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Originally Posted by FairyRae View Post
IDK--I have no experience freezing cabbage, but was thinking the same thing...if I try it, I'll post w/ the results. (If you try it first, will you try and post the results too?) Mmmmm...


yeah, you probably don't want to do that. It gets really mushy.

We use cabbage leaves at times, but I prefer collards for wraps.
post #322 of 331
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Originally Posted by Feb2003 View Post
So, FairyRae, the cabbage didn't have too much flavor? Did it go over well with anyone who might complain? (I'm thinking DH wouldn't really complain per se, but might be sorely disappointed if I called them enchiladas and then they tasted like over-cooked cabbage)

In the past I've par-boiled the cabbage and then used it for cabbage rolls...you may have already mentioned this, but did you cook it at all before baking?
I did parboil the cabbage b/4 baking and the leaves came off intact much easier that way, then used the leftover cabbage in a stir fry.

Ds REALLY liked them. He prefers something be wrapped in some manner (and not on a lettuce leaf) and this really seemed to work for him (totally going to try the collards as PB mentioned though too!) They are not easy to bite through--I cut them up pretty well while eating to feed to 3 yo ds. I personally prefer taco salads I think, but he does not, so I'll be doing this again for sure--and adding green chilis and onions too--yum!!!

PB, thanks for the info on freezing--good to know!
post #323 of 331
Oh, you ladies are so inspiring. I'm SO in on the June thread.

I've been grain-free on and off through the last several years. About a year ago I finally snuffed out a dairy allergy/sensitivity in myself (I think allergy--protein/white blood cells in urine after consumption= allergy? Or am I wrong? I am so clueless about this stuff.) Anyway, after figuring that out, my grain-free/low carb/high protein endeavors totally went off the rails, and really, I just kind of gave up on TF altogether. Low carb is SO much easier when cheese is an option.

BUT, I'm back. I feel like a paleo pregnancy is absolutely the best option for me--especially in the summer heat, cutting the grains and dairy has helped a ton with the puffiness and swelling, and reading through this thread was seriously so inspiring.

Anyway, here's what I'm eating today:

Late Breakfast: Italian chicken sausage with cooked onions and tomatoes, Coffee with almond milk and stevia

Snack/Light lunch: Few tablespoons of almond butter, carrot sticks, GT's grape kombucha, and a couple bites of Lindt's 90% cacao chocolate bar.

And, on the dinner menu tonight: DH's bacon fantasy, with variations, and a giant green salad.
post #324 of 331
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Originally Posted by emmaegbert View Post
1) Tillamook: whats the deal with this? its from pastured cows? I see it for sale around here, very reasonable (the cheddar cheese).
Not wholly pastured but better than most:
http://www.tillamookcheese.com/faqs/...education.aspx

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Originally Posted by geekgolightly View Post
Hey guys.

I like lil_earthmomma's suggestion of sharing the lifestyle with a passionate spirit. I think alot of people look at it as *so* restrictive, but now that I've been doing it a while, it doesn't seem all that restrictive. I've always wanted to eat close to nature, so it feels really right. A woman from work asked how I was doing the other day. I told her I've lost 15 pounds (yep! I lost another five after all that bellyachin' about it not helping me lose. I started my cycle and *POOF* my weight dropped) and my GERD was gone and she started asking me detailed questions.
You are very inspiring, thanks for posting your journey!

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Originally Posted by suzukiaustin View Post
For the last couple of weeks I've felt somewhat socially isolated with my Paleo diet. I try to hide it (isn't that terrible) but whenever I'm at playdates with my children and we're all eating lunch, I get comments about my 'beautiful' lunch, or my kids' 'very different' lunch
I've dealt with this for years now. Ever since I first noticed autistic symptoms in DS after play dates when he was a year old... he was reacting to the food (since I only gave him whole foods at home). It's been a long LONG journey since then learning about allergies and intolerances, and unfortunately anaphylaxis, but one that has taught me so much.

But it has been wearing on my friendships and marriage (that's over). It's hard to be "the only one". But now that I KNOW, I'm so very grateful for this truly special knowledge. That has been my personal mantra, to Be Grateful for what this lifestyle has taught me already. Who knows what health problems I have averted in me and DS... I just learned a 15 month old in our town has cancer!! That is just sooooo wrong.

Peer pressure is really hard, and honestly I'm not sure I'm strong enough to roll out to friends and family I've turned yet another bend and "gone primal".


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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post
question, does anyone here use a protein powder? if so which one? i never have, it doesn't seem very TF, but it would be an easy way to get some extra protein into a smoothie...
It's not TF, whole raw eggs in a smoothie would be a TF to add protein.

I think Source Naturals True Whey protein is the better choice if you want to use a powder. It is from grass fed cows, and doesn't have whey protein isolates. And is low temp processed. It tastes very mild to me, barely sweet. I did a lot of research on this. Mercola's is more expensive but that is also processed at a low temp.

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Originally Posted by my_baby_love View Post
I have a question about the grain-free perspective on corn. I have always considered it a vegetable, but is it "allowed" in a grain-free diet? I haven't seen it used in grain-free recipes. I make my own corn tortillas (with corn soaked in lime and all that) and now I'm wondering if we should eat them anymore. I was also thinking of making chips with them. Also, what about other corn stuff? Corn on the cob, hominy, cornmeal, etc. I think we might still have it occasionally, but I was just curious what the grain-free consensus was. Thanks!
Primal Blueprint says its on the no list due to the fact that it stimulates insulin and also was cultivated same time as grains were but other theories might differ. And of course PB allows for 80/20 so I think, especially if its soaked corn, once a while would be a fine choice.
post #325 of 331
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Originally Posted by tolovemercy View Post
Anyway, here's what I'm eating today:

Late Breakfast: Italian chicken sausage with cooked onions and tomatoes, Coffee with almond milk and stevia

Snack/Light lunch: Few tablespoons of almond butter, carrot sticks, GT's grape kombucha, and a couple bites of Lindt's 90% cacao chocolate bar.

And, on the dinner menu tonight: DH's bacon fantasy, with variations, and a giant green salad.
i've gotta try that bacon fantasy! yum!

here's what i'm eating today:

breakfast: salami, cheese, 3 green olives, 1 medium zucchini roasted.

snack: homemade "popsicle" basically frozen smoothie, this one was mango coconut.

lunch: large salad with zucchini, asparagus, sunflower seeds, and a large chicken breast

snack: 3 squares or .75oz. rapunzel dark chocolate topped with a tbsp of coconut spread

dinner: burger (grassfed, bunless, probably with cheese) and either another salad or some roasted zucchini.

(i'm definitely feeling the carb cravings today after the weekends extra carbs. todays snacks helped soothe the cravings and hopefully were the right choice so as to not feed the cravings further)
post #326 of 331
Dh made us amazing omelettes again today, and for the first time my 3 yr old ate one!!! I am going to work on a primal granola recipe (I`m thinking dehydrated pecans, almond flour, really chopped walnuts drizzled with butter, tossed with whipped egg whites and a bit of maple syrup baked until toasty?) for the boys to have when they want cereal. I hate it that they get cereal at my mom`s house, but I figure if I can make something good then I might even eat it when it feels too hot to cook breakie.

Dinner tonight is going to be a BAS with cold shrimp and a spicy avacado dressing. Mmmmmmm!
post #327 of 331
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Originally Posted by JaneS View Post
But now that I KNOW, I'm so very grateful for this truly special knowledge. That has been my personal mantra, to Be Grateful for what this lifestyle has taught me already. Who knows what health problems I have averted in me and DS... I just learned a 15 month old in our town has cancer!! That is just sooooo wrong.
I soooooo agree Jane. Although it has sucked in MANY ways for my ds to be dealing w/ so many food sensitivities, it has been the most amazing learning process and led me to so many things I may never have found without it. I'm SOOO grateful that his food issues led me to drop gluten (among other things, but gluten esp), start eating meat again after 12 years of vegetarianism, turn towards TF preparation methods and eating totally whole foods, and now become primal/semi-paleo. It has been AMAZING for me and ds healthwise (and actually for my dh who is now gluten free , my sister who is also gf and primal, and my parents--esp my dad, who has gone lower carb and whole foods and lowered his blood pressure w/ this way of eating. Oh, and my mom who has added (high quality) meat back into her diet after years of vegetarianism as well.) What I've learned/am learning from our journey has impacted all of us in such a positive way. I've personally never felt better and have a passion for food and nutrition that I've never experienced before. And it's all b/c of my ds, who I see healing more every day. I just think it has been a real gift--with many struggles--but for sure a gift in the long run.

Sorry to ramble on, your words just really touched me Jane. I hear you mama!

I've been almost totally paleo this past week--eating mostly meat, veggies, fruit (not limiting myself at all--prob eating an average of 3 servings a day--but not counting) and fat (lots of coconut milk). No sugar/grains, and only a bite of potatoes here and there. I'm feeling amazing, and not craving anything sugary or carby for the most part. It's way weird. I also started supping w/ vitamin D, added a probiotic in the am and pm this week, so not sure if that is impacting all this. But I'm feeling great and not having trouble sticking to it atm. We'll see what happens--I'm in the part of my cycle where I don't typically crave lots of carbs/sugar, so as the weeks go on who knows? It's felt pretty great though!

I'll see you all in the June thread!!
post #328 of 331
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Originally Posted by my_baby_love View Post
I have a question about the grain-free perspective on corn. I have always considered it a vegetable, but is it "allowed" in a grain-free diet?
My take on it is that I'll eat it as it comes from the plant - on/off the cob. But if it's been any more processed than that I don't eat it (cornmeal, hominy, starch, etc.).
post #329 of 331
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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
I am going to work on a primal granola recipe (I`m thinking dehydrated pecans, almond flour, really chopped walnuts drizzled with butter, tossed with whipped egg whites and a bit of maple syrup baked until toasty?) for the boys to have when they want cereal.
I used the one from "girl gone primal" and we liked that a lot. though my 5yo not as much (he doesn't eat cereal anyway though). I'm not eating sugar though- if I'd put in maple syrup and dried fruit he'd prbably have liked it better. It kept fine in a glass storage container. I thought it was delicious with some frozen berries and homemade almond milk, but I was eating that for dessert, not breakfast!
post #330 of 331
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Originally Posted by Vaquitita View Post

here's what i'm eating today:

breakfast: salami, cheese, 3 green olives, 1 medium zucchini roasted.

snack: homemade "popsicle" basically frozen smoothie, this one was mango coconut.

lunch: large salad with zucchini, asparagus, sunflower seeds, and a large chicken breast

snack: 3 squares or .75oz. rapunzel dark chocolate topped with a tbsp of coconut spread
dinner: shrimp, salad, guacamole, cheese, chips (from babja fresh)

snack: tj's coffee latte bar with a tbsp of choclate syrup


i just ate too much today, i feel stuffed. 2500 calories today! 163g fat, 125g carb, 165g protein. could be worse. hopefully today was a transition day, and tomorrow will be much better.
post #331 of 331
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
My take on it is that I'll eat it as it comes from the plant - on/off the cob. But if it's been any more processed than that I don't eat it (cornmeal, hominy, starch, etc.).
That's what I've been leaning toward, but I think we will still indulge in some homemade tortillas once in a while. I just learned to make them about two weeks before we decided to go grain-free!

Ugh, I ate at my mom's house all day today and consumed way more sugar than I normally do. I am totally feeling it this evening and hope I don't feel so yucky in the morning.
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