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Any good, cheap mexican near JW Marriott Desert Ridge?

I used to eat at this place when I worked in the area. It's been a couple of years...:
http://habaneros.mx

2 days ago
johnseberg in Phoenix

Sedona eating spots

There is some information here, but, the SW board is the more appropriate board for Sedona, at this time.

http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/6

Apr 16, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Apps for tracking food

I'd be interested to hear about *any* software (preferably free) anyone is using to track their diet, symptoms, exercise, BMs, etc. I don't have a smartphone.

I'm just using a spreadsheet, now, and it's not very efficient. I've actually considered writing my own, but, I'm sure there is some good stuff already out there.

Apr 06, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Diabetic Foodie

I don't think the source of ideas matters very much. You can get a great idea for a meal from some anonymous person on the internet, and get a pretty bad idea from your RD or Dr. In the end, the glucometer reading is what really matters.

Apr 04, 2014
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substitute for soy sauce

I used raw coconut aminos.

http://www.coconutsecret.com

Mar 23, 2014
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I need snack ideas!

Making extra of anything is a good idea for me. Foods that are sold "ready to eat" are generally a problem for me, even fruit, nuts, and seeds. I'm better off eating half of a ground beef patty and some cold leftover vegetables. I roast cauliflower with a little onion in coconut oil, a little lower than roasting temp., actually. And I have no trouble snacking on it, cold, or gently nuked.

Mar 20, 2014
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I need snack ideas!

No, I would rather make it myself and make sure the beans are fermented. It'll be a few weeks before I make any. That will probably be an adventure. It seems like I feel better as a fat burner vs. sugar burner.

I liked the idea so much I already bought the garbanzos, though. I think an avocado is easier to deal with than a jar of tahini.

Mar 19, 2014
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Your new comfort food

The question was actually rhetorical from my point of view, but, somebody will find that information useful. Thanks.

Mar 19, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

I need snack ideas!

I noticed avocado hummus at my last trip to TJ's and thought it was a good idea. It's basically 50/50 garbanzo / avocado. Too carby for me, at the moment, but, I'll probably make some when I decide to do a cycle of moderate carb eating.

Mar 19, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Your new comfort food

That sounds great. Is that gluten free?

I don't have many "allergies", but, I do have some weird reaction to poultry products and farmed fish, even organic. I recently discovered I could eat a local farmer's pasture raised chicken.

So, I did something like this, heavy on the herbs:
http://wellnessmama.com/3308/how-to-s...

Nothing went to waste!

Mar 19, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

Well, live, as in fermented, and *not* pasteurized post fermentation. Most sauerkraut is fermented, then pasteurized, so, the bacteria is dead, and it effectively contains no probiotics. One exception is Bubbies, and there are some other brands, including kimchi products, popping up at places like Whole Foods. They're pretty expensive. I was thinking about seeing what home brews might be available from the local Korean restaurants.

Mar 17, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

Is that *live* kimchi? I don't think they have that at my Asian store, but, maybe I need to look harder.

Mar 17, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Pre-hockey suggestion in Glendale

Like chewbacca, I was also thinking that "downtown" Glendale is the place to get away from chains. It's about 5 - 6 miles from the arena. Besides Little Saigon, there are some old favorites like Haus Murphy's, Bitz-ee Mama's, La Piazza Al Forno. I haven't been to any of these places in years, so, you might research them a bit, and you'll probably uncover some other old picks in the process.

The 3rd location of Carolina's is on the North side of Peoria Ave, just East of the 101 (and 91st Ave), next to Walgreens, if that interests you. I like most of their food, despite the polystyrene cartons in which it is served. I think the quality is fairly consistent with the other locations.

http://www.carolinasmexicanfood.com/

There are probably some hidden gems sprinkled in the West side 'hoods, but, I haven't been to any. I can't eat like I used to.

Mar 17, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Low carbers- what is your limit?

Yeah, the referenced NPR report is 5 years old. I've been listening to a lot of podcasts, recently - not sure where I heard it. News to me, though.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

Mar 15, 2014
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Low carbers- what is your limit?

I recently heard something interesting about crackers. When the serving size is unrealistically small, the producer might be trying to hide something, like trans fats.

From NPR:
"The Food and Drug Administration allows foods to contain up to 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving and still be labeled as having zero grams of trans fat."

I realize this is a little out of context, here, but, I just thought I'd throw it out there.

I suppose most people in this forum are used to looking carefully at nutritional information, but, this is going to get me looking more closely.

Mar 15, 2014
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Post-Spring Training Game in Old Town Scottsdale [or Gainey]

This has become a low volume board, probably due to a local alternative.

Similar questions have been answered many times. The answers are already here.

Most places in the area expect people in shorts and flip flops.

Mar 12, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Low carbers- what is your limit?

Fiber advocates have been winning me over, lately. The idea is that fiber (and resistant starch) is metabolized to short chain fatty acids. This generally makes the colon happy, it likes SCFA. The process is driven by gut flora, and when they're happy, immune regulation is improved.

If what I'm being told is correct, fiber metabolites include little or no glucose. I suppose it all depends on the makeup of one's gut flora, though.

Mar 10, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

If you can handle bacon two nights in a row, wrap the chicken livers in it and skewer.

Mar 09, 2014
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What's for Low-Carb Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? #3

I've been getting some good asparagus these days. I just steam it for 5 minutes, and add some coconut oil (I'm off dairy, temporarily). I've seen where it is recommended to cut the stalk in half and discard the bottom. I think this is a waste. Some stalks are woodier than others, but, I can feel it when I trim the end. Most of the time, cutting off an inch is plenty. I don't mind a little crunch. There's good prebiotic in the bottom of the stalk.

Mar 08, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

preparing for a real dietary challenge

The basic version was quite sweet, to my taste. I can see where spicier variations would improve it.

Mar 06, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

preparing for a real dietary challenge

I'm probably pretty easy to please when it comes to butternut squash soup. I like the simple version of the one posted on Whole Foods Market site. I made it with vegetable broth, since I don't eat much chicken.:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recip...

Mar 06, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Visiting Phoenix - Looking for Oaxacan or good Mexican

I have never made it to any of the Oaxacan places. They tend to be in the Sunnyslope neighborhood. I'd be surprised if they were not still in business, but, you might call before going. Los Reyes de la Torta could be a "Plan B" if you're in the area.

Mar 04, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Boiled Crawfish in PHX??

There is a Hot N Juicy Crawfish in the works near University and Mill in Tempe.

http://hotnjuicycrawfish.com

Mar 03, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Your favourite carb substitute?

I googled it, and it looks great - just what I needed.

Feb 26, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

2 Dinners in Scottsdale

My experience is limited, and not recent, but, I would exclude AZ88 and Olive & Ivy. FWIW, I'd probably pick CPH and The Mission, but, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the rest.

Feb 18, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Gluten Free able to eat wheat in Italy. Better wheat there?

I just noticed this post about a recent study of "ancient" vs. "modern" wheat - effects on IBS.

Looks like the bottom line is - IBS symptoms improved on the "ancient" wheat.

Further relevant to this thread, in that the authors were representative of Careggi University Hospital (Florence, Italy) and University of Florence.

http://freetheanimal.com/2014/02/william-wheat-belly.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24...

Feb 18, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Kid Friendly non-chains near Westin Kierland?

White Chocolate Grill

Feb 15, 2014
johnseberg in Phoenix

Celeriac/Celery root - roasted, mashed - your best methods?

Here's a new one? Noodles?
Celeriac Noodles with Parsley Pesto
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/celeri...

Feb 15, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Gluten Free able to eat wheat in Italy. Better wheat there?

Please excuse my belated interest in wheat sensitivity, but, I have also recently read the following, which may be of interest.

Anson Mills "About Wheat" page (brief mention of gluten sensitivity at the bottom):
http://ansonmills.com/grain_notes/14

Sourdough is Magic thread from this forum:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892283

Feb 14, 2014
johnseberg in Special Diets

Gluten Free able to eat wheat in Italy. Better wheat there?

I think you're right about GMO vs. non-GMO, but, I've given up on food supply politics. I'm sure the politicians in Italy are a little more concerned with food quality than their U.S. counterparts.

Two major sources of wheat sensitivity are wheat germ agglutinin and gluten. So, friend #1's specific problem may not be the same as friend #2's specific problem. They may be "an apple and an orange".

Those same two sources of wheat sensitivity commonly coincide with a leaky gut. It might take years to develop a leaky gut to the point of having symptoms and taking actions, such as going gluten free. After being gluten free, the leaky gut is allowed to heal, and one might be able to eat wheat without symptoms, for a time. So, friend #2 was emboldened to take a risk with non-GMO wheat. She might have had the same, favorable results with GMO wheat. We don't know. Furthermore, we don't know whether the supposedly safe non-GMO wheat will make her gut permeable over the longer term, just as the GMO wheat had. Her symptoms might return.

There are other confounding factors as well, such as the manner in which the wheat was processed and/or prepared.

Genetic modification is often implicated as the cause of the increasing problems we are having with wheat. But, the hybridization is also commonly implicated. Maybe the wheat grown in Italy is not technically GMO, but, the dominant variety might still be the high yield dwarf that is of lesser quality than varieties available 50 years ago. You tell me.

Based on the actions of the folks in charge of our food supply, I can see where one might assume that nobody knows what is going on. But, it seems like some pretty good research has been done.

You might want to ignore the following articles if you would like to continue eating wheat. I think Paul Jaminet paints a particularly pessimistic picture.

Mark Sisson's crash course in exactly why modern wheat in particular is a problem (Oct 18 2012):
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-problems-with-modern-wheat

Paul Jaminet's "Wheat is a Cause of Many Diseases" series part I (of three) (Oct 26 2010):
http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/10/...

Feb 13, 2014
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