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    praxisproject reacted to _Amy in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Yeeha have confirmation from the producer that Trunkey Bacon is sugar free. Their labels only say 'nitrate free' despite having no sugar derivatives in ingredient list, and they're going to add 'sugar free' to the label as well so folks like us can identify it. Really nice smoky flavour, one rasher diced up in my frittata gave the whole thing a nice smoky edge.
    Their website says they're stocked at a retail store in Orange as well as the markets below. I got mine from a meat seller at Bulli markets.
    Northside Produce Market
    Miller st North Sydney 1st Saturday 8:00AM - 1:00PM
    Orange Farmer's Market 
    Orange Showground 2nd Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Castle Hill Grower's Market 
    Castle Hill Showground 2nd & 4th Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Blackheath Grower's Market 
    Blackheath Memorial Hall 2nd Sunday 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Northside Produce Market 
    Miller Street, North Sydney 3rd Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Bathurst Grower's Market 
    Bathurst Showground 4th Saturday 8:00AM - 12:00PM
    Springwood Produce Market 4th Sunday8.30AM - 12.30PM
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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in AIP necessary?   
    Definitely start with just a Whole30, especially if it's very much of a change from how you're currently eating.
    One thing I'd suggest is to do a Whole30, just the regular one, but check out the egg- and nightshade-free shopping list, and concentrate on having mostly the stuff that isn't grayed out, and limit the grayed out stuff as much as seems reasonable to you. So, maybe don't cut out eggs completely, but don't have them every day for the next 30 days. Or, if your very favorite spices are ones that are pepper-based like chili powder or paprika, if you have that occasionally, not a problem,  but maybe don't have every dish all week be spiced that way, start trying out different spices and flavorings. The point isn't to leave those foods out completely, but just to start making sure you try new and different foods now, so that if you do end up having to cut them out, it won't seem so overwhelming. If you think you may ultimately do an AIP Whole30 in the future, you don't want all the recipes you try now to be bell pepper and potato heavy, and then you have to cut those out and you're back to square one finding new favorites. Make sense?
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    praxisproject reacted to ChristyJ in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When you wonder about the Burts Bees lip balm you've just put on 
    When you're willing to eat whatever protein is in the fridge for breakfast, including pulled pork and chicken burgers 
    When you buy a copy of Whole30 for your acupuncturist
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    praxisproject reacted to MidModJenn in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Hey everyone!  My husband and I have our first Whole30 down and are continuing on because we feel amazing!!!  Given how much our health and our lifestyle has changed as a result of eating this way, I thought it might be fun to start making a list of all the fun and funny things that make us successful.  I'll start:
    You know you're doing a Whole30 when: you're making your own compliant mayo at 7:00 in the morning before work, in order to stay on-plan that day.
    (Which I happen to be doing right now.  LOL)
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    praxisproject reacted to ChristyJ in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    When a 30 minute drive to Trader Joe's is worth it just for the riced cauliflower alone.
    When you don't mind paying $5.99 for 4 slices of compliant bacon.
    When Ghee makes you giddy!
    When you start researching restaurants that are Whole30 compliant and plan our your meals a month prior to traveling.
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    praxisproject reacted to rollande in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You spend 1/2 hour in the bacon aisle reading the ingredients and finally find one with no sugar in it and buy 4-6 packs, and the lady next to you
    thinks you are crazy because it's the most expensive one in the bunch.
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    praxisproject reacted to Staggolee41 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ...when they have a section of the work refrigerator with stacked containers.
    ...when Google starts suggesting search terms with "Whole30" at the end.
    ...when they move down an aisle at the grocery store a few inches at a time, saying "Nope" as they go.
    ...when their coworkers know what "NSV" means and start offering suggestions of things they have noticed.
    ...when they make a face when they ask for an ingredients list and the server brings a nutrition info sheet instead.
    ...when they whisper their order to the bartender (and it's really just seltzer with a slice of lime).
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    praxisproject reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    One of my coworkers saw what I was eating for breakfast-- pan seared salmon with steamed string beans and green pimento olives-- and said "Oh, you must be on the 30 plan again, right?"

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    praxisproject reacted to Leigh Anne in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    . . . they actually USE their spiralizer
    . . . they get 10 bags of unsweetened coconut flakes at a time--on Amazon--because the grocery store doesn't have flakes, or unsweetened.
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    praxisproject reacted to LucieB in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    More of a "been living Whole30 style" for long time observations--
    New person at work asks where vending machines are. I've worked there 9 years. I couldnt answer with certainty.
    Turns out vending machines are by the elevator. Not the stairs, my usual mode of transport!
    And when mom asks why I use bank lobby instead of drive up. Banks have drive ups? Can I ride my bike through there?
    And, when Siri FINALLY figures out it is FODMAP not God map, polyols not polyps, and fructans not fry tans. She's like that unsupportive friend sometimes lol!!
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    praxisproject reacted to carny326 in Whole30 with Valley Fever   
    Days 15-21:
    No improvement on energy and sleep has been rough for most of the time, last couple of nights have been alright. Cough has gone back to not being substantial. And I will say that I haven't fallen ill with any secondary infections since I started the program.. which is nice since prior I was getting sick with other stuff every 2-3  weeks. But I'm not 100% sure if that can be attributed to the program or if its a result of me going down to part-time work so that I can get the amount of rest that I need..
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    praxisproject got a reaction from alexandrarowan in Sourcing food in Australia   
    If you want allergen free supplements, ask your local chemist (ask to speak to the pharmacist) or for more pure forms a naturopath (many of these cannot be purchased without an appointment). Via my naturopath I get some Metagenics products, but even these are not always pure, you have to ask and check (although I generally find gluten, dairy and soy not to be a problem with them). You will also find magnesium products more similar to the often mentioned Natural Calm (USA), I've recently switched from MagMin to a powdered magnesium and it is quite different.
    My local chemist has a note in my file about no soy, no gluten, no dairy and tries to find me products without these as well as reviewing all my prescriptions too. Sometimes a prescription only comes with either dairy or soy, but at least then I get to make an informed choice.
    All of the dissolve in water tablets (such as Berocca) have either sweeteners or sugar, same with most chewables especially the gummie whatevers, but for Post-Whole30 some are now being made with stevia rather than the other kinds.
    The labelling requirements are crap for these kinds of products, chemists have access to some ingredient lists (but not all brands) which go far beyond the label.
    Be aware there are similar label loopholes for coffee, tea and alcohol (not Whole30 compliant), as the beverage laws were made when they were pure products and have not been updated. Some instant coffee contains gluten, I've had one tea company tell me not to drink a caramel tea as it might contain gluten and alcohol companies tend to keep their ingredients secret, which makes avoiding ingredients very difficult (cider for example is often not gluten free).
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    praxisproject got a reaction from _Amy in Sourcing food in Australia   
    For anyone who hasn't eaten a Fine Fettle Flat, the texture is not like a cracker, to be honest it's a little bit like cardboard, but hard and quite chewy, very dried-vegetable  They're quite dry too so often not a great option on the move, quite crumbly as well and very expensive (I'd rather buy steak!). Some boiled eggs, tin of tuna or steak strips would travel a lot better, the only thing I'll give them is they can live in the cupboard, but they don't have as long a life as a tin of tuna, for a shelf product they're quite short lived. All the non-zucchini versions I've seen contain something non-compliant like corn or agave, so always read your labels. I've found I much prefer fresh veggie sticks, but do find them a better option for me than dried fruit (they are occasionally offered in gluten free catering) or a bite of a bar containing dates as I don't get any sort of blood sugar spike from them.
    A new find for me (probably only in Melbourne for now, not a long shelf life), Offally Good Food's Paleo Pate:
    I love the taste, nice smooth pate. Loved it on steak.
    Has a bit of an unconventional seal of coconut oil inside the jar (it doesn't taste funny or anything, just a surprise inner-seal).
    No good for low FODMAP folks as it's got onion and garlic.
    Another new find for me was The Goods bone broth:
    I like how wiggly it gets in the fridge, unlike some of the bagged bone broths.
    Making a short note for the Melbourne/VIC folk, sadly the Paleo Café in Mornington has closed.
    However Patch Café in Richmond is my new favourite! Ask questions as there are also non-compliant things on the menu (save that paleo bread for Post-Whole30). This is a great place to go with friends who aren't on a Whole30 as there's lots of yummy things for everyone.
    Also, if you buy any Himalayan salt or pepper from a health food store and are sensitive to gluten, you may want to double check your labels.
    There's a brand being stocked a few places which is organic and comes with a "may contain" warning for gluten, got sick from using both the salt and pepper so have had to dump them. Mine had the warning in a slightly odd place on the label, lower than it usually would be, so I missed it.
    I'll go back and edit the older post but new labelling on Frank's Red Hot sauce is confusing as they've updated to have Australian-compliant label, but don't include the level of info usually included on Aussie labels. It's gluten free as the vinegar (distilled from wheat) is gluten free. Still no good for anyone with a wheat allergy though which is why wheat is in bold on the label (allergen).
    There's also a few brands of local produce frozen berries popping up, for anyone who has been avoiding overseas berries (or unknown berries) since the Hep issues.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from MrsZimm13 in Rationale behind eating within an hour after waking   
    Yay! Not throwing up breakfast is a huge victory! Take some time to celebrate a little today!  
    I would highly recommend keeping a detailed food & life log (food, times, how you're feeling, medication dosages, exercise, any stresses, changes in routine etc). If you have a list of anything you currently think makes you throw up, it might be something we could identify some triggers from (things like FODMAPs are quite tricky). I have quite a complex health situation myself and there are also no special guidelines for me either, so I record as much as I can and review what works and what doesn't. In your situation you could probably write a book!
    If you've never seen a functional naturopath, you might want to see if you can see one locally or work with one via Skype. You may have malabsorption issues or deficiencies (many people who have had stomach or gut surgery do) and some of these are very easy to treat. There are also some things which are particularly healing, but not commonly issued. I now take Vitamin K2 (very different from Vitamin K) after finding out it's given to babies just after birth and babies who don't get it have a much higher mortality rate. I'm trying to undo the damage from eating gluten for 35 years of my life, so I did a trial with Vitamin K2 and it makes a huge difference for me.
    Eating within an hour of waking may not be as important for you if you're already hungry, for some people (breakfast skippers), there's high nausea and no hunger for quite a while after waking, this is because the hormones are off and your body doesn't really recognize you as being awake yet, so it's not "ready" for food (some people throw up because their body is having trouble with digestion early in the day). So don't pressure yourself to eat earlier if it's not working for you, your priority is keeping food in (not throwing up) and getting enough to eat and looking after your MS.
    We're all a little different and for those of us with a complex stack of medical conditions to work with, we sometimes need to take note of things which may not apply as well for us (taking inappropriate supplements can make me sick, because some I can't process, so anything new I run through with my naturopath, sometimes we need to just test it and measure the outcome - because often there is no study that helps predict anything, the guinea pig is me, I can't assume what works for others will be the best fit for me and sometimes I try vitamins or minerals which have boosted healing in different kinds of medical studies, as long as they're low risk).
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Post-Whole30 Switching Things Up   
    Welcome back praxis! 
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    praxisproject reacted to _Amy in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Wahhh this topic is dead, come on Aussies where are you these days! I'm now on Day 10 of complete compliance [miracle!] and thought I'd share some finds for anyone that might come across this thread on google.
    I went to Costco the other night, Australian Costco carries a few of the same products as the US one . If anyone is wondering what you can get that's compliant, for about $140 I got:
    1kg baby spinach, 3kg sweet potato, 1kg medley tomatos, 4x leeks, 500g strawbs, 900g org medjool dates, giant org pumpkin, mushrooms  1kg org beef mince Dozen org eggs 1L bottle garlic olive oil [finally in a bigger bottle!] 900g org coconut oil jar [they also had a 4kg tub..] Huge bag of org desiccated coconut 3x huge jars of compliant Kirkland brand napoletana sauce for when I'm lazy [woohoo!] Compliant prosciutto/parma ham [just pork and salt, yeeha!]  
    Harris Farm is excellent for reasonably priced grass fed meats and grocery products if you haven't got a good butcher - the store in Bowral is heaven [while we're on Bowral, the Raw & Wild Market Cafe are great with cobbling together a compliant meal, highly recommend]. It makes me sad there are not more harris Farms in Sydney's suburbia, only the trendy end of town. They also had 500g bags of pistachios for 10 bucks - winner.
    Fine Fettle zucchini and almond flats are just divine, and compliant. Found at speciality grocery stores in the big packs, some supermarkets carry the single serve portions.
    Cashew Cookie Larabars sourced from iHerb are a lifesaver - about AUD$2 a piece when you buy a box and ships free if you buy a couple other things at the same time [coconut aminos are 8 bucks]. They are truly a handbag essential. Use my code VEY470 to save $5 on your first order! Haven't found any other compliant emergency bars. I thought I came close but some coconut nectar was snuck in there, grr.
    My local Woolworths [a regular suburban store] stocks Southern Highlands organic eggs, about $8 a dozen which is pretty decent. I've seen them stocked in trendy foodie stores for $10+. So ask your grocery manager to start stocking those if they don't already.
    Cleavers Meats stocked in some supermarkets [stockist list on their website] have some options in their Paleo range that are compliant and organic meats - the sausages, pork meatballs and lamb rissoles, but watch out for the honey beef chipolatas [honey]. Useful if you want a pre-prepared option at hand. Homemade meatballs always win out though.
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    praxisproject reacted to sva in Osteoarthritis/Inflammation…. & Nightshades?   
    Thanks for all these replies. 
    I've continued just on regular old W30---I'm now on Day 26---and decided to wait until I'm done with the thirty days before cutting out eggs and /or nightshades. And guess what? My pain has once again disappeared. It is WEIRD. I had an appointment to see the spine doctor and then get another shot of cortisone in my spine and aspiration of a cyst on the nerve root of L4/5, but I've cancelled as it's ridiculous to do that if I'm having no pain. 
    I'm back to the gym every other day, playing it pretty safe with just bike and then PT exercises for my hip, stretching, and upper body weights. Maybe followed by a very short swim if I have time. But I really am amazed that I haven't taken Advil or Aleve in about six days, haven't taken Oxy for, well, 26 days. 
    The only eggs I eat ---at least for this month, where I am for the month----are the ones I mentioned above, from chickens I practically am on a first-name basis with. But I'm still eating tomatoes, peppers, and even had some eggplant, and still no pain. 
    So my plan now is to continue on W30 and do a very slow re-intro. This will be a challenge as on Day 31 I have to go stay in a hotel for work for ten days. But boy, I am so excited to hear from Praxis and Busymomma that gluten and daily may be it. I really don't miss either, except in specifics, like, gee, I'd love an English muffin. But if it means no pain, it's a very easy thing to do. I think I'll try something like white rice, but really, it isn't like I'm sitting around craving white rice.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from theresabrown in Osteoarthritis/Inflammation…. & Nightshades?   
    Yes it really can!
    It's not really food groups, it's foods that make you feel unwell.
    Dairy contains proteins, sugars, some types are FODMAPs and it also contains hormones.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from OxEyeDaisy in Whole30 approved almond milk?   
    This is my favourite method for making nut milk:
    I like hazelnut milk the best, but it's more expensive where I live. Macadamia milk is pretty awesome too
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jmcbn in Need help with emergency snacks!   
    When you're trying to control blood sugar, some people have vastly different reactions to fructose vs glucose, so keep this in mind with your choices.
    I avoid nuts and dates for emergency snacks, too high in Omega 6 and fructose for me.
    Small tins of tuna in olive oil, coconut butter, olives or a compliant preserved meal (if you can find them where you are) with meat and vegetables.
    Planning will also help you avoid the need for emergency snacks, these two words are worth thinking about.
    If you think you might get caught short, some planning can prevent some emergency moments. If you normally eat a lot of packaged food this can take time to get right but it's worth working on. Boiled eggs, vegetable soup, etc
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jmcbn in Need help with emergency snacks!   
    When you're trying to control blood sugar, some people have vastly different reactions to fructose vs glucose, so keep this in mind with your choices.
    I avoid nuts and dates for emergency snacks, too high in Omega 6 and fructose for me.
    Small tins of tuna in olive oil, coconut butter, olives or a compliant preserved meal (if you can find them where you are) with meat and vegetables.
    Planning will also help you avoid the need for emergency snacks, these two words are worth thinking about.
    If you think you might get caught short, some planning can prevent some emergency moments. If you normally eat a lot of packaged food this can take time to get right but it's worth working on. Boiled eggs, vegetable soup, etc
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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in coconut milk (can vs carton)   
    Hi there
    Yes, both are whole30 compliant regardless of fat content as long as the label reads compliant... they can be used for different things and depending on different tastes, but the one that is less fat will be less filling...
    You pick from the fats, you don't need to eat every one at every meal... you can do chicken salad with mayo and avocado, or just olives or just avocado... whatever your meal would work with... Hope that helps
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Well that was educational....I want W30 back now.   
    Finding out that all the foods that are pushed on us (gluten, corn, soy, dairy) and which are commonly subsidised by the government, go figure, are bad for us is upsetting.  It's upsetting because you have routines or rituals around them and it's upsetting because now that you have healed your gut, you're finding out just how you've been duped all these years.  
    There is definitely a mourning period, for sure.  If I were you I would go back to Whole30 until I felt better again and then, if you want to, try reintroing some of these items more specifically.  Reintro different types of dairy separately (casein and whey).  Reintro sweet fresh corn on the cob (if you care to) separate from, say, corn tortillas.  I know that popcorn was the first indication, years and years ago, that maybe grains and their ilk weren't good for me. Stabbing, awful stomach pains and gas I couldn't pass.  Fun stuff.....especially when the only time I ate popcorn was on Friday nights with my new at the time boyfriend before weekend sleepovers.  Gah, gross.
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    praxisproject reacted to Theheartoverflows in Well that was educational....I want W30 back now.   
    I stayed compliant while testing foods out. This was all over a 9 day period.
    Added back in my coconut oil cooking spray morning of day 31--which has soy in it. Had my first headache in weeks. Buh bye soy.
    Moved on to popcorn popped in coconut oil for a family movie night. All night, had gas pains like you wouldn't believe. Felt like someone stabbing me in the gut. Alright, I get it. Corn's out.
    I've known for 15 years now I have a gluten intolerance, but have largely ignored it and dealt with the consequences. Well, I made granola bars for the kids (oatmeal--not the gluten free kind, chocolate chips with no soy, sunflower seeds, almond butter, and honey). Popped half a bar in my mouth.....and 10 minutes later was in the bathroom. Ugh. So not worth it. Gluten, I'm breaking up with you for sure this time.
    Then the shocker. Had fajitas for dinner. Just had a bowl of the chicken and veggies, Whole30 compliant except with maybe a tablespoon of sour cream and 1/8 cup of cheddar. Couldn't even get the kitchen cleaned up after before I ended up in the bathroom again. Et tu, dairy? Woke up today, the morning after, dragging and had super bad brain fog all day long. I feel so betrayed.
    So it's clear to me soy, corn, gluten and dairy my enemies. Today I admittedly pouted and mourned all the things I can no longer have.
    Am I glad I now know for sure these foods don't like me? Yep. Do I kinda wish I could go back to the whole ignorance is bliss so I could enjoy my bowl of popcorn with a movie and have a big bowl of Blue Bell ice cream when I go home to visit family this summer? Yep.....but after feeling awesome that last week and a half of W30, I want it back dang it. I haven't missed pb or other legumes or non-gluten grains, so I'm not interested in adding them back into my diet now. I'm managing fine without them (though there were times during w30 I missed them, I don't now.
    Now the question is where to go from here. Thinking of restarting this Saturday just to regain control of when and how much I eat. Eating the "make me feel bad" foods has me not wanting to eat at all. I really, REALLY struggled with that today. Dinner is the only full meal I ate and I had to force myself to eat that. So, it sounds like now my W30 (or longer) needs to be about getting a healthier relationship with food now that I know which foods I need to forever break up with. I've found myself snacking on foods that are technically compliant in their ingredients but not all that great for me (energy bites made with dates as an entire meal comes to mind). So I've teetered off the tracks a bit. Hopefully it won't be too hard to get back on them.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Verna in coconut milk (can vs carton)   
    I suspect this is a brand/variation thing. None of mine split, either coconut milk or coconut cream, but we're very lucky here and get ones with only coconut and water as ingredients, I suspect it's the other ingredients binding it normally and then the hot "splits" it. Blending in an immersion blender will probably bring it back together.
    Anyone who wants to drink black but isn't liking it much, try doing a cold brew at home and heating it up after it's brewed (I brewed mine overnight on the kitchen counter and then heated it up in the morning). It tastes "sweet" for black coffee, but isn't sweet really, just smoother and less bitter, which is often what we like with "whitened" coffee. This technique also helps some people who get a sore stomach from coffee when working out.