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3/1/15 3:17 P

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Lately I've been into lettuce wraps. Even hubby is making them lately since he's sensitive to gluten.

I've tried for a while to limit carbs from pastas and bread. Since returning to Spark, I've increased the veggies and fruits, and paid more attention to where my carbs are coming from. I do eat a wheat tortilla a few times a week, and I also eat Ezekiel sprouted grain bread. But swapping out the tortilla with lettuce is a great alternative. It's sort of like a portable salad.

I'd like to start experimenting with cauliflower crust for pizza and that sort of thing. I'm not gluten-free yet, but seem to be leaning more in that direction.





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12/30/13 1:35 A

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That pureed cauliflower sounds divine, I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing.

It is hard to eat appropriately for our idiosyncratic carbohydrate metabolism all the time, but all those little changes add up!

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12/27/13 1:25 P

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I make sure the majority of my carbs are from fruits and vegetables over grains (and of course, more veggies than fruits), whenever possible. Though I'm still working on it.

My favorite way to eat cauliflower is steamed, then blended up with Greek Yogurt (plain) and some garlic salt. Yum yum. The Great Value plain Greek yogurt is 0g fat, 9g carbs and a whopping 23g of protein for just one cup. I replace any that calls for mayonnaise or sour cream with the Greek yogurt.

I haven't eaten white bread since I was five, and recently I eat very little bread at all anymore. My big push has been avoiding "convenience" and processed foods. I hate to cook, I hate to plan meals, I hate to even shop for food. It's all a big pain for me. I've relied on canned, boxed and frozen meals since being out on my own, so it's been a push for me to find ways to eat better without having to put in a ton of work (because otherwise I won't keep doing it).

My big success in eating healthier has been doing "components" instead of meals. And lots of crockpot! My favorite crockpot "recipe" is chicken breasts, a canned of stewed or diced tomatoes, cannelini beans, chickpeas and mushrooms. No extra seasonings or anything added. Once it's done cooking, I eat as-is. Lots of protein in there.

My big vice is popcorn. Mostly because it's convenient, and I spend many evenings feeling not hungry for anything at all, but I know I need to eat /something/. So I've had many dinners that basically consist of popcorn and some hard-boiled eggs (for protein). I'm working on that.

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10/11/12 3:53 A

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Sounds delicious. I do the same thing for apple/blueberry crumble.

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10/10/12 10:00 P

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I like to brown almond meal in butter or coconut oil to simulate a bread crumb topping for veggies.

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5/3/12 12:13 A

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Wow Creidne, that sounds extremely healthy. Good on you and thank you for sharing!

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5/2/12 10:06 A

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I can't eat gluten, so cutting out bread wasn't an inconvenience. Honestly, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, almonds, boiled eggs, etc. The healthy stuff. Love hummus with carrot sticks or celery. I just made a batch of the breakfast Quinoa (recipe on sparkpeople, though cut out the craisens). I only drink water or unsweetened almond milk. Have my daily does of cinnamon.

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5/1/12 9:11 P

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Good on you! Glad you are feeling better with your new eating plan.

What do you eat for the non-carb meals?

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5/1/12 5:16 P

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I'm trying to keep my carb around or under 200 a day. It's been two weeks and I feel fantastic! I drink water most of the time and unsweetened almond milk with breakfast. I'll have "traditional carbs" for only one meal, like a brown rice wrap, rice cakes instead of bread, small amount of brown rice or brown rice pasta.

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3/29/12 7:46 P

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Mmm, those faux mashed potatoes sound divine.

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3/29/12 7:26 A

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I usually have a banana & low-carb yogurt for breakfast (actually, the yogurt is about 2 hours later, so more of a snack) then some meat & steamed veggies for lunch and dinner. Sometimes a salad instead of the other veggies. Lots of broccoli & cauliflower. Whole fruit for snacks, with milk & cheese added in to fill some gaps. The only thing I drink regularly is water. So far, I'm down nearly 16 pounds in 13 weeks, and feeling a lot healthier (other than the springtime pollen allergies right now).

You can mix steamed cauliflower with cream cheese, butter, and salt & pepper for some faux mashed potatoes too. Don't have proportions on hand right now though

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1/23/12 7:01 P

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I recently bought a little 10cm frying pan to do just an egg or two at a time.

It's made it so much easier, rather than having to get out the big frying pan and wash it up each time. I find I'm choosing eggs a lot more often, rather than other less appropriate meal choices.

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12/8/11 9:23 P

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You can use cauliflower as a replacement for white rice. Just whizz it up in a food processor for a little while until each chunk is approximately the size of a cooked grain of rice, then blanch it in boiling water for 30-60 seconds depending upon how crunchy/soft you want it.

It then becomes the perfect vehicle for smothering in sauce or curry.

1 cup of cooked white rice has 45g of carbohydrates and 205 calories. nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-
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1 cup of cooked cauliflower "rice" (about 150g) has 6 grams of carbohydrate and 35 calories nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
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12/8/11 9:17 P

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One of the cornerstones of successfully treating PCOS is in lowering both the glycaemic load and glycaemic content of foods.

Glycaemic load is the total amount of carbohydrates your body has to process from a meal/in a day.

Glycaemic index relates to how quickly the carbohydrate in a meal is absorbed into your bloodstream. The slower the better for us. Foods like sugar, white flour, bread, pasta, cakes, biscuits, white rice, potato, noodles, juice, etc have a high glycaemic index or GI value and are absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly, causing the body to respond with a spike in insulin levels to combat the suddenly high blood sugar.

As a general rule, eating foods which are the least processed will result in lower GI & GL.
Eating some protein &/or healthy fat with each meal or snack will help to lower the glycaemic index of the food as opposed to what it would be if you ate it by itself.
Anything 'white' is likely to be high GI, GL & generally not very healthy.

Share your tips for healthy, low-carb eating. Sneaky tricks to replace carbs are very welcome!

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