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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 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 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 _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 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 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 Karen_Suep in Question for Type 2 Diabetics   
    I keep small boxes of juice for quick raises to blood sugar and then when I'm at a good level, I eat a snack/mini meal and then make a note of what I can change for future meals.
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    praxisproject reacted to HealthyForPNG in The crazy things people say   
    Four other people (one couple and two singles) are doing Whole30 in our small community now (hooray!), and one of the ladies is in my Bible study. Some of the other ladies were asking (again) about what is allowed and what isn't.
    "Ohhhhh.... I thought it was a whole food diet, but you can eat meat, and meat isn't a whole food. But you can't eat beans, legumes, and grains, and those are whole foods, so I guess that's not what it is...." (cue approving nods from some of the Eat to Live fans in our group).
    Ummm.... #speechless
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    praxisproject got a reaction from jenmidge in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    Grape skin - This is why red wine is red and there are actually a lot of people allergic to a protein in the skin called LTP, some people have a reaction to the fermentation of the skins only, others have trouble with grapes too (some fruit juices contain a splash of grape juice). Tannins - Also found in grape skin but most people have tasted them in black tea. Histamine & Tyramine - Found in aged and fermented foods, red wine is usually fermented for longer. Alcohol - Often dismissed, if the red wine you drink is higher in alcohol than the white, it may just be the alcohol.
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Kyofirstday in Profile Image Issues   
    Everyone has the same, we're all 0
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    praxisproject reacted to Jessmarie84 in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, and I enjoyed: "I'm doing something just like that (Whole30)!  I take a pill every day that's full of all the vitamins and nutrients you need, so I'm going to be super healthy like you!  This way is much easier; too bad you didn't know about it."
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    praxisproject reacted to Jessmarie84 in The crazy things people say   
    "Cupcake frosting is good for you because it's just made of sugar and air - no calories!"
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    praxisproject got a reaction from Kyofirstday in Profile Image Issues   
    Everyone has the same, we're all 0
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    praxisproject reacted to hello.pinki in The crazy things people say   
    This thread is so funny. I've definitely gotten the "Are you preggo?" because I'm not drinking - after I just told these girlfriends I'm done with babies and just sold every baby item I owned....
    I also get a lot of "Wow, you're superwoman. I would never have the willpower to do that. You're so skinny now!!! I'm going to try this *enter crazy, nonsensical fad diet* to try and lose 15lbs"....umm...ok...or you could just do whole30.
    I also get a lot of "What do you ACTUALLY eat outside of chicken and salad?" and it's hard to explain ALL of the food options and how I rarely eat just a salad.
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Day 12: stinky gas since I started   
    I'm guessing you're eating a lot more of these items now though, and daily, whereas it may have been more sporadic previously.
    FODMAPs have a cumulative effect on the digestive system as the malabsorbed sugars build up, and for many folks there is a line that they can't cross as far as how much of these foods they eat is concerned - once they cross that line that's when the problems start.

    I had been eating paleo for a number of years before I came to Whole30, and ate Whole30esque for a full 6 months before I started having problems - but having eliminated all high FODMAPs (amber & red lists) for six months I'm gradually reintroducing all of them again.
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    praxisproject reacted to bpaitsel in The crazy things people say   
    A co-worker and I did W30 together in January and she did great - multiple NSVs and lost 12 lbs.  Two weeks ago she got really sick with some sort of intestinal issue - originally diagnosed as diverticulitis then said not divert. but maybe a virus... not really sure.  Anyway, another coworker who has multiple medical issues including celiac and RA told her that maybe it was the way she was eating on W30... seriously!  Maybe, just maybe it was the corn she had re-intro'd!
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    praxisproject reacted to alexandrarowan in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Just a word of warning Australians!
    Day 23 into my Whole 30 and I was comparing supplement labels of a Vitamin B supplement (in the cupboard but haven't taken) and a Vitex supplement I've been taking for the last 3 days, both from the same company - different labels standards
    The Vitamin B supplement says it is free from Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, sugar, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds, soy. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
    The Vitex supplement says Gluten, lactose, nuts, shellfish, dairy, egg, fish, sesame seeds. No artificial flavours
    I contacted the company as I was confused as to whether the Vitex potentially contains Soy, Sugar and Preservatives, as it doesn't list that it is free from. And YEP! the company got back to me, that yes indeed the Vitex contains SOY!!!
    So, even if it isn't listed in the ingredients, or free from - it can still be there. Apparently under the Therapeutic Goods and Administration (TGA) labelling allergens is not a requirement! 
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    praxisproject reacted to ladyshanny in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    The trouble with kefir grains is that they need to be fed constantly or they will die. The scoby from making kombucha does not and will sit happily in its liquid for weeks before you have to feed it or make a new batch.
    Here's the summary I wrote for my blog way back when:
    SUMMARY! Time wise it will take you about 20 minutes every 6-9 days or so once you get going.  Get/make scoby. Brew and cool sweetened tea.  Dump equal amounts tea and water into large glass vessel with scoby. Come back 6-9 days later and start tasting.  Put tea in bottles when it tastes good to you. Put fruit or juice in bottles if desired. Refrigerate immediately if plain, counter ferment sealed & covered with towel if using fruit.  About 30 hours, burp daily.  Refrigerate.  Start again.
    So it takes up as much space on the counter as whatever size your brewing vessel is.  And it takes as much time as brewing some tea at the start of your batch and pouring it into bottles at the end of your ferment cycle.  It's so, super, ridiculously easy!
    You can PM me if you want more directed advice, I've got generosity of time right now!   
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    praxisproject reacted to jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Ok, so I think I'm a booch convert.

    However, my reasonably priced source of bottled booch is now out of stock in all varieties (except for small bottles which aren't very economical, and since the only other suppliers I can find are extortionate I'm wondering how easy it really is (and how much space I'll need) to make my own.

    I know all the information is probably in this thread as to what exactly I need, how long it will take, how cost effective it will be etc etc etc but ther are SIXTY SIX pages and my time is somewhat limited...   

    I'm not currently doing a Whole30 and so when I spoke to a potential supplier she tried to convince me that Milk Kefir was the way to go (someone local makes it for her), but since I avoid dairy for the most part I'm reluctant to go down that route. She can get kombucha made locally too but she did her best to talk me out of it saying it tastes like vinegar  

    Although I'm waiting on a batch of preserving/pickle jars arriving so that I can ferment my own veg I quite like the idea of waking up with a glass of kombucha with my breakfast so if anyone in the know who happens to be feeling generous with their time would like to give me a quick run down I'd be very grateful!


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    praxisproject reacted to netdirector in Good Karma Flax Milk   
    I'm guessing most of the ingredients are there to help thicken the milk, and make it more palitable for people drinking a full glass. I was only using a couple tablespoons as a creamer for my coffee.
    I just switched to Trader Joe's Coconut Cream, and whipped it up with some cocoa powder. Comes out like a cocoa cool whip, and blends and thickens fantastically in my coffee. I read some posts here that take issue with the cellulose they use to thicken it, but boy is it good.
    I've made coconut butter before, and I have some unsweetened coconut flakes I need to use up. I'll probably make my own next and try to avoid the store bought products altogether.
    All that said, I'm on my 5th day and feeling great! Fat Tuesday might need to be a "work at home" day for me though... they're doing a HUGE lunch spread at work and mentally I'll just feel deprived. First year I'm missing Paczki Day! There's just no way to make a Whole30 compliant paczki that isn't a full-blown "orgy with your pants on"...
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    praxisproject reacted to alexandrarowan in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Most of the Prosciutto and Smoked Salmon (not hot smoked salmon!) sold in Australia is also compliant. Although you must read your labels, but I've found it very easy to find both.
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    praxisproject reacted to SugarcubeOD in Justin's Classic Almond Butter   
    I'm with you... I see no reason to include in my diet something that is so harmful to the environment that is so unnecessary.  There are loads of oils that are sustainable and less impactful than Palm oil... I feel it's become the new trend (starting to see it in stores like crazy etc..) and I'm not jumping on that band wagon... nope!
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    praxisproject got a reaction from bede0713 in Justin's Classic Almond Butter   
    Whole30 info: Palm kernel oil is missing all the nutrition from red palm oil (unrefined) and is a white colour.
    Other concerns:
    Palm oil is a $US40 billion dollar industry worldwide, so there are some business practices that may make you not want to purchase products containing palm oil. Personally I find it something I'm not ethically comfortable with, regulation on production doesn't seem to be tough enough to make a difference and food labelling is pretty dodgy around the world when it comes to palm oil (in some countries it's entirely hidden under "vegetable oil" to avoid the eye of angry consumers).
 these guys are critically endangered, so palm oil and anything containing palm oil is off my shopping list until that changes. Industries change fastest with financial incentive If you ever get a chance to see one of these wonders in a zoo, please do. They use tools, are the only non-human species capable of "calculated reciprocity" and interact with those who come to visit them very much like humans do.
    We no longer trade in ivory to protect elephants which are endangered, but palm oil is a real threat to a critically endangered species which will likely become extinct in within our lifetimes. We're quite close to Indonesia here in Australia so palm oil is a hot topic here.