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Wheat Free Tips / Re: Mashed Cauliflower
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:09:55 AM »
Refrige for a few days or freeze. 

Food Elements / Re: Help with Nutrition info
« on: July 29, 2013, 11:05:34 AM »


There are many sites that list the portion size and glycemic index/load of the ingredients we use.  This gives you the amount of carbs.  Tedious at first, but you soon get to know the values and can then estimate your amounts of carbs.  Net carbs= carbs less fiber.  The search is for your ingredient and glycemic load. 

It is good to check the recipe ingredients this way if they are not listed with the recipe.  A ballpark figure for the amount of carbs is usually sufficient for your estimate.  There are inexpensive pocket size guide books available which list the carbs.  And yes, it is very surprising when you really pay attention to the kinds and amounts of carbs we eat. 

When I started, I wrote a list of ingredients , carbs and fiber of most of the ingredients I use and then taped it to the inside of a kitchen cabinet.  After nearly eight months of WB, I rarely need to look at the list.


Keep yourself encouraged with this grain/sugar free way of eating!  You have enough health issues to immediately consider taking the probiotics to encourage the proper flora in your gut.  Dr. D. recommends 50 billion cfu.  lots of water too (48+oz.).  Intestinal issues will clear up faster with the many strains and high amounts of beneficial bacteria.

Not everyone needs to take the probiotics.  I found that they helped me enormously as my intestines were getting rid of the inflammation and healing. I never had an intestinal problem, but felt better when taking them at the beginning. Dr. D. recommends several other nutritional supplements which you just might look into.
Check the left side of WB blog for the topic.  Good explanation of why you need these and the average dose.

And welcome! 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Adding stuff to mashed avocados
« on: July 28, 2013, 01:39:48 PM »
Thank you for your advice.

I did do an internet search and it seems that this often happens with avocados picked from a tree that is very immature (2 years old or less).  The fruit does not ripen properly.  Or, they were handled roughly and are indeed bruised enough that they turn gray when ripening.

Yes, these are Haas.  The supermarket was just putting them out.  I remember that the fruit was very cold to the touch.  I wonder if they might have been stored at too cold a temperature?   I try to buy them green and usually cut them open when they start to turn dark.  Your "test" method sounds like great idea.

These are kept in an airy, woven basket with other fruit or veggies that I will be eating that day or needs ripening.
The basket usually contains an apple, lemons and limes.  I'm not eating too much fruit now because of fructose. 

Don't forget about water too!  At LEAST 48 oz. daily.  Also, make sure you aren't eating high glycemic foods (fruits, corn, soy, etc.).  You might want to start taking away 1 food group at a time (like dairy) to make sure you aren't reacting to it in some way.
I had to learn to eat only a counted-out-in-a-separate-dish portion of nuts instead of eating out of the container.  Too many carbs which threw off my count. 

Grapefruit is good to eat if you are not sensitive to citrus.  The seasonal fruits are delish, but the fructose is high carb.  These should be minimal at first.  Check and double check ingredients on containers such as protein powders for smoothies.  If you are eating gluten-free baked items from the store, check those ingredients because they are probably high glycemic. 

Perhaps it is the sweetener you are using which is keeping you from weight loss.  Change it or eliminate it for a few days to see if that is the culprit.

Finally, make sure you are eating enough fats.  Fix yourself some bacon!  Make bulletproof coffee (butter or coconut oil added), eat cheese.  Add olive and coconut oil to nearly everything you eat to see if this triggers the weight loss. 

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Adding stuff to mashed avocados
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:19:04 PM »
Hello all,

I have been having a problem with my avocados.  It seems that some are gray inside and not palatable.  The nubs are still on them so that is not the problem. They have a slight give, so they are ripe.  I sure hate having to discard this costly item.  Any ideas why this is happening? 

Yes!  Not eating foods that poison us bite by bite sure helps us to think clearer and make smarter decisions!  Toxic food yields toxic thoughts. Toxic thoughts yields toxic behavior.  You should be very proud of yourself.   If you have some time, read Dr. Amen's books or even look at his internet sites.  He does CAT scans of brains, before and after his patients change their diets.  Scans showing the actual changes in the brain are astounding.  Clearer thinking, calming down, smarter decisions are all described as benefits of his "eat like a gorilla" diet.

Dr. Amen has been on PBS and is very well respected.  Like Dr. Davis, he believes that the food we eat impacts our life/health in every way.  Worth the time to explore his philosophy.  You should be proud of yourself.  To your future! ;D

Wheat Free Recipes / More Bread and other Recipes
« on: July 26, 2013, 05:53:50 AM »
Good morning all,

I have found 2 new recipes for sliced bread.  Sites also have many other WB type recipes.I searched "grain free bread" and found these.   Certainly worth a look.  They use the standard loaf pans too! and are the sites.  Just learning on my new MAC after years of Windows.  I hate not having instruction manuals!
Remember to whip the egg whites and then fold them into the batter to make sure you get a good rise.  Sub 1 TBS xylitol or 4 drops liquid stevia or whatever sweetener you use instead of the honey.  Nice change of pace from WB recipe.  The "BEST" recipe uses sesame seeds and is delicious toasted with butter. 


Food Elements / Wheat Belly eating with an ostomy
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:22:57 AM »
Hi all,

A long time friend has inquired about the WB way of eating. She had cancer surgery about 20 years ago and has an ostomy bag which she irrigates.  Her concern is about the fiber which is limited with her condition.  Worried about constipation and diarrhea too.  Any advice or references would be appreciated.  Currently, she feels lethargic, has a UTI which is  keeping her up all night and is going from doctor to doctor hoping for some relief.

I posted on WB blog just now, but since so many of you are research savvy, I was hoping you can help point her in the right direction considering her limitations.  I can email your responses to her - thank you Rita!

Food Elements / Re: Pepperidge Farm
« on: July 24, 2013, 12:39:28 PM »
I remember when Pepperidge Farm products were considered premium, top of the line quality.  And they were!  Slowly, the recipes changed and the products became overly sweet with lots of additives.  No longer premium quality.  By the mid 70's, the products were barely edible in my opinion.  Their breads remained premium quality for a bit longer. 

I learned how to bake and happily made my own pastries, cakes, tarts and cookies when a celebration was at hand.  Often made bread too.  My thinking was that there weren't any harmful additives, colors, too much sugar or preservatives.  My labors were worth it!  Everything was delicious and I became skilled at decorations, although I rarely used a sugary icing.  Never did I think that the basic wheat  was the WORST ingredient until I read Wheat Belly. 

What havoc has been wrought for profits!

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Adding stuff to mashed avocados
« on: July 23, 2013, 08:03:08 AM »
This stuffed, baked avocado idea is really wonderful.  I did a quick search and people are stuffing and baking them with just about any mixture you can think up, from crab, shrimp, tuna, etc.  Even breading and baking for "fries".   Not just for salads anymore!
Too many recipes to list here.  Just use your imagination and whatever is in your fridge or pantry!  Spice and top with cheese.
Bake, then broil to melt cheese.  This is your new open-faced sandwich melt.   Use coconut flour to thicken any creamy sauce, if needed, such as in a crab stuffing.  Yum! :)

Food Elements / Re: Psyllium
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:47:24 AM »
Be sure to post your recipe!

Food Elements / Re: Vegetable Oils
« on: July 18, 2013, 03:45:22 PM »
It also says butter is OK to use.  So we have a nice choice: olive and coconut oils and butter.  I find that I like my stir fry made with coconut oil.  Sometimes I use nut oils which provide a subtle flavor to salad dressings. 

Reading this article just makes me angry that not only were the oils used in paint marketed as food grade, but even marketed as a HEALTHY food grade oil!  You pay a premium for them too!  Check out the oil used in all the "healthy" salad dressings and mayonnaise.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: Hello!
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:00:09 AM »
Dr. Davis has stated several times that the cravings are caused by wheat!  Very common!  Why don't you try taking probiotics (50 billion cfu) right now.  Make sure you drink 48+ oz. liquids.  Have some fruit like grapefruit or other low glycemic fruit available for snacks or have cheese.  Treat yourself to a wonderful steak with veggies.  Once you get over this cravings hump, you will be fine. 

The nice thing about this way of life is that you eat fats which are tasty and satisfying.  Full fat milk or cream in coffee!  Cheese!
Butter!  Try to find shirataki noodles in your foodstore.  They usually stock it near the tofu.  Konjac root is the best!  Make the alfredo sauce Dr. D. posted.  Heavy cream, parmes. cheese, garlic!  Throw in some shrimp, scallops or other fish.  Filling and satisfying dish! 

Everyone is different, but all seem to say that the cravings are short lived.  You can refine your diet later on for optimal results.

General Discussion / Re: Good deals thread
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:14:57 PM »
By the way, once you have set yourself up with the sweeteners, flours, nuts and other ingredients you need for WB lifestyle, you will find that your food dollar stretches a lot further because you are not purchasing the expensive processed foods, deli, baked goods, snacks, condiments, etc.  It is expensive at first, but as you re-define your likes and needs and learn where to purchase the few packaged items you use at the best possible price, your costs go down significantly.  Snacks, sodas, beers, cookies, candies, cereals, most canned goods, condiments and convenience foods are rather expensive and cost way more than veggies and meats/fish/poultry/cheese.  Being released from the need for food every few hours, you eat a satisfying portion at mealtime and don't snack much, if at all.   No need for quick "pick me ups" any more. 

I purchased an ice cream maker with the money I saved!  Store bought ice cream tasted too sweet to me.  Now I make it with coconut and/or dairy products. Premium product at half to 2/3 the cost of store bought, even on sale with NO additives, preservatives and other chemicals.   Blueberry, creamy lemon and creamy key lime, strawberry, chunky monkey (Ben & Jerry knockoff!) all made at my leisure.  Heaven!   ;D

I have made expensive mistakes.  Purchased Julian Bakery frozen low carb breads which did not contain the high glycemic ingredients at $10 per loaf.  These were tasteless.  Much better to set aside the time to bake, slice and freeze WB recipes.  Some of the sweeteners don't taste good to me and are sitting in my pantry.  I am hoping to use these up gradually.  I am slowly learning how to use coconut milk products in recipes and how to substitute the milk, cream, butter and oil for recipes as well as trying to find these items without sugars, preservatives and other additives. 


General Discussion / Re: Good deals thread
« on: July 16, 2013, 11:29:02 AM »
I found Coconut oil, hemp seeds and nuts at Costco for wonderful prices.  I didn't have much time there and I am sure they have other useful items.  The problem is that the items are located all over the store so plan to spend some time there.

Bob's Red Mill Coco Flour is sold at most supermarkets.  Trader Joe's almond meal is good, but heavy.  OK for breads, crumbs etc. Bob's Red Mill is milled finer, but Honeyville  Almond Flour seems to be the best for baking when a lighter flour such as for a cake is needed.

Off Topic Discussions / Re: Gov. Christie
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:42:31 AM »
Newspaper pix show that he is indeed thinner.  You can almost see his facial features now.  Too bad neither he, nor his doctors are in a WB frame of mind or at least they are not talking about it or any other matters pertaining to his health.  Gov. Christie has been adamant about his right to privacy.  He announced the surgery weeks after the event. Said he did this for his wife and family and always had a weight problem.  Nor more press statements on this topic.

You might want to read up on Dr. Amen, MD.  He does before and after brain scans and runs several clinics,  He says "eat like a gorilla!"  Highly respected and has been on PBS many times.  Most importantly, he clearly states that your brain can heal and return to normal with changes in diet.  With this kind of outcome proven and dangling in front of you, any combination of WB, Dr. Amen's plan, paleo diet etc. should show results.   

Everyone on this blog and WB blog has had success, even with some stumbling blocks.  When you consider that your current health will only get worse with the nourishment you are now choosing to eat, you have nothing to lose (except grains and sugar) and everything to gain (like feeling better)!  People are writing in from all over the world about their relief from their ailments and medications. Thousands of people just like you.  Why do you think that you will fail?  Just read the book, the WB blog or even Amazon reviews of Wheat Belly!

Your organs start healing as inflammation goes away.  You lose the aches and pains you are suffering from.  Your grocery and drug bill goes down because you aren't eating the high carb, high sugar processed foods and don't need to buy the OTC meds that give relief to your ailments while your need for prescription meds goes down.  Yes, you have to make an effort.  Most people find that they just don't crave the candy, chips and other junk that they had been eating before adopting this way of life.

Focus on getting well rather than failing.  Your negative thoughts will only place a bag of M&M's or chips in your hands/mouth instead of a piece of steak. 

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