Shelli

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    Shelli got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    Makes me so angry and so sad. 
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    Shelli got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    Makes me so angry and so sad. 
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    Shelli reacted to mamakitty in The crazy things people say   
    "Fried cheese makes everything better" - I'm very ashamed to admit that I said this myself, probably more than once.  I would turn to food to get me through stressful times at work, which honestly were probably caused (and made worse) by food I was eating in the first place.  I cannot believe the kinds of absolute crap I used to put in my body and call them food.  Fried mozzarella sticks, sadly, are on a very long list of the food I used to eat.
     
    Before the Whole30, I used to whine "why me" - why am I overweight, why do I have high blood pressure at such a young age (I was under 30 when I started taking BP meds - as a cure for migraines), why am I uncomfortable in my own body, WHY AM I DIABETIC, (diagnosed with type 2 at 25 years old), blah, whine, blah, WHY ME ?  Not realizing that so many of the foods I thought were "healthy" were just wreaking havoc on my system. I haven't completely kicked Diabetes to the curb, YET.  BUT - After just 40 days of clean eating, I can see that I will be able to reduce my meds soon.  I'm experiencing lower blood sugars toward lunch time and bed time since I'm not eating bread, rice, noodles, etc, just veggies with their natural carbs.  The only item I've reintroduced so far is corn.  And that's not going to stay a regular part of my life.  And popcorn is a "food-without-brakes" for me, sadly.  Even popped in coconut oil with no butter or salt - I could eat my body weight in popcorn easily.  But now that I've done the Whole30, I won't blame the itchy spots on wrist & eyelid on my wristwatch or on eyeshadow - thought I was allergic to the metal, but wasn't wearing it when this patch appeared, and it didn't happen until after I tried to reintroduce corn - and haven't used any new/different makeup in the last few months.
     
    My weight loss isn't significant (less than 10 lbs) but I am very pleased that the scale moved at all, and especially in the right direction.  And as a note to those paying attention or taking notes - it's moved more in the last 10 days since I "finished" my Whole30, than it did between day 1 and day 30.  My Whole30 is going to become more of a Whole365 really.  I don't see much that I used to eat, that I actually miss in my daily life. I learned my lesson with corn! 
     
    Oh and here's another Crazy thing that my Mom said this weekend.  She knows how I've been eating (and my sister too, for much longer). I got the "well, what CAN you eat?" when I turned down a pre-packaged marinated pork shoulder. The pork chops she grilled with just salt & pepper turned out to be quite delicious!  The really amazing comment was regarding going to a potluck BBQ for my brother's 40th birthday.  She said "oh there will be plenty there that you can eat."  I cannot think of a single person who doesn't slap Worcestershire or BBQ sauce, or Johnny's seasoned salt on their meat before they grill, especially burgers.  And don't even get me started on macaroni salad, fruit salad swimming in whipped cream, baked beans, etc. !  Thanks Mom, I'll just bring my own food, and hope someone asks me why, so I can tell them about the Whole30. 
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    Shelli reacted to widget in Fed Up!   
    Watch the trailer of this compelling documentary on sugar, the fast food industry and a compelling reason to keep going with our Whole30. 
     
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    Shelli reacted to MeadowLily in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    The Alcohol Manifesto
     
    From Whole9, as a preface to our Manifesto series:

    As we wrote in It Starts With Food, “We have a theory about food that directly influences the rest of this book. The food that you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”
    Of course, we spend the rest of the book explaining why a concept that sounds so simple is not that simple at all in practice. That’s why our Good Food (and drink) recommendations are based on not just one foundation, but a combination of three:

    Based on the science as we understand it today, and our vast clinical experience with the tens of thousands of people who have completed our Whole30 program, we make some general recommendations as to things which may make you less healthy–including alcohol. Below, we’ll outline the basics of our case against consumption of alcohol as part of your daily diet. But until you undertake your own self-experiment (via the Whole30) for yourself, you’ll never know for sure how consumption of alcohol are affecting how you look, howyou feel, and your quality of life.
    Our Manifesto: AlcoholConsumption of alcohol provokes an unhealthy psychological response by reducing inhibitions—thus making it all the easier to make poor food choices when under the influence of even small amounts of alcohol. Furthermore, the effects on the brain carry over until the next day, which means a drink or three on a Friday night may lead to a weekend’s worth of junk food. And remember how sugar is “empty calories”? Alcohol is nearly twice as calorie-dense, with no micronutrition to speak of.
    From a hormonal perspective, alcohol consumption interferes with glucose regulation (disturbing normal blood sugar levels), in part by disrupting the action of regulatory hormones like insulin and glucagon. That disruption can promote systemic inflammation, a root cause of many lifestyle diseases and conditions. In addition, acute and chronic alcohol consumption are also known to alter some reproductive hormone levels.
    Alcohol, even moderate amounts, has been shown to alter the balance of gut bacteria, potentially contributing to dysbiosis. Since the delicate balance of gut bacteria have a tremendous impact on our overall health, anything (including alcohol consumption) that disrupts that balance can impact long-term health in a negative way.
    Finally, alcohol is acutely neurotoxic, even in small amounts, altering the normal activity of your nervous system, causing damage to nerve tissue, and disrupting or even killing neurons, the cells that transmit and process signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
    It’s difficult for us to make a case that any alcohol – even red wine, gluten-free beer, or 100% agave tequila – makes you more healthy. But while we exclude alcohol in all forms for your Whole30 program, we aren’t saying you should never have a drink ever again. All we are saying is that if you do choose to drink, don’t try to justify it with “heart health” or “gluten-free.” (The fact that it’s just plain delicious and you really enjoy it is reason enough!) Just understand that the less you drink, and the less often you choose to imbibe, the healthier you’ll be.
    It Starts With FoodThese manifestos are not intended to be a comprehensive dissertation of our research or recommendations. For more information on the psychological impact of our food and drink choices, the effects of alcohol on health, and scientific references used to support our position, please refer to our book, It Starts With Food.
     
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    Shelli reacted to rgbarron01 in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    I spent close to $1000 the first W30 I completed last winter.  Full disclosure:  I have 18yo and 21yo sons at home who were happy to play along!  I purchased a lot of organic chicken, grass fed bison, Aidels sausages, compliant sunbutter, different oils, spices, Kerrygold butter, and other high end food products.  Had I purchased exclusively grass fed beef I'm sure that number would have been closer to $1200. This was my Christmas present to myself.    
     
    This go around, I'm keeping the costs down by purchasing conventional meats/chicken and discarding skin/fat.  I simply cannot afford the grassfed/organic options.  Also, I'm buying vegetables/fruit in season and relying on hearty/cheaper standbys such cabbage, sweet potatoes, onions, etc.  I'd love to eat swiss chard, fresh mustard greens, etc. as I want,  however spinach and kale are cheaper and just as nutritious.  Frozen vegetables can also be purchased on sale and stocked.  For making mayo, I use the Bertolli Light Tasting olive oil.  It routinely goes on sale for 50% off and I then purchase 2-3 bottles at a time.  I no longer buy salad mixes but purchase the greens and prep them myself.  I don't buy expensive nuts, bottled probiotic drinks ($4/bottle), sausages ($6 for 4), etc.  So far, my weekly food budget has only increased by about $30.  I'm hoping these changes will help me complete another W30 and keep me from the dollar menu at McDonalds.  
     
    Good luck!
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    Shelli reacted to MeadowLily in Why is my Whole 30 making me feel depressed?   
    Missing alcohol sugars, perhaps...it should go away.
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    Shelli reacted to melbournegirl in Why is my Whole 30 making me feel depressed?   
    Perhaps post your daily meal plans so people can offer suggestions? Not enough food, not enough carbs, not enough fat can really play havoc with moods in a range of people. Alcohol withdrawal hits some people really hard too. And many with hormone variations take a while for balance to be returned and can suffer a bit more before feeling lots better....
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    Shelli reacted to GFChris in Chipotle?   
     
    Note that this is a thread with most posts from 2012 - 2013.  
     
    The carnitas are ok, as sunflower oil is not banned on a Whole30.
     
    Anything cooked in rice bran oil is not compliant on a Whole30.
     
    Here is Chipotle's current ingredients page: https://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/ingredients_statement/ingredients_statement.aspx
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    Shelli reacted to Sonarie in Chipotle?   
    I don't know why people are saying Carnitas are okay - the ingredients show it's made with sunflower oil, the chicken has rice bran oil, - I thought we were supposed to avoid those????

    On a second note I did email them asking if they could change to EVOO to accommodate for us whole 30ers lol - they did say not at this time.... Lol
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    Shelli reacted to Angela Poliquin in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Sooo true!
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    Shelli reacted to Cassie C in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You need to carry floss because you're eating so much meat and, well.... Eww.
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    Shelli reacted to kaiser179 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Someone makes a comment about canned sardines and you immediately wonder what brand they use (was it packed with olive oil?), and you completely miss the fact that the term 'canned sardines' was a METAPHOR for a crowded situation.
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    Shelli reacted to mamakitty in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ... She spends too much time during the day reading the Forums instead of working!  Seriously this is like a sugary sweet treat for me -  I should try to give it up since I'm on Day 7 of my first Whole30. 
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    Shelli reacted to Andi Olson in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You scream in delight because avocados are 64¢ at Aldi. 64 CENTS!! And you buy 11 (because you don't want to go overboard).
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    Shelli reacted in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You no longer 'stack the dishwasher', you play Tupperware jenga!
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    Shelli reacted to wvictoria in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    This is so awesome. Just read all 14 pages. I'm getting ready to start my first Whole 30 on August 4th, and I feel like I'm joining some kind of exclusive club.
     
    When you're getting ready to start your first Whole 30 and you spend almost every waking moment looking for recipes, reading blogs, and making grocery lists.
     
    When your cart at Amazon.com contains coconut milk, almond flour, coconut aminos, tahini, a new crock pot, and a bunch of new kitchen utensils.
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    Shelli got a reaction from MeadowLily in The crazy things people say   
    BAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
    Best laugh of the day! Thanks Derval!
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    Shelli reacted to Laura B in The crazy things people say   
    I posted an image on my facebook and a friend commented:
    R: I refuse to believe that if I brought a caveman a pizza he wouldnt eat it. you know he would eat it. therefore pizza=paleo
    Laura: considering the possibility of that happening, pizza is not paleo and will never make you more healthy.
    R: well until you start hunting mammoth youre failing at paleo
    Laura: I don't consider myself paleo, I just eat real food. That makes me a winner.
    R hahaha winning


    The funny thing is I made no comment about it, and don't really consider myself necessarily "paleo" although it is the most generic term for how I eat. I am not one of those who considers herself a "cavegirl", although living the CF + "paleo" life certainly feels that way sometimes.
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    Shelli got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I was chit-chatting with a few friends at lunch on Friday about the upcoming SuperBowl and our plans etc.
    When one of my friends declared "OMG YOU CAN"T EAT SUPERBOWL SNACKS!" I was like "huh?"
    Puzzled look: "Um I eat meat, veggies and fat. I think I will be just fine," rolled my eyes and she could not understand why I thought her broadly generalized claim was so cray, cray. Seriously?!?!
    Below is a pic of my W30 compliant plate. I made the wings and slaw myself. Woot!

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    Shelli got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Fyi:
    Soybeans originated in Southeast Asia and were first domesticated by Chinese farmers around 1100 BC. By the first century AD, soybeans were grown in Japan and many other countries.
    In your face Mr. Doubter of everything!
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    Shelli got a reaction from Maycat in The crazy things people say   
    Another gem came to me last night via my 300+ pound brother-in-law.
    He over heard me talking about coconut aminos as an alternative to soy sauce.
    Him: You can't have soy sauce?
    Me: No, no soy.
    Him: But cavemen had soybeans.
    Me: fail-smile, shaking my head.
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    Shelli got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I was chit-chatting with a few friends at lunch on Friday about the upcoming SuperBowl and our plans etc.
    When one of my friends declared "OMG YOU CAN"T EAT SUPERBOWL SNACKS!" I was like "huh?"
    Puzzled look: "Um I eat meat, veggies and fat. I think I will be just fine," rolled my eyes and she could not understand why I thought her broadly generalized claim was so cray, cray. Seriously?!?!
    Below is a pic of my W30 compliant plate. I made the wings and slaw myself. Woot!

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    Shelli reacted to Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    Just sharing a little mood booster - what if wild animals ate fast food.
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    Shelli got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I was chit-chatting with a few friends at lunch on Friday about the upcoming SuperBowl and our plans etc.
    When one of my friends declared "OMG YOU CAN"T EAT SUPERBOWL SNACKS!" I was like "huh?"
    Puzzled look: "Um I eat meat, veggies and fat. I think I will be just fine," rolled my eyes and she could not understand why I thought her broadly generalized claim was so cray, cray. Seriously?!?!
    Below is a pic of my W30 compliant plate. I made the wings and slaw myself. Woot!