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I have never heard of TF before, but after reading a bit, I'm definitley interested! I eat reasonably healthy but would like to cut out grains and some dairy (still keeping organic yogurt and cheeses in moderation) and go from there. My hubby is not going to be joining me, nor will any of the people I live with, so I'm going to have a lot of temptation.

Anyone have tips on starting out on a sort of modified TF diet?
One following (mostly) the guidelines listed here .
With lots of fresh healthy local produce, and (hopefully?) nuts as well.

Anyone have any tips for beginning this diet? Things to purchase?

Which breakfast cereals would be safe?
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Hi Jessica! My advice would be to go at it slowly. Don't do a drastic change, because that always seems to backfire. Check out Nourishing Traditions from the library and read throught it before deciding to buy it, if you can. There are lots of good books here. Look at the stickies at the top of this forum. Lots of great info in there.

Also, don't think you have to be perfect on this. It can be difficult to follow, in the beginning. But hang in there!
I would pick one or two things to start adding to your diet, and maybe a new thing to avoid. When you get that to the point where it feels easy, add a few more new foods and a few more things to avoid. Go slow. You'll feel better and better, and will be naturally motivated toward your next step. If you try it all at once, it could be overwhelming (depending on what your diet is now, of course).

For me, the first foods I added were grass-fed ground beef (I hadn't eaten or cooked beef for many many years before that), raw milk, and coconut oil. I then added organ meats and fermented vegetables. I then started soaking beans, grains and making soaked-grain bread. Then started making kefir. There were many months of adjustment between each addition.

We ate pretty well to begin with, but I still had to cut out some of our previous emergency "convenience" foods -- frozen pizza, Annie's mac and cheese, cereal. I think in the beginning, though, when you're getting adjusted, you should just add the new foods, and only start cutting out your convenience foods when you are adjusted to the new foods and meals. Adjust, learn how to cook some really good TF meals, feel the difference in your health, and then you'll find it easier to cut out the previous convenience foods. Be gentle with yourself, so that you'll be successful in the long run.

To specifically answer your question about cereal, I don't think there's a good one out there. Read an article about extruded or puffed grains and you'll be convinced. But if you can't cut it out yet without being stressed, don't! Maybe just make it a goal, and at the same time learn how to make granola at home out of soaked oats -- it's pretty easy. When you've got that down and it fits into your cooking routine, it might be easier to give up cereal.
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Slow and steady wins the race, or something. I think I cut out corn syrup first. That meant I had to either find and buy alternative products that didn't have corn syrup, or make them myself. Once that was second nature, I moved on to eliminating all trans fats. (This was before trans fats became widely unpopular, so it was a bit more challenging.) As I ate better, by adding in good things like the PP said, my taste buds changed, and I needed/wanted a lot less of the junk. Now I almost never even want chocolate! That is exceedingly weird.

As for cereals, I do not remember where I read it, but it... I remember reading that Grape Nuts (and other brands that are similar) are not extruded, and therefore not horribly awful. Kashi's Harvest Wheat and Cinnamon Harvest (look like shredded wheat) are also not extruded, apparently. And Ezekiel sells sprouted, almost granola-like cereal.
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Thanks guys!

I actually meant hot cereal- normally, I eat Quaker oats w/ honey & apples .. ?
I get Steel Cut Organic Oats from Trader Joe's and I soak them overnight in water and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and then cook them (then I add raw honey, raw butter and raw milk to it). The book "Eat Fat Lose Fat" has 2 homemade cold cereal recipes. If interested, just send me a message and I'll give you the recipes, since I have the book.
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