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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ghee

I made some ghee (clarified butter) today. You essentially take a pound of butter and boil the milk solids out of it. It's a pretty amazing process. You can find instructions on the internet.

The reason I did this is because I have become interested in the Paleo Diet. I have been following low carb and have been doing pretty well but Paleo has always interested me. I have not missed sugars and starches on low carb. However, on Paleo you also give up dairy and legumes. This is going to be tough. I will miss cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese (a lot). I will also miss peanuts and beans.  I still think I am going to try the food plan because it does make sense. I got the book from the library so I could familiarize myself with it and have found many recipes on the internet.

Do any of you follow Paleo? Any tips and/or suggestions?

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  1. I started the Whole 30 challenge last summer and loved it. I did it for 22 days without a problem until we were out for breakfast one morning and a well-meaning waitress slid a buttered corn muffin on the table in front of me. The kitchen had grilled it by mistake and, as we're sort of regulars at this place, she threw us a freebie. Without even realizing it, I picked off a little crispy edge and ate it....then another, and another, talking to Josh the whole time, mindlessly eating the muffin until it was gone. It was humorous but I was quite upset with myself. I am planning to begin Whole 30 again the day after Easter (I host Easter dinner for Josh's family and I make lasagne, meatballs, etc. so there is definitely going to be grains and dairy for me that day). I think it's totally do-able for a month and it is very close to the way I eat anyway...I eat hummus (now and then, not daily) so that's gotta go, peanut butter (will substitute almond butter) and sometimes Greek yogurt but other than that I eat very close to Paleo most of the time anyway. It's checking EVERY label very carefully for added sugar of any form that is important. I avoid sugar like the plague anyway but I had to look at over a dozen jars of almond butter before I found one that was JUST almonds - no cane sugar, cane juice or whatever. I use quinoa or quinoa flakes in place of oatmeal most of the time now. It is definitely a "challenge," in the sense of really thinking about what foods you choose but using almond milk in coffee and smoothies is fine. I think eliminating grains for a while is a good idea for anyone; I'm interested to see if it makes a difference on the scale (you're supposed to not weigh in for the Whole 30; that's a challenge in itself!).

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    1. Where do I find more info. on the Whole 30 Challenge? I am interested as well. The Paleo plan makes a lot of sense especially from the alkaline/acid perspective. I know for health alkaline is best and getting rid of acid/heat producing products is best. I gave my niece my book to look over because it had a section on Crohn's which she has been in the hospital with a time or two. Crohn's is an inflammation in the bowels and heat producing foods must be eliminated to control it. Sugar is absolutely out. Thank you for the information. I have almond milk and have switched to almond butters as well. Take care.

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  2. http://whole9life.com/2010/12/whole30-2011/

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    1. Thank you so much. I printed out some information but have one question. Do you know why stevia is listed as a no-no? It is an herb and I use it a lot for sweetening. Just wondering. I am thinking of starting the Challenge on April 1. April has 30 days so that will be perfect.

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    2. Hi Myra; not sure if you saw the answer I wrote back to you on my blog - I think the reason they don't go for stevia is because of the way it's refined (chemical processing). The only added sweetener I think they "okay" is small amounts of honey. So anything with ingredients like cane juice, molasses, etc. is off limits.

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    3. I guess that would be the only explanation. I thought the leaves would just be dried but maybe not. That's how herbs are usually prepared. Thank you for all your help and advice.

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    4. http://www.brucebradley.com/food/truvia-honestly-sweet-or-dishonestly-marketed/

      This is how Truvia is processed, not sure if the same goes for PureVia or other brands...but there is a lot more to it than dried leaves by the time it gets to market. If you are finding a stevia product that *is* just dried leaves, that might work. I think their aim with eliminating sweeteners and sugar is to get people to stop being so accustomed to such extreme sweetness; to break that expectation for taste and the subsequent cravings for "more" that sweetness creates.

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  3. I've been looking into paleo... but I'm not ready to give up my cheeses. Which probably means they need to go if I'm so attached. They're just a food. I think I'm going to be heading that direction in steps.

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    1. Norma left me a link above you might want to check out. Maybe we could do it together so we would have somebody to whine to? Norma is going to start it after Easter. I was thinking the month of April would be perfect as it has 30 days. I also thought about trying it out a day here and there just to see if I could live through it:-) Take care.

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