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post #41 of 99
The paleo diet sounds interesting - thanks for the links Sasharna!

Here are the salad dressing recipes from my bottle. I leave out the sugar where called for and use extra virgin olive oil where it calls for veg oil

SESAME SCALLION
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 diced scallions
4 oz rice wine vinegar
2 oz apple juice

HONEY MUSTARD
6 tsp honey
6 tsp hot chinese mustard
3 tsp veg oil
pinch s&p
6 oz rice wine vinegar

CREAMY CITRUS GINGER
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp veg oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground pepper
dash salt
4 oz orange juice
2 oz plain yogurt

FRENCH VINAIGRETTE
2 tbsp minced parsley
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
pinch s&p
4 oz rice wine vinegar
2 oz olive oil

ITALIAN HERB
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tsp dried basil
3 tsp ground oregano
3 tsp ground thyme
dash of s&p
6 oz balsamic vinegar

CREAMY CAESAR
1 egg yolk
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp anchovy paste
dash s&p
4 oz plain yogurt
2 oz grated Parmesan cheese
post #42 of 99
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Wow! It is so great to see everyone! I love hearing how everyone feels so much better as well. I am feeling so much better as well. I am now on the tail end of the "cold" and mentally it is amazing the difference. I have done this so many times you would think eventually it would sink it but it doesn't sigh...

cristeen= snack ideas- I love the frittata or quiche in muffin cups idea. Or you could do some grainfree baing if you wanting to have something similiar- some almond flour muffins- do banana nut or something else that is naturally sweet and just add a bit of honey. Think of whatever it would take for you to feel not deprived and withstand the craving. The meatballs sounds scrumptious too- I think it would be great to do a big protein- ie the quiche or meatballs and then maybe a sweeter treat to make sure you stay balanced out and not too many carbs.

cristeen and bedhead Thanks for the dressing ideas ladies- they all sound so good! Perhaps I can finally try one that I like- I have such a horrible track record for making my own- it seems so easy....

Sasharna- love the blogs! I see a few on there I haven't seen before thanks, will have to check those out!! I have never read Taubes book but have watched him lecture and read a few articles online it is so darn interesting and for people that have already figured out that just counting calories isn't good enough it is such a nice validation. Oh- and I see Elana's Panty on there I love her blog!

samm- breakfast ideas- smoothies- meat and veggie stir-fry, eggs and meat, yogurt(plain-whole milk for the fat and protien)w/ some fruit and nuts for more umph,
gf vs gluten lite- yes I noticed a difference! Oh, and on the soaked grains yes, it can help as it breaks down the phytic acid, but for some of us even soaked grains don't sit well, unfortunately. I say you never know how good you could feel unless you try!

Supper last night here was curry- again feeling lazy by the time supper time came around so I ate it as soup instead of over steamed cauliflower. It was still super yummy though! I have tons of leftovers as well so the kids and I have lunch! And hopefully I can get around to doing the cauliflower as well! I think part of the feeling better for me is that when go more grain or carb heavy I tend to cut out the vegetables and the beginning of pregnancy I had a huge aversion to them, now I am craving them so much(thank goodness).


Weight is steady today, so wondering if I have got rid of all the bloat - I have noticed that my ring that was getting tight is now looser again. Cristeen- how is your bloat doing?
CP- you sound like you are in such great spirits! OH, and you reminded me I used the last of my chicken stock as well!! Oh, and I am totally making a hash for breakfast! Fresh fried potatos and squash w/ some bacon,mmmm! Maybe a fruit smoothie as well for extra carbs!

Intuition- Welcome! Happy to hear you finally have a diagnosis. It looks like my son has Celiac's- genes and antibodies present, but we haven't done testing. I wonder for myself as well,but i feel so bad eating gluten that I cannot go through the trial to do testing either- even if I had the money for it! It is a shame that it takes so long to be diagnosed.
post #43 of 99
Good morning no-grainers!

I'm feeling pretty good today. I've been trying to cut down on the coffee, so I've been a bit tired and headachey lately.

Breakfast is pretty much the same as yesterday, homemade sausages, strawberries, and pineapple. Lunch will probably be hamburger with carrot fries (sliced baby carrots sauteed with hamburger) and some strawberries and blackberries. No idea about dinner since I am way overscheduled tonight. I will try to make myself something to take with me, or I will eat a larabar and eat some protein when I get home (around 8:15pm).

Fruit and coffee don't really taste good together.
post #44 of 99
Crunchy-mama, for dressing, I just mix it per serving. For me, I put 2 T acid (balsamic, white balsamic, red wine, lemon juice, etc.), 1 T oil, and 1 tsp sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup). Mix it all up and pour over my salad.

Sasharna, those are great websites. I LOVED that the Son of Grok guy used grated cauliflower for stuffing peppers and in stirfry. What a great idea!

I need ideas, ladies! I need to pack a cold dinner for an outdoor concert tonight (which I'd completely forgotten until this morning). No nuts, dairy, or legumes. Thx
post #45 of 99
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Crunchy-mama, for dressing, I just mix it per serving. For me, I put 2 T acid (balsamic, white balsamic, red wine, lemon juice, etc.), 1 T oil, and 1 tsp sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup). Mix it all up and pour over my salad.

Sasharna, those are great websites. I LOVED that the Son of Grok guy used grated cauliflower for stuffing peppers and in stirfry. What a great idea!

I need ideas, ladies! I need to pack a cold dinner for an outdoor concert tonight (which I'd completely forgotten until this morning). No nuts, dairy, or legumes. Thx
(safe of course) Hot dogs, coldcuts, precook some chicken- do a chicken salad or tuna salad bring some romaine or ice berg leaves to use for a wrap for them. Some other chopped veggies and fruit- dried fruit. some potato chips maybe if you want a splurge You need some kind of fat in there one way or another. Hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs. I like to wrap some ham around a lettuce leaf w/ some mayo down the middle and tomatoes if I have them. Yummy, just like a sandwich without the yucky sideeffects.
post #46 of 99
Thanks, crunchy. I think I will do a wrap of some sort. I forgot to add that I couldn't have eggs, so I'll do cold cuts. Or maybe even a salad. We had the chicken soup for lunch and it was SO good.
post #47 of 99
I found that meal planning does not work for me. I need to eat based on my cravings/intuition for the day.

In the beginning of the month to coincide with the local farms I do the meat shopping and feed the freezer. So I always have a nice variety of meat on hand. And I do the pantry shopping as well - legumes, nut butters, seeds...

Then twice a week I do the vegetable and fruit shopping. That keeps a fresh variety on hand too.

I figured this all out by writing a master list of the foods I buy. Then at the end of the month I look through the fridge and pantry and write my grocery list.
post #48 of 99
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ugh, I am craving hard, what I don't know exactly, but something I cannot have I am sure.... just made some "icecream" w/ frozen bananas, blueberries and strawberries. I am thinking maybe some refried beans w/ some corn tortilla chips and some salsa might hit the spot! I am seriously craving cookies, but I don't even keep them in the house, but I might make some almond flour muffins for breakfast tomorro2.
post #49 of 99
Glad people enjoyed the blogs.

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(safe of course) Hot dogs, coldcuts, precook some chicken- do a chicken salad or tuna salad bring some romaine or ice berg leaves to use for a wrap for them. Some other chopped veggies and fruit- dried fruit. some potato chips maybe if you want a splurge You need some kind of fat in there one way or another. Hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs. I like to wrap some ham around a lettuce leaf w/ some mayo down the middle and tomatoes if I have them. Yummy, just like a sandwich without the yucky sideeffects.
Great ideas! I especially like the wrap thing. I'll be doing that for sure.

Had a bit of a bad day here. I broke my 18 hour fast with a delicious salad (cucumber, tomato, and roast beef with mayo and sriracha) but I accompanied it with too large of a serving of veggie chips plus some dates. The carbs made me really foggy and icky feeling. Lesson learned, I guess.

Also whipped up some coconut cream for the first time ever. Yum!
post #50 of 99
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Glad people enjoyed the blogs.



Great ideas! I especially like the wrap thing. I'll be doing that for sure.

Had a bit of a bad day here. I broke my 18 hour fast with a delicious salad (cucumber, tomato, and roast beef with mayo and sriracha) but I accompanied it with too large of a serving of veggie chips plus some dates. The carbs made me really foggy and icky feeling. Lesson learned, I guess.

Also whipped up some coconut cream for the first time ever. Yum!
Are you an IFer? The thought intrigues me. I was actually wondering everyone's thoughts on this today. When I was eating some grain I was feeling the need to eat less often, now I am back to wanting to eat more, although not near as much as previously. I do still eat 5-6 times a day though, not always huge meals though. It is so confusing w/ all the conflicting info out there. I guess if I am hungry I should eat though, especially being pregnant, so that is what I do, trying to listen to my body. I think I am regulating my carb intake pretty good.

Oh, and I love whipped coconut cream w/ some blueberries and strawberries! Yum! I made some last week and layered it w/ some chocolate muffins and it was so good!
post #51 of 99
good morning everyone

I am sitting around waiting for a large grocery delivery (first time we've ever tried this--don't have a car and we live in the city-- they are over 6 hours late now!). we were completely out of anything resembling how I eat now except for a little canned salmon and leftover shredded pork ribs. ... so we popped popcorn in coconut oil. It was delicious, like movie theatre-style. But I have felt a bit naseous and bile-y (in the throat) since I ate it.

... now if only the meat, eggs and berries would show up! will be feeling better and back on track, I'm sure.
post #52 of 99
Good morning - I hope your food gets there soon!

Yesterday was pretty good till 10 pm when I caved and had a piece of toast with home made jam. I should have gone to bed instead. For breakfast yesterday I had eggs fried in bacon grease, for lunch I had leftover veggies, and for supper I had a burger patty and some peas with butter. Today I started with a banana/strawberry/mango smoothie.
post #53 of 99
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Weight is steady today, so wondering if I have got rid of all the bloat - I have noticed that my ring that was getting tight is now looser again. Cristeen- how is your bloat doing?
It's improving. The edema is really going down, thanks for asking. I was reading in one of my books last night that it can take up to a week for your kidneys to flush excess liquid out of your body (it was talking about excess water intake effecting milk supply) - so I'm wondering if that was the root of the edema. We went to see grandma on Saturday, and spent 6 hours in the car - not to mention the heat up there (about 15 degrees hotter than here) - so we were drinking a LOT. I gained 5 pounds in one day. Then all of a sudden last night I saw a 2 pound drop in weight (in a day) - and DH was gonna get on my case about it, but I'd been with him all day, so he knew I'd eaten... so I gotta figure it's the water flushing out of my system (and I was peeing every 10 minutes yesterday).

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Are you an IFer? The thought intrigues me. I was actually wondering everyone's thoughts on this today.

Oh, and I love whipped coconut cream w/ some blueberries and strawberries! Yum! I made some last week and layered it w/ some chocolate muffins and it was so good!
What's IF?

And how do you whip coconut cream? I have 2 c of it sitting in my fridge looking for a use... and whipped is an excellent one.

I got my CSA delivery this morning - fruits and veggies out my ears... and I ordered extra beets so I could pickle them. Beets are so expensive to buy, something like $3/bunch, but through the CSA I got 4 bunches for $5. :

As for food... yesterday was okay - except for the piece of chocolate cake I had. And was regretting within minutes. I could have gotten the satisfaction out of a piece 1/4th that size, and not gone into the sugar shock I did. It was DH's last day at his job and his boss baked him a cake - so at least it was all homemade (from scratch). But within 30 minutes I was sweating profusely and then I wound up in the bathroom most urgently. We were at Target and I think I was in the bathroom 4 or 5 times before we managed to get out of there.

I did discover last night though that I was craving salmon. Which is interesting because I've always HATED salmon. We went out to eat and I actually listened to my body and ordered the salmon appetizer and actually ate it. It was on a pancake, so there was definitely grain involved, but I found it most interesting that of all the things on the menu, that's what I wanted/needed. I think maybe baby's trying to tell me something.
post #54 of 99
Good day. I ate something yesterday that didn't agree with me (strawberry soda thing? dried mango?), so today I don't feel 100%. Also, I ate some yogurt to try to settle things, and since I don't eat dairy on a regular basis, I feel a little odd. I absolutely hate stomach problems...I had problems pretty much all of the previous month and thought I had it solved...so I'm feeling down about it. Plus, we're having a garage sale tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to getting it all together today.
post #55 of 99
Good (late) morning. I went to the gym this morning, so I ate a banana before I left. Now I'm eating applegate farms beef hotdogs.

For the concert yesterday, I ended up just taking a banana. I drank a large smoothie (blackberries, blueberries, mango, coconut oil) before I left so I wasn't really hungry. I definitely think the coconut oil helped. I need more fat in general, but I've been a little fat phobic because I'm trying to (loosely) count calories and lose some weight. I'm trying to back off that thinking.

For lunch today, I'll have a salad with salmon or turkey. I need to use up the canned salmon I have. For dinner, I'm making an Indian dish called Lal masale wali murghi (chicken in red sweet pepper sauce). You make a sauce of pureed sweet peppers with a bunch of indian spices and onion. Then, you braise cubed chicken in the mixture. I would normally eat it over rice, but I'll make that for the kids and serve mine over cauliflower.
post #56 of 99
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Hey All!
cp- can you share your Indian recipe- we love Indian and that sounds awesome.

Cristeen- IF- is intermittent fasting. Not fasting for days but some people fast for 16 hrs a day and then do all their eating in the 8 hr window- just one example there are lots of examples. I think you are getting some HUGE flashing signs that you are definitely gi if not straight up Celiac- I would get tested if I was you!!! Good to hear the edema is going down. That is curious about the edema taking a week. I lost 1.5 lbs of water weight almost immediately, but today it was back- I knew it this morning before I weighed though as my ring was tight. I had some corn tortillas last night, so I wonder if that was it- I eat the chips w/ no problems though- sigh.

today I have kind of been bad- not off my plan but not stellar- almond meal muffins for b-fast- but I did eat some bacon and potatoes before them. Then for lunch I had a low carb burger and french fries- NOT homemade- eek!

whipped coconut cream- I take full fat coconut milk- skim the top part off and leave the liquid for something else put it in the frig for a good while and whip it. Not as fluffy as the real stuff but pretty good.
post #57 of 99
Here's the recipe: http://www.pixelmap.ca/recipes/red_pepper_chicken.html

I use whatever chicken I have on hand. If I use less thatn 2 1/4 lbs, I just reduce the water, but I keep the other amounts the same.
post #58 of 99
Subbing for what sound like amazing ideas! Will try to add something useful within a day or two, so I'm not just a parasite.
post #59 of 99
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...As for food - I made some chocolate custards this morning. Coconut cream, eggs, a spoon of honey and some unsweetened chocolate. Makes a great snack - being sweet without being *sweet* - rich and full of fat and protein for the baby. Dinner will be a pork roast and I don't know what else yet - although I have a bunch of broccoli in the fridge intended for broccoli salad - it's just a matter of bringing myself to stand for that long.
yum, that custard sounds so good, could you share your recipe?
post #60 of 99
I tried making the sweet potato chips from marksdailyapple, but I used ghee as my frying medium. Very delicious!! I cooked some chicken in the leftover ghee and will make some baked apples soon (with honey and cinnamon). I just couldn't resist after reading about the recipe. It's not exactly the same as Mark's, but it sure hit the spot.

I'm feeling better today and our garage sale was a big success! We're sending our son to kindergarden at the local Montessori school this fall, so we're using the proceeds from our sale to go towards his tuition.

Tomorrow is me and DH's 8th wedding anniversary, so we'll probably eat a bit off plan. Should be fun to actually go out to eat.
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