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I'm just learning about TF and I've spent DAYS reading all sorts of stuff on here, lol. I am still lost on the grains thing, though. I know that it's usually very little grains or "properly prepared" grains. What IS properly prepared!?!?!? I'm doing my own sourdough bread with wheat I've ground myself, but I don't know how to do anything else "right". I've searched all over these forums but I couldn't find this information. Can someone please point me in the right direction or share the info, please? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br>
TIA I'm learning SO much!!!
 

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"properly prepared" refers to grains that have been soaked or sprouted prior to ingestion to make it [grain] more nutritionally available.<br><br>
From Weston Price "<a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/Be-Kind-to-Your-Grains...And-Your-Grains-Will-Be-Kind-To-You.html" target="_blank">be kind to your grains</a>"<br><br><br>
There was an <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1190216&highlight=agrarian+tf" target="_blank">agrarian tribe</a> going for a while, good info, recipes, tips.
 

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You want to either soak or sprout or ferment your grains to reduce the phytic acid.<br><br>
So for instance, "quickbreads", I let soak overnight in their buttermillk, and then add the baking soda in the morning and bake it.<br><br>
I love pancake batter (such as farinata, a chickpea pancake batter) that ferments for weeks and weeks in the fridge, it gets nice and lightly sour.<br><br>
We soak our oatmeal for 4 days at room temp before transfering to the fridge indefinitely (we've used 2 month old oatmeal and it tasted great!), because we like it more sour. It will have significant reduction in phytates. You can put about equal portions of oatmeal and water (steel cut oats, or rolled, though soaked rolled oats get really mushier, in my expeirience) with a spoonful of yogurt or buttermilk on the counter when you go to bed, and cook it in the morning.<br><br>
You can soak rice overnight in water with a little acid (whey, yogurt, or lemon juice or apple cider vinager), then cook it the next day.<br><br>
That's the sort of thing that "proper preparation of grains" looks like in daily practice. HTH
 

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Girl, first you should pat yourself on the back for already doing sourdough bread with fresh-ground wheat. That's great, and that's properly prepared. You rock!<br><br>
PP's had great suggestions. You might also want to look at Sue Gregg's all-purpose waffle/pancake batter as an easy way to "properly prepare" those items. It's a great recipe; it uses the blender to both grind and soak the grains. Tastes sooooo good. Link: <a href="http://www.suegregg.com/recipes/breakfasts/blenderbatterwaffles/blenderbatterwaffles.htm" target="_blank">http://www.suegregg.com/recipes/brea...terwaffles.htm</a><br><br>
Rice is easier to prepare than other things -- it just takes a 5-7 hour soak.<br><br>
Basically, all grains and nuts have a seed coating that inhibits sprouting, which makes sense, right? Seeds need to stay dormant until the right conditions hit in the spring. And until the seed coating is neutralized by seed-sprouting conditions (warmth and acidity), it will continue to inhibit not only sprouting, but absorption of the nutrients in the grain, enzyme activity, digestion, etc. The seed coating is called phytic acid, so that's what people are talking about when they say they're reducing phytic acid.<br><br>
Have fun!! Welcome!
 

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Anyone who mills her own flour to bake bread is 90% of the way there. There are techniques for beans and other grains as well. The ladies here have a lot of that nailed. I sell a paper on the food science behind the different types of high phytic acid food that has techniques and recipes for anyone who wants to dig deeper. The link should be somewhere in my sig link farm. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thank you, thank you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I was recently on an elimination diet -- no dairy for two months and also no wheat for the second month. For a girl who loves a bowl of bread and milk with molasses or a good cookie with milk it was a really hard two months! I have eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare disease where certain white blood cells build up in my esophagus in response to some unknown allergen causing strictures, pain, inflammation, food impactions, etc. I tried eliminations of some of the common allergens and had food allergy testing done and just ended up hungry and frustrated. It was good in that it introduced change to me. I tested a very mild positive to allergens to both soy and wheat. I noticed no difference during my wheat-free month, though. I am avoiding major soy. I tried some soy milk while off dairy and wasn't surprised when that allergy came back positive. I still have some in soy sauce and that sort of thing, but no tofu or edamame. The more I've looked into them the less I'm worried about avoiding them.<br><br>
I did break out my grinder for the first time during the elimination period. I ground white beans to thicken soups, rice and oat flours for baking, and I don't know what all else. It's really fun, LOL. I haven't noticed any uptick in allergies since trying the sourdough wheat bread so perhaps I just need to focus on the proper treatment of grains. I've been doing my own kefir for a month or so and I love it. I am using it for my sourdough -- I call it "my pet that does tricks" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I'm all about better digestibility of grains. I also either have eosinophilic disease all through my digestive system or Irritable Bowel. My gastroenterologist watches me really closely since I have a brother he also treats who has severe chrones disease. I've also had two major surgeries in the last two months. I'm 30 years old and I have had worse health than my mother who is retiring this year! We've been working really hard to crack the code to making me healthy. We're spending thousands of dollars a year on my medical bills. I'm on 4 prescriptions daily plus a number of supplements. I've started working with an alternative health care specialist because my several doctors were out of ideas. Oh, I also have interstitial cystitis -- frequent irritation of the lining of the bladder -- and frequent kidney stones and UTIs. I'm falling apart!<br><br>
Sorry, you got a really long explanation there, lol. That's what I'm up to though. I've got to get healthy. DH really needs to lose a lot of weight and we have one of our three daughters who has his build and will likely have a tendency towards being heavy her whole life. We'd like to build healthy habits now to make it easier as she grows. It will likely be harder that her two sisters have a very thin build like my family. I think the sourdough (YAY!!! I'm so glad I was doing that right!!!) will be a good little step. The girls were all really disappointed when we ran out. DH bought some white store bread yesterday but the girls aren't interested in it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> He's going to be the hard one to bring around. His mother isn't a good cook. And she'd force them to eat what she made and I'm sure you all realize how very bad poorly prepared vegetables are. So I'm very gradually bringing him around on vegis. We've been married nearly 10 years and we're making a little progress. He loves the kefir which I count as a major coup. I've been slipping in coconut oil and yesterday I slipped in some raw ACV and pretended it was lemon juice >tee hee< so he didn't complain. I hope having it mixed in with the kefir doesn't negate the goodness of either one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
Thank you all again for the help! I'm trying to take part on the forum here instead of just lurking and I"m learning SO much! I never realized how very TF I lived while growing up! When I married DH I moved mostly to his way of eating (because he didn't like my food and I didn't care) and I gained a lot of weight and started having lots of health problems. I'm planning to order from a food co-op next week and I'm excited to see what fruit / vegi offerings we get! He'll never be able to trust what's in his food again LOL. But what he doesn't know just might be good for him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">
 
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