Mj Slazak Courchesne

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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to SugarcubeOD in Does anyone else feel nervous about fat?   
    Please don't post information that does not have backup to support your claims.  Dietary cholesterol does not impact blood cholesterol.  Eggs are not the demon they are made out to be.  
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to kayten in How to know if Whole30 has helped Hashimoto's symptoms?   
    Thanks! That's a good way of looking at it, that there has been damage done, and everything I do from here is just preventing further damage. I guess I just got caught up in all those hype-y posts "I did Whole30 and have completely reversed [insert autoimmune disease]!" 
    Either way, at 17 out of 90 days, I'm already feeling so much better than I did 2 weeks ago, so I guess that's the important part 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to lauren5021 in DC Friends: CAVA Grill on Whole30   
    I would like to provide some clarification on this after I did some further probing with customer service at Cava Grill. At first they gave me pretty much the exact answer listed above, but thankfully they were very patient with my many inquiries and corrections.
     
    They cook all their proteins in olive oil, which is also added to their harissa and I assume also their vinaigrette. All of the ingredients listed above are soy free on their website, so no concerns there.
     
    One thing I happened to catch on their website is that their grilled meatballs are not gluten free. When I asked about this, they said that they use some of their pita bread as a binding agent in the meatballs, but then proceeded to tell me that there were no grains. I politely let them know that if their pita bread contains wheat, then their grilled meatballs do indeed contain grains, which is an important distinction to make for future inquiries. After that, I asked about their spicy lamb meatballs, which they confirmed do not have the pita bread or any other grains.
     
    Bottom line, everything on the above list is good except the grilled meatballs. This will be one of my go-to options on the days I don't feel like cooking.
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to NeedAllTheFries in DC Friends: CAVA Grill on Whole30   
    I emailed customer support at CAVA to ask exactly which items I could eat while on W30. I was emailed back today with a list of compliant ingredients:
     
    Thanks for reaching out! Absolutely, I took a look at our menu and here are the items that you can continue to enjoy that do not contain dairy, grains, chickpeas or sweetener:
     
    - Base: Salad greens 
    - Dip: Harissa 
    - Proteins: Chicken, Grilled Meatballs, Spicy Lamb Meatballs, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables 
    - Toppings: Shredded Romaine, Cabbage Slaw, Tomato + Onion, Diced Cucumbers, Tomato + Cucumber, Kalamata Olives, Lemon Wedge, Mint 
    - Dressings: Green Vinaigrette, Spicy Harissa, Lemon Herb Tahini 
    - Spring Seasonal Soup: Carrot Ginger
    - Juices: Unsweetened Tea
     
    This makes me so happy! Looks like I'll be having CAVA lunch every week before grocery shopping.

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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from Leekeetria in Starting March 1st   
    Happy St. Patty's Day (and Friday)! Although I love corned beef and cabbage, I'm not indulging this year until I can cook up one that's compliant on my own! So, as it's also Friday and I grew up with fish fries, I'm going back to Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2 and trying her "West African Chicken Stew" but subbing in white fish (for me, cod), as she suggests at the end. I can't wait, as my husband, mother and I gobbled up the original recipe, and I'm sure this will be a mighty tasty (and comforting) way to end a busy week! 
    How are you celebrating St. Patty's Day? 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from Leekeetria in Starting March 1st   
    Happy St. Patty's Day (and Friday)! Although I love corned beef and cabbage, I'm not indulging this year until I can cook up one that's compliant on my own! So, as it's also Friday and I grew up with fish fries, I'm going back to Melissa Joulwan's Well Fed 2 and trying her "West African Chicken Stew" but subbing in white fish (for me, cod), as she suggests at the end. I can't wait, as my husband, mother and I gobbled up the original recipe, and I'm sure this will be a mighty tasty (and comforting) way to end a busy week! 
    How are you celebrating St. Patty's Day? 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to BendySimcha in Starting March 1st   
    @Mountain Girl Oh, the not being where my food is... My FIL is at a Residential Care facility, took a turn for the worst, and we've been living in the car two hours each way, at his bedside, the emotion and sleep deprivation and all of it. I packed snacks, thinking we'd tackle the "Eating Out" challenge, but this situation also made us not very hungry, so the snacks were oddly "enough". My husband is loving almond butter and apple or banana as his sweet tooth diminshes. 
    And to all - that's why I haven't been around. Also, we've been getting the Daily 30, reading it together in the morning and then checking our "reward" in the evening, and it's been a real encouragement and has helped us stay on track.
    It's March 15, DAY !!!!! WOO HOO!!! We are tackling a lot of molehills that wanted to be mountains. Yesterday, as I was at the hardware store register, the dark chocolate mint temptations were calling my name... I said "Hello" to them, than admitted outloud that I wanted chocolate and said immediately afterward "No, I don't want chocolate" and then at the grocery store right after that there was some other old sweet calling me, and I said the same thing. Then, it hit me -- emotional eating, cuz we're wiped out and my FIL is dying... so glad I realized it. And this morning's Daily 30 spoke right into what I went through.
    There are a lot of little things to share, but I gotta go, just wanted to chaek in and say it's not easy BUT IT'S NOT HARD!! 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to RabbitFood in Starting March 1st   
    Yes, it could just be your body adjusting.  Hang in there.
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    I don't have my books with me, but I think it says in the Whole30 book (or in Food Freedom Forever, not certain which) that it is indeed a personal choice, but in their opinion "God>Whole30."  :-)
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    I don't have my books with me, but I think it says in the Whole30 book (or in Food Freedom Forever, not certain which) that it is indeed a personal choice, but in their opinion "God>Whole30."  :-)
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from angledge in Starting March 1st   
    I don't have my books with me, but I think it says in the Whole30 book (or in Food Freedom Forever, not certain which) that it is indeed a personal choice, but in their opinion "God>Whole30."  :-)
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Lorraine Irish in Starting March 1st   
    Hi Everyone:
    Also starting March 1, tomorrow.  Looking forward to controlled eating, but happy to have a forum for support during the weak times!  
    First Whole 30 and am doing it alone. Appreciate any advice, tips, and favorite recipes.
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to SarahSchroeder in Starting March 1st   
    I am doing a Whole30 for Lent too  
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Vanessa0910 in Starting March 1st   
    Love the WholeLent idea!
    Hey there all! I'll be starting 3/1 as well. This is my 2nd Whole30 but the first where I do a proper reintroduction- I slipped off the clean eating wagon right after (it was Halloween and had both sides of my family with me---- need I say more?). My issue is using food for coping so my goal is to journal throughout this Whole30 to start overcoming the food addiction. 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to kirstenmichelle in Starting March 1st   
    I just decided (literally one hour ago) to jump into March Whole30 Land. Whoo Hoo! Let's do this! Reading the book, Whole30, will hopefully keep me focused. I've read It Starts With Food but not this one.
    This will be my 3rd Whole30. I leapt face-first off the wagon after my last one and have gained 20 lbs since October 2016. There are other factors but I'm about over this stupid "food controls me" thing, so I am going to pay very close attention to my moods and attitudes this time around.
    I'll jump into the FB group but make no promises about consistency there, as that can be an insanely unhealthy timesuck for me. (That should be Melissa's next book: The Facebook Cleanse.)
    I'm excited to have found all y'all! We can do this!
    [Photo is a quote from the book. Copyright held by Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig] https://itun.es/us/j1BB4.l

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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Texas_Momma in Starting March 1st   
    I'm starting Whole 30 today (03/01) with my husband and I'm pretty nervous. I have such a sweet tooth so my main goal is to kick the sugar/soda habit once and for all. I have done all my shopping and a little bit of meal prep but I'm not to great at it yet. I'm worried about being hungry while doing this but I'm also excited to see how this goes. I look forward to all the support and ideas from everyone! And I would also love to join the Facebook group too! 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Taylor C. in Starting March 1st   
    Hi all,
    I am starting March 1st which give me eight days to prepare myself, house, and fiance for the pretty dramatic change that is going to be happening. I am excited to be doing this but am also nervous. I have never been able to stick to a diet change and I am ready to say that I have. This is a lifestyle change that I want to get on board with!
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from Chrysalisc in Reintros and Support   
    No! Don't leave -- speaking for myself, the focus is NOT the scale, but how I feel, and other measurements. It's important to make the journey your own, whether that means measurements by body fat %, the measuring tape, or the scale. I LOVE hearing about the "non-scale victories" just as much as the scale ones! It's all so inspirational to see what goes on in other people's lives. 
     
    On my journey, the scale doesn't budge much (we'll see tomorrow if it has during this Whole30), but I have been changing my shape, and that is what I'm most proud of. But any of the amazing accomplishments in better health and yes, weight loss are great to hear. When I get frustrated and discouraged, it's any success story that helps me remember to keep on keeping on.
     
    Here's to the next chapter!
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from Miriam in Reintros and Support   
    You know, I didn't get what the "hard stomach" was until I had a croissant over the weekend for a sandwich. Ick. So yeah, gluten is def not my friend.
     
    Going for sushi tonight, so rice is the challenge now. Will write myself a note to try to remember the coconut aminos!
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to lexes42 in Reintros and Support   
    I feel like I'm in a really weird 'place' in my post whole 30 world.  
     
    Bizarrely the main food that had a noticeable difference is dairy.  Dairy awakened my sugar dragon / binge feelings.  I never went completely off the rails, but I certainly felt the hot dragon breath.  Amazingly I have NOT felt crazy around bread / wheat products.  I would have expected the reverse to be true.
     
    Dairy makes me ugly.  No two ways about it, dairy made my face puffy and chubby and accentuated bags under my eyes.  It's true my sleep has not been as good since I was w30, but the dark eyes happened within a day.
     
    I did not officially reintroduce legumes, although I did have peanuts in a larabar once accidentally.  Corn tortilla chips had 'no brakes' when I had them with guacomole, but that wasn't a shock!  Unlike other folks' experience, I am not getting 'instant feedback' in terms of digestive distress, but only 10 days after finishing and I'm already feeling significantly 'less good'.
     
    So the tough spot I'm in now is that I'm not all that interested in my old foods (hoorah), but I have a bit of w30 fatigue and can't bring myself to make template perfect meals every day either. The obvious solution is 'mostly' eat Whole 30.  But I've found that I actually need the 'rules'.  Basically I'm getting paralyzed by the choices involved in eating 'mostly whole30'.  Without the 'rules' I end up eating dairy or wheat once every couple days either because I can or because I'm lazy... it's not really driven by a craving... but nor does it qualify as 'special'.
     
    I expect I will be official whole30 again October 1 if not before. At the moment I have non compliant meals in my freezer that I'm going to finish eating this week.. mostly they have sauces or marinades with non compliant oils/sugar/soy.  I'm not comfortable throwing them out since my whole40 was a bit of a shock to my budget.  I know that will improve, but missing a week at the meat market is a necessary thing for me right now.
     
    My guess is that a second w30/45/60 in October will help solidify habits, tastes, and positive physical changes!  Or that's my hope
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Bojibelle in Reintros and Support   
    I added in gluten today and while I didn't notice much, I did notice the hard stomach.  So this will be an occasional treat for me when I am at a party or traveling and there isn't much else to have.  I am really okay with that.  Next up is the non-gluten grains.  Hoping for rice to be okay.  
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to mariegray in Reintros and Support   
    Hey all.
    My name is Marie and I'm addicted to carbs and other miscellaneous items that are detrimental to my health.
    I haven't been posting because I have been embarassed, I have crashed big time.
     
    I went on a whiskey bender one night this week, and since day 31 I have ingested all of the following:
    muffins
    pizza
    hamburger bun
    potato chips
    chocolate bar
    splenda sweeteed iced tea/lemonade (this stuff is highly addictive and I can suck down 3 20oz bottles of it without a 2nd thought)
    ice cream (this was part of my legit dairy reintro day)
    grocery store cookies
    cold cereal
    wheat toast
    crackers
    breaded chicken tenders
    some chemically stuff that looks like coffee creamer
    equal packets in said coffee.
     
    I.Feel.Like.Poop. ABSOLUTE poop. (and I can't poop very well or very often either, sorry if that's TMI)
     
    So.
     
    Now that that is all out of my system, here is my plan.  I'm hoping that one, or some, or all of you will tell me if you have other thoughts/ideas/things to throw at me.
     
    I have a wedding to go to tomorrow, my schedule is going to be erratic and It's a backyard bbq.  I'm not going to jump into another Whole ## tomorrow.
     
    Sunday I am going to embark on a Whole 7 at minimum until my gut feels better. (when it stops looking like I ate 10 lbs of marshmallows)
     
    I plan to re-evaluate on day 8.  I am expecting my copy of Well Fed + a Paleo Slow cooker book in the mail shortly.
     
    The good things that have come from my Whole 30 and my post train wreck, are that my cravings for sugar are MUCH less severe than normal, though still present.  It's the other stuff i can't seem to do without lately.
     
    It's been a tough week for me emotionally speaking, and I think the issues came with wanting comfort food....and the whiskey.
     
    So, there they are, my demons, laid out on the table.
     
    Be gentle with me.  i'm a bit weepy just now.
     
    Marie
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from SherryS75 in Reintros and Support   
    Thanks for posting about your reintros. I, too, have found myself sticking to very clean, W30-ish eating, though now I'm not as worried if I have something that's slightly "off-plan." My favorite coconut bars by Oskri, for example, are back in the menu as a treat, although I am debating a more definitive "test" with them because they have rice syrup in them (just coconuts and rice syrup). I have had a glass of wine every other day and I do note that my digestion seems a bit off the next day (rumbly and a little "loose").
     
    I think I just have to decide when it's worth it for the wine, as I do really enjoy a nice glass now and again. I, too, have had no real desire for cheese. Had some in an omelet on the weekend and I didn't think it tasted that wonderful as I remember.
     
    So even though I've not really done a full reintroduction because I don't have the yen for certain things, I think these instances are pointing to my need to really determine what's worth it or not. 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne got a reaction from SherryS75 in Reintros and Support   
    Thanks for posting about your reintros. I, too, have found myself sticking to very clean, W30-ish eating, though now I'm not as worried if I have something that's slightly "off-plan." My favorite coconut bars by Oskri, for example, are back in the menu as a treat, although I am debating a more definitive "test" with them because they have rice syrup in them (just coconuts and rice syrup). I have had a glass of wine every other day and I do note that my digestion seems a bit off the next day (rumbly and a little "loose").
     
    I think I just have to decide when it's worth it for the wine, as I do really enjoy a nice glass now and again. I, too, have had no real desire for cheese. Had some in an omelet on the weekend and I didn't think it tasted that wonderful as I remember.
     
    So even though I've not really done a full reintroduction because I don't have the yen for certain things, I think these instances are pointing to my need to really determine what's worth it or not. 
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    Mj Slazak Courchesne reacted to Casswoman in Reintros and Support   
    I reintroduced sugar in the form of chocolate a few days ago thinking it would be a very minor blip on the trail, and have been off-roading with it ever since. It is definitely food with no brakes for me, which is interesting since I didn't eat that much chocolate before the Whole30! Also learned that there is a trace of gluten in the brand of chocolate I was eating, so I'm not entirely sure if the sugar or the gluten is the issue. I'm going to get back to basics again tomorrow and test again in a month or so with a gluten-free brand of chocolate to see if it is the chocolate/sugar, or the trace of gluten that was the issue.
    My reaction has been interesting-the rash on the back of my head had gone away through the course of the Whole30, and came back after the chocolate, and has come and gone over the last few days. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes to clear up now that I'm done with chocolate for a while.
    In a few days I'm going to test out eggs. I really hope I'm okay with them!