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Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:12 AM

Index to recipe and nutrient discussions and websites.

Because there's been hundreds of good threads and they are always too hard to find. In fact, I can't find the threads I had in mind right now. These are what I find when I search. Feel free to post suggestions. But,

Please add recipes to the existing threads. Or, if none exist that suit your topic, start a new thread. Make it a good one and it'll get added here too.

Also, not everything here is going to be suitable for you. You need to figure out what intolerances you may have and how strict you need to be.

Shopping:
Sources for better food: local, wild, organic, etc:
http://www.eatwild.com/ - to find farms near you.
http://www.localharvest.org/
http://foraging.com/

People's shopping lists, sources and how they use those foods. I hope more people will post theirs.
http://www.acne.org/...shopping-lists/

Diets and organic on a budget:
http://www.acne.org/...s-on-the-cheap/
http://www.acne.org/...hy-on-a-budget/

Acne.org recipe threads:

Cooking for Newbies - recipes, tips and tricks, what, how, when...

Really Super Nutrient Dense recipes - Veggie dense, and/or with nutrients known to benefit acne. Soups, curries, stir fry. Add or remove meat or fish to meat your needs.

Fabulous Green Smoothies - Great way to get those superfoods. Especially for the veggie phobe.

Breakfast foods - For those that can't figure out what to eat when giving up cereal.

Sweet potatoes rediscovered They are what's for breakfast!

Holiday Meal recipes

Acne Free Recipes

Simple Ideas for Chicken

Healthy food ideas

Veggies

More fruits and veggies

Salad Ideas

Dessert ideas and recipes - deal with cravings with something good for you

Drink Recipes - teas, milk substitutes, ginger ale, cocktails and more.

Healthy Recipes(links to recipes posted by Danny our resident Italian, plus a few other suggestions)

Coconut Flour and dried coconut recipes -pancakes, cookies, muffins, crepes

Fermented foods with live probiotic cultures--yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi

Homemade Kefir guide

Gluten Free Recipe books

Gluten-Free Times

Better breads and bread substitutes

Better Grains Cooking methods and substitutes.

Spaghetti Squash Recipes

Bone, Veggie scraps, peels, stalks, stems, shells, seeds
http://www.acne.org/...othsstock-help/
http://www.acne.org/....s-necks/<br />http://www.acne.org/...ins-in-the-gut/ Gaps diet


Offsite:

whfoods.org, where all the recipes prepare foods in the best way possible to preserve nutrients. Which, in the case of veggies, mostly means steaming or what they call healthy saute (in water) and topping them with what they call Mediterranean dressing (olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, S & P).

Specific Carb site:
http://www.scdrecipe.../recipes-bread/



Pre-industrial and/or Traditional diet sites and blogs:

 

Very good Paleo recipe site.

http://fastpaleo.com...paleo-pad-thai/



This guy, a neurobiologist, is kind of primal with a bit of Weston Price tendencies, i.e. willing to eat properly prepared grains/legumes.
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/

Weston Price foundation: http://www.westonapr...rg/healthtopics But they don't seem to have recipes there anymore? I suppose because they sell books. Maybe there are still some in these articles: http://www.westonapr...aditional-diets

The NourishingGourmet: Lots of good info on properly preparing foods including sprouting, fermenting...
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com

The Nourished Kitchen - reviving traditional foods
http://nourishedkitchen.com/recipes-2/

http://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/

http://beta.primal-p...ats-and-cheats/

Refer also to blogs/books from various ethnic groups. Indian, for example.

No Meat Athlete Vegetarian recipe site:
http://www.nomeatath...s-for-athletes/ Obviously not going to be allgrain/seed free, although some are. But there's a lot of smoothie and drink recipes, raw items, desserts, and nutrient dense veggie recipes worth checking out. Many are vegan.

Paleo/Primal diet sites and blogs. Even if you don't follow a paleo diet, they can be good sources for recipes to make dishes that are normally high in grains and processed carbs out of more nutrient dense foods. Breads, pastas, pizzas, deserts, snacks... Gluten free since they don't use grains.

Mark's Daily Apple (He's a paleo-like guru with a book called the Primal Diet. The primal diet is anti-grain but not anti dairy.)
Primal Substitutes for Non-Primal Foods http://www.marksdail...#comment-514158 It's a good bunch of recipes.
Cookbook and Fitness guides available as free downloads for subscribers to the blog.
Son of Grok (another primal diet blogger) recipes
http://www.sonofgrok...tegory/recipes/
TastyPaleo recipe index http://www.tastypale...ecipeIndex.aspx
Paleofood recipe index http://www.paleofood.com/
Everyday Paleo blog (of a middle aged female cross trainer) http://everydaypaleo.com/
Foodee Paleo friendly recipe blog and iphone app: http://www.thefoodee.com/blog/
ChowStalker.com: http://www.chowstalker.com/
BulletProofExec - proponent of a paleo like diet. http://forum.bulletp...tproof-recipes/

-Low carb blog - Link goes straight to the cauliflower pizza crust recipe. Try it. It's life changing!!!

 

Other blogs:

Recipe collection by an acne sufferer:
http://my4everrecipes.weebly.com/

Oh, She Glows! blog:
A woman blogs about how she got her glow back after years of bad diets and i think an eating disorder. Link to her recipe page:http://ohsheglows.co...off-the-season/ Includes ways to make some basic stuff special, like Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Pie oatmeal and Oat parfaits in which you layer your soaked overnight oats with all kinds of things like banana ice 'cream.' You are putting your overripe bananas in the freezer, right? You should be.   Recipes are vegan.



TV Shows/Books/Sites
Most recipes in these shows that I've seen is fast and healthy. Although a few times, I have seen them use some processed convenience foods I don't approve of. Use your judgement. And avoid the recipes high in white flour and potato products.

Jaime Oliver's Meals in Minutes/30 minute Meals TV show - mostly real, whole nutrient dense food with the occasional bit of bread or noodles.
http://www.jamieoliv...0-minute-meals/

-Just Cook This/Sam the Cooking Guy - FitTV/DHC cooking show.
---http://www.thecookingguy.com/cookbook/recipes.php
--http://health.discov...ipes/index.html

-Eric Ripert's 'Get Toasted' blog
Famous French chef posts recipes using a broiler/toaster oven. Fast, easy, healthy, simple, but with the little extra touches a French chef would add. The broiled fruit is really good desert substitute. Or breakfast. I used nectarines. I tried the mangos, but didn't like it. Mangos have an aftertaste that got worse with cooking.

-America's Test Kitchen - experiments to find great tips/recipes to help you get great results. Also tests gadgets, cookware and appliances.

-Everyday Food - PBS series that goes along with Martha Stewarts Everyday Food magazine. A very good show.

-French Women Don't get Fat recipes

Allrecipes.com - gluten free

healingnaturallybybee.com Anti-candida recipes and info

Adding Veggies to your favorite foods:
Cookie Magazine's Sneak it In recipes of kid friendly foods filled with veggies great for those that think they don't like veggies. The veggies in these are not invisible, though, like in the two sites below. Note cookie magazine no longer exists but if you search, you may find a way to these recipes.

Deceptively Delicious- cookbook in which veggie purees are snuck into meat loaf, brownies, chicken tenders, etc. Free recipes on this site. You'll need to reduce the sugar. I can vouch for cauliflower in scrambled eggs, I tried it accidently when trying to make the cauliflower pizza crust on a griddle on the stovetop rather than in the oven. It wouldn't hold together so I scrambled it. Only 1 egg and a lot more cauliflower, but it tasted like eggs.

Sneaky Chef - Similar to the above. With even more free recipes and tips.

http://alphamom.com/...-good-for-them/

http://www.foodnotfu...-even-noticing/

Gluten Free Girl and the Chef blog: http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

Kitchen Stewardship - Good site on preparing foods in the best ways, including soaking and fermenting:
http://www.kitchenst...-which-is-best/

Site with online courses in such things including how to make sourdough into just about anything:
http://gnowfglins.com/ecourse/ Some kind of paid membership required.


Note there are also recipes in the What to Eat threads below.


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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:11 AM

What to eat discussion threads

Note that everything mentioned in a post is going to be good for everyone. Or sometimes for anyone. There are always people replying about the crap they ate that day.

There are recipes in these threads as well. And ideas in the recipe threads above.

Organic/ acne diets on the cheap threads:

Acne Diets On The Cheap

Eating organic/healthy on a budget

Drizzler's Day Of Eating for skin, eating for health With pictures!!!

What is left to eat?!?

Healthy Meal ideas, quick easy healthy meals

Foods to Snack on

what do you guys eat for breakfast?

Official 'Post what you ate today' Thread Apparently, this is the official one.

Another what you ate today:
http://www.acne.org/...-you-eat-today/

Another What you ate today thread - good oatmeal cheese pancake recipe in this one.

Bodybuilding on low carbs


Offsite
WHfoods.org Elimination diet plan to determine food sensitivities
And, because they seem to have redone their site a bit, there's yet another page, new and improved I guess, at:
http://whfoods.org/g...=7#foodsavoided

2 types of allergic reactions
http://www.acne.org/...food-allergies/

Hypoallergenic Foods listed on whfoods.org (World's Healthiest Foods) are:
* Apples
* Sesame Seeds
* Lamb
* Pears
* Winter Squash
* Sweet Potatoes
* Cherries
* Carrots
* Rice

And I have the whfoods book and it has a few more foods in the list such as Cod, salmon, garlic, onions, lettuce, kale, collard greens, grapes, green peas, lentils, garbonzos, pumpkin seeds and for some reason lemon without explanation seeing as citrus is a common allergen.

Notes:
-Lamb is on that list because it is almost always from pastured animals fed no grains. If you can find products from other animals raised that way or wild they are probably find.
-Make sure the Salmon is wild, not farmed.
-Cherries, like other stone fruit should be organic and we've had some people here intolerant to stone fruit. I don't know that they've methodically verified that they react to every stone fruit or if they can have cherries.
-I get cysts from oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and key limes, but I've been able to use quite a bit of lemon and other limes without a problem.

Note that there are groups of foods that don't seem related but could have a substance that is a common issue. Such as: (from whfoods.org)
Tyramine - Reactions to tyramine (an amino acid-like molecule) or phenylalanine (another amino acid-like molecule) can result from eating the following foods:

* Fermented cheeses
* Sausage
* Chocolate
* Sour Cream
* Red wine
* Avocado
* Beer
* Raspberries
* Yeast
* Pickled Herring

Symptoms of tyramine intolerance can include urticaria (hives), angioedema (localized swelling due to fluid retention), migraines, wheezing, and even asthma. In fact, some researchers suggest that as many as 20 percent of migraines are caused by food intolerance or allergy, and tyramine intolerance is one of the most common of these toxic food responses.

(I think they meant to say aged cheeses because I think all cheese is fermented by definition.)

Fructose malabsorption - Several lifestyle and nutrition habits can improve this.
Chart of fruits with the breakdown of types of sugar i.e. glucose, fructose, sucrose, etc:
http://www.thepaleod...uits_table.html

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:16 AM

Tips and Substitutes for Cravings

Fruit Desserts:
Sautee, bake, grill or broil fruit and sprinkle with cinnamon or whatever spice goes well with that fruit. You won't miss the sugar or the pie crust or anything else that really just detracts from the fruit. Hint, Chinese 5-spice powder is really good on a lot of fruits. I have it with broiled nectarines all the time. I sprinkle it on a little dollop of yogurt that I top the fruit with and/or sprinkle it on the fruit.

Also, saute apple slices in butter or coconut oil if you don't eat any dairy. Sprinkle with cinnamon. No added sugar or pie crust needed. You won't miss them.

Ice Cream substitutes: More in dessert recipe thread
tips/foods for overcoming sugar cravings

Baking/cooking with Stevia. It's stable when heated, but lacks bulk. Recipes, conversion and ways to replace bulk in recipes:
http://www.ehow.com/...gar-baking.html
http://www.steviainf...ge=cooking_tips
http://www.steviasho...itionaluses.php
Recipes http://www.steviasho.../recipes.php#17
http://www.replacesugar.com/tips.htm
Sweetener comparison chart:
http://www.replacesu...om/standoff.htm

Pasta:
-Buckwheat noodles/Japanese Soba noodles.
-Shirataki noodles- made from an Asian root vegetable called konjac, rich in glucomannan, a type of soluble fiber some of us take to lower GI of meals.
-Spaghetti squash. Just cut in half, clean out seeds, then steam or bake. When tender, scrape with fork and it shreds. It will be tender-crisp with a little crunch, so I think it's especially good in Asian noodle dishes. Not so much in many Italian dishes. Someday I am going to invent Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai.

Flour
Best (wheat) Flour Substitutes
- Be sure to also see the gluten free, coconut, dessert, and breakfast Recipe threads above.

Milk Substitute recipes
Chia Milk There's a chia seed pudding recipe in the next post down.
I know I've seen almond milk instructions here somewhere.
Drink recipes including milk subs:http://www.acne.org/...28#entry2544028

Coffee substitutes:
http://www.acne.org/...st-t181740.html

Pastry and Pie crust substitutes including a cauliflower pizza crust that is reputed to be really good. Also, use it for calzone, bread sticks, tacos etc. This could be life changing! also recipes using zuchini instead

And speaking of Cauliflower:
Cauliflower 'Rice'
Cauliflower 'Bread crumbs'

Grated Parsnips to substitute for coconut? Apparently they are sweet.

Ground cashews for cheese/cream. I don't have a recipe, but I've tried some prepared layered 'cheese spread' at our farmers market. It was a cashew cheese with pesto and something else in layers. I assume vegan sites have lots of recipes for this.

Egg substitutes
Eggs add fat plus bind indredients together. Most of the below do the binding part, but you may need to add more oil in recipes.

* Ener-G Egg Replacer - follow directions on box.
* 2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg
* 2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
* 2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
* 1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
* 1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.
* 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
* 1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes!

Milk substitutes:
Rice milk, Almond or other nuts/seeds milk, Coconut milk, Hemp milk, and oat milk.
Buttermilk:
Buttermilk is and acidic cultured product. It adds acid. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk substitute.

Honey for sugar:
  • One cup of white sugar equals ¾ of a cup of honey.
  • When using honey, use ¼ less liquid or add 4 tablespoons of flour per ¾ cup of honey.
  • Lower the oven temperature 25 degrees when using honey. (The best temperature seems to be around 325 degrees or lower).
  • If you use molasses instead of sugar or honey, use 1 cup for every cup of sugar the recipe calls for and 1/3 less liquid.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 11:21 AM

Solid post, major thanks for the inspiration to try some unique ideas.

Edit: Pizza tonight for sure....

Edit: My Fav recipe site Gluten Free Recipes

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 02:03 PM

The best cooking methods.

It's good to eat some foods raw to preserve nutrients that are destroyed by heat such as vitamin C. One the otherhand, there are nutrients that are more absorbable after a bit of cooking, such as the lycopene in tomatoes. And then there are foods that are not digestible or safe unless cooked.

In general, you should not char meats or Cook oils at temperatures higher than their smoking points. Poaching or stewing are good methods to avoid charring.

Steaming or sauteing are usually better for veggies. Cook just until colors brighten. When they start to darken, nutrients have been destroyed. Fruits are best uncooked. But there are exceptions which are noted in whfoods.org. Just search for the food. For example, it may be better for some to boil veggies like broccoli in water to remove substances they might have a hypersensitivity to.

And it's generally less of a hazard to eat charred veggies and fruits than meats, so if you crave something grilled, try them. And it's been suggested that a squeeze of lemon will combat some of the harm in charred foods due to anti-oxident activity. Lemon is the best seasoning there is, anyway.

whfoods.org

Best way to cook Meat

Best way to cook...

My food reheating technique for those wanting to avoid microwaves.
Other info about microwave myths and nutrition studies. You decide.
http://www.bellaonli...es/art52758.asp
http://www.acne.org/...mp;hl=microwave
On Food and Zapping :http://www.nytimes.c...html?ref=dining
Food blog heavy on veggies, Indian-style cuisine and microwave use:
http://raspberryeggp...lant-curry.html
It's best for steaming or moist cooking. Barbara Kafka apparently wrote the best books on it.

Oils

Article on using the broiler right there in your oven:
http://today.msnbc.m...om/id/27193393/ Try it.

Chart of which nutrients (and how much) are lost in freezing, drying, cooking etc. And a little bit about the badness that occurs from browning or charring meats
http://www.nutrition...pics/processing

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 02:12 PM

Beneficial herbs, spices, probiotics and other nutrients and foods/recipes that contain them.


Most plant based herbs and spices are anti-inflammatory.

Mint Tea

<a href="http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Peppermint-tea-t202514.html">http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Peppermint-tea-t202514.html</a>

Capsaicin - helps digestion, by stimulating HCL or Bile? I can't find the thread. Also anti-inflammatory.
Here's a thread on HCL http://www.acne.org/...ydr-t72702.html

Cinnamon
http://www.acne.org/...ar-t221154.html

Ginger
http://www.acne.org/...fl-t191041.html

Olive Oil
http://www.acne.org/...p...t&p=2265127

Probiotics
Yogurt and Kefir, saurkraut and other fermented foods --includes info on various trains of probiotics and what they do for you - protect from E. Coli, heal gut permeability, help with candida, etc.
Fermented Foods
For Celiacs
http://www.acne.org/...-c-t200362.html
Sourdough and other bread methods that allow for fermentation. http://www.acne.org/...en-t202424.html

Sulfur - Do read this. So anti-inflammatory. And needed to produce Taurine.
Are you getting enough Sulfur
Brewer's Yeast

Tumeric - Sulfur containing spice. Found in curry and yellow mustard. Can be applied topically but may tint your skin.

Salt stimulates stomach acid and saliva, is necessary to hydrate cells and lowers blood sugar
http://www.acne.org/...ar-t207247.html


Coconut oil

Quercitin - Anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory
Apples
Rooibos tea

Magnesium might cure you, maybe the most important mineral...
http://www.acne.org/...mp;hl=magnesium

Lycopene not only protects skin from the sun, it's an anti-androgen
http://www.acne.org/...amp;hl=lycopene

d-chiro-inositol/buckwheat - helps insulin resistance and therefore helps acne, pms, pcos, hirsutism, etc.
http://www.acne.org/...or-t211344.html


Omega 3 EFAs:
Best: Oily fish such as Salmon, sardines, herring, small mackerel like the canned mackerel. Also, tuna and large mackerel, but these larger predatory fish will be high in mercury.
Next best: other fish and shrimp (again, limit predatory fish), Plant sources such as Flax and Chia seed, Eggs from free roaming hens fed flax seed.

EFAs important to zinc absoption:
http://www.ncbi.nlm....2?dopt=Abstract

Phyto-Androgenic foods
http://www.acne.org/...mp;hl=b-complex

Zinc - try pumpkin seeds which are high protein and contain a lot of the nutrients we supplement for acne/insulin resistance/inflammation. Also in sunflower seeds, legumes, whole grains, mushrooms, and animal products.
http://www.acne.org/...14#entry1874714


Natural Antihistamines (but there's more involved than just histamines in allergic reaction)
Vitamin C, Salt,
Quercetin - from Apples, grapes, tea, onion, especially red onion (higher in the outermost rings[10]), red grapes, citrus fruit, tomato, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, and a number of berries, prickly pear cactus.

Proanthocyanidins- flavonols found in apples, cinnamon, grape seed, cocoa, grape skin, and red wines of Vitis vinifera. However, bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, black tea, and many other plants contain them. Primarily red and purple things. Also protect from sun damage, protect against breakdown of collagen, anti-oxident, strengthen capillaries for improved circulation.

Things good for the liver: sulfur in a nutshell, stimulates liver enzymes, 'detox'
CYSTEINE, METHIONINE - sulfur containing amino acids. Essential, but body can make one from other.
TAURINE - sulfur containing amino acid made by body from the above
N.A.C - Form of cysteine

GLUTAMINE
GLUTATHIONE
GLYCINE
SULPHUR PHYTOCHEMICAL - From Allium (garlic, onions, leaks), Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts )
CALCIUM D-GLUCARATE - from broccoli & some other of the veg above
LIPOIC ACID - fat and water soluble anti-oxident
QUERCETIN


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Things that can deplete or inhibit absorption of nutrients or are just plain bad for you, i.e. inflammatory, carcinogens, etc:

Sugars
Depletes/inhibits Chromium, copper, calcium and magnesium, E
Fructose intake at current levels in the U.S. cause gastrointestinal distress/malabsoption.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 08:47 PM

Good recipes can be found if you look up Specific carbohydrate diet. --- such as gluten-free almond pie crust & almond cookies, "spaghetti" and meatballs, gluten-free pancakes-both sweet and savory, etc, etc, etc. (I know I've posted all these recipes somewhere on this site).

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 09:41 PM

Good thread, hopefully a future-pinned one - we need it

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 07:41 AM

Long since wanted a pinned thread of this sort. Of course it only works when we add in the links to other threads AND we post new one's in this one! biggrin.gif

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 04:20 PM

Ways to get started cooking healthy meals - Under development. This is copied from a response I made to someone's thread. Yeah, I know it can use some reorganization...

On the cheap, with minimal equipment, supplies, time etc.

The best cooking methods are those that do not involve browning or charring, especially regarding meats, and don't involve overcooking or washing away vitamins in veggies.

Steaming-
Poaching-
Boiling-
Sauteing-
stir-fry-
grill/broiling - But minimize browning in meats

There are plenty of things you can make that hardly take anoy time. I'm a huge fan of one dish, one process cooking. Mostly so I don't have much to clean up, but also nowadays, to conserve energy and preserve nutrients.

Can you boil water? You can boil or poach chicken or make soups. Steam veggies and fish.

Do you have a broiler? You can put veggies and fish or shrimp on the same pan and pop in the broiler and it can be done in less than 5 minutes. You can broil anything you'd grill. You could also get a George Foreman or similar electric grill. Note: The terms Broil and grill mean the opposite in the U.K. vs the U.S. In the U.S. broil means under the heat, grill means over the heat.

Frozen veggies
Do you have a freezer? Buy veggies frozen and just pour some out of a bag. They have blends of frozen veggies chopped up and ready for soup, grilling/broiling, or the basis of recipes like the 'cajun trinity' of bell pepper, onion and celery or the 'French trinity' of onion, carrot and celery. I highly recommend keeping bags of frozen chopped greens on hand to add to soups, pasta sauce, cooked legumes, etc. Get bags, not boxes so it's easier to use just what you need. Plus it helps you tell if it's ever been defrosted.

Anyway the frozen veggies are cheap and often on sale. The bags of mixed veggies were on sale for $1 each yesterday.

Of course, by fresh whatever you prefer fresh and can get eaten before it spoils. I personally, am only able to juggle so many perishable foods. I'm getting better at it though. Some things last longer than others of course. Like apples, sweet potatoes, usually hard things.

Lemons and limes are great to have for seasoning. The best seasoning there is, I say. I squeeze some on veggies, fish, chicken, especially when in tacos, and in soups, especially hispanic style soups. There's some evidence that they can help fight the free radicals that may have been created in cooking from bad fats or from charring. Lemon also reduces the need for salt as citrus stimulates the same taste buds or something as salt.

Fish and shrimp are not so cheap, but watch for sales on wild salmon. Also, most seafood departments will steam cook anything for you for free. So you can buy some salmon, have them cook it and all you have to do is go home and eat it. Buy a bag of baby spinach or salad greens to go with it.

Canned salmon and mackerel are cheap and low in mercury, unlike canned tuna. Use like canned tuna or make fish cakes with them. They do have bones and a bit of skin which you can either pick out or ignore what it looks like and stir it in. The bones are soft and it's all edible and good for you. Fish bones have all the nutrients your bones need. Great source for calcium.

Herbs and Spices -
You can buy blends of spices and dried herbs cheap, like Italian Seasoning which has all the basic dry Italian herbs in one bottle. Bay Seasoning for seafood, which you can get free in little packets in the seafood department. Menudo Seasoning is a good one if you have Hispanic products in your markets. It's oregano, red pepper flakes and salt. My stores all have them in small plastic envelopes for .99 - 1.99. Of course with any you end up using a lot, buy them individually, buy them fresh, grow them, etc.

Cooking/Eating utensils.
Use the least reactive materials which leach the least amount of chemicals into your food or water. These are glass, ceramics (not glazed with anything toxic) and stainless steel. I recommend you drink from glass as much as possible, use stainless steel pots, pans and baking dishes, and pyrex bowls and baking dishes.

Pyrex cooking pots are also good and they are easy to clean. I see them in thrift stores all the time. Don't get the skillets though. That bumpy bottom makes things stick.

There's a new type of nonstick pan out that's not supposed to emit VOCs. Martha Stewart has one available at Macy's. Get it when Macy's has coupons.

Also, look through all these new silicone cooking things. They have a steamer insert out now that you just stuff into the pot. It's much easier to clean than those collapsible steamer baskets that can get stuff stuck between the petals and can rust.

Knives- You only need two. A Chef's knife or equivalent like a Japanese santoku knife and a smaller paring knife.

Cooking Oil - Now this is controversial. But just for preventing foods from sticking when sauteing, grilling, broiling etc, I say the most important thing is to use an oil with a high enough smoking point and NOT a highly processed fat like margarine or crisco. Oils with high smoking points are animal fats like butter or ghee, coconut oil, avocado seed oil, grape seed, canola, peanut oil, non EV Olive Oil.

But then there's the controversy over the healthfulness of some plant oils. You really don't want to consume a lot of polyunsaturated omega 6 fats which means most vegetable oils and includes canola oil, corn oil, generic vegetable oil. Read more about cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and cooking oils.

Recommendation by whfoods.org where they like to saute in a little broth rather than oil.

If you do choose to use oil during high heat cooking, I would suggest those with high smoke points. These would include high-oleic safflower oil (smoke point: 450ºF, or 232ºC), high-oleic sunflower oil (smoke point: 450ºF, or 232ºC), avocado oil (smoke point: 520ºF, or 271ºC), or refined coconut oil (smoke point: 450ºF or 232ºC). I prefer to purchase organic oils whenever possible.

And there are some oils that should be heated very little to not at all such as EVOO, walnut oil, flax seed oil, sesame oil. These are used in salad dressing or added after cooking. EVOO can be used in low heat cooking but it reduces the nutritional benefit.


More info on Olive oil

A good olive oil should state the percent of acidity of the oil, which is a measure of the amount damage the triglycerides have sustained during pressing and storage. Oil is composed of triglycerides, which can break apart to form free fatty acids, which is what they measure. Free fatty acids or “acidity” is given as a percentage of the total fatty acids. The lower the number, the fresher the oil.


Some nice bottles list the acidity level. Any bottle that has the “California Olive Oil Council” (COOC) seal on it has less than 0.5% acidity, which is very low. To be called “Extra Virgin” in the US, the oil must have 1% acidity or less.

Edited by alternativista, 02 January 2012 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2008 - 10:48 PM

Interesting! Thanks for posting. I've been substituting chardonnay as cooking oil when I'm cooking now.

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 04:32 PM

If the cause of your acne, like so many, is Candida - I find folowing the diet of Bee, of healingnaturallybybee.com as the best anti-candida diet. Here is a link to more then a hundred recipes which are allowed on her diet.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:42 AM

List of links to various acne diets, supplements and methods that have been discussed at length before.

http://www.acne.org/...I...tml&hl=year

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:44 AM

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Hey all, I'd love to see some meat n' veg recipes on here! I've made these recently:

Cornish hen in covered glass dish with parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Add a teaspoon of clarified butter, a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice and a quarter cup of water. Bake at 350F for 30 mins. De-stem green beans and add to glass dish at half hour mark. Bake for another half hour. Try to let it cool before eating!

Broil salmon or rainbow trout fillet with clarified butter and sea salt. Eat with raw veg (ie green pepper and carrots).

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:24 AM

Hey all! This curry sauce is a great marinade for chicken! I use some clarified butter and water in a glass dish too.

I like to have a hot drink in the morning instead of breakfast. It helps digestion, is very calming and can reduce cravings for unnatural foods. Any tea will do, but for sweet cravings I really like licorice spice or blueberry teas (blueberry tea: use STASH brand) with NOW stevia powder (additive-free). Tea can be very energizing!

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:47 PM

QUOTE (meat_pirate86 @ Dec 22 2008, 11:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey all! This curry sauce is a great marinade for chicken! I use some clarified butter and water in a glass dish too.


Thanks, sounds good. But please add your recipes to one of the existing linked threads. This is an index intended to make finding recipes and food info easier.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 11:41 AM

Food, food industry, nutrition and health articles:

Diet, our crappy food supply and obesity connection to cancer
http://www.acne.org/...mp;hl=b-complex

How our diets contribute to greenhouse gases
http://www.sciam.com...house-hamburger

Industrial Farms
http://www.ers.usda....ications/EIB43/

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:46 PM

these might not be directly related to acne, but since I love cooking and try eating healthy, these are some sites I like to go to
for inspiration.

a great resource for healthy foods and info, she features vegetarian recipes

http://www.101cookbooks.com/


I love this resource. she follows the "nourishing traditions" diet, of which there is a book about.
info on sprouting and cooking with natural food

http://www.thenouris...-frugal-recipes

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:05 PM

Nice post. I really like cooking. I'm really interested to cook even though I love eating. Thanks for sharing this links. I should check these out.

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 06:29 PM

I would really love to fix some hamburgers but i can not find any bread at the store that is gluten free, it sux so bad cuz i am missing a good grilled burger as part as my acne free diet while trying to gain weight.




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