Michaela Elmore Cogswell

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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from chriskoko28 in Nut Butters   
    agreed. My guess is those other ingredients are cheaper than the nuts.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from BrukeyBrooke in Paleo/Whole30 Friendly shops/restaurants in Phoenix/Tucson?   
    There's also a restaurant called Pappadeux there. I worked for this family run chain for a few years and they have VERY strict allergy protocols. The protocol includes involving the manager to make sure the allergy is attended to properly and the staff has to clean the grill or pan before they cook in it to verify no cross contamination. You should be able to get them to cook about any protein you want in olive oil and either saute veggies or get a big salad with oil and vinegar.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from EmilyHorist in In-N-Out burger???   
    and In and Out grinds their own burgers with no added fillers. It's a much better choice than most other burger options.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from Catriney in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    we've been drinking a cup of roobios every morning. very tasty.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from Jinkse21 in Scallops!   
    just sautee them in olive oil, season wtih a bit of salt and pepper, squeeze a little lemon juice on top. Just make sure you don't overcook them or they get really rubbery.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from simonec in Here's a recipe for sneaking veggies in for picky eaters   
    I've taken to adding mushrooms and carrots to the Well Fed's Chocolate Chili. I usually just saute and add shredded carrot and sliced mushrooms when I heat up the chili but you could cook them into it from the start.
    Another trick when i braise anything, I remove the meat and then use the well cooked veggies as a natural thickener with my hand blender.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in What types if olives can I have?   
    Kalamata olives are my favorite and I find myself eating them almost every day. They are fine as long as the brand you bought hasn't added anything prohibited.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in What types if olives can I have?   
    Kalamata olives are my favorite and I find myself eating them almost every day. They are fine as long as the brand you bought hasn't added anything prohibited.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from Anham Mahna in Looking for some Bone Broth 101 tips...   
    I went to culinary school so the "broth" name gives me the same reaction. Just smile and nod.... smile and nod
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in tea or other caffeine sources besides coffee   
    I've been drinking the Numi Roobios tea and Roobios Chai. Both have been tasty and compliant, but I think the Chai is caffiene free.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in Your favorite tea   
    I like the Numi teas a bunch. Roobios and Roobios Chai are the ones we drink the most but we did buy a sample box a few weeks back. Still have lots to try in there, but so far everything has been tasty.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to kb0426 in I failed :(   
    I don't read failure; I read whole21+ where you learned a LOT!
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to Jackolantern in Bye, bye back pain - hello, energy!   
    Where we started:
    I steadily gained 30 pounds and was unable to lose a single pound since being diagnosed with PCOS and put on birth control in 2008. The birth control hid my symptoms, a mess of hormonal imbalances, for years. I switched from a mostly low-carb diet (recommended by my doc for my PCOS) to eating paleo 80% of the time in late 2011. The other 20%: wine, chocolate, cheese, stolen french fries. I started crossfit in March 2012, but didn't get very good results in the gym. In September 2012, my new doc put me on metformin and I started to see the scale go the other way after Thanksgiving, losing 3 pounds in 4 weeks -- which I considered a HUGE success. I had a lot of tension in my shoulders and neck and would get pain at the end of long days sitting at a desk.
    My boyfriend ate Cheerios for breakfast (if he didn't skip it), a sandwich for lunch and mac and cheese whenever he could. Indigestion and lower back pain was a way of life. He's average height/weight but lost about 15 pounds after moving in with me and eating out less and drinking less beer. He does not work out, but has a job that keeps him on his feet.
    30 days later...
    -My back pain disappeared after 2 weeks; his back pain is better.
    -We both sleep like babies.
    -I don't crave chocolate when stressed.
    -I used to have to eat every 2-3 hours (actually recommended by a doctor to "keep my blood sugar stable"). Now I can go from lunch at 12:30 to dinner at 6 without getting hangry.
    -I cheated a few times by stepping on the scale (a lot better than a few times a day!) I realized on day 30 that the scale really didn't reflect my progress and I'll be using it sparingly.
    -I went the whole month without thinking about calories or what "damage" I might be doing by eating something. THIS was the real weight off my body and mind.
    -I had a TON of energy to do my job and give my best in the gym. A long, busy day at work usually exhausts me, gives me a headache, but not in the last month! I felt the tiger blood on day 5 and energy level didn't drop.
    -I lost 5 pounds!! He lost 11 without adding any exercise.
    -I lost 2.5 inches off my waist, 1.5 off my hips, .5 off each thigh and upper arm, 2 inches off my bust.
    Reintroduction plans:
    I'm extending my Whole 30 another 2 weeks for my gym's paleo challenge. After that, I will definitely enjoy a glass of wine and high quality cheeses on Valentine's Day and a few glasses for my birthday in a few weeks, but eat Whole 30-style outside of those events. Boyfriend says he'll eat cheese, but not as much, and won't eat bread more than once or twice a week. Yesterday he had Cheerios for breakfast and didn't feel so good; today he made eggs with avocado. Last night he had a few beers last night and it definitely hit him harder than it used to.
    To answer my hypothesis: Yes, all those little bites and nibbles and sips were preventing me from fueling my body for success. This is the only body I'll ever have. I'm committed to treating it right and as the book says, "It starts with food."
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to mlbcheller in Banana's   
    Okay- side not- I'm posting from my iPhone and it keeps changing banana's to nanana's. Made me smile, it reminded me of when my kids would say nana's
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in Your favorite tea   
    I like the Numi teas a bunch. Roobios and Roobios Chai are the ones we drink the most but we did buy a sample box a few weeks back. Still have lots to try in there, but so far everything has been tasty.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to Michelle Larstone in Speaking of coffee...   
    Thanks everyone! Tried coconut milk and cinnamon this morning and you know, it wasn't half bad. Think I'll add some nutmeg tomorrow too and see how it goes. But I guess that means today counts as Day 1! Yay!
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from abur0418 in should i stick with it?   
    I love that approach. You knew what would be best for you and it worked.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in guacamole from Chipotle?   
    Yes, we asked ours when we went a few weeks ago. The fajita veggies, aka bell pepper/onion, are cooked in the same soybean oil that all the others are.
    All the salsas were clear, except the corn and black bean one, obviously.
    I don't understand the "disappointed" comment. Sure, I'd love to be able to get my personal fav, the barbacoa, but they communicate clearly and are willing to let you know what is in your food. It might be worth remembering that they don't source their meat from factory farms, so you know you are getting a better quality pork.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to EileenRBe in Bill and Eileen’s excellent Whole30 adventure: post-challenge report   
    Here is the writeup I posted to my blog on Day 30, also at Eileen's Everyone Eats Right.

    Was our January Whole30 challenge worth the extra work, sacrifice of favorite foods, revamped eating habits, and changes in social eating? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
    Starting Saturday, January 5, my husband and I began the Whole30 program. The plan excludes grains, dairy, legumes, soy, sugars, desserts, juices, smoothies, and alcohol. It encourages whole, unprocessed foods, lots of vegetables, and high-quality and grassfed animal protein, along with exercise and plenty of water and sleep. It prohibits counting calories, taking body measurements, and weighing yourself during the program. The emphasis is on health and gut healing rather than numbers, and on transitioning from burning sugar to burning fat.
    Goals
    My chief goal was to have more energy. I also wanted to walk a mile in my husband's shoes. He's gluten-intolerant, and I wanted to experience firsthand what he feels and faces. In addition, I was hoping to lose my holidays/December vacation pounds.
    What were the outcomes?
    While I don't have the get-up-and-go I was hoping for, I definitely have better reserves to keep going. On Friday evenings I found that I wanted to go out to dinner (salad bar) and a movie (no popcorn!), when before I was always too tired and just wanted to hibernate at home. My husband has told me my attitude and mood are better. And I found it's not horrible to turn down breads and sweets or a glass of wine. There's a whole world of food out there to be enjoyed, and I never felt deprived.
    Takeaways
    What else did I take away? First, a great feeling of accomplishment that I stayed on the plan and didn't cheat once, even at the movies, a wedding reception, and an appreciation dinner put on by a business I do work for. Staying on-plan wasn't hard because you're allowed such delicious food and reasonable amounts.
    Second, I discovered and increased my appreciation for wholesome food. I would get excited in the produce department when I saw treasures like green and orange cauliflower, pink and golden beets, and celery root. I savored grilled bison or lamb patties (no bun needed) topped with a little homemade mayonnaise. Kombucha, a fizzy cultured drink made from tea, was a revelation.
    Third, I've found new creativity and proficiency with foods. I've started to devise more of my own recipes, which as a food writer, I've been striving for. I created a recipe for Thai shrimp and coconut soup and just recently a salad of roasted beets, figs, and pistachios that I absolutely loved. I've learned to whip cauliflower with oil and garlic (amazing) and roast sweet potato cubes to a perfect caramelized finish. I've also discovered wonderful new recipe websites like The Clothes Make The Girl and Nom Nom Paleo.
    Support
    The challenge was made possible with the help of enthusiastic members on the Whole30 forum. I'm thankful for the support of and lively discussion with several who I came to think of as friends. They and responsive moderators kept me on the path. One member read my food log and told me early on to “eat more veggies.†I needed that!
    Drawbacks
    Were there drawbacks? Yes, a few. It's a lot of extra work. Besides mayonnaise we made our own almond milk and coconut milk, plus we had to prep good breakfasts, take-along lunches, and healthy snacks. Kitchen work got tiring and we had huge piles of dishes. However, I do tend to go all-out to make really appetizing meals, so a person could do the plan more simply.
    Social situations were daunting to anticipate. But we found that at the wedding reception, sipping coffee was just fine and no one cared that we didn't drink wine or nibble hors d'oeuvres. At the business dinner we brought our own grilled salmon and added it to the allowable items from the taco salad bar, and we poured Kombucha into our wine glasses. Again, no one seemed to care and some were interested.
    In the early days we had times of crabbiness and being out of sorts, most likely from sugar withdrawal. I had times of feeling hungry but knowing I really wasn't.
    Going Forward
    Where to go from here? We plan on extending another seven days and then reevaluating. We might keep eating this way at home but ease up on what we allow for social occasions. I feel so good eating this way that I'm hesitant to introduce foods that might drain my energy. Either way, I'll have the opportunity to re-introduce foods one by one so I can observe what they do to my energy level.
    What the Scale Said
    Were you wondering whether I lost weight? I wasn't sure whether I had because I only worked out twice during my 30 days, ate perhaps more than the recommended amounts of food so as not to go off-plan because of hunger, and didn't always get the recommended eight to nine hours per night of sleep. Also, I was still aware of fatty areas around my middle.
    Well, I broke down and stepped on the scale today because I wanted to include that statistic in my write-up. I'm happy to report that I lost all six pounds of holiday weight, without feeling terribly deprived.
    And, I made a discovery with regard to that number on the scale. In the past, when I got to this weight I figured I was finished losing because I reached a “healthy†body mass index of 25. Becoming aware of my body composition is teaching me that it's more relevant than what the numbers say. I believe continuing to eat this way will help me burn the fat that's unhealthy and an energy drain to carry around.
    Recommended?
    Do I recommend Whole30? Of course everyone's needs are different and it might not be right for some, but for us it has truly been an excellent adventure, and you might just love it too.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in leftover pulled pork   
    I'd make up some guac and salsa, grab some butter lettuce for your mini tortilla shells and turn them into pork tacos.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell got a reaction from SpinSpin in guacamole from Chipotle?   
    Yes, we asked ours when we went a few weeks ago. The fajita veggies, aka bell pepper/onion, are cooked in the same soybean oil that all the others are.
    All the salsas were clear, except the corn and black bean one, obviously.
    I don't understand the "disappointed" comment. Sure, I'd love to be able to get my personal fav, the barbacoa, but they communicate clearly and are willing to let you know what is in your food. It might be worth remembering that they don't source their meat from factory farms, so you know you are getting a better quality pork.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to Cara in Canada in Day 26 and disappointed   
    I feel the same Reese. I was weighing myself for the first two weeks but had to stop because I was committed 100% but wasn't loosing. I know that I can never stop eating like this. I'm an all or nothing kind of gal. Thankfully I don't have any ailments, except for my weight. I'm 5'8 and 225 now. 60lbs is my goal. I'm pretty sure I'll just keep going once my 30 days are over.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to Delaine Ross in Is it okay to drink tea w/ coconut milk any time of day?   
    This tea is spicy and THE BOMB: http://www.celestial...as/bengal-spice
    (and it has a tiger on the box!)
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to praxisproject in You say no dairy at all...but what about -->   
    A clean Whole30 gave me a whole new "normal", it's really worth sticking to the rules for 30 days.
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    Michaela Elmore Cogswell reacted to annnewjerz in Breakfast Smoothies   
    Why do the eggs have to be cold? I make egg cups (basically eggs cooked in a muffin tin) filled with loads of goodies (prosciutto, spinach, onion, mushroom, sausage, etc.) and then keep them in the fridge cold for the work-week. Pop them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds depending on how many you're eating (I eat 2) and you've got a hot, delicious breakfast that works on a plate at home or on the go in the car.
    Rough recipe is:
    Grease muffin tins with ghee or coconut oil
    Put meat of choice in the bottom of the tin
    Put chopped veggies in the tin
    (each tin shouldn't be more than 1/2 way full of stuff)
    Whisk 10 eggs in a bowl and distribute evenly through the 12 muffin tins.
    Salt and pepper on top.
    Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
    Pop them out, store them and enjoy hot (or cold) in the morning with a side of pre-made sweet potato hash and coconut milk. Yum!