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R2R soup experiment!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Refuse to Regain recommends cutting way back on grains (even whole grains) and legumes. Why? Because they weren't part of our "evolutionary" diet. Hmm. I have noticed that eating grains tends to make me hungrier and seems to have a greater "weight gain" effect than the actual calories they contain signals they should.

And so -- always looking for new strategies -- I thought about my major sources of grains and legumes. Rarely eat 'em for breakfast or for lunch. Rarely eat breads or crackers. Yup, my supper soups: generally have had brown rice or whole wheat noodles or whole wheat couscous, and chick peas or kidney beans or lentils or corn . . .

R2R also recommends more fish. I pretty much have either shrimp or chicken as the go-to proteins in my lunch salads.

This weekend I experimented with a legume and grain free salmon soup. Two cans of diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, whole head of celery chopped, grated carrot, three peppers (green, yellow, orange) diced, 3 skinless boneless salmon filets, diced, lots of garlic and onion and red chile flakes, fresh ground black pepper and sea salt -- and fresh thyme from my garden.

It tastes good: chock full of vegetables.

I'm wondering whether it's going to be as satisfying as my usual recipes.

But: worth a try, right?

Just keep changing it up.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Thanks for sharing the info from this book. I had thought that personally about grains and legumes, but hadn't really read it anywhere. Most of the other nutrition books really push them.

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ID_VANDAL 8/20/2013 1:41PM

    That sounds interesting. I've been reading a lot of that stuff about grains as well.

PM and I are focusing on fish and trying to eliminate anything processed - still have a ways to go on that one!

I'm also going to give you a crown (per your prior blog) because you deserve all the crowns you can get for what you have accomplished!




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_LINDA 8/19/2013 10:12PM

    I found I had to cut back grains when I first started my journey to weight loss as their calories would put me over the top of my range all the time. For a long while I had no grains at all. I really preferred just eating fruits and veggies. What I had to learn was I also needed protein and fat :P. When I finally got the balance down was when good things happened. Today I will have one grain serving, usually Mom's marvelous muffins, rice crackers or sprouted whole wheat toast.
Love all the spicing in this soup :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2013 7:53PM

    Sounds interesting. I've never done a "fishy" soup... traditionally not been fond of chowders and such. But this one sounds decent.

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PHEBESS 8/19/2013 6:45PM

    Soup sounds wonderful - we ate something similar when we lived in Greece - but they used a firm white fish. I used to make it through college, using whatever white fish was cheap - usually turbot fillets. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon each time you heat up a bowl - delicious and nutritious.

Add a Greek salad on the side - yia sou!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/19/2013 4:58PM

    Oh, I saw your status first and was really trying to figure out R2R, but then I found your blog. Should have remembered that book!! I really don't think whole grains and legumes affect me that way. I've done really well, both losing and maintaining, when I have oatmeal for breakfast and brown rice with beans and cooked veggies for lunch. Then I usually have protein and salad for supper and another cooked veg. But it is smart to try some different eating patterns to see what works best for you. Best wishes!! Hope you find something filling, nutritious, easy to make and clean up that both you and hubby really, really enjoy.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2013 10:43AM

    Your salmon soup sounds good. I'll be interest to hear about your report as well. Grains/breads/carbs are a trigger for me and I try to limit them as much as possible, with varying degrees of success....

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DDOORN 8/19/2013 10:35AM

    My Kale Gazpacho fits the bill: Kale, mushrooms, onions, garlic, peppers, diced or crushed tomatoes, olive oil and jazz it up with spices of your choosing! Yum!


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KANOE10 8/19/2013 9:56AM

    I like your R2R abbreviation. That soup sounds healthy and yummy. The key is whether it is as satisfying. That is definitely a new healthy dish to try! I have cut back on grains also.


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MEADSBAY 8/19/2013 8:44AM

    Worth a try!
Sounds yummy, btw.

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NANCY- 8/19/2013 8:38AM

    I've bee thinking about cutting way back on my grains too. Grains are carbs, carbs turn to sugar. Sugar within fruit is not an issue for me. The body is a wondrous thing that it can take what we consume and convert it.
Changing it up is a good thing. Season change what is available to eat changes with them. Plus we do not end up bored. :)

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CSKIES1 8/19/2013 8:37AM

    Sounds like you can make it without all the grains~ emoticon

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KALIGIRL 8/19/2013 8:33AM

    Definitely worth a try - I'm just introducing more into our diet - 3 servings/week recommended in the Mediterranean Diet. Interesting how they both have inflammatory properties, but I think the 'balance' (as in all things is the key). If we eat enough fish (also 3+x/week), the net result is good.

Let us know how it goes.

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