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1/6/13 2:17 P

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Hi, I make a lot of homemade soups. I just made a turkey noodle soup with the left over turkey. Lots of onions, carrots, celery, potato, garlic and of course egg noodles.
Hubby just loves my soups. I make a great beef and barley as well as Navy bean wth ham or pork hocks.

Soups are a great filler for the cold.

I started really changing to the healthy lifestyle on the 3rd. My motto is "Out with the old in with the new" I am determined to be healthier and lose some of this unwanted weight.

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12/30/12 9:29 P

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Hi there! Sorry I didn't reply right when I saw this post but it's such a pain to type on my phone. I have tried a lower-carb, lean protein data and found it very successful for me. I always lose more weight when I'm eating more protein and less carbs, but I never go all the way down into super low carbs because it just doesn't agree with me, though many swear by it. I just try to stay below 50g or so and get my carbs from beans, veggies, and corn while avoiding bread, pasta, rice and sugar. I just find it easier to eat fewer calories because the meals are very satisfying and I have less of a problem with eating too much.

In this case I like to eat hearty soups full of meat and beans, as well as stir-fries without the rice. I also adjust existing recipes to just cut back the carbs while increasing the protein and veggies. I know there are vegetarians who manage low carb, but it's a LOT more difficult. For me, being willing to eat a little "weird" helps - I have actually gotten to like fajitas and tacos made in lettuce wraps with tons of pico de gallo - yum! It definitely takes a few weeks to adjust, but I find I have far fewer cravings and binge eating when the sugar is taken out of the equation, and the complex carbs kept as part of a balanced meal.

I am going to be eating this way after my husband's birthday meal tomorrow, so if you run into any good recipes, feel free to share and let me know how it's going!



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I've been a vegetarian since August but am thinking of spending a few weeks doing a low carb, lean protein diet. Does anyone have any recommendations? I simply want to try to lose more weight; I think that as a vegetarian I was eating simply too much pasta, rice, beans, legumes. I need to see if I can ramp up my diet for a while.

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11/24/12 2:33 A

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I did Thanksgiving a week early to do things up right for a daughter, son-in-law, and great grandson who came a distance to visit us. Thursday was just a peaceful, quiet day with mild weather. Nice!

A new cranberry chutney from a newspaper recipe was quite a hit, so copies of that are requested. Turkey was very good. Made pumpkin pie without crust -- a luscious pumpkin custard. Biggest hit of all was simply plain peanuts I roasted in the oven. Those never last long, each little handful leads to another ....

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10/7/12 1:54 A

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Wow! That sounds like a really hectic weekend but it sounds like you are prepared. I hope you have a wonderful time and find plenty of time to spend with those little ones!



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10/6/12 3:35 P

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I AM ALL READY FOR MY COMPANY. THERE ARE 17 OF THEM ALL TOGETHER AND 10 ARE FROM OUT OF TOWN. FOR TONIGHT I MADE TWO HUGE BATCHES OF LASAGNA WITH GARLIC BREAD, SALAD AND LOTS OF VEGGIES AND DIP TO START WITH. ( DIP WITH YOGURT, SUN DRIED TOMATOES, RANCH DRESSING MIX, ONION AND GARLIC)
FOR DESSERT I MADE RED VELVET COOKIES. TWO OF THOSE COMING ARE BABIES THAT I HAVE NOT SEEN YET. (NIECES TWINS)

FOR TOMORROW MORNING WE ARE HAVING QUICHE - THREE OF WHICH I AM MAKING AND THE REST IS UP TO ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER. THOSE DRIVING ARE BRINGING THE POP AND BEER AND THE BABIES! I ALSO MADE TWO HUGE PANS OF CINNAMON ROLL DOUGH SO I JUST HAVE TO POP THEM IN EARLY AND THEN FROST THEM AND TAKE THEM TO THE OTHER HOUSE.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR THE REST OF THE TIME. I JUST WANT TO SEE THOSE BABIES. MAYBE I'LL EVEN KEEP ONE! ALTHOUGH I DON'T THINK DADDY WOULD LIKE THAT - HE LOVES HIS BOYS! PLANS ON STARTING HIS OWN BASEBALL TEAM!

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10/5/12 5:28 P

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Thanks for the suggestion! That would be a wonderful site to find some tasty recipes.
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10/5/12 3:30 P

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FRUGALIST - Have you ever been on Pinterest? They have dozens of uses for pumpkin!

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Now that autumn has arrived, I have been busy making pumpkin butter and browsing through my cookbooks (and my favorite websites) for new pumpkin recipes to try. And I enjoy making homemade applesauce. The crockpot seems to be in constant demand!
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10/3/12 4:21 P

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I have a taste for some good old fashioned hot dogs. So I had to make a trip to the local butcher, where they make home made ones with no fillers or by products. No preservatives, no chemicals. I have heard that the Hebrew National brand is also pretty good but I try not to buy anything pre-packaged. Besides, the texture of these is different and really nice. Add some good whole wheat buns, tons of raw onions and about a half bottle of hot sauce and I am all set. Maybe some sauerkraut on the side but that's lots of sodium. HMMMM ......

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10/3/12 4:07 P

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Of course you can! If I like cold pizza, why not a cold casserole? Everything is cooked! It's a little cold, but you can heat it if you want to. Were you able to connect to the link with the recipe? But then, if you are like me, you don't need a recipe.
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10/3/12 1:34 A

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Turkey! Brown rice! Carrots! Garlic!
It's too late at night to fix this now -- can I have this for breakfast in the morning?
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10/2/12 1:33 P

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I posted a recipe on my spark nutrition recipe box. I don't know if you can access it. It is called Makeover slow cooker artichoke turkey casserole. Super good and healthy too. If you can't access it, I will see if there is some way to change that. It took me all morning just to get it in. Maybe I am being too adventurous for my own good.
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10/1/12 10:54 P

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Oh my, that is very exciting! All the cooking talent and skill in my family went to my brother, who is a chef. I have to stick to recipes and not be creative or disasters ensue. Feel free to share any recipes you love!



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Since I made a turkey breast over the weekend, today I cut up the left over turkey, mixed it with some brown rice, chopped bell peppers and onion, chopped carrots and garlic and an entire can of artichoke hearts. Mixed fat free sour cream with fat free cream of chicken soup and threw it all in the crock pot. Mondays are just too busy for me. If I don't get my supper ready first thing in the morning, I will not eat at night.
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Cooking is my primary source of relieving tension. I not only love to cook, I am very good at it.
I have won awards for my cooking and have had some recipes printed in Taste Of Home Magazine. So I think I will love this thread.

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Natalie, are you familiar with the Humane Farming Association? They do some good advocacy for our furred and feathered relatives (without blowing up or setting fire to anything).

I've moved my laptop out onto the long kitchen counter under the windows. So, now it's both easier and more pleasant to do the tracking. My cluttered office was getting me down. I knew I needed to make some sort of change in procedure, tried this, tried that, and this may be it at last. I also turned the ringer off on the telephone. Wow! Quiet! Fortunately, the message recorder works just fine, so I don't need to feel guilty about it. So many surveys and political calls just made me want to bite things (people?) Not good for the diet ....

Bonus to this new tracking location is the hummingbird feeder right in front of me.
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I am on day 11 of being a vegetarian. I don't know why, but my husband and I simultaneously decided to commit to it. We have seen many documentaries about corn, fast food, farming, animal rights, and it seemed better to try it. So we made a vow not to buy any meat at all until January 1st, 2013, and then revisit the issue.

So far: a bit more work cooking and shopping but I think it will get easier as I start to learn some good recipes. I did invest in some cookbooks. We started making our own bread (using the very easy no-knead method). It feels right!

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8/15/12 10:18 A

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Summer is tough because it is so hot which makes it tough to exercise and be outside. I know I had a bad July myself. I know it is entirely my choice and fault, so I decided to make August a month for results, not excuses. So I am rebooting my old plan that worked and tweaking it as needed. Weekends are still tough - the more time I spend at home, the more I eat!



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8/14/12 6:35 P

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Well. I started eating somewhere earlier in the summer, and haven't stopped. Gained five pounds so far....
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6/26/12 4:18 P

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Today, shopped for easy stuff for my husband to eat while I'm in Chicago. ~Shudder~
Not so healthy from my point of view, but I do want him to eat something beside peanut butter and jam. He'll be happy as a clam, but I will need to shop again when I get back.
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Sounds like my kitchen, tea, pots, strainers, bag tongs take up an entire corner.
Wouldn't have it any other way though. Then there's the coffee corner too....
Here's to brewing and steeping!
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I gave myself a "free-pass" last night while we were out with friends... it might have been a bit of a mistake, but the scale wasn't too negative today. My biggest kitchen struggle is getting my husband on-board and understanding all the changes I need to make to accomplish my goals.

We drink a LOT of tea in this household. One whole cabinet is reserved for tea (looseleaf, bagged, and all sorts of brands), plus accessories... various teapots, teacups, tea strainers, teabag tongs, etc. Unfortunately, we have so much, i'm sure a lot of it has lost its potency over time. We still drink it, though.

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Oh, oh. I was doing well, then took a break for a friend's birthday. Not a good idea. The thing is, a little something extra is often just fine -- unless it leads to a lot MORE chocolate cake, and stuffing myself for the rest of the day.

Why is it that when I eat too much, even more than I want, I'm more hungry? Probably something to do with the chemistry of eating, I suspect.
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I often order tea from Harney & Sons, or if I'm in an 'organic only' frame of mind, I'll order from Choice Organic teas. Harney makes tea browsing a lot of fun, and I recently tried a sample of their Indian Nimbu. That one goes on my gold star list for black teas.

Lately, I'm trying to eat more legumes. Tonight we had a thick lentil pottage with carrots, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and spinach (cumin, thyme, cinnamon, and white pepper too.) I've even tried eating beans (black-eyed peas) for breakfast with walnuts and zante currant raisins. All really very good! The legumes stick by me throughout the day without the zooming up and down of grain-based energy. Long ago I learned to rinse the beans well to avoid you-know-what. One of the best cooking tips I ever received.

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I love tea. My kitchen is different than it used to be. I used to have a lot of convenience foods and packaged foods. Now I take the time to cook whenever I can. I have had to give up a lot of food I was eating that was just plain direly dreadful. I have learned a lot about how to read and interpret food labels. I eat a lot of whole grains. I am not a vegetarian, but I've learned to use considerably less meat and considerably more vegetables in soups, cassaroles, stews, and other dishes.

I drink both green and black tea and I use whole leaf only. Tea has become my big indulgence. A couple of times a year I order it from abroad. I like sencha. Some of the green teas can get so lovely and grassy and perfume-y. It's like being in a fresh pasture.



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Okay, People, books are TOO much fun, but so is food. This is the spot to talk about what we're eating, when we're eating, how we feel about all that, and to share helpful tips with each other.

I'm going to stop for a cup of Japanese sencha green tea while I think some more about this. Take a cup with me?
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