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    RandiW reacted to BrianaDell in The crazy things people say   
    I have been talking to a member of the gym about this the whole month. Every time I see her she asks me what day it is and how I feel. "Day 19! Feeling amazing!"
    The other day she tells me she is starting a medical obesity program where she has been advised to consume 800-900 calories per day and is on an appetite suppressant...... Am I speaking Swahili?! Have you heard a WORD I have said? No, guess not.
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    RandiW reacted to Callan in The crazy things people say   
    Heh, I have a similar story. I sat down to have my lunch at the coffee shop I work at, and a regular customer asks me, "Are you a vegetarian? Because you seem like a health nut to me!" And I said, "Well, I am a health nut but I sure am not a vegetarian!"
    To be fair, she wasn't a vegetarian either, but it's interesting how the common perception of vegetarianism is that it's the pinnacle of health. I used to think so, even.
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    RandiW reacted to Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Dialog with colleague:
    - Nadia, I've made fantastic caramel bars, I'll bring some for you.
    - Thanks Mel, so sweet of you, but save them for your family. I don't eat sweets.
    - But they are homemade! They are good for you!
    - No, thanks Mel, I guess they are just less bad rather than good.
    - I'll show you a recipe, they are perfectly healthy!
    Turned out to be a 3 step thing: put crackers, top with butter/sugar so it forms caramel layer, top with huge layer of chocolate.
    They are so perfectly healthy that I might quit Whole30 and eat them for bf, lunch and dinner
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    RandiW reacted to Snicci in The crazy things people say   
    "And I picture the overweight, sick, zombie sugar army staggering to the chorus of, "Join us ... join us ..."
    I think that army is my coworkers.
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    RandiW reacted to 30Canandaigua in The crazy things people say   
    We received a snow blower as a wedding gift from my Mother.
    Mother in Law:
    Well, you know....
    Our driveway is much longer,
    and Ron has bad knees,
    and we are abut to retire, SO
    you should give us your snow blower, because your new wife needs the exercise.
    Every time it snows she calls.
    "You better not be using that snow blower, she needs to shovel the driveway!"
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    RandiW reacted to MJam in The crazy things people say   
    My husband incredulously as I was heating tallow to make my breakfast
    him: "You are eating pure fat and still getting skinny?"
    me: yes darling
    He's just mad my boobies shrank
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    RandiW reacted to Munkers in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I was excited to talk with a coworker yesterday when she told me that her doctor was advising her that her cholesterol problems were related to sugar consumption, not fat. Made me hopeful that conventional wisdom is catching up.
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    RandiW reacted to GraceMelodie in Happy New Me!   
    I completed my Whole30 on December 26th and I feel amazing!!!   
    I did not expect much of a change because I thought I had a pretty healthy diet before I started Whole30 with plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts & protein.  I also regularly walk 4 miles a day and do yoga.  However, my previous diet also included 3 cups of coffee a day with half & half & raw honey, cheese, hummus, greek yogurt, a daily glass or two of wine, dark chocolate, sourdough bread and butter.  I occasionally ate tofu, edamame, pasta, rice, oatmeal and lentils.  Basically the typical diet of a 42 year old woman who lives in California. 
    The benefits of eating a Whole30 diet have surpassed my expectations and include:
    - Reduced bags under my eyes
    - Improved complexion
    - Smoother, younger looking skin
    - Better sleep
    - More energy
    - Eliminated my sweet, creamy coffee habit - I actually enjoy drinking my coffee black now.  Sometimes I make a "Bulletproof latte" by blending a spoonful of coconut oil & ghee with my coffee in the blender.  At work I drink hot tea instead of coffee. 
    - Changed how I relax in the evening - Instead of unwinding with a glass of wine, I drink a glass of Kombucha in a wine glass or hot herbal tea.
    - Improved cooking skills - I have made so many new, delicious and interesting dishes this past month from the Whole30 cookbooks.
    - Faster & less expensive grocery shopping - I was already buying mostly organic poultry, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured eggs and organic fruits & veggies.  Now I am spending less money overall because I no longer buy expensive grass-fed dairy products and wine.  I also stopped buying so many treats for my kids.  My favorite advice from "It Starts With Food" is that I am in charge of what I buy at the market, my kids have no money to buy anything.  
    - Better relationships with my husband and two children because I have more energy & patience.  My family is not strictly following the Whole30 protocol but their diets have improved a lot.  Both of my children have tried & liked more vegetables this past month & I am making sure they eat protein, fat & veggies at every meal & snack.  They also sleep better and have more energy.
    - Reduced my BMI from 20.7 to 19.8 - I was slender to begin with and did not expect to lose 6 pounds.
    - Better body composition - My waist is smaller and my stomach is flatter. 
    In the last week, I have reintroduced red wine, beer & raw honey.  I do not miss dairy, grains, legumes & soy so I am not going to bother reintroducing them.  I drank two glasses of a California Pinot Noir on the 26th and woke up the next day with a terrible headache and bags under my eyes.  On the 27th I followed the Whole30 protocol but then drank two beers in the evening.  Again I woke up the next day with a headache and decided to cut out beer.  I didn't miss it that much.  I went back onto the Whole30 protocol for a few days and immediately felt & looked better.  On New Year's Eve, I drank two glasses of a good quality French Bordeaux wine but made sure to also drink three glasses of sparkling water.  I also ate some walnuts with raw honey with my wine and before bed I drank more water.  I woke up the next day with no headache.  I feel best when I follow the Whole30 protocol and plan to only have wine occasionally on special occasions with friends.
    I am so happy that I completed the Whole30 and I only wish that I had discovered and tried it sooner.  I am excited to head into middle age in optimal health!!  I feel like I am a better version of myself & my whole family has benefitted from this lifestyle change.  I wish everyone who has decided to embark on the 30 day challenge all the best.  You can do it & you will also feel like a better version of yourself!!!
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    RandiW reacted to Mdubg in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    I guess I have to think of breakfast differently than what I would consider traditional breakfast foods. Those are all meals I would normally eat for lunch or dinner. I'm going to try just having last night's dinner leftovers for breakfast the next morning and see how I feel. I think I am just used to a less intricate breakfast (I used to make quinoa like oatmeal with fruit mixed in) or I'd have a smoothie with fruits and veggies. I am sick to death of eggs. Still not so sure how I feel about a salad for breakfast. Maybe I'll just do a vegetable stir fry (peppers, onions, garlic) and a side of chicken or beef sausage.
    Thank you all for posting your breakfast ideas. I just need to adjust my thinking (it's another meal, I don't need to call it breakfast).
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    RandiW reacted to Carlaccini in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea   
    Sorry to hear about your troubles.
    Think about cutting out the fruit and the nuts.for a bit.  They have been know to cause a lot of diggestive distress for many (including me)
    Also remember raw veggies (aka salads) some people have some diggestive issues.  For instance my body cannot break down raw carrots.  They come out the same way they went in (Sorry for my TMI). 
    That doesn't mean I don't eat salads or raw carrots.  I do - just not everyday.  I also find I have to consume a huge salad (think entire salad bowl) in order to keep satiated for hours.
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    RandiW reacted to Rachael2288 in Best Pork Chop of your LIFE   
    No problem slw600!

    4 boneless pork chops (size can vary, if they are REALLY big add more of each below)
    2-3 tbsp olive oil or ghee
    2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2-3 tbsp spicy brown mustard or dijon
    2-3 tbsp coconut aminos (if not paleo/Whole30 sub soy sauce or tamari)
    1 tbsp Frank's Red Hot (optional)
    1/2-1 tbsp minced garlic
    salt and pepper

    Put pork chops into a 1 gallon ziploc bag and add all ingredients except salt and pepper.
    Mix well until the chops are all coated and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours (mine was about 3 hours)
    When you are ready to cook them heat a tablespoon or two of ghee (clarified butter, coconut oil) in a large pan and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering
    Generously salt and pepper both sides of the chops and place them in the pan
    Cover with a lid and set timer for 5 minutes
    Once timer goes off, carefully flip them to sear the other side (be careful of hot oil!) for 5 minutes
    Once the timer goes off, remove the chops to a plate and tent tin foil over the top for 5 minutes or so to let the meat rest and stop the juices from flowing
    *** This last step is important because if you just cut into them all the tasty juices will run out and your chops with be dry, and like we discussed before, no one likes a dry chop!
    I like to plate the chops and then pour some of the juices back over the top for extra juiciness and flavor
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    RandiW reacted to WholeMamma in Whole30 & Trying To Conceive   
    Exciting times!! Congrats on deciding to start a family! Hubby and I did a whole30 right before we started trying which happened to time perfectly with when I ovulated and we were fortunate enough to conceive right away. Just follow the template and eat full meals and your body will thank you. Good luck!!
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    RandiW reacted to J9er in Lyme Disease   
    I don't have Lyme, but I was on antibiotics (doxy) for an extended period of time (longer than three months ) . It was after this that my weight steadily began to increase, I had numerous digestive issues among many other symptoms. I did 2 rounds whole30 with some good results, but Was still struggling with some symptoms before seeking the help of a functional medicine practitioner. After thorough testing, she mapped out a plan of action. I'm 4 months into the process and feeling better than ever.
    If you can find a FMP to work with on this it might be really helpful. The right person should also be able to help treat your Lyme as well as your gut. I know I was in a place where I just didn't really know which direction to take and it was leaving me confused and kind of exhausted. Having someone point me in the right direction was the best thing that could have happened. 
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    RandiW reacted to Hannlib in Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts   
    How I love those Elvis burgers. On this week's menu I think.
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    RandiW reacted to pickle14 in Lyme Disease   
    Yes, I am under the care of a physician.  The GERD is a gift from 3 months of prescribed antibiotics unfortunately.  It began 2 weeks into this Whole30 round.  I will continue to plug along here.  I have to realize that chronic Lyme that has infected muscle is not going to heal from 30 days of clean eating!  Still looking for an easy fix to a complicated disease I guess!
      On the plus side giving up sugar and wheat can only be a good thing.  I will do the slow roll reintroduction when I'm ready.  But no wheat, ever, if I can help it.  I'm curious about dairy mostly, I miss my probiotic yogurts.  I'm looking for foods that contain probiotics along with probiotic supplements.  I can see how acupuncture might help with some symptoms caused by Lyme, but I cannot see how acupuncture could eradicate a bacterial infection.
    Thanks for the replies! 
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    RandiW reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Lyme Disease   
    Hi pickle,
      Sorry you are struggling. Whole30 should be helping with your GERD, hopefully, if not yet then soon.
      I am not a medical professional, are you working with a doctor? I've heard anecdotal evidence that acupuncture can help with Lyme ... might be worth checking into if you do not improve.
      Wishing you good energy and health.
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    RandiW reacted to Robin Strathdee in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    As longs as you check the ingredients on their meats and dressings, a salad bar should  be okay. If there's anything there that sees to be canned, ask for ingredients for that as well.