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Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:12pm
OK, I'm going grain free....(again!) and I am going to track my food on this thread.
I don't know why I have not been successful before, but I'm hoping the log will help. I plan to do it for one week, then reevaluate and maybe go for another week.
My Foods Today, thur.
2 eggs, scrambled in butter and almond oil with onions and red chili flakes, half cup coffee.
tuna salad with onion, celery, vegan mayo. and lettuce.
smoothie with banana, pineapple and cranberry juice, plus stevia, lemon jc., flaxseed and evoo.
That's it so far....(I'll add dinner later)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:18pm; Reply: 1
coffee makes me want more grains......or crave more carbs.....the choice is yours :-/
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:54pm; Reply: 2
you are doing well enough.. add oils so as not to be hungry..

the grains really will make a difference especially if you are  Gatherer as that means your sugar is triggered each time..

focus on giving up such one total item.. and succeed and all the others will be easy..

good luck..

having said 'easy'.. is not true - but du-able yes.. and after a while you may not even miss the grains, nor the dairy, nor the sugar stuff.  but that is for another day..today I am holding your hand..

eat rice if you wish.. or spaghetty squash with parmesan if you must have 'pasta' or get rice pasta.. dont over cook ..
Posted by: Cristina, Thursday, September 30, 2010, 11:33pm; Reply: 3
Are you swamied yet? either way you do have a GT in your avatar, I find it very useful to identify in my menus what is compliant or not, what is superbene, neutral, BD or avoids, then if things do not or do work, at least you can related to your plan .... whatever that is ... Our true types are slowly but surely unveiling ... I find the log journal a fantastic tool and this being the best place to share to get timely feedback ... keep up your good work!!!  :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 1, 2010, 2:02am; Reply: 4
Thanks, Goldie, Lola and Cristina! :D
Only the coffee is not on my swami (it may be bl. dot, I forget) others are beneficial or super bene.
Dinner is to be grilled lambchops, corn, (I'm not having any) sw. potato, coleslaw. Again, all bennies. There will be butter served.
It's not that easy....all good food, but I needed something this afternoon, so had 2 big spoonfuls of almond butter. ( ::) But I feel good about day 1.
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, October 1, 2010, 3:07am; Reply: 5
Quoted from jayneeo
OK, I'm going grain free....(again!) and I am going to track my food on this thread.
I don't know why I have not been successful before, but I'm hoping the log will help. I plan to do it for one week, then reevaluate and maybe go for another week.
My Foods Today, thur.
2 eggs, scrambled in butter and almond oil with onions and red chili flakes, half cup coffee.
tuna salad with onion, celery, vegan mayo. and lettuce.
smoothie with banana, pineapple and cranberry juice, plus stevia, lemon jc., flaxseed and evoo.
That's it so far....(I'll add dinner later)
Going grain free may be brilliant for me as well at this moment. Amazing how similar my menu went this Thur! (except for the lamb chops which are lovely, and coffee which is off limit)  :) Are oats considered grains?

Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, October 1, 2010, 3:25am; Reply: 6
Quoted from yaeli
Are oats considered grains?

Yes!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, October 1, 2010, 4:07am; Reply: 7
One thing that has helped me succeed at being grain-free is making sure that I eat plenty of other carb-rich diamonds and superfoods.  I stay far away from any neutral carbs because they make me want more carbs.

jayneeo, a spoonful of almond butter used to really help me through those transition weeks.  It's pretty effective too, isn't it!  (happy_gangsta)
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:17am; Reply: 8
Quoted from Victoria
jayneeo, a spoonful of almond butter used to really help me through those transition weeks.  It's pretty effective too, isn't it!  (happy_gangsta)
Very. I love it!

Posted by: Goldie, Friday, October 1, 2010, 6:32am; Reply: 9
Nuts especially walnuts where my mainstay for years and might still be (changed to Pumpkinseeds some) because he nuts really are easy to eat, they require chewing and salivating as do the grains..

staying away from Neutrals is the saving grace.. no doubt they cause either tiredness or hunger issues.

As for coffee if you are staying away.. good for you,,, but it took me 10 years to get rid of it.. I did caffeine free, weak and without milk nor sugar and still it haunted me..

I got terrible headaches when I gave it up.. peppermint tea all day for 6 weeks helps a lot.. ( I still get headaches even now that I gave it up, and don't know now what I can do about that) but the fact that coffee is a grain product makes me want to get rid of it.   BUT while I managed to finally live without it.. I am feeling for anyone wanting to give it up.. I have no idea why I like it but its the bitter taste that I like.. and I guzzle it.. so I don't even really enjoy it..  but there is just nothing like it as a habit... and green tea.. you can keep it I can not seem to like it no how..

BUT now that I think about it.... coffee is on acquired taste.. maybe I could acquire the taste for it after 6 weeks?? ??? so now I wonder is it worth the caffeine ?? not sure I need to feel 'energized' its like another habit I would rather not developed..

good luck, you are doing well,  8)  
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 1, 2010, 3:50pm; Reply: 10
Thanks.
My DH makes a pot of coffee every morning and it tempts me....but I pour only one inch into a small cup and afterwards I make a cup of yerba mate/greentea! I can go without the coffee because I keep it to one inch a day. In other words I am not quite addicted. I won't even get a headache after a wk without it.....but it is so insidious, it could creep up on me.  
Now, on to the grains. So far, so good.
Today: same brkfst, scrambled eggs with onions, dried chilies. I gotta tell ya, brkfst is a hard one for me...I want that toast with either coffee or tea, and the paper, y'know?
Today, gotta go to my new co-op gallery and hang some paintings! Better get started. ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:04pm; Reply: 11
Uh huh!   ::)  That coffee addiction is a hefty one!  I started at age 13;  a lot of very good memories associated around early mornings with my dad before school . . a quick fire in the fireplace before mother got up . . the smell of coffee waking me, and 15 minutes of quiet conversation with him and our coffee in hand.

A lot of the power that coffee has is the aroma!  I think that's part of why I have come to absolutely adore Genmaicha tea so much!!  It is green tea with roasted brown rice, and when it steeps, the house is filled with a roasted, rich, warm fragrance.  The best one I've tasted comes from Dr. D's store, and I can see why he sells it.  I think I'll go make a cup right now!   ;)

This is my only grain these days.  

(happy_gangsta)
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 1, 2010, 8:44pm; Reply: 12
you are a grainfree role model, Victoria! :D   and yes! to almond butter as a snack!
so lunch was halibut reheated from 2 da. ago (it was still lovely) with kale and a yummy sw. potato salad! (just like regular potato salad but with sw.potatoes... and curry powder!!)
Posted by: Cristina, Saturday, October 2, 2010, 2:03am; Reply: 13
Quoted from Victoria
Uh huh!   ::)  ... I started at age 13;  a lot of very good memories associated around early mornings with my dad before school . . a quick fire in the fireplace before mother got up . . the smell of coffee waking me, and 15 minutes of quiet conversation with him and our coffee in hand.

A lot of the power that coffee has is the aroma!  ...

I know that feeling Victoria, we were brought up with coffee and milk for breakky and sometimes even late at night .... maybe that is how I built immunity to it,... or I was lucky in that being a secretor, non sensitive, it was always at least neutral beverage for me ...  :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 2, 2010, 2:24am; Reply: 14
well...the day went ok except for the wine......couple glasses of white. Dinner out was a pepper stuffed with chicken in a delicious red sauce. That's it. we'll see what price I pay tomorrow for th wine. (calorie wise)
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 2, 2010, 6:32pm; Reply: 15
White wine, Jayneeo?  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:11pm; Reply: 16
yeah, for some reason gatherers should have white rather than red...?
So today was weird: (but it really helps to record it)...
2 eggs, (only one white) with goat cheddar, one inch of coffee.
snack: apple, handful of cashews (bl. dot)
lunch: same as brkfst.....(pretty lame, but nothing in house...)

and dinner will be: (having company)....pork chops (for them and DH) and a half-chicken for me and whoever wants. (chicken is bl. dot) plus kale, beets, salad, and not sure what else....sw. potatoes?)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 12:42am; Reply: 17
I meant only one yolk...... 8)
so tonight when our guests arrive, I know I will have wine again.....(husband makes wine) but will try to minimize it.
I got figs and mascarpone for dessert. Figs are ok for O's, but probably not for gatherers, cuz they are so sweet. Mascarpone is not on my list either.....BUT its not a grain. And it could be so much worse.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 1:53am; Reply: 18
Quoted from jayneeo
yeah, for some reason gatherers should have white rather than red...?
jaynreeo, my Swami reversed the wines for me, white is toxin, red is black dot.

Are quinoa and buckwheat also out?

If you like cashews, I would recommend macadamia nuts (diamond). They taste very delicate and have a texture close to butter.


Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 2:01am; Reply: 19
Jayneeo, my daughter is a type B Gatherer.  She followed her blood type diet for a few years and has been on the Gatherer diet for a year and a half. Since she lives on her own and is a full time student in a hard program, she is under a lot of stress and is wanting more social life with her friends who are in the same school and enjoy eating out.  She is being more lenient with her eating program so that she can manage to share time with these good friends who make her laugh and raise her happiness meter!   ;D
She is managing this by eating many type B beneficial foods that she has not allowed herself on her Gatherer diet.  Crossing over like this may not be the very best choice, but it is not a horrible choice either.  At least the blood type beneficial foods are not going to poison her, and as much as possible, she still sticks with the Gatherer diet.  From time to time she goes grain-free also, and notices that she loses weight very quickly without the grains (I did also).  This was a good thing for us.
Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 3:59am; Reply: 20
Quoted Text
That's my story and I'm stickin to it.


try to stick to beneficials.. or super beneficials as then you will not do harm, eaggs are a mainstay for when I have nothing to eat in my house.. I have eaten many eggs .. making food good for me is easy, when I shop I hang on to my shopping list and shop only on the outside for fresh foods.. less tempting for junk that way..

honesty about what you eat is good, it pays to be so for you and your body..

you will get a little closer every time you shop .. meat and green veggetables.. easy.. eat a fruit here and there, a piece  of 85% choc and nuts and then you are safe.. have you tried cayenne pepper yet?
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 4:53pm; Reply: 21
hey, Goldie! I loooove cayenne! Been using it lavishly for years. 8)
Yaeli, I had better go back and check my swami wine....it might have reversed like yours....(Its all coming back to me now! ;))
Victoria, I really respect your daughters approach.
By the way, my fig/mascarpone dessert went over very well! (drizzle of honey) :) soooo good!

today I had a pear, spoonful of mascarpone (hey, its just sitting there!) and a chicken thigh for brk.
First day not started with eggs in....oh, a year?

My swami allows as bennies, quinoa and amaranth, but as I'm trying to go grainfree, I'll just wait on those. Just trying to do a wk grainfree (then I may go another wk!)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 5:30pm; Reply: 22
I'm really interested in hearing about how you experience a grain-free life.  It has been a surprising and amazing venture for me.  Many months into it, I still see deep healing going on and all the excess weight just melted off.  Better skin, hair and sleep, more stable emotions, better intestinal health.

I've noticed that I have to be more aware to make sure that I eat enough, though.  When I ate grains, I always carried a little more weight than I was comfortable with and always felt a little too stuffed and bloated (even though I've been gluten-free for a couple of years). I actually get hungry now, which is a new experience for me.  And I've increased the volume of fresh vegetables that I eat.  And I'm also eating more meat and fish.
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 3, 2010, 11:51pm; Reply: 23
Victoria, sadly my weight has crept up lately and now I am trying to take the 1st steps in changing that. I eat a lot of starchy things....sweet potatoes and bananas....just to keep me from going over the edge and grabbing a pc of rice bread....I call it damage control. I believe that this grainfree life is goin to do me a lot of good. I hope to achieve my healthy weight like yourself, and experience this thing called hunger! ;)
I almost can't risk hunger now, cuz it triggers me to want to run to grains. I like smoothies when I'm hungry between meals...
Posted by: 8717 (Guest), Monday, October 4, 2010, 12:16am; Reply: 24
Hi jayneoo,
I am just recently thinking about grainfree myself.   But I highly suspect dairy may be a problem for me also.
I was able to lose on a vegan  diet, but I felt very lightheaded on it.  It was no sweets, alcohol, meat or dairy.
So I will follow your thread here.  And wish you success.  Also like hearing from Victoria and her grain free experience.   keep us posted! ;D ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 4, 2010, 5:08pm; Reply: 25
My gatherer daughter has some VERY strong feelings about fruit.  She tells me that it's the biggest trigger for setting off carb cravings or just messing up her blood sugar level.  She never eats neutral fruits, and definitely no black dots or toxins.  Even in the superfood category, she is very conservative, and actually diamonds are the only fruit that she ever buys.  She uses stevia when she needs a sweet taste, or a little blackstrap molasses, which doesn't seem to imbalance her like fruit does.

As a nomad, my body is different and I do well having a morning smoothie, with abundant protein and healthy fats and made with all diamond fruit.  I never snack on fruit during the day.

Seeds and nuts seem to be an important food group to balance my diet.  My smoothie has flax and chia seeds, 2 Tb each and freshly ground.  In the evening, I like to eat a few almonds that have been soaked, slightly sprouted and seasoned with a bit of himalayan salt.

Grain-free is a much lighter diet, even with the meat and fish.  I have to make sure I'm eating some beneficial fats with each meal, and never skimp on the protein and vegetables.  I'm not saying that everyone should be grain-free . . just so no one misunderstands me.  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 4, 2010, 6:08pm; Reply: 26
Very helpful tips. I hope to get there!
Paula! Good to see you on the thread!
this morning (I'm just being honest, knowing I'm not eating super correctly)
I got up too late and grabbed a banana and went off to NIA (workout).
when I got home I had an egg and a bit of ground beef with cilantro.

last night (just to get it all on record) was good:
grassfed beef patties, grilled, with butternut squash, broccoli, salad, beets. (for some reason squash is not a good food for me...don't remember if its a bl. dot or avoid... >:( dang!)
Posted by: Cristina, Monday, October 4, 2010, 6:27pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from jayneeo
...(for some reason squash is not a good food for me...don't remember if its a bl. dot or avoid... >:( dang!)

yes, I do not trust my memory either ... that is why I always keep my lists handy, particularly while shipping or cooking!  ;)

Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, October 4, 2010, 6:40pm; Reply: 28
Good luck, Jayneeo!  I'll be reading your log with interest.  I don't know if I can do grain-free yet (unless rice is NOT a grain?).  I think that perhaps I have been setting off carb cravings with neutrals...good tip for us to watch that.  I thought that giving up coffee would be difficult, but for whatever reason I've had no problem doing without it.  I haven't had caffeine withdrawl headaches.  I think that's weird but I'm not complaining.  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 4, 2010, 8:31pm; Reply: 29
I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.

I think the biggest part of going grain free is I've also been junk food and pepsi free for 22 days.  The disappointing part is, I'm not bouncing back to feeling great as quickly as I have before.  It's a much slower process now.

For carb cravings, what is holding me down is almond butter on crisp green celery (diamond food).  I know that we are not getting as much wild, diamond fish as we should, but that's because of the cost.  We can get local ground lamb and Costco ground turkey at reasonable prices.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 4, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 30
I guess I should say I'm 99.9% grain free.

We do a tiny, tiny amount of rice flour.  We grind it ourselves from basmati rice.  We use it to dust or protein (Salmon, turkey, lamb) when we fry it.  The amount is small, I would say no more than a tablespoon at any one meal.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, October 4, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from KimonoKat
I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.

I think the biggest part of going grain free is I've also been junk food and pepsi free for 22 days.  The disappointing part is, I'm not bouncing back to feeling great as quickly as I have before.  It's a much slower process now.

For carb cravings, what is holding me down is almond butter on crisp green celery (diamond food).  I know that we are not getting as much wild, diamond fish as we should, but that's because of the cost.  We can get local ground lamb and Costco ground turkey at reasonable prices.

Good to see you again, Miss KimonoKat...  Compliance is a great feeling...
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:09pm; Reply: 32
I discovered an interesting and surprisingly delicious alternative to grain flour for breading meat or fish:

Onion and Garlic Granules!

not onion and garlic powder . .

not onion and garlic flakes . .

There is only one store in our city that carries it, and it's one of the better-stocked natural food stores.  The texture of it is something like fine cornmeal. It has become my favorite way of stir-frying fish.  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:17pm; Reply: 33
Victoria, what is the name of the product?  Maybe I can get it online to try it.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:50pm; Reply: 34
KK,

Here is a link that has organic onion granules and organic garlic granules... 2 different products...
http://www.purcellmountainfarms.com/Spices.htm
Posted by: Dr. Pepper, Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:54pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from yaeli
jaynreeo, my Swami reversed the wines for me, white is toxin, red is black dot.


Similar for me:  red is a neutral; white an outright avoid.
Posted by: Dr. Pepper, Monday, October 4, 2010, 9:59pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from KimonoKat
I've been grain free for 22 days.  I don't drink coffee, but do about 1/2 cup of green tea a day.  Just can't bring myself to drink the whole thing.


There are sooooo many varieties of green tea.  If you experiment, you might find one to your liking.  I don't like a bunch of them straight too much either, but I like a lot of them with mint or lemon.  Just have to check the ingredients list to make sure there's nothing added that is non-compliant.  I also routinely add lime or lemon juice to them to give it some taste and acid.  Though expensive, I particularly like a Mighty Leaf tropical variety.  I also like Tazo Zen and Orange Blossom.  And I drink mint yerba mate regularly too.  Just started on some Bancha and Kombucha types--they're both a bit more woody than I typically like but both are diamond super-bene's so I'm trying to get to like them.  Lemon helped this a.m.. :)

Keep trying!  There's undoubtedly a green tea out there for everyone. ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 4, 2010, 10:24pm; Reply: 37
Quoted from KimonoKat
Victoria, what is the name of the product?  Maybe I can get it online to try it.


KK, I'll just find out from the store what brand it is, and get back to you ASAP.   8)
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 1:05am; Reply: 38
Quoted from Victoria


KK, I'll just find out from the store what brand it is, and get back to you ASAP.   8)


Mountain Rose Herbs

Onion Granules:  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/o.html

Garlic Granules:  http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/g.html
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:02am; Reply: 39
Green Tea.

For now, we buy Organic Prince of Peace Green tea in one of the local Asian stores.  It fits our budget.  :K)

Thank you Victoria!
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:00pm; Reply: 40
Hi, there, KK! : :)
So, the grainfree life! I do not find it easy. Maybe bcause I was vegetarian in the past for so longgg...my  mind gravitates to grain. But I am determined to stick with this long enough to see if it is just a habit than can be broken.
Meanwhile I am really eating a lot of carby vegies and a few carby fruits (less) just to stop the carb monster....and I am not gaining...could be said that I'm losing if you go by ounces! ::)
This morning: 1 egg with small bit of manchego cheese and onions and red pepper. (manchego is an avoid, but I have always seemed to do fine on it, but if I master grain, dairy will be next! I'm using it as a crutch for now, but still eating far less of it than usual, knowing its the next to go).
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:27pm; Reply: 41
Day 23 grain free.  The grain free life isn't easy for me either, but if I want to lose the pounds, grain free is the only way to go.

I "love" dairy however it tends to constipate me.  If I have it in the house it becomes like candy and too difficult to control portions.  I totally understand one thing at a time though.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 4:44pm; Reply: 42
Quoted from jayneeo

. . . I was vegetarian in the past for so longgg...my  mind gravitates to grain.


Yup!  I'm in the same club!  (clown)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 5:36pm; Reply: 43
JayneeO, a meal idea for you.

Breakfast this morning for us was:

Lamb burgers fried in rice bran oil.  Stir fry vegetables: red bell pepper, white onion, baby portabellas & zuchinni.  Best Lewis has done in a long time.

Rice bran oil. It's our main oil. Rarely use oilve oil any more.  We buy it in bulk online from a company in the North Bay area.  We save up about 15 empty Gerolsteiner bottles, transfer the oil to the glass bottles.  We store them in the freezer by lying the bottles on their side.  Works great.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10:28pm; Reply: 44
Interesting about freezing the oil. I would never have thought to do this.

Welcome back KK!

I wish going grain-free was something that would help me lose the pounds, but I really do best with "a little" grain. I'm a "all or nothing" kind of gal, and moderation is really hard. ;D

As for green tea, I've not been drinking it at all lately, but I used to love gen mai cha (roasted green tea with bits of rice or sorghum).
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:13pm; Reply: 45
Well, unfortunately I have not sailed through this, my first week unscathed! A nasty plate of rice attacked me at book club, as well as a bit of piecrust! ( :o ??).....!!) But you can't let it stop you in your tracks, I said to myself.....so back to grainfree living.
Morning: 2 eggs, scrambled in butter, one inch of coffee, yerba mate/green tea.
lunch: tuna salad.....really good! grapes, banana with tahini.
Dinner will be: meatloaf (grassfed beef with ground turkey breast), salad, and broccoli, maybe sw. potato.
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Thursday, October 7, 2010, 12:31am; Reply: 46
Jayneeo,

You can make a grain free pie crust with nuts, like almond flour, and still have a fruit filling.  There
are still ways to get around the grains.  It's just a bit more work though.... ;)  Once I made an almond flour lemon bar that was really good.  But somehow I think eating more almond flour is not necessarily slimming....
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 4:12pm; Reply: 47
OK, folks! This is the beginning of week 2!! I made it....except for wed. nite at bookclub...thru a grainfree week! I have lost 2 lbs! Can I continue this grainfree life? I hope so.
Brkfst: 2 eggs, fried in butter, a pear, yerba mate/green tea, and one inch of coffee.

Hey, Paula! (remember that song?) That crust sounds good!! But, yeah, still lots of calories. But with the holiays coming...... ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:10pm; Reply: 48
Congratulations on what you've accomplished so far Jayneeo!  

It's all a journey. My master bodywork teacher always taught that the path, the journey was way more important than the end of the journey.  

We may fall down sometimes but as long as we get up and continue on that path, we keep going forward.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 8:09pm; Reply: 49
Thanks, KK! It's just what I needed to hear ! ;D
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 8, 2010, 5:00am; Reply: 50
lunch was leftover cold meatloaf (loooove it) with vegan aioli (not super compliant) and tomato. yum.
Dinner was a salad and several (too many) slices of manchego cheese... ::) plus I had a banana and a couple handfuls of pecans. All good for me except the aioli.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, October 8, 2010, 5:13am; Reply: 51
I thought they were a black dot for Gatherers?
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 8, 2010, 3:13pm; Reply: 52
Oh, dear...busted. True, KK! I sort of allow myself to have them when I'm desperate...they aren't bad, just high glycemic.....ah, these cravings! ::)  (you have amazing graphics! ;))

Brkfst: 2 eggs, half a small sw. potato.
Posted by: Goldie, Friday, October 8, 2010, 3:17pm; Reply: 53
I think the biggest part of going grain free is I've also been junk food and pepsi free for 22 days.  The disappointing part is, I'm not bouncing back to feeling great as quickly as I have before.  It's a much slower process now.

IF YOU can give these up you are a Hurculeeeeee.. yes it takes getting used to being evened out living.. no highs no lows.. but give it a long time and it will become normal.. after a while you will actually SEE how much you stressed your body before.. good luck!  you will do it..
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, October 8, 2010, 4:14pm; Reply: 54
Quoted from KimonoKat


We may fall down sometimes but as long as we get up and continue on that path, we keep going forward.


:)
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Friday, October 8, 2010, 9:51pm; Reply: 55
Keep up the good work, Jayneeo, your are becoming an inspiration to me.  I am working on lowering the grains.  It does help, but I think I need to go all the way as you have.  I do have bananas as a diamond on my swami, but I limit them also.  LIke them with walnuts for a treat/dessert. ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, October 8, 2010, 10:17pm; Reply: 56
Quoted from jayneeo
Oh, dear...busted. True, KK! I sort of allow myself to have them when I'm desperate...they aren't bad, just high glycemic.....ah, these cravings! ::)  (you have amazing graphics! ;))

Brkfst: 2 eggs, half a small sw. potato.


KK here, Day 26  Grain Free, Free,

We have not eaten in a long time.  Too much sugar. It's almost as bad as eating a grain, because of the sugar crashes. (I'm finding that I can't do Anderson's pea soup anymore, ~nothing in it but peas and salt~ because it's just too much starch at once.)  There are other not so good fruits that we still eat though, like strawberries on occasion.

Smilies. They're pretty easy to use.  I have a photobucket account where I've collected well over 200 gif graphics.  I enjoy adding images because they help me be more expressive.   When you are just communicating with the written word, voice inflection, facial expression and many times intended humor are lost.  Smilies help pick up the slack.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 9, 2010, 1:03am; Reply: 57
fun :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:53pm; Reply: 58
great point about the expressiveness!!!! ;D
Well, KK, you are an inspiration!
today: brkfst: 2 eggs, spinach, 1/3 sweet potato, coffee, bl. tea. (Later in the morning)
(oh, and a banana.....checked and they are neutral) I don;t do them that often, really!
lunch: tomato and fresh mozzarella salad!! (yum) and part of a parsnip patty.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 12:11am; Reply: 59
Day 27 Grain Free.

Jayneeo over the benefits of

I had 2 scrambled eggs for breakfast and leftover veggies (zucchini & red bell).  For lunch, Lewis fixed an old BTD standard favorite, beef stew.  Thin beef strips first fried/carmelized in rice bran oil, then added to a stew pot with sweet potatoes, onions & green beans.  Thickened with a small amount of freshly ground rice flour.  Flavored with bay leaves, even though he really wanted rosemary (a Gatherer black dot).  I love this stew.  We haven't had it in ages.

Soooo, anyone else grain free?
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2:13am; Reply: 60
Quoted from KimonoKat
I thought they were a black dot for Gatherers?
In my Swami bananas are diamonds  :D so are pecans, and manchego is neutral.

Posted by: kittykar1, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2:24am; Reply: 61
I also have bananas as a diamond. Eat one every 2 or 3 days. They help keep the grain and sugar cravings away. ;D I try to eat some sweet potato each day. Both help keep my leg cramps under control. I have beeen doing Kundalini Yoga for 70 minutes, 5 to 6 days a week. Added walking for 20 minutes this week. Have had calf cramps on and off. Youchy!!! had a major inner thigh cramp yesterday. It was painful and weird. ??)
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 2:39am; Reply: 62
Quoted from KimonoKat
Soooo, anyone else grain free?
Thanks to Jayneeo I go spelt and rye free - good riddance. I cook and eat 2 tablespoons of rice flour almost every day, and I eat buckwheat noodles (containing gluten) 3-4 times a week. Thinking of starting millet again, in moderate quantities.

I'm not doing this in order to lose weight - it does seem I've lost 1 lb. though  :) - but against the arthritis which "suddenly" (there were warning signs) attacked my both hands.  :'(

Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 6:13am; Reply: 63
ahhh, yes, the aching hands, yaeli. I still have pains off and on. I hope its not the tomatoes!!      which I love! They're finally in season.....(hmm, could be!)
At friends' house tonite: had chicken breast (bl dot on swami) squash, and baby bok choy. and a couple glasses of wine. (a white and a red). These are not the primo foods for me, but at least, no grains. Also no dessert! :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 4:51pm; Reply: 64
Brkfst:
almond pancakes!!!!!  (stir up half c. blanched almond flour, 1 egg, vanilla, salt, pinch baking soda, fry in butter or a good oil in small dollops, silver dollar pancake style)   Yum!  :D
try not to use a bunch of agave or honey, maybe a tiny bit.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 6:00pm; Reply: 65
Quoted from jayneeo
Brkfst:
almond pancakes!!!!!  (stir up half c. blanched almond flour, 1 egg, vanilla, salt, pinch baking soda, fry in butter or a good oil in small dollops, silver dollar pancake style)   Yum!  :D
try not to use a bunch of agave or honey, maybe a tiny bit.


Ah,

We've usually made them with spelt and too much agave.  No pancakes for us and Lewis has cut back on having any Ezekiel in the house, which really helps me not to even have it in the house.

Day 28 Grain Free.  Breakfast was lamb burger, & leftover veggies from the beef stew.  I'm going to ask Lewis to make salmon for lunch.  Haven't had it in days.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:26am; Reply: 66
but notice my recipe: no grain!!! yes, almond pancakes, no grain!

ah, well, I've eaten a lot of stuff today.....good stuff though.
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:43am; Reply: 67
Quoted from jayneeo
Brkfst:
almond pancakes!!!!!  (stir up half c. blanched almond flour, 1 egg, vanilla, salt, pinch baking soda, fry in butter or a good oil in small dollops, silver dollar pancake style)   Yum!  :D
try not to use a bunch of agave or honey, maybe a tiny bit.
A great treat! (drool) (woot)

Do you buy this flour or grind the almonds by yourself?  :-/

Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:48am; Reply: 68
Quoted from jayneeo
but notice my recipe: no grain!!! yes, almond pancakes, no grain!

ah, well, I've eaten a lot of stuff today.....good stuff though.


Curious Jayneeo, did you have any blood sugar crashes?  Maybe I'll get Lewis to try making some if I go buy the almonds. The vanilla will be a problem though on the general Gatherer diet. It's a black dot.
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:51am; Reply: 69
I love the cartoons especially the steak one above.. love all of them.. to much fun.. LOL
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:58am; Reply: 70
Quoted from Goldie
I love the cartoons especially the steak one above.. love all of them.. to much fun.. LOL


You're Goldie. They really help pick up the slack where the written word fails.

It's easy really. Open a photobucket account (free), collect smilie images and follow the directions to upload them to your photobucket account. To add them to your posts, just use the IMG url link under the smilie.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 11, 2010, 6:36pm; Reply: 71
No blood sugar crash if you don't have any sweets on top.
Oh, the almond (blanched) flour I used is from Bob's Red Mill, (Whole Foods)... but Elana of Elana's Pantry online, says Bob's Red Mill is gritty. Well....kinda, but not bad. She suggests buying it from Amazon, I think...
not almond meal, but blanched almond flour. I made a raspberry-stevia-kuzu topping. (kuzu is a starch, could use tapioca flr, but kuzu can be found with asian food at WF)...

Made them for brkfast again today. Last night was chicken, sw. potatoes, salad, and broccoli rabe.
But during the day I had mozzarella cheese, avocado, apple, half a gr. beef patty....(do you think I'm getting too much fat? ::)...)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 11, 2010, 9:10pm; Reply: 72
Quoted from jayneeo
(do you think I'm getting too much fat? ::)...)


After going grain-free, I have steadily dropped weight (for several months.  It has slowed down now, as I've reached my ideal weight.  But I feel that I need more fats in my diet than I did when I was eating grain carbs.  It would be easy to swing to the extreme of no grains, but overeating on other foods to compensate.  With enough healthy fats, I feel very satisfied and there are no cravings.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 11, 2010, 10:52pm; Reply: 73
We've tried Bob's Red Mill before and have not been impressed with the freshness of their products.  That could be Whole Food's problem not rotating stock...

I'll try grinding some almonds at home in the coffee grinder. It's a powerful grinder that makes a really fine rice flour.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 11, 2010, 11:11pm; Reply: 74
I make a fine textured almond flour with my Omega 8006 Juicer by using the blank filter.  The almond meal comes out more like a powder, not gritty at all.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 2:48pm; Reply: 75
ohhhh, that would be great for pancakes or any other baking recipe, Victoria!
Well I bounced up a little from my nearly 3 lb weight loss after going out to a celebretory dinner with relatives from out of state. ::) It was a hot day in Jack London Square and I had a couple of drinks! Alcoholic ones. (no sugar) Oh well, I'll work it off today somehow...
I don't know what I;ll eat yet as I just got up....I'll be back to enter my food.
OK...brk: 2 eggs over bed of sauteed spinach. yum.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:11pm; Reply: 76
KK here, Day 30 grain free.

I made my own breakfast this morning since Lewis had a service call.  Funny how when I cook for myself, it never tastes as good as when he cooks. (That could be because I'm a "disaster" when it comes to mixing food and stoves. )

Breakfast was two scrambled eggs pan fried with white onion and green bell pepper.  I'm hoping he comes home in time to fix a good lunch.



Oh, and the scale "finally" moved after 30 days. I'm down 5 pounds.  Too many more to go to count, but at least I can feel the difference in my jeans.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:45pm; Reply: 77
Quoted from KimonoKat
Funny how when I cook for myself, it never tastes as good as when he cooks. (That could be because I'm a "disaster" when it comes to mixing food and stoves.

Oh, and the scale "finally" moved after 30 days. I'm down 5 pounds.  Too many more to go to count, but at least I can feel the difference in my jeans.

As long as you can eat your own cooking (and don't burn down the kitchen  ;)), you'll survive...   ;D

Congrats on the scale direction...
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 8:04pm; Reply: 78
Quoted from ABJoe

As long as you can eat your own cooking (and don't burn down the kitchen  ;)), you'll survive...   ;D

Congrats on the scale direction...

We've come close to losing our kitchen at my hands a couple of times.  I approach a stove with trepidation every time.

Just getting off the bad soda drinks (again) is an accomplishment.  I'll see how the scale looks in another 30 days.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 9:08pm; Reply: 79
Doin' good, there, k kat!   :K)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 9:27pm; Reply: 80
Quoted from Victoria
Doin' good, there, k kat!   :K)
Well, keeping the kitchen intact, I'll agree with you there.

Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1:43am; Reply: 81
Great work, KK! :D
lunch was some weird stuff...2 carrots with almond butter as a dip, and a handful of dried cherries.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 2:16am; Reply: 82
Quoted from jayneeo
Great work, KK! :D
lunch was some weird stuff...2 carrots with almond butter as a dip, and a handful of dried cherries.


Carrots? Black Dot missy!   

Lunch for us was a lunch/dinner of seared wild salmon, and sir fry onions & green bell pepper. (I didn't go shopping until late today so our vegetable choices were limited.)  I'm having a big slice of watermelon now as an after eats treat.

I'm going to see if I can get my friend to make me a "black dot" smiliey when she has time.  

I love the watermelon rind.  Are there any nutrients there?  I'll have to look up typebase to see what it says. Just wondering/spit-balling here.

Celery goes good with almond butter.  When I'm having a craving, that's what I have.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:14am; Reply: 83
Funny!!  (ondrugs)  This afternoon, I got a rare 'food attack', and I just had to eat something.  I never snack, so this was really, really rare!! (scared)  

I ate two big celery stalks, spread thickly with crunchy almond butter!  (drool)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:18am; Reply: 84
Quoted from Victoria
Funny!!  (ondrugs)  This afternoon, I got a rare 'food attack', and I just had to eat something.  I never snack, so this was really, really rare!! (scared)  

I ate two big celery stalks, spread thickly with crunchy almond butter!  (drool)


ME eat just TWO?  When fly.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 5:12am; Reply: 85
actually, celery tastes better with the almond butter...but didn't have any.... :-/
really need to shop!!!!! 8)
Dinner was grass fed burgers on lettuces, tomato, with guacamole (don't tell)....it was so good!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 5:59am; Reply: 86
Quoted from jayneeo
actually, celery tastes better with the almond butter...but didn't have any.... :-/
really need to shop!!!!! 8)
Dinner was grass fed burgers on lettuces, tomato, with guacamole (don't tell)....it was so good!


I just bought FOUR STALKS of celery at the store!  

Love that guac jayneeo....but beam me up Scotty, I haven't had it in eons.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 3:30pm; Reply: 87
kk,

You make me laugh so hard!  (hehe) LOL (clap)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 5:05pm; Reply: 88
KK here, Day 31 Grain Free.

Breakfast was...... leftovers.

Wild salmon, onions & bell pepper. Lewis always has basmati rice with his meals.  This is an improvement over too many slices of Ezekiel bread a day.... (with either almond butter & agave or agave, butter and cardamon aka )

Supplements I'm taking: Synergist, Activator, Phloxicin, ARA Plus, Deflect(2x day), as well as Calcium & O Polyvite (when I remember).

I still have a "tightness" (not necessarily pain) when bending in my R thumb joints and R D2,D3 second knuckle joints. Left hand still very good (thankfully)! Low back pain comes and goes, depending on how late into the night I'm
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 5:06pm; Reply: 89
Quoted from Victoria
kk,

You make me laugh so hard!  (hehe) LOL (clap)


That's my job.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 8:34pm; Reply: 90
Brkfst today: turkey sausage sauteed with arugula in evoo and butter.
lunch....half an apple (bl. dot) with almond butter, egg scrambled with zucchini.
Kk, seriously, you are keeping this thread going with your cool posties and humor!!!!!! ;D


Just added: dinner- cold burger on big grn salad with tahini dressing (homemade)
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6:45pm; Reply: 91
OK, I have been grainfree for 2 wks, with one notable exception (rice at my bookclub dinner). I am pleased that I have stuck with it, and this log is a huge part of the reason. I need accountability!
Total lbs lost in 2 wks: 3lbs. ;D
And ...well...how many to go???...um,  for my initial goal, let's say 22 more lbs, then I'll reevaluate.
And I'm short...
but I digress...my log: brkfst: 1 egg, half a zucchini, sliced thin, some chopped onion, tsp. ghee, bit of sheep cheese, (not on my list) scrambled. yummmmm.
Thennnn, I went to a free sample class in pilates!!! OMG! I am going to be sore today...
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:04pm; Reply: 92
KK here, In the "grain free" jail that is! Day 32...

Breakfast was Costco lamb chops dusted in rice flour and sauteed green beans. (This was ~for us~ an expensive breakfast!)

YESTERDAY.... I had leftover wild salmon for lunch and about five stalks of celery.  This was eaten way too fast or I would have been late for......

my appointment to donate platelets at the Red Cross.  I believe I'm well over 50 platelet donations at this point.  Usually, I eat lots of candy while watching my movie. (Jolly Rancher's hard candy they stock at the front desk.)  But this time, I came prepared.  I brought a bag filled with lady nails, pecans and walnuts.  It satisfied me perfectly.

Dinner was too many servings of fruit.  Fresh pineapple, fresh watermelon, (not a great one) and some pineapple juice.

I'm noticing that I'm not getting blood sugar spikes and crashes like I used to.   And one of these days, I might be able to do this   again...if I only had a trampoline, lol!

More today, and fabric organizing in the attic.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:23pm; Reply: 93
Quoted from KimonoKat
my appointment to donate platelets at the Red Cross.  I believe I'm well over 50 platelet donations at this point.

How often do they allow platelet donation?

I know it is 8 weeks for blood donation...
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:29pm; Reply: 94
Quoted from ABJoe

How often do they allow platelet donation?

I know it is 8 weeks for blood donation...


You can donate platelets as often as every two weeks, and in some cases, even sooner.  (Years ago they called me back in several days later because I was a "perfect match" for a patient at a nearby hospital.)  I'm a high platelet producer.  They usually are able to get a "triple draw" out of me, meaning three separate units.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 8:25pm; Reply: 95
thx...
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 96
32 days.........??? it is possible!!!! ;D ::) I would be so proud!!! As I'm sure you are!
lunch was strange....a flax waffle (no grain! just flaxseed, ground, with egg, then the waffle iron) with ghee, several celery stalks with almond butter. (more almond butter than I should have had...)

Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, October 15, 2010, 4:05am; Reply: 97
Quoted from jayneeo
32 days.........??? it is possible!!!! ;D ::) I would be so proud!!! As I'm sure you are!
lunch was strange....a flax waffle (no grain! just flaxseed, ground, with egg, then the waffle iron) with ghee, several celery stalks with almond butter. (more almond butter than I should have had...)



I buy flax seed in 25 pound bags. I'm sure you're thinking: I use it in my hot/cold packs I .  

I've got to buy a bag soon, so maybe I'll use the coffee grinder to make some flax meal and try a flax

Going grain free has not been easy for me, and I've been eying that bag of quinoa in my cupboard lately. I need to give it away.  Every once in a blue moon Lewis would make spelt pancakes and I do miss those covered in agave.

It ain't easy.  I do tend to be a carbaholic. I really miss this big time.  There is a Humphrey's Frozen Yogurt store near my house.  I would get a soy vanilla with FOUR blends of frozen raspberries.  The clerks would always look at me like I was crazy and the yogurt would come out this very dark maroonish color. It was like having a bit of soy with all these raspberries.  Heaven.

My only sweet treat this past month has been fresh squeezed limes with Gerolsteiner & stevia.  If I do too much my stomach and bladder let me know. Too much lime and too much stevia.

I've GOT TO get some raw almonds so I can try an almond pancake.
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 15, 2010, 5:36pm; Reply: 98
I like Gerolsteiner with about an inch of cranberry concentrate (unsweetened, very tart) sweetened with stevia in a tall glass with ice!!!!!!! ;D
I really tend to be a carboholic too..... :-/ ....and I no longer trust agave....its just so like any sugar, even tho they say it doesn't spike blood sugar, I just don't know.

Yesterday ended up (i was out on the way to a group) a salad from subway (with meat and a slice of cheese as well as veggies) and later a slice of "raw" foods style cheesecake with no added sugar. It sure was good.....but had avoid, coconut oil and coconut milk, probably. Wasn't too sweet, tho. Not condoning that.

This a. m.....chopped zucchini, one egg, bit of sheep cheese.
(yesterday tried pilates for first time! really kicked my butt!)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:37pm; Reply: 99
KK here, Day 33 grain free.

Breakfast was fried lamb burgers dusted in rice flour with cayenne & fennel.  Sauteed green beans.

I know my lack-luster, pace results are due to me not listening

to the recommendations.

One of these days I'll get up the energy, but today....   I'd rather while I

What's with all the sheep cheese Jayneeo?
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 15, 2010, 9:52pm; Reply: 100
oh, my, I know!!!! ::) I am a dairy freak!!!!! :o :o :o I try to minimize it.
had lunch out...chose well: a salad with turkey pcs. and papaya over romaine plus a tall drink. one shot of gin in soda water (no sugar) with lime. Refreshing and I don't regret it. never even felt the gin.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, October 15, 2010, 10:04pm; Reply: 101
Quoted from jayneeo
oh, my, I know!!!! ::) I am a dairy freak!!!!! :o :o :o I try to minimize it.
had lunch out...chose well: a salad with turkey pcs. and papaya over romaine plus a tall drink. one shot of gin in soda water (no sugar) with lime. Refreshing and I don't regret it. never even felt the gin.


You never felt the gin? Geez Louise jayneeo, you !!! That's the whole point!  Bwaah!  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 2:20am; Reply: 102
I told my husband I was going to go to the store to get some raw almonds so I could make almond flour with the coffee grinder.  He told me it wouldn't work because the almond flour would be too fatty. I'd be making almond BUTTER and gumm up the grinder.  

I of course, didn't believe him.  So I tried grinding some walnuts in the small, washable coffee grinder.  Shore-nuff, I started to get something that was kinda pastie.

So I went to Whole Foods and picked up a bag of Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal.

I used jayneeo's recipe as a guide.  I knew I wouldn't be satisfied with 1/2 cup of flour so, not really knowing "anything" about baking and cooking I made my own recipe.

3/4 cup almond flour
2 jumbo eggs
1 Tbsp butter
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla  (GATHERER BLACK DOT!)

I blended up the ingredients in a bowl and plopped batter down in my pan with rice bran oil.

I made all the batter into 3" size pancakes.

I then slathered them with butter and probably too much agave syrup.

It wasn't like eating a "pancake." It was like eating a fried almond cookie.   I won't be doing THAT again, lol!
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 3:08am; Reply: 103
Quoted from KimonoKat
I love the watermelon rind.  Are there any nutrients there?  I'll have to look up typebase to see what it says. Just wondering/spit-balling here.
I thought I remembered it being an aphrodisiac ??) :-/ Should we warn lewis?

What's Red, Juicy, and Really Turns You On? Not What You're Thinking ...

Watermelon – Containing the health benefits of Viagra and tomato!

Oh & btw how close is Sherman Oaks to West Hollywood? I must visit you next time I go to LA ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 3:41am; Reply: 104
Aphrodisiac?

I am not that far from West Hollywood at all.  It's just a drive over the Hollywood Hills. About 20-25 minutes, which is a fast drive in LA.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:15am; Reply: 105
Quoted from jayneeo
oh, my, I know!!!! ::) I am a dairy freak!!!!!
So am I, so am I.... I know it's a grain free thread, but if once in a blue moon I can lay my hands on a medium chunk of real Spanish Manchego cheese (Swami neutral) and experience what I consider the truly good life (dance) - then, well, no blame...  :D

Posted by: Possum, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:26am; Reply: 106
Cheers KK I thought so.... ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:38am; Reply: 107
what's wrong with a fried almond cookie?????
well, its not exactly like a pancake, you see. But...I have heard (via Elana's Pantry, an awesome blog) that there is a finer grade of almond flour that is better.
And I wasn't really against feeling the gin...it just didn't happen: blame the bartender.  8)

http://www.elanaspantry.com/
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:59am; Reply: 108
Quoted from jayneeo
what's wrong with a fried almond cookie?????
well, its not exactly like a pancake, you see. But...I have heard (via Elana's Pantry, an awesome blog) that there is a finer grade of almond flour that is better.
And I wasn't really against feeling the gin...it just didn't happen: blame the bartender.  8)

http://www.elanaspantry.com/




For me, it was too much nuts, too much fat, too much sweet, too much indulgence.  Maybe as a treat in a month or two, AFTER I start that program....

Walking through Whole Foods...I started to crave some of my favorites... the gluten free cookies.....the mouchi rice cakes.... the puffed rice snacks.... the terra chips,  Amy's rice crust , the Soy Dream frozen bars, that overly expensive 365 brand of organic almond butter......  the super expensive Lake Champlain chocolate.... I got out of there as fast as I could    because it would have been a

of my grain free lifestyle if I'd stayed much longer!

Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 5:13am; Reply: 109
Quoted from KimonoKat
I got out of there as fast as I could    because it would have been a

of my grain free lifestyle if I'd stayed much longer!

We don't want that now do we????   ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 2:59pm; Reply: 110
(Yaeli, I'm with you in the Manchego Cheese fan club)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:13pm; Reply: 111
Me too! :D (manchego)
this a.m.: 1 egg, half a zucchini, sliced thin, bit of goat cheese (chevre) and turkey sausage patty, fried in ghee. mmm.
(let's see, last night DH grilled a small hangar steak for each of us, which I had w/lettuces and tomatoes. Later, walnuts.)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 4:20pm; Reply: 112
Quoted from Victoria
(Yaeli, I'm with you in the Manchego Cheese fan club)


for the rest of us!  Y'all got those B genes that can groove on that stuff.  

I'm certain that fried almond cookie has made me more of a this morning.    Let's see how fast I can light a fire under Lewis for

Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 5:18pm; Reply: 113
Quoted from KimonoKat
Let's see how fast I can light a fire under Lewis for

Ouch...  First the kitchen, now hubby...  Were you a pyro in a previous life???? ;)  ;D :K)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 5:32pm; Reply: 114
Quoted from ABJoe

Ouch...  First the kitchen, now hubby...  Were you a pyro in a previous life???? ;)  ;D :K)



Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 8:05pm; Reply: 115
Quoted from KimonoKat


for the rest of us!  Y'all got those B genes that can groove on that stuff.  


Nope, this B does not groove on Moo stuff!  (except Ghee)

I groove on Baaa!  (sheep dairy)
and Maaaa!  (goat dairy)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9:19pm; Reply: 116
Quoted from Victoria


Nope, this B does not groove on Moo stuff!  (except Ghee)

I groove on Baaa!  (sheep dairy)
and Maaaa!  (goat dairy)




Gotta find you a little goat smilie.....

Here he is...
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 10:10pm; Reply: 117
nice chubby lambs!     :P

scrawny goat!  lol!   ;D    ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:52pm; Reply: 118
Quoted from Victoria
nice chubby lambs!     :P

scrawny goat!  lol!   ;D    ;)


We can't always get what we waannnt.
We can't always get what we wanntt....
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, October 17, 2010, 6:16am; Reply: 119
Quoted from KimonoKat
for the rest of us!  Y'all got those B genes that can groove on that stuff.  
Sheep stuff (Baaah)  ;)  (drool)

oops! Victoria has already elaborated on this ...  :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 17, 2010, 4:19pm; Reply: 120
18 days and I've lost 3 lbs. (said this before, but I've bounced a little...).
brk: 2 fried eggs, inch of coffee, cup of tea blend, yerba mate, grn tea, mint.
Posted by: geminisue, Sunday, October 17, 2010, 4:35pm; Reply: 121
Jayneeo -  I have to ask, did you have that beverage all together in one cup mixed together or did you have it separately?  lol   just curious!  :o
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 17, 2010, 5:12pm; Reply: 122
Quoted from KimonoKat


We can't always get what we waannnt.
We can't always get what we wanntt....

Oh, thank you, kk!!   ;D  LOL  (hehe)  hehehe!!
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 18, 2010, 2:28am; Reply: 123
GSue,
My tea is a blend of YM/green and mint! Yup, all in one cup! ;)
let's see, lunch was fresh mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, and 2 grassfed beef hot dogs.
DH is grilling a half chicken (bl. dot) and I'm cooking collards for dinner. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 18, 2010, 5:38pm; Reply: 124
KK here, day 36 in my grain-free cell.

It's not really being "in jail" but it does present some challenges during carb-craving times.

Breakfast is fried turkey patties, and a stir-fry mix of sweet-potato & red pepper (in rice bran oil, our main cooking oil) that Lewis is fixing up right now.  We need to get back to an earlier rise and bed time frame.  It's hard when I'm late into the night. Kinda stuck on one project right now.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 18, 2010, 5:55pm; Reply: 125
I also had some sw. potato in my morning eggs, with some chopped up grassfed hot dog too. it was a bit like hash! ::)
I love your jail picture, KK. ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 18, 2010, 6:55pm; Reply: 126
Sweet potato isn't one of our better food choices, and I won't be buying as much in the future.  

There are so few veggies that we like, that are easy to fix.  I'm not a mushroom fan and good tasting okra (frozen is about it) is hard to find locally.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 6:09pm; Reply: 127
Good morning, grainfree! ;D the good news is it gets easier! The bad news is I bounced up a lb. and can only claim a 2 lb loss since going grainfree, but that won't stop me. I haven't slipped up since that first week....
this a.m.: 1 egg, one turkey sausage patty, and some chopped red onion, sauteed together. half cup of coffee, cup of my tea blend.

Last night I had a strange but great dinner. cold chicken, cubed with cold cooked collards, chopped, red onion, chopped, about one fifth of an apple, chopped, tossed with evoo and lemon juice!  :D
loved it.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 6:22pm; Reply: 128
jayneeo, what did you for breakfast today?

KK here, day 37 grain free.  Breakfast: Turkey patties dusted with rice flour, and two spices. I can't remember which ones Lewis used.  Fried onions with green bell pepper.  He had rice, as usual.

I had a nightmare last night.  I dreamed I stuffed a whole bunch of grain (I can't remember "which one") in my mouth and it didn't dawn on me what I was doing until I was just about ready to swallow it.

I can never tell when I am dreaming until I wake up.  My husband says, he can always tell when he is dreaming because there is always an element that doesn't make sense to him.  So for him, he says he never has a nightmare. ... to that!
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7:48pm; Reply: 129
my breakfast was similar to yours...posted above. ;)
ha ha, dreaming of eating grain!! I'd probably dream of eating rice toast! Oh how I loved it.
but I miss it less and less.....really.
I hope to alleviate my hand pain by eliminating phytates. I have no other arthritic pain, but these fingers can drive me mad.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 8:26pm; Reply: 130
Wed. afternoon:
I had fried eggs over sauteed swiss chard (better than you might think!...chard was sauteed in ghee!)

lunch was a grassfed beef hot dog with chopped red onions and a small floret of broccoli with a slice of.......(you guessed it) manchego over it......and after that....frozen blueberries with sour cream....it gets ice creamy, but no sweetener. good tho'.

Tonight's plan is grassfed beef shortribs....? I'll tell ya how they come out! (they say grassfed is tough, so I selected short ribs...lots of fat, which should be good)
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 21, 2010, 3:39pm; Reply: 131
my shortribs were soooo delicious!
OK, I'd be hoping for some more weightloss by now. It's 3 weeks....... ::) ...yeah, I'm eating a lot of fat, but I have read that you need to eat more fat while changing over to grainfree.....so...let's hope we get some more impressive scale feedback here!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:56pm; Reply: 132
KK here, Day 39 Grain Free.

Lamb burgers and stir fry vegetables, zuchinni & red bell pepper.  Lewis had brown rice.

No sewing today. We are off to hit the streets, making a run through the SFV  do some more soliciting for Lewis's business since work has slowed down to a pace for him.  This involves me driving him while he visits all businesses that might handle their own HVAC (and not the building owner) as well as those businesses that have refrigeration (stores, florists, caterers) and/or boilers (laundromats, dry cleaners).  Hopefully, we'll be home before 9pm tonight.

Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7:06pm; Reply: 133
Have fun trekking through the valley!  :D
I had almond pancakes this a.m......will have to try to find the finer almond flour I've heard of...! ::)
Now...what's for lunch and then dinner? ??)
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:07am; Reply: 134
OK. dinner was sooo good. I stirfried turkey sausages with chopped chard, onions, about a quarter of an apple, some fresh green beans, and seasoned it with curry spices! ;D
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 22, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 135
This a.m. was eggs and onions, with turkey sausages. I bought the sausage in bulk, mixed up in house by Whole Foods, and then made a bunch of patties and froze them.
I am finding this grainfree life is getting easier....just have to think, eggs and what veg? meat and what veg...and remember to have the occasional fruit.
Need to shop!!!!! Grain keeps well, remember, that's one of the reasons it became such a huge part of our diet! So now I have to shop a lot to keep those fresh meats and vegetables coming!
Shopping today.
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 22, 2010, 8:29pm; Reply: 136
Shopped. Now house is full of good stuff.
Lunch was a green salad, with tomato, avocado (I knooow), about 3 oz. gr. grassfed beef, and a homemade (as always) dressing.

for those who may be following to see how I am adapting....it is getting easier!! Cravings are gone!!
I no longer crave grains! (I could tempt fate and cave in, sure, but basically it's not hard to keep my mind off grain) 8) I am pleased.
I am watching for the pain in my hands to go away. It seems to be happening.....!! :D Will let ya know!!
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 5:16pm; Reply: 137
big improvement in hand pain...not perfect, but lots better!
Lost almost two lbs as of this a.m. making it a 4 lb. loss since I started!!!! ;D
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:17pm; Reply: 138
I'm living vicariously through you jayneeo! I don't do well on the grain-free diet, but I am going sugar-free starting yesterday.

I'm glad you are noticing the good effects!
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:35pm; Reply: 139
Drea, I don't see how an A could be grain-free and be balanced.  Thank goodness for vicarious diets!  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:40pm; Reply: 140
Great, Drea! I'm sugarfree too, so far...keep us posted! Use this thread if you like.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10:02pm; Reply: 141
great job!
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 10:52pm; Reply: 142
;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 11:07pm; Reply: 143
KK Here,  

I'm still grain free, but I did have a moment of weakness and made one of those almond pancakes again...   Lewis sez 2 eggs were too much and I didn't add enough salt.  Covered them in butter but passed on the agave this time at least.  After I made up the batch, I threw out the flour.  It was too tempting to do that again.


We are dealing with major car issues so I am not a happy camper.
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 4:44pm; Reply: 144
I know what you mean, KK! Those pancakes just don't come across pancakewise....and they are so tempting.....but I am going to try an almond flour that is less gritty. As soon as I get up an online order, or find some somewhere.
Last night I was so tired I called DH at the store (Whole Foods) and asked him to bring home one of those roasted chickens. It was just cooked and moist and hit the spot!! He brought home coleslaw from the deli and we called it a night!
What a simple dinner! Easier than going out! Going out is no fun when you are eating carefully. :D
This morning was spinach and egg with manchego cheese (I know)! 8) I'm having my yerba mate/green tea/peppermint tea now after just an inch of coffee.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 4:55pm; Reply: 145
jayneeo, how convenient to have your husband work at Whole Foods!  (drool)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 5:35pm; Reply: 146
I bought some yerba mate yesterday and was disappointed to read that it has caffeine. I'm still looking for something rich and hot for an evening drink so I can stop eating after 7pm.

Btw, yesterday was day 2 of so sugar, although I did *technically* have agave the first day...but yesterday was sugar/sweetener-free.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 6:04pm; Reply: 147
I apologize for not having read this whole thread before posting, so maybe you've all already addressed this issue. What are you guys doing for complex carbs? You only need about 50 to 100g of protein a day, but you need about 300g of carbs. Bare minimum of 130g in order for your brain to function. I realize Os need more of some things than As do, but carbs are an important thing, even if just the minimum is consumed. So far the posts I've skimmed through look like too little carbs, just say'n.
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 6:26pm; Reply: 148
grey rabbit, thanks for your concern!
well, O's do need fewer, I believe...but when going grainfree we still can have fruits and veg, esp. tubers for carb. I love tubers, sweet potato, beets, etc .I am going low on fruits right now to see if it helps me lose weight. But I do eat a bit of fruit everyday. Maybe I don't always log in the quarter of an apple snack or the bit of frozen berries thrown into a salad dressing.
Your type shouldn't try to go grainfree.
And if I were my optimal weight I might use some grains, like quinoa, etc.  8)
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 7:21pm; Reply: 149
I realize this tool is lacking many things (what can you expect from the mainstream?) but it is helpful none-the-less. I was surprised when I tried it and I'm making an effort to work on a healthier amount of carbs in my diet.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/carbometer/

Your body can produce glucose from protein, but it's hard on your kidneys.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, October 24, 2010, 7:34pm; Reply: 150
Congratulations Drea!  You've made the leap!

... all of you living the grain-free (& sugar free) life!

KK Here.  Day 42 in the grain free jail.

It is getting easier to stand in line at JoAnn Fabrics, and wait for what seems like forever
staring at the and my usual weakness, NECCO WAFERS of the overly stocked shelves lining the long waiting line area.

Breakfast was salmon dusted with rice flour (with fresh ground cayenne) and fried in Rice Bran Oil.  Veggies were sauteed red bell pepper, snow peas and onion.

Lewis is off to work on the car, and I'm going to work on several projects: more stockngs, and cutting out some other items to get ready to sew.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:56pm; Reply: 151
KK: step away from the necco wafers!! (in other words, good job!!)

brk: 2 eggs, inch of coffee.
lunch: 2 pattypan squash fried in ghee with almond butter sauce (just Almond B. stirred in) and 4 wellshire farms turkey sausages, which have a little sugar in them, unfortunately!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I am not perfectly sugar free today. (but hey...that's not much!) ;)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, October 25, 2010, 8:44pm; Reply: 152
Day 4 of no sugar! I think I'm over the hump. It's hard (and yet strengthens my resolve somehow) to see the bowl of candies we keep out for clients. But I'm determined to kick the sugar habit (again).
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, October 25, 2010, 9:03pm; Reply: 153
I hope that bowl of candy is the crappy kind! ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 25, 2010, 9:26pm; Reply: 154
Quoted from Drea
Day 4 of no sugar! I think I'm over the hump. It's hard (and yet strengthens my resolve somehow) to see the bowl of candies we keep out for clients. But I'm determined to kick the sugar habit (again).


Oh Drea! You ARE STRONG and doing well if you can have a bowl of candy out on a daily basis and not be tempted.
Posted by: Drea, Monday, October 25, 2010, 10:51pm; Reply: 155
That's just it. I'm an all or nothing kind of personality. Moderation is hard for me to maintain.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 3:03am; Reply: 156
Quoted from Drea
That's just it. I'm an all or nothing kind of personality. Moderation is hard for me to maintain.


I totally get that.  

It's difficult for me to have just a serving of grain.  It's one of those things that can me over to the dark side of overeating.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 157

i'm kinda that way too, and I need to not be right now....cuz I ate something bad yesterday and I don't want it to derail me. I didn't think it would be so bad...some "healthy" (no hfcs) chocolate covered almonds......!!!! :o
Don't try this at home, kids! I was buzzed from the sugar in just a handful! Not sugarfree yesterday, but will be again! Hand pain kicked in again....inflammation. :(
I get it! 8)
not worth it.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 1:14am; Reply: 158
I'm on day 5, and thankfully, it's almost over! I have had about two teaspoons of agave in those 5 days, on day 1 and day 4, but I feel okay about that. I'm also giving up wheat and red wine, even though they are bennies. Both the wheat and the red wine make me crave more of both and sugar, too, and I just make bad choices.

It was hard being around all the Halloween candy all the stores have on display. I went looking for buttons for the cardigan I just finished knitting...found some, but they weren't my first choice...none of the stores I went to had 7 of any of the choices I picked. Ugh.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 2:26am; Reply: 159
KK here, Day 44 grain free.  Breakfast was turkey patties and green beans.  

It was more like a lunch since we got started on our walk so late and then fixed a meal so late. I'm determined not to have that happen again tomorrow.  I told Lewis, I'm leaving the house at 7:30 am with or without you. I will not wait again for him to get his act together. I still am stuck with that 5lb weight loss.  

So this morning, I really pushed and we went up into the hills for our morning walk.

I have not walked the hills for at least a couple years.  I did the low hill instead of the very steep hard hill.  Did not get the sweat I wanted, but a little sweat is better than no sweat.

Lewis and I are both dealing with some intermittent knee pain, so we may not do the steep hill for some time.  If I feel good tomorrow morning, I'll do the low hill again.

The steep and low hills are something I used to do on a daily basis before I got married... oh so many years ago.  It was 10 years ago on about Oct 30th or so, that I joined the first BTD message board.  My how time flies.

The rest of the day we drove around soliciting for new clients. We're pooped.  Dinner will be lamb patties and onion and red bell pepper.   Maybe a good with some salts will do the trick tonight.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 3:12am; Reply: 160
Quoted from KimonoKat

So this morning, I really pushed and we went up into the hills for our morning walk.


I love this little walking dumpling.  We all have felt that way at times!  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 5:27am; Reply: 161
dinner tonite was a delicious pot roast with hannah sweet potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, celery, onions.
I dusted the meat in tapioca flour, and browned it in ghee before braising it in wine.
Now I'm into the almond butter on a spoon..... ::)
Posted by: honeybee, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 5:36am; Reply: 162
Quoted from Drea
I'm also giving up wheat and red wine, even though they are bennies. Both the wheat and the red wine make me crave more of both and sugar, too, and I just make bad choices.


(eek) (think)  Hello... maybe once you have really kicked the sugar these will bolt back into play? I don't really get why anyone would give bennies up?
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:48am; Reply: 163
Quoted from honeybee
(eek) (think)  Hello... maybe once you have really kicked the sugar these will bolt back into play? I don't really get why anyone would give bennies up?
  But this trap shall remain: thoses bennies will always generate a craving for sugar.... also after you have kicked the sugar...  :'(  The best solution is the rich superfood live foods 3 x daily parties/celebrations, after which you'll forget about sugar - for the day. It's a lot for me.  ::)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 164
yeah, I agree with yaeli, that maybe- temporarily- staying off wine and  wheat is a help, even for an A... :B

brkfst: 2 scrambled eggs with a small pc of sw. potato.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:07pm; Reply: 165
KK here, Day 48 grain-free.

Breakfast was patties dusted in rice flour cooked with red bell and white .

We got out the door very early for our trek this morning.  Although we kept to the very low inclines, we felt like burnt by the time we got back home.

Hoping when I get on the at the end of the week, I see some change.
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:02pm; Reply: 166
Quoted from honeybee
(eek) (think)  Hello... maybe once you have really kicked the sugar these will bolt back into play? I don't really get why anyone would give bennies up?
As we are all individuals, there may be differences on our bodies that have not been accounted for in the books, or possibly even SWAMI...  The books are definitely a great starting point, but if you notice that certain foods don't sit well or trigger excess demands for other foods, or other undesirable symptoms, why not remove them - at least temporarily, to stabilize again.

Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:24pm; Reply: 167
KK, good job on the hiking and the grainfreedom! :D
I should put in my exercize, which is mostly NIA dancing!!! Love it!! went to class today!! I'm now going 3 times a wk if I can. It's doing me good, for sure! :D
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 12:42am; Reply: 168
I may or may not add in wheat and red wine some time in the future, but until I really "know" I have a handle on being sugar-free, why tempt myself? Besides, I'm only in 6 out of 30 days. At the very least, I should lose some of the extra pounds I've been carrying around for a couple of months.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 1:08am; Reply: 169
Quoted from jayneeo
KK, good job on the hiking and the grainfreedom! :D
I should put in my exercize, which is mostly NIA dancing!!! Love it!! went to class today!! I'm now going 3 times a wk if I can. It's doing me good, for sure! :D



I think keeping track of our exercise helps us stay focused on the goal, but at the same time staying in the present via the journey.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 2:07am; Reply: 170
Quoted from Drea
I may or may not add in wheat and red wine some time in the future, but until I really "know" I have a handle on being sugar-free, why tempt myself? Besides, I'm only in 6 out of 30 days. At the very least, I should lose some of the extra pounds I've been carrying around for a couple of months.


Way to go Drea!
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 9:12pm; Reply: 171
brk: 1 egg, chopped red bell pepper.
lunch: grassfed beef and bison chili.....awesome! (no beans, lots of veggies, and sour crm on top! ;))
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11:07pm; Reply: 172
I'm so proud of myself! Day 7: coffee with cocoa powder, soy milk, home made trail mix, and apple, roasted/tamari almonds, romaine lettuce with red onions, cucumbers and feta cheese (no dressing), lemon/sea salt water. I was in town, tempted by smells, and didn't cave! I got a lot of support, from the woman who dyes my eyelashes on my food/beverage choices, which empowered me.

My truck was indeed ready, picked it up without hassle, and the insurance company (not mine) pays for it all. Total bill including three weeks of rental car: $5400. Whew!
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11:12pm; Reply: 173
Quoted from Drea
I was in town, tempted by smells, and didn't cave! I got a lot of support, from the woman who dyes my eyelashes on my food/beverage choices, which empowered me.

My truck was indeed ready, picked it up without hassle, and the insurance company (not mine) pays for it all. Total bill including three weeks of rental car: $5400. Whew!
Good job on the choices...  Glad your truck was ready as stated...  Goodness, I'm glad that didn't have to come out of your pocket! ;D

Posted by: Drea, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11:23pm; Reply: 174
Me, too, Joe! There are a lot of other things I would choose to spend that kind of money on, if it was available!
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, October 29, 2010, 8:22pm; Reply: 175
Well...yesterday was interesting...I ate two helpings of the chili at about 1 or 2 and wasn't hungry for the rest of the day! That's so unusual for me....I usually "feel" hungry every few hrs. I've gravitated to lower and lower carb, and higher fat, which is filling me up and making me feel like I could go all day on just a couple meals. Hmmm. Interesting.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 2:15am; Reply: 176
Quoted from jayneeo
Well...yesterday was interesting...I ate two helpings of the chili at about 1 or 2 and wasn't hungry for the rest of the day! That's so unusual for me....I usually "feel" hungry every few hrs. I've gravitated to lower and lower carb, and higher fat, which is filling me up and making me feel like I could go all day on just a couple meals. Hmmm. Interesting.
Yes, this is definitely the best part of the "cycle"! When it happens to me it gives me a fantastic sense freedom - freedom from cravings and the illusion that I am on vacation from the need to plan the next meals... for a little while.

Posted by: Drea, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 4:14am; Reply: 177
Day 8 sugar/wheat free: I struggled tonight not to eat sugar. Meals were awkward, dinner was too early (4pm), so I was hungry again at 7:30p. I ate two spoonfuls of almond butter, but I usually eat it with agave -- didn't tonight, but it took some effort.

I think it might have something to do with my "period". My periods these days are every two or three months and only last one or two days. What ever.

Day 8 is almost coming to a close. Whew.
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 6:06am; Reply: 178
almond butter is the greatest! I salt it. I'm not saying it's unsalted, but I like a lot of salt.( My bad!)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 1:38pm; Reply: 179
I understand about salt, believe me! I used to be on the "salt advisory council" (that's a joke). While I still salt some foods like grains and eggs, I get most of my salt in the lemon/sea salt water that I drink daily.

Almond butter, at least the stuff I get from my local hfs, is freshly ground in store (not sure if it's salted or not) and I like the sweetness of the almond flavor. So I wouldn't salt it. But other almond butters I've had (from jars) I might salt.
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 3:35pm; Reply: 180
sounds good... ;)
well the scale budged a little for me...made my day.
brk: small serv of "hash" browns...(part sweet potato, part celery root, with onions, spinach, and red bell pepper)
with cheese on top. (out of eggs)

last night had wildcaught salmon and wildcaught, smoked halibut....a treat. 2 glasses wine.
Posted by: shoulderblade, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 7:35pm; Reply: 181
Quoted from Drea
I understand about salt, believe me! I used to be on the "salt advisory council" (that's a joke). While I still salt some foods like grains and eggs, I get most of my salt in the lemon/sea salt water that I drink daily.


I had to cut down on salt as I had high BP at one time and lowering salt was part of the control stategy. I now buy coarse sea salt which is pretty well useless for putting on anything.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8:19pm; Reply: 182
use a pepper grain mill for the salt......it works! ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 5:35am; Reply: 183
I adore those chunky grains of sea salt! ;D
well, had company tonite....made pot roast (a current fave) with root veggies and broccoli. Drank a bit of wine....not saying how much.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 5:50pm; Reply: 184
Day 9! Whoo-hoo! Although I do have a low grade head/neck/shoulder ache this morning. Not sure what that's about. I can now look at the bowl of candy on the counter and not feel anything. ;D

Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 6:02pm; Reply: 185
KK here, Day 52 grain-free.

I think the "might have" moved 1/4 to 1/2 a pound.  I'll try again first thing tomorrow morning.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 8:33pm; Reply: 186
What kinds of things have you noticed by going grain-free, KK?

Btw, I'm curious as to why you are still dusting with rice flour. Isn't rice a grain? ;)

Great job on persevering, too!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 9:08pm; Reply: 187
Quoted from Drea
What kinds of things have you noticed by going grain-free, KK?

Btw, I'm curious as to why you are still dusting with rice flour. Isn't rice a grain? ;)

Great job on persevering, too!


Sssshhh! It's a

Yes it is a grain.  We grind it fresh from basmati (white or brown) rice.

I guess you could say I'm 99.9% grain free.  Dusting with rice flour gives our protein source a nice browning & crunchy taste, out of the pan.  I'd say the amount of rice flour I get with a turkey or lamb patty is about 1 tablespoon if that.  We don't have turkey or lamb every day, so that % is close enough to grain-free for me.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 1:36am; Reply: 188
Day 10 and I'm still on track. I've been eating a lot of nuts and dried fruit, though. After dinner I really wanted some agave, but instead, I ate a couple of spoonfuls of almond butter and some dried apples. I feel better now.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 1:39am; Reply: 189
really good going there - I may have to join you!! ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 2:39am; Reply: 190
The only time I am craving grain, is when I watch one of my favorite shows:

AMAZING
WEDDING
CAKES.  

Just love watching what these people can do with wheat and sugar.

Day fifty-something grain-free.

Salmon salad & celery & baby roma tomatoes for dinner.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 2:43am; Reply: 191
(clap) (clap) Hooray for all of us for doing so well!
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 4:29am; Reply: 192
;D Hoorayyyyyyy!!!
Hey, join in, Possum! :D   I love being grainfree!!! Hands have much less pain!!!
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 4:41am; Reply: 193
Ta!! You got me then!! Glad I ate the rest of the ricecakes today... ::) They are so evil ;) & way too hard to resist... ;)

I am also gonna try going mould free too so will keep a log of those foods I am avoiding, as per my comment in the "Where is Symbi" thread...

This will be a great way to be accountable heaven knows I need it!! I am just as likely to eat dark choc for tea on ocassions - esp as Mr P travels so much for work, so I don't always have to cook for him *sigh*
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 6:33am; Reply: 194
Quoted from Possum
Ta!! You got me then!! Glad I ate the rest of the ricecakes today... ::) They are so evil ;) & way too hard to resist... ;)

This is a matter of individuality...  I gotta have my grains or I don't get enough energy food...  Lunch for me is often peanut butter on rice cakes and vegetables...

I admire anyone who makes the proper choices for their needs!  Keep doing well.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 6:50am; Reply: 195
Thanks AB ;) Yeah you would do well on rice cakes... I don't do badly on them - just too well!! ;D
But I was good & made a (semi) proper tea...cooked lamb pieces reheated in my George & eaten in cos lettuce ;) Yummy :P
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 4:51pm; Reply: 196
well, ABJoe, this an O thing....esp. for healing arthritis or various other things....
my arthritis book says O's don't need any grains except maybe manna bread....which is delish, but doesn't work that well for me....I then try to eat the whole loaf!
OK...brk: 2 eggs, half a sw. potato, fried.
Tonite the book club will be at my house....my club is Book and Cook! I am making Pomegranate Soup for the novel of same name (with recipes)...it has grain....rice...I will simply appear to eat it, while ingesting as little rice as possible... ::)
and I'm making baklava as well  ::) ::)....wish me fortitude!!!!!

and welcome Possum!
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 5:27pm; Reply: 197
Quoted from jayneeo
well, ABJoe, this an O thing....esp. for healing arthritis or various other things....

Precisely why I said that I admire all who make the proper choices for them... ;)
Quoted from jayneeo

Tonite the book club will be at my house....my club is Book and Cook! I am making Pomegranate Soup for the novel of same name (with recipes)...it has grain....rice...I will simply appear to eat it, while ingesting as little rice as possible... ::)
and I'm making baklava as well  ::) ::)....wish me fortitude!!!!!

Tempting fate, eh??? ;D

My daughter made baklava several times one year for her 4-H cooking demonstrations...  It is really good, but too sweet for me.  Also, need to be quick with the filo dough so it doesn't dry out.

Much success with the cooking and even more with avoiding the temptations...
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 8:39pm; Reply: 198
Thanks jaynee...goodluck with the food ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 12:12am; Reply: 199
ohhhh, yeah, I'm gonna need lots of luck! The baklava came out superb! So tempting. Haven't eaten a serving yet, just one of those famous nibbles where you hope no one can see.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 5:22am; Reply: 200
Ooooooookkkkaaaayyy....I need to get real here!!!!!!
Not a good day foodwise! Really enjoyed my party...I mean, book club.....I cooked for 8, and I ate the soup which had rice in it and I ate the baklava which was heavenly!!!! I sent the remainders of all the food home with my son who stopped in after the party. Tomorrow I return to the straight and narrow.
8)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 5:51am; Reply: 201
did you have to peel those pomegranates for the soup?
hope you wore an apron!!!
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6:23am; Reply: 202
Well in contrast I was better today...Didn't stop for anything other than water for breakfast & then had a couple of mouthfuls of (wet) chia seeds* on the way to work (I added water to them before leaving)

After settling in at work I had a water & then a hot cocoa made with a dash of diluted cream (my version of half & half)
Then another cocoa before lunch, to fill up the gap...Should have had more food but boss always likes to have a late lunch ::)

Lunch was sardines in olive oil on cos lettuce 'cups' sprinkled with Himalayan salt followed later by another cocoa...  

Had several bottles of spring water over course of the day & made my hot drinks with spring water too...

*I don't think they rate as grain do they?

Now for tea; I'm starving!! ??)
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 7:59am; Reply: 203
Had more lamb again, like last night...but this time had peas with some butter, instead of lettuce ;)
Enjoyed it & went back for more peas... :) Then I finished off with a cocoa ;)
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 5:00pm; Reply: 204
Possum, I think of chia as seeds, not grain. How do you react with them?

My tummy is smaller today! I noticed it when I stepped into the shower. I hope this is the precursor to greater things coming! I can already tell a slight difference overall (less puff).  :D

Unfortunately, my arm muscles/tendons are still sore on my right side. I'm right handed, so I tend to favor this side. A couple of weekends ago a couple of dogs yanked my arm hard and even the Astaxanthan I've been taking for a couple of months isn't helping. I've been taking Traumeel, too, but nothing seems to be working.  ::)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 5:10pm; Reply: 205
KK here, Day 50+ something grain free.  I'm focused and on a mission.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6:48pm; Reply: 206
Quoted from KimonoKat
I'm focused and on a mission.


That reminded me of the Kashi commercials. :D

What's your end goal? Not that you have to stop there, just curious. ;D
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 7:05pm; Reply: 207
Lola, the pomegranate soup is just with the bottled juice....its really good, full of fresh herbs. But...also rice. So all that food is now out of the house and I have begun my day like so many others, with 2 eggs. 8)
Whew, Possum, you went without actual food there, for a big part of the day.....but no big deal...I'm starting to doubt the 3 meals a day plus snacks model. I do it, mind you, but I rather admire my DH's approach, which is 2 eggs in the morning and nothing till dinner. (oh, if I could.....)
KK, 50 plus days grainfree! Way to go!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 7:16pm; Reply: 208
Quoted from Drea


That reminded me of the Kashi commercials. :D

What's your end goal? Not that you have to stop there, just curious. ;D


Weight loss is my main focus.  I'm determined to make progress, but it's been quite slow.  I'm thinking it might not improve until I'm hiking in the hills for 1.5 hours every day.  Sigh.  I hate exercise.  That's my delima.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 8:47pm; Reply: 209
Quoted from jayneeo
Whew, Possum, you went without actual food there, for a big part of the day.....but no big deal...I'm starting to doubt the 3 meals a day plus snacks model. I do it, mind you, but I rather admire my DH's approach, which is 2 eggs in the morning and nothing till dinner. (oh, if I could.....)
I'm really sure it doesn't help weight loss though:-/ That was just me being disorganised::)
I slept in, then spent too long in the shower & on the internet before work, had to answer a phone call, then had to put oil in the car, & spent some time trying to sort out my skin...
Hmmm not sure the oil fume helped there... :-/ ::)

Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 8:53pm; Reply: 210
Quoted from Drea
Possum, I think of chia as seeds, not grain. How do you react with them?

My tummy is smaller today! I noticed it when I stepped into the shower. I hope this is the precursor to greater things coming! I can already tell a slight difference overall (less puff).  :D

Unfortunately, my arm muscles/tendons are still sore on my right side. I'm right handed, so I tend to favor this side. A couple of weekends ago a couple of dogs yanked my arm hard and even the Astaxanthan I've been taking for a couple of months isn't helping. I've been taking Traumeel, too, but nothing seems to be working.  ::)


KK I'm still trying to work out those chia seeds.. They satisfy, fill me up & keep me going really well... But they can block me up if I don't exercise & drink heaps & heaps & in the end I'm still not sure re the mould issue with some foods.

I had a spoonful (left over from breakfast) before bed last night, had some magnesium (epsom salts) & drank some water...One area on my cheek was angry & red this morning but it had started to react after tea, so I think it was the peas tbh They are higher GI than I would prefer...

No problem with bms this AM, but they could be firmer... When I was in the Sates I had really good sized ones with all the varied food & exercise I was getting & it was easier to drink heaps 'cos it was so hot!!

Good going you guys!!! Now to go organise myself before work *sigh* Running a little behind again ::) I wish!!! rofl
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 9:29pm; Reply: 211
Lunch today was sauteed broccoli florets in evoo, with fresh ginger root, fresh garlic slices, and ume vinegar. Oh yum. This is one of my all time favorite flavors. And it's all bennie. Lemon/sea salt water.

I also made some cranberry sauce: whole cranberries (so glad they're in season) simmered with a can of pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice. It's tart, but I like tart!
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:57am; Reply: 212
Quoted from Drea
... but I like tart!
Just as well you are female :D

I ended up eating the rest of the chia seeds for breakfast, with a cup of cocoa & it  kept me satisfied with the addition of another coca, plus a bottle of water, till a late lunch again...

Couldn't think what to pack for lunch so I grabbed a can of sardines & the rest of my lettuce as I was going out the door...I followed up another cocoa & some more water, but about 4pm had to go in search of more food, as I'd noticed feeling a bit nauseous ??)
Could simply have been hunger :-/ 'cos after a generous serving of roast lamb which one of our friendly food vendors in the mall gave me (I'd asked for a small taste :P ) I felt so much better ::) ;)

Now to go cook some tea...

Posted by: Possum, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 10:55am; Reply: 213
Sorry to be so boring but I had lamb with lettuce again, but chops this time, just for a change ;) Followed at supper time by a cup of cocoa & a glass of water...Off to bed now... :)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:03pm; Reply: 214
KK here. Day 56 of of my grain free   

I guess you could call me a for the G2 grain-free life.

Weight loss is 7-7.5 lbs total.  Kinda slow, but at least the scale is moving a bit more since I'm walking hills every other day and the flats the rest.  So, I'm either getting 2 miles of flat terrain walking or 3.5 miles consisting of several steep and gradual hills.

Breakfast was seared salmon (tiny bit of oil, little bit of water in the pan), a touch of my mayo... (Vegenaise: grapeseed oil variety)...maybe a teaspoon; it's got a few avoids in, but the amount is small.  Steamed white onion & red bell pepper.  I'm trying to get used to cooking vegetables without oil.  It's a hard transition after eating them cooking in wonderful tasting fat for too many years.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:18pm; Reply: 215
KK,
You are the Queen!!! ;D
I would highly encourage you to fry stuff in ghee! or butter! Ghee really holds up to frying. (Or sauteeing....) but for quick stuff (egg) butter's good too. I am into this Irish butter that is from grassfed cows...Kerrygold!!!!! So delish....full of CLA.....you can taste the difference....its subtle...
..when you are grainfree you need more fats to give you a full feeling...so I've heard. And if you don't overdo it, it won't stop your weight loss. Again, so they say. (All the low carb diets say)
Possum...lamb is very good for us gatherers. 8)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:47pm; Reply: 216
Quoted from jayneeo
KK,
You are the Queen!!! ;D
I would highly encourage you to fry stuff in ghee! or butter! Ghee really holds up to frying. (Or sauteeing....) but for quick stuff (egg) butter's good too. I am into this Irish butter that is from grassfed cows...Kerrygold!!!!! So delish....full of CLA.....you can taste the difference....its subtle...
..when you are grainfree you need more fats to give you a full feeling...so I've heard. And if you don't overdo it, it won't stop your weight loss. Again, so they say. (All the low carb diets say)
Possum...lamb is very good for us gatherers. 8)


I had Victoria look at our fat intake via frying.  Too much cooking oil, so we are trying to cut back.  We eat a lot of Lamb that has fat in it, eat beef on rare occasions that's cut thin and fried up like bacon that has too much fat in it, we eat salmon that has fat and touches of our Vegenaise when Lewis makes salmon salad and we probably eat too much almonds, walnuts and pecans that have fat.  So in cooking, we are trying to limit and get used to the taste of food without it.

We used Ghee for a long time and I know it's good for us but we don't care for the taste of Ghee vs Rice Bran Oil.  Ghee is not a GT diamond food and Rice Bran Oil is.  And, we can cook at higher temperatures with it.
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 217
Hope you can get used to the less fat KK They say your taste buds change... I need a fair bit of fat with my other food as I don't do nuts - I react to them all except maybe pecans which I haven't tried yet::) & since I'm not sure of eggs I don't do a  lot of mayo ??) I'm thinking that when my gut heals I will be able to tolerate more...:-/

Having made sure I ate more yesterday it did feel good when I did my BM this morning ::) Nice fat banana shaped ;) Scales were also down a lb or so... :D
Quoted from jayneeo
Possum...lamb is very good for us gatherers. 8)
Just as well eh Jaynee :P but I worry & think I need to mix it around a bit? Trouble is I do so well on it as it is not fed hormones, antibiotics & is grass fed etc & I am not so sure re our turkey farm...
I do eat beef when Mr P is in town, but since he is away at present & often, if I have bought &/or cooked lamb there is only me here to eat it :-/Not that I mind... :D ;)
Now off to devour that lamb chop that is waiting for my breakfast...
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 8:46pm; Reply: 218
Quoted from KimonoKat


I had Victoria look at our fat intake via frying.  Too much cooking oil, so we are trying to cut back.  We eat a lot of Lamb that has fat in it, eat beef on rare occasions that's cut thin and fried up like bacon that has too much fat in it, we eat salmon that has fat and touches of our Vegenaise when Lewis makes salmon salad and we probably eat too much almonds, walnuts and pecans that have fat.  So in cooking, we are trying to limit and get used to the taste of food without it.

We used Ghee for a long time and I know it's good for us but we don't care for the taste of Ghee vs Rice Bran Oil.  Ghee is not a GT diamond food and Rice Bran Oil is.  And, we can cook at higher temperatures with it.

I do support keeping the quantity of added fats from ballooning out of control.  I also support getting healthy fat every day so that our systems work well.  It's just good to examine our habits and get a realistic perspective on what we are actually consuming.

Trying to eat foods with no fats can be counterproductive if it doesn't taste good and we end up with food cravings or eating too much of regular food in an attempt to satisfy our fat needs.

Just eyes open, that's all.  
(shy)
Posted by: Possum, Friday, November 5, 2010, 9:04am; Reply: 219
Managed to get some grass fed beef mince tonight but will have it Sunday as we are out for Christmas work dinner on Sat night...From the peek at the menu I have had, I am torn between the lamb fillets (surprise there?) but I will have to forego the pistachio crust... Definitely will avoid the "Deep friend basil infused calamari & chilli mustard"  ;D :D But quite interested in the "Turkey, leek & feta baked in filo pastry, citrus salad & cranberry" but would order a normal salad... ;)

Ended up hardly having much breakfast this morning as I had eaten dinner last night at 10pm so just wasn't hungry... Had a cup of cocoa with dash of cream & a tiny bit of lamb & some lettuce...

Had 4 small lamb chops at work with lettuce & a black cocoa later in the afternoon...

Got home late & opened a fresh pack of pecans while I thought about dinner...Had one but I am sure they tasted rancid so will return them ::) Yuk!!

Had 3 more small lamb chops, with lettuce & tomato & a dash of olive oil...Followed up  with a cocoa with cream & some chia seeds soaked in water with whipped cream & cocoa added & a shot of Baileys as a treat!!

So not missing grains & feeling good!! Hope you guys are going well??!!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, November 5, 2010, 5:21pm; Reply: 220
Are you eating much in the way of vegetables there, Possum?  ;)

Besides a little lettuce and tomatoes, hmmmm?  
Posted by: Possum, Friday, November 5, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 221
Ummn did you read my signature below :D
I have/had peas & raw beetroot ocassionally?? But it's not exactly a huge variety...Yeah I know, I should eat more... ;) The lettuce is good dark cos or romaine lettuce & heaps of it, but I would like/need to explore more vegies...I love veges too...Must get some asparagus - will be having some tonight at the restaurant :)

Trouble is I reacted to the peas - had heaps of those ;) and with my foray into allergies & adding up stuff myself, I am pretty sure from my reactions I am salicylate sensitive & that cuts out a lot of veges.. Now with my searching re moulds in foods (which I think may have even more relevance to me :-/) even mung bean sprouts seem dodgey... :-/

I can't do carrots, capsicum or pumpkin, & am yet to find an organic source of celery I used to love that & live on it, till I looked at "the dirty dozen" In yours (or anyone else's) opinion would I be better just eating what veges I can (limited as it is) regardless of pesticides for now?

I get so paranoid now about fluoride in water, pesticides on veges, hormones, grain feed & more in meat, that where I can, I avoid them - even to the point where I used to limit my water if I have run out of spring water...At least I have now found a 1.5 litre bottle for $1 I can easily buy near work that is NZ spring water...

I think I know, re the water, it is a big key to my weight loss (as per my other post this morning) so I am committed to that one...especially coming into (what counts for) summer here:P

I lost another lb since yesterday even though I forgot to mention I ate some dark chocolate before dinner (it was the closest thing to grab after my rancid pecan experience)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2:33pm; Reply: 222
Still sugar/wheat/alcohol free (although the alcohol is just a by-product of the other two) on Day 16. I managed to go to a friend's house for the afternoon and a lunch and didn't ingest any of the above. There were avoids like tomatoes and peppers, but oh well. Those don't bother me for some reason like potatoes do; at least not so I can notice.

I'm hoping my resolve will continue beyond the 30 days for the sugar and the wheat. I realize that whole grain wheat is a diamond, but I can rarely find it in its whole grain form when I'm not doing the preparing/cooking (meaning commercially processed or eating out). It makes it difficult to eat out because I love Mexican (and live in New Mexico) but corn is out as well. So I trudge on over to WF to get a $9 salad from the salad bar (back when they offered larger containers, I was known to get a $15 salad :o).
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10:31pm; Reply: 223
Great going Drea!

KK Here, Day 58, grain free.

I was wandering the aisles of one of our nearby Asian markets and found.... "Water Chestnut Flour."  Small box for about 3.00  I could make probably a batch of pancakes with it though, lol! I think it was that carb craving demon trying to get me to eat something carb laden again.   It's still there, under the surface.

Breakfast was lamb burgers fried in 2 tsp rice bran oil w/white onions.  Steamed asparagus.  The asparagus isn't too good this time of year. I think I will forgo getting anymore and just have frozen peas.  Better taste.

Out shopping with my husband  ... he bought a bag of salted & roasted pepitas at one of the mediteranian markets we hit.  These were a very small, round looking variety, and I'm sure the oil used was an avoid .  We ate too much when we should have stopped somewhere and tried to get a leaf wrapped burger.  Now I'm having lunch way late.

He is having difficulty with his knees.  We think it's tendonitis of the patella.  And I had to have an argument with him about buying a "single" Fuji apple.  He hadn't had one in a long time, I had to keep reminding him that this single apple would NOT help his knees heal.  He reluctantly listened to the message.  He really wanted that apple.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2:25am; Reply: 224
Good going you guys!! I gotta say, it is tremendous having this specific thread to report in on...it really does make me more responsible, knowing I am gonna make myself accountable ;)

Saturday, I had some lamb chops & some chia seeds for a late breakfast & actually forgot to eat lunch...as Mr P got back from Tokyo & wanted to have a nap... ;)
We were then heading out at 5.20 to give a lift to a work colleague for pre-dinner drinks before our Christmas "do"...so it got a bit late to eat by the time we got up again ;)

We ended up even later for drinks, (so I avoided eating nibbles there) as the work mate kept us waiting longer than expected & also needed us to go back, partway there, as she had forgotten her phone!! Aaah the things you do ::) But it was all good...

I'd pre-enquired with the restaurant if I could swap some of the avoid vegs etc on particular courses & had checked out the online menu in detail so I wouldn't get caught out...

Managed to avoid the bread, & for entree, I ordered turkey in filo with feta & leek (swapped out citrus salad for cos & some other salad green)...which was tasty & I gave most of the filo to Mr P..

I then had sirloin steak with béarnaise sauce & green salad & asked for avocado instead of the gourmet potatoes!! That was an excellent move as the steak was divine & the (almost entire) avocado they put with it, went so well with the greens & the sauce!! Yum yum!!! I was in seventh heaven :D

We shared a dessert as everyone seemed to be ordering one & went for an individual (cute & quite small) mascarpone cheesecake & Mr P ate half of it & the accompanying strawberries, as well as all the crust ;)

I didn't have any alcohol, except I just remembered, in the afternoon I'd had some Tia Maria & some more Baileys to decide if I'd take anything for drinks...Had a bit of a minor skin reaction a little while later & couldn't decide if it was the liqueurs or the fact that after that I used a face wash with wheatstraw in it...:-/
I think it was more likely to be the liqueurs (although not entirely sure) as I have used that cleanser quite a bit before..& the Tia maria was very very sweet ::) ??) :-/

Have managed to lose a total of 4 & a half lbs so far this week & am seriously thinking, that I may be more explorer than I suspected ??) :-/ The weight is not proving hard to lose especially as I am now avoiding those environmental toxins, like mould in food... :-/
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2:36am; Reply: 225
Quoted from Possum
Ummn did you read my signature below :D

I can't do carrots, capsicum or pumpkin, & am yet to find an organic source of celery I used to love that & live on it, till I looked at "the dirty dozen" In yours (or anyone else's) opinion would I be better just eating what veges I can (limited as it is) regardless of pesticides for now?


Yes, Possum ::)  I know you had your chocolate, which does come from beans.   :P

As to your question about the dirty dozen, that's a good question.  Do you happen to have that list handy that you could post, and maybe get some intelligent feedback on them?
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2:41am; Reply: 226
Sure Victoria ;) - here it is:

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/da.....e-residue.html?pg=97
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 2:43am; Reply: 227
Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defence against pesticide contamination.

"Clean 15" that contained little to no pesticides.

Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 4:28am; Reply: 228
Hey, guys!
Thanks for the lists, Possum! I'm so lucky to have organic veggies easily available!!! Do you like onions? They are clean, and good for you.

KK, water-chestnut flour? hmmm, sounds like pancakes to me!
DH took me out to dinner...(a rare treat)...I had sea bass, yummy, and a drink which was.. a ramos fizz! I had ordered my new drink, a gin fizz...gin and soda water, but anyway I drank the ramos fizz. I t was good. We'll see what the scale has to say!!!

Hi, Victoria! thanks for the reminder about fat. I may be overdoing it! ::)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 4:57am; Reply: 229
Quoted from jayneeo
Thanks for the lists, Possum! I'm so lucky to have organic veggies easily available!!! Do you like onions? They are clean, and good for you.
Might have to try them again...A few months back I seemed to be reacting to onion & garlic & a few other related things :-/ But of course it may have been a hyper sensitivity when combined with mould containing food??!!
I love onions 9as did my Grandfather - he ate them like apples ;)) I also managed with no ill effect to eat a huge amount of an out of this world buttery garlic sauce that came with our crab* (of all things) in San Fran!!! *I decided to risk both as it was daughter's birthday request  to have a crab feast... but as I said, I had less trouble with most things in US, perhaps from the drier hotter environment :-/
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 8:31am; Reply: 230
12 foods to eat organic and avoid pesticide residue with explanation
http://green.yahoo.com/blog/daily_green_news/332/the-new-dirty-dozen-12-foods-to-eat-organic-and-avoid-pesticide-residue.html?pg=97
By purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 8:31pm; Reply: 231
Thanks Lola ;) That is the same as my first list... Should I delete mine & leave your link?
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 8:59pm; Reply: 232
not necessarily P.......but links in general, save precious forum space at times ;)
thanks for asking anyways! :K)

this post of yours with the list is short in comparison to other posters who like posting complete 3 paged articles and such.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 10:05pm; Reply: 233
Aah;) Ooops...I never thought about "saving precious forum space" ::) Have modified above posts;) Oooh maybe I should crack less puns & jokes? :-/
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 10:34pm; Reply: 234
what would the forum be without the essence of P?? ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 10:34pm; Reply: 235
No, never, Possum!  ;D
Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 8, 2010, 12:47am; Reply: 236
;D ;D :D :D Aaaw, gee...thanks you guys!!!
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 8, 2010, 2:06am; Reply: 237
I'm amazed at how easy not eating sugar/wheat has become. I also realized today that I'm only eating brown rice or oat bran as grains. They're both diamonds on my swami.

I ate a lot of veggies, some fruits and nuts, some beans (in the form of soy milk in my coffee) and peas with br rice pasta, and eggs with feta. It seems like a well rounded food day. I stopped eating before 7pm and feel satisfied.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 2:41am; Reply: 238
Quoted from Drea
I'm amazed at how easy not eating sugar/wheat has become. I also realized today that I'm only eating brown rice or oat bran as grains. They're both diamonds on my swami.

I ate a lot of veggies, some fruits and nuts, some beans (in the form of soy milk in my coffee) and peas with br rice pasta, and eggs with feta. It seems like a well rounded food day. I stopped eating before 7pm and feel satisfied.

Great job!  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 3:59pm; Reply: 239
KK here stepping on the on DAY 60, of my grain-free life to report:

I've lost 10 pounds!  Ten!  It's taken 60 days but the scale is finally moving in the right direction.

I'm off to take my short (2 miles) this morning.  Hopefully, Lewis will have breakfast ready by then.

And btw, Lewis has lost a few pounds too.  He can now easily fit in 1 size smaller pants.  Now I'll have to make sure all those have suspender buttons on them. More ahead!
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, November 8, 2010, 4:43pm; Reply: 240
Quoted from KimonoKat
I've lost 10 pounds!  Ten!  It's taken 60 days but the scale is finally moving in the right direction.

And btw, Lewis has lost a few pounds too.


Congratulations to both of you...  It is great to see you making progress toward better health.  We want it to be sooner, but since this is a lifetime journey, 60 days is still rather short!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 5:15pm; Reply: 241
Thank you ABJoe!

I started to make more noticeable progress when I added exercise.  Don't get me wrong, I do not enjoy exercise AT ALL!  There are times I am dragging my feet to get out the door because I know pain is coming.  About 10-15 minutes in, I have pain in my low back, pain in my degenerated right hip, pain in my left knee. After the low back pain gets too bad, I stop my walk and focus on stretching out my low back.  Sometimes it's my own fault for not stretching before I leave the house.

Years ago, I was told by my master bodywork teacher, William "Dub" Leigh that I had a combination ecto-endomorph body type.  He said, "Your mind is always at war with your emotions."  

I have that internal dialog on a daily basis.  

Mind: Exercise!  You know you need it.
Emotions: I'd rather sit at my computer and blog about crime.

See?

Since adding exercise, my mind is winning.  That's because in my mind's eye, I'm clearly focused on a goal. Weight loss first. Better health second.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 8, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 242
well done!!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 8, 2010, 6:02pm; Reply: 243
Possum ~ Love your posts!  (hehe)  (and you)

Drea ~ That sounds like an awesome food day!!  You're doing great!

KK ~  I'm more than happy for you and Lewis!  You both deserve these results;  you're working hard to achieve them!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 8, 2010, 6:39pm; Reply: 244
Possum's earlier question:
"In yours (or anyone else's) opinion would I be better just eating what veges I can (limited as it is) regardless of pesticides for now?"

I'm posting the 'Dirty Dozen', Possum, because your link didn't work for me.  So if anyone has feed back for this question, please feel free . . :

1. Celery
Celery has no protective skin, which makes it almost impossible to wash off the chemicals (64 of them!) that are used on crops. Buy organic celery, or choose alternatives like broccoli, radishes, and onions.

2. Peaches
Multiple pesticides (as many as 62 of them) are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, tangerines, oranges, and grapefruit.

3. Strawberries
If you buy strawberries, especially out of season, they're most likely imported from countries that have less-stringent regulations for pesticide use. 59 pesticides have been detected in residue on strawberries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and pineapples.

4. Apples
Like peaches, apples are typically grown with poisons to kill a variety of pests, from fungi to insects. Tests have found 42 different pesticides as residue on apples. Scrubbing and peeling doesn't eliminate chemical residue completely, so it's best to buy organic when it comes to apples. Peeling a fruit or vegetable also strips away many of their beneficial nutrients. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include watermelon, bananas, and tangerines.

5. Blueberries
New on the Dirty Dozen list in 2010, blueberries are treated with as many as 52 pesticides, making them one of the dirtiest berries on the market.

6. Nectarines
With 33 different types of pesticides found on nectarines, they rank up there with apples and peaches among the dirtiest tree fruit. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include, watermelon, papaya, and mango.

7. Bell peppers
Peppers have thin skins that don't offer much of a barrier to pesticides. They're often heavily sprayed with insecticides. (Tests have found 49 different pesticides on sweet bell peppers.) Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include green peas, broccoli, and cabbage.

8. Spinach
New on the list for 2010, spinach can be laced with as many as 48 different pesticides, making it one of the most contaminated green leafy vegetable.

9. Kale
Traditionally, kale is known as a hardier vegetable that rarely suffers from pests and disease, but it was found to have high amounts of pesticide residue when tested this year. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli.

10. Cherries
Even locally grown cherries are not necessarily safe. In fact, in one survey in recent years, cherries grown in the U.S. were found to have three times more pesticide residue then imported cherries. Government testing has found 42 different pesticides on cherries. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include raspberries and cranberries.

11. Potatoes
America's popular spud reappears on the 2010 Dirty Dozen list, after a year hiatus. America's favorite vegetable can be laced with as many as 37 different pesticides. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include eggplant, cabbage, and earthy mushrooms.

12. Grapes
Imported grapes run a much greater risk of contamination than those grown domestically. Only imported grapes make the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. Vineyards can be sprayed with different pesticides during different growth periods of the grape, and no amount of washing or peeling will eliminate contamination because of the grape's thin skin. Remember, wine is made from grapes, which testing shows can harbor as many as 34 different pesticides. Can't find organic? Safer alternatives include kiwi and raspberries.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:02pm; Reply: 245
I don't see romaine on the dirty dozen, so.....Possum, do you like salad? (I'm guessing, no.. ;)) wait, you do eat lettuce.....that's a good thing...with a tasty dressing, mmm.

KK!!!!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D Amazing! TEN POUNDS!!!! I would be so proud if I could get there!!!!! I like your slogan, weight loss first, health second....because for some of us weight loss is the first step to health! It is a health priority! You are the trailblazer here on the grainfree express! 8)

Brk. 1 egg, some red bell pepper strips, a turkey sausage.

(dinner last night was roast chicken, fresh g. beans, broccolini, butter, and a grainfree pumpkin muffin)
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:08pm; Reply: 246
I was away and sinned all over the place.. well its my problem.. reading the posts on here with all the fun pics is well ~ just what I needed to have  a good laugh and be happy I am back on the wagon..

your smilies.. plus.. are much fun.. thanks for the feeling of cheer.. a special gift to us all.. THANKS 8)  

and congrats..

Quoted Text
   Amazing! TEN POUNDS!!!! I would be so proud if I could get there!!!!! I like your slogan, weight loss first, health second....because for some of us weight loss is the first step to health! It is a health priority! You are the trailblazer here on the grainfree express!


yes maybe it is time for me to change my slogan to yours..
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:28pm; Reply: 247
Compliance, compliance, compliance everyone.

You have to let the messages your mind gives you about compliance, sticking with superfoods, diamonds & bennies, weight loss is the goal voice .....over ride your emotional voice's need for that avoid food.


Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:33pm; Reply: 248
Glad things are going well Drea re it getting easier!!

& wow Congrats KK!!!!That is awesome!!

As is your comment to me, Victoria!! You have made my day ;) Right back at you :K)
Oh & that link was Lola's... I was trying to "save precious forum space" by copying that link, instead of my list ??) Btw that wasn't meant to sound sassy (cheek?) :D

I am about to go do a 5km (over 10 miles *eeek*) walk to work... Husband just took the car to get it serviced & I had the choice of leaving at 7.30 in the morning which would mean racing round & then hanging around once there for over 2 hrs ::) as I don't start till 11am... Or walking ;) - I am allowing 2 hrs (hopefully enough time) so will head off in half an hr...  It's an absolutely glorious day already so I am looking forward to the exercise & the sunshine!!(sunny)

Hang in there Goldie & jaynee & anyone else..!! We're in this together!! Trailing after KK!! Re the lettuce!! Love it & eat heaps!! Hmmm wonder where lettuce particularly romaine (or cos = same thing) fits in that list??!!

Will post more details re my progress later...after work ;) Must go pack my bag...
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:37pm; Reply: 249
KK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats on the 10 pounds, that is fabulous!!!!!!!
Quoted from KimonoKat
I started to make more noticeable progress when I added exercise.  Don't get me wrong, I do not enjoy exercise AT ALL!

;D *Tee HEEEE*!  I actually love my walking and get very antsy/like a caged animal when, for some reason, I can't do it (except for the rare days when I simply decide, for one reason or another, or for no particular reason, hey, you know what, I don't feel like walking today, so I'm NOT walking today), BUT:
Quoted from KimonoKat
There are times I am dragging my feet to get out the door because I know pain is coming.  About 10-15 minutes in, I have pain in my low back, pain in my degenerated right hip, pain in my left knee.

I feel you on the pain thing.  You know of my back sitch.  It is good that you do stretching.  I can't do the child's pose anymore because of something going on in my right knee that I haven't posted much about (but will sometime) which I strongly suspect is really not my knee but my BACK...yet I kinda sorta don't want to find out, so currently I'm in denial, even though it has been going on for months with no change except maybe for the worse.  My fear is if I ever couldn't walk, even just for a while, like if I needed a knee replacement or back surgery or something.  I have a great fear that I would balloon back up in weight in no time flat.

Exercise is so key!  Good for you (and moi) for doing what you can do.  With your massage therapy expertise, I know you know what stretches to do, etc., to counteract the ill effects of walking.

I feel it is a Catch 22 for me, because I so need the walking, yet it does exacerbate my back sitch in some ways (yet helps it in many others).  Again, ya just do what you can do, ya know?  If you have access to a pool or place to swim (hello, Pacific ocean ALERT!), maybe that would be an option for cross-training?  I stay well out of the Gulf since the oil spill.  I'm not so much afraid of the oil as I am of the chemical dispersant. Anyway, just do what you can do, you are doing GREAT!  Ten pounds!
(dance) (clap) (clap)

Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:38pm; Reply: 250
Quoted from Possum
Glad things are going well Drea re it getting easier!!

& wow Congrats KK!!!!That is awesome!!

As is your comment to me, Victoria!! You have made my day ;) Right back at you :K)
Oh & that link was Lola's... I was trying to "save precious forum space" by copying that link, instead of my list ??) Btw that wasn't meant to sound sassy (cheek?) :D

I am about to go do a 5km (over 10 miles *eeek*) walk to work... Husband just took the car to get it serviced & I had the choice of leaving at 7.30 in the morning which would mean racing round & then hanging around once there for over 2 hrs ::) as I don't start till 11am... Or walking ;) - I am allowing 2 hrs (hopefully enough time) so will head off in half an hr...  It's an absolutely glorious day already so I am looking forward to the exercise & the sunshine!!(sunny)

Hang in there Goldie & jaynee & anyone else..!! We're in this together!! Trailing after KK!! Re the lettuce!! Love it & eat heaps!! Hmmm wonder where lettuce particularly romaine (or cos = same thing) fits in that list??!!

Will post more details re my progress later...after work ;) Must go pack my bag...


What a challenge Possum!  10 miles at 20 minute miles is a two hour walk!

Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:39pm; Reply: 251
Ok so I need to average 20 minutes to a mile? Cheers... ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:40pm; Reply: 252
Quoted Text
If you have access to a pool or place to swim (hello, Pacific ocean ALERT!), maybe that would be an option for cross-training?


Me in a bathing suit at a pool?  Let's wait a year on that okay? L O L!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:41pm; Reply: 253
Quoted from Possum
Ok so I need to average 20 minutes to a mile? Cheers... ;)


Um, no. I think I calculated that wrong.

To walk 10 miles in 2 hours, you have to walk faster than that.  15 minute miles would get you 8 miles toward work.

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, November 8, 2010, 7:43pm; Reply: 254
Quoted from KimonoKat


Me in a bathing suit at a pool?  Let's wait a year on that okay? L O L!

Hey, maaaaan:  if ya got it, flaunt it!  Let it all hang out, KK!  Cue Albie in "La Cage au Folles":  I am what I am!

I might be swimming on Thanksgiving, as I'm going to be at a house with a pool and was told, bring a suit.  Come to think of it, I'd better get a suit.  Thank God for Amazon, although I have NO IDEA what size swim suit I now wear, or even what swimsuit sizing is.  ANYWAY:  don't you worry about looking perfect, it's all about health.  Get out there with your radiant, grain-free self and plunge into that Pacific, out and proud!

Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, November 8, 2010, 9:34pm; Reply: 255
Quoted from Possum
I am about to go do a 5km (over 10 miles *eeek*) walk to work... Husband just took the car to get it serviced & I had the choice of leaving at 7.30 in the morning which would mean racing round & then hanging around once there for over 2 hrs ::) as I don't start till 11am... Or walking ;) - I am allowing 2 hrs (hopefully enough time) so will head off in half an hr...  It's an absolutely glorious day already so I am looking forward to the exercise & the sunshine!!(sunny)

The above calculation is wrong... Answer: 5 km = 3.10685 mi.  :o   :K)

This should be pretty easy in 2 hours... ;D   :K)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 9:37pm; Reply: 256
Quoted from ABJoe

The above calculation is wrong... Answer: 5 km = 3.10685 mi.  :o   :K)

This should be pretty easy in 2 hours... ;D   :K)


Whew!  That's good news for Possum!  ;D
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:15pm; Reply: 257
Quoted from Peppermint Twist


I might be swimming on Thanksgiving, as I'm going to be at a house with a pool and was told, bring a suit.  Come to think of it, I'd better get a suit.  Thank God for Amazon, although I have NO IDEA what size swim suit I now wear, or even what swimsuit sizing is.  



I haven't worn a bathing suit in ages; I wear swimming shorts and a spandex-y full coverage workout top (sleeveless) (no midsection showing on this girl).
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:18pm; Reply: 258
Congratulations on the fat loss, KK (I'm supposing that's what it is since you have been walking regularly). Can you see a difference in the way your clothes fit?

I groomed the dog from h*** today. She didn't like any part of the grooming process, except the part where she got to go home!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:27pm; Reply: 259
Quoted from Drea
Congratulations on the fat loss, KK (I'm supposing that's what it is since you have been walking regularly). Can you see a difference in the way your clothes fit?

I groomed the dog from h*** today. She didn't like any part of the grooming process, except the part where she got to go home!


Was it a big doggie Drea?

Clothes are a little looser.  I am "almost" into a smaller size of a different brand that what I'm wearing now. Once I get over this sewing hump of difficult orders, I might add some light weights in the afternoon/early evening to step up my game.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 4:19am; Reply: 260
Its good to see P. T. on this thread!! She's the ultimate role model popping in to cheer us on!!
I really like my dance workout, NIA!!! It's a blast. An hour of dancing that's energetic but not intense. ;D
Tonite we had lamb chops with big salad, artichokes and hannah sweet potatoes.mmmmm.
I spent the day pricing my artwork for a big show, boy its hard to do...how to put a price on art! ::)
the show starts fri. and ends sun. I will be super busy till after that.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:14am; Reply: 261
Sometimes the small dogs are harder than the big ones (Ella, the Poodle/Bischon mix was today's hassle) because they are so light they can pick up both feet to thwart any foot work like scissoring, clipping, or toe nails. Poor thing; you should have heard me screaming my frustration. Her human was happy, though.

Another day without sugar or wheat. I didn't eat a real meal until dinner ::), but it hit the spot, and I was done eating before 7:30pm.

While I love that it gets light earlier, I don't love that it gets dark earlier. And neither do the dogs in the kennel.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:26am; Reply: 262
Quoted from ABJoe
The above calculation is wrong... Answer: 5 km = 3.10685 mi.  :o   :K)

This should be pretty easy in 2 hours... ;D   :K)
Ooops of course it's wrong - I got the conversion completely round the wrong way ::) :D It was a wonderful walk - did it in 3/4 hr & then wandered round the shops for the other hour before work...Am looking to do it regularly now!!
Who would believe, we have lived in this house for just over 7 years & have never done that walk (mostly 'cos I thought it was heaps longer ::))

Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:29am; Reply: 263
Quoted from Possum
Ooops of course it's wrong - I got the conversion completely round the wrong way ::) :D It was a wonderful walk - did it in 3/4 hr & then wandered round the shops for the other hour before work...Am looking to do it regularly now!!
Who would believe, we have lived in this house for just over 7 years & have never done that walk (mostly 'cos I thought it was heaps longer ::))


Walking around your neighborhood is cheap.  All you need are good shoes and a desire to get fit.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:35am; Reply: 264
You seen our neighbourhood? It's up hill & down dale all the way - worse on the way back & more often blowing a gale, than not... ;D ;) That is another reason we don't walk as often as we should!! But things are gonna change!! Today was a perfect day (rare in Wellington, but they do happen ;) )
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:45am; Reply: 265
Quoted from Possum
You seen our neighbourhood? It's up hill & down dale all the way - worse on the way back & more often blowing a gale, than not... ;D ;) That is another reason we don't walk as often as we should!! But things are gonna change!! Today was a perfect day (rare in Wellington, but they do happen ;) )
The hills usually make for a more delightful scenery...  Wind can be annoying initially, but you get used to it if you're out in it often...  My mom always said, "Well, you'll get all of the stink blown off today..."  Of course, for me, she always added, "You better put some rocks in your pocket."  
I guess she didn't think I had enough in my head... ;D   ;)

Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 9:17am; Reply: 266
Quoted from ABJoe
The hills usually make for a more delightful scenery...  Wind can be annoying initially, but you get used to it if you're out in it often...  My mom always said, "Well, you'll get all of the stink blown off today..."  Of course, for me, she always added, "You better put some rocks in your pocket."  
I guess she didn't think I had enough in my head... ;D   ;)
;D ;D :D :D
Yeah the hills do indeed mean we have fantastic views!! & There isn't any pollution in Wellington either!! Hmm somehow I never have got used to it though & absolutely loved having no wind to muck up my hair, while in LA...

Also LA gave me a chance to wear dresses, skirts etc that I would never dare wear in Wellington ;) I made the mistake once (only once ::)) of wearing a wrap around skirt one windy day here...Well suffice to say, it was a traffic stopper, when trying to cross a road while carrying something (which meant I had no hands free) :B

Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 5:55pm; Reply: 267
Ha ha! what an image, Possum! ;D
We've had houseguests and folks around a lot this last week, making it a challenge to focus on my own foods, but I've done fine. I'm trying to make it a lifestyle, so that in planning a large dinner it just comes naturally to use the right foods. Sure one night I made rice...I just didn't eat it.
So, what'll it be tonite?  8).......meatloaf? mmm. yup.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 6:46pm; Reply: 268
KK here, Day 61 grain free.  Can I make it 365 days?  That will be my goal.  365 and beyond!

Breakfast was leftover turkey patty, a few bites of portabello mushrooms and a stir fry concoction of taro and white onion.  The taro tasted like a french fry!  I loved it.


ETA:  Funny wrap skirt story Possum!
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7:39pm; Reply: 269
Quoted from KimonoKat
KK here, Day 61 grain free.  Can I make it 365 days?  That will be my goal.  365 and beyond!

Sounds like a paraphrase from Buzz Lightyear with a twist...

Great job in maintaining your grain-free for weight loss campaign...
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12:32am; Reply: 270
If I remember correctly, I'm 19 days sugar and wheat free! My goal is 30 days, then one day at a time after that.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 1:21am; Reply: 271
You can do it! I'm up to 70 da., with 2 minor slip-ups and they don't count cuz they didn't derail me!
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 2:02am; Reply: 272
Way to go jayneeo! That's a great testimony to how well you are doing if you can have two minor mis-steps and keep on trucking.

And thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm really glad I don't have any chocolate available to me because I'm craving a piece of dark chocolate right now. Funny, I haven't had any cravings for a couple of days.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:17am; Reply: 273
Quoted from Drea
I'm really glad I don't have any chocolate available to me because I'm craving a piece of dark chocolate right now. Funny, I haven't had any cravings for a couple of days.
Could it be hormonal? Or low magnesium? Or both?

Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 4:06pm; Reply: 274
Drea, are you avoiding blackstrap molasses at this time?  A tsp of that satisfies a similiar taste need for me.  There's a certain strong bite that reminds me of good coffee or good chocolate.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:47pm; Reply: 275
KK Here, Day 62 in grain-free jail.  

I did my this morning.  It was the short flat terrain walk and I don't understand why it was so difficult today. I had no energy to get up any speed at all, and the back still was giving me trouble even when I stretched it out.

I'm going to have to get some good tonight if I want to tackle the big hill, tomorrow.

I'm thinking that I'm low thyroid for me.  I've thought this could be a possibility for quite some time now...did the under arm temp test years ago. It's probably time to do it again.  So I'm upping my deflect intake.  I told Lewis we are going to have salmon salad every day now, for lunch or dinner.  He loved salmon salad.

The KK House Salmon salad recipe:
1 lg can wild sockeye or 2 small cans
Don't drain oil completely from can.
Remove all bones.
Finely chop up 1/2 bunch of green onion.
Add 1 Tbsp of Grapeseed Oil Veganaise.
Blend well.

OPTIONAL: Make into a sushi roll with Nori sheets.
OPTIONAL: Add favorite rice.

I've still got some Dr. D fucus so I'll be adding that.  Let's hope I notice a difference in the next 30 days grain-free.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7:35pm; Reply: 276
the salmon salad sounds pretty good!
I sometimes wonder if my thyroid's up to par too. I take fucus vesuculosis (bladderwrack) each morning...
OK, I went to Nia today... ;D it sure makes me feel good. moving to the music, wheeee I like to boogie.
Have eaten leftovers from last night's yummy dinner (meatloaf, gr. beans, sw. potatoes) plus one egg.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 8:16pm; Reply: 277
Quoted from jayneeo
the salmon salad sounds pretty good!
I sometimes wonder if my thyroid's up to par too. I take fucus vesuculosis (bladderwrack) each morning...
OK, I went to Nia today... ;D it sure makes me feel good. moving to the music, wheeee I like to boogie.
Have eaten leftovers from last night's yummy dinner (meatloaf, gr. beans, sw. potatoes) plus one egg.


FWIW: The Health Protocol recommendations for hypothyroid in the Encyclopedia are: Detoxification protocol and Metabolic Enhancement protocol.  Fucus is a supplement recommended in both protocols with meals, Deflect in Metabolic between meals.  
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 1:25am; Reply: 278
Excellent tip, KK, thanks! Now to pick up granddaughter and rustle up some veggies....DH is grilling steaks.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 1:56am; Reply: 279
Quoted from jayneeo
....DH is grilling steaks.

Great! Make mine salmon and I'll be right over!!!  J/K...

Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 2:06am; Reply: 280
Quoted from KimonoKat
Years ago, I was told by my master bodywork teacher, William "Dub" Leigh that I had a combination ecto-endomorph body type.  He said, "Your mind is always at war with your emotions."  

I have that internal dialog on a daily basis.  

Mind: Exercise!  You know you need it.
Emotions: I'd rather sit at my computer and blog about crime.

See?

Since adding exercise, my mind is winning.  That's because in my mind's eye, I'm clearly focused on a goal. Weight loss first. Better health second.
You have such a lovely way to describe it!  8) Have you ever tried tai-chi and/or Pilates?  ??) I think they are going to suit and satisfy you very well in BOTH aspects.

Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 2:27am; Reply: 281
Quoted from yaeli
You have such a lovely way to describe it!  8) Have you ever tried tai-chi and/or Pilates?  ??) I think they are going to suit you very well in BOTH aspects.



Hi Yaeli, what makes you think I would enjoy these exercises?

I don't have the   patients (<---pun) for tai-chi. We had to learn a little tai chi in my introductory massage class.  Hated it.  I've experienced pilates...but to get the true benefit of it, one needs to invest in an instructor.  I've also never been a fan of going to a gym to use equipment.  I'd rather be reading a book, or blogging than exercising.  

I don't like my walking exercise at this point because of the pain.  Maybe that will change in the future.  I do enjoy the visual aspects of walking in my neighborhood.  I like to see how the houses are landscaped and the different textures and architecture...are used.

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 4:06am; Reply: 282
I used to live in a hilly neighborhood where every block was split with an alley down through it.  Those were my favorite walking trails because I got to see the backs of homes and it was really interesting to see how people created their outdoor living spaces . . some very creative yards, gazebos, patios, vegetable and flower gardens.  :)
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 4:09am; Reply: 283
Quoted from KimonoKat
KK Here, Day 62 in grain-free jail.

Don't think of it as jail, think of it as nirvana. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 4:24am; Reply: 284
Quoted from Drea

Don't think of it as jail, think of it as nirvana. ;D

I usually post my jail smilie when I refer to being grain free.  I'm just trying to make it humorous ... I don't "really" think of being grain-free as being in jail.

What it has done is free me from the cravings and self control I would have to have on a daily basis if I had grain in the house.  

See? just see it as me trying to drop a little

into my participation with the grain-free log/thread.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 4:27am; Reply: 285
Quoted from Victoria
I used to live in a hilly neighborhood where every block was split with an alley down through it.  Those were my favorite walking trails because I got to see the backs of homes and it was really interesting to see how people created their outdoor living spaces . . some very creative yards, gazebos, patios, vegetable and flower gardens.  :)


It's interesting to go up a street you haven't been on in a few years.  Some houses are exactly the same; some have been totally remodeled...some have been torn down and a new house is there.  Some have different landscaping.  It's a visual treat.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:07am; Reply: 286
Whew!, I'm glad it's all in fun, KK.

Day 20, which is almost 3 weeks!! The big test is going to be on Saturday because I'm attending a birthday party for a 3 year old, and I already know there's going to be cake and ice cream.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:11am; Reply: 287
that s only for the 3 yos!!! :P

you can take along your compliant snacks and feel great
Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 8:14am; Reply: 288
Quoted from KimonoKat
Hi Yaeli, what makes you think I would enjoy these exercises?

I don't have the   patients (<---pun) for tai-chi. We had to learn a little tai chi in my introductory massage class.  Hated it.  I've experienced pilates...but to get the true benefit of it, one needs to invest in an instructor.  I've also never been a fan of going to a gym to use equipment.  I'd rather be reading a book, or blogging than exercising.  

I don't like my walking exercise at this point because of the pain.  Maybe that will change in the future.  I do enjoy the visual aspects of walking in my neighborhood.  I like to see how the houses are landscaped and the different textures and architecture...are used.

It must have been my irresponsible imagination!  :-/  I am sorry that you had bad experiences with those two. I completely understand the thing with the gym - gyms totally put me off. And I don't mean the other bodyworks as substitutes for walking, which in my experience is irreplaceable, but as alternatives, in order to vary, so you don't have to do too much of anything.

I too chose my home to be on a hill, where I enjoy the beautiful landscape and the clean air, and sometimes the walks...  :) 8)

Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:22pm; Reply: 289
Thanks to all of you who spice up the grainfree log!!! ;D ;D
I like hearing about your interesting walks, and, yes, I like the little grainfree jail! ;)

yaeli, I love the idea of tai chi, but have not yet hooked up with a place to take it. However I get some of the same peaceful energy from Nia! (its also super energizing) The thing I like about it is it has an expressive element...you put feeling into your moves! (this right up my alley, but not for everyone) ::)
viva la difference!

Brk: 2 eggs, fresh mozzarella cheese. Last night steaks were awesome, with a side of stirfried veggies.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:46pm; Reply: 290
KK here, day 60 something.

I did my low hill today.  As I was slowing going up the street to get to the hill, I keep getting these thoughts to "turn around" "take the easy flat street today." My back pain must have been sending me these strong messages.

I persevered and took the hill. I'm thinking a back brace might help. Or maybe, for this weight to just disappear a bit faster.

Lewis is making lamb burgers as I type.  Green beans, and a vegetable we don't really know what it is.  It looks sorta like a small true yam to me, but inside, it "almost" has the texture of hickama (jickama?), but it doesn't look like a hickama at all.  It's at the Asian store, the vegetable is labeled a "Jam," (yeah, try searching for a vegetable name of Jam on or wikipedia,

We've seen this vegetable for years but have never tried it.  Lewis thinks it's just a big taro. I don't think so. Try asking people who work there, and most barely understand English.  I "think" I remember a sign that said it was from South America.  

Lewis is cubing it and frying it up like we do taro with bell pepper. I'll let you know how the experiment goes.  
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:07pm; Reply: 291
I'm hanging out on the 'net instead of packing up the truck for the art show that I have to be at tomorrow morning at the crakadon...... ::)

DH has gone to work, there's no one here but me to do it....thought he was gonna help little ole me, but instead he went into the garage and worked on his baby wine.... :-/ (not a big deal, I can do it, I just hafta do it).......
8)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 292
Quoted from jayneeo
Its good to see P. T. on this thread!! She's the ultimate role model popping in to cheer us on!!

Well, thank you  :K), but I don't know about that because I'm not grain-free myself, although I do consciously limit my grain consumption to one meal per day.  That said, I usually do have one grain-containing meal every day.  Almost always, it is brown basmati rice, but lately I've been on a 100% rye bread/toast kick.  Omg, it is sooo good.  I have to watch it with the rye, though, as I have been known to have an addictive response to it (i.e., to want to overeat it and to ACT ON THAT), but since I've been on the GTD, that hasn't happened.  I'm in much stronger, better biochemical balance now, so the rye in moderation doesn't throw me.  Still, it has gluten and I know from what I just described that I have to be careful with it, so it can never be my "staple grain".  That honor definitely goes to the brown basmati rice.  LOVE it.

The other grain I will eat, yet I don't do so very often at all, is quinoa.  Great stuff, that.

My grain-free meals are usually colorful, chi-filled celebrations!  Peas, onions, green beans, broccoli slaw (SWAMI says broccoli is a superfood for me, so it trumps the GTD, yay!), salad greens, grape tomatoes, I could go on and on and on!

I find that by emphasizing veggies and fruits over grains, yet admittedly still allowing myself a limited amount of grains every day, I'm way more energized, hydrated and in balance than when my diet used to be grain-centric.

Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:05pm; Reply: 293
I remember those art fairs, loading the truck, driving, setting up, etc., etc. . ;)
Have fun!(hehe)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:07pm; Reply: 294
Quoted from KimonoKat
KK Here, Day 62 in grain-free jail.  

I did my this morning.  It was the short flat terrain walk and I don't understand why it was so difficult today. I had no energy to get up any speed at all, and the back still was giving me trouble even when I stretched it out.

I'm going to have to get some good tonight if I want to tackle the big hill, tomorrow.

I'm thinking that I'm low thyroid for me.  I've thought this could be a possibility for quite some time now...did the under arm temp test years ago. It's probably time to do it again.  So I'm upping my deflect intake.  I told Lewis we are going to have salmon salad every day now, for lunch or dinner.  He loved salmon salad.

The KK House Salmon salad recipe:
1 lg can wild sockeye or 2 small cans
Don't drain oil completely from can.
Remove all bones.
Finely chop up 1/2 bunch of green onion.
Add 1 Tbsp of Grapeseed Oil Veganaise.
Blend well.

OPTIONAL: Make into a sushi roll with Nori sheets.
OPTIONAL: Add favorite rice.

I've still got some Dr. D fucus so I'll be adding that.  Let's hope I notice a difference in the next 30 days grain-free.

You know what is a surprisingly FABULOUS combination?  Salmon and sweet potato!

I cook up some cut-up sweet potato on the stovetop, in olive oil, with Frontier Adobo Seasoning and garlic added.  Once it starts to carmelize and soften, or a little before that, I add a cut-up onion.  Once the veggies are nearly done, add the canned, wild salmon* and some CURRY POWDER (which I find makes the fish reminiscent to me of Maryland crab with Old Bay Seasoning--in other words, classic steamed Maryland crabs.  Give 'er a stir and let it cook a little longer, adding some FRESH basil or you can leave that raw and add it off heat.  Meanwhile, in a serving bowl, take some organic mayo (you could make homemade if you want no avoids at all), a little organic lemon or lime juice (I use Santa Cruz brand lime juice, only because it is cheaper than the lemon--either is good, but I suspect that with this, lemon would be a tad better, as it is so classic with fish/seafood), sea salt to taste, and mix that together.  Then add your cooked sweet potato, salmon and onion mixture to that and mix it up.

I'm telling you:  fabulous.

Note:  you really don't have to cook the salmon, you can just add it to the receiving bowl before adding the cooked veggies, and mix it well with the mayo/lemon or lime/sea salt mixture.  Also, I forgot that, to that mixture, I add a liiiittttttle more raw olive oil.  On the one hand, if you cook the salmon with the curry, it is a tad more "Old Bay-like".  On the other hand, it is nice to mix the salmon first with the mayo/lemon or lime/sea salt/olive oil mixture and THEN add the cooked veggies.

Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:16pm; Reply: 295
Sweet potato is a black dot food for me at the moment.  Trying to eliminate all avoids on my GenoType diet, and trying to introduce more diamond foods even though there are not many that I like.

The Vegenaise is the next thing that will go.  We will not be buying any more and trying rice bran oil in the salmon and/or the oil it's packed in.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:17pm; Reply: 296
Lewis asked how to make home made Mayo, so he could try making it without avoids.  Is there something in the recipe base?
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:20pm; Reply: 297
Quoted from KimonoKat
Sweet potato is a black dot food for me at the moment.  Trying to eliminate all avoids on my GenoType diet, and trying to introduce more diamond foods even though there are not many that I like.

The Vegenaise is the next thing that will go.  We will not be buying any more and trying rice bran oil in the salmon and/or the oil it's packed in.

Oh my gosh, you are a good girlie girl!  Well, in that case, I hasten to add that this is also EXCELLENT using green peas* instead of the sweet potato.  I love green peas because they have that starchy-carb satisfaction level without actually being a starchy carb.  I love that in a veggie!

* edited to add:  kk, green beans are also nice, as are broccoli florets.  What if you tried that taro instead of the sweet potato?  That would be brave!  We would natch want a full report!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:22pm; Reply: 298
P.S.  If I weren't on from the "scanning room" (don't ask) at work, risking life and limb to get a much-needed BTD/GTD community infusion, I'd hunt around for a homemade mayo recipe for you, but I believe that, yes, there are some recipes kicking around here for it.  GCG?  Brig?  Chime in if you see this!

Heidi had a recipe years ago for it, I seem to recall.  Happy hunting!  Also, I recall talk of "coddling" the eggs if you are worried (as I am a little) about salmonella from raw eggs.  It should be okay, though, with organic eggs...but still, to be on the safe side, one could coddle the eggs.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:23pm; Reply: 299
Quoted from KimonoKat
Trying to eliminate all avoids on my GenoType diet, and trying to introduce more diamond foods even though there are not many that I like.


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Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:26pm; Reply: 300
Quoted from KimonoKat
Lewis asked how to make home made Mayo, so he could try making it without avoids.  Is there something in the recipe base?


There are several mayo recipes in the recipe center...  I just searched for "mayo" and ended up with 40 matches, but many of those were recipes containing mayo rather than for mayo, but I saw 6 or more recipes for mayo in the list...  Depends on what is compliant for you...
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:34pm; Reply: 301
Quoted from ABJoe


There are several mayo recipes in the recipe center...  I just searched for "mayo" and ended up with 40 matches, but many of those were recipes containing mayo rather than for mayo, but I saw 6 or more recipes for mayo in the list...  Depends on what is compliant for you...


Thank you so much ABJoe!  I'll look when I get back from grocery sale shopping. White Onions, 20 cents a pound.  With our super~Lewisized refrigerator, it keeps 33 degrees constant throughout the fridge so I'll be stocking up on onions today.

We are going to take the lamb roast, cut it up in pieces and make lamb stew.

Ingredients so far:
Water chestnuts
Taro
Lamb
Celery root
parsley root
~some rice flour we grind ourselves from basmati....

Lewis always wants to add green beans to the stew, but after a couple of days, they are too soggy for me. Sooooo, I got my way this time and no beans.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 8:11pm; Reply: 302
KK that stew sounds so good!
Victoria.....yeah, I thought you had some art fair mileage! ;) I got some packing done...!
Peppermint T........(peppermint tea, get it?)....I used to looooove that French Meadows rye!!!! :P  but I am concerned about gluten so out it goes! 8)
no grain....no grain....I know I've tried this before and failed, but I need to reduce inflammation (my hands) and I'll try anything.
now what in the heck am I gonna have for lunch? ??) maybe tuna salad......
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 12, 2010, 12:43am; Reply: 303
I went shopping today (WF was one of my stops) and picked up a package of Tofurky Kielbasa without thinking about it. Then I re-read the ingredients and they include wheat gluten and textured soy protein, so I put the package back. Good girl.

I ate a lot of veggies, some from the deli at WF, a salad bar, and another salad from TJ's. I also ate half a bag of rice cakes (la la la, can't hear you), but I'm not grain free. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 12, 2010, 1:27am; Reply: 304
Ah, rice cakes Drea.  I vaguely remember what those are.

Riding all over you grain-eaters       
Posted by: Possum, Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:29am; Reply: 305
Quoted from KimonoKat
Riding all over you grain-eaters       
  ;D ;D :D :D

Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:12am; Reply: 306
Quoted from KimonoKat
Ah, rice cakes Drea.  I vaguely remember what those are.

Riding all over you grain-eaters       

I like my grains...  You better keep that bike away from me though...  I don't want to have to get rough with you, but I don't like to get runned over...
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 12, 2010, 3:15pm; Reply: 307
Something I ate yesterday didn't agree with me for a short time, then the feeling was gone. Burning-like stomach, actually. It was something between the roasted Brussels sprouts (sprouts, evoo, garlic, salt, black pepper - yeah, I know, an avoid, but it usually doesn't affect me this way), roasted butternut squash with canola oil, cinnamon, salt, cooked sliced yellow beets with lemon juice, evoo, arugula, salt, bl pepper, and some oat flour covered date pieces (organic) from the hfs.

I felt fine after sipping some water and later I ate some more date pieces without any ill effects. Hmm.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, November 12, 2010, 4:51pm; Reply: 308
As I get less toxic, I notice small quantities of avoids more, although the effect is shorter duration.  Your burning may very well have been the pepper, even though it didn't stay long...  That is the sensation I get from pepper...
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:03pm; Reply: 309
Well, this morning I had a beautiful, delish, very QUICK (as I only had minutes to both prepare and eat it) breakfast of green peas and egg w/my famous nutritional yeast topping:

I was in such a huge rush that I didn't even have a chance to chop an onion into this, which would have been excellent, so I was worried it might be a little bland, but it was delish.  I just threw the frozen, rinsed peas into a pot on the stove, with some olive oil and adobo seasoning, and a just a tiny squeeze of dark agave nectar.  As the peas were cooking (they only take minutes, which I love about them), I put a little dark-toasted sesame oil, lime juice, nutritional yeast flakes and sea salt into my serving bowl, mixed it together, and that was that.  (Edited to add:  I can't remember if I also put in some garlic granules, but I don't think I did.)  I then threw two eggs into the peas, stirred it all together, they cooked in seconds, I poured the whole lot into my serving bowl, mixed it together, and BOOM, Bob's your uncle!

So many Americans eat such a grain-centric breakfast, and I'm talking highly refined grains.  With those eggs, they would have had some sort of toast, biscuits, pancakes, etc.  Mind you, I love to have eggs with that 100% rye, but since I know I'm having brown basmati rice in my dinner tonight, I wanted to go grain-free this morning.  The peas and eggs were so lovely, truly.  I don't know why more Americans don't have veggies with their morning eggs instead of refined grains, ya know?  They don't know what they're missing!

The thing I love about de-emphasizing grains (i.e., going either no grain or, as I am, relatively low grain) is that it frees up so much room in your diet for veggies and fruit!  Suddenly, your diet is so much more colorful, variety-laden, chi-infused, energizing and interesting!  I love it.  I do also love and look forward to my usual one grain-containing meal per day, too, but it is always whole, compliant grains for me...and some days turn out that I don't have any grain, and I don't miss it at all.  I do find, though, that allowing myself some grain helps keep me on an even-keel.  If I don't eat grains for a day or two running, I don't usually miss it, but if I want grain, I have it, if that makes sense.  It works for me, so if it ain't broke, I ain't fixing it!  Thank goodness for brown basmati rice being a Gatherer superfood!

Anyway, I'm glad peas are a superfood for me because, dang, they are quick, easy, satisfying to one's "carb tooth" and delicious with so many things, from eggs, to salmon, to any old type of protein you care to throw in with them, and I understand that one could even make flour from them, but I think that is a little beyond my ken and, anyway, I prefer 'em fresh!

Does this lifestyle rock or what?

(Answer key:  Indeed it does!)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 12, 2010, 6:23pm; Reply: 310
KK here, Day 64 grain-free.  I had to fix my own breakfast this morning because Lewis was on the sofa, still feeling sick and still not properly taking care of himself.   He still occasionally gets insomnia, and stayed up late eating walnuts.

So I made my own breakfast. This usually turns out to be comical.  I chopped up an onion very fine, added 2 tsp of ghee and then added two scrambled eggs.  Hopefully, the pan will recover.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:07pm; Reply: 311
KK, I'm shocked! After all this time, you still don't know how to cook? ::) :o ;D

Your eggs sounded good, PT. I'm not sure what adobo seasoning is...what is it?...but even without it, the whole shebang is easy-peasy (pun intended). I, too, love peas. And the frozen kind are so convenient.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:45pm; Reply: 312
Quoted from Drea
KK, I'm shocked! After all this time, you still don't know how to cook? ::) :o ;D




If there's one thing I totally dislike more than exercise....it's having to cook.  When I lived alone, my cooking consisted of cooking buffalo burgers on my tiny george foreman grill and eating salads.  An occasional batch of fried onions or steamed green beans.  

In the archives somewhere, you could find that I had to ask the members how long to steam vegetables.  

Since having a cook in the house, I have learned to do a "few" things but I hate doing them.  I'd rather have to scrub rust of of metal for several hours than cook.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 12, 2010, 8:24pm; Reply: 313
Quoted from jayneeo
Peppermint T........(peppermint tea, get it?)

;)  :K) I do indeed and, in fact, that is my Twitter name!  Peppermint Twist was taken and I liked the peppermint tea double meaning anyway, so it worked out well.
Quoted from Drea
Your eggs sounded good, PT. I'm not sure what adobo seasoning is...what is it?...

Well, I got into it on account of Rick Bayless (http://www.rickbayless.com/about/meetrick.html), the host of a wonderful cooking show called "Mexico, one plate at a time" on PBS, waxing so passionately poetic about how wonderful it is, I had to try it, and now I'm hooked on it.  The ingredients are very simple, and mostly superfoods for me, except for one avoid (pepper):

ingredients:  Sea salt, organic garlic, organic onion, organic black pepper, organic oregano, organic bay, and organic turmeric.

I use Frontier Organic:  http://www.ediblenature.com/store/p/22047-Adobo-Seasoning-CERTIFIED-ORGANIC-Seasoning-Blend-2-86-oz-Bottle.html#ixzz156MFwE00

Ideally, I guess I could easily mix up my own and leave out the pepper, but I really dig this blend (translation:  I'm lazy).  I'm getting into all sorts of dried spices lately, particularly the adobo, oregano, granulated garlic, curry, and Italian Seasoning.
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12:13am; Reply: 314
Pepper would be my only avoid, too. I may have to try this mixture (or something similar).

I love to cook, so between us, KK, we cancel each other out. :D BTW, I'm really proud of you and jayneeo for your tenacity on the grain-free frontier.

Just today I was offered a slice of pear (took it) and a peanut butter cracker sandwich (said no thanks). My reply to the last item was not only did it have wheat, I would bet it has HFCS...yup! Double triple no thanks!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 12:38am; Reply: 315
Quoted from Drea


I love to cook, so between us, KK, we cancel each other out. :D BTW, I'm really proud of you and jayneeo for your tenacity on the grain-free frontier.


I really admire those who enjoy cooking.  I say, let y'all do it, so I don't have to.

I was just spitballing here.   You know that place when your mind just happens to have these odd questions pop into your head? I was wondering what it was like for Martha, when she first met Dr. D, and maybe wooing him with a home-cooked meal.   

"Whadaya mean you won't eat this delicious steak dinner I just cooked for you?"

Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 4:35pm; Reply: 316
Ha ha, good one, KK!
Thanks for the kudos, Drea! I salute your sugarfreedom! I am secondarily interested in sugarfree, because - again- inflammation . But last night, starving at the art show, I nibbled on chocolate candy...not even a reall good kind...simply an energy form....until DH got there with chicken wings!!! 8)
so dinner was a few chocolates, chicken wings and wine!! Ah well.

P.T.!!!!!! Your breakfast is worthy of a cookbook! (you should write one!) not one with a how to do stuff, that's Brigid's book...but one with the actual stuff that you do happen to do! Cuz its a great resource for gatherers, and it seems simple! :D
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:13pm; Reply: 317
I just made a scrumptious breakfast (it's lunchtime, actually): sauteed onions in evoo, scrambled eggs with parsley, feta cheese, and avocado. *slurp*.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:29pm; Reply: 318
Sounds yummy Drea!   I never thought to put parsley in my scrambled egg.  I'll try that next time I have to cook.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 3:48am; Reply: 319
I realized something today: since I haven't been eating sugar or wheat, I haven't been buying anything pre-made. All the foods in my pantry and fridge are whole foods. This can only be a bonus!
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 5:07am; Reply: 320
exactly...its amazing what you don't eat when you don't eat wheat or sugar. I let myself have all the butter I want...but what am I gonna put it on?  ;D spinach, yeah, green beans, yeah! cook eggs in it, yeah.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2:30pm; Reply: 321
I made a batch of ghee yesterday. I just love the stuff! I used a new (to me) brand of butter that I found at TJs...Irish Kerry something-or-other. I've seen it sold elsewhere, but not at the same price. I haven't tried it (ghee) yet, and I'm not sure I'll even notice the difference in taste from the cultured butter I normally use.

There was one other person (she was six) that didn't eat cake. She is allergic to all food coloring, among other things, and the cake was a cherry red velvet cake (made with red food coloring... ::)). Emma, the birthday girl, insisted on it, then didn't eat any, even though she was served some. Talk about a fickle eater! She's worse than I was at her age!
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 3:54pm; Reply: 322
oh, that kerrygold butter is sooooo good! It's from pastured cows.
Maybe Emma realizes that beautiful cakes are just for looks!!! ;)
Haven't even figured out brkfst yet!!! out of eggs.....hmmm. methinks it'll be a grassfed beef hot dog ::)......oh well.
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 7:51pm; Reply: 323
well actually, I made sliced zucchini and onion, sauteed in butter, with bits of romano cheese to go with that beef frank....not bad at all. then half a pear.
Now last night.....we were at a party and I had wine and a big macaroon! Coconut is only for nonnies, but at least it was grainfree (as far as I know), though not sugarfree.
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 324
breakfast was the rest of the bag of oat flour covered date pieces, and apple, and now some homemade (bennies only) trail mix. I'm waiting for someone to come to the kennel, but I don't know how long she'll take to get here. I said "I'll be here all day", when I meant to say "what time are you coming and I'll be there". Grr. She has no cell phone so I'm just stuck.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 15, 2010, 2:51am; Reply: 325
KK here, trying not to be swallowed by that weight monster.

I've come to the realization that I can easily overdose on stevia.

It tastes so good though!  TOO MANY large glasses of ice w/gerolsteiner & /4 cup of pineapple juice & lots of stevia on top = being here --> a good portion of the day. Sure do love that stevia though. Sigh.

Made my own breakfast since Lewis had another bout of insomnia and was a sofa-king until about 11:30 am...   
I had 2 scrambled eggs, about 3 cups of fried in ghee and a cup of chopped okra, steamed.  

Lunch was a lamb patty & romaine lettuce & the last of my store bought salad dressing.  Evening snack, (since I don't think I have anything in my body now and it finally feels "normal") has been Iranian pumpkin seeds.

I've decided to cut my walk back to just the flats (1.9 - 2.0 miles) until I can get a girdle or brace to help hold my belly in.  When I hold it while walking, my back doesn't hurt.  
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 15, 2010, 3:48am; Reply: 326
Quoted from KimonoKat


I've decided to cut my walk back to just the flats (1.9 - 2.0 miles) until I can get a girdle or brace to help hold my belly in.  When I hold it while walking, my back doesn't hurt.  


That's a great idea. Start working those core muscles and you can be your own girdle.

Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 15, 2010, 4:46am; Reply: 327
KK,
Go back and read that breathing exercise I wrote you about . . the one that strengthens the natural girdle.   :K)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:31am; Reply: 328
Quoted from Victoria
KK,
Go back and read that breathing exercise I wrote you about . . the one that strengthens the natural girdle.   :K)


Thank you Victoria.  I will practice it tomorrow.

Posted by: yaeli, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:39am; Reply: 329
Quoted from KimonoKat
about 3 cups of
What a lovely optimistic onion.

Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:42am; Reply: 330
Quoted from KimonoKat


Thank you Victoria.  I will practice it tomorrow.



I'm nearing the 2 month mark on the exercise and my severe lower back weakness and pain is 90% better.  I'm continuing, and continuing.

It was uncomfortable in the beginning, only temporarily.  Be brave.   :K)
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:47am; Reply: 331
Quoted from Drea
I realized something today: since I haven't been eating sugar or wheat, I haven't been buying anything pre-made. All the foods in my pantry and fridge are whole foods. This can only be a bonus!
(clap) Yay, this is IT! You are already in the Land of Utopia! This is the way we were "just recently", in the 40's and 50's, going every morning to the market, choosing some fresh fish and vegetables etc etc etc: = Health! :)
Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:59am; Reply: 332
Quoted from yaeli
(clap) Yay, this is IT! You are already in the Land of Utopia! This is the way we were "just recently", in the 40's and 50's, going every morning to the market, choosing some fresh fish and vegetables etc etc etc: = Health! :)
Funnily enough before refrigerators became the norm??!! Funny that... Of course refrigeration made it more possible to transport food further distances & for women to cope with working long hours & still put a meal on the table at night due to ready made (refrigerated) convenience foods... Ppl sure are a lot less healthy though & the breakdown in society (from not as much cooking & eating together) is something else too ::)

Posted by: yaeli, Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:10am; Reply: 333
True. I was referring more to industrial processed foods with 'shelf life'  >:(   :'(  
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, November 15, 2010, 3:36pm; Reply: 334
Quoted from KimonoKat
KK here, trying not to be swallowed by that weight monster.

I've come to the realization that I can easily overdose on stevia.

It tastes so good though!

Interesting!  I've never had the stuff, myself.  I think I'll avoid it for sure now that you say that.  Maybe you should switch to agave nectar.  I use that and it lasts forever in my fridge, so that's how I know it isn't a trigger food for me.  If it were, it wouldn't last so long!
Quoted from KimonoKat
TOO MANY large glasses of ice w/gerolsteiner & /4 cup of pineapple juice & lots of stevia on top[quote]

That would be sweet enough with just the pineapple juice, me thinks.  Try a tad more pineapple juice and a tad less Gerolsteiner and see.  Or add some Tree of Life (or other brand) 100% fruit concentrate, such as black cherry, in with that...ummmmmm!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 15, 2010, 3:47pm; Reply: 335
It's the amount of juice, and stevia I've been drinking at a stretch.  Five or six glasses does it.  I have to just go back to plain water all together.


Refrigerators.  If you only knew what I dealt with in getting a new fridge....when you have an expert in refrigeration living in the same house....who has a touch of OCD.  The brand new SAMSUNG with twin evaporator coils wasn't perfect enough.

10 tiny fans installed, expensive shrink tubing, 50+ holes drilled into the plastic plate shelves and the door shelves.....plus the hours and hours spent modifying it to meed the experts' needs.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 15, 2010, 5:23pm; Reply: 336
Quoted from KimonoKat
It's the amount of juice, and stevia I've been drinking at a stretch.  Five or six glasses does it.  I have to just go back to plain water all together.


Could you confront the Gatherer tendency to go from one extreme to another? (smartyp)

Just try drinking regular filtered or spring water with a shot of your gerolsteiner in it to give some 'bite' ~ and maybe a dash of pineapple juice also, without the sweetener. (wiseman)

You might come to love it!   (drool)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:04pm; Reply: 337
Quoted from Victoria
KK,
Go back and read that breathing exercise I wrote you about . . the one that strengthens the natural girdle.   :K)

Ooh, send it to me Victoria! ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:30pm; Reply: 338
Quoted from Victoria


Could you confront the Gatherer tendency to go from one extreme to another? (smartyp)


One extreme to another? Surely you jest.
Quoted Text

Just try drinking regular filtered or spring water with a shot of your gerolsteiner in it to give some 'bite' ~ and maybe a dash of pineapple juice also, without the sweetener. (wiseman)

You might come to love it!   (drool)


We are Gerolsteiner addicts.  It's our normal drinking water.  Love the taste and we get calcium.  I will "try" to wean myself off of the stevia and fruit juice, but that will probably happen when I run out.  

I first tried it with unsweetened cranberry juice.  Perfect. Loved it, so I tried it in other less expensive juices, like grapefruit and pineapple, or fresh squeezed limes.  In grapefruit it's really strange.  Love it with limes.

Before I started using the stevia, I would often drink Gerolsteiner with a dash of fruit juice.  Once I start, I would end up drinking too much fruit juice.  Such is the nature of my sweet cravings.

I think I've come a long way, considering how off the BTD/GTD I dropped .  

Late night sewing marathons fueled by liters and liters of and my favorite candy of the moment.

Since entering my grain-free restrictions, I've also been candy ~ junk food ~ fast food ~ popcorn ~ corn chips & Pepsi free.   The one thing I was adamant about: I never ate was wheat....but everything sweet or crunchy was fair game.

When I look at that, compared to where I've been to where I am now, I don't see   stevia   as a big of a deal at this point.  Although, I do keep in the forefront of my mind Adam's story of 1 cup a day of flaxseed and what that did to him.   

Lewis did find Umeboshi Plum vinegar.  Lewis tasted it.  It was to bitter/sour so he added sugar to it before adding it to our salmon salad one evening, as a change.  I couldn't understand why I had a blood sugar spike and crash later.  Come to find out, he didn't tell me he added white sugar to the plum vinegar.  His explanation was, "I didn't think it mattered.  It wasn't much."

That argument went over real well, lol.

Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:44pm; Reply: 339
I love love love the taste of umeboshi vinegar ;D. I do not like the taste of stevia :P.
I'm on Day 25 of my sugar/wheat free lifestyle. I do eat dried fruits, and I did add two tablespoons of date sugar to the last batch of cranberry sauce I made (a whole bag of fresh cranberries to one can of pineapple tidbits in 100% juice). I'm not considering date sugar to be the same as cane sugar; it doesn't seem to spike my cravings, and dates are a diamond. This bag of date sugar is made from pulverized dried dates and nothing else.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:52pm; Reply: 340
Quoted Text
It tastes so good though!


individuality and taster status again!!! ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:15pm; Reply: 341
Ha ha! KK, You really have come a long way back from that nose dive!! And the stevia won;t hurt you! I use it freely, yet not often. It's quite good in a drink like yours. It does make it tasty, but it spikes NOT the blood sugar! nor does it have calories. (do not fear it, P.T.) 8)   and yet. to each his own.

I had a bad day yesterday....it is hard to fathom the depths to which I sunk....in one night, but then surfaced this morning to a righteous brkfast of eggs, scrambled. After our big art show, we worked so hard packing and cleaning up the hall....all the artists came back to my house for pizza (the show paid for it)  and wine (DH made it)....and I ate freely, coming back for more, then I had a piece of gooey pie of some kind...pecan? :X :X :X I can harxly believe myself!!! I was too tired to resist. But I imagine I'll be fine. So far, so good. I even went to Nia this a.m.!!!!
Posted by: Cristina, Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:28pm; Reply: 342
Quoted from Victoria
KK,
Go back and read that breathing exercise I wrote you about . . the one that strengthens the natural girdle.   :K)


Victoria, where is that? :)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:38pm; Reply: 343
:)  I'll stop in later today and post that breathing technique!  
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:53pm; Reply: 344
Quoted from Cristina


Victoria, where is that? :)


It was in a private message.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 15, 2010, 9:22pm; Reply: 345
Wow...I made a great smoothie for lunch for DH and myself. To atone for our excesses!
It was dandelion greens, cilantro, pineapple chunks, blueberries, cranberry concentrate, ricotta cheese, eggwhite protein powder, lemon juice, stevia, a T. cream, and water to make 2 glassfuls. Lets see:all bennies except the neutral: cream.  ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 15, 2010, 10:45pm; Reply: 346
Kimonokat and I were discussing lower back pain, etc. and I shared with her a Qigong breathing technique that tones the girdle of muscles that surround the mid-section.  This describes it:

I've been struggling with lower back pain for the past year.  Nothing has seemed to help until I learned a type of Qigong breathing.  I've been practicing it diligently for the past month.  I didn't notice any difference for the first week, except maybe my deep abs were very sore.  By the end of the second week, I seemed to have less pain in my back.  Now, a month later, my back is obviously 75% improved. (I'm now nearly 2 months into this practice and my lower back pain is 90% better.)  So, I want to share this with you in hopes that you might get some benefit from it:

Practice this either standing or sitting upright.

On the inhale, completely relax the belly so that it can naturally expand sideways and front to back.  Feel that the entire abdominal region is filling with air and opening up the belly and lower back. Don't 'push' the belly out.  Just keep the belly passive and draw the air down into the lower lungs, thus expanding the belly naturally.

Keep the belly relaxed as you start to exhale.  Resist the impulse to pull in the belly as you breathe out.  As you continue exhaling, your belly will naturally begin to shrink;  stay relaxed.  At the end of your outbreath, now is the time to begin drawing in, pulling in, tightening, compacting - - all the while, continuing to breathe out more and more, squeezing more air out, even when it feels like you have finished exhaling.  [[At the end of that tight squeeze, gently move your navel up (toward your breastbone) and down (toward your pubic bone) a few times.]] If you can't do this last step, wait until the muscles get stronger and try again.

Then completely relax the abdomen and lower back and begin smoothly inhaling, inflating the belly, sides and lower back as before, beginning a new cycle.

I'd advise doing it only once at a time in the beginning.  And then repeating it a little later, once.  And then later in the day, do it once again.  This strengthens the deep muscle girdle that supports the lower back and these muscles can get real sore at first.

Now, I'm doing 2 or 3 at a time and repeating the cycle many times a day.  This has definitely helped my lower back, and a nice side effects is the firming of my lower abs!  :-)
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:29am; Reply: 347
ahhhh, thank you, Victoria! I tried it and it felt deceptively do-able, but there a couple minutes later the muscles involved felt so tired! 8)
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:30am; Reply: 348
Thanks Victoria! :D
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:33am; Reply: 349
I must need to be stronger because I can't move my navel down (can move it up, though). ::)
Posted by: Cristina, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:33am; Reply: 350
Thanks Victoria!  :)
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:36am; Reply: 351
Yeah thanks heaps Victoria!! That sounds good!!
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:47am; Reply: 352
Consistency, consistency, consistency . . just like with what we eat.  (happy_gangsta)

I hope you all enjoy this 'breathing' exercise, that is so much more than just a breathing technique.  My lower back has been progressing in pain over the past year, and no matter how much I worked at belly crunches, I wasn't seeing relief for my back.  After being in chronic pain, an absence of pain is very radiant (sunny) by comparison.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 3:19pm; Reply: 353
I've been doing the breathing exercise since last night and my stomach muscles are a "bit" sore but in addition to every thing else that's been going on (giving up sugar/wheat, specifically) I "see" a difference in the shape/size of my belly! Don't get me wrong, it's not flat, but it's closer to flat than it was at the onset of this adventure! That is some great motivation to continue on all fronts. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 3:33pm; Reply: 354

Congrats Drea!
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 4:57pm; Reply: 355
Really interesting Victoria, I had started doing almost this exact exercise to focus on my breathing for other reasons...  I found myself breathing very shallow due to diaphragm pain from the detox in that region... :-/    I just have to force myself to "work" through the pain...  The body doesn't do well without air cycling in and out. :o   ;)   ;D

Good job, Drea.  It is more prodding to see benefits of an activity...  You're through the real work now, as it is most difficult to work towards a goal without seeing results...
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 5:17pm; Reply: 356
YAY, Drea!!!  You are SO on the right track, girlfrien'!  (hehe)
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 5:20pm; Reply: 357
ABJoe,
One of the unexpected side effects of that breathing technique has been a big improvement in the health of my gut, which is evidenced by the diminishing of pain and sensitivity in my mid-section.  Also the "elimination" process has gotten quite impressive!  (shy)
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 5:53pm; Reply: 358
ok....after my breakout pizza party sun. nite.........I have returned to the true and righteous path!!!
;D
I am grainfree....sugarfree...and lovin' it! 8)
Last night I panfried new york steaks and had sweet potato and romaine salad with them.
This morning, I fried up some leftover sweet potatoes and had a fried egg with it, topped with chopped cilantro.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 3:29pm; Reply: 359
I'm still really sore all over, but as I mentioned in the FS November thread, it's not flu ache, more like muscle ache. I should really find a good massage therapist closer to home.

Day 27 out of 30. I'm on the homestretch for the first goal, and my second goal is after the first of 2011 for the sugar/wheat free adventures. I'll add the red wine (diamond) back in to see if it causes undo cravings.
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:28pm; Reply: 360
Thanks from me too, Victoria!  :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:38pm; Reply: 361
grainfree is such a great discipline because it forces us to think of other things to put on the plate than rice!!! Grains are such a go-to meal base...... ::)  (esp. for a former vegetarian like me)
last night I made burgers and fresh  haricot verts (those little french green beans) and a delicious brussels sprout salad!!! It's just halved brussels sprouts roasted in evoo with a bit of balsamic, and pecans roasted with them.  :D  And sw. potatoes.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 10:04pm; Reply: 362
Sounds awesome, Jayneeo! (drool)

You're welcome yaeli!  Hope you benefit from it as much as I have!  (hehe)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 3:05am; Reply: 363
KK here, Day 69 sharing.   I live the grain-free lifestyle and my focus and goal is WEIGHT LOSS!  I can't believe I've been this successful for this long. Head slap here!

We did some grocery shopping again today, getting a few small that would fit in our rotisserie, more ground and CASES of Gerolsteiner since it was on sale @ .99cents a bottle.  (This one store has it on sale about 2-3 times a year, and we do try to stock up during that time.  The next cheapest price we can find is $1.29 a bottle.) Our drinking water does consume a big part of our budget.

I had a "treat" on my steamed white for breakfast this morning, and that was
(Neutral cod pieces that needed to be eaten up)  

I've hardly had any butter at all in the last 30 days, ever since Lewis has been trying to cook with less fat, and staying within the Gatherer guidelines.

Another thing that I've been trying on my is exercising my abdominal muscles.  While I'm walking I'm drawing in my abdomen and trying to hold the muscles in for short period, letting go and then drawing them in again.  This has been a big help in controlling my low back pain as I walk.

I've tried the breathing exercise.  The first time I did it, I got a warm, heat feeling in my diaphragm and/or psoas muscles.  I could feel that I was doing the exercise correctly.  I haven't been able to get that feeling of having worked those muscles again that last few times I've tried the exercise.

Breakfast was the white fish & green beans.

Lunch was a plum and about 3 servings of watermelon.

Dinner was the left over white fish and celery.

I will be on the again on Monday... I think Day 74 or 75, where I'm hoping to be down 2-3 more pounds.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 3:20am; Reply: 364
Keep up the good work, KK! But remember, even if the scale doesn't move, you are still doing a fabulous thing for your health. :D
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 4:40am; Reply: 365
Excellent job, KK!  Your consistence is going to pay off.  I'm impressed!  

If the breathing technique isn't a good fit for you at this time, a simpler one is just to relax the belly when you inhale, then pull in, contracting the abs when you exhale.  

This one is easy to do while walking since we all need to breathe, and you are pulling in your belly to support your back anyway.  This will gradually strengthen the muscles too, just not quite as fast and deeply as the other one.
Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:11am; Reply: 366
Quoted from Victoria
You're welcome yaeli!  Hope you benefit from it as much as I have!
Me AND my friends I hope!  8)

My good doctor has tried to persuade strong headed me for long years to practice breathing exercises which hardly made sense to me.  :(  

Somehow with the ones you brought forth I am reassured...

Now just practice... patience...  ;) :'(  and -  :D  :D  :D  8)

Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:51am; Reply: 367
Super treat this evening that Lewis whipped up for me in of all places the evil microwave.

1 ounce of baker's unsweetened chocolate, a bit of water, agave and sea salt. Blended until the mix was just right and then dipped in walnuts.  Lewis had some of it; I had most of it.

I haven't had any chocolate in over a month!
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 7:27am; Reply: 368
su-weeeet! ;D ;D
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 2:54pm; Reply: 369
I indulged in red wine last night, and yup, the sweet craving came rushing in. I didn't cave. I do have a slight red wine headache this morning. ::) :-/ Well, that's good to know, in any case. I think the sauce that came with the mahi mahi chalupa bowl I ate yesterday might have had some sugar in it, too. It's purported to be gluten-free, though, so no wheat.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:07pm; Reply: 370
Ah, been there...hope you enjoyed yourself! ;)


wine...from time to time...I pour (or allow another to pour for me) only a 3-4 oz. glass. I can always have more after gauging how its affecting me. that's a wine glass less than half full. 8)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 8:15pm; Reply: 371
KK here, Day 70, and I didn't take my walk today.  

Last night, I started to feel a cough coming on, and this morning I can tell I'm slightly out of sorts.  I don't have a scratchy throat, but I do have a bit more congestion in my sinuses than the normal clearing things out in the morning. An occasional cough; but not heavy.  I don't feel like I have a temperature, but that I might be off a half a degree or something. I'll have to check.

Every winter, staying up late doing marathon sewing, living on Pepsi, I got sick.  I would get the flu, then bronchitis and it would drag out.  Last winter, it developed into a post nasal drip ---> deep cough that lasted almost 3 months. I had to go on a nasal steroid spray, but I really limited it as much as possible.  I finally got better.

I "think" I know what did it.  All that stevia & fruit juice. Or, it could be the large amount of Deflect I've been taking, (detoxing) up to 4-5 a day but I'm betting on the stevia and fruit juice.

I threw out the stevia and it will be straight Gerolsteiner until spring.

I'm taking Redoxa, ARRA6, Proberry.  I'll have Lewis pick up a bottle of Astralgus (sp?) while he's out today, just in case this turns ugly, but I'm betting (hopeful too) that it won't.  I'm feeling okay right now and I'm going to take it easy, do light housework and sewing and stay warm.

Last night, Lewis made this fantastic lamb stew.  Or should I say, root vegetable stew with lamb. It took him hours and hours to peel and chop all the vegetables and whip everything together.

He took a small leg-o-lamb, under four pounds, and cut it up into chunks.  He pan fried the chunks in a skillet to caramelize them a bit.  He then got out our turkey roaster pan and cut up into small chunks LOTS of;

Parsley Root (gatherer neutral)
Celery Root (gatherer neutral)
Taro (Superfood)

and started slow cooking them in the roaster pan, using two of the stove burners.

He added finely chopped parsley (gatherer diamond)
After that cooked for about 1/2 hour, he added the lamb pieces.

He then cooked everything on the stove for at least and hour and a half probably even longer and the lamb chunks started to fall apart.

To thicken it up a bit he added a small amount of rice flour.

The last vegetable he added was white onion.  

Once that onion cooked in a while, the flavors really started to blend and round each other out.  He added sea salt to taste.

This is a heavenly, tasty stew.  Lewis says, "It's a bit fatty. Don't eat too much at once."  He didn't cut down the fat off the lamb like he usually does.  I had a big bowl for breakfast with a sliced green pepper.

We would have added chicory root if we could find it, but we haven't found it at any of the 10 stores we shop at. So, even though this stew has mainly neutral vegetables, we can compliment it with a side dish of green superfood like bell pepper, zucchini, tomato, celery, or okra.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, November 18, 2010, 8:21pm; Reply: 372
Oh, that stew does sound ...heavenly!!!
I had an all meat breakfast, so I'll have a smoothie lunch (with green veggies as well as berries.) 8)
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 19, 2010, 1:21am; Reply: 373
Quoted from KimonoKat

I threw out the stevia and it will be straight Gerolsteiner until spring.


Good for you! I find that when I stop "tasting" sweet, I stop craving it. I don't sweeten my coffee or tea, for example, even with compliant sweeteners.
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, November 19, 2010, 1:44am; Reply: 374
'Way back when' I was drinking double tall lattes or cappuccino's with maple syrup, I never dreamed that I would be drinking unsweetened green tea and loving it!  It's been the same for me, Drea.  As I have changed my diet, my tastes have changed.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 19, 2010, 2:38pm; Reply: 375
Quoted from KimonoKat
I think I've come a long way, considering how off the BTD/GTD I dropped

Been there, done that.*  And I know what it takes when you are in that struggling place to make your way back to the main path, despite all the good lighting.  I'm proud of you, kk.  You are doing awesome work.  Keep it up...it's its own reward, isn't it?

Back to this kicked up Gerolsteiner fruit spritzer issue for a moment:  are you sure (and you know your n=1 self better than anyone) that, if you tried just putting 100% fruit juice such as pineapple or cranberry in with the Gerolsteiner, you would overdo the juice?  Seems a shame to deprive yourself of superfood juices unless you really feel/know that you would go a tad or more haywire.  Everyone's trigger foods, as I call them, are different.  Pineapple juice, while high in sugar, wouldn't set me off, not if I was eating enough protein throughout the day (and I know you are).

Anyway, if the answer is "Yes, PT, I'm sure", then you could still have your Gerolsteiner with some grapefruit juice, yes?  That is DA BOMB and tastes like Fresca.  ...Do they still make Fresca?  Anyhooo, you could also have it with lime or lemon juice concentrate, such as Santa Cruz Organic (my staple...I panic if I run out of lemon or lime juice--I usually get the lime, as for some reason, it is cheaper).

* edited to add:  and, like you, I was always very good about certain big avoids like wheat and corn, yet everything else for me kind of went awry (read:  Kettle brand POTATO CHIPS, et al.).  It is hard to find your way back.  For me, I had to really get back to basics and take baby steps.  At first I was like, just avoid the avoids, PT, and stock up on beneficials.  Baby steps.  Seemed like I would never get to where I am now.  And you are well on your way, too.  Again, I'm very proud of you, my fellow "old timer" (BTD community-wise, NOT age wise...although your profile does say you are a hundred...what's that about?  ;D)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 19, 2010, 2:49pm; Reply: 376
Quoted from jayneeo
I had a bad day yesterday....it is hard to fathom the depths to which I sunk....in one night

(((((HUG)))))  I am familiar with that phenomenon.  Happens to the best of us.
Quoted from jayneeo
...but then surfaced this morning to a righteous brkfast of eggs, scrambled.

LoL, re "a righteous breakfast"!  LOVES it.  On a serious note, that is just what you should have done:  ya fall off the bike, ya gets right back on, scraped knees and all.  Had a little "incident" myself with some leftover organic Halloween candy and I was all about getting back on that bike IMMEDIATELY.*

As long as we don't let the bike out of our sight, don't let it roll on down the hill without us, as we are lying there dazed on the road, we can get back going again in balance.  No worries.

* 'Course, it didn't help that I accidentally bought some yogurt with SUGAR in it and ate it for two nights straight in my homemade yogurt-feta dressing before realizing what was up...see my "Carb Monsta" blog entry...all's well that ends well.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 19, 2010, 2:52pm; Reply: 377
Quoted from jayneeo
Wow...I made a great smoothie for lunch for DH and myself. To atone for our excesses!
It was dandelion greens, cilantro, pineapple chunks, blueberries, cranberry concentrate, ricotta cheese, eggwhite protein powder, lemon juice, stevia, a T. cream, and water to make 2 glassfuls. Lets see:all bennies except the neutral: cream.  ;D

Dandelion greens!  Where'd ya get those?

...Don't tell me:  WF?  Yeah, we don't have one.   :(

But I do appreciate the HFS I go to.   :)

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, November 19, 2010, 2:56pm; Reply: 378
Quoted from KimonoKat
Super treat this evening that Lewis whipped up for me in of all places the evil microwave.

1 ounce of baker's unsweetened chocolate, a bit of water, agave and sea salt. Blended until the mix was just right and then dipped in walnuts.  Lewis had some of it; I had most of it.

I haven't had any chocolate in over a month!

Dude, those are all superfoods (except for the neutral agave) in that treat!  AWESOME!

I have heard that sea salt and chocolate are a good combo.

P.S.  Is Lewis a Gatherer, too?
Posted by: san j, Friday, November 19, 2010, 4:12pm; Reply: 379
Quoted from Victoria


Could you confront the Gatherer tendency to go from one extreme to another?


Victoria! The perfect "Genotype and Personality" datum comes from you! :D
Excellent.

Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 5:27pm; Reply: 380
I seem to eat a sweet potato everyday now.....the weather seems to call for it. I need to branch out to other tubers....maybe celeryroot, in a soup? sounds good.
I bought a new crockpot!!! ;D (costco)  you can take the pan out to wash.
the grainfree part of the deal is getting easier, more natural. the sugarfree part is not so hard now either. :)
brk: spinach, eggs
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7:17pm; Reply: 381
You go, jayneeo! In my experience, if you can get through about a week, sugar-free, you should be "over" the hump.

I had a cup of yerba mate with soy milk creamer, then a cup of coffee with the same. Brunch is scrambled eggs in ghee with sauteed onions in evoo, parsley, and nutritional yeast. I'm sad that nori went from beneficial (GTD) to avoid (Swami). I used to love nori sheets wrapped around scrambled eggs with nutr. yeast. :-/
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7:19pm; Reply: 382
Today marks 30 days without wheat or sugar. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to it, and I feel good enough to continue forward.  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7:22pm; Reply: 383
(woot)(woot)
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7:47pm; Reply: 384
Terrific efforts here everyone!! I haven't posted in a while - got sick of boring you with reports of the same type of food every day... Will get back to posting soon... ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9:48pm; Reply: 385
Drea!! You made it! And you choose to go forward!! ;D  !!!Great work!!

Possum....I know...sometimes these threads die out cuz we tire of writing the same ole thing... ::) but I'm tryin' to keep it goin'!
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 12:16am; Reply: 386
I had my food sensitivity test on Tuesday, and now I am officially gluten sensitive  :D
and therefore free of doubt  :P and of the 5 grains which contain gluten (wheat, barley, spelt, rye, oats). Wheat and barley I ditched long ago, spelt and rye I've ditched recently, and now go the oats, which is a shame :( , but that's it I guess.

I am left with rice, which I eat frequently, and with millet, quinoa, and amaranth, which I eat seldom or rarely.

My next assignment is to look in the HFS for artichoke flour. I doubt that they have it in our places, I've never seen it around, I may need to try and make them import it.  :-/

KK, I read that you are making flour from basmati rice at home  :B  What grinder do you use for that?  :B Thank you!


Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 12:30am; Reply: 387
yaeli, I have made flour from mung beans... ??) ;) Wonder if that is an option for you? :-/ Imagine if you had to ditch rice, millet, quinoa & aramanth too??!!
I am mould sensitive so avoid grains altogether, as well as bananas, cheese, processed tomato foods, (sauce, tomato paste & tinned) yeast foods & mushrooms,  ::)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 12:42am; Reply: 388
Cool; good going there jayneeo... I will keep contributing then ;) Was worried I was gonna bore ppl  :-/ Plus myself ;D But I really do find it inspiring... ;)

I have been eating plenty of lamb still but recently I've discovered really cheap soup bones from a local supplier... They have a fair bit of meat on them still; so have been having beef (with green beans) lately...

Am losing weight steadily but surely - down more than 4lbs since I started this (19 days ago) & keeping it off :) Oh & despite my humour below, I hadn't eaten chocolate (or had cocoa) for a week now...till I had just a few squares of 72% dark last night...

No weight loss registered this morning (prior to that it has been just a nudge under each morning, so a very slow but steady rate)
I put lack of progress today down to the small amount of chocolate & also the few slices of sweet potato I had... I'm not concerned at not losing, just don't want to plateau after seeing consistent progess...
Posted by: O in Virginia, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 1:00am; Reply: 389
Quoted from Drea
Today marks 30 days without wheat or sugar. I'm so proud of myself for sticking to it, and I feel good enough to continue forward.  ;D


That is awesome!  I keep meaning to congratulate you on that.  Well done!  I've been without wheat for a couple of months now, but I still have sugar MOST days.  I wonder if I could go even a few days without sugar.  I think I already know the answer to that!   :B  Last week I ate vanilla meringues from WF all week, and today I made flourless almond cookies, and these sweets are big time triggers for me.  I'm better off just having a square or two of good chocolate after dinner at night and staying well away from all other sweets or treats.  The chocolate for some reason doesn't derail me like the other stuff does.  Well, at least I've learned something.
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 2:11am; Reply: 390
This thread isn't boring at all.  I check it a couple of times a day!  ;)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:05am; Reply: 391
;D :D ;)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:16am; Reply: 392
Just to see the little cat dance, if nothing else!  (dance)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 6:14am; Reply: 393
:K)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 7:26pm; Reply: 394
yaeli, I don't know what you'll find in the way of artichoke flr....we all found out there is no artichoke pasta....(I ordered some online only to find it was mostly wheat flr)
I have used amaranth, quinoa, etc., flours in the past, but now I am taking the paleo route that we (O's) don;t really need grain. It's not easy. If I really need a coating for fish, or to thicken a gravy, I use a tapioca flour. Good luck!
I am trying to eliminate my hand pain (osteo arthritis) by this grainfree thing.....but still get it....now I'm looking at my almond butter consumption.....sometimes we eliminate a huge thing...grains...only to lean heavily on another thing (almond butter) not realizing that it too can be inflammatory...that is, in large amounts.
like the almond butter brownies I made last night...... :o :o :o  (grainfree, but...)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 7:37pm; Reply: 395
So true jaynee ;) I am grain free; nut free; mould free; which includes, (I forgot to add), as well as what's on the above post, also eggs & some vegs... Just as well I'm not vegetarian...;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 10:53pm; Reply: 396
After two unsuccessful tries at making our own homemade Mayo.... Lewis found a video on the net

http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2007/07/homemade-mayonnaise-recipe-video-big.html

and Voila!  Mayo.

I'd like to try it with grapeseed oil, since to me the taste of olive oil as a Mayo is too...oh, strong.  This first batch is a bit on the salty side but I'm sure future tries will be better.  We did happen to have a BRAUN blender stick and made it in a glass jar.  Maybe next time, we will make our own video.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 11:00pm; Reply: 397
Good going KK!! Nothing beats homemade mayo ;) I just wish I could make it without eggs ::)
Last time, I used ricebran oil & I definitely reacted to something in the mayo ??) I am still not sure if ricebran oil would have mould, seeing as rice does/can...
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 11:52pm; Reply: 398
I found a mayo recipe that tasted really close to Best Foods (I used lemon juice and agave, as I recall) several years ago that I made compliant. I think I ended up using canola oil, which is a neutral. I haven't been able to put my hands on it, lately though. :-/ I'll watch the link KK posted. I tried mayo in the blender, with a hand-held mixer, in the food processor with no luck. The only way I was able to make it thick was to use my own forearm strength and a wire whisk.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, November 21, 2010, 11:59pm; Reply: 399
We use Mayo in our Salmon Salad that we roll up into rolls with nori.  We add thin slices of red bell pepper.  Lewis adds rice to his rolls.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 22, 2010, 12:00am; Reply: 400
Quoted from Drea
I tried mayo in the blender, with a hand-held mixer, in the food processor with no luck. The only way I was able to make it thick was to use my own forearm strength and a wire whisk.
From what I have read, & discovered, the secret to making it thick, is pouring the oil in a steady but thin stream... :-/
I use the smaller of the two jugs on my Braun twin food processor, (which has a tiny outlet on top, through which to pour liquid) on the lowest speed... ;)

Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 22, 2010, 12:27am; Reply: 401
Quoted from Possum
From what I have read, & discovered, the secret to making it thick, is pouring the oil in a steady but thin stream... :-/
I use the smaller of the two jugs on my Braun twin food processor, (which has a tiny outlet on top, through which to pour liquid) on the lowest speed... ;)



Tried that. :-/ I used a squeeze bottle to dribble the oil into the bowl as I was whisking. I may try mayo again, though now that I'm not eating wheat or sugar, I don't have anything to spread the mayo on. Nori is now an avoid on my swami. *sniff*.
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 22, 2010, 1:36am; Reply: 402
Possum, so you don't eat nuts? That might be something to try.....since they do have some omega 6 (some 3 also, but...)
KK....how great you guys made mayo!! Been wanting to do it. With some oil other than evoo, which is too strong.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, November 22, 2010, 1:40am; Reply: 403
Quoted from jayneeo
Possum, so you don't eat nuts? That might be something to try.....since they do have some omega 6 (some 3 also, but...)
KK....how great you guys made mayo!! Been wanting to do it. With some oil other than evoo, which is too strong.


I agree. Olive oil is too strong.  Can't wait to try it with grapeseed oil.  We think Lewis used too much oil and will try again.
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, November 22, 2010, 6:33am; Reply: 404
Quoted from Possum
the secret to making it thick, is pouring the oil in a steady but thin stream
That's exactly what we were taught by our cooking teacher in elementary school! This you never forget...

Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 22, 2010, 7:51pm; Reply: 405
Beautiful, Yaeli! Everything you need to know you learned in elementary school!!!!!! :D :D :D How fortunate you were...wish I'd learned that!!!!
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:24pm; Reply: 406
Me, too. I missed out on home ec (btw, what does ec stand for, anyway? and did I even spell it correctly?). I think there are a lot of things that should be taught in school that aren't; specifically, wood working, home ec, how to manage finances, etc.
Posted by: honeybee, Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:32pm; Reply: 407
Quoted from Drea
I don't have anything to spread the mayo on. Nori is now an avoid on my swami. *sniff*.


homemade mayo is def worth the effort - big iceberg lettuce leaves make a great wrap for fillings like tuna or salmon with mayo, but maybe lettuce is also avoid for u  ::)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 408
Oh, no, lettuce is a diamond.  :D I should make some mayo (in my spare time LOL)
Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:58pm; Reply: 409
Drea - it takes just minutes... Probably less than beating by hand - just some preparation ;)

Oh & ec?? Do you mean etc as in etcetera?
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 22, 2010, 9:41pm; Reply: 410
home economics..... ::)   wish I had appreciated it more....it was supervaluable.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, November 22, 2010, 10:01pm; Reply: 411
I think that is gonna be an even more invaluable subject in generations to come - we just didn't have packet food (1 packet of chocolate biscuits on Sundays was the rare treat) so I learned heaps from my Mum, sisters, & Grandmother...
What is going to happen (is already happening) when families don't cook & prepared food is relatively cheap to buy...(although the price comes later) ::)
Posted by: san j, Monday, November 22, 2010, 10:05pm; Reply: 412
Quoted from jayneeo
home economics..... ::)   wish I had appreciated it more....it was supervaluable.


Remember the hairnets? We laughed as kids. But I learned alot there, too. Those teachers, though! What an unusual coupla ladies... :D

Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 5:18pm; Reply: 413
Ha ha, yeah, san j!
OK...I am so grainfree its amazing, but the weight loss??? well, not so much.  ::)
A few lbs. True I have been enjoying a lot more fat.......I thought you got to.... 8)

Oh, well. Back to the drawing board. (I hate to admit it, but ......here goes: I even ate bacon!!!!! Oh, my it was so dang good! Hadn't had it in 35 yrs or so...... ::) I know, I know!)
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7:45pm; Reply: 414
That's ok jaynee - I had a few nibbles of cheese last night ::) Glad you enjoyed it... Note to both of us "Now just don't do it again" ;) :D
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 10:23pm; Reply: 415
so you're dairyfree, too? Awesome, Possum! (rhymes!) ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 12:53am; Reply: 416
Had to get up way too early to drive Lewis around today.  Up at 5:30 am, in the car by 7 am.  What was supposed to be a quick trip down to Santa Fe Springs (1 hr drive) turned into an all day disaster. Terrible, terrible drama, while my husband is on the phone chasing down parts for the next phase in this boat job... Buying stuff, waiting for it to get to the counter to get picked up....then realizing he needs something different so it's order all over again and wait another hour for it to get to the will-call desk.

Needless to day we were running out of time and had few options for late lunch food.  Ate at an Asian buffet and I had one of my "most" favorite dishes...whole shrimp (AVOID! most likely farmed) in salt.  Too many of the dishes had sauces that we're certain had bad ingredients too since we both don't feel to great right now.

The good news.  I didn't have any grain at all.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 1:09am; Reply: 417
Good work, KK! ;)  

I'm cookin' a grassfed rumproast in my new crockpot.....I'll tell ya if it comes out yummy.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 3:05am; Reply: 418
I'm still wheat and sugar free! I'm partaking in a glass of red wine as I type.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 6:42am; Reply: 419
Quoted from jayneeo
so you're dairyfree, too? Awesome, Possum! (rhymes!) ;D
Yep, mostly dairy free ;) I have the odd smidge of cream on occasions, & a splash of milk in a cup of tea (but rarely) Oh & ghee & butter...
But last week (due to my allergic reaction & subsequent stuffy nose) I had absolutely none of any, & didn't fancy even the thought of it...so maybe last night's indulgence was my body asking for something along those lines? :-/
Hope you enjoyed your rumproast jaynee!!

Glad your days & meals are going well; well done KK on avoiding grain even out at a restaurant??!!

Aaah a glass of wine Drea??!! Nice ;)
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 7:26am; Reply: 420
Quoted from jayneeo
Beautiful, Yaeli! Everything you need to know you learned in elementary school! How fortunate you were...
;D  :K) Oh, I could wish THIS could have been true!  ::) My life would have been so different...  For the most important things I had to wait until the turn of the century  (whistle)

But the mayo story is true and the memory sweet  :)
Posted by: yaeli, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 10:55am; Reply: 421
Breakfast today:
Dr. Budwig's formula (6 tbls cottage cheese, 3 tbls flax seed oil, paprika, 1 tbls ground flax seeds, mixed in the blender until becomes emulsion)
1 egg omlette with olive oil and basil pesto
ground pecans

later: green juice (celery, zucchini, romaine lettuce, tatsoi, cilantro, parsley - and 1/4 of an apple)
1 dried apricot

Sweetness craving free guaranteed  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 5:01pm; Reply: 422
yaeli, why are you using Budwig's formula? for cancer? or cancer prevention? or something else? cuz it sounds easy enough that I could use it too, but what does it do?

Oh, and my roast was deelicious. with veggies and lots of au jus. (not gravy, cuz we're grainfree.) we need my husband (former potter) to make some large shallow bowls to eat meals like this in. ;D
Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, November 25, 2010, 8:58am; Reply: 423
Quoted from jayneeo
yaeli, why are you using Budwig's formula? for cancer? or cancer prevention? or something else?
Right now for all three  :P ;D ;)(pray) :)  

Quoted from jayneeo
but what does it do?
It's all in there: http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Budwig.html

Very simple, very compliant, very tasty and very filling.

More magic.




Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, November 26, 2010, 3:43am; Reply: 424
Thank you, and bless you!  :K)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:02am; Reply: 425
Welll, we burnt the amaranth pie crust....Lewis realized after he burned it that he shouldn't have "precooked" the crust.  Maybe next year we'll do better.

I didn't eat any crust....besides ya couldn't because it was all burnt lol! :D

A tiny bit of rice flour in with the gravy.

The string beans were fine...they were steamed but the mashed taro turned out terrible even with almond milk and a bit o added.  It's just too strong a nutty flavor to make into mashed potatoes.  Tastes great as a "touch" added to a stew or deep fried in rice bran oil.

So, not that successful of a day.  
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:20am; Reply: 426
I'm sorry to hear, KK. My day wasn't much better. I ate fresh steamed green beans with lemon juice and salt, then roasted some organic butternut squash with evoo, cinnamon, and more salt. After eating both, I made some whole milk yogurt with cumin and dipped some celery stalks. Then I got very nauseas and had some slight diarrhea. I didn't throw up but it was touch and go for a while. Peppermint tea soothed the tummy. After a nap I ate the rest of the yogurt dip with the celery stalks and no problemo. A couple of rice cakes later (now that I'm off the wheat, no more soda crackers for me). Some red wine and I'm calling it a day.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:54am; Reply: 427
I got a major craving for popcorn, but rather than brave the icy cold to walk 150 yards to my neighbor's house, I ate a small bowl of frozen peas (cooked) with ghee, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. Still hungry I made a bowl of frozen (cooked) artichoke hearts with the same topping. Could have been worse, but no corn!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 26, 2010, 6:03am; Reply: 428
Way to go Drea!    It's one of the reasons I've avoided the movie theatre lately, and that's a very favorite thing to do.  

The thing that even Lewis noticed was, even though we over ate pie, we didn't have a blood sugar crash from over eating.  We feel surprisingly good.  Stuffed, but no blood sugar crashes.

Lewis said, "I'm so glad you insisted we eat a compliant meal.  Now I see the difference." (Agave vs white sugar) He used to think that adding a bit of this, or a bit of that, (avoids) didn't make that much difference.  But now he's really on board with the Gatherer plan.  

So in that sense, the meal was a long-term success.

What also helped was we didn't have much at all in the way of carb loading.  He didn't have massive amounts of rice and we usually have had mashed sweet potato in the past.  Since the taro came out so bad, we only had a few bites of that....  Too bad he boiled up ALL our taro!  Now I have to get more.   When we fry taro, it really tastes good.
Posted by: Possum, Friday, November 26, 2010, 6:17am; Reply: 429
KK Maybe you could mix the leftover taro with egg & something else & make croquettes?

Too bad about the pie crust :( Must be hard trying to do traditional Thanksgiving, without grains etc? You've done well ;) & so great that Lewis on board!! :D We want our loved ones to be happy, healthy & pain free... ;)

Good job Drea on avoiding the corn!! ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 26, 2010, 6:26am; Reply: 430
Quoted from Possum
KK Maybe you could mix the leftover taro with egg & something else & make croquettes?

Too bad about the pie crust :( Must be hard trying to do traditional Thanksgiving, without grains etc? You've done well ;) & so great that Lewis on board!! :D We want our loved ones to be happy, healthy & pain free... ;)

Good job Drea on avoiding the corn!! ;)


We dumped the taro.  Couldn't eat it.

The pie crust would have been perfect.....except he followed directions for an amaranth pie crust that said to pre cook it in the oven.  He over cooked it at that stage, and there were burnt edges he had to scrape off.  Then when we added the pie and cooked again, the crust REALLY burnt all on the bottom, all the way through.  But he liked the taste flavor.  First time he's ever had amaranth, and even asked if one could cook it, like in a pourage (sp?).  I had to remind him, that one serving was 1/2 cup, cooked.  He often eats easily a cup or more of basmati rice at every meal.  Hopefully he'll change, and not be that reliant on stuffing himself with rice.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, November 26, 2010, 6:28am; Reply: 431
The funny thing is, all while we were mixing ingredients (for the pie & for the cranberry sauce) he kept saying it's not tasting right and we needed to add "real" sugar.

I kept telling him, "This IS real sugar!  The other stuff is highly processed c**p!"  
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:08pm; Reply: 432
Good job, KK and Drea! And I felt that I did fantastically also, though I did eat sugar! DH and I made a killer apple crisp with an all-nut crust! (DH insisted on brown sugar... :() ) I woulda used agave....but after the dinner of turkey, a sweet potato dish I made, with butter and pineapple bits, and spinach salad, the dessert did me no harm, blood sugarwise!
Mainly.....I ate NO grain!!!!!! Zero....tho' DH had rolls, mashed potato, stuffing, etc. ::)
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, November 27, 2010, 12:06am; Reply: 433
Well, as I mentioned in another thread...I have rediscovered carob & have been eating it all week, simply mixed with ghee ;) Makes an oh so yummy fudgey treat ;) Ribbit makes it with added agave & recommends it as a spread on ricecakes but in the inimitable words of Pooh Bear (possum) "so as not to be greedy, I didn't have the "bread" :D AND I have lost over 3lbs more this week!!!

Cannot believe it :-/(woot) But my scales & clothes are not lying...(dance) I also went out to dinner one night, but just had entree & main & no dessert & we chose to walk over 7 blocks from where we parked & back... ;)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, November 27, 2010, 12:37am; Reply: 434
Good job Possum! How does carob rate for you on Swami?
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, November 27, 2010, 12:50am; Reply: 435
Don't know yet...& interesting you ask that ;) It is only neutral for O nonnies & for all other BT's but beneficial for O secretors ??)

I have actually been mildly questioning my secretor status, since when I got it done they eventually contacted me weeks later to say they'd lost the first one, sent another, found the original & then reported on that ::)
My doubting relates to whether they could get accurate info from old saliva :-/

If I was a secretor after all, I would be an Explorer, which would still explain my over sensitivities ??) ::) But I guess when I run swami, it may be all academic? :-/ It may be (& probably is) that I am just weird... ;)

I should run it for both perhaps :-/ to be sure, but certainly the unintentional carob experiment is interesting seeing as I have struggled to lose weight previously ;)

I guess I should change my signature lol Done ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, November 27, 2010, 7:33pm; Reply: 436
just keep on gathering, Possum! ;) (gathering superfoods!) 8)

Oh, speaking of carob, I made a treat...tahini, carob, agave, plus some unsweetened (avoid for me, but not for a nonnie, maybe) coconut and mixed it up into a kind of "truffle". (Small) Yum.
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, November 27, 2010, 9:07pm; Reply: 437
Yummy!!!  ;)
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 2:52am; Reply: 438
.... yummy carob ... for this secretor explorer it is a wonderful diamond!!!  ;D :) :)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 3:01am; Reply: 439
Isn't it? I used to eat way more cocoa & prefer more bitter things but now the sweetness of the carob, plus the ghee satisfies me not to eat too much of anything...:) Weird but ;)

I tried chia seeds again this morning (just added water) & funnily enough had hunger pangs a few hours later... Still didn't overeat, but usually I don't feel like food again after my carob & ghee & have to make myself eat lunch ;)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 4:24am; Reply: 440
Where do you find carob on the swami list? It must be neutral for me as it doesn't appear to be either bennie or avoid.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 5:17am; Reply: 441
under beans I presume.....veg protein....
how about using the search on your pdf file.....takes you right where you need it ;)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 5:23am; Reply: 442
Good thinking ;). I have a laminated copy near my desk, and I forget to look on the computer. ::)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 6:29am; Reply: 443
I think its under condiments, or spices (if they're different, I forget)
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 6:44am; Reply: 444
Chocolate is under spices, carob is under veggie proteins ...

choco neutral, carob diamond for me ...  ;D
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 9:46am; Reply: 445
Quoted from jayneeo
just keep on gathering, Possum! ;) (gathering superfoods!) 8)
Yeah!  :) (sunny)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 6:54pm; Reply: 446
this a.m. I had an inch of coffee w/cream but am now following up w/cup of yerba mate/green/mint tea!!! lovin' it. when will I give up that inch of coffee? 8).....only cuz I hope that it will help me sleep. Speaking of which, I slept rather well last night. got to bed before midnight.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 7:01pm; Reply: 447
That's good re sleeping ;) Not sure an inch of coffee is that big a deal to have to give up? Depends how strong it is I guess?  If you were an Explorer it might be more of a problem... :-/
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 7:09pm; Reply: 448
I'm working through day 38 of sugar and wheat-free. I hardly miss either anymore. I'm still stiff in my hands/arms/shoulders, and I still wake up snotty. Not sure what I'm eating that's causing this. It's been going on since before I gave up the sugar/wheat.

In full disclosure, I do groom dogs and knit on a daily basis.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 8:08pm; Reply: 449
Drea,

Have you ever been allergy tested for dog dander?   

Do you knit with polyester yarns, wool yarns or all types?
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 8:54pm; Reply: 450
I'm not allergic to dog dander. The snottiness started just a couple of months ago, around the time that the weather changed from hot to cold.

I mostly knit with wool, though sometimes I'll knit with an acrylic/wool mixture.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 10:23pm; Reply: 451
Quoted from Drea
I'm not allergic to dog dander. The snottiness started just a couple of months ago, around the time that the weather changed from hot to cold.

I mostly knit with wool, though sometimes I'll knit with an acrylic/wool mixture.


Ohhhhh, so you're SNOTTY!!!!! I couldn't resist that one.

Soooo, (just spitballing here) maybe some additional help is needed? Redoxa? Collisinda?(sp?) Or, maybe the anti-inflammatory protocol or the sinus health protocol?  
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, November 28, 2010, 10:35pm; Reply: 452
I like my supplemental herbs, nettle and quercitin. take em everyday.....I think they are keeping me from getting stuffed up, but maybe its not that.
Do you do dairy, Drea?
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 29, 2010, 12:02am; Reply: 453
Drea, I've mentioned this on other threads, but I am sold on a little sinus irrigation tool called Nasaline.  It is different from the Neti pot in very nice ways.  The water never comes down your throat and not out your mouth.  You can continue to breathe while using it, and it actually swirls the water around up in your sinuses, then out the other nostril.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88RUnc8AQFc  
1/2 tsp sea salt per 8 oz warm water provides 2 times per nostril.  Then gargle deeply with warm salt water.  I use this technique every day and it has healed my sinuses very well and reduced the post nasal drainage to almost nothing.
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 29, 2010, 12:32am; Reply: 454
Thanks KK, jayneeo, and Victoria.

I do do (I said doodoo ;D) dairy, but limit myself to swami bennies, and only very occasionally indulge in romano or parmesan.

I have that very neti wanna be, Victoria! I saw it in the medicine cabinet just the other day. Perhaps I should be using it, no?
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 29, 2010, 2:26am; Reply: 455
Quoted from Drea

I have that very neti wanna be, Victoria! I saw it in the medicine cabinet just the other day. Perhaps I should be using it, no?


Neti wannabe?  Naw!  Quite superior, in my opinion.  (wink)

Yes!  Give it a try. (hehe)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, November 29, 2010, 2:32am; Reply: 456
superior, yes, just didn't want to call it a pot. used it tonight and followed with a dab of supersalve in each nostril. better already. 8)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 29, 2010, 3:38am; Reply: 457
(sunny)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, November 29, 2010, 5:17pm; Reply: 458
glad the nasal therapy helped you out, Drea. I'll remember that one.
I'm still grainfree....and waiting to see the benefits. It could be that my fingers are better....but hard to be certain, cuz the pain is random....
today I tried to microwave an egg...I remembered someone saying you can put an egg in a dish of water and poach it but that didn't work out so well.....maybe you have to scramble it...I think I'll try it by microwaving a cup  of water and taking it out before dropping an egg into it.....(why would I do this? after making my DH's eggs, the pan is so stuck with egg I have to soak it....and its s'posed to be a nonstick! Not!)
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, November 29, 2010, 7:03pm; Reply: 459
jayneeo, try poaching an egg stove-top.  A very small pan with a lid that will fit tightly . . Cover the bottom of the pan with water (1/2 inch or so).  Bring water to a simmer, break in the egg, put on the lid and shut the heat, leaving the pot on the burner.  If you like it well done, leave it on simmer for a while, but I like mine with the white firm but the yolk soft.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 9:40am; Reply: 460
Quoted from Victoria
jayneeo, try poaching an egg stove-top.  A very small pan with a lid that will fit tightly . . Cover the bottom of the pan with water (1/2 inch or so).  Bring water to a simmer, break in the egg, put on the lid and shut the heat, leaving the pot on the burner.  If you like it well done, leave it on simmer for a while, but I like mine with the white firm but the yolk soft.
Yum, me too!! Maybe not a good idea to microwave eggs  Although it is possible to do (prick the yolk & white slightly) the risk of it exploding is still high & believe me cleaning egg out of every corner of the microwave is way worse ::) Besides microwaving food is not at all healthy ::) ??)


Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 5:54pm; Reply: 461
KK here, day 82 Grain Free.

My 2 mile in the mornings is getting easier. Less back pain.

And I was shocked to find that I've lost somewhere in the vicinity of 4 to 4.5 more pounds.  So my total weight loss so far is approximately 14.5 pounds, just by following the Gatherer diet outlined in The GenoType Diet book.

It appears I'm losing at a rate of 5 pounds per month.  A very slow, natural weight loss.

I imagine if/when we invest in SWAMI, that could probably go a bit faster.  Once I get a bit more weight off (I'm putting a target goal of 20-25ish...) I'll start walking in the hills again.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 5:57pm; Reply: 462
I was just wondering how your weight loss was coming, KK! yay for you! (clap)

How's your back?
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 463
oh, this is awesome weightloss news, KK! :D Wow!

I feel sheepish about the microwave experiment....it came from a desperate lack of pans in the moment......won't be doing it again! 8)

my next move is to get off coffee....still having trouble sleeping....tomorrow I will try a chai type drink w/blk or green tea.
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:14pm; Reply: 464
I say . . Well done, KK!!  (clap)  (sunny)
I agree about sticking to the lowlands as your back heals!  

jayneeo, chai was what enabled me to get off coffee!  All the warm spices helped to satisfy.  Good luck, and enjoy the journey!
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7:22pm; Reply: 465
Congrats on the weight loss KK That is fantastic (woot)

jaynee - no need to feel sheepish :D More like you ran the risk of having egg on your face ;D

Drea - doodoo?? :D Glad your stuffy nose situation is working out ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 8:39pm; Reply: 466
About a week or so ago, my back pain started to ease up.  I still get it towards the end of my walk but it's not so bad and comes about 3/4ths of the way into the walk instead of right off the bat or 1/3rd of the way in....  I don't have to hold in my abdomen with constant contractions for the entire walk now...just towards the end.  

It's very cold here now, so I have to bundle up when I walk out the door.  About five more pounds, and I "might" have dropped another size.  I can "almost" get into the smaller size now....

With Lewis going off grain too, meals are so much easier for him to prepare....he's not spending all that prep time making his rice in the microwave....he had that chore down to a specific, scientific procedure lol!

Lots and lots of superfood vegetables is the key for this Gatherer family.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 2:16am; Reply: 467
I crossed my legs tonight and noticed that my inner thighs are considerably smaller! ;D

It is so much easier when both parties of a cooking relationship are eating the same. Yay for you and Lewis.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 2:46am; Reply: 468
Congratulations to Drea's thighs!!

(happy_gangsta)
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 6:49am; Reply: 469
Yay Drea!!!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7:03am; Reply: 470
Drea!  Great job on toning your legs!

We had a tough day today.  In the car from 2:30 pm until almost 9:30 pm.  Lewis made sure to pack our lunch and dinner so we had something to eat on the drive down to Santa Ana and back.

It was exhausting being in the car for the long drive...then walking around a cold warehouse....the bumper to bumper traffic on the drive back....and then IKEA where we wolfed down turkey patties @ 7pm before we entered the store...

We bought a narrow, 12" base cabinet to support the other end of a formica counter we are going to install over our washer and dryer.  The cabinet is a roll-out type where our recycling bin will be located.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 8:57am; Reply: 471
What a day! Glad you had good compliant foods to eat ;) Good on Lewis for packing it ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 4:40pm; Reply: 472
hmm, good idea (the project)....and awesome to have brought your own food!!

Last night I made a soup of chicken with greens in (store bought) broth. DH and darling granddaughter loved it! :)
confession: chicken is avoid for me, as a gatherer, but once in awhile (family loves it)... 8)
Posted by: Cristina, Friday, December 3, 2010, 11:43am; Reply: 473
I am not doing grain free cooking, but as I harvest some beautiful Cassava tubers this afternoon, grating and freezing most for later use, I used some of it (grated ) to make tasty drop scones, or pikelets, or equivalent of potato pancakes (whatever terminology).  Just mixed two cups of the grated cassava with 1 large egg (which happened to be double yolker), a bit of salt and molases and cooked them by the spoonful on a fry pan with a bit of ghee!!!  Delicious, like potato fritata ... You can try them with a bit of honey, or any savory topping spur by your imagination ... but they were delicious on their own!!!  They are a good carb source that is gluten free and rich in some vits and minerals (I think B6 ...)   Has anyone try cassava before?  They are a superfood in my explorer diet ... :) Hope you do not mind me posting it here ...  
Posted by: Drea, Friday, December 3, 2010, 2:52pm; Reply: 474
Is cassava from the squash family? I should look it up.... ::) No, I see it is more like a potato; cassava is a black dot for me. :-/
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:29pm; Reply: 475
Quoted from Drea
Is cassava from the squash family? I should look it up.... ::) No, I see it is more like a potato; cassava is a black dot for me. :-/


We looked this up.  It has to be cooked a specific way to make it safe to eat...some varieties that is.  I've seen cassava chips at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, but I'm betting they're cooked in avoid oils.
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:57pm; Reply: 476
welcome to post it here, Cristina, it sounds delicious.

soooo, last night I just couldn't face my own cooking (and I do it well) but it gets boring, y'know? So we went out to a nice restaurant and to my surprise a most elegant and compliant dish was on the menu!!!! Wild caught coho salmon with spinach and okinawan sweet potatoes (purple)!!! I was in heaven!!!! 8) ;D ;D Truly, it was my ideal meal!!!
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, December 3, 2010, 7:09pm; Reply: 477
Christina:  That's a good post for this thread because it's important for those eating grain-free to be sure and get plenty of compliant carbs from other sources. (ok)

Jayneeo:  That is a meal I'd be happy to share with you!  (hehe)
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, December 4, 2010, 12:06am; Reply: 478
I'd love that, Victoria! :D
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 6:01am; Reply: 479
...so here's the slippery little thread! ;)
Well....yesterday we were in Carmel and went out for a bite....I had 3 sliders (did not eat the buns) and an appetizer of broiled portabella mushroom with onions, gorgonzola (not so great) on top !!! (yum)
And today I put a big grassfed rump roast in the crockpot with bay leaves, carrots, onions, celery, and a cup of red wine. It came out so delicious.
Tomorrow night : the dreaded book club Christmas party! I'm bringing an appetizer, and maybe I should bring a dessert that I can eat so I don't eat theirs! There's an almond/pumpkin bar that is yum.
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 6:33am; Reply: 480
Hmmm your food sounds absolutely yummy!! Hmm that gorgonzola cheese is quite good eh? Never a bad idea to bring a dessert if it means you can resist eating avoids ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 5:48pm; Reply: 481
the almond/pumpkin bars are grainfree....so allowable! or maybe I'll come up with something new that's grainfree......the internet is full of recipes ... :D
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 3:09pm; Reply: 482
OMG! I was counting my sugar free days as if I'd started in November!. So I've really been wheat/sugar-free for 48 days :D. And here I thought I was good at math!  ::) I thought it had been longer.

I caved and bought some blue cheese stuffed green olives yesterday. No vinegar, but they do have xantham gum, and blue cheese, both of which are avoids. :-/ But, oh are they good!
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 4:49pm; Reply: 483
You deserve them, Drea!
Last night (book club bash) I ate the chicken breast, the spinach salad, had wine, and ate the top off a dessert: bottom was cake, topping was whipped cream with fresh strawberries and kiwis. Not too bad for a buffet of temptations. Oh, and I brought (and ate) my appetizer, endive leaves with a goat cheese filling (ch. walnuts, goat cheese garlic, thyme, etc,) ;D
I call it damage control.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 5:15pm; Reply: 484
Yay, Drea!!  ;)

Jayneeo, that's a delicious sounding treat.  I'm gonna try it.  :)
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 485
Well done Jaynnee on resisting buffet temptation - your food sounds devine!! & Drea for wheat/ sugar free for so long!!

I caved the other day & opened the rice cakes ::) :o Between them & the nuts I reintroduced the next day, I have gained a tad :B But only put back what I had lost the week or so before, so not too bad & it's coming off again... ;)

Now, to avoid the nibbles tonight at the Christmas pantomine... Having potential severe reactions actually helps, as I easily identify the pork & wheat & avoid them!! In fact most of the nibbles are usually danger - from previous year's knowledge... Will concentrate on the mains they serve later...& skip dessert ;)

Next nights out, Friday & Saturday, will not be so easy... Friday will be drinks after work at Husband's office & Saturday is my work dinner (Indian) Will have to eat plenty beforehand both times...

Will actually be glad when these end of year events are finished :-/ ;) The more we  have to go to the tireder I get.. & the easier it is to slip up ::) Off to make a large salad for work & some for after for pre-show snack!!

Have a good afternoon/night everyone!! :)
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, December 9, 2010, 5:46pm; Reply: 486
Good morning, Grainfree Ones!!! ;D
DH's B'day yesterday...out to dinner....always a challenge! I was fine except for an appetizer which sounded good, "fried artichokes"...they were good...but dusted in some kinda flour!! >:( And did I say they were good?  8)   The rest of the dinner was fine, but then I had a bite of chocolate frosting off a pc of cake. Result? weight gain!!!! >:( (the martini didn't help!)
But its a new day......etc. Back to the drawing board.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:19pm; Reply: 487
KK ( ) Here, Day 91 grain free and about losing more weight.

I have not been getting up early to get out of the house to exercise EVERY morning
since I've been up late getting out some orders.  And I'm with how much shipping costs are these days.  How does a small (and I mean small!) manufacturer compete with big companies & free shipping?  How?

Lewis has discovered AMARANTH flour tastes wonderful on turkey w/ground fennel seed with a touch of ground Jappano peppers.  

Another great taste is lamb patties, dusted with (Lewis says to tell y'all "freshly ground") amaranth flour and at the end of the cooking, a bit of marjoram added to the top of the patty.  Several cloves of garlic in the pan next to the burgers.

Today we had a treat, deep fried cod & green beans for breakfast.  Lewis says, frozen cod doesn't taste very good any other way. Anyone have any baking ideas for frozen cod?
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, December 10, 2010, 3:23am; Reply: 488
those dishes all sound good, KK.
tonight we went to a reception at my gallery....I had champagne and...wait for it:.....potato chips. Oh, fistfuls of them. Call it dinner. (not on my swami) :o
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 10, 2010, 5:29am; Reply: 489
Quoted from jayneeo
those dishes all sound good, KK.
tonight we went to a reception at my gallery....I had champagne and...wait for it:.....potato chips. Oh, fistfuls of them. Call it dinner. (not on my swami) :o




Soooo, you've have a few days in a row with some avoids...

time to get back on the compliant bus Jayneeo!
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:20pm; Reply: 490
Its the season, doncha know! ;)
Party, party, party... 8) But you are right!!!!! How to party without eating grain!!!! (potato chips aren't a grain)  but I don't eat potatoes!!!!! It was better than the bread thingies.........maybe.
And on top of that I am trying to gear up to eliminate all nightshades.....(my fingers).....

on a better note, I went to NIA today. Always feel good when I go to Nia.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 10, 2010, 7:44pm; Reply: 491
Quoted from jayneeo
Its the season, doncha know! ;)
Party, party, party... 8) But you are right!!!!! How to party without eating grain!!!! (potato chips aren't a grain)  but I don't eat potatoes!!!!! It was better than the bread thingies.........maybe.
And on top of that I am trying to gear up to eliminate all nightshades.....(my fingers).....

on a better note, I went to NIA today. Always feel good when I go to Nia.


Hang on... to your life plan, in the midst of...
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 12:17am; Reply: 492
Loooovve it, KK!!!! What a fabulous illustration!!!! I like the little guy hangin' on in the wind!!!!! ;D

That'll be me!!!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:50am; Reply: 493
<----KK

We have added an evening to try to up our exercise. Had a 2 mile walk this morning and this evening, we did a 3 miles !!!

Lewis had to go to the parts store....The white whale work truck was having some problem that was stumping him all day. He was going to call it a night and we'd take our walk.  He was afraid that we were going to have to replace the engine in a year. All I could think about was the ka-ching this thing has already eaten up.  He was very worried about his pride and joy.  But then he had a moment and figured it out. The coil was bad.

So, instead of driving to the auto store, we agree to go there for our evening walk. It's at least 1.5 miles one way.  

So now I'm wiped out.  Much like I used to get when I would walk the hills.

I have a goal. I'm focused on the prize. It's to be wearing much smaller pants the next time I'm covering a trial.
Posted by: balletomane, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 2:47pm; Reply: 494
I think this week I've broken my own record... only 2 tablespoons of grains (sprouted brown rice and red quinoa). Feels great ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:03pm; Reply: 495
Quoted from balletomane
I think this week I've broken my own record... only 2 tablespoons of grains (sprouted brown rice and red quinoa). Feels great ;)


Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:05pm; Reply: 496
KK Here, Day 93 Grain Free!

The shows 1.5-2 more pounds lost.  I hope I never find them again.
Posted by: balletomane, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 4:22pm; Reply: 497
Wow, impressive, KK! Keep up the good work!

BTW, really like your smileys... what fun!
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, December 13, 2010, 3:54am; Reply: 498
keep up the good work everyone! the season is upon us, but we just need to look at KK's pictures of the merriment to remember what we are trying to do....plus I just wann keep this thread from sinking below the horizon.!
Posted by: Possum, Monday, December 13, 2010, 4:08am; Reply: 499
You got it!! We need to come on here frequently to remind ourselves & help each other ;)

After 3 nights out in a row: Thurs, Fri, & Sat...I am bushed & also have eaten some avoids...*sigh* as well as going to bed after 2am on two nights...

I went to an Indian restaurant on the Saturday (work changed the venue at the last minute from the one picked) & even though I carefully chose the only curry with no avoids (no nuts, coconut milk etc) & was going to avoid the rice, as it ended up being so hot, the only way I could eat it was with rice to cool it down... should've ordered mild, or else ordered some lettuce etc to go with it *rolls eyes*

Later, a guy on another table gave my husband half a chocolate cake & it must have been the rice that set up a carb craving...but one lick of the icing & I had to have a piece!!! It was yummy & at least homemade & I haven't had cake in yonks!!!

But...I certainly  have been paying for it!! We had parked up a huge hill so was good exercise to get back to the car, but my legs are still stiff on Monday & I'm thinking part of that must be the sugar & other carb avoids??!!
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, December 13, 2010, 6:53pm; Reply: 500
Ah, these are the very situations hat keep coming up.....hold tight!! My worst sin last night was a bit of limoncello (a sweet liquoer...mmm) on m y raspberries.
Posted by: Drea, Monday, December 13, 2010, 11:23pm; Reply: 501
Still sugar and wheat-free (day 53). I made some cranberry sauce yesterday and did add a bit of date sugar ;). I also made some vegetarian chile using up several jalapenos (avoid) I had in the fridge. I was testing out using tofu rather than ground turkey meat (I don't eat any animal meat anymore), so I froze a block, then defrosted it in the fridge, then crumbled it into the chile (jalapenos, red onion, cumin, garlic, lemon peel, lemon juice). After the first taste, I managed to eat the whole batch. I'll make it again, but maybe "browning" the crumbled tofu first in the spices, then adding the onion and chile. I'll probably add bell peppers, too, since they've been on my beneficial swami (but I only noticed very recently, because they used to be avoids). I've been avoiding bell peppers since 1996 ::).
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, December 13, 2010, 11:56pm; Reply: 502
Sooooo Drea.  Is "date sugar" different that other sugars?

A meal isn't a meal for me without a little and bell

Watch out for jayneeo's raspberries or y'all could be

Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 2:12am; Reply: 503
Quoted from KimonoKat
Sooooo Drea.  Is "date sugar" different that other sugars?

Oh KK, of course date sugar is different... ;)

You know: corn sugar - now that is a real avoid!

Beet sugar, cane sugar, date sugar - they are all wonderful by comparison...

But my personal fave - maple sugar - that's the real good one.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7:07pm; Reply: 504
Date sugar, at least the kind I have, is made from pulverized dates. Nothing else. So I figure it's just like eating dates, which are in the Lara Bars I eat. Technically, it's sugar, but not white sugar, and not too much of it anyway. ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9:06pm; Reply: 505
KK here, Day 96 grain free.  I'm in the zone of grain-free living.

Lewis is also coming up against the realities of living without his massive three times a day amounts of white basmati rice.  He needs to eat more VEGETABLES.  After the unpleasant morning he had here ---> I think he's finally understanding when I sit down at the table and tell him "You didn't cook enough vegetables for us."

I had to forgo breakfast this morning to make the subway train on time, to get to downtown to cover a hearing in a civil case. (This is where convicted murderer Phil Spector is suing his first ~there were eventually a total of 10~ criminal attorney for the return of his RETAINER: 1 million dollars.  The judge has not yet thrown out the case.  Looks like they will go forward with discovery and a trial in March of this year.)

When I finally got home, (about noon) I fixed myself a quick meal of canned tuna with homemade mayo & reheated vegetables (onion, zuchinni, sweet anise).

That hit the spot, but I'm still a bit hungry.  I think I'll wait until Lewis gets home so he can make us some TARO!  Taro-taro!!!!  Lewis found some very large taro in the Galleria Asian store in North Hills/Chatsworth area.

We fried taro.  It blows our oil portions for the week out of the water but the taste is worth it!  I like it sliced a little thick so it's like eating wedge fries.  Crispy on the outside and nice and mushy on the inside.

Oh, and missing my walk yesterday, I manage to get about 2 miles in today walking from the orange line bus to home.  I decided to do that rather than pay another $1.50 to take a bus 1.5 miles home. Hopefully, another walk tonight.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9:08pm; Reply: 506
Quoted from Drea
Date sugar, at least the kind I have, is made from pulverized dates. Nothing else. So I figure it's just like eating dates, which are in the Lara Bars I eat. Technically, it's sugar, but not white sugar, and not too much of it anyway. ;)


So, sorta like Agave, but something better, because you already eat dates.  Got it!
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9:11pm; Reply: 507
I like combining exercise with daily activities; saves time ;D. I bought some rutabaga and turnip and have been wondering what to do with them for a week. I've been avoiding the old standby of roasting them in the oven. I may try the stove top route.

Hmmm. That sentence just made me realize how hungry I am. I had a three egg omelet this morning with parsley, sauteed red onion, and feta, but that was at 8am. For now, it's got to be a Lara Bar. :D
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 9:22pm; Reply: 508
Quoted from KimonoKat
Oh, and missing my walk yesterday, I manage to get about 2 miles in today walking from the orange line bus to home.  I decided to do that rather than pay another $1.50 to take a bus 1.5 miles home. Hopefully, another walk tonight.
Great...  Save some cash and get beneficial exercise at the same time...  That's using the noodle!

Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 4:58pm; Reply: 509
No walk last night, but a walk this morning in a light mist, not quite a rain.

Yellowtail for breakfast!  

We "think" this is the type of fish that Dr. D says is a superfood for Gatherers.  Looking at the Wikipedia entry for Yellowtail/fish (click on the yellowtail link) there are many, many different types of fish that are called Yellowtail.  We think the fish we are getting is commonly called the

California Yellowtail

We're also having stir-fry onions & zuchinni.  Lewis is a zuchinni fan. I'm an onion fan.



Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 5:38pm; Reply: 510
you two are really sticking to it, KK! ;D
the taro sounds really good.
Drea, I used to love tofu cooked that way.
I went to a party last night and had some wine, some cheese, and NO cookies, NO crackers with yummy dips and spreads.  ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 5:50pm; Reply: 511
Quoted from jayneeo
you two are really sticking to it, KK! ;D
the taro sounds really good.
Drea, I used to love tofu cooked that way.
I went to a party last night and had some wine, some cheese, and NO cookies, NO crackers with yummy dips and spreads.  ;D

TARO.
Deep fried taro yesterday was ALMOST like eating french fries! Way yummy. Too much fat and loads of flavor.

And all Lewis could say ~while I was dropping the taro slices in the pan of rice bran oil while he stirred them up and turned them over and kept checking the oil temperature with a thermometer ~ "This is the type of fat/cooking of foods that causes all the carcinogens they warn us against eating..."

My reply: Do you think we could get a deep fryer?
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:33pm; Reply: 512
Quoted from jayneeo
you two are really sticking to it, KK! ;D
the taro sounds really good.
Drea, I used to love tofu cooked that way.
I went to a party last night and had some wine, some cheese, and NO cookies, NO crackers with yummy dips and spreads. ;D
Where do you buy this brand? They are obviously good eh?

Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 9:03pm; Reply: 513
lol! yeah, right, possum.
kk, I'm jealous!
Posted by: yaeli, Thursday, December 16, 2010, 1:21pm; Reply: 514
Hello,

Breakfast this morning: 2 eggs omlette in olive oil...
half tsp molasses
a splash of black cherry concerntrate into my supps after-meal beverage

Lunch:
A handful of pecans (1 ounce), ground in my ex-coffee grinder
8 grams pecorino cheese
Romaine lettuce
7 ounces wild atlantic salmon, cooked in a little water, olive oil, with ground ginger, turmeric, paprika, garlic, and few parsley twigs.

Plan for supper: rice flour porridge, steamed broccoli, 1-2 tbl almond butter with carob powder.

This looks all right, but yesterday I had huge quantities of peocrino and gouda cheese (brought yesterday from the market) and of dried apricots.  :o  In the morning I weighed myself - 1kg gain... I have to stop racing and moderate my pace. My challenge is to regulate my food quantities (pray) Going out for another modest walk out of doors  8)
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, December 16, 2010, 5:53pm; Reply: 515
hi, yaeli!
last night I made a big soup of various leftovers:
cold rare steak
lots of cooked chicken, shredded, in broth, with butter and curry
fresh grn beans
fresh zucchini
carrot,
sweet potato leftovers, diced
2 boxes broth
1 can coconut milk (not on my swami, but good)
heated this up together.......yum!!! DH, plus son and granddaughter...we ate it all!
After buying and decorating the Christmas tree!!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, December 17, 2010, 6:55am; Reply: 516
:D Heartwarming! (I use this word frequently...  :B)  This soup is a swell idea, I've just taken frozen chicken breast out of the freezer to the fridge to thaw! I have the ingredients, that's what I'll do with it!
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, December 18, 2010, 1:30am; Reply: 517
I think O's don't do lentils, but I just made a fabu soup of lentils, celery, red, green, and yellow bell peppers, carrots, onions, ginger, garlic, cumin, curry powder, sea salt, rutabaga, and turnip. It smelled so good while cooking (and I was too hungry) that I didn't wait until the lentils were fully cooked before sampling! Delicious!
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, December 18, 2010, 2:17am; Reply: 518
try sprouting before cooking..... :)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 2:12am; Reply: 519
Full disclosure: I melted some baking chocolate in the microwave, added some walnut pieces and a bit of agave. O-M-G! Not sugar, but so good.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 2:18am; Reply: 520
Next time just do it on the stove... ;D ;)
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 2:37am; Reply: 521
Quoted from Possum
Next time just do it on the stove... ;D ;)


??)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 4:49am; Reply: 522
I mean make your chocolate treat in a saucepan...(instead of a microwave)
I was serious, but having a joke to downplay your need to fully "disclose"
Doesn't sound like too bad a "slip up"
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 4:55am; Reply: 523
sounds so good! ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 9:12am; Reply: 524
Quoted from Drea
Full disclosure: I melted some baking chocolate in the microwave, added some walnut pieces and a bit of agave. O-M-G! Not sugar, but so good.


Good, eh?

Next time, add sea salt. (almost as good as Lindt dark choc w/sea salt)  A nice kick.

I've been thinking about adding a touch of ground japano chilies for a real to see if it tastes like the Lindt w/chile.

Posted by: Drea, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 2:27pm; Reply: 525
Quoted from KimonoKat


Good, eh?

Next time, add sea salt. (almost as good as Lindt dark choc w/sea salt)  A nice kick.

I've been thinking about adding a touch of ground japano chilies for a real to see if it tastes like the Lindt w/chile.


Both suggestions sound great! I don't think I'll make it again soon, though; a little went a long way. Cured any craving for chocolate.


Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 5:49pm; Reply: 526
well, today started with an unusual brkfst: one grassfed beef hot dog, sliced vertically and cooked in a pan with butter, onion, spinach, mushrooms, and manchego cheese. (out of eggs)....yum.
Now I need  to plan my Christmas Eve dinner (for kids and grandkids)......
it might be tri-tip roast, but I would certainly need two big tri tips....or....rolled sirloin roast....and the sides will be pretty easy. Then the dessert....grainfree of course.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 10:41pm; Reply: 527
With all the disasters I'm dealing with today... Major problems with the White Whale Work Truck and our 8x16' canopy totally collapsed in the rain storm and the table under it turned over with a mess of work parts/tools & junk in huge wet mess.

I got all that cleaned up and ready to step in the shower when I thought I might



Total weight loss so far: 20 pounds.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 11:02pm; Reply: 528
(clap)(dance)(woot)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 11:09pm; Reply: 529
:o :o :o You've done it!!!!!!!!
What I've only dreamed of!!!!
It's not just a goal.....it's possible!!!!
congratulations, KK!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 11:22pm; Reply: 530
;)
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, December 19, 2010, 11:23pm; Reply: 531
:D  :D (clap) (clap) (clap) (dance) (dance) (sunny) A great success! Wonderful! Congratulations!!!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 20, 2010, 1:13am; Reply: 532
Wow, Betsy!  I hope you are very proud and impressed with yourself.  You're doing great, dear.  :)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, December 20, 2010, 2:19am; Reply: 533
Y'all do realize, this is just a drop in the bucket.

Many more pounds to go...

I guess I should look back and see how long it took from the first 10 to this last 10...
Posted by: Possum, Monday, December 20, 2010, 2:39am; Reply: 534
It's still 20lbs!! That is a big achievement & not to be sneezed at ;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, December 20, 2010, 3:23am; Reply: 535
So,  
Nov 8th (first 10 lbs) to
Dec 19th (second 10 lbs). 42 days.

ETA: That's almost .25 lbs a day.

Let's hope I can make the next 10 go a wee bit faster, like in 32 days or around that.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, December 20, 2010, 6:56am; Reply: 536
Quoted from KimonoKat
Y'all do realize, this is just a drop in the bucket.

Many more pounds to go...

The bucket wouldn't ever get full if the first drop didn't go in... ;D  Keep up the good work...
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 20, 2010, 8:03pm; Reply: 537
If you go to the butcher and pick up 20 pounds of fat,
well . . . that's a heavy lump of jiggles, that you aren't carrying around anymore!  (hehe)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, December 20, 2010, 8:08pm; Reply: 538
Quoted from Victoria
If you go to the butcher and pick up 20 pounds of fat,
well . . . that's a heavy lump of jiggles, that you aren't carrying around anymore!  (hehe)


All I have to do is pick up a 3 gallon jug of water.  That's about equal...
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, December 20, 2010, 9:42pm; Reply: 539
Quite a gift you have given to your joints, KK.  :)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, December 20, 2010, 9:53pm; Reply: 540
Quoted from Victoria
Quite a gift you have given to your joints, KK.  :)


For the most part, joints are better.  Low back still does get stressed out and screams at me from time to time, but overall, much better.

I still have a tiny bit of acid reflux when I eat.  That hasn't been solved yet.

ETA: I also think the next 10-15 will really be telling. I think that's when I will really notice some changes.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:41am; Reply: 541
Last night was not stellar (a party, refrained from the worst)...but today was good...I went to NIA, ate properly, maybe a bit low on veggies....celery, scallions and mushrooms, hmmm, need to shop.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:56am; Reply: 542
I shopped so many stores today.  Had to go out in the rain, and let me tell you, Southern Californian's do NOT know how to deal with rain!  Especially rain that has lasted this long.  I can't remember the last time we've had rain like this, going on for days and days and days.

I hit the bank, then Jons, Valley Produce, Trader Joes, Costco & 99 Ranch.  I was too wiped out to fight for a parking spot at Tar-jay.  Maybe tomorrow.

I got lots of goodies.

Iranian pumpkin seeds.  These are the best pumpkin seeds, along with their cousins, Lady Nails
Red & Green Bell Peppers
Zuchinni
White Onions (the only onion to eat imho)
Ground Turkey
Lamb Chops
Frozen pineapple bits
Frozen Okra
1 sm pkg of dried mango (Lewis really loves this)
Organic Walnuts
Free Range Jumbo Brown Eggs
Raw Pecans
Egypt Seeds (haven't tried these before; unknown = neutral)
Roasted Almonds
Raw Almonds
Turkish Figs (for Lewis)
Shazari Figs (for me; very small package)
Lemons
Paper Towels
Cat Litter (2 30lb containers...carried both from the car to the house at the same time and I can tell I need to start carrying some light weights when I walk)

And the most important,

So, plenty of good snacks in the house.
They didn't have any yellowtail fish in at 99 Ranch.  That was a bummer.


Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 8:58am; Reply: 543
So you hitting Target tomorrow? ;) Hope the rain stays away ??)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 9:22am; Reply: 544
Quoted from Possum
So you hitting Target tomorrow? ;) Hope the rain stays away ??)


A bigger storm is expected tomorrow.  Grrrr.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 3:17pm; Reply: 545
I wish that storm would come East (well, at least to New Mexico). We had two days of snow, but that's all melted now. Probably not going to be a white Christmas. It's probably just as well, as it's harder to walk dogs in the snow (and keep them clean and dry). We are full at the kennel.

I'm going grocery shopping today. Thanks for some food ideas, KK!
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:35pm; Reply: 546
Drea, do you have to travel far to shop? I picture you in a very small town or community...could just be my imagination...and I like the image. 8)

Kk, I see how closely you stick to the guidelines and am impressed. ;)

I still need to shop!! Veggies!!
Also I need to do so many things...like paint the bathroom before family comes on Christmas Eve. :o
Admittedly, it may not happen, but here's hoping...
Posted by: KimonoKat, Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 5:41pm; Reply: 547
Quoted from jayneeo
Drea, do you have to travel far to shop? I picture you in a very small town or community...could just be my imagination...and I like the image. 8)

Kk, I see how closely you stick to the guidelines and am impressed. ;)

I still need to shop!! Veggies!!
Also I need to do so many things...like paint the bathroom before family comes on Christmas Eve. :o
Admittedly, it may not happen, but here's hoping...


PAINTING!!! I so need to repaint my house, inside.  Haven't done that since I moved in, in 1997! We won't even talk about the outside, lol! Won't happen until spring, if at all.

jayneeo, I just don't bring it into the house.  A few things that Lewis eats but not me...like the Trader Joes low sodium red pepper and tomato soup (in a carton), and the figs he likes.  Mostly I've been snacking on frozen fruit.  I've got to up my vegetables, but frozen fruit is SO CONVENIENT!
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:29am; Reply: 548
Quoted from jayneeo
Drea, do you have to travel far to shop? I picture you in a very small town or community...could just be my imagination...and I like the image. 8)


I have to drive to Santa Fe (25 miles one way) to shop. Yes, there are groceries to be had in Espanola, but not anything I would eat ;D. Still wheat and sugar free, although I've been eating a little too much agave the last few days. I'm still shooting for the first of the year, then after that I'll just be avoiding sugar. Wheat is actually a beneficial for me (in the whole grain form), so I'll probably indulge a little. Mostly, I was going for how long I could hold out. I have great will power.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:30am; Reply: 549
Oh! And the best part! I put on a pair of blue jeans straight out of the dryer, and they are loose!  ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:35am; Reply: 550
Drea!  (sunny)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:38am; Reply: 551
Quoted from Drea
Oh! And the best part! I put on a pair of blue jeans straight out of the dryer, and they are loose!  ;D




I "know" that feeling intimately!  Isn't it great Drea?  Mine were so loose, I had to go down to a smaller pair!  

Congrats to you!
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 3:57am; Reply: 552
(woot)
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 4:10am; Reply: 553
I just found out (doh! I have so many foods on my swami green list that I'm not used to eating -- 10 years on the BTD did that) that maple syrup is a bennie, whereas agave is just neutral. I think I'll start using maple syrup instead, starting tonight when I ate 5 small pieces of maple syrup candy (100% maple syrup). ;D
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:25am; Reply: 554
Yum!!! Maple syrup candy :D
Congrats on the jeans you guys!!
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 7:12am; Reply: 555
Oh, that is great, Drea! You do have great will power!
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 2:25pm; Reply: 556
Here's the thing with will power (at least mine): I'm exceptional at cold turkey; it's moderation that I don't do well at. So what usually happens around foods that are allowed, but don't do me any favors, is that I add them in gradually, usually after abstaining for some time, then they become more and more frequent until I have some sort of crisis (like not being able to wear my pants because they don't fit :o) and then I have to go cold turkey again. I do remember that I gave up the wheat because it causes me to crave sugar, so I'm going to see if that's still the case, after the first of the year. If it does, out it goes.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 5:23pm; Reply: 557
Quoted from Drea
Here's the thing with will power (at least mine): I'm exceptional at cold turkey; it's moderation that I don't do well at.


It's wonderful that you understand yourself.  Whatever approach works for you is what works.  If you find yourself slipping again, you can always go back to your "bottom line".  ;)
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 5:46pm; Reply: 558
last night we enjoyed a fabulous prime rib roast at a friends'.....oh, boy, this season is too much! (well, literally)...but it can be healthful as well. Our host had green beans, an arugula salad with raspberries, and many other things...
And last night, the solstice, was dark and cloudy, wet and rainy, but we all just enjoyed it by a warm fire. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:10pm; Reply: 559
Quoted Text
I'm exceptional at cold turkey; it's moderation that I don't do well at.
We could be twins in this regard Drea.

I had to go to the Post Office yesterday to mail out a few sewing orders.  On the way back home I stopped at Whole Foods. I was walking the aisles, every aisle, trying to find a snack I could have, on my grain-free life.  I found ONE treat type item....(they are getting a lot of new items/foods in advertised as "Raw") a carob concoction with figs...but even then it still had one avoid ... oilves.  I left frustrated and sad but relieved I didn't buy anything.

I'm finding if I go anywhere in a grocery store besides the produce area, it gets me anxious and in that craving mindset....because there isn't anything out there I can buy that would be okay.

I did get myself a carb treat a few days ago.  I got the WATER CHESTNUT FLOUR. 8.5 ounces for $1.39.  It's a tiny box, lol, which is probably good.  I'm going to make a water chestnut pancake this morning.  I'm betting it might come out like a potato pancake.  Wish they made Taro flour.  That would be yummy as a pancake since fried taro tastes soooooo good!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 9:42pm; Reply: 560
Wellllll, I tried to make a water chestnut pancake.  

You have to keep in mind, that, I am NOT a cook and I've burned many a pot left on the stove...filled with water.

What a disaster that was!  I kept trying to get the right consistency for a batter using water, eggs salt & agave. I either had soup or cement for batter.  In fact, the batter came out light gray; it even LOOKED like cement.  That should have been warning enough.

So I tried frying the soup.

It fried up okay, (I had to really blot off all the oil afterwords) but what I was left with was something akin to rubber.  Tasteless, real hard to chew and I kept thinking, as I'm trying to break this stuff up in my mouth to swallow, I bet my small intestines are NOT going to be happy with this.  All I could taste was the bit of butter and agave I put on top to try to make it go down easier.

So that's how that experiment turned out.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 9:51pm; Reply: 561
Aww KK sad about your experiment ::) ;)

Victoria - go back to the bottom line ;D :D

Drea - it is great that you know yourself ;) I also do great at cold turkey - in fact I just had some for "second breakfast" before I head to work...

Jaynee - great meal!! ;)

Working 3 hrs extra today, including the late shift tonight, so catch you in the morning
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 10:10pm; Reply: 562
KK, we gotta get a good pancake outta something!! 8) But nothing has really worked so far. hmm, taro flour....?
Posted by: KimonoKat, Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 10:48pm; Reply: 563
Quoted from jayneeo
KK, we gotta get a good pancake outta something!! 8) But nothing has really worked so far. hmm, taro flour....?


I'm hoping I can find taro flour in the Asian markets in Torrance next time we go.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 1:11am; Reply: 564
Speaking of taro flour...I picked up some candy box at TJ's the last time I was there, and the second ingredient was "wheat syrup".  ??) Huh? I put the box back on the shelf.  How does one get syrup from wheat? Perhaps it's akin to barley malt? *shakes head*.

And almond flour hasn't produced any good pancakes? Someone recently posted a link to a gluten-free bread recipe doesn't have any grains. I can't remember the thread. Sorry.

I groomed 5 dogs, worked non-stop from 8am to 5:30pm, had no breakfast or lunch, and am just now sitting down to dinner. Not good. Dinner is good, however: sauteed fresh ginger, garlic, red, green, and yellow bell peppers, bok choy, and tofu. Seasoned with wf tamari and ume vinegar. All bennies or diamonds. Oh, and a glass of red wine. ;D
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 1:19am; Reply: 565
Well, the Almond Pancakes I made were "delish" (more like a deep fried cookie) but they do require quite a bit of oil to cook them, then butter and agave....so, I can't really say they are "that" healthy for me, lol! :D
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 5:09pm; Reply: 566
yeah, mine too. but I think there's a finer grind of almond flour or a recipe that would work better...Elana's Pantry is a site that has a lot of almond flour baking...
yesterday some art teacher friends got together and made ornaments and drank wine....there were lots of treats, and I took tiny bites of them, some were pretty bad.....when I came home I had a small beef pattie to ground me. OK....so that's it!!!! No more leeetle tastes!!! Sugar season over!!! 8)
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 5:13pm; Reply: 567
Here's what I made for the treats yesterday:
pecans (2 c.)
two eggwhites, fluffed a bit
some amount of sugar (kinda needed more, maybe half c. would be good...?)
vanilla, cinnamon
buttered foil on a cookie sheet,
mix all ing. together, spread on cookie sheet
350 for 10 min.
It was goooood!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:25pm; Reply: 568
That vanilla gets a black dot every time!

KK's breakfast:

Pan fried lambchops and leftover okra & stir fried veggies from last night.  

(Okra is frozen; can't find a good source of fresh okra for now.)  

Veggies were:
Fresh water chestnuts. (These are heavenly. However...Not only are those suckers are very hard to peel but it's difficult to tell if they are bruised or mush inside when you buy them.)
Red Bell Pepper
Green Beans
Touch of white onion.

The water chestnuts were lightly dusted with rice flour to keep them from sticking to the pan.  I think Lewis added just a teaspoon of Umeboshi plum vinegar to the pan while cooking.  These vegetables were so good last night!

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:54pm; Reply: 569
Peoples!  I meant to post something earlier but have been slammedisimo at work:  I had the most fabulous salad for dinner last night.  I find that if you use high quality ingredients, you really can't go wrong and you really don't need a lot of ingredients or a complex preparation.  Such was the case last night, when I literally threw the following together.  It is all superfoods for my Gatherer type, except for...wait for it...you know PT has to have her...organic mayo (What?  Gotta love me?).  Here's what the salad was.  Took all of about five minutes to prepare.  We are talking a delicious, nutritious chi-fest here, peeps:

PT's Colorful Chi-Fest Salad

Note:  as usual with moi, no precise measurements are given.  Sorry!

1 container of organic fresh grape tomatoes

1 container of organic fresh spearment leaves (you need the entire container, as these are not a garnish here, they are your greens--don't fear the flavor, embrace it!  Trust me on this!)

Some Applegate Farms brand (you could use any turkey) organic sliced turkey, torn up

Generous sprinkling of Eden brand organic, shelled, roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (you could use homemade roasted pumpkin seeds)

Some Spectrum brand organic mayo

Some (can't remember the brand, which is a shame, as I really like it) organic, extra virgin olive oil

Generous dash of Celtic brand sea salt

Place mayo and olive oil in your serving bowl.  Tear up the fresh spearmint leaves and "muddle" (mix, with sort of a mortar and pestel type action if possible/ideally, to release the aromatic, delicious spearmint oil from the leaves a bit) them in.  Toss in all the grape tomatoes and mix so that they are nicely coated with the dressing.  Add the turkey and the sea salt to taste and mix yet again.  Last but not least, top with the pumpkin seeds.  You can leave them on top (gorgeous looking) or mix them in (that's what I did).

This simple, quick-to-make salad makes a beautiful, colorful presentation (and very Christmasy, with the red tomatoes and green spearmint) and is absolutely delicious!

Sideline factoid/note:  I usually add lemon or lime to all my dressings but you will note that I didn't in this, as I feel that, with tomatoes, you don't need it, as mayo and tomatoes are the perfect marriage and the tomato is acidic enough.  I remember, as a child, my dad grew wonderful Beefsteak tomatoes.  I would cut one into slices, and simply put mayo and salt on the slices, and to this day I maintain that that is one of the most delicious things EVER, that marriage of tomato, mayo and salt.  This salad is sort of an homage to that, only kicked up a few notches.  Enjoy!  I post it here, as it is grain-free, so I know youzzz might appreciate it.

:D

edited to add - P.S.  I've made the above salad before with basil instead of the spearmint (basil and tomato are another CLASSIC marriage, like tomato and mayo), but I need to save my basil for a casserole I'm making tonight to take to my Mom's on Christmas.  Eeenyhooo, so I tried the spearmint leaves and WOW!  They were truly wonderful in that salad.  I'm finding that fresh spearmint is wonderful in a lot of things you think it might not be wonderful in.  PLUS it keeps a LOT longer than basil in the fridge.  Just saying.
Posted by: jayneeo, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 8:20pm; Reply: 570
Very creative!!! And it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 8:34pm; Reply: 571
Quoted from jayneeo
Very creative!!! And it sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! ;D

As I was eating it, I thought, I gotta post this one!   ;D

Very refreshing, light, energizing, yet substantial, too, on account of the turkey and pumpkin seeds.

Like I added (possibly as you were typing your reply, so I'm not sure if you saw it), I often make salads of grape tomatoes and fresh basil leaves, but this is the first time I tried spearmint.  SO good!

Never a dull moment on the GTD!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, December 23, 2010, 8:52pm; Reply: 572
I am NOT that creative...or would I even take the time to mix all that stuff together, I mean, that's WORK!  

I mean, um, that's like










......COOKING         

the thing I avoid like the plague!

My idea of a KK easy to prepare salad is 1/2 head of neutral or beneficial lettuce chopped up with umboshi plum vinegar poured over it. I've always been a vinegar fan. I really do like to K.I.S.S.

Besides, I save all my oil/fat intake for frying; not salads.
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, December 24, 2010, 12:18am; Reply: 573
OMG...KK. evoo would do that salad a favor!!! 8)  the added fat won't hurt you...it's some kinda superfood!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 24, 2010, 12:22am; Reply: 574
Quoted from jayneeo
OMG...KK. evoo would do that salad a favor!!! 8)  the added fat won't hurt you...it's some kinda superfood!


We only get 6 tablespoons a week of oils on the plan.  That's not much.  You have to realize that we "used to" use a lot of oil in cooking.

My husband is still learning how to cook in a fry pan with less fat, and NOT let the food stick to the pan.  We need all the tablespoons we can get just for the frypan, L O L !
Posted by: Drea, Friday, December 24, 2010, 12:46am; Reply: 575
Back in the day when I was "doing low fat", I watched all the fat I ingested. Since then, even before the BTD, I stopped worrying about it. And those are the times that I lose the most poundage...sugar and grains are my enemy (though it may be diff for all). As long as it's beneficial oil, or even better, diamond oil, I don't concern myself with quantity.

Today's food: 2 Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars. I groomed three poodles (I don't like grooming poodles, as I'm not very good at doing them, and I especially don't like their owners, who bring in their pups in bad, bad shape and expect miracles without the cost!). I'm wiped. Have no idea what's for dinner, but fortunately, I only have bennies and diamonds in the pantry. And tomorrow, I have the morning off (no grooming until Tuesday of next week!), so I'm going to lounge. Haven't done that in a while.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 24, 2010, 1:53am; Reply: 576
Quoted Text
so I'm going to lounge. Haven't done that in a while.



Enjoy your holiday Drea!
Posted by: Drea, Friday, December 24, 2010, 5:13pm; Reply: 577
This is me, lounging: I woke up at 7:30am without the alarm (fell asleep at 10:30pm), feeling refreshed. Put in a load of laundry, had two cups of coffee with soy milk, a bowl of oat bran with pecans, pumpkin pie spice and agave. Now I'm having a nice big bowl of sauteed broccoli and bok choy, with fresh ginger, garlic, evoo, and ume vinegar. Everything I've listed is a diamond, with the exception of the ume, which is neutral. I'm listening to an audio book "Atlas Shrugged", while doing a bit of knitting (not while eating, of course). Really nice morning.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Friday, December 24, 2010, 5:25pm; Reply: 578
Quoted from KimonoKat
I am NOT that creative...or would I even take the time to mix all that stuff together, I mean, that's WORK!  

I mean, um, that's like

......COOKING         

the thing I avoid like the plague!

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, that recipe is sooooooo, so, so, SO fast and easy!  The turkey I referenced is already cooked!  The pumpkin seeds already shelled and roasted.  All youzzz have to do is tear the spearmint leaves off the stalk (and, btw, I use the entire spearmint--stems and all--but you can't just toss in the entire stalk, whole--too big) and rinse 'em off, and rinse off the grape tomatoes.  Everything else is just tossing together and mixing up.  You can do this, kk!

I have personally seen your creativity and your skill and patience when it comes to sewing, for example.  Giiiiiiiirl, if you can make some of the stuff you make, you can certainly toss this bad boy together in five minutes flat and be enjoying this chi-laden salad with the best of 'em!

Now, if you don't want the fat, that's another story.  Yes, the dressing has fat in it, and one Gatherer avoid, the mayo.  You could make your own mayo, but that would involve some actual morphing into Martha Stewart, so I'm with you on not wanting to go that route, if you don't.  Personally, I just buy Spectrum Organic and call it a day.  To me--for me, and this is JUST me, we are all different, n=1 and all that good jazz--organic mayo (depending on brand and individual ingredients, that's why I specified Spectrum) is not a really major avoid, and I find that mayo is something I appreciate so much, that it is an avoid I regularly use.

Anyway, just make this already.  I want a full review on my desk by the 1st of the year.

Git 'er done!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:33pm; Reply: 579
Quoted from Drea
This is me, lounging: I woke up at 7:30am without the alarm (fell asleep at 10:30pm), feeling refreshed. Put in a load of laundry, had two cups of coffee with soy milk, a bowl of oat bran with pecans, pumpkin pie spice and agave. Now I'm having a nice big bowl of sauteed broccoli and bok choy, with fresh ginger, garlic, evoo, and ume vinegar. Everything I've listed is a diamond, with the exception of the ume, which is neutral. I'm listening to an audio book "Atlas Shrugged", while doing a bit of knitting (not while eating, of course). Really nice morning.


I read Atlas Shrugged!  Loved it.  Have you seen the movie about her (Ann Rand) life with Eric Stotz and Helen Mirren?  Fantastic!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:34pm; Reply: 580
Quoted Text
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude, that recipe is sooooooo, so, so, SO fast and easy!  The turkey I referenced is already cooked!


We don't buy that kind of turkey...and your "fast and easy" is not something that comes close to "my" fast and easy lol!  ;D

Quoted Text
You could make your own mayo,


Lewis does make our mayo now, after watching a video on YouTube.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, December 24, 2010, 11:12pm; Reply: 581
Quoted from KimonoKat




Lewis does make our mayo now, after watching a video on YouTube.


What does he use to emulsify the oil? I've tried making mayo in the blender, with the blender stick, and in the food processor. The only thing that has worked for me is my own wrist action using a whisk and a metal bowl. Too tiring.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, December 24, 2010, 11:27pm; Reply: 582
Quoted from Drea


What does he use to emulsify the oil? I've tried making mayo in the blender, with the blender stick, and in the food processor. The only thing that has worked for me is my own wrist action using a whisk and a metal bowl. Too tiring.


I posted the video up thread.  I'll post it again.

It's a slow up and down action with the stick blender...in a tall glass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz0fLT_k3_U

Adjust his recipe on the video to compliant ingredients.  Lewis has done this several times and it makes mayo in a snap.
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, December 26, 2010, 5:55pm; Reply: 583
Hi, grainfree guys! 8) Yesterday's festivities did me in! Lots of sugar...I ate it...however, I remained....yours truly, grainfree! I ate the filling of apple pie, some toffee, a sip of kahlua, etc. and I feel pretty crappy.....so...
today's brkfst: turkey sausage, zucchini, brocollini, tea. need to get off coffee once again...so going with bl. tea (bl. dot or avoid) for now, then on to green.
Its a new day........... ;D
I'm reading the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. It's good.....too bad he doesn't know about the BTD though....the combo of the two could be so great. (for O's, that is)
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, December 26, 2010, 6:22pm; Reply: 584
scroll down to paleo
great blog on what goes around out there in terms of diet solutions
http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/index.php/nimcompoopery/?blog=24
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:59pm; Reply: 585
Lola, I did a search for "paleo" on Dr. d.'s blog and read it. It did not tell me anything that I had not pointed out in my post, however. Which is that if they only added BTD ideas to it it would be great for O's. Nothing new here.
Posted by: Drea, Monday, December 27, 2010, 12:58am; Reply: 586
KK, thanks for the link on the mayo making. All my accrutrements are in storage, so I might "spring" for a stick blender. What does Lewis use?
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, December 27, 2010, 1:56pm; Reply: 587
Quoted from KimonoKat
We don't buy that kind of turkey...and your "fast and easy" is not something that comes close to "my" fast and easy lol!  ;D

??) (think) That "recipe", if I can even be so bold as to call it such, literally takes about five minutes to throw together.  Nothing (including carry-out) is faster/easier than that.

That said, if you don't like the sound of the recipe, don't make it, and it sounds like you don't (you don't like the turkey or the amount of fat in it).  Hopefully, someone else or several someone elses will try it and like it.

Thanks for the post on homemade mayo!  I will go to the link sometime when I'm not on from work, via iPhone, and check it out.  If I started making homemade, compliant (even beneficial/superfood) mayo, versus using avoid mayo as I do, that would be MAJOR, as I do use mayo a lot.  Thanks again!   :K)
Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, December 27, 2010, 7:19pm; Reply: 588
Yoou can take the BTD to just about any diet (except maybe vegan, raw, etc.)....what I like about the paleo diet is they have a lot of grainfree tips and recipes. All  I have to do is use the right foods for me.
I have talked to people on WW and the zone who say, "Oh, yeah, I use my BTD foods." They took the info and ran. ;)
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 1:13am; Reply: 589
Okay...day 67 of no sugar, no wheat. I have to admit that I've been craving sweets the last several days, but the worst thing I've ingested is agave. And I'm not grain-free (not good for an A secretor/Warrior), but I don't eat very many grains anyway.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 1:59am; Reply: 590
Drea,
Congratulations! I have caved in to sugar several times!!! I am glad you haven't!!! I even ate a pc of candy today that a relative sent home with us...then I thought: what for??? c**p! :X
ok, tonite, chicken (bl. dot) and broccolini.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 2:38am; Reply: 591
I think that avoiding sugar is much harder than avoiding grains, so don't be too hard on yourself.  ;)

I'm glad I've made it thus far, but after the first of the year, I may be less strict on the sugar front. We'll see ::).
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 5:32am; Reply: 592
Oh, yes, especially aftr your kinda carb starved... :P
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 12:58pm; Reply: 593
Quoted from jayneeo
Drea,
Congratulations! I have caved in to sugar several times!!! I am glad you haven't!!! I even ate a pc of candy today that a relative sent home with us...then I thought: what for??? c**p! :X
ok, tonite, chicken (bl. dot) and broccolini.

The only sugar I've taken to using of late (due to the COLD WEATHER--yes, all caps were necessary, brrrrr!) is agave nectar in my HOT KUKICHA GREEN TEA* at night, which I put agave and lime juice into.  Fabulous.  At work, I drink a peppermint-kukicha mix sans any sugar.  I also lately have taken to adding agave sometimes to stir-fried rice dishes (edited to add: and certain other stir-fries, such as beef and broccoli), as it really makes some of them wonderful.  Now I know the "secret" of Chinese restaurants:  SUGAR (probably corn syrup in most cases, sadly).  A little dab'll do ya.  By no means to I regularly add it, but to certain dishes it really gives it that "Chinese Restaurant" flav-o-flav.  Oh yeah, babe.  Fish gotta swim.  Birds gotta fly.  PT gotta pay homage to Chinese restaurant fare every now and again, even though I am a homemade food sort now and loving it.

:)

* all caps really weren't necessary for that last bit, I don't know what came over me...it's this weather, I tells ya.  I've totally gone off cold weather, which a younger me used to covet, seek out, adore and revel in.  Well, no mas!  I want my hot, humid Florida back!
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 3:09pm; Reply: 594
Quoted from Peppermint Twist

* all caps really weren't necessary for that last bit, I don't know what came over me...it's this weather, I tells ya.  I've totally gone off cold weather, which a younger me used to covet, seek out, adore and revel in.  Well, no mas!  I want my hot, humid Florida back!


Thank you, climate change! ;)
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 3:12pm; Reply: 595
Wven though I did get the "okay" from jayneeo to post my sugar/wheat-free adventures here, I still feel a bit like an imposter ::) (I had a bowl of oat bran for breakfast).
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 4:13pm; Reply: 596
Quoted from Drea
Thank you, climate change! ;)

Dude, no you di-unt!  You did not just get PT going on climate change, did you?   :o  ;D

Seriously, though, extremes of seasons was one of the predicted results of climate change.

Just saying!

Anyway, it's kind of restful, as I really shouldn't worry about the termites eating my house...if I wait around long enough, it'll be waterfront property.  And then a little longer, and it will be underwater, along with all the houses with zero termites.  Then, it will all be about who has the biggest pieces of driftwood to float on, and the termites are prepping mine as we speak.

It's all good!   ;D

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 4:17pm; Reply: 597
Quoted from Drea
Wven though I did get the "okay" from jayneeo to post my sugar/wheat-free adventures here, I still feel a bit like an imposter ::) (I had a bowl of oat bran for breakfast).

"Wven"?  What is that, the Celtic spelling?   ;) (evil) *Tee heeeEEEEE*.  Oh, I slay myself.  ...Eeenyhoo:

I post here and I'm not grain-free.  I don't think one has to be grain-free oneself in order to post their fave grain-free recipes, etc.  I am grain-free, except for the grain I eat!  (It's similar to Brig saying, "I'm a non-secretor in every way except for my secretor status."  ;D)  In other words, I'm not grain-free, but a lot of my meals are.  About 50%, to be exact.  I'll usually have one meal per day that contains grain (usually brown basmati rice) and one that does not.  Thus, I can post here 50% of the time.   ;)

(woot)
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 4:52pm; Reply: 598
Anytime, ladies, anytime! We luv ya here! the sugar thing is very important to me also, and I tanked this holiday, but I shall rise again to fight the good fight! (strangely I remained grainfree)....sugar  was like a drug....one bite of toffee and a voice said "Don't stop till its gone".....it was just so compelling. Makes me realize how our ancestors (way way back) must've felt when they found honey....
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 5:11pm; Reply: 599
Quoted from jayneeo
Yoou can take the BTD to just about any diet (except maybe vegan, raw, etc.)....what I like about the paleo diet is they have a lot of grainfree tips and recipes. All  I have to do is use the right foods for me.
I have talked to people on WW and the zone who say, "Oh, yeah, I use my BTD foods." They took the info and ran. ;)


I did the same thing with Ayurveda; i.e., I used D'Adamo ingredients and followed Ayurvedic recommendations.

Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 6:07pm; Reply: 600
wow..that's interesting, san j.  :D
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 9:34pm; Reply: 601
Somewhere Peter writes that his recommendations can be "merged" thus with other plans. I think he treats of it in a weight loss context, i.e., using the diet that works for you, but using his own ingredient recommendations, for instance. It's not unique to me.
Posted by: jayneeo, Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 10:49pm; Reply: 602
nor to me. I'm using a lot of paleo diet recipes and concepts.
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 10:56pm; Reply: 603
brk: eggs, scrambled with zucchini, onion, and basil. blk tea (I know) with cream. MMM.
lunch: big salad w/chicken, an apple.
dinner: turkey sausage stirfry.
        
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, January 6, 2011, 3:27pm; Reply: 604
Hi all! This thread is getting mighty long...shall we start anew for 2011? Or let it rest, since we are all doing so well on our chosen paths! ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5:31pm; Reply: 605
Last night:  Hosana!  Threw together whatEVER I had and it turned out fabu.

Broccoli slaw (julienned broccoli stalks and carrots--don't worry, kk, if you are reading this, it comes already julienned for you in a bag--yay!) and a LOT of FRESH spearmint (yup, you read that right--spearmint:  leaves, stalks, all of it, torn up by moi...you would be surprised how fabulous fresh spearmint turns out to be in a variety of dishes), stir-fried in olive oil.  Meanwhile, in your serving bowl, place canned WILD salmon (never farmed!  ...although most canned is, of necessity, wild, as the farmed doesn't hold up to the canning process...of course, you could use fresh wild salmon, if you are Bill Gates and can afford it  ;)), organic mayo (I know, there goes PT again with her mayo--well, FINE, don't put it in if you don't want to, but I'm just sayin', it kinda makes the dish), a little more olive oil, some organic concentrated lime (or lemon) juice, TONS of garlic powder, and some sea salt.  Mix together well.  By that time, your broccoli slaw/spearmint concoction will be done (and you ideally should have been stirring it periodically during your salmon preparation festivities).  It only takes a few minutes, TOPS.  Then add it to your salmon mixture, toss, and you have something better than fettucini Alfredo.  It takes two seconds to make.

LOVE it.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 6:01pm; Reply: 606
That sounds good, peppy. Though, I don't care for the taste/texture of canned salmon.

I've been eating raw salads of late (even though it's mighty cold in these here parts), and the newest addition is instead of lettuce leaves as the base, I've been using kale. Then I add whatever compliant veggies I happen to have. Toss with evoo, crushed garlic cloves, and ume vinegar. Oh my! So good! ;D

I've recently been introduced to an organic farmer here in Espanola who sells all sorts of greens: kale, rainbow chard, mizuna mix, brazing greens. It's sort of like a CSA, though you pay weekly through a new cafe/gallery that opened up a couple of months ago.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:01pm; Reply: 607
KK here, day 126, grain-free.

I've had a period of time where I couldn't do my in the morning (raining too hard or got up too late) and then recently, where I attended all six days of the Dr. Conrad Murray preliminary hearing in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

What I wanted to share was not so much my weight loss (I haven't weighed myself since my current pants are not looser, so I know I'm kinda in a holding pattern) but more my muscle strength and stamina and how that has changed.

The last few times I was walking the flats directly in my neighborhood, the 1.9 or 2.0 mile walk was going pretty fast.  I was able to do it in under 40 minutes.  That meant, I wasn't getting an hour of exercise, which is my goal to do regularly.

I was getting some in going to court, but it's in spurts from the parking lot to the bus, from the bus bay to the train, and then downtown from the train entrance to the court building.  

First, you have to understand how I'm relating my progress.

Towards the end of the Spector 2 trial, (April, 2009.) Lewis was still recovering from his surgery on his distal biceps tendon rupture.  He would drive me to the Red Line train station in N. Hollywood.  I'd have my purse with my lunch and a bag carrying my laptop and anything I needed for my laptop (extension cord, trackball mouse, etc.)  Carrying both bags was heavy.  At that time, once I got downtown, I couldn't walk up the first flight of stairs from the train platform to the upper platform (where you get your tickets) without stopping and huffing and puffing. Forget the second escalator.  Never mind the 1.5 city block walk to the rear entrance of the court building, up a slight incline.  My knees would hurt and I would easily get exhausted.

But the last six days going to court (one day I drove but the lot I use is almost 3 blocks away and the street is an incline) via the train or the bus then the train, I was really amazed at how I could walk up the moving escalator, or walk up the stairs and not have to stop!  Even carrying my heavy computer bag and overladen purse!  I could go up the first short escalator walking without stopping.  And the even more surprising news, I could WALK UP the big, LOOONNNGGG escalator from the ticket platform to the street (about 2.5 to 3 average stairs lengths) about half way, before I had to stop and catch my breath.  In addition to that, there was one day that I was almost late, and I actually did a bit of a jog, from the subway train entrance, across this open plaza and up the incline street a short way towards the rear entrance of the court building, all the while carrying my heavy computer bag.  For this overweight, over 100, grain-free gal, that's a big improvement!

This improvement was so encouraging that yesterday morning I decided to try one of the lower hills for my morning walk.  Lewis went with me.  For a change, at one point in the route, it was Lewis who didn't want to take the route of back up one street to a higher elevation!  But I pushed on!  It was a great feeling. Back pain was minimal during the hike yesterday.

At court, I didn't do as well as I should when it came to the VENDING MACHINE.   Sitting in court on an uncomfortable plastic chair, with your computer on your lap, typing furiously away trying to get all the testimony and answers... I did get drawn of Mike & Ike and Skittles.  I think it's the being in one position for so long and under those florescent lights that does it to me.  Makes me quite tired in the afternoon and a bit of sugar hits the spot.

Now that the weather is a teensy bit better, I plan on getting back into a regular routine of the tennis shoes on first thing in the morning and out the door.  Since I've been busy court stuff, I thought my grain-free buds would like to know what I've been up to.  Taking off 20 lbs and walking on a regular basis does have benefits beyond a smaller pant size.
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:10pm; Reply: 608
Well done KK! Not on the vending machine, but for all the rest. :K) I posted my own *cave* HERE.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:26pm; Reply: 609
KK!!  Isn't it cool how our bodies will respond appropriately when we behave appropriately??  (hehe) (dance)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:45pm; Reply: 610
:D  Awesome report, kk!!!  I'm happy for you and proud of you!  We go way back in this community and I know we've both had our struggles and challenges with diet (I mean, I know I sure have, and it sounds from your posts like you have, too), and I know how hard it can be to turn things around, believe me, but it sounds to me like you've done it!!!  As my mom often says at various times in life:  "Thank God we're this far!"

Ain't it grand?

My new mantra is:  GTD = POWER

I'm not grain-free like you are (I eat brown basmati rice, usually once daily, and sometimes instead of that, I'll have 100% rye bread), but we are both Gatherers on the GTD.  A word I find myself using often about how I'm doing in this or that way, or in general, on the GTD, is this:  "strong".  I'm strong in my biochemical balance.  I'm stronger physically.  I'm just strong on this thing.  Sounds like you are experiencing that, too (I recognize it in your post, it's "the GTD effect"), and, again, I'm happy for you!  Keep up the wonderful work!   :K)
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:02pm; Reply: 611
P.S.!!!

:o :o :o :o Wait a minute, wait a minute:  Mike & Ike and Skittles?  :o

Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl:  bring any and/or all of the following with you for your blood sugar whilst in court (I'll bold the suggs in the ones below that are grain-free:

1.  Eden Organic Roasted, Salted, Shelled Pumpkin Seeds

2.  Unibars (I like blueberry-almond, but I KNOW you would prefer the chocolate-cherry)

3. Eden Organic Dried Cherries

4.  A mixture of the pumpkin seeds and cherries, for protein AND sweetness, if that's how you roll.

5.  A hard-boiled egg or two

No more Mike & Ike or Skittles for you!  You are doing far too well and you don't need the corn syrup or all the artificial ca-ca, no, no, no.  Instead, just say YES to any and all of the goodness in the above list!
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:10pm; Reply: 612
Hey B, good work  (except for the Skittles and Mike and Ike)!.  I'm with PT, get some Unibars or bring some fruit or homemade snacks - even Endangered Species 88% chocolate.
From another long time BT buddy,
Jane
Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, January 13, 2011, 9:12pm; Reply: 613
Quoted from Jane
Hey B, good work  (except for the Skittles and Mike and Ike)!.  I'm with PT, get some Unibars or bring some fruit or homemade snacks - even Endangered Species 88% chocolate.
From another long time BT buddy,
Jane


Here's the thing with UNIBARS for me.  It's like having heroin in the house for an addict.  I can't eat just one.  I'll eat four or five.  No kidding. I had to stop buying them.

The thing about the vending machines is, I get a small serving.  A small "dose" if you will.  I have to gobble them down quick because we're really not supposed to eat ANYTHING inside the courtroom.

I had gotten by the first few days without a snack or treats, but by day five, I needed something.  Day six was a foregone conclusion. I'm going to have to be prepared for the next trial that I cover.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, January 14, 2011, 12:30am; Reply: 614
Quoted from KimonoKat


Here's the thing with UNIBARS for me.  It's like having heroin in the house for an addict.  I can't eat just one.  I'll eat four or five.  No kidding. I had to stop buying them.


Oh my! I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this. I bought two cases, one of each flavor, at the end of December, and they are both gone. Gone, gone, gone, and eaten only by me. They taste way too good. Like candy.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, January 14, 2011, 3:03am; Reply: 615
Quoted from Drea


Oh my! I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in this. I bought two cases, one of each flavor, at the end of December, and they are both gone. Gone, gone, gone, and eaten only by me. They taste way too good. Like candy.


You are not alone!  Anything sweet... I have no self control . So, best not have it in the house.
Posted by: jayneeo, Friday, January 14, 2011, 8:18pm; Reply: 616
KK,  you are still doing great, in spite of the hfcs moment! ;D
P,T. always good to see you on our thread! Your experience has the gravity of success!!!!!!!!!! ;D Its always inspiring and I appreciate the actual food details. (like:what does she actually eat?)

I was down at my mom's for a wk...she is 90 and has colon cancer...stage 4, just discovered. Tough to hear, but amazingly, she feels fine. Lives alone in her house, cares for her yard, etc. Pretty amazing. She has people nearby, my 2 brothers, etc.......so what are ya gonna do? Just live one day at a time. Bless her heart.
So, I ate grains there...no wheat. I had ice cream a couple nights, but came home weighing just the same, cuz I didn't really binge.......just luck.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, January 14, 2011, 9:22pm; Reply: 617
Sorry to hear the news Jayneeo.

Breakfast:

Yellowfin tuna (the best tasting tuna there is, imho!) with 1 Tbsp homemade mayo an a bit of pickled sushi ginger.  We stuffed our nori sheets with the tuna, tiny red bell pepper slices, zuchinni and fresh water chestnuts. Very yummy breakfast.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 3:19am; Reply: 618
Jayneeo, I'm sorry to hear of your mom's diagnosis.  Hopefully she will have a good quality of life for as long as she lives.  :)

KK, I like the sound of that breakfast!
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 6:47am; Reply: 619
that's what I'm praying for, Victoria.....thanks, and for the hug from KK. :B
slipped up today...ate some rice cakes...I know: what were they doing in the house? ::)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 7:43am; Reply: 620
blessings to you and your mom Jaynee :)
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 8:09am; Reply: 621
Jaynee, I am sorry about the tough news.

{{{BIG HUG}}}
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:33am; Reply: 622
Yeah jaynee - that is so tough {{{hugs}}}
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 5:51pm; Reply: 623
thanks, guys.... :K)
Posted by: jayneeo, Sunday, January 16, 2011, 4:55pm; Reply: 624
after a couple of rice cake "incidents", I am grainfree again! ;D
this morning I had some of that rich greek fullfat yougurt. It's probably too milky for me, but we'll see. some gatherers can have yogurt. unsweetened, of course. I have been off eggs for close to a week to see if my exzema will go away. It's been there (in and around ears) for years......but I've never tried going off eggs till now. (not easy in grainfree land)...
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, January 16, 2011, 5:08pm; Reply: 625
I love the whole milk organic plain yogurt that TJ's sells. It's Greek Style. I eat it right out of the carton.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, January 17, 2011, 2:57pm; Reply: 626
Quoted from KimonoKat
Here's the thing with UNIBARS for me.  It's like having heroin in the house for an addict.  I can't eat just one.  I'll eat four or five.  No kidding. I had to stop buying them.

Fair enough on that one.  They do have a lot of sugar in the form of agave, but that is the best form of sugar/sweetener for Gatherers, as it is absorbed slowly and doesn't raise our blood sugar (and subsequently drop it) in spike form like most sweeteners do.  That said, if it is a trigger food for you, I respect that.  We are all individuals and one man's handy-dandy, convenient protein bar is another man's trigger.  I, of all people, get that!!!  I just suggested it for others, really, as I didn't think you'd go for that one on the list anyway, since it has rice protein and you are grain-free.  The Eden Organic Pumpkin Seeds would be good for you to tote along, though, and you could put dried cherries or something--wait, I know!  Who am I talking to, here?  KK!!!  You could put pure CHOCOLATE chips or carob chips in with 'em to sweeten 'em up if you like a sweet treat.  Aren't you THRILLED to be in a genotype for whom chocolate is a superfood?   :D  ;D

Quoted from KimonoKat
The thing about the vending machines is, I get a small serving.  A small "dose" if you will.  I have to gobble them down quick because we're really not supposed to eat ANYTHING inside the courtroom.


Okay, brace yourself for a GENTLE lecture, and feel free to cyberslap me if you must, but I CARE, so I have to say:  the avoids in Skittles and Mike & Ikes are sort of like what Ralph Nader (NOT that I'm SPEAKING TO HIM (hand), let alone prone to quote him anymore, after 2000--Beatles fans MUST detest Yoko and Gore aficionados MUST detest Nader...those are laws, I'm pretty sure) said about Corvairs:  "unsafe at any speed".  Mind you, I myself eat some avoids in my diet, but not the "biggies", and to me, corn syrup is UP THERE, bigness-wise.  I mean, it's poison.  Don't do that to your beautiful self, B.  You deserve better.  Bring some discreet little container of GTD deliciousness with you.  Sounds like it is a sugar fix you hanker for (If you are going for the Skittles and Mike & Ike), so why not some Eden Organic dried cherries (I specify Eden brand because so many brands of dried cherries have corn sugar added, believe it or not, but Eden does not) or dried blueberries?  I would go for the pumpkin seeds myself, as I am all about protein in a fix, or for a fix, or both.  When my sister is in town, my new thing is to HAVE PUMPKIN SEEDS WITH ME, as I never know what corn syrup factories and wheat dispenseries I'm going to be dragged to and when I'll ever have access to my own kitchen again, as they are so loosey-goosey (yet TOTALLY CONTROLLING!!!!!!!) about any sort of itinerary for our daily doings.  I also always keep pumpkin seeds at work, just in case.

For you, I would say seeds, nuts, dried fruit and possibly hard-boiled eggs would be good to bring along to various and sundry places such as court.  Also, since you are a chocolate person, some sort of compliant chocolate wouldn't hurt, either.

KK, you are doing SO wonderfully!!!!!  Just take the above as, as you always say, "my two cents" and if you don't like any of the advice, don't heed it, but I just don't want to see you resorting to vending machine candy.  For me (not necessarily you, but moi), that would be way more of a trigger than a Unibar, even just a little.  Corn syrup sets me off, in two ways.  One, of course, is biochemically.  But the other is that I then get mad at myself for ingesting poison and am, paradoxically, prone to rush out and ingest MORE poison in a bizarre attempt to punish myself.  Weird, possibly, but true.  That's my pattern.  And the "2nd round" of poison would be the "hard stuff":  chips and dip, and WHATEVER *shudder*.  That's why I NEVER have any b-day cake at work, even though co-workers are forever questioning me under hot lights as to why I can't "have just one piece?"  "One piece won't kill you, Edna, you need to loosen up."  Um, does an alcoholic need to "loosen up" re "just one drink"?  The defense rests.   ;D

Quoted from KimonoKat
I'm going to have to be prepared for the next trial that I cover.


:D  Okay, then!!!  And you will!  Remember your hub's first impression of you was that you are a very "earnest" person?  If you earnestly intend to bring good Gatherer portable fare next time, I have no doubt that you shall!
Posted by: Jane, Monday, January 17, 2011, 3:11pm; Reply: 627
JayneeO
So sorry to hear about your mother.  Wish I had some words of wisdom but all I can say is I'm sorry.
KK,
I understand about the Unibars.  I like them but they don't have that effect on me.  When I bring them to work, I only bring one.  Find something that works for you and stash it in your bag for emergencies.  I've got the little squares of the 88% Endangered Species in my bag, but just 2.
Jane
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Monday, January 17, 2011, 3:16pm; Reply: 628
Quoted from jayneeo
KK,  you are still doing great, in spite of the hfcs moment! ;D
P,T. always good to see you on our thread! Your experience has the gravity of success!!!!!!!!!! ;D Its always inspiring and I appreciate the actual food details. (like:what does she actually eat?)

My ex-boss, now the boss of my boss, once said to me years back, in front of everyone at the proverbial office "cake, etc. party":  "Do you eat ANYTHING?"  This was back when I was FAT, so it's like:  obviously I do, rude Gertrude/nosey Nellie!   ;D  Then, just yesterday at the dog park, my bud from same said that she would like to invite me over for dinner sometime but has no idea what to make for me since "You don't eat anything."  WHAT:  my diet, as I keep shouting from the rooftops, is abundance, abundance, abundance!  Variety, color, nutrient-dense, satisfying, delicious, FABULOUS!  What do I eat?  WHAT DO I EAT?  What DON'T I eat, is more like it!  Basically (whittled down for the uninitiated such as my boss' boss and my bud from the dog park), three things:

1.  Wheat
2.  Corn
3.  Junk

And THAT, my dear darlings, is why people don't think I eat anything:  because, in America, those are the three main food groups!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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I was down at my mom's for a wk...she is 90 and has colon cancer...stage 4, just discovered. Tough to hear, but amazingly, she feels fine. Lives alone in her house, cares for her yard, etc. Pretty amazing. She has people nearby, my 2 brothers, etc.......so what are ya gonna do? Just live one day at a time. Bless her heart.

((((((HUG))))))) So sorry to hear this, Jayney.  You seem to have a good attitude about it.  Hopefully, they can somehow get it all.  I have a co-worker whose husband was recently discovered to have stage 3 and they are hopeful about his prognosis.  Still, he's going through a very tough road right now.  I'll keep your mom in my prayers.  And you.  Hang in there (((another HUG))).

Posted by: jayneeo, Monday, January 17, 2011, 4:47pm; Reply: 629
:K) thanks, P.T.
and on the grainfree front: I polished off the 2 remaining rice cakes that existed (in my home) yesterday so now I am truly grainfree. and it didn't hurt me somehow, I lost another lb. this a. m.
To further complicate things I am also both egg and dairy free for the time being. not easy! I loooove both of those categories, but on policycheck's advice (re eczema) I'm trying it. Exception: bit of cream and ghee.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:59pm; Reply: 630
I'm bumping this thread because I've been referring back to it and I don't want this valuable info "lost in space".  :D
Posted by: TJ, Sunday, April 17, 2011, 8:41pm; Reply: 631
I just "stickied" it for you!
Posted by: Drea, Sunday, April 17, 2011, 8:53pm; Reply: 632
Thank you, TJ! ;D
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