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Drea
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CSTG, I've been sprouting kamut first and now winter wheat berries and they have not caused the cravings that wheat flour has in the past. But...I gave up all wheat products (kamut, spelt, wheat, etc.) for several months before reintroducing.

I have an all-or-nothing type personality, especially where sugar and wheat flour are concerned. My willpower comes into play when I don't bring it home in the first place.


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try lacto fermenting your flour for 72 hours if you get the chance (and are willing)
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So, I'm sitting here, hungry and tired, and thinking about what I would eat if I could have "anything"...then I made a quick saute of fresh ginger root, garlic flakes, bok choy, and tofu, seasoned with wf tamari. Let me just say that that was what I was craving, as I had two servings!


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CSTG, I've learned to just back away from the bread. It took me a long time, but when I did it was worth it. I'm grainfree except for occasional rice.
I found a bakery that made quinoa bread and I went crazy.. It wasn't even that good. What saves me is sweet potatoes. I can eat one everyday since I don't eat grain.
I'v lost about 15 lbs.....recently....over the last few months.
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Sweet potatoes are avoid for my swami, but I've found that since only using dried fruit as sweeteners (and using them in that quantity - that's key - don't go overboard), my sweet-tooth is all but gone. I also stay away from any grain that is not in it's whole form (or try to). Yesterday I was out in the world, and starving (okay, so maybe not technically, but I was very, very hungry and grocery shopping...never a good combination), so I bought a pre-made sandwich: french bread (I haven't had bread in many months), evoo, basil, fresh mozzarella (black dot), tomato (avoid), black pepper (avoid). The sandwich has a specific name, I just can't remember it at the moment. Anyway, it tasted good. But, it also led me to eat 7 rice cakes and some Cambezola cheese (avoid), and a beer (avoid). So backsliding is always a possibility.

Today I'm starting fresh. And funnily enough, I've eaten all the bad stuff in the pantry and now only have beneficials and diamonds left for the rest of the week!


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The sandwich has a specific name


Caprese perhaps?


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Yes! That's it! Thank you. Not that it matters, really, because I won't be eating another any time soon.  


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Drea, thanks for sharing with us your journey to a sugar and wheat free diet.  I too have intense sugar cravings that I have battled my whole life and tend to have an all or nothing personality.  I went on a major chocolate binge this Easter weekend and need to get back on track. It's interesting to read what you and the other forum contributors find that brings on more cravings and I'll keep those in mind while I try to fine tune my diet.  

My biggest challenge is getting past the three o'clock hour without something sweet. I have a bit of a wheat allergy and always feel so much better when I eat wheat free and gluten free.  I didn't grow up eating various grains so I have a bit to learn about what grains are healthy for me and what grains I should stay away from.

I have always had salads and sandwiched for meals and having wheat (sandwiches) and vinegar (salads) as avoids, it has thrown me off. So I need to find alternatives salad dressings and such.  

Drea, I read your posts about ume vinegar and I have never heard of it before.  So it is not technically a vinegar and therefore not an avoid for us A+'s?  I have noticed lately that when I eat vinegar I tend to get a stomach ache.

Anyway, let's hope I have the same success as many of you on this thread! Thanks to all for the inspiration.  


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lemon juice and try real lemons best


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Drea, I read your posts about ume vinegar and I have never heard of it before.  So it is not technically a vinegar and therefore not an avoid for us A+'s?  I have noticed lately that when I eat vinegar I tend to get a stomach ache.


Welcome! And I'm glad chronicling my journey has helped you. I find it useful to go back and read myself.

Keep in mind that I follow my SWAMI (software by Dr. D that is tailored specifically to me, but you can buy it and it will be specifically tailored to you, personally). On it, ume vinegar (brine, actually) is rated as a neutral. I used to exclusively use lemon juice and evoo, for years, but finally got tired of that taste sensation.

I find ume vinegar at Whole Foods or my local health food store. When I eat anything that contains vinegar, my tummy aches, too.


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I picked up a couple of individual packets of sprouted brown rice protein powder (nothing else added) to try with my oatmeal for morning protein.


What brand of sprouted brown rice protein powder are you using, and how does it taste? I tried using the Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder and it tastes horrible.  I can only eat a half of a serving at a time.

http://www.gardenoflife.com/Pr.....id/1894/Default.aspx


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Last time I used Nutribiotic rice protein powder, and it was fine mixed into my oat bran. This time I'm trying a new (to me) brand, Peaceful Planet, that isn't sprouted, but comes from non-gmo rice with nothing else added. I haven't actually tried this one yet; I'm still waiting until I finish the last of the Nutribiotic. And again, I haven't tasted either one by itself; just mixed into other things.


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Ok, thanks Drea!  I'll look into those brands next time I go to the health food store.  Today starts my first day of no sugar. I've printed my Swami, but still trying to read through all of it.  I have much to learn!!!


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use DPN s protein powder instead...contains no additives or avoids of any kind, plus its type A specific


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Thank you for the suggestion, Lola.  The DPN protein is made from soy, which spawns an unanswered question of mine.  There is a long list of females in my family who suffer from Endometriosis and I have read that the levels of estrogen in soy (as well as many other phyto and xeno estrogens) can make this condition worse.  I know its a controversial topic as I can't seem to find a definite answer anywhere I research.  If anyone in the BTD community has information to offer on this topic (be it opinion or scientific) it is surely welcomed.  

I came across this article today and I can't believe how backwards this is...
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real
They are stating that eating healthy is now considered a disorder called orthorexia.

"Orthorexics: Those affected may start by eliminating processed foods, anything with artificial colorings or flavorings as well as foods that have come into contact with pesticides. Beyond that, orthorexics may also shun caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt, wheat and dairy foods. Some limit themselves to raw foods."

Really?????????  


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look it up......use the window top right of page........great search tool
the ortho issue has been discussed


about soy and As
Soy is a great detoxification medicine for type A
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive4/config.pl?read=664

Soy phytoestrogens block aromatase
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archivea/config.pl?read=67509

Soy does contain a protease inhibitor
http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/index.php/2004/05/04/soy-enzyme-inhibitors?blog=27

Ho-hum. Every month, someone yells "soy scare."
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archivea/config.pl?read=87765

Soy is a good food if you are type A
http://www.dadamo.com/faq/smartfaq.cgi?answer=988814415&id=988813483

Thyroid-- soy for A's
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive7/config.pl?read=25052

Dr. D links to John Robbins on Soy
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archived/config.pl?read=142720

Some points to remember about A's and soy
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive8/config.pl?read=37234

One man's food is another's poison A's and soy
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive6/config.pl?read=21224


Phytoestrogens are only part of the picture
http://www.dadamo.com/forum/archive9/config.pl?read=53832

I repeat, this forum is all about physiological individuality according to Dr D s findings and thorough investigative work......no one size fit all alarmist reamarks here to find...it s up to us to decide which advice we wish to follow


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use DPN s protein powder instead...contains no additives or avoids of any kind, plus its type A specific


I'm partially kidding here, but it often sounds like you and Andrea are getting kick-backs from promoting DPN products...

Sometimes price is an issue, and sometimes speed is an issue (at least for me)...



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guess we can t help promoting all avoid free fare, like these systems and all involved in BT/GT of which we are fans!!!!!


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Thanks, Lola!!! I appreciate all the resources and will read through them this weekend.

...I got through day one with no sweets, despite all the chocolates and candy the kids brought home from Easter!  Made an amazing dinner: Stir fried zucchini, carrots, tri-colored peppers and bok choy over brown rice pasta with a little spicy marinara sauce. Yum!!!


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Congrats on day one without sweets Jayme!

For salad dressings, make your own with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and whatever spices your'e in the mood for that day (or no spices at all works too.) For a change of pace, try lime or grapefruit juice instead of the lemon juice. For a while I used lime juice when limes were cheaper, but lemons are cheaper again so I'm back to using lemon juice in stuff.


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Thanks, Ruthiegirl  

I'm on day 3 with no sweets now and feeling pretty good.  I had a crazy stressful day yesterday and that's when I usually cave in.  Going to try to keep myself busy over the weekend so I don't have time think about what chocolates I want the indulge in.

Planning on drinking lots of hot water with lemon and plenty of herbal tea as that seems to help reduce the cravings. I am going to try making Pineapple Bread from:

http://www.dadamo.com/typebase4/recipedepictor7x.cgi?660

Any suggestions on what ingredient I can use instead of sugar?

How is everyone else in this tread doing on their sugar-free journey?


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Dried fruit like raisins, especially the golden variety, are really good for sweetening recipes. You can even try pureeing them after soaking if you don't like the texture of the raisins. Some folks add agave or veg gly instead of sugar. Remember to use less sugar/substitute than you normally would now that you've retrained your taste buds.


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  I'm similar to you, Drea, in that it's easier for me to completely avoid some foods rather than struggling with them all the time.  I made the choice many years ago that if I ever want to eat grains, I just don't eat them in any form that involves flour.  I'm unable to binge on a pot of rice , but if I started eating toast, look out!  

This system has worked for me completely.  I also eliminated sugar from my diet 10 years ago and haven't knowingly eaten any during that time.  Before anyone starts thinking that I'm saying I'm SO disciplined,   let me say that a very serious illness way back then was a strong motivator for me to eat only foods that support my health.  I prefer feeling good more than having the illusion of "freedom" than saps my health and vitality.


Wow! How do you do that? I've tried eliminating sugar and I just can't do it. I use natural sweeteners but sometime I eat too much of the baked goods I make.
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I came across this article today and I can't believe how backwards this is...
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real
They are stating that eating healthy is now considered a disorder called orthorexia.

"Orthorexics: Those affected may start by eliminating processed foods, anything with artificial colorings or flavorings as well as foods that have come into contact with pesticides. Beyond that, orthorexics may also shun caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt, wheat and dairy foods. Some limit themselves to raw foods."

Really?????????  
It also says that it was "Identified in 1997 by Colorado physician Steven Bratman, MD, orthorexia is Latin for “correct eating.”  

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Yes, Possum, it's pretty sad that we live in a time when handing over a prescription of anxiety pills is more of a priority than promoting taking proactive measures toward your health by eating correctly. BTW - It's great to see a kiwi online.  My husband is a kiwi too!

On day 6 with no sweets.  I tried the pineapple bread and was pleasantly surprised.  I used half the amount of sugar listed (as Drea suggested) and used date sugar instead of cane sugar.  Everyone loved it!  I'm usually horrible at baking so I am glad it turned out to everyone's liking.

The artichokes that I planted last year finally starting to grow.  Some should be ready to eat next week. Can't wait!


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