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post #21 of 31

Heatherdeg, Such a good response that I  shared it with some friends on a facebook eating group I belong to. Naturally I credited you.

post #22 of 31
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When you sift through all of the dietary theory and all of the research (I did a butt-load of it), a baseline of agreed upon wisdom appears.  And you will notice that these guidelines pretty much overlap most eating plans/diets “out there”.  The things I find that they have in common:
  • Heavy emphasis on vegetables/vegetables being the bulk of your food intake–in all colors.
  • Water as the main beverage if not the only beverage.
  • Eating foods that are as whole and unprocessed as possible–striving to eating only foods without a label 
  • Eating only until you’re satisfied–not full.
  • Some amount of daily movement (20-minute walk)
  • Appropriate amounts of sleep (7-9 hours, more if your body needs it)

Beyond that, it does vary wildly and with varying results depending on your personal state of health, your body’s biochemistry, and what you are trying to achieve.  Research supports all of the points above, and truly, implementing all of the above alone would have you in better health and losing weight if you are overweight… without counting calories.

So if you’re looking for an eating plan, start with those.  Once you have those guidelines fully integrated into your life, your baseline is set.  Once you are there, you will better be able to identify problems–especially problems caused by foods--and "listen" to your body for further guidance.  Granted, if you have a problem (gut dysbiosis or some health condition) you may need to do more trial and error than listening.  But try listening first.

This is great.
post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 
Just getting caught up on all of these helpful posts. I appreciate it so much that you all have taken ur time to respond to this and share ur stories and knowledge with me!! I do have some work ahead of me!! The idea of adding almond milk to cows milk sounds like a good one for my kiddos. I have had aome resistance from them to try soy or almond milk. I generally get away with it in cooking.

I called a small health food store we have and found some almond flour at a decent price an I will just start with a small amount for now. I will b looking for quinoa flakes there too.

Its not a weight issue, I genuinely want to get me and my kiddos on a healthy diet. I really like sweet drinks, especially a Mountain Dew a day and sweet tea. Anyone have good ideas for the sweet drinks? I have started cutting bak on the amount of sugar I put in tea and am thinking I can slowly cut that back.
post #24 of 31
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Its not a weight issue, I genuinely want to get me and my kiddos on a healthy diet. I really like sweet drinks, especially a Mountain Dew a day and sweet tea. Anyone have good ideas for the sweet drinks? I have started cutting bak on the amount of sugar I put in tea and am thinking I can slowly cut that back.

 

Kombucha.  My friend brews it and shares with me because she brews so much.  I love it, the kids love it.  Yes, it does have sugar in it but so much other good stuff, to be it's more positive than negative.

 

It's easy to brew if you can keep up with it.

post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by momma,mia View Post

Just getting caught up on all of these helpful posts. I appreciate it so much that you all have taken ur time to respond to this and share ur stories and knowledge with me!! I do have some work ahead of me!! The idea of adding almond milk to cows milk sounds like a good one for my kiddos. I have had aome resistance from them to try soy or almond milk. I generally get away with it in cooking.

I called a small health food store we have and found some almond flour at a decent price an I will just start with a small amount for now. I will b looking for quinoa flakes there too.

Its not a weight issue, I genuinely want to get me and my kiddos on a healthy diet. I really like sweet drinks, especially a Mountain Dew a day and sweet tea. Anyone have good ideas for the sweet drinks? I have started cutting bak on the amount of sugar I put in tea and am thinking I can slowly cut that back.

Do you like stevia? I occasionally make a lemonade sweetened with stevia extract. The stevia is so sweet that you only have to use a few drops of it. 

 

What about fruit teas? Something like rose hip maybe? Or blackcurrant? I don't have a big sweet tooth and I find many fruit teas far too sweet for me. But if you enjoy soda and sweet tea they might well be to your taste. 

 

Is it just black tea that you add sugar to? If you switch the type of tea you drink you might not need any sugar at all. Have you tried flavoured teas like Earl Grey, Lady Grey, vanilla black tea, or Russian teas? Also white tea or flavoured green teas (or plain Japanese green tea). The thing with white tea and green tea, though, is that you have to make it at a lower temperature (around 80C), because it gets bitter if you make it in boiling water.

post #26 of 31

Just want to verify when you said quinoa flakes you meant for hot cereal. I just learned that if you bake with quinoa flour you should pre-bake (slow and low) it to get rid of the bitter flavor. I wonder if that would work with the flakes as well. Though I'm perfectly happy just using honey.

 

Also, I want to make cashew milk one day. Here's a link that shows how to make it, though they don't give the water to nut ratio. Unlike almond milk there's no grit to filter off.

 

http://paleoparents.com/featured/guest-post-spunky-coconut-making-cashew-milk/

post #27 of 31
Thread Starter 
Yes I meant the quinoa for cereal. I bought some stevia sample size to try although I was thinking I read something that worried me about stevia lol. I need to keep looking into that.

I have tried some flavored teas in the past and wasn't a huge fan but its been awhile and I'm due to try it again. That would b great if it helped me with the drink issue since I do like sweet drinks. It would b better than continuing to drink a soda everyday.

I bought my almond flour today and some nutritional yeast that I thought might help with some recipes although I do want to phase the nutritional yeast out as well. Now I need to search for some tea.....
post #28 of 31
I've read the ratio of water to nuts is 2:1 for nut milks, like cashew.
post #29 of 31
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I've read the ratio of water to nuts is 2:1 for nut milks, like cashew.

 

Thanks.

post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
Lol, the almond milk in the cow's milk container worked perfectly!!!! I am still shocked that the kids didn't notice. Just goes to show that the resistance about milk is in their mind. Sooooo glad I tried that. The milk issue has been a tuff one but not now!!!
post #31 of 31
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Lol, the almond milk in the cow's milk container worked perfectly!!!! I am still shocked that the kids didn't notice. Just goes to show that the resistance about milk is in their mind. Sooooo glad I tried that. The milk issue has been a tuff one but not now!!!

That's great. 

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