lindyj

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    lindyj got a reaction from Johnny M in Best Ever Homestyle Meatloaf   
    I made a great BBQ sauce with applesauce as the sweetener, and my nephew thought it was great. I think it was from the It Starts With Food book. I spent the next week dipping chicken strips in it every chance I got.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Johnny M in Best Ever Homestyle Meatloaf   
    I made a great BBQ sauce with applesauce as the sweetener, and my nephew thought it was great. I think it was from the It Starts With Food book. I spent the next week dipping chicken strips in it every chance I got.
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    lindyj got a reaction from carolinaBlue in I officially have a slow cooker and a pot roast. Now what?   
    America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker cookbook is one of the best I've ever read. It has great discussions on the 'why' of everything, which helps when I start changing the recipes to fit what's in the fridge. It's not a paleo cookbook, but most of the recipes can be easily adjusted. Highly recommended!
    ..or just google paleo slow cooker and you will be inundated by ideas!
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    lindyj reacted to Brad Hefta-Gaub in Paleo Burrito with Rice and Beans   
    Paleo Burrito with Cauliflower Rice and "Paleo" Beans #paleo #whole30 #met #glutenfree #dairyfree #legumefree #grainfree - burrito was wrapped in omelet, beans was made from eggplant, butternut squash, and almond butter. Delish!!
    To make these "Beans" I roasted eggplant, and butternut squash. I mashed about 1/4 cup of each and added 1 Tbsp of almond butter. I added salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika to taste. They really tasted a lot like refried pinto beans! I was very pleased with the result!


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    lindyj reacted to Brad Hefta-Gaub in Paleo Burrito with Rice and Beans   
    It seems to me that SWYPO is a lot like what the US Supreme Court said about pornography. "It's hard to define, but you know it when you see it." And also "local standards for decency may vary".
    I think if you look at a recipe and it screams SWYPO, then for you, it is. And you shouldn't eat it on whole30. But if it's not a food or meal that you have an "unhealthy" relationship with. And, assuming it is properly balanced from a carb/protein/fat perspective such that it's not "crowding out healthier options" then I think you should feel free to enjoy it.
    I feel pretty strongly that we should make food that is not only nutritious but is also pleasing to ALL the senses. Taste, smell, looks, texture. (And it should sound good when it's described.) I don't think that's contrary to ISWF or Whole30.
    I don't think that recreating any traditional dish and calling it the traditional name, using whole30 approved ingredients is by definition SWYPO. It depends on the dish (cookies, cake, ice cream, pie, etc are clearly always SWYPO) and the person (if you have a weakness for BBQ ribs then making ribs and sweetening the BBQ sauce with date purée is SWYPO!)
    I will continue to cook in a manner that recreates traditional dishes, using healthy whole30 approved ingredients, and is nutrient rich and low glycemic index/not carb heavy. If that makes me unwelcome in Whole30, then I guess I can live with that. I'm sorry to hear that, and I'm sorry if I somehow violated the cultural norms of the community.
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    lindyj reacted to kb0426 in Is this how it starts?   
    I think it is the mind games and internal arguing that I did not miss the most on my whole30, and now my whole14.
    Had I not been in the middle of a whole14, I would have baked my favorite cookies today. I would have eaten them, too. Then I would have argued with myself about how many is a realistic amount to have...so on and so on.
    I think we all have to try though. I have "items" (I can't, in good conscience call them food) that are hard NOs for me. I don't drink soda, I haven't for 9 years. I won't eat fast food. I know that I can't have crackers in the house, as they are food without brakes, unless I have baked them myself. (When I put that much effort into cutting little perfect squares, it is easier to say STOP when I know the effort I had to put in.)
    I think you will learn over time what your limits are. The next time you see that soda, you will likely remember the angst it caused you and avoid purchasing again.
    You need to know when the choices you make are going to be "worth it." For me, I had to choose when I eat out, holiday celebrations and when food is not under my control as times when I relax.
    If those times become frequent, I know I will have a "reset button" and go wholex in order to get "clean" again.
    I would definitely forgive yourself! This is all part of the master experiment! I don't think you are in any denial at all; if you were, you would not have posted this .
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    lindyj got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Whole Foods Animal Welfare Standards   
    I often feel like it's impossible for me to get high quality anything at a decent price, living in a small town with the nearest Whole Foods being over 5 hours away. Vegetables are rarely good and always expensive.
    However, after reading a lot of threads regarding sourced meat, I have a new appreciation for my little town. I am fortunate to hundreds of square miles of ranch land surrounding me with very happy cows (sometimes miserable cold cows in the winter). Even better, we have a local butcher shop that butchers those cows without being sent to a feed lot. The prices are often better than those at Whole Foods if you buy in bulk (1/2 beef, 1/2 pig, etc). You can even pick out the cow you want if you desire. With that and a family full of hunters, our freezer is always stocked with high quality meat. The only exception is chicken. No good place to get chicken.
    I'd highly recommend looking for more local butchers where you can buy directly from them in bulk instead of a grocery store of any sort if possible. Or approaching a local rancher (if they exist where you live) and asking about just buying one of their cows. They get greatly reduced prices if they have to send their cows to feed lots to 'finish' on corn and you both can probably benefit from a deal. I know this isn't possible everywhere, but it's a great way to eat well and support the little guys when possible. If you don't mind paying more to support a kid's college fund, making a trip to a state fair and buying a steer from a kid is also a great option (you often pay well above market price here). Of course, some of them fatten with corn, but you have the opportunity to ask them directly how the cow was fed before the auction.
    Sorry for the soap box, but I love seeing our local ranchers moving away from selling all their cattle to the feed lots and instead keeping some in reserve for the 'yuppies' that want local, pastured meat (of course this is how their families eat on a daily basis). Benefits everyone!
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    lindyj got a reaction from katyroq in Jan 7 starters group   
    Haha! I'm an engineer, so I doubt I'll ever be able to kick the need for a 'controlled experiment'. It's what made me decide on the Whole30 in the first place.
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    lindyj reacted to BrianaDell in Jan 7 starters group   
    Oh, P.S..........................................................
    TODAY IS MY DAY 30!!!!
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    lindyj reacted to BrianaDell in Jan 7 starters group   
    Have you checked out Well Fed? She has her recipe for the weekly cook-up. I am sort of slowing coming up with my own weekly cook-up and it helps a ton to spend like 2 hours one day and have all those building blocks ready.
    For your cravings and such, you might need to eat more. The past few days (4-5) I have been SUUUPER lazy and grumpy. And I just realized today its because I'm hungry. My laziness has translated to me skipping the avocado on top of my eggs, or the second veggie with dinner and those little things have resulted in me being hungry and then ignoring it out of laziness. I think the weekly cook-up helps and I'm starting a menu spreadsheet so I can see- wait, where's my added fat? and don't accidentally forget it. For you this would probably be busyness not lazyness.
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    lindyj reacted to CrazyCow in Suggestions on cookbooks?   
    I second Everyday Paleo--awesome and pics are great, too
    George from Civilized Caveman Cooking (http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/) has a new cookbook out too--his site is FAB!!!
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    lindyj got a reaction from ORBren in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    It's going well. I don't know if I feel 'magic' yet, but I'm feeling most of the positive benefits. I feel great in general, and I'm starting to notice that my recovery from workouts is faster. Also, I love the more stable energy levels and positive attitude. I still need to work on getting better sleep. I manage 7-8 hours, but I'm waking up 1-2 times during the night, which I'm not excited about. Some of my problem is a bored dog, so my new plan is to tire her out as much as possible in the evenings so she leaves me alone at night:).
    I'm fighting my need to have more sweets in the morning. The first couple of weeks wasn't a problem, but lately I've been craving fruit in the morning. While that's not bad, I know that's a habit I would very quickly fall back on, missing out on all the veggies I need.
    So I guess I'm just trucking along right now.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Krista Billows Rodriguez in Suggestions on cookbooks?   
    I can't wait until Wellfed 2 comes out! Anyone have "Sweet Potato Power"? I read a couple reviews and it looks interesting, especially for athletes. So many options!
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    lindyj reacted to gatork in Suggestions on cookbooks?   
    Also Make It Paleo and Paleo Comfort Foods - both excellent!
    PaleOMG is releasing a cookbook later this year too
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    lindyj reacted to GLC1968 in Suggestions on cookbooks?   
    Well Fed is my favorite, hands down, but I also like:
    Paleo Comfort Foods
    Everyday Paleo (not all cookbook, but still some great recipes in there!)
    Paleo Slow Cooking (just got this - first two recipes I tried were great)
    Make It Paleo is good too, but the deserts are distracting (the photography is beautiful).
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    lindyj reacted to Roz Griffiths in Suggestions on cookbooks?   
    Practical Paleo is a good one, though there's a lot of "how-to" before you get to the recipes (worth the wait though!). I believe Well Fed 2 is coming out in a few months, i can't wait!!
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    lindyj got a reaction from Derval in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    Day 19! The last week or so has gone by so fast! I'm not as stressed about what I can't eat, so it's allowed me to focus more on fine-tuning what I am eating. I'm trying to listen to my body on how much to eat. It's a work in progress. Sometimes I feel over-full after a meal, sometimes I know about 20 minutes later that I didn't eat enough.
    I have a dinner tonight at an Asian restaurant. I panicked when I saw the menu (it's a high-end local restaurant), it was full of everything I can't eat. Luckily this is a small town and when I mentioned my panic to a friend at the gym, she said she worked with the chef's wife and she'd ask if there was anything paleo. Turns out the chef loves to try new things and told her to tell me to just explain what I can/can't have to the waitress and he'd whip up a meat/veggie stirfry for me without the sugar/wheat/soy sauces. Score!
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    lindyj got a reaction from Stepford WASP in Jan 7 starters group   
    Don't give up! This is a 30 day process, not a 17 day one. We have to continue with our daily stressful lives, and can't lose weight at 'Biggest Loser' speeds. I don't see a major difference yet either, but our bodies are having to go through a drastic change right now. There will be ups and downs, I'm sure. Recheck your food and see if you can adjust your stress levels. As long as we're following the guidelines, I feel confident we're helping our bodies, not hurting them.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Stepford WASP in Jan 7 starters group   
    Don't give up! This is a 30 day process, not a 17 day one. We have to continue with our daily stressful lives, and can't lose weight at 'Biggest Loser' speeds. I don't see a major difference yet either, but our bodies are having to go through a drastic change right now. There will be ups and downs, I'm sure. Recheck your food and see if you can adjust your stress levels. As long as we're following the guidelines, I feel confident we're helping our bodies, not hurting them.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Derval in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    Day 15!!! This weekend was a breeze compared to my first one. Though I probably grazed on sweet potato chews a little too often. Went out to see a band and sipped on club soda and a lime. Bars are not nearly as interesting when sober, so I only made it a little past midnight. Great success to manage to be around a lot of temptations and not let it bother me.
    I don't actually crave anything off plan, but I have at fleeting thoughts of items I miss. I need to start thinking about my post Whole30 game plan so I don't fall into the same habits I had pre-Whole30.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Derval in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    Day 15!!! This weekend was a breeze compared to my first one. Though I probably grazed on sweet potato chews a little too often. Went out to see a band and sipped on club soda and a lime. Bars are not nearly as interesting when sober, so I only made it a little past midnight. Great success to manage to be around a lot of temptations and not let it bother me.
    I don't actually crave anything off plan, but I have at fleeting thoughts of items I miss. I need to start thinking about my post Whole30 game plan so I don't fall into the same habits I had pre-Whole30.
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    lindyj got a reaction from kluv in Jan 7 starters group   
    Happy Day 15 everyone!! Halfway through!
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    lindyj got a reaction from Jessica M. in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    Thank you for the support!
    Day 2 wasn't so bad once I was awake. I woke up from a crazy dream about unthinkingly grabbing a sugar cookie from a plate and starting to chew on it. In my dream I realized what I was doing and spit it out all over the floor before running to wash my mouth out. In my dream I was much farther along Whole30 than 2 days and I didn't want to start over for a sugar cookie I didn't even like. Kind of creepy.
    Physically I feel pretty good. I expected a hangover like headache, but only got a slightly foggy head. We'll see how my early morning workout feels. Still working on what I need to feed myself prior to a workout when I get up ~30 minutes before having to start. Monday it was a pear and a few almonds.
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    lindyj got a reaction from Susan R in "80% Compliance" (with Whole30) = "20% Results"   
    I went to my local butcher and they gave me something they call "Fresh sides". It's cut like bacon and a little salt is added, but that's it. It's not smoked or cured, but still tastes pretty assume when you cook it up. I usually just add a little of my own seasoning before cooking. Added bonus is that it costs less than their bacon!
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    lindyj got a reaction from ORBren in Lindy's Whole30 Log   
    All is going well, thanks for touching base!! Day 12 and I think I'm getting into the swing of things. Last weekend was terrifying (lack of structure, schedule), but I'm not nearly as scared this weekend. I have a plan! Also feeling great!