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ABJoe
Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:11pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I'll probably add it back in in the form of whole wheat whole grain, not in the form of wheat flour, since it is a diamond after all.

Mom cooked whole wheat kernels all night on low flame to make a cereal...  You only use a Tablespoon or so of the cooked berries due to taking forever to chew it well and it is very filling...

We also would chew about 1/2 Tablespoon of the whole kernels raw and make a gum that we chewed most of the morning before it finally got processed into juice and swallowed...


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Glad to know you are still maintaining your ground in terms of sugar. Hopefully you'll be able to drop the throat lozenges soon.

Don't worry about the 2lb gain. It was to be expected. But not a single one more lol!

I have grown very fond of quinoa. I have my allowance devided into my three main meals. I can't do without it. I had it today with escarole (diamond) and sardines (packed in evo) (diamond) with a dash of lemon, grey sea salt and evo. Quinoa is SF for me. I drank green tea (diamond). No wonder I felt so good eating and afterwards lol!

Shame about the molasses. I also bought agave over a month ago and have not opened it yet. I am not really into sweet things but bought it when I started Swami thinking I might need it. I'll keep it for a while and if I do not open it I may give it to Raquel (forum member) before it expires. It is good to have a BTD follower living close.

Keep up the good work.

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I tried quinoa, but, unfortunately, it is a starch trigger for me, regardless of it's "grain" status.  It's just too much like rice or barely.  I'm really going to be turning my attention to being grain-free for the next 20 days (really 30, but setting my sights on April 1 seems like a good way to go).  Surprisingly, I'm not finding sugar as hard to give up as I thought it might be.  I'm going to keep an eye on this thread.


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grainfree is great! It really helps me.
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EquiPro, how do you do on nuts and seeds? You can make some "cake-like" things with almond meal and flax seeds. There's also a flaxseed bread recipe in the database that is raved about.


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Hi, Drea!  I've had some great stuff made from those items, but for me, right now, I have to get all of that stuff out of my diet.  If it's too much like pastry or bread, then it tends to lead me to the real thing.  And the truth is that I'm not struggling with bread or pastry item cravings at all right now...not even interested.  What I'm missing is rice with my meals and bowls of cereal as a snack (and maybe rice crackers).  I think that a lot of it right now is mostly habitual - a very strong habit, but a habit none-the-less.


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I'm the same way re: cakes and breads. If it's there, I'll eat it. My will power comes into play by not bringing it home in the first place.


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So I've added kamut (whole grain, sprouted by me) back into my diet. Yes, I know it's wheat, but it's not processed wheat, and it's sprouted, which makes it even better (at least in my mind). Kamut is a diamond on my SWAMI, and it fits into my whole "whole foods" kick I'm currently on. As much as possible, I'm eating foods in their whole-est form. I'm sprouting another batch now.

But what I really wanted to post was that, not intentionally, today is the third day in a row that I've not had any grains, whatsoever. I try not to keep grains on hand that don't require time and effort to prepare, so I won't be tempted to overeat them, and sprouting takes three days! My kitchen is so small that I can really only have one jar going at a time, and it's currently in use. I miss grains, in theory, and I do well eating them, and I feel just a bit "heavier" since not eating them (though I haven't stepped on the scale in the last several days). It's weird.

I'm really paying attention to the diamonds and super foods on my plan and making them be the majority of the meal.


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Okay, so I definitely still have a problem with sweet. I just polished off a jar of barley malt syrup in a week. Not good. Even though the barley malt syrup in a diamond, there is such a saying that too much of a good thing...blah blah blah.

I need to go back to only eating fruits as my sweeteners.


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I had some miss-steps over the weekend, but that seems to be the way that it is right now.  Today I ate a large portion of butter beans AT BREAKFAST, and I noticed that I have less cravings tonight.  Maybe, instead of eating the starch (from legumes) at lunch or dinner, I need to get them in EARLIER???  Anything is possible.


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Remember, too, that beans have fiber and protein. To make them a complete protein (although I know you eat meat), you could mix in some seeds/nuts or dairy. It doesn't have to be grains.


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Hey- if carbs at breakfast works for you, and then none later in the day, then follow that pattern! Just because I do best having my carbs later in the day doesn't mean that you have to. I'm not you and you're not me.


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I was really craving something aweer tonight, but instead I found some unsweetened, unsulfured apple rings in the cupboard. I also wanted some yogurt, so I made some savory yogurt with nutritional yeast, dried onions, garlic powder, and sea salt. No more sugar cravings!


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I just had pecans slowly toasted in a cast iron pan with garam masala, tamari, evoo and agave.....
and sea salt.....(you coild leave out the agave) sure was good!
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I've not tried pecans this way, but I regularly toast pepitas and raw almonds with wf tamari.


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I did the beans thing at breakfast again and - WOW - no starch cravings tonight at all.  I mixed a can of butter beans (didn't realize that they are actually lima beans) with a can of black beans, mashed and refried them with some garlic, olive oil and salt.  Put a big dollop of that in a large bowel, added some sauted mushrooms and onions from last night, a large turkey burger and some romaine on top.  BIG breakfast, but BOY did it hold me!

I have a great intestinal system (almost never have to think about it), but right about the time that I was headed in for my workout, I started to toot!  Thank goodness it didn't last too long.

Finished at 8:30 and ran into McDonald's.  Had my usual "after workout McD's":  2 hamburger patties, 3 slices of tomatoes, 2 large leaves of leaf lettuce.  Stack the patties and the tomatoes, add some salt and wrap it all up in the lettuce.  $2 and I'm good to go!  Hopefully no more food for me tonight.


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I had an intense sugar craving, but only found dried unsweetened apples and peanut butter...that did the trick. Whew!


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Well, my perseverance is finally paying off. I'm 3.2 pounds away from my original goal weight (which is still more than the charts say I should weigh, but is a good weight for me personally). It seems once I got through the last 5 pound-plateau I'd been stuck on, the rest is coming off quickly.

I have been adding sprouted kamut berries back into my diet, but don't eat them everyday. ABJoe is correct, a little is very filling; I eat the kamut berries more like a condiment, sprinkled on a salad or in a stirfry. I still really like the way quinoa sits with me.


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wow, I only had the chance right now to read your first post, but I am impressed and can relate to your thinking behind this.  

I will read more in a bit, perhaps when I have my next day off
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CTSG, you will be glad when you get a chance to read this great thread! Drea has done such good work. She will be an inspiration to you. ( Bear in mind she doesn't eat as much meat as we O's need to)
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I'm still sugar-free (only using dried fruits for sweeteners; no synthetics, either), but I have been adding in small amounts of sprouted wheat. Still off the flours, though.

Granted, I'm an A, and I've been off poultry since 12/07/09 after watching the movie Food, Inc. But I do eat fish. Wild caught fish. I recently became aware of how to cook fish on the stovetop (I used to only have luck in the oven, and even then, the results were hit and miss), and it turns out perfect every time (I've used this method 6 times with cod, salmon, and silver brite).

My newest kick is to only eat grains and most foods in their whole-est forms: this is why I've been sprouting. I do eat quinoa on occasion, and will be trying my hand at sprouting that, too, as soon as the sprouter becomes available.


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CTSG, you will be glad when you get a chance to read this great thread! Drea has done such good work. She will be an inspiration to you. ( Bear in mind she doesn't eat as much meat as we O's need to)


Thanks for the kudos, jayneeo! I really got my inspiration from you and KimonoKat.


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CTSG, you will be glad when you get a chance to read this great thread! Drea has done such good work. She will be an inspiration to you. ( Bear in mind she doesn't eat as much meat as we O's need to)


I hope she doesn't considering she's an A!  
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I still have not gotten through this great thread completely yet.  There's a lot of goodies to read

If I may suggest something.  I am too fearful to try this yet, but i have heard of studies pointing to a loooooong fermentation time of wheat, maybe days into a sourdough bread at a low fermentation temp (fridge?? not sure), being able to make wheat far more digestable.  Perhaps if you are willing to try this (I will with spelt someday) with wheat you might not have cravings after consuming it?  It supposedly does something with not just the starch but also the gluten
I will look for the studies and more info
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