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  • Forgot 3 additional points that came out during yoga last night:
    9. GAS! wowzers this is unfortunate during yoga. Nothing like trying to hide that noise during all that deep breathing.
    10. Congestion. I was practically snoring when I fell asleep in pigeon pose (happens every week) but I get SO STUFFY and have such a difficult time breathing
    11. I have no idea whether this is just correlation or actually causation, but allergies were nuts this weekend. I could not stop sneezing when I was out working, and this hasn't happened all season. Could've just been a super polleny day but I've never had issues with allergies before. Maybe I'm allergic to sugar???

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    • Well, at least you had a blast!

      Rain on parade:
      Originally posted by AbigailLyn View Post
      Maybe I'm allergic to sugar???
      There are few true food allergies, and these allergies are histamine reactions, similar to a reaction to a bee sting allergy. Food intolerance are caused my leaky gut.

      The following symptoms you have describe are symptoms of gut dysbiosis:

      -headaches
      -unexplained fatigue
      -irritable bowel symptoms including constipation and diarrhea
      -bloating
      -muscle aches
      -gas
      -mucus
      -seasonal allergies
      -sugar cravings
      -mood swings, depression, impulsive behavior

      Your gut is messed up my lady. Do your own research if you doubt me. You will thank yourself times a million if you take time to fix your fucked gut before it gets any worse.
      Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

      ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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      • I typed this up for a friend, thought I would share:

        A healthy gut contains billions of bacteria, including beneficial bacteria and opportunistic bacteria. When in balance the beneficial bacteria keeps bad bacteria and yeasts in check, helps our body assimilate nutrients, ensures low levels of inflammation, and helps process toxins that come into our bodies.

        Unfortunately there are many factors that are now effecting the health of our guts. They include:

        1. Birth control pills
        2. antibiotics, steroids, pain killers
        3. formula feeding
        4. stress
        5. Caesarian
        6. Processed food and excess sugar

        These all disrupt the beneficial bacteria, causing an overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria, which effects digestion, infamation, and toxin processing. One starts to struggle with assimilation of nutrients, and they pass right through without being absorbed. Also, when our guts are out of balance they can become leaky, allowing parts of food to leak through and enter the bloodstream. The foods that you detect as being intolerant to first are gluten and dairy because they are the most difficult to digest. Many find that as they eliminate one thing they find an intolerance for something new. That is because a leaky gut is the culprit, not a true food allergy which is actually quite rare. Over time this will effect our immune system until it is seriously compromised. A person with a truly healthy immune system would get sick about once every two years! Additionally your gut has a direct line of communication to your brain through nerves. Beneficial bacteria give your brain calming signals, when it is absent it can make things go neurologically haywire. Additionally you may find autoimmune diseases in GAPS patients due to gut permeability.

        So here is what is happening; We are putting all of the aforementioned items into our bodies. They are disrupting our guts and causing gut dysbiosis, but if you are the first or second generation who is going through it maybe you just have some seasonal allergies, or light asthma. Then that person has a kid. When a child is in the womb their gut is sterile. As they move down the birth canal they receive their first mouthfuls of bacteria, which serves to begin the population of healthy gut bacteria. Basically your child has your gut bacteria, as well as bacteria from people who help raise them. When they receive bacteria that is already compromised, meaning fewer than 85% beneficial and more than 15% opportunistic they begin their lived with dysbiosis. In the case of caesarian the child's gut is populated with bacteria from the hospital and from the outside of the parent's skin. Now that we are reaching the 3rd and 4rth generations of gut dysbiosis we are seeing the more severe issues on the spectrum, like autism, colitis, Crohn's disease, behavioral issues, etc.

        Reminder:

        If you eat the best most expensive food in the world it will not matter unless your gut is healthy. Your body just won't properly absorb it.


        The bare bones of the diet include:

        1. Cutting out all grains, sugar (you can have honey), most legumes and starchy vegetables (potatoes)-these feed the opportunistic bacteria (we are trying to starve them into smaller more manageable populations).
        2. Drinking bone broth (meat stock) with every meals-helps seal the gut and digest food.
        3. Eating lots of healthy fats - saturated fats from animals, butter, palm oil, coconut oil, and raw olive oil. Eliminating vegetable fats (which are processed with chemical substances such as hexane, unstable and oxidise easily in light and heat).
        4. Eating fermented raw dairy-yogurt, kiefer, sour cream, cheese (dairy is slowly reintroduced), pill form probiotics
        5. Eating antibiotic and hormone free pastured animals and eggs including offal if you can bear it (I swallow it like a pill)
        6. Eating Nuts
        7. Eating and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables
        8. Eating and supplementing large amounts of probiotics and fermented foods to repopulate the gut.
        9. Supplementing with digestive enzymes, codliver oil, and vitamins.


        Whew, that's a lot, I know. Tell me if you have any questions. Here are some resources if you want to continue your research.

        Books on GAPS:
        http://www.amazon.com/Gut-Psychology...&keywords=gaps

        Amazon.com: GAPS Guide (Simple Steps to Heal Bowels, Body and Brain): Baden Lashkov: Books



        GAPS Cookbooks:
        Amazon.com: Internal Bliss - GAPS Cookbook (Recipes designed for those following the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet) (9780615409313): GAPSdiet.com: Books

        30 Days on GAPS Intro Handbook | Health, Home, & Happiness

        Web sites:
        Home Page
        GAPS Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) - Natural treatment for autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia
        http://www.mommypotamus.com/
        Grain Free, GAPS, SCD, Primal, Natural Remedies & Recipes - Health Home and Happiness
        GAPS Guide

        Mainstream:

        NY times:
        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/sc...ted=1&src=dayp

        Radio Lab Podcast:
        Guts - Radiolab

        Scientific American:
        How Bacteria in Our Bodies Protect Our Health: Scientific American
        Last edited by me2; 07-02-2012, 08:25 PM.
        Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

        ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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        • Me2 - thanks for this info. I think many of us suffer from this without even knowing it. It took going primal to even see that I had problems with my gut, since all these things are so normalized.
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          • Wow Me2 - thanks so much for all the info! Might take me a few days to sift through it all, but part of what I love about all this stuff is learning. I feel like I'm back in school again and I miss it!

            so as far as these go:

            The bare bones of the diet include:

            1. Cutting out all grains, sugar (you can have honey), most legumes and starchy vegetables (potatoes)-these feed the opportunistic bacteria (we are trying to starve them into smaller more manageable populations).CHECK! I do this! Sweet potatoes are in my diet, as well as carrots and other root veggies of the sort, but I've actually toned them down a lot in the last few days, and I also think (correct me if I'm wrong) that with my level of physical activity a little isn't bad
            2. Drinking bone broth (meat stock) with every meals-helps seal the gut and digest food. I did this a little in Guatemala but never have the time to make it, or the bones. Haven't been able to find grassfed bones, and to be honest I'm really anti conventional meat now
            3. Eating lots of healthy fats - saturated fats from animals, butter, palm oil, coconut oil, and raw olive oil. Eliminating vegetable fats (which are processed with chemical substances such as hexane, unstable and oxidise easily in light and heat). CHECK. My breakfasts have been cooked in lamb tallow lately which was super exciting. Where does one find "raw" olive oil?
            4. Eating fermented raw dairy-yogurt, kiefer, sour cream, cheese (dairy is slowly reintroduced), pill form probiotics Don't do this. Probably should. Need to get my fermentation on. Maybe when I come home with goat's milk today I'll make some goat milk kefir
            5. Eating antibiotic and hormone free pastured animals and eggs including offal if you can bear it (I swallow it like a pill) CHECK. Lucky for me I have a new found love for offal. Tomorrow's breakfast is lamb's heart in my scrambled eggs
            6. Eating Nuts These don't make me feel great, so I'm trying to cut back
            7. Eating and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables I need a juicer
            8. Eating and supplementing large amounts of probiotics and fermented foods to repopulate the gut. Need to eat more of my dad's homemade sauerkraut
            9. Supplementing with digestive enzymes, codliver oil, and vitamins. Took a spoonful of codliver oil after salmon the other night just because I knew the satiation wasn't going to last long. Maybe should make this a habit.


            Anywhose, I think I'm on the right track, just need to stick with it and stop caving to sweats and the likes.

            I had NO chocolate yesterday. Hoo rah. I actually didn't even have lunch which is when I usually feel that craving (got too busy farming). Dinner was rushed, and as such not enough, so I ended up sharing sweet potato fries with my friend. Nasty, yucky, vegetable oils, but I did avoid having anything to drink (which I was severely made fun of in the aftermath by bar tender. I hate being seen as cheap).

            Killer day on the farm weeding. My back is SO SORE and my shoulder is cinched up after landing on it hard in beach vball the other day. Rats.

            Today should be worse at the farm.

            Also, maybe I forgot to mention that I quit the pill! My copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility is at the library as we speak just waiting for my card, and I'm super excited to get all in touch with my feminine side. Wondering if my period will be regular, as it never has been before when not on the pill. Funny...when I had issues with it the first time the most obvious solution was to go on the pill. No discussion about dietary changes or anything. We're all so set on a quick fix instead of solving the underlying issues.

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            • I've been thinking about getting a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Let me know how it is!
              Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

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              • Hey skittles -

                So I haven't been doing great. Monday and Tuesday were fine, and I'm actually pretty impressed that I haven't craved my usual dark chocolate squares after meals. Maybe I'm breaking the mental reflex.

                Anyways, yesterday was the 4th and I went down town to see the fireworks with a friend. She's been depressed lately because it's her favorite holiday and first without the ex...so I felt obliged to drink wine in a box and sulk with her. We bought Kettle Corn. WHY DID WE BUY KETTLE CORN?!?!?!?! It was so gross yet I still ate half the bag. Curse you wine-in-a-box-induced munchies!!!!

                Then I came home and had a piece of cheesecake. I had been avoiding the ice cream in the freezer all day, and then my mom makes cheesecake. I.love.cheesecake. It's delicious. And it was delicious, although a store bought graham cracker crust so not even the best. Why do I self sabotage. Day 3 is always the hardest....

                I also had a really improper lunch, both yesterday and today, which I think affected it. Was in a hurry yesterday so had a bunch of chicken and sweet potatoes and nuts and a few dried fruits (how can anyone eat more than one dried fig? It's a whole freaking fig!!!!) Dinner was rushed too...some more chicken and out to see fireworks. Probably why I was craving food last night. Good one jeeves.

                So today was fine. Lunch was nuts at the farm because I had nothing else (forgot to pack and didn't want to come home). Also some snap peas from the field. No chocolate again. Bought some delicious raspberries at the farmer's market, but my trip there is so quick. Almost makes me upset that I don't have to go to any of the other farm stands because that's where all the attractive hippie farm boys are. Oh well.

                Anyways, tonight. Dinner was cod and swiss chard. I used to love this meal, but now I dread it because it never ever ever fills me up. Cod lacks in fat! SO I had a spoonful of almond butter afterwards with some cherries and am now feeling sated but also a little bloated because I've eaten a lot of nuts in the last two days.

                Tonight I have a date, and we're going for bowling and pizza. Gah. Why did I agree to this. At this point it would be awkward not to eat a slice. I'll see what happens, but chances are I'm going to feel like yuck tomorrow morning after eating pizza. Will try to keep it to one slice and call it a day. Either that or I'll pocket a bunch while he goes to the bathroom and leave them in my fridge, but I feel bad doing that because I don't want my family to eat this stuff. Gah! Dilemma.

                So.freaking.exhausted at the farm today. Really didn't think I was going to make it, and I think it comes from major dehydration. Need to keep on top of that, but I drank ~4 liters of water today and was still parched. mom suggested gatorade, but I can't imagine putting that ish into my body.

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                • Gluten Fest

                  Me to my mom just now:

                  "I don't know what's wrong with me today I have such a brain fog...ooooooooh"

                  LIGHTBULB! Last night was awful. Well, awfully gluten filled, but still actually tasty. Had a really delicious beer (that I did not want to drink because every sip made me feel worse) and really delicious flat bread (that I also did not want to eat...but I kind of did because I didn't restrain myself much...and it had goat cheese on it) followed by REALLY delicious ice cream. Okay, that I wanted, but I did not want the other scoop of ice cream I dug out of the freezer when I got home ("well, the night was already shot, so I might as well screw it up BIG" mentality).

                  Okay, so bad night. Talked to my friend about this afterwards. The hardest part, she agreed, is the social aspect - of wanting to seem low maintenance and chill and fun - but whatever, the reality is I'm not. The reality is that I will not eat whatever is put in front of me, and I will slightly resent you if you make me pasta or cake or donuts (maybe not donuts) and insist that I share in the nastiness with you. And what's the point of starting a relationship - friendship or otherwise - without that basic honesty at the beginning? Otherwise it's just going to be awkward 4 months down the line when I'm offered pizza and say "I prefer not to eat gluten" and they bring up that first time we met when we had pizza and beer and I'm like "Yea...that made me miserable" and then it's awkward. I'm really good at making my life awkward. Maybe it's time to avoid that. So yea, from now on when someone says "pizza and beer!" I say "lamb's heart and tequila!" Maybe should find a more socially acceptable substitute for lamb's heart...

                  So, back on that wagon this morning, and holy shit do I feel like my body is malfunctioning. I can't believe I made the connection. My eyes are glazed over

                  Breakfast was bigger than usual because I'm an idiot. I was cracking eggs into my pan (from the farm) and one got stuck and broke in the carton, and so I turned it over into the pan because I was so afraid of losing such delicious and nutritious an egg and then two more fell out, and then one broke on the counter so I moved my pan over and swept it in. Oh man, eggs! so my 3 egg and steak breakfast turned into a 4 egg and steak breakfast. Was a little bummed that my eggs were scrambled, but oh well. GOOD.STORY.ABBY...

                  Okay, back to work. It's hawt out today and the brain fog is not helping. Cures for brain fog everyone? How about - don't be stupid and put things into your body that won't cause brain fog. I could barely even weed this morning.

                  Happy weekending!

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                  • Just got "taking charge of your fertility" from the biblioteca. Should be a fun week of edumacating myself! I need to make this a part of my life again. My job is super physically intensive but nothing happening in the brain region really.

                    Tonight I made meatza! So tasty, although the crust didn't get as crispy as I would've liked and it was more of a ground pork pie than anything else. Will have to experiment a few more times...

                    Caved to dark chocolate a few more times today, but I guess that's better than caving to ice cream. Have also been eating way too many nuts and am bloaty pants right now. Also too much fruit (already finished half the carton of raspberries I got from the market yesterday).

                    anyways, tomorrow I'm road tripping it after I get out of work to Maine to go camping with a friend and tons of her friends. independence day shin dig I guess. They are the moosewood cookbook in vivo - always have fresh baked bread, homemade oatmeal, homemade english muffins, peanuts and dried fruit, etc etc. Makes it difficult, and last time I was there I Just ate it all and felt like crap. I'm sick of this flipping brain fog. It prevents me from being a functioning human being.

                    SO! My plan is to pack meatza for on the road dinner (since I won't get there until 8 or so) and then hardboil a bunch of eggs for the morning, then maybe meatza again for lunch. I have some hamburger patties too I could throw in there, and I might throw in some cashews and dried figs just for flava flave.

                    Wish me luck in avoiding smores!

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                    • Originally posted by AbigailLyn View Post

                      Okay, so bad night. Talked to my friend about this afterwards. The hardest part, she agreed, is the social aspect - of wanting to seem low maintenance and chill and fun - but whatever, the reality is I'm not. The reality is that I will not eat whatever is put in front of me, and I will slightly resent you if you make me pasta or cake or donuts (maybe not donuts) and insist that I share in the nastiness with you.
                      I'm totally with you on this - I just feel like a bitch all the time lately, and that upsets me more than what I'm even eating. Lol on the bright side, I had a bit of breakdown the other day, and both my mom and grandma were really understanding about it. I guess other people don't get as offended with us being high maintenance as WE might think they do.

                      Good luck camping this weekend! I dig your plan. I'm going camping soon too, looking forward to packing my primal cooler
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                      • Hey folks -

                        So, I think I'm signing off for a while. I am getting frustrated with how little I've been able to explore agriculture (for my own education) and some other issues, and how little time I've spent dedicating to other things in my life. I feel like I'm in a good place with primal now, and this journal thing (especially because I want to keep up with all of you) is taking up too much of my time. I'm sure I'll be back sooner or later

                        until then, best of luck with all of your journeys and thanks so much for your support I will check in periodically with you all!

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                        • Oh noo!!! I love reading your journal! You will be missed Best of luck, hope you come back around sometime, Abby!
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                          • Okay. I know I said I'd be gone, but just one last rant.

                            For the record, primal eating is going well. I had a piece of cheesecake a few nights ago, have been eating maybe too many nuts, but it feels a lot easier and not as depriving as it used to. Win.

                            ANYWAYS I met a few great people last weekend and we started this week off with our new "tequila tuesday" potlucks (tequila was my idea. Yea, great ideas come along every now and again). Somewhere along the drive home from Maine the paleo/primal thing came up when i was driving a friend and her boyfriend home (they are part of tequila tuesday) and she immediately cursed. No diet that restricts a food group (grains) that's been in our diet for centuries, she claims, can be good for you. I said my piece, about agriculture being a relatively recent development, my experience with cutting grains out, modern ailments correlating with westernized diets, and it was sort of received. WELL! It turns out when she first met said boyfriend he was 20 lbs lighter, muscular, and significantly less disgusting (disgusting has nothing to do with him being overweight...he just really is disgusting) and...wait for it...EATING PALEO!!!! He eventually gave it up because he liked beer too much. I can't imagine meeting someone when they're the healthiest they've been in their life and then slowly watching them throw it all away. It's like a tease at the beginning.

                            So at the potluck paleo came up, mostly because my friend is so incredibly considerate and respectful that she made two dishes from her boyfriend's old paleo cookbooks so that I could eat them. They were both delicious (some chicken caper thing and then baked apples). New friend #3 said something like "A lot of my friends eat paleo but I never could because you can't eat potatoes" and then they all started rolling off their "I could never do it because you can't eat..." lists. As twice baked potatoes were in the oven.

                            This irritated me more than anything. I can eat potatoes. I CAN eat wheat. I CAN eat cheesecake and donuts and pizza. Saying that I can't seems to imply that there's a set of artificial restrictions on things. "Sorry, the paleo gods say I can't eat wheat. It's completely out of my control." It implies that you are merely a passive being in your life and making no decisions for yourself. It implies that this is something that limits your enjoyment of life.

                            For me, paleo is not a diet. Paleo merely provides the information that one needs to make the best choices in life. I can absolutely eat spaghetti. The point is I CHOOSE not to. I choose not to because I know I will feel like crap. This is also why I love so many of the gurus of paleo/primal/vassever. Especially Mark. They all emphasize the importance of knowing your body and learning what makes it function best. It is not a one size fits all diet. Can't implies a passive adherence to a silly list of universal rules that don't take into account individual differences. It implies that one hasn't done the research and has no understanding for why one shouldn't do something, just that someone told them they're not allowed to. This is, I think, why I failed so much to benefit from this lifestyle in the beginning. I was looking at it as a set of rules rather than a general abstract for living life to the fullest.

                            I absolutely can eat potatoes, and I absolutely will on occasion. I've done the research, done enough self experimentation to know what makes me feel good and what makes me have disgusting poops and acne and farts and bloat and pudge and lethargy. This, to me, is the key. Learn yourself, learn your body, strive for what makes your life the most enjoyable. Maybe it's having a twice baked potato when the occasion arises (they were amazing). Whatever it is, it's my decision.

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                            • Love the post! Couldn't agree more. Btw, no one's ever taking my potatoes away from me :P
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                              • I love this post!!! Great points. I gave up grains after reading Mark's book. It was easy. I "CAN" eat them, if I want to, but I won't because experience tells me it's a bad idea. Same with yogurt... welcome to Bloat City!

                                Anyhow, loved it. And I'll miss you!!
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                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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