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Old 01-11-2015, 02:59 AM   #61
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Thanks for the heads up on bean curd sheets. I'm going to have to check them out. I'm going to try to make my own Pho this week though. I'm going to try miracle noodles and see how it goes.
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:51 AM   #62
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Please let us know how it turns out.

I tried some Konjac noodles once but they were more like rubber bands than noodles. LOL My dog wouldn't even eat them.

I hope the kind you got are better and I'd love to hear your review on them.
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:03 AM   #63
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Thanks for the link! Read through the thread. Very interesting recipes! Someone on there said the same thing about the *fake* turkey skin...not sure I can wrap my head around that one yet!



Off to google Pho. Seen that floating around a bit too and can't recall what it is.




Have I told you guys that I am starting to try to cut out as much chemicals as possible?? Spent the morning making some beauty product. Shampoo, face cream, body cream and lip balm. Love the results so far!! Not sure I will get to doing soap today. That takes like 6 weeks to cure! I may get to it still, but I got distracted pulling my kitchen cabinets apart and cleaning/organizing! Guess thats what happens while your waiting for creams to processs


Oh also took all the tangerine peels from my breakfast and stuck it in a jar of vinegar to make some infused cleaner. Has to sit for 2 weeks. Can't wait...it will smell amazing!
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:44 AM   #64
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Oh, me too. My body oil is just whatever natural oil I happen to like at the moment--no silicone nor fillers. I use castile soap to wash my hair and a homemade herbal rinse that I leave in. I've made lip balm many times. My detangler is a simple nettle/horsetail/catnip tea. My face toner is homemade, too. I like baking soda for an everyday microdermabrasion scrub.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:40 PM   #65
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You gals are amazing!!

The only thing I ever made was laundry detergent, but now that we have a dollar tree store, I just buy it there. Of course I was trying to save money way back when I made the laundry detergent--it probably still had chemicals in it. ?

I like the Castile soap too. I ordered some years ago.
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:09 PM   #66
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Why thank you Nigel!
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Old 01-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #67
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I just ordered a variety 4 pack of castile soap to try some other scents. The one I have is tea tree...not my fave scent at all!

Are you just using straight castile? The concoction I made is a bit oily. Will cut back next batch.

Whats the herbal rinse??
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I don't know where they came from but the blackberries are really good right now if any of you eat them!

Also made some really good rice the other day. just plain rice and then added a whole jar of spicy chunky salsa. Really good!
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I like the Dr. Bronner liquid because it's easier to shampoo with. My hair likes the almond the best. I just use it straight, about a teaspoonful.

As for my rinse, my original recipe is:
Simmer 1 tablespoon marshmallow root in 1 cup water for 15 to 20 mins in the microwave or on the stove. Cool and strain through a nylon sieve, such as a resuseable coffee filter, using a measuring cup to capture the liquid. Make sure to press with a spoon to get all the mucilage strained out. Pour cooled liquid into a large bottle, somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 cups (a large olive oil bottle with one of those plastic spout thingies for me). Add 1 tablespoon glycerin and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil. Add 2/3 cup isopropyl alcohol. Fill almost full with water and add 2 tablespoons citric acid.
--To use: always shake and pour about 3 tablespoons into a big plastic tumbler. Fill that with warm water, pour over all hair, and gently squeeze out excess. Don't rinse it out.
I make this on a larger scale, making at least a gallon at a time. I fill my bottle and store the rest in a jug.


For the detangler I steep 1 teaspoon dried catnip and 1 teaspoon of dried horsetail in 1 cup boiling water with a cover over the cup. This is important because catnip contains volatile oils in it that you don't want to lose to evaporation. I let it cool to room temp, pour into a spray bottle, and add 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol (70% is fine) to keep it from going bad.

Notes: the citric acid is what calms the hair cuticle after it's been lifted by the alkaline soap. The alcohol is not drying because it's in an aqueous solution, and it's necessary if you don't want mold. My olive oil bottle is glass, but I have had it in the shower for over a year with no accidents; it's too heavy to fall down. I don't know if it helps preserve the mixture, but it is a dark green bottle.
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:25 AM   #70
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Goodness! That is quite the brew!!! Interesting that the alcohol doesn't dry you up. I just did a vinegar rinse today. Did not head others advice and leave a bottle of straight vinegar in the shower along with a cup to mix it with hot shower water. I mixed it up prior and leave it in the shower. When you pour it on its ice cold! Good for your hair but whoa! Shocking! My other castile soaps will be here today! Can't wait to try them!
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Old 01-13-2015, 08:30 AM   #71
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Well if ever I was wanting cheese that love affair is over! I only made it through half this vid so I can't comment on it in its entirety, made it to the puss part and had to throw in the bag!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKBekFH_JdE
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:50 PM   #72
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Not watching because cheese is a major part of my diet. lol Yeah, I have heard of pre-mixing the vinegar and water and I like the other way better. I use baking soda for clarifying my hair once in a while.
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:32 PM   #73
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Stressful day= eating potato chips

I really have to work on that!
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I had ice cream. Still within my limit, but maybe fruit would've been better.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:36 AM   #75
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Nigel. I like those noodles. I even crave them now. I wash and boil for only 3 minutes then I cut. I may did into sauce for stirfry or just top with pasta sauce. I learned you can't freeze or over boil.

I too make my own detergent. It last so long and with my sensitive skin it has been amazing. I use castile soap from Camden-Grey. It is thick. I usually mix it with jojoba or sweet almond oil for shampooing and grapeseed oil for shower gel.

I've been craving a Daiya cheese toast sandwich for days. I may have to pick some up. It's funny how our tastes change as our diets change. I use to be a cheeseaholic. I even thought about going to study cheesemaking or raising goats. My how times have changed.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #76
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Yes, our taste buds do seem to change when we change the way we eat.

I read somewhere that everyone's taste buds change every 7 years..haha..like the 7 year itch? I dunno.

Since doing low carb and even when I go back to induction, my tastes have changed. I used to crave tomatoes every day and now I just eat them once in a while. The same with cheese. Some days I love cheese and some days, I could do without it.

Doing Atkins '72 taught me portion control. I used to be a big overeater...I had to finish everything. I was so strict the first time I did Induction that I got used to it and I still keep my portions in check. I still portion out things in serving size baggies like nuts, etc. so I won't overeat even though I don't think I would anymore.

Now every so often I do Induction, vegetarian style--mostly after a holiday where I ate things with high carbs or just when I'm not feeling energetic. It works for me.

I tried just juicing for 10 days, only made it 5 or 6 and I wanted to eat so bad. Now I just make a V8 per day and call it good for juicing. I do get a good part of my veggies in that way.

I got the bean curd sheets and they came in a 3pk, but they put them in a priority envelope and it looks like most of them are broken. I was wanting to use them like spring rolls. *sigh* I guess I can still use them like noodles or put them in stir fry or something. I'm open to suggestions. I have never used them before.

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The "turkey skin" is the only thing I know of.
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Maybe just fry them as if they were pork rinds and use them in any recipe calling for p.r.?
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You guys I am having a rough go of staying on plan Poor planning on my part is to blame. Why can't we all just afford personal chefs!! Wouldn't that solve my problem??
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Sometimes I do not want to cook. I just had two potato tacos at Taco Bell. I'm still 50 grams under plan, though, and probably will have a vegetable or protein snack later, so I'll be fairly low for the day.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:16 PM   #81
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Yeah, I'd love a personal chef that knows how to cook low carb vegetarian. That's a great dream for me. lol
There are a lot of days I don't want to cook. Lately I've been making extra so I can freeze half of it for later and sometimes I make LC breakfast tacos or breakfast bowls and freeze them. They help when I'm tired or in a big hurry.

I was wondering where everyone was the last couple of days. I haven't been doing anything worthy of writing about.

And yeah, if I don't plan, then I'm out for some tacos or something off plan too.

I didn't know that taco bell had potato tacos. I always get the tostada when I'm there cuz I figured it was the best option for the carb count.

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I've been eating out; too busy working, and in too much pain to cook.
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I had no idea that they had potato tacos either!

Food Lady, why are you in so much pain???
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I love baby spring mix but man does it go bad fast! I am getting a little sick of throwing out half bags of stuff
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I had no idea that they had potato tacos either!

Food Lady, why are you in so much pain???
Oh, it's my everyday life, so I forget that not everyone knows: I have scoliosis. It's a very slight curve, but my doctor says I'm in more pain than his patients with a more pronounced curvature. I get all kinds of pinched nerves and muscle spasms, and the lowest disk in my C-spine is collaspsing. I also have carpal tunnel, which isn't painful, but annoying.
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Oh man....that is crappy Food Lady! Do you take anything for it or just tough it out? I imagine the stuff they probably have to offer you is pretty awful also!

Have you thought about having the carpel tunnel fixed? I have it in both hands, got my right one done about 5 years ago and am so glad I did! I didn't do the left because it is not bad at all and my left hand is dang near useless anyway I can't do anything with my left hand! It was a long recovery time until I was 100%, probably 9-12 months but have been great ever since!
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My carpal is just a slight case. As far as my back goes I do ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation, traction to move the bones/discs off the nerves, and tramadol when the pain is so bad that I have trouble functioning at work. I don't take that every day, and usually one dose a day, though I can take 3 if I want.
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Whoot! Finally its the weekend!! I am ready for it!

Tonight I have my once a month ladies card night, so have to figure out what type of snack to make and bring. There is always tons of junk, might just do a nice fruit salad so I have something somewhat ok to eat

Then tomorrow we are going to an ice sculpture festival. People do some really awesome things with ice and snow sculptures! We go every year. Its only about an hour away so its a good little day trip.

Then Sunday when I get home will make sure to plan plan plan so this week is better than last!! Just going to move forward!


What are the rest of you up to???
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This weekend is a working weekend for me. Honey do..I have a big honey do list..it never ends. lol
Finally it quit raining and the sun is out and supposed to be good weather thru February.
I'm thinking about starting a porch/container garden.
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I need to eat more vegetables. I'm a vegetarian, for goodness' sake!
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