Q & A: May 29, 2011

by Ann Marie Michaels on May 29, 2011

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1. Question: GAPS Diet for Breastfeeding Mom?

Hi,
I am wanting to start the GAPS diet for me and my children. My son has been diagnosed with OCD, SPD, and possibly being on the autism spectrum. My other son seems to be sensitive to milk. My mother had to put me on soy formula as a baby because I couldnt take breast milk.

I tried taking dairy out of my diet and have seen some improvements in gastrointestinal issues, but still have eczema, psoriasis, and other skin issues. So I found the info on GAPS and got the book. I made some stock and soup for the first stage.

I am having some trouble though. The probiotic tastes awful, and I feel hungry all the time. I am a nursing mother. I have a three month old baby. I really want to succeed, but I was wondering what you would reccommend having done the diet before.

I dont want to not eat enough because I am breastfeeding, and I really want to do the diet right for the sake of my children and future children. What probiotics taste good or is there another way to add them in rather than just taking them in the liquid form. Do you have any advice for this beginner?

Thank you for your time,
Lauren

Answer

Hi, Lauren,

It is recommended that pregnant nursing mothers on the GAPS diet go straight to the full diet and do not do the intro diet.

I am not sure which probiotic you are taking that is in a liquid form. The probiotic that Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends is Bio-Kult, which is a powder in capsules. It has no taste.

Hang in there! It gets easier!

2. Question: Farmed Mussels and Oysters?

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Hello,
I have a question about mussels and oysters. I always buy wild salmon and other kinds of fish, but I can’t find wild oysters or mussels in my area. Do farmed oysters and mussels pose the same health issues as farmed salmon?

Thanks!
Lauren

Answer

According to the Monerey Bay Aquarium, farmed oysters account for 95% of the world’s oyster consumption and most oyster farms are sustainable. It is generally fine to buy farmed mussels and oysters. The fish farms that are bad don’t raise bivalves. Mussels and oysters grow on the shore naturally and then harvested.

Oysters actually help clean the ocean since they are a natural filter, so I am an advocate of eating oysters for environmental reasons. They are also highly nutritious!

3. Question: Raw Dairy and the Four Hour Body?

I so enjoy your site and really appreciate what you do. I just had a quick question regarding the 4-Hour Body and dairy. I know that you said dairy is off limits, except for your binge day, but I am kind of confused. Isn’t raw dairy really important for overall health?

I spend SO much money every week making sure my family is getting enough raw dairy, so I am a bit worried now. We are not trying to lose weight, so does this only apply for this particular diet?

Just thought I would check in with you! My family’s health has improved so much with raw dairy – my toddler has never even had pastuerized milk!

Let me know your thoughts when you can! I know you are very busy. :)

Thanks so much,
Jen

Answer

Hi, Jen,

Yes, the no dairy rule ONLY applies for the 4 Hour Body diet. I have been doing this diet for the past couple months and have been able to drop a few dress sizes and lose 15 pounds.

If you are not trying to lose weight via the Four Hour Body diet, and you are and you are not on the GAPS diet (and allegic to dairy) then there is no reason to avoid dairy.

I will go back to eating dairy as soon as I finish the diet. Speaking of which, I ate plenty of cheese and bread and desserts in Holland. I pigged out quite a bit. And I think I only gained a couple pounds at the most — all my clothes still fit!

4. Question: Organic Wine?

Good Morning, Ann Marie!

Happy Spring! As always, I thank you for your information – you are my nutrition health source, and inspiration! Stumbling upon your blog is what inspired me to completely overhaul the way that I feed my family of six. I’ve been a follower for two years! (Or almost?)

I purchased the Four Hour Body this weekend. I’m hoping it can help me reach my goals before my 40th birthday in June!

My question is, do you only drink organic wine? I too am “Eurpoean” in my ways, and I usually have a glass and a half (big ones!) a night. I love wine!

However, I wouldn’t buy non-organic grapes — so I’ve only been buying organic wines. Our Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell wine — it may be worth a trip to Pennsylvania to get some!

Thanks Ann Marie! Have a great day!

Answer

I drink organic wine when I can find it. They sometimes carry it at Trader Joe’s and when they do, that is what I buy. But if not, I don’t worry about it.

I do think it’s important to drink organic wine. Like you, I don’t buy grapes that are not organic so it seems to me we should do our best to get organic wine. But it can be a pain.

It would be ideal to only drink organic wine, but it’s hard to find in stores. And it is a pain to have to buy wine from Trader Joe’s — because you have to lug all the bottles home.

I am very lucky to live in California which is known for its wines. I took a trip to the Southern California wine country last year and we visited a number of organic wineries. I never wrote a post about it, but I have been meaning to. Anyway, you can sign up as a member of a winery and have wine shipped to you by the case — at a discount.

I have been thinking about taking a trip back to the wine country (near Santa Barbara) either sometime this summer or fall. But now your question has inspired me and I will defnitely plan the trip. I am going to choose a couple organic wineries and become a wine club member, and then I will have wine shipped to me every few months.

I will write a post about it when we go. Oh, and I’m pretty sure that even if you don’t live in California, you can sign up as a member of these wineries. I will be sure to list the ones I visit and like, so that you guys can become wine club members, too, and have wine shipped to you at home.

It’s funny because so often we are cheap with ourselves — we don’t want to take the time or don’t want to spend the money to do nice things for ourselves. But the truth is, it’s worth it to me to go out of my way to get good, organic wine. Because like you, I love wine! And I also really like knowing that I am supporting these organic wineries.

Thanks for the question — I needed the nudge!

5. Question: Making Whey from Raw Milk?

I have been making whey with the raw milk that starts to taste old. Some times I get a yellow liquid and some times after I strain it, it is still white, kind of like skim milk. It seems worse when I make a large amount. What am I doing wrong? How do I know if the whey is good?

I love the Q and A.

Thanks,
Cindy from Indianapolis

Answer

If the whey is too white, it’s not good. You want a light yellow color.

I’m not sure how you are straining it but perhaps you should use a thicker dishcloth or double up your cheesecloth. You can also try straining it a second time if the whey is too white and not yellow.

6. Question: Making Raw Milk Yogurt?

?I have seen varying instructions on making yogurt from raw milk. Please advise if you think it is necessary to “sterilize” raw milk before making yogurt with it?

Thanks,
Gene and Susie

Answer

I am not sure what you mean by “sterilize”. It is not necessary to sterilize raw milk when making raw yogurt.

That said, you do need to start with a fresh yogurt starter each week and that starter must be made from pasteurized milk (you can just warm the milk yourself at home). This is because the active cultures in the raw milk compete with the yogurt cultures and they will weaken them.

You can find instructions on the Cultures for Health website. If you buy one of their starters, they will include very detailed instructions with the starter.

7. Question: Preparing for Pregnancy?

Hello,

If I recall correctly, you are preparing your body for pregnancy. I’m starting to do this too, and wondered if you could outline your considerations, techniques and resources, and benchmarks for pre-pregnancy health. Moving closer to my mother is unfortunately not in the cards for me :-), but the other items on my list so far are to start tracking my basal body temp in the mornings; do a complete cleanse (guided by a naturopath); weight loss and muscle gain, probably with Whole 30 or something paleo-ish plus yoga; and nutrient loading. The details are sketchy though, which is hopefully where you can help!

Thanks for all your work, and good luck with your own preparations.

Lauren

Answer

Hi, Lauren,

Yes, I am planning to conceive again this year. So I am eating a nutrient-dense diet consisting mainly of pastured eggs, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, pastured meats, lots of seafood and shellfish, bone broth, and lots of liver.

I eat liver at least once a week at the minimum, and usually I eat it 3-4 times per week. I eat seafood at least 3-4 times a week as well.

I also take fermented cod liver oil and the high vitamin butter oil from Green Pasture Products. I’m also taking the Bio-Kult probiotic.

As you may know I am also following the Four Hour Body diet. Even though it is technically a diet, it is very nutrient-dense since I’m not eating grains, sugar, or anything processed 6 days a week. I eat pastured eggs cooked in grass-fed butter every morning — occasionally I’ll have a coconut milk smoothie with egg yolks. And I eat lots of fish, meat, broth and beans for my other meals. I am also eating a lot more fermented vegetables. I also like to eat natto (fermented soybeans) at least once or twice a month, as they are the world’s best source of vitamin K2.

Lastly, I am using grass-fed ghee as a moisturizer. It has a long shelf life so you can keep it in your medicine cabinet or dressing room. Our skin actually absorbs the vitamins so this is a great way to get more fat soluble activators.

You might want to have your vitamin D tested to see what your level is.

Oh, and I’m not a huge believer in cleanses. I just try to avoid trans fats and pesticides as best I can. Beet kvass and kombucha are very helpful to help the body detox, along with the probiotics and fermented foods.

8. Question: Where to Find Non-GMO Corn Oil?

Where can I find organic, non GMO corn oil in the Inland Empire? Or on-line? Is there a healthy substitute? We make pinto beans often and this is in the recipe. Should we use Manteca lard instead?

Thanks!

Tiffany
Highland, CA

Answer

Corn oil is super high in omega 6s which causes inflammation and a host of other health issues, so we don’t recommend it.

The traditional fat used in Mexico is lard.

Storebought lard is absolutely not recommended. You need to render your own.

Find a local farmer who sells pig fat — or look for one online. Preferably a farmer who keeps his pigs outdoors and does not give them antibiotics. Then you can follow the instructions on my blog on How to Render Lard.

I don’t have a local source for pig fat. Sometimes I buy it online from Local Harvest farmers. But if I don’t have any rendered lard, I substitute expeller pressed, refined coconut oil. There is no coconut flavor and it is much cheaper than regular virgin coconut oil. I buy it in the 5-gallon buckets. You can find it on my resources page.

9. Question: CHEESESLAVE Podcast?

Just found your podcasts. Why nothing since 11/5/2010? Can’t seem to
find the answer on your blog.

Thanks,
Gary

Answer

Hi, Gary,

Thanks so much for interest in the podcast. I love podcasting and have been meaning to get back to it.

When I first started my podcast, I was using Blog Talk Radio to produce it. At the time it was free for a one-hour podcast. I was never really happy with the sound quality though, and even more than that, I really disliked the ads they were putting on my podcasts. I work very hard to only run ads on my blog that are for companies that I believe in.

So, now, as of this year, Blog Talk Radio is charging for this service — even with the ads. You have to pay a lot just to get the ads off, and again, the sound quality is really crappy.

I tried to set up a podcast on my site and produce it myself a while back, but I was using a $100 microphone and the sound quality sucked.

Long story short, I love podcasting too much so I’ve been learning how to set up my own podcasting studio. I am going to invest in a high-quality mic, mixer, recorder, etc.

Look for the new and improved podcast sometime this summer!

10. Question: Xylitol?

Ann Marie,

What do you know about xylitol and its safety. I know its not a traditional food, but it is made from birch bark. It has a very low glycemic index, and tastes and acts like sugar without the ‘aftertaste’ of stevia. I would like to use it more but am a bit hesitant and have not found much info on it from a real food perspective.

Thanks,
Misty

Answer

From what I have read, xylitol is highly processed and refined. It is not recommended. I only like to use whole, natural sweeteners that have a long history of usage. Since xylitol is so new, who knows what it does to you?

I use stevia, honey, maple syrup, muscovado, palm or coconut sugar, and date sugar.

11. Question: Nutrients in Beef Tongue?

Hi-
Is there anything especially nutritious or unique in beef tongue? I’m trying to
work up the courage to try it and feel that if there is something special about
it, I would be more willing to try.

-Maureen

Answer

Beef tongue is very high in vitamin B-12, which many people are deficient in. Vitamin B-12 helps to promote a healthy metabolism and builds healthy red blood cells.

Beef tongue is also rich in other B vitamins including B2 and B3.

Beef tongue also has a lot of zinc, another nutrient many people are low in. Adequate zinc levels are critical for a healthy immune system.

You also get selenium, iron and phosphorus from beef tongue.

I think it tastes a little like corned beef. I hope you enjoy it!

12. Question: Are Saturated Fats Healthy?

Ann Marie,

I was wondering how you would respond to the following info that I read recently
about eating saturated fat. I was recently reading a book about a GF/CF diet for autism and in the section on fats the author stated that we do not need to consume saturated fats because our bodies manufacture them as needed from the other fats that we eat. The book stressed that mono- and poly-unsaturated plant-based fats are the healthiest for us, but animal-based saturated fats are unhealthy and unnecessary. Have you heard this theory, and how would you respond?

Thanks,

Anne White

Answer

I can’t stand it when people make nutrition so confusing! One week they say something is bad for you and the next week they say it’s good.

Saturated fats are carriers for critical fat-soluble vitamins A, D & K. Many people today are deficient in these vitamins which results in health problems ranging from heart disease to osteoporosis to strokes to cavities.

Lard, butter, cream, cheese, egg yolks, bacon, and beef tallow are traditional fats that people have been eating for thousands of years. Look at any cookbook from the 1800s — they are full of these foods. And did we have an obesity epidemic back then? Did we have a nation hooked on insulin for diabetes? No, we did not.

There is no evidence anywhere that saturated fat is bad for us.

I recommend reading this article: The Oiling of America by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig, PhD.

13. Question: Eating Habits in the U.S. vs France?

Hi, Ann Marie.

Your site is terrific. I have a question: I know you have a great interest in French cooking. Wouldn’t Americans be healthier if we adopted a more French style of eating? Of course, I don’t mean the fast-food addiction that young people around the world now share, but something a little more traditional? Am I just imagining it, or do the French tend to be much healthier than we are?

Are there parts of their diet that you find especially healthful. Some that aren’t? I wonder if adopting (and adapting, as necessary) another modern society’s cuisine would help us make better choices.

Barry

Answer

I advise you to pick up a copy of one of my all-time favorite books, The Man Who Ate Everything: And Other Gastronomic Feats, Disputes, and Pleasurable Pursuits by Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue food editor.

There is an article in that book about the French paradox (“Why Aren’t the French Dropping Like Flies?”). Steingarten asserts that the French live on fatty foods like butter and cream, soft cheeses, pâtés made from organ meats and animal fat, and croissants which are almost 40% pure butter. So if the Lipid Hypothesis is true, how do we explain the French with their low rate of heart disease?

Most Americans on a low-fat diet are lacking in fat soluble activators, vitamins A, D & K. Guess what, people, when you take out the fat, you take out the vitamins! Liver pâté and cheese and butter from cows on pasture eating grass are rich in A, D & K.

It’s not just the French either. In Holland I saw lots of liverwurst and grass-fed cheese. Liver sausages are also common in Germany and many other European countries. That said, I also saw a lot of low-fat propaganda in the Netherlands. Low-fat yogurt, 2% and skim milk, and margarine were in every supermarket and every hotel breakfast buffet. Right next to the tubes of liverwurst and lavish spreads of cheese.

So, the short answer is, yes, the traditional French diet is extremely healthy and the most healthful part is the animal fats from animals raised the traditional way, and the organ meats. They also cook all their traditional sauces with healthy animal fats and nutrient-dense long-simmered bone broths.

I am also a big fan of wine and it is customary in Europe to drink wine with dinner (and often lunch — in fact, many French people start the day with a nip of wine). While modern beer is almost always pasteurized (with the exception of English “real ale”), wine is a fermented beverage which is not pasteurized. Ironically, Louis Pasteur originally invented pasteurization for wine but it was roundly rejected by the French.

They also eat loads of unpasteurized (raw) milk cheese. Illegal here in the good old US of A, these traditional cheeses are teeming with enzymes and probiotics. This is the reason I named my blog CHEESESLAVE — based on my love of raw, unpasteurized French Epoisses.

The only thing I try to limit in the French diet is white flour and sugar. Instead of a croissant or baguette for breakfast, opt for Eggs Benedict. As for sugar, Creme Brulee is very healthy when made with pastured eggs and cream — but instead of refined sugar, I like to use palm or coconut sugar, which has all the vitamins.

That said, I do indulge in a pain au chocolate when the mood strikes, as it is one of the greatest things on the planet. I also believe it would be a sin to visit Paris and not seek out a boulangerie and get your hands on a Chocolate Religueuse. I think they call it that becuase it is a religious experience.

14. Question: Roasting Cashews?

Firstly, I am enjoying having access to your cooking class. I didn’t realise
it was so easy to make things like coconut flour and ghee!! :-)

Here’s my question: how do you suggest I roast raw cashews? I saw that the GAPS list allows roasting of nuts as long as it is done at home. We used to indulge in unsalted roasted cashews (our family were going through 1kg a week!) and I really miss it. Raw ones taste so bland and my husband really doesn’t appreciate this new taste. Any tips so we can get a nice roasted texture without destroying all the goodness in the nuts?

Thanks for your help!

Sheridan :-)

Answer

Hi, Sheridan,

Sorry I’m so late getting to this question. By now you’ve probably watched the video in the class in which I teach you how to soak, dry and roast peanuts for peanut butter (Lesson 7: Lunches). The same process can be used for cashews.

For those of you not in the Reversing Food Allergies online class, you can find instructions for soaking and roasting nuts here in my homemade peanut butter recipe on my blog.

Some people don’t like to roast nuts because they want to keep all the enzymes and other nutrients that are destroyed by heat. I understand that but I think some nuts — peanuts and cashews specifically — taste better when roasted. Raw peanuts taste terrible! That said, I enjoy raw, soaked/dried pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, and lots of other nuts and seeds.

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Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} May 29, 2011 at 5:45 AM

I find the wine Q interesting. I started buying organic, I can find it easily, but it is $$$$ – well over $10 a bottle. Worth it? I do drink a lot of wine – I have a couple glasses a night usually.

Love your Q&A posts!

xoxo

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Soli @ I Believe In Butter May 29, 2011 at 6:21 AM

About podcasts…

This past spring I took Utilizing Instructional Media for my degree (Master’s in information and library science) and as part of the class we had to make audio and video files. The program we were told to use for audio is a shareware program called Audacity. It’s great! Apparently a lot of podcasters and even audio professionals use it for editing audio. I still have some tutorials saved for it, if you want to take a look at using it.

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Jennifer May 29, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Mmmmmmmmmm, tongue! I absolutely love tongue! I grew up eating it because it was a cheap cut of beef, and we didn’t have a lot of money, so we had it often. I’ve yet to convince my husband to try it, but my four kids and I love it – we have it at least a couple of times a month. I liken it to a VERY tender pot roast in texture, and the flavor is…just yummy.

A cooking recommendation, if the questioner does get brave enough to try it: If you live at a high altitude at all, use a pressure cooker (you can also use one at low altitude for a faster cooking time). I grew up at 7000 ft above sea level, and if we didn’t use a pressure cooker, the tongue wouldn’t ever cook!

I put my tongue in a pot of salted water, add the stems and leaves from 4-6 stalks of celery and boil for 2-3 hours. It’s done when you can easily peel the skin from the tongue. My favorite way to eat tongue is to dip each bite in a little fermented mustard mixed with horseradish – gives it a tangy kick. [Cultures For Health has an awesome fermented mustard recipe that you make with kombucha]

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Jennifer May 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM

PS – once you get comfortable with tongue, it’s also hilarious to use the cold leftover end of the tongue to scare your husband with. ;)

On a more serious note, I wanted to add that cold tongue makes an excellent sandwich meat. Just slice thin and add your favorite fixings (or more horseradish-mustard).

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 9:10 PM

LOL! Husband scaring with a cow tongue sounds fun!

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Lauren May 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I just started eating head cheese which has beef tongue. Not bad at all, and it tastes similar to salami. I tried some from US wellness. It’s a good way to incorporate organs without having to see what you’re actually eating.

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Erica July 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I love tongue, too! I only tried cows though. It was the best organ meat I’ve ever tasted.

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D. May 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM

In regard to question # 13: In reading through some of the information provided by this link
( http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/s/steingarten-everything.html ) I saw this from the author ( Steingarten): “Only saturated fat, mainly from animals, has ever been shown to cause heart disease or cancer, yet nutrition writers and Nabisco get rich pandering to the fear of eating any fat at all.” I don’t know if this was an intended remark on his part or if the line is missing a word or two or a letter – maybe ever should have been never? but I thought it an odd statement.

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D. May 29, 2011 at 1:15 PM

And in another area (in that same article, I believe) it refers to low-fat cooking as his choice and that he seeks out low-fat recipes. Did I misunderstand his message?

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Sally May 29, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Is raw cheese really illegal in the US? I’ve bought raw cheese from Trader Joe’s and Alta Dena has a raw cheese line. I buy the sharp cheddar.

Thanks for the Q & A’s I always look forward to them!

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jackie May 29, 2011 at 3:40 PM

has anyone ever tried or used organic erythritol (brand name is organic zero) ? it’s another sugar alcohol which is fermented from sugar cane. this is from the website:

Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero is the perfect sweetener for those living a healthy lifestyle. Produced from Organic Sugar Cane Juice, which is naturally fermented and crystallized to create Organic Erythritol. Erythritol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that is found in our bodies, as well as in many fruits, vegetables and even certain fermented foods.

Zero Calories, Zero Glycemic Index:

Virtually calorie-free (0.2 cals/gram)
A glycemic index of zero, so while it sweetens, it does so without adding calories or spiking blood sugar the way other sweeteners often do. (Follow this link to more information about Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero in the Body.)
Research indicates that for most people, it’s highly digestible!

Zero Artificial Ingredients:

No chemicals are used in the production of Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Zero. Organic sugar, or sucrose, is liquefied and an organically approved fermenting agent is introduced. The fermentation process converts the sucrose to Erythritol. The liquid is then filtered and the Erythritol is crystallized. It takes about 2lbs of Organic Cane Sugar to produce 1lb of Organic Zero.

i’ve been using it for a couple years to make ice cream and other desserts and i like it. just wondering if anyone else has used it.

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jackie May 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

oops sorry, i didn’t mean to put than under “reply” to the above question about raw cheese. but since i did, sally, no raw cheese is not illegal here. i get it at trader joe’s all the time, as well as other grocery stores. in fact, parmegiano reggiano is raw.

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jeanmarie May 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

It’s not illegal if it’s aged over 60 days, so all imported raw milk cheeses are aged, and any locally made ones as well.

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 9:08 PM

We love the raw cheddar from Trader Joe’s.

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Erica July 5, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Hi Tessag,

Make sure that the cheese is truly raw since producers can heat the cheese up to 159 degrees and still claim that their cheese is raw. You ideally want cheese that has been heated up to 110-115 degrees. However, you can still consume pasteurized cheese if it is grass-fed since it is still nourishing.

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Colleen May 29, 2011 at 5:43 PM

For the wine lovers out there – check out wine.com They ship to most states and if you really enjoy wine you can sign up for a one-time fee for free shipping all year. I’ve done that in the past and made my money up as wine is heavy. They also run a lot of specials for 1cent shipping if you sign up for their mailing list and wait.

For the green wines on it (you can look under the wine finder for green wines) I really enjoy:
3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc
Montinore Pinot Gris and Pinto Noir

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Pogonia May 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

About raw cheese…seems like I read on one of these blogs that raw cheese isn’t really raw here; that it’s heated to a certain temperature but they’re still allowed to call it ‘raw’?

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jeanmarie May 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Raw milk cheeses in the U.S. must be aged 60 days or more, the reasoning apparently being that by that time the cheese cultures will have definitely killed off any pathogens.

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Erica May 30, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Hi Pogonia,

There are some cheeses that are truly raw cheese. You just have to call the manufacturer to ask the temperature at which they heat their cheese.

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Sheridan May 30, 2011 at 4:31 AM

Thanks for answering my question, Ann Marie. We’ve been enjoying our crispy cashews for 2 weeks now… oh so nice. Back to consuming close to 1kg a week again… :D

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Joanna May 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

You mentioned you sometimes make a coconut milk and egg yolk smoothies – what else do you put in it that’s 4HB legal?

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Maureen May 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Thank you for your comments about beef tongue. All the nutrients you listed are exactly what my son on the autism spectrum needs! Will try immediately! Thank you :-)

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Jen May 30, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Regarding making whey from sour raw milk: Cindy, are you letting the milk sit out at room temperature to get curds first? The milk must separate into curds and whey before you can strain out the whey. I find it usually takes 2 – 4 days to develop curds at room temperature. I do sometimes see some whitish liquid when I first start straining the whey, but by the time it’s all done, the liquid is definitely yellowish.

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D. May 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM

The amount of “yellow” you see in the whey depends on a couple of things. First of all, if it is spring and the cows are eating green grass, it will be more yellow because the milk is more yellow, almost creamy colored. Second, if you have milk from Jersey or Guernsey cows it will be more yellow all the time, simply because their milk is more dense, and has more fat content than Holstein. At least those have been my experiences.

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Kim May 30, 2011 at 11:58 PM

I would love to only buy organic wine, but I haven’t liked the taste of any of the ones I have bought. Would love to know some good ones!!

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I would love to know some good ones as well. I can not find many at all. My Trader Joe’s used to have them, but not anymore.

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Lori May 31, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Don’t dismiss xylitol out of hand. While I agree in principle that it’s best to use foods that have a long history, white sugar has been around for centuries and we know how good that is for us. Agave nectar is as high in fructose as HFCS. The form of stevia that is in most widespread use is a refined form – stevioside, which has been used in Japan since the 70′s, about the same time that xylitol began to be used quite widely as a sugar alternative, particularly for diabetics, in Europe.

Not only does xylitol occur naturally in many fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and plums as well as birch bark, human beings make about 15 grams of it per day as part of the break down of carbohydrates in the body.

What’s more, it seriously reduces the level of cavity causing bacteria in the mouth, prevents middle ear infections (also caused by streptococcus bacteria) does not promote candida, has been shown to help strengthen bones etc etc. Can’t say that of honey.

Generally, I keep sweeteners of any kind to a minimum, but xylitol is not necessarily a bad choice just because it has to be “refined”. Supplements are also “refined” from raw ingredients.

xx L

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mister worms May 31, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I agree with this. We’ve had great success in using xylitol for halting tooth decay. There is a lot of research behind its efficacy in that regard and I believe it was more widely used as a sugar substitute as far back as WW2 when there were sugar shortages. That said, we use small amounts – 1 gram, 5x a day is the recommended usage for oral health benefits.

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Bethany July 3, 2011 at 6:03 AM

thanks for the info on breastfeeding and GAPS… I am still nursing my 2yr old and will be starting GAPS in a few days.

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Bethany July 3, 2011 at 6:07 AM

I always wondered about the farmed oysters and mussels…. I have wanted to try them as I have never eaten them before but wasn’t ever sure about them…thanks. oh and I had the same problem with my whey from raw milk… it was taking forever and when I strained it it was still white so I just put it back in the jar and let it sit longer, then I got a yellow liquid…i think it was because the milk was so fresh.

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Bethany July 3, 2011 at 6:17 AM

thanks for your info on xylitol….i have been buying my kids little “candies” made from xylitol that I keep in my purse for church and such because I thought they were “healthy” buuuuut…. I guess I won’t be buying those anymore. Thanks.

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tessag July 4, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I ahve been buying xylitol gum for my husband…probably not a good idea I guess.

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