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Re: Whole-30 Started as a challange, now an awesome group. Want to join us?
« Reply #1200 on: February 23, 2016, 10:48:33 AM »
Mark's Daily Apple did a post on the Paleo makes you fat thing just yesterday.  He usually addresses these things as they come up in the media.

I don't encounter criticism, but I think if I did, I'd just say that it works for me and my personal results speak for themselves.  The detractors are free to make their own choices.

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« Reply #1201 on: February 23, 2016, 10:52:58 AM »
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So how do you deal with 'science' when you yourself are not a scientist? How do you separate the chaff from the (non)wheat?

My aunt who eats like this IS a scientist. I trust her. Funnily enough, I trust her more for the fact that over the years she's drastically changed her opinions? She was the reason I went mostly-vegan for awhile, too. I think there's not enough respect given to people who look at things, reassess, and move forward on a different track without any shame. :)
I'm rambling. Sorry. I'm a little unfocussed today.

In sum: as a person without a PhD, how do you deal with the onslaught of news articles telling you all sorts of wrong shit you're doing and that you're gonna die like a fat mouse in a lab?
Cognitively I know it's all click bait shit and that our scientific understanding of nutrition is Constantly Evolving. But eventually there's gonna be more new information that IS right. And how will we know?
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Personally, if I do find myself on a clickbait article, I just look for the references and go down that rabbit hole. Most of those articles are cherry picking things. If I can find the actual study referenced, I read that. If I can't, I dismissed it. Sometimes scholarly articles are a tough read, but they are easy enough to understand if you take the time. If you find yourself worrying about it, that's the route I'd take. If it doesn't phase you, I'd just move on.

Mark's Daily Apple did a post on the Paleo makes you fat thing just yesterday.  He usually addresses these things as they come up in the media.

I don't encounter criticism, but I think if I did, I'd just say that it works for me and my personal results speak for themselves.  The detractors are free to make their own choices.

That's a pretty good route to take too. Less work, less stress. :)
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« Reply #1202 on: February 23, 2016, 01:25:38 PM »
In sum: as a person without a PhD, how do you deal with the onslaught of news articles telling you all sorts of wrong shit you're doing and that you're gonna die like a fat mouse in a lab?
Cognitively I know it's all click bait shit and that our scientific understanding of nutrition is Constantly Evolving. But eventually there's gonna be more new information that IS right. And how will we know?
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Realize that mainstream news outlets are desperate for viewers and use scare tactics to get them.  "Are YOU at risk?"  Or, sure to set off panic, "Is YOUR CHILD at risk?"  They know that few people will read past the first few paragraphs, which have the trigger.  Those who go to the end, however, will find that it only applies to a small amount of people or that an opposite result was found.

Today for lunch I had a chicken breast with a dip made of homemade cocktail sauce and mayo, a tossed salad with homemade Italian dressing and a small apple.  I'd love to find the person who would look at that meal and call it unhealthy.

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« Reply #1203 on: February 23, 2016, 02:17:52 PM »
My mom is in her mid 70's  (heavy her whole life, knee joints are shot). She is worried about the way I'm eating and that I'm losing weight too fast. She thinks its unhealthy ??? that I've lost 42 pounds in 7 months ... ummmm ... no.

She is worried that I'm not getting enough calcium. I'm eating over a cup of spinach every day, plus other calcium containing foods. And my calcium needs are lower because I'm not leaching calcium by eating crap.

When I had a problem with vertigo a few weeks ago (diagnosed by my family doc as BPPV - cured in one visit to a physiotherapist who did the Epley Manoeuvre) my sister texted me and said "Eat a sandwich!" Oh dear:-/ Haters gonna hate.

I feel terrific - the best I've felt in more than 18 years!! That's when I reallllly started packing on the weight with successive pregnancies and births. After my 4th child, my husband was into marathon running and I caught the health bug for a little while and got back down to my ideal weight.

I still have FIFTY pounds to go to get back to that ideal weight and I feel like I can do it. I've already lost 42 since July. I trust this process and am not looking for a quick fix. I'm just eating great food every day, moving more, keeping up with my large family... by my 50th birthday (January 2016) I plan on being back to that ideal health and weight and ready to face my 2nd 50 years with vim and vigour! My youngest child will be 9 in April and I'm hopeful that grandchildren are just around the corner (none of my kids are married yet, but the oldest 3 are in serious relationships)!

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« Reply #1204 on: February 23, 2016, 02:38:24 PM »
Right... I'm sure they are really hating because you are successful ( and the are envious). Misery loves company, its true. Keep up the great work!!

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« Reply #1205 on: February 23, 2016, 02:46:27 PM »
My mom is in her mid 70's  (heavy her whole life, knee joints are shot). She is worried about the way I'm eating and that I'm losing weight too fast. She thinks its unhealthy ??? that I've lost 42 pounds in 7 months ... ummmm ... no.

Yep, just another way to reassure themselves that they couldn't be doing something differently/better.  You're successful but there must be something wrong with it and you're doomed to fail anytime.



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« Reply #1206 on: February 23, 2016, 04:42:23 PM »
Maybe I'm the only Mustachian who didn't know this...but if you put your green onions in water in a sunny window, they regrow. Just put the roots and white portions in water, and like magic, they regrow! I'm using a lot more green onion in my cooking now that I'm Whole30/Paleo. I change the water about every three days.
Another awesome tip I learned: treat parsley and basil like flowers - cut the ends and put them is a vase of water and they last for a long time. This would probably work for cilantro as well.

Thanks, frugaldoc! This is so exciting to me! I will have all sorts of things growing in my window soon. Nothing drives me more crazy than needing parsley or cilantro for a recipe and not having it "in stock."

You're welcome :)  I've had stuff stay good for a few weeks that way, just keep changing the water every week so it doesn't get funky.

Also basil likes humidity so draping a cut ziplock bag over it keeps it going longer.
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« Reply #1207 on: February 24, 2016, 09:22:08 AM »
Day 24 - my stomach seems to have settled.  I'm looking forward to coffee and oatmeal in the morning a week from today :-)

I'm going to try making zucchini pasta tonight.  On Sunday I made cauliflower rice to have with Thai curry and it was pretty good, but it definitely tasted better fresh than reheated next day.  I generally like cooking things that make tasty leftovers so the cauliflower rice is not likely to become a permanent addition to my diet.  We'll see how the zucchini pasta will come out - this is going to be my first time making it.



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« Reply #1208 on: February 24, 2016, 09:38:42 AM »
Day 24 - my stomach seems to have settled.  I'm looking forward to coffee and oatmeal in the morning a week from today :-)

I'm going to try making zucchini pasta tonight.  On Sunday I made cauliflower rice to have with Thai curry and it was pretty good, but it definitely tasted better fresh than reheated next day.  I generally like cooking things that make tasty leftovers so the cauliflower rice is not likely to become a permanent addition to my diet.  We'll see how the zucchini pasta will come out - this is going to be my first time making it.

I make a roasted cauli-rice, it reheats much better. You can take the raw cauli-rice, toss it with some oil, salt and pepper and then roast it that way, or you can be really lazy like me and roast the cauli first then buzz it up briefly.

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« Reply #1209 on: February 24, 2016, 10:21:59 AM »
Day 24 - my stomach seems to have settled.  I'm looking forward to coffee and oatmeal in the morning a week from today :-)

I'm going to try making zucchini pasta tonight.  On Sunday I made cauliflower rice to have with Thai curry and it was pretty good, but it definitely tasted better fresh than reheated next day.  I generally like cooking things that make tasty leftovers so the cauliflower rice is not likely to become a permanent addition to my diet.  We'll see how the zucchini pasta will come out - this is going to be my first time making it.

I make a roasted cauli-rice, it reheats much better. You can take the raw cauli-rice, toss it with some oil, salt and pepper and then roast it that way, or you can be really lazy like me and roast the cauli first then buzz it up briefly.
That's what I did - I put the raw cauliflower into a food processor and then roasted it with oil, salt and pepper.  It reheated fine the next day but the cauliflower flavor/taste got very intense and I didn't care for it that much.



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« Reply #1210 on: February 25, 2016, 09:17:55 AM »
I made the zucchini noodles last night and really liked them.  I have some left for dinner tonight so we'll see how they are reheated the next day.



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« Reply #1211 on: February 25, 2016, 09:20:36 AM »
:) Zizi I enjoy your updates. It makes me really happy that you're feeling better.
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« Reply #1212 on: February 25, 2016, 09:51:56 AM »
Day 26.  Things are still going well, but pasta has been sneaking into my thoughts.  My local Whole Foods sells pre-sliced zucchini noodles, so maybe I'll pick some up this weekend.  I've made them myself in the summer when zucchini is dirt cheap since I have a OXO julienne peeler.

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« Reply #1213 on: February 25, 2016, 10:33:48 AM »
Hi all, I definitely want to join in!  I've done Whole 30/paleo eating challenges several times (usually for 4-8 weeks) and I always feel AMAZING and then slowly slip into eating more junk than I need to.  I'm not overweight, but I know I could drop body fat and a few lbs. with better eating.  Looking forward to following along and getting inspired!
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« Reply #1214 on: February 25, 2016, 10:54:08 AM »
Day 26.  Things are still going well, but pasta has been sneaking into my thoughts.  My local Whole Foods sells pre-sliced zucchini noodles, so maybe I'll pick some up this weekend.  I've made them myself in the summer when zucchini is dirt cheap since I have a OXO julienne peeler.

Can I be proud of myself for zero slips?  I think I can.  :)

Funny, but pasta is the one thing I don't really miss.  Chocolate, however, is a different matter entirely....

I think you should be very proud of yourself!!  I know I am.  I had rough time of it between a nasty cold for over a week and a 4 day migraine, but I pulled through and will make it to the end :-)



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« Reply #1215 on: February 25, 2016, 12:20:08 PM »
Chocolate for real!

I know you're not supposed to weight for 30 days, but I completely disregarded that rule and have weighed every day.  In the beginning, I was losing a pound a day almost, and then suddenly I put three back on, and they hadn't budged until yesterday.  I guess I really was eating a lot less at first, then I started amping up the avocados and monkey bowls.  The monkey bowls are now off-limits to me...

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« Reply #1216 on: February 25, 2016, 01:19:37 PM »
Chocolate for real!

I know you're not supposed to weight for 30 days, but I completely disregarded that rule and have weighed every day.  In the beginning, I was losing a pound a day almost, and then suddenly I put three back on, and they hadn't budged until yesterday.  I guess I really was eating a lot less at first, then I started amping up the avocados and monkey bowls.  The monkey bowls are now off-limits to me...

These "monkey bowls" just look like sugar- and fat-bombs to me. But it's probably because I do the high-protein thing.

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« Reply #1217 on: February 26, 2016, 12:10:42 PM »
My mom is in her mid 70's  (heavy her whole life, knee joints are shot). She is worried about the way I'm eating and that I'm losing weight too fast. She thinks its unhealthy ??? that I've lost 42 pounds in 7 months ... ummmm ... no.

Yep, just another way to reassure themselves that they couldn't be doing something differently/better.  You're successful but there must be something wrong with it and you're doomed to fail anytime.



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« Reply #1218 on: February 28, 2016, 09:34:33 AM »
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« Reply #1219 on: February 28, 2016, 06:32:33 PM »
http://meatified.com/breakfast-soup-meatified-method/

Came across this blog post on egg free breakfast soups, thought I'd share.  Sorry, the page takes forever to load.

It loaded pretty quickly for me, but +1 on soup for breakfast, although I'd cry if I couldn't eat eggs because I love them. 

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« Reply #1220 on: February 29, 2016, 04:19:25 AM »
Day 29 for me.  I went grocery shopping yesterday and even though technically I can eat whatever I want starting Wednesday, the only thing I bought that is not on the plan is plain yogurt, and I wasn't at all tempted by pasta :-)




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« Reply #1221 on: February 29, 2016, 03:29:15 PM »
WAHOO MANYDALAYVA AND ZIZIPB!!!! Congrats on your whole 30! YOU DID IT!!!!

I'm visiting family, so didn't want to miss congratulating you! Please let us know how your re intro goes!

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« Reply #1222 on: February 29, 2016, 03:37:59 PM »
Update from me!
So reintro. Yeah I really fucked that up. Swick, I took exactly none of your advice, and regret it. Bleh! I fell right back into old (and bad) food behaviors. You know the ones. The "fuck it, I just need X, it's been a long day" behaviors. 
I'm fine for breakfasts and lunches (they're structured things I make plans for) but weekends and sometimes dinner are at High Risk for Major Bad Decisions.
But knowing is half the battle?

I'm going to be doing my second Whole30 starting March 14th (when I get back from a vacation abroad). Until then I'm going to continue to try and eat at least somewhat 'on plan' and avoid binge events. Wish me luck!

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And congrats to Manydalayva and ZiziPB! :D But please take Swick's advice where I did not, lol. May your reintro NOT be as catastrophic a fail as mine.
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« Reply #1223 on: February 29, 2016, 03:41:41 PM »
Orvell - It has taken me 4 Whole30's to feel like this is a lifestyle and not a 30 day plan. I'm in a really happy place atm, and I'm sure you can get there too. A lifetime of bad habits for me were not cured in 30 days :-/

Just get back in the saddle after your trip and keep checking in here in the meantime for motivation. Even if 1/2 our day is Whole30, that's better than nothing, right?

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« Reply #1224 on: March 01, 2016, 06:49:27 AM »
WAHOO MANYDALAYVA AND ZIZIPB!!!! Congrats on your whole 30! YOU DID IT!!!!

I'm visiting family, so didn't want to miss congratulating you! Please let us know how your re intro goes!

Thank you, swick!  You've been a great help.



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« Reply #1225 on: March 01, 2016, 07:53:37 AM »
Orvell - It has taken me 4 Whole30's to feel like this is a lifestyle and not a 30 day plan. I'm in a really happy place atm, and I'm sure you can get there too. A lifetime of bad habits for me were not cured in 30 days :-/

Just get back in the saddle after your trip and keep checking in here in the meantime for motivation. Even if 1/2 our day is Whole30, that's better than nothing, right?

High five!
<3 1967mama, I really needed to hear that, thank you. You're dead right. :) Just gotta keep on keeping on. Course correct and don't be mean to myself.

I did great last night. I made a tomato and spinach soup (it sounds gross, but it was good! And I'm trying to eat through my fridge before I head out of town. It  will also be today's lunch), and broke into my favorite box of tea - lemon ginger. :) It felt good.
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« Reply #1226 on: March 01, 2016, 08:16:46 AM »
WAHOO MANYDALAYVA AND ZIZIPB!!!! Congrats on your whole 30! YOU DID IT!!!!

I'm visiting family, so didn't want to miss congratulating you! Please let us know how your re intro goes!

Thank you all for your help and encouragement!

I didn't take any body measurements before, but I did lose four pounds.   Four pounds is four pounds and considering that my only exercise was walking (not very fast) on my work breaks it's better than nothing.

I like eating this way enough to keep on with it with only minor changes.  I take gelatin to help with my hair and nails, and I was taking it in nut milk.  Now I'll take it in hot tea with two drops of liquid sucralose.  Since I don't have an issue with dairy, I will gladly welcome back Kerrygold.  I will, however, keep an eye on my portions.  And today I went back to the gym.  I didn't realize how much I missed it.

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« Reply #1227 on: March 01, 2016, 09:53:46 AM »
Hi Everyone! *waves*

Good Update Mandalay!

The soup sounds great Zizi!

Orvell, I wouldn't sweat it, not everything is solved in 30 days, but it does give you a great introduction and foundation, wherever you decide to go afterwards.

I've been doing, well...as good as I can. I'm on "vacation" visiting some sick extended family. I have mostly been keeping up with Whole 30 except for the occasional rice noodle eating out, some dairy and some occasional organic sugar. Oh and gin and wine....

It's been taking a lot of my energy to avoid the gluten and navigate all the issues with my extended family, so all in all, I think I am doing pretty good. Making sure I have a large whole 30 breakfast in the morning, because it is the only meal I have full control over. Focusing more on the overall self-care (especially with the toxic family members) and not getting sick or loosing my shit.

But, I am thinking I will do start another Whole 30 when I get back on the 7th.

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« Reply #1228 on: March 01, 2016, 12:11:37 PM »
I am on day 20, and honestly, I can't wait for it to be over.  I have a real mental block about homemade salad dressings.  I don't know why, but I do.  And normally I eat an average of 4 salads per week, but I haven't had salad at all.  I did lose those pounds I gained back, so that's good, but overall, I don't enjoy this way of eating. I miss beans, condiments, and oatmeal.

I do REALLY appreciate how this broke me of sweets, soda, desserts, etc. and cheese.  I don't even love cheese, so why was I putting it all over my salad and soup? It's fine without it.  I can't wait for my 10 days to be over so I can start using my favorite salad dressing (that is still dairy-free) and oatmeal.  I will continue at least through Easter to be wheat and dairy-free.

Alcohol is a whole different beast.  I miss it only second to salad dressing.  I will keep that out until Easter as well, though.

I thought I would get this raging energy or feel so much better, etc., but I don't.  My major positives are my eczema completely clearing up due to the dairy being gone and the breaking of the sweets addiction.  The physical addiction, mind you. I still think about dessert or diet dr. pepper at every single meal, although now I feel like I could avoid it. 

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« Reply #1229 on: March 01, 2016, 12:13:52 PM »
I'm here and getting ready to start another round!  I've been able to keep up on reading, but work is just crazy so haven't had time to post.  I was going to start today, but I need to eat down some food in the fridge first...things that my boys don't like so they would go to waste otherwise.  I hate wasting food!  So....I'm with ya on March 7th Swick! 


This time, I'm going to try for 60 days, maybe even 90.  1967mama - I need to set some subgoals too like you.  I'm going to limit fruit more this time around. 

Oh, and I have to say CONGRATS to MandalayVA and ZiziPB.  It's really a huge accomplishment to finish the Whole30.  I've been reading along with you the whole time and cheering you on. 

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« Reply #1230 on: March 01, 2016, 12:18:24 PM »
I'm still not going to restart and complete another attempt as of yet, but talking with the GF yesterday, she did notice some good changes in regards to weight during the couple weeks I made my first attempt. So the good news is that when I do start again, she will be fully on board with me, instead of kind of going along with it, but not really into it.
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« Reply #1231 on: March 01, 2016, 12:32:56 PM »
Amandapanda - what type of salad dressing is it that you are missing? If its Italian, I have a FABULOUS recipe I could share with you!
In the meantime, what we do is mix a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil (plus salt, pepper and garlic if you're feeling fancy) and its quite nice!

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« Reply #1232 on: March 01, 2016, 12:37:34 PM »
Amandapanda - what type of salad dressing is it that you are missing? If its Italian, I have a FABULOUS recipe I could share with you!
In the meantime, what we do is mix a little balsamic vinegar, olive oil (plus salt, pepper and garlic if you're feeling fancy) and its quite nice!

I make an awesome ranch, basically just make mayo add a lot of chopped fresh/and or driend herbs and a little coconut milk (if it needs thinning) it often doesnt

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« Reply #1233 on: March 01, 2016, 12:38:20 PM »
I'm here! Hello! I'm still gluten free (as it seems to make me feel a bit sick) but I've reintroduced most non-gluten-containing grains/wholegrains. I had a terrible moment at the weekend where I ate some cheese (I still don't know why) - turns out I'm (unsurprisingly) still lactose intolerant, and I've been feeling AWFUL all week. Once the stomach cramps died down, I got really low in mood, and I'm only just coming out of that now (just about).
Overall, everything's still going well, and I'm probably going to do another whole30 once I get back from holiday mid-April.
Hope everyone's doing okay :-)

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« Reply #1234 on: March 01, 2016, 12:38:52 PM »
I am on day 20, and honestly, I can't wait for it to be over.  I have a real mental block about homemade salad dressings.  I don't know why, but I do.  And normally I eat an average of 4 salads per week, but I haven't had salad at all.  I did lose those pounds I gained back, so that's good, but overall, I don't enjoy this way of eating. I miss beans, condiments, and oatmeal.

I do REALLY appreciate how this broke me of sweets, soda, desserts, etc. and cheese.  I don't even love cheese, so why was I putting it all over my salad and soup? It's fine without it.  I can't wait for my 10 days to be over so I can start using my favorite salad dressing (that is still dairy-free) and oatmeal.  I will continue at least through Easter to be wheat and dairy-free.

Alcohol is a whole different beast.  I miss it only second to salad dressing.  I will keep that out until Easter as well, though.

I thought I would get this raging energy or feel so much better, etc., but I don't.  My major positives are my eczema completely clearing up due to the dairy being gone and the breaking of the sweets addiction.  The physical addiction, mind you. I still think about dessert or diet dr. pepper at every single meal, although now I feel like I could avoid it.
That's interesting.  I haven't bought salad dressing in years and always make my own, I think it's so much better.  I don't think my mom has ever bought salad dressing in her life! What kind of salad dressing do you like?  Maybe we can come up with some good recipes for you :-)



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« Reply #1235 on: March 01, 2016, 06:37:13 PM »
Thought I'd post my yummy Italian dressing recipe since I had it out tonite for our salad and salmon dinner:

1 1/3 cup mild oil (I used some almond oil and light olive oil)
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion or celery salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 clove garlic, minced

*For non-Whole30 lurkers, you can also add 1/4 cup of grated
Romano or Parmesan cheese

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« Reply #1236 on: March 02, 2016, 04:05:36 AM »
I am officially done!  Yesterday was day 30 of the first Whole 30 for me!  Notice that I said "first Whole 30"? :-)

I had a lot of ups and downs during the 30 days and feel that I didn't do it justice during that time because of the extended cold I had.  I can't tell if not having dairy helped with my chronic congestion because of it.  But I lost close to 4 lbs so that's great.  This is the first time in years that the scale moved down instead of up - this is big!  I didn't feel a big surge in energy or any other positive effects but that's OK.

However, the primary issue I wanted to address was my sugar addiction - I have a very strong sweet tooth and normally eat a lot of sweet treats.  And I don't think that 30 days was enough to deal with that.  I feel like I need another 30 or 60 days to really kill my Sugar Dragon, because the sugar cravings are still very very strong and I used fruit as a crutch the whole time.  So I think I will do another round (or at least do another sugar-free 30 or 60 days) and focus on consuming significantly less fruit.

As to the re-intro, this morning I'm having coffee for the first time in 4 weeks.  I couldn't find an acceptable milk substitute, so after a couple of days of trying coconut oil and coconut milk I switched from coffee to black tea with lemon for the duration of the program.  I am planning to make oatmeal this morning.  Lunch and dinner are still Whole-30 compliant for the rest of the week.  After that, I'm not sure.



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« Reply #1237 on: March 02, 2016, 01:49:35 PM »
ZiziPB, I think the same thing about the Sugar Dragon.  I know 30 days won't be long enough. I am practically dreaming about Diet Dr. Pepper! I almost caved this afternoon then realized it would be really dumb to do that now.

Thank you EVERYONE so much for the salad dressing suggestions and offers.  1967Mama, your recipe does sound very easy and good. I don't know why I'm averse to it. Seeing a recipe like that makes me realize I've been silly.  I have three favorite salad dressings: Raspberry vinaigrette, chipotle lime vinaigrette, and roasted red pepper.  If anyone has any of those, I'd be game to trying them.  I do like balsamic, but of course I like the "creamy" balsamics better.

Seriously, thank you all so much for the support! I felt like a real complainypants in my earlier post :)

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« Reply #1238 on: March 03, 2016, 11:20:07 AM »
Seriously, thank you all so much for the support! I felt like a real complainypants in my earlier post :)

I think we have all been complaintypants at one time or another during this adventure :)

It is exciting to hear that your Eczema has cleared up. Mine did too. After the years and years of trying everything under the sun, it was such a surprise!

The thing about raging energy, Hubby didn't really get Tiger blood, he found that slowly his overall baseline shifted upwards. It wasn't earth shattering, angles singing in the clouds - but he did have more energy and just generally felt better. It wasn't until his reintro that he really realized it because it was a gradual upward trend, and the body always seems to adapt to whatever the new "normal" is.

ZiZiPB  - How was the coffee and oatmeal?

I hear ya about the sugar dragon. It can definitely take longer than 30 days; you are basically re-wiring your brain. That is awfully hard to do when there are so many chemical and physiological reasons you crave sweets.

It has been super interesting for me to see how dairy affects me. The congestion - sinus/head cold feeling, sore throat. I use to be like this all the time and just thought it was normal - or I had the world's worst immune system because I was "sick" all the time. There is a great power in knowing it is NOT normal. Looking forward to finishing up this family visit and getting home and back to the next round of whole 30!

Spuggy - Good to Hear from you! It is a bummer about the dairy/wheat/gluten. But nice to know that some of the other grains don't affect you.

Hope you are all having an awesome, healthy week!

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« Reply #1239 on: March 06, 2016, 07:23:11 AM »
Hello!  Can I join?
I'm SFL and bread is my favorite food.

I actually did a whole 30 a couple years ago and did really well in the 6-9 months after.  Then slowly slipped into old habits like hot chocolate to start the day. Decided I need to get my diet in check so that I can be a lean mean hiking machine. I'm actually on day 2 of my whole 30 and here are a few things I did to prepare:
  • Taper off sugar, bread, cheese etc over the past week.  I'm hoping a more gradual change makes the actual whole 30 strict phase a little easier
    Shopped at Whole Paycheck and stocked the house with lots of compliant food. Impressed with the whole 30 approved items they carry in store such as coconut aminos, red boat fish sauce, Tessemes dressings.

Here is where I think I'll struggle:
  • I work 50+ hours a week.  Seems like there is a conference call around dinner prep time at least a couple times a week
    Single mom to two young kids.  My plan is to have them eat the same meals I eat while at home but finish out the snacks that are in the house and not re-buy them. Their favorite food is mac and cheese so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

I'm off to put kalua pork in the crockpot and then go outside on this sunny day.

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« Reply #1240 on: March 07, 2016, 11:49:12 AM »
Welcome Simplefunlife!  Today is my day 1 (round 4) and I believe Swick is also starting again today, so you'll be in good company.  It sounds like you've done some great work for prepping. Kalua pork....YUMMY!  That's a staple in my house. Since you've already done Whole30, I bet you'll be surprised at how much easier it is the second, third, fourth...time around. I'm jealous that you've been able to find Tessemae's!  That's one thing I can't find locally, and I just haven't ordered on line yet. Maybe this round I'll finally do that. What sauces did you get?

I'm also a single mom so I understand your pain with the kids and their eating. My kids eat non-stop so it's essential for me to batch cook on the weekends so I have supper 'mostly' ready when we get home. Then I also supplement with veggies during the week as needed. On the days I know they won't like my food, I'll let them have something off plan like mac & cheese.

ZiziPB and AmandaPanda - even after four rounds, I'm still struggling with my Sugar Dragon. My four rounds weren't consecutive, which I know will help. That's why I want to go longer with this round.

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« Reply #1241 on: March 07, 2016, 12:02:49 PM »
Hiya everyone!

Welcome, simplefunlife!

Yes, I am all in for the next round! I just got home from a super stressful family visit where I had very little control of my food. Drew the line at anything wheat/gluten but had more dairy/sugar than I would have liked.  The good thing is it reminded me how crappy I use to feel and reinforced my desire to keep on eating clean.

I had the worst headache I have ever experienced on Saturday, full blown migraine. I actually hadn't had one before. Not entirely sure what caused it, but man. I have a new found sense of empathy for those who deal with them on a regular basis. I couldn't deal with it.

So back home and ready to eat. Haven't really done any planning since I have been away, but given we eat 95-ish percent complaint even when we are not on the whole 30, I think we'll be ok. I do expect to have some "Sugar Dragon" issues this time around.

 I did have the foresight to pick up several packages of prosciutto from Costco for some egg breakfast cups.

mom22boys - what are your meal plans like for the week? I think I am going to continue my soup for breakfast kick that I am on :)

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« Reply #1242 on: March 07, 2016, 02:31:49 PM »
Welcome Simplefunlife!  Today is my day 1 (round 4) and I believe Swick is also starting again today, so you'll be in good company.  It sounds like you've done some great work for prepping. Kalua pork....YUMMY!  That's a staple in my house. Since you've already done Whole30, I bet you'll be surprised at how much easier it is the second, third, fourth...time around. I'm jealous that you've been able to find Tessemae's!  That's one thing I can't find locally, and I just haven't ordered on line yet. Maybe this round I'll finally do that. What sauces did you get?

Thanks for the welcome.  I got the lemonette but haven't tried it yet.  Whole foods price was similiar to the website at $5 something a bottle.  Certainly not cheap but I appreciate the ease and selection from WF for this special trip.
I didn't end up making the Kalua pork yesterday because I realized I didn't have enough cook time before dinner.  I've got it in the crockpot now for tonight's dinner.  Yesterday I cooked two meals: Lunch was chicken curry with red pepper and pineapple over cauliflower rice and dinner was 5 spice beef with roasted carrots and asparagus.  Curry was great and will put it in the weekly rotation.  I read through the whole thread last week during my preparation week of slowly weaning down from sugar/grains/cheese/everything delicious.  I'm really impressed with the progress of this group and I love to hear the family, coworker and friends comments. I'll report back on how the Kalua pork comes out and more importantly what the kids think.

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« Reply #1243 on: March 08, 2016, 11:34:32 AM »
mom22boys - what are your meal plans like for the week? I think I am going to continue my soup for breakfast kick that I am on :)

Hey there Swick!  For week 1, I'm sticking with some of my new standby recipes.  Breakfast is turkey sausage with scrambled eggs. Then I'll have either a fruit or veggie with it.  I need to get better with my veggies.  Lunch is the spicy tuna cakes from NomNomPaleo (love those things) with homemade mayo and cherry tomatoes. Supper will be steak/potatoes (last night), taco salad, and beef broccoli stir fry (new recipe that I haven't tried).  I hope you're recovered from the migraine. Not sure I've ever had one, but have had really bad headaches/neck aches before, which made me sick to my stomach. Maybe they were migraines???  Either way, they all suck! 

Simplefullife - I live a ways from Whole foods, and last time I was there, they didn't carry it (even though the Tessemae site said they did). I might just have to give in and order some on line.  Curry is a new food discovery for me a couple years ago, and I love it too.

Keep up the good fight everyone! 

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« Reply #1244 on: March 08, 2016, 12:18:15 PM »
Hi everyone!

Just checking in a the end of my 4th Whole30 in 8 months (started this grand journey October 2015). I'm so excited to say that I've lost 45 pounds!!! I still have about that much to go to get back to the top end of my range for a healthy weight. I'm only 3 pounds from slipping into the "overweight" category on my BMI instead of "obese!" I can't even believe it. I am your typical suburban mom, with a passel of kids, getting chubbier and chubbier as the years go by -- and now, here I am into size 10 jeans (down from 18's -- and refusing to buy size 20)

If I can do this, anyone can do this! I am the person who has tried EVERYTHING -- and nothing works!
Recently, 1967daughter (who is down 38 pounds and about 10 from goal) was talking to a coworker who said she can't believe the willpower required to stick with this. Interestingly, I commented to my daughter that I think it only required  about two to four weeks of super strong willpower for me.  After that, your cravings start to dissipate and it becomes a little easier.  I'm not saying it's easy -- just easier. And then the weight loss kicks in, and the clothes start to get to big on you, and you start sleeping better, and you have no more brain fog, and you have tons of energy and, and, and.... There's no way you could make me go back to my old way of living!

I love reading everyone's updates here and welcome aboard, Simplefunlife!

Amandapanda - did you try and make dressing yet? (Wink)

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« Reply #1245 on: March 08, 2016, 12:58:49 PM »
Great ideas, Mom22boys! I have started looking up new recipes, but that is as far as I have gotten. Dinner last night was, rosemary and garlic crashed spuds, sausage and salad. Going to keep it simple tonight and make some coleslaw and whatever leftovers we have in the fridge.

I have to get around to trying nom-nom's tuna cakes! For some reason, I always forget about them until someone mentions them. 

It is also my goal this time to get into eating even more veggies. Like at every meal. Sometimes I'm not so good at that. Especially with what has been available in the stores, I just have to suck it up and make myself do it, even if they are far from garden fresh!

1967momma - I love your updates :) So glad to hear how you and 1967daughter are doing! Was very interesting hearing extended family's  reactions to my new way of life. Several of them have had 50+ pounds weight loss over the past year or so, but in the most unhealthy ways possible. Talking to them about whole 30 was a totally lost cause. They could "never" give up some of the foods they have been eating and don't see the need to do anything different because they are "skinny" now.  I tried to point out skinny doesn't always mean "Healthy" Sorry, breakfast consisting of a cup of buttermilk with a cup and a half of splenda in it is NOT good for you! (and yes, she measures the splenda out, no exaggeration)

On the bright side, one of my other aunts is going to join us for a round, she has a birthday dinner this week so will be starting next week :)

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« Reply #1246 on: March 09, 2016, 09:56:12 AM »
Hi everyone!

Just checking in a the end of my 4th Whole30 in 8 months (started this grand journey October 2015). I'm so excited to say that I've lost 45 pounds!!! I still have about that much to go to get back to the top end of my range for a healthy weight. I'm only 3 pounds from slipping into the "overweight" category on my BMI instead of "obese!" I can't even believe it. I am your typical suburban mom, with a passel of kids, getting chubbier and chubbier as the years go by -- and now, here I am into size 10 jeans (down from 18's -- and refusing to buy size 20)

This is so impressive to me and really sweet that you are doing it with your daughter.  Celebrate every category change and new jeans size!

I have to get around to trying nom-nom's tuna cakes! For some reason, I always forget about them until someone mentions them. 

Now I want to try the tuna cakes as well.  Will need to add it to next weeks meal plan.

I'm on day 5 today and doing well. The kitchen on the other hand looks like a disaster zone half the time.  I'm having trouble keeping up with the dishes with SO MUCH COOKING.  Let me know if anyone has ideas for one pot or no cooking meal ideas.  I really want to start eating these lovely meals on paper plates just to avoid more dishes.  I know I'm not cooking big enough batches and having leftovers.  Will have to adjust size of meals I cook.  Kalua pork was a success but full disclosure I let the kids add bbq sauce to it.  However it stayed in line with my rule of cooking one dinner for everyone to eat so I'm happy.  Kids also tried kale and red pepper this week.  I'll save you the details but the kale experience wasn't pretty. Here are a few of my other dishes over the last couple days: Pesto chicken, eggs and sweet potato hash, Halibut with lemon ghee sauce.  Asparagus, brocolli and cauli rice are my usual sides.  Looking forward to hearing updates from others!

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« Reply #1247 on: March 09, 2016, 05:04:52 PM »
What's for dinner?

At our house it's salmon, roasted Brussel sprouts and yellow potatoes:-)

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« Reply #1248 on: March 10, 2016, 09:20:53 AM »
I hear you about the dishes and cooking, Simplefunlife!

I have been adapting crockpot recipes to whole 30 ingredients. Soups/stews/tajines are all good options. I make a full pot that lasts us a couple of days and portion out the extra for quick freezer meals.

Also, I will roast a bunch of veggies all at once and eat throughout the week. We have found that if we can spend an hour or two on Sunday, it makes the upcoming week much easier on us. Actually between meal planning, shopping and prep, it is longer, that is just something you have to get used to.

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« Reply #1249 on: March 11, 2016, 03:29:27 AM »
Swick- That's a good idea. I'll add some more crockpot recipes and set aside an hour or two to prep veggies before the craziness of the work week starts.

1967mama- Looks delicious but does make me curious how much your grocery bill is with all that salmon. I remember reading you are feeding a crew.

Day 7 here. I've made a grilled salmon recipe with mango avacado salsa for dinner. It came out great so I'll put that back on the meal plan later in the month. In addition to eating well I've been working on being more consistent with my activity level. Hitting 10,000 steps a day by adding a brisk walk or run with my dog. Every little bit helps.