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Posted by: ginnyTN, Monday, February 17, 2014, 4:12am
OK - today has been one of my "malaise" days.  No specific health problem, but felt dizzy all morning and generally kind of achy and yucky.  Considering that I was sick-to-dying when I started the BTD diet years ago, these sometimes bad days aren't all that serious to me.

However, when I have one of these days I do not feel like eating much and definitely do NOT feel like cooking.  But we still have to eat and I still have to follow my SWAMI........So for a late breakfast I made pumpkin/quinoa/almond milk porridge topped with chopped pecans and some maple syrup.  Then for a late lunch we had greens and adzuki beans topped with fresh lemon juice and EVOO - open a can and use frozen greens.  Quick and easy comfort food for me.

THEN for supper we had ice cream!  YEP, smooth, creamy, homemade peach ice cream.  BIG BOWLS!!!!  How, how, how?   Here's what I did:

In the small container of my Vita Mix I put 3/4 cup organic ricotta cheese and blended it till smooth.  Then I added some grated nutmeg (a little) and a little maple syrup (not much), and about a half cup of homemade almond milk and blended that.  

Then I added a package of frozen organic peach slices (2 cups) and used the tamper to squash it down.  It took very little time to turn into thick, creamy ice cream - close to as good as Grandma might have made "back on the farm".  

So, even supper was compliant with 2 beneficials.  And the smooth and creamy was also good for my soul.

I feel much better now than I did this morning.  

And why did I bother to post this?  Because I wanted to share the fact that you can stay compliant, using mostly beneficials, and have delicious comfort food even when you don't feel up to doing much of anything decent on any given day.

Tomorrow will be a better day.  Best wishes to all.  

Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, February 17, 2014, 4:22am; Reply: 1
oh thank you! (ok)
Posted by: Chloe, Monday, February 17, 2014, 2:57pm; Reply: 2
ginny, good for you :)....you ate beneficials...you made yourself feel satisfied and happy and your
ice cream made you feel better.... Sounds like the perfect meal to me!  :)
Posted by: ginnyTN, Monday, February 17, 2014, 5:59pm; Reply: 3
It is now tomorrow.  I do feel better this day than yesterday.  Amazing how eating right works, isn't it?  

Now I can get back to consuming the "hard protein" (turkey, chicken, lamb, goat and eggs) that I have to eat each week but that I can't face when I'm not feeling well. Had one small link of turkey sausage and an egg for breakfast, so I'm headed back to the full diet again. This is week 7 of my new SWAMI so still not eating any black dots.    
Posted by: Chloe, Monday, February 17, 2014, 6:06pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from ginnyTN
It is now tomorrow.  I do feel better this day than yesterday.  Amazing how eating right works, isn't it?  

Now I can get back to consuming the "hard protein" (turkey, chicken, lamb, goat and eggs) that I have to eat each week but that I can't face when I'm not feeling well. Had one small link of turkey sausage and an egg for breakfast, so I'm headed back to the full diet again. This is week 7 of my new SWAMI so still not eating any black dots.    


I hope you continue to feel better :)

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 2:05am; Reply: 5
Ginny, it warms my heart so much to see people like yourself who find a way to work with their moods/cravings/energy level/time constraints, etc in such a responsible, self respectful manner!  

Thank you for sharing!  :D
Posted by: ginnyTN, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 3:00am; Reply: 6
Chloe and Victoria,

Gosh, that was very humblling.  Thank you so much.  I was just hoping that my post might help inspire some of those who find it so difficult to "do the work", as Lola says.

Ginny
Posted by: Munchkin76, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:25am; Reply: 7
Quoted from ginnyTN
Chloe and Victoria,

Gosh, that was very humblling.  Thank you so much.  I was just hoping that my post might help inspire some of those who find it so difficult to "do the work", as Lola says.

Ginny


Ginny, I think you're inspirational too! I love that you trust your body and go with it even if it might seem unconventional to an outsider. I try to do the same and will often just pick at some leftover beef, rather than eating a 'proper' meal, or steam up a pile of brocolli cause that's what my body wants.

Awesome!

Andy
Posted by: yaeli, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:59am; Reply: 8
Quoted from ginnyTN
OK - today has been one of my "malaise" days.  No specific health problem, but felt dizzy all morning and generally kind of achy and yucky.  Considering that I was sick-to-dying when I started the BTD diet years ago, these sometimes bad days aren't all that serious to me.

However, when I have one of these days I do not feel like eating much and definitely do NOT feel like cooking.  But we still have to eat and I still have to follow my SWAMI........So for a late breakfast I made pumpkin/quinoa/almond milk porridge topped with chopped pecans and some maple syrup.  Then for a late lunch we had greens and adzuki beans topped with fresh lemon juice and EVOO - open a can and use frozen greens.  Quick and easy comfort food for me.

THEN for supper we had ice cream!  YEP, smooth, creamy, homemade peach ice cream.  BIG BOWLS!!!!  How, how, how?   Here's what I did:

In the small container of my Vita Mix I put 3/4 cup organic ricotta cheese and blended it till smooth.  Then I added some grated nutmeg (a little) and a little maple syrup (not much), and about a half cup of homemade almond milk and blended that.  

Then I added a package of frozen organic peach slices (2 cups) and used the tamper to squash it down.  It took very little time to turn into thick, creamy ice cream - close to as good as Grandma might have made "back on the farm".  

So, even supper was compliant with 2 beneficials.  And the smooth and creamy was also good for my soul.

I feel much better now than I did this morning.  

And why did I bother to post this?  Because I wanted to share the fact that you can stay compliant, using mostly beneficials, and have delicious comfort food even when you don't feel up to doing much of anything decent on any given day.

Tomorrow will be a better day.  Best wishes to all.  

Genius! (clap)(clap)(dance)  Thanks.  :)

Posted by: Averno, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 11:47am; Reply: 9

Ginny, I'm trying your recipe sometime this week. When I first saw your post, my jaw dropped. Very clever!
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 3:35pm; Reply: 10
I'm going to try that.  Loved the breakfast idea.

Had a party to go to this weekend and made some almond butter-pumpkin-chocolate chip brownies. Quick and easy....took a recipe that I saw on FB and added the chocolate chips, and some sea salt.  Delicious and pretty compliant!  It called for honey as the sweetener.  I mixed in some maple syrup with the honey.
Posted by: Chloe, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 3:46pm; Reply: 11
this recipe should be added to the recipe file. "Ricotta ice cream".... Too good not to share.... It's rather genius....and I realize all ingredients will work for my husband's diet beautifully!  Can't wait to try it.  :)
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 1:46am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Chloe
this recipe should be added to the recipe file. "Ricotta ice cream".... Too good not to share.... It's rather genius....and I realize all ingredients will work for my husband's diet beautifully!  Can't wait to try it.  :)


Chloe,
I thought about putting it on the recipe file but I hesitate to post recipes that call for special equipment.  I'm not sure how it would work in a regular blender because the Vita Mix with the tamper seems to me to be necessary to "smoosh" the frozen fruit down into the creamy base.  If you can do that it turns into ice cream almost right away.  And, like homemade ice cream, it does want to melt, so you have to eat it right away.  That is the EASY part!  

It can also be made with 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt and 3 cups frozen fruit, which is the original Vita Mix recipe.  But my new SWAMI took yogurt away from me so I've had to improvise and it has been a real challenge! Actually, the ricotta made it thicker and creamier than the original Vita Mix recipe ever was.  

Also, cinnamon and vanilla are now black dots for me or I would have used a pinch of cinnamon and a 1/4 tsp of my homemade vanilla extract with the peaches.  You can use any kind of frozen fruit you want and adjust the spices accordingly.  

And all of that "if, then" stuff is why I didn't post it on the recipe index.
Posted by: Chloe, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:15am; Reply: 13
:'(
Quoted from ginnyTN


Chloe,
I thought about putting it on the recipe file but I hesitate to post recipes that call for special equipment.  I'm not sure how it would work in a regular blender because the Vita Mix with the tamper seems to me to be necessary to "smoosh" the frozen fruit down into the creamy base.  If you can do that it turns into ice cream almost right away.  And, like homemade ice cream, it does want to melt, so you have to eat it right away.  That is the EASY part!  

It can also be made with 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt and 3 cups frozen fruit, which is the original Vita Mix recipe.  But my new SWAMI took yogurt away from me so I've had to improvise and it has been a real challenge! Actually, the ricotta made it thicker and creamier than the original Vita Mix recipe ever was.  

Also, cinnamon and vanilla are now black dots for me or I would have used a pinch of cinnamon and a 1/4 tsp of my homemade vanilla extract with the peaches.  You can use any kind of frozen fruit you want and adjust the spices accordingly.  

And all of that "if, then" stuff is why I didn't post it on the recipe index.


I think you might want to just say if you decide to post the recipe that you used a Vitamix and let people figure out if their blender has the capacity  to blend these ingredients into ice cream.  Many newer blenders have the ability to create ice cream using frozen fruits.


Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2:19am; Reply: 14
When I saw the title of the thread, I thought about myself (pre-bloodtype diet) and my heavy-duty icecream addiction.  There were literally decades where I ate a pint of icecream or a banana split or a milkshake in place of a meal.   :B

Well, that hasn't happened in 15 years, but like you, Ginny, I found ways to meet my needs for my favorite comfort foods without depriving myself.  And I eat only Superfoods, Diamonds, with a few Neutrals here and there.  It's SO possible to eat right for our type without feeling like martyrs!

(sunny)
Posted by: Averno, Monday, March 3, 2014, 2:49pm; Reply: 15

Ginny, we tried this last night and it was a revelation. Thank you!


Posted by: susanC, Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:26pm; Reply: 16
Ginny--you are an inspiration. Thank you.

And thanks too for the great recipe. :)
Posted by: ginnyTN, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 1:51am; Reply: 17
To those who tried my ice cream recipe and liked it:  THANK YOU so much for letting me know!  

Half of the things we eat are "Ginny's experiments".  Some turn out so well they are worth sharing.  I'm really happy that y'all feel the ice cream recipe was one that was indeed worth sharing.  I used the peaches because the combination was reminiscent of the "peaches and cream" cake I made years ago which used almost all ingredients that are avoids for me now.  

If you make the ricotta ice cream with other fruits, let us know.  
Posted by: Spring, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 5:31am; Reply: 18
I will have to try this "ice cream!" Cottage cheese will have to be the sub for me, though. Maybe I can throw in some lightly toasted pecans to hide the fact that it isn't the creamiest in the world! I can have ricotta, but the added ingredients in the stuff sold here are enough to turn me off immediately! I could probably make it, but right now I am just not into wanting to make cheese..
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:08am; Reply: 19
Spring,

That is interesting.  I cannot find any cottage cheese at all that doesn't have "gums" of one kind of another in it except Nancy's brand organic.  And the Nancy's brand is sharp and even more tangy than yogurt, so it wouldn't make very good ice cream.  

However, the Organic Valley brand of ricotta is pure except for a wee touch of vinegar which I figure is much less damaging to me than the gums are!  I am able to buy the Organic Valley at a sort of decent price through my food buying club, so I get a case at a time (6 pint containers).  The same thing costs $1.50 more per container at Kroger.  

Ginny
Posted by: Spring, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 4:21am; Reply: 20
Quoted from ginnyTN
Spring,

That is interesting.  I cannot find any cottage cheese at all that doesn't have "gums" of one kind of another in it except Nancy's brand organic.  And the Nancy's brand is sharp and even more tangy than yogurt, so it wouldn't make very good ice cream.  

However, the Organic Valley brand of ricotta is pure except for a wee touch of vinegar which I figure is much less damaging to me than the gums are!  I am able to buy the Organic Valley at a sort of decent price through my food buying club, so I get a case at a time (6 pint containers).  The same thing costs $1.50 more per container at Kroger.  Ginny

I use Daisy from Kroger, and it is about as simple as cottage cheese can be made, but the problem is, it isn't organic!!  :'( Maybe if I keep beating Kroger over the head I can eventually get all the stuff I need from them. I've actually resorted to playing other grocers in town against them. They want to be the big guys in town so they need to get with it and realize that there are a lot of people looking for organic foods of every sort, not simply the fashionable ones! And I want organic cottage cheese now and ricotta would be great too!! I e-mail them nearly every week about things they need to stock in their natural foods sections! Not the local store but farther up the line where they can actually do something about it. Take a look at this:
http://www.amazon.com/Organic-Valley-Lowfat-Percent-Cottage/dp/B00CHTRW1M/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1393993347&sr=1-1&keywords=organic+valley+cottage+cheese
Actually, it is pretty funny! Over $33 for 6 PLUS $21 shipping!!! Yikes!!
I see they have three farms in Tennessee.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:17am; Reply: 21
Spring,
the price I paid for the Organic Valley ricotta was around $34 for 6 pint containers - through my food club.  That was with our club discount.  But when I looked up ingredients, even the OV cottage cheese had veg gums in it - that's why I'm sticking with the ricotta.  IF it gets delivered.  When we order through my food club we never know until the truck is unloaded every 4th week what we will wind up getting!  

Keep hammering Kroger.  I'm doing the same thing.  Not that they care.  But if they hear repeatedly from a lot of people eventually they might wake up.  I do know that there are Kroger stores that carry a really wide variety of organic foods and stores that carry hardly any at all.  

"Adventures in eating"..........BLECH...........Or perhaps I should say "Adventures in Food Buying".   I really have no desire at all to live in a big city, but sure miss the excellent stores there.  
Posted by: Spring, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 3:15pm; Reply: 22
Ginny, if Kroger doesn't come across, I will start on Publix. They are carrying things now that they never carried before because of my suggestions. They do listen to their customers. Thankfully, there are a lot of people eating organically here so Kroger does have quite a sizeable stock of organic foods. I'm all excited now because so many stores are stocking organic kale - even frozen!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:13pm; Reply: 23
I'm glad to hear that other people tell their grocers what they want.  I have done that for years with all the stores where I shop for food.  It's important to me, so I let them know that it's important.  For the most part, they listen and especially if I'm consistent, and if I buy what they bring in - which I do.  I'm a loyal shopper if they carry what I want to eat.  :)
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:42pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from Victoria
I'm glad to hear that other people tell their grocers what they want.  I have done that for years with all the stores where I shop for food.  It's important to me, so I let them know that it's important.  For the most part, they listen and especially if I'm consistent, and if I buy what they bring in - which I do.  I'm a loyal shopper if they carry what I want to eat.  :)


I wish you could have seen me the day I had THREE (3) Kroger managers lined up in front of me, giving them one of my "motherly lectures".  This was after getting sick and tired of being told they couldn't get Manchego cheese (a lie) and then being told the last time they got it they lost money on it (another lie).  

After being lectured in NO uncertain terms, right in the middle of the store in full view of other customers, the one young manager lifted his head and said, "We'll make it happen".   They did.  And I made darned sure that it all sold!!!  So to my great delight, a couple weeks after all of this I went in to find they had ordered Manchego again, on their own.  A different brand, but that's fine - it's still sheep milk cheese from Spain!

Sometimes, after weeks of being polite, you have to just line them all up and TAKE AIM!!!!      

Posted by: Adam, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:58pm; Reply: 25
For me, some great compliant ice cream is cold soymilk, two scoops of Dr. D's Protein Powder for A's, maple syrup, and frozen fruit.  I put it all in a Malt Cup:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KDWG7W/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and mix it with a Hand Blender:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EGA6QI/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Then stick the malt cup in the freezer.  After an hour or so, then I scoop it out into a bowl and enjoy.  :)
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:05pm; Reply: 26
Adam,

Your recipe sounds yummy, and high protein also which is great.

I used to make ice cream using goat yogurt with the frozen fruit, but all yogurt is now avoid for me, and all soy products are now black dots (that includes the A protein powder now).  It's been a challenge making changes -- that's why I was so thrilled with the ricotta base ice cream.

We all have to figure what works for our own bodies.  
Posted by: Spring, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:13pm; Reply: 27
I just love your posts, Victoria and Ginny! Too bad we don't live close enough to gang up on these fellows! I used to get really fired up when they would tell me such and such didn't sell when they couldn't even keep it in stock it was flying off the shelves so fast. They don't do that anymore!  We have a new ALDI's in town,  and I only mentioned to them once that I was glad to see them stocking organic bananas, etc.. Well, they have huge ads about their multitude of organics now! I love it!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:25pm; Reply: 28
Is there anything that is creamy like ice cream that doesn't have soy, dairy, rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk that are all avoids for me?  The rice & almond milk seem to have mostly compliant ingredients, but I can only drink small amounts or I feel "off" - I don't know why the tiny amounts of those avoids bother me.....
Posted by: jayneeo, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:31pm; Reply: 29
oh those gums they use in alternative milks can wreak havoc.
Posted by: Spring, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:18pm; Reply: 30
I've never found it if it is out there. Quark cheese might work for me (only a neutral) to make something creamy, but it isn't to be had around here, and why would I pay a fortune for milk that is deader than a doornail calling itself "organic" to make cheese??
Posted by: ginnyTN, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:32pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from Mrs T O+
Is there anything that is creamy like ice cream that doesn't have soy, dairy, rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk that are all avoids for me?  The rice & almond milk seem to have mostly compliant ingredients, but I can only drink small amounts or I feel "off" - I don't know why the tiny amounts of those avoids bother me.....


Is this commercial "milk" that bothers you?  I make our milk.  It has nothing bad in it.  It is easy to make.  The last batch of almond milk I made found me a wee bit short of almonds, so I added a few raw macadamia nuts to the soaking water.  It was very, very good - and I left it plain, not even adding the tiny bit of grated nutmeg and tablespoon of honey that I normally do.  Just a pinch of sea salt.  

I use 1 cup of nuts soaked in about 2 cups of water for 8 hours, then drained and rinsed.  Put that in a good strong blender then add about 1 1 /2 cups of very warm filtered water and grind it thoroughly.  Then add another 6 cups of water and mix gently on low speed.  Strain it through a "milk bag" (you can buy on line) or a big piece of well washed muslin or hemp fabric.  Squeeze it very, very dry.  You can pretend you're milking an animal as you "milk" the bag LOL

Easy to do.  Healthy.  Delicious.  (You do have to shake it before pouring because it separates just like cow milk used to do back on the farm.......)  

I have never tried other kinds of nuts:  Just almond and now the macadamia. I have never seen a recipe anywhere for walnut or pecan milk, so probably those wouldn't work so very well. Soy milk is much more difficult and time consuming to make at home if you don't have a special soy milk machine.  

Other than that, I truly wish I could suggest something creamy that you could use.  I have a dear friend who is an O and have wracked my brain trying to come up with something she could use to make creamy salad dressing, but so far no joy.

(I've edited this about 5 times.  It probably still has some typos in it.....)
Posted by: susanC, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:51am; Reply: 32
Way to go Ginny! :) :) :)
Posted by: BCgal, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 3:08pm; Reply: 33
This is taking things to a special piece of equipment, but this is what I've been doing for "ice cream".  I have a Champion Juicer that has one piece I can change to make ice cream.  It's made with frozen fruit only.  I used bananas, mango, pineapple and blueberries.  Feed it through and it comes out like soft ice cream.  Very tasty and all compliant fruit.  Don't make it often, but when we do (hubby helps), it's a nice treat.
Posted by: ginnyTN, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 11:37pm; Reply: 34
BCgal,

I think that is called a sorbet - and yes, they can be really delicious and a different way to do your fruit servings for that day!  

Sorbets used to be used between courses at huge banquets to clear the palate.  

However, at our age, not being able to eat anywhere as much as we used to, "huge banquets" are now a figment of the imagination for hubby and me.  
Posted by: Averno, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:29pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from ginnyTN
To those who tried my ice cream recipe and liked it:  THANK YOU so much for letting me know!  

Half of the things we eat are "Ginny's experiments".  Some turn out so well they are worth sharing.  I'm really happy that y'all feel the ice cream recipe was one that was indeed worth sharing.  I used the peaches because the combination was reminiscent of the "peaches and cream" cake I made years ago which used almost all ingredients that are avoids for me now.  

If you make the ricotta ice cream with other fruits, let us know.  


I subbed cardamom and agave.

It turned out more like a creamy fruit-shake (no problem there  :D) so tonight I'll try finishing the concoction in an ice cream maker to see if it will firm up without freezing solid. This should work, given that the instructions on the ice cream maker for sherbet is nearly identical beyond the ricotta-for-cream switcheroo.



It's such a pleasure to have ice cream again!


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