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how to make staying to your diet much more enjoyable

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I see a lot of threads where people are complaining about how boring/restrictive/unappealing their diets are. I follow what most would be a very restrictive diet. I don't eat meat, dairy, grains, honey, beans, potatoes, yams and i currently am not eating fruit although i plan to add back low sugar ones like berries soon.

My key to enjoying this is making recipes. I don't just sit around eating salads for every meal. Although I do looove a good salad (one with dark greens, avocado, sprouts, mustard, curry spices, garlic). If i'm really craving something that I'm not supposed to eat, I research recipes on the internet and find one that would be good for making subsitutions.

For example, If i want chocolate, I can easily make my own. All I do is combine coconut oil, cocoa powder and sweeten it either with stevia or a little bit of agave. If I want my chocolate fudgier, I add almond butter. I also have experimented and have come up with my own vegan, no added sugar, grain free fudge made simply with: cocoa, coconut milk, finely shredded unsweetened coconut, ground flaxseed and vanilla. So good.

I have made bean free hummus out of pumpkin or zucchini or avocado, pasta out of a zucchini shredded with a potato peeler.

I know how to make an absolutely delicious chocolate pudding out of simply cocoa, the seperated cream from coconut milk and a little bit of stevia/agave.

I plan on experimenting and making a cheesecake that would be good for my diet using coconut cream, my safe sweeteners, shredded coconut, berries. I also plan on making a pumpkin roll and pumpkin pie for the holidays. Today I'm going to make homemade healthy oreos. I plan on posting the recipes, so stay tuned.

Some good substitutes I have found are:

milk=almond milk or coconut milk (i prefer coconut)

cream/heavy cream/whipped cream=take a can of coconut milk and put it in the fridge to let the cream separate (soo decadent and creamy).

chocolate=100 percent baking bars melted with stevia/agave and other ingredients added for variation

to add bulk i use=coconut flour, almond flour or ground flaxseed, i'm going to experiment with adding canned pumpkin

sugar=stevia or small amounts of agave nectar

i add other flavorings like cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, etc to many desserts too

I have a love for chocolate and pies and fudge so this is how i survive. There is no need to settle for store bought crap when you can make your own healthy versions that are perfect for your diet.

Need any help modifying a recipe? I can help!

good recipe sources:

www.goneraw.com

www.rawfoodtalk.com

http://www.atasteofthai.com/index.cfm

http://www.recipezaar.com/109114

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/de...octruffles.html

http://piginthekitchen.blogspot.com/

http://www.fitnessandfreebies.com/paleo/paleo39.html

http://cavemanforum.com/index.php?topic=171.0

http://www.mercola.com/2005/oct/4/whole_food_desserts.htm

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbsi...iflowermash.htm

http://www.vibrantglow.com/2007/06/healthy...nt-dessert.html

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These are some great ideas!! I had never heard of the coconut cream idea... just might have to try that. :)

Do you only do raw food? Is that why you don't eat beans? They have so many wonderful health benefits and are loaded with antioxidants.

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These are some great ideas!! I had never heard of the coconut cream idea... just might have to try that. :)

Do you only do raw food? Is that why you don't eat beans? They have so many wonderful health benefits and are loaded with antioxidants.

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These are some great ideas!! I had never heard of the coconut cream idea... just might have to try that. :)

Do you only do raw food? Is that why you don't eat beans? They have so many wonderful health benefits and are loaded with antioxidants.

im leaning towards a paleo diet which doesn't include beans. i also don't feel so well when i eat beans either. i try to eat as much raw as possible, so i guess i eat a high raw diet. i feel like i get much more nutrition and energy from uncooked/un processed foods. fresh coconut and salads make me feel amazing for instance. the things i currently eat that aren't raw sometimes are canned coconut milk/cream, mustard, spices/seasonings, cocoa powder, some dried coconut, sometimes i have cooked veggies too.

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These are some great ideas!! I had never heard of the coconut cream idea... just might have to try that. :)

Do you only do raw food? Is that why you don't eat beans? They have so many wonderful health benefits and are loaded with antioxidants.

im leaning towards a paleo diet which doesn't include beans. i also don't feel so well when i eat beans either. i try to eat as much raw as possible, so i guess i eat a high raw diet. i feel like i get much more nutrition and energy from uncooked/un processed foods. fresh coconut and salads make me feel amazing for instance. the things i currently eat that aren't raw sometimes are canned coconut milk/cream, mustard, spices/seasonings, cocoa powder, some dried coconut, sometimes i have cooked veggies too.

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More delicious recipes that many of you can enjoy:

Almond Butter Balls

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14030.0

Carob Fudge

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6622.0

Chocolate Clusters

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6185.0

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6287.0

Forbidden Rice Pudding

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=16665.0

Dolmas

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=9018.0

Thai Eggplant with Coconut Milk

http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=8791.0

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i made a yummy pumpkin pie today. just mixed 2 cans of pure pumpkin puree, 1 cup coconut cream, a cup of shredded coconut, agave nectar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spices to taste. put it in the oven at like 400 for about 45 mins. it might take shorter or longer depending on your oven or whatever though. i topped it with more coconut cream mixed with shredded coconut sweetened with agave/vanilla.

so good and rich, ridiculously high in vitamin A and healthy fats from coconut.

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Definitely going to be checking these out, thanks! :) I'm not big on using processed oils (since they're high calorie and basically void of all nutrition) or especially coconut oil (since it's a saturated fat), but I love the idea of making these recipes for special occasions! I hear so many good things about coconut oil too, so I don't see any reason not to include it in one's diet from time to time. :)

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Definitely going to be checking these out, thanks! :) I'm not big on using processed oils (since they're high calorie and basically void of all nutrition) or especially coconut oil (since it's a saturated fat), but I love the idea of making these recipes for special occasions! I hear so many good things about coconut oil too, so I don't see any reason not to include it in one's diet from time to time. :)

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