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7/4/08 10:18 A

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So happy it came out well for you, Mistybear!



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MISTYBEAR's Photo MISTYBEAR Posts: 9
7/3/08 6:08 P

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I made your pasta recipe the other night! It was good. I made regular spaghetti with it, and for fear of overcooking it, I undercooked it a tad. Honestly, I thought it was perfect, but my husband seems to like everything cooked to mush, so he thought it was a little undercooked. I will definitely use it more. We eat lots of pasta and it is hard to find anything I trust at the store! Thanks again!

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CITZNMAG's Photo CITZNMAG Posts: 32
6/25/08 10:17 P

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Hi MistyBear. I get the gluten from the health food section at my local supermarket--Bob's Red Mill brand. I also get his brand of corn grits, muesli and steel cut oats. I've found a few recipes online, but here's the one I prefer:

1 cup whole wheat flour (I use white whole wheat)
1 egg
1 tsp olive oil
1-2 tablespoon water, if needed

In bowl make well in flour and pour in oil and egg, mix with fork. Add water if needed till it starts to come together, a little bit at a time. Knead with hands till dough is smooth. Let rest in covered bowl 15-20 minutes before putting through pasta machine. Homemade pasta cooks in a blink, so check after 3-4 minutes.

Let me know how it turns out. I'll be experimenting with adding spinach and carrots in the dough.



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MISTYBEAR's Photo MISTYBEAR Posts: 9
6/25/08 6:37 P

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Thanks, Maggie, for your prayers..I appreciate that. Also, about my son...I already know the time goes so fast...it seems like he was just born, but that was 2 1/2 years ago already...I shudder to think how quickly the next 15 will go!

Thanks for the recommendation on the book, too! I have Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It is great, but it seems like everything in the book takes days (literally) to prepare. Even oatmeal needs to soak overnight. I don't mind doing the work as I am a stay home mom, but it would be nice to have more quick ideas and the cost can be a bit much sometimes. About the flour, I have a juicer that has an attachment that allows me to grind wheat berries to make flour. I made a few recipes, but was disappointed in how they turned out so have not really tried again. I had to run the wheat berries through twice, and then the flour had to soak in water and yogurt (lactic acid fermentation) overnight so I could make a small batch of waffles the next day...and they weighed like a pound each!! I really need to just try again...and maybe the gluten will help. Where do you get it? Also, I would like to know more about making pasta...the juicer has an attachment for that as well, but I need a recipe that calls for healthful nourishing ingredients!
Thanks!

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CITZNMAG's Photo CITZNMAG Posts: 32
6/24/08 10:52 P

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Hi Misty! Just checked out your SparkPage. Glad to read your health is stable and you have my prayers for continued good health. Your little boy is adorable! Treasure every moment with him--my little boy is turning 17 on Thursday--eek where did the time fly.

No expert here, but I do feel like I finally 'got it right' this time around. I get tested everyday--today test was chocolate chip cookies and milk at work. But the super sweet smell just made me nauseas and instead I reached for my nectarine which really hit the spot. Preparation is key for me. I bring lunch and snacks everyday and so far, have not felt deprived.

As far as recipes, I don't have too many. I eat pretty simply: grilled chicken, beef, salmon, lettuce tomato salads, brown rice. I make soup out of anything (throw frozen veggies in a pot with chicken stock and puree when veggies tender then add salt and pepper). I picked up THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS by George Mateljan and refer to it often when I need ideas. I am fascinated on your milling your own flour--please tell me more! Would adding vital gluten help with some of the denseness? I add a few tablespoons to my whole wheat bread and it seems to help with the texture.

Anyway, thank you and everyone else who welcomed me. I look forward to getting to know and learn from you all!

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MISTYBEAR's Photo MISTYBEAR Posts: 9
6/24/08 12:27 A

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Hi Maggie...
I am very interested in getting to know you a bit better!! It sounds like you are having lots of success changing your lifestyle! That is awesome! I have been working on it for about a year now, and have not lost any weight! To be totally honest, I started the whole foods thing due to some serious health problems (not weight related...will tell you all about it if you are curious) and so that has really been my focus. Now, though I am at a point where my health is stable and I really need to focus on my weight. I would love to keep contact with you and learn about your recipes and how you have been so successful! I have tried to make my own yogurt (it was ok) and some bread products. I milled my own flour and soaked it and everything, but my finished products were still very dense and not supertasty. I also face the challenge of a picky 2 year old and a junk food junkie husband. To be fair, my husband has changed a lot of his habits but he has always been thin and is in relatively good health so he is not as motivated as me. Enough rambling, I guess! The point is I would love to get to know you better and welcome!!

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CITZNMAG's Photo CITZNMAG Posts: 32
6/18/08 6:47 P

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Thank you, Melissa and congrats to you too!



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6/17/08 11:18 P

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Maggie,

I think you found the secret! I have lost over 100 pounds by not eating things I couldn't pronounce! Great job to you. good luck at your continued success!

~melissa

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"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

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6/17/08 9:02 P

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6/17/08 9:01 P

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Hello! Welcome to the team. I look forward to getting to know you as you reach your goals.


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6/17/08 8:55 P

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Welcome to the team Maggie~
Congratulations on working towards a healthier lifestyle!

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CITZNMAG's Photo CITZNMAG Posts: 32
6/17/08 8:50 P

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Hello :). My name is Maggie. I have been following a whole foods diet for over three months. I am a classic yo-yo dieter, gaining and losing the same 25-35 lbs for as long as I can remember. After losing the first 20 lbs using well-known diet foods, I decided this time around to explore why I lose it so successfully just to gain it all back after a year or so. After much reading (online, books, magazines) I decided to experiment by eliminating processed foods, sugar and refined flours/grains. So basically, if there is no nutritional value, or if it has been striped and then enriched, or it's not an item that would have been recognized as food a hundred years ago, I'm not eating it. These new habits have virtually eliminated junk food cravings, which I believe has been what has caused me to fail maintaining weight loss before. In total I have lost over 35 lbs have more energy and feel healthier at 43 than I did at 23. My taste buds are another story--I can't believe how good whole foods tastes. I make my own pasta, bread, yogurt, and grow some of my own veggies. It hasn't been easy (just can't pop in that Lean Cuisine in the micro, anymore) but knowing that I am doing all I can to prevent disease and premature aging has been so worth it.

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