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2/12/13 10:14 A

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thank you so much for the input!!!! I will start writing it down!

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2/12/13 10:01 A

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I do stricter than paleo (but regularly cheat -- most humans do) due to the fact that I don't have a choice with my health issues (I 'found' paleo after already being stricter than...if that makes sense; paleo is a faddy-term that helps winnow down searches). I can't eat legumes, dairy, most grains, citrus, garlic, nightshades and a bunch of other various things that I simply don't digest. See?

I still eat dairy, nightshades, citrus and garlic but not OFTEN. I also still eat sugar but avoid it most of the time!

I GAINED weight when I first learnt about what was causing my life-long systemic issues (and GI issues). It's because my gut healed and I started absorbing nutrients! I'd *never* done that before. I've still not gotten off part of that layer of blubber and that's because I still eat too many nuts (and sugar & dairy).

I know official paleos don't track what they eat but as somebody with numerous congenital health issues, I strongly recommend you write what you bite : amount and what it was. This isn't to lose weight or to make you feel bad. It's simply a HEALTH RECORD for your doctor should anything come up. As a bonus, you can look back at them and find when your blood panels show better or worse for nutrients, cholesterol, sugars, etc. It's really worth-while!



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2/12/13 9:33 A

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morning all! Paleo is helping me so much with my allergies!!!! Am enjoying eating again, but I think I'm overdoing it with the "treats", fruits and nuts because I'm not losing weight - really need to be losing weight! I did atkins for almost a year, and hated that I couldn't have fruit or any real treats so since you can have them on paleo I tend to go overboard :-( Anyone else having these same issues? emoticon

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2/12/13 9:20 A

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I can't do any form of stevia :/ I grew it fresh before as well and gagged just trying to taste it. Finally gave up. I use honey or xylitol for sweetness (we also use xylitol for teeth health).

I wish my blender could handle the Lara bars recipe as well! Yum!

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2/11/13 2:23 P

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I'm deathly allergic (hospital ride) to agave. The worst thing EVER was its popularity! I got poisoned in a drink I bought, not knowing they'd used it as part of 'natural sweetener.' Obviously, I stopped buying anything that said 'natural sweetener' on it again!

I'd rather have something not sweet than put stevia in it BUT when I make my chocolate bars, I put some in. Their flavor is strong enough that I don't taste the stevia. I never tried xylitol. It may be fine but again, I'd rather just not use anything OR go ahead and have some honey. Since it's not a normal thing but only for a few times a year, I'll do that, I guess. And I hated honey but got used to it ;p

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2/11/13 1:57 P

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I love stevia.

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2/11/13 1:25 P

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To me any kind of stevia tastes bitter if I use enough to get sweetening power. I use Xylitol if I want something to taste sweet. Honey (more than a teaspoon very rarely) I try to avoid because it is so high in fructose.
Very bad news for most of us, just like HFCS, same with agave nectar.
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2/11/13 11:43 A

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I have stevia extract -- it's just plain.

I'm Celiac and have congenital lupus, so I know about 'getting used to'. Good luck getting off diabetes meds -- you can do it!

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2/11/13 11:40 A

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LOL ok, well if you decide to try again on the stevia, just know that different brands taste different. I've also tried the plain leaf in hot drinks and it did a good job and no bitterness.

I never liked any of that stuff til I learned i was diabetic. it's amazing what you can get used to after you've gone without anything sweet for a month of so.

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2/11/13 10:55 A

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Thank you so much! I've tried stevia. I also don't like it. I'd rather get the real stuff just 'in' and forget about it. I haven't liked it for 20 years, I'm not going to start liking it! It's HEALTHY, so I do it :)

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2/11/13 10:51 A

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oh wow thank for the recipe - I pinned it! :-)

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2/11/13 10:46 A

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Lily, add a packet of stevia to your cider vinegar water. it makes it taste almost like apple juice, and Stevia is supposed to balance your insulin levels according to one site I read.

So does Cider vinegar if I remember right. it makes your cells more receptive to the insulin so it can do it's job without flooding your blood stream with to much of it. That's why it works so well.


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2/11/13 10:32 A

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Definitely LESS yummy but effective:

2T apple cider vinegar in 1 pint of water -- guzzle.

It cuts the craving (some like it, I think it's disgusting and have done this off and on for about 20 years!).

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2/11/13 10:30 A

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YUM! those both sound really good. :) I wish I could make Larabars at home, but my blender won't handle dates so until I get my Ninja I'm stuck.

This is one of my favorite treats for when I need something sweet: perfectlypaleofromlizzyskitch
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2/11/13 10:23 A

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Was craving something sweet so bad yesterday!!!! Had pinned some paleo treats not too long ago so decided to try them. All I have to say is, "oh my goodness!" lol So, thought I would share . . .

These were delish - the kids loved them.
Better For You Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain free, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free)
Makes about a dozen
Adapted from Detoxinista
1 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey (you can use slightly more or less based on your preference)
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup Enjoy Life chips (more/less if you like)
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line cookie sheet with non-stick foil.(I used parchment)
2. In a bowl, whisk all ingredients (except the chips) together. When combined, gently fold in chips to incorporate.
3. Using a regular spoon, spoon about 2 TBSP worth of batter onto the cookie sheet, about 1.5 inches about. The batter is loose, but it actually doesn't spread a lot.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes (until just slightly firm). Remove from oven and let cool for another 10 minutes on the cookie sheet. This is important to make sure they "set up" right.
5. Remove cookies from sheet and allow to finish cooling on a cookie rack. Store in an airtight container.

These were amazing as well. I used the cheaper dates (since that was what I had) and they seemed a little dry so I added 6 big frozen blueberries instead of water. My boys said they tasted like cookie dough - they were quite good!

Homemade Larabars Recipe – Almond Coconut


Homemade Larabars are no bake and have no added sugar.
Ingredients
1-1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 cup raw almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut
⅛ tsp salt (optional)
Instructions
Combine dates, almonds, vanilla, coconut and salt in a food processor and puree until combined and sticking together.
If the mixture seems a bit too dry, add water and continue to puree. You probably won’t need it.
Remove mixture from bowl and for bar shaped pieces, press it down onto a cutting board and form into a square or rectangle. Cut into 10-12 square or bar shaped pieces.
Chill until eaten.
Notes


These do end up a bit stickier than Larabars. I would suggest wrapping each bar in wax paper if you want to take them on-the-go.


Read more at http://theysmell.com/homemade-larabars/#5T
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