BethannM

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    BethannM got a reaction from GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    In the emulsification process, it "fluffs" up quite a bit, too.  This recipe makes almost 1 1/2 cups.  I use maybe an ounce on a salad.  That's closer to 6 or 7 grams per salad.  And the sugar is from fruit, which I'm not eating much of at all.  It's all good!
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    BethannM got a reaction from Talie1706 in Whole 30 (or 40) for Lent   
    Hi!  I'm doing a Lenten Whole40, too!    I found the Whole30 three years ago and started on Ash Wednesday then, too. Changed my whole life. You can read my testimony at the top of chapter 7 in their book.  I'm finally, FINALLY, after three years, really following the Whole9 lifestyle and have further changed all of me, right down to who I am, not merely how I feel or how I look.  I'm just a better PERSON all around, and I do attribute it to the Whole9 principles, as well as to the work of the Holy Spirit.
     
    I'm afraid I have to agree with Chris that you've got to really, really, really adhere to ALL of the guidelines to reap the benefits of a Whole30.  Don't beat yourself up about the carageenan on one of your days of Lent, because that is still sacrifice of taste when you're used to cream, but I would get to the store and restart your Whole30.  You've got time to get all the ingredients you need on hand and still finish before Easter. 
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    BethannM got a reaction from GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    In the emulsification process, it "fluffs" up quite a bit, too.  This recipe makes almost 1 1/2 cups.  I use maybe an ounce on a salad.  That's closer to 6 or 7 grams per salad.  And the sugar is from fruit, which I'm not eating much of at all.  It's all good!
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    BethannM got a reaction from GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    In the emulsification process, it "fluffs" up quite a bit, too.  This recipe makes almost 1 1/2 cups.  I use maybe an ounce on a salad.  That's closer to 6 or 7 grams per salad.  And the sugar is from fruit, which I'm not eating much of at all.  It's all good!
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    BethannM got a reaction from GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    In the emulsification process, it "fluffs" up quite a bit, too.  This recipe makes almost 1 1/2 cups.  I use maybe an ounce on a salad.  That's closer to 6 or 7 grams per salad.  And the sugar is from fruit, which I'm not eating much of at all.  It's all good!
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    BethannM reacted to GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
     
    I was initially concerned about the number of dates, but then saw the amount of vinegar and oil used, and from that, deduced that this is a recipe for multiple servings.
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    BethannM reacted to ultrarunnergirl in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    Sugar content in dried or fresh fruit is something to watch, certainly, but it's not a W30 violation.
     
    Besides, this recipe makes over a cup of dressing. I doubt she's going to down it all in one sitting.
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    BethannM got a reaction from JohannaE in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    I know that dates are Whole30 approved, and I know that balsamic vinaigrette is approved.  But since we're not supposed to have almond flour pancakes (or banana pancakes, or sweet potato pancakes, or any kind of pancake!), etc., is it still in keeping with the spirit of the Whole30 to have a homemade balsamic vinaigrette that has dates in it?  I do. not. like. unsweet. salad. dressings. So does that mean that I have to not use this?  Cause here's the thing. I will end up not eating any salads for my Whole30. And salads are so great for me!  So....what do you think?  Yes?  Or no?  Here's my recipe (it's an Against All Grain makeover):
     
    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
    5 dates
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    4 teaspoons dried basil
    1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
    3 cloves garlic, peeled
    2/3 cup light olive oil
     
    Everything except the oil goes in the blender, Blend until smooth.  Drizzle olive oil slowly (like making mayonnaise) into running blender to incorporate and emulsify oil.  Makes a thick, creamy dressing. 
     
    Thanks in advance!
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    BethannM reacted to 1Maryann in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    Publix Greenwise Dijon also doesn't contain wine.
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    BethannM reacted to GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    It's because of the alcohol in the white wine.  If wine is in the ingredients list, the Whole30 considers it in the product and is therefore, off-limits for a Whole30.
     
    FWIW, Whole Foods' 365 brand organic dijon does not contain wine.
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    BethannM got a reaction from JohannaE in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    I know that dates are Whole30 approved, and I know that balsamic vinaigrette is approved.  But since we're not supposed to have almond flour pancakes (or banana pancakes, or sweet potato pancakes, or any kind of pancake!), etc., is it still in keeping with the spirit of the Whole30 to have a homemade balsamic vinaigrette that has dates in it?  I do. not. like. unsweet. salad. dressings. So does that mean that I have to not use this?  Cause here's the thing. I will end up not eating any salads for my Whole30. And salads are so great for me!  So....what do you think?  Yes?  Or no?  Here's my recipe (it's an Against All Grain makeover):
     
    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
    5 dates
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    4 teaspoons dried basil
    1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
    3 cloves garlic, peeled
    2/3 cup light olive oil
     
    Everything except the oil goes in the blender, Blend until smooth.  Drizzle olive oil slowly (like making mayonnaise) into running blender to incorporate and emulsify oil.  Makes a thick, creamy dressing. 
     
    Thanks in advance!
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    BethannM reacted to GFChris in homemade balsamic vinaigrette with dates in it?   
    This recipe is fine. I would equate it to using fruit juice as a flavoring in cooking.

    Just be sure your Dijon mustard is compliant - no wine.
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    BethannM reacted to GFChris in Whole 30 (or 40) for Lent   
     
    Sorry, carrageenan is a big no-no on a Whole30. It's not allowed, period, and ingesting it requires a restart of a Whole30 on day 1. 
     
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    BethannM reacted to jhmomi in Congrats on Baby9!   
    Congratulations Dallas and Melissa. I saw your FB post and wanted to make sure all the forum folks knew your good news!
    The FB post said Baby9 is due in April.
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    BethannM got a reaction from Derval in Reboot until Christmas -- My Whole20something   
    Well, I only made it 9 days. Long story, but I hit that day 5/6/7 sugar withdrawal depression that in me, because of my weird brain chemisty anyway, takes me down to the very bottom. I was dealing with some extra stressors on top of it and found myself with suicidal ideations. I went ahead and ate "normaly" yesterday and will get back on plan today, but it won't be an uninterrupted 30 days.
    What happened during my first 9 days that was positive? (Remember, this is not my first go-'round.)
    --lost 8 pounds
    --pair of jeans I haven't worn in over two years now fits
    --PAIN FREE
    --high blood pressure GONE (120/78 yesterday at doctor visit)
    I wish I could say I had clarity of mind, but alas, I did not press through for that. The eating plan was actualy adding to my stress (family does not come on board with me AT ALL), and with a horrible bout of depression, I made the choice to eat non-paleo foods. I don't regret that, which is actually really huge right there. I have done ridiculous guilt over my eating over the last almost-two years since my first Whole30. So this is probably the biggest thing right here:
    --FOOD LOST CONTROL OVER ME!!!!!
    I will continue to support you through yours, and I will be eating clean again, but wanted to fess up about my off-roading. I am THRILLED with the results thus far and look forward to how great life will be for me once I hit December 24!
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    BethannM reacted to kew in Reboot until Christmas -- My Whole20something   
    I read with great interest Dallas and Melissa's comments some time ago about not trying to Whole30 through the holidays. I had already done a rough but (frankly) delicious reentry from a Whole50 and then went dairy and grains wild. Ahem.
    I didn't feel as bad about all of it as I had expected, and I started to wonder whether the Whole30 was "worth it." The part that seems particularly difficult to me, long-term, is the dairy. I've loved dairy all my life and I'm from northern European stock so I feel--or want to believe--that I "must" be adapted for it.
    Well, one of the reasons to do my first Whole30 in the first place was to see if I can do without dairy. And I can, after all. I didn't at the time feel like my sinuses had miraculously cleared up, a side effect I was hoping for. I didn't have the full-on body-composition miracle I had sought, either. (I was both awed and depressed by Tom D.'s comment that his weight loss was very slow and steady -- like 2-3 lbs/months for a year or more. I'm in a hurry, here, people! )
    Then again, now my sinuses are really tight, and I've had some trouble breathing while running. So I am trying again, at least until our Christmas travels start. And if my sinuses are better by then, I may stay off the dairy during the trip, too, at least in its non-butter forms.
    So, here's a shout-out to all of us who are rebooting, whether in the spirit of pure experimentation or post-Thanksgiving self-disgust or whatever.....(I've got at least those two going....). Let's all wish ourselves some holiday cheers of the non-gluten/lactose/sucrose/fructose kind, and remember that there is surely something besides food-that-is-bad-for-us to cheer ourselves with and for.
    (Ending a sentence on a preposition. Churchill might be pleased.)
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    BethannM got a reaction from whitjm5 in Whole 30 approved mayo?   
    I have looked but have not found anything available commercially that fits the Whole30 bill. I made my own yesterday. My blender gets too hot and curdled it the first time I tried. Yesterday I used the food processor instead. Success! Wonderful stuff, and super easy and super cheap!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!
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    BethannM got a reaction from kayell in Slip-up = Whole 30 Do-over?   
    I wouldn't look at it as starting over. Just add 30 days to the last 7. Technically it's a do-over, because your body hasn't done the same level of healing and resetting as if you had not had the off-limits coconut milk. But you've already made all the other changes. Don't discount that hard work! Your "Day 1: The Redux" will be so much easier than your first Day 1, kwim? Don't despair. You're doing so great! It wasn't all for nothing--it was all for YOU!