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Drea
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Last October (October 22, to be specific), I gave up a fairly large sugar habit. I had been eating fist-fulls of sugary candy that we keep at the kennel for clients, plus I bought a bag of Smarties - Halloween size - and ate a third of the large bag in one sitting (mindless eating while driving, that's a whole 'nuther story). Over time, I no longer fit into my jeans and had to buy a size larger than I normally wear. That was a wake-up call.

A couple of things I know about myself are my tendencies to be an all-or-nothing type of personality. Meaning, I excel on going cold turkey, but have difficulty with moderation. My original goal was to be sugar-free for 30 days. I felt that if I could get through Halloween, I could manage anything. I also gave up red wine (mainly the only alcohol I consume) and wheat. Both red wine and whole wheat are diamonds on my swami, but both of these foods cause me to crave sugar, so I thought why make it harder on myself? I added the red wine back in after the initial 30 days were up, and while a glass or two of red wine does initiate a sugar craving, I can mitigate it by eating some dried fruit or a small amount of agave.

Thirty days went by so I extended it to the New Year. By the time January 2011 rolled around, the wheat-free/sugar-free choice was a habit. I had lost weight, as my jeans were now loose again. A couple of weeks ago, I started adding in 100% rye sourdough bread (French Meadows), and have had one or two slices per day, which is too much. In all fairness, one of my all time favorite combinations of flavors is sourdough with Best Foods mayo. I ate many of those in those two weeks as well . Another thing I love is a fried egg sandwich on 100% sourdough rye bread, toasted, with garlic powder and nutritional yeast. Two loaves of rye bread later...

Yesterday I didn't plan well, and ended up in Santa Fe, meeting a friend at a coffee shop at 2pm, and having only eaten a Blueberry Uni-bar all day. That carrot muffin called to me, and I caved. Full of sugar and wheat, and who knows what else. I ate three quarters of it with my cup of blueberry rooibos tea.

My next stop was a hfs, and I bought/drank a quart of blackberry kefir sweetened with agave (Nancy's brand), and a few hours later, a pre-made egg salad sandwich on whole wheat bread (there are few choices for eating for my swami in Santa Fe, unless I'm at the North end of town where there is a Whole Foods). When I got home, I ate several rice cakes with a pot of Bengal Spice tea before going to bed.

So, my experiment of yesterday told me that eating sugar, and eating sugar combined with wheat, causes me to want more grains. The other thing I was doing in town yesterday was trying on jeans in my normal size. I must have tried on at least 5 pairs and all of them were too tight. I blame this on the amount of grains I've been eating over the last couple of weeks, the mayo, and a day without veggies.

I'm going back to a wheat-free/sugar-free food plan for another 30 days, am giving up red wine for that time, and will limit my grains to rice and oats. In addition, I'm going to limit all sweets to dried fruits for 30 days. I've noticed that I'm adding a bit too much agave into my diet with the thought "well at least it's not sugar".

I'm encouraging anyone who is willing to join me on a journey of their own to post here in support.


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I'm going back to a wheat-free/sugar-free food plan for another 30 days, am giving up red wine for that time, and will limit my grains to rice and oats. In addition, I'm going to limit all sweets to dried fruits for 30 days. I've noticed that I'm adding a bit too much agave into my diet with the thought "well at least it's not sugar".


Looks to me that you have found a formula that works for you and that it is just a matter of finding a method of making it stick. I think you can take sugar/alcohol/refined grains as more or less equals and compliant unrefined grains as a 'soft carbs' source.

Problem is, I think, that the baddies, including Wheat, tend to appear as clusters with the effect of one enhanced or modified by the others. If you can eliminate the bad package and develop a counter strategy you should be able to find a clear sailing system that allows you to avoid cravings and maintain a steady weight.

Personally I use only Blackstrap molasses sparingly as a sweetener and use only whole grains (Spelt,Rice) certainly not Wheat. Sugar of any sort is certainly not natural and deserves permanent exclusion.





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great resolve Drea!!!


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Drea,
I've been thinking about cutting back on sugar( I eat honey daily in tea and every 2 days on oatmeal) and have "slipped" once in awhile back to my organic wheat/sea salt toast. I agree that the combo you mentioned causes cravings.
I only drink red wine sporadically and don't want sugar when I do drink it.
My family, unfortunately, asks for desserts and I make them. Naturally, they are not always good for all of our types (A's and O's) and I "taste" a little when I make them.
Its time to get back to being healthier.
I will go along with you and eliminate these "poisons" from my diet. God help me!


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Type O's and some type B's seem to thrive on a totally grain-free diet, which I don't think makes sense for type A's.  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.



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For breakfast I ate one (not two) slices of 100% rye bread toasted, topped with ghee, sea salt, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. On top of that, I added two fried (also in ghee) eggs. No sugar cravings.

For lunch I ate a large salad of torn up kale leaves, celery, zuchini, red onion, crushed garlic cloves, evoo, ume vinegar, and feta cheese. Afterwards, I really wanted something sweet. Hmmm. But I didn't cave. I wondered if it was something I ate, or if I'm "detoxing" from yesterday's choices.

I'm having some raw cauliflower dipped in yogurt, cumin, garlic powder, and salt (I used to dip my veggies in Ranch dressing, but that's an avoid).

I've got to get back to drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day (I shoot for 128 ounces, since that and coffee/herbal tea is all I drink for the most part). Plus, I live at 5600 ft elevation, and it's a very dry climate.


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After the cauliflower dipped in yogurt mix, I was desperately craving sweets. I sat and knit for an hour or so, then finally caved when I remembered I had a jar of black raspberry fruit spread in the pantry (no cane sugar, but did have concentrated grape juice as second ingredient). I ate the whole jar , with almond butter (just a few spoonfuls). Then I ate the rest of the rice cakes. That satisfied me, but wasn't the best choice in terms of my sugar-free journey. I won't buy anything that will tempt me for the next 29 days. Hopefully I can wean myself off sugar/sweet things again, soon.


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Drea, I support you endeavor of going sugar and wheat free.

I think that by simply cutting out cane sugar, your body thanks you for that. I would allow myself substitute sweeteners if you crave for something sweet once in a while... baby steps is always better than not doing anything about it.

I myself cut out sugar cold turkey about a year and a half ago when I was diagnosed with huge fibroids and ovarian cyst. What I didn't know at that time was that it would heal me of my constant low-grade yeast infection... or maybe that was candidas. I don't know exactly, but it was something that my gyn wasn't able to help. Yesterday when chatting with an acquaintance, she mentioned itchiness down there and I told her to cut out sugar from her diet. She said she cut out white sugar completely many years ago but is still using brown/raw sugar. She even thought the itchiness had to do with her having given birth three times  

Anyway, I digressed... I just wanted to commend you on your effort to go sugar-free; and remember don't beat yourself up if you slip once in a while. We need to accept ourselves totally in order to heal completely.




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Also rooting for you here, Drea.  

I noticed in my low carbing days that any bread or grains caused me to gain "water weight", easily shed but easily acquired.  I'm concentrating on cutting back on my rice consumption.  Rice is a diamond in my SWAMI, but only in small amounts, and I had been over eating it.  I haven't managed to go completely sugar free yet, as I still eat dark chocolate, but I am completely wheat free.  Maybe I will see if I can get through the weekend with no chocolate or sugar at all.  I'll join you by dipping my toe in the water first.  
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I'm finding this discussion fascinating, as I suffer from many of the same issues - addictions if you like.  I've been almost com pletely wheat free for years, and if I happen to eat a cookie I notice my pulse rate goes way up right away.  Also try to avoid sugar, although it's not an actual "avoid"...I find if I have a bit I have to have some more, just like an addiction.  And I'm a chocaholic.

The most peculiar thing is that (because I don't seem to do well with ANY baked grains) I eat rice cakes, and am finding that even they appear to creat cravings in me - if I eat 4, with, say, turkey slices on them, with some veggies for lunch, I immediately crave more???

anyone else have this experience?


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Thanks for the words of encouragement!

eva b: there are certain grains that create cravings and others do not (for me). Case is point: I can eat one slice of 100% rye sourdough bread, without mayo of course, and have the rest of the loaf still intact. I cannot eat just one slice of wheat flour sourdough bread without major cravings for the rest of the loaf. I've been known to eat a whole loaf of wheat sourdough in one sitting on numerous occasions, which is why I buy it rarely.


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O in V: rice is one of those grains that if eaten white, I crave more and more, but if eaten brown, I don't.

Because I'm an A, and I'm not currently eating any meat or fowl, I find that in order to keep my protein intake at a healthy level, I have to eat "some" grain. My problem is it's a fine line between some and too much!

Now that I've been pondering my food from Wednesday, I realized that I added in wheat and sugar in the same day, and it's no wonder why I'm having such a strong craving reaction. Perhaps I should have added just one.

Breakfast is coffee with soymilk (avoid free), one slice of rye sourdough toast with ghee, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, topped with two fried eggs (in ghee), parsley, and sea salt. Normally I'm not a morning eater, but I have a full load of grooming dogs today, and often don't stop for lunch.


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Quoted from Drea

Breakfast is coffee with soymilk (avoid free), one slice of rye sourdough toast with ghee, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, topped with two fried eggs (in ghee), parsley, and sea salt. Normally I'm not a morning eater, but I have a full load of grooming dogs today, and often don't stop for lunch.


Eating breakfast, particularly protein, should help you.
Don't start your day with a calorie deficit, that's probably at least half of why your body is wanting to overcompensate throughout the day.

Watch your protein and make sure you are getting combos that complete the protein. You don't have to eat it in one sitting, but if you have a deficit in certain proteins, perhaps you are being driven to make up for them in quantity in a food that isn't very high in them.

Google protein completion and get some ideas.
Beans and rice is the classic.

Eggs are great for me as a complete protein.

You could also have gut flora out of wack. Yeasties love sugar. Do you take probiotics?


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Drea-- you need to pack snacks. Ravenous is the word that describes me when I forget to eat because of being too busy. Modulating your intake will limit stress on your body and balance your blood sugar. That could only help with cravings.


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Thanks AKArtlover, I "know" I should be eating breakfast (and used to, up until a couple of years ago). You may be on to something with the gut flora. I found some Polyflora A the other day while reorganizing. I'll finish off the bottle, at least.


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I'm unable to binge on a pot of rice , but if I started eating toast, look out!  


I'm able to binge on a pot of rice, especially if it's white rice! About a week ago, I'd made white rice for the kids, and I found myself eating the leftovers (room temperature) out of the pot by the handful. Yes, the handful- it was clumped up and I picked it up and ate it that way, easily eating 4X my daily grain portion in about 10 minutes- and I'd already eaten some  grains earlier that day.


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ha ha, ruthiegirl...I just did the same thing with white basmati rice yesterday!!   I hadn't had any grain for so long, just binged. but,  oh well....could be worse. I didn't panic, I just told myself I had eaten part of the many servings I have missed.

Drea...meeting a friend in SF is special and should be fun....maybe if you had brought a yummy yogurt (sweetened with agave) to have with tea....or whatever...rice cakes....so they'renot perfect, at least they're not sugar. (or for me, wheat)  Best of luck!!!!
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Eva b:  interesting what you say about your pulse rate.  I ate something with wheat over the holidays, I forget what it was, maybe a dessert - and I immediately felt my blood rush and heart pick up as if I had had caffeine.  Very weird.  

Drea:  I'll see whether brown rice makes a difference.

I fell of the sugar-free wagon today by eating chocolate.  I've been snacking a lot.  Can't seem to help myself.  I'm not gorging, just grazing.  And before now I'd found that eating compliantly made me feel very satisfied and NOT hungry.  Now it's the opposite.  I think it might be hormonal/time of the month.  I just want to eat...nom, nom, nom.  
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My day went much better having eaten a good breakfast. I did have a LaraBar (peanuts, dates, salt) around 2pm. It's 4pm now and I'm having sliced turnips and rutabagas in evoo with fresh garlic and sea salt. It's a new dish for me (I like it very much); I like to cook by seeing what I have and making something from it. Later, I'll make some leafy greens (I have collards and two kinds of kale). Probably throw in some beans (canned beans have made such a difference in terms of cooking/eating), which I almost always rinse first.

I can binge on a pot of rice, but I don't get those wild "oh my goodness, there's uneaten rice, I'd better hurry up and eat it quick" feelings like I do with bread.


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After just under a cup of whole, organic plain yogurt, I'm now having a scrumptious salad of torn up kale leaves, crimini mushrooms, red onion, celery, rinsed black beans, feta cheese, crushed garlic, tossed in evoo and ume vinegar. It was 50 deg F here today, so now the snow is melting.


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that salad sounds divine! and so healthful.
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It was good. So good, in fact, I'm off to make another for tonight's dinner.

I ate fried eggs on toast, then most of a pint of Nancy's cultured cottage cheese (skim milk and cream are avoids), two cups of joe with soy milk, and 1-1/2 quarts of lemon water with sea salt.

Day 3 of no sugar or wheat. So far, so good. Oh, and I weighed myself this morning; something I haven't done for months and months. I wanted to see exactly where I stand.


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After eating the kale salad (this time it had great northern beans and cauliflower), I again wanted something sweet. I waited 3 hours, and just finished a bowl of thawed, frozen blueberries, the rest of the cottage cheese, and 2 Tablespoons of almond butter. That hit the spot. The alternative was almond butter and agave, but I want to go a week without agave, to give my taste buds a chance to reset.

That's also the reason I chose the cottage cheese, as I was in the store, hungry, and it was a choice between kefir (with agave) or cottage cheese with cultures.


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Drea, congrats on the third straight day without sugar and wheat. I am wondering if by sugar, you include all carbs??? Coz I think it is fine to have some carb and starchy veggies. Recently I have been eating quite a lot of starchy/root veggies like pumpkins, squash, rutabaga and sweet potatoes in a broth (to keep warm)... I have lost my intense craving for sweets. Of course, when I eat enough animal protein I also don't have the craving but for "A," it might be harder to do as you cannot eat a lot of meat. But it seems that you have been eating a lot of wonderful food. Keep up the good work!




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I like the approach of Chinese Medicine when it comes to the tastes of the food  we eat.  Our bodies have a need for the different flavors and sweet is one of them.  The sweet flavor is closely related to the Spleen, which is strongly activated in the body during the time when the seasons are changing from one to the other.

I try and incorporate the sweet taste into every meal that I eat, in the way that Ballet does . . by using whole foods that are naturally sweet.  Since I don't sweeten my food with anything like agave, honey, maple syrup, stevia, or whatever, it's really important to me to take care of this taste in other ways.

One thing I like to do in the cold season is to slow-cook beneficial fruits until they are very reduced in volume.  My favorite is sweet cherries and blueberries.  I simmer them for 8 hours or so until they are thick and sweet.  A few spoonfuls of this fruit conserve will satisfy any sweet needs I have without any added 'sweeteners'.  I also enjoy sweet potato, baked in the skin . . the old fashioned kind with tan skin and yellow interior.  It becomes very sticky-sweet when done, and is incredible with ghee.  Baked delicata squash is another favorite of mine;  or a few Nantes carrots, steamed or sauteed and mixed with other vegetables. Parsnips are nice and sweet, also young beets cooked whole and then slipped out of the skins. Sweet red bell peppers, red onions . . more sweet flavor.

I'm making a thick stew using bones as the stock.  I'll be adding plenty of red onions, red bell peppers, carrots and butternut squash for the sweet balance to the spinach, kale, rainbow chard, fennel bulb, zucchini, maitake mushrooms, garlic, celery and lamb.

I used to throw a few beneficial dried fruits in with whatever veggies I was eating, just before taking off the heat.  That's another way to get the sweet flavor.

Trying to survive without planning for this would leave me feeling that my meals were incomplete.



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Drea, congrats on the third straight day without sugar and wheat. I am wondering if by sugar, you include all carbs???


I'm considering sugar to mean cane sugar. I went for 65 days last time without cane sugar or agave (I don't eat honey, as I literally overdosed to the point of throwing up last year when I ate too much in one sitting), and then started adding in agave, a little bit at a time. The day before the *cave*, I was eating three and four Tablespoons of agave daily (part of my issue with moderation rearing it's ugly head). I do eat carbs. Love the carbs, of the vegetable variety especially. Grains...I have to stay within my portion and serving sizes, otherwise I'd surely sabotage my weight loss goals.


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Drea - I have recently realized that for me to get where I want weight wise and health wise... I too need to cut the white/brown/cane/ sugar, white rice (I over eat on that too, just can't stop.) and wheat. Any one of these products if eaten makes me want to continue eating it till it's completely gone. Well to a point. If I'm not "conscious" with what I am eating I too can eat an entire bag or box of something I shouldn't even be touching.

I too have the "all or nothing" problem. I have gone cold turkey on many things. My main focus really is to learn CONSISTENCY and MODERATION. Those two words were not in my vocabulary for a long time. I put them in caps because I'm still trying to get used to them myself.

With oatmeal I can overeat on it too. Not with quinoa though. I know when to stop. Same with brown rice. So those are my two grains I am good on. I have also found a spelt bread that I can eat just the right portion and stop.

Protein for breakfast makes me actually want to eat everything all day long too. I used to not eat breakfast for years. As I follow my btd, than gtd and now Swami I find that if I am eating the right foods in the right portions I actually have an appetite. Otherwise I could go all day long and only realized at about 4 or 5 that I have to eat... right than! Or I'll eat someone!!! lol  Hence the all or nothing with that too. Amazing what you realize by writing things down sometimes.

For me I need veggies and soy first thing in the morning. That is a protein too, but a veggie protein. Meat proteins make me want to eat everything and also over consume.  I'm allowed fish/turkey/cornish hen/chicken, so it a nice range, just never for breakfast. Eggs are a good breakfast thing. That works. With my Swami I can have 9 a week. Awesome! Of course I don't remember ever eating just one egg at a sitting. I'm still learning portion control.

So I too will join you in cutting out wheat, sugar and white rice. As of Jan 17th, 2011.
I seem to be doing okay with honey but I too am going to limit that to only one tbsp per day.

YAY us!


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I am also a kind of all-or-nothing gal   Eighteen months ago I cut all sugar and wheat consumption cold turkey (along with coffee), among other things. It was hard initially but very quickly my will power won over my cravings. I was devastated about the diagnosis of my huge fibroids at that time so my will power was strong. After having adopted SWAMI one year ago, I realized I could have some beneficial sweeteners without the harmful effects of cane sugar, so I have been taking a small amount of agave and vegetable glycerine without guilt. However, I was addicted to dark chocolate with cane sugar in it. I must had a few squares every day. And I was even addicted to Dr. D's Unibars (I love the sweetness of the agave in it)--especially the chocolate cherry variety! Since the beginning of this year I have totally cut out the chocolate with sugar and started making my own dark chocolate with a small amount of agave, so I am totally free of cane sugar now. And finally by upping my protein intake my craving for sweet things have substantially gone down.

But this has not been a smooth journey. Who knows maybe I would start craving again, hee hee. But I know what I need to watch out for is the grains not the agave... I feel I'm doing OK with a little bit of agave, or almond butter+ carob extract It's the grains that are the bane of existence for Hunters!   Even if I take beneficial grains, I gain weight very quickly. So it's a good start that we become aware of what tips off the balance on the scale... and work toward our goals. Onwards and upwards!




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Yay, Christa! Welcome aboard. Toot toot!

Balletomane, I just consumed two boxes   of Dr. D's unimbars in just under two weeks. That, my friend, is not good. They are too tasty, and I can't not eat more than one. I won't be buying them any time soon. I can, however, eat just one Lara Bar. Dates (beneficial) are the main ingredient, along with nuts and spices (or not), and I only buy the ones that are compliant for me.


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I'm having another great salad for lunch, and though I ran out of curly kale, I do have some organic lacinato kale. I tore up 5 or 6 leaves (without the rib), added celery, green onions, great northern beans, feta, walnut oil (ran out of evoo ), ume vinegar, and fresh pressed garlic cloves. Then, on Victoria's suggestion, added a handful of golden raisins.

I wonder why hand torn lettuce/kale tastes so much better than knife cut? Perhaps it's the force of ripping that causes the bruising of the leaves to let out more flavor...

I highly recommend lacinto kale eaten this way. Oh my! It's good.


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Got snowed in over here... I mean seriously snowed in. I can't even see my tires! lol

Yesterday, with trying to take care of my son and just being.... well, lazy. For a lack of a nicer word. I ate waffles yesterday. I made compliant strawberry sauce that was more tart than sweet. It had a bit of honey and agave in it. But it was still sweet. In my fridge (which I share with my parents while I rent out half their 7 bdrm house) my dad had put in caramel sauce and chocolate sauce for icecream. I drizzled some of that on after my waffles were done. They weren't even compliant! Hence my deciding to join you last night. Boy oh boy do I ever ache today! I've had diarrhea all yesterday and even today my body is still not happy. So stupid. I've learned just not to buy things if I don't want to mindlessly eat something. But I can't really throw out everything that my parents buy. I am trying to get them to be compliant. To each their own.

It's almost noon now and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. I guess I better. On a happier note... with having eaten so well on friday than my bomb of a day yesterday, I have still managed to lose 12 pounds since starting my Swami on January 1st. Awesome! lol Time to go eat brunch!


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Is it possible for you to get a mini-fridge just for your own foods and your son's foods (if he's on solids yet) rather than sharing the big fridge with your parents? Or maybe have certain shelves that are "yours" vs "theirs" and you can think of the stuff on their shelves as "not in my fridge, not available to eat"? Or is that completely impractical with the way your living situation is set up?

I'm still struggling with portion sizes and getting enough exercise, but one thing I dont' have a problem with is buying foods for the kids that I know I can't eat myself. I bake lots of spelt bread for them that I don't eat, cookies for the girls that I can't eat, but dairy products for DS that I can't have, etc. I'm not really tempted by any of the foods that I know are bad for me, even when I'm the one preparing them. Well, the only temptation is to taste cookie dough as I'm making it to verify that "this batch" came out good, just one or two licks,  but I'm usually able to resist that.


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Keep up the good work, Drea!
I am having less honey now and am avoiding wheat totally! You have inspired me!
My worst craving for a "little something sweet" comes just after I eat lunch or dinner. I am eating Teacher foods but need to drink more water.
Like your desert, Drea, we are considered high altitude yet only at 3500 feet. It is dry and sunny this week but still cold.
Also like you, Drea, if I eat one slice of that artisan bread(toast) I must have more...with ghee and almond butter...it is like a drug for me! So, I have to just "step away"........


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Glad to see you cajun! It's cold here, though not as cold as it was a couple of weeks ago.

I think adding those golden raisins to my salad made all the difference. I didn't have any sweet cravings afterward. Thanks for suggesting it Victoria!

I second the mini-fridge idea; if I had to share a fridge with someone who ate "junk", I'd cave more often (and did when I lived with my mom). My will-power comes at the grocery store by not putting it in my basket in the first place.

I'm having a somewhat stressful (all induced by me, I might add) day. I didn't sleep well at all, even though I had a pot of Tension Tamer tea before bed, several sprays of Rescue Sleep during the night, and a cup of Yogi Calm tea at breakfast.

I really wanted to work on my taxes (not really wanted, but feel I should) today, but the woman who cleans the kennel couldn't work any other day than today. It really breaks up my concentration when I have someone else in my space; plus, I'm in her way. And even though tomorrow is a "holiday", I'm keeping the kennel open for regular business hours (7:30am-5:30pm). There will be people dropping off and picking up dogs tomorrow, as well.

I'm having another pot of Tension Tamer, and knitting. I'm almost done with my cabled pullover, just have to finish the yoke and then decide what neck treatment I want. Originally, I was going to make a turtle neck, but now I'm not sure. Knitting is like meditation for me.


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I think adding those golden raisins to my salad made all the difference. I didn't have any sweet cravings afterward. Thanks for suggesting it Victoria!


You're welcome!  I'm glad it helped.  



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I wonder why hand torn lettuce/kale tastes so much better than knife cut?


great observation!! a chef friend of mine mentioned just that to me years ago....
to never chop up leafy greens......tearing them keeps all their flavor and nutrients


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great observation!! a chef friend of mine mentioned just that to me years ago....to never chop up leafy greens......tearing them keeps all their flavor and nutrients
Great tip!! I never knew this...Cheers

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Where to start... apart from needing to restart grain free, nut free, chocolate free... Thanks Drea for being so honest & upfront!!! I identify with you!!!

I was actually going super well until the week between Christmas & New Years....in fact I was so close to my next goal, I said I would be there by New Years...Even though I missed that due to lazing around & nibbling a bit too much...until basically just a week & a half ago I was still going relatively ok!!!!

My skin was the best it had been for ages (practically clear for once ) & I was doing well with my weight I think complacency is my downfall as I did this once before recently - I then think the things that usually effect, me have stopped having an impact...

Even worse though, my experimenting with bicarb & Epsom salts gave me the idea that I could counteract any such problems...& it worked for a while
Not saying I went overboard, just a bit nuts over nuts!!! Well maybe a bit overboard...I did eat an entire 500g pack of macadamias Now I remember why I avoid them!!

I am realising how badly avoids effect me too... As per my comment re doing well until a week & a half ago: I did so well at DH's work drinks (eating & drinking nothing) but as we were clearing up I decided to finish off a cashew & pesto dip!! The small amount I had*, was enough to tip me over, due to the herbs & preservatives (& probably the nuts) as my skin broke out soon after...*Plus with my really bad reaction to salicylates, I stupidly had awakened my sensitivities by drinking some thyme & lemon syrup (had honey in it) in hot water at work...

Now I am battling an incredible bloated feeling & have put back the 6 pounds I lost since October & some... All in the space of less than 2 weeks...But it seems to be bloating (fluid) as well as weight gain...also yesterday I had too much of chia seeds & flax...

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Ruthie- a completely different fridge is something I've hummed and hawed over a few times. The cost of a small fridge for the small benefit seems like a waste. It was worse while my brothers were still here. They would eat all the things I would buy. So when I went to eat something I would get my cortisol levels up cause I couldn't find anything that I had just bought the day before. lol

With my parents and my current living situation it's merely about me always being conscious when I put something in to my body. Something I need to develop a bit more.

Today after having green tea with some honey my throat starting to be slightly sore. Dang it! Guess I'll have to avoid honey now too. I used to remember constantly having sore throats pre btd. Having one now is just so annoying because it's been so long. The reaction I had to the honey was about 1/2 the reaction I get from shrimp. So yep, time to cut that out too. I was in denial about it.

Today for bunch I had toasted spelt sourdough with an egg and a bit of sea salt. A green tea with honey. About an hour later I ate half a pomelo. Those things are huge. I liked it, better than a grapefruit. In a bit I'll be making a broccoli stirfry that I'll have with some brown rice. It won't be as plain as I'm writing it out to be. I'll add garlic and paprika to the rice when I reheat it in the pan. Sesame seed to the broccoli with some wheat free tamari. Yum!


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Isn't it amazing how easily we can "get off track"? I've often pondered why it's easier to maintain one's weight than it is to lose it.

I had breakfast for dinner due to circumstances beyond my control. Breakfast was a Lara Bar; I didn't even have coffee as I found the travel mug outside on the fence post when I was leaving the kennel this morning. In all the confusion and frustration with the dogs, I completely forgot about it there. I did drink the coffee (cold) at noon...I hope that wasn't too late. Lunch was my awesome salad. Dinner was my two fried (in ghee) egg open-faced sandwich. Sauteed (in walnut oil) organic collards with fresh ginger root, garlic flakes, and ume vinegar.

Almost the end of day 4 and I can already feel the difference in my craving levels (or lack thereof). Yay! But I don't want to get complacent.


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Drea, good progress!!!! Thumbs up!

Christa, losing 12 pounds since Jan 1!!! Wow, you go girl!

Honey is a blackdot for me so I try to avoid it too. However, when I took a bit of organic honey the other day, it didn't bother me much at all. I wonder if the reaction you had was due to contamination in the honey. Did you read that article someone posted about the honey laundering by Chinese/Germans? There might have been corn syrup/sugar in your honey   Just a thought.




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My honey was from Northern Mexico. I actually thought it said Northern New Mexico (where I live), but after I ate 2/3 of the jar, I realized that was not the case.

I just finished another one of those wonderful lacinato kale salads, this one with celery, crimini mushrooms, green onion, fresh pressed garlic, feta cheese, walnut oil, and ume vinegar. I ate the rest of the golden raisins as a snack last night so had nothing to add to the salad that was sweet. But I did have two Lara Bars, one for breakfast and one at noon. Mondays are hard for me because I work the kennel alone and it's hard to get away to eat. Not impossible, and I'm going to make time every day for nutritious food.


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Christa; meant to say yesterday, well done on the 12 lb loss since Jan 1!!! Wow!! Think I know where a few of them went

But...as I suspected, some of my bloating was indeed just fluid...I have lost nearly 2lbs since yesterday & was up in twice in the night to pee...

Re the Epsom salts experiment...I have a customers who can't take Espom salts so was trying to research if you can be allergic/sensitive to it As I said, I have only been feeling bloated & gaining weight since I started this & yesterday all I had all day was a glass of water with 2tsp of E salts & drank plenty of water but didn't pee all that much & my ankles were swollen by evening Then after more water & a few pieces of cos/romaine lettuce (hand torn) for tea, I eventually got rid of some of the extra fluid...

Good going Drea!!!
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The honey I was getting is from a local farmer and I was so excited because he really loves his bees and takes care of them really well. No sugar water for them! It is also organic and unpasteurized. I was so excited too because honey is superfood on my Swami. *pout* Oh well. You live and you learn.

As for weight loss... I am so done carrying it around. I've used it as a protection (emotionally) for such a long time. I don't even know what it is like to be my healthy weight in my adult  body. So that is my goal for my 30th birthday this september. I have less than 9 months to go now. It's a doable goal for sure.

With cutting the sugar, just like cutting gluten... it's in everything! Except for veggies and fruit. I had my steel cut oats this morning and had no idea what to put on them. I ate them plain and pouted. lol I realized later I could've added some fruit. Silly. I have been making stir fry's which is great cause wheat free tamari, soy, broccoli, snow peas, cauliflower and sesame seeds are absolutely yummy together.


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With cutting the sugar, just like cutting gluten... it's in everything! Except for veggies and fruit. I had my steel cut oats this morning and had no idea what to put on them. I ate them plain and pouted. lol I realized later I could've added some fruit. Silly. I have been making stir fry's which is great cause wheat free tamari, soy, broccoli, snow peas, cauliflower and sesame seeds are absolutely yummy together.
Ummm hate to disillusion you but sugar is in fruit & veg!!?? Some of us have really to watch the glycemic index of these & things like carrots (esp. cooked) & bananas (just to name 2) are high... & there are those that have to watch fructose as well Maybe you aren't one of these??!!
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As per this thread I'm specifically talking about white sugar. Not veggie or fruit sugar. So no, not disillusioned at all.


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Day 6! Not technically a milestone, but I'll take whatever I can get. I'm making a concerted effort to get a healthy breakfast in my tummy every morning. Yesterday was a Lara Bar, but that's healthy (diamonds) on my Swami. This morning was my open-faced (read, one slice of 100% sourdough rye bread) fried egg sandwich with coffee and soy milk. All bennies or diamonds.

It's getting easier and easier. Last night for dinner I had a fried egg sandwhich (I may have topped my weekly allotment of eggs as I only get 7 per week, so I have to watch that). Perhaps I should make it one slice of bread and one egg, that way I can have it daily.

Then I had a cup of yogurt, plain. The yogurt I get at TJ's in organic and greek style. Love it. Then I was still hungry so I cut up a cauliflower and dipped it into a sauce made from yogurt, 1 Tablespoon Best Foods (an avoid, but I don't want to waste the jar ), cumin, garlic powder, and sea salt. That hit the spot. Not a sweet in sight. And while I pulled out the package of rice cakes, I put them back untouched after reflecting on eva b.'s comments on another thread.

I didn't sleep at all well last night because poor Tucker P had diarrhea and was asking to go out at midnight, then 1:30a, then 2a, then 2:30a, then 5:30a at which point he started throwing up as well. I finally crawled out of bed this morning at 7:30a feeling not at all rested. Each time I get back into bed, I squirted some Rescue Sleep (Bach Flower) under my tongue. The jury is still out whether I'm finding relief with that product. I love the single White Chestnut remedy, though.


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Chrysta- I used to make oatmeal with raisins- put raisins (or whatever dried fruit I have on hand, cut into raisin-sized pieces) into the water when  I heat it up, so they get all plump and sweeten the water before I add the oats. If you have more energy, you can soak dried fruit, then puree it, and THEN cook the oats in that, to  get the flavor mixed in better. Simpler but more expensive is to add a jar of baby food fruit to your oatmeal after cooking.


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Drea very very excited for you! Day 6 is awesome. I'm on day three now. I feel great... except for feeling the full moon last night. It's tonight but I start feeling it a day before most times it comes around. With dogs and diarrhea I recommend feeding them nothing but rice. It is easy for their stomaches to handle. Brown rice works the best.

Ruthie I wish I could get over my issues with raisins or any dried fruit for that matter. They just look like they are depressed and really sad when they've been dried. And dried raisins especially freak me out. The dancing raisins from that commercial, just the thought of them still freaks me out. lol


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Lol Chrysta! How about slices of fresh fruit cooked into your oatmeal then? Or use juice for part of the cooking water.

Good job on 6 days of eating clean Drea!


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Yep, that's what I'm doing this morning! Fresh fruit! Yum!


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Drea, you are doing so well with your diet but you need your SLEEP!!!!
I do understand about your dog, though. My "girls" are like having toddlers ...you have to put them first!
Christa, when did you become a teacher? I remember you mentioned you had a great turkey recipe...?????
Possum, have you tried the "sip right for your type" tea? I love the type A tea so I bought some type O tea for my friend who "swells" alot...she said it really helped her and she loves the taste!


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There u are Cajun! lol
I became a teacher when I Swami'd myself January 1st. YAY me!


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After eating a very delicious and healthy dinner: sauteed collards, mustard and turnip greens, spinach, fresh ginger root, fresh garlic, in walnut oil with tofu, I finished up the last of the raw cauliflower and dipping sauce from last night. Then I ate two or three spoonfuls of almond butter and a whole package of rice cakes. Turns out, I can't eat just one. I won't be buying those again anytime soon.

I'm drinking some Bengal Spice tea so I can unwind from my day before retiring. I love to sit and knit and listen to an audio book at the end of the day.

Still no sugar or wheat, but there is room for improvement in my food choices. Tomorrow is a day off for kennel errands and grocery shopping. I'll also be picking up my weekly portion from the local organic greenhouse (kale and chard).


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End of day 7. Wuu-huu! I'm very proud of myself today. I went into town at 8am and didn't come back until 6p. Even so, I didn't stray. I had my morning cup of coffee with soy milk, almonds that I keep in the car (but only a handful), plain kefir (I love the unsweetened variety - I've never had it before), a Lara Bar (peanuts, dates, salt), some water, and when I got home, a lacinato kale salad with crimini mushrooms, black beans, celery, red onion, fresh pressed garlic, walnut oil, ume vinegar, and feta cheese. Everything was either a bennie or a diamond with the one exception of the ume vinegar, which is a neutral.

Not bad!


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I had my morning cup of coffee with soy milk, almonds that I keep in the car (but only a handful), plain kefir (I love the unsweetened variety - I've never had it before), a Lara Bar (peanuts, dates, salt), some water, and when I got home, a lacinato kale salad with crimini mushrooms, black beans, celery, red onion, fresh pressed garlic, walnut oil, ume vinegar, and feta cheese. Everything was either a bennie or a diamond with the one exception of the ume vinegar, which is a neutral.

Not bad!


Great job!  I see you get black beans...  They have always been avoid for me, but my DD really likes them...  Her favorite recipe is to warm up about 15 ounces of beans, mix in some crumbled roast turkey, and some grated Co-Jack cheese.  Spread this on a large plate, spread with plain yogurt, more grated cheese and chopped avocado.  


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you daughter has good taste....
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Good job Drea! Eating well on "busy days" is always the biggest challenge.

I'm so jealous that you get Lara bars. Dates are a black dot for me, so a Lara bar would just play games with my blood sugar. There's not a single kind of ready made "bar" that's safe for me.


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I am lucky that I get dates, and they are a bennie, too. Before I got Swami-d, they were a black dot.

Of course after I posted my hip hip hooray, I opened a bottle of wine (my bad), then got an intense craving for bread. I ate 4 slices of plain, untoasted 100% sourdough rye. It could have been worse...I wanted to smear Best Foods on them, but I didn't.

This morning it was coffee with soy milk (I'm taking a break from the soy lecithin), and a Apple Pie Lara Bar (dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon). The cinnamon is the only neutral, the rest bennies or diamonds.

Lunch: a kale salad. I can't believe how much I'm enjoying eating raw kale this way.


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she s a total Mexican curious, in taste!!!


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Well, I ate my kale salad at 4:30pm, which is closer to dinner (no lunch). Then I ate two pieces (the last two pieces of the package) of plain, untoasted rye bread, a couple of small spoonfuls of almond butter, and a bowl of fresh (cooked) brussels sprouts with ghee and mustard. Now my tummy hurts a bit and my lungs are tight. I'm thinking that's because of the mustard.


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or the gluten in the rye? Seriously consider this, it changed my life going gluten-free...as in: I don't have asthma anymore?
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I'm still also gluten and white sugar and honey free. I feel good... but tired. Today was a long day at the natural health store. Especially with my 7 month old that has three teeth coming in. Ouch! Time for bed.


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I'm not gluten sensitive. I still think it's the mustard. That particular variety is made with vinegar, and lately, vinegar has been hard on my system (technically, it's an avoid, but used to not bother me so much).

Day nine and still wheat-free/sugar-free (and at the moment, this includes any form of processed sweeteners, agave included; I'll add that back in after a time, just want to clear my system first). I have to remind myself that I'm not trying to go grain-free.

I noticed I was eating over my weekly egg allotment, so 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.


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My breakfast of oat bran mixed with cinnamon, pecan pieces, golden raisins, and rice protein powder turned out to be quite tasty. Not sweet, but the raisins add a nice sweetness in the bites that have them. I'm wondering, though, if the rice protein powder should be counted towards my daily grain allotment? If so, that's all the grain I can have for the rest of the day (won't be hard, just curious).


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What an adorable child in that video!    My kale chips came out so bitter than I couldn't eat them, but I made mine with olive oil and sea salt only, and used a higher oven temp.  Perhaps at a lower temperature and with this tahini sauce they don't taste as bitter.
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you daughter has good taste....
Thanks...  
She has always been very discriminating in her food choices and we learned to use that to help guide us away from her avoids...


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My breakfast of oat bran mixed with cinnamon, pecan pieces, golden raisins, and rice protein powder turned out to be quite tasty. Not sweet, but the raisins add a nice sweetness in the bites that have them. I'm wondering, though, if the rice protein powder should be counted towards my daily grain allotment? If so, that's all the grain I can have for the rest of the day (won't be hard, just curious).

I would count the rice protein as a vegetable protein rather than a carbohydrate since most of the carb content would have been removed to increase the protein percentage...


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Thanks Joe.

Lunch was another salad with kale and some braising mix I got from the local organic greenhouse, crimini mushrooms, green onion, black beans, celery, feta, walnut oil, ume vinegar, and fresh pressed garlic.

Dinner is sauteed broccoli florets with fresh ginger root and wf tamari.

I'm definitely getting my veggies!!


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I just made the discovery that ascorbic acid is also often made from corn. *shakes head*. How exactly is corn a good source of Vitamin C?

I'm eating a jar of Santa Cruz Organic apple sauce, ingredients: organic apples, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). I wonder if this means the ascorbic acid (in this case) is made from Vitamin C or what? I could email the company to ask (and may).


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it is corn derived, no need to ask, they won t have a clue.....check the list


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I just made the discovery that ascorbic acid is also often made from corn. *shakes head*. How exactly is corn a good source of Vitamin C?


I know! I just found that interesting tid bit of info out the other day too. Insanity. Good thing I can kinda process corn. I just haven't eaten it in 7 years now. On purpose anyways. Who knows what other names it is hiding behind.  


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I'm sure I read somewhere recently too, that nearly all ascorbic acid is made in China...a good enough reason on its own to avoid it, without it being derived from corn   
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It makes me so mad! Why companies insist on adding corn to everything! I must be more diligent in my label reading from now on. I rarely buy apple sauce to begin with (I prefer whole apples), but it was on sale. That'll learn me!

I went into Santa Fe very early to get Tucker to the orthopedic surgeon (I'm looking into fixing his wrist, finally!), so no time for brekkie. I did eat some almonds I keep in the car, then some fresh black berries and fresh blueberries I bought at Sam's Club. I bought a small dish of kale/avocado salad from WF, and at most of a package of Lundberg Tamari and Seaweed rice cakes. Sigh. It's never a good thing to go into town without packing something healthy or eating first. At least I maintained my no sugar, no wheat rule.


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at least there's a WF! can always get something...
I made 50 cupcakes and a cake for granddaughter's birthday yesterday and didn't take a crumb!! Yay! (put away a good bit of wine, though!)
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I made 50 cupcakes and a cake for granddaughter's birthday yesterday and didn't take a crumb!! Yay! (put away a good bit of wine, though!)


Good going, Jayneeo!


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Another good day food-wise: oat bran with rice protein powder, golden raisins, cinnamon, and pecans for breakfast, with coffee and soy milk. Organic kale and baby greens salad with celery, daikon radish, red onion, mushrooms, feta, avocado, walnut oil, ume vinegar, and fresh garlic. Yum! And totally satisfying, though I just realized no beans on this one (didn't notice until I typed this up). Ah well, something for dinner.


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at least there's a WF! can always get something...
I made 50 cupcakes and a cake for granddaughter's birthday yesterday and didn't take a crumb!! Yay! (put away a good bit of wine, though!)




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It's been a while since I had a job where I took my meals, so I had forgotten about doing it here (the kennel is literally across the yard - about 150 feet, but if I'm the only staff at the kennel, I don't feel that I can close up to go fix a meal).

Yesterday, I took a pyrex bowl with a lid filled with the oat bran/rice protein mixture I've been having for breakfast the last couple of days. All I have to do is heat up some water (that's the way I prepare it), and voila!...breakfast. I amaze myself.


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An interesting thing happened today (it's not happened before): after my yummy lunch of kale, baby spring mix, avocado, red onion, cannellini beans, feta, celery, daikon radish, walnut oil, ume vinegar, fresh garlic, I was hungry within a few hours. So I ate a Lara Bar: peanuts, dates, salt. I was still hungry so I ate another Lara Bar: dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, cloves.

I'm still hungry so I'm off to make some brown rice pasta with sauteed greens, and fresh ginger root.

The good news is that I slept like a baby last night and got more than 8 hours.


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I could be happy eating that way, Drea .....except that I'm an O....
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Jayneeo, how are you doing with the grain-free? I haven't seen anyone post on that thread for some time. You and KimonoKat are my inspiration!


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Since I eat breakfast at least six days a week, and because I really enjoy eating the open-faced fried egg sandwich with two eggs, I've decided to have oat bran with rice protein powder three days a week and the fried egg sandwich three days a week. That way I won't go over my SWAMI portions for eggs or grains per week. Yay! A compromise!


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great idea, Drea.
I guess we let the old thread die off....but I'm definitely grainfree! I aspire to sugarfree and dairyfree as well, but last night DH toasted some pecans in a pan with garlic,etc. plus a bit of br. sugar....well it was too good to complain about the sugar as I ate a handful, also it was a small bit of sugar.
I am also eggfree for the last few wks to see if I can cure my eczema.....its getting a little better, but I think its more the cheese-freeness....so ....yeah, I'm pretty paleo.
I guess I love your thread cuz you are trying similar stuff, so you go, girl!
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Weigh Day

I was a little disappointed yesterday when I weighed myself (normally I'm not a scale person, more of a "how do my clothes fit" person, but I decided to use the weight as a measurement this go-round as well). After being wheat-free/sugar-free for a 13 days, I'd only lost 0.4 pounds. But my clothes are fitting better and I do feel better, and that's more important to me at this point. I'm still 10 pounds heavier than I'd like to be, but it'll come off eventually; especially if I stay "free".


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Since I was able to span more than 80 days on the last go-round, my short-term goal is 90 days this time.


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Now I'm back in the rhythm; the test will be tomorrow when I go into Santa Fe on errands. I'll have a good breakfast before I leave the house, and keep in mind the two weeks that I "lost" getting myself back on track from the last slip-up.


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Good job...keep the rhythm, Drea!
It took 60-90 days of being truly compliant for me to see ANY weight loss. Then it came off, slowly, without trying at all! I didn't need to lose much but it just kept going about a pound a week! It has leveled off now, I think because my body has "adjusted" itself to where it should be.
Mind you, I never changed the exercise or diet that whole time...just kept to the teacher way of eating and working out!


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While I was at the store contemplating buying a bag of rice cakes, I looked at the ingredients in the Lundberg Tamari and Seeweed cakes (brown rice syrup! No wonder I ate the whole bag!).

I was fairly good today foodwise. Phew!


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Those ingredients will get you every time (you don't read them)...  I like the lightly salted ones from Lundberg...


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I only had one cup of coffee with soy milk this morning, then got to work on 5 dogs. By the time I realized I was hungry, it was already 4:30pm! And I didn't get to eat anything until 6pm. I made a salad with kale, baby spring mix, celery, black beans, avocado, feta, cauliflower, red onion, evoo, ume vinegar, and fresh garlic. All bennies or better (with the exception of the neutral ume vinegar). I'm also having some diluted tart cherry juice.


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I usually buy Nancy's organic plain kefir, which only contains milk and cultures, but the other day when I was at TJ's, I picked up their brand of plain kefir. I didn't notice until I got home that one of the ingredients is inulin. I googled inulin and found that it is used as a binder, and is most often made from chicory extract. Chicory is a bennie for me, but I'm still considering inulin to be a neutral until I know otherwise.

Has anyone heard otherwise regarding inulin?

The other thing I noticed the other day is that since I've been eating so much kale as salad greens, I've lost my liking for baby spring lettuce leaves. They taste so bland compared to the wonderful richness of kale leaves. Of course, I still love romaine; it's the sweetness.


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I only had one cup of coffee with soy milk this morning, then got to work on 5 dogs. By the time I realized I was hungry, it was already 4:30pm! And I didn't get to eat anything until 6pm.
It looks like you are making great food choices.

I don't know how you As do this...  My body drives me nuts when I don't eat on time (+ or - and hour or two)...  My wife asks me - "Why are you so obsessed with food?  I don't know, but it seems normal to eat three meals a day rather than 1 or 2.


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I can be like that, too, ABJoe. But when I'm doing something that takes my concentration, that's usually when I forget to eat. The downside is that when I notice I'm hungry, I'm usually too hungry to make good choices. It just so happened that I only had good choices available yesterday.  


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inulin is contained in many different foods.....artichokes is one of them.....
google inulin content and find out what other foods in your list have it


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The key, I suppose, is finding out from the company what form their's is made from. Actually, probably not worth the effort. I haven't found any thing that inulin is made from that is harmful to me. Just curious.


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Even though I'm sick (I came down with the flu yesterday), I'm still eating compliantly; re: no (refined) sugar or wheat. The elderberry/zinc lozenges I bought yesterday are sweetened with brown rice syrup, and they aren't terribly sweet, which is nice.

This morning I couldn't face coffee, so had two cups of peppermint with twig tea mixed together, and now I'm having some miso soup (just miso paste in hot water). Very soothing to my throat. I stocked up on veggies yesterday, mainly leafy greens, but will probably cook them today. A salad doesn't feel warming enough. If I have more energy later, I'll whip up a pot of lentil soup with carrots, celery, onion, spices, and, of course, lentils.


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your foods sound good as usual, you are making good choices! that is the goal, to make good choices under stress as well as on a good day.
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Thanks Jayneeo!
Drea, I forget to eat when I am concentrating or busy, too! Kudos to you for your good choices and conquering it all!
MMMMMM lentils! Now I"m hungry!


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Day 19, which is more than half of my original goal! I'm doing great, though at the moment, I'm sick, sick, sick with the flu. But...I haven't strayed!


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Yes, sending you healing vibes! Feel better soon.


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Due to my coughing uncontrollably and the pain that that causes, I asked my neighbor to pick up some cough drops. She had a package of Ricola, and they are very soothing. Unfortunately, the last ingredient is sugar. But in light of being sick, I'm going with it for now. I'll restart the sugar-free counter after I've beaten this bug. *sigh*


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Hi Drea,

I have been following your progress the last few months. Thank you for the motivation it produced on me. You are doing a great job on your food selection. Your meals sound so yummy and I am a Hunter !

Those cough drops are medicine, therefore my vote is you do not need to start a new count. I just hope they do not give you cravings. Keep up your good nutritional program as much as you can given your "weakness" and hopefully you many not even experience them.

Hope you feel better soon so you can continue with your good work.

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Thank you Susana. So far, I have not had any cravings, not even for "real" food. The thought of eating is scary, as I've been vomiting among other things with this stupid bug.


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There you are. In a few days you'll find yourself healthy and most likely with some weight loss and hopefully no cravings. As they say, their is always something good of a bad situation  .

Hope you recover soon and you can enjoy your new situation.

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I'm on the mend, thank goodness! I've had a pretty good day, took a shower, went to the kennel (across the yard), even though it's a lovely 11 deg F without the wind chill factor, BRRRRR. I didn't actually get dressed, just threw on my boots, hat, gloves, and jacket over my jammies. I've eaten a big bowl of the lentil soup with veggies I made this morning, and a small bowl of oat bran with pecans, golden raisins, rice protein powder, and cinnamon. Now it's dinner time and I started to crave sugar. I don't have any, other than the cough drops, but I found a bag of oat flour covered date pieces. That curbed it. Yay!


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MMMMMMMMM...I love dates...and figs....they are my "candy"
Glad to see you are on the mend, Drea!


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Hope you find yourself "mended" today. Well done resisting the temptation yesterday.

From my experiences with hours/days after a fasting (you've just gone through one, forced but never the less) is that the body wants food/energy fast. Careful do not confuse it with sugar. Of course sugar may be one of the items the body/brain calls for. It acts fast. Load up on good food.

Also, one of the symptoms of good health is hunger. Don't let the sugar get in the way of your progress toward good health.

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Thanks Susana, I've really missed your loving support; I'm so glad you're back among us!

You know, after I posted my back-slapper, I opened up that same bag of dates and started to mindlessly eat them (it's a habit I've formed some time ago ); once I realized what I was doing, I closed up the bag and put it back in the pantry. I wasn't really hungry after that (not for real food), but did still "crave" something, but I just rode it out, drank some hot tea, some salted lemon water, and finally went to bed early (9 pm).

I'm still not hungry (though know that's normal for me and not necessarily a good thing), but honestly, nothing sounds appealing. Because of the cold (did I mention that it's -14 degrees F here this morning?), some of my grooming dogs might not show up and then I'll be able to take a break to eat a proper meal. Ooh! I just remembered all that lentil soup I made! I'll take a tub of that. Never mind.


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You mentioned earlier in the thread about being frustrated with the lack of weight loss- which got me thinking about other threads we've had on here this winter about "winter weight." It might simply not be possible for you to truly lose any weight until it warms up outside. IF your body is holding onto extra fat stores as "insulation" then the weight will probably come off, effortlessly, wihtout doing anything different, as soon as it warms up.

Of course, you might have lost some weight with this illness, but that might not stay off once your appetite and taste buds return to normal.


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Drea, my pleausure I actually missed you.

Ruthiegirl I think you are quite correct on winter weight, at least for me. While I have most of the time maintained a good weight I always got 4-6 pounds up on winters. Even when I had the food addiction I always started losing weight in the spring. But Drea, that does not mean you can go stuff yourself on those dates lol! The less weight you put on in winter the easier it will be in spring and it is just around the corner.  We are just about to hit mid winter lol!

This winter I have discovered Yogi Tea. There are lots of different flavours. You in America have even more flavours. They keep hunger miles away and they are so satisfying. I am with one right now: "Ginger Harmony" Ginger (39%), fennel, cinnamon, anis, cilantro, cinnamon extract, ginger oil, and licorice. All organic, diamonds and beneficials. The combination of spices makes it quite sweet so no need for sugar. I add a coffee spoon of carob to add another diamond . Ahhh! so warm and comforting.

Drea, I do not want to be like a nagging mother but, even if you are not very hungry eat those beneficial foods, even in little quantities. It will surely make you less hungry for when you recover. And throw the uncovered nagging "poor me" attitude out the window. I bet it is responsible for wanting you to eat the wrong foods. I´m ranting.

Hope you fell better soon.

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Drea, hope the doggie mom's don't show up....you could use some rest. With a good book and tea. ....feel better soon!
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Drea, I do not want to be like a nagging mother but...



Susana, we could set a new world record if you were my mother!

I don't take it as nagging. I take it as caring. That tea sounds yummy, too. I'll look for it when I go into Santa Fe tomorrow.

I ate a bowl of the lentil soup and I must be starting to get my taste buds back because it was dee-lish-us. *tee hee*

I feel so much better; not 100%, but due to circumstances beyond my control, most of New Mexico is without natural gas. This, and the cold weather, means that only two (out of 4) of my grooming dogs showed up, and all dogs got bathed and sent home before we ran out of hot water (our heat and hot water are powered through natural gas at the kennel, whereas my little abode is powered with propane). I cancelled all the dogs scheduled to be groomed tomorrow and rescheduled them for next week, as the gas company is saying it might take up to 3 days to restore the natural gas in our area.

It's been a weird week, for sure!

Ruthie, I think you may be right about the weight. I didn't even bother weighing myself this morning because I felt that any weight I might have lost from not eating would be added back on as soon as I started again. *great minds and all that*

Thanks for all those healing thoughts; they worked!


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Well as least your little abode is heated and you get a well earned rest Hope do do get the $ you missed next week.

I'm glad you did not take it bad. I have not written English in two years and it is a little bit rusty but I still write as if it were fluent . For example I think you are taking this very well jet I said the "uncovered "poor me" attitude." You are not showing any of it. I meant the unnoticeable (covered), perhaps even nagging impulse. Just in case someone read they may get the wrong impression. You are showing signs of great strength in attitude, towards the sugar/craving nuances, and taking good care of yourself.

I am glad you are recuperating well.

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I had a very similar conversation this afternoon with my mom (she's much more of a pessimist, whereas I'm more of an optimist): she thinks the world is slowly falling apart and doesn't see how we as a people can ever recover. I see the world as going through some heavy changes that will (hopefully) give people the impetus to make better choices. We agree to disagree, finally.

On another note: I've found another tasty way to eat my plain yogurt...with added golden raisins. Just the right amount of sweet in almost every bite -- now I see why Raisin Bran is so popular...(too much added sugar for my tastes).


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Btw Susana, your written English is very good...and much, much better than my written, or spoken for that matter, Spanish...considering I took 5 consecutive years of it in HS!

The temps are dropping again, there is still no natural gas here, but there is only one dog staying overnight and he's a wolf hybrid with a full winter coat, so I think with a space heater directed on him, he'll be fine.


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Still no natural gas, but since I use propane...I made a big pot of quinoa to compliment my big pot of lentil soup. I'm having a bowl of quinoa with sauteed red, green, and yellow bell peppers in evoo, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast.

A little aside about bell peppers. They were avoids on the BTD, which I followed for more than 10 years. I used to love them and was really sad to see them go, but off they went. Then I switched to the GTD, then to SWAMI-X, and never supposed I could have them back. Until one day, I was reading the wallet shopping card that I printed out and laminated from the SWAMI-Xpress, and there in green, and in lower case, were the words "peppers, bell". I couldn't believe my eyes. I had to look a couple of times before I believed it. They are bennies for me now! Wuu-huu! I'm really happy to have them back.


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Full disclosure:

Last night I literally coughed for 20 minutes straight. As soon as I would clear whatever tickle I had, another round would come up a second or two later. Some coughs were so strong that I would retch at the end. I googled dry cough and found hot water with lemon and honey. I had honey. I had lemon. I had hot water. I made several cups, then when that wasn't satisfying (cough-wise) I remembered that I used to suck on honey candy to sooth my cough as a child. So I ate the rest of the jar of honey. It helped enough so that I could go to sleep and get a pretty good night's sleep (without too many interruptions).

Being sick is not helping my sugar-free journey!


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I think you need to change your focus during illness. If honey is "medicine" then it doesn't count as being "sugar" for the purpose of your sugar-free journey. If you haven't been eating enough, this may have been your body's way of making sure you get enough calories to fight off this illness.


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I love all the support I'm getting.


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I am 100% with Ruthiegirl.

I am freezing today. Houses her have no heating. Very few do but it does not include ours. It will be the first thing I do when we do a reform. We have had 15 days of rain and clouds. With the humidity, between the rain and the sea (I live by the sea), houses have been unbearable. This morning there were no clouds but some wind making it even colder. I am so hungry. And I have eaten basically the same for the past month. There is clearly something with cold and excess pounds .

My herbal tea has brewed. Time to put an end to hunger. Hopefully .

Hope you have coughed all you had left.

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Being sick is not helping my sugar-free journey!

I'm wondering if the sickness is "caused" by the healing from the sugar-free...  We know sugar is an inflammatory, so when you stopped eating sugar, the body could do more intense healing.  One part of healing is to get rid of any stored fat or waste matter.  I also know that virus or bacteria can "hide" in waste matter.  When the body starts to clear the waste, it exposes the "bugs" and now has to deal with them, while the bugs are fighting for survival...  While in this fight, the body may need more energy since you aren't able to eat regularly or keep it down.  

Flow with it without getting frustrated and get back on track as you can...  The honey provides an anti-bacterial form of concentrated energy, which the body probably needed for the fight currently happening.  This is a big part of listening to the body...


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Oh, Susana, I wish I have coughed my last. I'm much better than last night, though!  

Because of the hysteria of the people around here and the gas outage, stores, gas stations, etc. are circuses. I still haven't had a chance to go into Santa Fe to pick up supplies (I'm hoping to go tomorrow) like sambucol, vit D, and so on...

Just finished lunch/breakfast: lentil soup, quinoa, leftover bell peppers, nutritional yeast. Very tasty!

ABJoe, that's an interesting way to look at it; I hadn't considered that perspective. It certainly explains why I got hammered so severely.


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Drea, sounds rough, coughing all night....been there and its the pits. I take quercetin every day with my bladderwrack. Overall I believe it helps me stay free of colds. It is in deflect, I believe....but I get it from WF...can find it wherever supps are.
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Now that I'm almost back to my picture of health (I'm still coughing and sucking on sugar-laden cough drops, though I aim to change that today ), I'm going to step back onto the path of sugar-free and wheat-free.

It occurred to me the other day that I've been treating golden raisins as bennies (not going overboard) because grapes are bennies. But raisins aren't actually listed on my swami cards (I admit I haven't checked the whole report, just the shopping cards). My thought, though I know this isn't always the case, is that if grapes are bennies, then dried grapes (aka raisins) are also bennies. Raisins are one of the few dried fruits that I can add to my oat bran to add sweetness, that don't contain any other ingredient. I was avoiding the apple-juice sweetened cranberries that my local hfs carries, because they contain safflower oil ( ), but come to find out that is a black dot, and there's so little of it, probably.

Thanks to the suggestions of my friends on the Fresh Start thread, I'm picking up some Vit D-3, Sambucol syrup (cough), more lozenges not made with sugar, and soothing ginger tea today. I've been living off the huge pot of lentil soup I made last Wednesday, along with the large pot of quinoa. Thanks to who ever suggested that one. Now that's a quick meal.


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Glad to know you are back to your good spirits. Nothing feels better than health.

I love quinoa too. Who would have said I would prefer it to wheat. My new love affair. I can control the amounts and it fills me up and comforts me without secondary effects. Ideal!


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This cough is getting old. It's worse first thing in the morning and in the evening. It's evening now and I'm coughing worse than ever.

Today, I walked by the candy jar at the kennel and almost picked up a candy before I remembered that I was staying away from (refined) sugar. Yesterday, while I was at the hfs, a woman was reading the nutritional ingredients in the dried fruit section. I picked up a bag of apple-juice sweetened dried cranberries and she said "there is NO nutritional value in these cranberries, the cherries have SOME", and I said, I really liked them both because I was staying away from sugar. And she said "there are CARBS, and no nutritional value!", and I said I don't have problem with carbs, just refined sugar. I didn't want to get into the whole discussion about how cranberries are bennie on my SWAMI, whereas cherries are just a neutral. *rolling eyes*

Carbs are the new fat.  


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Carbs are the new fat.  


Well at least it is a more beneficial fad for me   It is just unfortunate most people just stay in the surface of issues.

There are a couple of books, last one published last autumn, by Gary Taubes. I absolutely love them. He basically arguments the low fat fad vs low carbs on fashionable terms. Three years ago, when the first book was published it gave me great relief to know that the 5 steaks I was having per week were not necessarily bad for me. Not that I did not trust Dr. D but it was a back up which I actually use with people to use their own terms. Once I de structure their old beliefs I can construct again with Dr. D's work. Not that I get any converts, I do not get then for a low carb diet either, but I hope I open their minds a little bit. I end my pitch by saying that the best way to know which system is best plus more information on additional health benefits is Dr. D.  

Hope that cough of yours goes soon. At least it is getting rid off all the debris. and you're doing some stomach exercises .

Have a good day.

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I'm proud of myself because I didn't eat any of the German Chocolate Cake served at the Super Bowl viewing (it was also a birthday celebration). I wasn't even tempted, and I love GCC. Well, almost anything with chocolate. I haven't had any chocolate, except for one attempt at making my own with unsweetened baking chocolate and agave, around last November. I look at the bars of dark chocolate when I'm standing in line at TJ's, but since they all contain sugar, I just look away.

Still coughing, but it's definitely getting less and less. Wuu-huu!


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I like using cocoa powder in my morning yerba mate with cinnamon, homemade rice milk (which I put a bit of stevia into) and sometimes blackstrap molasses. That seems to satisfy all my chocolate cravings quite nicely.


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I sometimes go through phases where I add unsweetened cocoa powder to my coffee, for an unsweetened mocha. I'd forgot about that when I wrote I haven't had any chocolate. Okay, so I've had cocoa powder, but not commercially made chocolate with sugar, since before Oct 22.

I've yet to acquire a taste for yerba mate. It's a bennie but coffee is a ◊.


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Yahoo! Since my initial weigh-in on Jan 26, I've lost 5 out of a total 12 (goal) pounds. Granted, the catalyst was not eating for a couple of days while I was sick, but I'll take it anyway. I'm been well for a week; or I should say, I've been eating like I've been well, for a week.


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Drea,
Something is in the air as it seems EVERYONE around my town and my Mom's area (near orange County) has a "virus" or "allergies"! They all claim the ugly cough is the worst symptom! My sons and husband are getting over it this week...I am hanging in there! But I am also the only one REALLY following BTD, too! They only do a little because I get their vitamins through NAP and do most all the cooking for them. Its a start.
I agree with the ginger tea! Sooo good for you! I am a big fan of lemon and honey with just about any tea, too.
Do you eat honey, Drea?  


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Cajun, I do eat honey on principle, but several months ago I over ate some honey and got a horrible tummy ache (I can't remember if I actually vomited or not ), so I don't use it unless I'm sick. Besides, honey is like sugar to me...makes me want more sweets or carbs.

I'm taking my mama out for sushi tonight, so I'll probably fall off the sugar-free wagon (just because I think something will have traces of wheat or sugar), though not intentionally. Like, I won't be ordering green tea ice cream.


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5 lbs is great! enjoy your dinner out.     
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Last night's dinner was scrumptious. We shared a seaweed salad (avoids, I'm sure), then had the Chef's Choice Sashimi boat for 2. There were a couple of fish that I didn't recognize, and the sushi chefs didn't speak English well enough to tell me what it was, but I know there were several kinds of tuna, red snapper, and salmon. This place serves their sashimi with shiso leaves and shredded daikon radish. I also had miso soup and a house salad, and a bowl of rice. Oh yeah, and I had a draft beer. I haven't had a beer in a coon's age (not sure how long they live). It was really good, but now I'm back on track.

Breakfast: coffee (black), fried egg sandwich with nutritional yeast, parsley, garlic powder, on a toasted piece of 100% sourdough rye bread. Lunch will be a kale salad with assorted chopped veggies and feta cheese (walnut oil and ume vinegar as dressing). I'm going to a "tea party" at 2:30pm, but know there won't be anything on my menu, which is why I'm eating before I go.


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Congratulations on your weight loss and even more for getting back on track. Good luck at the tea party.

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Best laid plans and all that...

I didn't make that yummy sounding kale salad, as I ran out of time doing research on the Internet (I'm seriously considering taking credit cards at the kennel; right now, and for the last 20+ years, we've only taken cash or checks). So I went to the tea a little hungry and grazed on olives, rice crackers (with avoids...potato starch and probably corn), decaf earl gray tea, a couple of chipotle, pine nut, organic sun-dried tomato nori sheets, and strawberries. I didn't have any (known) sugar or wheat, though. I got to visit and do a little knitting, and it was a nice afternoon. Time flew by, and before I knew it, it was almost 5 o'clock! I left to take care of the kennel doggies (feeding/walking), and now I'm eating dinner: sauteed broccoli, bok choy, ginger root, tofu, garlic flakes, in evoo, with ume vinegar and wf tamari. All diamonds except for the ume, which is a neutral.


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I re-ran my SWAMI last night (I wasn't sure if I asked the program to choose my genotype or if I told it -- I had told it, so I changed that), and put in my new (higher) higher weight, and upped my activity level one notch.

I'm still a Warrior, only this time, the software confirmed it (there was never much doubt). But my serving sizes have been reduced across the board with the exception of the amount of fats and oils I'm allowed. For instance, when I weighed 7 pounds less and was less active, I got 1/2 cup of grains, 3 times per day, whereas now that I'm 7 pounds heavier and more active, I only get 1/4 cup of grains, 3 times per day -- which is still a lot in my book. I'm pretty sure these are uncooked grains, because the software also states that I can have 1 slice of bread, 3 times per day, instead.

Anyway, I'm still maintaining my wheat-free, sugar-free lifestyle (as much as possible when I'm being fed by others from time to time). I'm back up 2 pounds from the original 5 I lost from being sick. Grr.


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I've come to the realization that while wheat is a diamond, I was associating wheat with wheat flour, and taking license with eating too much bread, crackers, tortillas, etc. Now that I've been off wheat (and corn, too!) for more than a month (the second time around), I don't even miss it. 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.

I haven't had any refined sugar for more than a month, and hardly any agave or other added sweeteners. I do regularly consume dried fruit, which are high is sugar content, but I don't buy any that have added sweetener, unless it's apple juice. I'm still not 100% over my wicked flu from a couple of weeks ago, so I have been sucking on Zand brand throat lozenges, which are sweetened with brown rice syrup. I recently bought a bottle of black strap molasses, but found out later that it's a black dot for me.

Quinoa is my new go-to "grain". I'll put it on a salad, add it to soups, and mix it with beans. I like it for a number of reasons, but the top-most is that it's faster and easier to cook than brown rice. It also doesn't "dry out" in the fridge like rice does.


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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.

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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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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.
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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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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.


I don't bake anymore. It's too tempting to eat it.


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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.


6 days is a great accomplishment!


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Thanks, Drea!  It's day 9 for me and still holding strong.  In fact, I had a sip of my daughters Gatorade today because I was dying of thirst and there was nothing else to drink and it tasted like syrup....so sweet.  

It gets hard to stay away from chocolate/sweets in times of stress.  I have to reprogram my brain to find other ways of rewarding myself after a stressful day.


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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!


no doubt that is the biggest key to security and a good shopping list.. !!

my inhause cheat is blue berries.. naked as jaybirds.................... now if I made blueberries - crushed and added some nuts, or some cocoa powder???? haha


Yesterday I ate quinoa - to much- and then had one hour of body pain all over today I have bladder pain.. GRAIN FREE>> for me..


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Almost hitting the two week mark and still no sugar for me.  I decided yesterday that I was going to have an ice cream sandwich, but then I changed my mind for fear of disappointing myself. Planning an all bennie dinner tonight:

Talapia with fresh mango salsa
Green Beans
Salad
Pineapple Carppacio for dessert (pineapple drizzled with a little agave glaze, blueberries and basil)

Wishing everyone a splendid Mother's Day!


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Almost hitting the two week mark and still no sugar for me.




I ate some spelt pretzels yesterday, and they made my tummy hurt and my body puff up. I hope I've learned my lesson . That was the first flour product I've eaten since Jan 10th!


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Uh oh, those spelt pretzels are causing sweet cravings that an apple and dried tart cherries are not satisfying. I'm having some peanut butter with unsweetened cocoa powder and a squeeze of agave. O-M-G! That is da bomb!


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Wow, no flour products since Jan? That's an accomplishment! Does eating flour always make you crave sweets?

I splurged a little today. My DH and I snuck out for a lunch date at the movie theaters.  I had some popcorn and a frozen lemonade. It felt nice to cheat a little.  

I'll make sure to stay compliant the rest of the day.  


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Flour, especially wheat flour, makes me crave sugar, and more flour. So to minimize my cravings, I stay away from it. I've been known to eat a whole loaf of sourdough bread in one sitting. Saturday I ate a whole bag of spelt pretzels (made with spelt flour) and I was craving bad. Of course, I had a bad tummy ache later, so hopefully the lesson has been learned and I'll stay away from flour!

I do eat sprouted kamut and wheat berries, and those don't cause undo cravings, but I didn't eat any wheat products at all from October to Feb to clean out my system. Then I added the kamut berries in slowly to see what happened.

So by eating no flour products I don't have bread or crackers, which is fine by this body, though I do miss them.


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Hi! Sounds like you are really getting intune with your body. I have been up and down, back and forth. I started the Type A diet, then when I found out I was a non-secretor, I switch to the A+ nonnie diet, then I thought I was a teacher, then I thought I was a warrior, and now I know I am an Explorer. In between all the switching I was vegetarian, vegan and a meat eater. My weight has changed as much as my diet over the last 15-20 years. I am finally coming around to being a explorer. I am doing a total fresh start after grocery shopping this weekend. I was inspired by your story of really working at finding the right things that work for you. I am also in New Mexico. I live in Rio Rancho. Where are you in Norhtern New Mexico?  


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I'm in Española...nice to "meet" you!

There's a new thread I started called "kicking the sugar habit, part 2" because I fell off the wagon a couple of weeks ago, celebrating the anniversary of my birth.  

Come join us there, if you are so inclined!


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First off... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are not too far away. I will join you on the new thread! I am excited to hear your story. Like I said before I have been all over the place and now I am ready to be the explorer I was born to be. Saturday I go grocery shopping and the new me will begin. I just wrote down all the portions for the food groups so I don't buy too much or too little of what I need to eat for the week. I am ready to jump in. I order the 3 pack for explorers and the skin care packages. I figure after all a new diet deserves a new skin care treat. I hope to see more from you on the board!


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I am reading through this entire thread.  It's taking me a little time, as it is a long one, but I am looking for tips and advice.  My sugar habit/cravings are through the roof right now.  I really need to put the skids on, and I think I am also one who needs to go cold turkey.  Moderation doesn't seem to squelch the craving.  I wonder whether I can do this.  I have been a lifelong sugar addict.     BTD/swami has reduced my intake of refined sugar & carbs, but I am still hungry for them.  I still eat sugar in chocolate, which I've been eating too much of lately, and red wine, which I gave up for a couple of days because I felt tired from it, but now I'm drinking it again in the evenings, which causes me to want chocolate and dried fruit.  Which causes me to linger by the bakery department in grocery stores and feel sorry for myself...pining for cheescake and coconut cake and sugar cookies.  It's really pathetic.  Wish me luck, y'all.  
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O in VA, anything I can do to support you in giving up sugar/sweeteners, please let me know. I gave up all alcohol (red wine) when I went cold turkey on the no sugar, and that helped.

Have you ever tried unsweetened baking chocolate? I'm serious. It hits the spot for chocolate, and I can actually taste the chocolate now.

As you may have read, initially I cut out all flour products, wheat, alcohol, and sugar/agave/honey, etc. The only "sugar" I got was a little dried fruit/fresh fruit.

It's been almost a year, and I've slipped a couple of times, but it's second nature now...a client gave me some homemade cookies and I passed them on to my employees. I know I can't eat just one; and then what's the point?

It's very easy to grocery shop now, I can skip the dessert section!


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Thanks, Drea.  I'm going to give it a shot.  Have not tried unsweetened chocolate yet, but I may make a hot drink with it like Goldie does, now that cool weather is on the way.  Red wine will have to go.  Too late to start today, but I'll start tomorrow.  Hopefully, I will make it through Day 1.  If I quit smoking, I should be able to do this, too.  Thanks again.  
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