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  1. Hi Ladies! I've come across some potentially helpful information for hair loss...but first some context. Three years ago (when I was 25 years old) I discovered a bald spot the size of an oreo cookie (i know, bad point of reference) hidden underneath my otherwise full head of hair. I had lost thousands and thousands and thousands of strands in probably about 2 weeks without even noticing. This was the first time I had ever heard about alopecia and I was scared. I chose not to use prescribed steroids and looked for natural fixes. It took me a whole year to make the connection to gluten (meanwhile my hair was slowly growing back). So a year later I went gluten free. My hair was still falling out a lot in the shower. Every time I washed it I would be near tears at the hundreds of strands because of the potential of what could happen again (sometimes I literally counted ~300 strands). My dermatologist assured me it was a normal amount of hair (you see, it looked like I had a lot of hair but he didn't understand that I was working from a different reference point than was definitely less). Anyway, about a year and a half later after I had first decided to go gluten free, something magical happened. My hair stopped falling out. It just stopped. I'm talking like 5-10 strands when I washed my hair! I was ecstatic and relieved to say the least. Fast forward to now, today is day 22 of my first whole30. Last week, I noticed quite a bit more hair falling out when I washed it (~100 strands). I got very worried again and it brought all the old feelings back. But, I came onto this forum and decided the solution was to have more starchy carbs (sweet potato, cassava, butternut squash)- I was having zero. I added some to my dinners for a few days and I am happy to report that today I washed my hair and it is back to normal (5-10 strands). I wanted to share my experience in case anyone is going through something similar. I know how devastating hair loss can be from first hand experience and it took me a long time to learn the right diet for me (and I am obviously still learning! This is my first experience with whole30 and even paleo for other issues of mine but I will save those for another day ). Ciao for now.
  2. Kelly2612

    Grain Sensitivity??

    How many people have found they have gluten free grain sensitivity after reintroduction? I just finished a successful Whole 30 last week, and have reintroduced legumes (resulting in a slightly bloated belly), and GF grains. And the result were not great. I have celiac disease, and have been 100% gluten free for almost 8 years. I've known for a long time that something else in my diet was also problematic, but had a hard time pinning it down. This week, after having sushi rice and corn tortillas (both labeled GF on the packages, so unlikely to be cross contamination), I'm a bit dismayed to find that even GF grains are a problem for me to eat. They make me immediately bloated and cause me to burp-- it's a VERY mild version of what happens if I accidentally have gluten. I'm almost in denial about this, because seriously? Life without grains? As if being a celiac isn't enough of a pain already. Does anyone else react badly to GF grains?
  3. Definitely the key to Whole30 or Paleo lifestyle is cooking in bulk. Less cooking more playtime Share your bulk recipes here One to start it off is my Cauliflorwer Rice with Bolognese sauce
  4. JessicaThompson

    Life After Whole30 - Gluten Free

    I have completed a couple rounds of Whole30 since I was introduced to the program at the beginning of the summer. I try to make smart choices between Whole30s and to keep up as much of it as I can. On the rare occasion I eat pasta, would you recommend whole wheat pasta or gluten free pasta? I bought a package of gluten free pasta at the store and the only ingredients are %100 corn flour and water. Just wondering if I'd be better off going with wheat or corn flour. Thanks.
  5. Primal Ballerina

    Airline Meal Preferences

    Every time I book a flight, the airline asks what my meal preference would be in the event I were to be upgraded to first class. Given that I spend about 8 hours a week on an airplane, this fantasy may soon become a reality. Unfortunately, there is no "Paleo" option... The choices are as follows: no preference diabetic gluten free japanese meal kosher low cholesterol low calorie low fat low sodium / no salt muslim vegetarian / non dairy vegetarian / milk / eggs Usually, I choose the diabetic option, because at least I'll know that the amount of sugar in the meal is taken into consideration. What would you pick?
  6. Hello all, I really need some advice! My (excuse my lack of a better term and my obvious disdain here) moron of an ex husband feeds our children absolute garbage! Think pizza, cookies, kraft mac and cheese, and- oh the horror- McDonalds. He is the quintessential "Disney Dad"- no discipline, shows up bearing gifts or goodies EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. His latest parenting fail involved buying my four year old a plastic gun and allowing him to shoot my ex in the face without so much as a "no sir we do NOT shoot people"...of course, I ripped the gun from my son's hand and could harldy fathom why he would bring a gun over in the first place, let alone completely disregard the behavior and subsequently act like I was a nutcase for getting so upset. Hence, EX! The problem I have is that I would like to make my kids paleo at my house, but I fear the constant switching back and forth between no gluten and then an onslaught of sugar and grains will be even more detrimental. He refuses to listen even though he typically eats healthy and wouldn't eat the crap he feeds our boys. Am I correct in this assumption? I just know that the longer I am "clean" the worse it is if I get glutened. Of course I still feed them the most nutrient dense stuff that they will eat, but they are resitant because they don't have consistency between the households. They love grilled chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes and a variety of other fruits and veggies, but heaven forbid I tried to feed them fish or take their yogurt away. I have managed to replace their milk habit with Bolthouse Farms "Green Goodness" mixed half with water. They LOVE that stuff(so do I, truth be told)! I just feel like they eat the same stuff over and over and still want bagels and graham crackers, if not m&m's and other such disasters. Plus, I hate being the "bad" parent. Yes, I realize the irony here, but explain that to a two and four year old. I apologize for the lengthy post, but I am so frustrated and would appreciate any suggestions! Thank you in advance:)
  7. I just posted this recipe on my blog and wanted to share it with you here as well. Those actively doing the Whole30 will not want to use any sweetener on this. Hope you like it Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches with Coconut Cream Serves 1 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil ( I prefer the cold pressed, flavorless kindC) 1 Cup Sliced, Ripe Peaches (fresh is best, but frozen is great too) 1/4 tsp Cinnamon Pinch of Salt Coconut Cream Unrefined sugar, honey or stevia (optional) Put can of full fat coconut milk in fridge so that the cream will harden and rise to top. Best to leave in fridge overnight, but at least 3 hours will work. Spoon out hardened, white coconut cream from can into a small bowl, save rest of coconut milk for a smoothie. Whisk coconut cream until creamy and looks like whipped cream without the stiff or soft peaks. Put back in fridge and keep cold. Heat a small skillet on medium high heat. Add the coconut oil to skillet and let get hot. Carefully add the sliced peaches to the hot skillet and let sit for a few minutes before stirring. Add cinnamon and stir every so often, but let the peaches sit for a few minutes in between. When peaches are lightly caramelized, turn off heat and put in a serving bowl. If you need to add some extra sweetness, now is the time to add it (I did not use any in mine and found it perfect for me). Put a dollop of coconut cream on top, then sprinkle on a small amount of cinnamon.