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Introductions / Re: Hi from southern IL!
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:24:22 AM »
The biggest benefit I had from switching to Paleo was getting rid of my GERD problems. I still get a little occasionally but nothing like the chronic pain I used to get practically all my life.

I suffered quite badly from low-carb flu when I switched, but it was worth sticking it out.

You're right to keep taking some sort of Omega-3 supplement. You might need vitamin D3 as well, depending on how much sunshine you get. Here in the UK, we can't get enough in the winter.

Definitely do something about the anxiety. Meditation, self-hypnosis etc...

Good luck and stick with it. You will see results.

Recipes and meal photos / Re: Pork Belly (sous-vide and conventional)
« on: February 17, 2012, 05:40:54 PM »
Pork belly is one of my favourites. I get the butcher to score the skin and I rub a little sea salt in it. I then put it in a hot oven for 15 mins and then turn it down to fairly low for about 40mins,  to an hour, according to size.

The skin turns to delicious crackling and without the addition of any flavouring (other than salt) the whole joint is amazing and can be eaten hot as a meal or cold as snacks. At about 5 per Kg, it's pretty good value.

Recipes and meal photos / Re: Sous Vide Stew
« on: February 12, 2012, 03:21:04 AM »
My son is a foodie and has been experimenting with cooking sous-vide. My only concern is whether the plastic bag it cooks in might leach nasties into the food and cause health issues. I know it's approved for food use but so are plastic water bottles and I wouldn't trust those.

Any thoughts?

Exercises / Re: Severe Knee Pain
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:05:50 AM »
A few years ago, I had a lot of TMJ (jaw) problems. I heard about trigger point therapy and bought this book:
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies and Amber Davies

It is an excellent book and I've used it to treat myself and my husband of all sorts of aches and pains. Obviously, not everything is down to trigger points (which is NOT the same as acupuncture or acupressure points), but it's amazing how many musculo-skeletal problems can be resolved using them.

Once you've discovered your scalenes,   ;) there's no going back.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Confused about fats and hungry!
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:55:31 AM »
I will go to my local butcher and see what he has on offer and see if he has grain fed beef. 
I don't know if that's just a typo, but remember you are trying to find grass fed beef.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Feeling a cold coming on...
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:58:29 AM »
Massive doses of vitamin C really help. I used to take 2 to 5 grams a day before paleo but now I take it only if I've eaten sugar. There seems to be a definite link between the amount of sugar you eat and the amount of vitamin C you need.

If you've been eating well since the 1st, it's still very early days and a boost of vitamin C wouldn't hurt. I buy pure ascorbic acid powder and dissolve in water with a tiny pinch of sodium bicarbonate to make it easier on the stomach. It's a relatively cheap way of buying it.

Garlic is another good remedy. Make sure you crush garlic 10-15 mins before using to get the most healing benefit.

Hope you feel better soon.

Miscellaneous / Re: Vegan Bacon - LOL!
« on: December 31, 2011, 03:24:54 AM »
Brilliant. I particularly liked the girl.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Roasted Chestnuts... Your Opinions and Experience?
« on: December 29, 2011, 06:41:06 AM »
I cheated significantly over the Christmas period. The thin end of the wedge was to eat chestnuts, which I love. I got terrible heartburn from them and carb cravings.

Water chestnuts, though I don't have very often, I hadn't actually cut out since going paleo, cause me no problems whatsoever.

Introductions / Re: New - Going from a Kazillion carbs to 20...
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:04:32 AM »
 :(  Stay with it. It'll be SO worth it when you get over the transition.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Paleo fibre sources?
« on: November 17, 2011, 03:25:32 PM »
I used to get constipated, but if I keep my fat intake high, I don't have a problem. Egg yolks are good, but I find too much egg white can make me constipated.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Second Nature Habit got me in trouble.
« on: November 15, 2011, 11:18:12 AM »
When my husband talks about not wasting food, I ask him if he'd like to eat the left-over crickets and worms that the lizards didn't eat.  :D

Once you stop seeing toast as food, its easy. It can take a while though.

Diet and nutrition / How to use up left-over egg whites
« on: November 02, 2011, 03:59:42 PM »
I've never enjoyed eating egg-white and I believe that to get the most benefit from an egg it's best to eat the yolk either raw or very lightly cooked. Since going paleo, I eat a lot of raw/lightly cooked egg yolks, but often don't eat the white. I hate wasting it, so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas of how to use them?

In my pre-paleo days I would have made meringue (which I used to love) but I can't think what to make now.

Diet and nutrition / Re: What to take on a Vegan retreat - no, seriously!
« on: November 02, 2011, 03:53:51 PM »
The Egg Cupcakes suggested by someone in another post sound pretty good. I'm going to try them out myself.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Gerson therapy and meat
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:53:03 AM »

Secondly, I was watching a documentary about the Gerson therapy and it talked about the vegetarian diet curing cancer and tumors.
Do you believe this? I thought all that high frutose from fruits would be negative on the body? Now, I realize this is for cancer patients but should I be intaking more juices?

I know this is just anecdotal evidence based on only one example but...

my father was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus at about the same time as John Thaw (the actor) was. John Thaw had the conventional treatment of operations, chemo, radio etc... and my father did his research and decided to go with Gerson therapy. He believed in it completely. He was determined to beat the cancer and followed everything to the letter. In the end he never made any real progress and he died at about the same time as John Thaw.

It doesn't prove anything and we'll never know how much his low meat, lowish fat and very high bread diet contributed to his getting ill in the first place.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Does pure coconut milk exist?
« on: October 24, 2011, 06:59:39 AM »
I'm in the UK and I've not been able to find pure coconut milk, so instead I but blocks of coconut cream and water it down. Also,  the oil separates out so I might use some of that on its own for cooking.

Do you boil it?

I'm finding that even powdered coconut milk has added ingredients in it.

I've never used powdered coconut milk.

I sometimes boil coconut cream if I'm making soup or thai curry. I often just scrape bits of the block straight into the dish I'm eating. My husband likes curries a lot hotter than I do, so I sometimes cool mine down by adding coconut cream in this way.

I vaguely remember a long time ago, when coconut milk wasn't so available, that recipes suggested mixing coconut cream (in a block) with boiling water to get the consistency of coconut milk.

Of course, what used to be called coconut milk i.e. the water inside the coconut, is now sold as coconut water. A different thing altogether.

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