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« Reply #950 on: January 22, 2016, 06:47:55 AM »
Oh gosh, what else? Idek! I'm def thinking some massive soup making is in the cards; I need to start a better collection of "shit I'm late for work and don't have a lunch plan" stock. :) Freezing soup in flat baggies is a peeeerfect emergency plan.

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And I'm tired. That is mostly on me though (stayed up too late, got up early because I wasn't productive in my staying-up-late... side note I'm doing this writing competition that's been a real challenge; a short story is due basically every week...)
Toady's food plan is a smoothie for breakfast (I'm on a roll with these suckers, and I've found adding flax really makes them filling), roasted veggies and a hard boiled egg for lunch, and cashews for emergency fuel snacks. :) Dinner is unknown, but I'm thinking an omelette with a side of sweet potatoes.
Has anyone tried to make hashbrowns with 'em? Is that crazy talk?
When i had access to a food processer i had a go-to hasbrown substitute that kicked ass....

Get this: shredded turnips...they seriously did the trick!

I roast sweet potatoes frequently after i cut them into 1" cubes or so...i suppose if you cut them a lot smaller you could roast them to be a bit more crispy....or maybe even roast them first, then finish in a frying pan to crisp them up.

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« Reply #951 on: January 22, 2016, 07:57:39 AM »
Oh gosh, what else? Idek! I'm def thinking some massive soup making is in the cards; I need to start a better collection of "shit I'm late for work and don't have a lunch plan" stock. :) Freezing soup in flat baggies is a peeeerfect emergency plan.

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Oh yeah bitches. I'm here.
And I'm tired. That is mostly on me though (stayed up too late, got up early because I wasn't productive in my staying-up-late... side note I'm doing this writing competition that's been a real challenge; a short story is due basically every week...)
Toady's food plan is a smoothie for breakfast (I'm on a roll with these suckers, and I've found adding flax really makes them filling), roasted veggies and a hard boiled egg for lunch, and cashews for emergency fuel snacks. :) Dinner is unknown, but I'm thinking an omelette with a side of sweet potatoes.
Has anyone tried to make hashbrowns with 'em? Is that crazy talk?

I make big batches of Nomnom's Kalua pork: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/10031990774/slow-cooker-kalua-pig

Keeps in the fridge for a while, anything I know I am not going to use in the next few days I split into meal size portions for hubby and myself and flat freeze. It has saved my bacon many times.
It can:
 -be pan fried to crisp up and top salads (make some homemade mayo with lime instead of lemon throw in a bunch of chopped cilantro, a bit of cumin and whatever pepper seasoning you want and you have a wicked salad dressing)
 - Pan friend and top some sauteed cabbage (we sautee the cabbage up with some coconut amions and add hot sauce and sesame seeds, sometimes a little leftover broth from the pork) and serve with Kimchi. It's very reminiscent of an Edo Japan Sukiyaki Beef.
 - Added to omelets, scrambled eggs
 - chopped up and added to soups
 - Crisped up in a pan and eaten with our fingers...ew try not to do this too much
 - Crisped and topped baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with salsa

There is a TON you can do with it!

RE: Sleep - You may find your quality of sleep is improved, I was a life-long insomniac that totally sorted itself out. The main thing I have found over the last few months is the two biggest factors in feeling awesome is food and sleep. Once you get your food dialed in, the sleep may follow, but when you screw with the new normal sleep patterns, you tend to really notice it! When doing the whole 30, it is especially important to get enough sleep your body is going through all sorts of cleaning and repairing and a lot of that happens when you sleep.

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« Reply #952 on: January 22, 2016, 08:12:41 AM »
Oh gosh, what else? Idek! I'm def thinking some massive soup making is in the cards; I need to start a better collection of "shit I'm late for work and don't have a lunch plan" stock. :) Freezing soup in flat baggies is a peeeerfect emergency plan.

Day Four
Oh yeah bitches. I'm here.
And I'm tired. That is mostly on me though (stayed up too late, got up early because I wasn't productive in my staying-up-late... side note I'm doing this writing competition that's been a real challenge; a short story is due basically every week...)
Toady's food plan is a smoothie for breakfast (I'm on a roll with these suckers, and I've found adding flax really makes them filling), roasted veggies and a hard boiled egg for lunch, and cashews for emergency fuel snacks. :) Dinner is unknown, but I'm thinking an omelette with a side of sweet potatoes.
Has anyone tried to make hashbrowns with 'em? Is that crazy talk?

I make big batches of Nomnom's Kalua pork: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/10031990774/slow-cooker-kalua-pig

Keeps in the fridge for a while, anything I know I am not going to use in the next few days I split into meal size portions for hubby and myself and flat freeze. It has saved my bacon many times.
It can:
 -be pan fried to crisp up and top salads (make some homemade mayo with lime instead of lemon throw in a bunch of chopped cilantro, a bit of cumin and whatever pepper seasoning you want and you have a wicked salad dressing)
 - Pan friend and top some sauteed cabbage (we sautee the cabbage up with some coconut amions and add hot sauce and sesame seeds, sometimes a little leftover broth from the pork) and serve with Kimchi. It's very reminiscent of an Edo Japan Sukiyaki Beef.
 - Added to omelets, scrambled eggs
 - chopped up and added to soups
 - Crisped up in a pan and eaten with our fingers...ew try not to do this too much
 - Crisped and topped baked potatoes or sweet potatoes with salsa

There is a TON you can do with it!

RE: Sleep - You may find your quality of sleep is improved, I was a life-long insomniac that totally sorted itself out. The main thing I have found over the last few months is the two biggest factors in feeling awesome is food and sleep. Once you get your food dialed in, the sleep may follow, but when you screw with the new normal sleep patterns, you tend to really notice it! When doing the whole 30, it is especially important to get enough sleep your body is going through all sorts of cleaning and repairing and a lot of that happens when you sleep.

I literally just put a roast in the slow cooker using that recipe. I hope that it turns out well. 7lbs barely fit in the slow cooker. :) I start tomorrow!! Should be awesome.
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« Reply #953 on: January 22, 2016, 09:12:28 AM »
I literally just put a roast in the slow cooker using that recipe. I hope that it turns out well. 7lbs barely fit in the slow cooker. :) I start tomorrow!! Should be awesome.

Lol yeah, I have a large slowcooker and pack it full. I have found it does better with one big roast then two small ones. If you have access to an Asian grocery store, you can get frozen Banana Leaves. I usually cover up and tuck in the pork with a leaf before I put the lid on, it adds some more of that Island flavor. Also, I don't bother with the bacon on the bottom, I just make a run with the Alean salt and smoked Paprika.

Looking forward to hear how yours tuns out and what you do with it!

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« Reply #954 on: January 22, 2016, 10:13:46 AM »
I literally just put a roast in the slow cooker using that recipe. I hope that it turns out well. 7lbs barely fit in the slow cooker. :) I start tomorrow!! Should be awesome.

Lol yeah, I have a large slowcooker and pack it full. I have found it does better with one big roast then two small ones. If you have access to an Asian grocery store, you can get frozen Banana Leaves. I usually cover up and tuck in the pork with a leaf before I put the lid on, it adds some more of that Island flavor. Also, I don't bother with the bacon on the bottom, I just make a run with the Alean salt and smoked Paprika.

Looking forward to hear how yours tuns out and what you do with it!

It started off exactly as I expected. I turned on the Slow Cooker and realized an hour later that I hadn't plugged it in. I had one big bone-in roast, but had to cut it in half so it fit. Too much food is one of my favorite issues to have.

I do a lot of shopping at my local asian market, so the banana leaves may be a good idea. I never could quite figure out what to use them for, but I've thought about it. That being said, when I initially started the Whole30, we used asian eggplants to make baba ganoush, which has got to be one of my favorite Whole30 compliant foods. If you like garlic, and haven't tried this, you totally should. It's probably going to be one of my staples during the next 30 days.
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« Reply #955 on: January 22, 2016, 11:16:20 AM »
Tell it to me straight, kids. How much work is it to make your own mayo? Cause me and that bottle of Kewpie are having a staring context...

The key to mayo is an immersion blender. None of this drizzling business.  If you read from the beginning of this thread, I was scared to try making mayo too.  Now it's easy peasy.  Make sure your egg is room temp, put all your ingredients into a container that's just large enough for the immersion blender (like your Ball jars). Put in all your ingredients and put the blender to the VERY bottom.  Turn is on and let it sit at the bottom until you starting seeing white (THE MAYO) then slowly pull the blend up.

Works. every. time.  There are videos on the web too if you're more visual.


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« Reply #956 on: January 22, 2016, 11:59:22 AM »
Tell it to me straight, kids. How much work is it to make your own mayo? Cause me and that bottle of Kewpie are having a staring context...

The key to mayo is an immersion blender. None of this drizzling business.  If you read from the beginning of this thread, I was scared to try making mayo too.  Now it's easy peasy.  Make sure your egg is room temp, put all your ingredients into a container that's just large enough for the immersion blender (like your Ball jars). Put in all your ingredients and put the blender to the VERY bottom.  Turn is on and let it sit at the bottom until you starting seeing white (THE MAYO) then slowly pull the blend up.

Works. every. time.  There are videos on the web too if you're more visual.
*Cackles* I have precious little in the way of kitchen gadgets, but I have an immersion blender. Yessssss.
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« Reply #957 on: January 22, 2016, 12:06:17 PM »
I have a food processor so have always done it that way. I do have an immersion stick blender thingy that I received as a gift. Maybe I should try it???? Living on the edge here!!!

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« Reply #958 on: January 22, 2016, 12:12:36 PM »
I have a food processor so have always done it that way. I do have an immersion stick blender thingy that I received as a gift. Maybe I should try it???? Living on the edge here!!!

Ohh if ya'll are just getting into immersion blended mayo...I probably shouldn't mention the life-changing nirvana that is Blender Hollandaise...

Thanks for the reminder Jordanread, I have forgotten about  baba ganoush, I keep meaning to make it (it is one of my favorites) every time I plan on making it I end up roasting the eggplant and using it for something else. This is on my list for the weekend!


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« Reply #959 on: January 22, 2016, 12:18:47 PM »
Baba ganoush --- could someone share a whole30 compliant recipe you love for this?

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« Reply #960 on: January 22, 2016, 12:45:42 PM »
Baba ganoush --- could someone share a whole30 compliant recipe you love for this?

I think as it is it should be Whole 30 Complaint? There are some good looking recipes here:http://whole30.com/2014/10/best-whole30-recipes-sauces-dressings-dips-oh/

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http://meljoulwan.com/2009/07/17/eat-your-vegetables-eggplant/

Honestly, I have never used a recipe and kinda just go by taste. I use to make it all the time (I learned how in Turkey) but it has fallen off my rader since it is kinda hard to find decent eggplant around here.

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« Reply #961 on: January 22, 2016, 01:51:16 PM »
I'd love to use coconut oil but I'm a bit afraid of it. When I did whole30 the last time I tried cooking with it and kept getting a weird tingling sensation in my mouth and lips. I don't seem to be allergic to flaked coconut and the flour gave a similar reaction to the oil but less intense. So, not wanting to tempt anaphylaxis, I haven't eaten it since. I'm not sure about trying it again or perhaps a different brand. :-(

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« Reply #962 on: January 22, 2016, 02:00:35 PM »
Baba ganoush --- could someone share a whole30 compliant recipe you love for this?

When the better half and I first did it, we just roasted a whole head of garlic, and roasted a few egg plants, and then ground them up in the food processor. I put a bit of pepper in it sometimes, but not always. It's so damn good.
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« Reply #963 on: January 22, 2016, 02:11:02 PM »
Baba ganoush --- could someone share a whole30 compliant recipe you love for this?

When the better half and I first did it, we just roasted a whole head of garlic, and roasted a few egg plants, and then ground them up in the food processor. I put a bit of pepper in it sometimes, but not always. It's so damn good.

Pardon my ignorance but after this, do you eat it by dipping fresh veggies in it? Pre-whole30 me thinks it would be good on pita bread or taco chips:-/

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« Reply #964 on: January 22, 2016, 03:35:36 PM »
Baba ganoush --- could someone share a whole30 compliant recipe you love for this?

When the better half and I first did it, we just roasted a whole head of garlic, and roasted a few egg plants, and then ground them up in the food processor. I put a bit of pepper in it sometimes, but not always. It's so damn good.

Pardon my ignorance but after this, do you eat it by dipping fresh veggies in it? Pre-whole30 me thinks it would be good on pita bread or taco chips:-/

I've done a huge mix of things. Since I had plenty after I failed, it was delicious on Triscuits (don't even ask why they were in the house). However, that stuff was good enough to eat by the spoonful, on bell peppers, zucchini, cabbage, and as a topping on everything I tried eating (even eggs). The caveat of this is that I make mine very heavy on the garlic, and I do love garlic. However, it's an awesome addition to any crispy vegetables. I'd say use a few cloves of garlic and a single eggplant, and adjust as needed.
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« Reply #965 on: January 23, 2016, 07:24:44 AM »
Good afternoon whole30-ers! That baba ganoush sounds amazing - I found a recipe the other day for a hummus that uses courgette instead of chickpeas, so that's my weekend cooking. It seems like there's slightly more choice in the US than there is over here - coconut aminos aren't something I could even find at my local health food shop! But we do have things like cashew and almond butters, which are fab :-)
I've been eating so much more fruit and veg than I used to, and now feel like I can put together a meal with the most random ingredients (bit of tuna, some spinach, some red pepper, apple and almond butter - check, that'll do!). I've noticed that I've been eating quite a few Nakd bars this week though, which has to stop (the mindless snacking was one reason I wanted to do this in the first place!). Everyone's kalua pig sounds yummy as well - might have to put some in the slow cooker tomorrow. Thanks for all the ideas to keep this interesting!

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« Reply #966 on: January 23, 2016, 07:32:12 AM »
Good morning indeed! All this talk of dips sounds delissssh.

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My mayo creating plans might get put on hold until tomorrow (we'll see) due to lifeeeee but that's okay. I'm going to the Farmers Market today (tg they hold a winter one, although it's in the Senior Center and inside and far less scenic lol) and intend to buy some FISH. Unless I cheap out. ;)
Sooooo fun fact. I haven't actually cooked meat in... like... 3, 4 years?
And it freaks me out.
But I'm trying to mayyybe get over that (I don't want my Whole30 to be meat based, but I also don't want to make decisions based on weird food issues that are mine and not logical) so if there's some nice meat there that isn't scary supermarket meat I might buy some too. :x
We'll see...
Sardines and eggs and kippers are also just fine to sustain me, lol.
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« Reply #967 on: January 23, 2016, 11:45:59 AM »
Well, it begins, and I'm feeling confident. The pork turned out amazing, and I used it on a cabbage salad I had leftovers. This morning I'm making hash with veggies and some eggs from my chickens. Yum. I also forgot that I put tahini in my baba ganoush as well. Going to eat and do a 15 mike hike. Day 1 of to a good start.
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« Reply #968 on: January 23, 2016, 11:53:28 AM »



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« Reply #969 on: January 23, 2016, 01:34:33 PM »
Figured I would stop by and update on my Whole 30 run. We didn't do so hot on it. We were on it long enough that we could tell we had no food issues affecting my Rosacea (well, at least not any that the diet was eliminating) and were so bored with the food choices that we mutually agreed to end it. The attempt triggered a bit of binge eating (3 days) and then we went back to lower carb, high veggie eating that we had started previously.

Since we are doing better with the conscious choosing of when and how much, we will be sticking with that. I don't regret the attempt though because it lead us to the style of eating we do now. Cutting the preservatives and sugar was extremely helpful. We still drink all coffee black, no longer use ketchup. We haven't bothered to bring milk back into the house though we will do small amounts of cheese. I still consider bread and rice sugar with no nutrients so they are very limited. Oh and I make my own broth now and its fabulous.

Unfortunately, because we didn't cut the exercise during the Whole 30, I gave myself horrible Charley horses. The good news is the addition of spinach to lunch and dinner for a week has taken care of this problem (magnesium and calcium deficiencies apparently). This also will remain in the diet as I am not a fan of muscle spasms and clearly my body needs the nutrients.

We will keep weaning out sugar sources and finding permanent replacements for them. Next week I plan on trying Collard green leaves as wraps instead of tortillas. If you wilt them briefly, its supposed to cut the bitter flavor. Didn't do it this week because our fridge is packed with food that we need to eat up.

Hope everyone else does better than we did. I am pretty sure we were also too low on fat sources as I couldn't trust that coconut and I are not friends (I think my skin doesn't like ingesting it in too large a quantities, think cystic acne). We did lose a ton of weight on it (way more than you probably should especially since we were fairly low carb going into it).

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« Reply #970 on: January 24, 2016, 07:56:17 AM »
Jordanread: that looks DELISH! I've found pics here get uploaded at huuuge sizes, and there isn't a native way to edit them, so I dump the images I want to share onto imgur, which lets you c/p a url in multiple pre-set sizes. Handy!

Caoineag: Hi! I'm still sticking with the Whole30 plan as it's written for my 30 days in the food slammer, but when I'm done, I don't expect to follow strict paleo rules or anything. :) My beans and legumes will (hopefully) be problem free for me, and returning to my diet for the most part. I think learning from our experience and moving forward in a healthy way is like, basically, the best any of us can hope for. XD

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Today is mostly a home body day. Which is good since I need to try to make MAYO and also to make soup for the week. I am potentially having dinner at a buddy's, so I'll have to give her fair warning about the State of Claire-Food.

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« Reply #971 on: January 24, 2016, 10:53:06 AM »
Day two is going well. I slept like a baby rock last night, and had all kinds of crazy dreams. I doubt it's strictly this, since I made a few more huge changes in my life, but I'm sure it didn't hurt. This morning, I made another scrambled hash, this time with poblano peppers and jalapeņos, in addition to the onion and potato. I also used some of the kalua pig to add a bit of smokiness. Yum.
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« Reply #972 on: January 24, 2016, 12:16:24 PM »

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Who successfully survived a (board game) party while not imbibing: wine, beer, mulled cider, mead, brownies, cookies, tacos, pita chips, or cake? ME. And it wasn't as hard as I thought.

Way to Go Orvell! Talk about a whole bunch of temptation! It does get easier each time you flex your "saying no" muscle. And it is kind of fun looking back on situations that had the possibility to break you and go "Nope, I am better then the temptation"

joradanread - your hashes look awesome!

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« Reply #973 on: January 24, 2016, 02:37:17 PM »
Getting ready to start on dinner. I've got a few hours, but the recipe we're trying may wind up being tricky. Serving with another batch of baba ganoush.
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« Reply #974 on: January 24, 2016, 02:39:52 PM »
Birthday lunch made by my whole30'ing daughter for me. The cookie cake is for the boys:

ETA: Sorry for the double photo -- don't know how to fix it!
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« Reply #975 on: January 24, 2016, 03:50:22 PM »
Happy Birthday 1967mama!!

Jordanread, lease let me know how the vindaloo goes! I like the idea of smoking it with the spices, seems like a lot of extra steps, though, so curious if it is good enough to make it worth it. I have lots of lamb that would probably be pretty good done up this way. Please report back!

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« Reply #976 on: January 24, 2016, 04:28:16 PM »
Happy Birthday 1967mama!!

Ditto!!

Jordanread, lease let me know how the vindaloo goes! I like the idea of smoking it with the spices, seems like a lot of extra steps, though, so curious if it is good enough to make it worth it. I have lots of lamb that would probably be pretty good done up this way. Please report back!

I haven't gotten the charcoal/cloves/cinnamon sticks on to smoke it, but the home made curry paste (by toasting the whole seeds and then using a mortar) is loads better than the premade ones. And while my mortar is a bit small, it still worked (although just barely). House is delicious smelling right now. I'll post a couple of pics of the finished product.
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« Reply #977 on: January 24, 2016, 07:00:10 PM »
Happy birthday, 1967 Mama! :D Sounds like you're celebrating it well. :)

GUYS LOOK WHAT I DID!
HOLY SHIT IT WORKED.
Some combination of whisking by hand, not starting with oil in the bowl, and using the right kind of salt... and ... I MADE MAYO!
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Full disclosure I wasted a crap ton of oil, because this took me 3 tries, and I was a stubborn ass who refused to give up. SailorSam over on my journal actually told me to try hand whisking, and it... worked?? Not sure why the other times without it failed, could be a host of factors, but I don't care because I made god-damned mayonnaise!
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« Reply #978 on: January 24, 2016, 07:48:57 PM »
Way to go on the mayo!  Kind of magical watching it materialize, isn't it?  Impressed that you made it by whisking!

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« Reply #979 on: January 24, 2016, 11:41:55 PM »
Orvell - I was thinking about you today and "The Great Mayo Making Event!" Glad it finally worked for you. How did your procedure differ on the first two attempts, just out of curiousity? I'm hesitant to try the immersion blender method when my food processor is working, but I like how much quicker it sounds ... oh, the drizzling. So. Much. Drizzling. *cue Jeopardy music*

I was making clarified butter this afternoon and was marvelling at how rote and routine some of these things have become for me. I love it!

I had the super fun experience of buying 2 tops at The Gap this weekend (on clearance for $10 each, btw). People, I haven't shopped at a non-plus sized store in probably 15 years, so I was really hesitant to even go in. But I've been wearing my incredible-shrinking-Whole30-daughter's jeans these days (the ones that are now too big for her). Tonight I fit her size 32 jeans. I don't even know my jeans size anymore, except it used to be either a 2x or an 18! yayayayayayayaya! I'm so excited!

This was quite possibly one of my happiest birthdays ever -- my kids and my husband are all cheering me on. Its really neat. I feel like by the time I turn forty-ten in 364 days, I will be at my ideal weight. What a great time in my life to take charge of my health! I haven't felt this great in over 18 years, which was the last time I was my ideal weight. Still a long way to go, but I"m not discouraged or worried about that at all. Just enjoying my days with my kids, being active and busy as a wife and mom, feeling so good, eating my monkey bowls:0)

Thank you for the kind birthday wishes. This is such a terrific thread and I'm very thankful for all of you and the tremendous amount of support I've received here since I made that life changing decision back in October.

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« Reply #980 on: January 25, 2016, 06:07:55 AM »
Alright guys. What the heck. I had very (TMI warning) unhappy poops today. And that was one of the main reasons I started doing this jazz. I want that to end, full-stop.
Any clues on why?
Here's what I ate yesterday:
B: leftover veggie scramble with two eggs
L: Green Soup puree (broccoli, kale, carrots, zucchini and onion all cooked up with a little coconut milk)
S: tea and cashews
D: sweet potatoes and tomatoes and garlic, plus mayo and tuna and green peppers

Could it have been the mayo? I made the final successful version at a friend's house and used her ingredients, including one of those refrigerator "lemon juice" options. That was the only thing possssssibly not on-point all day.
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Idk. I'm a tad frustrated.

Anyhow. Day 7.
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« Reply #981 on: January 25, 2016, 07:03:54 AM »
Orvell,

That is pretty common, It seems like digestions goes for a crap (sorry) before it gets better. Also, keep in mind the digestive system takes (roughly) 24 hours from mouth to exit, so when looking at "what you ate" that will help.

You might also not be getting enough fiber. Taking some Psyllium is a good, natural way to get some - just make sure you drink lots of water with it!

Finally, with a higher fat/low carb diet, poops in general should be a little looser. Your body is trying to figure out what it's new normal is. It can take a few days.

1967mamma - SO awesome that you have such a strong support network, and very exciting to hear all your progress! Hope you had an amazing Birthday!

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« Reply #982 on: January 25, 2016, 07:17:40 AM »
Huh! You know the fiber is possible. On weekdays I eat smoothies for breakfast that I pack and eat at work, so an orange and greens and stuff. But on the weekend (in my MMM style cold apartment lol) I'm much less inclined to drink icy things in the winter.

:) Thanks for the moral boost.

ETA: Annnnd I looked at that Whole30 timeline... I shouldn't be surprised. This step was listed. ;P
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« Reply #983 on: January 25, 2016, 09:19:28 AM »
Lessons Learned - Vindaloo with Pork Belly

First, I want to say that this was delicious!! A bit spicy for the other half, but overall pretty damn good. I've wanted to experiment with pork belly for a long time, but this was the first time I actually did. It turns out...it's freaking delicious. That being said, there were a few things that went 'wrong' that I will further experiment with. Let's do it:

  • Making curry paste from scratch is way better than the store bought stuff, and relatively easy. It's all about getting whole seeds and good quality oil (I think). And toast the seeds.
  • To make a lot of curry paste, I either need to experiment with the mulling blade on my nutribullet, or get a bigger mortar/pestle combo. Mine is only about 3" in diameter, and I lost more than I like to while squishing things.
  • In a mortar, especially a small one, the idea of smashing the big bits (rather than rolling them around) works wonders.
  • In a mortar, smashing the big bits is way more fun to refer to as squishing.
  • Use the charcoal you have to grill something first. It may seem obvious, but I used a more fancy charcoal, and since I moved in with my GF 5+ years ago, I've been using a gas grill. I didn't know how the charcoal was supposed to act in comparison to how it did act. Check that first.
  • Eat lunch!! Both me and the GF were hungry, and rushed things (specifically the charcoal). Another 5-10 minutes would have helped immensely. The charcoal ended up going out, but I still tasted a very slight bit of smoke in the meat. I will experiment with this further, because the flavor it added (even all dumb and tiny) was an awesome addition (especially since Liquid Smoke contains non-approved ingredients). The cinammon was great for smoke, too. It was a deeper flavor, although not as cinammon-ly intense.
  • If you do what I do, and intend for this meal to make more than one meal, adjust the recipe accordingly. The GF and I ate almost all of it, even though we usually cook for at least half the week on weekends.
  • Do not light the charcoal over a grill burner. If you choose to do that, you will bring rain and wind to your house specifically. It's Murphy or something. PITA
  • Since I don't have (and never intend to get) a vindaloo pan (who knew that was a thing?), I used one dish for on top of stove, and another for the oven. I don't think any flavor was lost, since while the food was in the oven, we used the stove top pan to boil the water (hopefully adding more flavor from the little bit that was still on the pan), but who knows?
  • Of course I didn't add sugar!! I'm on a Whole30 dammit!
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« Reply #984 on: January 25, 2016, 11:03:25 AM »
Dang!  I feel like I'm watching Chopped when I read about all these cool cooking adventures.  Whenever I see Vindaloo, I read it as voodoo.....you must be doing some magic with that meat.

Happy birthday 1967mama....Sorry this is late. Your family is so great, supporting you through these last months and especially your birthday. I'm hoping you have a great year ahead!

This weekend was full of temptations. My son's birthday is this week so he requested oreo truffles as his treat to bring to school. (I'm not giving the recipe. :-)) I am happy to say that I successfully made them without cheating.  Not even a single lick of my fingers.

Yesterday I made a huge pot of Moroccan meatballs from Well Fed, along with some cali rice. It was a yummy supper.

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« Reply #985 on: January 25, 2016, 12:29:23 PM »
Dang!  I feel like I'm watching Chopped when I read about all these cool cooking adventures.  Whenever I see Vindaloo, I read it as voodoo.....you must be doing some magic with that meat.
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No magic. However, that's the only way I can (so far) stick with this. Sorry if it's too much. Fortunately I only cook on weekends.
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« Reply #986 on: January 25, 2016, 01:58:02 PM »
Jordanread - Thanks for the update! Sounds as involved (and awesome) as I imagined it would be :)  I'm curious if the charcoal is necessary, or I could plan on making it next time I'm at my parents and  just grab an ember from the woodstove...that would make it super simple!

Feel free to share all your kitchen experiments! I would say Whole 30 is especially tough after a while for those people who are self-proclaimed "foodies" :) I'm enjoying your perspective, giving me a motivating kick in the pants too!

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« Reply #987 on: January 25, 2016, 03:57:55 PM »
Dang!  I feel like I'm watching Chopped when I read about all these cool cooking adventures.  Whenever I see Vindaloo, I read it as voodoo.....you must be doing some magic with that meat.
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No magic. However, that's the only way I can (so far) stick with this. Sorry if it's too much. Fortunately I only cook on weekends.

No!  Not too much at all! :-) I love Chopped, so it's actually kinda fun to hear about everyone's adventures with food.  I absolutely agree that trying new things make me want to stick with Whole30. I've definitely gone out of my comfort zone on Whole30, and found some great recipes as a result.  Keep your adventures with food coming! The weekend is my cooking time too, with a little easier stuff thrown in through out the week.

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« Reply #988 on: January 26, 2016, 08:09:57 AM »
Day 8

Went to ladies night last night with some co-workers. Had the world's worst waiter, but still somehow managed to get food I could and wanted to eat. Salmon and greens. Score!
And, of course, got some amusing responses to what I'm calling, for simplicity's sake, "Oro's weird food thing right now, I'm fine, everything's fine, no I really don't want a drink."
Co-worker S asked if I wanted cheesecake for dessert. I explained I wasn't eating dairy or sugar right now. So she suggested German chocolate cake instead. :P Co-worker S perhaps didn't quite get it, but that's fine.
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« Reply #989 on: January 26, 2016, 08:38:50 AM »
Day 8

Went to ladies night last night with some co-workers. Had the world's worst waiter, but still somehow managed to get food I could and wanted to eat. Salmon and greens. Score!
And, of course, got some amusing responses to what I'm calling, for simplicity's sake, "Oro's weird food thing right now, I'm fine, everything's fine, no I really don't want a drink."
Co-worker S asked if I wanted cheesecake for dessert. I explained I wasn't eating dairy or sugar right now. So she suggested German chocolate cake instead. :P Co-worker S perhaps didn't quite get it, but that's fine.

I'm convinced that most people have absolutely no idea what they're eating 90% of the time.  Well done on the salmon and greens!

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« Reply #990 on: January 26, 2016, 09:03:01 AM »
I wish I lived in that reality where German Chocolate Cake had neither sugar or dairy.

Good Job on the socializing and staying on plan, Orvell!

Things are...going. I don't have too much personally to really report this go around. I do wish sometimes for those easier days when dinner was slap whatever fixings that were in the fridge onto some homemade bread and fire it into the panini press.

Made a big batch of cabbage soup with some leftover Kalua pork broth. Also made an Indian ground beef and potato curry. Hubby really enjoyed it. I'm still struggling with not really having a desire to eat.

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« Reply #991 on: January 26, 2016, 12:40:15 PM »
Hi all! As a quick update on the courgette "hummus," I made LOTS of it and it tastes garlicky, hummus-y and wonderful. The recipe is here: http://www.jaysbakingmecrazy.com/2015/03/12/paleo-whole30-hummus/ and I added some red pepper that I roasted myself as I couldn't find a jar of peppers.
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« Reply #992 on: January 26, 2016, 03:01:59 PM »
I'm not sure what's up this week.  The chocolate cravings are FULL FORCE.  About 30 minutes ago I wanted a hot chocolate so bad.  Don't. Give. In. (and I didn't give in)

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I'm not sure what's up this week.  The chocolate cravings are FULL FORCE.  About 30 minutes ago I wanted a hot chocolate so bad.  Don't. Give. In. (and I didn't give in)
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« Reply #994 on: January 26, 2016, 03:15:58 PM »
I'm not sure what's up this week.  The chocolate cravings are FULL FORCE.  About 30 minutes ago I wanted a hot chocolate so bad.  Don't. Give. In. (and I didn't give in)

You got this!

Although, I have a mocha or hot chocolate often. Boiled water, coconut milk/cream, coconut oil, vanilla and some raw cacao powder I also add some raw cocoa paste if I have any, and if you want to go white hot chocolate a little grated cocoa butter is great. There isn't any sugar in it, which is odd at first, but your taste buds adapt really quick and it is quite surprising how the flavorful the chocolate tastes, not masked by all the sugar.

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Wait. This is a very important question.
Raw cocoa powder, like baking chocolate, is on the Whole30 list!?!?!?
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« Reply #996 on: January 26, 2016, 04:13:47 PM »
Wait. This is a very important question.
Raw cocoa powder, like baking chocolate, is on the Whole30 list!?!?!?

As long as it doesn't have any sweeteners, thickeners, milk products. They have a recipe on the website for chocolate chili.

Now drinking it is probably a "Sex with your pants on" type of thing. But it was not a problem food for me so it's a call I have made. This is the raw cocoa paste I use. http://www.omfoods.com/cacao-cocoa/organic-cacao-paste-raw-criollo/

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Wait. This is a very important question.
Raw cocoa powder, like baking chocolate, is on the Whole30 list!?!?!?

As long as it doesn't have any sweeteners, thickeners, milk products. They have a recipe on the website for chocolate chili.

Now drinking it is probably a "Sex with your pants on" type of thing. But it was not a problem food for me so it's a call I have made. This is the raw cocoa paste I use. http://www.omfoods.com/cacao-cocoa/organic-cacao-paste-raw-criollo/
:OOOOOOO

And in my defense, plain chocolate isn't a problem food for me, either. It's delicious. But what I binge on are pre-packaged cookies and pastries. I'll think about making some hot cocoa your way. :) I'm not fully decided, but it's cold and snowy, and I'm out of tea... so that might win. :)) Thanks!!
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« Reply #998 on: January 26, 2016, 06:18:48 PM »
Wait. This is a very important question.
Raw cocoa powder, like baking chocolate, is on the Whole30 list!?!?!?

As long as it doesn't have any sweeteners, thickeners, milk products. They have a recipe on the website for chocolate chili.

Now drinking it is probably a "Sex with your pants on" type of thing. But it was not a problem food for me so it's a call I have made. This is the raw cocoa paste I use. http://www.omfoods.com/cacao-cocoa/organic-cacao-paste-raw-criollo/
:OOOOOOO

And in my defense, plain chocolate isn't a problem food for me, either. It's delicious. But what I binge on are pre-packaged cookies and pastries. I'll think about making some hot cocoa your way. :) I'm not fully decided, but it's cold and snowy, and I'm out of tea... so that might win. :)) Thanks!!

if you do try it, just be aware of anything that might come up for you, it might be too similar that it triggers psychological cravings for the other stuff...Or you might be totally fine...Or you might decide that the taste isn't really what your going for. Never know unless you try. Do just be careful if you do that the cocoa doesn't have anything off list in it.

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if you do try it, just be aware of anything that might come up for you, it might be too similar that it triggers psychological cravings for the other stuff...Or you might be totally fine...Or you might decide that the taste isn't really what your going for. Never know unless you try. Do just be careful if you do that the cocoa doesn't have anything off list in it.
Good cautions, thank you. :) I made some, it's nice, but it's certainly not, like, hitting any werid craving spots. XD It was a good experiment, but I doubt I'll try it again.
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