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    praxisproject reacted to ShannonM816 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    If you check the Can I Have list, the rule is, as long as there's no sugar added after the first fermentation, it's okay.
    Here's the exact quote:
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    praxisproject reacted to CrunchyLutheranMommy in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    The Whole 9 Cruise Line!

    Seriously!  That would be AMAZING.  A 30 day cruise (hey we're dreaming right?).  All food served in the restaurants on the cruise liner are, naturally, W30 compliant with such a creative menu that no one would ever get bored.  There would be workshops available for every one of the nine factors, with theory to help us understand exactly why each one is important and practical tips to start creating good habits.  Not to mention, what better place for exercise, relaxation and FUN than a cruise ship!  Massage therapists, jacuzzi tubs, games, basketball courts, a running deck, fitness room, live entertainment... the possibilities are endless.

    Each guest on the cruise would get to pick one of the nine factors that they want to focus on during their stay.  Depending on that, they get bonus treats.  For example, if you decided that you wanted to focus on nutrition, perhaps you would get to pick three or four of your favorite meals and have one of Whole 9 Cruise's master chefs teach you step by step how to make each recipe so you have some ammunition when you get home!  Or if you chose relaxation you would get a few free vouchers to the massage therapist and some personal lessons in relaxation technique.  Or if you chose fun and play you would get a free excursion for every two workshops you attend on the topic!
    The destination would have to be the Mediterranean Sea, because it's my dream right now and that's where I would go if I could!  Every port would have the typical touristy and adventuresome excursion options, but there would also be Whole30 tour guides available to walk you through local restaurants and food stands to show you how to enjoy all the best W30 compliant options in the native city. 
    Everyone would get their very own complimentary copy of "It Starts with Food" and we would all take time during the 30 day trip to read (or reread) it, perhaps with a daily reading guide and Q&A time every week.  If I had the time and the resources and also lived in a reality where this existed I would totally do it!

    (And FYI if this ever actually comes into existence I know I will, of course, be given a complimentary cruise for being so brilliant  )
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    praxisproject reacted to Karen in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    More carbs is the only way I can keep my cycle on track when Whole30-ing.  I have to make an effort to eat lots of starchy carbs (and find I have to add in a bit of rice to keep my cycle on track, too) or it takes a long hiatus.  I know there are a lot of folks that will tell you the Whole30 isn't low carb, but that's how I tend to eat when I'm Whole30-ing so I really have to try to increase those carbs. 
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    praxisproject reacted to jent103 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I just opened a bottle of hibiscus ginger and it spewed forth like a mighty geyser. I consider it a great personal triumph.
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    praxisproject reacted to Katharine D. in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    A walking vacation, pretty much anywhere in Europe, during the shoulder season in the autumn, when it's still warm-ish but not overrun with tourists. I would walk from town to town, with an interesting group of people, study the art and architecture, take lots of great photos, and have all Whole30 compliant meals prepared by a creative and resourceful chef. I make so many decisions and plans every day that the vacation part is not having to do the thinking or the planning! I think this kind of vacation would be centered around self improvement, active recovery, exercise and stress management!
    Does anyone want to start a Whole30 travel co.?
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    praxisproject reacted to Renee Lee in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I don't necessarily care where I go....
    I just want to hire Johnny to cook for me
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    praxisproject reacted to Johnny M in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    Hawaii is an amazing place for whole30 vacationing. I spent some time on the big island 2 years ago and most of what I ate was local, sustainable food. Most lunches were fresh grilled fish topped with mango salsa...side dishes were grilled veggies and desserts were fresh fruit and berries. Even my cocktails were passion fruit infused vodka with club soda which while not whole30, is a good compromise for me when not being strict.
    I also had a great trip to the dominican republic a few years ago where at most meals there was some kind of plain bbq option. IN fact we took a catamaran to an island somewhere in the Caribbean one day and lunch was an outside cookout with all kinds of meats cooked to order in front of us.
    Hawaii is extremely conducive to play and the whole environment is laid back and stress free. So much so that locals I talked to said it's often advantageous for children to leave the islands for education because they want them challenged in ways the islands don't provide...but that makes it a great escape for the rest of us. Exercise and active recovery is plentiful with things like paddleboarding, surfing, swimming.
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    praxisproject reacted to Melissa Urban in Plan a Whole30 dream vacation   
    I would go to Costa Rica (we've been trying to plan a trip there for ages). We'd rent a house on the beach, close enough to town that we could hit the market for fresh produce and fish. Our house would have an awesome kitchen, where we'd cook all of our own food... but we'd also have daily cleaning service, so we never had to clean up after ourselves.
    Fresh fish and seafood, mango salsa (we'd go during mango season, of course), fruit smoothies (because when you're on vacation, it's okay to go a little crazy), and tons and tons of fresh salads, because when I'm south of the border, I'm always craving greens.
    There would also be this little place in town that served pulled pork, chicken, and beef, and they could make us lettuce tacos with fresh salsa and mole sauce any time we asked. Yum.
    I'd focus a ton of fun and play, and surf, paddleboard, and do yoga. There would also be awesome mountain biking trails nearby in the hills (hey, it's MY vacation), and we'd take our bikes up there a few times, too.
    And we'd find an awesome, giant boat to take us fishing and snorkeling, and we'd eat fish we caught right off the boat, sushi-style. I forgot about that part.
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    praxisproject reacted to missmariss in Don't over think this.   
    First round at the Whole30 and day 12 is going great! Finally having more energy. However i just learned I need to lay off the dates... 
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    praxisproject reacted to Chiara in Don't over think this.   
    Thank you!  That is very helpful.  I guess I took the "start now, don't delay" a little too seriously and I need to catch up on a few of the details.  Your help was much appreciated!
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    praxisproject reacted to GFChris in Don't over think this.   
    Smoothies are not encouraged on a Whole30. The idea is to chew your food rather than drink it. Chewing food tends to be more satiating than drinking food. Further, there can be a tendency to overload on fruit all at once when having smoothies, vs. having the recommended 1-2 servings of fruit per day on the Whole30.  A fruit serving on the Whole30 is the size of your fist.
    If you don't have the ISWF book yet, here are some places to start on familiarizing yourself with the Whole30:
    - Overview with links to several helpful documents
    - The Whole30 program.
    - The Whole30 meal template. Basically your bible for how to structure every meal:
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    praxisproject reacted to megmac in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I got back from vacation on Saturday and both my batches were ready to go.  I have been thinking about the continuous brew option and the comments here about the "constant project".  I decided against CB, and will just deal with a few hours of bottling and brewing every few weeks.  (2 weeks works great for my first brew, so it's always over the weekend.)  I dumped Scooby, who never quite became strong, but my second one is flourishing. 
    I have about 18 bottles in 2nd brew, which I will shorten and burp in 2 days so they don't explode.  (Maybe 4 days to the fridge.)  I had 2 bottles yesterday of my first batch and so far the blueberry/cherry/ginger is my favorite.  This time I did some of those, some strawberry/blueberry/ginger.  Of course I didn't label anything, so every bottle will be a surprise. 
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    praxisproject reacted to Robin Strathdee in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    Hi all!
    Before you create a new can I have, take a peek at this list we've compiled of the most common "Can I Have" questions!
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    praxisproject reacted to annabel in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Vian-- Do any of the pubs near you sell Grolsch?  We've gotten crates of free bottles from the pub as they just go into the bin otherwise.  (They did take a lot of cleaning as some were still half full of beer...)
    I'm loving my green & white tea combination, it tastes quite nice just as it is without any other flavours.  Strawberry Mint was nice, but a bit on the sweet side (possibly I should have left the tea to brew for another day or two before drawing it off) and I've got a bottle of ginger and a bottle of lemon ginger in their 2nd fermentations.
    Need to investigate some other flavouring options when I make it to the big supermarket next.  Cherry Ginger sounds lush.
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    praxisproject reacted to jpketz in Don't over think this.   
    Had to chime in and agree wholeheartedly with Robin.
    One of the hardest things to do is to keep an otherwise smart person from overthinking. And when you assemble a whole bunch of smart people (like this community) then the temptation is to REALLY overthink things and even sometimes "co-overthink" things. (©co-overthink. New term. Thank you). which may explain 4 pages of forum posts on the relative merits of protein powder and bullet-proof coffee (not together). Not that I haven't enjoyed engaging in, and sometimes starting, those esoteric discussions.
    I read a book a few years ago called "Younger Next Year" in which the authors break down their exercise and eating program into the phrase: "Move every day, don't eat crap". While I probably could have used a few more particulars about the "crap" I was supposed to avoid, the "move every day" part got me to the gym at 6:30 a.m. nearly every day for a year. Keeping it simple was exactly what I needed.
    Michael Pollan's now famous prescription for healthy eating, "Eat food, not too much, mainly plants" is another reductionist, yet amazingly helpful mantra that helps me navigate through the often bewildering post-W30 world along with occasional re-reads of ISWF.
    In fact I sometimes REALLYREALLY crave the simplicity of Whole30 because it was so simple. Even though I'm 90% on plan even now, it's still harder out here.
    So to all newbies...enjoy the "freedom" of having a well-defined set of guidelines for 30 days. Try underthinking a little and just enjoy the not eating crap.
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I use frozen a lot because I don't really eat fruit very often. Frozen works great. The mango was fresh because I tasted the frozen mango and it does not taste like mango to me.
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    praxisproject reacted to percypat in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I think it's ready!!!
    It tastes and smells like booch (I never got round to getting the pH strips so can't confirm that way), it's sour, doesn't taste sweet at all.
    It tastes a bit weaker than the store bought stuff, is that ok?  Or does it mean I've made a weak brew that might have other stuff growing in it as well?  It looks ok - can't see any invaders of any kind.
    I'm boiling off some water now to brew and cool down so will either bottle tonight or tomorrow morning if it hasn't cooled to room temperature.  I thought I'd try and combat the weaker taste with more tea bags and sugar.  Does that sound like a plan?
    *excited dance*
    Also, still have thin pancake film - it held together just fine when I pushed it around to get my straw into the liquid for pulling of a bit to taste.  Should I just put that into the new brew with Frank or put it in its own jar with some of the booch and some sweet tea so it can do a bit of growing on its own?
    So many questions!
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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    My plans for booch pops when the next heatwave hits.

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    praxisproject reacted to kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Omg. I just figured out my SCOBY name!
    With a name like that is has to be good!
    First baby will be Susan!
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    If you open one, I am totally moving to Portland. I will be a good barmaid, promise!
    Beets kombucha outta control!!! Haha

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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Back in business after QUITE the booch fiasco. I had way too many food projects going on and made twice as much tea as I needed. So, I made two batch and one big CB. I hadn't kept enough of the starter booch so I ran to WF and bought two bottles. Got everyone set and had some left in one of the bottles. I tipped it back and got a big old icky string of goo. I dont mind little yeasty bits but this thing almost required the heimlich. Bleck!!
    All is well in booch land now.

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    praxisproject reacted to Susan W in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Lizz for CB, you put in what you take out when about 25% is gone. I have even gone as low as 70%. You could replenish every time you take one bottle out but that sounds too high maintenance. When you take only 25%, it only takes a day or two to convert to Kombucha. It took longer when I took 70% but maybe 5 days?
    I like it because I am not tempted to make a jacket with my SCOBYs with CB. ;0) You only touch the SCOBY when you want to peel off a baby to make a scarf or when you clean out your vessel 3-4 times a year.
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    praxisproject reacted to Lizzard77 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Yup.  There was a really cool jacket too but I can't find it atm.
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    praxisproject reacted to Renee Lee in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Clothes? I don't know if you're serious or if I want to know if you're serious
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    praxisproject reacted to Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Picturing Susan washing scoby, pinning to dry, ironing and folding it. Ahah