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Wow, I just finished my first week of eating processed free food.  I went Dee's talk on a Thursday evening and started cold turkey on Friday morning.  I cut out diet soda (which I drank daily), frozen yogurt  (my favorite treat), Starbucks and all refined sugar and flour.  My cravings are just starting to subside and my headaches are finally going away, two migraines and 5 dull headaches later!  It takes me a long time in the grocery store and I'm still not sure what is the best almond milk, coconut milk.  From the refrigerated section?  There seems to be a lot of additives.  I must admit, I LOVE almond milk.  I figured out things to eat for a week, but I need to widen my selection.  Finding quick and easy things is my goal because cooking is something I have to get used to doing.  I don't do much of it and I will learn to like it!  I've spent more time in my kitchen this past week than I have in the past 6 months  I don't think I will look at a french fry again without thinking that is came of bad oil and is full of free radicals.  And to top it all off, I've lost 5 pounds.  I'm actually looking forward to my blood draw in December to see how my cholesterol will be affected with the change in diet.  I'm so thankful that Dee came to our cycling group to speak.  It gave me the kick start that I needed to get truly healthy!
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Great Job Carrie! If you need any suggestions on brands just ask me =) Thanks for posting your story!
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I do need help for the following regarding brands!
coconut milk
almond milk
peanut butter
tomato sauce
That's a good start.  Thanks for offering your help.
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Coconut Milk=  I make my own or use Thai Kitchen brand

Almond Milk= I make my own almond milk with the recipe from the science of skinny book or I use Blue Diamond brand

Tomato Sauce= I use Muir Glen Brand or Trader Joes Brand

Peanut Butter= I grind my own peanut butter on the machine they have at Sprouts Markets or Whole Foods and even some high end Fry's Markets

I am here to help anytime =) Good Luck and welcome to the forum!

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Awesome job Carrie!  Thank you so much for posting your experiences, and I hope you keep us updated on your progress!

You can make our own coconut milk using coconut creme and water. You can find coconut creme at  http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_cream_concentrate.htm or also at Whole Foods market.  It's sometimes called coconut butter.  I usually find it near the peanut butter.  I also use Trader Joe's coconut milk in a can.  I don't recommend the refrigerated types which have additives in them.

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Thanks Dee!  I really like your peanut butter cookies.  They are my occasional treat!  Is there any where that I can buy them now?  You mentioned Sprouts may stop carrying them.  I only found them at one Sprouts and not at the others.  I need help, because I've run out!!!!!!
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Carrie
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Hi Carrie,

Thanks for the kind words and thank you for your support of our cookies.  The unfortunate word is that Sprouts has stopped carrying the cookies.  However, there IS a strong possibility for Dee's flourless gluten-free cookies to return - Sprouts just needs you to tell them!

Sprouts listens to customer demand more than they listen to vendors.  If customers want the product, they will likely bring it back.  But you have to let them know how important these cookies are to you and that you want them back!  Go to the Sprouts Contact Page (click here) and type in your request.

Thank you very much Carrie.  We sure hope Sprouts will bring the cookies back.

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I've already contacted Sprouts!  I may just contact them again

Update:  I have been eating processed free (for the most part) for 1 month.  I even travelled which proved to be a little more challenging.  Thank goodness for Chipolte and Pita Jungle.  I've had 2 diet sodas (when traveling) versus having one everyday, 3 handfuls of amusement park popcorn (ok, maybe 5) and 1 coffee drink over the past month!  Otherwise, I have been very mindful. Sea World and Legoland offer free range chicken.  It's dark meat, but better than the other options for sure.  The outcome for eating healthy x 1 month......way more energy especially from 5-7pm, falling asleep easier and a total weight loss of 10.5 lbs.  My total weight loss goal is 18 lbs.  I'm well on my way.  It's coming off a lot slower not, but slow and steady!  The recipes are very manageable as I am the farthest thing from a cook; however, I now enjoy cooking.  What a drastic change in outlook regarding food and eating.  Dee's talk really hit home and I am pleased to say that I continue to be motivated to eat better and learn more about it!
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WOW!! Congratulations! Thank you for keeping us all updated on your progress =) Your story and success keeps me inspired!  What do you do when you get tempted for junk food is what I want to know? 



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My treats are air popped organic popcorn, dates and  Dee's hot chocolate.  My favorite treat was her Peanut Butter cookies.  I loved them.

I also eat a couple dark chocolate covered blue berries with ACAI as] week.

The maple syrup in my oatmeal seems like a treat as well.

How about you?

Carrie
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I love all the same things you do!!! You should try this recipe it is amazing!

No Bake Nut Butter Cookies

Kids will love making these nut butter-graham treats.
Makes 8-10 cookies

Ingredients:

8 whole grain graham cracker squares, finely ground (MI-DEL Brand)

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons raw honey or coconut nectar

4 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

Place shredded coconut on a plate. Set aside.

Grind the graham crackers into fine crumbs in a food processor or place in a plastic ziplock bag and pound them with a rolling pin. Transfer the graham cracker crumbs to a large mixing bowl.

Add the raisins, nut butter and honey to the bowl with the graham cracker crumbs. Stir the mixture with a large spoon or use your hands to mix all of the ingredients together until it resembles a cookie dough.

Break off pieces of the dough and pat them into 8 to 10 cookies. Press each cookie lightly in the shredded coconut. Enjoy immediately!
 
 

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No Bake Nut Butter Cookies
 
Kids will love making these nut butter-graham treats.
Makes 8-10 cookies
 
Ingredients:
 
8 whole grain graham cracker squares, finely ground (MI-DEL Brand)
 
1/4 cup raisins
 
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
 
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons raw honey or coconut nectar
 
4 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut
 
Directions:
 
Place shredded coconut on a plate. Set aside.
 
Grind the graham crackers into fine crumbs in a food processor or place in a plastic ziplock bag and pound them with a rolling pin. Transfer the graham cracker crumbs to a large mixing bowl.
 
Add the raisins, nut butter and honey to the bowl with the graham cracker crumbs. Stir the mixture with a large spoon or use your hands to mix all of the ingredients together until it resembles a cookie dough.
 
Break off pieces of the dough and pat them into 8 to 10 cookies. Press each cookie lightly in the shredded coconut. Enjoy immediately!

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