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After reading that book I am quite convinced that "low fat" is not the way to go, and that the current Food Pyramid guides are way off (as they are very heavy on the grains). And I'm not sure it's as easy as "calories in, calories out". Because when your blood sugar regulation gets put off-kilter, it affects so many other systems.

 

With so much information out there, and so much of it conflicting, I've ended up resorting to what I always do in such cases: asking what would our ancestors have done? What was the evolutionary context for this question? This is why things like BFing and cosleeping make so much sense to me. In terms of dieting, I lean towards paleo which is basically low carb. Because for most of human existence we did not eat processed grains, nor did we have refined sugars. We did, however, eat as much fat as we could get our hands on in the form of seafood and animal meats. If you think about where most North Americans get their fat, it's not meat and fish, it's bread products and fried products (battered!) and things with sugar. 


Today is the start of week 4. Total weight loss as of this morning: 6 pounds. Woo hoo!


Congratulations!  I lost 10lbs in September cutting out all grains, beans, starches & dairy and doing an exercise program that I could do at home & only took 10-30 minutes a day thumb.gif, so I gained a lot of muscle in there as well.  Unfortunately, I didn't keep it up & have now gained it all back (darn girl guide cookies greensad.gif).

I also found it hard working around all the food preferences here & often having to make a separate meal for myself.  I did manage to get the kids to eat a taco salad one time, though!  I just really hate making salads!!

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I read a great thread over in Healthy Eating about how people can potentially thrive on all kinds of diets - high fat, low fat, plant based, TF, etc. The common thread seems to be seeking out less processed, more whole foods and eating them in moderation. This idea made a lot of sense to me, since I know some fabulously healthy vegans who consume much less protein than some of the equally fabulously healthy TFers I know, and what they have in common appears to just be mindfulness and an aversion to process crap.

I heard somewhere recently that depending on where your ancestors came from, your body will have different requirements for fats, meat, carbs, etc.  Some people do well on vegetarian diets & others don't...although I also heard that kids should never be on strict vegetarian diets and even the vegetarian gurus that are doing so well on that diet were brought up on meat & potatoes!

Dr. Mercola has his nutritional typing evaluation you can do on his web site that breaks it down to carb, mixed or protein type.  I am (as suspected) a protein type & need a lot more meat than others & a lot less carbs (veg or starch).

 

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My diet sucks, all around. I was doing well for a while, but I've backslid a lot this year. It's just been so topsy-turvy and I've got such brain fog that I can't seem to get on top of anything, including meal planning and preparation.

I hear you about the meal planning & prep, but for me it's more about finding things that everyone will eat even if we don't restrict anything.  Brain fog can definitely be from what you are eating, so it's a vicious cycle...great info on that in The Ultramind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman.

 

Take my advice, everyone...I'm not using it!!  redface.gif

post #42 of 179

Part of my issue right now is also that my days can get so emotionally overwhelming, navigating everyone adjusting to this crazy new life, crazy new emotions, crazy new rules and family dynamics... I really, really only want to eat comfort foods that are quick and easy to make -- they have great bagged salads, salad toppings and dressings at Trader Joe's (sorry to go on about TJ's, I just cling to the whole experience they bring me right now :-)) so I can do those a few times a week, but mostly I want warm, carby, cheesy, flavorful food that hugs me in the midst of the chaos. :-)  boxed cereal has made a come back for us, as the littles need to eat NOW in the morning, and the fiber keeps me regular, which is also a very important part of life when you have limited bathroom time. :-) more veggies would be a huge bonus, but I'm not hugelylacking in that area, just not at ideal veggie consumption.  If I can avoid the fast food drive through, we're doing great. 

 

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  boxed cereal has made a come back for us, as the littles need to eat NOW in the morning, a



We're eating it, because either dh gets the kids breakfast very quickly on his way out the door, or they grab it for themselves before I get up. Boxed cereal is quick for dh and it's easy for the kids, so...lots of boxed cereal.

 

It's too bad they can't make their own oatmeal yet. I'd let dd1 make it, under supervision, and she could probably handle doing it herself, but not with ds2 underfoot. I just can't trust him around the stove. :(

post #44 of 179

Hello everyone,

I havnt been on this thread too often but I would love to get to know some people around the lower mainland that may go about parenting more like me! I've got a lot of great friends but am getting pretty sick of people asking me when I'm going to wean ds (11 months!!!!!)

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It's too bad they can't make their own oatmeal yet. I'd let dd1 make it, under supervision, and she could probably handle doing it -herself, but not with ds2 underfoot. I just can't trust him around the stove. :(


I've got a great way to fix this problem. Every night we make oatmeal in the slow cooker and when we wake up at different times in the morning we all have a nice hot bowl of oatmeal! (since we started this a few months ago I have lots almost all the rest of my baby weight)

Hope this helps

 

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Thats a great idea! I've never thought of that. I was just going to suggest to blend the oatmeal down so it's a powder then just add hot water. Your way sounds wayyyy more yummy.

 

Where abouts in Vancouver are you Amanda?

 

 

Dawn

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I've got a great way to fix this problem. Every night we make oatmeal in the slow cooker and when we wake up at different times in the morning we all have a nice hot bowl of oatmeal! (since we started this a few months ago I have lots almost all the rest of my baby weight)

Hope this helps

 



 

post #46 of 179

the crock pot is a good idea!  Soaking also helps, we soak the oats over night (1 part water, 1 part oats) and then it cooks really fast in the morning,  Bring 1 part water to a boil, add the soaked oats and cook until its all hot.  I find it takes a fraction of the time of normal oatmeal from scratch, is creamier, and doesn't have the sugar of instant packets.

post #47 of 179

Hi everyone!

 

Artparent: I am beyond thrilled you will be here in June. I can't wait to have someone make sure I get to Maa Yoga on a regular basis! Did I tell you I totally failed at handstands last class! blush.gif

 

What brand/kind of crockpots do y'all own? I see them at the stores and can't decide which one to get. Mmmm, making oatmeal the night before sounds brilliant!

 

We just posted an Office Admin job at Lunapads. Please forward to any interested women you know who are in Vancouver and would be a good fit. (Dawn, I've email you.)

 

We're also in the process of developing a job description for a sales leader. Someone who rocks at sales and loves cloth diapering would be a perfect fit. I think a lot of the work could be done from home even! If you know someone, PM me (until I get the post up.)

 

Lunapads has been on a roll lately. We just received a BC Business award for being a top innovator (acknowledging our social mission work).  For those of you who know me, I've been at this for 10 years (and Madeleline for 18!) so the acknowledgment is a long time coming, but a labour of love. Our plan is to really grow our business and make a huge social impact, and so the new hires are part of that (which ultimately creates greater financial independence for women!)  Finally, I'm all ears for more ideas from y'all to get our name and products in the hands of thought leading crunchy mamas like you. Please PM me! wink1.gif (and if we're not friends on Facebook, look me up!)

 

Oh, anyone want to join me at a screening for a film downtown on Thursday night (april 28th?) about the medicalization of women's pleasure? We're giving away free tickets. Blog post here.

 

 

 


Edited by lunagal - 4/22/11 at 3:20pm
post #48 of 179

Overnight Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal!!

Find a stainless or ceramic bowl that fits in your crock pot with its lid on.

Put your oats and water in bowl.

Add whatever you like (raisins, other dried fruit, peanut butter and cocoa, ...... ;)

Fill the crock pot with water and place the bowl inside.

The water should come to a couple of inches below the top.

Turn the crock onto low and put the lid on.

Go to bed!

Wake up in the morning to hot oatmeal.

Dish it up.

Throw the bowl in the dishwasher.

Put away your (still clean) crock pot.

Done!!!

We had this this morning - so good - so easy!

 

I should add, I have a very basic crock pot by Rival.  No bells or whistles, just one dial with OFF, LOW, HIGH.

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What brand/kind of crockpots do y'all own? I see them at the stores and can't decide which one to get. Mmmm, making oatmeal the night before sounds brilliant!

 

We just posted an Office Admin job at Lunapads. Please forward to any interested women you know who are in Vancouver and would be a good fit. (Dawn, I've email you.)

Rival crockpot, oval - dark maroon colour shows no stains thumb.gif.  One switch:  Off, Low, High, Warm (never used).  Got it free with Save-on points a few years ago smile.gif.

 

If I was in the market, I would love to work at Lunapads!  Maybe next time...

post #50 of 179

I've heard the slow cooker oatmeal thing before. I may yet try it, but it just sounds like a massive PITA to me. DH loves the slow cooker. I know lots of people loves the slow cooker. I even think it has a lot of benefits. But, overall, I'm not crazy about losing the counter space or the extra dishwashing hassle. (I actually feel that way about most small appliances, though. I make about 1/3 the smoothies I'd like to, because I don't want to deal with the blender!)

 

I'd want a smallish crock pot, though, wouldn't I? The one we have is a 5 or 6 quart...

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Storm Bride, you're not alone. ITA about small appliances. DH loves the slow cooker because... he doesn't wash dishes. We don't have a dishwasher, and our sink only has one basin, and the slow cooker pot thing takes up most of the sink. I've been on the lookout for a blender without as many hard to clean bits so I can drink more smoothies.

post #52 of 179

We have a rice cooker right on the counter, so I'd love to be able to use that. Our slow cooker is MASSIVE, so I totally understand not wanting to bring it out.

post #53 of 179

I love my slow cooker, as well as my rice cooker. yummy.gif  But then, I'm a bit of a foodie and if I could have a life do-over, I'd probably have a job cooking related...

 

My crockpot was also a cheap one bought with Save-On points.  Its oval, holds maybe 5-6L, and has a glass lid with a removable bowl.  It only has 1 dial with "On, Low, High".  You can get really snazzy ones that are programable but they tend to be pricy.  I think an oval shape is best as it allows you to cook a pot roast, or a whole chicken in it. 

 

I probably use my slow cooker at least once a week, just throw in some protein (beans, lentils, meat), some veg, some flavourings (herbs, dried fruit, spices), and some liquid (broth, water, canned soup, or canned tomatoes), and turn on for 4-8hrs (depending on the amount and type of food you're cooking).  Nothing beats coming home from a day out with the kids, who are now starving and asking you if they can have something to eat, to be able to say, "Sure! Dinner's ready!".

 

I am lucky in that we have a dishwasher but with the crockpot taking up half of the bottom rack I just do it separately in the sink.  Btw its not such a hassle to wash if you let it soak overnight.

post #54 of 179

thanks luna, i cannot wait to have a yoga pass, i need to be whipped into shape. especially after a prolonged and indulgent easter! congratulations on your award! 

 

x

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I tried the crockpot steel cut oatmeal thing yesterday and it was AMAZING! Thanks, ladies!

I really like steel cut oatmeal but it takes too long to cook (I am always starving first thing in the morning, so I end up making regular oatmeal because I can't wait the 30+ minutes for the steel cut). The crockpot method was perfect and now I have leftovers for 2 days... yay!

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EYES WIDE OPEN WELLNESS FAIR!!

Hey everyone,

I have been meaning to post this here for a while and didn't have a lot of details, so here's what I have so far:

 

I am putting on a small Wellness Fair to bring information to people about why & how to make small changes in their lives for better health & less impact on the environment.  These are things that most of us here do because it just makes sense to us, but some people don't know or think it's too much work/expense.

 

I am still LOOKING FOR CONTRIBUTORS in the following areas:

Composting (possibly in conjunction with City recycling info)

Cloth diapering / diaper free

Attachment parenting / babywearing

Alternatives to allopathic medicine

 

This would mean creating a display and spending all or part (if you can find others to share) of the day talking about your subject & answering questions.

 

Details:

Saturday, May 7th

11AM-4PM (1 hour on either side for set up & clean up)

Sea Island Community Hall
7140 Miller Road V7B 1L4
Richmond, BC
 
I have an event set up on Facebook if you want to be my friend & get an invite winky.gif.
 
Please PM or contact me on FB asap if you are available to contribute orngbiggrin.gif.
 
Thanks!
post #57 of 179

Hey mama's,

I just posted two reviews yesterday for our wonderful local cloth pad company, if you want you can post a review here http://www.mothering.com/community/products/lunapads-100-organic-cotton-intro-kit-1-kit and here http://www.mothering.com/community/products/lunapads-organic-sampler-pack and we can support a great local company.

post #58 of 179

Hi everyone, I'm doing some last minute nesting stuff before my LO arrives (not long now!) and I'm wondering if anyone knows great places to get a handmade quilt for a queen sized bed, or a mobile from natural materials. Thanks!

post #59 of 179

EYES WIDE OPEN WELLNESS FAIR!

 

Time
Saturday, May 7th · 11:00am - 4:00pm


Location
Sea Island Community Hall
7140 Miller Road
Richmond, BC  V7B 1L4

Sharing ideas for personal, community & global wellness

Vision: Opening people’s eyes to new possibilities for wellness in their families & in the world and inspiring them to share their new knowledge with others in their lives.

Booths/displays confirmed:
Eating healthy food locally [Jennifer Clarinval]
Personal wellness through diet & supplements [Tasha Neufeld]
The Childbearing Society [www.childbearing.org]
The Story of Stuff [Nicola Byer]
Lunapads [www.lunapads.com]
Body Therapies (mini massages) & Consulting [Casey Amaral & Lona Leveque]
...and more to come!

Speakers confirmed:
11AM Andrea MacLeod - Natural Childrearing
12PM Suzanne Lightheart - How to Correct 6 Common Body Imbalances
2PM Joanne Giffin - Urban Homesteading
3PM Dave Olsen - Diaper Free Baby & Attachment Parenting

There will be no sales at this event. If you are interested in any of the products or services displayed, please take their information. Also, you will be able to leave us your e-mail so we can send out a complete list afterwards.

Tickets are $10 (kids 12 & under FREE) & all proceeds will go to charity.

You can also look us up on the Facebook event:  Eyes Wide Open Wellness Fair!

I really hope you can make it...and would appreciate it if you could forward this to all your friends!

post #60 of 179

Thanks @dawncayden for the Review and your support! It means a lot.grouphug.gif

 

@seaislandmama, how awesome of you to put this event on. Sorry I can't make it but @lunadiva and I will make sure you've got some Lunapads to display and give away.

 

@artparent: Maa Yoga is having a 30 day challenge starting June 1st, just in time for you!

 

ugh, what happened to yesterday's sunshine?

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