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  • #46
    kumara.jpg

    It has a soft texture, and is very sweet. I love them, and would eat them every day if I could
    Started Feb 18 2011

    Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

    Journalling here

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    • #47
      Read. The. Damned. Ingredients.

      I've been drinking this lovely new herbal ginger tea. Today I was wearing my reading glasses while I boiled the kettle, and I noticed that it seemed to have other things in it as well. The ingredients are:
      • ginger root
      • chamomile flower
      • peppermint leaf
      • pineapple fruit
      • papaya fruit
      • fructose
      • fennel seed
      • L-Glutamine
      • citric acid
      • papain
      • bromelian
      • flavour


      Hmmm, I just wonder if that's contributed to the horrible pain I've been in all week?? I haven't been following my usual pattern of improvement, and in fact have been in more and more pain each evening, getting a bit better in the morning. I've been having this stuff every night - sometimes twice in an effort to calm my gut. I've been seriously considering going to the doctor to see if I've developed an ulcer or cholecystitis, too. Now I'll wait and see if I actually do get better over the weekend. My own stupid fault, I know.

      In other news . . . I have gotten through an unprecedented amount of work in the last 2 days . I feel like, perhaps, a bit of general ditziness is passing. Not exactly brain fog, more like a constant brain itch that kept me from focusing for any length of time. Caffeine? Sugar? Chemicals? Who knows?? Long may it last.
      Started Feb 18 2011

      Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

      Journalling here

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      • #48
        wow, your teas have a lot of stuff in them.

        i just buy twinings. then there's just tea in there. like, normal tea stuff like bergamot or whatever. and traditional medicinals (my mom sends it to me -- good stuff), which is literally medicinal tea. good stuff! so good. just herbs.

        anyway, i'm freaked out by the ingreidnet list from fructose down, except for fennel seed, which is fine. But what's with the rest of it? weird.

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        • #49
          Well, that's the first time I've ever seen a tea with that much stuff in it! I was completely freaked out by the list from after it listed peppermint! I usually have peppermint, or green tea with jasmine - the kind that have one or two flavours in them. It didn't even occur to me that anyone with "ginger tea for digestion" on the label would also have all that extra crap in it! I generally get mine from the supermarket, but this stuff was in a lovely organics shop in Napier, where I also found kombucha for the first time ever. I guess I got over-excited, lol, and assumed that everything there must be good for me .

          I noticed the label yesterday BEFORE I drank any of it, so I'm now at probably 36 hours since I last had some . . . and the pain and bloating is so minimal it's barely there. I'm going to give the horrible stuff to my daughter, and if she doesn't like it, it can go in the compost bin.

          The builders start on Monday . This weekend we have to take down a curtain rail, move some furniture and ornaments from the hallway so they don't get broken or damaged by blokes with tools, and put up a fence to keep the dogs away from where the builders will be working. Nothing too strenuous - I just totally can't wait to get started! I have Monday morning off, to set them up and watch the first stages.

          I had eggs and leftover kumara fried in coconut oil for breakfast yesterday, which lasted me until dinner - beef casserole. I also went to a meeting at a coffee shop and enjoyed a pot of peppermint tea. They actually had nice tea, and a decent sized ceramic pot. Breakfast this morning will be leftover stew, and dinner will be roast chicken and veges. Yummmm.

          I had a moment last night of almost having some sweet tea or some diet lemonade - both of which are in the house because Tony likes them. I was in pain at the time, and just felt as though they'd sort it out. So glad I didn't cave!! I'm going to the movies later, to see Rock of Ages - I don't think I'll have any issues with not taking anything in with me, though - I don't usually like to eat while I watch movies or TV, but I usually have a coke. (Not whining, just preparing myself for a change in process).
          Last edited by Jac; 06-15-2012, 02:43 PM.
          Started Feb 18 2011

          Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

          Journalling here

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          • #50
            my recommendation would be to make your own chai, using roobois tea.

            so, you'll want to create your own blend of the following spices:

            Green Cardamom
            Ginger
            Cinnamon
            Vanilla
            Cloves
            Black Peppercorns
            Nutmeg
            Bay Leaves
            Black Cardamom
            Anise/Fennel Seed
            All Spice

            So, you take these lovely spices and put it into a pot and let it simmer for about 10 minutes, but you can go much longer if you want.

            Add more water and bring it up to a boil, and then add the roobois teabags.

            You can drink it hot, or even better, let it cool and have it as iced tea. It's so good.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Jac View Post
              Read. The. Damned. Ingredients.
              [*]fructose[*]L-Glutamine[*]citric acid[*]papain[*]bromelian[*]flavour[/LIST]

              Hmmm, I just wonder if that's contributed to the horrible pain I've been in all week??
              Gee, d'ya think? I have just made it a policy to always have my reading glassed with me at the store. Yes, I am *that* person standing there in the aisle way reading the ingredients on a bottle of salad dressing and grumbling to myself.

              I'm so glad you caught those nasty ingredients in your tea before you suffered any more. I think things will get better now.

              Zoe, your chai sounds delightful. I love the taste of rooibos with chai spices.

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              • #52
                Uh-huh, I'm that person too - at the supermarket! That lovely organics shop completely blindsided me.

                No pain at all today. Very thirsty, and have had a few liters of water. Final flush out maybe? I had sparkling water and a couple of squares of 85% chocolate at the movies - loved the movie! Technically it was probably crap, but he music was lots of fun and Tom Cruise wasn't his usual annoying self .
                Started Feb 18 2011

                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                Journalling here

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                • #53
                  Oh, wow - I haven't quite been missing in action, I've been in Napier meeting my new granddaughter

                  AJ June 2012.jpg

                  I'm exhausted - just popped in to share, and to say that my eating and drinking are still on track. I also restarted my workouts. Will do a proper post in a couple of days, I hope!!
                  Started Feb 18 2011

                  Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                  Journalling here

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by Jac View Post
                    Oh, wow - I haven't quite been missing in action, I've been in Napier meeting my new granddaughter

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                    I'm exhausted - just popped in to share, and to say that my eating and drinking are still on track. I also restarted my workouts. Will do a proper post in a couple of days, I hope!!
                    Congrats What a great photo - you have gorgeous skin!
                    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                    • #55
                      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. How cute. Welcome to the new Grokling.

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                      • #56
                        Sunday evening - what a week! I've been to Napier twice, had a lovely time with the grandkids and my daughters. Also had an interview in Auckland for a sabbatical I've applied for. And today was the monthly greyhound meeting, which I really wanted to go to. All in all, I've eaten away from home more than I've been here for the last week. I had a couple of slips from my planned eating . . . I didn't want to have gluten or dairy, so the first trip actually involved quite a bit of involuntary fasting. I had fruit, and on the drive home I had a coke and crisps. I managed the trip to Auckland with no hassles, but on the last trip to Napier I found myself at KFC at the urging of my husband. We went in there knowing it was a mistake - by that stage I was almost too tired to speak. I had a little bit of it, but didn't like it at all (that used to be our routine 'treat'!). I also looked at the clientèle and realised that I truly don't want to be one of the fat, or sick, or rushed and irritable people - and I can't use the excuse of being too young to know better . I told Tony I wasn't enjoying it, and didn't want to even be in the room. He agreed!! That will be our last experiment. The kids had fish and chips for dinner - I had sushi.
                        On balance, it was OK. Not that I'm satisfied with the slips, but there was no landslide and I processed what I was doing and re-evaluated.
                        In terms of the paleo food I ate, it was too light on the protein and too heavy on the carbs. I realise that I feel much lighter and more energetic with a bit more protein than can be found in sushi. Also, rice bloats me and so does coconut flour.
                        I've been drinking kombucha, with no ill effects. Yay!!
                        Started Feb 18 2011

                        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                        Journalling here

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                        • #57
                          Nice going in a tough situation, Jac. Here's my KFC horror story: I work in long term care (nursing homes) as the Registered Dietitian. Once a year, this little home had a KFC lunch. They buy an actual snack pack for each resident and serve it in the box. The residents absolutely love it and eat it with their fingers, even the poor eaters do well with this "treat". Any staff members who wish to can order a box as well for their lunch. I only visit the home about 3 days a month, so I was not aware of the plans that day. I was offered a piece, so I took one little drumstick, in addition to my own lunch. With the very first bite, all I could taste was chemicals. I had been eating pretty clean for a while by then (not primal or lower carb, but not much processed crap), so it was a big shock. But I looked around and thought "Well, the rest of these guys are loving this, what's wrong with me?" So I ate most of the little drumstick. Within an hour after lunch, my throat started to swell, my vocal cords in particular, and I completely lost my voice. It didn't get better for about 3 days!! Now I consider the stuff poison and I won't touch it.

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                          • #58
                            I used to adore KFC extra crispy. Oh well. fond farewell to some old friends and welcome to some new dietary staple friends like kombucha. I'm glad it's agreeing with you. It's a much better option to have around in place of soda.

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                            • #59
                              I visited the US in 2007, and went searching for twinkies. (This is in relation to your story about the chemicals, Marthat). I'd heard so much about them on TV, and wanted to see what was so addictive about them. I think I assumed they'd be some kind of chocolate, but eventually found some . . . they had such a nasty chemical taste, and left such a strong aftertaste, that I couldn't finish the one I'd tried. I brought the rest of the packet home for my kids to try, but they hated them too. It's that strong notion of "that's not food" that's coming up more and more lately. I had the same reaction to 'cookie dough' icecream - man, that crap isn't even cooked . I don't know what I expected, but raw, soggy dough wasn't it.

                              I now have that reaction to soy milk, and in addition to the aversion I had a massive IBS flare a few months ago in the hot summer sun when I tried soy ice-cream. I also have it to a whole range of other 'foods' I used to routinely consume. I have it to diet lemonade and any other soft drink than coke. However, having that coke last Tuesday had the benefit of proving to me that I'm not addicted to it. I drank it, and didn't get a hit off it - and didn't want more. It's just a preference, and I'm perfectly able to manage a simple preference until it vanishes like the others have.

                              Now that the baby is born, detox is well and truly over, the renovations are underway, and life has settled down a bit, I'm going to be refocusing on some general macros. I can't bring myself to track and count at the moment (it has a tendency to encourage my more self-flagellating traits ). However, as a guideline I'll start increasing my protein and limit the non-vegetable carbs like rice and flour. I have almost no flour anyway - mostly coconut, but a little tapioca at times - so that won't be a struggle. I'll substitute kumara when we have curries!

                              Progress so far has included hugely improved sleep patterns, easy bowel movements, reduced bloating, and not so much abdo pain. Also no cravings and hardly any issues with hunger. Let's see what the next week brings!!
                              Started Feb 18 2011

                              Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                              Journalling here

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                              • #60
                                I'm still tackling the backlog of work from last week, but wanted to add a couple of triumphs . . .

                                • when I was staying at a hotel, those tiny towels they provide actually wrapped around me! Not quite enough that I'd wander about in one, but it wrapped from boobs to knees
                                • my wedding and engagement rings are both on my hand for the first time in years - that's partly fat loss, and partly loss of the puffiness that's plagued me. I shone them up last night, and have worn them all evening, night, and today. That's kept a smile on my face
                                • I'm getting through work in a way that I haven't done for ages - maybe even for ever. I'm clear, focused, and effective


                                I had sausages (primal) and a banana for lunch yesterday, stew and a potato for dinner followed by blueberries, cacao nibs and coconut milk. Nothing so far today, but I'm about to heat up leftover beef stew. Rocking it so far!


                                Granddaughters.jpg

                                My grandbabies
                                Started Feb 18 2011

                                Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                                Journalling here

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