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Karen B.

Member Since 22 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Jul 29 2007 07:42 PM

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In Topic: In Need Of Healthy Weight Gain

28 July 2007 - 11:08 PM

Non-dairy, non-soy calorie dense foods I have to limit (since I have the opposite problem) are avocado, nut butters, shellfish, oily fish, breaded foods fried in healthy fats, black olive tapenade (like pesto with black olives), gluten-free baked goods like cupcakes, muffins, homemade waffles, gluten-free breads with nuts added.

In Topic: Gluten Eating House Guests

28 July 2007 - 10:33 PM

I see 2 issues:
#1 -- How good of a hostess can you be if you're sick? And how will your guests feel if they are the cause of you being ill?

#2 -- There are so many foods that are naturally gluten-free and good substitutions like Tinkyada, GFP French Bread, Chebe, etc. I can't see how you're shorting your guests at all.

If you bake fresh, homemade bread, you'll actually be providing a treat most people don't get now. Home made gluten-free waffles are very easy and again, that's something most people don't get fresh and pipping hot. Serve with vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit for the healthy types and whipped cream for the ones that aren't worried about it.

You can serve dishes with gluten-free pasta, rice, potatos, tacos, tostadas, salads and eating out. Have you tried making what I nicknamed stir-fry pasta? Basically cooking fresh vegatables and chicken, shrimp or what-have-you in EV olive oil and tossed with pasta. It's a great alternative to the standard red pasta sauce and you can vary the flavors by changing around the ingredients. Chicken, red peppers, onions, black beans, corn and pasta will have a completely different taste than shrimp, broccoli, carrots and green peas with pasta. Who misses bread when served a chili cheese baked potato? A Tex-Mex cassarole of cheese enchiladas topped with canned chili and cheese calls for rice and refried beans -- no bread needed.

I'd make sure I had all the meals planned out and shopped for before your guests show up along with some familiar snacks like chips/dips, fresh fruit, etc. and some new snacks like Chebe parmesan bread sticks, gluten-free pretzels, maybe Namaste spice cake done as carrot cake muffins. Ask your guests for some of their favorite foods to get an idea ahead of time of dishes you might convert. And don't forget to ask if they have any allergies or extremely disliked foods. You never know, your guests might find their reflux disappears when they aren't eating Wonder Bread all the time.

In Topic: Lettuce = Upset Stomach?

28 July 2007 - 09:45 PM

What kind of lettuce? I've been told iceberg lettuce is one of the most difficult foods to digest. Pre-diagnosis, iceberg lettuce is the only food that would routinely give me D. Gluten didn't bother me but iceberg lettuce would do me in. Other lettuces give me no problem.

In Topic: Colonoscopy Tomorrow

28 July 2007 - 09:37 PM

Its totally funny because I have never been fully naked in front of a doctor before.

I am worried that if I am spending the evening and morning in the toilet I might not have enough time to shave. I was worried earlier that I haven't dyed my hair in months. The doc won't even be looking at my head! I didn't even think about make up, but I am not a make-up kinda person, so I can cross that "crazy which mascara goes better with a jonny, black or brown?" worry off my list.

After my endoscopy a few months ago I was so loopy I couldn't figure out how to put my pants back on. At least I have vowed to wear a pair of elastic waste band sweats and forgo a clasp bra for a sports bra so I won't require assistance from the nursing staff.

My friend who works in a hospital told me that as long as I am showered I would be miles ahead of a lot of what doctors have to deal with on a pretty daily basis and stop worrying about such little details... but for some reason I am totally hung up on them B)

Your friend is totally correct -- the doc won't see the cheeks to which you apply blush. :-) They are under such a tight schedules and see so many patients in one day, you could meet the doc and nurse in the grocery store the following night and they wouldn't even know you.

In Topic: Does Anyone Here Take Omega 3 Fish Oil Caps

28 July 2007 - 09:05 PM

I don't understand. What's the link between your hubby's osteopenia and taking Cod liver oil? Isn't Cod liver oil an excellent natural source of vitamin D which is good for you bones?


Yes, it is an excellent natural source of vitamin D but it also is high in vitamin A and according to Hubby's doc, too much vitamin A can weaken bones. He was taking liquid cod liver oil and not measuring it, just drinking it from the bottle. Add in eating large romaine lettuce salads ( http://www.nutrition...01-01c20dv.html [check vitamin A level for one head]) and cold water fish, he managed to take too much for several years and wound up with osteopenia. Fortunately, he was able to rebuild his bones with just stopping the vitamin A and taking calcium supplements. It was a lesson to me to find out the upper limits on the nutritional supplements I take.

Vitamin A overdose and toxicity
An vitamin A overdose can be harmful to bones and skin, causing weakness and brittleness, even leading to fatigue and vomiting. ...
For those 19 and older, the tolerable upper limit for vitamin A consumption has been set at 10,000 IU per day.

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