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  • posted by  Newbiechris on Food labelling/guidelines
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    Hi all,
    I have recently been diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, and whilst not completely followng this diet, I am using some of the recipes and guidelines, which I am finding really helpful. I have cut right down on potatoes, pasta, cereals, processed meats, too much fruit (especially those considered as tropical fruits, like bananas, mangoes, grapes etc), flavoured yoghurts, etc. I have never had a particulalry sweet tooth so don’t normally eat biscuits, cakes, sweets etc. . I am not too concerned about losing weight, but really want to get my blood sugar levels down. I now read labels on everything I buy and try to take note of the carbohydrate content (particularly the bit that says ‘of which sugars’). My question is, how do I know what is a high level of carbs/sugar and what is acceptable? Is there some sort of magic figure I should be looking for? Sorry if this seems a daft question, but I look at things and think ‘is that high? Is that ok? so I really need some advice! Thanks in advance. 🙂

  • posted by  Tessa on Seaweed capsules
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    Hi Pia,

    Just wanted to follow up on this. Is there another website by now where we can buy your seaweed capsules / see study results ?
    Thanks

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Mind over Munching
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    Hi Wobbles
    Is the tea you are drinking sweetened?
    Could you substitute some of the bad stuff with some other better snack (ideally you shouldn’t be snacking that often but you have to start somewhere) -A few nuts or plain yoghurt maybe?
    Sounds like you should try and cut down on those cups of tea….you need another diversion
    I found exercise helped (not something I’d ever done before and I didn’t enjoy it!) a quick burst of HIIT took the cravings away, it took willpower but helped in a multitude of ways (reduced eating, increased fitness, burned some calories etc) Just start by doing a few minutes and build it up if you can, if you can’t do few minutes do what you can and build it up.
    Clear out the cupboards and don’t buy those snacks, if there not in the house you won’t eat them!
    Sounds like you need to ditch the sugar, easier said than done but worth it, you need to loose your sweet tooth….
    Good luck, make a start!

  • posted by  Wobbles on Mind over Munching
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    Willpower. Where on earth do people really get their willpower from? I struggle with habitual eating and my main problem is I drink tea, probably five or six cups a day, and every time I drink tea I have to have something to eat with it. It might be a biscuit or a bit of cake, a chocolate bar, a bit of toast (or two!) spread with LOADS of butter. If I drink tea without eating anything I can often feel sick afterwards, which passes after three or four minutes. That’s probably something to do with the tannin in the tea but also it’s a habit. I don’t drink tea without something to ‘mop up the wetness’. I can drink fruit juice or squash (I don’t drink these very often) without eating so why not tea? I can’t bear to give up tea, it’s such a big part of my life. My downfall is at about 9pm when I sit down to relax in front of the telly. I cannot stop myself from making a cup of tea with………chocolate, bit of cake, biscuits, whatever sweet thing I can find. If I ditched the ‘last thing at night’ cup of tea then I wouldn’t eat the food but having a ‘last thing at night’ cup of tea is part of the relaxing process. It makes me feel more snuggly and cosy.
    How do other people deal with their habits and changing the way their mind thinks when it comes to food?

  • posted by  catriona7899 on Anxiety and sleep
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    I just wanna share my experience in medical marijuana and it helps me deal with my health conditions. I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for how many years, but then when I learned that medical marijuana can help and cure sickness such mine like this article about a marijuana kylekushman.com/topic/still-getting-yellowing-around-week-4-5/ CBD and THC are also new to me and I don’t even smoke. If this is true I can’t find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy.

  • posted by  teasemjar on Anxiety and sleep
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    Hi! I’ve experience anxiety and those sleepless night but I’ve tried to include matcha green tea to my die. For the first cups of tea, I needed to adjust since that I’m not a fan of tea. But after I visited one site I learn different kinds of recipe and I found the right one for me, to know different kinds of recipe visit this link https://blog.piquetea.com/matcha-green-tea/

  • posted by  Thomas79 on New and excited!
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    @coffeequeen – How is it going with your psoriasis.? I also suffer from psoriasis in my scalp, legs and elbows.

    Now I have been a month without sugar, almost no meat, but a lot of fish and veggies. I can see an improvement, but not that much though.

    Have a good evening

    Thomas

  • posted by  Thomas79 on Kefir and my husband
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    Hi there.

    I don’t know if this is the right thread to post it in.

    I would like to know if any of you know where to get some pro equipment for making kefir. I have been making kefir for the last 2 years, but I am thinking about producing it on a larger scale. Therefore I am looking for some equipment. Anybody who knows any distributors or where to go search for this kind of thing?

    Thomas
    Denmark

  • posted by  Pistachio on What a difference a day makes!
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    Hello IreneDragon, I’ve just bought the book (fascinating reading) and the cookbook too. Cleared out the fridge and done some sensible shopping – easing into it gently but loved the “Poor Man’s Potatoes” which we had for dinner Saturday pm. Have made granola for breakfasts and planning lots of salads and omelettes for lunches. Have totally cut out dairy and will be cutting out gluten too over the next few days. Feeling good apart from a bit of a headache – guessing that is sugar withdrawal. Glad the yoghurt is having such an immediate effect for you! X

  • posted by  emerald1986 on Resistant Starch
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    Hi there, I’m new to this site but have been on the fast 800 diet for a couple of weeks. I’m losing weight and am very happy. I have been taking potato starch morning and night and have found this keeps me from overeating. Is anyone else taking potato starch on a regular basis. Cheers

  • Thank you for your reply Graham. There’s not much activity on here these days.
    I’m 4 days into taking the Omeprazole 40 mg and I’m starting to notice improvements. I’m seeing it as the kick up the rear that I’ve needed to sort myself out.

    I’m thinking I’ll cut the processed foods and carbs out and eat a Mediterranean type diet with added pre and probiotics and fermented foods- a sort of CG /BSD combo – and eat less I’m also going to walk more and I’m going to get my bike out of the garage.

    Thanks for recommendation for the diet doctor – I hadn’t thought to look on his site. If you or anyone has any advice or support let know
    Thanks

  • posted by  Moggiemad on Impending surgery
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    I am having my second knee replacement on Thursday, 28th Feb. I have been reading the Clever Guts book and am convinced it can help me.I am a retired nurse/senior lecturer, so the science behind the information makes a lot of sense.
    I have had rheumatoid arthritis for over 40 years, diagnosed in my 20s. My treatment for the last 15 years has been with immune-suooresant drugs, namely methotrexate and Etanercept. I stopped taking methotrexate 4 years ago as the side effects were too much to deal with. Etaercept alone has kept my symptoms under control, though I have damaged joints due to long-standing inflammation.

    I am looking forward to starting the Clever Guts programme when I am fully mobile again in a few weeks. Any advice would be gratefully received.

  • Hi I had the gastroscopy this this morning – not pleasant! it seems from the initial diagnosis that my oesophagus is inflamed and I’ve got GORD and been given 4 weeks of omaprazole and I’ve to go back in 4 weeks and see how it’s going.

    I think it’s been exacerbated by us having a long running building project on our house and not having a working kitchen for some of this time. Also I had an awful hacking cough/ cold virus after Xmas – as my mum would say – I’m probably run down!

    The advice I got from the hospital is to eat little and often and avoid spicy and acidic foods. Oh, and to try to lose weight!! I want to try to manage this as far as possible by diet although I’ll take the medication for the four week period. I’ve been looking all week at diets and eating plans til they’re coming out my ears! I think I prefer a Mediterranean/ anti inflammatory type approach.

    Has anyone got any experience of this and can give me some advise

  • posted by  silentmiaow on De-alcoholised red wine
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    I am interested to know if de-alcoholised red wine (e.g. wine with 0.5% alcohol) has the same beneficial effects as alcoholic red wine. Can anyone help with this question? Many thanks!

  • posted by  buchanak on Gut health in ostomates
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    I would really like to ask Michael this question but in absence does anyone know the science…….I’d be really interested and grateful for your thoughts.
    I have had a colectomy. I have no colon, only small intestine. I have always been a believer in good gut health and tried to eat fermented foods and anything else that promotes good gut health. I was talking to my Gastroenterologist about my love of kefir and asking if he thought it was worth having after my op. He said ‘no’ that it was a waste of time. That it was aimed at building good bacteria in the colon and I didn’t have one anymore, just to eat what I fancy and not worry about these things.

    The more I think about it the more I find that really strange. Surely the bacteria that once lived in my colon has to recolonize somewhere else – like the intestine – other wise all sorts of things would start to go wrong with my system.

    So the question really is – what happens to your gut micro biome when you have your colon removed.

  • Hi I’m not sure where to post this are I’m not really a newbie but I’m looking for advice. I’ve suffered with digestive symptoms for a few year or more, I get acid reflux, difficulty swallowing food at times, indigestion, IBS, grumbling, windy at both ends, feel bloated often, I’ve a cough since before Xmas. I try to manage it by looking for trigger foods and situations and avoiding them

    I finally went to my GP and he’s referred me for an urgent endoscopy, my appointment is this Saturday. I know I shouldn’t jump the gun and assume things but having googled my symptoms it sounds like I have GORD or/and hiatus hernia. I want to try and manage it myself with a bit of help from medication

    I need to lose weight too, my BMI is 28!! I’m annoyed with myself that I’ve got myself into this state, as my mum would say, I’ve let myself go. I’m reading that the Mediterranean diet combined with a clever guts diet might be best and I’m wondering if anyone has any advice they can give me.

    I’ve been dipping into cleverguts on and off for a while but somehow I haven’t stuck with it. Perhaps now is the motivation (shock) I need

  • posted by  IreneDragon on What a difference a day makes!
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    I bought The Clever Guts Diet book last week (it was the Kindle Daily Deal) and was fascinated by what goes on in our gut. We’d been planning to change our eating habits because we both need to lose weight. The book brought home the importance of the change. We went food shopping at the weekend and totally changed the things we bought. No ready meals, pies or pizzas, just fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, plus some live yoghurt for me. I felt a difference almost immediately. I’ve suffered heartburn and occasional acid reflux for some time. I’ve been eating about 100g of yoghurt every day since Monday and the heartburn has almost completely gone. In fact, it was greatly reduced after the first helping of yoghurt!

    Eating more healthily will involve a lot more work, which will be difficult because I’m disabled and my husband is at work all day. I’m willing to stick with it, though, because I can already feel some benefit. It may even help us to lose weight.☺

  • posted by  IreneDragon on Disprin and other pain killers-How do they affect the gut?
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    This is something that I hadn’t considered wrt my gut biome. I regularly take pain killers, usually ibuprofen but sometimes naproxen or co-codamol, depending on how bad the pain is. I know that NSAIDs can cause stomach problems, so I suppose it’s logical that they could affect the biome. Given that many people use OTC pain killers, I’m not surprised that there’s increasing research into the subject.

  • posted by  Seni on Live "Raw" apple cider vinegar??
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    Does anyone know how to make ‘ Live “Raw” Apple Cider Vinegar’? I’d like to try to make my own.
    Actually, I was expecting to have a recipe available in the book – like there are for yoghurt and kefir.
    Thank you.

  • posted by  JennyC on Salicylates
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    I forgot to mention that I think stress makes it all worse so eating mindfully and slowly or having gentle music on or trying to be less stressed generally might help.

  • posted by  JennyC on Salicylates
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    Isn’t it frustrating to be sensitive to all the foods being recommended for gut health!! I am trying to eat the foods that digest slowly- celery, cold potato etc and I think the yoghurt is helping. A little occasionally from the high lists works for me, and yes oils are a problem- rice bran oil seems to be ok. I suspect that some foods such as fruit juice, capsicums will always be off limits for me. However everyone is different. Best wishes.

  • posted by  Jade4114 on Reboot/repair – symptoms worse?
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    Hello
    I’ve just started phase 1 of rebooting my biome, in the hope it will make a difference to my IBS. I’m a week in and my symptoms today are worse – I’m bloated, almost feels swollen, and in pain. Has anyone else experienced this as an initial detox?

  • posted by  Michelle020 on Microbiome testing
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    Im also keen on getting my microbiome tested (in EU), and I wonder what kind of results I can expect, reading from your comments that ‘interpretation and advice’ apprantly not always is included?
    Any reccomendations on where to get a test including interpretation and advice would be great!

  • posted by  Kate33 on Salicylates
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    Hi Jenny. I have exactly the same issues as you! I have been on RPAH for 8mths and can manage medium salicylates and a tiny amount of high ones. My biggest kryptonite is oil of any kind, even in fish. My gut has issues as well, which is why it is taking longer to see results. I have found ‘pushing through’ for a few days when introducing small quantities of new foods can help me get to a better place, despite it feeling unpleasant at the time (retraining the nerves to not see food as a threat). I am happy with my progress. At the moment I have introduced mung bean sprouts and they make me feel completely normal everywhere. Gains are slow but I am determined not to give up and be at the mercy of food. Are you still doing RPAH?

  • posted by  Nads72 on Kefir
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    Where is the best place to buy kefir grains please?

  • posted by  Kim Peta on Does Kefir contain alcohol?
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    Can any one tell me the alcohol content of Kefir, (if any)?
    I do not want to introduce alcohol in any way, shape or form into my diet on a daily basis.
    Thank you in advance 🙂

  • posted by  Kim Peta on Is there anything wrong with store bought plain 'Filmjolk'?
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    Hi, I live in Australia & can buy Filmjolk at the local supermarket. It list all the strains and sub-strains on the label and claims to contain 50+ billion good bacteria. I have a connective tissue disorder and have trouble with my tendons and ligaments so the less I use my hands on repetitive tasks the better, so it is easier to buy a product than make it (most times). I can’t find a list of store bought products on the site so I am wondering if anyone else has tried this type of Swedish style drinking yogurt/ cultured milk. If so, what results have you experienced? It is yummy, contains no added sugars and is a whole milk product. Thank you for your replies in advance. 🙂

  • posted by  Mimi62 on Microbiome testing
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    Thanks for your advice. I am inclined to get a test done anyway as you say.

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Which live yoghurt?
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    Hi Julie2019, Interesting I’d not seen Yeo Valleys Kefir. I imagine it is made with added strains of live cultures to produce a commercial product rather than by the traditional method of using Kefir grains which I believe may impart even more strains. I’ll look some out and see how Yeo’s compares in taste to home made.

  • posted by  Mimi62 on Microbiome testing
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    Hi I would like to get my microbiome tested but have started Methotrexate injections two weeks ago to try to control Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve been on a restricted diet for 3 months now. I don’t know if the Methotrexate would impact on the microbiome test results – can anyone advise please (I’m assuming it would which is why I haven’t gone ahead yet).

  • posted by  LouP on Why are broccoli, kale, onions and garlic in Phase 1 diet?
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    On P191 of The Clever Guts Diet it recommends trying to avoid broccoli and kale and yet in Phase 1 meal plan (p262-263) they are included for dinner on Mon, Sat and for lunch and dinner on Tues. P191 also advises reducing onions and garlic and yet these are included in at least one meal everyday. Does anyone know why there is this apparent contradiction? I have just finished week 1. Thank you.

  • posted by  Beeornot2be on Cooking Pasta/Rice, cooling and reheating
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    HI, I’m new to the forum. I’m just starting my second read of the Clever Guts book. We cook a lot of Asian food, and like the fresh rice noodles we can buy locally in Sydney. Pure rice, but in a pasta noodle shape.
    I can’t find any mention of where the fresh rice noodles would fit on the resistant starch scale – they are not really cooked before eating, just immersed in boiling or boiled water for a minute or less. They would become a gluggy mess if cooked longer, or a second time. I’m not sure what amount of cooking they may have had in their production. I’d be grateful If anyone has any idea or information?

  • posted by  Topaz on Which blender do you use?
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    I have just made the apricot and pistachio bars from the Clever Guts diet recipe book but blending the whole mixture together is beyond the capability of my Tower blender. Which device do people swear by for this sort of mix?

  • posted by  Greenpepper on Bone Broth
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    Hello

    Should one scrape the fat off the top once it’s cold please ?

  • posted by  recoveringfatty on Which live yoghurt?
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    As i understand it you don’t want need fat free, go full fat. Your looking for a product that says it has live cultures in it (it should say in the ingredients). Greek style is just strained yogurt so it’s thicker. Once you find one with live cultures you can start to make your own using it as the base, its quite easy…..if you are UK based Yeo Valley Natural Yogurt works well https://www.yeovalley.co.uk/things-we-make/yogurt/natural/
    We use that one, not used their others but would have thought they’d work too.

  • posted by  Greenpepper on Which live yoghurt?
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    Hello
    Am I understanding this right ?
    Live yoghurt is Total fat free Greek yoghurt ( not Greek style)

    I’m bursting to start but I must say it’s a tad confusing and I’m only looking at yoghurt so far !

  • posted by  chalcedony on How eating disorders affect gut health?
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    I am 27 years old. I suffered from anorexia and bulimia for several years in my teens, and have had occasional bulimia relapses ever since, fortunately they’ve become very infrequent (last year no more than 10 relapses). I am wondering how this may have affected my gut health. Is there any research on this topic?

    side note; I have quite a healthy/varied diet, eating lots of vegis, fermented foods, yogurt etc, and I gave up refined sugar two years ago. I do however often feel tired. I would love to get a personalised diet through DayTwo/the Erans study, but it’s not available in my country (yet).

  • posted by  coffeequeen on Aloe vera drinks
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    Any thoughts on Aloe vera drinks in relation to to gut health and the diet in general?
    Yay or nay?
    🙂

  • posted by  Sara K on Why would Phase 1: Repair cause diarrhea?
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    Hi Danz,

    I am on day 10 of the CGD and having the same issue as you! I am interested to know did yours settle down, or what happened? I am feeling pretty good other than the diarrhoea, so I don’t want to stop- I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t bloated or uncomfortable , so hopefully it settles down on its own.

    Thanks, and hope you are going well,

    S.