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A Watershed Moment.

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Guzzler, Apr 13, 2018.

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  1. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Today I finally threw out all the baking ingredients from my cupboards. Out went the strong white bread flour, the malt extract, the black treacle, maple syrup, yeast, bags of sultanas, raisins and currants, a tub of glacé cherries, caster sugar, icing sugar and two jars of honey.
    I'm not sure why I kept hold of it all except that it costs a lot and I had thought I would carry on baking for the family but the temptation to have 'just a thin slice' after smelling the pie/pastry/cake would have been a little too much. The flour would have been musty anyway but the other stuff was unopened.

    My store cupboard looks at once bare and at the same time a bit hippy with the flax seeds, chia seeds and psyllium husk o_O
     
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  2. Biggles2

    Biggles2 · Well-Known Member

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    Way to go @Guzzler - you're a better woman than I am!:happy:
     
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  3. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    @Guzzler I can relate to that, except I filled a bag with all of the in date ,unopened items and gave them to my daughter in law who was over the moon. You are so right about the , I'll bake for the family scenario and then temptation. :)
     
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    rmz80 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I also had a Spring clean. I took a bread-maker to the charity shop as I don't eat bread anymore.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    I opened our flour container (an old enamelled flour bucket) and found a load of weevil like creatures having a feast. It hadn't been opened for such a long time... needless to say all went into the bin.
     
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    bamba Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What - and waste all that protein !! :)
     
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  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    True but I haven't quite got round to insect eating.. and they were all covered in self-raising flour!
     
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    Good for you. I'd toss all that stuff out of my cupboards too, except everyone else wouldn't be too happy about it... lol
     
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    Metabolism_Boss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My shelves are now crammed with golden flax seeds, chia seeds, almond flour, psyllium husk and hemp protein. My fridge is full of green stuff. I'm expecting a crop cage with insect netting so that I can grow my own vegetables this year. I can't believe how much my eating habits have changed.
     
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  10. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    There's nothing like home grown veggies, the shop bought veg just doesn't seem as tasty or as fresh.
    Be warned, though, I became obsessed with home made compost and soil health :D
     
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  11. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Flour mites. A bit of extra protein?
     
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  12. Metabolism_Boss

    Metabolism_Boss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean about compost and compost heap building.
    I am a keen rose grower on a chalk soil and so I have to add lots of organic matter. My heap is in a home made wood and wire contruction that is nearly as tall as I am (maybe not that impressive when I think about that..) In the summer it releases a little column of smoke like a miniature organic Mount Doom. Now the roses will be competing with the veggies for the compost. Perhaps I should start a second heap -oops obsession starting already!
     
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  13. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    A hot heap? Now I am envious ;)
     
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    carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    My compost heap is growing nicely. Before diagnosis I only ate peas but now it's cali, cabbage, leeks, sprouts. Already grew runner beans, tomatoes and strawberries. Unfortunately I found out that I cannot eat my apples and pears, boo hoo.
     
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    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I tried to give my unopened and in date items to the food bank only to be told that the people getting items from the food bank don’t use them ! !!!! I ended up taking the baking ingredients to the church who run a coffee morning once weekly and do baking for it.
     
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    Well that tells it's own sad story. It's strange when you consider how prevelent and popular cooking shows are. I don't really watch them, but from what I've seen they are not "how to" programmes like the old Delia Smith and Jamie Oliver programmes. Perhaps the Beeb should re-introduce them or produce something similar as a public service. Home baking might reduce some food bills quite a bit, especially if you have a large family, and our own experiences tell us how much better cooking from scratch is from a nutritional aspect.
     
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    Even cooking from scratch doesn't help much with the nutritional content of cakes. :)
     
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  18. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I have seen a youtube video of a chicken and bacon cake. Made using a bundt tin so I will not have to give away mine.
     
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    I am one step behind you, as I haven't yet summoned up the energy to throw all my high carb edibles away, though I have absolutely no intention of eating them. Unfortunately I have a tendency to buy foods I expect to eat a lot of in bulk, so I have many cartons of expensive beetroot juice, tins of beans etc ad nauseam. Just physically disposing of it all will be quite a challenge. I thought of a food bank. The Tesco in town collects and promises to donate something for every item given. So I am sneakily considering giving items I know will not be suitable (eg organic barley grains) in the hope that at least they will earn a little money.

    What I am looking forward to is the amount of space all this will liberate. As low carb is involving me in a lot more food prep. than before, this will be very welcome.
     
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  20. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Aye, I'm gonna need a bigger fridge.
     
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