MrsStick

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    MrsStick got a reaction from Dannelle in Oh, man, brisket!   
    Okay, thank me later for this. I just turned my mother-in-law's "Rocky Mountain Brisket" recipe into a W30 approved one AND a crock pot meal. Holy cow. I woke up to a delicious brisket this morning! And I didn't have to have it in the oven at 400F for 4 hours (wrapped in foil). Recipe is as such:
    Brisket - with the fat layer - 4 lbs (mine was 1.5)
    1.5 tsp salt (I used about 1tsp since I have sea salt and it's more salty)
    1.5tsp pepper
    2 tbsp of Chili powder (I only had 1 tbsp left, so I also added a dash of chipotle pepper)
    1 tsp crushed bay leaves
    Mix dry ingredients. Rub all over brisket on top of a piece of foil that will cover it. If your brisket is smaller than 4 lb, dump the extra accumulated on the foil in the sink/trash. Wrap in foil. Put in slow cooker/crock pot. Cook for at least 8 hours, up to 11 or 12. If you put it in at night, in the morning, you can have brisket with a fried egg and sweet potato mash like I am!
    I might die of happiness. Who needs the sauce with brown sugar, ketchup, etc...?
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    MrsStick got a reaction from C. Logan in I gained weight on Whole30, What to do now?   
    You mentioned your weight but didn't say how tall you are. The picture at this site  - http://thehealthybodycentre.blogspot.kr/2013/05/who-weighs-aussie-average.html- really says it best. Every one of the women in that picture weighs the same amount. But one is about 5 feet tall, one looks close to 6 feet tall, and the rest are somewhere in the middle.
     
    As a 5'10.5" woman, 150 pounds is about right for me (ish). I fluctuate like we all do - I'm usually around 150-155 when I'm not on a Whole 30. During a Whole 30 I'll usually end up around 140-145. I was closer to 160-165 pre-Whole 30s, but discovering that I have Celiac disease (through my Whole 30 journey) and cutting out gluten grains helped a lot of that go away quickly after my first Whole 30. The Whole 30 and learning what my body does best with on a daily basis has helped me really stabilize my weight well. Granted, I've had to temper it a bit with what I have time for, since hubby and I both work and are involved in our community, but it's all what I know I do well with. I know I can add white rice to a meal to stretch it since I didn't have time to do more. Or I know that putting some cheese on my soup to make it more filling (yay fat!) is fine because I tolerate dairy well. Does that add a little to my weight? Yes, but I don't mind it.
     
    What I guess I'm trying to say here is to focus on your body composition more than your weight. You mentioned working out and building muscle will absolutely make your weight go up, even if you lose body fat and are a smaller size. Muscle weighs more, it's just how it is. Your weight can fluctuate by up to ten pounds just by how much water you drank yesterday and how well you've cultivated the bacteria in your guts. It's why you can crash diet and lose ten pounds in a week - your body itself hasn't lost the weight, but your digestive system has.
     
    TL;DR: weight is a number, and depending on how tall you are, yours is probably about perfect for your body. Ditch the scale, buy some great clothes, feel awesome.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from C. Logan in I gained weight on Whole30, What to do now?   
    You mentioned your weight but didn't say how tall you are. The picture at this site  - http://thehealthybodycentre.blogspot.kr/2013/05/who-weighs-aussie-average.html- really says it best. Every one of the women in that picture weighs the same amount. But one is about 5 feet tall, one looks close to 6 feet tall, and the rest are somewhere in the middle.
     
    As a 5'10.5" woman, 150 pounds is about right for me (ish). I fluctuate like we all do - I'm usually around 150-155 when I'm not on a Whole 30. During a Whole 30 I'll usually end up around 140-145. I was closer to 160-165 pre-Whole 30s, but discovering that I have Celiac disease (through my Whole 30 journey) and cutting out gluten grains helped a lot of that go away quickly after my first Whole 30. The Whole 30 and learning what my body does best with on a daily basis has helped me really stabilize my weight well. Granted, I've had to temper it a bit with what I have time for, since hubby and I both work and are involved in our community, but it's all what I know I do well with. I know I can add white rice to a meal to stretch it since I didn't have time to do more. Or I know that putting some cheese on my soup to make it more filling (yay fat!) is fine because I tolerate dairy well. Does that add a little to my weight? Yes, but I don't mind it.
     
    What I guess I'm trying to say here is to focus on your body composition more than your weight. You mentioned working out and building muscle will absolutely make your weight go up, even if you lose body fat and are a smaller size. Muscle weighs more, it's just how it is. Your weight can fluctuate by up to ten pounds just by how much water you drank yesterday and how well you've cultivated the bacteria in your guts. It's why you can crash diet and lose ten pounds in a week - your body itself hasn't lost the weight, but your digestive system has.
     
    TL;DR: weight is a number, and depending on how tall you are, yours is probably about perfect for your body. Ditch the scale, buy some great clothes, feel awesome.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Ana Miriam in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You panic when you realize that most of your food containers (Pyrex, etc.) are in your cupboards, not holding food in your fridge! What if I starve to death??!?
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    MrsStick got a reaction from purplepadres in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    @purplepadres how much of the flavoring did you use? I'm planning to try to recreate an apple cider booch I bought commercially but am not sure how much juice I should add vs. the spices. Did you use a cinnamon stick? Do you think it could be reused for more than one batch if you did?
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jenmidge in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Looks like my experiment is working! There are a bunch of little spots of baby SCOBY floating around on the surface of my kombucha!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from jmcbn in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'm going crazy and am trying to make kombucha with two baby SCOBYs that had formed in my flavored booch I'd bought a couple weeks ago (apple cider flavored). I don't know if it'll work or not but I could clearly see both the bacteria and yeasts in the little babies so I decided I'd try it. I'll let you know in a couple of weeks if it works.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You can use green tea for kombucha though! I usually do a mix of black and green because I'm not a super huge fan of the flavor of black tea. You can even use plain white tea for a more delicate flavor (you can't let it ferment as long with lighter teas if I recall correctly because there are fewer tannins for the SCOBY to digest) but I haven't found plain white, just flavored whites. As long as there's no flavoring to the tea, you're just fine!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from littleg in Do your cave babies eat a ton of food?   
    Yep. My 8 month old eats SO MUCH. At lunch today he ate 1/4 avocado (he's eaten as much as half of one at a sitting), 1/4 cup applesauce (he's been having a little trouble pooping since we've introduced solids and this helps him out a lot), and some cherry tomato and grape pieces as I bit them off for him. Last night's dinner he ate 5 green beans and two 1" cube-ish chunks of plantain. I can't believe how much he's eating, since he's only been eating food for a little over two months.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Staggolee41 in How to be really supportive for partner on Whole30   
    I second this. You know he's going to likely be pretty grouchy those first two weeks, so give him lots of space/grace to do so. His body is detoxing a lot of things. It's also fairly common (at least it is for hubby and I) for people to get cold-like symptoms at some point during the Whole 30 as the immune system starts to recover from all of its craziness. So expect at some point for him to not want to do much.
    I'm currently doing my third Whole 30, second where it's been my husband and I together (first since little Twig was born), and giving each other space to be grumpy is key. We're only on day 2, but we've already got added stress of the fact that we've just moved into a new house and our furniture is supposedly going to arrive today. Hooray? Hubby wasn't interested in doing a Whole 30 until he saw how great I felt/looked on it. Whole 30 is also part of how I got diagnosed with Celiac disease. Doing it together is a lot nicer than doing it alone for us anyways.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Staggolee41 in How to be really supportive for partner on Whole30   
    I second this. You know he's going to likely be pretty grouchy those first two weeks, so give him lots of space/grace to do so. His body is detoxing a lot of things. It's also fairly common (at least it is for hubby and I) for people to get cold-like symptoms at some point during the Whole 30 as the immune system starts to recover from all of its craziness. So expect at some point for him to not want to do much.
    I'm currently doing my third Whole 30, second where it's been my husband and I together (first since little Twig was born), and giving each other space to be grumpy is key. We're only on day 2, but we've already got added stress of the fact that we've just moved into a new house and our furniture is supposedly going to arrive today. Hooray? Hubby wasn't interested in doing a Whole 30 until he saw how great I felt/looked on it. Whole 30 is also part of how I got diagnosed with Celiac disease. Doing it together is a lot nicer than doing it alone for us anyways.
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    MrsStick reacted to littleg in Cooking grass-fed beef during pregnancy   
    Preface: In general I am not a big believer in US "preventative medicine" and the usual guidelines coming out for Americans... so I suppose this blends into my views on pregnancy advice as well.  
     
    I found this article somewhat stress relieving:
     
    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323514404578652091268307904
     
    I'm 12 weeks in to P2 after a miscarriage in the fall.  Now, this is just my n=1 but we were able to find out the reason for the m/c - it was trisomy 15.  It wasn't that I continued to crossfit, drank coffee, slept too little or any of the other things I did or did not do while pregnant.  The little lady was just put together wrong.  Women carried babies to term during the Holocaust, during wars, presently in countries torn apart by things we can hardly imagine.  Is medium well beef going to do you in....? Probably not.  At least in my opinion.  
     
    I've had deli meat this pregnancy.  I've had medium cooked burgers.  I've eaten my more melons than I can count (but, I do wash them now before cutting them ).  I've had coffee every morning and sips of beer while my husband taunted me with my favorite IPAs.  I even ate my own homemade mayo (with raw egg!).  Is your beef from a reputable source?  Is it reasonably fresh?  Have you tried to not leave it sitting out on the counter for 8 hours?  I'd say go ahead and enjoy it
     
    Don't forget - lots of women had healthy pregnancies way before modern medicine got involved.  
     
    But, at the end of the day, what your doctor says is what your doctor says... and you comfort level is your comfort level.  If eating a medium steak is going to give you anxiety... enjoy your slow cooker beef for the next few months.  You can be the one lady who doesn't ask for a turkey sandwich after delivering - you can get steak tartare!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Xandra in I need SUPER easy recipe suggestions.   
    Instead of taco salad, try putting your taco meat on a baked sweet potato with some pineapple and salsa. SO GOOD.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from praxisproject in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    As someone with Celiac, I don't lick stamps or envelopes. Most glue for those things is wheat-based and I don't want to risk a reaction. However, like I said, I have Celiac, so it might not be as big of an issue for others.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Xandra in I need SUPER easy recipe suggestions.   
    Instead of taco salad, try putting your taco meat on a baked sweet potato with some pineapple and salsa. SO GOOD.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from FreshStartMomma in Newbie BFing Mom needs help w/ eating enough   
    I will say that lactation tea has really helped increase my supply - I actually have to stop drinking it at times because I get an oversupply if I have more than 2 mugs per day. That might help, it actually works for me!
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Xandra in I need SUPER easy recipe suggestions.   
    Instead of taco salad, try putting your taco meat on a baked sweet potato with some pineapple and salsa. SO GOOD.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Xandra in I need SUPER easy recipe suggestions.   
    Instead of taco salad, try putting your taco meat on a baked sweet potato with some pineapple and salsa. SO GOOD.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Xandra in I need SUPER easy recipe suggestions.   
    Instead of taco salad, try putting your taco meat on a baked sweet potato with some pineapple and salsa. SO GOOD.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from Wndrgrl_NC in Sheer terror I won't lose weight   
    Losing size =/= losing weight all the time. You might drop sizes in your clothes, have noticeable weight loss around your face and have the same number or a higher one on the scale. I know plenty of people in my office (all men lately) who have been doing crash dieting and then wondering how their weight is HIGHER...um...because your lunch consisted of 2 pouches of tuna and 6 crackers? No veggies? Low fat everything?
     
    So just...focus on how you look and feel instead of the scale. The scale can be influenced by how hydrated you are, whether your meals yesterday have been fully digested or only partially, how healthy your gut microbiome is...and that's not something to base your happiness on.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from praxisproject in Gluten intolerance in kids   
    If she does actually have Celiac, then getting a diagnosis would be very helpful. You can try to find a doctor that would diagnose off of a genetic test, but you'd likely need to get your daughter to eat gluten-containing products to get the diagnosis. The difference between intolerance and Celiac that she'd know for sure is that an intolerant person can eat gluten and get sick but it won't actually damage their intestines and raise the chances of certain cancers. If someone with Celiac eats gluten, they are doing both to themselves - damaging the lining of their intestines and raising their risk of cancers.
     
    However, to have an accurate diagnosis your daughter would need to eat gluten for a period of time - usually several weeks - and then have bloodwork/endoscopy done. Some insurance companies, though, will help foot the bill for gluten free products if you're actually diagnosed with Celiac because of the extreme price difference between the GF and non-GF products but won't if you haven't been officially diagnosed.
     
    I'd talk to your daughter's doctor, try to get a referral to at least talk to a GI doctor and discuss your options. See if they're willing to diagnose her on food reaction plus genetic testing alone or if they'd require her to put up with a messed-up stomach for weeks on end to get the diagnosis. Then again, ask them if she tries to eat enough gluten and it gives her severe reactions, whether they'll take that as being enough of a reaction to diagnosis. Then, honestly, talk to your daughter about it. She sounds old enough to understand at least a little bit of what's going on, so explain it to her. Tell her that she doesn't have to but it could make a lot of things a lot easier in the future if she gets the diagnosis (as a diagnosed Celiac, I can promise that this is true) but that you won't force her.
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    MrsStick got a reaction from CharDoll in EBF and weight stall   
    Another thing to think about - after extending your last Whole 30, did your body composition shift? Sometimes your weight can stay exactly the same but your clothes fit very differently. In that case, I'd argue that you probably did lose fat but you didn't lose pounds. Which is more important to you - looking good in your clothes or seeing a number on the scale?
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    MrsStick reacted to Seafarer in How often do you weigh after W30?   
    I have had a serious scale addiction in.... ohhhhh..... forever, but in the past few months I read so many things on here, and the W30 blog, about the damaging effects of measuring yourself via the scale that I stepped off and haven't weighed myself since finishing my W30. Don't get me wrong... there is serious temptation there (I may just throw it out) but the longer I stay off of it, the more I realize it would seriously spoil all the fun I am having! Think about it. People tell me I look great, and that's always a nice surprise which boosts my happiness quotient for days. If I had weighed myself & knew for sure that I wasn't satisfied with the number, there's no way I could get as much enjoyment out of the compliment. If I was weighing myself I would totally miss the joy that comes with suddenly realizing I need a belt to hold up my jeans. If I was weighing myself, a lower number would make me think I should need a belt, but if I didn't need one quite yet I'd be disappointed (& more critical of myself). The best one yet? I walked by my full length mirror the other day & happened to catch a glimpse of myself. Wow! I'm visibly smaller, even to my jaded view! If I had been weighing myself, I would have known I should be smaller & the glimpse (& the reaction) would have been much more critical. So much more fun to bask in the NSVs than to let them be eclipsed by a random number that is not a good measure of my health anyway.
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    MrsStick reacted to Carlaccini in How often do you weigh after W30?   
    Honestly I cannot tell you the last time I stepped on a scale.
     
    My barometers?  How my clothes fit, how my energy levels are, how my nails and skin seems to be doing, and how well I sleep at night.
     
    Personally I had to break up with the scale as every time I stood on it, it always made me feel inadequate.  I was never good enough, I didn't like the number on it, etc, etc.
     
    I will only step on a scale if I feel in the right head space that I will not let the number on it define me. Or if I feel that it's input is valuable information that I think will be information that I need.  
     
    So far I have felt neither.
     
    For me once a month would be reasonable I think.  But in the end - do not let a number on the scale define you.