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Had to do it.  Of the 97 lbs I lost and maintained for a few years on the GTD, in the past year and a half-ish, due to multiple major stressors, I have gained back 34 lbs (although right now, I have it back down to a "mere" 32).  The good news is, it doesn't feel like the "yo-yo'ing" I've done in the past, wherein I regained everything I lost plus more.  No, this feels like I've been through a helluva time and my weight maintenance took a significant hit, but I still have all the tools I had and experience I had when the helluva time started, and I can get back on track.

That said, I am having a hard time getting my exercise level back up to what it was before.  So, I'm gently working with that, trying to build back up to where I was.  My knees are worse now and frankly I'm a few years older but I'm trying to build back up.  I mean, speaking of age, exercise is THE best way to actually reverse your biological age, so I need to get cracking.  

Anyway, I find that I'm just not to be trusted around ANY (compliant or non) grains anymore, especially since this certain brand of 100% rye bread that I used to RELY on as a major staple was bought out by a conglomerate and discontinued.  It is amazing how sometimes one certain item is such a key to our success.  Without that rye, I'm lost *lol*.  There are NO other breads in my HFS that are both compliant AND good, other than this one terribly expensive (like $11.00 per loaf) almond bread, which I think was part of what precipitated my shingles back in October (come to find out, the herpes zoster virus looooooooooooooves almonds--high in arginine, don't ya know!).  So, I've been getting way too heavily into rice cakes, which sound innocent enough, but they are really identical to POPCORN in my system, basically.  And I have a similar addictive response to them.  So they are out.  Basically the only grain I can handle is whole rice (I like the brown basmati), but even that I tend to eat to excess and it really puts the weight on.

So, as of Sunday, I've gone grain-free.  I'm going to get my comfort/starchy carb fix in the form of sweet potatoes, onions, avocado, some nuts/seeds (can't go overboard there, either!), and whole, fresh, seasonal FRUIT, such as (right now) watermelon, peaches and pineapple.  I'm also on a brussel sprout kick (and I don't have the heart to look up if it is compliant, as I don't actually know *lol*) lately, and they are excellent in place of a starchy carb in a meal.

So, hopefully, I'll be fine and dandy.  Unfortunately, I don't think this Gatherer nonnie can handle grains.  When that 100% rye was in the mix, I would do well on it, having breakfasts of two pieces of the rye toast with an egg or two, or having a turkey sandwich.  But without that bread, I ONLY have brown rice and I tend to have WAY to big portions of it.  And as for the rice cakes, omg:  I eat too many of them but, even when I don't take too many, I put WAY too much fat (such as dark-toasted sesame oil) on them.

Eeenyhoo, just chronicling here on the dear old board that this former member of "The Grain-Free Girls" (circa long about the early 2000's) rides again!  Let's put it this way:  I apparently have an allergy to grass, as evidenced by the fact that, as a kid (and my sister has the same reaction), if I rolled around in new-mown grass, the next morning my eyes would be SEALED SHUT due to the hardened "sleep" that would encrust the lashes!  And now, as an adult, my eyes have such a reaction to mowing, that it takes about 48 hours for me to be able to function properly at work or doing anything involving reading, driving or basically anything.  So, grass:  wheat is a grass, as is rice, as is rye.  Grass is grain, grain is grass!  my body is allergic to grass, My body is allergic to grains!  It tries to "fight them off" and I end up an inflamed ball of insanity.  A FAT inflamed ball of insanity.  Well, no mas.

I think I'll do better at sticking with being grain-free this time than I did back in the day of "The Grain-Free Girls" on this board.  Why?  I know more.  A LOT more.  I have some "go to" foods when I want something comfort carby.  Grains aren't the only comforting fish in the sea, kids!  Woot!


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Oh, dear, PT. I'm so sorry you lost your rye-bread anchor!
Here in this forum there are many talented bakers who might be able to assist you with rye-bread recipes, so that you can get back to where you need to be.
All the Best!


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Grain free is the way to go! Glad you are opening up the subject again! I have recently gone grain free too and its a big help in my weight loss efforts. Yes, I was on that old thread and fell off, but I think its the way to go. I enjoy winter squashes, sweet potatoes, etc.
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Grain free is the way to go! Glad you are opening up the subject again! I have recently gone grain free too and its a big help in my weight loss efforts. Yes, I was on that old thread and fell off, but I think its the way to go. I enjoy winter squashes, sweet potatoes, etc.

Day 5 and I'm loving it!

I bought some sweet potatoes and onions on my short lunch break yesterday, when I had to run into the HFS anyway, but I need to do a lot more stocking up on items that will help me succeed with this grain-free lifestyle.  Sweet potatoes and onions are great, I also want to lay in a far larger supply of frozen veggies, and of course I will need to grocery shop more often, as fresh fruit is a key to this for me, especially in summertime.

I suspect winter is going to be rougher for me, but it will be interesting to see.  That is the time of year (fall especially) that I tend to experience the most powerful carb cravings.  That will be root veggie time!  And nuts and seeds, plenty of protein, and plenty of seasonal fresh veggies.

Right now, it is going to be a lot of fresh fruit, salads, veggies, protein and fat (not too much fat...but I do need FAT!).  I need to try not to go overboard on sugar in place of grains:  there is this beverage from Trader Joe's that I really love, called sparkling clementine.  It is basically a fru fru orange soda, but it has no HFCS, no added sugar, it is really just fruit juice and sparkling water.  That said, it's a lot of sugar if you go overboard, which it is so tempting to do here in Florida in the sizzling heat this time of year.  So far, so good, though.

Haven't weighed myself today but I've already gone down about a pound or two as of yesterday.  However, it is a time in my cycle when I would go down a pound-ish anyway, most likely, so I don't want to get too excited...oh, what the heck, I'll go ahead and get EXCITED!  Woot!  


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Sweet potatoes and onions are great

Don't forget that "I Yam That I Yam" thread that caught your eye months back; there were some cool ideas there... just for you, huh?

On another thread - more recent; still on the board, in fact - Lloyd posted some govt. turnaround re Recommended Dietary guidelines, whereby FAT is no longer to be restricted. For them it was a long time coming, but Fat is extremely helpful when it comes to staving off complexCarb-cravings -- especially for the type O/B crowd.
And, as you know, Meatfat is at the top of the list for sweetpotato/yam flavor-enhancement (aka. Yummification).


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really just fruit juice and sparkling water.  That said, it's a lot of sugar if you go overboard,

There are waters and sodas that contain just the essences of the various fruits, and you can make them yourself, by soaking. I actually prefer them flavorwise, too, to fruit juice.

What are the (fruit-free or low-fruit) fats you might snack on?
Full-fat yog? Permitted cheese(s)?
Nuts?
Guacamole?


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great on the pound or pounds down!
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Do you eat fruit, jayneeo?


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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
So, grass:  wheat is a grass, as is rice, as is rye.  Grass is grain, grain is grass!  my body is allergic to grass, My body is allergic to grains!  It tries to "fight them off" and I end up an inflamed ball of insanity.  A FAT inflamed ball of insanity.  Well, no mas.


Me, too! But I don't seem to have problems with rice, thank goodness.

Good luck!


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no, san j, very little …maybe some berries if I want a smoothie.

That said, I blew it bad last night--chips at a Mexican restaurant!!!!!

oh the grain free life is a hard hard road…
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On another thread - more recent; still on the board, in fact - Lloyd posted some govt. turnaround re Recommended Dietary guidelines, whereby FAT is no longer to be restricted. For them it was a long time coming, but Fat is extremely helpful when it comes to staving off complexCarb-cravings -- especially for the type O/B crowd.

Oh, absolutely, I have to have my FAT.  I have to have fat and I have to have salt.  Without those two things, the joie de vivre would be gone from eating for me.  I mean, sure a ripe piece of fruit stands alone, without need or want of fat or salt added, but most food items, imho, need salt and/or fat.  I use sea salt, which I feel is healthy.  My sodium levels in blood tests are always on the low end of the normal range, so I'm not worried about my salting habit.

My mom (Type A) doesn't even HAVE salt in her apartment--I don't know how she lives without it!  Yet she eats a lot of highly processed foods which contain a lot of sodium.  I think there are "good salts" and "bad salts", just as there are good fats and bad fats.  The kind of sodiums in processed foods are mostly BAD.  Sea salts are mostly GOOD.  But that's just Peppermint Twist talking.  I have no actual facts to back up what I'm saying.  

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"And, as you know, Meatfat is at the top of the list for sweetpotato/yam flavor-enhancement (aka. Yummification).

Absolutely!
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There are waters and sodas that contain just the essences of the various fruits, and you can make them yourself, by soaking. I actually prefer them flavorwise, too, to fruit juice.

What are the (fruit-free or low-fruit) fats you might snack on?Full-fat yog? Permitted cheese(s)?
Nuts?
Guacamole?

Well, I'm not a snacker (which actually could be part of my problem--I don't think I eat often enough...I usually just have breakfast and dinner, which could be slowing my metabolism down, according to pretty much EVERYBODY.  But the, that same EVERYBODY was saying, for decades, that we should all eat 11 servings of whole grains per day, so there you go), but just this very morning I did have some full fat plain yogurt (this marvelous brand called Seven Stars Farm, omg--yogurt of the Gods) with pure raspberry puree added by me for breakfast.  Not my typical breakfast (I usually have MEAT or EGGS in my breakfast), but nice, fast, and high in calcium.

Guacamole--yum, just had some fresh avocado last night as a matter of fact.  It's amazing how much more fruits and veggies you eat when you aren't eating grains.  What a cornucopia!


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Dang, I have an article I want to link to this thread but the link is at home.  Stay tuned to this channel over the next few days, it will appear.


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Hi Pepper, I'm gluten free due to a celiac diagnosis but still in waiting for a genetic test aargh. Wish I could have a piece of rye bread but  I can't. A recommendation for diabetics is if they eat starchy carbs is to eat protein and fats first and save the starchy stuff for later in a meal because their is a far slower rise in blood sugar so their sugars stay more stable which helps with glycemic control and weight loss in in the long term.

Now you may not be diabetic but I bet anything this strategy may work as well in non-diabetics as well. But then sometimes protein or fat is not always available.


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Peppermint,
How do frozen peas work with your food list?  They have become one of my very favorite additions and they satisfy both a carb need and a slightly sweet, juicy need, too.  Quite a versatile and delish little fast food to add to a meal.



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A recommendation for diabetics is if they eat starchy carbs is to eat protein and fats first and save the starchy stuff for later in a meal because their is a far slower rise in blood sugar so their sugars stay more stable which helps with glycemic control and weight loss in in the long term.

Now you may not be diabetic but I bet anything this strategy may work as well in non-diabetics as well. But then sometimes protein or fat is not always available.

Hello, C_J. Yes: The utility of protein and fats in moderating the glycemic effect of carbs is important. (The few times I've recently mentioned it on this Forum, however, it was flamed as an attempt to sicken our beloved diabetic population here, by enticing them to eat carbs - just sayin'    ) .
I thought about it just today in fact, when I reached for a bag of fresh sweet cherries but not for the readily available full-fat greek yogurt I should have served with it.  


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How do frozen peas work with your food list?  They have become one of my very favorite additions and they satisfy both a carb need and a slightly sweet, juicy need, too.  Quite a versatile and delish little fast food to add to a meal.

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Peppermint,
How do frozen peas work with your food list?  They have become one of my very favorite additions and they satisfy both a carb need and a slightly sweet, juicy need, too.  Quite a versatile and delish little fast food to add to a meal.

They are a superfood for me--woot!


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Well, I cannot tell a lie, folks.  The grain-free thing lasted all of a week and a half.     I'm now back to having WHOLE brown basmati rice.  However, I'm done with the seductrix known as rice cakes.  Those are as addictive as popcorn to me and I can't have 'em in the house, period.  And I'm still going to try to minimize grains as much as possible.  Once per day at MOST, ideally just every other day or less often.

I still had a bag of brown basmati rice in the house and last night I COOKED it.  What can I tell ya?

Human, OUT.  


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I still had a bag of brown basmati rice in the house and last night I COOKED it.  What can I tell ya?

Well, you didn't want it to go stale and waste it...

Seriously, this is all about listening to what your body needs.  You may need a serving of whole-grain rice at an interval right for you.  


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Well, you didn't want it to go stale and waste it...

Seriously, this is all about listening to what your body needs.  You may need a serving of whole-grain rice at an interval right for you.  

Exactly!  



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if you'd a had enough sweet potatoes…….just saying'….

but basmati rice won't kill ya! keep on the straight and righteous path!  And I am trying to stay grain free and sugar free!! Only been 4 days…..
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Well, I cannot tell a lie, folks.  The grain-free thing lasted all of a week and a half.     I'm now back to having WHOLE brown basmati rice.  However, I'm done with the seductrix known as rice cakes.  Those are as addictive as popcorn to me and I can't have 'em in the house, period.  And I'm still going to try to minimize grains as much as possible.  Once per day at MOST, ideally just every other day or less often.

I still had a bag of brown basmati rice in the house and last night I COOKED it.  What can I tell ya?

Human, OUT.  


I hope you had something good to go with it. A suggestion  to try a grilled chicken or steak kabab with cut up onions, peppers (if you can have them), cherry tomato and mushroom in a Greek seasoning and a Greek salad.

This is a favorite go out and eat meal of mine at a Greek/Mediterranean restraint. And they grill their rice. Yum Yum!



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Wow, I am in awe of you who go grain free! As an A I could not survive but, also because I am an A I have to limit fats and sugar.
I can muster up will power against too much olive oil or ghee but that dang sugar is the evil thorn in my side!!!!
I follow my swami, eat mostly bene's and diamonds and do pretty well staying gluten free.
If I crave a gf cookie i eat some fruit..then some more.... Then......give in to the cookies.

Jayneeo, how are you managing the grain and sugar free???? 4 days sounds like an eternity!!!!
I know,    I need to  get a mental grip  


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