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Member Since 07 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 06 2013 05:08 AM

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Eyelash Tinting - Did/would You Do It?

02 April 2013 - 05:55 PM

Hi everyone, I was wondering of anyone on these boards has had any experiences with eyelash (not eyebrow) tinting, and can tell me about the pros and cons (I am mostly worried about the dangers).


I have very long but very blonde and very thin lashes, and I wish I didn't need to colour them with mascara. Nothing wrong with mascara per se, it makes me look like I have falsies on, but I often wish I could just have them dark, without any smudge. So I have been pondering tinting, but I am very worries about possible reactions. I have very sensitive skin and dry eyes, I react violently to any products containing soy, as well. 


Anyone here tried it? If so, how was it?


Thanks :)

Why Can't I Lose Weight?

14 March 2013 - 08:07 AM



As many of you know, I have been practically primal for over three months now. it does help a lot with my tummy, especially since I have limited my intake to 3 brazil nuts per day.


90% of what I eat is whole foods; the 10% of foods including human intervention are: milk and yogurt, coconut bread, sometimes two tablespoons of organic fruit spread (unsweetened) at breakfast, and, increasingly rarely because I've had reactions to it, very very dark chocolate. I only drink water, coffee, and tea; rarely enjoy a glass of wine if dining out (read: no more than twice per month).


I exercise 6 days a week (sometimes 7, or on the 7th day I walk a lot) for 90-120 minutes: usually half medium-high impact cardio, and half strength training; I rotate activities - dancing, bootcamping, running, etc.


I am hyperthyroid - or so I was in January. I have all antibodies for both Grave's and Hashimoto. My FT3 and FT4 were through the roof. I am getting treatment trying not to suppress my thyroid function because I have seen lots of "suppress and replace cases" around me which did. not. go. well. Many symptoms are disappearing. Insomnia, especially, is mostly gone. My period is back - sorry for TMI - after being in menopause for a year and a half (I am 30) following being underweight due to thyrotoxic crisis in 2011.


Now I am 30 lbs overweight, and no matter how hard I try I do not lose weight, but pounds keep creeping up. I gained 15 in a week in July 2012. I was hypERthyroid then. Then I gained 8 lbs in a month in October, soon after going gluten-free. I was still hypERthyroid. Then I gained 7 lbs in the past few months, while being primal/low-carb/calorie counting. AND *very* hypER.


My joints hurt from excess weight. I cannot move properly and I used to be a ballet bun. :( Lots of this is water weight - I have hypoalbulinemia. My cortisol levels are below range, so that's not what's making me fat.


What is going on with me? It is not just frustrating that no matter what I do my weight goes up and up, it is also scary, because no one seems to have neither an explanation nor a solution. :( :( :( :(


I want to cry :(

I Just Told Off Michael Pollan On Behalf Of The Celiac Community...

11 March 2013 - 09:26 PM

... for Tweeting this:




I teach his works in my food politics/animal rights classes, and I think that a public figure as himself should be held accountable to a modicum of responsibility.

Have I Lost Chocolate Too? Or Was It Cc?

07 March 2013 - 02:55 PM

So... chocolate is pretty much the only treat I have left on my plate, since I react very badly to sugar - many people are diabetic in my family and I get reactive hypoglycemia if I have dessert, and a racing heart. I am, however, and have always been, a chocolate head.


I am also extremely sensitive to soy, which also gives me heart problems, usually extra-systoles, i.e. your heart starts racing like madness then seems to "stop" or "skip" a beat or two. It is frankly terrifying, and when that happens I can barely speak and need to lie down for a few hours, essentially disabled. This means I read labels obsessively when buying chocolate.  have/had a few brands that seemed ok.


The other night I made myself a little saucer with a few pieces of chocolate, each coming from a different bar. Yes, stupid, I know, but I usually am ok with those brands, and it seemed such a good idea as I plodded through a deadline :(


Within twenty minutes I was lying on the bed with a pounding pain in my chest which almost made me unable to breathe :wacko:


What am I reacting to? Have I now lost chocolate? Has my soy reaction gotten worse? Or was some of this chocolate CC'd with soy?


What I had that night was some of Theo's chocolate (orange) which I have never seen using soy, Alter Eco (this is supposedly gluten and soy free, milk), and some of the 99% Lindt which does not list soy (nor gluten) as an ingredient but is not guaranteed against CC from equipment (I hadn't had problems with this beforehand). What could the culprit have been, and what should I completely avoid?



Thank you!



Coconut Flour Biscuit Recipese?

03 March 2013 - 07:09 AM

A Britain-educated close friend, lover of teas and high tea, is coming for a visit, and I'd like to offer something to go with my tea or hot chocolate.


Has anyone here tested any good recipes for biscuits - scones, but also digestive-type cookies! - using coconut flour?


I cannot eat almonds or tapioca, so those starches are out - I suppose I could use arrowroot if I manage to get my hands on some. Ideally, something quite fast to make would be GREAT. I don't have lots of time in my hands at the moment.

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