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Couldnt agree more, Cat...thanks for posting!!

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1/10/18 12:56 A

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Hi, all - I saw this article about a woman who tried keto and found it changed how she viewed food. Perhaps part of why some of is think about food constantly is because sugar, etc. is twisting our brains.

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1/9/18 9:27 A

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ohhh..my ex got me one for Christmas in 1995 i think..and i still use it at the house. I have 3 of the professional 8 quarts at the bakery..and get this..there is a church near my mom that does a sale 2 days a week. people donate stuff they dont want any more. cookbook are all 50 cents..lol..bad for me to go there. but my mom walked in theres a kitchenaid like my original..for 5 bucks. she thought oh holly could use the bowls and attachments and i know they are expensive..and bought it. took it home..my stepdad says..well maybe i could get it working...plugs it in to see if theres anything..and bzzzzzzzzzzzz the thing works..and works WELL!! for 5 bucks!!!woohoo!!
all three of my kids have one..we all pitched in to get middle son one. my youngest works for bestbuy corporate and gets a huge employee discount so got his fiancee one..and my daughter..when she got her customs job, splurged on one...because them like mine so much. save. its worth it...every penny....like i said i have one thats over 20 years old and still going strong....lol!!
the whipped cream maker is from pampered chef. its an odd looking thing..a clear cylinder with a round double thing inside you pump up and down. so you get a workout too..although not much of a one!! and then the bottom rubber disc comes off to be a cover so you can store the whipped cream in the fridge! i think it would have been around $25 had i had to pay for it..again..cool gadget that REALLY works..takes under a minute for gorgeous billowy whipped cream!!!
havent seen the ninja shark.
i have 2 atlas pasta machines..but now i cant have pasta!! one is at the bakery i sheet fondant with it.
i dont drink coffee so i'm good there..lol have a kuerig that was discarded by middle sons ex girlfriend...i make tea. a lot.
yay on the cottage home food law wherever you live..i'm in NY. Home processors can only do double crust fruit pies, rolls, and cakes that dont need refridgeration, and ONLY for farmers markets and restaurants. otherwise they are in violation. makes me furious because most just bypass it..to do wedding cakes etc you MUST have an inspected and licensed separate location with a taj mahal of water systems..cost a fortune i was lucky to have a backer. and so many do it illegally, have zero overhead so undercut be because i follow the rules. and the state doesnt have enough manpower to find them, and i refuse to turn anyone in.
but hey..i have a few major resort contracts and do destination weddings, and am really busy, so its all good!

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1/8/18 10:52 P

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Holly - You are soooo my twin! LOL... I've been lusting after a kitchenaid stand mixer for years but while I had a mixer that worked, I couldn't justify spending the money on one. Then... I burnt out the transmission making marshmallows. That was the same year I killed my processor experimenting on fondant. I have a decent stand mixer now but it's small and well... it's just not a kitchenaid. I am a little envious over your collection and a hobart too! man oh man oh man... color me green!

I collect recipe books too. I recently lost my collection in a move so am starting over again. But this time instead of getting books, due to space constraints, I'm opting for print outs of ones I really like. I do have a kitchen drawer that works with those great pendoflex file folders. I'm about ready to expand to another drawer. Maybe I should just get a file cabinet. That'll free up that drawer for all kinds of little tart shells!

I have been looking at the whipped cream makers but I just don't make it often enough to justify. I do however have 2 spiralizer tools. One is that handy dandy little manual one that's a give away if you watch one of those knife demos in the store and the other is a prep machine that does all kinds of stuff. Have you seen the total kitchen system by Ninja/Shark? I was this close to DVRing the infomercial so I could let my Significant Other watch it. I have to confess I did buy a pasta mangle so I could roll out my cannoli shells. Works great for pasta too! emoticon

Last year I splurged on a coffee machine but goodness gracious it is soooo worth it! Ninja Coffee bar system with the stainless upgrade. It does everything you could ask for at a fancy coffee store! And it came with this nifty Auto IQ blender thing for free. Makes ice coffee slushies in seconds!

I always wanted to be a professional baker but never pursued it. Here there is a cottage home food operation law so I can pretend I have a bakery! Well, so long as I stick within the parameters of what is allowed and follow the rules. But wow,, to do what you do and to have access to a kitchen space that is probably bigger than my little home is amazing! Congratulations on the accolades you've received! An editor and a published recipe author... Fantastic!

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lol Candi i think we are twins..i have 5..yeah 5 kitchenaids. a 30 quart hobart. just bought some individual pie pans and hosted a pampered chef party so i could get the whipped cream maker and the way too expensive (but totally awsome) spiralizer lol!!!
i have over 500 cookbooks and read them like novels. i'm a volunteer field editor for taste of home magazine...have recipes featured in it all the time and havent tasted any of the ones in the magazines since i started keto. just love making up recipes and all...
and i own a bakery. and do catering. yeah. it kills me not to try stuff but i just dont....

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1/8/18 9:42 P

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I have an indisputable love affair with food and the "toys" used in preparing it. I don;t get cravings to the point where I have to have something and I don't eat something just to eat it. I can look at recipes for hours, It doesn't translate to having to make something or eat it just because I see it in a picture or even on the menu. When I go grocery shopping I like going through every aisle even if I don't need something from it just to see what there is. When I prepare food, I give it close attention and consideration from idea conception to consumption. I have, and will prepare foods that I will not eat. Ever. Doesn't matter if it's allergy reasons or diet reasons. If I make up my mind it's not for my mouth, it doesn't go there. The primary factor that drives my food love affair is not my appetite or my need to eat it or my social events. It's just food. Not sure I'm explaining it well or not. But it is what it is.

I guess I could sum it up like this. Once on a cruise the culinary staff created this amazing midnight buffet with teams competing for awards in presentation, flavor etc. Everything was just so beautiful and delicious looking. I stood in line to get a chance to see it, but I never went back to eat it. I didn't want to eat it, I just wanted to experience it..

It's not my love affair with food that got me to the size I am. It was my lack of just saying no to my gluttony that did it. Right now, there is a plethora of carb heavy desserts, fruit, breads, treats, etc., in my kitchen but I have no desire or intention to indulge. At my work, pressure to cheat is mounting because there is a birthday celebration coming up, (mine!) and they all want to do cake. I told them I'd probably bring in a Pavlova since it can be created Keto friendly (meringue shells, whipped cream and some berries on top.) I bake for all the birthday celebrations so me being on Keto and this being the first birthday is going to be a bit of an adjustment for them. But that's okay. They'll survive!

Now as for the love affair with what I call kitchen toys, well that fascination is another story... I've been hankering after a silver medallion kitchenaid stand mixer or a nice sized hobart for a few years now and I have my eyes on some tart shells and then there's this food dehydrator... yeah... that's gonna be a harder habit to kick!

Candi

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Yes, it's real, never really understood why/how it worked, but when the functional medicine doc did all the testing on me, one of the genetic tests showed that I have this obsessive drive, that my wiring, I guess makes me focus on the connection to the place itself, so I will drive past several of the same places because they don't have whatever that connection I develop to the place is.

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What I try to do is treat food as fuel, and to limit my portions, or how often I eat or snack.

However, at the same time, since I have to eat something, I might as well make it something I enjoy eating. That is why I often have protein powder based pancakes for breakfast. I just like them.

So I'm adding some entertainment to that fuel. I do have to take care not to eat too many pancakes, as I just plain like them. But they are so low in carbs that they don't provoke blood sugar and hunger swings later in the morning.

WARRIORCUPCAKE,
is your McDonalds situation real, you really drive past all the others? It is interesting that some part of you drives that behaviour, while other rational parts just know this is strange. I must say that I had brain surgery myself several years ago, and my behaviour is sometimes very odd. I don't see it at the time, but the next day sometimes I do. We got a big screen TV once just because I couldn't control my impulses.

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1/7/18 12:07 P

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WOW! Good thought provoking question James! And a very complicated one too!
@WARRIORCUPCAKE I too obsess about food but it is not nearly the struggle you have! I get an idea about a food and then nothing else will satisfy it. I try to substitute other More healthy options but I can't shake that idea until I succumb to my own pressure. But once I have it the obsession is satisfied. Thankfully the obsessing is mostly gone with the KETO. I find I also view entertaining as an opportunity to not think about what I'm eating. It takes a real effort to not load up my plate and to only take healthy foods... But it is improving. And finally, perhaps my worst area is when DH and I are sipping a bottle of wine together in the evening... I can't seem to stay away from salty treats - even if I have to get up and make them like fried cheese! Again, I know I should be avoiding the wine in the first place so we are working on that as well....

I sure would like to be able to view food as plain old fuel but I do a lot of entertaining and I like to cook fun or fancy different things for my guests.

It is complicated for sure!

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1/7/18 6:51 A

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If it's there I'll eat it, doesn't matter if I'm hungry or not. So I don't keep what I shouldn't have in the house.
When I was treated by the functional medicine doc, one of the tests she did was a genetic test and I learned that what I call my obsessive compulsive relationship with food is in a way genetic. I have a genetic drive with food,so, say I want (sorry if this sets off any cravings, but I'm trying to pick something everyone has heard of) McDonalds from the McDonalds 20 miles from my place, I will develop an obsessive need for it and will, in my mind, justify going 20 miles out of my way, past 10 other McDonalds (that have the exact same thing) to get it from that McDonalds and even after having it that one time, which will take care of it for most people, I will have a compulsion to keep having it and continue to return to it until the compulsion ends (I have literally had this behavior go on for weeks where I ate the same thing every day).
And I have zero will power (the only reason the keto is working for me so far is because I'm working with the dietitian who is keeping me on track)

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1/7/18 1:50 A

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For me, it's situational. When I'm by myself, food is often perfunctory and eaten to keep up energy levels. When I'm with family and friends, it takes on a whole other dimension of social meaning and pleasure. Also, at home, I don't have things I shouldn't rat, so it's easy. I have noticed that in restaurants, I tend to want to order things I shouldn't, and I think it's because I feel like it's a special situation and "treat" rather than a fuel source. Lots to process there if I want to be successful in the long-term.

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the same for me James. my favorite guy is making chili as we speak. which makes me want chili. not butter bobs stuff..REAL chili, with kidney beans, and oyster crackers, and a loaf of fragrant steaming hot homemade bread with butter dripping off it. Food means comfort to me.
Wait. it did. it doesnt now, it CANT. or i'll be 300 pounds again.
so, now, for me, food is just fuel. i cant let it be anything more. not for a mouthful, or a second.

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I'm just curious what people opinions are about food. What are your feelings about food?

At the core of it all food provides us with calories, and with building blocks for the body. Very complex building blocks:
- protein (amino acids chained together, some of which must be obtained from diet)
- carbohydrates (pure energy)
- fibre (a type of carbohydrate)
- fats (fatty acids, some of which must be obtained from diet)
- vitamins
- minerals
- etc. etc.

A whole bunch of things, things we don't understand, like phytonutrients.

At the other end of the scale, food can be something eaten in a group, and enjoyed together, for social events, which may be a wedding, or just plain bonding with the family at the table together.

Food can be elevated to entertainment and enjoyment, something that one eats for fun, not because one is hungry at all (though I try to avoid this situation). I'm just curious what your relationship is with food.

Mine is a battle. Left to my own base behaviour I'd be eating chocolate cake warmed up with melting vanilla ice-cream on top. Not Keto at all. So I just don't go there.

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