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    bookluvingbabe reacted to Namaste2017 in Getting clear on the WHY   
    On the weekend, my MIL kept asking why I'm doing this, hinting that it's not healthy and that I should be checking my vitals weekly since it's basically Atkins and Atkins is unhealthy and only for losing weight.
    Last night, my husband told me that even though I told him I'm not doing this for the weight, he's asked around and everyone says it's for the weight, that this is the reason people do the Whole 30.  Then he asked me why I'm doing this, since I'm healthy already so saying it's for health doesn't make sense to him either.
    Both of these exchanges bothered me tremendously, and I see now that it is because I didn't have a clear answer for them (or me) as to WHY I'm doing this.  So here is my attempt to sum up why I chose to do a Whole 30, and why on Day 16 I remain committed.  I will come back to this list when I wane in motivation, which is sometimes hourly :-)
    1)  Connecting with my food connects me to the earth and to what is really important for me.  Choosing to eat only whole foods for 30 days nourishes not only my body, but my mind and spirit as well.
    2)  The Whole 30, for me, is a celebration of how far I've come with food.  I have a history of eating disorders (which may explain why my family is concerned), but I do not feel at all that my Whole 30 is about losing weight (which I don't need to do).  It is about celebrating food, eating when I'm hungry and as much as I need to feel satiated, eating lots of fats, and eating animal protein and being ok with that after various failed attempts to become vegetarian when in my heart I knew it just wasn't for me.
    3)  The Whole 30 is about saying YES to me, and kindly being firm with others when they try to tell me what to do (in overt or subtle ways).  I have always been a people-pleaser, and while I already know sugar, white flour and alcohol are not good for me, I often partake because it's the social thing to do or because I know others will feel better if I have something with them (my mom - sweets, my husband - alcohol).  This time is all about ME, and asserting that I don't have to eat or drink things I don't really want to to make others feel better.
    4)  The veggie, protein and fat combo is delicious and satisfying.  I've been trying Whole 30 recipes at home and the whole family loves them.  I have discovered new combinations of foods, new foods altogether, and rediscovered foods that I had overlooked (hello tahini and shredded coconut!)
    5)  I recently made a big decision in my life, choosing to step down from a management job and stay at a more comfortable job in order to have more space and time for myself, my family, and my passions.  Doing the Whole 30 at this time feels like a RESET.  Starting fresh, becoming new again, recommitting to the things that are most important to me.
    6)  It is only 30 days.  I do miss whole grains and the occasional sweet, but I know that soon enough I will be able to partake if I really want to.  Yet it is more than 30 days.  Getting so crystal clear on what my body needs and likes will help me be more conscious of my choices going forward.  I love Melissa's questions around whether to eat something post Whole 30 - something like - Is this a special occasion?  Will it make me feel terrible after?  Do I really want it?  Do I really want it is key for me, and will help me make good food decisions going forward.
    7)  The community.  I love the book, the website, the Forum!  I feel like I've connected with like-minded people who are committed to good food, to taking care of themselves, and to working for something they believe in despite of what others may think.  It's all about tuning in to what is right, and to working with others to help you see that when it is not clear.
    8)  Although I feel I am now a normal eater after many years of eating disorders, I still fall to sugar, white flour and alcohol when I am stressed or depressed, and was falling into that habit again before Whole 30.  The Whole 30 is a good way to just stop those bad habits and remind myself that the short-term pleasure is not worth the lethargy, low mood and negative thoughts that I fall into when I'm back on a daily sugar hit.
    9)  On Day 16, I've hit Tiger Blood.  I feel connected, refreshed, energized, and able to make good decisions about food and life.  Having an experience like this reminds me of what's possible, and that happiness is an inside job.
    10)  Last year I went off anti-depressants, and good food was a big part of that.  Kelly Brogan's book, "A Mind of Your Own" uses food as the first way to reconnect with yourself and heal depression, and her dietary guidelines are very much aligned with Whole 30 - lots of good quality proteins and fat, lots of fruits and veggies, no sugar, flour, alcohol.  When Dr. Brogan works with patients, she has them do a 30 day food reset eliminating grains, legumes, white potatoes (resistant starch), and processed food, so doing this is something I had been thinking about, and I'm already seeing improvements in my mood.
    So there you have it!  My top 10 reasons WHY I'm doing the Whole 30.  I will send this to my hubby :-)
    What about you?  Why are you YOU doing the Whole 30?
    Lots of love,
    Paula
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from CTGeorge in Start Date July 1   
    Started on July 1st as well.  Repeat participant who knows how to eat but also can't stop when the cupcakes start talking to me.
    Day One was a little rocky-- meal 3 was supposed to be lamb chops, asparagus and a baked potato.  Except that I accidentally cooked the little plastic bladder thing with the lamb chops.  Yuck.  I felt full after the baked potato and asparagus so I didn't stress about it.
    My biggest struggle is meal 1 vegetables.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from CTGeorge in Start Date July 1   
    It is too hot here to roast veggies with any regularity.  Insert sad panda face here.
    I often buy the Trader Joe's bag of spinach, kale and swiss chard and wilt it after my eggs are cooked.  I just don't particularly like it!  
    Since my last post, I have confirmed I don't like ghee/clarified butter.  We are big fans of Kerrygold butter and that is hard to resist.  Especially when 10 year old DS is making omelet's cooked in butter and filled with cheese.  But so far, so good! 
    Otherwise I'm feeling good--trying to sleep, drink green tea and not wonder where DH hid the box of chocolates I asked him to hide...
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    bookluvingbabe reacted to Michelle137 in Started 7/1   
    I asked a couple at church what they were doing to look so much more fit and a lot healthier.  They said Whole30.  I bought the book while on vacation and read the rules and food choices.  After going to the grocery store and looking at labels I didn't realize how much sugar was in 'everything'!  I hope to gain a better outlook on what I put in my body and enjoy the benefits without worrying about my appearance or the scale.  Here's to all of us and to the kitchen sink scrambled eggs I ate this morning.  Yum!
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from LadyM in Can I have ham?   
     
    It can be extremely hard to find but Wegman's carries one that is compliant and delicious.  If it meets all the compliance tests, you are fine.
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from LadyM in Can I have ham?   
     
    It can be extremely hard to find but Wegman's carries one that is compliant and delicious.  If it meets all the compliance tests, you are fine.
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in How to lighten up meat-heavy chili   
    I add a can of pumpkin or butternut squash to my Cincinnati style chili.  It adds a hint of sweetness, more veg and is generally lovely. 
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from kmcb in Coffee for your Whole 30: How to make it if you're used to using dairy   
    Black with coffee ice cubes to cool it off enough to drink it.
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from ThyPeace in What about DARK (VERY) CHOCOLATE   
    I bought a 100 percent dark bar. I had a quarter of a square after dinner tonight. It was quite the palate cleanser.
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Oncoming cold.....   
    Don't forget kombucha!
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Penzey's spices... too many options! What's your favorite?   
    I love their Chinese 5 Spice and their smoked paprika.  The sweet paprika is also nice.
     
    I used the Chinese 5 Spice today to make a faux pho.  I took beef broth (it jelled, it jelled!  Victory!) and warmed that up, added the 5 spice, cut up a bunch of tongue, added frozen rainbow chard, added a ton of cilantro and lime and called it a day.  I planned to add zoodles but I forgot.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from RGJax2014 in My Children Will Only Eat PB & J   
    Ellyn Sattler's books might help.  Essentially it is your job to put healthy meals on the table (always with at least one thing you know the kids will eat).  It is their job to decide how much and what to eat.  (That is a super simple explanation.)
     
    My eat anything kid definitely narrowed his approach over the years--this weekend he refused to eat the hamburgers he adored 6 months ago.  I do "short order" cook breakfast from a narrow range of choices and lunch gets packed or bought at school.  But dinner is dinner unless we are dining out.   We involve him in the meal planning, purchasing of the food and talk about foods that make us feel better and worse.   
     
    You might want to try sunflower seed butter.  I can't tell the difference between it and peanut butter.  We also use sprouted bread rather than gluten free for him.  Baby steps...
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from praxisproject in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    DS is 6 and has been fascinated by the kitchen for a while.  When I make chili he likes to decide if I'm adding a can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  He likes to stir and he likes to help decide the menu for the week.
     
    Two weeks ago, he asked if he could make meatballs for dinner.  WIth minimal supervision from me (I cut the veggies into chunks for the food processor and made sure he didn't set himself on fire), he made  a paleo meatball and a pretty decent red sauce.
     
    Yesterday he made meatloaf--ground beef, celery and mushrooms .  Again, minimal supervision from me and tasty.  
     
    And he eats what he cooks without complaint.  
     
    Is anyone else having success getting their kids into the kitchen to help cook?
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from mlum007 in Whole 30 Cooking with Kids   
    Tonight I was making red sauce (onions, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes and 2 pounds of ground beef) when DS came into the kitchen.  He peered at it and asked, "Is it 30 compliant?"  When I said yes, he asked, "Does it have grains, dairy, sugar or legumes?"  When I told him no, he rushed upstairs to tell his father that it was okay, he had checked and dinner was compliant.  
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    bookluvingbabe got a reaction from gardengirl in Compliant deli meat   
    The Organic Wegman's roast beef, uncured ham and smoked turkey are all compliant.  
     
    I may have hidden the package of ham from my husband, who ate the smoked turkey all by himself without letting me have a taste.