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Kari
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Feeling Good Reply with quote

I'm in the mountains in our little condo, and it's snowing outside. My SO went skiing with his brother, as they are both expert skiers, and love to ski in powder. I'm still learning, so I'll say no thank you to any challenging conditions, like poor visibility and powder :). So this leaves me with some "me time", and I thought I'd post an update on how I'm doing.

I just finished a delicious lunch - leftovers from yesterday. Unless something very unforseen happens, don't think I'll ever be a pure paleo person. I love grains and legumes too much for that, and am looking forward to baking more when more healing has taken place.

The leftovers from yesterday consisted of a stew with black beans, scallions, broccoli and cauliflower, and of course, plenty of delicious EVOO (flavored with celtic salt and turmeric). I cooked it in my new tagine, which incidentally, I LOVE. For whatever reason, my system does very well with beans - go figure??? I had it over rice. Yesterday, I had a pork chop with it.

Anyhow, I've been thinking a lot about cooking, and Joe sure knows how to make a person's mouth water. Unfortunately, there were 4 major no no ingredients in his recipe for me - quinoa, shrimp, tomato and garlic :(. But what I have discovered now, is that when cooked well, with good presentation and some fresh herbs, a rather plain diet does not equal deprivation!!!

I'm looking forward to making some more exotic things in my tagine, which would include fruit and nuts. I've ordered a tagine recipe book that Sara recommended (thanks), and it should be in the mail when I get back from the mountains next week-end.

I'm at the point in my healing where I'm starting to regain my energy, and becoming loads more comfortable in the kitchen. My weight has stabilized, and I'm hoping to see it creep up a bit over the coming weeks. I work out, meditate, and am starting to think about more interesting topics than the condition of my gut :).

My mood has also improved, and I rarely experience MC symptoms such as gurgling, bloating, brain fog, firehose D, etc. The only cloud in the sky is that norman is very elusive. However, my general health has improved so much, that I try not to think too much about norman. I'm convinced that he'll become a regular visitor in due time. My criteria for a successful MC day is tied to number of BM's rather than type - so as long as I go only once or twice, I consider it success.

As far as MRT, I'm sticking to the greens, and avoiding those that seem to cause trouble. However, I've increasingly become aware of how important portion control is. Instead of large portions, I have just a little bit of each ingredient. I actually try to do this no matter how well things seem to settle, so my version of the rotation diet is to eat small portions of each individual thing, and then try my best to avoid some of them for a day or two.

I don't think I have it in me to do a strict rotation diet, at least not at this point in time, while I'm still finding my way around the kitchen :). For instance the stew I made yesterday, was even more delicious when I had it today. But, again, I did not have a large helping.

Well, this became a bit longer than I had intended, but it felt good to get it down in writing.

Good health and lots of happiness to all of you Very Happy .

Love,
Kari

P.S. I have had hot cocoa a couple of more times since I wrote about it, and the only noticeable symptom is a nice buzz from the caffeine:). I have half a mug, rather than a full one.
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Pat
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Egg, Beef, Chicken, All fruit, All vegetables except some squash, Corn, Rice, Maple, Basil, Coconut, Cane Sugar, Carob, Vanilla, Mustard, Polysorbate 80, Capsaicin, MSG, Benzoic Acid,
Location: Texas

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds wonderful, Kari. I am like you in that Norman keeps evading me. I have decided to quit worrying about it and just concentrate on eating things that don't upset the cart and continue healing. I am enjoying the little successes just like you. Feels so good. Hope your trip continues to be so enjoyable!

Pat
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Food Intolerances : gluten, soy, casien, eggs, legumes, Pepto Bismol, all fruit (incl. tomatoes), all root vegetables, onions, peppers, carrageenan, chicken, beef, orange roughy, cucumber, vinegar, all squash, chocolate, olives, buckwheat, millet, tapioca, sorghum, rice
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari,

Kari wrote:
My weight has stabilized, and I'm hoping to see it creep up a bit over the coming weeks. I work out, meditate, and am starting to think about more interesting topics than the condition of my gut :).


It sounds like you are at peace with the status of your MC. It's great that you are beginning to enjoy cooking. I think you will continue to heal and progress - it will take time, but as long as you move forward, you're doing OK.

Gloria
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TooManyHats
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Food Intolerances : Gluten Soy Dairy Spices including cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad things seem to be going well. x fingers for you!!
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sarkin
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, dairy, eggs (maybe more?)
Location: Brooklyn, NY

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari, this is such great news!

Being joyful in any moment is a lovely thing, and amid the snow and cocoa (cocoa!!) and peace and kitchen fun... well, it's just inspiring.

My heart is with you about the beans/grains. At the moment, I am setting my course in a paleo direction, and hoping for stability. But I hope to meet you, literally or figuratively, among some friendly bins of legumes/grains!

Your gentle reminder is timely, about the delight of considering things other than the current health moment ;) I went to my chorale rehearsal tonight, and despite feeling a little low-energy on the way there, I was revitalized by the evening.

I like your thoughts about portion sizes and rotation, too.

All my best, and give your tagine a big kiss for me,

Sara
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Food Intolerances : Gluten Soy Dairy Spices including cinnamon, cloves, and ginger
Location: New Jersey

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping Kari will post some recipes she's using with the Tagine. Maybe I'll be enticed to buy one. Smile
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natythingycolbery
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Food Intolerances : Oats, Cows Milk, Wheat, Acai Berry, Anise Seed, Beetroot, Gluten , Grape (Pinot Gris/Grigio), Hemp, Lime, Melon Mix, Orange, Yeast, Barley/Malt Mix, Grape (Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel Mix, Sauvignon) Lemon, Lychee, Potato and Rooiboss
Location: York, United Kingdom

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy That is good news Kari!
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ant
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Diary, Soy, Corn, Eggs, Peanuts and other legumes, nightshades (e.g. tomatoes and potatoes). DX Osteopenia. Suspect Celiac - Genes Type: DQ2/DQ8

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Kari

You are proof that life can go on pretty well after MC dx.!

Fab, best, ant
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Polly
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, corn, yeast, chocolate, tomato, white potato, celery, sesame, carrot, yellow squash, lamb, pork, mango, strawberry, almond, cashew, vanilla, grapefruit, raspberry, avocado, mustard, paprika, cauliflower, cucumber, plum, and more!
Location: Maryland

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari,

What a delightful post! Love your attitude - it is obvious that you are in charge of the MC and not the reverse. Your stew sounds good. It's amazing how differently we think about food recipes now, isn't it? We learn to be much more eclectic, I think. And I have found that portion control is important too. The problem is that when we are testing something new, we tend to want to pig out on it. Tee Hee.

Your legume experience has given me courage. Today I'm going to make a white bean and spinach soup. I did OK with pea soup a few weeks ago, so today I'll try white bean. Tomorrow I'll try making the biscuits with the garbanzo bean flour.

I think you are wise to not worry about Norman's appearance. He will appear when all of the right conditions are finally in place (I'll bet you know this Buddhist concept!) So long as you don't have major frequency, urgency, or discomfort, I applaud your effort to put thoughts of Norman on the back burner for now.

Best wishes for continued peace and success. And happy cooking!

Love and namaste,

Polly
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mbeezie
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, tapioca
Location: Texas

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari,

Glad you are feeling better and MC isn't holding you back from enjoying life.

I am also inspired by your experience with legumes. I love beans but have been afraid to try them since I react to both soy and peanuts. I am waiting for MRT 5000 to see what it says, but beans will be first on my list to try if I am green for any beans.

Norman may come in time . . . .hang in there.

Love,

Mary Beth
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Kari
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good morning all and thank you so much for all your lovely messages - I so enjoyed reading them this morning. The sky is blue and the ground is white, so today I'm going skiing Very Happy .

Love,
Kari
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mary Beth,

In your experience, do green beans behave differently from dried legumes, like beans/soy? I am picturing myself as a hunter-gatherer, and it would be pretty hard to talk me out of nibbling the green beans' ancestor. I realize that doesn't mean it won't cause a reaction, but I thought I might try them (or snap peas) before my beloved chickpeas & lentils, when I get up to that part.

I think my question has to do with whether MRT looks at them separately, and whether it's likely that someone might react to storage beans but not green... (I do realize that you cannot tell me at this point whether I should eat green beans any time soon!)

Thanks,

Sara
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Casein, Soy, Eggs & Yeast so far...
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari,

What a great post! So glad to hear you are feeling much better, enjoying life and cooking in your new tagine! The stew sounds fabulous. My DH loves to cook with different beans but I'm afraid to even take a taste but his dishes look so good. I hope to some day add lugumes back into my diet too. Keep your cooking ideas coming once the new cookbook comes.

It sounds like you have found a happy balance with your diet, exercise, meditation and rotation of safe foods. I bet Norman will be here before you know it. Very Happy x fingers

How were the slopes?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kari and other tagine-interested chefs,

There was an interesting article in the NYTimes this week about tagine-like cooking. I didn't post it because the three accompanying recipes were so full of ingredients... but the technique of 'starting the tagine cold' seemed like something we could adapt (even those of us not yet blessed with a tagine as beautiful as Kari's).

There was a lamb tagine, a Vietnamese-style clay-pot pork, and a dish with chicken thighs and Indian spices. They were all stew-like and I will be making an attempt to do something along those lines with chicken this weekend. I think my turkey breast would have come out better if I had read this article first.

Sara
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Kari
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

Well, I've been back from the mountains since Monday afternoon, and have been busy catching up with my life, and thus, no posts on the boards. Just did my taxes today, and am feeling like I can exhale again. I have a lot to read here, and will try my best over the next several days.

The 9 days we spent in the mountains were wonderful, food wise, MC wise and ski wise. I didn't think I would ski this season, as I've been feeling fragile from the weight loss, but I had great fun on the slopes, and felt that I've regained quite a bit of my strength - yeah!!!

I got my beautiful little tagine book, and made the best meal I have had since last summer!!! A recipe for kefta (a kind of middle eastern meatballs) inspired me to try my own version. The ingredients I used were organic ground beef, onion, fresh cilantro, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, celtic salt and a little cayenne. They came out absolutely PERFECT - soft, flavorful and aromatic. I had them with rice and a cucumber salad (my first salad in eons). Now I'm afraid to make them again for fear that it was a fluke and I'll be horribly disappointed Very Happy . Guess this is what happens to a newbie "cook in the making".

Honestly, this cooking adventure is starting to become quite rewarding. I'm feeling more and more comfortable in the kitchen, and less panicked about not having food that I can eat available at all times. I'm slowly turning the corner from "panicked, eating to survive" mode to "enjoying a wonderful meal" mode Very Happy . I think I'm glimpsing what Polly, Mary Beth and others are experiencing. With all our intolerances, there is immense satisfaction in managing to still put a beautiful and palatable meal together.

Now for the cloud in the beautiful, blue Colorado sky, I had a hectic flare over the last couple of days, which I believe was set off by a combination of stress (dealing with my sister's illness) and eating ham. Anyhow, I took imodium yesterday, and have had a much better day today. It seems that when I have a reaction to something now, even if it's a strong one, reigning it back in is easier than it used to be. I attribute this to healing that has taken place?

Hope all of you LEAPERS and everyone else here are doing well. Sara - kissed my tagine for you :). Polly - how are you doing with the beans/legumes? Miraculously, they continue to be my friend. Pat - hope things are still moving forward for you.

Love,
Kari
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