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BUDGETMAW Posts: 16,007
11/7/17 2:30 P

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Thanks MISSSVJS! Will check it out.

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11/7/17 12:11 P

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I've grown and dried my own stevia in the past - the dried simply will not dissolve like the more processed white stuff will - it's always going to be a green powder. Your best bet is to make your own liquid stevia. Here are instructions on how to do that. www.wholelifestylenutrition.com/vide
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11/7/17 11:30 A

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My last Stevia plants didn't work out. So trying again this next Spring. I have a dehydrator, I plan to dry them in that. I will hang them like I do herbs to start the process. It's a try or fail task. But I will work on it until I get the results I want. I've heard that Maw, so again will do some experimenting until I get the results I want. I also have the processor or the NutriBullet to grind them into a powder form.
I make my own almond flour as well, the prices in the market for ground almond flour is extremely expensive. So raw almonds purchased in bulk, either Costco or Amazon makes it so much easier, since I use this so much, and trying out ketogenic breads and things that require it. Coconut flour is still cheap enough to purchase (Walmart) I'm making my mug muffins with that so tasty. Flaxseed after a bit tends to cause too much of a problem with intestinal. So rarely now. But my muffin is my go to breakfast.



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11/7/17 10:27 A

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I got some stevia leaf at the health food store once upon a time. Just the dried leaf, not processed. It was so super sweet it was bitter. Yuck. And it didn't dissolve in my tea, so there were these tiny specks of stuff sitting on top of the tea. Also yuck.

Have you used stevia leaves? Did you make an infusion of them or just use the leaves or what?

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11/7/17 9:32 A

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I have a humongous sweet tooth. If anything were to stimulate it, I would imagine the Maple syrup would be a key figure, and so far it hasn't. Stevia doesn't do anything to do that either.. Sweet leaf is Stevia but without any additives, our best bet for a sweetener. And I DO have to have it for my 2 cups of coffee.
I'm going to try to grow Stevia again this Summer. I am looking at fashioning some sort of mini green house, because I am trying to propagate my Honeysuckle, I do have several of them rooting already.



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11/7/17 2:48 A

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I don't use sweeteners much at all (for fear it will stimulate my sweet tooth), but I think I will look into Sweet Leaf.

Glad you've mentioned it. Thanks!

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11/6/17 10:15 P

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I use Sweet Leaf too and like it. I've been at/near goal weight but this past year I gained 10 pounds and have only lost some of that. Maintenance is difficult, mainly due to carb creep. I'm doing a Keto Low Carb challenge that has helped me reign in the carbs.

I woke up at my usual time this morning, an hour early. Went into work a little early since it's been crazy there. DH got my Ikea desk put together today, so tomorrow when I work from home I'll have that instead of an ugly table. I still haven't finished painting the office though. Maybe this weekend.

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Sweet leaf sounds the most promising. My best friend is diabetes 1 and she recommended sweet leaf. Splenda is definitely out. So will check with Amazon, since I don't have any place in town that carry's it.

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Late check in today, typical busy Monday. I'm planning to leave work early tomorrow to take Kyle and my mom to go vote. Lots of judicial elections in odd numbered years, pretty important.

Oof, just took a quick break to go empty the cat litter. Whew, those little guys sure can stink up the place. They seem to be using it a lot early this year for some reason. They're indoor-outdoor cats and usually prefer a spot under the pine trees, but the last 6 weeks or so they've been staying in more, I guess. Don't know why, the weather's been grand until just these last 10 days.

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11/6/17 6:17 P

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MJ, I haven't made them in years. I'm pretty sure I just used baking splenda, not a liquid sweetener.

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11/6/17 5:49 P

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MJ....it does me well to remember the statistics on diabetes and other inflammatory issues all rooted in processed sugars and starches. If I start to get off track reminding myself that I was headed down the path to diabetes sure helps me get back to the healthy spot which I really do enjoy.

I tend to use liquid stevia...Sweet leaf drops are what I use. I am with you on the pure maple syrup...we use that too. I didn't open Maw's recipe but I bet you could use either in the donut recipe.




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11/6/17 5:02 P

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A quick check in. Still plugging along. Not much new.

My cardiologist called. Lowering one of my meds. And scheduling an MRI, as my EKG indicated my heart might not be as efficient as he'd like to see it. That said, I have none of the symptoms associated with it. Glad it will be investigated, though.

Had monster dog out 3 times today. Yay, us! :)

Off to sleep soon. It's 10 pm here.

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11/6/17 3:14 P

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Maw what did you use for the liquid artificial sweetener, there are so many of those, and not sure what to make of them? Other than that, recipe sounds fab!

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Good for you! Mom. Your testimony is just what the doctor ordered. No not all of us were diagnosed with T2D, but a majority of Americans are, even children. Sugar is what got me here, and a huge trigger for me. I only use Stevia, and no more than 1/2 TBSP of 100% maple syrup for my mug muffins (going to try a ginger keto one soon) So needless to say, I don't do sugar in any form, other than the aforementioned.



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Same here Leone. First thing was to get my diabetes in check, and it's been staying around 5. I am glad to hear of your experience. I think people need to learn including myself, that the loss of weight is just the first fence to jump I have image problems, I can't seem to focus on how I look in pictures, I still get terrified of that. And the maintenance is so back and forth, I am doing what you did. But from all notes and learning, I am told so many different things. Of course it all comes down to how it works for each individual, because we all know that whatever may happen to one, may not for another.

I will check on that donut recipe Maw. Would be nice not to have to have the pan, just for that.



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11/6/17 12:45 P

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Wow Mom! Way to go!

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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My Original goal was to get back to my low weight when I was running 10K's and eating standard American diet. That was 145 lbs. I weighed 138 this morning. I did make my original goal but have readjusted and would like maintenance to be between 130-135. I'm getting ready to slowly add more activity. I've no idea what that will do to my hunger etc. I've struggled a fair bit with maintenance. Not having T2D I tend to get willy nilly with how much sugar I can have....or choose to have. I think finding creative on plan recipes is the secret to making this a long term way to eat. The donut recipes we tried were coconut flour based. My advice as to coconut flour items is they are always better chilled...including donuts! My gut instinct was to eat them hot out of the oven...but they really were better day 2 straight outta the fridge.


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11/6/17 12:43 P

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Love the cartoon! My kitchen also qualifies as a disaster area, although the low-carb plan has helped! Canned goods are not so prevalent any longer.

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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11/6/17 12:14 P

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MJ--my goal was to get to a normal A1c and after six months it was normal. I stayed on the program for two years at 20 grams of carbs. This past year I have upped it a bit to 20 NET carbs. Along the way I lost about 20+ pounds. I was under 120 for a while, but gained a few back during the second year. I have stayed at this weight for the past year and a few months. The funny thing--I wasn't eating differently and the inches stayed gone. In fact I seem to continue to lose fat--that stomach roll is smaller and my pants seem looser. My A1c went down again this past check up too.

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These "donuts" are pretty good, and you don't need a donut pan.

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11/6/17 10:22 A

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Beautiful morning here in the desert. I slept pretty good for the first time in forever. I'm guessing because of time change, fell asleep at 9 and woke up at 5 am. That's good for me. I was up several times because I drink a lot of water. But managed to fall back asleep quickly.

Well, my new endeavor is to collect keto recipes for different things that I can freeze and stretch out for awhile. Right now it's a day to day thing. But I'm finding a huge amount of ketogenic recipes for breads, and bagels and even doughnuts, all keto friendly, even gluten free. Just have to do some investing into "do nut" pans and several ingredients I don't have on hand. Everything is made with either Almond flour, and or coconut flour. Most items including cheddar biscuits are around 2 to 3 net carbs per serving. My main goal is to make it and freeze it. The calories tend to be higher, but the carbs are perfect. I have to get my calories to at least 1500 or more because I walk everyday, and I cannot seem to balance the two. But I'm working on it.

I have to ask a question. How many of you have reached your goal with low carb? And how are you handling maintenance? This is harder then losing the weight.





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I'm so into the Christmas/Holiday spirit this year. Really feeling it. Spent a couple hours in some local shops that are all decked out for Christmas. I'm loving it! This is good for my soul. Making me very happy.
Tomorrow is a lunch date with my neighbor ladies. There are 4-5 of us that try to do things together. Its part of the reason that I wanted to move, and develop some friends.
I'm not struggling with low carb, per se, but not as tight as I was. Gotta find my way back to a more strict program and lose the last few pounds that I want to lose. Just gotta do it. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the process. Have a great week!

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11/6/17 10:00 A

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Maybe "potty fingers," Leone?

I sleep with the window open, too, which is part of why it's cold in the morning. I do close the window when it's supposed to get down around -0- though!

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11/6/17 9:57 A

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We'll just have to call you "potty mouth" MAW! (giggle)

Taking the three dogs to the vet for their well dog check-ups this afternoon. Cleaning the bathroom this morning with laundry in-between. Warmer than average temps this week, but still feels chilly. I am still sleeping with a window opened a bit--just hate trying to sleep when it is too warm. Then turn on the heat when I get up. We have an advantage with the the in floor heat, which we keep pretty low. Then we supplement with the forced air and a fire stove when necessary.

Enjoy the day.

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11/6/17 9:49 A

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Interesting. I tried to post my entry and I got a message that said "No profanity please." I don't use profanity. I wonder what I mistyped or what it took wrong. Rats! Now I'm really curious. Oh well. At least you're spared my ramblings.

Today's temps are supposed to range between 31 and 42. Tomorrow's low is only supposed to be 21! Brrr! I need to figure out how to use the timer thingy on my furnace. It has one, but I've never used it. What time I want the furnace to come on or go off depends on when I get up and what the weather is. Seems sort of silly to set it to come on at a specific time. On the other hand, it was cold when I got up this morning.

Have a great day, everyone!

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