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  • #16
    Originally posted by Jamie Madrox View Post
    it varies. i just crack an egg into a bowl and and whisk it. then add my puree of anything. Ive found going by weight with a scale produces the best results. usually 70g egg to 100g puree. if you want it more dense use more puree. after whisking the egg just add in your pumpkin and stir everything to combine and pour into some microsafe container and throw in the microwave. For moist cakey like go for 3:30 to 4 mins on high for more dense slightly less moist go for 5 mins. its very hard to screw up unless you want like a brick of egg and pumpkin that is more like a cracker than put in a thinner layer in a bigger container and go for 7 to 8 mins. ive done that too. the recipe is very forgiving and incredible versatile. experiment with spices and you wont even taste the pumpkin. add in cranberries and orange zest for cranberry orange bread! really you can do anything.

    sometime adding like 3g of coconut flour will help it rise a bit more and make it more fluffy. but its not really necessary.

    here is a pic of an orange/apple/cranberry loaf topped with sunflower seeds i made. same recipe only added in some orange zest, cranberries and diced apples.

    Is the purée in addition to the pumpkin or are you using the terms purée and pumpkin interchangeably? Thanks.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by gopintos View Post
      I read Perfect Health Diet weight loss version, which I had read many times, but I was committed to LC/HF so it just wasnt sinking in. Then one day, after reviewing my tracking for the last 10 months and I could see that as fat increased that weight loss decreased, I read PHD again for some reason and this time in sunk in. Perfect Health Diet: Weight Loss Version | Perfect Health Diet

      I try for 30-40% fat, 30-40% carbs, about 30% protein. I pretty much shoot for about a 3 way split as far as % goes, so that means I am +/- on any of them, so it all works out.

      I added in apples and bananas w/o feeling bad about it like I might would have before. I might would have one or the other, now I have both if I want I had remembered losing weight and heavy lifting years ago, while eating lots of potatoes, but I was afraid to try it again because it was a carb. PHD suggests 1lb of safe starches per day.

      So I have also added back tators, sweet tators, white rice. I have always had tomatoes, green peppers. I never knew that anyone had adverse reactions to these so I have a little most daily.

      Adding these things back in, I dont know the words I am looking for, but as far as preparing meals for my family, I am cooking more normal again as far as they are concerned. I could eat stir-fry veggies every night, but they like a little more variety so meals look a little more normal now to them.

      I feel like I also have more energy. I dont know if that is accurate or not, but I do have more desire to do things now. That might be because the hot summer is over, I dont know, but I have started to implement exercise and outside activity again, and enjoy it whereas before I just dreaded it. It is almost like a fog has lifted. I know that word "fog" is used alot, but that is really what it feels like. And maybe that is because the scale is moving again, I don't know but I just feel more like doing stuff now, like I did when I started losing weight CW way of 50%c, 30%f, 20% protein.



      My sister, every time I mention fixing sweet potatoes, she is like oh those are so delicious with brown sugar, marshmallows yada yada and can't imagine ever eating them w/o it And she wonders why her belly is getting bigger and bigger.
      Thanks for the advice! Much appreciated. I think I'll consider trying something similar.
      If you don't mind me asking, how active are you? Are you within my range (30-60 min brisk walk daily)? I'm just wondering if my exercise should change much if I'm adding in a bit more carbs, but my instinct says no.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
        Hi everyone.
        I tried out a great recipe for pumpkin "porridge" this morning that involves about a cup of canned pumpkin, eggs, almond milk, and a few spices. It filled me up for hours in a way that, I've personally found, meat and vegetables just don't. It's making me wonder whether I've been keeping my carbs too low (I've been averaging 30g a day... usually in the form of an avocado and a pile of kale at dinner, plus maybe 5 olives some nights).

        Let's say I did this cup of pumpkin every day... am I asking for trouble? Is there danger of weight gain -- even if I make this my chief chunk of carbs for the day and stay under 100g (maybe even under 50g) for the whole day? Pumpkin seems to be among the least starchy of the safe-starch vegetables, from what I've read... but is it still too much to be an everyday thing?

        Thanks so much guys.
        The only problem I see is that you didn't share the recipe! Can you post it? It sounds good.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Artbuc View Post
          Is the purée in addition to the pumpkin or are you using the terms purée and pumpkin interchangeably? Thanks.
          Interchangeably. Or you could do a combo of pumpkin anything else to get 100g per 70g egg.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by PHaselow View Post
            I can do this, too! Kabocha is the best flavor ever. I need to grow them. Do you?
            I don't, since I have no backyard and I eat them year-round. I'm fortunate to live in SoCal where I'm surrounded by Asian markets everywhere I turn, so I can buy them very cheaply year-round.
            F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Emmet Fitz-Hume View Post
              The only problem I see is that you didn't share the recipe! Can you post it? It sounds good.
              Here's the recipe I've already tried:
              Pumpkin Spice Hot Cereal | tgipaleo

              And here's another that I'll be trying next (since I got the go-ahead from all you lovely primal people) although I might be making a few substitutions since I'm reluctant to go too fat-heavy in a meal that's mainly made of pumpkin:
              Fast Paleo » Pumpkin Porridge - Paleo Recipe Sharing Site

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              • #22
                You can also take the above bread recipe and fry it in a pan to make pumpkin pancakes.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                  Thanks for the advice! Much appreciated. I think I'll consider trying something similar.
                  If you don't mind me asking, how active are you? Are you within my range (30-60 min brisk walk daily)? I'm just wondering if my exercise should change much if I'm adding in a bit more carbs, but my instinct says no.
                  I'm not gopintos, but my ratios are similar to hers and I am terrible about exercise. I am currently eating 80-100g total carbs daily and even more before my diet was really primal. Still, the weight keeps coming off.
                  50yo, 5'3"
                  SW-195
                  CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
                  GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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                  • #24
                    Tried the egg+pumpkin in the microwave...it was really good. Thanks for the recipe. Made one for tomorrow with a tsp of honey and some cinnamon.
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                    You'd give anything to silence
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by PrimalStudent View Post
                      Thanks for the advice! Much appreciated. I think I'll consider trying something similar.
                      If you don't mind me asking, how active are you? Are you within my range (30-60 min brisk walk daily)? I'm just wondering if my exercise should change much if I'm adding in a bit more carbs, but my instinct says no.
                      I dont do much structured, and I seem to go in spurts, like lots one day, not so much the next, but I would say it is the equivalent at least. I have felt like doing more this week though.
                      65lbs gone and counting!!

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                      • #26
                        I don't do as well with squash or sweet potato, but my body LOVES pumpkin. Usually, I will just have it as a side with some cinnamon and stevia mixed in. I also add the egg and microwave it to make a custard. I also make a soup -- pumpkin, broth, ground turkey, bacon, onions, garlic....mmm!!! I love Practical Paleo's pumpkin pancakes -- basically pumpkin, baking soda and eggs, and I'm going to try The Food Lover's Chiffon Pumpkin Pie for the holidays.

                        I also keep my carbs very low to stay in ketosis and have found that 1/2-1 cup/day is just fine!

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                        • #27
                          I really want to share something pumpkin-y with my family for Thanksgiving, as a side or dessert. If anyone wants to share recipes, please do! Warning: I am SUPER lazy and currently dairy-intolerant. The simpler/fewer ingredients, the better. Bonus points for vegan-friendly, but not required.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                            I really want to share something pumpkin-y with my family for Thanksgiving, as a side or dessert. If anyone wants to share recipes, please do! Warning: I am SUPER lazy and currently dairy-intolerant. The simpler/fewer ingredients, the better. Bonus points for vegan-friendly, but not required.
                            This one's not vegan but it looks pretty simple, and the ingredients are all things you might have in your kitchen right now. Hope it turns out well!
                            Grain Free Pumpkin Pie | Wellness Mama

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