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Posted by: 17798 (Guest), Sunday, June 24, 2012, 3:33pm
I am a A+ nonnie 37% Explorer that does not like sweets.  For some reason my SWAMI has me eating a whole lot of mushy foods.  Is that usual?

Beans, eggs, and fish (mushy)
fruits and vegitables (mushy)
soft cheese and fermented dairy (mushy)

Also, no corn, potato, or wheat which practically eliminates the snack aisle and the bread aisle at the conventional grocery store.  Even the rice crackers I found have safflower oil which is an avoid.

And,yes, I have already tried the amaranth cracker recipe.  I would have to make several batches every weekend to keep me supplied through the week. (so much rolling).

Does anyone know why my SWAMI might be recommending soft foods?  Is this my SWAMI's way of telling me to eat low protein, low dairy, low carb diet?

Any suggestions on non-fruit or vegitable snacks?

Thanks!!

Mord77
Posted by: Adopted4, Sunday, June 24, 2012, 9:34pm; Reply: 1
I have a B- nonnie son that follows the Explorer diet from the book, though I am an A- unconfirmed nonnie Warrior with some Explorer tendencies. Between the 2 of us, I think we get plenty raw crunchy foods to balance our cooked or softer foods. We also do not eat corn, potato, or wheat and rely heavily on gluten-free grains, mostly rice. We use rice cakes frequently for lunches and snacks; they do not contain non-compliant oils. My son and I frequently eat cooked amaranth for breakfast  with our own compliant fresh berries and raw nuts (macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts).

I'm curious if you get tapioca starch as a neutral or superfood? There are some good brands that make gluten-free bread mixes without corn and potato flour. Namaste foods and Chebe are a couple. My explorer son gets tapioca as a superfood, but I only get it as a black dot. These breads are delicious and not mushy in my opinion, although the Chebe sweet rolls are intended to be soft.

Don't misunderstand when, as a type A, many meats and poultry are avoids or restricted. You really need to emphasize as many protein sources as possible that are listed as superfoods. As far as your compliant carbs, it may mean getting used to eating new grains that you are not used to or may be more expensive than you prefer. You're a type A so you should not view your dietary guidelines as low-carb. As Americans, having to give up wheat, corn, and potato does seem very restrictive and hard to accept. In the long run though, your body will thank you if you eat as compliant as possible.
I definitely think restricting dairy as an A explorer would be best, especially if you have allergy and mucous problems (which my son and I both have).
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11:36pm; Reply: 2
Veggies can be crunchy. I munch on raw rutabaga several times a week, as well as celery and so on.

You might find a creative way to make a bean cracker.

https://www.google.com/search?q=bean+cracker+recipe&rls=com.microsoft:en-us
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11:54pm; Reply: 3
When a good quality rice cake, such as Lundberg, is lightly toasted, it improves the flavor and crunch factor a lot.  It's a great base to put other things on top of.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:50am; Reply: 4
There's nothing quite so stimulating as the crunch of a potato chip, is there?

Perhaps you can fry your own chips.  Instead of potato, use parsnip or some other compliant item that can be sliced thin.  And use olive oil.  There are vegetable chips on the market.  They are made from olive oil and herbs, and include various roots, and they are pretty expensive.  But they are satisfyingly crunchy.

I know A blood type is supposed to avoid banana, but are they okay on your Explorer diet?  If so, you might give banana chips a try.  They are pretty crunchy.

Good luck!
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, June 25, 2012, 2:26am; Reply: 5
Quoted from 17798

Also, no corn, potato, or wheat which practically eliminates the snack aisle and the bread aisle at the conventional grocery store.  Even the rice crackers I found have safflower oil which is an avoid.


I make focaccia bread using flaxseed and black bean brownies for snack items.  Both recipes are in the recipe center. The black bean brown recipe calls for a lot of sweetener, since you do not like sweets you may want to leave that out (or at least reduce it by a lot).  I also leave out the coffee. You may still consider the brownie "mushy".
Posted by: Lola, Monday, June 25, 2012, 2:57am; Reply: 6
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why my SWAMI might be recommending soft foods?  Is this my SWAMI's way of telling me to eat low protein, low dairy, low carb diet?


key feature of Explorers are their impaired detoxification processes.  Reference pages 155 and 156 and your answer will be clear
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, June 25, 2012, 3:01am; Reply: 7
Hard to know what is on your SWAMI,
but  Papadums are superfoods for book explorers and few people would consider these mushy and they are great for snacking.

Also chestnuts, macadamia, and pecans would be crunchy.

For bread:

I do not use it, but explorers get Manna bread.

They also get teff so Injera is a possibility.

Raw asparagus is is fairly crunchy.

Also Carrots, bamboo shoots, jicama, and kohlrabi can be crunchy depending on how they are prepared.
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, June 25, 2012, 5:05am; Reply: 8
Quoted from C_Sharp
Hard to know what is on your SWAMI,
but  Papadums are superfoods for book explorers and few people would consider these mushy and they are great for snacking.

Also chestnuts, macadamia, and pecans would be crunchy.

For bread:

I do not use it, but explorers get Manna bread.

They also get teff so Injera is a possibility.

Raw asparagus is is fairly crunchy.

Also Carrots, bamboo shoots, jicama, and kohlrabi can be crunchy depending on how they are prepared.


Boil your own beans to a non-mushy state.
To me, "mushy" is "refried" - and true refried is a homeade treat with crusty edges round a bubbling pan....and if you dehydrate this stuff you have crispy bean-cakes. Voila!

C_Sharp, please ask God to send me a reliable source of all lentil Papadums!
Oooooo.......(pray)(sunny)
Posted by: Easy E, Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:37pm; Reply: 9
Explorers need lower fat foods, but protein sources with plenty of iron should be included.  Carbs are higher than hunter and gatherers, but not as high as teachers or warriors.

I for one do not have gluten problems that i know of, and never had a white line on my prints, but these are not issues for explorers.  But i do best with a higher protein, low fat diet with plant foods and some carbs.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:44pm; Reply: 10
ahem yesss seems to be that I'm still an alien... no problems at all with my detox systems... so told by my latest geno-testings about Cytrochoms.... ;D ;D ;D(funny)(smarty)(shrug)(cool)

and yup...better on low carbs for me.... :D
Posted by: stephanieelisej, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 5:25am; Reply: 11
Quoted from Easy E
Explorers need lower fat foods, but protein sources with plenty of iron should be included.  Carbs are higher than hunter and gatherers, but not as high as teachers or warriors.

I for one do not have gluten problems that i know of, and never had a white line on my prints, but these are not issues for explorers.  But i do best with a higher protein, low fat diet with plant foods and some carbs.



Yep, I second this - a low-ish fat, balanced diet with sufficient protein/iron seems to work the best for me.
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