The Starch Solution for losing weight.

@Happyflowerlady, this isn't much of a leap for me because I've been eating 95% vegan for 7 years anyway. Just needed to tight up that last 5%, be mindful about the mixed nuts that I occasionally indulge in, and see if I can figure out how to saute onions without any oil - and still like how they come out. So far no success on that front.

How do you saute onions - or don't you?
 

Happyflowerlady

Vagabond Flowerchild
Location
Northern Alabama
I have been working on the no-oil sautéing also, @StarSong . I have been using a bit of water and some bouillon powder and seasonings. I think that there are some things that can’t be exactly replaced, so I am trying to just find acceptable substitutes that work for me. Every week, I have been losing between 1-2 lbs, so it keeps me motivated to keep on trying with this, and I am enjoying most of what i am eating, even with keeping it boring, and not much variation normally.

Since you are used to doing this, and already have learned the ways of making plant-based foods taste good, you are way ahead of me on this, changing from so many years of low-carbing, and thinking that a potato was a sinful extravagance.

I ordered some of the Molly McButter seasonings, both the butter and the cheese flavors ( cheese will arrive next week), and I am liking that on my baked potatoes.
 
@Happyflowerlady, this isn't much of a leap for me because I've been eating 95% vegan for 7 years anyway. Just needed to tight up that last 5%, be mindful about the mixed nuts that I occasionally indulge in, and see if I can figure out how to saute onions without any oil - and still like how they come out. So far no success on that front.

How do you saute onions - or don't you?
Starsong,

I routinely water "fry" onions and even caramelize them using an uncoated regular triply stainless frying pan. What I do is start with the pan heated with a fairly high flame so that there is sizzle when the onions hit it and let them start to sweat. Moving them around keeps them from sticking much. I'll adjust the heat downwards if needed.

As the onions cook and begin to stick I add a small bit of water which releases the onions and by keeping the onions moving I incorporate the fond which browns the onions further and helps clean the pan. To get a true caramelized onion does take about 50-60 minutes, but that's for 3lbs of onions. To speed the process up you can lightly salt them to help release their moisture, I don't as I try to limit my salt intake.

Does it brown as effectively as using fat? No, it doesn't, nor as quickly. Not to mention one can't just leave them on to cook unattended. However, I can get 90- 95% as good depending on the product and we've just adapted to that. Of course, everyone's tastes are different.
 

by keeping the onions moving I incorporate the fond which browns the onions further and helps clean the pan
I don't know what this means.

I'm not a fan of caramelized onions, or indeed any caramelized vegetables. Thanks for the tips - I'll see if I can make that work. If not, I'll just continue with 1/2 tsp of oil when sauteing onions and call it good enough.
 
I don't know what this means.

I'm not a fan of caramelized onions, or indeed any caramelized vegetables. Thanks for the tips - I'll see if I can make that work. If not, I'll just continue with 1/2 tsp of oil when sauteing onions and call it good enough.
The fond is the brown stuff that sticks to the bottom of the pan, concentrated juices--more intense flavor, that's why one uses a liquid to deglaze the pan to make a sauce.

I hope you get the results you're looking for.
 

Happyflowerlady

Vagabond Flowerchild
Location
Northern Alabama
Just an update on my McDougalling life. I feel like I am enjoying my food more than ever, and have been really happy that I can have things like fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and pasta, and starchy veggies again. I know that completely changing over will take a while for me.
Atkins diet came out in the early 1970’s, so I have spent about a half century thinking that I could only eat low carb foods, and that starchy foods like potato and corn were totally sinful.
I lost weight and gained it back with even more weight, and always felt like I was starving in order to lose what I did lose, so it never really worked for me.
Weight Watchers had me hungry all of the time, and trying to eat the small recommended amounts, so I washed out of that a few times as well.

Now, I have lost almost 20 lbs, but slowly and steady. When I started swimming again, the scale almost stopped moving, even though I am burning up more calories than I was before I started swimming again. Since my clothes are feeling looser, I think that I am burning fat and building muscle (which weighs 4 times as much as fat), so the scale is not moving as fast as I want it to do, but I am happy that it is going in the right direction.

I totally recommend the starch solution diet for anyone who wants to lose weight, or just wants to be healthier and hurt less. I stay pretty faithful to the program, but I do add small amounts of fat-free yogurt or meat occasionally, just for flavor, not as a main part of the meal.
(My baked potato with Molly McButter sprinkles and FF yogurt is delicious, and much healthier than it used to be with the butter and sour cream piled on top of it. )
Also, if we go out to eat, then I enjoy having breakfast at IHOP and don’t worry about doing that, since it is only one meal on an occasional basis, and not part of my everyday diet. But it helps me to feel like I have not been totally cut off from foods that I have enjoyed for all of my life.
 
@Happyflowerlady - I've never known anyone who lost significant weight by swimming - whether recreationally, competitively, or strictly for exercise. Even Olympic long-distance swimmers tend to have far more body fat than their track-and-field running counterparts. (My children's swim teacher was hardly svelte despite being extremely active teaching young children in her pool 8 hours or more each day every summer.)

To add to my personal story of the friend who had emergency triple bypass surgery (post #18, above), a very dear friend recently died at work of a heart attack. He was gone before his coworkers could dial 911. 63 years old. Between him and Anne's mom, I've been scared straight.

After reading some of the website info and McDougall's books, I've integrated their plan with the quite similar whole food plant based diet I'd already been eating. Just became more vigilant, backed off a bit on some of the fruit, and added more starches. No sacrifice in the starch for fruit swap, believe me!

I've lost 6 pounds in about 6 weeks, which took me by surprise because my weight was already in a good place. Good grief, who could imagine losing weight while eating a lot more potatoes, rice, and homemade bread than I've had in decades!
 

Happyflowerlady

Vagabond Flowerchild
Location
Northern Alabama
Last week, I got the bread machine out and made a loaf of whole wheat bread, and we have been really enjoying the fresh bread; so today I decided to try another one and make it with cinnamon and raisins and a little flax and chia seeds. The recipe also called for some steel cut oats, so with all of the things added, it should be great as a breakfast bread.

I just cashed in a $100 amazon gift card that I got from my Humana Medicare Advantage plan, so I looked on amazon and found a nice new bread machine on sale and ordered that.
If I am going to be making bread, it is time for a new machine.
The one that I have, I have had for 4-5 years, and it came from a thrift store in the first place, so it is like a dinosaur bread machine.

Yesterday, we went out and I had Mexican food, and I still lost another pound this week. I stay away from anything that was fried, but the food that I ordered had beans and salad and the Chili Rellano ; so most of what I had was compliant with McDougal food.
 
Last week, I got the bread machine out and made a loaf of whole wheat bread, and we have been really enjoying the fresh bread; so today I decided to try another one and make it with cinnamon and raisins and a little flax and chia seeds. The recipe also called for some steel cut oats, so with all of the things added, it should be great as a breakfast bread.

I just cashed in a $100 amazon gift card that I got from my Humana Medicare Advantage plan, so I looked on amazon and found a nice new bread machine on sale and ordered that.
If I am going to be making bread, it is time for a new machine.
The one that I have, I have had for 4-5 years, and it came from a thrift store in the first place, so it is like a dinosaur bread machine.

Yesterday, we went out and I had Mexican food, and I still lost another pound this week. I stay away from anything that was fried, but the food that I ordered had beans and salad and the Chili Rellano ; so most of what I had was compliant with McDougal food.
When my husband and I traveled to Spain and Italy a few years ago we fell in love with their rustic, crusty breads, so that's what I've been making. Not bothering with the bread machine - just my Kitchen Aid mixer for a little bit of the kneading and doing the rest myself.

I've been baking round loaves (free form) on parchment paper that I put on my pizza stones.
 

Happyflowerlady

Vagabond Flowerchild
Location
Northern Alabama
Good News from my doctor !

Today, I went in for my 3-month checkup from my regular doctor, and she is VERY pleased with me and my progress !
My cholesterol has dropped from around 200 to 188, my thyroid is in a great range, my triglycerides are still around 100, my kidneys are doing better, and I have lost 24 lbs since I was there in February.
She asked if I had been to the cardiologist, and I explained that I have not needed to, and no episodes of a-fib or tachycardia in the last 3 months, either.
So, over all, everything is looking great, and I am giving a lot credit to the Whole Foods, plant -based diet that I have been doing since mid-February.
 
Good News from my doctor !

Today, I went in for my 3-month checkup from my regular doctor, and she is VERY pleased with me and my progress !
My cholesterol has dropped from around 200 to 188, my thyroid is in a great range, my triglycerides are still around 100, my kidneys are doing better, and I have lost 24 lbs since I was there in February.
She asked if I had been to the cardiologist, and I explained that I have not needed to, and no episodes of a-fib or tachycardia in the last 3 months, either.
So, over all, everything is looking great, and I am giving a lot credit to the Whole Foods, plant -based diet that I have been doing since mid-February.
💕 💕 💕 💕 💕
Your hard work, persistence and determination are paying off! So happy for you!!!
 


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