Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Yarn Along

The knitting is a hat for my Meggie.  It's a more colorful version of this one, which we both love, but the white one is mine.    I'm using a bamboo yarn that she picked out because it was soft and colorful.  I really don't care for bamboo textiles----even though bamboo is fast-growing and invasive, it takes a lot of chemical processing to make it a satisfactory fabric.  A more compelling reason never to use it again is that my wrist is extremely sore from it.  My hands ache a little, but the right wrist is really Not Happy!  I've been knitting constantly for the past month or so, and it was only after starting this hat, and working on nothing else, that my wrist started hurting.

Anyone want to buy a ball of white bamboo yarn?

I borrowed Grain Brain from a friend after hearing Dr. Perlmutter on a podcast.  I've been hearing bad things about wheat for years---first from the low-carbers and primal/paleo crowd, and I experience(d) first hand it's addictive qualities, then there's Wheat Belly explaining those addictive qualities, and the fact that it's so hybridized as to be a completely different plant from the one Jesus had experience with.  Now, neurologist Dr. Perlmutter pulls together all the studies that show the negative effect of wheat and sugar on the brain, and gives us his own clinical experiences of patients whose problems are frequently improved or completely eradicated by a low-carb, no wheat, high fat diet. 

There are a lot of people pushing this type of paleo/primal/LCHF (low carb/high fat) diet for various reasons.  Hmmm...Could they be on to something?  I think so.  At my house, we still eat wheat, and way too much at that, but we eat a very whole foods diet with lots of meat, eggs, veggies, whole milk, real butter, coconut oil, etc.  There is absolutely no attempt to avoid fat in this household (except tranfats), and all the bloodwork for me and my DH is excellent.

It's definitely worth a read if you have any kind of health issues that are mysterious or affecting your brain health.   Personally, my brain fog disappears when I eat/drink/ingest 1/4 c. of coconut oil every day!  Being able to think clearly and express my thoughts disappears if I remove it from my diet for a few days.  And after my mother dying of a neurodegenerative disease that was pretty horrific, I'm all for doing what I can to avoid any of that!

Happy reading and knitting!  Stop by Ginny's to see what everyone else is up to!


  1. The Grain Brain book sounds very interesting. I've been fighting inflammation in my intestines and am now gluten-free but I still eat a few grains such as amaranth, quinoa, millet and sorghum. Perhaps going completely grain-free could help me even more. I'll have to check it out.

  2. I have heard of that book and am putting it on my list for sure! Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I was grain free for almost a year. I lost a lot of weight, felt great, and had more energy. The only reason we went back to wheat was simply cost! We could not afford to keep feeding a family of ten dinners (we would give the kids bread for lunch and breakfast) with no grain. I really wish we could go back because I am hyper aware now of how the addictive qualities are taking over my brain. I find myself craving it all the time. It is kind of scary. And it would be great too loose the last of this weight I need off to cut it. You have me thinking again, lol...


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