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My mother was a horrible cook, my grandmother on my father's side was an amazing one. I always cared about nutrition and healthy eating. I was a fat child. I went threw a faze of loosing weight in unhealthy ways as I became a teen. My dad took a belt and made me eat. I looked in the mirror one day and had a moment of clarity where I saw how underweight I was and began eating again. I was careful to maintain my weight and not gain too much before going on a diet so I didn't get bigger than a size 12 until I had children. My first whole food diet was GFCF for my autistic daughter. It was great I lost weight. I ended up living with my ex for awhile and he didn't believe in GFCF and I ballooned. I ended up weighing 235 pounds and my baby was starting school. When I moved back out, I went on Atkins. It took years with occasional cheats to reach 135 pounds. My butt shriveled up and I looked older from my skin be loose. I tried to quit smoking. I gained back to 160. I'd sneak a few cigs but then eat M &M 's as a reward for all the ones I wasn't smoking. I was pushing 17o and my 12's were getting tight. Moved back in with the ex who says he'll kick me out if he catches me smoking. He wasn't on a stinking diet, he had me learn to make good fried rice. More chicken and rice please... He clipped coupons for processed crap and loaded the house, the kids, and me up on it. I weigh 195 lbs, down from 200 lbs. Now I am in a 16 and I'm not happy. I did not learn to maintain my weight, I never do. I believe that whole grains, beans, along with meat and vegetables do have a place in a healthy diet. I've bought some cookbooks to help learn how to bake whole grain breads. I bought a grain mill and pasta machine years ago and never used them because I was on Atkins. I am sick to death of not getting to use them!!! So I was trying to learn about Vegetarian cooking to add more veggies to the diet and wound up here while searching for a review of Laurel's Kitchen the revised edition. It was interesting. I had read about the Paleo Diet but decided I could not afford it when I priced the grass fed beef I could get my hands on. At the time I felt I felt it was rich people. On My budget the whole thing sound snobby. Yep the food is better, and yet you can't afford it, you can't afford it, cause you a stay at home mom, with a disabled kid, and you can't afford it, too bad. Having read about the food movement and other things on this site I am still feeling I need more cash join. I am trying to find a way of eating I can live with and won't make me ginormous first,well second actually, first is actually getting my kids eating healthier after their dad's poor influence!