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    SweetEnough got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hello, kombucha homies! I am hoping to revitalize this thread to connect with others who are currently brewing. I am brand new to this craft and should have my first fermentation ready this week. Very exciting! I'm attaching a photo of Toby, which I grew myself from a bottle of raw, unflavored GT's kombucha, and also Maggie, who I purchased over the weekend from a Craigslist ad.
    I'd love to see your pics too! I'm sure in the next several days I'll have questions, so I'm hoping there are still those of you out there who are actively booching.

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    SweetEnough got a reaction from jnmcelwain in Happiness Is...   
    Happiness is... popping out of bed like it's Christmas morning because I'm excited about the food I made for today.
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    SweetEnough reacted to Crastney in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I've just finished the last bottle of my third batch - probably didn't leave it long enough in first fermentation, as it was still sweet when bottled, and each bottle grey it's own little layer of SCOBY - which I felt terrible about when I put it in the compost.  The initial one, still in the tapped kilner jar will be ok to start the next batch.  If I got my arse in gear I'd start making a new batch as I started the last bottle, then wouldn't run out - oh well.  it's all good.
    calling a SCOBY Toby makes sense, but why Maggie?
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from Heidi Staddon in Help with weight not coming off   
    Hi @EllieViolet! I'm sooooo glad you reached out on this forum. I know EXACTLY how frustrated and disappointed you feel right now. And you won't receive any judgment from me, because during my first round of Whole30, I got impatient and weighed myself around the same time, day twenty-something. At that point, I had gained a pound and my already ginormous bust was 1.5 inches BIGGER. I was crushed, to say the least. I kept going, but my spirit was wounded and that took away my openness to recognizing the non-scale victories I probably experienced during that last week. I cried. It was a completely unnecessary emotional letdown, because I weighed in again on Day 31 and had lost 10 pounds. That last week must have been the real sweet spot for me, because not only did I lose the weight, but I lost a total of 6 inches all over my body. 
    I went into the first round with a weight loss goal of 20 pounds. I don't know why and it's embarrassing to say this to you, but I honestly believed that I would experience a weight loss miracle through Whole30. I had read dozens of times that Whole30 is NOT a weight loss program, but in my heart and mind, I believed it was. And that hurt me more than it helped me. 
    After reintroduction, I lost another 10 pounds without even trying. Whatever nutritional correction my body needed, it just took time. I strongly encourage you to just stay the course. Consistency is what will allow your body to trust this healing process. I won't tell you not to weigh yourself; that's your choice. But I will say that I can hear the messages my body is sending me more clearly when I am NOT weighing myself. Best wishes to you, Ellie!
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from jnmcelwain in Happiness Is...   
    Happiness is... popping out of bed like it's Christmas morning because I'm excited about the food I made for today.
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from CatholicDad in Started Today August 14th.   
    This is awesome! I found the same to be true last week when my very picky 10-year old who "hates zucchini" happily cranked out a whole bowl of zoodles and then gobbled them down like it was her job. These are life skills we are teaching them now so they don't have to learn them at our age. 
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from Caitibird in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Hi @Caitibird! I definitely think the elimination of coffee is affecting you. If you've had a steady daily routine of drinking it for some time, then what you are going through is completely normal. For me in the past when I've abruptly cut out coffee, it's taken about 4-5 days to feel normal again. Headaches are normal too, but hopefully you aren't have those. 
    I had never heard of Crio Bru until you mentioned it here. I just looked it up online and I'm intrigued! How's it taste? 
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    SweetEnough reacted to emilyelowe in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    Every Whole30 is different, so don't be too hard on yourself! I don't drink coffee but I imagine that would be a HUGE change if it's something you had every day prior to this. I have a tendency to struggle in the third week, also. The novelty is gone, you're either experiencing food boredom or food overload, there's no Tiger Blood, and the end doesn't seem anywhere near near enough. So in my experience, this isn't all that abnormal. 
    If food prep is overwhelming (mine has been too this time around! I'm on Day 23), maybe try to simplify a little more. Just prep a bunch of your favorite veggies, meats, and sauces and combine them in different ways during the week rather than making 6 different dishes, for example. Or if you're bored with simple foods, try a NEW recipe that still has a small number of ingredients. I was just checking out the Real Food Dieticians page and they have a recipe page dedicated to 10 or fewer ingredients. I've been finding lots of inspiration lately on Instagram, too. I also think the Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, or Pressure Cooker is a life saver on days when I am just OVER the food prep. Maybe treat yourself to a cleaning service to deep clean your kitchen as a half-way point reward? These are just free-flowing thoughts.  
    I believe Chipotle cooks everything but the carnitas in soy bean oil (including the fajita vegetables) so it's kind of difficult to get a true template meal there. You'd probably have better luck at a Whole Foods where all the ingredients for everything at their hot bar are clearly listed. 
    Good luck getting over the hump!
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    SweetEnough reacted to Caitibird in Day 16 and burnt out....   
    @racheleats & @SweetEnough, the more I think about it the more I think giving up coffee is affecting me. I was drinking roughly 2 cups a day. I never really thought I would have a caffeine withdrawal from it, as I always drank it for the taste more than the energy.  Guess I was wrong! And I wish I wasn't having the headache side effect, but I have been nursing a 2 day migraine so far
    The Crio Bru is actually pretty good! It's got a very slight chocolate flavor to it and it's the closest thing I can get to coffee without the caffeine hit.  The only downside is the cost and it takes double the amount to brew a cup. I really like the taste of good coffee so it is hard to fill that void, but I would say Crio Bru is a good second choice!
    Also, @racheleats, what do you suggest getting at Chipotle that is compliant? I wouldn't mind having a day off from preparing lunch!
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from CatholicDad in Started Today August 14th.   
    This is awesome! I found the same to be true last week when my very picky 10-year old who "hates zucchini" happily cranked out a whole bowl of zoodles and then gobbled them down like it was her job. These are life skills we are teaching them now so they don't have to learn them at our age. 
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    SweetEnough reacted to Feel better me in Soda is the Devil!   
    What about making your own kombucha? Start with a shorter ferment and as hubbie gets used to it do a longer ferment or use honey instead of sugar in it.
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    SweetEnough reacted to anchorageali in August 7th Start Date   
    My sleep is not quite as disturbed as it was but still not good. I have been eating starchy veg with last template meal of the day and keeping to the template, including no shyness with additional fat!  Was having a little bit of a pistachio issue but they're gone and I won't get more. No food dreams yet but I'm sure they're coming.  Negotiated a work lunch with an avocado avocado burger over salad.  Tomorrow night is book club. The book is set in Moscow and another member texted me tonight, excited to make GF Russian teacakes that I can have and verifying details about what type of pans and utensils she could use. I didn't have the heart to tell her I wouldn't eat them. My plan is to have a good sniff of them and take some home to freeze.
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    SweetEnough reacted to kirkor in When to add honey?   
    Sugar in its various forms is probably the least problematic thing you can reintro, since it mainly has a negative psychological component for people, as opposed to physiological like the other things we eliminate for the 30 days.  Especially if you're planning to use it in sauces or marinades.  It's when you start adding it your coconut milk ice cream & cacao nibs that it might be something to keep an eye on.
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    You can do this, @amandamay83! If you don't make a big deal about it, no one else will either. There's so much power in the resolve of "no thank you."
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    SweetEnough reacted to MonikaDelilah in Starting July 17   
    Today is the DAY! It's my last day and I can't say it was easy BUT it wasn't so bad. I made it and I can't wait to incorporate other foods back into my diet. I'm going to stay 90/10 and hope that I continue to see all the fantastic results from this life change. 
    I'm still feeling groggy but living in SoCal @aussiegal I just can't blame it on the winter. I added more fats and that seems to be helping. I'll keep tweaking things as I go along and see if I can find a nice balance. 
     
     
     
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from amandamay83 in August 7th Start Date   
    You can do this, @amandamay83! If you don't make a big deal about it, no one else will either. There's so much power in the resolve of "no thank you."
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from Host in Doing My Homework   
    Right on! I could not agree more. I read a lot about how expensive it is to eat this way, and how complicated it is. I think it can be if you choose to make it that way, but I've managed to keep it super simple and within my regular very small budget. Meat+veggies+healthy fat ... easy. Bored? Add fruit!
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    SweetEnough reacted to laura_juggles in Tea Brands!   
    It's really impossible to give someone a list of brands or flavors of anything since there can be (and are) regional variances in recipes and companies can (and do) change ingredients on a whim without telling anyone except the people who print their packaging. 
    Basically, you'll have to read every label. You'll likely have an easier time finding "plain" teas without fruits or flavorings that are compliant. But anything with stevia is out; lots of fruit teas have candied fruit and that's out. I had a vanilla caramel tea with "natural flavorings" which is allowable, except that it also had soy. 
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    SweetEnough reacted to Host in Doing My Homework   
    Greetings. So I guess I begin at the beginning. As I was reading through WordPress, I saw a user talking about having finished their Whole30 and something just sort of clicked. I filed that away for later and went about my day.
    Less than week later I was feeling unusual. I'd eaten a whole pack of Mint Oreos in a few days, I'd just finished making Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, I had some chocolates in the fridge, and a tendency to drink a half gallon of tea every day. My body must have reached the limit of it's tolerance because I could feel it rebelling. It was then I decided that it was me or my sweet tooth - and I was going to choose me.
    So I'm doing a bit of a dry-run for a Whole30 while I'm doing my homework. I've stashed all my sweets out of sight (locked in a trunk in a closet.) I'm beginning to live by the principle: "Everything I eat will be the product of a conscious, deliberate decision." I'm trying to plan my meals ahead of time and to stick with it. I'm doing better about eating proteins, fruits and vegetables.
    Already I've run into a few difficulties - the lack of a nearby Whole Foods / Trader Joes - meaning Wal-Mart and Aldi's (distant grocery stores, located in another county) and IGA and Save-A-Lot ("close" grocery stores, located in another town) will be my go-to suppliers as the nearest of all stores in this region is a Dollar General (that doesn't have a fresh meat or fresh produce section,  but has a limited selection of frozen and canned meats and veggies) I'm not really well-versed in healthy fats - and I never did like mayo in the first place. The bacon I had for breakfast had sugar in it - it's just what I had on hand ... and since this is a dry run, I figured I'd use up what I had and get an idea of what I'd need to replace with compliant versions. I'm not that great at cooking and need a refresher in the basics - most of the Whole30 recipes I've come across look fairly complicated. I also don't  have a copy of any Whole30 books yet - I'm not sure which one(s) to get. So, do any of you have any tips on how to get started or where to go from here?
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    SweetEnough reacted to Babsie95 in Doing My Homework   
    It doesn't have to be complicated. Eat grilled/roasted meats and veggies, eggs and healthy fat. You don't have to use recipes simply make food. Use spices to switch things up. It can be expensive and complicated but doesn't have to be. Good luck. I'm sure you will do great
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    SweetEnough reacted to kirkor in Doing My Homework   
    Trash that stuff; it isn't doing you any favors lurking in a closet.
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from misshannah in Help with weight not coming off   
    Thanks for this update, I have been wondering how you're doing. Please do fill us in on progress for these next couple of weeks. We all carry each other. 
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    SweetEnough reacted to SugarcubeOD in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    @SweetEnough - that's so cute!  I know most of the people that have weighed in on this thread are following it so they'll get a notification when people post   
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    SweetEnough got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Hello, kombucha homies! I am hoping to revitalize this thread to connect with others who are currently brewing. I am brand new to this craft and should have my first fermentation ready this week. Very exciting! I'm attaching a photo of Toby, which I grew myself from a bottle of raw, unflavored GT's kombucha, and also Maggie, who I purchased over the weekend from a Craigslist ad.
    I'd love to see your pics too! I'm sure in the next several days I'll have questions, so I'm hoping there are still those of you out there who are actively booching.

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    SweetEnough reacted to invinciblechar in August 7th Start Date   
    I will be heading to New Jersey (from Brooklyn) to see my parents on Saturday, going to a birthday party at a bar in Brooklyn Saturday night, and then playing softball on Sunday. And getting in some meal planning/grocery shopping/prepping done whenever I can fit it in. The NJ part won't be an issue, because I can just pack a meal to eat while I'm on the road. The alcohol temptation will be great with the other two events though, especially since my softball team is known more for winning at partying than it is at winning at the game. But I haven't really missed it (or the fogginess or poor decisions it causes) yet, so I feel fairly confident that I'll be able to stay strong with my sparkling water and lime or lemon or something like that. About the eating from boredom/sadness/stress... this is actually my biggest problem, and it's why I'm here. I've found this first week that the extra effort of meal planning and grocery shopping and prepping and cooking all the time has literally left me with zero time for this, which is sort of good? It's a great side effect, anyway. So my suggestion would be to plan some more elaborate meals to keep you busy! Idle hands... At least that takes care of the boredom part.