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  1. KathyV liked a post in a topic by littleg in Brands of coconut milk that are compliant?   
    I only buy AroyD (I think it tastes the best).  I used to just keep it in the can once opened (didn't know better) but now keep it in a mason jar with a plastic lid.  Target sells plastic lids for wide mouth and regular ball jars.  It keeps 5 days or so for me this way vs going bad in 2 in the can.
     
  2. krazy4whole30 liked a post in a topic by littleg in Pregnant...small/mini meals   
    I'm a few days past 33 weeks.  Like Karen, I've been paleo for years with numerous W30s and 60s tossed in there.  In my opinion, pregnancy (especially early pregnancy) is just not the time for a W30.  Why burden yourself with a set of "rules" right now?  Pregnancy is *tough* time to have others telling you what you "should" eat.  But, I think using W30 as a *guide* is a great idea.  Eating real food - veggies when you can, meat when you can, unprocessed carbs, healthy fats - is a FANTASTIC idea though.  
    To answer your question, I would assume, that yes, if you were to eat 6 mini meals you'd try to keep them template-based.  
     
  3. BrittneyH liked a post in a topic by littleg in Breastfeeding and baby tummy troubles   
    Do you feel gassier?  None of the foods that you are eating seem to be the "big" offenders (maybe onions and cauliflower...).  
    Here are the articles I've read.  
    One (mom's diet may matter)
    Two (mom's diet doesn't matter)
    Personally, if I were you and there were really a big difference in the fussiness of my little guy I'd bail on the W30 (and I say this coming from the perspective that I would give almost anything to help my little guy feel better right now).  There are so many great things about the W30 that you can incorporate into your life but still eat foods that didn't seem to upset him as much.  Get rid of the biggies (I'm not implying these are things you do, just that these are the most important tenets of health to me) - no soda, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, no processed foods, no crappy vegetable oils, if you can, buy organic especially for the dirty dozen for produce and fatty cuts of meat since the antibiotics, fertilizers, etc that the animals are exposed to are stored in the fat).  
    The other thing you can do is sort of ease into the W30 - do a meal per day for a week, then two, etc do try to build up a "tolerance" to the increased amount of fruits and veggies.  
    And lastly - one of the things I finds helps the most for our guy is baby wearing.  He just seems much more comfortable when he spends most of the day on me (and vertical with some belly pressure).  I'm not sure if that is something you do already or are capable of incorporating.
    Good luck
  4. littleg liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in How do I keep one mistake from making me say "eff it" to the whole thing?   
    Think of it this way. If you are a third of the way through your day and you drip mustard on your pants, do you rip them off and throw them away? And then two hours later, figure, "what the hell", and take off and throw out everything else you're wearing? No. You dab the mustard stain the best you can, remind yourself to use a napkin next time and you move on....fully clothed.
    Don't throw your pants away!
     
  5. MrsZimm13 liked a post in a topic by littleg in The big day has arrived   
    I was going to suggest weight lifting if you aren't already.  You mention getting steps in but weights are super important too.  Even if its just body weight movements to begin with.  Check out Marksdailyapple if you need a place to start.  Gaining strength is such a *positive* goal rather that you have control over - vs weight loss which can be so out of your hands and frustrating.  
    Have you had your thyroid levels checked?  It seems to be more and more common that people have low thyroid.  You need a full panel - not just TSH - if you are working with a functional med person though maybe you've looked into this already.  
    Also, a break might be a good idea - at least from the focus of the W30.  I'm not implying go back to bagels for breakfast and Subway for lunch... (not that you did that - I'm exaggerating  ) but just loosen the reigns for a while.  Pick some other aspect to focus on - maybe nutrient density or something like that and spend time finding the most nutrient dense food you can - oysters, organ meats, etc and just give your mind a break from the "rules".   Do you measure blood glucose daily?  Maybe a month of experimenting on BG responses to meals what be worth while.  I find it hard to believe that 5 bananas and 2 white potatoes did you in this round... at least then you'd have data to know for sure.  If 1 banana = BG of 300 60 minutes later... yeah, maybe they should go, but if not... I'd hate to see you leaving behind foods that are tasty.  Are you taking a probiotic?  Eating fermentable foods?  Some of the podcasts I've been listening to lately are focusing more and more on the importance of gut bacteria on mood, weight loss, etc.  Everything really!  And Vitamin D - suddenly that is a biggy too.  
    I've had some very frustrating W30s as well - if you search my name I'm sure you can find some of my posts  I can honestly say that when I just accepted that I have the body I have and started focusing on other things (for me it was CrossFit and weightlifting) things changed more.  A moderator posted this somewhere else too.  Your body lets you do some amazing things I'm sure - focus on what it can do - and if it comes with 20lbs of extra fat right now, meh, whatevs.  Be happy, be nice to people, eat delicious food, smile, walk the dog... Sometimes people's perceptions of you are so much better than your own - if you are looking slimmer and glowing - roll with it.  Just be in the moment and be thankful.  
    PS - this post was slightly motivated by taking care of 2 total care kiddos today with brain injuries at birth - some days you just have to take a step back and realize that a little extra cellulite is ok.  Myself included.  
     
  6. pwhitaker liked a post in a topic by littleg in Spending WAY too much time with food prep/cooking   
    You got some good tips from jmcbn.  My first 2-3 weeks of W30 I probably spent 10+ hours cooking/prepping a week.  I didn't mind it but I can see when you have a family that you don't necessarily have ten extra hours per week
     
    Here are some other ideas:
     
    Enroll the help of your 6 year old.  She (based on your avatar...) can mix eggs for your frittata, separate cauliflower florets and other kid friendly tasks... This might not actually save time in the kitchen per se but it may save time from having to occupy her in some other way and give you guys some nice time together!
     
    Bulk cook.  ALL.THE.TIME.  Oven on - in go 10 sweet potatoes.  Grill on - grill 2 lbs of burgers.  Boiling eggs - boil all 12.   Making a frittata - make 2 and freeze one.  
     
    Make things that freeze well.  When I make nom nom paleo's Korean short ribs I double the sauce and stick the extra in a mason jar and put it in the freezer for the next time I'm going to make it.  Undercook some of those burgers you make when your grill is on and stick a few in the freezer.  
     
    Use frozen vegetables when you can.  This winter I was making broccoli soup like it was going out of style.  Frozen broccoli, frozen onion, Penzey's garlic and a few baby carrots and I was done.  2 minutes of prep.  Making a big pan of roasted veggies - frozen cauliflower, broccoli and then some fresh carrots and onion and garlic doesn't taste much different than using fresh but its a heck of a lot easier.  
     
    If you think this might really be a life change for you... maybe look into this.  It will cut down on cooking times for soups, stocks, stews, etc.  When I am eating W30-esque I whip up 3-4 meals in this in just a couple of hours.  A usual morning for me was to first prep zucchini or broccoli soup then balsamic beef then cooking up chicken drumsticks to have around for protein for the week and it took me a total of 2 hours.  Which was a huge time saver vs stove stop soup, slow cooking the beef and oven braising the chicken...
     
    As you progress you will also develop recipes that are your go to and just end up taking less time.  By the end of my W60 I was food prepping for maybe 2-3 hrs once a week and that was it.  Big drop off from the 20 in the beginning for recipe planning, shopping, prepping, etc.  So it does get better
  7. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by littleg in When and how can I start trying to lose weight?   
    Well, 10 months of poo would certainly account for the 5 lbs
     
  8. KTH1010 liked a post in a topic by littleg in When and how can I start trying to lose weight?   
    It sure can!  Are you posting in a log yet or one of the threads where a group of people with a similar start date post to support each other?  If you can stick with crossfit you can stick with W30   Not quitting in the middle of a WOD is a lot tougher than black coffee!
  9. Carlaccini liked a post in a topic by littleg in Constipated AF! Yep, I'm going there.   
    Have you tried Magnesium?  Magnesium Serene and Magnesium Calm are two popular brands.  If you get unflavored they are compliant.  Probably won't help with the gassiness but might help you poop!  I take the full 800mg dose (2 tsp) of Magnesium Serene to help with regular pooping.  The Calm brand is a lower mg/serving.  Also, is your probiotic a pill or fermented foods?  You get more bang for your buck from real fermented foods than pills - more like the way we were meant to get the little buggers into our guts  Kombucha is a pricey (yet tasty!) option, fermented carrots and ginger (vs sauerkraut)... things like that.  And one more crazy thing.  I'm about 4 months post partum and was having the WORST constipation for about 2 months.  I went every day but they were rabbit pellets and when they bunched together... holy painful.  I read about resistant starch and started incorporating a lot of cooked and cooled potatoes into my diet.  I also upped the Magnesium.  I don't know which helped but I'm still eating only cooked and cooled potatoes (meaning I never just make a potato and eat it - I cook a bunch so they can cool before being reheated and eaten) and taking daily Mg.  All good on the poo front now!
    Bloating is tough - its whack-a-mole trying to find the culprit... in general fewer gassy veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts) and more veggies like lettuce, spinach, zucchini etc might help!  I'm sure each person on here can tell you what makes *them* gassy but out of your list apples (oddly enough) are my issue...  If you do decide to do the FODMAP thing maybe finish your W30 first - see if in 30 days W30 changes help sort things out before doing two things at once.  
  10. Carlaccini liked a post in a topic by littleg in Constipated AF! Yep, I'm going there.   
    Have you tried Magnesium?  Magnesium Serene and Magnesium Calm are two popular brands.  If you get unflavored they are compliant.  Probably won't help with the gassiness but might help you poop!  I take the full 800mg dose (2 tsp) of Magnesium Serene to help with regular pooping.  The Calm brand is a lower mg/serving.  Also, is your probiotic a pill or fermented foods?  You get more bang for your buck from real fermented foods than pills - more like the way we were meant to get the little buggers into our guts  Kombucha is a pricey (yet tasty!) option, fermented carrots and ginger (vs sauerkraut)... things like that.  And one more crazy thing.  I'm about 4 months post partum and was having the WORST constipation for about 2 months.  I went every day but they were rabbit pellets and when they bunched together... holy painful.  I read about resistant starch and started incorporating a lot of cooked and cooled potatoes into my diet.  I also upped the Magnesium.  I don't know which helped but I'm still eating only cooked and cooled potatoes (meaning I never just make a potato and eat it - I cook a bunch so they can cool before being reheated and eaten) and taking daily Mg.  All good on the poo front now!
    Bloating is tough - its whack-a-mole trying to find the culprit... in general fewer gassy veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts) and more veggies like lettuce, spinach, zucchini etc might help!  I'm sure each person on here can tell you what makes *them* gassy but out of your list apples (oddly enough) are my issue...  If you do decide to do the FODMAP thing maybe finish your W30 first - see if in 30 days W30 changes help sort things out before doing two things at once.  
  11. jmcbn liked a post in a topic by littleg in First post as a mom! About constipation... sigh   
    Just wanted to update this.  Full serving of magnesium (800mg I believe, Magnesium Serene) and lots of cooked and cooled potatoes.  Gutsense.org planted the seed for the potatoes.  In the past when I overdid it on potatoes I noticed poop got softer so I figured I'd try it again.  Not sure if its one or the other or both.  But 'rhoids are finally going into hiding and the rabbit pellets are gone! 
  12. jmcbn liked a post in a topic by littleg in First post as a mom! About constipation... sigh   
    Just wanted to update this.  Full serving of magnesium (800mg I believe, Magnesium Serene) and lots of cooked and cooled potatoes.  Gutsense.org planted the seed for the potatoes.  In the past when I overdid it on potatoes I noticed poop got softer so I figured I'd try it again.  Not sure if its one or the other or both.  But 'rhoids are finally going into hiding and the rabbit pellets are gone! 
  13. nanners liked a post in a topic by littleg in Kitchen gadgets   
    I bought this 2 (3?) years ago and it still works - it has done raw sweet potatoes, butternut squash and then the usual zucchini.  My father bought a non-Paderno one and it broke the first time he used it (making sweet potato noodles).  
    I have a Cuisinart immersion blender - 10 years later (maybe more) its still fine.  
    I'm not a gadgety person but I will say that I use my immersion blender at least once a week for mayo/blending soups (and would hate to bust out the food processor instead for things like soup).  I go through spurts with the spiralizer - more in the summer when zucchini is in season - but there is no substitute for it that is as easy.  I use my Instant Pot once a week as well.  The only thing I use my food processor for is but butter for the most part.  So I think you are on the right (and less expensive) track going for a the two items you listed   But if you stick with whole-foods type cooking the Instant Pot would make a lovely Christmas/Hanukkah present
  14. Trina Jackson liked a post in a topic by littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    @Trina Jackson  drool
    @NoMoreCrunchyCravings Hanging in there!  He's up almost 5 lbs in 6 weeks!  We are getting a few 3 hr stretches of sleep from him now.  He's still really cute - though he exploded out of both ends at once this morning and got sprayed off in the kitchen sink  Good thing breastmilk poop doesn't stink!  

    butternut squash, haricots verts, breakfast sausage under eggies while bub was SLEEPING (though not long enough to eat it...)
  15. littleg liked a post in a topic by Trina Jackson in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    Here was our Valentines Day dinner. We started with Baked Blackberry Prosciutto Cups and our main was Lemon Ghee Seared Scallops and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Delicious!
     
     


  16. littleg liked a post in a topic by NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    @littleg CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    Amazing!!! Kudos to your hubby, too, for helping you stick with the program!!!
     
  17. littleg liked a post in a topic by pinkyt177 in Low blood sugar reaction type 2 newbie   
    I did speak to him prior to the diet and after.  I am now insulin free from day 4.  
  18. NoMoreCrunchyCravings liked a post in a topic by littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    Welcome home!  Here is what has been keeping me busy lately
    I went from

    to

    Hubs has been cooking me all W30 food though for over 3 weeks.  Love him.


  19. Nira81 liked a post in a topic by littleg in Monomeal Mania!!!11   
    Interesting... sorry the zucchini has been mushier than you expected.  I'd go with noodles personally
    I've read a bunch of stuff on those carnivore FB groups and stuff about how "front loading" food decisions really helps some people with food "issues".  Others it seems to set into a tailspin.  
    Glad you are feeling well so far.  Looking forward to following this.  Personally I'm not sure how you are spending a month not eating mayo!
  20. NoMoreCrunchyCravings liked a post in a topic by littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    Welcome home!  Here is what has been keeping me busy lately
    I went from

    to

    Hubs has been cooking me all W30 food though for over 3 weeks.  Love him.


  21. NoMoreCrunchyCravings liked a post in a topic by littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    Zucchini
    Paderno spiralizer!
  22. littleg liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    Littleg, how you doin?!   
    Yes, yes, yes.  
    We're all taking Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.  We're on our 3rd canister.  My folkaronies are taking it, too.  Maw's skin is looking brighter and alive. She's worn out from lack of sleep as a full-time caregiver.  
    We make bone broth and add the VPCP at the end, after reheating it.  We don't ever use the micro for that but reheat in a double boiler.  Pop the broth out of the individual freezer bags and reheat.  
    There's no way we're going to spend 48 hours tending to the broth and then throw it in the micro. 
    It's not bragging if it's true but everyone is asking us what we are doing because they notice we're all looking half our age. 
  23. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by littleg in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    What kind of collagen were you posting about a few weeks ago?  You've seen improvement since taking it?  How have you been taking it?  Thanks!
  24. littleg liked a post in a topic by NoMoreCrunchyCravings in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   
    Thank you so much, @littleg - I can now post my photos thanks to your photo-posting tutorial!!! Hooray!
    Here's some of what I wanted to post over the last weeks:
    Bonus plantains that came in conjoined twin form - MMMMMMMM
    IMG_4739 by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
    IMG_4740 by NoMore CrunchyCravings, on Flickr
  25. Samsam liked a post in a topic by littleg in What's on YOUR plate? Whole 30 food photos!   

    Frittata with mayo, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted potatoes.  And that is a dinner sized plate.  Yum!