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  1. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I'm still chugging along over here. I had to change my mindset. A friend of mine, who is vegan, we always discuss food stuff. We never argue that one way is better than the other and we end up being able to add to each other's repertoire somehow and it's great. She watched this documentary called Hungry for Change, and what was especially poignant for her was a man named Gabriel that talked about nourishing our bodies, focusing on "adding to" instead of "taking away" and how much your mindset affects what you eat. Starting today I focused on what I could add to my diet to better nourish my body rather than take away from it. So yeah, I had a tortilla with breakfast but for lunch I just followed my gut and ended up making a delicious mushroom soup with my homemade chicken stock that's been going since night before last in the crock pot plus a salad with leftover chicken from said crockpot. I feel better giving to my body rather than depriving. For my birthday my husband bought me a copy of Skintervention, which is by Liz Wolfe aka CaveGirlEats. In it she talks about listening to your body and chewing a lot. Eating away from the screen, looking at your food for 30 seconds before you take a bite and think about how it's going to taste, how it will nourish you, and really get those digestive systems primed. Then my husband sends me this link to reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/1aggke/ysk_how_to_eat_not_as_easy_as_it_sounds_as/) about a guy who is spending a year between high school and college in this martial arts school in China. The master is 60 and doesn't look it one bit, they grow all their food on site, they're self sufficient, and one of the things they MUST do is take time to eat. If they take any less than 30 minutes they are punished! They are told to chew 30 times per bite, and after about a week it's really not taking so long. Doing this in combination with eating everything on your plate is supposed to minimize the large amount of food you put away and I imagine it will help you listen to your body better. I know I'm usually a distracted eater.. eating is something I do because I can't continue doing whatever else I'm doing without doing that, so I race through it to keep working on my projects. I have been reading this blog series over at plantoeat.com. There's a mom there who has done GAPS and is now doing the autoimmune protocol in Practical Paleo. She's got a husband and kids who won't be eating this way with her and she linked this book she used to do batch cooking for her family so she could focus on cooking her AIP meals. I bought the kindle version this morning and am going through it. There's some great things in there so far, and I'm only on poultry. Instead of focusing on the "shit, it has panko in it", I am focusing on "wow, it's got all this other good stuff in it" because with my husband and kids, it's going to be a long process. So I need to give them things they are accustomed to and then slowly introduce new things,, one new thing per week, but it can't be an entire meal because everyone will balk. How is everyone else doing? I saw jtota made a post on her blog that she's going to focus on being vegan, that she had come in here and seen how so many of us were talking about what we couldn't wait to have after our whole30 was up, and that sure didn't make paleo seem sustainable did it? I was a little pissed that it was put that way, considering this space was a safe space for those of us who want to change to paleo are able to talk about those things. I guess she's right, though, because I know I have to be completely ready for something when it's a drastic change. I tried several times to quit smoking - the gum, the pill, and finally I just.. quit. Done. I know my vegan friend has had trouble getting switched over to it full time.. that doesn't make it any less or more sustainable. The fact is, I've got 33 years of eating like crap to overcome and it's not going to be overnight. Apparently, eating like crap doesn't just include what I put in my body, though! We all have our challenges and our comfort zones to step out of.. and hey, not everyone wants to jump into that cold pool right? Sometimes we have to dip our toes in, and then bravely step into that top step, and then maybe down another step to our thighs, and then again to our waist, before we just dunk our heads under already.
  2. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I am eating my first salad lunch since completing my Whole30. I forgot how good it tasted.
  3. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I'm still here, sort of. I keep going through these swings of getting on board with how I need to eat and falling off the wagon. This was my cycle before Whole30. I feel so grumpy and mean and like I have no control over my temper. I am yelling. I feel like a monster! I am drinking coffee just to survive the days, I've been eating a lot of fast food because I'm not planning. I feel like I need another Whole30, if anything to get through that first week and change to where the magic happens. Even if it's with caffeine.. I don't even feel energized when I drink the coffee, I just feel like it's keeping me awake. Doesn't help that my period is here. I said I would do the 21DSD on March 4th but I feel like that is so. far. away. I need something now. I feel like my sanity is slipping. I need some of this weight off me, as much as I don't want that to be a priority for Whole30, I just need to lose this heaviness that is keeping me from doing things too. We've been talking about homeschooling our kids and to do that I need to my shit in gear. We purchased an Excalibur dehydrator and a grill with our tax return. Now I really want to cook through Well Fed. A lot of the paleo cookbooks utilize the grill and I always felt I couldn't do the recipes justice in the oven. It'll help not having to sweat my ass off in the kitchen during cooking days. I think my husband is seeing the difference in me based on my food choices. He's so sweet, he wants to cook me a paleo cake for my birthday so at least it's a "healthier" cake than store-bought. He's calling it his Fail!Cake. I don't care what it tastes like, I'm so excited he's being so thoughtful.
  4. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Sorry I have been MIA. I've been having several discussions with my husband and kids and some paleo friends. I decided to move on from my Whole30 and not do the 21DSD this month. I need to have a clearly defined line between the end of my Whole30 and the start of my 21DSD. I realized that I am coming very close to teaching my daughter about this complex with "food challenges" and I need to work on fixing that. So I gave in and enjoyed some paleo baked goods (Elana's Pantry Orange Dark Chocolate Scones). I went to a birthday party, and following both some advice I once read on the MDA forums (the 5%, or 10% or 20% of paleo people like to follow should be used in cases where you're at a birthday party and there's cake. Don't be a jerk and refuse to eat the cake. In my case, especially when the birthday girl is offering you some.) and a few paleo people at this party. I need to let go of the guilt and focus more on increasing my willpower. Have I been eating perfect? No, but perfectionism kills me (and many others). Was my diet *perfect*? No. Could it be improved? Sure. I don't want to get to the point where I am counting everything I eat to maximize my macronutrient ratios. I did track on myfitnesspal for a few days just to see if MDA/Whole9/Balanced Bites were right regarding carbs - if you stick to primarily veggies with limited fruit you are going to stick pretty much right in the sweet spot weight loss zone of carbs (50 to 100g). In my case, without the apple or banana I was just below 50g which is okay but seriously, the amounts listed on any website are not perfect because you don't know the exact measurement and girth of that banana or apple compared to what you have in your hand. My point about this weekend, though, is that I didn't binge! I made choices but continued to have really healthy food without just completely ditching my hard work. I am testing recipes for the Paleo Parent's new cookbook. Last night's dinner was amazing - Bacon Chicken (a whole chicken wrapped in bacon), summer squash, and mashed cauliflower. My daughter REALLY liked it. The carcass is in the crockpot for stock and should be ready for soup tomorrow! I think it'll end up a various veggie soup with whatever I need to use or lose. I am checking out a new farm coop tomorrow. Their bacon (fresh, uncured) is half the cost of my regular farmer's bacon and I am so excited. I made The Paleo Mom's paleo yeast bread tonight and it turned out pretty good. I hope my kids approve for their lunches! How's everyone else doing?
  5. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I keep forgetting to mention one of those "weird" things that has resolved itself during my Whole30. Almost 2 years ago I had a root canal done, my first one ever, in one of my lower back molars (just before the wisdom teeth that I don't have). I understood it would be sensitive for the first couple of weeks but the discomfort continued. I went back to the dentist about a month after the procedure and he readjusted my bite/drilled into the crown to fix it and huzzah, no more discomfort. For a little while, but then it came back. I just kind of dealt with it. I saw another dentist (the dentist that did the work is no longer with the practice) who took a x-ray and said there was nothing wrong, and suggested I brush it more often. Uh, okay. Didn't work. Guess what has not been hurting the last 3-4 weeks? That tooth. I have no idea *why* but I am so thankful that it doesn't hurt anymore!
  6. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Do you have a crock pot? For cheaper you could buy whole chickens, throw it in the crock pot with water and a splash of apple cider vinegar (to help pull the minerals out of the bones) and let it go for 24 hours.
  7. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    After many attempts to move my very attached child to her own room we ended up moving her mattress into our room. She still tries to climb into our bed in the middle of the night. My son at least has his crib attached to our bed without the side so there's a little bit of room, but some days I have woken up feeling like a sausage. I have not made Larabars with my Vitamix yet! I imagine it would be done with the wet blade. There's a yahoo group I'm in called VitamixEnthusiasts and there's SO much information in the files/links sections on how to do things. I know there was a discussion about Larabars in the last few months, too. I have had a couple of failed attempts following recipes on blogs in my food processor so let me know how yours turns out! I stopped feeding them to my kids because the company does not support GMO labeling.
  8. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I have a Vitamix, and I more or less got it just for this. I started off with just a simple recipe of 1 banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup coconut water, a handful of pepitas, a handful of spinach (I cook it then squeeze the liquid out and freeze them into ~1 tbsp balls to get rid of the oxalates), a few dates (depending on size, so if they're big I might use two but if they're teeny I might use 4), 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp chia seeds and some yogurt or milk kefir. I blitz it all in the Vitamix until smooth, and sometimes I use frozen banana to help keep it cold/unmelted until it gets completely smooth. I have since adjusted my recipe by sight. This last time I put probably 1 1/2 bananas in, the rest of a package of frozen cherries, about 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, frozen spinach (I didn't have time to cook it because were out of popsicles and they were being requested!), a full juicebox of coconut water, half of the container of remaining milk kefir, eyeballed the pepitas, chia seeds and cocoa powder and threw in about 6 dates. It was more liquid than smoothie but it worked just the same. I have two kinds of popsicle molds: the kind that are hard plastic with the sticks you put on top and the silicone pushpop kind, which he hasn't quite figured out so I usually put it in a bowl and nuke it for about 15 seconds to soften and cut it up with a spoon. This last batch the milk kefir was rather stinky but he still loves it. I'm waiting for my first batch of coconut milk kefir to finish, probably by the end of today/tomorrow morning which will time perfectly for the next batch! There's usually some leftover (or at least I try to time it that way) from making popsicles so then he gets to drink the leftovers.
  9. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Another awful night with the boy-child that lasted about 1 1/2 hours at 2:30am. At least I went to sleep around 9:45. I'm breaking my no caffeine rule today and my husband is going to 7-11 to procure me some. Thankfully I still have a can of coconut milk in the cabinet. I have a friend coming over with her son this morning, then another friend coming over for dinner tonight, and my daughter has wanted to invite a neighbor girl over so I sent a letter with her to give to her friend's mom with our contact information. Now is when the pressure to keep the house spotless starts. Thankful I had the 30 days to not care. I'm buying an Excalibur dehydrator! I'm going to make beef jerky (yummmm) for me, and fruit leather for the kids, and I'm sure there are a ton of other things, too. UPS delivered my 25 lb box of almond flour last night. I am making a bread recipe for my kids and muffins for breakfasts for them/my husband. As much as I don't want them relying on alterna-flours I feel it's better than the alternative. I think my daughter is suffering from blood sugar spikes and drops and my mom got me all paranoid about type 1 diabetes that I'm taking her to the doctor on Monday to talk to him about it. Just to rule it out. I think she thinks the dietary modification I do isn't all it's cracked up to be, and I really despise the second guessing when she hasn't done any of the research I have.
  10. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    My list says winter squashes are acorn, delicata and kabocha. I didn't even realize that I had the option of beets, butternut or pumpkin until I told you about it.. but I'm feeling rather good without them. I feel like I still have a lot of food options. Kefir! I have some grains I had used for milk kefir that I converted to use in coconut milk (and to make coconut milk kefir yogurt) as a substitute mainly for my son's smoothie popsicles. I've never been that big of a fan of fermented dairy so I don't know if it will appeal to me. I do enjoy fermenting foods, though, so I might suck it up and drink some just for the benefits to my body.
  11. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Yesterday I did not do much. I did some work on my computer and then played some games and then cuddled with my son while he napped and caught up on some TV shows. After my daughter got home she wanted to play xbox (Beautiful Katamari) so we did that for a bit, and then I went to ballet. She changed some things up, instead of barre work we did things in the middle of the floor. No support, so my muscles definitely feel it today! My son woke me up in the middle of the night..the way this always happens, he wakes me up to nurse, my husband's alarm clock goes off to take his second medication dose and then I'm wide awake for 30 more minutes. Rough. I think I was awake for about an hour last night.
  12. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    Yep, and a cup of roasted beets or butternut squash or pumpkin a day. Assuming you're doing a level 3, which is what you do if you've followed a paleo diet. You're also allowed 8oz per day of coconut juice/water or kombucha. The no veggies are corn, sweet potatoes/yams, white potatoes and winter squash, no peanut or cashews, no grains/legumes/beans, dairy, etc. Not even gum. Yesterday I did a whole lotta nothing. Today I have to go to Costco and I don't wanna. I'm tired. My sleep hasn't been great the last couple of nights. I crawled into bed at 9:45 last night but got sucked into a show (I'm weeks behind on Revenge and Parenthood from my Whole30 and getting sleep instead of watching TV!). I have read that it takes a few weeks to recover from an indulgence in wheat (I believe Sarah Fragoso wrote about it) so it is possible that Saturday could be affecting you. That sounds like a great idea to spin it. I'm still considering the AIP but yeah, I need to get more things under my belt first before I attempt it. Granted, Practical Paleo has the 30 day meal plan with shopping list so maybe I can focus on that..
  13. You can absolutely have fruit! It just should not replace the vegetables in your meals.
  14. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    What grosses you out about it? That dinner sounds really good! I need the rules, too. I know a lot of the uninformed/misinformed like to say that the ONLY reason people see improvements from removing grains from their diet is because they are increasing their vegetable intake. You know, I'm okay with that, if it's the only reason. I'm doing okay today. Stayed up too late last night. I keep being the keeper of my husband, which means suddenly it's 9:45 and I have to start being his alarm to tell him to walk the dog, get ready for bed, etc. Didn't get into bed til 10:45. Argh. My body woke itself at 6:11 of all times. I'm dragging a bit, but I've been without caffeine for close to a week now and I'm not even keeping coffee in the house to tempt me. I did "sneak" something yesterday. Someone on my vitamix group posted a recipe for 2 ingredient paleo pancakes (4 eggs, 2 overripe bananas) so I made a batch for my son (who doesn't eat eggs, but ate three pancakes!) and I tasted one little bit to see what it was like. No wonder he likes it, it is very sweet. I ordered the 25 lb box of almond flour from Honeyville and will use that for the Paleo Parent's Easy Peasy Pancakes then keep them in the freezer for the kids. Today I sent my daughter to school with some leftover chicken and potatoes in a thermos with a little container of ketchup. I hope hope hope she eats it. I'm trying SO hard to not do sandwiches, though I might try those pancakes as "bread". I found a farm that has a buying club in my area that sells forest raised pork. The bacon is half the cost of my farmer! Tomorrow I'm headed to Costco to reinstate my membership. I am looking forward to easing my budget back a bit. I've started plotting out my garden: strawberries, spinach, swiss chard, 4 types of lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mint, oregano, basil, parsley, tomatoes and bell peppers. I'm letting my daughter have some squares to plant flowers, too.
  15. torena

    Official 1/1/13 Start Group

    I can't tell you how happy I feel today, just knowing that I was back to my happy compliant foods. We got our yoga mats today and they weren't supposed to be here til Thursday! I guess we'll be getting started.. erm, Wednesday, because I have ballet tomorrow night.