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    Really dumb question, sorry: Is sauerkraut primal/paleo? I'm doing a Whole 30 this month, and I was wondering if it's OK. Thanks in advance...
    F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

    **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

    **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

  • #2
    Yes, sauerkraut is definitely okay!

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    • #3
      If you are buying sauerkraut try to get unpasturized, with all the good probiotics. Even better, make your own, though you may want to wait until fall if you don't have a cool cellar or other reliable cool place. Get good organic cabbage and it requires nothing but cabbage, salt, and a container with a setup to keep the cabbage submerged under the brine. I use as a weight pressing down on the cabbage a flat-sided glass food storage bowl and a brick that fit into a glass crock I bought at a craft supply store. Use sea salt with color (Real salt, Celtic salt, Himalayan or Hawaiian salt) and you will have something healthier than what you buy in the store.
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      low carb since 2006 thanks to Jenny, primal since Jan. 2012

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      • #4
        Bubbies Sauerkraut is supposed to be high in probiotics.

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        • #5
          Thanks so much, everyone!
          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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          • #6
            One note of caution about Bubbie's brand: the stuff really *is* packed with probiotics! I had been following a paleo diet for ~1.5 years, and regularly taking probiotic/prebiotic supplements in capsule form. I always use high-potency supplements, so I figured that I was doing a good job augmenting my digestive system, even though the one health issue I've been trying to solve, was never improved by any amounts of probiotics I took.

            I decided to give Bubbie's pickles a try, thinking that they'd augment my probiotics intake. All I ate was one small pickle, and within a few hours, I experienced a bout of vomiting every hour, on the hour, for 6 hours straight. And, no other aspect of my diet etc. had changed, except for that one pickle, and I wasn't at all sick with a cold or flu (and, in fact, haven't/hadn't been sick for 15+ years, before that!). I read up, and concluded that I must have been experiencing a healing crisis:

            The Healing Crisis

            After my ~36 hour bout of nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and general fatigue passed (during which I fasted), I was back to 100% normal, and feeling better than ever.

            So, I'm definitely not discouraging you from trying Bubbie's, but just consider gradually working it into your diet, rather than expecting to eat a normal-sized serving right away.


            Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who created the GAPS diet for gut healing, has the following advice for introducing fermented and probiotic foods into the diet:

            "Probiotic foods are essential to introduce right from the beginning. These can be dairy-based or vegetable-based. To avoid any reactions introduce probiotic foods gradually, starting from 1-2 teaspoons a day for 2-5 days, then 3-4 teaspoons a day for 2-5 days and so on until you can add a few teaspoons of the probiotic food into every cup of meat stock and every bowl of soup."

            GAPS diet - the diet for helping with learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and physical problems, such as autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive diso
            Last edited by healthseekerKate; 06-03-2012, 11:28 AM.

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            • #7
              It's a-ok, just make sure that IF you are watching carbs, don't binge on it since they ferment it in sugar and some is usually still left over in the final product.

              If you're not watching carbs, forget that caveat and have at it!
              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by healthseekerKate View Post
                One note of caution about Bubbie's brand: the stuff really *is* packed with probiotics! I had been following a paleo diet for ~1.5 years, and regularly taking probiotic/prebiotic supplements in capsule form. I always use high-potency supplements, so I figured that I was doing a good job augmenting my digestive system, even though the one health issue I've been trying to solve, was never improved by any amounts of probiotics I took.

                I decided to give Bubbie's pickles a try, thinking that they'd augment my probiotics intake. All I ate was one small pickle, and within a few hours, I experienced a bout of vomiting every hour, on the hour, for 6 hours straight. And, no other aspect of my diet etc. had changed, except for that one pickle, and I wasn't at all sick with a cold or flu (and, in fact, haven't/hadn't been sick for 15+ years, before that!). I read up, and concluded that I must have been experiencing a healing crisis:

                The Healing Crisis

                After my ~36 hour bout of nausea, vomiting, muscle pain and general fatigue passed (during which I fasted), I was back to 100% normal, and feeling better than ever.

                So, I'm definitely not discouraging you from trying Bubbie's, but just consider gradually working it into your diet, rather than expecting to eat a normal-sized serving right away.


                Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who created the GAPS diet for gut healing, has the following advice for introducing fermented and probiotic foods into the diet:

                "Probiotic foods are essential to introduce right from the beginning. These can be dairy-based or vegetable-based. To avoid any reactions introduce probiotic foods gradually, starting from 1-2 teaspoons a day for 2-5 days, then 3-4 teaspoons a day for 2-5 days and so on until you can add a few teaspoons of the probiotic food into every cup of meat stock and every bowl of soup."

                GAPS diet - the diet for helping with learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and physical problems, such as autism, hyperactivity and attention deficit, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive diso
                Wow, that's a crazy story! I've never heard of a healing crisis before...

                But don't be scared of Bubbie's! I eat some Bubbie's sauerkraut or just drink a shot glass full of the brine pretty much every day, and I've never had any problems!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                  It's a-ok, just make sure that IF you are watching carbs, don't binge on it since they ferment it in sugar and some is usually still left over in the final product.

                  If you're not watching carbs, forget that caveat and have at it!
                  Ah, whoops! OK, good to know going forward. Well, I don't think I binged; I think I wound up having 3 teaspoons' worth of sauerkraut. And dang, it was good. (Had it with two of Applegate Farm's Super Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dogs, with a bit of spicy mustard. Yum!)
                  F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                  **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                  **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                  • #10
                    When I have it, I try to keep to about 1/2 cup. Three teaspoons (one tablespoon) is probably fine.
                    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                      When I have it, I try to keep to about 1/2 cup. Three teaspoons (one tablespoon) is probably fine.
                      Awesome. Thanks!
                      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                      • #12
                        One cup is about ten grams of carbs. Compare to one gram or so in a cup of spinach. It makes sauerkraut one of the higher carb veggies. Lots of fermented veggies are in the same vein.

                        But on the other hand, being probiotics makes them extremely good to consume, at least in small quantities.
                        "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                          One cup is about ten grams of carbs. Compare to one gram or so in a cup of spinach. It makes sauerkraut one of the higher carb veggies. Lots of fermented veggies are in the same vein.

                          But on the other hand, being probiotics makes them extremely good to consume, at least in small quantities.
                          The probiotics was the entire reason I decided to give sauerkraut a try; tonight was the first time I've ever had it. Tasty!
                          F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                          **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                          **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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                          • #14
                            Good reads:

                            The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods | Mark's Daily Apple

                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-t...#axzz1wmHuYJhW
                            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                            • #15
                              Many thanks!
                              F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

                              **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

                              **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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