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  1. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I've had the same experience with licking my fingers when there's something non-compliant on them. So far have stopped myself just in the nick of time and now my husband has started the program too, so no more worries on that score.
  2. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by amandapilk in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Thats exciting your husband joined in!!! You guys can try new recipes together, now to get him to do dishes   Not licking your fingers is an honest mistake lol I've also almost made that mistake! Such is the ways of habits!
  3. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I've had the same experience with licking my fingers when there's something non-compliant on them. So far have stopped myself just in the nick of time and now my husband has started the program too, so no more worries on that score.
  4. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by Marcia in Best Ever Homestyle Meatloaf   
    I've received a notice of follow-ups for this thread, but didn't open it until tonight...  sorry!  Although I haven't made it in a while I still have the recipe and it is DELICIOUS!!  I thought it was the best I'd ever had.  I love the ketchup too... makes a great cocktail sauce!  Too bad about the link?  Anyway here it is...
     
    Johnny's Homestyle Meatloaf
     
    Ingredients:
     
    Ketchup
    1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste  
    2 T vinegar
    1/2 t. dry mustard
    1/3 C. water
    1/4 t. cinnamon
    1/2 t. salt
    1 pinch ground cloves
    1 pinch allspice
    1/8 t. cayenne pepper
     
    Meatloaf:
    2 lbs. ground beef
    1 lb. ground pork
    1 egg beaten
    1/2 batch of the ketchup
    1/2 onion, very finely diced in a food processor (don't puree it though)
    3 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
    1 t. thyme
    3 T. finely chopped parsley
    2 t. coconut aminos
    1 t. black pepper
    2 t. salt
    8 oz. mushrooms, pulsed to fine ground, should almost look like ground beef
    1/4 C. almond flour
    1 T. coconut flour
     
    Instructions:  Preheat oven to 350.
     
    Ketchup: Mix all ingredients well
     
    Meatloaf: 
    Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined, but do not over work.
    Shape into a long loaf in glass dish.  Make 2 smaller loaves if easier.
    Top loaf with remaining ketchup.
    Bake for 1-1/2 hrs.
    Let cool 5 - 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
     
    Phew!  Okay here ya go. This is Johnny's recipe as he wrote it. I hope you enjoy... it's wonderful!  If you have any questions I will answer as best I can.  I'm going to be making it again soon myself... almost forgot about it.  
  5. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    This 'oatmeal' thing is not recommended... it's trying to replicate sweet breakfast items which is a no go for Whole30.  Eggs are a whole food as well and the relationship between the yolk and the whites is symbiotic, so separating them is not really in your best interest.  It's also a LOT of fruit, nuts and seeds in the am if you're topping with additional fruit and nut butter.  You'd do better to make a proper template meal of protein, fats and veggies, rather than to try recreating 'oatmeal'.
  6. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm happy for you. Unfortunately, my sleep and energy haven't really improved. I do feel generally good, though, and am enjoying feeling in control of my eating. On the cooking front, I've started cooking large quantities of veggies, like sautéed mixed bell peppers and onions, or red cabbage onions and green apple, so that at least I don't have to mess with them at every meal. I also cook a bunch of sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash at the same time. And double up on recipes like chili and chicken cacciatore. It helps.
  7. bethross liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    According to the daily email that I signed up for this is a common phenomenon called an "extinction burst", which is your brain's last ditch effort to get more of the things it was used to getting before you started this new eating habit. So be of good courage and hang in there. This won't last.
  8. MaineMom liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I've been reading a really interesting book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit  that you might find helpful. He talks about ways to identify what triggers cravings and how to take alternative action rather than give in to them.
  9. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Sounds great to me. I don't really get bored with things I like.
  10. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by 50andstillhere in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Rotating food is important but since I am doing this solo, I eat the same thing , for the most part for breakfast  and most lunches. Now it is little boring but it helps if you are busy. I rely heavily on compliant sausage, sweet potatoes, avocados and triple washed lettuce.  I always have a big batch of soup available too. I eat a lot of tuna fish and eggs and salmon.
    Don't worry about being a gourmet cook. It takes time to try recipes.
     
     
     
     
  11. MaineMom liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I've been reading a really interesting book by Charles Duhigg called The Power of Habit  that you might find helpful. He talks about ways to identify what triggers cravings and how to take alternative action rather than give in to them.
  12. jklovey71 liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    From the Whole 30 book I've made the chili, the chicken cacciatore, the brisket & the ,butternut squash soup, and the salmon cakes. They were all yummy. Most of the time I just roast or sauce large quantities of veggies so that I have them ready to add to the meat for a lot of meals. I've been trying to keep the meats simple: chicken thighs browned & then simmered in a little bone broth for about half an hour, hamburger patties, Aidell's chicken & apple sausage, compliant franks, and canned salmon. 
    I'm retired and it's just my husband and I at home (he just started the program yesterday when they had to cancel his cataract surgery because his blood sugar was so high). Even so I've found the program to be pretty labor intensive compared to the way we were eating before. Especially at first it seemed like I was always in the kitchen either preparing or cleaning up. It's a little better now that I've realized it doesn't take any longer to clean up after fixing a double batch of something but even so I wonder how people with jobs and kid manage. I stand in admiration of them.
  13. MaineMom liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    That's gotta be a real bummer. The only thing I can offer is don't quit yet because it may be that your system has been so messed up from past eating practices and perhaps food allergies you didn't know you have that it will just take longer for things to get better. I know I'm planning to do a "Whole 60" for that very reason.
  14. bethross liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Hi Kaylakat,
    I started April 1 and am planning on doing 60 days also. This is my first time on Whole 30 and I'm not finding it hard at all. After 30 some years of alternately bingeing and dieting I think I need more than 30 days to get everything into good shape metabolically- and hormone- wise
  15. Kaylakat liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Others may have a different take on this, but for me it's about focusing on what I eat. That is, what I eat is something I can directly control, but what the scale says is influenced by a lot of things that are beyond my direct control. If I start obsessing about what I weigh, I think I'd be tempted to start tinkering with the program rules in order to show a drop on the scales.
  16. bethross liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I really like Rooibos tea either hot or iced. And you can get it in different flavors and it's naturally non-caffeinated.
  17. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm happy for you. Unfortunately, my sleep and energy haven't really improved. I do feel generally good, though, and am enjoying feeling in control of my eating. On the cooking front, I've started cooking large quantities of veggies, like sautéed mixed bell peppers and onions, or red cabbage onions and green apple, so that at least I don't have to mess with them at every meal. I also cook a bunch of sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash at the same time. And double up on recipes like chili and chicken cacciatore. It helps.
  18. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by MaineMom in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I've been inspired by your commitment and I feel so badly for you and your experience. For what it's worth, I was eating much the same as you (minus the tofu), a pescatarian for 37 years, getting an organic year round veggie share, not eating processed crap or fast food at all, walking 20-30 miles/week, and I am disappointed to not feel physically better (fibro, chronic fatigue for decades) or to feel like I've lost weight, though the bloat is gone. I'm still glad that I'm doing this though, because it's helped me rein in my grazing and try new recipes and combinations of food. Perhaps we're learning that, for some of us with long term health issues, we're still going to have to live with some of their effects. But I very much agree with Alaska Woman and others to keep going, maybe beyond 30 days, to see if anything shifts.
    Are you exercising? My walking has saved my sanity throughout the years of dealing with all this chronic stuff, even though it was really hard at first. I had to decide at a very young age that I wasn't going to let chronic pain define who I am. I have limitations of course but walking is something that renews me every day. That may not be what works for you, but I hope you find something that does, if you haven't already.
    And I hope you take up the moderator on her offer to review what you've been eating. This is such a healthy food plan that it's worth adopting long term, whether weight loss accompanies it or not. 
    As a side note, non-organic soybeans have been found to be more pesticide dense now, which is why I've quit eating tofu. Somehow they attract and hold onto pesticides much more than other legumes.
    We are all here rooting for you!
  19. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm happy for you. Unfortunately, my sleep and energy haven't really improved. I do feel generally good, though, and am enjoying feeling in control of my eating. On the cooking front, I've started cooking large quantities of veggies, like sautéed mixed bell peppers and onions, or red cabbage onions and green apple, so that at least I don't have to mess with them at every meal. I also cook a bunch of sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash at the same time. And double up on recipes like chili and chicken cacciatore. It helps.
  20. IndustriousJoy liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    I'm happy for you. Unfortunately, my sleep and energy haven't really improved. I do feel generally good, though, and am enjoying feeling in control of my eating. On the cooking front, I've started cooking large quantities of veggies, like sautéed mixed bell peppers and onions, or red cabbage onions and green apple, so that at least I don't have to mess with them at every meal. I also cook a bunch of sweet potatoes or spaghetti squash at the same time. And double up on recipes like chili and chicken cacciatore. It helps.
  21. MaineMom liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    That's gotta be a real bummer. The only thing I can offer is don't quit yet because it may be that your system has been so messed up from past eating practices and perhaps food allergies you didn't know you have that it will just take longer for things to get better. I know I'm planning to do a "Whole 60" for that very reason.
  22. MaineMom liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    That's gotta be a real bummer. The only thing I can offer is don't quit yet because it may be that your system has been so messed up from past eating practices and perhaps food allergies you didn't know you have that it will just take longer for things to get better. I know I'm planning to do a "Whole 60" for that very reason.
  23. Alaska Woman liked a post in a topic by bethross in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Abs are really made in the kitchen!!!  
  24. Kaylakat liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Others may have a different take on this, but for me it's about focusing on what I eat. That is, what I eat is something I can directly control, but what the scale says is influenced by a lot of things that are beyond my direct control. If I start obsessing about what I weigh, I think I'd be tempted to start tinkering with the program rules in order to show a drop on the scales.
  25. Kaylakat liked a post in a topic by Alaska Woman in April 1st Start Date - Support Group   
    Others may have a different take on this, but for me it's about focusing on what I eat. That is, what I eat is something I can directly control, but what the scale says is influenced by a lot of things that are beyond my direct control. If I start obsessing about what I weigh, I think I'd be tempted to start tinkering with the program rules in order to show a drop on the scales.