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Thanks to MDC I am really trying to do a major overhaul on our family life. Including nutrition and cleaning- using baking soda and vinegar for pretty much everything.<br><br>
I had a HORRIBLE diet. Full of processed food and junk. I hated veggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I didn't cook. If it couldn't be microwaved, I didn't bother.<br><br>
However, I am trying so hard to change all of that. I haven't had red meat in 10 years, but do eat chicken and turkey.<br><br>
So I started avoiding junk food. Then I eliminated cows milk. I was trying soy, but really didn't like it, and dd started spitting up (not sure if it's connected). I switched to rice milk and like it much better.<br>
I started eating organic flax seed cereal and adding flax seed to an active cultured yogurt (not even a fan of yogurt, but learning to like it)<br>
I got some plain oats to make oatmeal w/no salt (don't like it, but going to add raisins for taste).<br>
And, I'm trying to eat veggies! This really is huge for me. I'm starting slow- and no more of them from the can. We are trying to steam them.<br>
And I'm actually learning to cook- with a slow cooker.<br><br>
I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed! Right now I'm really craving chocolate and carbs and not sure what to do. There is almost no junk left in the house so that makes it easier. What do you guys do when you want that cracker? I love graham crackers, but we couldn't find any organic ones.<br>
Also, I've heard about the probiotics, and am going to go read that thread. I found you can buy it at a store here, and am just wondering what the concensus of it is?<br><br>
I really really want our family to be healthy, and I guess I'm just looking for any advice and encouragement!!!!<br><br>
Thanks so much!<br><br>
ETA I did a search, and can't find the probiotics thread by goodpapa? I really don't know anything about it, but had remembered glancing at it when I first joined MDC. Can anyone find it? Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks to MDC I am really trying to do a major overhaul on our family life. Including nutrition and cleaning- using baking soda and vinegar for pretty much everything.<br><br>
I had a HORRIBLE diet. Full of processed food and junk. I hated veggies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I didn't cook. If it couldn't be microwaved, I didn't bother.<br><br>
However, I am trying so hard to change all of that. I haven't had red meat in 10 years, but do eat chicken and turkey.<br><br>
So I started avoiding junk food. Then I eliminated cows milk. I was trying soy, but really didn't like it, and Satine started spitting up (not sure if it's connected). I switched to rice milk and like it much better.<br>
I started eating organic flax seed cereal and adding flax seed to an active cultured yogurt (not even a fan of yogurt, but learning to like it)<br>
I got some plain oats to make oatmeal w/no salt (don't like it, but going to add raisins for taste).<br>
And, I'm trying to eat veggies! This really is huge for me. I'm starting slow- and no more of them from the can. We are trying to steam them.<br>
And I'm actually learning to cook- with a slow cooker.<br><br>
I guess I'm just a little overwhelmed! Right now I'm really craving chocolate and carbs and not sure what to do. There is almost no junk left in the house so that makes it easier. What do you guys do when you want that cracker? I love graham crackers, but we couldn't find any organic ones.<br>
Also, I've heard about the probiotics, and am going to go read that thread. I found you can buy it at a store here, and am just wondering what the concensus of it is?<br><br>
I really really want our family to be healthy, and I guess I'm just looking for any advice and encouragement!!!!<br><br>
Thanks so much!<br><br>
ETA I did a search, and can't find the probiotics thread by goodpapa? I really don't know anything about it, but had remembered glancing at it when I first joined MDC. Can anyone find it? Thanks!</div>
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You sound just like me! I'm trying to go 100% organic, sugar free, white flour free. I grew up on processed junk food plus I smoked for ten years, so I have alot to make up for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You seem to be on a great start <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Flax is very good for you, probiotics and yogurt are great, rice milk is yummy. If you ever get a cheese craving just buy raw cheese, I get that at my co-op (which is small so if you live in a bigger area you should find it too). Raw/organic dairy is more nutritious than commercial dairy.<br><br>
Are there any veggies that you like? Most people like carrots, corn, potatoes, and green beans so just start eating more of those on a daily basis (or whatever ones you can stand) dress them up with lots of celtic sea salt, black pepper, rosemary, cultured butter, cream, or whatever you like and they'll be much easier to enjoy. Then move onto ones that are similar in taste but different. If you like carrots try parsnips, if you like potatoes, try sweet potatoes, if you like iceburg lettuce try some of the darker leafy greens.<br><br>
Carbs are NOT unhealthy. Just go for the whole grain carbs so they aren't turned into sugar as soon as you eat them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. Carob is a chocolate alternative, I like the carob chips better than the carob powder (I made brownies with it once and they weren't very good) but remember that a sweet every once in a while won't hurt you a bit. Dark chocolate is probably healthier than milk chocolate but, I don't know for sure on that one. There are tons of sugar replacers out there. You could go for the chemical based ones like Equal but, there are some natural sugar subs too. I just got some agave nectar. It's got 5 grams of sugar per tsp but is actually sweeter than sugar so you use less. For baking I think honey would be the best sub. but maple syrup or molasses works too. There are also some recipes that use plain ol' fruit for a sweetener.<br><br>
Keep looking for those organic graham crackers, I know they're out there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. If all else fails you could ask your store manager to order some. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congratulations on your change of diet!<br><br>
I would watch out, especially since you used to hate veggies, for just steaming them and eating them plain. We sometimes steam veggies but they always get Earth Balance margerine, lemon juice, salt and pepper and sometimes soy sauce. We cook most of our veggies with onions and garlic and olive oil. If you go too much in the extreme health way like stuff without any salt, you may easily get bored or disgusted with your meals and go back to the bad stuff. There is a healthy medium.<br><br>
Olive and canola oils are very healthy. So are avocados. And salt is good for you in moderation. Earth Balance is a nice blend of non-GMO oils to use instead of butter. It tastes great and cooks really well to, as in baked goods cooking. Grapeseed oil is another great one with lots of antioxidants and it can get very hot before becoming carcinogenic, unlike most other oils besides peanut.<br><br>
There are a few brands of organic graham crackers. Check out a moderately sized health food store.<br><br>
I'm not a junk food person anyway but I do like crackers from time to time - organic with little fat. We buy this great veggie pate - Tartex - and have it with the crackers. Bonavita also makes a good one that's available at BevMo.
 

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I'm not veg*n, nor is my diet exclusively organic, but I wanted to point out that if you keep things like rolled oats & whole wheat pastry flour on hand, and bake with organic/healthy fats, homemade treats can be a fairly nutritious part of your diet. I've been known to down the odd plateful of wholegrain oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies with big chunks of pecan & a glass of organic milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I'm still in the process of changing our diet, too. I'm doing it slowly, though, if I went cold turkey I'd never stick with it. So far we've eliminated all the PHO's from our diet, swithced to organic milk and yogurt, and are starting to buy a little goat milk. I buy whatever organic veggies are on sale for the week, and am starting to buy organic butter. We're eating Laura's Lean Beef now, but will soon be switching to organic. And we did switch to Egglands Best eggs, but will be going organic with that soon, too. And I'm brewing up my first batch of kefir, which I'm very excited about! But I'm still hooked on m&m's and chocolate milk. They may be the last to go, lol. I'm still on the search for local raw milk and raw honey. I wish you the best, I'm finding so much support on this board and feel so much better knowing my son is eating good foods.
 

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Congratulations - I know it's hard to make a drastic change like that.<br><br>
Here's a recipe for graham crackers that you might like:<br><br>
Cinnamon Graham Crackers<br><br>
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter or coconut oil<br>
1/4 cup maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, or honey<br>
1 egg or egg replacer<br>
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour<br>
1/2 teaspoon baking soda<br>
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br>
1/4 teaspoon sea salt<br><br>
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking sheet. Beat butter or oil and sweetener together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt together. Use low speed on mixer to beat flour mixture into liquid mixture. The dough will be crumbly but should hold together when pressed in your hand. If it’s too dry, add a little water.<br>
Press dough into prepared baking sheet. Score into squares a little over 2 inches. Prick each square several times with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are golden. Cool and break into squares.<br><br>
Makes 2 dozen<br><br>
Also - here's a link for ways to get veggies in your meals. Although it's geared more toward kids, maybe one will work for you.<br><br><a href="http://www.simplynaturalbooks.com/tips.html" target="_blank">Eight ways to get your kids to eat more veggies</a><br><br>
I'll go see if I can find goodpapa's thread and post the link <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt">
 

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Here's the link to goodpapa's the power of priobiotics<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=96009&highlight=cultured" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...light=cultured</a>
 

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I have an organic dark chocolate bar, 70% cocoa, in my cubbord. Every second night or so I need a little sweet in the evening. I take one piece and slowly melt it in my mouth. It does the trick every time.
 

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We also eat organic dark chocolate. It's got a very high cocoa content and is so rich that only my greedy husband can eat an entire bar at once. But they're small bars.
 

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Hey, great graham cracker recipe, Cathe. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks soooo much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"> , u guys r awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
thanks for the receipe and probiotics thread. will respond more when i have two hands :LOL :LOL
 

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Some great ideas here! What to do about reluctant DHs? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 
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