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Old 01-18-2013, 06:20 AM
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Hi ya'll. I tried making kale chips as well and thought they tasted like dead leaves from my yard...not something I was anxious to repeat. My co-worker buys organic kale chips and although they were better than dead leaves they still didn't entice me...but I tried. I also don't eat collards never heard of them before my daughter made a trip to Louisiana with 1 of her best friends to visit friends family and she loved them and came home and cooked them for me....I can understand why you would smother them in onions and bacon because alone they aren't so great, and I like my vegees just plain with maybe just a little olive oil and some salt and pepper. But glad others like them.

Actually no food has really excited me lately not much appetite. Last night dinner was good a nutty mixed up salad w/o chicken from Jason's deli.....and people keep offering me chocolate! It's really beginning to p*ss me off! These "people" are very close and I've told them I've been sugar free (or mostly) since August yet they keep insisting "a little won't hurt me" the next time 1 of them (my daughter arghhh!) tries to push sweets on me I'm going to tell her "sure I'll have some and I'd like a glass of wine with it too!" sheesh Yes I am cranky lately...think it's the lack of good sunshine
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:35 AM
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Checking in with loss numbers

I weigh myself once a week + then do measurements [gulp!] once a month.
This month I lost 6 pounds
AND
lost 4.5 inches off my waist and 4 inches off my hips!
[WOOT WOOT!]

Iím still huge (size 3X) but Iím definitely going in the right direction!
Hopefully knowing that will help give me strength when the munchies hit in the evenings!!

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:19 PM
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Right on Blue, anything is possible.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:23 PM
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Way to go, Blue!!

Baby steps will get you there
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All the meals you all are preparing sound so good. I have tried low carb in the past then found out I have high B.P. and cholesterol. I'm trying the food plan by Dr. Esselstyn, it is rather restrictive, I want to see if my numbers go down. I also watched a movie "Forks over Knives" on Netflix, I thought it was interesting. Don't know if I believe it, though. Anyway, I do like beans, so that is a good thing. Collard Greens are good, but I like Kale better and I love Swiss Chard/Rainbow Chard.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:30 PM
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Congrats on your progress Blue !

That direction is wonderful.

Judy , .....Peaches is ready for a cold rainy Winter now

nice jacket. Good job staying clear of the white stuff. The further my Holiday ((episodes)) get behind me, the better I'm feelin' !?!
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:55 AM
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Hi, healthy eaters!

I've been suffering from a severe cold for a week, so my healthy eating is just screwed up. I'm starting feeling better, and graduallty coming back to my regular healthy nutrition.

See you all later.

Have a good day)
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This is going to sound obvious, but I find when I am sick, eating better makes such a difference, and seems to lessen the amount of time I'm sick. Though, like most, I feel like doing the opposite, and comforting myself with horrible foods that make me feel worse.

Welcome bloss! I thought Forks Over Knives was a well done and very entertaining food doc. I also disagree with quite a bit of it. There are so many good food docs on Flix and I have seen probably over 20 of them, but I'm a food doc nerd so that's not saying much.

Congrats on the success Blue! Awesome!

Today made my old fashioned / go to breakfast...yams, eggs and sausages. Then went out and got a bunch of outside snow / ice / slush fun work done.
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Was just reading a bit of this thread. The mood hypothesis from wheat and other foods is quite interesting...Where did this come from?
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:17 PM
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Hey Heaters!
This week was insanely busy, which provided little time to plan healthy meals like I usually try to do. It was a 'grab and run' week.... I have worked too much and consumed way too much coffee, just to keep myself going....not ideal for sure. Better again, starting tomorrow.

Fernaceman, check out the book "Wheat Belly" if you haven't already. It explains a lot.

Tomorrow we are smoking a goose for lunch..... Damn things are really hard to roll between the papers ..... ( kidding, people....using our smoker ). Before we "smoke" it, we inject the bird with a Cajun butter and garlic marinade. This was one of the most outstanding things we cooked over the holiday. It was very lean, and very moist, with just a touch of a wild taste. That is all my 3 year old, extremely picky eater, nephew would eat.

Later, gators....
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:30 PM
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Tomorrow we are smoking a goose for lunch..... Damn things are really hard to roll between the papers.
This was funny. Thanks.

Fernace - Many people believe we have not adapted to wheat, and it is an unnatural food that causes problems for people. This would include affecting mood. There are many things to support this. Like LDT wrote, Wheat Belly would be a great place to start.

Of course there are also many people that believe wheat is fine for most people, and does not cause problems, and is a healthy food.

I am in the first group. People in the 2nd group sometimes refer to people in the first group as wacko. I am fine with that.

If nothing else, clearly many people are sensitive to the gluten in wheat. That is not really even debatable. How many is "many", would be debatable but there is a lot of evidence that Celiacs and other people with gluten allergies / sensitivities is under reported. People that have issues with gluten have problems when exposed to gluten. This could be becoming very sick, but many believe it could manifest itself with mood issues too.

I don't debate this issue much, and just say cut it out for 30 days and see how it affects you. That's what I did, and where I first realized it was an issue for me.

Ok...all that written and I gotta admit I want some Doritos! I won't though. Think fish breaded in coconut flour, veggies, homemade cole slaw and maybe some sweet potato fries. Dehydrating bananas right now.

I feel rude. Someone asked (LDT I think) about my Paleo banana bread recipe and I didn't answer. I'll just say, google it and several recipes will come up. Most of them are fairly similar. I modified by adding more bananas (four) and then adding the dark chocolate, which was something I thought of on my own, though I have since seen it in a recipe. I also cook it longer, think it was about 90 minutes @ 375 degrees last time. I checked it several times and this was when it appeared done. This may be due to the extra bananas. Most recipes I saw called for 30 - 45 minutes, and I just don't see how that would do it, as I think mine woulda been liquid yet. Though I do tend to cook things longer than recipes call for. I will say that the bread was amazing. Really. I also finished off each loaf in two days, in tune with my inability to moderate. So, I need to make sure that the bread is something I make infrequently. It may be a great option for get togethers, as I think "normal" people would actually like it and wouldn't even realize they were eating something without much sugar (just what's in the 85% dark chocolate).

So it was over 40 degrees today (unheard of for this time of year), but now the cold is coming in tonight and will be around zero soon (below with the wind chill).

High today - 45F.
High tomorrow 16F.
High Monday 3F.

InP - I know this is normal, and I will get no sympathy from you, but this is for our warmer friends to think about.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:07 PM
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LDT,
Thanks for the reminder on checking out Wheat Belly !

Seen it mentioned here more than a few times, but just started to read some (first 10 pages)of the reviews on Amazon.

Compelling stuff !?! .....along with all the info from the folks here lately.

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Brrrrrr !?!
....you've reminded me what a cold weather wimp I am. last night it dropped to 48. With a breeze, that's chilly (on a bike) !!!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:41 PM
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Fellow "Wacko" here. ... "Wheat Belly" isn't the only book I've read on the whole controversial wheat issue. The only reason I even became slightly interested in it ( and the Paleo diet) was because my daughter was briefly seeing a chiropractor to help her with her scoliosis. Turns out this man was also hugely into holistic and dietary approaches to healing.... Not just cracking someone's spine ( apologies to any chiropractors reading this.....I tend to generalize for effect...lol) .. He gave us some information on " The Perfect Health Diet" (which may or may not be perfect, but it did open some doors for me). Funny....both me and my daughter referred to him as "Wacko"....

Ghost, thanks for the Paleo bread info. I just wish there was a Paleo King Cake recipe.

Hey Blue, did you make those carrot chips? I'm almost afraid to ask if your husband liked them.

Top....yes, compelling info in that book. Let us know what you think.

Okay, okay... I get your drift ( snow drift, that is) about us whiners down south complaining about being "cold".... It's all relative my friends. I teach a precious family from Mexico....they say they are "freezing" here.... They actually wear their heavy Parkas in piano class. It's 52 degrees outside as I type
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:45 PM
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LDT - no haven't tried the carrot crisp idea yet . . . kinda afraid to mention it to hubby after the kale failure . . . LOL . . . bought some low-carb crackers for this week instead

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:21 PM
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RRRRRRRROFL on the smoked goose! Love this place!

My diet is in the crapper. I'm reading to get myself back under Control.

Thanks for all the inspiration!
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We decided to smoke the goose tomorrow....grilled steak for a late lunch today. Seems my inner carnivore has completely taken control. I just want to eat meat with a side of meat. (???)

I told my DH today that we're eating Paleo all week starting tomorrow. The conversation went something like this....He said "what is Paleo?" ( this is his stalling ploy ). I said " You know what it is because I talk about it all the time. But you should really go Google it...." D.H. " why should I Google it if you already know what it is. ( more stalling )....Me,"You Googled Atkins before, you can go Google Paleo" ...D.H. " Just tell me".....Me, "It means you are going to eat a pizza ( his favorite food) with a cauliflower crust."........ Word of advice here Heaters...... If you are trying to convince people to TRY Paleo, do NOT tell them their pizza crust will be made of cauliflower.... Just don't go there.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:51 PM
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Wheat belly changed my life. It really did.
I had some kind of weird allergic reaction today, not sure to what. Kind of like when I eat sulphites or a certain kind of sugar. It was right after I ate an oat bar from Starbuck's, but I eat those all the time and it's never happened. Weird.
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Hey Heaters!
Tomorrow we are smoking a goose for lunch..... Damn things are really hard to roll between the papers ..... ( kidding, people....using our smoker ). Before we "smoke" it, we inject the bird with a Cajun butter and garlic marinade. This was one of the most outstanding things we cooked over the holiday. It was very lean, and very moist, with just a touch of a wild taste. That is all my 3 year old, extremely picky eater, nephew would eat.

Later, gators....
LOL LDT thanks for the Monday morning laugh! "Heaters" I like that and smoking a little goose...lol the goose does sound good though..to eat not smoke..

I didn't personally notice any mood changes when I cut out wheat products (I did notice physical changes) but I noticed MAJOR mood changes when I cut out sugar, in addition to feeling physically better, and obviously if you feel good physically that is going to elevate your mood in most cases.

I fixed a new (for me) vegee dish this weekend: sliced up zucchini real thin and sauteed it in a little EVOO with seasoning then added sliced black olives it was a yummy combination! the recipe suggested topping it with parmesan cheese but I didn't have any--had that with a baked piece of tilapia (just plain with a drop of EVOO and some seasoning)

Coffee good to see you here hope you can get your eating back on track.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:33 AM
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LDT you are a hoot!

InP: Isn't it so uplifting to find out what works for our bodies. A simple thing like wheat.
I guess it's not so simple.

Hi Judy!

Greetings Blue, Top and Ghost!
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Sooo making your veggie dish, Judy! Thanks.

I think I'm about to be brilliant.... I just figured something out.

I don't know If I have mentioned this before or not, but I am rather....um..... sharp-object-challenged. This means I am an absolute clutz with knives, scissors, blades, etc. ( I've had more than a few stitches ). My family always steps in to slice and dice for me during food preparations because they've seen me in action too often. But ya know...sometimes I am alone and just need to CUT MY FOOD.... So today, as I was trying for the hundreth time to cut through the spaghetti squash for lunch....slowly and accurately...paying attention.... and again I could not make a dent. I start getting nervous. I tried 3 different knives and it would not safely go through the hard outter shell. Then it dawned on me.... If I steamed the squash without cutting it open first, at least the outside would be softer and easier (and safer) to cut through!! And Voila'!!! I was right!

O Happy Day!
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