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10/23/11 3:11 P

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I try and make a lot of my own things. Nut butters is one that I tend to buy. I've made almond butter and tahini and you have to add oil to it to get a good consistancy. If I am at Whole Foods I take full advantage of the machine that makes it though and it tends to be a really good price.

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9/13/11 10:33 P

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When I can get my hands on bulk nuts, I do make my own nut butters. If I'm not careful, I can nosh on them a little too much, so making my own also means that I can only make a little bit at a time.

I just bought a roasted almond butter from Target. It works, but it's pretty bland compared to A) the really expensive stuff and B) homemade. Plus, I could do weird things like mix in walnuts with my almond butter, or make a walnut-cashew-almond blend, or whatnot.

I have not had success making Nutella out of hazelnuts and cocoa.

And, just in response to the three-meal thing, for a while there I was doing the five-meals-a-day thing, and I was always obsessed with the next meal! No one meal was ever enough to leave me satisfied, so I was just counting down until I could get my next meal. Now, on just three meals, I feel like I have more satisfying meals but I'm eating less calories. Go figure!

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8/2/11 6:18 A

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I've been looking in to making my own nut butters. I haven't done it yet. I have to find the right raw unsalted nuts first. But I think it will be cheaper, tastier, and healthier in the long run. Anyone else considered doing that?

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7/16/11 2:50 P

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7/16/11 10:40 A

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I'm going to have to have a look at the Warrior Diet; sounds very interesting. Boy, I know what you mean about feeling less hungry when not eating so many small meals. I always feel the strongest craving for unnecessary food right after a meal. So eating only 3 times cuts down on that! Cuts down on the obsessions and gets me focused on all the other things I want to do in my life lol! The "no seconds" rule has helped me a lot. It forces me to fix a plate that makes sense portion-wise and nutrition-wise and then stop eating. That's what I really need to do; stop having some of this and then later, some of that and then a handful of this other thing...gaaawd, that's what put on the pounds.

It's so good to read your post here; looks like all your studying and experimenting is really paying off. Isn't it amazing what we have learned in the past year?! Isn't it great to find out things for ourselves; things that actually work and not listen to all the mass media hysterics?
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7/16/11 12:32 A

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Me too. I like the idea of the Warrior diet. It's pretty similar to Primal. I like Ori's "plan". He isn't totally against grain, but he recommends leaving it for the last meal of the day AFTER finishing all raw and cooked veggies and proteins and fats. lol I guess so there isn't much ROOM left for those starchy carbs by then. He is against eating carbs during the day. Just fresh raw juices, veggies and small bits of protein to get through the day, then one good meal at night, possibly finishing off with some fresh fruit or an OCCASIONAL dessert. This seems to be working fairly well for me. It doesn't fit with the No S diet though... So, my current plan is some raw veggie juice after my workout (and maybe a bit of protein) then maybe a salad or more raw veggies in 3-4 hours (and a little more protein) and possibly once more if still hungry. Then one good meal for dinner. It's a flexible plan.
I've really noticed though, that when I don't eat the recommended 5-6 meals a day (Tosca's clean eating), I really feel less hungry and WAY more satisfied with a good dinner. It also makes it really hard to overeat. You can basically STUFF yourself (if desired) at dinner and still not run into caloric problems. Even a high calorie meal fits in. I'm so glad I've found something that works for me. I think it may be partially phycological too. I am able to eat less during the day knowing I'm gonna have a nice dinner (stress free)
His book is good, but a little hard to follow. I don't think his English is that good. lol

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7/15/11 10:25 P

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Me too; Sunday is my shopping day and I'm going to bring back the same plus some dark green leafys, cabbage, broccoli and a few fresh carrots. Gotta get back into juicing; totally neglected it for the last 6 or 8 months
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7/15/11 8:13 P

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Yeah. It does. I'm going to make an effort to do some juicing as soon as I get back from Vancouver at the end of next week. Gonna stalk up on some cucumber and celery...

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7/15/11 8:00 P

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Yeah,...sigh...that does sound like a hassle AND a lot of money. I bet it works like a champ though eh?

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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7/15/11 7:14 P

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Very. My juicer does a great job, but I would probably use it more if it was easier to clean. Lots of crevices and parts... I would love to get a new one, but I paid a very "pretty penny" for the one I have
www.greenstar.com/star.asp By the time I paid shipping, handling, tax and Canadian duty mine was around $750.
I will make do with it for now... I even thought of doing enough juice for two days at a time.

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7/15/11 4:21 P

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Laura, so you've got one of those humdingers. How do you find the clean-up part? Are there a lot of parts to mess around with? Is clean-up time consuming?

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7/15/11 4:13 P

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Yeah. I can make nut butter with my twin gear juicer.

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7/15/11 3:38 P

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To MARRIEDIN07, Amber mentioned making your own but I'm wondering if that confused you. What Amber is saying is that a good nut butter is just ground nuts, period. Hazelnut butter is just ground hazelnuts; if it has anything else in the ingredients then it's not pure nut butter. Making your own is easy if you have a food processor or some other kitchen doo dad that will grind nuts to a butter consistency. Some people have even done it with their juicers (got to have a certain kind of juicer for that)

And I will tell you without hesitation that fresh, homemade nut butter will blow your mind with flavor!!

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7/15/11 3:27 P

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Nutella is full of sugar. My Almond butter simply has almonds and salt in it. Same with all my nut butters. Nuts (some roasted, some raw) and salt.



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7/15/11 3:27 P

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Well, gosh; that is why we is here isn't it. We all learn SO much from each other. That's why I stick around--love to swap info.
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7/15/11 3:21 P

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I had to go check the ingredients on my nut butters and you're right, Annie -- the only ingredients are peanuts/almonds and salt! Sheesh I didn't know!

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7/15/11 2:59 P

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I have never found that I needed to add oil to natural peanut butter. What I'm saying is that a commercially available natural peanut butter ought not list "oil" in the ingredients. The ingredients should be just peanuts and maybe a little salt unless you prefer the unsalted variety. I usually buy the unsalted variety (unless I am very familiar with and like the amount of salt in a brand) 'cuz most store-bought pb is overly salted for my taste. I can just stir a little salt in myself if I want it.

If anything, I find that I have to pour off some of the oil that has separated to the top of the pb and then stir back in just enough to get it to the consistency I like. Some peanuts (I gather, anyway) have more oil than others. If I have peanut oil left over I just use it in some other way where I would use any other oil. Stir fry is great with peanut oil. So is bread, and salad dressing (add ginger).

I eat VERY little peanut butter anymore since I found out that it can cause food sensitivities. I don't have any food sensitivities to mention and I don't want to stir any up (no pun intended there...honestly). Instead, I eat sesame butter (Tahini), almond butter and hazelnut butter.

And YES, coconut butter is divine but know this--you can't spread it like the other nut butters as it stays pretty hard unless your kitchen cabinet is over 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Then it will get soft. Otherwise you have to warm it a little--only a little

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7/15/11 2:54 P

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Anytime! Have fun experimenting (you can even make your own!!)! I love nuts in general and nut butters! Sooooo YUMMY!!!!

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Thanks for the reply. Makes sense and i appreciate all the suggestions.

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7/15/11 2:31 P

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Nutella is chuck full of sugar (21 g). If you're looking for nut spreads, I would say go for natural peanut butter (it has oil separation and needs to be stirred) it is absolutely divine! The only ingredients should be peanuts and oil. My other favorite is almond butter. I get mine fresh ground at the natural foods store. All it is again, is almonds and a wee bit of oil. BUT the true food of the gods is coconut butter. Manohmanohmanohman! That stuff is OUT OF THIS WORLD! There are so many options like cashew butter, which I have never tried so I don't know...

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I know we can use nut spreads but has anyone used nutella or is it even allowed? I loved hazelnuts but this seems to have quite a bit of sugar. Thoughts?

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