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  1. CatholicDad liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Wish Us Luck   
    Whoo Hoo! Catholic Dad.  Look at that UPward trend you have going there.  Good decisions. No one is going to be a gluten for punishment on your double date. Happy Anniversary.
  2. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by CatholicDad in Wish Us Luck   
    My wife and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary tomorrow 8/19.  It'll be day 6 of our Whole30.  We plan on going out on a double date with some dear friends of our whose anniversary is just a few days later.  They are gluten intolerant and on a non-Whole30 but similar diet for medical reasons.  Having them with us will certainly make it more comfortable for us to ask questions we normally wouldn't ask and to order menu items we wouldn't normally order.  Thing is, this will be our first "real" temptation since we started our Whole30.  We're going to a steakhouse so, the steak or seafood shouldn't pose a problem.  It's all the side dishes and salads with cheese and the sauces with cream or sugar and having to really look for ingredients that are not compliant that concern me.  I'm going to do my best to ask the right questions, be aware of what I'm putting in my mouth and not stress...too much.
  3. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Ketones   
    'Fat adapted' means that the body can switch efficiently from burning glucose to burning fat as and when required - the recommended four hour window between meals is encouraged because that's when the body usually starts to need some form of fuel, and if it knows how to effectively burn fat then you won't get that 'hangry' feeling and you may be able to go as long as 8hrs without food (although we don't encourage that, especially for those new to eating this way!!)
    Nutritional ketosis (aka keto) on the other hand is when the body is in a metabolic state where the liver produces ketones, which can be used as energy.
    So when carbs/glucose intake is restricted the liver doesn't completely break down fat but rather uses it to produce ketones. When ketones are produced faster than the body uses them there is a build up of them in the blood and this is refered to as ketosis.
    Like the exogenous ketone supplements there has been very little research into the long term effects of remaining in nutritional ketosis - especially on women, and even more especially in women in the pre/peri/post menopausal age bracket. But there is a lot of evidence out there to suggest that it greatly impacts the female hormones & in turn fertility. I've also had personal experience of women who found themselves to be insulin resistant when trying to come out of long term ketosis, so something else to bear in mind...
    Hope this helps 
  4. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jmcbn in Ketones   
    No. Fat adaptation does not necessarily result in a low enough level of the glucose to result in the liver producing the ketones. Fat adaptation means the body will burn glucose AND fat, depending on what's available. It can take around two weeks for the body to become fat adapted when eating with that aim.
    Nutritional ketosis does not happen over night, so one day of low carb eating will not result in the production of ketones. It's a metabolic state and not something you can switch off & on from one day to the next.

    Insulin resistance in ketosis is thought to happen to preserve glucose for the brain, which needs some small level of glucose to function. It's a physiological adaptation and as such it can take time for the body to adjust to higher levels of glucose in the diet when they are re-introduced.
  5. Uni_corndog0625 liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    Food Sober
    After months or years of sugar abuse, the brain and body has learned to live with a consistent supply of sugar.
    Your brain chemicals are all shuffled around. It's the same with alcohol, little difference. Everything is out of sync.
    When you deprive the body and brain of sugar and/or alcohol, there's more wild swings UP and down.
    These side effects can drive someone back to binge eating or binge drinking.
    Going Cold Turkey can cause those with the best of intentions to throw in the towel because of acute withdrawal symptoms and side effects.
    Making it through 1 year of being food sober and/or alcohol sober decreases the chance of a full blown relapse.
    I knew that after seeking help for food addiction.
    The chances of relapse are less than 50% for those who can make it through a year of being food/alcohol sober.
    Those who can make it through 5 years of being food/alcohol sober the chances of relapse are approximately 15%.
    Quitting drinking or binge eating outweighs every negative side effect from both of them.
    Food and alcohol are everywhere.
    Binge drinking is risky behavior and binge eating is, too.
    Alcohol and food, when they crossover into fully vetted addiction - they rule your life.
    They become the priority.
    Recovery from addiction is not a road you have to travel alone. 
  6. SweetEnough liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   

    The strength of one can energize many.
  7. Cynthia NASH liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    23 January, 2012A guest post by Robin Strathdee, the newest Whole9 team member
    This Spring, I discovered the ridiculous connection between refined sugar and seasonal allergies and, let’s be honest for a minute, it really ticked me off.  I mean, come on!  A couple of swigs of (albeit waaaay too sweet) organic strawberry lemonade and poof!  I’m ALL of the seven Spring dwarves – itchy, sneezy, scratchy, stuffy, puffy, drippy and whiny.
    As I was loudly and enthusiastically complaining to my patient husband, I realized that (for me, and maybe you too) switching to a Whole9 eating style required the loss (pretty much death) of my old eating patterns.  And whenever there is a loss you encounter the five stages of grief.  Sure, I’ve joked about mourning the loss of cupcakes…maybe more than once… but I never really gave it much thought. Then, as I really contemplated it, I realized that every stage of grief was (and still is, as things adapt and change) identifiable in our lifestyle transition.
    This is especially applicable to those of who have are just beginning a Whole30 program.  Switching up your eating habits, even for 30 days, takes major adjustment.  You’ll notice that every area of your life begins to change, and some changes are easier than others.  Take heart knowing that the rest of us are right there with you, no matter how many times we’ve done this.
    The first stage of grief is denial – denial of the loss and isolation from usual social contacts.
    I’m sure we all remember the day we stumbled across that magic piece of information, the proverbial straw, that convinced us once and for all to go full throttle into this diet-style. Chances are that the information was so novel, and so impactful, that in a single moment it trumped our old habits and made this healthier eating plan a priority. We cleared out our cupboards and cleaned out our fridges. We replaced our usual BYO work lunches of frozen Healthy Choice meals and leftover spaghetti with grilled organic pasture raised chicken and steamed broccoli with coconut oil and gluten-free soy-free tamari.
    I’m willing to bet all your friends noticed the change. I’m also willing to bet that you fielded way too much, “Don’t you miss bread?” and, “I could never give up pasta!”  There were probably even a few, “All that saturated fat will give you a heart attack!” and “Eating so much meat will give you cancer.” folks in the mix. But we would hear none of that. Oh, no! We had found the light and it had overtaken the darkness of cupcakes and chocolate pudding in our hearts.  So we answered their comments with our vehement reassurances of, “Oh I wouldn’t change a thing! This is so easy. I don’t even miss my afternoon half-caff, all skim, no foam caramel macchiato with extra whip. Really! I’m fine! This is awesome!”
    Eventually, though, that enthusiasm becomes hard to maintain.  As much as we have convinced ourselves that giving up all the food we’ve ever known and loved is no biggie, it’s hard to withstand the constant ogling and questioning.  It’s no fun to be the girl eating the salad with no dressing while everyone else stuffs themselves with the pasta of their choice.  And so we start to pull away a little.  Soon, we’re not going out for drinks after work and we only put in an appearance at the monthly office birthday party.  We’re looking and feeling better than ever, but we’ve distanced ourselves from all but our closest (and maybe even those) friends and family.
    Next, we get angry.I don’t know about you, but this stage was pretty intense for me. Here’s how it usually went down:
    Get stressed out by something. I have two preschoolers, a new business, a house, a husband, a dinosaur of a dog… pick one, any one. Convince yourself that you deserve a treat. Can you say, “coping mechanism”? I’m trying to do this less, but it’s always a hard fight. Eat something you know you shouldn’t. In the early days it was usually pizza, but now that I can’t tolerate ANY gluten (insert curse word), it’s usually candy of some sort. Have terrible, horrible reaction. Get really ticked off because all you want is to eat like a normal person for one stinkin’ day, crapdangit! Now, for me this is kind of a rinse and repeat process with each new food group I grieve.  Cupcakes were pretty hard to let go of. The holidays were a fairly continuous cycle of the above steps. I know some people who do this as a whole, for their entire diet, and then are done. It works differently for everyone, but everyone feels the rage now and again.
    Next up is bargaining. This is where we begin to compromise our standards.Okay, so we’ve moved from complete denial through complete ticked-off-ity and now we’re ready to bargain. In my house, this bargaining took the form of compromise.  “Okay, so I know I can’t eat real donuts without serious consequences, but what about coconut flour donuts?” You Google every food you’ve lost, only adding the prefix “paleo,” and try to resurrect the ones you love in more acceptable form.
    This is where the little cracks slip in and before you know it you’re having Gluten-Free Friday – everything is game-on as long as it’s gluten free (I may have done that once or twice).  You waste half your budget on mysterious flours said to have magical properties that, if combined in just the right way, cooperate to produce a slightly more glutinous reaction and some black magic juju.
    This leads to three things a) bags under your eyes from late night muffin-baking sessions; 2) bags on your porch filled with the failed results of said sessions and, c) the stark realization that no matter how hard you try you will never be able to achieve the same double mondo chocolate chunk cookie you made before.
    Whole30ers: Watch it with this phase. Use the food lists in your Success Guide and online to help you fight the urge to compromise on the rules.  No matter how much you want to compromise during this stage, it’s not worth bailing on your Whole30. And don’t think no one sees you standing in the kitchen late at night, sneaking a little honey into your Super Paleo Crunch Granola. You see you and the guilt will eat you alive.
    And so you cry. Enter the sadness phase.No matter how much healthier you feel eating this way, it really is sobering to know that you can’t go back to what you used to do without serious consequences – physical, mental, emotional. When everyone at work goes out for cupcakes, I can get a cup of coffee. While everyone dives into the pizza at lunch, I eat my leftover pot roast.  Sometimes it is lonely, and sometimes it is depressing.
    At one point, I stopped cooking, stopped caring about food at all. I didn’t eat enough of anything, I couldn’t work out the way I had before. I didn’t even want to. My kiddos survived on grass-fed hamburgers, steamed broccoli and frozen peas. But they survived. At this point, it’s okay to cry and to actually mourn the death of your old lifestyle. Change – especially such a big lifestyle change – is not something to be undertaken lightly. In fact, I don’t trust those types who just fly through the transition. It’s not natural.  But eventually, fairly quickly actually, this phase passes and normalcy returns.
    And finally, you accept and you adjust.
    Once you’re done feeling sorry for yourself, you begin the phase of actually adjusting to your new lifestyle. This is where you learn what does and doesn’t work for your family and where you’re willing to make compromises (ahem…peanut butter). You learn how to become more efficient with tools like the crockpot and meal plans. And, you begin to make the connection between your ability to control what you eat and your ability to control how you feel.  This is where you feel fully comfortable in your new skin. You’re able to explain your diet decisions without too much science or shameless proselytizing. You can simply answer “yep” when someone asks if that’s a Tupperware container full whipped cream, and if you are indeed going to eat it. All.  With a spoon.  This is acceptance. This is comfortable. And this? This is good.
    Robin Strathdee, our Whole9 Director of Communications, has a B.S. in Print Journalism from Missouri State University.  She has used her education and training everywhere from corporate conference rooms to her own kitchen table – where she authors the blog Confessions of a Paleolithic Drama Queen – and is currently pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams as owner of a freelance communications company
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  8. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by jennarn in Johnsonville All Natural Mild Italian Sausage   
    Thank you both so much!!! I'm not a huge sausage fan so I'm not super bummed! Might just change up the egg cup recipe to an all veggie version  
  9. jennarn liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Johnsonville All Natural Mild Italian Sausage   
    When in doubt, leave it out. You see, your instinct already knew that "natural sugar" = sugar. Good catch, save for later.
  10. SugarcubeOD liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in The easiest alcoholic beverage for reintro?   
    Blue Agave Tequila is Paleo Friendly and Paleo peoples will even tell you that it's good for you.
    You choose, you decide.
    Coming from a food addiction background, alcohol can easily become the cross-addiction of choice for many food addicts. It's something that those with WLS fall into, too. Another trap of trading in one addiction for another. They see alcohol as a workaround for giving up trigger foods. A trade-off without the consequences of eating food.
    Then there are others who have to give up alcohol. Like for real. What we can easily manage one day may progress with time into fatty liver disease. A consequence of drinking over the years. Our mileage will always vary. There is no way to give everyone an Rx for the least disruptive alcohol without looking at the bigger picture. 
  11. Delicacious liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    Someone will fix it for you, shortly.  Every morning mods delete the spam and tidy up the forum. I read the spam for my morning .
  12. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by ShannonM816 in SWYPO Question   
    It looks pretty SWYPO to me. 
  13. SweetEnough liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Homemade Kombucha
    See jmcbn's post Whole 30 log for kombucha tips.  She's mastered kombucha brewing.  You can start on this page, scroll through - forwards and backwards, see what she did, step by step to arrive at her best brew.
  14. SweetEnough liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Adding protein and cutting out fruit for weight loss   
    The Whole 30 isn't about maximizing and fast tracking weight loss. You can turn this into another diet and even make it keto if you want to.  
    Will it change everything for you then?
    I've watched many over the years do this. Fast track it, dial it down for a rapid weight loss high. Heckatoot, I've watched some take off over a 100 lbs or more in a year's time, only to come back the next year, rebounding with every single one of those pounds.  Heartbroken.
    Desperately seeking how to get their dieting mojo back in gear. Starting over and over and over again.  Doing everything in the name of weight loss that they never wanted to do in the first place.
    If what you choose to do is not sustainable 60 or 90 or 300 days down the road..why bother dialing it down and boxing yourself into a corner.  You don't ever have to eat another piece of fruit in your life or any nuts either. But will this cause you to eat donuts and cake or peanut M & M's on Day 31? That is the question.
    You choose and you decide.
  15. EJSmadhatter liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Death of the Dragon - 30 days of carnage (July 25)   
    I'm with you.  I'm for you.  I'm with Sugar Cube, Lady Shanny and Shannon, too.
    I'm with you and I'm cheering you on from the sideline. I don't need to repeat my original launching pad and springboard W30 with Slow Roll Reintro, because I've rolled my bones on over to FFF.  I will linger long there until the cows come home. 
    Lately, I've noted we're down to one mod for hours on end and it's like magic. You keep up, juggling all of the balls in the air at one time, it is amazing.  I notice. I notice.  
    Oooo, and just because I notice, don't think I'm running for office. Nuh huh. I bee good. I am content to have my FFF with freedom to sing, dance and decorate. Without that, I would be a lonely frog. 
  16. Wendy and Frankie liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Melatonin   
    Jmcbn is correct.  The longer/ more melatonin you take, your body starts producing less of it's own. The younger you are the less of this you should be taking, if at all.  Younger than post-menopause... there's a blowback during the daylight hours and you actually feel sleepier.  Then night falls, unable to sleep again and you take melatonin.  Taking more of the hair of the dog that bit you in the first place.  It can create a circle of sleeping problems.
  17. Wendy and Frankie liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in Started July 23   
    My favorite LaCroix flavors are Apricot, Mango, Blackberry Cucumber, and Coconut.  The citrus ones have too much of an ascorbic acid kinda thing going on for me.  There are other brands but they're mainly all citrus flavors and stronger yet. Can't do them, I've tried. I swill LaCroix all of the time now.  I even take one of them to bed, if I'm thirsty in the middle of the night, I swill, swill, swill away. I like leaving a few slurps for waking UP. Takes that ole dog breath away.
  18. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by ladyshanny in Kombucha   
    You don't need to add actual sugar though to make carbonation. Fruit juices, cut up fruits and fruit puree work just as well and would not be non-compliant from an ingredients perspective.
  19. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in Kombucha   
    Melissa has weighed in as of August last year - nothing has changed with the ruling as written out in the article I"ve linked here.
    Facebook is not the best place for discussions about what is and is not compliant or in the spirit of the Whole30; you'll get the absolute best answers from the Whole30 forum, blog newsletters and the rules and recommendations.
  20. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by ShannonM816 in Kombucha   
    The article SugarcubeOD listed is the final word on this. We had a discussion among the moderators with Melissa about this in March or April of this year to clarify exactly what the rule was, since several of us had some questions about this based on our previous understanding, and Melissa's ruling was that we cannot actually know what the label means based on where the sugar is listed in the ingredients list because there are no actual rules governing how the labels were worded, and that it is easiest all the way around to say, if there's sugar on the label, you cannot have it during your Whole30. 
  21. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by Tom Denham in High Cholesterol!!!   
    As long as my HDL is up and my triglycerides down, I don't worry much about LDL.
    Some of us produce a lot of cholesterol. I have been having mine monitored for 25 years or more. No diet makes mine go down to a level that makes doctors happy. The Whole30 made my HDL go up and triglycerides go down, so even though my LDL and total were considered bad, I actually was healthier.
    Here is a collection of links to good information I have found about cholesterol...

  22. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by SugarcubeOD in High Cholesterol!!!   
    I'm sorry you're concerned but we are in no way medical professionals and it would be irresponsible of us (and we're not allowed) to evaluate those numbers.  You definitely need to speak to your doctor and if you don't agree with your doctor's course of treatment, get a second opinion.  Good luck!
  23. Scottyb liked a post in a topic by MeadowLily in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Your HDL value is improving.   It is now in the Best range.  Your Trigs are good.   
    What scares you?   High trigs can be a marker for diabetes but you don't have that.   Diabetes and heart disease can go hand in hand.
    I wouldn't be scared, if I was you.  You know what I would be scared of?  Going on statins and ending up with alzheimers later in life.  Have you read the latest what happens after being on statins for years vs. not?     Your brain needs good fats and taking all of them away with statin drugs can leave you in a care center with Nurse Ratched.  

  24. MeadowLily liked a post in a topic by Stegner in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    The singing lion is the best thing on facebook in some time - glad to see you appreciated it too. As always, I enjoy your blather and foaming at the mouth.  Carry on, Meadowlily, I'm listening.