Bob’s Red Mill and GMOs

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Does he or doesn’t he–that is the question.

The answer is: His products are GMO-FREE 🙂




Here’s an article I came across from Bob’s Red Mill when I was researching Kamut flour. I have some in my closet. Why I bought it, I don’t know–it’s in the wheat family. At one time I was considering making my own pasta and apparently this flour makes a supurb pasta and flat bread.

Here’s Bob’s Article answering the question about Bob’s Red Mill products and GMO seeds…

Our Policy Regarding GMOs
by Cassidy Stockton     February 27th, 2013 in Featured Articles, Health, Whole Grains 101
With all of the attention swirling around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we’ve been getting a heap of questions about our products and GMOs. Rest assured, at Bob’s Red Mill, we are committed to providing identity preserved products exclusively.

“Identity preserved” means that the seeds that were planted to grow our crops came from a non-GMO source. We work constantly with our farmers and suppliers to ensure that the ingredients we procure are non-GMO. In fact, each of our corn, rice, soy and flax suppliers is required to sign a statement which affirms that their ingredients come from non-GMO sources. Read More…

Mixed Bag: Update, GMOs, apps…

Tell me again, how beautiful I am :)

Tell me again, how beautiful I am 🙂

Sorry I’ve been so silent in posting. My husband lost his job and we are living with my son–Thank you, Ted & Dana!
I’ve been trying to organize recipes and GF baking substitutions which include milk, butter, eggs, sugar and GF flour mixes. There is soooo much information out there and I’ve decided to pull it all together in one wonderful place for you to use as a reference.
What’s funny, as I’ve used this blog as my own reference. Especially looking back at the apps I reviewed earlier. I have an opinion on those apps: pay as little as possible for a GMO/GF app. You won’t use it much after you have chosen your favorite products and know where to find them.

There is a new app tho. It’s SHOPNOGMO iTunes. And, here’s a shopping guide ShopNoGMO. Its a big help choosing non-GMO products. Fooducate also finds GMOs in products and that app will alert you when you walk into stores you’ve chosen. NOTE: the app has to be open to work. I wondered why it didn’t alert me the other day. That’s why!

I learned another thing the other day. ORGANIC products can be grown from GMO seeds 😦 and pesticides can be used on non-GMO products. So it seems to me, you need to find products that are organic and non-GMO to cover all your bases.

Boars Head produces turkey lunchmeat that is ALL NATURAL. I haven’t found it yet in my area. I’m thinking it’ll be at Whole Foods, but there isn’t one near me and the local FRESH MARKET doesn’t have Boars Head. I’m also afraid it will be $15-20 per pound 😦 Some day, organic/non-GMO products will be the norm instead of the exception.

Have an outrageously awesome day 🙂

The Wonders of Oil of Oregano :)

ImageI am just beginning to learn about Oil of Oregano (no this isn’t your mama’s pizza/spaghetti oregano). This is wild medicinal oregano from the Mediterranean. I first read about it in Heather VanVorous’ Book, “IBS the first year” page 169. The product I bought is from N. American Herb & Spice. I should have bought it from Amazon. I paid too much for my bottle 😦

This tiny little bottle of oil packs a major punch! It seems to be a wonder drug, you just cannot use it on an on-going basis. I’m finding information that 6 weeks may be the max before you take a break. It has healed people’s sinus infections, calmed their tummy troubles, helped with skin conditions AND they brush their teeth with it!

Here are a few places to get information:

WebMD: Oregano overview
“Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders…headaches and heart conditions. There’s a lot more, you’ll just have to read it for yourself 🙂 Read more…

WikiHow:  How to Get Health Benefits from Oregano OilThere is some scientific research that suggests anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties of oregano oil. Even though reliable human trials are still lacking, oregano oil has considerable anecdotal support for its healing properties. Read more…

Natural News: Oil of Oregano: A Powerhouse for the Alternative Medicine Cabinet
Oregano is nature’s antibiotic. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. The wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. It’s a powerful antihistamine. New research is finding that oil of oregano is as effective against colitis as prescription drugs without the harmful side effects. Read more…

Amazon: N. American Herb & Spice
I chose this oreganol because this is what I bought. The man at the health food store said it is one of the best and is very pure and strong. Who am I to argue? This company even claims it on their web site – “We use only the purest, highest quality ingredients in our Oregano oil products. This is the true wild oregano P73. Oreganol P73 is a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural, mineral-rich soil from the Mediterranean.” Read more…
They also have several other products using wild oregano oil 🙂
No, I do not have stock in this company. I just trust it.

Let’s hear from several Amazon reviewers about Oil of Oregano…
EVE GRANGER: I had a persistent cold and ear ache for some time, and when it got to the point that I could barely hear, I went to the Whole Body department of Whole Foods and asked them to help me. They told me to buy this Oreganol, but the .45 oz bottle cost $25, and I told them no way. Well, they gave me a free sample (always a good sign), and this stuff drained my ears and sinuses about five minutes after dosage (I did buy the product). It works fantastically. It tastes like, well, a super-concentrated dose of oregano, which is not very delicious at all.
MJP: I have spent the last 20+ years in a congested stupor. I’ve been on antibiotics, steroids, allergy meds, cold meds. I’ve used Netti pots, salene spray, and have done 5 years of allergy shots. I’ve tried everything. If anyone around me had a cold, I would catch it and then follow it up with a sinus infection. About a month ago I stumbled onto Oil of Oregano. After reading all the positive reviews I figured I had nothing to lose, so I ordered the .45 oz bottle and started taking 2 drops under my tongue each day. After about a week I was able to sleep through the night….
C ADAMS:  This product is ok…..just ok but it is not as strong as Source Naturals Oil of Oregano which I found to be much more effective in helping me fight off colds and other troublesome winter ailments. If you have never used Oil of Oregano, I don’t think you will be disappointed but I would definitely recommend the Oil of Oregano by Source Naturals over this brand.
  SEE, I’m an equal opportunity reviewer!
WATERS: This is the nuclear bomb in the natural treatment arsenal. This isn’t some kind of psychic magic crystal voodoo snake oil fairy dust junk too many “natural” people believe in thereby encouraging the equally silly wholesale rejection of real, effective natural treatment approaches.
ME: First, I’m having trouble finding reviews from people who have GI problems, so, me, myself & I have used it for GI problems. My stomach was spasming, bloating, gas, you name it…i started taking the oil of oregano; just 2 drops under my tongue once a day. I have to admit, I’m no longer having GI problems! My husband and daughter-in-law are getting sick from a cold. My husband thought the oil was “VOODOO” medicine and didn’t want to try it. He called the dr. for antibiotics. For various reasons, he couldn’t get the antibiotics so he had to rely on the oil. I heard him say yesterday when I asked him about getting the antibiotics, “I don’t need them!” I asked him to repeat that statement, just to rub it in. My bad 🙂

Certainly, don’t buy at least this brand, at the store. You’ll pay $10 more than on Amazon. As far as dosing, there are a lot of theories. I’m thinking, you just have to decide for yourself. If it’s just a nasty headache or GI problems, I believe the 2 drops under the tongue will do it. If not increase to twice a day. If you are warding off a cold or flu, maybe want to do 3x a day. If you have a BAD whatever, then use more.

DO NOT use the oil undiluted. Not in your mouth, not on your skin. I believe the oil comes in gel caps. My stomach is way too sensitive, so I’ll stick with the drops. You can find how to make it safe to use on your skin by googling. Most places say to put it in olive oil.

Primal Blueprint Cookbook – a review

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UPDATE: September 2practical paleo

I’ve “looked through” Practical Paleo (pictured below). I LOVE this book. The resource lists are amazing. While writing my notes I wished that some of the information sheets were “pull-outs”. Guess what, this book has them. There in the back and completely perforated. You will not be disappointed in this book and will probably learn a thing or two.

In fact, I’m looking into FODMAPs and this book shows which foods in their recipes include FODMAPs!

Practical Paleo includes 30-day meal plans designed to support…
* autoimmune conditions
* digestive health
* blood-sugar regulation
* thyroid health,
* cancer recover
* heart health
* parkinson’s ^ alzheimer’s”
* fat loss
* athletic performance and
* general health & more…

———— NOW, getting on with the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Review———–

From the inside Practical Paleo cookbook

The popularity of the low carb/paleo/Primal lifestyles has exploded as people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets and flawed conventional wisdom that lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts.

I am not investigating this way of eating to lose weight…I’m trying to eat healthier…especially in light of my intestinal distress and chronic fatigue. Primal Blueprint seems to be part of a reasonable solution for me.

I really like this cookbook. It has lots of pictures and doesn’t put on “aires”. There are several recipes I cannot make for myself because of my IBS-restricted guidelines. But looking at all the little slips of paper sticking out of the book (marking recipes I want to make) tells me that this book is a keeper. It even has sauce recipes like ranch dressing, mayonnaise, ketchup and BBQ sauce!

I just looked through the Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals cookbook. You’re supposed to be able to make these recipes in under 30 minutes. This cookbook doesn’t make my mouth water like the Primal Blueprint Blueprint did. I scanned this book in a flash, marking very few recipes. Who knows, you might feel differently. Just because I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal, doesn’t mean you are.

primal cravingspractical paleoI am so glad I can “preview” cookbooks by getting them through my local library. I also go into Barnes & Noble and look at their books if I cannot get them through the library. That’s how I found two cookbooks I cannot wait to open up and cook from. They are Primal Cravings: Your favorite foods made paleo by Keatley (approved by Sisson Publishing! and Practical Paleo by Sanfilippo (Nutritionist).

Some may believe these cookbooks are better than the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. That’s okay. You’re entitled to be wrong 🙂

Happy cooking :0

Primal Blueprint In-Depth Review

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I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with Mark Sisson and his Primal Blueprint philosophy about diet, exercise and lifestyle. I don’t buy into everything, but he makes a very strong case.

“We offer a progressive, free-thinking, grass roots movement that has become a true community. Besides the numerous products, services and events you see on this site, has hundreds of thousands of active followers who enjoy free daily health articles, a weekly newsletter, and a thriving forum.”

Mark Sisson is not a doctor like other authors I’ve reviewed. Mark was a competitive running athlete.

I excelled at cross-country and distance track events in high school and at Williams College, where I was a pre-med candidate and received my degree in Biology.

“In fact, the running was going so well after college that I decided to forgo medical school for a few years (it’s at 31 years now) and concentrate on a running career. I trained seriously as a marathoner for another five years, racking up well over 100 miles each week in training. The effort culminated in a top 5 finish in the 1980 US National Marathon Championships and a qualifying spot for the 1980 US Olympic Trials. Unfortunately, by then the inhuman amount of training and weekly racing was taking its toll and I found myself constantly sick or injured. (Note to self: too much exercise is not a good thing). In fact, in my last year of competition, as a world class, extremely “fit” athlete, I experienced eight upper respiratory infections! Clearly I was ruining my immune system and my joints doing too much exercise. That’s when I started exploring nutrition and supplementation as a way to enhance my performance and to support my damaged body and bolster my immune system.” Read More…

Mark does have his na-sayers, as does everyone (mostly). Several reviewers believe his book is too long, too repetative and is not based on solid scientific research. One reviewer, Paul Skavland (Seattle, WA USA), stated: If anyone is curious what *I* think is “real” science-based information, I’d suggest you search the web for authors such as Alan Aragon, Lyle McDonald, Leigh Peele, Martin Berkhan and others. I’m not affiliated with any author or website. Best of luck to everyone seeking to improve their health and fitness.

I have to agree that the book seems to parallel the Paleo lifestyle, and it bothers me that he isn’t a doctor. But, I really like the way Mark writes. Every fad diet that comes down the road seems to have their success stories and failures. Some stick around and become the gold-standard like Atkins, South Beach just to name two. With all the talk about how the FDA is allowing pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, ect. into our died and people flocking like rats leaving a sinking ship to organics and non-GMOs, I think Primal/Paleo diet philosophies will be around for quite a while.

So, now that we got the introduction of Mark’s philosophy and who he is, let’s talk about his book, Primal Blueprint. The subtitle is “reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health and boundless energy. Oh man, I sure could use some more energy since I have Chronic Fatigue. In fact, since starting a wheat free diet and now, being convinced that grains are pretty bad for us, I do have more energy, sleep better and wake up earlier than ever before.

When Mark first began his search for a publishing company to produce his book, he was told, “Ditching grains? Eating more fat? Making workouts slower or shorter? This stuff will never fly with today’s readers.” Man, were those publishers wrong. Mark has 450+ reviews on his book that came out January 2012.

Mark’s beliefs:
eating grains…”Worse mistake in the history of the human race.” He purports that grains increase insulin production, fat storage and heart disease.
animal fat… promotes efficient fat metabolism, weight control and stable energy levels.
eggs… no correlation with high cholesterol levels. Yolks are among the earth’s most nutritious food.

Central premise of Primal Blueprint:

1) Eat plants & animals
2) Avoid poisonous things – duh 🙂
3) Move frequently at a slow pace
4) Lift heavy things (he must think I’m superman!)
5) Sprint once in a while
6) Get adequate sleep
7) Play
8) Get adequate sunlight (Vit. D)
9) Avoid stupid mistakes) – look both ways before crossing the road?
10) Use your brain

Chapter 3 covers blood glucose levels, insulin and Type 2 diabetes and how your body reacts to high carbmeals, gaining fat cells and how your body becomes insulin-resistant and the unpleasant consequences such as:
1)  fat cells can’t release their stored energy into the bloodstream
2)  fat cells get bigger and fatter, hence you gain weight
3)  more glucose stays in your bloodstream longer. This can cause inflammation risk of heart attack as well as circulation problems.

Mark says, “my foolproof prevention plan–or, dare I say, cure–for those with Type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease, no matter how overwhelming their genetic predisposition is to these conditions, is to exercise according to the Primal Blueprint laws and to moderate dietary insulin production.”

So, get off the couch or push away from the computer, eat some road kill and veggies then chase your dog down the street or go take a tango lesson!

The next part goes into great detail on insulin production and cholesterol. Mark hates statin drugs. He believes statins reduce CoQ10, which reduces energy levels.

Next, macro nutrients: Protein, carbs & fats. Once again, Mark gets in-depth. After reading Primal Blueprint I came across Dr. Fuhrman’s, Eat to Live. He created a list of nutrient dense foods. My next review will be a review of his beliefs regarding food and healthy eating. He’s totally on the other end of the spectrum from Primal Blueprint! Should be interesting.

Talk about TMI! Mark goes so far as to have you figure out how much protein your body needs per day by multiplying your weight by percentage of body fat….

The Primal Blueprint lifesytle is not a low-carb diet as much as it is an elimination of bad carbs diet.

Quick Primer on nutritional values of plants and fruits:

Red Plants: (pomegranates, cherries, watermelon) help reduce the risk of prostate cancer as well as some tumors.

Green Fruit & Veggies: (avocados, limes, bell peppers, zucchini) have powerful anti-aging effects and are helpful for vision.

Yellow & Orange Fruits & Veggies: (bananas, papayas, carrots, butternut squash, pineapple) offer immune support, aid in digestion, joint health and reduce inflammation. (This is MY category!)

Cruciferous Veggies: (broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, arugala, turnips, bok choy, horseradish & cauliflower) have demonstrated anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties. OH NO, not an IBS-c friendly category.

Mark’s next chapter discusses grains in your diet. I will not comment on this chapter, because I already covered this topic in my blog about Dangerous Grains by Dr. Braly.

Ahhhhhh, I did learn one thing in this chapter 🙂  Lightbulb time!
The bad molecules along with the elevated glucose/insulin levels in your bloodstream over a long-term period leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Now I understand why my husband was losing weight and his glucose numbers were back in the pre-diabetes range when he wasn’t eating wheat. This makes total sense.

Comic relief!!!!!

Beans, Beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat–the more you toot.

The more you toot, the better you feel.
So eat your beans at every meal.

I am really curious why legumes are a no-no in Primal Blueprint. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) doesn’t allow them either at the beginning, but they can be eaten in moderation once you are symptom free for three months. Are they in Paleo?

The Big Deal (from
Phytates actually bind to the magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron in your intestines and take them OUT of our bodies.  We do not want that to happen.  Cordain and others believe that this alone is greatly contributing to the worldwide epidemic of iron-deficiency anemia.  It could be part of the reason many people are deficient in magnesium as well, which can contribute to everything from muscle cramping to PMS.  And zinc?  Well, it’s just SUPER important to our immune systems and for our reproductive abilities, so we wouldn’t want to lose any of that.  And the fact that phytates are chelating calcium out of our bodies means that we have less access to that bone-building and nerve-transmitting mineral we’re all so fond of. Read more…

Well, my curiosity is satisfied in one big NO! And, peas and peanuts are considered legumes 😦

BUT…if you just have to have chili or beanie-weinies, de-gas your beans. Here’s how, ripped from Mayo Clinic.
Plase one pound of beans in 10+ cups of boiling water. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then cover and set aside overnight. Here’s the part I didn’t know–The next day 75-90% of the indigestible sugars that cause gas will have dissolved into the soaking water 🙂

Mark’s reason for not eating beans is because they contain high levels of mild, natural plant toxins known as lectins. Researchers have found that lectins can inhibit healthy GI function by damaging the delicate microvilli that line your intestines.
The damaged microvilli allows larger, undigested protein molecules to get into the bloodstream. Since the unfamiliar protein molecules can resemble molecules that live on the outside of healthy cells,your immune system gets confused and doesn’t know who the real enemy is. The autoimmune system kicks in which experts believe is the root cause for rhumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis and a host of others.

“High insulin levels promote fat storage and disease.
Moderated insulin levels
(typical of Primal Blueprint lifestyle)
stimulates fat burning and good health.
It’s that simple.

Everyone’s favorite topic is next — exercising. Mark gives his reasons against cardio and for walking. Apparently there are hundreds of interesting and challenging resistance workout ideas at I have my own personal favorite ideas: grab some friends and go play dodgeball, kickball, tag, kick the can, capture the flag….

The last chapter goes deeply into Primal weight loss. Mark has a step-by-step process for losing one to two pounds of body fat per week. It consists of minimizing carbs, maximizing protein and fat intake, intermittent fasting and exercise Primally.

Mark provides a couple days of food journal entries, pulls out his calculator to determine amounts of protein carbs and fats to consume, provides weight loss exercise plan and weight loss trouble-shooting.

The Primal Blueprint “seems” to cover just about everything. In my opinion, I believe Mark is highly knowledgeable and his Primal Blueprint has a lot of success and followers. I am becoming more and more convinced to remove as much grain from my diet as possible, but I have no intention of totally removing rice and oats from my diet.

My recommendation is to get the book for yourself to determine how much of what Mark espouses will be incorporated into your life.

Mark is very convincing. I believe the cultural swing toward organic foods and non-GMOs is here to stay. I hear people think the hubbub about dangerous grains and wheat bellies is a fad that will fade away. I’m not so sure. I agree there are people who cannot tolerate wheat/gluten and other grains;either because of allergies or mal-absorption issues.But I also believe that God gave us grains as well as legumes, meat, fruits and vegetables to eat for nourishment. We have to decide for ourselves which foods we choose to eat and which we reject. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Dangerous Grains – Part 3

Last update for Dangerous Grains by Braly
July 26, 2013

Full review for Dangerous Grains

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Please forgive how long its been before I’ve finished this review. Frankly, I forgot I hadn’t finished. There isn’t much more because Braly gets technical 😦

Chapter 7 discusses cancer. I’m not touching that with a 10-foot pole.

Chapter 8 discusses our autoimmune system.

Chapter 9 – Osteoporosis – bone density, and chromium deficiency – Vit. D. Hope you are taking Vit D already.

Chapter 10 – Brain disorders. Now anyone with depression, autism…this is the chapter for them. Braly says “disturbances of mood have long been recognized in celiac patients….One report indicates that 63% of celiac children present with aggressive, bullying, angry or irritable behavior.”
Depression has been claimed as the most common symptom of celiac disease…a gluten-free diet often improves psychological well-being.” It sure has for me! Braly also discusses gluten as it relates to attention deficit disorder, learning problems, alcoholism, schizophrenia, epilepsy, autism and multiple sclerosis. You’ll have to get the book to learn how gluten affects each of these disorders. His explanations go way outside the scope of this blog.

Oops, Chapter 10 is gluten & bowel diseases. Wait a minute. I just covered Chapter 10. Maybe it’s Chapter 11. I have no idea because I no longer have the book.  We’ll just continue as if we’re talking about Chapter 11 – gluten & Bowel Diseases.

“A majority of 85 million IBS sufferers are condemned to a life of discomfort as a result of the narrow, outdated definition of gluten sensitivity by doctors. Braly recommends IgG & IgA anti-gliadin and EMA or tTG antibody screening of all patients with IBS. (Please, if you have this test, make sure you eat gluten before-hand or the test will be negative!)

Next Chapter (whatever the number!) is about Research Theories and Treatments. If you really want to know this information, you’re going to have to buy the book. Personally, I got my copy at the library. Why pay for a book when you can just read it for free from your local library. I’m afraid libraries are going to go the same way LP records did (dinosaurs) as e-books become more and more prevalent. My own library is no longer open on Fridays or Sundays. Oops–I’ve definitely gotten off topic.

This is the end of my book review. Hope it was helpful. 🙂

Are you gluten-free & still suffering?

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UPDATE: July 25, 2013
I was just informed by Heather VanVorous that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet was specifically designed for inflammatory bowel disease, and with IBS by definition, there is no inflammation.

Throughout this book, Kendall Conrad, author, keeps referring to the matriarch of Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Elaine Gottschall and her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Obviously, I’m going to read this book next 🙂

This book contains recipes that are SCD compliant, but in the beginning Kendall give an overview of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Why do Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

“Bacteria are meant to live in the intestines, but only certain types and only in limited numbers. When the balance if off, the intestine cannot do its job properly and important nutrients fail to be absorbed.”

This book is the product of a doctor’s search to restore her daughter’s intestinal tract. Eat Well Fell Well is compiled with nutritional soundness. Most important, it provides recipes for health that can actually heal the intestine.

Elaine Gottschall explains in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, that millions of people around the world suffer from gut problems and that most doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics and steroids which, for the most part, don’t work.

Tested for more than 50 years by Dr. Sidney Hass & Elaine Gottschall, the SCD has produced very convincing results. Gottschall claims that based on clinical study and anecdotal feedback, at least 75% of those who follow the diet rigidly have experienced significant improvement.”

This diet is not for the faint of heart…

Eliminate all grains — Yep,

“Talk is cheap when it comes to miraculous cures and special diets,
but experience is worth its weight in gold.”

This diet is healthy and healing for those who have cut out wheat, gluten and still have chronic digestive issues. It has the highest-nutrient foods available, empowering healing and regenerative results for many people.

We are encouraged in Eat Well Feel Well to:

— choose the best quality ingredients available

— invest in buying local farmer’s markets for fresh organic fruits and vegetables

— try cooking with grass-fed beef and lamb that hasn’t been inoculated with antibiotics and hormones

— look for wild fish (not farm-raised)

— buy poultry that is free-range and organic

— try to stay away from prepared or packaged foods as much as possible.

The What & What Not to eat of SCD.

Kendall encourages us to read Gottschall’s Breaking the Vicious Cycle as soon as possible to understand the how and why of this diet (if, of course, you want to learn that stuff). But until you do, here’s an outline of the diet:

1)  The diet only includes very specific carbohydrates–those that require minimal digestive processes, which are well absorbed and leaves virtually nothing to encourage microbial overgrowth in the intestines. (I believe my juicer will come in very handy here).

2) Monosaccharides (single molecules including glucose, fructose and galactose) require no splitting in order to be absorbed by the body. They are found in fruits, honey, some vegetables, and a special homemade yogurt. This is confusing because she names fructose, but we’re still not allowed to eat high-fructose corn syrup.

3)  Disaccharides (lactose, sucrose, maltose & isomaltose) and polysaccharides (most starches) should generally be avoided.

4)  Complex carbs that are not easily digested, feed harmful bacteria, causing them to overgrow, producing by-products and inflaming the intestinal wall.

5)  Bacteria in the small intestine usually triggers a worsening cycle of gas and acid production, which further inhibits absorption. The gas and acids can cause damage.

6)  When absorption is inhibited, folic acid and Vit B-12 deficiency follows and the vicious sycle spires on.

7)  Other symptoms of malabsorption include chronic diarrhea. I’ve always had trouble remembering how to spell diarrhea, but no longer 🙂

What Can I Eat? This is not a complete list:

OK:  beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fresh fish & shell fish
No No:  processed meat (there goes my hotdogs & turkey kielbasa), smoked meat (my bacon and ham go up in smoke), no breaded fish (wonder if pecan crusted is okay).

OK:  all varieties of fresh or frozen (no added sugar or starch)
No No:  potatoes, sweet potatoes 😦 okra, seaweed (oh that one’s easy to give up), canned and jarred vegetables with additives.

Grains & Legumes
OK:  dry beans (after 3 months on the diet)
No No:  wheat, barley, corn, rye, oats, rice, cereals, flours. (No pasta or bread)

OK:  fresh, raw, cooked, frozen with no added sugar, dried or canned in its own juice
No No:  any fruit with sugar added or sugar-based products. (There go my fruit roll-ups and yogurt covered almonds)

OK:  eggs, hard-aged cheese, butter
No No:  fluid milk of any kind; dried milk solids, sour cream, commercial yogurt, soft cheeses (includes mozzarella–there goes my pizza)

Here we go again: the SCD suggests that this way of eating is right for us because it is species appropriate. The foods allowed are the ones our earliest ancestors ate before agriculture began.

Gottschall points out that “in the last hundred years the increase in complex sugars and chemical additives in our diet has led to a huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel disorders to obesity and brain function disorders.

Sneaky ingredients to avoid:
FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
Kudzu, slippery elm & arrowroot
Locust bean gum, guar gum, xantham gum, carrageenan
Maltodextrin, pectin, potato starch
Sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol (there goes ice cream)
Soy flower, soy sauce
Sucrose, fructose & evaporated cane juice

Think this diet is not for you?
That’s what I thought when I first came across this diet, but now that I’m eating wheat/gluten/dairy free for the past 5 months and still have major issues; I’m going to try this. Not jumping in with both feet–that’s too scary. I’m going to go slow and start eliminating the bad stuff one at a time. I’m not throwing away a huge bag of rolled oats I just bought or all the other No No foods that I spent good money on.

Good luck if you are serious about going on this diet. I would love to hear your feedback if you ARE on this diet or thinking of going on the diet.


I Almost Forgot…silly me! This is a recipe book!Bottom line: it has enough recipes for me to want to buy it, BUT, most of the recipes are too high-brow for me AND because I have chronic fatigue and don’t want to cook in the first place.

Let me regale you with some of the recipe names:
Tabbouleh – I’ve actually had this and love it!
Watercress and Cauliflower Puree with Parmesan Crackers
French Lentil Salad
Homemade Dijon Mustard
Homemade Yogurt
White Bean Hummus
Sauteed fillet of sole with lemon, butter, and capers
Broiled Orange-Mustard-Glazed Salmon
Banana Leaf-Wrapped Halibut with Papaya and Coconut
Moroccan Chicken Stew with Cashews, Saffron and Currants
Roasted Acorn Squash with Butter, Nutmeg, and Honey
Buttery Herb & Garlic Crackers
Lemon-Coconut Macaroons
Whipped Cashew Cream
Blood Orange-Ginger Fizz
Moroccan Mint Tea
Eggs Florentine Benedict
Banana Macadamia Bread
Breakfast Pork Sausages
Honey-Garlic Chicken Drummettes

In the back of the book, Kendall lists resources (2006):

Web sites I’ve come across:
www.breaking the vicious cycle – this link takes you to SCD information

WebMD weighs in on this diet:

The SCD has been around for years because for some people with GI diseases, it minimizes symptoms. But the diet, because of its severe restrictions and nutritional inadequacies, needs to be studied further and validated by the medical community.

If you want to try the SCD, consult your doctor first. “If any of my patients wanted to try this plan (which they have not), I would be willing as long as they agreed to being monitored very closely,” Mason says.

You may also want to consult a registered dietitian to make sure you’re meeting all your nutritional needs while you’re on the SCD diet. Read More…

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

Check this out — Aquafarm!


Once again from Fast Co.Exist comes a new great idea for home fish tank ala herb garden! It’s called Aquatank!

A DIY home aquaponics kit dubbed the AquaFarm, should drive home that message, propelling the company from one-hit eco-wonder into a broader ecosystem of offerings. Aquaponics, of course, is the increasingly popular science of sustainable growing that ties fish and vegetable farming together. In most operations planters sit atop fish beds of tilapia; the water and fish waste help hydrate and fertilize the plants, which help filter and clean the tank itself. Eventually, it’s all harvested for consumption. AquaFarm mimics that on a cute desk-top scale. Chic planters grow small batches of wheatgrass, basil and lettuce atop a fishbowl containing a more decorative, for-demonstration-purposes-only beta fish. Read More….

Health Apps giving away your personal data


In perusing the headlines from Fast Company, I came across this article.

Here’s the opening paragraph to get you started:

Ah, the wonderful world of apps. One might help you track your daily exercise routine by logging the calories you burn, the protein-conscious meals you consume, and perhaps your running route. You might share that data with Facebook to brag about all that weight you’re losing, or you might keep it between yourself and your iPhone. But regardless of how private you think you are, your running route could be transmitted over unprotected cyber-space while you’re unaware. And once those details are on the wire, who knows who’s looking at them? Read More

I keep hearing about free email like Google, sharing your information or tracking where you go on the web. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. If I get more ads targeted toward what I’m interested in, bring it on.

Dangerous Grains book review: Part 2

dangerous grains

The author, James Braly, states in the first chapter, “…gluten grains,…lack many of the nutrients we need.”

Braly also purports that since the introduction of grains into our diet, our brains are smaller, bones weaker and our stature shorter. This first chapter is about natural selection of the human race and grains. He gives reasons for our ancestors becoming agrarian, discusses genetics, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity symptoms that don’t show up until later in life; after child-bearing years so our “species” can continue. If grains/gluten were really toxic to our bodies, we humans wouldn’t live long enough to reproduce.

“Some individuals produce a liver enzyme capable of digesting gluten, many do not. For the many who lack these digestive enzymes, grains need much more processing than the foods that are common to a hunter-gatherer’s diet.”

Wait a minute. I remember being told that red meat is difficult to digest. I guess it’s the Chick-fil-A cows telling us this!

“Dairy and gluten-grain products combine to make up the top six foods we now eat. Yet, cows’ milk and wheat are two of the most commonly reported allergens in the world. With individuals genetically predisposed to food allergies and gluten sensitivities, eating these same non-ancestral, genetically incompatible foods in large quantities day in and day out, is it any wonder that so many people suffer from chronic food sensitivities?”

It seems I stopped here to look up my medicines to see if they are gluten free. Braly told a story about a man who was told to eat gluten-free and he got better for a little while, but then his health started deteriorating rapidly. It took quite a while but a doctor finally figured out that he was being glutened by his medicines. Seven out of the 11 drugs he was taking contained gluten! So, obviously I wanted to see if I might be glutened by my drugs, vitamins or supplements.

I found two web sites that list medicines and supplements (some) that are gluten free unless otherwise stated. Out of all my drugs, vitamins and supplements I found most in these two lists, but still had to do a Google search for a couple generics to see if they are gluten free. Here are the two web sites:

“Gluten grains are a leading cause of many ailments. Avoiding gluten prevents and often reverses these diseases.

Should you passively wait for the signs and symptoms to arrive before taking action?”

Braly now posits 15 questions for us to ask ourselves; now rather than later. The questions range from: Is anyone in your family diagnosed with celiac or gluten-sensitivity? anyone have type 1 diabetes? thyroid disease? eating habits? do you get bloated? severe cramping? have anxiety or depression? problems sleeping? and on….

Dangerous Grains seems to leave no stone unturned. In his questioning of family illness and eating/sleeping habits, Braly seems to say that just about all of us would fit into having possible gluten-sensitivity.

My husband keeps telling me that gluten isn’t the big, horrible scourge these doctors portray–BUT–what if it is? He’s losing weight without trying, his blood glucose numbers are down near non-diabetic numbers. Seems to me, he’s benefiting from not eating gluten.

Chapter four goes into all the possible tests for gluten sensitivity. My own doctor has done many of them, and they are either negative or normal. So, he doesn’t believe I have a gluten problem. Tell that to my body that handles stress and anxiety better and more clearly!

Braly suggests tests for genetic markers, small intestine biopsy, gluten challenge, sugar-absorption test for leaky gut, blood testing for antibodies. Oh my favorite test–rectal challenge! It involves a gluten slurry, and you don’t drink it–oh my!!!

Once you’ve been diagnosed as gluten sensitive, Dr. Braly suggests counseling. “Dietary exclusion of gluten not only involves battling the physical and psychological facets of this experience, but also requires coming to terms with the socially excluding nature of this diet.

He also suggests joining a celiac support group, bone density testing, glucose-tolerance and liver-function testing. He even has some nutrition cautions: desensitization theraphy (like being desensitized for environmental allergies), making sure you are totally gluten free and not getting “glutened” in small doses like in your soy sauce, medicines, twizzlers or Rice Krispies–yep, the blue box is a no-no. Kellogg’s now has a gluten-free YELLOW box of brown rice Rice Krispies.

Braly also warns against eating fried foods. Apparently, oil heated over and over again converts to pro-inflammatory cancer-causing substances. He suggests we include a liberal amount of omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids every day. Omega 3s are fish, flax and walnut oils. Omega 9s are found in extra virgin olive oil and Omega 6s have a limited intake from vegetable and seed oils. He also suggests we broaden our meat intake to include Bambi, buffalo, rabbit, duck, goose, pheasant, quail–oh, and don’t forget–we must eat the animal’s organs (liver, heart, pancreas and bone marrow weekly–count me OUT!

Braly is a spoil-sport. He doesn’t want us eating the same foods every day, says we’ll develop sensitivities to these new foods. I’ve heard this before. I believe I asked a nutritionist about that and so have conflicting opinions. I personally change up my most favorite grains like rice, oats, and whatever is in Sunshine Crunchy Vanilla cereal. It’s hard enough to eat gluten free without making it harder by worrying about becoming sensitive to the new stuff. I’ll take my chances. Unless, of course, Braly wants to hire a live-in cook for me–OH YEAH 🙂

Supplements are Braly’s next topic. He named magnesium, calcium, selenium, potassium, B-vitamins, possibly iron, and vitamins A, E & D.

Next, Braly discusses hidden hazards like sharing your toaster with a gluten-eater, don’t share the same butter or peanut butter container, bulk bins are not gluten-friendly because some people use the same scoop in several different bins. Oh, my head is swimming!

I’ve had enough for tonight. We’ve gotten through five chapters, which is close to half the book. We’re definitely making progress 🙂

I don’t know why this book review is different than my other reviews unless I just believe, this particular book has a lot of important things to say and so far, seems to be my favorite.

I will finish my review on the next post.

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