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post #201 of 237
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Originally Posted by redclover View Post

does anybody do grain-free and struggle to keep weight ON? I am breastfeeding and already gluten free, just beginning to go grainfree, and I am terrified I won't be able to keep enough fats in me. Any tips? Or ideas? 



I've found that people who can't keep weight on do better with starches from veggies.  potatoes, sweet potatoes, squashes....things like that.

post #202 of 237

Hi all!

I didn't have time to read through all the posts, so hopefully this isn't a repeat question:

 

Can I have some book/website recommendations on Paleo/Primal/Grain free?

I'm interested, but don't know much about it.

Thanks!

post #203 of 237

I haven't been on in forever but have some website rec's marksdailyapple.com, elanaspantry.com(awesome baked goods with almond and coconut flour), everydaypaleo.com

post #204 of 237
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post

I haven't been on in forever but have some website rec's marksdailyapple.com, elanaspantry.com(awesome baked goods with almond and coconut flour), everydaypaleo.com



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post #205 of 237

we dance pretty close to paleo here.  i've lost a couple clothing sizes, almost 3, without trying.  if losing weight is your goal, you need to jumpstart your thyroid with iodine and selenium.  i take 1 tsp of kelp powder, and 400mcg of seleniomethionine or seleneocysteine or ionic selenium.  if i make a bready thing for the kids, i combine my homemade gf flour with coconut flour, and i use tons of eggs and raw milk to up the protein.  like an oven pancake with 5 eggs and 1 cup milk to 1 cup flour mix.  i run a raw grassfed milk delivery microbusiness, but truth be told we do best without dairy.

you ladies with anemia might consider looking into concomitant deficiencies.  vitamin a deficiency often goes with anemia.  so eat liver every day or...i take big doses carlson natural vitamin a.  made from fish liver oil. 

here is a clarification from PaNu about the grain vs. seed issue:

Nice post. BUT, as a botanist I feel the need to clarify a few things (this does not negate any of your points re: nutrition, but it irks me when grains are referred to as "seeds").
1. A "fruit" is essentially the ovary of a flower, sometimes including accessory structures. Seeds form within the ovary, which protects the seeds and may aid in dispersal.
2. "Seeds" are fertilized ovules.
3. Therefore anything with seeds in it (excluding gymnosperms) is botanically a fruit, such as apple, berries, cucumber (a hard-rinded berry called a pepo), acorn, coconut, maple seed (a winged fruit called a samara), etc. etc..Rhubarb is NOT a fruit, it is a stem, thus botanically a vegetable.
4. Plants in the grass family (corn, wheat, ,rice, oats, etc.) have evolved their own special kind of fruit, which is called a "grain" or more technically, a caryopsis. A caryopsis is a one-seeded indehiscent fruit (the seeds are retained within the fruit at maturity) in which the ovary wall is tightly fused to the seed. Thus, it seems like a seed but it is in fact a fruit (=ovary +seed). In comparison, sunflowers have one-seeded fruits in which the ovary is NOT fused to the seed, thus you can "shell" a sunflower fruit (this type of fruit is called an achene). The wall of the grass seed (seed coat) is quite thin & tightly fused to the ovary wall. Thus, when you polish rice or wheat you are removing the ovary and the thin seed wall (together called the "bran"), and the embryo (the "germ"). The "hull" is made up of loose bracts that surround the grass flower/fruit, and is removed through winnowing (separate chaff from wheat). The ovary should not technically be referred to as a hull (as it is in your drawing) but as the "bran" - the hull has already been removed from the fruit in your picture.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caryopsis
5. Quinoa and buckwheat are pseudograins (what you eat is the seed), & are not closely related to wheat, rice, corn, etc.
 

post #206 of 237

I too like Mark's Daily Apple. Use the search function as he has written many, many articles on all kinds of subjects. 

 

A great source for recipes is PaleoDietLifestyle.com. 

 

To the mama looking how to *gain* some weight, I second the suggestion for sweet potatoes and other starchy veggie carbs. Even rice (though in the Paleo world it is the white rice that is preferred over the brown, as the husk - or whatever it is called - has a high concentration of phytins and other nasties in grains). 

 

For most of us dealing with excess weight due to dysfunctional insulin systems eating things like sweet potatoes sets us off just like eating a Mars bar. But for people who aren't suffering from that and who perhaps need to add calories, they are recommended.

 

Both sites I mentioned have articles about this topic.

post #207 of 237

Today was my first day at a new job. Cookies were provided. It was so nice to be able to look at them, appreciate that they might taste good, decide I didn't need them, and not feel at all bad about that decision! The idea of having self-control around food is so new to me! And not just self-control, but not feeling deprived by the choice.

 

(I admit I had some potato chips and a soda, though. Soda is next on my list of things I need to drop entirely.)

post #208 of 237

Ok, So I have been grain-free/primal for about 1 1/2 years (ever since my daughter was born). Now that I am pregnant again all I want to eat are CARBS! And not veggies... FRUIT AND BREAD! Why is this? I usually am totally fine without bread and limited fruit, but lately I have been eating bread a bit too much! Seriously, if it's offered, I can't resist. I still don't have it in my house, but I am thinking that I may want to get some. Eggs sound so gross most of the time. Breakfast this morning was a coconut milk/ banana/ egg yolk smoothie. Usually I wouldn't eat tons of bananas, but ACK that is all that sounds good. What do I do? Listen to my body? Am I gonna gain tons of weight now? HELP!

post #209 of 237

I am not a regular on this thread, but still eat grain free most of the time...  I think of carbs as natural for "bulking up" so not so bad for growing babies, or even for children.  I'd go with listening to my body if I were you, but try to still rely on/fall back on the same primal diet mainstays you ate before.  I wouldn't restrict bananas while PG :) 

post #210 of 237

 

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Ok, So I have been grain-free/primal for about 1 1/2 years (ever since my daughter was born). Now that I am pregnant again all I want to eat are CARBS! And not veggies... FRUIT AND BREAD! Why is this? I usually am totally fine without bread and limited fruit, but lately I have been eating bread a bit too much! Seriously, if it's offered, I can't resist. I still don't have it in my house, but I am thinking that I may want to get some. Eggs sound so gross most of the time. Breakfast this morning was a coconut milk/ banana/ egg yolk smoothie. Usually I wouldn't eat tons of bananas, but ACK that is all that sounds good. What do I do? Listen to my body? Am I gonna gain tons of weight now? HELP!


I can't answer the why part, but when I was pregnant, things containing wheat were the only thing that really helped with morning sickness. And it was specifically wheat - bread, graham crackers, saltines, and flour tortillas all helped - If I ate a slice of bread, I could usually manage some protein, too. Corn tortillas, cornbread, rice, and other similar non-wheat alternatives didn't do a thing. At the time, we weren't no-grain, but didn't keep bread in the house or eat it regularly because a housemate was on a gluten-free diet long before the rest of it.

 

After the first trimester, I was able to eat mostly normally without the help of wheat.

 

I've heard other people say the same thing (either related to pregnancy or other sources of severe nausea).

post #211 of 237

Yay! Thanks for the support! I think I will go out and get the box of Ezekial cereal I have been craving! eat.gif

post #212 of 237

We do a pretty grain free existence here - it's been hard with a house guest, but I am SOOOOO ready to go back to grain free! Today is day 1 (again!) of grain free. I'll eat rice or corn occasionally (once a week or so) but we are mostly grain free.

 

I'm having so much fun following this thread!

post #213 of 237

I'm grain free most of the time. I have my vices though. Sometimes when I don't feel like making dinner we eat corn tortillas spread with peanut butter and honey. I'm gluten free too, so it does help making grain free more doable, and I don't have the temptation to eat bread and grains when I'm at restaurants simply because they're usually not an option. I'm also not completely primal. I eat potatoes almost daily and starchy vegetables and fruit regularly, and if I wasn't breastfeeding right now I'd be eating dairy(DD can't handle it). DS is mostly grain free except for when daddy's home and eating corn chips. I do occasionally buy gluten free bread that I keep in the freezer for treats every now and then. I wish DH would get on board with this style of eating, but he's stubborn and won't change, lol. Unfortunately he's not home much for all of our meals, so that does make it easier for me to have the primary influence on what DS eats.

post #214 of 237

I consider fresh corn okay to eat(then again I'm not completely grain free), but limit myself on processed corn, simply because it's processed and less fresh. But yes, it is considered a grain.
 

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It was my fault, I was the one who posted the cornbread recipe. I'm brand-new at this, and I originally assumed (correctly, I guess?) that corn was a grain. But then I'd been told by more than one person (online and IRL) that, no, it wasn't. Probably I should have researched it but I was just thinking that, hmm, it does seem different from wheat and barley and all. Since my last post on this thread I've concluded on my own that corn (including that corn bread recipe I posted) seems to have an adverse effect on me. I think the people who told me corn wasn't a grain were just gluten-free.

 

Sorry for any confusion, everyone.



 

post #215 of 237

Is it too late to join?  I just started GAPS today and it would be nice to talk to you ladies about being grain-free and such.  Phase 1 of the intro is sooo restrictive.  I thought it was going to be breezy because I love soup and would enjoy eating it all day, but all I want is bread, sugar, cookies, fruit, everything I can have.  And I'm exhausted.  And my mouth is yucky.

 

I know I have major yeast issues (4+ years of vaginal itching, splotches of yeast growing on my skin, coated mouth, and I'm pretty sure I've had an ongoing thrush problem since BuggaBoo was born), has anyone else had this experience?  How long can I expect the yeast to take to get under control?

post #216 of 237

I haven't posted on here forever... I've been off the paleo wagon for a good month, still gluten free, but eating lots of sugar and other grains.  I feel terrible, and although I haven't gained any of the weight I've lost back, I am constantly bloated and feel slow and sluggish.  I play roller derby and am really serious about it, so feeling this way is not helpful.  But it has been part of my trouble, as I spend a lot of time off track with my derby girls and it's hard to pass up temptation, especially when I've worked out so hard and feel famished.

 

But after a week of terrible insomnia, itching, smelly gas and bowel movements, and absolutely NO energy, I'm going back to strict paleo.  My goal for the first week is to eat only veggies and meats, no fruit or starchy veggies, like yams, to jump start.  I know this week will be hard, but I also know from experience that that is the quickest way to feeling good and energy full again.

 

I plan on checking in with you guys everyday as I start this again!  Thanks for being here!

post #217 of 237

mamkah - page one of this thread, post #13 has a list of pretty good websites.  I especially recommend everydaypaleo.com.  I also like thegrainfreefoodie.blogspot.com and Thespunkycoconut.com  although the spunky coconut is not fully paleo, or even grain free, it is easy to substitute to make it completely grain free, and it has awesome recipes!

post #218 of 237
shall we start a summer thread or just wait for fall? treehugger.gif

Summer is my hardest time to be primal... I want to eat all the melon!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #219 of 237
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shall we start a summer thread or just wait for fall? treehugger.gif

Summer is my hardest time to be primal... I want to eat all the melon!!!!!!!!!!!!


I've managed to avoid melon, for the most part, but the blueberries and cherries?? OMG. Too yummy. I find it hard to resist, and hard to care.  I'll go back to a low-fruit diet when the only things in the store are bananas and imported apples!

post #220 of 237

It's soooo hard to avoid the fruits here!!! C'mon HAWAII!! We have delicious seasonal fruits ALL YEAR LONG!! Also, my hubby can't live without cheese and yogurt and so it is always in the house and I am ALWAYS eating it. Maybe I would feel better without it? I have done the grain-free thing for 1 1/2 years, but never got that energy boost everyone talks about. :( Maybe I am just not strict enough... My daughter (1 1/2) only likes fruit and SOMETIMES meat and cheese. She does like soup, so maybe I should make that more often, although mine never turns out deliciously. I get really anxious about how much fruit this kid eats, but maybe I just should relax? She also LOVES Go Raw cookies (the spirulina ones) and I figure that is ok, but all that dehydrated food seems weird (as she is sitting next to me munching on a piece of raw, dehydrated onion bread, LOL!, and i am eating a piece smeared in brie cheese ;) ). I dunno. Just venting I guess.

 

Any suggestions for helping kids LOVE primal? I smear butter on everything and still, no go. :( Maybe it's the pregnancy hormones that are making me worry! ;)

 

Maybe I should do a week of meat and veggies and see if that helps... although pregnancy might not be the best time to cut out fruit! I LOVE MY SMOOTHIES!!! :) blah blah... tips? Suggestions?``

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