by Lisa
(Duluth, MN USA)

A friend of mine says quinoa is a complete protein. Is it true and would it fit in the Phase 1 or 2 eating plan? I'd love to know what you think.


I've taken the plunge and have gone 2 days without sugar or carbs. I am not hungry!

You knew I wouldn't be - and now I understand by feeling it how the sugars just kept the beastly cycle of "feed me more sugars" going and it would never never be enough.

Thanks for the simplicity of telling me to eat animal protein and vegetables and butter :) I've added the yogurt and blueberries, water, coffee with cream and I feel better.

Now I'm going to add exercise into the equation and will like how I'm treating myself much more once I get to the doing of the exercises.

Your support, your willingness to share in the airport in Chicago meant so much to me.

It filled a spot in my soul and that has been the difference.

Thank you for being you.

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Nov 09, 2010
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by: Misty

Hi Lisa!

Thank you for listening to me at the airport! I love having an audience and you were especially eager to learn which prompts me to just keep talking!

I am excited for you that you are understanding the difference in the way our 3 macro nutrients make you feel. Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate certainly have different effects on the body and dictate our cravings and satiety levels. It's a phenomenon I was so very pleased to finally discover after so many years of deprivation and suffering only to struggle with my weight, my emotions and my daily activities.

Freedom from food cravings are probably one of the most important discoveries of my life.

Regarding quinoa, the protein in quinoa is considered to be a complete protein due to the presence of all 8 essential amino acids. While it can be an additional protein boost to your meal, I would not count on it solely for cellular regeneration nor keeping cravings at bay. I do not recommend it until Phase II and at that, try it and take note of any cravings it might cause.

I consider it more of a maintenance food and this is based on experience with many clients.

Quinoa also contains "sapponins", a natural pest defense that should be rinsed thoroughly prior to cooking and I would even recommend soaking or even fermenting quinoa for better digestibility.

We must be careful in our preparation and consumption of grains as they have these compounds that are irritating and even damaging to the gut lining. Sapponins for example can be damaging to the microvilli, the little "fingers" that grab and assimilate nutrient.

I never recommend grains to one suffering IBS or other digestive issues.

1/2 cup serving would be a good start and do be sure to consume it with a fat to slow the blood sugar response.

Again, I want to thank you for taking such great interest in my web site but most importantly, for your appreciation.

I love what I do and it's people like you that reinforce my passion for health and nutrition and sharing it with you.

As always,
In good health

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