• Ari-Food Intolerances Cook

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 12:09 am

    This looks good. Question: I’m thinking of subbing more cocoa for the coffee since i don’t eat coffee or leave it out? Which do you think would be better?

    Also, doesn’t the artificial sweeteners in sugar-free pudding bother you? :) Just wondering :). But I definitely agree, being perfect is WAY overrated!


    Amy Reply:

    @Ari-Food Intolerances Cook, The pudding is a short term, occasional solution that moves me in the right direction. I shared it because sometimes I see myself going crazy trying to find the perfect solution when a good, short term solution will work until I can get a better solution in place.

    For me, progress is more important than perfection.

    And, with some fruit and nuts or even some shredded coconut it’s not bad at all. :)


  • christina

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I found out I’m vit D deficient too. My levels were 19. My doctor put me on a high dose of Vit D for two months. I immediately felt better after I started taking it.

    After my two months are up, I plan on taking Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil. The Mediterranian flavor tastes like pesto. You take 1/2 tsp. and chase it down with a big glass of water. It’s supposed to be a great natural source of Vit D besides fortified dairy (which our family has allergy issues with anyway). I also started buying eggs from a girl down the street who has her hens out on “pasture”. In other words, they eat mostly grass and bugs. You can see the difference in the color of the yolk. Her eggs are bright orange compared to the organic “free range” omega 3 eggs I used to buy at CostCo. I think that because of eating the grass, the eggs have more vit D as well. If not, well, they sure taste good!

    Thanks for sharing your story. Vit D can really play an imprtant part in how well you feel and it was worth it for me also to get tested.


    Amy Reply:

    @christina, I’m glad that you felt better right away. I’m not quite there yet but it’s just been a few days.

    I will have to look into the Fermented Cod Liver Oil. I don’t know if even pasture eggs can have vitamin D in them but it’s something to check into.


    christina Reply:

    I’m so silly! It was late at night when I typed this, I guess I was thinking of eggs being a good source of fat? since vit d is fat soluble. But do check out the cod liver oil. I looked on the package and it says it provides 170% of your daily vit d level.

    Thanks for being so gracious. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all the “talk” and new things to learn about food. Maybe it’s a sign that I should back off and just enjoy what I’ve learned and already know for a season.


    Amy Reply:

    @christina, I honestly meant that I was going to look into vitamin D and eggs. According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, eggs do provide about 10% of our vitamin D needs.

    Pasture eggs might be better – I don’t have any hard info on that but I know that they are more nutritious than the white eggs and the brown Costco free range eggs.

    Getting my hands on pasture eggs requires quite an effort when my CSA isn’t in full swing. Even then, it’s not always something I can manage. Store bought “free range” eggs are better but I’m not thrilled with how we’re mislead into thinking that these chickens actually run around in a pasture.

  • Alta

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I’ve just recently found out that a LOT of people are Vitamin D deficient. It’s nice to read your story – helps others in that same boat! And this frappe sounds tasty.


  • Aubree Cherie

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I liked your ‘Quacky Advice’ section. I struggle with defending my ‘new’ gluten and sugar free to friends and family; they can be rather argumentative (especially those in the medical field!). But I agree with you. And I definitely feel the difference everyday!

    And your Mocha Frappe looks great! The carrot that was sneaked in is a cool twist :)


  • Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I was in the same boat. Most people these days are vitamin D deficient. It can wreak havoc on so many of the bodies systems. You having a score of 12 is more than extremely low. I’m so glad you’re getting your D. I’ve done a lot of reading on this subject and here are a few things I learned. 15-20 min every day without suncreen is key and not early morning or late afternoon. You’re lucky to live where there is not 4 feet of snow to walk around. Oh, and in VA where I live in the winter you need twice as much time because the sun is not as direct. It’s very hard to get what you need from foods. A score of 30 for functional medicine doctors and specialists is still very low. 40-50 is more like it. I take 8,000 to 10,000 IU a day and it took me 6-9 months to get my numbers up to an acceptable range as I was the same score as you. As the Vitamin D starts to be absorbed into your body you will start to feel the difference. It’s like watching a movie of your life that you happen to be in and living that life.

    Congratulations for seeking out this information. Now go out in that sunshine and let your body heal!


    Amy Reply:

    @Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, Thanks for that feedback, Diane. I was literally falling asleep sitting up and thought it was just because I was back in school. I couldn’t wake up in the mornings, either, and was drinking enough coffee to float a boat just to stay awake.

    I know I’ll have to supplement once I get my levels increase and I’m off the prescription strength supplement. I agree that 30 is on the way low end, too. Can’t wait for that ‘alive’ feeling to kick in – and hope to have more than enough energy for the Gluten-Free Progressive Dinner Party.


  • Krissy

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Wow you are lucky you had a doctor test you for vitamin D. I think I remember reading that you and your husband are trying to have a baby. Your low vitamin D levels could be effecting this. Do a search on the Vitamin D councils web site. I have received a newsletter from them this last year that spoke about infertility and vitamin D deficiency.
    Good luck and hope you feel better soon. Keep up hope; my husband and I had years of infertility and several losses–we now have a beautiful almost three year old little boy.

    P.S. I know your a fan of agave and I totally used to be as well since PCOS is connedted if not completely caused by insulin resistanc. Food renegade, Dr. Mercola, etc. have written as to why agave is really bad for us and should be avoided. I have now swithched to coconut sugar. I look forward to later in the year when Coconut Secret will be coming out with their coconut sugar that will be similar to a syrup (like agave).


    Amy Reply:

    @Krissy, Congrats on your baby! I am so happy that worked out for you. I’ve had coconut sugar on my ‘to try’ list just for fun. Thanks for the reminder.


  • Kim

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Your mocha frappe looks great! :)

    I was vit D deficient for the past year, but when tested recently, was finally in the normal range at 74. I have been taking 4000 IU/day since October, which seemed to work. There is no sun option in Ohio in the winter, so that was out! LOL!

    Good luck on getting your level up! I know you can do it. I love that you make your own yogurt! How cool!



    Amy Reply:

    @Kim, Thanks for sharing that, Kim. It’s so helpful to know what’s worked for you. There hasn’t been much sun in Texas, either, this winter. :)


  • Winnie

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Your mocha frappe looks yummy; just keep in mind that vitamin D is fat soluble so you need to have plenty of natural fats in your diet to get the full benefits of the vitamin D you are taking in…
    Do you eat any fish/shellfish? Those are also good sources, provided they are wild and not farmed…
    Definitely consider the cod liver oil…
    I hope you get your energy back soon and do not underestimate the power of the sun- we’ll see more of it soon and that will help!
    Take care and feel better.


  • glutenfreeforgood

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Lots of vitamin D deficiencies going around! You’re not the only one, but it’s good that you found out. Your Mocha drink looks divine. I’ll be trying this one. Thanks and here’s to some good sunshine!


  • gfe--gluten free easily

    posted on March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    So many good suggestions here! It took me a while to get my abyssmal D levels up, but they’re great now. I still take D though. I’m not going to let my levels fall back to the dead tired range. BTW, you’ll read posts at reputable sources like Whole Life Nutrition and elsewhere that say that dairy is not necessarily our best source of absorbable calcium. Some countries where folks don’t even eat dairy still don’t have D issues. Worth reading and checking out. Those few minutes of sunshine are very important as others mentioned. I know you’ll figure it all out and be back on top of your game soon. And, I agree as far as kudos to your doctor for testing you.

    That frappe looks really good. The carrot is a surprise ingredient, but I like it! I’m working on a huge bag of carrots right now. ;-)



  • Jen Cafferty

    posted on March 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Great article! I just found out I am Vitamin D deficient too. I have a sneaky feeling that many of us our Vit D deficient and just don’t know it. After all, most of us don’t bake ourselves out in the sun like we used to do. Personally, I spend most of my time inside working and cooking, which doesn’t exactly lend itself to high Vitamin D levels. Looking forward to Spring in Chicago when we can get some sun. But – I’ll still be taking my megadose of Vitamin D! I feel so much better after just 4 weeks. Keep up your great work on your blog. Jen


  • Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    posted on March 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    This looks so yummy Amy! Great way to get some extra vitamin D!!! :) I take a Vitamin D supplement during the winter months when there is not much sunlight and I find it helps so much. Between that and oregano oil, I haven’t gotten sick ALL YEAR. *knock on wood*


  • Tracee

    posted on March 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    There’s been alot of talk about vitamin D defficiency lately, also with Crohn’s disease. You wonder how many health problems or plain old fatigue are caused by some simple vitamin difficiency.
    We’ve made some pretty radical changes in our household which have dramtically improved some severe health issues we have been dealing with, some folks would call us quacky. But removing grains and processed sugar for us was a godsend. If I’ve learned anything though, it’s that we are all different, there is no one size fits all “pyramid” that will help everyone. But, that said, everyone can benifit from a whole food diet and remove the junk. Not to get on a bandstand, but the best advice is Eat Real Food.


  • Chelsey

    posted on March 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I am really glad you shared this. Being that it’s winter forever here, and I am not going outside much. I am sure that I probably have so9mething similar going on. This is getting me booking a doctors appointment pronto! Plus my sister was speculatively diagnosed with M.S. this year and it is strongly linked to vitamin d deficiency as it only occurs in northern countries. I believe that vitamin D is vital to our health.


  • Maryjane

    posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    If you are taking Vitamin D, make sure you are taking Vitamin D3. I appreciated your post about low Vitamin D levels. About a year ago, my Vitamin D level was at 30. My doctor recommended I start taking 10,000 IU of D3 per day. Last month, I was retested and am finally up to 76. I can tell an improvement in my mood and body aches.

    With all the hype about Vitamin D lately, I wanted to point out to everyone that there are 2 different Vitamin D supplements being recommended or prescribed by doctors. If you are taking Vitamin D, make sure you are taking Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2, which is synthetic and patentable, is available by prescription in pharmacies. The other, Vitamin D3, is natural and more readily absorbed by the body. Studies show that Vitamin D3 is absorbed 10 times better than D2. Since it is natural, it is available at health food stores or online at iherb.


  • Robin Sampson

    posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I’ve been Gfree sugar free for a month. I’m vit D deficient and anemic.

    I believe the vit d deficiency is from the celiac villi not absorbing. I received an iron ifusion last week and feel better also 50,000 uits Vt D 2x week. I plan on sitting in the sun as soon as it comes out.

    So glad to find your site. Not many people have this many health in common.

    I’ve never made yoguart but ready to start now. Thanks.


  • Poor Taste

    posted on September 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    This is really tasty. I admit, the carrot kind of scared me at first :)


    Amy Reply:

    @Poor Taste, Other people had the same reaction to the carrot. There’s no logical reason for it to be there except for the fact that you get some added nutrition and you can’t taste it at all. If I hadn’t tried it myself, I would have thought it was bizarre, too.


  • Linda

    posted on October 1, 2010 at 10:35 am

    The mocha frappe looks delicious! As for the carrot…I sneak carrots into many thing…I shred them in the food process then add to bbq sauce, spaghetti sauce, brown rice and nearly all casseroles. But I never thought about blended drinks…might even work for breakfast smoothies.

    It takes a village for sure! :)


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