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Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 5:57pm
Just had to post this here, as it is definitely a testimonial to the BTD.

The other day at work I had gone to an early lunch break. On this particular day, lunch was some leftover pot roast with plenty of thyme, onion and garlic, and a big pile of sauteed kale. I had just taken it from the microwave (yes, I know, but I wanted a hot lunch and we don't have any other way to heat things up) when my employer stuck his head in the breakroom and took a big appreciative sniff. "You are the only one who eats real food around here," he said. About ten minutes later a gang of fellow employees came in with their orders of cheesesteaks, fries and pizza. And they all said, "Hey, who brought something good? It smells like real food in here!" LOL!!

Ten years ago I was one of the cheesesteak and fries fanatics. Now I'm eating better than I ever have in my entire life, and I LOVE it. While I sometimes fall off the wagon, I'm scrambling to climb right back on, because this is the best food plan ever.

I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it: thanks so much for all your hard work, Dr. D. It changes peoples lives for the better. Well done! :)
Posted by: Don, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:02pm; Reply: 1
Amen! (pray)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:25pm; Reply: 2
these people you work with can tell the difference!
that s a great first step toward awareness!
good job!
Posted by: Vicki, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:31pm; Reply: 3
Walmart had the 1.5L (I measured ~5 cups of fluid) stainless steel Thermos food jar with handle/strap for $15 or $16.  I got one and it has performed well!  
Posted by: RedLilac, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:53pm; Reply: 4
On Friday, one of the few co-workers left in the afternoon before the New Year's holiday decided to clean out the refrigerator.  She told me not to worry that she recognized MY food and wouldn't throw it away.

We have a microwave and a toaster oven at work.  I've thought about buying another Flavorwave oven and bringing that in.
Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:57pm; Reply: 5
That's a good plan, RedLilac. I've thought of bringing in both a toaster oven and a small slow cooker, to do my soups in at wintertime. I really hate that microwave--not only is it bad news, no one but me ever cleans the stupid thing so it's always disgusting :P

Vicki--I had a stainless thermos, and somebody stole it *sigh* I should just go to Kmart next week and get a thermos and a toaster oven and be done with it LOL :)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 6:59pm; Reply: 6
I call that considerate!! ;)
Posted by: Don, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 7:28pm; Reply: 7
What is the best way or best small appliance to heat up a plate of food fairly quickly without a microwave?
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 7:32pm; Reply: 8
a double burner is a safe option.
like the baby bottle warmers.....
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 8:15pm; Reply: 9
Yeah, I get a lot of ribbing about the "odd" (closer to its original state!) food I bring in to eat, but everyone complains about their aches and pains, "of course, that's just part of getting older", and I know I used to have all the same pains, which are gone now, and everyone is having "allergies" or colds, coughing their heads off, but not me. In the past I would have been just another achy cold-catcher. The other day a cubicle-neighbor said "Suzanna's the only one who can get up off her knees without help."   :o And, believe me, those knees used to be no fun! (We have some awkwardly placed file drawers we must deal with) Anyway, that comment gave me a big charge.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 8:29pm; Reply: 10
I love hearing this kind of news ladies!  :-)  No need to preach at people.  Just eat your real food and let folks form their own conclusions.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 10:16pm; Reply: 11
At college my teachers and fellow students always find my lunch so good looking and tempting( I share a lot)
and all it is: is cold meat/fish and salad- ( from dinner yesterday)lots fruits and dry nuts- It should be soooo easy to copy - but they don´t ! ( a few have started to bring more fruit)
WHO said that lunch should be ryebread with cold sausages and liverpate ???????
Posted by: italybound, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 10:46pm; Reply: 12
It is funny at my work too. When I first came back, I used to eat out alot (pre-BTD days). My DH was always giving me grief about it. Of the 4 of us,  he was the only one who didn't eat out much. Gradually, I stopped eating out and always now bring food from home. One of the other guys does too and even the most stubborn about giving up the fast food, almost always brings food from home. Home cooked food for all of us now. Blood type compliant? Only me and Rich somewhat. But hey it is a big change from 6 yrs ago. :-)
Posted by: Brighid45, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 10:54pm; Reply: 13
Yes, exactly. I don't say much about the BTD, but everyone knows I'm following a different way of eating. They know if they have questions they can ask and I'll be happy to answer them. :)
Posted by: Susana, Saturday, December 30, 2006, 11:15pm; Reply: 14
I was brought up on real food and I would say it is the reason why my health is so good to date.

I remember when I went to school I would get very cross at my mother because all friends took a french barrette with salamy, ham, cheese... I would not take anything as my mother always believed in 3 good meals. Actually I was never hungry on the breacks i just hated being the odd one out. Most of my friends did not have breakfast so they were starving.

I remember my mother waking me up with a pint of fresh squeezed grape juice and she would put preasure on me to drink it soon so the vitamins would not go.

For lunch I alwyas had real meals (vegetables, meat or fish and always fruit for dessert) while all my friends had pasta, fries... and pudding for dessert.

I have to be real thankfull to her. All her efforts (every single day she made fresh food) were to my benefit.

:K)
Posted by: Vicki, Sunday, December 31, 2006, 1:44am; Reply: 15
Don, a small crock pot.  To maintain heat, a stainless steel food thermos works great.   With the thermos, after filling it with boiling water for 5+ minutes, I've packed with hot sweet potatoes/similar on top of the other foods to seal from any unused space, etc.  The thermos food (ground turkey recipe. sweet potatoes) came out so hot 6 hours later that we had to let it cool before eating it.  
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, December 31, 2006, 3:58am; Reply: 16
Don,
the other option is a nice little toaster oven.  You can put the food in a little pan and cover with aluminum foil so that the foil does not touch the food.  Just a few minutes on 350 and everything is nice and hot.  So quick!

Most of the time, I don't bother to cover the food unless it is already somewhat dry.
Posted by: jayney-O (Guest), Sunday, December 31, 2006, 7:05pm; Reply: 17
Susanna, You are lucky and your mom deserves the accolade! I was raised similarly, and ....well... went a little crazy when I grew up....becoming  a vegetarian after a short time of exploring fast food,....but back to basics now.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Monday, January 1, 2007, 1:19am; Reply: 18
I can appreciate your sentiments about real food, Brighid.

I adore this way of eating so much because it focuses on real, wholesome food. There are not bright, pre-packaged BTD convenience meals or frozen meals to choose from--with the exception of the Unibars, protein shakes, and ABO friendly supplements such as Proberry Syrup.

I believe that alot of the success of eating the BTD manner revolves around spending time shopping, preparing, and cooking homemade foods.  This way we ensure what we are actually putting in our bodies.

Alia
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, January 1, 2007, 1:35am; Reply: 19
Yes, I agree, Alia. Our culture has traded healthy ways of eating for convenience. Cooking with real food is seen as a waste of time, when in fact it is one of the most important activities we can do. Cooking real foods not only creates health for our bodies, it brings health to our minds and spirits also, and can do much to heal and strengthen communities as well.

I really love shopping for fresh foods and bringing them into our home to make delicious, vibrant meals. In the summer we eat plenty of salads, grilled meats and light, cool meals suited to the hot weather; in the winter we have pot roasts, root-vegetable stews and other meals requiring gentle heat and long cooking times (which helps heat up the house as well--very welcome on cold blustery days!). Spring and fall are transition times, full of celebrations of new life and harvest, respectively. Eating this way is so much better than bags of fast food and tv dinners!

Anyway, guess I'll replace my thermos this week. :)
Posted by: Vicki, Monday, January 1, 2007, 2:13am; Reply: 20
Maybe you can get it engraved?  :-)
Posted by: italybound, Monday, January 1, 2007, 4:02am; Reply: 21
Quoted from Vicki
Maybe you can get it engraved?  :-)


Just a suggestion.....most Walmarts have an engraving tool in the jewelry department. Bet they'd do it for a buck or 2. Or if ya hit 'em up tomorrow, maybe they'll be in a giving mood. :-)
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, January 1, 2007, 4:03pm; Reply: 22
Well, the thermos was stolen at another workplace. At my current job people just don't steal, aside from the occasional apple slice or handful of trail mix (which doesn't bother me, as I know it's a great way to get people to wake up to eating good food *chuckle*). But engraving my name on the thing is a good idea. Thanks ladies! I'll see what either Wally world or Kmart has to offer. Maybe I'll just order one online when I get paid this week. AND get a small slow cooker. Rival has a really nice one-quart (1 liter) cooker with a removable insert. Btw, it's great for making oatmeal. Oats cooked overnight are absolutely the best ever, imo anyway. Not that I eat them any more *sigh* But that's a story for another thread *chuckle* :)
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 3:18am; Reply: 23
I have the same dilemma... I have to get up at 5:30 every morning and work till 7pm, so every lunch I'm forced to heat up my once-nicely-cooked meals in the community microwave with 100 other people.  I just hope there aren't any long-term effects of using the 'wave... good thing the job is just temporary.
Posted by: BuzyBee, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 3:41am; Reply: 24
Quoted Text
We have a microwave and a toaster oven at work.  I've thought about buying another Flavorwave oven and bringing that in.


What is a Flavorwave oven?
Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 3:56am; Reply: 25
Quoted from BuzyBee


What is a Flavorwave oven?


Uses an infrared halogen bulb for heating.

More info:

http://www.thane.com/products/housewares/flavorwavedeluxe_quick/fw-deluxe.php
Posted by: zola, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 6:51am; Reply: 26
Ha ha ha!! Real Food. Love it!

When you know what's good for you it's interesting to drive by all the fast food (& other) restaurants and recognize that it is not 'real food'.

We have a little song that was inspired by Saturday Night Live that we sing when going by McDonald's..."What's that? That's Crack!" It's a fun and good reminder that indeed it is NOT real food.

(...the takeoff is that there was a character on named Pat that whose sex it was difficult to discern by looks or actions - "What's That? That's Pat?" was the theme music [I know it sounds wrong!] )
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 2:41pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from BuzyBee
What is a Flavorwave oven?


BuzyBee thanks for asking!  I was going to ask that myself. Never heard of it. :-)
Posted by: mhameline, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 6:22pm; Reply: 28
Yes - real food has become comforting to me:)  I spent the last 2 weekends with our in-laws and they eat nothing but junk, convenience, non-food.  Kris is even sick today and I'm sure it's from the way we ate while staying with them unfortunately.  
I went to the grocery store with my sister in law a couple of nights ago so she could pick up food for dinner and she decided to cook burgers for dinner - great I suggested we have burgers and salad - she must not have heard the salad suggestion because she went and got frozen corn on the cob and tater tots and that's what our dinner was.  She did not even step foot in the produce section.  And she spent $75 on junk.  She actually thought she was buying something healthy when she bought light Yoplait yogurt filled with artificial sweetners - if only she knew what she was doing to her and her family's health.  I felt like a bloated slob on the drive home from her house last night and even my husband commented on how he was sick of junk food.  
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 6:52pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from Brighid45
Just had to post this here, as it is definitely a testimonial to the BTD.

The other day at work I had gone to an early lunch break. On this particular day, lunch was some leftover pot roast with plenty of thyme, onion and garlic, and a big pile of sauteed kale.

:D Yeeeeah, bay-bee!
Quoted from Brighid45
...my employer stuck his head in the breakroom and took a big appreciative sniff. "You are the only one who eats real food around here," he said. About ten minutes later a gang of fellow employees came in with their orders of cheesesteaks, fries and pizza. And they all said, "Hey, who brought something good? It smells like real food in here!"

The other day, I had a leftover lamp chop and some broccoli.  The QA Director called out from her office "Edna?  You brought something good again, didn't you?"  So I called back that it was a lamb chop and broccoli.  Then a moment or two later, a QA Manager comes up, stares at it, and says "You MADE that?", all incredulous-like.  Yeah, I actually threw it all in a pot and set the oven to 350°, imagine!
Quoted from Brighid45
Ten years ago I was one of the cheesesteak and fries fanatics.

Identical twin alert.
Quoted from Brighid45
Now I'm eating better than I ever have in my entire life, and I LOVE it. While I sometimes fall off the wagon, I'm scrambling to climb right back on, because this is the best food plan ever.

Sing it, sister!
Quoted Text
I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it: thanks so much for all your hard work, Dr. D. It changes peoples lives for the better. Well done! :)

Word.

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, January 2, 2007, 8:08pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from C_sharp


Uses an infrared halogen bulb for heating.

More info:

http://www.thane.com/products/housewares/flavorwavedeluxe_quick/fw-deluxe.php


Interesting product!  Do they sell it with a glass bowl instead of plastic?  
Posted by: OSuzanna, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 2:42am; Reply: 31
Hey, P-Twisty-girl - how do you do that thing you do? hee hee hee
I mean the multiple part quote & response (i.e. reply #29) I tried to do that the other day & got all tangled up. Maybe there's instructions somewhere....?
 With admiration, OSuzanna
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 2:57am; Reply: 32
just press on the quote button in the thread you want to post to....
then delete whatever text you do not want in your quote.
Posted by: OSuzanna, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 3:49am; Reply: 33
last time I tried that, part of my reply ended up inside the box with the original quote, and part outside the box (but, hey, that's me, always outside the box, eh?) , where Twisty's quotes are all neatly separated. Sigh. I'll keep trying.
Off to bed.
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 3:56am; Reply: 34
This is how you do it

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When you do this you just have to make sure you get all the beginning and ending blah quote codes in the right spots.

Use the Preview button to make sure you have it right before you post it.
Posted by: Howard, Wednesday, January 3, 2007, 7:22am; Reply: 35
I'm known as the one who, "Always eats so healthy," at work. Used to enjoy the status, now simply feel sorry that healthy food is such a rarity these days.
Posted by: MyraBee, Friday, January 5, 2007, 1:32pm; Reply: 36
I have a whole new sense of self-esteem since I began BTD back in September!

I now actually don't feel so happy with myself when I make poor food choices--and believe it or not---it used to Never bother me!  I just (h)ate myself into (un)happy oblivian!

I LOVE Dr. D--and I don't care who tells Martha!    ;) :K) ;)

My.
Posted by: Brighid45, Friday, January 5, 2007, 1:44pm; Reply: 37
"You eat real food" part two . . .

Over the last week I've been in a mild to moderate flare. Those of you with fibro know what I'm talking about. It's hard to describe to anyone who hasn't endured one, but it's sort of like that stage in a bout of flu where you ache all over and feel like a truck ran you down. Well, I've been pushing myself a bit too much workwise and am paying now--I take full responsibility for not listening to my body sooner when it told me to get some rest. At any rate, as I was eating my lunch yesterday (beef brisket and steamed broccoli with onions--yummy!), several people said 'well if eating that way is so good for you, how come you're hurting?' My reply: 'If it weren't for the BTD, I would be completely bedridden and unable to work at all by now. That I am here is due DIRECTLY to my food choices as guided by Dr. Peter D'Adamo.' Boy howdy, that shut 'em up. I even got a book request from that exchange! :)
Posted by: Don, Friday, January 5, 2007, 3:36pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from Brighid45
My reply: 'If it weren't for the BTD, I would be completely bedridden and unable to work at all by now. That I am here is due DIRECTLY to my food choices as guided by Dr. Peter D'Adamo.' Boy howdy, that shut 'em up. I even got a book request from that exchange! :)

Good job! (clap)(clap)(clap)
Posted by: Don, Friday, January 5, 2007, 3:41pm; Reply: 39
Quoted from MyraBee
I LOVE Dr. D--and I don't care who tells Martha!    ;) :K) ;)

(naughty) but, I won't tell (shhh)      (sunny)
Posted by: italybound, Friday, January 5, 2007, 4:31pm; Reply: 40
Quoted from MyraBee
I LOVE Dr. D--and I don't care who tells Martha!    ;) :K)


LOL, I'm sure she hears alot of that.  ;D ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, January 6, 2007, 1:24am; Reply: 41
He means the world to hundereds of us!!  :-)

(or should I say Thousands? )
Posted by: MyraBee, Sunday, January 14, 2007, 4:31am; Reply: 42
Quoted from Victoria
I love hearing this kind of news ladies!  :-)  No need to preach at people.  Just eat your real food and let folks form their own conclusions.


LOL!

What fun is the BTD, if you can't Preach it?!   ;)  ;D

Love,

My.  :K)

Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, January 14, 2007, 7:47pm; Reply: 43
There's a whole world out there waiting to be your audience, My. *lol* !! :-)  Start preaching!!  :-)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, January 14, 2007, 8:29pm; Reply: 44
Just remember that people have 'ask' the question before they can 'hear' the answer. So preach away, but don't take it personally if your audience doesn't 'hear' what you have to say.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, January 14, 2007, 8:37pm; Reply: 45
So true, drea.  If a person doesn't express some form of interest in making a positive change in their health, our words fall on deaf ears.
Posted by: RedLilac, Monday, January 15, 2007, 1:18am; Reply: 46
Quoted from Victoria


Interesting product!  Do they sell it with a glass bowl instead of plastic?  


The plate on the bottom is glass.  The dome is a very hard plastic.  I believe it is the softer plastics that we have to worry about.
Posted by: Don, Monday, January 15, 2007, 2:34am; Reply: 47
I think the concern is vapors coming off the plastic and getting into the food while it is cooked.
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, January 15, 2007, 6:52pm; Reply: 48
I talked with my employer last week and he is looking into getting a toaster oven for the breakroom. YAY!!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 15, 2007, 7:00pm; Reply: 49
Quoted from Arlene

The plate on the bottom is glass.  The dome is a very hard plastic.  I believe it is the softer plastics that we have to worry about.


I've been gradually replacing all plastic kitchen ware with glass.  I think there are some situations where the plastic will not do much harm, such as drinking a glass of cold or room temperature liquid out of a polycarbonate container.  I don't let liquids stand in anything except glass or stainless steel, though.

My new blender has a polycarbonate container.  The last one was glass, durn it!  But at least this one is shaped to actually pour out of it.  But I will be very cautious about blending hot foods in it since heat can cause all these materials to be less stable, and release their vapors, as Don said.
It would concern me to bake in something of this material.  I wish they would make it with glass.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, January 15, 2007, 7:04pm; Reply: 50
Good news about the potential toaster oven Brig!  At home, I use my toaster oven a couple of times every day.  It warms food so fast, it never slows me down.  And you can even toast rice cakes in it!  :-)
Posted by: MyraBee, Monday, January 15, 2007, 7:23pm; Reply: 51
Quoted from outdoordrea
Just remember that people have 'ask' the question before they can 'hear' the answer. So preach away, but don't take it personally if your audience doesn't 'hear' what you have to say.



Isn't that the truth?!   ;D

In my line of work, preaching is at least a weekly component of my job description--and I've had to be Really, Really Careful not to quote Dr. D from the pulpit!   ;)

However,  I just can't help it most other times!   ;D

Love,

My.


Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, February 2, 2007, 9:46pm; Reply: 52
Here's the run-down on plastics, according to the Oct. '05 issue of Mothering Magazine, evidentally taken from The Green Guide (www.thegreenguide.com).

"Look at the recycling number stamped on the bottom of the container: 2, 4, and 5 are OK for food storage.  Avoid 1, 3, 6, and 7.

safer plastics
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#2  High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is the durable, opaque plastic that milk jugs are made of.  It's considered safe, even for multiple use, and is accepted by most curbside recycling programs.  However, few reusable #2 containers are available.

#4  Low-density polyethylene (LDPE), like the related HDPE, is a food-safe plastic used to make plastic wraps and plastic bags.  It is a good choice for food storage.

#5  Polypropylene (PP) is readily available in reusable containers such as clear deli tubs.  It has not been shown to leach harmful chemicals, but is not as widely accepted for recycling as other plastics.

plastics to avoid
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#1  Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE), used for most clear disposable bottles, is safe for single use.  But studies indicate that after repeated use, PET containers can leach DEHP, an endocrine-disrupting phthalate and probable human carcinogen.

#3  Polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) is an inherently hard substance that is softened by the addition of phthalates and other additives.  Once softened, PVC is used in a variety of consumer products, such as toys, backpacks, shower curtains, and plastic wrap.  There is some evidence that the phthalates in PVC can migrate into food, especially if the food is fatty or hot.  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can cause cancer in laboratory animals and may be linked to asthma in people.  In addition, the manufacture and incineration of PVC releases dioxin, a known human carcinogen, into the environment.  To minimize exposure to PVC, unwrap cheeses and other plastic-wrapped grocery items, cut off a thin slice of the food where it was in contact with the plastic, and store the rest in a safer continer, such as a glass gar, waxed paper, or a #4 plastic bag.  Make sure to purchase only non-PVC plastic wrap.

#6 Polystyrene (PS) can leach styrene, a possible human carcinogen that may also interfere with hormones.  Although usually encountered as Styrofoam, polystyrene also comes in nonfoam forms, such as clear takeout containers and plastic cutlery.

#7 Other.  This usually means polycarbonate, a hard, clear plastic used to make baby bottles, water pitchers, and Nalgene-brand water bottles.  Polycarbonate contains bisphenol-A, an endocrine disruptor that can leach into food or water.

Even the safest plastics can potentially leach chemicals when exposed to heat from microwave ovens, the dishwasher, hot food, or direct sun.  Promptly recycle any containers that are scratched, stained, or misshapen."

If you're in search of glass storage containers, Ikea sells them.  They have rubber gaskets around the glass lid and it makes a nice fit into the glass bottom.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 2, 2007, 10:02pm; Reply: 53
thanks for the link!
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