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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can mix some of the fruit/herbal teas with black/green/white teas but the SCOBY needs the tannin to survive. Also just make sure none of the teas contain honey as raw honey can kill the SCOBY due it's anti-microbial properties. And you'll also need to look out for teas containing soy lecithin/oils/natural flavouring which may also kill/harm your SCOBY.

    You can grow your own SCOBY from what's left of your commercial booch - here's how.
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    praxisproject reacted to MrsStick in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can use green tea for kombucha though! I usually do a mix of black and green because I'm not a super huge fan of the flavor of black tea. You can even use plain white tea for a more delicate flavor (you can't let it ferment as long with lighter teas if I recall correctly because there are fewer tannins for the SCOBY to digest) but I haven't found plain white, just flavored whites. As long as there's no flavoring to the tea, you're just fine!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Robin R. in Well that was educational....I want W30 back now.   
    This info is specifically for coeliacs, in Australia, oats are legally not allowed to be labelled gluten free (GF in Australia also allows zeroPPM, not 20PPM which is allowed in the USA).
    This is just one reason why labels/laws are confusing across countries, they can be radically different.
    Imported gluten free in the USA has to be relabelled for sale in Australia, to ensure compliance with local laws.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sharing my disaster for the entertainment of others.
    I went to a kombucha class, it was great. Rushed home and made my first batch, realised later I used tea I thought was black tea, but it wasn't.
    Scoby almost filled entire giant jar, wrong shape for a scoby, disaster,  could not get the scoby out of the jar.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Nadia B in Nadia's PW30. "Let's fix it" journey.   
    WB Nadia!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Sharing my disaster for the entertainment of others.
    I went to a kombucha class, it was great. Rushed home and made my first batch, realised later I used tea I thought was black tea, but it wasn't.
    Scoby almost filled entire giant jar, wrong shape for a scoby, disaster,  could not get the scoby out of the jar.
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    praxisproject reacted to laura_juggles in Vitamix for making soup, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.   
    I use it for big batches of scrambled eggs (on weekends I cook lunch and dinner for ~20 people outside over an open fire...lots of pre-weekend prep). I use it for blending soups because I like them more uniformly pulverized than I can do with the immersion blender. 
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    praxisproject reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Vitamix for making soup, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.   
    Yes, I've made coconut milk (great!) almond milk (ok) and soups (I prefer the stove, but it's fantastic for the final step if you're making a pureed soup. You can also use it for making not-too-thick dips, sauces and I have used it to blend up herbs, aromatics and liquid for marinades.  
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Whole 30 Cookbook December 6 2016   
    Yes, it's currently available on Amazon for pre-order and is due for release on 1st November.
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Whole 30 Cookbook December 6 2016   
    @Bellmaestra - Well Fed Weeknights, can't waaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiittttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    praxisproject reacted to Bellmaestra in Whole 30 Cookbook December 6 2016   
    I see there's a new Well Fed cookbook coming out too; meals in 45 minutes or something like that. I'm hoping that too will be all new recipes.
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Whole 30 Cookbook December 6 2016   
    They are all new recipes.
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Nadia's PW30. "Let's fix it" journey.   
    Hi Nadia - welcome back - editing is limited to 15mins, and has been this way for well over a year now. There were some issues with profile pics when we changed to a new server and members were advised to re-upload their pictures after the event. That said there have been some ongoing technical issues of late and one of those is related to the uploading of pics. The tech guys have been made aware of this issue (I emailed them  myself again today) and are working on it. Password restoration I'm afraid I can't help you with (I don't think!).....

    What email address are you using for feedback?
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Nadia's PW30. "Let's fix it" journey.   
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    praxisproject reacted to missyween in Older women following Whole30   
    I think that, for at least some of us "over 50" gals, 30 days is not quite enough.
    I did a Whole 90 after my hysterectomy last winter and I am certain it was helpful for keeping the hot flashes and general tiredness under control.   And I really did recover quickly and well.
    So I'm in for another long one now!
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    praxisproject reacted to Hutlifr in Older women following Whole30   
    It helped me to remind myself that I did not get to where I was in just 30, 60 or 90 days. I am not advocating doing whole30 a year long, but I kept on telling myself that the pain was gone for a reason, and I no longer needed any pain medication or cortisone shots, so I would have to find myself a long term maintenance plan that would work for me. I started this journey over three years ago, and I am still pain free, and I shed lots and lots of weight in the three years. I felt so much better after my first whole30 that I knew that was enough of a motivation to stick with my maintenance plan.
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    praxisproject reacted to Janine in Older women following Whole30   
    I just started Whole30 today -began at lunch time. I read about the program online and ordered the books.  I was looking for a program that could help me get off artificial sweeteners / get rid of my sweets cravings.  I had been eating a lot of dairy but had felt like it didn't necessarily agree with me so I thought that was a good part of the Whole30 program.  I feel ok.  I was a little afraid about getting through the day today but I made it.  I am 50 years old.  I also am hoping the diet might help my osteoarthritis in my hands and feet.  I work out most mornings with weights and cardio.  I have good energy first thing in the morning but get tired as the day goes on and feel like I could use a nap when I'm at work.    I plan to go to the store tomorrow to shop so I have more meal choices.  I don't really like to cook -just the time and cleanup -so I'm hoping to make things with a crock pot that I can portion out and freeze for the week.  I am hopeful that I will get through the week -I'm thinking preparation is key.  I will say a prayer and keep checking out the forum for encouragement.  I'm also glad to have a group around my age to dialogue with.
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Join A 2016 Whole9 Challenge!   
    Chopsticks would be an excellent idea!!
    I eat lunch alone at work, and I eat dinner alone maybe twice a week, and yes, I find that I'm preoccupied with what I need to do next. I make a point of no laptop at meal times, but it's hard to not do 'something' and focus entirely on the food. When I'm alone at home I usually have the radio on - I figure that's a little like company, but yes, maybe instrumental music would be better.... more relaxing.... I dunno... definitely worth a try.

    Re the whole social thing I agree about the smiling being infectious - I've had days where I've made conscious efforts to focus on connecting with other people just with a smile, and it's amazing how much better it makes you feel when people smile back, or when the smile becomes a daiily thing & progresses to a 'hello' and then a 'hello, how are you...?' For some people that could be the only human connection they have and it's such a simple thing - a simple thing that has been banished from our lives. Growing up I knew everyone of my neighbours, and even some of their relatives who visited regularly enough. Nowadays many people are lucky to know anyone in their street - the sense of community long since gone. No human connection...

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    praxisproject reacted to LKBG in Feeling bad   
    I haven't found it to be a very big deal - maybe it's because I'm a pretty private yet direct person.
    If someone questions my decision to order a burger without the bun or whatever other menu adjustments I might make, I simply say "I don't want to eat the bun."   If anyone asks why, I just shrug.
    My kids, for a while, felt bad when they would eat things in front of me that were non-compliant.   I told them "Look, I'm eating exactly what I want to eat and not eating what I don't want to eat.  If I really, really wanted that (cookie, pizza, etc), I would eat it!"
    And it's true.  I want to stick to Whole30 and the benefits much more than I want to eat noncompliant food.
    I can't imagine anyone pushing past "I don't want to eat that" or "I don't care for any, thanks."  But if they did I would tell them not to worry about me, I do what I want when it comes to what I put in my body. 
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    praxisproject reacted to KaraH in Feeling bad   
    Several years ago I lost over 100 lbs by, quite frankly, changing my entire life. I changed what I ate, what I did for fun, how much I exercised, and a zillion other tiny things. I lost some friends over it. And while every now and then I'm sad that they weren't able to accept the new me and I wonder what they're doing with their lives, overall, I am better for it. 
    For me the first step is to very honestly self-examine. Are you being the Debbie Downer to your friends with a lot of "I can't" and blaming it on your Whole30? Are you using the Whole30 as an excuse to not be social or to do things with friends or co-workers? When I first started losing weight and changing my life I was like a reformed smoker - talking about it to everyone all the time and making my diet and my exercise schedule and my life changes as a stepping off point for telling people why I couldn't do x or y or z. When really I could do those things and I could adapt them without making a point of talking about it. So that's the first step.
    After that, IMO, the next step is to just be matter of fact about what you eat and what you do. If someone questions it, you just say "I like it" and move on. 
    In my experience, after a while of me being very matter of fact about what I eat and do and not constantly mentioning it in context of why I can't/won't do something, people stop even noticing it. 
    As an example I'll use going to the movies as mentioned above. I love movies and we go all the time - both me with my SO and with friends. He loves popcorn with "butter" and gets it every time. I just say "no thank you" when it's offered. I don't talk about how I can't or shouldn't eat it. I don't talk about how it's not on my plan. I don't talk about how fattening it is. I simply say "no, thanks, I don't want any". I might add "right now" or "I'm full from dinner". But that's it. And honestly, at that point, no one cares. I get to enjoy the movie with my bottle of water and they get to enjoy their popcorn. And everyone is happy. 
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    praxisproject reacted to Robin R. in coconut milk (can vs carton)   
    I mix my coconut up well, then freeze ice cube trays.  Pop them out and put in freezer bags. They travel and keep well!  I use about a cube per cup.
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    praxisproject reacted to MrsZimm13 in I need some single sentence talking points...   
    My husband who has been paleo for years (lost 50 lbs and his cholesterol and all his blood work #s are amazingly perfect) 
    responds to people who offer him something he doesn't eat with a "oh, I don't eat that" no explanation, no big long conversation, just a simple I don't eat that.  It's been his mantra and it works for him.  People stop asking if he wants cake or cookies or ice cream pretty quickly.  
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    praxisproject got a reaction from VivaLaMeredith in Can I have balsamic vinegar with caramel color?   
    This thread is quite old, but please see newer post:
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    praxisproject got a reaction from LKBG in Sustaining a real food lifestyle living with your non-real food spouse   
    I do this
    One thing to accept is that you can't force someone else to change their eating habits. If you try, it'll be all compliant at home and binge eating somewhere else (that's not a healthy relationship with food either). Beware victories and battles, where attempts at behaviour change are being made, these aren't always good for relationships and it can be easy to step over boundaries if you're only focusing on food. If there's fighting over any of it, you may need some agreed food groundrules.
    It *is* easier for them in the kitchen and they're not going to be inspired to do extra cooking for you or to spend more time cooking, if they're happy with how things are. It's always easier to cheat, but if it's occurring regularly, then not cheating may be too hard somewhere, but that doesn't mean he has to change to stop the cheating. Temptation will always be around, even if he was 100% compliant, you'll still be exposed to temptations everywhere you go.
    Look for kitchen optimisation, faster cooked meals, not having to store as much food, less time shopping etc. Food jail is not mandatory! Work out what the trigger points are for cheating (tired, hungry, nothing prepared, etc) and address the causes behind each trigger.
    Eating together and cooking times are logistics Neither of these require him to change what he's eating. 
    A 3yo can't make their own food, if it worries you what she's eating because of dad's example, that's a conversation you can have, but it is still something that can be changed without him having to change what he's eating.
    If you haven't found any yet, make sure you have a few places you can go out to together and eat. Even if you don't use them often, it's important to have a known "safe place" you can go to, without wondering if you can eat there or not (uncertainty can be stressful for you and him).
    Picky eaters often have other priorities, like food they don't want to spit out or throw up A lot of picky eaters have sensory revulsion to textures and ingredients, etc, so trying to find things they like can be a lot of work (and very unpleasant work for them). They have to want to participate, or they're just eating horrible things under duress. There's a lot of posts in the kids section to do with sensory food issues, but they're just as common in adults.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Staggolee41 in What sayings help to keep you on track?   
    "it doesn't get easier, you get stronger"