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Victoria
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My gatherer daughter has some VERY strong feelings about fruit.  She tells me that it's the biggest trigger for setting off carb cravings or just messing up her blood sugar level.  She never eats neutral fruits, and definitely no black dots or toxins.  Even in the superfood category, she is very conservative, and actually diamonds are the only fruit that she ever buys.  She uses stevia when she needs a sweet taste, or a little blackstrap molasses, which doesn't seem to imbalance her like fruit does.

As a nomad, my body is different and I do well having a morning smoothie, with abundant protein and healthy fats and made with all diamond fruit.  I never snack on fruit during the day.

Seeds and nuts seem to be an important food group to balance my diet.  My smoothie has flax and chia seeds, 2 Tb each and freshly ground.  In the evening, I like to eat a few almonds that have been soaked, slightly sprouted and seasoned with a bit of himalayan salt.

Grain-free is a much lighter diet, even with the meat and fish.  I have to make sure I'm eating some beneficial fats with each meal, and never skimp on the protein and vegetables.  I'm not saying that everyone should be grain-free . . just so no one misunderstands me.  



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Very helpful tips. I hope to get there!
Paula! Good to see you on the thread!
this morning (I'm just being honest, knowing I'm not eating super correctly)
I got up too late and grabbed a banana and went off to NIA (workout).
when I got home I had an egg and a bit of ground beef with cilantro.

last night (just to get it all on record) was good:
grassfed beef patties, grilled, with butternut squash, broccoli, salad, beets. (for some reason squash is not a good food for me...don't remember if its a bl. dot or avoid... dang!)
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Quoted from jayneeo
...(for some reason squash is not a good food for me...don't remember if its a bl. dot or avoid... dang!)

yes, I do not trust my memory either ... that is why I always keep my lists handy, particularly while shipping or cooking!  





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Good luck, Jayneeo!  I'll be reading your log with interest.  I don't know if I can do grain-free yet (unless rice is NOT a grain?).  I think that perhaps I have been setting off carb cravings with neutrals...good tip for us to watch that.  I thought that giving up coffee would be difficult, but for whatever reason I've had no problem doing without it.  I haven't had caffeine withdrawl headaches.  I think that's weird but I'm not complaining.  
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I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.

I think the biggest part of going grain free is I've also been junk food and pepsi free for 22 days.  The disappointing part is, I'm not bouncing back to feeling great as quickly as I have before.  It's a much slower process now.

For carb cravings, what is holding me down is almond butter on crisp green celery (diamond food).  I know that we are not getting as much wild, diamond fish as we should, but that's because of the cost.  We can get local ground lamb and Costco ground turkey at reasonable prices.


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I guess I should say I'm 99.9% grain free.

We do a tiny, tiny amount of rice flour.  We grind it ourselves from basmati rice.  We use it to dust or protein (Salmon, turkey, lamb) when we fry it.  The amount is small, I would say no more than a tablespoon at any one meal.


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Quoted from KimonoKat
I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.

I think the biggest part of going grain free is I've also been junk food and pepsi free for 22 days.  The disappointing part is, I'm not bouncing back to feeling great as quickly as I have before.  It's a much slower process now.

For carb cravings, what is holding me down is almond butter on crisp green celery (diamond food).  I know that we are not getting as much wild, diamond fish as we should, but that's because of the cost.  We can get local ground lamb and Costco ground turkey at reasonable prices.

Good to see you again, Miss KimonoKat...  Compliance is a great feeling...


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I discovered an interesting and surprisingly delicious alternative to grain flour for breading meat or fish:

Onion and Garlic Granules!

not onion and garlic powder . .

not onion and garlic flakes . .

There is only one store in our city that carries it, and it's one of the better-stocked natural food stores.  The texture of it is something like fine cornmeal. It has become my favorite way of stir-frying fish.  



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Victoria, what is the name of the product?  Maybe I can get it online to try it.


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KK,

Here is a link that has organic onion granules and organic garlic granules... 2 different products...
http://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/Spices.htm


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Quoted from yaeli
jaynreeo, my Swami reversed the wines for me, white is toxin, red is black dot.


Similar for me:  red is a neutral; white an outright avoid.
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Quoted from KimonoKat
I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.


There are sooooo many varieties of green tea.  If you experiment, you might find one to your liking.  I don't like a bunch of them straight too much either, but I like a lot of them with mint or lemon.  Just have to check the ingredients list to make sure there's nothing added that is non-compliant.  I also routinely add lime or lemon juice to them to give it some taste and acid.  Though expensive, I particularly like a Mighty Leaf tropical variety.  I also like Tazo Zen and Orange Blossom.  And I drink mint yerba mate regularly too.  Just started on some Bancha and Kombucha types--they're both a bit more woody than I typically like but both are diamond super-bene's so I'm trying to get to like them.  Lemon helped this a.m..

Keep trying!  There's undoubtedly a green tea out there for everyone.
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Victoria, what is the name of the product?  Maybe I can get it online to try it.


KK, I'll just find out from the store what brand it is, and get back to you ASAP.  



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KK, I'll just find out from the store what brand it is, and get back to you ASAP.  


Mountain Rose Herbs

Onion Granules:  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/o.html

Garlic Granules:  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/g.html



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Green Tea.

For now, we buy Organic Prince of Peace Green tea in one of the local Asian stores.  It fits our budget.  

Thank you Victoria!


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Hi, there, KK! :
So, the grainfree life! I do not find it easy. Maybe bcause I was vegetarian in the past for so longgg...my  mind gravitates to grain. But I am determined to stick with this long enough to see if it is just a habit than can be broken.
Meanwhile I am really eating a lot of carby vegies and a few carby fruits (less) just to stop the carb monster....and I am not gaining...could be said that I'm losing if you go by ounces!
This morning: 1 egg with small bit of manchego cheese and onions and red pepper. (manchego is an avoid, but I have always seemed to do fine on it, but if I master grain, dairy will be next! I'm using it as a crutch for now, but still eating far less of it than usual, knowing its the next to go).
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Day 23 grain free.  The grain free life isn't easy for me either, but if I want to lose the pounds, grain free is the only way to go.

I "love" dairy however it tends to constipate me.  If I have it in the house it becomes like candy and too difficult to control portions.  I totally understand one thing at a time though.


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Quoted from jayneeo

. . . I was vegetarian in the past for so longgg...my  mind gravitates to grain.


Yup!  I'm in the same club!  



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JayneeO, a meal idea for you.

Breakfast this morning for us was:

Lamb burgers fried in rice bran oil.  Stir fry vegetables: red bell pepper, white onion, baby portabellas & zuchinni.  Best Lewis has done in a long time.

Rice bran oil. It's our main oil. Rarely use oilve oil any more.  We buy it in bulk online from a company in the North Bay area.  We save up about 15 empty Gerolsteiner bottles, transfer the oil to the glass bottles.  We store them in the freezer by lying the bottles on their side.  Works great.


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Interesting about freezing the oil. I would never have thought to do this.

Welcome back KK!

I wish going grain-free was something that would help me lose the pounds, but I really do best with "a little" grain. I'm a "all or nothing" kind of gal, and moderation is really hard.

As for green tea, I've not been drinking it at all lately, but I used to love gen mai cha (roasted green tea with bits of rice or sorghum).


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Well, unfortunately I have not sailed through this, my first week unscathed! A nasty plate of rice attacked me at book club, as well as a bit of piecrust! ( .....!!) But you can't let it stop you in your tracks, I said to myself.....so back to grainfree living.
Morning: 2 eggs, scrambled in butter, one inch of coffee, yerba mate/green tea.
lunch: tuna salad.....really good! grapes, banana with tahini.
Dinner will be: meatloaf (grassfed beef with ground turkey breast), salad, and broccoli, maybe sw. potato.
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Jayneeo,

You can make a grain free pie crust with nuts, like almond flour, and still have a fruit filling.  There
are still ways to get around the grains.  It's just a bit more work though....   Once I made an almond flour lemon bar that was really good.  But somehow I think eating more almond flour is not necessarily slimming....
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OK, folks! This is the beginning of week 2!! I made it....except for wed. nite at bookclub...thru a grainfree week! I have lost 2 lbs! Can I continue this grainfree life? I hope so.
Brkfst: 2 eggs, fried in butter, a pear, yerba mate/green tea, and one inch of coffee.

Hey, Paula! (remember that song?) That crust sounds good!! But, yeah, still lots of calories. But with the holiays coming......
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Congratulations on what you've accomplished so far Jayneeo!  

It's all a journey. My master bodywork teacher always taught that the path, the journey was way more important than the end of the journey.  

We may fall down sometimes but as long as we get up and continue on that path, we keep going forward.


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Thanks, KK! It's just what I needed to hear !
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