, raging storms and road closures.... I think I did ok. Looking forward to a few focused reintroductions and then probably back to my usual daily rhythm of Paleo + occasional oats, yogurt, quinoa and the like. : )
  14. Starting Jan. 16th!

    How is everyone doing? Still in the game? For those who haven't posted in awhile, can we get a quick check-in? Ready for reintroductions? Making some kind of plan for yourself? This is the part where people are at risk for crashing and burning, going into Day 31 with no plan and next thing you know, Eating. All. The. Things. So make a plan... the 10 days (or more) of reintro are invaluable if done properly!! You can do it!! Rah rah, GO TEAM. : )
  15. Starting Jan. 16th!

    Could be the "extinction burst" they talk about... your brain's last ditch effort to lure you back into old familiar habits. Search the term on these forums for more info!