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Opinions on "cooking" packs (also features discussions on the bars)

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icemoose

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#21
I recently met Carla Bambridge who is Cambridges product specialist and discussed "cooking packs" with her as I did it the whole way through my weight reduction process.

She stated that it was a very bad idea as the nutrients would be effectively destroyed (especially if microwaving) and hence even 1 pack a day would not be a good idea.

Since then I have never mentioned cooking packs to my real world clients and therefore can only recommend you don't do it.

Mike
 
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#22
Tried to make butterscotch porridge with psyllium husks as mentioned by another member. It was a cold day and thought I could do with something warming as had no soups left. I must have done something wrong because it made me gag. It was thick, lumpy and gloopy. Urrgh never again. How can you disguise the psyllium husk as I find it awfully gloopy.
 
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I recently met Carla Bambridge who is Cambridges product specialist and discussed "cooking packs" with her as I did it the whole way through my weight reduction process.

She stated that it was a very bad idea as the nutrients would be effectively destroyed (especially if microwaving) and hence even 1 pack a day would not be a good idea.

Since then I have never mentioned cooking packs to my real world clients and therefore can only recommend you don't do it.

Mike
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bindiboo

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#24
i never mastered muffins or crisps so dont bother with them. i do have bars which i love and occasionaly make mousse and regulary make cd jelly.
 
#25
I recently met Carla Bambridge who is Cambridges product specialist and discussed "cooking packs" with her as I did it the whole way through my weight reduction process.

She stated that it was a very bad idea as the nutrients would be effectively destroyed (especially if microwaving) and hence even 1 pack a day would not be a good idea.

Since then I have never mentioned cooking packs to my real world clients and therefore can only recommend you don't do it.

Mike
A couple of years ago we were told we could 'cook' one pack providing the stock was fresh, however, this is something I have never recommended.

At the time I think it was more bowing to peer pressure, Cambridge really did not want to encourage this practise.

Same as freezing the powder milkshakes, this shouldn't be done as it take longer than 15mins to freeze and they should be consumed within 15 mins to ensure no loss of nutrition.
 
#26
Surely freezing is better than cooking?

I mean, there's 'some' loss of nutrients after 15 mins but surely when it's frozen there's no loss of nutrients - so overall there wouldn't be much lost.
Correct me if I'm wrong. :) but I love my frozen 'Terry's choc orange' :p and wouldn't want to give it up, it's a lovely treat once or twice a week :)

Though obviously not freezing or cooking is better :p
I think I shall cut down to just once a week with my choc orange bar.
 

JustJo

Cambridge Counsellor
#27
Personally, i've always thought that cooking packs is a bad idea. The whole point of cd, is that it's designed to give you 100% of everything your body needs, to maintain optimum health whilst on so few calories. Even if cooking just one pack a day, you're reducing those vits, minerals, etc down to less than the rda. Kinda defeats the point in the diet, IMO.

As a cdc, i've never even mentioned 'cooking' as an option.


Jo x
 
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#28
I thought i would have the bars to keep in for that TOTM when i just cant seem to get rid of my choc craving.
My Plan is to cut one up into really tiny bits keep in the fridge and just have a piece when i get the urge! lol:p
 
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#29
See now i really like the bars, they help me feel like im not missing out on anything without having to feel really guilty and i find its easier to take out with you. not sure what you mean about muffins and crisps though??? is this something you have with the later stages of CD?
shelleyxxx
 
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#30
i cook a pack a day, and make a chocolate soup in the evening.

I put a chocolate shake pack in a bowl, then put a cold water on it, so it fills up halfway but doesnt break down all the powder, so there are still some lumps there. zam it in the microwave for 3 mins, and mix it. Put a sweetner in ( i love things icky) and then spend the next 15 mins indulging..its fab, especially the chewy choc bits:p
 
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#31
I love making crisps when i get the nibbles but my CDC said that they do not recomend putting anything other than the porridge in the microwave. reson for this is what others have said, you loose some of the nutrients.

then again, she said that if making myself crisps once or twice a week helps me stay on track, than that is more important in a way. she said to try and keep it to an occasional treat.
 
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#32
funny, i spoke to my CDC and she said Cambridge are due to relaunch their website and are planning on putting some of the ideas on there for making things with your packs!!
I think you should do whatever you need to do to stay motivated in the diet - variety is a good thing - it keeps life interesting. I think it is quite a bad thing to think that you shouldnt make crisps etc as they are the enemy in the real world - but also remember that you should not shield yourself from the real world as you will be having to face food again at some point.
 

KD

Gone fishing
#33
funny, i spoke to my CDC and she said Cambridge are due to relaunch their website and are planning on putting some of the ideas on there for making things with your packs!!
No, they won't be doing that. They are relaunching their website, but definitely not going to be putting recipes for cooking packs.

I think it is quite a bad thing to think that you shouldnt make crisps etc as they are the enemy in the real world - but also remember that you should not shield yourself from the real world as you will be having to face food again at some point.
It isn't because Cambridge want you to be bored, or they're party poopers (after all...think of all the flavours), it's because cooking them will destroy some of the vitamins and minerals. Since the packs are carfully formulated, and since many people rely on them for their sole source of nutrition, it's not good to get the whole quota from the packs.
 
#34
Okay folks straight from the horses mouth.

Packs should not be cooked as it reduces the nutritional value and in fact kills off all the vitamin C which is a heat sensitive vitamin. Also packs should not be frozen as there is no research into the effect of this at present.

If any of your CDC's are offering differing advice please ask them to contact me for discussion.
All CDC's should be receiving this information shortly.

Please do not mix the packs in any other way that instructed as you will fall below the nutritonal safety level and potentially affect the results of the diet.
 
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