GLC1968

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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Whole30Sue in The crazy things people say   
    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once.
    I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side.
    This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention!
    For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask.
    AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from redsd1 in Chipotle?   
    Chipotle is my savior. I travel a lot and even in places where there are no Whole Foods or other 'health' markets within 50 miles, they have Chipotle. Honestly, once I had a carnitas salad for lunch and dinner...two days in a row! Eek!
    I like the idea of extra lettuce on top because when you get it to go, some of that precious quac always sticks to the lid and we can't have that!
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from wildwildrose in A QUESTION FOR THE EXPERTS!   
    I'm also not an expert, but I'll add my $0.02.
    For me the biggest digestive issues I have are with grains (particularly wheat and corn), legumes, soy and most dairy. I don't mind letting a little sugar back into my diet if whatever it is that contains it doesn't taste sweet. If it does, I consider it a treat and I only eat it after a meal (never when it's the only thing I'm eating or I'll be hating life a week later when I can't shake the sugar demon!).
    At home, I always cook compilant with the exception of vanilla extract and the occasional white potato. When we eat out, I choose good foods (usually salad with meat sans dressing or meat with veggies as a side) but I don't worry about cooking oils or sauces unless they are creamy (which I avoid). Admittedly, there is the occasional french fry, too. I have a life-long weakness for good french fries. We also have sushi about once a month but I don't have soy sauce.
    Whole30 changed a lot of habits for us. While I may have wine on special occasions, we had to give up our cellar club memberships at two local wineries because after our first Whole30, we started drinking way less. We just couldn't keep up with all the bottles we were getting shipped every quarter! And I also gave up stepping on the scale and putting anything in my coffee, too.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Whole30Sue in The crazy things people say   
    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once.
    I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side.
    This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention!
    For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask.
    AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from appelsinpiken in The crazy things people say   
    Yesterday I was filling out the paperwork for a new doctor (I'm seeing an oral surgeon next week). One of the questions was "are you on a diet?". Am I on a diet? What kind of question is that?...and from a doctor's office, no less! I mean, had they asked 'do you have any dietary restrictions?' I would understand it. Way to perpetuate the 'diet' mentality...
    I answered 'no' by the way because I am making the assumption they mean "are you eating in a certain way, temporarily" and I'm not, but really, anyone eating food is on a 'diet'. I can't wait to point it out to them when I go into the office next week. Yes, I'm going to be 'that' person.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Whole30Sue in The crazy things people say   
    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once.
    I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side.
    This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention!
    For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask.
    AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Seafarer in Let's Get Real: Business Traveler Nervous to Venture Out   
    I do this all the time and honestly, it really helps me appreciate how awesome it is to be doing a Whole30 at home!
     
    You are smart to get the first week under your belt before you hit the road.
     
    In addition to what everyone has said, I keep track of things I can eat that are compliant from chain restaurants.  I tend to eat a lot of carnitas salads from Chipotle.  Panera has a few salads that will work if you leave off the cheese and sub their roasted turkey for the chicken.  I hear you on the food deserts though!
     
    I pretty much always have apples, baby carrots and both RxBars and Epic bars (or bites) on me at all times. That way, if I can't find anything that will work, I have *something* to eat.  That said, after about day 20 or so, I find that if I really can't find anything that'll work, skipping a meal doesn't hurt me.  I couldn't do that in week 1 or 2 without crazy hunger or headaches, but once I've become 'fat adapted' it's easier.  Not ideal, but better than eating off plan.  I just make sure that my next meal is bigger (like at a steakhouse or something).  Oh, I also keep a small bottle of olive oil and vinegar in my liquids bag in my carry-on.  This makes a HUGE difference on airport salads (if you can find versions without cheese in them!).  Just make sure this bottle seals well.  I have a camping version from REI.  
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    GLC1968 reacted to Kelly2612 in Upcoming 10k and energy seriously lagging   
    Post-race update:
    I mad​e it! The few days before the race my energy started to improve and I started eating more starchy veggies and trying to eat more food in general. My time was slower than I wanted it to be, but for my first 10k in the middle of my first Whole30, I felt pretty proud crossing the finish line anyway.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from littleg in Non-Bitter Coffee   
    An Aeropress or a Chemex (google them!) are great ways to make non-bitter coffee but they require time and attention.  I do both on occasion, but I also like my Trader Joe's Medium Roast K-cups.  Yes, I said K-cups.  I know all the coffee connoisseurs just gasped or rolled their eyes!  But truly, it's good basic smooth drinking coffee.  I actually like the same TJ's Medium roast in my Aeropress or my Chemex as well and you can't beat the price.
     
    Another 'trick' to drinking coffee black for the first time?  Put it in a stainless steel travel mug with a lid.  When you can't see that it's black, it's easier to wrap your brain around it.  I did that for the first few weeks of my first Whole30.  At the end, I couldn't wait to go back to my heavy cream in my coffee and what do you know?  I hated it.  I only like coffee black now!
     
    Drinking coffee black has made life so much easier that it's one of my favorite 'results' of my first Whole30.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from newwhole30er in What bowl do you use for your salads?   
    My husband and I went bowl shopping about a year ago for this exact purpose.  We bought two massive ceramic bowls from Pier 1 that kind of coordinate with our dishes.  They are our designated 'salad bowls'.  Occasionally they get used for serving dishes at Thanksgiving but most of the time, they are reserved for individual salads.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Seafarer in Let's Get Real: Business Traveler Nervous to Venture Out   
    I do this all the time and honestly, it really helps me appreciate how awesome it is to be doing a Whole30 at home!
     
    You are smart to get the first week under your belt before you hit the road.
     
    In addition to what everyone has said, I keep track of things I can eat that are compliant from chain restaurants.  I tend to eat a lot of carnitas salads from Chipotle.  Panera has a few salads that will work if you leave off the cheese and sub their roasted turkey for the chicken.  I hear you on the food deserts though!
     
    I pretty much always have apples, baby carrots and both RxBars and Epic bars (or bites) on me at all times. That way, if I can't find anything that will work, I have *something* to eat.  That said, after about day 20 or so, I find that if I really can't find anything that'll work, skipping a meal doesn't hurt me.  I couldn't do that in week 1 or 2 without crazy hunger or headaches, but once I've become 'fat adapted' it's easier.  Not ideal, but better than eating off plan.  I just make sure that my next meal is bigger (like at a steakhouse or something).  Oh, I also keep a small bottle of olive oil and vinegar in my liquids bag in my carry-on.  This makes a HUGE difference on airport salads (if you can find versions without cheese in them!).  Just make sure this bottle seals well.  I have a camping version from REI.  
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Seafarer in New WHO report says that processed meats cause cancer   
    Really great article (well researched) about this discussing the role of fruits and veggies (or lack of them) in the studies used by the WHO.
    http://www.thepaleomom.com/2015/08/the-link-between-meat-and-cancer.html
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from ladylowe10 in Day 3 and struggling!   
    I hear you on the chili challenge.  It seems so boring with nothing added or on top!
     
    My favorite Whole30 approved topping is diced avocado.  You get that 'creamy' addition that I used to get from cheese and the flavor actually goes really well with chili.
     
    Hang tough - you will get to the point that turning down those foods gets easier (not 'easy' but easier!).
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from GFChris in Vegetable side dishes - need suggestions   
     
    I like this recipe, too.  I make the same modifications that GFChris does BUT I often use a bag of broccoli slaw in place of the turnips. Completely different result, but yummy (and super easy) as well!
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Seafarer in New WHO report says that processed meats cause cancer   
    Really great article (well researched) about this discussing the role of fruits and veggies (or lack of them) in the studies used by the WHO.
    http://www.thepaleomom.com/2015/08/the-link-between-meat-and-cancer.html
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    GLC1968 reacted to missmary in After work...   
     
    One possible shift is to start thinking of food as more than just a tasty treat. I eat various things for various reasons, and most of the time they taste great to me, but tasting great is not my only criteria. Maybe thinking on the way home about what your body needs would help? Think about how you can nourish your body tonight, all the great nutrients you can provide, how the starchy veggies can support your mood and activity level, how the good fat can support your brain function. This doesn't mean food shouldn't or couldn't be yummy, or that yummy isn't a valid criteria. It is. It just isn't the only one.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from GFChris in Vegetable side dishes - need suggestions   
     
    I like this recipe, too.  I make the same modifications that GFChris does BUT I often use a bag of broccoli slaw in place of the turnips. Completely different result, but yummy (and super easy) as well!
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
  23. Like
    GLC1968 got a reaction from Carlaccini in Break Room Full of Goodies - Need Support   
    Nothing in that break room is WORTH IT.  I can say that will all the confidence in the world because the worlds best foods do not live in office break rooms!!
     
    Grandma's lasagna?  Worth it.
    Those special holiday cookies that your best friend makes every year?  Worth it.
    Your first bite of your wedding cake with your new husband?  Worth it.
     
    Crap that someone brought in to put in a break room so THEY don't have to see it on the counter at home?  So Not Worth It.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from frogtox in Portable Coconut Milk Container?   
    Be forewarned, the container frogtox posted will leak with really liquidy/runny/thin stuff.  I tried taking vinegar with me once and it ruined a purse!
     
    I use containers from REI - go to your local backpacking/hiking/camping store and see what they have.  Most of it is designed to be very light weight, handle a lot of abuse and not leak (and it's all food safe).  Tons of shapes and sizes and many that are 3 oz or less now due to TSA regulations.
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    GLC1968 got a reaction from frogtox in Portable Coconut Milk Container?   
    Be forewarned, the container frogtox posted will leak with really liquidy/runny/thin stuff.  I tried taking vinegar with me once and it ruined a purse!
     
    I use containers from REI - go to your local backpacking/hiking/camping store and see what they have.  Most of it is designed to be very light weight, handle a lot of abuse and not leak (and it's all food safe).  Tons of shapes and sizes and many that are 3 oz or less now due to TSA regulations.