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    tamar reacted to tinman57 in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Congrats on the mayo!  I'm have also used avocado oil as I normally have that on hand as well as EVOO.  Mel's recipe is mind-blowing.
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Wow, thanks so much for the advice! I will check it all out!
    I never heard of golden milk but it sounds great! I may actually give it a try. Do you have a good recipe?
    I did make a batch of egg muffins to have on hand and they turned out rather unappealing. They are still stashed in my freezer for when I need some extra protein.
    I did manage to fix some of the bad batch with an immersion blender but I haven't made more because I haven't needed it. I will definitely try again with the immersion blender even though I don't really understand why that's better than a regular blender.
    Thanks Rachel!
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Update: Day 14
    Shabbat #2 was much better than the first. I made an effort to make special yummy compliant food and it was so worth it. One highlight was a recipe for meat-stuffed eggplants that I happened upon in one of my non-Whole30 cookbooks (read: one of my cookbooks that isn't The Whole30) and it is always so exciting to discover a recipe that is just naturally compliant with no modifications required! I also relaxed a little regarding sweet tastes (staying well within the rules of course) for Shabbat only- I had been following @LadyM's advice on that but it was good to have a break on my special day.
    Today's challenge: I volunteered to make dinner for a friend who just welcomed a new baby, and my go-to dinner in that case is my favorite (vegetable-barley-lentil) soup and homemade pizza. I love my pizza! I thought about making something compliant but decided to go with my usual, and that way my husband and son can enjoy the soup and pizza as well, while I have Shabbat leftovers for dinner (which are much more appealing than last week's). I don't really mind and I'm happy not to have to think any more about dinner, since there aren't enough leftovers for everyone. Still, I hope I don't regret coming so close to pizza. I don't think I'll give in and have any, but this will be a major craving if I'm not careful. [Update since I didn't finish writing this before dinner: Yeah I would love a slice of pizza but I'll be OK. I don't think the leftover pizza in the fridge will bother me any more than the nutella in the pantry. Oh, and the 4yo decided he wasn't in the mood for pizza tonight. Of course ]
    Next up: This coming Shabbat we are planning on going to my parents. I'm looking forward to the extra family time and I trust my mom to pull off making W30 food for me. (She can probably do it better than I can, even though she doesn't believe in it.) I'll probably bring myself some stuff anyway, I have to think about what will work best with my mood and what my mom is making. The whole family will be there so I may get interrogated a bit but I can handle it. 
    In other news, I have a cold. I usually have a cold all winter every winter, and since it just got really cold here, here we are. It felt a little weird to not be eating/drinking all of my usual cold weather comfort foods but it's OK. The craving wasn't as bad as I'd expected.
    Ahh. It smells like one of my neighbor is frying something yummy. Dough of some sort. Not craving that either, just the smell is annoying.
    Overall I would say I'm feeling just fine. Not incredible yet. The only thing that happened so far is that I'm drinking less coffee, probably in part because I have more energy and in part because I can't find a good milk substitute. So basically, I'm fine.
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    tamar got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in I'm out   
    This was actually really insightful, thanks for sharing! I'm on day 16 and I ate generally well pre-W30 (though my diet was very different) and I would have thought that I would be feeling AMAZING by now. I'm feeling fine, but just fine. I know that it's too early to judge and I definitely plan on sticking out the 30 days and then doing the basic reintroduction to see if I can pick up on anything. But thanks for helping me understand a possible reason why I feel the way I do. Still looking out for that tiger blood 
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Funny story: dealing with major food boredom and being sick of leftovers, I combined my leftover chicken soup and Cholent for the most Jewish soup ever. I threw some spiced nuts I made for salad on top and it was great.
    Still struggling with cravings. Not giving in yet. And that apple juice is still in the fridge.

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    tamar got a reaction from decker_bear in My 1st Whole30 of 2020 (and in several years)...   
    That sounds so fun! Any particular types?
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    tamar got a reaction from smiths37 in smiths37 #3   
    Sounds amazing! I may have just decided to make that for dinner tomorrow instead of what I was planning on!
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    tamar got a reaction from MadyVanilla in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    So I didn't think I would post here because I'm not into sharing things online, but then I thought I might need a place to talk about this a little because in my world nobody is really interested in this Whole30 business.
    I'm Tamar, 31, mom of two adorable boys from Israel and I have been waiting for three years to be able to make this journey.
    I first came across the whole30 about 3 years ago and I don't remember where. Maybe there was an article about it on the kitchn or something. Anyway, I decided I wanted to give it a chance and I did. I bought the book and I even posted a bit in here.
    I lasted 5 days.
    I should say, 5 whole days because I made the decision to quit on day 5 but I didn't eat anything off-plan until the following morning. So five days.
    I was incredibly overwhelmed by all the cooking. Not that I don't cook for my family every day, but the planning and prep wore me out. In retrospect I realized I was trying too hard with all the recipes from the book instead of using my own recipes which I know and love, many of which are compliant or can be easily adapted.
    Anyway, I decided the time wasn't right so I quit. And ever since then the whole30 was like this old boyfriend I wanted to give another chance but was waiting for the right moment. I was TTC and I didn't want to do my first whole30 while pregnant or even potentially pregnant. Long story short, two years later I was pregnant and promised myself that after I had the baby and after the holidays I would give it another shot.
    So here I am.
    The timing seems good. Here in Israel we have a big batch of holidays in the fall and then Chanukah in the winter, so this seems like the perfect time of year. My little guy is 6 months old so I'm not dealing with a newborn and we're already on solids. I'm not particularly worried about my milk supply dropping but we'll see how that goes.
    I am doing this alone. I nag my husband about enough things without dragging him along with me on a diet he's not interested in, but I think he will benefit from eating what I eat (when he wants), and besides, this is really the kind of food he likes. He (unlike me) is a simple food non-foodie kind of guy. As for my kids, the little one doesn't eat much, and the 4.5 year old is super picky. He rarely eats meat or vegetables and I had no thought of taking him along for the ride. This is about me and that is not a battle I want to fight right now.
    But, unlike my first attempt, now I successfully explained the program to my husband and earned his support. This is huge because up until now every time I mentioned that I wanted to try again he responded with "oh please don't!", that's how bad it went the first time around.
    I have lots more to share about my expectations and challenges, but day 1 is drawing to a close and I am almost ready for bed. So far so good! 
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Ok so I'm 5 days in (breaking my previous record!) and while it wasn't easy, it was not as bad as everyone makes it sound. I think it was like this on my first try as well.
    I am having lots of sweet cravings. I know I need to ignore them, but I am also not sure if I need to avoid any sweet fruit or juices to get over them. Still learning here. My husband bought me a bottle of apple juice because he thought that was the only treat I could have (this may sound a little 5 year old of me but I love apple juice! I only buy it as an occasional treat for myself) and I had to say thanks but no thanks
    I am also having major food boredom. Is that normal at this point in the program? I know I am supposed to get sick of eggs but so far I am loving them (I had a couple of shakshuka-inspired breakfasts that were amazing!) It's the meat (and tuna and chicken) that I'm sick of at this point. I'm not a big meat eater so it's hard. 
    Oh, and coffee. I found unsweetened almond milk but I am really not enjoying it. Coconut milk is a little better, but I still find myself not wanting coffee as much as I normally do. I keep thinking about what it says in the book that if you don't like coffee without milk and sugar that means that either your coffee is bad or you don't really like coffee but only the things you put in it to make it better. I drink instant coffee, but it is the best instant I've found. (Jacobs is the brand. Don't know if they have that in the US.) Or maybe I don't like coffee as much as I thought. I definitely need the caffeine though (we are not sleeping through the night yet!) not to mention that I just miss my yummy cup of coffee. What are the best ways people have found to drink W30 compliant coffee?
    As I expected, Shabbat was the hardest day. Shabbat is generally everyone's favorite day, lots of family time and lots of good food which is integral to the meaning of the day. Not having dessert was very hard, and the food did not excite me. I made a Cholent (Shabbat stew) by just cutting out the beans and barley from my regular recipe and I don't think that was a good idea- the meat was too intense. I think next Shabbat I will need to make more of an effort to make special food instead of just compliant versions of the same old.
    Now we have lots of leftovers from Shabbat to feed us for the next couple of days. Usually I love that because I don't have to make dinner. Now all I can think of is all that meat. But it's still nice to have a break from cooking. I'm looking forward to my chicken soup for dinner tonight. And then I will need to figure out how to repurpose that Cholent. Frying an egg on top or putting it in a salad? Not sure. 
    Other things that happened: I failed twice to make mayo and have yet to succeed. I looked in my local health food store but I couldn't find a compliant one. I may decide to try to fix the failed batches, or not.
    Also, I roasted a whole chicken to make bone broth and then I was eating it all week. Have I mentioned I'm a little sick of meat?
    Hoping better days are up ahead.... In the meantime I'm thinking of more creative ways to have eggs for breakfast. And ground meat, because that's another way to get creative and I haven't had too much of that yet.
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in smiths37 #3   
    I'm curious how you make it! Technically you need some serious machinery for that. But truth is if you have the right spices that's all that matters.
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    Thanks!
    Yeah, that's what I'm trying to do. Cook like I did before, just more meat and less other stuff. Though some of the recipes I've found look soooo good 
    I hope I remember to update once in awhile! Good luck to us all!
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    tamar got a reaction from LadyM in My first time? Or second? 3 years in the making   
    So I didn't think I would post here because I'm not into sharing things online, but then I thought I might need a place to talk about this a little because in my world nobody is really interested in this Whole30 business.
    I'm Tamar, 31, mom of two adorable boys from Israel and I have been waiting for three years to be able to make this journey.
    I first came across the whole30 about 3 years ago and I don't remember where. Maybe there was an article about it on the kitchn or something. Anyway, I decided I wanted to give it a chance and I did. I bought the book and I even posted a bit in here.
    I lasted 5 days.
    I should say, 5 whole days because I made the decision to quit on day 5 but I didn't eat anything off-plan until the following morning. So five days.
    I was incredibly overwhelmed by all the cooking. Not that I don't cook for my family every day, but the planning and prep wore me out. In retrospect I realized I was trying too hard with all the recipes from the book instead of using my own recipes which I know and love, many of which are compliant or can be easily adapted.
    Anyway, I decided the time wasn't right so I quit. And ever since then the whole30 was like this old boyfriend I wanted to give another chance but was waiting for the right moment. I was TTC and I didn't want to do my first whole30 while pregnant or even potentially pregnant. Long story short, two years later I was pregnant and promised myself that after I had the baby and after the holidays I would give it another shot.
    So here I am.
    The timing seems good. Here in Israel we have a big batch of holidays in the fall and then Chanukah in the winter, so this seems like the perfect time of year. My little guy is 6 months old so I'm not dealing with a newborn and we're already on solids. I'm not particularly worried about my milk supply dropping but we'll see how that goes.
    I am doing this alone. I nag my husband about enough things without dragging him along with me on a diet he's not interested in, but I think he will benefit from eating what I eat (when he wants), and besides, this is really the kind of food he likes. He (unlike me) is a simple food non-foodie kind of guy. As for my kids, the little one doesn't eat much, and the 4.5 year old is super picky. He rarely eats meat or vegetables and I had no thought of taking him along for the ride. This is about me and that is not a battle I want to fight right now.
    But, unlike my first attempt, now I successfully explained the program to my husband and earned his support. This is huge because up until now every time I mentioned that I wanted to try again he responded with "oh please don't!", that's how bad it went the first time around.
    I have lots more to share about my expectations and challenges, but day 1 is drawing to a close and I am almost ready for bed. So far so good!