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  3. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Thanks for that link @hollysmokes, I've not spent time on that site, and it looks like one to go back to! My trip to town was productive, and my energy level and mood was great. I couldn't find the duck breast at my good meat place, so I brought home an entire frozen, organic duck. So when I got home and read your post, I studied the breast recipe, then wandered over here, too: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/02/roast-duck-with-honey-ginger-glaze.html Now I'm looking forward to exploring both of these recipes, and finding the "duck zone" on my stovetop! For the oven roasted version, I thought in place of honey, maybe stewing some organic cherries with the ginger, what do you think? I looked for a coffee bean roaster at BB&B but didn't like what I saw, and decided to wait to make the purchase until after the move - very sensible, eh? Meanwhile I thought the Indian market might be my last hope of finding ground caraway. It was a comedy of errors, though a charming one. Me, to the proprietor: Do you have ground caraway? Him: What's the Indian name for that? Me: Um, good question. Him: Did you ask Mr. Google? Me: Let me go to my car. Him: No I have a phone right here. Then after a short time with English to Hindi translations, he says, cumin! When I got to the car I spent some more time with Mr. Google, and I can see where the confusion lies. It looks like actual ground caraway is not as hot/spicy as cumin...more like the rye flavor as in rye bread? My husband loves rye whiskey, but I can't think about that yumminess for a while! Meanwhile, I figure the locally grown organic carrots I have in my bin really don't need me to be fooling around too much longer, so I think I'll settle on curry for now! And coconut milk. This weekend. Also found some conveniently bagged slaw that I'll use for the sausage eggroll bowls. I'm looking forward to making up a spice blend for the ground chicken "breakfast sausage". My refrigerator is completely stuffed with fresh food! That bagged slaw could make this a really easy dish to prepare, can't wait! @kirbz what are you dreaming and scheming of eating on your camp out? I'm editing this because....When I posted I hadn't noticed we had "turned to a new page", so I didn't see your posts, @kirbz, thank you so much for the great information. I can see I have a lot to learn here! I'll keep you posted on my progress!
  4. Andria

    Please delete my account

    Hello, I haven't been on the forum or moderating in ages can my account be deleted please?
  5. kirbz

    Kira's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 2 Day 22: Monday, December 17 Sleep Last Night: 7 hours 47 minutes (0:45 deep; 4:21 light; 2:40 REM; 0:05 awake) Wakeup: 6:00 am Meal 1: none Meal 2 (12:30 pm): bowl of sweet and sour chicken with carrots, red bell pepper, and pineapple (Paleo Running Momma Sweet and Sour Chicken); large serving of steamed broccoli (equal to two small heads) Snack (5:30 pm): small bowl of chocolate chili (Mel Joulwan Chocolate Chili); small bowl of zucchini soup (Mel Joulwan Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup) Exercise (7:25-7:50 pm): 600-meter lap swim (118 average HR; 147 max HR) Meal 3 (8:30 pm): large portion of lasagna with zucchini noodles, mushrooms, spinach and cashew “cream cheese, and a sausage and beef meat sauce Supplement(s): none Water Intake: ~80 oz Steps: 10,048 Symptoms/NSVs: Diarrhea Nasty stomach ache (which was relieved once I released all that diarrhea) Thoughts/Reflections: Today was a good day. I didn’t eat or drink enough, but I enjoyed the meals that I did eat. So I call that a win. I feel like my standards for myself have declined since previous Whole30 attempts, but I’m really just trying to make it through this one. So here I am.
  6. kirbz

    Kira's Whole30 Log

    Oh, and sadly, I think it is very probable that I ate some non-compliant food on Thursday. We went out to a restaurant, and while I ate from the gluten-free/dairy-free menu, and asked a number of questions about ingredients and added sugar, I'm sure something slipped through. Because I could have asked even more questions but I didn't want to be a complete nuisance (i.e,, asking specific ingredients in the spice blend and balsamic). This is why I don't eat out on Whole30. But we were celebrating a milestone for one of my team members and I was hosting and paying, so I went. Oh well. I did have a bit of a stomache ache for the rest of the day, but nothing serious. And I'm not sure if that was real or more related to the stress of having maybe eating something non-compliant.
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  8. Robin in Iowa

    Whole30 and Five Guys

    I agree bacon at a Five Guys would be off menu.
  9. ShannonM816

    Getting ready for a Jan 1 start

    Hi, @LynnHammer -- you're right that the past doesn't dictate the future, and you can do this. It is worth looking at why your past attempts didn't work out, though. Figure out what kept you from being successful and make plans now to avoid those things. Maybe it's that you need to do better meal planning to be sure you have food available, or you need to do more pre cooking or crockpot meals so you don't have to spend 30 minutes or more cooking a meal when you get home from work, or you need to find foods you can take with you so you aren't tempted to stop to buy food when you're out running around all day, or you need more variety because you can't stand eating the same thing more than once or twice a week. Whatever it is, write down what caused you to get off track and what you're going to do differently this time.
  10. SugarcubeOD

    Chicken Bouillon

    Just read the ingredients - the mushroom one would not be compliant and there are 'coming soon' ones that ingredients aren't available on but otherwise, these look fine.
  11. kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @Jim4884 You're welcome on the lasagna recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! With regards to the changes you're thinking about, perhaps consider just doing one or the other (i.e., slicing the zucchini thinner or pre-cooking the zucchini). I think if you do both, you might just have a mushy mess! The zucchini was actually cooked well. I just don't really love zucchini and the flavor is definitely there.
  12. kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @LadyLisbette With regards to your duck question, I turned to Mel Joulwan for help! On a post I found on her wbsite, she states that she uses the roast duck recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking each year. Not sure if you own or want to buy that book. Alternatively, she links to this recipe: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/crispy-roasted-duck-with-holiday-seasonings-and-sauces/. Most recipes there wouldn't work for Whole30 but a couple of them would! Let us know how it turns out!
  13. hollysmokes

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @LadyLisbette I took a quick peek at seriouseats.com and found this: https://www.seriouseats.com/2018/02/for-perfect-duck-breast-get-in-the-zone.html . I'd just leave out the wine and maybe add a couple of drops of lemon juice to add a little acid to the sauce and use ghee instead of butter. Loved the idea of saving the duck fat for potatoes. I've been wanting to try duck breasts, too, so let me know how it goes.
  14. Hi I'm new to this forum but not to Whole 30. I've tried it before and failed because...<insert excuse here>. As a believer that the past does not dictate the future, I am ready to restart so I can reset. I recently turned 50 and am committed to being healthier and stronger when I turn 60.
  15. rhasting

    Chicken Bouillon

    I just came across this company https://lonolife.com/ for compliant bone broth powder!! Wanted some powder to use in cooking and could not find anything else compatible. Haven't tried it yet - just ordered last night. If anyone sees issues with it or has any experience with it, would love to hear.
  16. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Yes, you do, yes, yes, yes! I haven't given a lot of thought to re-intros yet, but I continue to remember an acquaintance who at one time did a W30 every season and that really worked for her, and that calls to me a bit. So I'm mentally eyeing the calendar re when to do another one and keep fine tuning. Tempted to continue for another 30 days as we settle into the new house, but that might be totally nuts. I have to learn to trust myself. That just came to me...I'll have to weave that into my mindset. Also, thanks for the details on the prime rib, I'm going to stash that idea away for the future. Finally got a good night of sleep last night. Ready to shop for the sausage eggroll bowls, and otherwise stock up in general. I'll have a breakfast of mustard chicken and just out of the oven roasted brussels sprouts. Anyone have any ideas on what to do with a duck breast that doesn't involve sugar? Hubs is asking for duck, for Christmas dinner, and I've never made it before.
  17. Miriam71

    I’ll never go back

    @Samantha31289 I just started another whole 30 again on Monday. And I’m gonna go through Christmas with that. It’s amazing how wonderful I feel on this program.
  18. hollysmokes

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    @kirbz, good to hear from you! Wow, that was quite a cook-up! I love that gingered zucc soup but I have to add some crumbled sausage to it or it only holds me for about 30 seconds. One of the many things I've discovered on my W30 journeys is that I need to chew my meals or, no matter how much good stuff is in them, I'm hungry again very quickly. My eggplant "lasagna" was very similar to the one you made and I really liked the cashew cheese, too. I think that really "makes" the dish. What seasonings are you finding limited for your prime rib? I don't usually do a whole lot to mine because the meat itself is so good. I salt it pretty generously a couple of days in advance then leave it uncovered in the fridge the night before I cook it. I sear it (ideally over an open fire but probably not this time- cast iron skillet) then season with cracked pepper and coriander and bake low and slow until it's medium rare. I'm going to do it a little differently this time after reading an article from Thermoworks, where I buy my thermometers. After spending the night in the fridge, unwrapped, I'm going to put it in the freezer for an hour or so before I sear it. This eliminates the overcooked ring that is typically found around the outside edge and then I think I'm going to season it with a little garlic, pepper and rosemary before doing the low and slow thing (200-225 degrees). I was a little intimidated by the whole kombucha process but, once you get started, it really just kinda flows and it's very forgiving. I was worried that I had totally killed my poor scoby from months of total neglect but apparently not. It's already forming a new one on the top of the batch I just started which is normal and good. It's also why anyone that brews regularly has LOTS of scoby babies to share. If you decide you want to dip your toe into the kombucha-making world, I'd be glad to send you a couple along with some tips and links. One of the nice things about brewing your own is that you get to control how sweet the final product is. Playing with the different flavors is fun, too (usually ). You go, @LadyLisbette! Absence of pain is amazing and one of the things I regularly give thanks for. I can't keep Rx bars around or I'll rationalize eating one; they're enough like candy that even my husband likes them! That told me right there that it would feed my sugar dragon. I've dropped the ball on keeping up with the cooking this week and I had no idea what I was going to do for lunches. I remembered kirbz mentioned organic, compliant turkey breast at Costco so I got some yesterday when I stopped in for berries and cherry tomatoes. Today I have homemade pickles, turkey breast, cherry toms and broccoli to dip in mayo plus a few berries. I definitely think it's becoming more second nature! If we hadn't started on the 1st, I don't think I'd realize that today is Day 18; I only know it because it's today's date. I'm sleeping better most of the time and I've been way more conscious about drinking more water. I just thought about reintro for the first time and I think my big challenge is going to be how to keep the self love going. I deserve it all of the time; not just during a W30!
  19. Eva Zu Beck

    Green Bean Pasta

    Same here
  20. Jim4884

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I read the recipe, and my one thought on when I try it (soonish ) - I will slice my zucchini thinner than what the recipe says, and pre-cook it, I think that will make it taste more neutral, therefore closer to traditional lasagna. I would not believe how close cashew cheese could be, had I not once had some cashew ice cream (before I even went paleo actually) and found it pretty close to the real thing. and Kirbz, the pasta and dairy is what would have made you feel bloated with traditional lasagna (which I used to be famous for, maybe I will be again), so I'm not surprised you felt better. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
  21. Sconnie715

    Green Bean Pasta

    Ohhh, nice! I never thought of using broccoli slaw to mix things up. I’m now thinking of the possibilities!!!
  22. LadyLisbette

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Thanks @Jim4884 and @hollysmokes for confirming the coffee grinder for spices, and Holly, I've put the one you use in my Amazon cart...it makes so much sense that freshly ground would taste SO much better. Now is the time, yay! Something new to look forward to in the new digs! @Elizabeth33 what you said about coconut milk instead of nutpods makes an awful lot of sense. I have done that in the past, and always wondered about the nutpods, which seemed like something I could only get online, so finding them was kind of novel and irresistible!...now that I've had both, although I do like the half and half-like consistency of the nutpods, and the convenient packaging, I think that I will skip it and go back to coconut milk, just as you said, when I want creamy stuff in my cup! @kirbz I loved reading about what you've been cooking, and smiled big about the super yummy lasagna - YES! I have got to try this. Thanks for the attagirls about my situation. If I may say, I am giving myself a lot of credit for doing all this jazz at once, but, I had already committed, and W30 ways could only make things easier, right? In some ways it's a "3d time is the charm" in terms of being second nature, but on the other hand, it is really not easy to keep up the cooking in the whirlwind of activity. I think I might be slimming down a little, but honestly, the absence of joint pain is the real celebrating point. Tomorrow I'll go to town, and I'll have to be verrrry organized, and eat a good meal before I go because this is when I get into trouble, not wanting to stop and eat, and then feeling way too hungry, leaning on the Rx bar, which I think I need to make verboten. As our friends across the pond say, I'm knackered. Early to bed tonight. Hope you are all having a great week, and dodging the indulgences!
  23. kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Oh, and just give me a moment to rave about that lasagna recipe... It. Was. Amazing. I mean, really and truly amazing! I read the reviews. Everyone said it was great. But really, how great can some zucchini and cashews be? Well, the answer is really, really, really great! LOL. I cooked it and waited a while to eat it because it didn't look all that appetizing. But when I did, it was so delicious. The cashew ricotta really tasted like the real thing! The zucchini tasted like zucchini but it was still a wonderful blend of flavors. I had two heaping servings and didn't even feel bad and I didn't feel boated and awful! Win!! Go try it! :-)
  24. kirbz

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Hi everyone! I'm still here and now on Day 22! Phew! Honestly this has been a bit of a rocky Whole30 for me. I'm not really eating enough because I am so over planning and prepping and cooking and cleaning. And eating. That's not fun at all. I just haven't much liked the food at all this round! But I tried to change that up this weekend and tried a bunch of new recipes! So, I thought I would share! New Recipes from This Weekend Paleo Lasagna (5 STARS): http://www.paleonewbie.com/awesome-paleo-lasagna-recipe/ Golden Cauliflower Soup (5 STARS): http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Chocolate Chili (3.5 STARS): https://meljoulwan.com/2009/02/22/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ Sweet and Sour Chicken (3 STARS): https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/sweet-and-sour-chicken-instant-pot-paleo-whole30/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup (TBD): https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ It was a lot of fun to try new recipes and I definitely feel more energized coming into a new week! I will do better! @Elizabeth33 I'm so sorry for all the difficulties you've had but we're all so proud of you for sticking with this! You got it! We're here for you! @LadyLisbette I wish you the best with the house hunting! It was only a couple of years ago for us so I remember how stressful that is! Way to hang in there through the uncertainty! And thank you for sharing the link to some good reading. I absolutely LOVE Herman Hesse. Siddhartha is one of my very favorite books. Though I admit I haven't ready anything else by the author... @hollysmokes I hope your cookup went well yesterday! What are you planning to do with the prime rib? I bought one too but am honestly thinking I might wait until after I finish my Whole30 so I'm not so limited on seasonings... And how awesome that you make your own kombucha. I love the stuff and have thought about making my own but end up feeling a bit intimated and overwhelmed. So I just buy the stuff! :-) Anyway, best wishes! You guys are awesome and I love reading your posts!
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  26. kirbz

    Kira's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 2 Day 17-21: Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16 And, once again, I was rather lazy with keeping a food log. So here's a quick summary. On most days (if not all of them), I did not eat three whole meals and I did not do a pre- or post-workout meal. In short, I haven't been eating enough. And I'm not eating in the morning pretty much at all. Most of my meals start around noon. But, eating has really just been a chore. I don't like the planning. I don't like the prep. I don't like the eating. And I don't like the cleanup. So yeah, not great for getting all the meals in that I should be eating. But, I did stay compliant. And I made up a bunch of new recipes to hopefully change my perspective! My favorites were Mel Joulwan's Golden Cauliflower Soup and an online recipe I found for Paleo lasagna. Oh. My. Goodness. They were both delicious! I also tried some chocolate chili, some Instant Pot sweet and sour chicken, and some zucchini soup. So, at least I revived my interest in eating! I didn't do so great at the exercise thing either. I did a short hike with the pups on Sunday and a short climbing session with Shawn, but that was about it. Oh, and I didn't drink nearly enough water. Nor did I do any collagen supplements. So, on to the next week! This week will be better!
  27. True Primal

    Compliant Chicken Broth

    I suspect that what it means is that they're using a fruit or vegetable juice concentrate in the vague "Natural Flavoring" item. Concentrates (when used outside of products which are expected to be a juice), trigger the added sugar item, as per 21CFR101.9.
  28. moniqueannette

    Starting Jan 1!

    So excited to start Jan 1
  29. Helen marie

    Compliant Chicken Broth

    Thank you, @ShannonM816!!
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