Wendy - I'm already working on how to adapt a lot of my holiday recipes. Lefse is a Scandinavian flat bread made with potatoes, cream, flour and butter. I'm thinking of playing with sweet potatoes, coconut milk, flax oil and spelt flour. Think it will be a delicious treat and well worth the work.
I love homemade sauerkraut! I make it and keep it on hand all the time. However, I don't use anywhere near that amount of salt. (And always unrefined sea salt) I also experiment with other seasonings (garlic, cumin, caraway, etc...) added as well and sometimes other vegetables added (onion or carrot). It's also easy to ferment beets or cucumbers.
I am reporting in on my weeks' results on FFP Phase 1.
This past week I have noticed the bloating is diminishing! Don't feel so pudgy! I have a bit more energy. Altho, my arthritis does like to let me know it's with me this past week. I felt a bit achy, but I figure that is in the name of detoxing. Also in conclusion for this past week, I have lost 2.5 pounds and 1 inch around the waist. I am happy with that. But, the greedy side of me wishes it were more. Why is it that we gain weight faster than we can loose it? O well,,, slow and steady will win the prize! What's the prize? A slimmer, healthier me with a better, healthier lifestyle!
My skin has felt kinda itchy the past 3-4 days. I am sure this is my liver purging out the bad. I also have psoriasis all over my body (and psoriatic arthritis). This was flaring up the past few days on my legs. So, I took the hydrating BeauCle and used it on my legs. HOLY MACKEREL! Within an hour, the dry, itchy scratchy feeling went away. After two days, the inflammation of the bright redness has diminished some. :0)
So, next week, I will still stay with Phase 1 of FFP. I like this better than the Shakedown version. At least for me.
Wendy - I'm not a fan of sauerkraut. So, I add my own probiotics to my daily routine.
Way to go on the 2.5 loss Wendy, any movement down is great and to be honest 2.5 is a lot. I seemed to lose only .5-1 as I was a slow loser (after I completed the SS) so that's so great! It's true it comes off much slower than it goes on but the health you get is worth the wait!
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You are a LOOSER! You are a LOOSER! 2.5 pounds is great! That's almost a full can of crisco missing from your body!
Woo hoo! Celebrate that one girl. That's a win! Happy dance happening' here!
I'm reading a book on native hawaiian medicinal plants. They used the sweet potato to treat arthritis. "Two fingers a day for 30-60 days to see results". I've been using sweet potatoes as my starch. My knees and toes are full of arthritis. They hardly ache since I've been FFing and eating the sweet potatoes. Don't know for sure that they make the difference, but I'm sure it's a part of it.
I just realized I've been counting my weeks wrong. I'm really just now going into week 6. 11 pounds in 6 weeks is really good for me. Hard to be so patient, but thrilled I'm still FFing.
I'm sure your experience with sweet potatoes was like mine growing up. Either from a can and/or drowned in syrup with marshmallows on top. Yuck!
We get Hawaiian purple and molokai White sweet potatoes here. They have a different flavor and are really on the sweet side. Satisfies all sorts of starchy cravings! I love the regular orange ones you can get mainland side. Try them steamed, mashed or baked like fat fries. Drool just thinking of it Steamed I eat plain. Mashed I splurge a bit of flax oil if I want. Baked - toss with a bit of coconut oil and garlic and/or rosemary. Roast in oven. To die for.
The sweet potatoes I had were drenched in brown sugar. It's not so much the taste, it's the stringy texture. Maybe I'll try them again at Thanksgiving time.
I had a great breakfast today. I made scrambled eggs with "hash brown" radishes. I took coconut oil and shredded the radishes and garlic and pan fried them until crispy. YUUUM! That gets in the protein and veggies I need!
Had to take the car to the tire place and have one of the tires checked. It was not keeping air. Turns out the rim is slightly dented (Chicago pot holes are more like little craters). I must have hit a crater "just right". So the technician fixed it, rebalanced the tire and I was on my way. It cost me about 45 minutes of my time and $0.00! Road hazard warranty is wonderful!
When I got home, there was a message for me. WOOOO HOOOO I have a job interview tomorrow doing part time bookkeeping for a dental office! This will give me (2) PT jobs. Hope I get it!