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I strive for a TF "low carb" way of living.


I also am limited on some food choices as I am bf'ing an ANA food allergic toddler.
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So long as you're eating your plenty of veggies and protein, you shouldn't see any issues related to lack of vitamins or minerals (barring medical issues). Grains do not provide any vitamins or minerals that are not available from something else. This is one of the things that I have the hardest time convincing people of... grains are not a necessary part of our diet. They're just a convenient part. Living without them definitely has a learning curve, but is completely doable. People always look at me as if I were insane to suggest living without grains. Then they start asking "is rice a grain? popcorn? pizza?" etc...

I went grain free as an attempt to control my PCOS for TTC without resorting to Metformin. After 6 months TTC, I just started back on the Metformin last week. Without grains in my diet though, I have not had the bad reactions to it that I did last time (so far <knock on wood>). I'm hoping that my diet was the cause of the problems last time.
That was the reason I mentioned it at all1 I remember , while knowing that my body wasn't tolerating grains well at all, feeling worried that I was going to do some sort of damage to my body. We are taught our whole lives that grains are an essential, base of the pyramid, part of our diets. I tried to do some research at the time and found that Mercola was advocating a grain free diet... thank goodness! Otherwise there was only nutritional info on gluten free diets, which had actually made my problems worsen considerably because of the refined nature of the flours.
post #23 of 286
I'm also doing low carb- it's the only way I've ever lost weight.

I do allow small amounts of quinoa, corn, or rice- but not every day and not "full portions"- but I probably would be healthier if I cut those out completely.

I eat a lot of poultry, eggs, and nuts- I think I'd go crazy if I couldn't eat nuts!!!

You could probably make some sort of gelatin dessert if you can't have nuts or any beans or grains.
post #24 of 286
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You could probably make some sort of gelatin dessert if you can't have nuts or any beans or grains.
Absolutely. You can make jello if you allow fruit juices (100% juice, no additives), or you can make danish cream which is a creamy mousse-like jello. Heck, you could probably even make a mousse... egg whites, cream, gelatin, honey, flavor of your choice.

I make ice cream and custards all the time with honey. Since honey quickly becomes cloying for me, I can't eat very much, but it's a nice high fat sweet with some protein in it.

But for me, during the summer, a bowl of chopped summer fruits and berries and some fresh whipped cream is all I need.
post #25 of 286
hi i'm here aswell : -
we don't do any grains, or any starches. we are doing the scd according to 'gut and psycology syndrome' (GAPS diet). it is helping us lots, the day i cut the grains and starch was amazing my very low blood sugar improved immediatly, it was like a miracle! i've got more to write but have to go to bed now will check in again.

hi everyone..
post #26 of 286
Great thread!!

I am reluctantly grain free again as I tried my last grain yesterday, white rice, and I felt like I had eaten a football stadium. Before DD was conceived, I did Atkins/Neanderthin combo (because I ate dairy) for most of three years and I cured most of my blood-sugar issues related to PCOS. But then during pregnancy, I added in sprouted grains, and then while breastfeeding, added in non-sprouted grains because of being so darn hungry all the time. I tried to eat a big plate of meat and veggies while breastfeeding and would be hungry again soon after, so it seemed like I needed grains to satiate me. I don't understand why because I ate lots of fruits, too. It didn't seem like an addiction, but honestly I was hungry what felt like every waking second. A few months ago, DD started having digestive issues and it finally dawned on me that the grains were the problem for her. I already had to cut out dairy very early because of her reactions to it.

To sum it up, this week I am fully back to my cavewoman diet and I'm doing OK with it, although the lack of seasonal organic fresh fruits and veggies is making it hard. But the most important thing to me is that my 10 month old seems so much better. She is still 99% nursing, and I'm sure now that her digestive probs seem to be gone, will be eating more solids now.

I am reluctantly grain free because two non-paleo foods I love and really enjoyed while breastfeeding have been oatmeal and popcorn. With both I would use tons of butter and mix in dried fruits and nuts. DD can't handle nuts right now, but maybe in a few months I'll be able to sneak some in. Given my health history, being grain free is very important and I'm glad I've been able to adapt once again to it. Why I couldn't do it while first breastfeeding I'll never know because I haven't gone through any withdrawl symptoms now that I've cut them out.:
post #27 of 286
Sharon- maybe try including starchy veggies such as yams and winter squashes?
post #28 of 286
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And everyone, how are you getting through the holidays?
It stinks not making Christmas cookies, but one of the fun things is that you can experiment with your own recipes.

Here are a few ideas for holiday baking that I did way back when I first started this way of eating:

Pumpkin pie made without any sugar (except maybe a touch of honey or maple syrup) and made with an almond flour and butter crust.

My version of haystacks - coconut, nuts, minimal dried fruit stuck together with melted chocolate.

I used to do a lot with heavy cream, alas no more because of DD's dairy intolerances. But there are lots of things you can do with meringue.
post #29 of 286
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Sharon- maybe try including starchy veggies such as yams and winter squashes?
DD can't seem to tolerate yams. But I still have a bunch of spaghetti squashes that I grew waiting to be eaten.
post #30 of 286
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I tried to eat a big plate of meat and veggies while breastfeeding and would be hungry again soon after, so it seemed like I needed grains to satiate me.

I am reluctantly grain free because two non-paleo foods I love and really enjoyed while breastfeeding have been oatmeal and popcorn. With both I would use tons of butter and mix in dried fruits and nuts.
Those two together say to me that you might need more fat in your diet. Especially while BF, fat is very important. When you remove the grain from your diet, you remove a large source of dietary fats, i.e. butter.

Personally, I've found that oftentimes if I'm craving grain (bread, popcorn, whatever), if I go eat a pat of butter, the craving is taken care of. It's just that we don't usually reach for a fat without a grain. Cheese, nut butter, high fat dairy (we only use half and half and heavy cream), eggs, bacon, mayo, avocado are all good food sources of fats, but personally I just prefer my pat of butter.

HTH
post #31 of 286
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
You could probably make some sort of gelatin dessert if you can't have nuts or any beans or grains.
That's a good idea. I think I can do small amounts of nuts but I don't want to overdo it yet.

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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post
Absolutely. You can make jello if you allow fruit juices (100% juice, no additives), or you can make danish cream which is a creamy mousse-like jello. Heck, you could probably even make a mousse... egg whites, cream, gelatin, honey, flavor of your choice.
I'm not really supposed to have fruit juices (SCD allows one half cup per day diluted with equal part water ) but I have allowed myself a few sips a day, not every day but every once in a while.

But for a holiday, that should be fine. Since we are cow-dairy-free I could use goat yogurt, I think. Mmmm, this is starting to sound really yummy . . . thanks for the ideas, mamas!
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Thread Starter 
This is a fun thread. It's so cool to be surrounded by others who eat similarly to me!!! That NEVER happens in real life!



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post #33 of 286
You could also do coconut milk instead of dairy-nice and rich and fatty!

Instead of nut flour you can always use coconut flour too. Although be aware that it will send the fiber content through the roof!
post #34 of 286
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This is a fun thread. It's so cool to be surrounded by others who eat similarly to me!!! That NEVER happens in real life!
Tell me about it!! Most people think I'm wacko for eating as I do.
post #35 of 286
Wow! This is a very timely thread. We just started the GAPS diet.
post #36 of 286
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I'm not really supposed to have fruit juices (SCD allows one half cup per day diluted with equal part water ) but I have allowed myself a few sips a day, not every day but every once in a while.
You can also make jello out of gelatin and tea. It sounds weird, but it's really good. We got the idea when DH's Chinese coworker brought in some green tea gel one day and shared it.
post #37 of 286
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You can also make jello out of gelatin and tea. It sounds weird, but it's really good. We got the idea when DH's Chinese coworker brought in some green tea gel one day and shared it.
Oooh, there's an idea . . . I have this yummy spiced rooibos tea that would be so good . . .
post #38 of 286
Thread Starter 
And Hi to everyone who's joined the tribe!!!
post #39 of 286
Where do you get the gelatin?
post #40 of 286
Joining. Right now we are gluten free (6 months), but I think I need to be grain free; I'm not sure about the boys. I also wonder if we need to be dairy free, but I'm just taking it one thing at a time. Ds#2 already asks when we can eat "junky" again (food coloring and wheat ). I think we are going to do IgG testing on us all to see if we have other sensitivities.

For me, it's a matter of healing finally my struggle with depression, anxiety, and sensory issues. I also have extremely dry skin and not the greatest absorption. The Paleo Diet interests me greatly; I think I will do more reading on it over the holidays. I also want to look at how to get more raw into me/us and less cooked food. Going GF was a huge step for me as I LIVED on crackers and cookies. Within a month of going GF, I had dropped the last 10 pounds I couldn't lose. But, I think I have substituted way too much GF foods that are really no better than the gluten-containing things I omitted; I have only put on about 3 pounds, but more than that, I feel my mid-section is a bit too poofy, which to me says I'm not processing the grains I am eating very well.
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