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Peppermint Twist
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frydaze, welcome!  U sound like u have similar tastes to mine.  If only potato chips were a Type O beneficial, I could live on them.  My name is P-Twist and I'm a potato chip addict.

They were the last big avoid that I let go of.  Took me YEARS into the diet to really let them go for good.  I had long since at least switched from the partially-hydrogenated, horrid mainstream brands to a natural brand that was just potatoes, olive oil and salt, but even so, they were a drug to me and I would overeat them, plus they'd trigger cravings for other things.  I got the latter part (the triggering cravings) under control when I figured out to always eat protein WITH them (mixed into the dip, baby, so something like salmon or tuna mixed into the dip...if you are like me, you HAVE to have a dip with your chips, otherwise, what is the point?).  But I was still overeating them.  Finally, I gave them up entirely.  There are other things you can have, but I had to give up some of the following, also, as anything in a "chip form" is too reminiscent of my "drug of choice" (potato chips), and thus a no go for me.  I'll asterisk what I no longer have, but what you can have on the BTD if you wish:

1.  Sweet potato chips* (try to get a brand that is just simple and pure, like "Solea")
2.  Rice cakes, broken up and then with olive oil, sea salt (and nutritional yeast, if desired) added.  Great chip (and popcorn!) substitute!  You can use dark-toasted sesame oil instead of olive, and other spices with whatever oil (I LOVE Spectrum organic olive oil with these), such as curry powder.  DA BOMB.  I like just olive oil and sea salt (sometimes with nutritional yeast).  JUST like popcorn!  I don't have this by itself too much because rice cakes trigger carb binges for me just like chips, HOWEVER, again, if I have protein with it, it's all good.  Except I will tend to eat these to the exclusion of veggies and fruits, so that is why I have to really get out of my rice cake phase, now that I have a working kitchen again and thus no excuse not to cook, yay!
3.  Make a "faux Chex party mix" using crumbled up Mary's Gone Crackers brand, herb flavored, wheat-free crackers, mixed with Eden Organic Shelled Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.  This is surprisingly DELISH, full of fiber, and half-beneficial!  Great snack or cereal substitute for breakfast.  To turn it into a trail mix instead of a faux Chex party mix, add the dried fruit of your choice, such as raisins or dried cranberries.

That's it for now for chip substitutes.  Don't want to overload you with the dazzling array of choices *lol*!  Welcome again, fellow chip lover!  There IS life after potato chips, take heart!

As for the ice cream situation....take heart there, too!  You can make fabulous fruit smoothies out of banana, pineapple (or other, such as cherry) juice, and frozen berries such as blueberries or raspberries.  FABULOUS!

In short:  Anything that you love, pre-BTD, there is something even BETTER on the BTD side of the fence.  Oh yeah, and to turn the above smoothie into "faux ice cream", just add in some nutbutter like almondbutter until you reach the desired thickness.  Oh yeah, babe.

Edited to add:  Use Lundberg brand rice cakes.  All the other brands s*ck and are like light styrofoam.  Good for packaging material, but even all the olive oil and salt I put on them can't disguise their styrofoam hearts.  By contrast, the Lundberg rice cakes are very good and just like popcorn, basically.  No, they are BETTER, actually!  Wu HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

...Oh, calm down, all, I'm slowly weaning myself away from these and onto more fruit and veg, now that my kitchen is a go.


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IsisDC
Tuesday, September 5, 2006, 9:52pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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About the chips....I have never tried this, but many people on "raw" diets use dehydrators.

You can slice up all kinds of bennie and neutral veggies and dehydrate them over night.

I don't know how crisp they become or even how good they are, but it might be worth looking into?
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they won t be crisp but they will be full of good nutrients for sure!

fruit or veggie leather is also fun to make!


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IsisDC
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Well, the raw eaters like to slice up summer squashes and root veggies and dry them up in place of chips.

I have been too broke lately to invest in a good dehydrator, but will like to get one some day.

Also, what I have done is cut up nori with a sissors to chip sizes and chomp on those.

They are sort of crunchy, have natural salt and we can always use the extra iodine

They don't do well with hold up dip though
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frydaze
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wow, P-Twist!  Thanks for all the tips!  I am just on-line looking for some hearty, grass fed meat to order.  I am drooling thinking of all the steaks I can eat!  I tried a wheat-free gluten free baking flour substitute the other day.  It was absolutely terrible.  I have decided it is real carbs or no carbs for me.  I am slowly backing off the carbs, but if I eat any, they have to be chock full of wheaty goodness.  I do like rye and oats though, I think I can substitue most things for those.  Speaking of chips, I recently (pre BTD) became addicted to wheat thins chips as a substitute to regular chips (my favorite was natural kettle cooked *sigh*).  Now, I find wheat is not so great for me either.  Ah well, it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved before, right?  Well, off to work.  Thanks again for the tips!
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Quoted from frydaze
wow, P-Twist!  Thanks for all the tips!

Anytime!  When it comes to weaning oneself from potato chips, I am very tip-laden!
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I tried a wheat-free gluten free baking flour substitute the other day.  It was absolutely terrible.  I have decided it is real carbs or no carbs for me.  I am slowly backing off the carbs, but if I eat any, they have to be chock full of wheaty goodness.  I do like rye and oats though, I think I can substitue most things for those.

There is a wonderful 100% rye bread called "French Meadows 100% Rye with Flaxseed".  Fabulous, but you must toast it, otherwise it goes from fabulous to hideous.  Also, do NOT buy the rice bread by the same company, as it contains wheat flour, which IRKS me, but moving on...
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Speaking of chips, I recently (pre BTD) became addicted to wheat thins chips as a substitute to regular chips (my favorite was natural kettle cooked *sigh*).  Now, I find wheat is not so great for me either.  Ah well, it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved before, right?


Well, first of all, wheat is WAY worse for Type O's than potato chips could ever hope to be.  The wheat lectin seems to have been tailormade by nature to be destructive to all systems Type O.  So, instead of Wheat Thins, try Mary's Gone Crackers (herb flav) mixed with pumpkin seeds.  I'm tellin' ya, this tastes exactly like Chex Party Mix!  The MGC by themselves would be a good sub for Wheat Thins.  They are also high in fiber (they have flaxseeds).  You can check in your health food store for other rice crackers (most have avoids, that's why I like MGC, as it has virtually none).  Second of all, omg, you have good taste, the Kettle Chips were my fave, too!  Turn away, walk towards the light!  I totally feel your pain!

Also, this is sort of another topic and sort of not:  if you feel a carb craving sweeping over you, try eating SALMON.  Salmon stops carb cravings.  So does, surprisingly, fresh grapefruit.  Eat half of a fresh grapefruit and your carb craving will IMMEDIATELY vanish into the mists (if you are like me, which, sadly for you, I fear you are *lol*).

Also, some BTDers on this board make their own sweet potato chips by slicing very thin sweet potato slices and baking (roasting?  Brig, don't kill me because I don't have my cooking terms straight--eek!) them with olive oil or ghee and the spices of their choice.  You can use other root veggies instead (like Kohlrabi, which I have yet to find, even after driving an hour to the nearest WF to hunt for it), too.

For every avoid, there is a BTD alternative that is usually even BETTER, yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

*Except for coffee with non-dairy creamer.  There is no substitute for that.  Let's just be honest.  That one just has to be wistfully pined for occasionally, like when you smell the aroma from a co-worker's ozone-depleting styrofoam cup.


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*Except for coffee with non-dairy creamer.  There is no substitute for that.  Let's just be honest.  That one just has to be wistfully pined for occasionally, like when you smell the aroma from a co-worker's ozone-depleting styrofoam cup.


Somehow, styrofoam cups and non-dairy creamer just seem to be a perfect match!  



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Oh my, my biggest weakness, even bigger than chips, is espresso with half and half.  Oh my!  I have so long to go.  I just bought some sesame rice cakes.  They are sitting here waiting for me.  I have a hard time plunging into things that I think may taste the way they look.  I have had Ezekiel bread in my freezer for months now, untouched.  I like the grapefruit and salmon tip.  Thanks again!  I will definitely try that.  I think trying to eat grapefruit will turn my stomache anyway.  I have a feeling that I will be like you, P-Twist, even the thought of a delicious chip will kill me.  I am going to *try* to stay away from any chip-like object for a while anyway....
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frydaze,
Try putting those rice cakes into the toaster until they begin to smell great.  Don't let them actually begin to turn brown....that's too long.  Just a bit of light toasting will make them delicately crisp with a great flavor.
Spread them with something compliant that you already love to eat.  I put almond butter with chopped walnuts on mine, drizzled with a little blackstrap molasses.  But that's just me.  
Some people like sliced meat, or mozarella cheese, or spreads, or ghee and nutritional yeast. . .



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Thanks Victoria, I made my rice cakes swim in honey.  I felt like a little kid because I had to eat them quickly, before all the honey fell on my clothes.  They were good, but I do not usually eat sweet food, and I think I have a honey hang over today.  My head is killing me!
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Why don't you make the easy rice cake popcorn I was talkin' about earlier in the thread?  You just break up the rice cakes, add some good quality olive oil, some sea salt, and any other spices to taste (like garlic, oregano, curry, nutritional yeast flakes, whatever) and ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom, you have a fab popcorn alternative.  I prefer savory to sweet, too.  Honey on rice cakes would be a no go to me.  I would at least have to have nutbutter on there with it or something.  Otherwise, oh dear.  Too sweet.

Edited to add:  you could also put dark-toasted sesame oil, nutritional yeast, salt, and just a tiny dash of lemon juice* together and put THAT on your rice-cake crumble for something with a deliciousness quotient that you just can't believe.  See "Car 54's spread" floatin' around sticky in the Cook Right forum, I believe.  I'm the artist formerly known as Car 54!

* lemon juice would be optional for this "poprice", you could just do the dark-toasted sesame oil, sea salt, and nutri. yeast....oh YEAH, babe.


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Hi everyone,
I am so new that I had Dairy Queen last night.... my daughter just got a job there.  This is going to be SO hard.  Maybe not.  Here is a little history.  I take 5 different medications 4 different times a day.  I have no thyroid, fibromyalgia, I'm overweight, I have chronic migraines, I feel anxious most of the time..... About two years ago I started seeing a Chiropractor after a car accident and started making some healthier life changes.  My family thinks I'm nuts.  Last weekend a good friend gave me Dr. D's book.  I've read the first few chapters, looked at my Avoid list, growled at it and made the decision that I can do this (but not until after the highly stressful family reunion that starts tonight and goes through the weekend.)  I'd really like to meet an "A" mentor here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  My new Chiropractor has fibro and I just found out she has followed this lifestyle for years.  I'm really excited and hopeful this may be exactly what I've been searching for in the bottom of a pill bottle for the past 15 years.  More than anything I want to feel good.  I'm 42 years old.  I can't sit on the floor and play a game with my 11 year old daughter.  I can't walk a mile.  I feel tired all the time.  I have not a clue what I'm doing with this new lifestyle, I know I'll be here a lot posting and asking for help - at least until the fog in my mind clears a bit.  I'm so glad I found this forum though.  
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it will be a pleasure, reading your future posts on the changes made and the great results you will be experiencing!!


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Oh Istaaf,
You're still a young woman.  You need the BTD, girl!    It will only get better from here if you give it a chance.  Please keep writing to us on this Forum.  You will get a lot of support here if you make yourself available, check in regularly so people can get to know you.

Good luck through the reunion!    And get ready to learn some powerful ways to start healing your body.



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lstaaf,

My wife is an A and about the same age...  We live in CA, but the world is small with the internet...

We are relative newbies to the BTD and changing slowly to be more compliant.  I am the leader, since I am the one who was sickest, therefore, able to gain the most benefit.  My wife is seeing benefits just by eating more beneficials and reducing the avoids, even though she still needs to eat more fruits and vegetables.  In time...

The brain fog will clear as you eat less avoids and allow the body to clear the residual garbage and heal.  High toxicity levels seem to really play havoc with the thought processing and short term memory.

Much success to you!


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Thanks Victoria, I made my rice cakes swim in honey.  I felt like a little kid because I had to eat them quickly, before all the honey fell on my clothes.  They were good, but I do not usually eat sweet food, and I think I have a honey hang over today.  My head is killing me!


I don't know where my sweet tooth went.    I can remember the times when I was crazy for sweets, and poured great amounts of honey or maple syrup over things.  I didn't think about it until this post of yours, and I was surprised to note that Pep Twist's savory rice cakes appeal to me now instead of the sweet version.  I think the BTD has renovated my programs!  

But hey, at least you're eating rice cakes.  They're way preferable to dozens of other kinds of carbs, in my opinion.



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