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Hey all,
Well I know that most of you think that those of us on an [B]Anti-Inflammatory[/B], [B]Insulin Controlling[/B], and/or [B]Hormone Balancing [/B] Diets are severely deprived. LOL, well I am here to tell all of you that you could not be more wrong! =)

I was absolutely clueless and naive about ALL the [B]DIFFERENT[/B] possibilities among the foods we eat until I changed my diet. WOW, I honestly had no idea that there were soo [U]many types of foods [/U] (not considering among the different cultures) and [B]Ingredients[/B] in which to produce them with! I tell you, I may have had to give up a few favorites, but now I get to eat a variety of other great tasting foods and found some NEW favorites along the way.

Considering that we are in the middle of the Holiday (temptation) Season, I thought it would be [B]FUN[/B] of us to post any [U]recipes[/U] or [U]"substitute"[/U] foods that you can eat instead of whatever you would normally eat. I put substitute in quotes, because for some people this has ALWAYS been what they were eating or baking with. They knew no other way, just as most of us usually think of Wheat when we hear Bread or Flour. In fact, if you really wanted to feel special, it might comfort you to know that some of these foods are considered to be "gourmet delicacies" ;-)

Now, the idea came to me this evening when I was watching the Food Network (rarely do) and they had endless shows on about cookies and that's when I remembered that there were plenty of cookies I could bake, If I so [B]chose[/B] to. I personally don't always eat these foods, I hardly ever think about them, but I know that some of you were wondering what I [B]can[/B] eat. So I decided to make you all [U]General list [/U] (avoid what you need to) and you'll see some of the ingredients that you can use instead. Also, if I didn't cover other questions you had for me, I'll try to get to your thread personally this weekend. =)

Look for those that dont contain any Dairy, Soy, Gluten products (or whatever you are avoiding).. Most brands that Ive seen dont. Those that do are generally called Whole Foods or Green Foods Supplements.

[U]Dark Chocolate[/U] (Chocolate was never the issue, its WHAT goes INTO it that matters)
Carob (chocolate like, more nutritious)
Dried Fruit

Flavored Honey
Low Carb sweeteners & syrups
Syrups (less sugar the better) Fruit, Molasses, Maple
Brown Sugar has more nutrients

[B]Alcohols[/B] -
-[U]Low Carb Beer[/U]
-[U]Distilled Alcohols [/U] (regardless of source) - Brandy, Bourbon, Gin, Tequila, Vodka
-[U]Gluten-Free Alcohols [/U] - made from Corn, Rice, Sugar Cane, Grapes, or other Fruits - Cider, Rum, Saki,
-[U]Grain-Free Alcohols [/U] - made mostly from Grapes & see above (know some brands?) - Wine, Champagne, etc

*For those of you that love to drink, do a search on Gluten-Free alcohols and you'll find a much more extensive list.

Use REAL (organic) butter - no margarines
[U]Fruit Butters [/U] - instead of Jellies, Jams, Preserves (unless all natural and no sugar added)
Nut Butters

[U]Milk[/U] (Organic), Soy, Rice, Multigrain, Almond, Nut, Seed,Potato, or Coconut Milks
[U]Yogurt[/U] Soy or Rice
Non-Dairy Cheese
[U]Ice Cream[/U] - (Organic), Gelato, Sherbet, Sorbet, Icees, chilled applesauce or Jell-O

[B]Cooking Oils[/B]
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sunflower Oil
Coconut Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Applesauce (instead of oil for baking)

[B]Gluten-Free (grain) Flours[/B] (some are more nutrient dense), these grains have more than one name:
Rice many varieties

[B]Bean/Legume/Pulse Flours[/B]
Anasazi Bean
Mung bean
Garbanzo Bean,Chickpea
Black Bean
Navy Bean
Pinto Bean
Fava Bean
(Kidney Bean can have intollerant reactions)
(Peanut and Cashews can have allergic/intollerant reactions)

[B]Nut Flours[/B]
Almond really popular

[B]Seed Flours[/B]
Flax Seed
Guar Gum

[B]Vegetable Flours[/B]
Sweet Potato
Water Chestnut

[B]Fruit Flours[/B]

[B]Safe, but Misc. Flours[/B]

[B]Suggested Foods[/B] made from a variety of the above ingredients:

[U]Bread goods[/U] Pizza crust, hot dog buns, garlic bread, sandwich bread, rolls, English muffins, Bagels, Tortillas, Pastas/Noodles, Waffles, Pancakes, Malt Free Cereals etc

[U]Desserts[/U] Puddings, Yogurt, Ice Cream, Pies, Cheesecake, Cakes, Brownies, Cookies, Muffins, Donuts, etc

[U]Miscellaneous[/U] 100% Soy Soy Sauce, Distilled Vinegars, Salad Dressings, Gravies, Egg Replacer, etc

Of course, these can be as Organic and Wholesome as you like (bake them, it's cheaper) or they can be just as Preservative and Hydrogenated oil laden as you like. [B]You can get them from a Bakery, make them from scratch, use a mix, or buy prepackaged, canned, or frozen![/B] If I goofed in the list somewhere, feel free to correct me or better yet add to it. Otherwise feel free to [B]post your tips, recipes & brands[/B], and if you want I, and hopefully some others, could try to find you substitutes for your favorite baked goods. =)

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