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Q. What do you get after 25 years of a glutinous diet and alcohol abuse?

I haven't read all the responses, but, this topic gets a lot of discussion.

I believe in "ripping off the bandage" when it comes to sweets and carbohydrates.

I think eating refined carbs makes me crave more - trying to eat them in moderation doesn't work for me.

While artificial sweeteners might be a tool for dieticians to get their clients' compliance, I was able to stop eating all sweets, and have seen great effects. I get most of my food reward from fats. I'm no model of self-discipline, and ate a pint of super premium ice cream every day, for decades. I stopped for a less serious health concern than diabetes. Natural foods taste much sweeter to me, now that I don't eat concentrated sweeteners. It took me about 3 weeks to get past the withdrawal.

You will lose some benefit of fiber as a side effect of cutting carbs. I supplement with various fibers, mostly soluble types. It is important to find what agrees with your digestion and doesn't affect your blood glucose (You have a glucometer by now, right?). Beyond what is technically considered fiber, there are other indigestible carbohydrates, if you care to do further research of your options. Ideally, you would transition from high-density carbs to low-density carbs, but, that's a big step, so, supplements can fill the gap. I mention this, because I think a lack of fiber really hurt me, when I went low-carb.

I would also supplement with probiotics, in supplement and/or food forms, as tolerated. Your microbiome is likely trashed. Don't think that it is easily rebuilt. Probiotics are mostly transient, but, offer benefits to the health of your colon, immune system, etc.

I'm sure others have mentioned journaling your food and blood glucose. Personally, my A1c seems to run high, compared to BG, but, I don't have a lot of data.

If you can improve your insulin sensitivity you will not only benefit from less glucose in your blood, but, also less insulin in your blood. I think this is often ignored.

Trying too be healthy, but cannot find grass fed beef that I can bear

I really like the bison from Wild Idea Buffalo.
http://buy.wildideabuffalo.com

I've tried most cuts. I enjoy the unique flavor, but find the steaks to be extremely lean - not comparable to a fatty beef ribeye. My Dad will only eat the ground.

I really like the bone-in fattier cuts in the crockpot. Tongue, heart, and kidney are still on my "to do" list.

Jul 23, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

Trying too be healthy, but cannot find grass fed beef that I can bear

My local rancher offers ground beef that is course ground and relatively fatty - delicious. I suggest you take your concerns directly to the rancher, and get suggestions for what you might like according to how their meat is raised and processed. I agree that ribeyes do not translate well, grass-fed is too lean.

Jul 22, 2015
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Paleo Principles - worth raving over?

I might not be up-to-date on the latest in anthropology, but, one of the game changers I once learned of in homonid evolution came with the ability to use tools to break large bones and eat marrow. This is a meal of mostly saturated fat with a good dose of omega-3 for good brain development. So, the evolutionary path to our big brains may have not required any capturing or killing, just the ability to break bones that lions and hyenas could not.

I seem to be okay eating huge chunks of meat, but, I try to get by on the minimal effective dose. I also think eating "nose-to-tail" should be given consideration.

I've often heard the belief that organ meats and fatty cuts were eaten first, and the lean muscle meats that we eat today, were eaten last. I assume there was some gorging out of practical necessity. Some Paleo principles don't make sense, today.

I like that fact that there is no "one Paleo diet" with specific rules. It makes for interesting discussion. The fact is - most foods, plant or animal, that we eat are domesticated. Paleo principles are reference points to reflect on where we may have gone wrong. There is little doubt in my mind that the breeding of plants, solely to increase sugar and starch content, has not served us well. Some of the most nutrient dense plants are bitter greens, herbs, and spices.

And yes, I agree, now, that fiber and other fermentable carbs are much more important than I once thought.

Salad might be one of the best things to eat in combination with red meat. More details are in the following podcast. You might fast forward over the first 15 minutes of chit chat:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2015/06/tp...

Jul 22, 2015
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During the fat free craze of the late eightys and 90s, did drs diagnose high cholesteral differently?

I am just wondering what people here might like as a good marker for your typical blood lipid results. I've seen that a triglyceride / HDL ratio should be less than 2.0. Mine is about 0.5 on a diet including fatty cuts of beef, lots of coconut oil - somewhat low carb.

I'm quite sure my narrow-minded doctor would sqawk about my total cholesterol, but, I think it is a healthy level.

Jun 27, 2015
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Now that I am Not Low Carbing, what to do with Coconut Almond Milk

Mar 20, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

Lunch spot between Tucson and Chandler

Maybe too late, but, AZ, outside of the Phoenix area, is covered by the Southwest board.

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

Mar 01, 2015
johnseberg in Phoenix

Parkinson's - what foods enable l-dopa best?

Not answering your specific question, but Wahls Paleo Plus protocol has some positive testimonials.

http://terrywahls.com/tag/parkinsons/

I believe the Wahls protocol is in clinical trials for MS, and there is potential for trials for treatment of other neurological disorders.

That said, the protocol is very difficult, IMO.

Feb 28, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

Coconut oil in coffee. Not quite "bulletproof" but delicious low-carb "breakfast"

Bulletproof (uppercase B, without the quotes) is a trademark, so, it has an official recipe, official video, etc. The official recipe is *really expensive* (expensive coffee, expensive MCT oil, grass-fed butter).

Here's the video:

http://youtu.be/4YjLMdx3YZY

I think Dave Asprey is a pretty good salesman, and an interesting character. I've been tempted to buy some of his products, even though I don't exactly have money to burn. I do enjoy his podcast, most episodes.

Feb 21, 2015
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Paleo diet - any experience?

Nutritional yeast is used to replace Parmesan cheese, by some. I've yet to try it. I'd like to find some that hasn't been fortified with folic acid.

Feb 20, 2015
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US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

I think it's all about microbes, but, we're not likely to have real evidence for decades. I think soil, among other things, is more sterile than during Atkins popularity.

Feb 16, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

high iron meals for Hashimoto's

Digestive aids might be helpful, possibly those that enhance stomach acidity.

I would also get educated on the various markers of iron status, and make sure the full view is being considered. I'm afraid some Drs are not thorough enough. But, I'm to the point where I don't want to submit to any treatment without a thorough discussion, and independently researching the options.

Feb 16, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

>> why did this distraction ... ever happen in the first place?

Those Atlantic articles are so darn long! They make my head hurt.

I like to tie dietary myths back to industrial agricultural products. I learned them all from TV ads. Who knew Doctors had time to watch TV?

Feb 14, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

Here's an article, if you're interested:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/06/wh...

I'm currently trying to eat 3 whole eggs per day, mainly for the nutrients found in the yolk. I've thought about discarding the whites.

Feb 14, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

US Govenment dropping dietary cholesterol warnings

Those with intestinal permeability and / or autoimmune disease are often advised to eliminate eggs or egg whites.

Bad news for egg farmers :^)

Feb 14, 2015
johnseberg in Special Diets

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND!

I would search this board, and the SW board for Elote to find about about it, and other Sedona recs.

Jan 27, 2015
johnseberg in Phoenix

'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.

Jan 26, 2015
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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.

(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