Kitty is right -- Flax is "technically" a seed rather than a grain. It has roughly 4 carbs per 2 tablespoons, but those carbs are all fiber carbs. If you buy flax meal in Great Britain, it would read "0 Carbs."
Flax provides a great source of omega 3 fats and fiber, which is SO necessary during induction. If I don't get enough fiber in my diet, I experience horrendous GI symptoms.
You can stir a little into your smoothie, sprinkle it on a salad, or make the glorious One Minute Muffin, but it has its limitations. I had a goofball plan to make it into a chicken "breading," but it burned and tasted awful. I did have some success making an OMM and then grinding it into "bread"crumbs to make a meatloaf. In moderation, I really do think it's OK. I rely on it pretty heavily, and I'm out of my stall and losing again. Good luck!
I went back onto induction almost 3 weeks ago, and have eaten a One Minute Muffin about every other day. These are made of flaxmeal (aka milled or ground flaxseed), as well as an egg, some butter, baking powder and artificial swetener (I use DaVinci's flavoured syrups, so I can have variety).
I did a bit of reading and flax seeds are ok - they even supply much needed fibre, and some nutrients like calcium, iron and omegas. That said, I lost 13 pounds the first week. (I know it was that high because I have so much weight to lose, and there is also water weight in that loss, but what the heck -- it's still less weight my joints are carrying, and that much less my heart has to support!)
A rule of thumb I follow, when I cannot find an answer, is WHEN IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT.
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I'm seeing several recipes that call for flax meal and they state that it's OK for induction. However, when I look at the rules for induction, I'm not seeing that grains are OK. What's your take on the topic??
38 year old Wife and Mother of 2 very active boys (aged 6 and 4 years old) living in the Pacific NW.
My weight has yo-yo'd all of my life. I could lose weight, keep it off for a bit and then re-gain it. Ever since I've had my boys, I've had a more difficult time losing weight. I get frustrated and just give up. I'm trying to figure out my own body so I can once and for all lose weight for good!
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