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  1. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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. vozelle

    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.
  13. vozelle

    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!
  14. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Good for you guys! I'm on Day 21 right now... going steady but struggling with a little food boredom this week. I just wish there was a 100% Paleo restaurant in town, and I could just go there 5 nights a week and not have to cook anything myself! There are so many good recipes to try, of course,, but I just don't feel like being in the kitchen right now. I'm also dealing with some sugar cravings,, ugh. @C_Cezeaux can you please share some of the resources and reading materials about cravings that helped you? Thx! : )
  15. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    How is everyone doing? Nancy, is your knee healing as expected? Crimsann, how's that new work schedule going? misslindy, did the ground ever stop shaking down there in NZ? C_Cezeaux did your burn heal up after your unfortunate Chicken Incident? I'm on Day 11 after restarting 1/14... following along with one of the forum groups. The main difference for me when doing a Whole30 versus my regular life now, is that I adhere to the meal template/timing, and limit snacking. Normally I am quite the grazer, it seems. I noticed that this time around has been more of a challenge regarding the snacking. I seem to have gotten into a habit of reaching for nuts and other compliant snack foods a lil' too often (you may remember my love affair with nuts, *sigh*). I'm working on that this time around, and have also committed to 30+ min of exercise 5-6 days a week. Life goes on. More learning! Just completed all the lab tests to see how my guts are doing following the completion of my many months of treatment. We'll see what the "State Of The Union" is regarding the GOOD vs BAD bugs living in there. Should have results in a few weeks... wish me luck!
  16. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Has happened to me a lot on my iPad, thanks @jmcbn for commenting on how to fix it!
  17. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Glad to hear your surgery well, Nancy. I hope the healing process goes smoothly. What is the name of the test you're doing? I wonder if I'm doing the same test? So, I was cruising along great with the January 2 group, when I had to take an unexpected detour. Now I am on Day 3 after resetting. My functional medicine MD ordered a "Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity" test that required me to eat a variety of off–plan items (corn, soy, dairy, yeast and non-gluten grains). The test is called "Cyrex Array 4" and it will show if I have any autoimmune reactions to those foods. In other words, producing antibodies (and having related intestinal permeability issues). I did NOT react well to the test foods; had bloating, gas, constipation, weight gain and moodiness. It was a Trial By Fire kind of experience, eating 19 different off-plan foods (daily !!!) for a period of 7 days. So I'm sure that was kind of like getting hit by a train in the gut. Again and again. UGH. I had a checklist, and it was really weird to be working hard to actually consume so many off-plan items every day. Shopping at the grocery store was a 180° turn around, LOL. I thought I would enjoy it more, getting some dirty little pleasures out of eating popcorn or whatever, but it was actually a lot of work and I was pretty uncomfortable. But I'm DONE now, and I'm hoping it will be worth it, because the test will identify off-plan foods that I can safely eat. I'm hoping this will help me diversify my diet as much as possible without compromising my gut healing process (which as y'all know, is a long-term kinda deal). I've been reading a wonderful book lately on the microbiome, and they said that diversifying your diet (with a wide variety of high-quality, organic, whole foods) really helps diversify the number/types of species of micro-organisms inhabiting your gut. Apparently, this is especially good to pay attention to as we are aging, because it is very common to lose micro-organism diversity as we get older, which has been linked to degenerative diseases of all kinds. Right now, I'm just happy to be back "home" with the Whole30. My mom is doing it with me, so that's fun!
  18. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Nice! I like the long-term thinking/planning. From where I stand now, I really GET IT that making healthy choices consistently over many months/years really can't be beat. Your body just finds its natural rhythm, its own healthy weight, and deep reservoirs of vitality and wellness. I'm so grateful that my gut-healing journey actually *forced* me to keep a squeaky-clean diet so I could experience these long-term benefits for myself... what an eye-opener.
  19. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Message from above, LOL! Sorry to hear you've been sick, Crimsann... cruddy way to start off the new year! Hope you're back to 100% soon. It's just some dates on the calendar, after all... Now about that birthday... Sounds like a great idea to start then! Maybe do some 1-week resets here an there as "test-run" practice?
  20. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Oh yes, Happy Bday to you!! : )
  21. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I know, right? We should do a thread for experienced Whole30-ers who have at least one round under their belt, that would be nice. I'm following along with the January 2 group also... Nice to see you commenting and helping out over there. : )
  22. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hey, wait! I didn't actually COMMIT to a whole year of no sugar yet, was just thinking it sounds like a good idea... ; ) We shall see!
  23. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Yikes, so sorry to hear that! Hope you heal quickly...
  24. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I'm so glad your work schedule is going to be more sane… I've been worried about you and your stress levels! Sounds like your thinking process is spot-on about the sugar plan, good luck with whatever you decide to do. I've been reading "Food Freedom Forever", and can strongly recommend it. Lots of great tools in there. Especially for those of us who tend to be a lil' rigid and fall into the perfectionism trap (hello You and Me!), and are on the long loooooong journey of finding our bestest most optimal eating style to follow for the Rest Of Our Lives!
  25. vozelle

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    For those of you planning to do a January Whole30, here's a link to join in the "official" fun (you'll get emails and other swag by joining). Start date is Monday Jan 2nd: http://whole30.com/2016/12/join-januarywhole30-2017/ And here's a forum thread that is gaining momentum, if you want to follow along with a group: