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'Check ingredients' for Gluten

>> "I make it a practice to check every single label, every single time, as suppliers and formulations can change."

One might think a change in formula would tend to remove gluten, and other undesirables, but, no. Not all covet the "gluten-free" label.

Also, check medications, supplements, cosmetics, etc.

about 8 hours ago
johnseberg in Special Diets
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(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

I would add that, in general, herbs are nutrient dense. They have not been bred to produce more sugar, like most domestic plants.

Jan 23, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

Good to know. I was just pleading ignorance. Iron is another complicated thing, about which I need to learn more.

Jan 20, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

As I indicated in my first post, I'm skeptical as to whether brassicas specifically interfere with exogenous thyroid hormone absorption. Soy *has* been implicated. Soy and brassicas fall in the larger category of goitrogens, and I'm afraid the brassicas have been unfairly charged. Guilt by association. Goitrogens interfere with the uptake of iodine. But, iodine deficiency is a lesser cause of hypothyroidism in modern cultures, behind the autoimmune condition, Hashimoto's.

I haven't heard anything memorable about iron.

I totally agree with goodhealthgourmet's comprehensive post. Moderate consumption of cooked brassicas should not be a big problem.

I still hold out hope that my mild hypothyroidism is about iodine deficiency, as I was irrationally scared of salt for so many years. But, given my exposure to Epstein-Barr (mono), and evidence of secondary autoimmune conditions, it is likely Hashimoto's, in my case. It bears repeating that selenium supplementation is important if supplementing iodine. Like with most autoimmune issues, you can't go wrong eating a nutrient dense diet. It would be a shame to neglect the nutrients needed by your detox pathways.

Besides goitrogens, Bromine is implicated in iodine malabsorption. It's found is processed foods, notably Mountain Dew.

I ate tons of soy for years. Now, I pretty much run in the other direction, although, I might get a little fermented soy.

Jan 20, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

Off the top of my head, I'd increase sulfur-rich vegetables such as onion, garlic, chives, scallion, leek, and mushrooms, since you'll be missing the important sulfur of the brassicas.

You might also want to avoid other goitrogens that are not brassicas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goitrogen

I'd get a variety of lettuce, avoiding the mustard / kale-like stuff.

When in doubt, look it up on wikipedia. Check the genus of the plant in question.

But, I'm not a dietician.

Jan 17, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

(Non - cruciferous) Veggies/Greens Suggestions?

Can you cite a reference for brassicas blocking the absorption of thyroid replacement hormones?

Thanks,

Jan 17, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

Virtu "DISHONEST" Craft

My usual response - let's talk about food.

Jan 15, 2015
johnseberg in Phoenix

site forgetting "read" posts

haha, I just figured that out, this morning.

I also checked the box to send me emails on stuff I'm following. The third email went into the SPAM bucket, of course (yahoo). I flagged it "not SPAM", and quit following this discussion. I find that I lose interest in discussions after about 20 comments, or so. I guess it's the law of diminishing returns.

So, congratulations on your caring and attentiveness. :^)

Jan 12, 2015
johnseberg in Site Talk

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!

There is also a Carolina's about 5 miles North of the stadium in Peoria. Closed Sunday, (and many holidays) though.

Carolina's Mexican Food
9030 West Peoria Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345

Jan 12, 2015
johnseberg in Phoenix
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Scottsdale - Non-Corporate Restos?

Jan 07, 2015
johnseberg in Phoenix

site forgetting "read" posts

I'm not going to read this whole thread to try to find an answer. CH needs to fix the problem, so that I can see what I've already read. I'll check back to see if it works, periodically. But, I will not respond to requests for me to test the site. Between this, and the ads that play automatically, I'm afraid I have no time for CH, anymore. Once a great community, many years ago, now, I'm sorry about the current state of this site. Almost all of the great CH contributors in my local area from the past are using other forums and don't even look at CH.

Dec 30, 2014
johnseberg in Site Talk

Ingredients derived from wheat

Maybe just ask the supplier if it is certified gluten-free? I have serious doubt. Celiacs may react to microgram levels of gluten.

Perhaps you could get a similar product derived from rice (Lundberg) or tapioca? These products should be mostly glucose, and practically fructose-free.

http://amzn.com/B000NQBZWS

Full disclosure: I'm really anti-wheat. I don't have an acute reaction to it, but, the evidence against ingesting it seems overwhelming, and not just because of the gluten.

Nov 21, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Where to Buy Fresh (as opposed to frozen) Turkey

There appears to be a good answer to this question on http://phxfoodnerds.com

If you have trouble finding it, let me know.

Nov 11, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Occasional Treat?

*Update*

I tried the cane sugar version of this (So Delicious Brand) product, and, again, had quite a bit of gas. The ingredient label seems to change quite a bit. What is on their website does not match what was on my container (agave vs. cane, chicory root extract vs. inulin [possibly the same thing]). So, maybe it was the inulin, all along. I'm still avoiding erythritol, though.

In either case, the gas seemed to develop in the lower GI, so, I guess it isn't fueling SIBO. Still, too much pressure can't be good. Hopefully, I'll tolerate these prebiotics better, going forward.

I make treats with canned coconut milk and berries and seem to tolerate those very well. Guar gum is the only weird thing in that mix - no added sweeteners.

Oct 22, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Scottsdale - Staying at Hotel Valley Ho

Oct 21, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Ugh --- I'm lactose intolerant!

And yet, people will buy an even more extreme product:
http://www.pureindianfoods.com/Grassf...

Oct 20, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Is reheated pasta less fattening?

Hi Melanie.

The article mentions the feeding of good bacteria. What it fails to mention is certain bacteria convert these starches into short chained fatty acids (SCFA), which are absorbed by their human host. If this process is efficient, calories are not really lost.

The good news is that these fatty acids are generally regarded as healthy, particularly for the colon. This process may also be the most practical way to get butyric acid into your colon. I'd prefer it to butyrate suppositories. Also, eating butter doesn't work if your upper digestive tract is properly functioning.

Then, there's the whole good calories / bad calories argument. The SCFA produced in the colon may help to blunt glucose / insulin spikes for several hours. Large mammals absorb most of their calories as fatty acids, not glucose, by this general process. Our smaller digestive systems are less capable of operating this way. We should probably eat a lot more fat, directly, yet, still find a way to allow the bacteria to do their thing in our colons for the many benefits. Just my opinion.

I'd opt for the potato salad, rather than the pasta.

My new favorite blog for information on probiotics and prebiotics:
http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com

Oct 19, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Dining Solo in Phoenix

Use this link to help in your research. You can find old threads on many places within walking distance.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/22/39812/...

Oct 18, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix
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Hilton Tapatios

I suggest you start here:
http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/22/2110/P...

Your hotel is in the "Sunnyslope & North Mountain" neighborhood, but, there is not a lot of "dining" options there. Some good cheap food, though.

Oct 17, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Ads That Play Automatically

I'm taking a month off from CH. Ads have automatically played for the past three days in a row. The idea that you don't accept these ads is an insulting joke. Maybe, I'll see you in Nov.

Sep 30, 2014
johnseberg in Site Talk

I think I have a garlic intolerance, anyone else?

At 27, I accepted various digestive ups and downs to be normal. I probably had symptoms, as bad, or worse, than you are having, and never considered an elimination diet. On the other hand, it's easy to obsess about digestion, which is counter-productive. How seriously things are to be taken is a balancing act.

If your symptoms get worse, and seem to involve more foods, I would encourage you to study various protocols for determining and reversing intolerances. I think the information available in this area gets better and better, every day. Look for protocols talking about elimination, provocation, healing, and reintroduction.

For now, I like your strategy of continuing to eat a little garlic. I buy into the idea of eating smalls amounts of things on a regular basis, is helpful to tolerating them in larger amounts. I also believe garlic and related foods are quite valuable to gut health.

Sep 29, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

I think I have a garlic intolerance, anyone else?

What about the effectiveness of the DAO supplement? I thought you were taking it.

Sep 28, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

I think I have a garlic intolerance, anyone else?

That's a great chart - keep up the good work.

Are the diamine oxidase supplements and Prescript-Assist helping?

Thanks,

Sep 28, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

What’s So Bad About ‘Natural’?

Exactly, "natural" is a marketing term. Expect deception when present.

I think I have a garlic intolerance, anyone else?

Good point, but the OP has nowhere near enough evidence to conclude a sensitivity to garlic. Consider that garlic is just the most conspicuous of the stomach contents, but, not necessarily the fuel for fermentation occurring in the upper GI tract.

http://www.ibsgroup.org/brochures/fod...

Garlic has been implicated as relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter (not sure I agree). The resulting symptom is heartburn or acid reflux.

IMO, if one is sensitive to garlic, causing burping and/or IBS, something should be done to rid the upper GI tract of the misplaced bacteria (SIBO). These bacteria should be in the colon, and happily consuming FODMAPs, contributing to one's good health, instead of causing this kind of distress.

Sep 27, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

GAPS diet

More GAPS links, good starting points:

http://www.gaps.me

http://www.gapsdiet.com

Sep 27, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

GAPS diet

I should own the book, but, I don't.

http://amzn.com/0954852028

What's not to like about a grain-free, gut-healing, probiotic-rich diet for a T2D? Well, maybe the part where you start the day with carrot or beet juice? I like the general concept, but, maybe the implementation needs to be tweeked for a T2D.

I'd find a pro that has significant experience with this combination, and consult.

I have generally positive thoughts about this approach, and I hope it works. Just, please be careful.

Sep 27, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets
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Fat Bomb Techniques

I thought I'd start a thread to get ideas for making fatty snacks. I'm sure there are a few of you that make these.

I've been making variations of the following recipe:

6 parts coconut oil
2 parts nut butter (almond, cashew, I've even used tahini)
1 part butter or ghee

Melt, mix, pour into an ice cube tray, refrigerate, and empty cubes into a jar. Store in the 'fridge for whenever a shot of energy is desired, or to chase down a low-fat meal. Keep a small container in the 'fridge at work (nobody ever steals these).

This works pretty good, but, I don't like using the plastic ice cube trays so much. They end up messier than I expect, and the fats are probably really good at extracting the BPA or other nasty plasticizers from the trays.

Another fatty snack I've enjoyed is the fudge from the The Wahls Protocol ( http://terrywahls.com ). I can't post the recipe here, unfortunately.

I'm looking for other ideas.

Thanks,

Sep 20, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Help - low-carb LOW BUDGET diabetic-friendly meals?

Here is a post of something I did with grass-fed beef shanks. You can get a lot of very nutrient-dense meats, cheap, that go a long way. Other choices are heart, liver, and tongue. Just be sure to cook most of these things low and slow, and they're great.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4981...

You might want to keep in mind that when you cook some veggies, like this, you break the indigestible carbs into simple sugars, which you might want to avoid. But, you can get good, tender, meats with just a little liquid, and very few or zero carbs.

Organs meats, bones, and cheaper cuts complement typical muscle meat amino acid, vitamin, and mineral profiles. By eating them, you're likely protecting yourself from micronutrient deficiencies.

http://paleoincomparison.blogspot.com...

http://thecuriouscoconut.com/blog/how...

Study report: Low carb for diabetes

I thought I'd add this, here:

From NPR: Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014...

This links three of our favorites topics: artificial sweeteners, the microbiome, and metabolic disease.

This (kinda) confirms my fears about a poorly executed, low-carb diet.

Low-carb can be a great thing, if done right. I don't think it's complicated, but, it can take some effort.

Sep 17, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets