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    habitualpurpose reacted to jen c in Lumpy coffee with coconut milk?   
    I've had the same experience.  Some brands mix pretty well and some stay rather oily.  My favorite is Thai kitchen.  I pour it into a quart size mason jar and give it a good whisking and that usually mixes it enough that I can add it right to my coffee or tea.  I used my stick blender for the first time yesterday though and it was great. 
     
    Another way to add to your coffee . . . try experimenting with flavors.  My two favorites are ground vanilla bean and homemade chai spice.  I add one of these to the grounds in my french press before adding the water.  It's nice to have some variety and make it a bit more special.  I ordered my ground vanilla bean here http://www.wildfoods.co/shop/organic-vanilla-powder-wild-vanilla. It's a bit spendy, but since I'm no longer visiting a coffee shop daily, I decided it was alright to splurge a little on myself in this way.  I've listed my chai recipe below.  I keep it in a spice shaker bottle and with just a good sprinkle per coffee, it lasts quite a while. 
     
    Homemade Chai Spice:
    1/2 tsp ginger
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp cloves
    1/2 tsp cardamom
    1/8 tsp black pepper
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    habitualpurpose reacted to WholeNewMelissa in I will never.ever.ever complain about Whole30 "limitations" again...   
    Murphy's Law right? I come on here just a couple of days ago and whine about not wanting to eat my reheated Chicken Thai Soup and having to eat snap peas when I'm missing the texture of bread... but really if I had known two days ago that this day would be even worse for far different reasons, I would never have ever complained.
     
    Stress is the #1 trigger for me to want to eat. Today, I packed a snack for what I thought would be a half day at the Children's hospital for my daughter. Of course, it was a full day, morning til evening, and I ran out of salad and strawberries hours before, have zero protein in my bag and not a single moment to run to the cafeteria in search of something between the doctors and nurses that came in and out of our room in revolving door fashion.
     
    I wanted to hop off the bandwagon and sink my teeth into the next thing that walked by looking like something edible. Didn't care what it was, I needed to eat and gosh darnit was I angry that my options were "limited" to protein, veggies and fat.
     
     Until, we were told that my 10 year old daughter will spend the next 60 days on a liquid diet in a last ditch effort to enforce her insides to seek remission before we roll in the heavy duty humira injections. Crohn's disease. I hate it and I'm so mad at it for attacking my daughter.
     
    Therefore, I will never.ever.ever complain again when my options for a meal are steak and sweet potatoes. This Whole30 isn't hard, being 10 and going to birthday parties with a can of Ensure and passing on the party food is hard. Watching people walk out of your favorite pizza joint when you are walking out of the grocery store with a week's worth of Ensure is hard. Being 10 and trying to understand that you don't have a choice, is hard.
     
    I started doing this diet for my daughter so that I could learn to master how to eat to promote anti-inflammation. I wish I started a year ago so that she would have been on it and hopefully without inflammation.
     
     This diet is no longer hard. I feel like a jerk for ever complaining that it was
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    habitualpurpose reacted to ElizabethG in Store bought simmer sauces suggestions?   
    I love using already seasoned canned/diced tomatoes. Trader joes makes a brand that has an Italian seasoning blend already mixed it.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to kad70 in Store bought simmer sauces suggestions?   
    Rao's is an excellent brand of jarred tomato sauces.  I just used some tonight over quick fix chicken and shrimp served with sautéed spinach with olive oil and garlic.  Good stuff!
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    habitualpurpose reacted to JessGrover in I DID IT! :)   
    WOOHOO! I completed my first Whole30! I'm going to be honest.... I started this mainly for the reason of wanting to lose weight. What I gained from this is so much more than losing weight! Yes, I lost 11 pounds, HELL YES! But, even more importantly I was finally sleeping thru the night, I wasn't as moody, my cravings were gone, I was happy! I just felt amazing! Now, after reintroducing foods I've figured out that dairy and gluten are my problem. When I reintroduced each of them I felt sluggish, my tummy was rumbly, and I felt awful. Now, I know this is not just a 30 day cleanse. This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. I'm so excited to get back to my good habits and continue experiencing and feeling all the benefits the Whole30 brought me. Of course, I'm a human being and obviously I will splurge from time to time, but now I'm able to decide what and when it it's going to be worth it to me to splurge. I'm so ecstatic I gave the Whole30 a shot because it truly has changed my life. THANK YOU WHOLE30. 
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    habitualpurpose reacted to sdawson in On day 3 of my first Whole30   
    I started my first whole30 on Monday after piddling around with it last week.  But this week I'm following it strictly.  I'm a diabetic not well controlled and in a wheelchair due to degenerative dics and fibromylgia.
     
    I can already tell a difference.  Swelling in my feet and ankles is way down and also in my fingers.  My hip and low back pain is much better (it was getting so severe I could not sleep at all at night).  I don't crave anything - even my beloved cheese.
     
    But best of all, my blood sugar is SO much better.  I'd been averaging 220 but that average is now down to 203 and I've had to start skipping my noon insulin injections and halving both night injections to avoide lows.  Its so strange to see a read of 103 or 98 or even the 84 I got before lunch today.  I've never had those type of readings before. 
     
    I'm truly looking forward to seeing what all changes my body shows after 30 days.  I'm loving this and don't feel deprived at all.
     
    Here's to getting out of this wheelchair soon.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to abi2001 in Post Whole30 Proud!   
    Three words: I DID IT!!!
     
    I knew I could, but I didn't know if I would. I had a couple of circumstances that I really had to push myself through -- and couldn't have gotten through without my amazing, supportive hubby and this forum -- but I succeeded!
     
    In the end, I lost 3 inches and 10 pounds too! Overall I feel amazing, have been sleeping better, and I have tons of energy. The Dragon Blood kicked in for me at least ten days ago.
     
    I've discovered a lot of amazing food that I never before ate as well: plantains, ghee, proscuitto, sweet potatoes...just to name a few.
     
    I've also inspired several of my friends, a neighbor, my brother, and my hubby to do it!
     
    I'm a believer and will be a long-time cheerleader for Whole30 and anybody trying to do it!
     
    Oh...and this was only my first Whole30. I know for a fact this won't be my last!!
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    habitualpurpose reacted to Karen_Suep in Store bought simmer sauces suggestions?   
    We use salsa or spaghetti sauce (just make sure it's compliant!) on our chicken a lot and just serve it on a bed of veggies.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to Tom Denham in Combatting interrupted/ lack of sleep   
    There are no replacements for sleep that I am sure of. Yogis sometimes claim that advanced practitioners need little sleep, but I have never been more than a beginner and cannot vouch for the claim.
     
    You might be careful to protect time for sleep when you can. For example, in your case, sleep would support your health more than exercise. So when you have a choice between sleep and exercise, take a nap. 
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    habitualpurpose reacted to Patti54 in Trader Joe officially approved shopping list??   
    The cauliflower rice is temporarily out of stock while we await a new crop. There was a two case limit per day per store for the past 3 weeks. It's due back mid October. Insider tip. Hoard it. It will disappear again quickly. You can always call your local Traders and have them hold it for you when it does become available. Just trying to help ( yup I work for them)
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from Tina Marie in Sashimi and ???   
    I've asked them to make rolls with no rice before and they either rolled it in Nori with some extra cucumber and avocado (depending on the roll) or in sliced cucumber. It worked out quite well.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Coffee for your Whole 30: How to make it if you're used to using dairy   
      Best #whole30 trick I learned: Warm ~1/4 c coconut milk in mug. Add ~1 tsp unsweetened cocoa (optional) and ~1/4 c of hot coffee. Blend with wand mixer (or in blender), then fill w/more coffee til you get the flavor you like. MAGICAL frothy goodness. And it is a whole different drink than just coffee and coconut milk stirred together.
    EDITED TO ADD: 4+ years later, this is still how I drink my coffee. I never went back to dairy.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to Ann in Just Mayo   
    I was intimidated to make mayo on my first W30, but once I got the hang of it (it's really not hard), it is so awesome.  So many things you can do with it! 
     
    This is the method/recipe I follow (minus the raw honey): 

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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting Jan 9th   
    Hi all
    I did a few very successful W30s a couple of years ago and desperately need to do another and get things on track.
    My biggest challenge is that my teenage son has been in the hospital for the last several months and I spend all days and about every other night there with him. As you can imagine, food choices at the hospital are not ideal. I posted over on the Troubleshooting board asking for suggestions: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/24360-need-suggestions/#entry255850
    My body hurts. I'm achey from head to toe and I've put on weight. I know that a W30 (probably more than one but let's start where we are) will help so much!
    Wishing everyone the best on their W30 journeys.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from Suprsndy in what are coconut aminos?   
    It is an awesome compliant substitute for soy sauce.  I use it to make an awesome adobo chicken and also to take with me for "sushi" (my version is sushi without the rice) or sashimi.  I buy it at Whole Foods or Andronicos (SF Bay Area).  You can also find it for sale online.  The brand I use is Coconut Secret.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose reacted to AmyS in Mayo FAILED!   
    I use this technique and recipe:
    I alter the recipe by using extra light in flavor olive oil and eliminating the honey.  I do not drizzle.  I use setting number 15 (the extremely highest) on my Breville immersion blender.  
    I haven't used a Ninja, but I did find that my Cuisinart immersion blender wasn't up to the job.  The Breville is.  I guess machinery matters (though I know for hundreds of years people made mayo just with their arms and their whisks!)
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    habitualpurpose got a reaction from sheba-kitty in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.