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    Bellad got a reaction from crkohring in December 27th Start Date   
    Just a note to say I've made it through 15 days so far!
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    Bellad reacted to KBlack in December 27th Start Date   
    Day Two: I did an amazing job preparing my dinner for the week. Chicken breasts with smoke paprika, basil, Italian seasoning and some were seasoned with Garlic Salt and Cumin. Fresh Broccoli and a baked potatoes with sea salt and olive oil and smoked praprika again. DELICIOUSNESS!!! Throughout the 2nd day, only one side of my face was aching for some reason and my tongue. During the staff meeting, for some reason everyone had a sweet tooth except me. You would have thought it was Halloween all over again. Anyhow, I succeeded and did not give in. 
    Day 3:
    Today, I felt like a Wonder Woman was starting to wake up again. When I got up I hit the snooze button and got out of the bed. I felt no need to return and didn’t. I had eggs and bacon for breakfast with a banana, spinach salad, with carrots, raisins and cashews, olive oil and vinegar for the dressing. I’m feeling on top of the world!!! No slips! I’m taking every decision and moment one day at a time.
    For right now, I’m going to enjoy this 3 day Victory!!!
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    Bellad got a reaction from SammyC in December 27th Start Date   
    Sounds divine.  And so easy!
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    Bellad got a reaction from praxisproject in January 2nd start date   
    I started today.  It's my second Whole30.  I did it last September as well.  The first time was a major lifestyle change.  I've kept up with most of it, so I'm hoping to refine this time.  I cleaned out the refrigerator yesterday and made some stick blender mayo.  Am now going to make some ketshup from the Well Fed site.  I want to use this as an opportunity to try some new foods.  Made some bok choy tonight that turned out excellent.  Made it before an it was an unappetizing mush.  So this time I was very careful not to overcook.  I want to focus more on exercising throughout the process.  Anyway, hi to all of you.  Glad you're here.
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    Bellad got a reaction from praxisproject in January 2nd start date   
    I started today.  It's my second Whole30.  I did it last September as well.  The first time was a major lifestyle change.  I've kept up with most of it, so I'm hoping to refine this time.  I cleaned out the refrigerator yesterday and made some stick blender mayo.  Am now going to make some ketshup from the Well Fed site.  I want to use this as an opportunity to try some new foods.  Made some bok choy tonight that turned out excellent.  Made it before an it was an unappetizing mush.  So this time I was very careful not to overcook.  I want to focus more on exercising throughout the process.  Anyway, hi to all of you.  Glad you're here.
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    Bellad got a reaction from BH13 in Jan 2 Start Date!! :D   
    I'm starting on the second as well.  This will be my second time.  The first was last September.  I found sharing in a forum to be very helpful.  So, thanks to all of you for being there.
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    Bellad got a reaction from BonnieStP in October 3rd start   
    Hi, this is my second time around (actually I'm continuing my first Whole30 for another month).  Haven't been able to post for days, and the forums seem to be in disarray, but I'm wanting one to focus on and get to know people, etc.  I found my September 5th forum to be very helpful in the process.  I'm doing well.  Oddly, the sugar demon has arisen again, after being to expertly fought.  I had some kabocha squash, so I cut it in 3/4 inch wedges and roasted it with some coconut oil and sprinkles of salt and cinnamon.  Ate a couple wedges with some almond butter, and that did the trick. Anyway, hi to all of you, and good luck.  If I can do this, anybody can.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I tried posting a good bye last night, a long one and a short one.  Both didn't go through and got lost.  Just want to say, thanks for sharing this with me and best to all of you.
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm a little late to doing my finishing saga post.  I made it!  And I'm still going strong.  Though this second month I hope to be less isolated than this first month, to have more dinners with friends, etc., and work around that.  I have much more energy than before.  I'm reconnected with cooking (and the necessary prompt cleaning of dishes to keep that system working).  This evening I stayed for a lecture after work so didn't get home until after 9:00, and I had some leftover roast chicken and some roasted beets and fennel in the refrigerator, but I also quickly steamed some cauliflower and whipped up some mashed cauliflower in my food processor.  Like that was some easy thing to do when it's late and I'm tired.  Clothes looser, though not a drastic weight loss.  Digestion and elimination more steady, though still a bit erratic.  No mysterious fluish symptoms that last a day or two then disappear.  More that one person has commented that my skin seems brighter (though I was not aware of it being otherwise).  I feel, oddly (for me) proud of having done this.  A small win to build upon.  Earlier this summer before I began this whole process, slowly preparing for the Whole30 then doing it, I was feeling a desperation around food that has gone away.  I feel overall more calm and grounded.  Thanks to all of you for being there through this process.  Congrats for sticking to it.  I wish you all the best.
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm a little late to doing my finishing saga post.  I made it!  And I'm still going strong.  Though this second month I hope to be less isolated than this first month, to have more dinners with friends, etc., and work around that.  I have much more energy than before.  I'm reconnected with cooking (and the necessary prompt cleaning of dishes to keep that system working).  This evening I stayed for a lecture after work so didn't get home until after 9:00, and I had some leftover roast chicken and some roasted beets and fennel in the refrigerator, but I also quickly steamed some cauliflower and whipped up some mashed cauliflower in my food processor.  Like that was some easy thing to do when it's late and I'm tired.  Clothes looser, though not a drastic weight loss.  Digestion and elimination more steady, though still a bit erratic.  No mysterious fluish symptoms that last a day or two then disappear.  More that one person has commented that my skin seems brighter (though I was not aware of it being otherwise).  I feel, oddly (for me) proud of having done this.  A small win to build upon.  Earlier this summer before I began this whole process, slowly preparing for the Whole30 then doing it, I was feeling a desperation around food that has gone away.  I feel overall more calm and grounded.  Thanks to all of you for being there through this process.  Congrats for sticking to it.  I wish you all the best.
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    Bellad reacted to No more muffins in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Well...I was not 100%, but I was good.  I had the major slip with wine on day 19, but got back on track and finished.  I do feel better.  My joints are definitely not as painful with the arthritis.  I am going to start again for 30 days next week.  I did manage to lose 13 lbs.  Awesome to everyone who was 100% compliant.  And while I was not I am still giving myself a pat on the back.  
    Anyone is for another 30 days?
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    Bellad reacted to Mistyfire in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    When I tried to post yesterday, I hit an error message and it was deleted so here I try again. 
    I meant to post on day 30 but that evening I received an emergency work call that meant I had to dash to work. That event pretty much wrote my NSV thoughts. Pre W30, I might have had a glass of wine or two since I wasn't on call. Thankfully I  was able to deal with the drive and deal with events that were unfolding with a clear head. I'd had a template dinner that left me well-fueled for managing an intense and stressful situation. I didn't even have time for the cup of coffee I don't drink much of anymore and I didn't have that caffeine ramped up drive that I think makes me less effective. I didn't get home until after 3 A.M. And I confess I was hungry. I reached for some cooked chicken (never would have had that on hand before) and mayo, had enough to dim the growling in my stomach. I slept a short but sound sleep - again, if I'd tanked up on coffee to get through, that wouldn't have happened. Probably the biggest success was not reaching for food to reward myself; that was a major goal of this W30. I have no numbers to report as I broke up with my scale a while ago; this was more about those intangibles that translate into solid improvements. 
    Good luck on reintros!
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    Bellad got a reaction from jmcbn in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I tried multiple times to say goodbye and will you all well and thank you for going through this process with me, but haven't been able to post.  Seems like I can today, but the forums seem like a mess right now.  I was lucky to find such a great group.
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    Bellad reacted to kellydawne in October 3rd start   
    Can I join you all?  I officially started yesterday, 10/5, so I'm a couple of days behind.  I was dropping things around the edge of my diet and kept saying tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, when Tues. I poured a glass of wine and my DH said "I thought you were starting that paleo, no alcohol thing again."  I did say it, didn't think he was listening, but glad he called me out, so today is day 2.

    This is my 3rd whole 30 and it will be a whole 40 at least because I have a half marathon coming up and that was why I wanted to clean up my eating anyway so I go at least until then.  I've done several little 7-14 day stretches and ate pretty close to whole 30 even before doing the first one.  Really, my two big vices are cheese and wine (in that order)  I do have a sweet tooth too and I'll be happy to have my sugar dragon back under control.  
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    Bellad reacted to frogtox in October 3rd start   
    Good luck Kellydawne! I'm a runner too, although part of my problem lately is that I haven't been running regularly enough and my weight started creeping up. When that happens my motivation dips more, then my diet goes to heck... vicious cycle.  I think over the next few weeks my gut is going to do a lot of healing. After five days I already feel better, although my heartburm is still killing me. 
    I love cheese and wine too (not in that order, lol)... no sweet tooth here, but I could eat an entire bag of cheese popcorn in one sitting.
    4windsrider, how are you doing?
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from Seafarer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Hi All.  I'm still going strong.  Feeling really good.  So much less tired than before I started, less digestive stuff, sleeping like a log.  I've even noticed my eye allergies are better.  It's starting to feel normal to prepare my own food.  This weekend I was downtown and I took some olive oil and was going to take myself out for salad and burger, but it was hot and I was tired from walking around in the heat, and I thought, I'd just as soon eat my own food, so I went home and ate stuff I had here.  I've just finished doing my 2015 taxes (I know, I know, but I'm getting the data to the accountant in time to make the October extension deadline) and I was shocked at how much money I spent eating out, but also how many risks I was taking over and over.  Hopefully some of the food sensitivities will diminish with some time to heal.  That's what this time has felt like, a healing, emotionally as well as physically for I'm more stable in that area as well.  Clothes are looser as well, but nothing dramatic, which is fine.  My face is starting to look like "me" again.  I made some yummy breakfast hash this week with ground pork, onion, sausage type spices, and a shredded sweet potato and zucchini.  Got the zucchini idea from some online recipe, but I like the lightening up it gave.  This morning I sauteed some broccolini with garlic, and ate that on the side, as well as a couple of fried eggs.  I ate it for lunch and it kept me going until 8 when I got home.  Love not having that low blood sugar feeling.
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    Bellad reacted to WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Congrats to everyone who made it this far and good luck to those who are restarting, hope you follow through with your commitment to yourself! The trip is almost done but don't forget the re-introduction, worth the whole journey. Hope you all post your NSV along with what you learned so we can all cheer you along. Nice job everyone!!
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    Bellad reacted to JamieMathis in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Tomorrow is Day 30 -- this is my second full Whole30 and this time has been much easier for me to stick to the plan.  I had at least 3 false starts of Whole30 in between my first successful try and this try.  I even ate out at restaurants 3 times during this 30 days; not an easy thing when you live in a place where practically everyone says, "Paleo?  WHAT is that?  You only eat meat?" And the main vegetable out here is a potato or iceberg lettuce that passes for a side salad because it has a few carrot gratings in it. 
    Non-scale victories:
    I was able to turn down my favorite beer and only felt a little sad. My clothes are fitting looser. I feel more alert and calm, noticeably so! My monthly PMS is greatly reduced this month.  WOOT!!! for that....cause I'm almost 46 and have no need for this monthly mess anyway.  :-)  My cravings for food have literally changed from carbs/sweet/sugar (read: dessert) to... GASP: Vegetables and meat.   Maybe coffee with a little coconut milk. I only drink coffee when I truly want it, not every day.  Not even every other day. I'm excited to get the Food Freedom Forever book; which will be arriving via Amazon tomorrow.  I'm going to continue on Whole30 at least until the weekend.  I want to add back regular butter and cheese (one at a time....).  I also want to add back the occasional beer or wine; but I'll have to wait and see how either of those really make me feel.
    One more day!  We can do this!
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    Bellad reacted to WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Nice job everyone! Before anyone steps on a chunk of metal with numbers showing I hope you all stop to think about what you have accomplished these past 30 days. Looking at my NSV:
    clearer skin, even energy, whiter teeth, stronger nails, no cravings, less joint pain, less heartburn, better sleep, less swelling, slimmer face, smaller jean size, not weighing myself and not caring what I weigh 
    Hope you all have your reintroction plans in place, such a great learning experience!!
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    Bellad reacted to FranE in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Reasonably successful W30 this time around. A bit too heavy with the fruit and starchy veg. It's on the program, but I need to eat less of them, especially if I want to really wrestle my sugar dragon to the ground! 
    I have been suffering from a hamstring injury for a while, which has reduced my exercise volume. Less running and more time in the gym (physio exercises and strength training). Doing Whole30 has made sure that I didn't put on weight, which had been a bit of a worry for me. 
    I mostly eat this way now and will continue to do so. Plan to be a little less stringent in October (maybe, the occasional glass of wine) and will do another Whole30 in November. 
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    Bellad reacted to RubytheSugarDragonSlayer in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    Congrats to everyone still hanging with it!!!
    Feeling good, feeling strong, and healthy! Plan to go forward eating like this. When I'm making an effort to eat well I find that I'm eating tastier and more interesting food choices. The CSA has been a huge help forcing me to come up with ways to prepare and use more vegetables than I'm used to .  I been bringing W30 legal foods to gatherings  and people always enjoy them and it seems like I've tricked everyone into thinking I'm actually a good cook.
    Have a lot of food habits to re-wire in my brain, after all my Mom was an early adopter of convenience foods in the 70's. She was a master with the 4 food groups - canned, frozen, take-out, and reservations! Fond memories of shake-n-bake pork chops and chicken, porcupines, American "Chop Suey" - hers was with a can of spaghetti-o's. Spinach was always in a frozen brick, we'd make a mad dash for the jar of mayo whenever that hit the table! Guess we were eating spinach dip before we ever knew it was a thing.
    Food prep for this week features:
    hard boiled eggs sausage patties lamb chops leek broth chopped leeks to add to the morning scramble honey crisp apples toasted pine nuts and slivered almonds pickled carrot strips (no sugar, homemade) clarified butter Cubed and roasted a mini butternut squash, dinner tonight wiped that out, hoped I'd have some st add to a salad this week, glad hubby and son enjoyed it so much.
    Plan to eat this way until I hit my goal weight, with a few off road adventures along the way.  I have 3 wine programs that deliver to my house, I may have to cut one of those.
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.
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    Bellad got a reaction from WholeMamma in Starting Whole 30 on September 5th   
    I'm doing good today.  This weekend was rough for cravings, oddly.  Yesterday I went to visit a friend who's on her last days in hospice, a very emotional thing, to say the least.  Then I walked a half a mile to the nearest Whole Foods to get some supplies.  I hadn't eaten enough breakfast and was starving, so I ate from the Whole Foods hot bar—something I've had problems with in the past and that I knew was a stupid thing to do.  Everything compliant—sauteed, roasted, and steamed veggies and a bit of chicken in green salsa—except for the Canola oil, and I'm thinking, there's not that much of it.  That evening I noticed my wedding band was tight, that my fingers had swollen up.  Hard to believe this could have such an impact.  Good lesson!
    Pretty sure I'm going to do this another 30 days.  Feel like the huge switch to cooking most of my meals and my doing it during such a crazy time, I didn't work on other aspects of the plan, like focusing on exercise, etc.  This weekend is the first weekend in 2 months where I don't have all this work hanging over my head, where the time is my time.  I did take on a paid writing gig, but it's something I'm interested in, and it sounded like fun after all the class prep and taxes.  Signed up for a Yin yoga class early this evening, at a studio I can bus to.  Taking the bus means automatic walking, whereas driving, I have to decide to walk, and it often doesn't happen. 
    Had a couple of cooking successes this week.  Turkey meatloaf with thawed and squeezed frozen spinach mixed into it, along with typical meatloaf ingredients.  Yum.  I made this amazing squash soup that they used to serve at the Tassajara Bakery when it still existed.  It's the roasted eggplant soup from the Greens cookbook, using squash instead of eggplant.  You roast the squash as well as onion, red bell pepper, and tomatoes and then blend it all with some freshly sauteed garlic and herbs.  It tastes good with just water, but I used some of my chicken bone broth it it.  You top each bowl with this amazing garlicy saffron mayonnaise, which I zapped up using my stick blender.
    I'm still feeling I'm really happy I'm doing/have done this.  But I feel like some issues are just starting to be addressed by the protocol.  Thus want to give it another 30 days.