I started my sourdough starter 5 days ago following the recipe. I am using rye flour and water. I still don't see any bubbles at all. There is no sour smell either. Can this be normal? Maybe I need to wait a few more days? Has anyone been successful with their starter or had a similar experience?
Keep feeding it. It will get there. A couple years ago, my starter took over a week to see bubbles. The cold slows down the yeast capture. If it's not cold where you are, try cracking a window and placing the jar in the windowsill. More yeasts in the fresh air. Most starters smell like something died for the first couple weeks, so don't be surprised. The smell will change to a pleasant sour smell in time. Just keep feeding. Sourdough is fun! Someone else said, "Sourdough is like a toddler. Feed it, then stand back and watch to see what it does." LOL!
Thank you! I just started seeing some bubbles - maybe I can do some baking this weekend! I have another question - when I want to store my starter, should I store it in the fridge or room temp? I have read that if you store it in the fridge you don't need to feed it daily which would be lower maintenance. What do you do? Thanks again!
I store mine on top of my fridge and feed daily since we use it a couple times a week, making bread, pancakes, etc. You can feed it and put it in the fridge for up to a week. Just get it out again and give it at least three feedings before you're going to use it - to wake the yeasts up. This is the method I used to start mine a couple years ago: www.kitchenstewardship.com/2010/03/01/monday-mission-make-a-sourdough-starter/ Also, the GNOWFGLINS course is so worth it, even if you can only do it for a couple months. gnowfglins.com/ Good luck!
Does sourdough make it an acceptable E bread? For use with pancakes too? I'm intrigued. Does it have more carbs than the Joseph's or Ezekiel bread? What flour are you using? Do you buy rye flour? I have a grain grinder and have been Whole Grain Jane in the past soaking my whole wheat dough in kefir. Never baked with rye before.
I baked my first loaves of sourdough today. I used a rye starter and rye & spelt flour for the bread recipe, as it says in the book. They rose up nicely for several hours and then fell a little and flattened out on the top. So, while they're not pretty, they taste great! The flavor is stronger than I expected. Apparently, I have some things to learn about this process. I may try some whole wheat flour next time.
bdkeen - I used rye berries and ground them into a flour in my VitaMix dry container. Not sure about your other questions as I am new to sourdough.
christineg - I loved that the courses were visual. There are videos in each one. The information is much more diverse than you find in NT. As for being compatible with the plan, I'm not sure. I'm still trying to meld the two and staying true to how we love to eat while being a THM. It's been a month, and so far so good.
bdkeen - Sourdough is an acceptable E choice. The sourdough pancake recipe I use works for E as well. We use almond milk instead of full fat milk, and I cook my portion in a tiny bit of butter in a ceramic coated skillet. I'm not sure about carb counts since I make my own. I have a grain grinder, too, and use a mix of half white wheat and half red wheat berries. You can do either, but my family prefers the taste when we use the mixture. I've never baked with rye before, either. I may give that a try when we use up the heaps of wheat berries we have now.
steffanie3: Yes kimlopez, some mamas cut back a bit on the Oolong for caffeine and/or folic acid absorption, I personally drank mine a different time of day than my prenatal. I did make it with pregnancy tea as well and enjoyed it very much that way
May 30, 2015 1:21:21 GMT -5
steffanie3: stacylynn you want to take a break, you can do three weeks but then I think you want to break for a month. I would have to check on the time I think it is a few weeks to a month in between.
May 30, 2015 1:22:29 GMT -5
steffanie3: meemee you could us the grilled chicken breast in an E, but you would want an E fuel with it for an E. We don't have CFA, but I think I have seen mentioned they have a fruit cup or some kind of fruit option (maybe a salad with fruit) so you could do that
May 30, 2015 1:23:56 GMT -5
steffanie3: for your E fuel alone the breast would be FP
May 30, 2015 1:24:25 GMT -5
steffanie3: lindah60 Welcome I think you will find THM very compatable with your diabetes, one thing you might find is you need to do more of a "pulled back E", basically lighter on the E fuel (on plan carbs) to help your blood sugars stay stable. You might also
May 30, 2015 1:26:17 GMT -5
steffanie3: have a little bit of a journey to find out what time of day works best for your E meals, my friend likes them earlier in the day since she can do a bit of excersize since that helps her levels stay in a good range (she is type 2) though.
May 30, 2015 1:27:19 GMT -5
steffanie3: A walk after an E lunch or breakfast seems to work just great for her
May 30, 2015 1:27:45 GMT -5
Bec720: Hello, Why am I nervous?! I have tried so many diets in my life. You name it and I have tried it and all of them have worked....for awhile. I can't seem to keep with any program and of course the weight comes back on.
Jun 22, 2015 15:24:47 GMT -5
Bec720: when I turned 43 my thyroid tanked, my hormones have not ever been balanced properly. (PCOS at 21yrs) and I have now gained 40+ pounds. I am scared to try and fail again.I am exhausted all day and by 2pm I need a nap or will fall asleep standing- for real
Jun 22, 2015 15:31:58 GMT -5
steffanie3: Welcome Bec720 Many mamas with PCOS do well on THM, looking forward to your journey.
Jun 24, 2015 12:49:35 GMT -5
orygungurl: I had a nice surprise when I went to the doctor a week ago. I learned that, after being on THM, off and on for a couple of years, I had actually lost 17 lbs!
Jun 27, 2015 19:27:45 GMT -5
lauriebovi: Just starting on this plan. Well I've been starting for a while now. Anyone have a really hard time staying on? I have no issue with what I'm eating. I feel like I'm just lazy and fall into old habits. any advice or personal experience?
Jul 16, 2015 16:45:08 GMT -5
steffanie3: lauriebovi, a menu plan really helps me even if it is just a daily plan so I kind of know what I will be eating through the day with snacks and meals. Also for me prepping ahead is a super helpful, having a large batch of something to grab when needed
Jul 20, 2015 10:09:50 GMT -5
alane: I've been on THM for 14 months and there is still a detail or two I am not sure about. The book lists 3/4 c quinoa as a serving limit, yet some of the breakfast recipes have 1 c listed. Can you clarify this for me? Thanks!
Aug 1, 2015 18:24:37 GMT -5
lynnluce: I have been doing the THM lifestyle for 8 months now with great success, for the first 6 months I have had the weight just slid off, lots of energy, and much happier. Now I am tired all of the time, cranky, and can't get rid of my lower belly. Help
Aug 3, 2015 11:11:41 GMT -5
steffanie3: alane, you can do 3/4 of a cup if alongside some other foods (including a bit more E fuel) and a full cup if it is the center of the meal like porridge It is a little confusing.
Aug 12, 2015 16:23:04 GMT -5
steffanie3: lynnluce, were you maybe losing too quickly? Maybe your body needs some time to heal?
Aug 12, 2015 16:23:27 GMT -5
fran: ok I have missed vibes for whey powder? Which ones NOW or Swansons, or Robs?
Aug 25, 2015 7:56:53 GMT -5
gaelle: Just noticed the Lifeway Plain nonfat kefir I bought contains 12 sugars!!! :-( Also made the THM pancakes but added an egg beaters thinking it was egg whites. Need to be better at reading labels!
Aug 26, 2015 12:26:28 GMT -5