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Diet and nutrition / Re: Basically Meat-Only?
« on: September 16, 2009, 06:21:22 PM »
Day 1 went better than expected.  I am very tired, but not too fuzzy headed.  My stomach feels good too.  I am looking forward to not being tired, but so far so good.  ;D

Diet and nutrition / Re: Basically Meat-Only?
« on: September 15, 2009, 07:08:00 PM »
Okay, I'm in too!  ;D  I don't know for how long, but I'll give it a shot.  I'm afraid of getting "fuzzy" headed.  I teach college algebra and really need to have my brain functioning well.  But hey, I just bought half a cow so I certainly have enough to eat.  :)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Basically Meat-Only?
« on: September 09, 2009, 06:07:36 PM »
I had to go basically meat only for a few weeks because of digestive problems (which I have mentioned several times here before).  I got a stomach bug and seemed to develop an overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestine (SIBO) as a result.  I had diarrhea basically everyday for 2 months before I started my own treatment.  Because of this, any kind of fruit and most veggies would set me off (I thought it was fructose malabsorption).  What worked for me was to cut out vegetation for 3 weeks, take peppermint oil tablets (enteric coated) and start a powerful probiotic (Align).  So basically, the peppermint kills the bad bacteria, and the probiotic re-colonizes the gut with good bacteria. At this point I only take the Align daily.  I stopped taking the peppermint oil when it got my body knew I didn't need it anymore.  I know you don't like supplements Marika, so maybe you could try a peppermint tea?  Kombucha?

Things are normal again, though I do avoid the high fructose foods still.  I've done some research into fructose digestion, and it's not something I want to eat a lot of anymore.  I will eat most veggies now, but many fruits are not on the menu.  I really only eat blueberries and bananas regularly.

I hope things improve for you Marika.  I hated the digestive issues.  The cramps are almost certainly some form of mineral imbalance.  I didn't get mine under control until I started a multi-vitamin.  I know it's not what you want to do, but it keeps me paleo.

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: September 03, 2009, 05:01:39 PM »
Calcium could explain both your issues.  I think you may want to invest in a good supplement. They have an organic one at Safeway made from egg shells.

Progress Reports & Photos / Re: A Month in a Cave
« on: August 09, 2009, 06:31:00 AM »
Congrats!  I'm 7 months in, and have lost 38 pounds.  I have more to lose (about 10? I'm 5'6" and 147 pounds), but am very happy with the results.  I started this WOE to clear up eczema, and it's done so much more.  My energy is better, my anxiety is almost gone, etc.

Keep it up!

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 08, 2009, 04:24:07 AM »
You could always switch to primal and add a bit of dairy?  A little raw cheese each day would help both your problems.

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 06, 2009, 01:57:22 PM »
I used the recipe here:

I just made less.  It's a bit chewy, but really good.

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 06, 2009, 05:18:28 AM »
Ouch! Those are the kind of leg cramps I get.  It's probably magnesium...but maybe sodium or potassium?

I tried making the sesame snacks (pasteli) at home.  It's easy, and very delicious.  Just honey and sesame seeds.

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:22:44 AM »
I really don't know exactly what causes my leg cramps, but I suspect a mineral deficiency (magnesium?) It seems to happen when I overdo it with sodium.  I had a few servings of bacon yesterday, so it could have thrown off my mineral balance.

What's strange is I almost always wear Birkenstocks and never had problems before I started paleo.  I also went out and bought a pair of Vibram Fivefingers yesterday and walked around quite a bit in them.  They felt quite comfortable, so I don't think that was it.

Too bad I can't get those sesame snacks here. I think the oskri might be similar though.

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 04, 2009, 06:14:18 AM »
Yeah, corn bothers us a lot.  My son and father are actually allergic, though my son seems to be growing out of it (I don't give him straight corn, but it can be hard to avoid at birthdays, etc. as an ingredient).

I, too, had calf cramps last night.  What is the brand on your sesame snacks?  Is it Oskri?

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: August 03, 2009, 04:46:50 AM »
What is the sesame snack that you're eating?

Congrats on the foot cramps! 

Diet and nutrition / Re: What do you eat when you feel sick?
« on: August 03, 2009, 04:44:43 AM »
Chicken broth is usually my choice.  Peppermint tea works well too.

Miscellaneous / Re: Strange effect of wheat?!
« on: August 01, 2009, 09:56:19 AM »
Wheat is high in fructans, which can have the same effect on the body as fructose.

Food Journals / Re: Karlin's Food Journal
« on: July 29, 2009, 07:27:18 AM »
Things have been going well.  My digestions has been normal for over a week.  I feel like I'm holding my breath every time I eat fruit, but it's all been good.  The peppermint oil has been a little strong these last couple days.  I feel like my body may need way less..maybe once once a day instead of 3.  Maybe I'll up the garlic, since that has no side effects that I can tell.  My weight has been steady, but I didn't expect any changes since I just got over 2 months of diarrhea and lost nutrients. My body must be compensating.  I want to lose another 10 pounds, and I'm anxious to get started...but I know it will be slower than the last 36.

yam browns
small bowl of blueberries and strawberries

Food Journals / Re: Marika's Food Blog
« on: July 27, 2009, 05:52:31 AM »
You know, I have gotten calf cramps on and off since I started paleo 6 months ago.  It's either magnesium or potassium for me.

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