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    Hello @Lorna, @Jihanna and all - I haven't been coming to this site because I felt like an old-timer, but loved reading your updates this morning. I haven't done 'formal' reintro, but have tried some things. Last Saturday my husband wanted pizza, and I had two slices of pepperoni pizza. It was my first bread-like thing in 42 days, and second time trying cheese. I did not have any ill effects, but did feel bloated the next day. What I liked most about it was that i didn't make it or clean up after making it. I used to be a huge pizza fan, but had already stopped liking it so much in the last year (for some unknown reason), so it's not hard for me to not have pizza, picking up something out of convenience is harder. Then, one night this week my husband was eating some cinnamon toast and I had a bite. That bite seriously made me want to go get my own 1-2 pieces of toast, it was hard to hold off, but I did. So, I think carbs are a big sugar dragon activator for me. I love bread, so I think it's best just to avoid it. I am also drinking wine occasionally, and I don't have ill effects, so other than the fact that it means I am injesting calories, and I tend to snack on pistachio nuts while I'm drinking it. The problem for me is more calories contributing to weight than how I feel. I thought this might be the case, because I already stopped eating things if they gave me heartburn, or acid reflux, like too much garlic. So back to portion control. I do like the W30 food and finding new recipes, especially for vegetables. I also think my inflammation has lessened, which is a really great thing. My daughter is coming to visit at the end of the month, and she has Celiac Disease, so no problem with possible temptations there! I have in my mind that some day I will eat an apple fritter. So far I haven't hit "worth it" yet. I think staying off of desserts, sweets, chocolate and bread, all of which make me want more if I start on them, and then lead to overeating, is my plan. Those items are really pretty easy to avoid, it's a matter of mind control. And some days I don't feel like I have any control at all! I just keep those things out of the house as much as possible, and don't let myself think they are options. Thanks to all for keeping in touch and sharing stories. It is so helpful! I joined "Whole30 Fabulous After 50" on Facebook and there are a lot of helpful and encouraging postings there. You gals are probably younger, though
  2. 2 points
    Lorna from Canada

    Bacon! Please Help

    @Nephryna Thanks for that! I really appreciate you coming by and explaining that to me - I bet that would be delicious! I think I can wait to get back to bacon when I return to Canada but I will try your recommendation when I get home. Here's a little known fact - no one in Canada eats Canadian Bacon as bacon - we all pretty much just eat the trimmed, skinny rashers that you called stripe bacon. On rare occasions a few of us eat smoked back bacon but most don't. It's a funny thing but the only association back bacon has with Canada is that we exported it in great amounts for Britain (who love it in their bacon butty sandwiches) during the wars. So, now you know Thanks again for the fantastic recipe! I don't really have a way to smoke it either so I'll give this a shot as is.
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    You might find some of the suggestions here helpful: https://whole30.com/2018/04/didnt-work/ If you want feedback about your meals, if you're afraid you're eating too much or the wrong mix of things, list a day or two of typical meals, including approximate serving sizes, and we can take a look. Unfortunately skin issues can take a long time to clear up, and can be caused or worsened by items that are actually whole30 foods. Nightshades cause issues for some people, nuts and seeds can cause issues, high histamine foods can cause issues -- if you are sensitive to something that is whole30 compliant, it might take more time and effort on your part to figure out what's going on. If you want to look into that, I'll link some introductory type articles, if either of them click with you, you could try cutting those foods from your diet, or you could keep a food log and if you notice symptoms increase when you eat certain foods, then you could try reducing or eliminating those particular foods. Explanation of nightshades: https://www.thepaleomom.com/what-are-nightshades/ Explanation of histamines: https://www.stephgaudreau.com/what-is-histamine-intolerance/ Explanation of FODMAPS: https://www.thepaleomom.com/modifying-paleo-for-fodmap-intolerance/ I am not suggesting cutting all the foods mentioned in all three articles. That would be a lot to deal with. If one stands out to you, just really seems like they were writing about you, try that one. If none of them do, just kind of keep them in mind in case they're useful in the future.
  4. 2 points

    Bacon! Please Help

    If you are used to stripe bacon (American Bacon) what we do, since we can't hardly find compliant bacon where we live, is we buy sliced pork belly from Costco (you can also hit up a butcher for it and have them slice it for you there). We use salt, smoked paprika, and fresh ground black pepper to make a rub for it. Cook it up the normal way. Dunno what to tell you about Canadian bacon other than you might be able to use a pork loin sliced thin. Think you need to trim the fat off it for Canadian bacon, but can't remember off hand. Basically it's the base meat with out curing and just the Whole30 compliant ingredients you use for seasoning. We use the smoked Paprika to give it the smoked taste since we don't have a smoke set up the moment.
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    While I am still struggling to define Worth It so it means something as a decision making tool (As I said to my friend Schrod - it's amazing how something is Worth It in the moment but so totally NOT Worth It at 3AM when its effects kick in...), I have made some decisions that I am now determined will be permanent. Permanence is a strong word so I am going to stick with "determined" to see how it goes over the next 6 months. No more legumes. I don't even want to reintroduce them. I will miss some of them - I love a sweet corn and black bean salsa with my tacos BUT - my gut is SO much better on the W30 first diet that I don't even want to mess with that by doing a reintroduction of legumes. I can still make sweet corn salsa - put enough chilli and cilantro in it and who would know? So, some determined changes I have made: almond butter replaces peanut butter nicely. I don't gorge on it the way I did PB either coconut aminos replaces soy sauce - I like the flavour of it better anyway baba ganoush replaces hummus - I don't think the nightshade family bothers me that much so eggplants over chickpeas it is no soy lethicin - I eat very little processed food as it is so this is pretty easy No more milk, ice cream, butter or yogurt. I haven't really experienced too much distress with the reintro of dairy but I do get how unnatural it is that we adult humans consume so much of another animal's breast milk. Being in full menopause, I am aware of hormonal influences +++ and don't think the hormones present in cow's milk are benefitting me. So, determined changes here are: unsweetened almond milk replaces milk beautifully - I totally prefer the flavour of almond milk! yonanas is my preferred frozen treat anyway - it is not a SWPO food for me - this is an easy give up. I will make frozen fruit pops for the summer when I get home to Canada. i've had a couple of great non sugar added versions while I've been here and think they would be nice to have in place of icecream. I may also do sorbet on occasion if I am confident my Sugar Dragon won't notice - this is a really big consideration since I love how my SD is snoozing at the moment. ghee in place of butter - I love butter (never use margerine anyway) but I can do ghee. nothing really replaces yogurt - I'll miss it but see how I do without it for at least 6 months No more sugar first foods such as candy, cake or cookies. Nothing replaces these - I just want to put this out there. I'm not missing these foods. My Sugar Dragon is super chill right now - I want to keep her this way. Sparkling mineral water with lemon or lime easily replaces diet pop for me. I don't like to drink water (ugh) but will guzzle citrusy mineral water so, this is a good change to make. I will continue to source and eat only great quality meat, fish and seafood. I'm fortunate I can afford to eat well so I will. I haven't missed bread and crackers as much as I thought I would. Hubs and I ate a lot of crackers and cheese - that's changed. No going back there. I've had one slice of toast since I started reintro a month ago - no ill effects but, I don't want to go back the consuming those processed carbs in the same gorging way I used to. Carrots and celery and other crunchy things make great baba ganoush delivery vehicles. Alright - there it is in writing! Can't think of anything else to add at the moment so I'll post this and come back to it later if I need to. Hope everyone is having a GREAT W30 day!
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    Oh, don't I hear you on the "good idea at the time" thing! I'm 99.9% sure the cheese was not the culprit for the headache, I've had them almost permanently and was very stressed that night. Sadly, I'm starting to think they're caused by my hair - it's now waist length and VERY thick and usually on top of my head... maybe time to have the chop! I'm now day 2 post-cheese and sour cream and still feeling fine. No belly issues, no migraine, no vertigo, no sleep disruption... I'm not sure if a larger amount would trigger anything, but given that back when I used to react to dairy it was almost instant and brutal, I'll chalk this up to a win. Now sure what my next reintro will be, I don't have a hankering for anything the way I did with cheese - I eat very little in the way of legumes anyway, and am not missing grains of any type. Even the sulphites I'm happy to leave out - I used to use lemon and lime juice in bottles for my soda water all the time, but since using fresh for W30 there's no way I'm going back, and all my vinegars are now compliant. I think I'll just let them sneak back in when there's something I want and that's the only non-compliant ingredient.
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    What a fantastic image! Love it and the sense of calm and optimisim that you have! I am actually not feeling all that stuck - I just can't seem to figure out how to decide if something is really worth it. I know from my reintroduction that wine is a very big and kinda sad problem. I've also discovered a previous unheard of aversion to "gluggy" foods - my teeth really want a job to do Foods like risotto and macaroni and cheese aren't appealing to me and I could have lived on those before. I'm not missing dairy or legumes - I don't need or want them in my life on a regular basis. So, reintro has been informative. I just feel like I need to put some parameters around non-W30 foods. Like @SchrodingersCat , I'm aware that it'll be a slippery slope for me eventually as it has been in the past so I have some trepidation about it. Eating something because it is a) there and b) easier than not eating it doesn't define "Worth It" for me. And, like @megbeveridge, there are just too many times in my life where food will both be there and easier to eat than to avoid so - what defines Worth It? Melissa uses the example of her mom's amazing cookies. I like how Meg says: That's definitely something for me to put on my list. Wine makes me anxious, over stimulated and sleepless so, can it ever be worth it? Good question to answer for myself! And, right now my sugar dragon hasn't raised her butt ugly head even though I have had a lemon sorbet cone once since this all began. But watching that snoozing beast has become a preoccupation ... can anything that ever has the possibilty of arousing her be worth it? So much to think about but, I really like the conversation because I think Food Fredom is only going to come when I can answer these questions for myself. MEG! Yes, I'll be doing another W30 starting April 8th when I return to Canada (Schrod - I am NOT missing out on Business Class service again - that was just cruel!). My friend is going to be doing her first and I'm coming along for the ride AND to reset myself after being away from home and my routine for so long. Count me in. Thanks everyone for your wonderful inputs - it's really encouraging to see how we're all coping and managing everything that's coming up for us in this process of discovery.
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    Hi, Rachelle! My phone didn't notify me of your response until now! Not sure why- anyway-- YAY! I'm glad you're excited! Enthusiasm is contagious, glad to be here with you!
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    Starting March 6 for Lent

    Day 1 Meal 2 - a curry over cauliflower rice. Forgot to add the cashews on top.