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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Just Potatoes And Water: Day One

Yesterday I told you about this crazy idea that I am trying about just eating potatoes and water.  After talking to Dr. McDougall, founder of The Starch Solution Diet, I decided to follow his diet.  You can read more about why I am just eating potatoes and water for now here.

So, you maybe wonder how in the world I am going to survive just eating potatoes and water.  The whole idea, as Dr. McDougall suggested, is to give my digestive system the chance to heal and rest while still providing my body with sustainable, easy to digest fuel that it needs.

Since I was instructed to just eat potatoes and water with no other directions given on variety, I decided to come up with a small list of spices, herbs and flavorings that I already know I can tolerate.  I will use these to dress up my potato meals.  I am allowed to eat both white and sweet potatoes.

My list of condiments and flavorings includes:

Dried Parsley
Dried Cilantro
Nutritional Yeast
Potato Starch
Agave Nectar
Herbal Tea (for drinking)

And off we go with the food!

Breakfast:  Waffle Hash Browned Potatoes

Lunch:  Boiled Potatoes With Golden Creamy Potato Gravy

Dinner:  Oil-Free Oven Baked Fries smothered with  Golden Creamy Potato Gravy

I didn't get a picture of this, well simply because I forgot.  But, basically all you do is preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  Wash and peel potatoes.  Cut them into thick slices/wedges.  This is important.  Cutting them thick prevents them from becoming dry.  They will get crispy and golden on the outside and stay soft on the inside.  Bake them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for about 30 minutes.

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Golden Creamy Potato Gravy

This gravy is so quick to make!  You won't believe how good fat-free gravy can really taste!  Perfect over potatoes, rice, veggies, toast, biscuits.  The possibilites are endless!

Golden Creamy Potato Gravy
1 1/2 cups of COLD water
2 tbsp. potato flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

In a small sauce pan add the water.  SLOWLY whisk in the potato starch and the nutritional yeast.  It is important to do this slowly so the potato starch doesn't clump up.  Stir in the salt.  The mixture will already be thicken some.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is hot, thick and bubbly.  Serve hot and immediately.

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Waffle Hash Browned Potatoes

These are quick and easy to make and satisfy a hungry appetite.  Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these make a perfect breakfast main dish or as an accompaniment to other breakfast dishes.

Waffle Hash Browned Potatoes
8 small or medium potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 tbsp. dried parsley

Preheat your waffle maker on the highest setting.  I use a couple of short sprays of cooking spray so my potatoes don't stick.  Peel and grate 1/2 of the potatoes. Place them in a bowl.  Stir in 1/2 of the salt, nutritional yeast and dried parsley.  Divide the mixture in to for equal portions.  Place one portion on each section of the waffle iron.  Mine is a square four-section waffle iron.  Close the lid and cook until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.  While the first 1/2 of the batch is cooking, mix the second 1/2 up.  Immediate remove first batch of potatoes from the waffle iron and replace with second 1/2.  Serve hot.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Why Am I Eating Only Potatoes And Water Til Whenever?

So, you may think I am crazy.  This is going to sound like I have lost my mind.  But, I am going to eat nothing but potatoes and water for a while.  Why you ask?  That's a great question.  Let me tell you all the details.

Over the last few months my digestive issues have been give me a LOT of trouble.  Medications are only masking the issues.  Sometimes they help and sometimes they don't.  You can read more about my health journey here.

On Dr.  McDougall's website he has lots of information, videos, lectures and printed material about his program, including a free program online.  After doing a lot of research on his website I decided that The Starch Solution was right for me and I wanted to order two of his books.

Over the last few weeks I have been really working to earn Swagbucks points so I could earn an Amazon Gift card to get these two books, The Starch Solution and McDougall's Quick & Easy Cookbook.  I finally earned enough points and was able to get BOTH of the books ON SALE with FREE shipping and still had money left over on my gift card!  Score!

I decided that I would email Dr. McDougall and tell him about my medical conditions and see if he had any advice that would help me.  He was very kind and after several emails this was the plan he advised me to start out with along with some other great information:

"A very low fat simple starch based diet will help.

You should expect to get much better on a simpler diet. Think of meals as: rice, beans, and kale; sweet potatoes and broccoli; potatoes and cabbage; corn and squashes; etc.

Start with just baked sweet potatoes and water for a while.  Or white potatoes and water."

I asked him just how long I needed to do eat just potatoes and water.  He said, "at least until you are sure you are better."

SOOOO, after lots of thought and consideration, I decided to give this potato and water thing a try.  Am I crazy?  Maybe.  But, when you have suffered with chronic illness as long as I have, sometimes you will try just about anything.

I am starting this crazy sounding diet today.  I will be posting what I eat everyday starting tomorrow until....whenever.  How many ways can you eat potatoes and not get bored?  I have a few ideas in mind.  Stay tuned to find out what I come up with!

DISCLAIMER: The information in this post is NOT considered to be medical advise.  Please consult your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise plan or before changing any medications you are taking.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nut-Free Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Being dairy-free doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Because I have to follow a low-fat diet, in addition to being gluten dairy-free, I am always looking to make my favorite recipes to meet these requirements.

There are a lot of vegan Parmesan cheese recipes out there and most of them contain nuts or seeds.  I am not allergic to nuts or seeds, but they are very high in fat.  So, that left me with a challenge to find a nut substitute for this recipe.  What's the secret ingredient?  Oat Flour!  It's low in fat and just as tasty as the nut versions.  For this recipe I used oat flour that I ground in my food processor from quick oats.

Nut-Free Vegan Parmesan Cheese
3/4 cup oat flour
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder

Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend 30 seconds to combine well.  Store in air tight container.

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