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    New topic so new thread. Help keep my brain organised

    With so many different "diets" and "eating plans" out there it is hard to know what is going to work best for each of us. I have tried shakes (my immune system dropped so low i ended up with shingles), low-carb, high protein (expensive), calorie counting (moderately effective but very time consuming) and just "being good" (never works, lol).

    I have previously been diagnosed with Poly-cystic Ovary Syndrome and also mild Fatty Liver disease. People with PCOS are often recommended to go on a low-GI diet as PCOS is related to insulin resistance and can be a precursor to type-2 diabetes if not managed correctly. People with Fatty Liver disease need to avoid saturated fats (obviously) but also toxins that the liver is in charge of processing. Things such as alcohol, artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives, etc

    So with all of this in mind i have spoken to a number of health and fitness professionals and decided that the best plan for me is to go for an all-natural, organic where possible, menu. I will choose foods that have been as minimally processed as possible.

    Instead of bread or pasta i will choose rice and potatoes. Instead of processed sugar i will use Xylitol (natural sweetener, made from corn, buy at health food stores) I will eat & drink full-fat dairy but in smaller portions. I will buy my meat from the organic butcher and my fruit & veg from our local farmers market. When i do buy something in a packet i will check to see how many "numbers" are on the ingredients list. More than two and its off the menu.

    I have some great recipes from my gorgeous friend Michelle, who was on Masterchef and has a cook book "Healthy Helpings". Here is a link to her website (ADMIN: I hope this link is ok to post, please delete if not): http://www.healthyhelpings.com.au/about-michelle-koen/

    I would love to hear of any other suggestions that people have for making good food taste amazing!

    Kelly
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    Amazing salad for lunch today with a mushroom omelette. It is incredible the difference when u use veggies from the local produce market rather than the big grocery store. And the pineapple! Oh so juicy and delicious. I can't wait for all the summer fruits to come into season!

    What fruit are you looking forward to eating this summer?

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    Hi Purple, I'm really looking forward to mangoes, mangoes,MANGOES! I just picked up a food dehydrator from a generous soul on Freecycle, and am SOOOOO vibed to make fruit leather. Yumm. So healthy and usually so expensive when you get the good stuff from Health food shops (when you can find it). Am already coming up with interesting ideas for it, like mango and kiwifruit leather, and thinking of semi-drying mandarins ~ so yummy as it concentrates the flavour and gives them a crunchy shell. Mmmm....crunchy...

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    Purple, have you tried Stevia as a sweetener? It comes from a plant who's leaves are a thousand times sweeter than sugar cane. You can buy half sugar/half stevia crystals (a product from CSR), too. It has a slightly different flavour to sugar (like all the sweeteners), and is SO much better than those awful Nutrasweet-type sweeteners. I've never tried Xylitol except in already processed food.

    Phenylalanine (in Nutrasweet) is a great thing to steer clear of, as it crosses the blood-brain barrier and can cause neurological problems and brain conditions. Give me natural sweeteners to that any day!

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    Just a note about Stevia - even though it's a natural sweetener, it appears on some ingredients lists as a number (think it's 960?)! Makes the food look worse than it is!

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    Sounds great! I also use raw honey as a sweetener. I know many just count it as a sugar, but it doesn't affect me in the same way as processed sugar and such a natural product can't be all bad, surely! I do still eat sourdough bread as well. Something about it being yeast free/natural yeasts seem better for health - and you can buy some lovely sourdough breads these days. Best of luck with it - once your health starts to improve it's so addictive.

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    Good plan Purple!

    You reminded me of a little saying:

    "Whenever I see the words 'FAT-FREE' or 'LOW-FAT', I think of the words 'CHEMICAL S**T STORM'



    Good luck with the new dietary plan- I'm sure the food will taste absolutely delicious! And as for summer fruit, I'm looking forward to mangoes and peaches!

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    When I think of summer and fruit, I immediately think of watermelon! I could seriously eat that stuff by the bucket load!

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    For lunch I have been cooking up quinoa and adding whatever vegetables take my fance or I have in the fridge, yesterday was mushroom, corn off the cob, tomato, capsicum and feta sprinkled over the top.

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    Growing up I played SA volleyball with some girls whose mum would make "fruit leather" for the team to munch on the bus. As soon as I read your post Baroness it took me back to those days, lol. People talk about smells triggering memories, clearly food does too

    I have tried stevia before and didnt really like the herbaly after-taste. But xylitol tastes almost exactly like sugar. Plus it is spoonful for spoonful with sugar in sweetness but has 40% less calories.

    Now I have that Goulburn Valley advert in my head... "peaches, mango, peaches" lol


 

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