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Hello Everyone =)

I found this website tonight while I was searching for help on switching to a diet low/without processed foods.

My husband and I are both overweight, both have diabetes (although he's a type 1). We began trying to get pregnant about a year ago, and have not been able to concieve. That was a real eye opener for me. I've realized that I really have to change my life and my diet to have the life I want to live.

I haven't gone on a diet; I've just slowly been changing the way we eat. One of my biggest struggles has been that unless it comes out of a box and needs only that you add meat and water, I really don't know how to cook it. We used to eat a lot of hamburger helpers and mac and cheese and frozen pizzas. We ate that way because that's how both of our mothers cooked. I used to think using margarine instead of butter was a good enough effort towards eating better.

I've been able to loose about 45 lbs since April from avoiding the packaged dinners and cooking fresh foods instead. But recently I've hit a real rut. I think I only know how to cook about 7 dishes and those dishes are starting to get old. I'm hoping to learn more recipes and more ideas to help us on our quest to change our lifestyle.

Thank you!

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If you don't have Dee's books, Plan D and the cookbook, you are really missing out on a lot.  Great recipes, most are not complex and good tasting food results.  Good luck on your path.


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Hi Stephanie,

This is Dee.  Welcome to the message board, I'm so glad you found us!  Learning to cook is a process, so I recommend trying out one new recipe each week that looks good to you, and then you can build up your recipe repertoire.  As far as processed-free living is concerned, take that as fast or as slow as you need to.  I hope by now you've gone back to using real butter instead of margarine!  But have you discovered the wonderful world of coconut oil for cooking?

Here's an easy recipe that I think you will enjoy.  It goes great with cooked brown rice and vegetabes:

Dijon Garlic Chicken

serves 8

8 (4 ounce) chicken fillets
2/3 cup Dijon mustard
8 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 red onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons dried tarragon
sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Arrange the chicken breasts in a pan, and lightly coat with the Dijon mustard. Place the garlic and onion slices on the chicken fillets. Season with tarragon, salt, and pepper.
Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is done and no longer pink inside.

Dee McCaffrey
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