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  • Make spaghetti for them some night using spaghetti squash. Ever been to the Dekalb Farmer's Market? It has everything at great prices. Once your folks realize that it's the other ingredients and not the pasta that makes spaghetti appetizing, i suspect they'll be more likely to substitute the wheat noodles for something a little healthier. Thankfully, my parents are on board with the primal thing now.

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    • Spaghetti squash with a fatty bolognese just like my nana used to make. You don't even realize your having squash, because the sauce is so good!

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      • WaylandC, that's not a bad idea. The Dekalb Farmers Market is my Mecca, but I've never tried spaghetti squash. I see it every time and almost buy it because it's so cheap, but then I end up not getting it because I don't know what to do with it. To be honest, I've never loved spaghetti, so the motivation just isn't there. WeldingHank's nana's sauce must be better than my dad's, haha.

        They've never tried to talk me out of eating paleo, but they aren't jumping on the bandwagon either. They're kinda neutral about the whole thing. The problem is that they don't take me seriously enough to listen and realize that I mean it when I say I won't eat those things anymore. Frustrating.

        What will be even more ...interesting is seeing my aunt again this Christmas, who has struggled with obesity her entire life. She's done Jenny Craig, WW, you name it, and has only gained weight steadily over the years. I told her about the paleo principles last time I saw her, to which she replied matter-of-factly as she ate some rice and chicken flavored microwave atrocity that women should never consume more than 20 grams of fat a day to lose weight. I've lost 25 pounds and 5 dress sized since I last saw her. We'll see how this goes.

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        • kata I bet you can't wait to see her face!!!

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          • Originally posted by hulahoop View Post
            kata I bet you can't wait to see her face!!!
            hahaha I'm actually kind of scared! I almost feel bad for being so successful so soon at something she's been struggling with for years. Almost.

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            • Originally posted by Kata View Post
              ...I've never tried spaghetti squash...I don't know what to do with it.
              Last, I checked, some have a sticker with directions for cooking them.

              Cut in half, put in a microwaveable dish with (cut side down; We use a rectangular pyrex dish.) with a 1/2 cup of water, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 8-10 minutes. Once you're able to handle the squash sides, use a fork to scrape it out. It comes out the way you want it to with minimal effort.

              I'd say get two or three medium-sized or two large squashes. The price may be 6 dollars or less. If you like mushrooms, toss in some of those with plenty of meat and sauce and Parmesan cheese if you still consume dairy and like it.

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              • Originally posted by Kata View Post
                WaylandC, that's not a bad idea. The Dekalb Farmers Market is my Mecca, but I've never tried spaghetti squash. I see it every time and almost buy it because it's so cheap, but then I end up not getting it because I don't know what to do with it. To be honest, I've never loved spaghetti, so the motivation just isn't there. WeldingHank's nana's sauce must be better than my dad's, haha.

                They've never tried to talk me out of eating paleo, but they aren't jumping on the bandwagon either. They're kinda neutral about the whole thing. The problem is that they don't take me seriously enough to listen and realize that I mean it when I say I won't eat those things anymore. Frustrating.

                What will be even more ...interesting is seeing my aunt again this Christmas, who has struggled with obesity her entire life. She's done Jenny Craig, WW, you name it, and has only gained weight steadily over the years. I told her about the paleo principles last time I saw her, to which she replied matter-of-factly as she ate some rice and chicken flavored microwave atrocity that women should never consume more than 20 grams of fat a day to lose weight. I've lost 25 pounds and 5 dress sized since I last saw her. We'll see how this goes.
                Because I see how well that's working out for you..... SMH I just don't get it. Perhaps seeing you will help her change
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                "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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                • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                  The office I work in tends to be quite mindful of the fact that I can't have Crisco or wheat, which I am VERY grateful for.
                  Yeah, I'm lucky enough to work with an actual celiac, so there's always some fruit or something at morning teas.
                  Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                  Griff's cholesterol primer
                  5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                  Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                  TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                  bloodorchid is always right

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                  • This made me facepalm so hard. My Pinterest says it originally came from Dr. Oz.

                    "Why make cake with eggs and oil when there are TONS of better options? Cake mix with diet soda? Just egg substitute? Only applesauce? We tried each of these methods and more (and had fun doing it)! Here's what we learned..."

                    Hungry Girl - Friday Newsletter

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                    • Originally posted by WaylandC View Post
                      Last, I checked, some have a sticker with directions for cooking them.

                      Cut in half, put in a microwaveable dish with (cut side down; We use a rectangular pyrex dish.) with a 1/2 cup of water, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 8-10 minutes. Once you're able to handle the squash sides, use a fork to scrape it out. It comes out the way you want it to with minimal effort.

                      I'd say get two or three medium-sized or two large squashes. The price may be 6 dollars or less. If you like mushrooms, toss in some of those with plenty of meat and sauce and Parmesan cheese if you still consume dairy and like it.
                      After nuked, I love to saute the squash in herbed butter... lots of it. Or tallow and butter with herbs. It makes a very decent replacement for pasta or any side dish. And it's relatively safe as far as GMO and pesticides go.
                      The eyes of all hope in thee, O Lord: and thou givest them meat in due season.
                      Psalms 144:15

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                      Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
                      Pope John Paul II

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                      • Originally posted by Milty View Post
                        This made me facepalm so hard. My Pinterest says it originally came from Dr. Oz.

                        "Why make cake with eggs and oil when there are TONS of better options? Cake mix with diet soda? Just egg substitute? Only applesauce? We tried each of these methods and more (and had fun doing it)! Here's what we learned..."

                        Hungry Girl - Friday Newsletter
                        Ugh, friggin' Hungry Girl. Now why would anyone in their right mind take advice from somebody who calls herself Hungry Girl?!

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                        • Originally posted by sires6 View Post
                          After nuked, I love to saute the squash in herbed butter... lots of it. Or tallow and butter with herbs.
                          ...don't forget the garlic/garlic powder for me

                          To add to the CW Moments: shopping with a friend who now has a good job all, watching him by ten or more 12-packs of soda (a diet one was thrown in for good measure), an armful of Gatorades (salty/sugary colored water), walking through the food sections and by passing all fruits and veggies but taking the moment to consider buying a storemade cake. He has gradually put on weight over the years with the help of bad foods and alcohol. He's had acid reflux since HIGH SCHOOL and he's only in his 20s. I've shared with him about my parents' success.

                          I don't know if the people fear change, or fear admitting that what they've been doing is somehow "wrong", or a betrayal of their health, or not wanting to accept help based on all those things or if it just adds to a life of confusing information.

                          I guess all we can do is keep trying and leading by example.

                          It took me a while to get on board, but I made small steps in the right direction and eventually got my parents to join in on everything.

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                          • Originally posted by mr. Anthony View Post
                            i made some awesome pumpkin pie cupcake things (i dunno what to call them) and brought them into work since everyone else was bringing in stuff. Totally primal: Pureed organic pumpkin, eggs, some cream, cinnamon, and just a touch of honey. Melted a square of dark chocolate on top of each one, topped with organic heavy whipping cream whipped up with vanilla and cinnamon. They were freaking delicious.

                            People at work asked about them, then started eating them, and were like "whoah, these are the best things anyone's brought in this week!"

                            then i noticed most people were only having half of one, saying they needed to be careful about what they were eating. Then i noticed people were still cramming cinnamon rolls, halloween candy, and pizza into their faces, but would go tell everyone they should try my pumpkin things, even though they were so good they couldn't be good for you...

                            I was like "um...they're hands-down the healthiest thing on this table right now..."
                            RECIPE PLEASE!! kthx!
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                            • LOL, Hungry Girl. Just....no. Not good.

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                              • To add to the CW Moments: shopping with a friend who now has a good job all, watching him by ten or more 12-packs of soda (a diet one was thrown in for good measure), an armful of Gatorades (salty/sugary colored water), walking through the food sections and by passing all fruits and veggies but taking the moment to consider buying a storemade cake. ...
                                I was talking yesterday with a guy who has been in the working broke category for a long time and just got his first non-starvation job in years. He was going on about how eating out sucked because the portions were so small and unsatisfying, plus it was all so expensive, and food at home is just as expensive, and the fact that he was going to be working longer hours meant he was going to be spending a lot more on food. So I started asking questions, just trying to figure out where he was coming from. Turns out everything he eats is some sort of prepared food. Bags of "chicken", boxed "meals", all frozen and all really expensive by my standards. The sort of stuff I don't eat because it seems like a total rip-off.

                                I tried suggesting, "You know, you can actually buy real meat and vegetables, and cook them in a skillet. It's cheaper and it tastes better." Then the excuses started. He didn't have time. Then he would have to clean. Then it would take too long to shop. Then he would be worried about food poisoning. Every time I said something he had an excuse for why he wouldn't..."couldn't" in his mind. After awhile I just sat there thinking, "this guy is almost 40, how can he live like that????" He was convinced that if he didn't eat pre-made "food" of some sort, whether a TV dinner or fast food, it was too much work and probably unsafe. Store bought cakes, though? Right up his ally.

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