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Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 11:25pm
I hope this is in the right forum. :)

Since the warm weather has started here I've had no problem with mindful eating and have actually experienced a substantial decrease in my appetite for starchy foods. That's fine for spring, summer and early fall, when fresh vegetables and fruits are plentiful. BUT--today was a cool, rainy day. By noon I was craving starches like crazy. I know this impulse is related at least in part to temperature and sunlight levels, because this happens every time we get a stretch of cloudy days or cooler weather.

I'm worried about what to do this fall and winter, when the cold and darkness sets in. I'm looking into getting a full-spectrum lamp to help with the seasonal affective disorder, but does anyone have any suggestions for easing the cravings for starches and sugar? I do increase my protein levels somewhat and eat a lot of deep green leafys as well as take more vitamin D during the winter months, which helps to some extent, but by the time February arrives I'm really having a terrible time not eating every empty carb in sight.

I will be getting SWAMI sometime in July when my company sends me a severance check, so that should help, but until then suggestions would be welcome. Thanks in advance :)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:05am; Reply: 1
try some of these ideas, according to your food list, and who better but you to know how to substitute whenever necessary! ;)
http://www.genotypediet.com/GTD_recipes.shtml
Posted by: Lloyd, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:15am; Reply: 2
Have some good quality protein around and be sure to get in some exercise.
Posted by: Vicki, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:38am; Reply: 3
What warm-ya-up-in-winter-time veggies do you have on your list (sweet potato, parsnip, rutabaga, carrot, pumpkin, celery root, etc)?
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 1:55am; Reply: 4
I refer to my daughter quite a bit because she is similiar to a lot of the type O issues, even though she is a B non-secretor.  She is a Gatherer genotype, and therefore eats a lot like an O.  For long periods of time, she eats a very low carb diet;  no grains at all, practically no fruit (because they trigger binge eating for her), little to no starchy vegetables.

But sometimes, and maybe it's weather related, she will suddenly begin to feel very imbalanced, and start to crave sweets.  She will then tend to overeat blackstrap molasses.  A few days ago, I suggested that she cook a small pot of quinoa, and she did.  She reported that a small serving of quinoa every day seems to have stopped the cravings in their tracks and helped her to feel more grounded.
Posted by: Brighid45, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:59am; Reply: 5
Lola--thanks for the link, excellent recipes! I will make good use of this  8)

Lloyd--I'm working on having more lamb and turkey as well as grass-fed beef in the freezer. I'm finding that having some soup made with good quality lean meat and plenty of beneficial veggies really helps, as well as following the type guidelines. As for exercise, I'm a member of the local YMCA and will be attending their ongoing aerobic aquatics class--it's geared for anyone with arthritis, fibro, etc. I also walk as much as possible, which is made a little easier now because we have two dogs in the household who need to be walked every day. :)

Vicki--I have to be really careful with root vegetables, since they tend to trigger blood sugar spikes. I use them in my soups in place of white potatoes or noodles. We usually have pumpkin, winter squash and sweet potatoes in the winter, as well as turnips and carrots, and celery root and parsnips when we can get them (we try to buy local produce whenever possible). When the starch cravings hit I go for some pumpkin or winter squash first and it does help.

Victoria--I will give that suggestion a try, thanks. Quinoa is one of the few grains that doesn't spike my blood sugar or make me ache all over.

Thanks everyone, your suggestions are much appreciated :)
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:01pm; Reply: 6
L-tyrosine  ;)

Debra :)
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 1:27pm; Reply: 7
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Vicki--I have to be really careful with root vegetables, since they tend to trigger blood sugar spikes. I use them in my soups in place of white potatoes or noodles. We usually have pumpkin, winter squash and sweet potatoes in the winter, as well as turnips and carrots, and celery root and parsnips when we can get them (we try to buy local produce whenever possible). When the starch cravings hit I go for some pumpkin or winter squash first and it does help.


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Victoria--I will give that suggestion a try, thanks. Quinoa is one of the few grains that doesn't spike my blood sugar or make me ache all over.


I would like to know if you are BTD as that gives you different choices, but for my Gatherer part I would be allowed some dairy things.. maybe you could look into that and make warm food pie kind of things..

BUT the other ... I look at mental reactions to food as a problem similar to what alcoholics experience.. Alcoholics have to stop drinking alcohol period.. just like diabetics have to stop eating sweets .. but neither have to stop drinking or eating... so all the cravings are basically coming from the same place.. some insecure, unstable place .. and somehow we need to form enough support for us all .. to bridge over the desires.

I have recently started to make broth for breakfast with green leaves, that allows my real food day to start after 11;30am.. (broth and green leaves are not calory/food to my mind)  but enough food for my body to keep me on even keel early in the day.. Thank you Victoria and your so smart daughter..!!!!

Then I 3 full days ago started to eat NO carbs during the rest of the eating part of the day.. like I allow myself meat and onion or some small amount of vegetables during the day.. until after dinner 5-7 the latest.. I don't really eat food later in the day..  ..... but THE last 3 days of real carb reduction during the day, I am allowing myself pineapple before bedtime.. (I am (trying to) sleep better)  and that seemed to work some ... but I am still testing.. __ .

The first day was much harder, the second was a little better, yesterday was nearly no cravings during the day.. but by 7pm I succumbed and had to at least have a salad with Thousand Iceland dressing.. (sweet).. It still did not satisfy me until I ate about 6 prunes... I was still wide awake and really could not even go to bet as I can other times.. I was really awake relatively late into the evening..(and I was awake 3 hours later) .. so maybe the prunes don't work as well as pineapple...... but still I ate NO avoids and that is what I am trying to say here.. I am finding my way through the food mace by restructuring my thinking.. and more important MY BRAIN .. my brain needs retraining..

The whole explanation above.. is to say, that we are in the same boat, it's our brains that need restructuring..  I look at the depression threads and I see how we NEED to deal with the brain.. and I for my way struggle, to do it my way, ONE SUGGESTION at a time...

And for today I will look at Quinoa as a new food in my life.. I have no idea what kind of food it is.. and learn from the suggestion above..

how will you cook it?... I will have to look it up..  YOUR thread here will help me, as it will add many foods listed above I never tried.. thanks 8)      

          
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 3:17pm; Reply: 8
I would suggest taking extra  vitamin D on the colder, cloudier days. Also, look for ways to include healthy carbs with your meals BEFORE you get the cravings. Half a baked sweet potato or cooked quinoa with plenty of butter, a good protein source, and lots of cooked veggies might hold you better than meat and salads on a colder day.

I'd suggest making lots of soups on the cooler days. I've got a soup up today, for the kids to eat after school. I did that all winter, but stopped a few weeks ago because it was too hot for soup and the food was being wasted. Today is a good soup day.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 3:27pm; Reply: 9
and yet there are more tweaks to caviar besides tabbouleh.....quinoa is very versatile
;)
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-GTDdiet/m-1204560795/
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6:21pm; Reply: 10
As Goldie reminded me . . rich stock can be helpful to have on hand.  I make mine with grass-fed beef knuckle bones, which simmer for several hours and cool into a beautiful collagen-rich gel.  It can provide nutrients that might be missing in a diet, and sort of fill in the missing pieces.  It can be seasoned, or simmered with vegetables and sipped as a broth for a quick pick-up to the energy.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 7:01pm; Reply: 11
I had a bingey feeling a couple of days ago...carb craving to the max!! I had emotional issues front and center!! I ended up eating (gleefully) about a cup and a half of cooked basmati rice BEFORE my dinner of steak and asparagus......and it all worked out fine....I knew I couldn't pull this every day, but I also knew it wasn't chips or cookies!! I survivied! ;)

(not that its a good idea to eat for emotional reasons, but sometimes we do...)
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 7:26pm; Reply: 12
It usually hits me when I walk in the door from work.  I crave either something sweet or cheese.....
Even though both the sweet things and the cheese are BTD compliant, I eat too much of them.
Jane
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 7:54pm; Reply: 13
Thousand Island dressing.. (sweet)......where do you find that with no avoids???? :-/

if you add an egg to your olive oil, lemon, spices, onion, tomato dressing, in the bullet......voila, instant TID for your enjoyment!! imagination is our limit!
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11:05pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from Goldie
And for today I will look at Quinoa as a new food in my life.. I have no idea what kind of food it is.. and learn from the suggestion above..

how will you cook it?... I will have to look it up..  YOUR thread here will help me, as it will add many foods listed above I never tried.. thanks 8)


Goldie...sooooo easy to make.  1 cup quinoa added to two cups boiling water.  Bring back to a boil and turn heat down to simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or until all of the water is evaporated.   Fluff...enjoy.  :D

A cup of quinoa makes about four cups cooked.  Sometimes I make only half at at time.  

Debra :)

Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11:54pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from Debra+
1 cup quinoa added to two cups boiling water.  Bring back to a boil and turn heat down to simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or until all of the water is evaporated.   Fluff...enjoy.  :D

A cup of quinoa makes about four cups cooked.  Sometimes I make only half at at time.

I sometimes add 1/2 cup more water and 1/2 cup cranberries and six or eight figs (you could use prunes, if you like), allowing the cranberries to pop in the boiling water, prior to putting the quinoa in the water.  The cranberries take about 3 or 4 minutes to pop...  
Posted by: Brighid45, Friday, June 11, 2010, 12:39am; Reply: 16
Wow, all these excellent suggestions! Thanks everyone :)

I do have a couple of good sources for grass-fed beef knucklebones, so it looks like I'll be making plenty of homemade stock and broth for my soups when the cold weather hits.

Quinoa is really good for breakfast in place of oats. I've had it before and it's a bit like cornmeal mush, a bit fluffier though :)

I will take all these suggestions and give them a try! Thanks again :)
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