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Sunday, July 27, 2008

In Desperate Need of Breastfeeding Help

This is an e-mail I received last week:

Hello Dr. Punger.

My 3rd baby is 6 weeks old. I tried to breastfeed my other 2 children without success. My current baby had jaundice when he left the hospital and wasn't having bowel movements or peeing, so I broke down and gave him formula. (I wish I had you to talk to and maybe I wouldn't have done that). I continued to try and breastfeed before every bottle, I started pumping ($40 dollar double electric) every 2 hours for several days, drinking special teas to increase my milk supply. My milk never actually "came in" so to speak. I was having let downs, I was leaking, but my son would be on my breast for 10 to 15 minutes at a time and still drink 4 ounces from a bottle. This became too much for me to handle and I stopped at 2 weeks. My question is that my milk has completely dried up now and I haven't attempted breastfeeding in 4 weeks. I have been having major regrets about quitting and I was wondering if its possible to get my milk back after this long? I am so desperate!!

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about you and people have told me if Dr. Punger can't help you, than nobody can!! Oh please help! I truly appreciate any time you are willing to give me. Thank you so much.

Oh yeah and my son is a big boy! He is now over 11 pounds and drinking 5 ounces of formula at a time!

I get lots of desperate pleas via e-mail. She came in right away. I find the sooner you come in, the more potential for success. This does sound hopeless, doesn't it? I can't always go by what's said in the e-mail or the phone. I need to see for myself the interaction between mother and baby. This is what happened.

She came in. We sat mom down in my rocking chair with foot stool (proper body mechanics). I set up the My Breastfriend Nursing pillow (proper support) and told her to put her baby (And he was a big boy) dressed down to the diaper to her breast so I can see what happens. The baby latched and stayed there. She said he that never stays this long at the breast. With good support and no distractions (phone, TV, computer) in my experience babies will latch. Her two older toddlers were playing in the room quietly. I saw milk drip from her nipple.

Do I think this is a desperate situation. Nope. Her willing-to-latch baby is half of the battle. To build up her supply I instructed on nursing with a SNS (or lact-aid), more tea, Reglan to be replaced with Domperidone when it arrives. Skin-to-skin (babywearing & co-sleeping). No more bottles or pacifiers. Respond to baby's fussiness by bringing him to the breast. I showed her how to put him in the ringsling. I told her that if she feeds at the breast, she probably didn't have to rely on her cheapy little pump to build her supply.

I told her to go to LLL tomorrow which happened to be the next morning. Her response was interesting and insightful. She didn't think she belonged since she wasn't really nursing. She is a PERFECT mother to benefit from LLL meetings. I explained to her that after bottle feeding 2 babies and not knowing many mothers who nursed, she had to start building a breastfeeding network and reshape her thinking (I had lots of myths to undo).

I also insisted on reading Permission to Mother to help refocus. I told her that others who have not breastfed as long as they wanted have given me the feedback that they would know to listen to their hearts next time and not worry about other people think. One reason I wrote my book was for mothers struggling with misinformation. She has a lot to learn about the immediate postpartum method, jaundice, feeding on demand and trusting your instincts.

I feel very confident that she can build her supply back and have a great nursing relationship. It takes commitment, but from what I see, it can be done. I guess I will find out what happens this upcoming week. I learned (was reminded) you can never judge potential by an e-mail.

I asked her why she hadn't come in sooner. Her reply was also interesting and insightful. She knew I was breastfeeding friendly, but she didn't know I was "Breastfeeding Queen" until she went on my website last night and she realized her circumstances and re-questioned her potential.

I live for helping breastfeeding mothers! I am glad she found me and came in!

*Details slightly changed for privacy.

Fresh, Healthy, Organic Produce

I am so spoiled with this organic produce co-op. It is so fresh and delicious. When I run out and have to go elsewhere, its not always easy finding produce this fresh except at the farmer's market which is not close and competes with other things I need to do on Saturday morning. The organic grocery stores are an hour away.

I can see why people don't want to pay extra for organic at the conventional grocery store. It's just not always as fresh and doesn't "look" worth it. Often it looks and tastes nothing like what I get in my share. You have to know what you are looking for.

At first I didn't believe it would taste better. My taste buds have been spoiled since. I hate running out but I do run out with as much produce I eat.

This is what I got this past Thursday and what I've done with it ( I still owe you links and updates in my last food post.)

The red is updated on August 2nd.

bok choy-put in soup, use like onion in omelettes, stir fry ( I separate the stalks and leaves)

carrots- put in soup, salad, eat raw... million things to do with carrots

cauliflower- Grandma Irma used both heads to make a souffle

kale- Thursday night stir fry, some went into green smoothie Friday morning. I ratione my kale to last so I could make a smoothie to take with me for breakfast the morning of the exam.

curly parsley- Grandma Irma used one half a batch to make chimi churi (its like the dipping sauce for fresh hot bread you get at restaurants, yum) and dried the other half. The other batch I pulverized with Romano, olive oil and nuts to make pesto.

red romaine- washed, spun, and put in sealed ziplock bag So much lettuce from this week and last. Today I put some through my juicer with an orange and apple. It was actually good. John liked it. I have a little more lettuce to repeat this.

cremini mushrooms- will go into stroganoff and the other half I gave to the boys nanny.

vidalia onions- Thursday night stir fry, soup, in Grandma Irma's sauce so many things to do with onion. Jo hn eats them raw in salads.

jalapeno peppers- Grandma Irma pulverized with olive oil and salt and I froze in ice cube trays. We can defrost as John will use. Too hot for me. You can see how Dani made frozen baby food. We used the same idea. We defrosted our first cube today for John's soup.

alfalfa sprouts- salads, omelets

zucchini-Thursday night stir fry

strawberries-William and David devoured

white nectarines - snacked on

black plums- ate fresh and cold

bananas chocolate smoothies without sugar, snacking, we all like bananas

blueberries snacking and smoothies

raspberries snacking and in smoothies

golden kiwi all my Kiwi are gone from my special order and the regular share

And a special order of a case of Valencia oranges

The boys have eaten many. We served them to Scott's birthday guests. The boys like me to cut slice them into 9 slices like a tictactoe board (rather than like a pie). The center slice (with seeds and fiber) they don't eat. So I have been putting the center through the juicer. Grandma Irma made tea with some of the rine(?) and the rest goes to compost. Oh and we sprouted a few seeds. I transplanted into pots.

Irma is sprouting the pepper seeds and kiwi seeds to plant.

all of these are gone. Mostly the boys ate them by the dozen. I ate the cuts they rejected. We used much less juice this past week with all the oranges in the house.

David enjoying sucking the juice out of an orange.

Want to join the co-op:

I went to the Farmer's Market this morning because we were out of everything!

Organic Buying Club for more info.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Double Digits for Scott

Scott is ten years old today! I went to work and his teen friend/sitter brought his younger brothers and they had fun all day.
Scott came up with the idea for party favors to make. I took him to the home improvement store and got pre-cut wood rods and electric tape. Scott taped the rods to make a "handle" to a saber and each guest got one. Scott said since he only had a few guest he didn't want his favors to be something silly like rubber frogs.
Grandma Irma (who was also here) made delicious Flan for Scott's birthday cake. There was plenty of other snacks for them to enjoy.
Uncle Guillermo came by for a surprise visit, too. Darn, I missed all the fun!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dairy-Free Substitutes

I've always been one to drink my milk (butter, cheese, sour cream, cream, ice cream) and the thought of going dairy free didn't even exist. It's been over 2 months that I went dairy free and still holding and I haven't keeled over yet from lack of.

I have found plenty of likeable replacements for milk. Soy, rice, almond, hemp are a few milks I have tried. All my milk is unsweetened (without cane sugar). I can add my own honey or agave if it needs it. I can drink original rice by itself. Most other milks, I am adding to shakes and cooking, or cereal and not drinking plain.

In place of butter in recipes, I have used the variety of oils. Coconut (which is incredible tasting), olive, almond, avocado, walnut, safflower, grapeola, canola. It is the biggest BS to think that olive oil is the only oil worth consuming. There are so many delicious oils. A variety of them is whats best for you.

As for Ice Cream replacements, let me just say, nothing really replaces Breyer's mint chip. Before I did my first test, I already noticed that my favorite flavor of ice cream did not leave me feeling well. I could feel the fat in it going through my veins. I really am not missing the feeling. Smoothies have become a replacement. Here is Choclate Bliss. Here is a frozen macaroon treat. I make them both. I haven't tried these cookies yet, but I plan on making them soon (when I reintroduce cane).

Cheese and yogurt replacements-Alcat tests for sheep and goat protein sensitivity. It also checks for whey. I can have all three right options now. Goat yoghurt tastes good. Flavored goat yogurt is made from more natural ingrediants than most cow based yogurts. All in all, I tried the variety of products available in goat and sheep. I didn't love them enough to keep trying. I use to like Feta. I keep some stocked, but I developed an adversion to it. It doesn't seem to do it for me. Eventhough I can have goat and sheep, I find I don't like the taste and get the satisfaction enough to pay the higher prices for hard cheese. Whey finds its way into many of my shakes. JUSt recently I found out that Pecorno Romano is from Sheep's milk and that works for me.

Soups- I used to use a milk base in my soups. The rice and soy milks weren't doing it for me. I found this potato soup recipe and I love it. Tam pairs it with a vegan sunflower sour cream recipe. I will be making this soup many times.

There you have it. Options if you can't (or choose not to) have cow's protein. I certainly did not think I can ever go this long without dairy. I am going to reintroduce organic milk products back into my diet soon.

I am planning on adding cheese back in to my rotation soon. I love having all these other options!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lifts and Tucks

Thanks to Rockstar's Wife and Cris for the lead...

I am amazed at how accessible extreme makers have become. Reading people's blogs gives me social insight to how women perceive themselves. Being a physician, I have access to previous surgical history, feelings shared with me behind closed doors, and I can see the surgical scars.
I tend to see the natural beauty in a person. I feel a loss when I see a natural beauty so unhappy with themselves and seeking bodily change. Am I immune from wanting to look good? Nope, I am not.

I have done these invasive things to my body:
Whitened teeth
Color hair
saline to my veins
shave/pluck hair (as little as I have) (Americans in general are turned off by hair)
pierced my ears ( I have two holes on each lobe)
tiny weeny bit of blush

Pretty modest compared to some. The most invasive thing I have done is a facial peel. I have a very special friend that I've spent time with on Dermatology rotations. She zapped some leg veins for me in our 20's with good results. Now I am very happy in long skirts (even tough the veins never returned).

About 6 years ago I went back to her practice to observe and learn. I had bad melasma (mask of pregnancy) at the time. After she did a facial peel on a woman, we started talking about my skin and voila she treated me and put the the chemicals on my face. The next day when it began to peel, I felt very ashamed of myself. I felt humiliated and disgustingly vain. I had to deal with this ugly facial burn and the public. I dind't want to go out. Mostly I stayed home. My face screamed vanity. I didn't feel like me. And when it healed my skin seemed far more sensitive to exposure and irritants than ever before... but I had less dark spots. Ever since than I have really thought about what's the price to pay for looks. It's all a trade off. Everything has risks and benefits.

Reminds me of an older leader in a community group I am in. Severe sun damaged skin (freckles and marks) but no wrinkles, no double chin, kyphotic back balance by an oddly kyphotic shaped chest. I doctor in me wondered what "bone disease" disease she had to look so mishapped. It finally came out that she has had everything lifted and tucked; face, chin, breasts, tummy, odd fat distribution, botox... at least that much. We don't even know what a female human body is suppose to look like. I couldn't figure out what's wrong with her till she shared her secret. On TV no model or anchor woman ever has a flaw perpetuating the myth of the female body. If we saw a female au natural we wouldn't recognize her.

Some questions to ask before comitting to a cosmetic procedure:

Is it for spiritual principles?
Is it for hygiene? Or health?
Do you need general anesthesia?
Does livelyhood depend on it?
Is it permanant?

The "right" answer won't be the same for everyone.

I've come to the conclusion: One of my limits is general anesthesia. I am fairly certain if it requires being put to sleep I don't want it unless it is truly necessary like eye lid droop blocks vision. (Yes, I know there is lunch hour laser for eyelids and chins, now.) I don't want the risk of being put to sleep, the missed productivity from my life, or the humility. Another boundry I think about is if it involves a toxin going into my body--Is it worth it?

After several discussions on beauty came up this week on-line and in person, I asked my husband, Aren't you glad, I am not the kind of wives who always needs to have something fixed on my body (He would hate the time away from work this pre-occupation/ recuperation would cost!). I couldn't believe his answer. "In ten years, you'll want it all, too!" I take it that he thinks I am beautiful now, but doesn't think I'll like who I am in 10 years.

As I answer these questions for myself, I can only hope I am always comfortable with my body and how I age. One thing I fear more than a double chin or sagging breasts or ass is being an old expressionless, lady who looks like plastic and deformed. The immediate results might be pleasing, but what about 10 years afterwards. Once you begin, can you stop? Do you have to maintain?

I do know that my healthy female body can nuture and mother. My brain learns, thinks, and works everyday. My heart is compassionate. Those are the functions of a woman. That is beauty to me!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Breastfeeding Factories

My sons become aware of nursing in public around 3 years old. After 4 they don't want me to tell other people they still nurse. David has stopped calling breastfeeding "night-nights." When he is feeling like a big boy, he call them "factories." I guess its easier for a 4 year old to deal with a factory. Friday morning he popped his eyes open. Instead of rooting around in a daze, he asked if he can go play a video game.

"You don't want to nurse? You want to play a game?" I asked in disbelief. He did decide to nursed before leaving the bed. When he finished, he told me to close the factories (put the flap on my bra up) and don't tell Nate (his teen friend, buddy, sitter), who was coming over soon, that he still does this. This is his way of verbalizing that breastfeeding is an intimate, personal, and important.

As I was writing PTM, I found it a delicate balance to talk about the duration of time my children nurse and give them their privacy. For the most part, either they stayed "4" or I told the story in a non-specific way that can relate to any age.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Eating Again: Produce Pick-up

This is a list of what I got from the Organic Buying Club yesterday. I will be adding how I use it and who eats it and likes it. Lauren is also keeping track of her share.

I am often home on Thursdays mornings on pick-up day. Picking up a new share keeps me accountable in my kitchen. I know I need the room to clean and store fresh produce. I have gotten in a routine of cleaning out the fridge and using up left overs before the new batch comes home. I also have to clean my sink and counters so I can get to work with cleaning, chopping, storing the new food.

I love coming home in the evening with the fresh veggies, sorting, and tasting. It's like an adventure. We stir-fry on Thursday night. It is quick and easy and always a little different from the time before. John and I have the stir fry, the boys dig into the fruit. I had the left-overs for lunch on Friday. I had used up all my veggies from last time except for a few pieces of garlic. This stir-fry included a few veggies I had in the house from other shopping: green cabbage, mung beans, and tofu.

broccoli - few into Thursdays stir fry
baby bok choy - stir fry Thursday. I sauteed the thick stems with the onions and added the leaves last.
carrots few into stir fry
eggplant Sauteed with fresh squeezed lemon juice
escarole lettuce Looks like John and I are going to be eating a lot of salad.
romaine lettuce Juiced with oranges from the next pick up and apples from the farmer's market
vidalia onion - stir fry on Thursday
green peppers - gave mine to another member who was really looking forward to having peppers
spring mix salad, salad, salad
yellow squash- stir fry thursday Unfortunately 2 went bad before I used.
zucchini- stir fry thursday, I made this yummy treat seasoned to comply with our nutrition regimens. :) She said her kids love them! Seasoned slices with salt and pepper, coated with whole cheese and Roano cheese. John ad I ate most of them. William did his vomitting trick. It satisfied my cheese craving.

This fruit is going to be eaten quickly as a snack. We all like all this fruit.
valencia oranges - gone by Friday. I may order a whole case next time.
green grapes smoothie, grapes are a great sweetener
santa rosa plums snacks
bananas -disappeared by Saturday
blueberry - made some blue berry pancales for the boys. They were fussy about eating them.
strawberry snacks
golden kiwi - came with the share and I also special ordered a whole case. We all loved the golden kiwi. I sent a few home with Nate(not much, I am selfish about sharing my food), our teen friend who stays with the boys on Friday. He loves kiwi. Our host was wondering what I would do with a whole case of kiwi. I have a lot of mouths to feed. I think its going to go fast.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sugar-free (or elimination diet) and Pregnancy

Another food post! Are you sick of my food rantings yet ? Now I coming full circle because now I am going to tie this topic in with pregnancy.

I have given a lot of thought how far my sugar sensitivity goes back for. If you have read Permission to Mother, you know that I flunked my glucose challenge test in my first two pregnancies (p 55). I feel fairly certain my sugar problem goes back to at least then. During that first pregnancy I also got painful scarring acne on my right shoulder. Much of it has faded, but I didn't wear sleeveless shirts for years in public because of it.

I never had diabetes in pregnancy. I was told to monitor glucose and watch what I eat, but I was not given any specific guidance. If I was offered nutrition counseling (I don't remember), I didn't go (I probably didn't think a dietitian could help me.) Way back then, I loved Raisin Bran for breakfast. I have been eating Raisin Bran for breakfast for years. When sugar would be in my urine on spot checks near the end of my pregnancy, I couldn't imagine why. Raisin Bran is healthy? right? Check again look at the label. It is loaded with 2 scoops of sugar in every box. :) I also ate a lot Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream while pregnant.

By my third pregnancy, I was a little smarter. I switched to Total and added my own raisins. I am so stubborn. I had to have my raisin cereal. Total still had plenty of sugar in it. I still had sugar in my spot urine checks. With the birth community influence I was eating better overall than compared to the first 2 pregnancies.

Kathy has written a blog about glucose testing in pregnancy. My third pregnancy, I opted out for the reasons Kathy gives. I don't eat cereal for breakfast everyday anymore. If I do, I have juice sweetened millet or corn flakes and can add my raisins, oats, flax, blueberries, etc....

Back to pregnancy in general. If I had known then what I know now, I'd probably have really, really good pregnancies. Knowing how to eliminate preservatives and additives, and knowing how to shop and prepare for the good stuff would be a tremendous asset to pregnancy. I got away with vaginal birth, no yeast infections. None of my sons had hypoglycemia. Our own nutrition sets us up for so many potential problems. I got away lucky.

One disclaimer, when I received my first alcat test results, I was in a state of disbelief, shock, denial and withdrawal. I did not eat well at first. I did not know how to find the good food. That would not be good for a pregnancy. A good nutrition coach in place would of been necessary. It's good to start prior to conception incorporating good nutrition into your routine.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Thank You, Dr. Sears

Thank you Dr. Bob Sears for including me as a resource on your website. I recommend your vaccine book to the families in my practice. Initially I did not realize how many referrals to my practice I would get in return from you. Your book and blog has empowered families to look for wellness providers beyond the usual boundaries of insurance lists and geography. Nearly everyday I am receiving calls, e-mails, and receiving new families to my practice because of my listing on your site. I have even had two families come in that have been your patients and now live in Florida. I find that families that are familiar with The Sears Library are the kind of clientele I am seeking. I do enjoy providing the kind of flexibility these families need. I am looking forward to meeting you in Daytona at the LLL Parenting conference.
Thank you!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Jack Spratt's Food Sensitivities

Jack Spratt could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so betwixt the two of them
They licked the platter clean

Now John has been intrigued by my detox. He FINALLY let us draw his blood for his food sensitivity test. John and I are both lucky that we don't have diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol despite how easily we put on pounds. Mostly we have nuisance problems (cough and sinus, acne), but not the chronic risk factors for heart disease. I am motivated to shop and prepare foods for John compatible with his profile. He has agreed to do this for a week starting yesterday. I will shop. I will prepare the food. He doesn't even have to look at his results! All he has to do is eat what I serve him. I'll bring him compatible food when he's hungry. For the most part I have been doing this meal plan all along, but now I have his results to do it specifically for him. I am just hoping he won't eat out and sneak in junk for JUST one week.

I was so lost when I got my first results back. I didn't know where to go to find the food I could eat. I had to shop for it and learn how to prepare it. I paved the path. I know where to shop and our house is stocked. I KNOW he will feel so much better.

Something really interesting to me... I removed a few vegetables off the rotation after I got my repeat testing back (~2 months ago). All of those veggies came back clear on John profile probably because he hadn't been served them much in the past 2 1/2 months. Last night we happily feasted on spaghetti sauce (homemade) with spaghetti squash and rice noodles. Does that tell you what we have been eating a lot of? Tonight I am stir frying veggies and sprouts and having brown rice.

Sugar was not as inflammatory to him as to me
He can't have his wheat, but I can have all grains
He can have dairy, but I can't :(
(he used the Parmesan, I had whole grain noodles and Romano--that's sheep cheese)
We agree, no MSG
so betwixt the two of us
We licked the platter clean!

If you are lost in all this mumbo jumble and want to read from the beginning of my detox, click on my sugar-free label.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sugar-free End Point (2 of 2)

So what is the foods I miss the most?

I am really not craving anything with sugar, right now or on a daily basis. I have found many alternative ways to prepare sweet food.

From leavened breads, what I missed most was the bread I made in my bread machine. That is what I broke the bread fast with last week. I had one piece and haven't had any since.

From dairy, I'd like a good piece of cheese.

Often foods that you eat the most of is what will show up in the sensitivity test. One thing I realize is that as I successfully eliminate sugar, dairy, bread, there will be other food items I eat more of and new "rotating" sensitivities will build up. Then other things to eliminate.

The other thing I realize is that this has been a journey from a highly processed diet to a diet of whole foods and minimal additives and preservatives, if any. Finding out what I am sensitive to started me on a journey to whole foods. I may not have gotten their the same way as the raw food diet advocates, the Genesis diet followers, or the true vegetarians, but I got to a very similar place following my own individualized plan. I realize that there are some people that should never have wheat or dairy or whatever. I am not under the impression that I have a particular food that I should never have.

A great "psychological" end point for me would be to do repeat testing in several months and see the cane sugar on my safe list. But retesting means I will also see new things fall onto the intolerant list. If I am having symptoms, it is worth repeating and see where I am at. If I am not having symptoms, I don't know that I need the hard evidence. It would be nice to not be dependant on lab tests.

What if I don't know sugar has "cleared" and I consume some. I am afraid that it wouldn't take much for cravings and insatiable appetite to come back. However, I have removed the preservatives, additives, and many pestistides out of my diet that go along with a processed diet and sugar intake. I have significantly decreased my toxic load to my body. I don't think a little sugar is going to kill me when I compare it to all the chemicals that are out of my diet. Cane has sneaked into my diet a little in hidden places and I didn't get those cravings back instantaneously. Yes, the were small doses, but it shows me that moderation is okay. In the process, I have also learned about processed sugars. If I really need to use sugar I can use a sucinate or other organic, less processed form of cane.

The same analogy could be said for bread. Eating my own breadmachine bread, eliminates all the unnecessary preservatives found in store bought bread. I see that as the goal: realizing that I have healthy unprocessed options. There are a few local sources of fresh bread. You bet its worth the effort to get the higher quality.

Another time I'll post more about dairy replacements. That's worthy of its own post.

So the end point is learning about nutrition and healthy preparation of food (doesn't have to be cooking, it can be raw). Learning how to shop for it. Learning how to plan ahead. Feeling better. Rotating food on a daily, weekly, and seasonal basis. Not eating the same thing everyday. It is good to think about food. Before I never thought about food. It just went right into my mouth impulsively, half the time not appreciating it. It is also realizing there are times for exceptions and fun food.

I had to be SHOCKED in to reality by seeing sugar in the red. No other diet would have ever worked. I am in control of my food choices now and I am successful on this eating plan.

Other topics I want to cover very soon:

My family's food sensitivities
Alternatives to leavened bread
Sugar-free (elimination diet) and pregnancy
Food intolerance related to the breastfeeding
Starting Solids and Food Intolerance
Recipes from the blogging community
Why I am Juicing

and more...

Clicking on my sugar-free label will take you to all my related posts.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

My Three Sons

Friday, July 4, 2008

Sugar-free End Point? (1 of 2)

I've been thinking about food a lot lately. One thing on my mind with my elimination diet is "how far to go?" "What's the end point?"

I've dwelt on the sugar-free component of this detox because eliminating sugar is so profound. Other food items came up with various levels of intolerance, but the emotional side of removing them from my diet has not contain the same level of social/lifestyle change.

If the baker's yeast (leavened bread) and cow's milk protein showed up in the first test as strong as they did, yes that would have been the end of the world (going without sugar once DID seem like the end-of-times), but on repeat testing 9 months later my diet had become so much more vegetarian based, it didn't impact me as much.

So where I am today with this. I've been over 2 months without cow's milk protein, and leavened bread (I broke my bread fast this past week.) I am continuing my sugar-free aspect. I have posted previously on hidden sources of cane sugar in my diet. Even though my goal has been sugar-free for the past 9 months, 1 1/2 months ago I was still finding small doses of cane in my diet. FYI- I don't eat red meat either.

Since my test results on May 24th I have not put anything in my mouth I have not prepared in my own house with the exception of fruit. For the most part, I haven't eaten out in 9 months. That's is the hard part. Food and eating out is so social. It seems like you cut yourself off when you don't go with the crowd. Fortunately I have found a new "crowd." Or should I say, through blogging and La Leche League(!) contacts a new crowd has found me. I have found many interested in what I am doing, even if not doing it to the same extreme, still very appreciative, respectful, supportive, and fascinated by what I am up to. I don't have to feel isolated socially.

So how far am I going with this? I took the sensitivity test because of concerns over painful acne break outs. On most days my acne is much better. That's in check. My sense of well-being is so much better and other symptoms I didn't realize I had. That's in check. I have lost over 30 pounds without measuring and portion control. I could stand to lose more weight, so that would be a good reason to continue on with strict sugar-free--it's working for me.

More on the social side, I haven't gone out of town much wanting to stay strict and not put myself in challenging situations. Fortunately I have not had much places to go. I am looking forward to some activities away from home coming up and not sure how I am going to maneuver my diet. We've been invited to neighbors tonight for a holiday celebration. They don't know of my detox. Not sure what I will do.

I will be out of town a night for my boards. The night before my boards IS NOT when I want to indulge in foods that will leave me sick, bloated, head-achy for the day-long test. One part of me wants to tell me, chill out. The other part of me tells me to pack and carry my healthy foods. It seems very important that I don't give-up on what's working on the most critical day!

End point (and food I miss) to be continued...

There is going to be more food related posts coming up. Other topics I want to cover very soon:

My family's food sensitivities
Alternatives to leavened bread
Sugar-free (elimination diet) and pregnancy
Food intolerance related to the breastfeeding

Starting Solids and Food Intolerance
Recipes from the blogging community

Why I am Juicing
and more...

Clicking on my sugar-free label will take you to all my related posts.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

25th Street is Normal, Again

Yeah, All the construction on 25 th Street by my office is done. There is nothing like finding an office to set up our practice in a nice peaceful country setting and shortly after you move in the road expansion project begins.

The cones are gone, the workers are gone. The traffic can get through. Our entrance is no longer blocked. People can find us. Yeah.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Kids--Eating Healthier

In response to a comment observing that my kids are eating healthy in a previous post, I left this comment. I wanted to build on it, and bring it to the top of the blog.

My kids may have breastfed into their tweens, but when they wean they go straight to McDonald's with dad. Well... not that literal, but I can say that for the first two years in practice (and before) all our diets were absolutely terrible. I really hate cooking, but I have enjoyed eating healthy.

I'd be concentrating on the office... John would take them out... their Nanny would take them out as her treat to help me... we'd bring them home some food brought into the office. We let their teen sitter make them a tray of Mac and cheese, Before you knew it all their meals were crap. No one was aware of what the other is serving. I hated cooking so much, I welcomed anyone willing to feed my kids and taking the responsibility off my shoulders.

I have noticed over the past few weeks their diets are better. Especially with making notes of who's eating the produce has helped me to see this. They are eating much more variety in fruits and nuts: melon, kiwi, oranges, pluots, pineapple, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, peanuts, pistachios. Weird they liked chop up mushrooms in the sauce I make. I don't see them eating much greens, but they finally like tomato based sauce which I add many veggies, too.

I get many of my grains from The Cooking Lady (AKA, Red) and Cheryl. They buy them bulk and grinds them in their own kitchen. Eating healthier sets an example for my kids. Kids are great for holding us accountable.

A few weeks ago Scott said to me after drinking soda, "Ever since you have been doing this Organic stuff, my stomach hurts when I have soda."

A few days ago John brought home KFC. (I didn't touch it.) Scott felt sick afterwards. Can he really be that sensitive. I am happy to hear it! The change in the boys has been slow, but it's happening!

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