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    arkangelsmom reacted to creativenikki in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    I used to pour all the oil in, just like you are describing and for probably 2 years I never had a batch fail.  Then, for no reason I can figure out, I had like 5 batches in a row fail.  I tried different brands of eggs, adding the oil slowly, and adding more/less lemon juice.  I seriously cannot figure out why that happened.  So, the past few rounds I started letting everything come to room temperature and adding the oil slowly and I've been having perfect results.  
    I can't say I really understand things, but I guess I don't want to take any chances since olive oil isn't free. 
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    arkangelsmom reacted to Crastney in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    It helps if you look up how the chemistry of mayo is made - it's an emulsion of two ingredients that wouldn't normally mix (like oil and water), but with an addition that acts as a binder - so think of one water molecule connected to one binder molecule, which at the other end is connected to one oil molecule, thus connecting the oil and the water that wouldn't normally mix.  You do need a large egg, as it's the egg yolk that is one side of the emulsion, and the oil is the other, so you also don't need too much oil.  If it's failed, you can put it in the fridge for a few hours, then add one egg yolk to a jar, and dump that fail on top and then blend with an imersion blender.  the idea is to get the egg yolk starting to emulsify with the small amount of oil at the bottom of the  jar in the immersion blender space, and then as it starts to thicken you can slowly lift the blender to get more oil involved.  it's not essential to have ingredients at room temp, or same temp - after a few seconds blending they're at the same temp anyway.  I normally leave the addition of lemon juice till the end once it's thick enough, then stir in to adjust the flavour as necessary.  I did see a page on the internet somewhere about the chemistry of making mayo and it's very interesting, but I can't find it again now, but it's out there somewhere...
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    arkangelsmom reacted to J9er in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    Just a hint. You shouldn't have to pour the oil in at all if you use an immersion blender. Dump all ingredients into a mason jar. Put your stick blender right to the bottom blend while slowly lifting blender up (about 20 sec), done. I also never use room temp ingredients, they are always straight from the fridge. I have never had a failed batch with this method. 
    Edtited to add: If the vinegar says "contains sulphites" or they are in parenthesis, it's ok as vinegar can have naturally occurring sulphites. It's just if they are listed as part of the ingredients list that would be non compliant. 
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    arkangelsmom reacted to sara harman in Basic mayo   
    I have tried making this recipe in the whole 30 book 2 times now and it continues to be runny in consistency! The first time I added a cold egg and cold lemon juice (becuz I didn't read directions thoroughly) But the 2nd I did exactly what the recipe said to do. I used my Blendtec blender on medium speed, & poured the remaining olive oil (light) in slowly....? 
    Has anyone else had better results with a thicker, creamier consistency? If so, please let me know how? Thanks a lot! .....SH
     
     
     
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    arkangelsmom got a reaction from KSFresh in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    LOL! Yes! I had everything at room temp. but I added some oil in first like the recipe said. I used a blender because I dont own an immersion one. but I posted again, that the second time around was a complete success! I used less oil too! I'm sooo excited!
    Thank you so much for helping! I so appreciate it!! 
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    arkangelsmom reacted to creativenikki in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    Glad you got it.  It is SO frustrating when it doesn't work.  If you think you'll be making mayo often an immersion blender is a worthwhile investment (they're pretty cheap).  I've found I don't have to be that slow with adding the oil if things are all room temperature and I'm using the immersion blender.  I add a full cup of oil over maybe 90 seconds.  It's not a huge amount of time, really.  
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    arkangelsmom reacted to creativenikki in Mayo Fail :( Discouraged, please help!   
    For the mayo did you let your egg and lemon juice come to room temperature before you added the oil?  I had a series of mayo fails and that was apparently the problem.  Now my mayo procedure looks like this:
    1. Crack egg into jar
    2. Add 1 to 2 tbsp lemon juice and salt/mustard as desired
    3. Wait until egg/lemon/seasonings are room temperature
    4. Blend egg and lemon juice with immersion blender (5 seconds)
    5. Continue running immersion blender and begin pouring in oil slowly
    6. Enjoy
    I cannot tell you how many cups of perfectly good olive oil I wasted by not letting the egg and juice warm to room temperature (or close to it) first.  
     
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    arkangelsmom got a reaction from ladyshanny in Kombucha Delimma, Please help!   
    Thank you ladyshanny!! i didn't see the article link though, I'm new to all this so i could have missed it easily! 
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    arkangelsmom reacted to ladyshanny in Kombucha Delimma, Please help!   
    Breathe. You should read the starting over article linked below and decide what you're going to do. You get to make this decision. And also know that among the inflammatory agents that you are attempting to reset from, sugar is pretty low on the culprit list.  
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    arkangelsmom reacted to ladyshanny in Thyroid Condition   
    Hi @Healthy-n-happy - unfortunately your tactic of using those larabars as sugar-craving-busters worked the opposite of what you were hoping. Using sugar to ease sugar cravings just tells your body and mind that it can have sugar when it cries. If you simply cannot power through sugary-cravings with just water or distraction, turn to fat. A protein and fat based mini meal will help and personally the further you can get from sugar the better. So olives would be perfect here; briney and salty. 
    Larabars and any of the bars are really only meant to get you through an emergency (ie, stuck on tarmac for 6 hours, late-day unplanned meeting that runs long etc). Don't use them for actual planned food.  
     
    An addition to my post.........Melissa just posted this on her Instagram. Note the part about not using them if trying to out-run a sugar dragon.
     
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    arkangelsmom reacted to ladyshanny in Thyroid Condition   
    Hi @Healthy-n-happy - unfortunately your tactic of using those larabars as sugar-craving-busters worked the opposite of what you were hoping. Using sugar to ease sugar cravings just tells your body and mind that it can have sugar when it cries. If you simply cannot power through sugary-cravings with just water or distraction, turn to fat. A protein and fat based mini meal will help and personally the further you can get from sugar the better. So olives would be perfect here; briney and salty. 
    Larabars and any of the bars are really only meant to get you through an emergency (ie, stuck on tarmac for 6 hours, late-day unplanned meeting that runs long etc). Don't use them for actual planned food.  
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    arkangelsmom reacted to Healthy-n-happy in Thyroid Condition   
    I also have Hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism and am on 125mcg of Synthroid. I am just beginning my second round of whole 30 because I was so pleased with my results the first time!! I believe cutting out the sugars and alcohol helped contribute the most to my success. I also felt less bloated in the mornings, and I believe it's partly because string cheese and Greek yogurt were my go-to nightly snacks before whole 30. Larabars really helped with (a) something sweet for when I was craving sugary snacks and (b) were easy and quick to grab and go.
    Be careful with the Larabars though... Not all of them are whole 30 compliant. Check here https://lifehealthhq.com/whole30-larabar/ for a list... Unfortunately my favorites are non compliant (anything with chocolate chips!!)
    I am open to any other suggestions to help with the sugar cravings!!
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    arkangelsmom got a reaction from Healthy-n-happy in Thyroid Condition   
    Mandrew,
    I'm new here and about to commit to my first Whole30. I've attempted one several times but kept getting sidelined by sugar
    Anyway, I too have a Thyroid disease, Graves/Hashimoto's and I admire the fact that you drink a liter of water first thing and not coffee!! I'm a coffee fend in the morning, I hope to change that among many other bad habits. Anyway, I wanted to share with you what I've done in my Whole30 attempts which worked really well for me. Load up on Epic food bars and LARA bars. I kept these in my car, in my backpack and in my house, because when I would get hungry if I couldn't eat right away I'd get really sick. Often I'd get hungry late at night and needed something to snack on. Prior to Whole30, I would eat yogurt or cheese late at night, or really crave sugar and these items were so helpful.
    I don't know what's in match tea but you may have to revamp your greens drink to a more Whole30 compliant one (which is easy to do) and use that as well during the day. Anyway, I hope this helps you and good luck to both of us!!
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    arkangelsmom got a reaction from vozelle in January 2nd start date   
    Hi all! I'm a newbie to this forum. I've "attempted" a Whole30 for a year! Yes, i said a year! I kept failing due to sugar cravings but everyday I'd "start over"! I called it my "Groundhog Day"  
    In the last 3 months I have totally eaten whatever I wanted and I'm paying for it via weight gain, rashes, and other allergic symptoms from eating bad again. My goal is to do this thing right. Day 1 to Day 30!! and due to health issues, hopefully make permanent changes for the rest of my life! Here's to all of us!!