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  1. I think I will bake some next time we have cake or for the holidays. Care to share moms recipe?
  2. Always produce. We are lucky there is some organic growers here. You can always get dried beans. Mail order, maybe?
  3. I agree. I think becoming aware of the living animal and seeing the conditions, realizing the suffering is effective. I think people put it out of their mind and eat what they always have, and their families fed to them without thinking too much of it.
  4. Freesia, if you're coming off a standard Western diet, you may be suffering the effects of it -- or your joints are. You are correct that it is most-likely diet related. One of the biggest culprits is dairy, yes! It is the animal protein (that seems to be the problem most times, isn't it?) For this reason, meat is also considered a contributor as well -- it is the acidic nature of these "foods" which also cause so, so many issues! Kathryn listed the nightshades which are also common triggers, as well as grains such as corn, wheat, etc., or derivatives of same -- cornstarch, gluten; so checking labels is important if you have an allergy. (Even tiny amounts can cause pain). You may want to try an elimination method to find out which is the little devil causing you problems. (note the acidic theme...Grains are also acidic and not optimal, especially a grain/starch-based diet) However, you may have a notion of what it is...do you? If you consume dairy, I'd eliminate that first. You don't need it anyway, and it causes a host of other issues and you'll be healthier for getting rid of it . It's another example of vital information the powerful Dairy and Cattle industries lobby hard to keep from Us. However you can read HERE about it and the elimination procedure and HERE for more about food and arthritis. Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" dietary guidelines have cured people of many conditions, including arthritis. MORE here with a great comment following it. Are you consuming enough/any E.F.A.'s? That can help with joint issues. 1 TB of ground flax seeds every day or a DHA Supplement will help tremendously with a LOT of things, including arthritic issues. As well, up your leafy greens intake for a great food source, as well as consuming nuts daily and (about 1 ounce total). Forgo oils for optimal nutrition and consume your fat in its natural form, such as the seeds and nuts. I highly recommend Dr. Fuhrman's dietary guidelines and his products which are excellent, including his DHA. good info in those sources. TYVM
  5. I think it was the dairy causing my stiffness and pain. I was consuming more dairy after I cut out meat. I am allergic to grains and breakout in hives. I tend to go into denial and eat them anyway Sometimes. To eat a balanced vegan diet I am still thinking I need to combine grains and beans and the like. I don't really like beans as they are. I like salads, raw veggies, seeds and nuts. I can eat rice. I guess I need to learn more recipes. I am physically active at my job and being one hundred pounds overweight, I am sure that is causing some pain and soreness. Lugging all that weight up and down the halls and bending over to care for patients. Stress from that. I will definetly make the almond milk and use that until I find out if I am allergic to soy. I had a reaction from a Genesoy bar. My heart raced and I broke out in some hives. I get that reaction from wheat and other grains especially if I eat more than one serving. Mainly right now i have been eating salads (lots of olives mmmmm) fruit and some grain products. Trying to eat more beans ..... Thanks all for your advice!!!!
  6. Hi there Chickpea. I am fairly new here also. I noticed you are from So. Fl. I must be a little bit north of you. I am vegetarian and making the transition to vegan now. I haven't had my cholesterol checked in awhile and I know if it is high it will drop down. I think maybe I should get it checked now just to know how much of an improvement I am making. I would add more fruits and green veggies. The raw foods will help tremendously. I try to stay away from any processed foods. Actually I have read that some oils such as olive oil, flax seed etc... are good at lowering y our LDL levels. Glad you are here.
  7. I am learning so much each time I come here. Thanks Katheryn for the milk recipe. You always post good nutritional info. Do you think dairy causes arthritis type aches and pains. When I was drinking milk I wasn't sure but was wondering if that was the cause of my pain. What do you all know about that? Just to be free from the pain I get when I get up from sitting for awhile will make me so happy. Sometimes I have it more than others that is why I think it is dietary related. I know it is probably because I need to lose a lot of weight(working on that). Something flares it up.
  8. I am in the process of cutting out dairy. I think I am allergic to soy but not sure yet. I noticed that some of the almond milks on the market contain some soy. I would like to make my own if it is easy . Is it cheaper? How long does it keep for? What taste best on cereals?
  9. Yeah I agree breast feeding is very important. I would as long as possible. Vital to consume enough fat for brain development. Extremely important. Glad to hear the kids like avacado. When I taught preschool children they were not allowed to be given any lowfat milk, only full fat. the vegan kids used formulas until they were over two years of age.
  10. I think she is definetly in the normal range. I am 5'8" tall and my normal weight is just about the same. She could put on or lose a few pounds and be fine. She looks great and I am sure she feels it. Well I know you need fat in your diet. I am not sure how much. I eat enough oil on my salad.
  11. That is a good question. I would like to know also. I am starting out just like you two and hope in a few months will look and feel as great.
  12. Raspberries, wild strawberries, mineola tangelos, nectarines, red grapes, and I eat cantelope even though I sometimes don't like the taste unless it is mixed with other fruits just because it makes me feel SO GOOD. Starfruit when it is ripe is really good.
  13. Well I agree but they are pretty reliable. I am allergic to condoms, every kind i have tried. I am searching for an alternative.
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