Ernie Ambrose

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    Ernie Ambrose got a reaction from aimeea2002 in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    I know, I know... The official ISWF position seems to be "Don't" but for those of us that still want to occasionally imbibe, the book is sorely lacking on how and when to reintroduce alcohol.
    Day 1 is dairy.
    Day 4 is gluten grains.
    Day 7 is non-gluten grains.
    Day 10 is legumes.
    Should I sprinkle alcohol in there somewhere? Wait until the end, do it first, or what?
    Right now, I'm thinking I might reintroduce alcohol first so I can understand the effects of that before reintroducing anything else. Thoughts on this?
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    Ernie Ambrose got a reaction from Mj Slazak Courchesne in Where is the guidance on reintroducing Alcohol?   
    Ciria: considering that as well, but scotch (which at least one study says might have gluten, maybe) or a cider.
    Was just wondering about adding that to the mix with dairy or what.
    Right now I'm thinking day one is alcohol, and next up will be dairy. I don't miss gluten grains (other than those used for spirits) so maybe I'll just skip that.
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    Ernie Ambrose reacted to Robin Strathdee in Don't over think this.   
    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post.
    I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this:

    Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that).
    Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about).
    Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey.
    And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post):

    Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like.
    Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you.
    Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
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    Ernie Ambrose reacted to Terez in my coconut milk has carreegeenan...   
    Kelly, you may want to try a version of "bulletproof coffee" using ghee. I use a heaping tablespoon of ghee, a small chunk of coconut oil, and hot coffee in the blender for about 10 seconds.
    It emulsifies the ghee into the coffee and gives it a "coffee with cream" appearance. The ghee gives it a caramel flavor. I like it a lot.
    Also, just having coconut oil in the coffee is good. It is slick on top of the coffee, and as you drink it the black coffee comes "through" the oil. Interesting sensation and it does smooth the bitterness.
    Personally I like the bitter note in the flavor of coffee. I would be using stevia if not for the W30 (I do like a sweet note as well) but I'm enjoying these other options (coconut milk; bulletproof with ghee; plain ol' coconut oil). But the "bulletproof" in the blender is the best.
    Ghee is easy to make. Unsalted pastured butter in an uncovered dutch oven. Put in the oven at 250 Fahrenheit for 75 minutes. Strain through doubled cheesecloth (or through a single layer of a clean old cotton fabric, like a discarded shirt).
    Ghee keeps for 6 months on the shelf or one year in the fridge. Theoretically. I go through it way faster than that!