LizaQ

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    LizaQ reacted to laura_juggles in CANADA- compliant beef/turkey/chicken meats   
    It takes maybe 30 seconds more to cook a tray of chicken thighs or breasts in the oven than it does a package of sausages, though...open package, season (that's the step sausages don't have), put on tray, roast. And then you can have a whole bunch of protein cooked and ready to go.
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    LizaQ reacted to BoyMom2018 in Starting soon!!   
    My husband and I are starting May 29th are super pumped!! 
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    LizaQ reacted to ShannonM816 in Whole30 Birthday "Cake"   
    The rules are really, really clear. For 30 days, no recreating baked goods. If it is important to you to have cake for an event, don't do whole30 over a period when that event is going to happen. Once your whole30 is over, you can have paleofied cake or regular cake or whatever works for you, whenever you feel like it is worth it to you. If you do have something coming up during a whole30 that you want to celebrate, find new ways to do that that don't compromise the healthy choices you are making for yourself for a month, or delay the celebration until after your whole30 and reintroductions are done.
    This explains why the no recreating baked goods rule is in place:   https://whole30.com/2011/10/sex-with-your-pants-on/ 
    Learn more about food freedom, life after Whole30, and how you might think about having treats in the future in these posts:   https://whole30.com/2016/09/what-is-food-freedom/ 
    https://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/
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    LizaQ reacted to Homesoil in Pretty terrified but determined, 23rd April, changing my life   
    Last Day....think I am going to make it!
     
    How did everyone do?
    Lost over a stone so far,
    More energy
    less painful joints
    less anxiety
    more confidence
    Pretty awesome
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    LizaQ reacted to laura_juggles in Too much Eggs and Red Meat   
    Breakfast is no different than any other meal. If you don't want eggs, have chicken. Or pork, or turkey, or whatever else floats your boat. That you have to have eggs and something sweet is a social construct. 
    I don't particularly like eggs, so most days during my Whole30 I'll have vegetable soup and chicken tenders or a pork chop and sauteed haricot vert for breakfast. 
    Take out so much of the almonds and get mini meals in the form of chicken/turkey meatballs and some mayo wrapped up in a lettuce leaf or something that isn't a ton of nuts. You need to get enough food since you're still nursing, but a lot of nuts aren't going to do you any favors. 
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    LizaQ reacted to kirbz in Too much Eggs and Red Meat   
    Honestly, the sooner you can leave traditional notions of breakfast behind, the easier this becomes! Truly, try to think of breakfast as just another meal. And then go for it. Eat what you can, save what you can't eat for later, and slowly, you'll probably find that you like it!
    My personal favorite is BBQ chicken, steamed carrots, and guacamole for breakfast. 
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    LizaQ got a reaction from bkruse in LizaQ's Log   
    I hope it's ok to put some planning stuff here? I want to have this to refer to as the month goes on.
    Today- a shopping list.
    My goal is to have some kind of veg at every meal, even breakfast.   vegetables I like - Cooked: Asparagus Peppers Broccoli Br Sprouts Carrots Cauliflower Green Beans Mushrooms Onions Garlic Potatoes Spinach Snow Peas Tomatoes Zucchini Broc Rabe Arugula Leeks Shallots  Raw: Peppers Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower Spinach Tomatoes Arugula Celery Cucumber Lettuces  plenty of choices!
    I like lots of fruits but won't be prioritizing them. I like most meats. I do like fish but my family will react badly if I cook it at home - the smell is a real issue. So I'll only have canned tuna. I intend to try canned salmon - I like salmon so I hope I'll like it canned! I love bacon so I'll be looking for compliant bacon. I'm planning to make my own sausage patties - they look super simple.
    Fats. I will be shopping for compliant mayo and ghee so I'll have something to start with. I expect that I will make my own as well and then I can compare the flavors/costs. I'll be looking at avocado oil - I already have olive and sesame oils. Also shopping for coconut milk and butter - I have coconut oil. I'll be checking out salad dressings as well, though I expect I can make these easily enough. Nuts/nut butters...I feel like I need to approach these like fruits. I like them but I won't be prioritizing them.
    Other stuff - I'll be looking at compliant ketchup and sauces and thinking about buying vs making. But I won't need those right away.
    Dinners are tricky so I'm planning them first. My daughter (19yo, college, working, busy, living at home) has Celiac and EE and multiple food allergies and I am committed to serving something for dinner that she can eat...even if she is not crazy about it.  Of things that are allowed on Whole30, she can't eat eggs, coconut, or beef.  Because of her allergies, I already cook without dairy, gluten, soy, tree nuts, seafood, probably a few other things I am not thinking of right now. So I'll be saving eggs, coconut, and beef for meals when she's not home or we won't be eating together. She always makes her own breakfast and lunches when she is home but dinner is a communal meal.
    OK - I'm ready to make my list.
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    LizaQ reacted to SugarcubeOD in Banana almond butter cookies   
    Having balanced hormones and eating satisfying meals every 4-5 hours is going to keep your blood sugar stable... when you're not eating simple carbs and processed food that gives you highs and lows with your blood sugar but instead eating a combination of protein, veggies and fat, all of which work together to digest and provide steady energy for around 4-5 hours, you're going to have stable blood sugar (barring any medical condition).  All vegetables and fruits have naturally occurring sugars in them... again, with a varied diet of veggies and occassional fruit with your meals, you'll be getting an appropriate amount of sugar.
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    LizaQ reacted to momma2girlies in Down 50 pounds!!   
    I know that Whole 30 isn't about losing weight, but I hit the 50 pounds of weight loss this morning!!!! About 20 of that has been with 2 rounds of Whole 30.  I feel like I have my life back after struggling my whole life with weight.  I was having a lot of trouble with my eating habits after my second baby about a year ago.  But now I am pre-wedding weight (6years ago) and still going strong! I'm just really excited and so thankful for Whole 30. I have been able to learn healthy food choices and re-train my brain on the foods that I should eat.  And that its ok to spend a little more money on food that is better for me because it will be better for my family in the long run.  I have about 15 more pounds until I meet my goal but I know that is possible with my new lifestyle.  
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    LizaQ reacted to Marj K in Planning my reintroduction   
    @LizaQfound this about flavor: https://calmbellykitchen.com/blog/fodmap-guide-to-flavor-without-onion-and-garlic
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    LizaQ reacted to Marj K in Planning my reintroduction   
    Hi, @LizaQ Wow. That is ambitious! The AIP plan has no salt, huh? Well, I agree with you on the trends, but pink and/or grey salt sounds pretty and it will help with flavor. I hear you, though...I've spent so much $ on special ingredients at this point, some of which I won't be able to use now that I'm shifting a bit. The laughing at yourself is so GREAT! Me too...
    I'm being really easy with myself, but focused. I am noticing how much I want to much occasionally and since I'm off nuts now, that is even more of a challenge. I'm just breathing...I haven't felt deprived at all until starting this FODMAP thing. Part of it is that there's so much to remember, whereas W30 is really straightforward. I keep referring to the list...focusing on the green side, but a little yellow for a few days. 
    My biggest fear is that I get to the end of all this and still have bloating...but we'll see...Good luck!
    Marj 
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    LizaQ got a reaction from AtlantaJJ in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 32 - S 5/5
    B: 8:00 Skillet P: Ground beef V: green beans F: Ghee
    L: 2:00 Leftovers P: Chicken Sausage V: Carrots, arugula F: Olive oil
    D: 7:00 chicken P: Chicken Thighs
    Last night I just slumped and at some plain chicken and nothing else. Keeping up with the template is hard sometimes.
    I had a normal-ish poop in the morning. Had a very quiet day at home and was just tired enough to skip the party I was planning to go to but not so tired that I needed to take a nap of go to bed early. Only I don't think it was tiredness exactly. I just didn't have the energy to be social.
    Did a bunch of research. Cutting out all those otherwise healthy foods without being sure to add the fermented/organ/etc food I need doesn't sound that great. SO. I need to get going on this!
    And I would really like to add back in things like breath mints!
    I slept okish. Woke several times but went back to sleep fairly quickly. But leg pain again...I am not taking ibuprofen for it because it's on the list of "to avoid" for AIP. But if it helps me sleep? Just not sure!
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    LizaQ got a reaction from AtlantaJJ in LizaQ's Log   
    Hey @AtlantaJJ I hope I can be helpful!
    I forgot to put some more Friday stuff. That original cyst is resolved - and now I have 2 more. I had a small poop yesterday. I did not sleep well - woke at 6ish after a very restless night. No hot flashes at least!!
    The cysts and the sleeplessness can easily be hormone related. Actually, my digestive issues may also be hormone related. Supposedly, menopause affects everything! No period since February 15 so who knows what's going on in there. But I am frustrated at the thought that it may not be the foods so much as my body, if that makes sense.
    I'm already missing tomatoes. And asparagus. Sigh. And I was invited to a Conco de Mayo party tonight. I will just eat at home and have....well, these friends usually have La Croix so I will eat before I go and then just have sparkling water. Another sigh.
     
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    LizaQ reacted to AtlantaJJ in LizaQ's Log   
    I'm going to follow your journey because I need to decide my best eating plan and I'm so busy, work full time, etc. The information you are posting is very helpful! 
    I just found out about Paleo AIP, and FODMAP. I'm really interested in FODMAP...
    There is a so much to figure out! 
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    LizaQ got a reaction from AtlantaJJ in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 31 Friday 5/4
    B: 8ish leftovers P: Chicken thighs V: sweet potato and spinach and arugula F: Olive oil
    L: 1:30 skillet P: Ground beef V: Green beans F: Olive oil - not much
    D: 7:00 skillet P: Chicken sausage V: Arugula F: Olive oil - extra on top
    It was my son's birthday - 18!! So it involved a lot of baking/cooking things that I neither tasted nor ate. Shepherd's Pie and Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce. I am given to understand that it was all delicious lol.
    But prepping that plus my meals plus stuff I needed to do was a long long day after my night of little sleep. I laid down twice for about 30m each time. Couldn't sleep but it helped to get through the day. I was limping by 8ish and pretty achy. First time in a while, I think.
    I decided to only use the steroid cream 1x daily for a few days but I still didn't sleep well. Knee pain and left leg pain. I am seeing my hematologist soon and I will show him this bruise I have on the back of my left calf that I've had for at least 2 years. Maybe I am having a blood clotting issue? I looked up the bruise + pain and it is worth looking into.
    So. AIP. I have a short list of foods I can eat that I like that are W30, AIP and FOD-MAP. I need to look into: Omega-6 seafood. Organ meats. Fermented foods. All three of which are problematic for me.
    Seafood at home is an issue. My highly-sensitive daughter with Celiac and EE has a mini-heart attack if I even make canned tuna when she's around. When she's out I can eat that more often and I can try canned salmon. But cooking fish is just not happening in my home - that smell lingers. My husband loves fish - in a restaurant. He wouldn't be able to handle the smell either.
    Organ meat. My husband thinks they are gross and smell bad and I must say the very thought of most of them grosses me out. I used to tolerate liver and bacon the way my Mom made it but I can't order it in a restaurant unless I'm alone and I can't make it at home. The others seem so - horrible.
    Ditto fermented food. I'll eat the occasional pickle, but pickled veg, especially sauerkraut - Yuck!! The thought of Kombucha or kimchi turns my stomach.
    Obviously I am going to have to figure this out. I'm willing to try food that I think is gross, but I'm not ready to make my family suffer alongside me. Yet.
    So I'm thinking to start small with supplements. Liver pills. Fish-oil. Apple cider vinegar.
    Actually, my family has been very supportive of me, so long as they do not have to eat any of the weirder stuff I've made. They're all old enough to fend for themselves for 2 meals a day so I only have to have some kind of dinner for them every day. And yes - lots of people would say that my husband and 19yo daughter are adults and perfectly capable of making their own dinner. But I am home by choice - haven't worked in 27 years - and part of that deal is laundry done and dinner made!
    Anyway. Continuing to research. Especially fats. I think I will just have to keep pouring oil/melting ghee over my food for a while...
     
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    LizaQ reacted to ShannonM816 in Planning my reintroduction   
    @LizaQ I know it all sounds overwhelming.  I will say that eliminating both nightshades and FODMAP at the same time might be more than you need to do, unless you're pretty certain you react to both. Maybe start with the AIP (which doesn't eliminate all FODMAPS, but does eliminate nightshades and eggs)? (https://www.thepaleomom.com/start-here/the-autoimmune-protocol/) If you did that and tried to focus on mostly choosing foods from the green column on the FODMAP list in this article:   https://www.thepaleomom.com/modifying-Paleo-for-fodmap-intolerance/ but not stressing if occasionally you have other things, it might be enough to make a difference for you. 
    For the garlic, you can use garlic-infused olive oil, which you should be able to find at your grocery store -- at mine there's some in the regular aisle with other oils, and some in the Italian food section. For onions, you can use the green part of scallions or green onions, or chives. 
    There are AIP-friendly mayonnaise recipes out there -- I know Mel Joulwan has one on her site, and there are others, so it probably won't be quite the same, but would give you something mayo-like. 
    And staying on Whole30 while you figure this out is absolutely fine. Maybe start trying more AIP recipes, find some dressings and other fat sources that you like, and start phasing out items over time rather than just giving them all up immediately, if that makes it easier for you. 
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    LizaQ reacted to Yukon Cheryl in Diabetes Reversed in 90 Days!   
    I have never written a testimonial. I am so happy to be writing one now! 
    I started Whole30 on January 2, 2018. I had been taken off diabetes medication because I could not manage the medication. My A1C reading was 7.7 and I was on a wait list to see a specialist in internal medicine to see what medication I could take to manage the diabetes. My liver enzymes were in the high 90's.
    I was entirely Whole30 compliant for 30 days. I had my A1C test at about day 21 and it was 7.1. After years of seeing movement upward only I was ecstatic. The diabetes educator was skeptical and said well of course your  blood sugar is good because you have cut all carbs. I showed her my food diary. Oh you are eating carbs ( I need potatoes almost daily)...oh this is a plan you could stay on for life...I had lost 12 pounds too! That was Day 21!
    I asked my Dr. to not move forward with any medication until after my next A1C test and after seeing the specialist. I  still stuck to the Whole30 plan but was not so diligent about food labels. I did not do any reintroduction but did have a couple of items that contained dairy and sugar a couple of times. 
    On April 13th I had the A1C test and got results today. I am at 6.1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't really say Day 102 Whole30, but after 102 days on the plan, I have reversed diabetes, the internal medicine doc says no need for ANY medication whatsoever! My liver enzymes are normal! And I have lost 30 pounds!
    While I am still considered pre-diabetic that will change too!
    Thank you Whole30!!!
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    LizaQ got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 12 Sun 4/15
    B: 7:30 egg salad and veg P: eggs V: arugula, sweet potatoes, shallots F: mayo, av oil. Plus mustard
    L: 1:30 chili P: Ground beef V: tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes F: nothing extra - I was at a friends for lunch. She knew I was on W30 and she made this so it's all I ate.
    D: 6:30 Steaks P: Steak V: Green Beans F: no extra, but I cooked the veg in the steak pan drippings to get it all on my plate, so ghee and av oil. Then I thought it wasn't enough, so cashews.
    Woke at around 6. Church in the morning and had a hot flash at the beginning of the service. Communion is a bit of gluten but I'm taking the grape juice not the wine so I'm not going too far off plan. Sort of. Lunch at a friends after church. It was a cold damp day and I was happy to snuggle under my blankets and watch a movie. Weird thing - I forgot to have my mid-morning tea aka only caffeine - and no headache, no nothing. I still slept fitfully but it's nice to know that I don't "need" it. I'm going to skip it again and see how I feel!
    Symptoms were strange. I had abdominal cramping twice after church - like around 12 and then 1 - but it went away and no poop afterwards. Itch moderate. Normal tired. Less achy than I would have expected with the dampness. Went to bed early, like 9, probably asleep by 10. Up a few times, but not too long each time, though didn't go right back to sleep either. Woke at 6:30.
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    LizaQ got a reaction from GoJo09 in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 9 - Th 4/12
    B: 7:30 Hash P: Chicken and sausages V: Sweet potatoes and spinach, arugula F: Caesar dressing. also pineapple
    L: 11:00 Egg salad P: 3 eggs V: sweet potatoes and shallots F: Mayo. Also Cashews! *I was on my way out an still hungry so I added cashew ot my meal instead of extra veg since I didn't have time to cook more and didn't want more raw veg.
    D: 6:00 Sheetpan P: Chicken thighs V: Carrots, shallots and garlic F: no extra fat. I wasn't that hungry and I felt like I had had so much fat at lunch it would ok to just have the avocado oil from the veg. Still afraid of too much fat I guess.
    Today I had the dr. I don't know how much I have lost the past week exactly because I only know how much I have lost since I last saw him. But he was pleased with my weight! My BP was good  - 112/82 - so I don't have to take a water pill anymore, just the regular med. I'll see him again in 6 months and I am hoping that I will get off that med altogether then! We discussed my exhaustion, pain, itch, etc. and got the referrals I needed. I'll see a derm for the itch and go back to the rheumatologist and hematologist.
    Symptoms? Terribly itchy in the evening. I did make an appt for the derm but that's in a few weeks. 2x trips to the bathroom - close to normal. Again, I took no naps or rests, even after taking the bus/walking to get to the dr plus making 2 dinners - one for my husband and son and one for my daughter and me - but I was very ready to lay down at 7. I was ready to sleep at around 9:30. My sleep was similar to the night before - woke up many times but did not stay awake for long periods of time. My pain was very specific - rolling over with a torn meniscus is painful and wakes me up! I woke up for real at 6 and felt like I could start my day. Limping a little but it is not all of my arthritis, just the meniscus. That's an improvement. And my feet didn't hurt as much yesterday!
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    LizaQ got a reaction from GoJo09 in LizaQ's Log   
    Day 9 - Th 4/12
    B: 7:30 Hash P: Chicken and sausages V: Sweet potatoes and spinach, arugula F: Caesar dressing. also pineapple
    L: 11:00 Egg salad P: 3 eggs V: sweet potatoes and shallots F: Mayo. Also Cashews! *I was on my way out an still hungry so I added cashew ot my meal instead of extra veg since I didn't have time to cook more and didn't want more raw veg.
    D: 6:00 Sheetpan P: Chicken thighs V: Carrots, shallots and garlic F: no extra fat. I wasn't that hungry and I felt like I had had so much fat at lunch it would ok to just have the avocado oil from the veg. Still afraid of too much fat I guess.
    Today I had the dr. I don't know how much I have lost the past week exactly because I only know how much I have lost since I last saw him. But he was pleased with my weight! My BP was good  - 112/82 - so I don't have to take a water pill anymore, just the regular med. I'll see him again in 6 months and I am hoping that I will get off that med altogether then! We discussed my exhaustion, pain, itch, etc. and got the referrals I needed. I'll see a derm for the itch and go back to the rheumatologist and hematologist.
    Symptoms? Terribly itchy in the evening. I did make an appt for the derm but that's in a few weeks. 2x trips to the bathroom - close to normal. Again, I took no naps or rests, even after taking the bus/walking to get to the dr plus making 2 dinners - one for my husband and son and one for my daughter and me - but I was very ready to lay down at 7. I was ready to sleep at around 9:30. My sleep was similar to the night before - woke up many times but did not stay awake for long periods of time. My pain was very specific - rolling over with a torn meniscus is painful and wakes me up! I woke up for real at 6 and felt like I could start my day. Limping a little but it is not all of my arthritis, just the meniscus. That's an improvement. And my feet didn't hurt as much yesterday!
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    LizaQ reacted to sweetcee in LizaQ's Log   
    I will say that during my whole30, I woke up a couple times sweating at night, and it is definitely not menopause or arthritis for me. Also, it’s been so cold here that I was confused! Whether it is true or not, I chalked the disrupted sleep and new stuff up to w30 and my body adjusting to changes. It only lasted a little while for me.
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    LizaQ reacted to ShannonM816 in Not a failure -Not emotionally in a good place- Whole 30 is a big deal   
    You are definitely not a failure. You've learned from your experience, you're making healthy changes that will improve your health, and Whole30 will be here for you in the future when the timing is better.
    Hang in there, hopefully life will be less stressful soon, and in the meantime, keep doing the best you can.
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    LizaQ reacted to ShannonM816 in Can I - should I! - combine turkey and pork?   
    I don't see why you couldn't. 
    I just did a quick google of turkey-pork meatballs and there are recipes that combine them, so someone out there thinks it's a good combo.
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    LizaQ reacted to Linda Templeton in Excited to start April 3 2018   
    Hi, I'm  Linda, I've started reading about Whole 30 yesterday although I've been eating a modified Paleo diet for a while now. I have not managed to get my indigestion issues under control so I am committing to Whole 30. I have this long weekend to prepare and plan and will start Tuesday morning. I know I can do this but I'm hoping for support and encouragement from this forum. I've not participated in forums before so please forgive me if I make mistakes.  
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    LizaQ reacted to samalope in Intimidated by veggies... some help finding variety   
    I MADE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MEAT SAUCE! And it was delicious NSV !!!!