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Cauliflower pizza
[quote=laner68]I steam the cauliflower so it get a lot of water in it. Then cool it and try to get all the water out. I add 1 egg, 1/2 cup parmesan grated and a little garlic powder. Then form it onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment, paper towel blot it again to get more water out, then bake about 25 min at 425 It's super yummy, but I want it a little crispier, w/o burning it (that's the water problem I think)[/quote] There's really no reason to cook the cauliflower beforehand. Just mix your ingredients and bake.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 hours ago)
Cauliflower pizza
I've never had that problem. Maybe there's an ingredient I use that you don't? Here's my recipe: 2-3 cups grated cauliflower 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers) 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers) 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese 1 egg We actually eat it as a side dish rather than using it as pizza crust.
by mrspackrat (submitted a day ago)
STARVING!!!!
Yes, the simple/processed carbs are what are driving your cravings. You need to find a way to replace them with other foods and the cravings will go away. But don't be afraid to skip breakfast. There was a time I would have NEVER done that but I practice intermittent fasting where skipping breakfast is a normal way of life. I just consume most of my calories within an 8 hour window and often my "breakfast" is around noon. You still have to watch total calories for the day. If you care to read, here's an article that explains what IF is and how do do it: http://www.businessinsider.com...
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 weeks ago)
ideas please
I don't know what diet you are on but my question is why low fat? Is it because of the calories? Increasing omega 3 fats reduces body inflammation which could help alievate some of your chronic pain and we need fat in our diet to lose fat--just not the omega 6 fats which most diets are too rich in. If you can afford the calories, switch up processed foods (cereals, breads, rices, etc) for healthy fats. They are also very satifying. I make my own guacamole and eat with fresh cut veggies, eat seeds or nuts, berries, wild rice (which is actually a grass not a rice). Just some food for thought.
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 weeks ago)
Slimming power of coconut oil
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. MCTs also metabolize differently than longer chains and it's been said to improve metabolism. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract (so that's why they are used for energy right away). I would not consume fats like this with a high amount of carbs (cereals, breads, pastas or foods high in sugar). I eat coconut oil nearly every morning. It's unflavored and I put it in my coffee too.
by mrspackrat (submitted 2 weeks ago)
Sleep Aids
[quote=Instantcrazy]Interestin... As someone who SUFFERS from ADHD and axiety, I have never heard of these. When you say dietary forms, do you mean like a supplement or actual food forms? I also have a girlfriend who has REALLY bad PMS so I definitely want to learn about GABA. [/quote] GABA is in supplement form. I believe there are foods rich in GABA too. Certain teas (you'd have to research as I'm not sure what kind) and fermented foods like yogurt or kefir are good sources of GABA.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Sleep Aids
GABA is a chemical that is made in the brain and has a claming effect on nerve impulses. This makes you more tranquil, a sense of wellbeing. Without it, you'd constantly remain on edge and anxious with no ability to relax (think of people with ADHD). There are dietary forms of GABA which can be taken for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing PMS, and of couse ADHD. They apparenlty help the brain produce GABA.
by mrspackrat (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Sleep Aids
Again, I'm not a proponent of pills but rather finding natural ways. A newsletter that I got just had tips on sleeping. Maybe one of these may help. 1.Make sure that you’re getting enough magnesium in your diet. Taking 300 -500 mg of magnesium supplement can really help. Most people (something like 80%) are deficient in magnesium. 2.If you’re on a low carb diet eating a little fat before bed can help you fall asleep faster and have a more restful night. Try getting a teaspoon of MCT oil or a tablespoon of coconut butter or almond butter either with your last meal or snack before you sleep. 3.A tablespoon of raw honey can also help if you’re on a low carb diet and can’t sleep. 4.A cup of warm (non-caffeinated) drink can help calm you down and help you sleep--an herbal tea like chamomile tea. 5.GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that really calms you down and helps you sleep. It’s especially good if you end up staying up late working or doing something that’s stimulating before going to sleep. 6.Try sleeping in the dark without any ambient light. The darker the better, especially for quality deep (REM) sleep. 7.If possible, try and get to bed before 11pm so that you can take advantage of the melatonin hormone which peaks at around 11pm. Melatonin helps you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 weeks ago)
Day 3 - Low carb Journey
We all have days like that, changing the way you eat for life takes time. Eventually that cereal won't look so appealing :) Actually most processed foods are not that appealing to me anymore, you'll get there.
by mrspackrat (submitted 4 weeks ago)
IF Question
Draglist, I am doing 1 thing he recommended in his article which is having a small amount of protein and greens. I mix a high quality whey with mixed greens in a blender. It's a great drink! Supposedly this may actually increase the benefits you get from fasting. I'm definatly going to continue with that habit if anything just to get some much needed protein added to my diet.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
IF Question
It's like anything, there are always various opinions. It does make sense that if you have a heavy meal that it will take a long time to digest. I read and reread his comments on circadian rythyms and my eyes glazed over :) I didn't think IF was that scientific lol
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
IF Question
I ran into this article and am not sure if the information is out of date (from 2012) and I know nothing about the author or his book. This is the first time I've read about net fasting (after a meal has been digested). I've been doing the 16:8 and have never accounted for disgestion time. While I'm fasting for weightloss what I'm more intersted in is the health benefits gained from fasting so I want to be sure I'm doing it in the most beneficial way. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? http://fitness.mercola.com/sit...
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
GOING CRAZY!!!
Bella, I was just joking, yes in moderation is fine. I just prefer weights or HIIT to hours of cardio.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
Carbs
[quote=gnat824]I understand that, mrspackrat and I'm not disputing that anything that you say is true. In the short term, you might have to manage your carbs differently to increase your insulin sensitivity. But while insulin resistance interferes with the underlying functions of your body. Low carbs simply doesn't change the basics or "reprogram" how your body works, as so many people seem to think. You're just managing the inputs. I tend to think of carbs not in terms of how many I need to eat to sustain my body but in terms of how many I can get away with ;-) So much yummy goodness![/quote] I agree that it won't "reprogram" the way your body is intended to work but what low carb does is fix what went wrong and get your body working the right away again. It's very hard to reverse insulin resistance and enjoy all those "yummy" carbs as you put it. At least not in the interim.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
GOING CRAZY!!!
And this is why I don't do lots of cardio, it just depletes glucose and drives you to eat carbs :)
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
Carbs
Gnat, I think what MV is referring to is reversing insulin resistance. Diabetes is triggered by insulin resistance and regaining proper insulin sensitivity can help reverse the process. To do that, you have to reduce the consumption of sugars, grains and processed carbohydrates and instead focus on eating more healthy proteins, fats and green veggies. But your body does prefer the quick fuel of carbs, then fat, then protein (in that order). If no carbs or little is available, it will go to fat to convert and use as energy--which could be dietary or stored. But most of the cellular processes in our bodies perfer fat to carbs anyway so there's no need to consume so many carb grams. 50-150 grams is adequate depending on your level of activity.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
Is Obesity a Disease? NPR
Is it possible that in Sweden they consumed more animal fat when it's the unsaturated fats (monounsaturated or omega 3 fats) that you should be consuming more of. The western diet gets plenty of saturated fats and unfortunately way too much in trans fats.
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
New Plan
You probably do have a metabolic disorder from overconsuming calories for so long (just google insulin resistant symptoms). It can be reversed with proper nutrition. I looked at your food journal and you don't seem to be consuming enough "real" foods. Honestly, if you just start adding nutrient-rich foods to your meal plan--carbs that don't convert to sugar easily (ditch the white bread/rolls, etc), and get good protein (low fat meats or fish--not fried foods or too much red meats) and lots of good fat (nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut or olive oil), you're body will respond with weighloss as long as you don't over consume calories (just get rid of the empty calories). Then just walk, walking is great exercise. I lost 40 lbs this way. I feel healthier, more energetic and finally wearing shorts, skirts and swimsuits again. You can do it!
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
Carbs
If you are going low carb, as MV pointed out, fats are very important but also making sure you are supplementing properly is also key. Taking these supplements can help you get over some of the common symptoms associated with low carb dieting. The severity of the symptoms can vary depending on how much your body is dependent on sugar. The more you’re used to consuming sugar, the longer it will take for your body to become fat adapted. Excerpt from an article: "Here’s a list of some key supplements: ■First and foremost when you shift to a low carb diet, your body ends up excreting more sodium and water. This can lead to lower blood pressure and a feeling of sluggishness. These symptoms are often mistaken for low blood sugar as well and many people end up trying to alleviate these symptoms by eating sugar which only perpetuates the vicious cycle. The best solution is to increase your sodium intake. How much sodium you need really varies according to your body, but an additional 1 - 2 g of sodium per day will help. If you’re already consuming adequate amounts of salt (2 - 4g depending on your activity level) you don’t need to be concerned about lack of sodium. ■Secondly, along with sodium depletion another common mineral that gets depleted is magnesium. Some 70% of the general population don’t get enough magnesium in their diets, even without being on a low carb diet, so it’s best to make sure that you’re getting enough magnesium throughout the day. Around 200 - 500 mg of magnesium is recommended depending on your activity level. ■Thirdly, when you’re on a low carb diet, your body burns fat for energy instead of glucose. The only issue is that until your body becomes efficient at burning fat as fuel, you’ll probably go through a period of time where you’ll gas out during your workouts due to glycogen depletion…especially if you’re doing high intensity workouts. Since you don’t have glucose to provide you with quick energy, your body turns to fat, except energy from fat isn’t easily accessible like glucose, which is why you end up gassing out. One way to help you avoid this is by supplementing with medium chain triglycerides (MCT). It’s the main fat content found in coconut oil. The great thing about MCT is that unlike other dietary fats, when consumed it’s utilized immediately (much like sugar) for energy, rather than being stored. It’s a great way to provide your body with much needed energy when you’re performing high intensity workouts. You can take 2 - 3 tablespoons of MCT oil or coconut oil 30 - 60 minutes before your workout. It’s important to note, that MCT can cause digestion issues, if you’ve never taken it before, so give yourself 2 - 3 weeks to let your body adapt. Start off with 1/2 tablespoons and slowly increase it every 5 - 7 days until you get up to 2 - 3 tablespoons. ■Lastly, sometimes when you’re on a low carb diet, you can experience some lean muscle loss. The lack of glucose can lower your body’s ability uptake amino acids (building blocks to help build lean muscle) from protein into your muscle for quick muscle recovery. This is one reason why consuming glucose along with easily digestible protein (like whey protein) is recommended after your workout to ensure that your muscles get the required nutrients for enhanced recovery and to promote building lean muscle rather then breaking it down. However, when you do this your insulin inevitably spikes up. This shouldn’t be a concern for most “healthy” people, but it you’re insulin resistance from being heavily sugar dependent for a long period of time, you may want to avoid any insulin spikes for awhile. This is when taking BCAA (branched chain amino acids) can really help you. BCAA’s help slow down muscle breakdown, so you can avoid lean muscle loss when you’re working out hard on a low carb diet. You can take can 5 - 10 g of BCAA before and after your workouts. Keep in mind that these supplements are effective only if you’re on a low carb diet (50 - 100g of carbs). You should be getting majority of your nutrients from real whole foods."
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
Is Obesity a Disease? NPR
Hoser, you'd think with the current president in office and the first lady's push for balanced meals, whole foods, that they would be all over subsidizing proper nutrition over foods used for processed goods! He uses his executive pen to change all sorts of laws, why not this one :)
by mrspackrat (submitted a month ago)
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