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  • Hit the library and look for some books on eating as a vegetarian... and some cookbooks. What we say here might be helpful, but if you're struggling with what will add protein, reading up on nutrition AND some recipes/menus that help you visualize how it might work for you really might be the best thing to get your own…
  • Low carb 'pasta' recipe and a pasta extruder (new toy.)
  • Think of it this way: 1-2 cups a day may or may not have a benefit, but if you have no heath reason to NOT drink it, you're ok. There is no exact science that's going to tell you for sure that it's 100% ok or not. Erm... unless maybe you match all the criteria use in a study. Kinda unlikely. So really it comes down to - do…
  • Not that I eat fish regularly at all... but when I was a kid, when we'd go fishing in the summer, flounder was a regular for breakfast if we caught some in the morning. Fresh caught fish really spoiled me (and makes me still turn my nose up at store bought fish.) Same thing with picking peaches / fresh fruit. Once you've…
  • ^^ this I've done a variation of this with part peanut flour and part peanut butter. I think it works well as long as you don't totally negate the peanut butter. Wish I could find the variant I did, but I think it was down to 1/3 or 1/4 c of actual peanut butter, the bulk of the peanut flavor came from protein plus peanut…
  • Could be the stevia - or vanilla. Heh heh. I've killed things by putting too much vanilla in. MORE always seems like it's a good idea, but it gets overpowering fast. Maybe take a small amount of cream cheese and a tinch of the stevia, (we're talking a serving or two) to see if you can lightly sweetened it without the…
  • Parmesan cheese crisps? They're yummy. Google for recipes. Kroger's 'carb master' yogurt is pretty cheap and decent on protein.
  • Yes, that's the manual way of doing it. You can also enter the recipe online in MFP and play with 'number of servings'. You still need to define what the serving size in your head is. ;) I use to just write down the total #'s for the ingrediants pre-MFP though, then measure the amount of soup into a storage container, then…
  • I've done something similar in the past, in muffin cups, with cheese or salsa in the mix. The low fat hebrew national hot dogs work well. Or crumbled bacon. Everything is better with bacon.
  • Could be. Could be a cold... or you ate something not quite right in that binge. But I find myself I'm just more sensitive to food changes when sticking to a limited diet. I've been doing low carb for months now and a few weeks back, I had a cheat day when my niece was visiting. Big ol' ice cream sundae, and later a burger…
  • If you're going to go very low carb on your breads, it's not going to taste the same. Breaking away from breads for awhile helps, so you're not constantly comparing the two and wishing the low carb tastes like 'the normal stuff.' If you're going moderate carbs, replacing 1/3 is a good start, but I'd read up first. Each…
  • ^^ yum. My fav recipe from Mrs. Chiangs Szechwan cookbook sounds pretty much like that. I always liked it best the NEXT day (when it really absorbed all the flavors.) Was the first recipe I had that made me realize 'holy #$#@ tofu can actually be GOOD.'
    in Tofu Comment by BaoCat January 2014
  • Cheesecake?!? Nooooooooo! I made a low carb one (ok two) for the holidays - it wasn't bad. Really liked the Italian style ricotta one. I've also done little versions in the micro that have come out with varying success. All eaten - none of the mistakes were THAT bad. Even though I'm eating low carb right now, I don't…
  • I offer Sharyn113 to the SPUGDER as a heartfelt sacrifice because... well... you should really know better than to show your true self to a SPUGDER. All Hail SPUGDER!
  • You never really KILL undead pets. You just gain new building blocks to play with.
  • Don't worry, that's just my phase shifting doppleganger illithid undead space hamster of fear and flame. His name is Fred. He casts magic missile.
  • I'm attacking the darkness! With a bag of cheetos?
  • You have to go down a path that's sustainable for you. If you don't have a medical reason to be on a low carb diet, and it's frustrating for you, by all means, I'd be slowly allowing more carbs in and focusing more on calories. Probably best to transition a little slowly - introducing a bunch of carbs may wreck havoc with…
  • ^^ This. The probiotic should work faster than yogurt. Oddly enough, my cat gets kitty probiotics off and on, for the exact same reason (recurring health issues that puts him on antibiotics.) Does wonders for a screwed up gut. I refer to them as 'sprinkles', since it just gets put on the wet food and mixed in. Snort.…
  • If you've ever seen 'soy slender', you can also try those with unsweetened protein. Soy slender is presweetened with splenda (so you have to be ok with that as well.) The cappuccino flavor is VERY good warm (especially with a shot of espresso) - I put it in my little frother and get it all foamy. Steamed is good too,…
  • I try and log everything, even if it's a guesstimate... It keeps me honest to myself. I find it very helpful to measure and weight at home, but for some things I also use standard containers. I know what a cup of greek yogurt looks like in my little blue rice bowls or in my 'to-go for work' container. Things like that,…
  • The lemon SF jello mixed in is even better, IMO, with just the blueberries. Cheesecake flavor is a good second though.
  • google baked oatmeal. Plenty of healthy (and unhealthy) versions of it. I can't have it now (too high in carbs) but I use to love to make a pan of it and take squares into work for breakfast. It's usually great cold, but good reheated with milk dumped on it as well. Also, overnight oatmeal, if you want a container to grab…
  • Since I've been doing low carb, I found some dark chocolate bars at the organic store that are sweetened with Stevia. I also will add unsweetened cocoa to things, then add my own sweetener. There's a few SF chocolate treats I enjoy - if it's chocolate + coconut I'm in heaven. The atkins 'chocolate peanut candies' are…
  • Rice and beans in bulk. A good wok (or keep a cheap one well oiled!) Eggs, lots of whatever veggies are cheapest. I find freezer veggies as a staple, because it's easier to dole out without waste when you're cooking for one. Chili (homemade, light on the meat or with meat replacement.) I usually chop up small some veggies…
  • Never hurts to try. Doesn't make a difference to me, but YOU will have your own triggers. It's always worth tinkering around with your diet to see if changing things up for a time makes a difference. I have it very mild - hormones and stress are my biggest triggers - but I've never identified a particular food culprit.…
  • Take a look at budgetbytes.com. Should give some good recipe ideas, and it shows the cost per dish and serving. Might be some useful nuggets in there for you besides the 'build your meal around the sales of the week' that someone else said. And when all else fails - big ol' pots of meat pasta sauce (by scratch, use…
  • Stir fry with lots of peppers!
  • Like others have said, if you want to avoid the 'faux sugars', try some teas (herbal or not.) Plenty that taste great iced. I like 'true lemon' packets for lemon water - sweetened or unsweetened. Like carbonated, but want to control what it's sweetened with? Get one of those soda carbonators, but add your own 'flavorings'.…
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