I'm going to phase out soy. After reading a few things about soy not truly being good for the body (except, maybe, the actual edame soy beans), I think I'll slowly use up what we have in the house and not buy any more. Soy can cause the body to create/retain too much mucus and it causes some bloating (my daughter said this is probably what her problem is with gas, but I know for sure her problem is mostly with wheat). I guess I'll just start making almond mylk to take the place of soymilk in our diets. I really need an easy way to get protein when I eat carbs (especially most fruit). I wonder how much protein I can get when I make almond mylk? I don't like eating so many nuts all the time, though. They are heavy in my system. Spirulina is nasty and I don't think it's really all that healthy because it's very easy to get bad batches of it. On top of that, my God, Dr Weil, says it's not worth using. What's left for me to use for protein? Just nuts and seeds, sprouts, and the naturally occurring protein in veggies. I ordered some nut mylk/sprout bags, so maybe I'll start sprouting once they arrive. I'm pretty sure sunflower sprouts are the highest in protein, so maybe I'll try to sprout those, first. I wish I didn't have this hereditary problem with insulin resistance/PCOS, or else I'd just eat a variety of fruits, veggies, and occasional nuts and be the healthiest person possible. I received a write-up from an online acquaintance about what she was prescribed by a naturopath for PCOS-related problems and I'm going to start following some of that (one of which is to get rid of the soy). The text is locked on my broken-down computer, though (I'm using a laptop for my journal updates), so I'll just start with what I remember from the list.

In the book that I'm reading right now, there is a quiz to see how healthy you are and what type of plan you should follow in the book to slowly step up to the next level of health. My little one, of course, is already at the optimum/top level. I was at the second level (at the end of it, ready to move to the third level if I got one more point) and my husband was at the second level with a few points less than me! How could he be there when he eats meat sometimes and eats far too many processed foods ! Anyway, that was nice to see--that we are relatively healthy eating just the way we are. Any changes we want to make individually can just bring us even closer to feeling healthier. My husband has felt an increase in energy and has been able to jog every night with less effort. He thinks part of it is from the juicing of greens. I think he's probably right. I definitely have more energy since we've been consuming more greens. I even felt an increase in energy just from cooked greens! It all makes sense, really, because greens are so abundant on the earth and that's what most animals eat to survive. Of course we need to eat a lot of greens to be healthy.

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FEELING:

I'm actually feeling a bit tired this morning. I went to bed later than I like and woke up at the same time as usual. My eyes are dry and burning--I must not have had them closed all the way while I was sleeping. :-/

I dreamed about going to an eye doctor and then trying on glasses. I really hate wearing glasses, but the stigmatism that I have keeps me from getting contacts. So, I end up getting glasses, wearing them for a month at most, and then going without them. My vision is getting worse, though, so I have a feeling I'll be getting glasses again soon. Once I go completely raw for a few months, I hope my vision clears again as it did a year, or two, ago when I was raw.

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LEARNING:

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EATING:

* Cup of blueberries

* Small glass of soymilk

* Grilled cheese on sprouted grain bread with few slices of tomato

* Pasta with homemade tomato, spinach, bean sauce

* Tiny sliver of carrot cake

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On August 6, 2006, wtchywmyn wrote:

I used to eat soooo much soy (in processed meat substitute and milk sub products) that I wound up with menorrhagia. I had my period for a year straight. It was awful. I was so anemic I could barely walk across my apartment some days. As soon as I phased out the soy my health improved instantly. Rice milk is excellent in cereal if you want to make a quick switch. It's the consistency of skim but sweeter tasting than soymilk.

I'm a spirulina fan. It helped me out, but like all supplements, should only, IMO, be used in a pinch, as a transition, not to be relied on.

I use nutridiary.com to track my food intake and to plan ahead for meals when trying something new. I found that my salads contain aprox 15g protein. That's just veggies and fruit and some nuts or seeds. My smoothies are about the same in protein too and those are typically bananas and hemp seed or nut butter or spirulina. 8oz of oj has aprox 2g protein too!

On avg they believe a woman needs aprox 50g protein a day. So 1 smoothie 2 salads and a glass of oj and im set. Considering the politics of the rda and food pyramid, I suspect it's even less. There is some great research being done on too much protein leading to osteoperosis. Go figure.

Have you read Doug Graham and what he has to say about diabetes being caused by an overconsumption of fat? Really interesting stuff!

Cheers!

On August 6, 2006, whatdoyoueat wrote:

Soy is rough on my body. It always makes me feel sluggish and I gain weight when I eat it. go figure. good luck!

On August 6, 2006, wtchywmyn wrote:

I used to eat soooo much soy (in processed meat substitute and milk sub products) that I wound up with menorrhagia. I had my period for a year straight. It was awful. I was so anemic I could barely walk across my apartment some days. As soon as I phased out the soy my health improved instantly. Rice milk is excellent in cereal if you want to make a quick switch. It's the consistency of skim but sweeter tasting than soymilk.

I'm a spirulina fan. It helped me out, but like all supplements, should only, IMO, be used in a pinch, as a transition, not to be relied on.

I use nutridiary.com to track my food intake and to plan ahead for meals when trying something new. I found that my salads contain aprox 15g protein. That's just veggies and fruit and some nuts or seeds. My smoothies are about the same in protein too and those are typically bananas and hemp seed or nut butter or spirulina. 8oz of oj has aprox 2g protein too!

On avg they believe a woman needs aprox 50g protein a day. So 1 smoothie 2 salads and a glass of oj and im set. Considering the politics of the rda and food pyramid, I suspect it's even less. There is some great research being done on too much protein leading to osteoperosis. Go figure.

Have you read Doug Graham and what he has to say about diabetes being caused by an overconsumption of fat? Really interesting stuff!

Cheers!