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Recipes and meal photos / Nightshade free recipes?
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:39:53 PM »
I was wondering if any of you have nightshade free recipes that substitute for nightshade containing recipes.  Things like salsa, condiments, etc.  And any things you use in place of where you used nightshades b/4 (I'm thinking of spices like various chiles, etc).  I'm attempting to cut them out of my diet, but I really eat them every day, and just would love as many ideas as possible for how to substitute using them.  (My son and husband are very used to them, and I prefer to make us all the same meals, so appeasing them as well is important to me.)  I know I could just cook meat and other veggies etc, but would really like to simulate some of the things I've made in the past (tomato based sauces, Mexican and southwestern style dishes, etc etc etc)

Anyway, I'm open to all ideas!  TIA!

Diet and nutrition / Nightshade free no-mato sauce recipe
« on: February 21, 2010, 07:46:42 PM »

I read that this is a good recipe for folks avoiding nightshades.  Thought I'd post it here!  ;D

Quick and easy to make - you won't believe it's not really tomatoes! You can use this for Spaghetti Sauce, Chili base or Pizza sauce or Whatever Sauce!

2 1/2 C steamed carrots
1/3 C steamed beets (other recipe said 1/2 cup)
2/3 C Water
3 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1-Tbsp Basil (leave out for Chili)
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/8 tsp Oregano
3/4 C chopped, cooked onions (I use dried flakes equivalent),
1 clove minced Garlic
Steam carrots and beets until tender. Brown onion & garlic together. Measure all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add cooked ground meat or meatballs for spaghetti sauce. Or use as is for pizza sauce. Omit Basil for Chili and use as you would normally. It freezes nicely in a canning jar. Remember to allow about an inch at the top and tighten jar lid after sauce freezes.

I would suggest you make a double batch of this recipe and keep half frozen for future use. In my experience this sauce is better if it's made the day before and allowed to mellow.

Exercises / The Basics...?
« on: February 09, 2010, 06:52:10 AM »
So, I've been doing various bodyweight exercises (squats, push-ups, burpees, etc) based on recs I've gotten on another forum, in addition to my regular vinyasa yoga practice.  I don't think I've found the perfect mix yet though--I've read it's best to work out so hard (only a couple times a week) that you feel exhausted at the end--this is certainly not the case w/ me (I could probably keep going after I'm done), so I don't think I'm doing it right...

My husband is interested in starting to work out now.  I'd LOVE to organize my own workouts better, and to create a routine/workout plan that he can do as well.  We have a pair of 8 lb weights and our bodies for equipment.  I'd rather focus on things we can do w/out a gym or other stuff, just using our bodies.  Any ideas?  And recs for how to make sure we are working hard enough?  I'm still really new to all this working out stuff (was never my thing, although I've loved yoga for years--the strength training stuff is all new to me.) 

Thanks for any ideas/link/etc!

Diet and nutrition / Transitioning to a warrior/fast-5 type of diet...
« on: February 05, 2010, 03:46:41 PM »
I've been slowly transitioning to a daily fasting period of 16-19 hours a day, and an eating window of 5-8 hours a day (similar in ways to the warrior diet or fast-5 diet, but longer on the days I eat in an 8 hour period.)  I'm thinking of pushing it to a just 5 hour eating period for the long run, but am still in the transition/settling phase of this.

These past 2 days I've felt kind of tired and weak during the fasting period (morning until 2-3)--nothing terrible, but just not optimum.  And I've felt pretty hungry by noon until the end of my fasting period.  For those of you w/ experience w/ this, is this pretty typical of the transition to this kind of diet?  I've read so much about high energy levels on eating window/warrior type diets, so I was surprised to feel like this.  I've really just done this steadily (consecutive days) for 4 days now.

I eat a mostly paleo diet (I do eat some tubers, and peanuts on occasion, although I haven't had those this past week or so, and the last time I had anything tuberish was butternut squash last week...)  My carbs are typically in the 100-150 range, although lately they've been under 100 a lot more often.  (I've been eating my paleo-esque diet for a few months now, and have been gluten and dairy free for 2 years, so I know it's not the initial transition causing this.  I remember the 'low carb flu' from gluten withdrawl, and it was awful--what I'm feeling now is NOTHING in comparison...) 

I'm also pretty sure I'm getting enough calories (got 1500 two days ago, 2000 varies, but I feel like I'm totally getting enough, or more than enough.)  I'm 5'9 and nursing, with a pretty intense daily vinyasa yoga practice + 2 strength training workouts a week (all bodyweight stuff) if that makes any difference...

Would love to hear your thoughts on all of this!

Also, I'd LOVE more links on the health benefits of this kind of eating.  Besides the past couple of days, it's felt really good to me whenever I've IFd, and once I transition to this/get used to it and feel great doing it, it's something I think could really work for me.  (I've typically been a big eater at night--used to snack all day long as well, but really prefer to eat at night--I think I could totally do this fasting during the day and eat in the evening long term, esp. if it feels good to do so...)  I'd just love to be totally assured that it's really really good for me healthwise, you know?

Thanks for any info you have to share!!!  :)

Introductions / Hey! :)
« on: February 03, 2010, 05:33:30 PM »
I'm new to this forum, but have been eating a grain free diet for months now, and have moved more paleo since reading on Mark's Daily Apple.  (I eat lots of meat, good fats, veggies, fruit, nuts and seeds and some tubers--I know they're not paleo.  ::)  We've been gluten/dairy/soy/corn free for almost 2 years now due to my son's food sensitivities, and dropping grains and sugars along w/ most legumes has made a positive impact in how I look and feel.  I still do small amounts of peanut butter b/c my ds can't tolerate any nuts--just a few seeds--working on making my own seed butters so I can drop peanuts, and therefore legumes all together.  I NEED a better blender or food processor though!!)

Anyway, I am LOVING my *almost* paleo diet, and really enjoying how I feel eating this way.  I've also started playing around w/ IF a bit and am just wanting to learn more and more and more!  (IF'd until dinner tonight and feeling good!)  I'm very interested in this diet b/c of the health benefits, and just want to read all I can about it.  I've read _The Garden of Eating_ (cookbook, but still got great info on why to choose a more paleo diet), _The Primal Blueprint_, _Protein Power Lifeplan_ and _Primal Body--Primal Mind_ (which I'm still on the fence about in some respects...).  I'm dying to read _Neanderthin_, and have thought about reading _The Paleo Diet_, although Cordain's stance on fats makes me shudder (I'm all about the good fat!)  I've also read the GCBC notes, but not the actual book.  I'd love to look into any other book or site recs you all have.   ;D

I just want to learn everything I can about this WOE, and am glad I found this forum!  Seems like this is more strict paleo than MDA, which I'm excited about, specifically from the non-dairy perspective. 

Thanks for reading!  I'm excited to learn from and with you all!!!   :)

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