-Kara got a reaction from mountaincatfarm in Being positive about meat quality from small farms
I was excited about the meat at the local market too. And I asked if it had been injected with anything (flavorings, marinades, vegetable broth, brine). Most people were really happy to answer and extremely proud of the purity of their product.
I also really liked that the food was raised close to home by a person with a face. As a struggling wanna be vegetarian, that was important to me. Of course it has nothing to do with the program but - I would like to feel good about my good and how the animal was raised and how they die plays into that.
-Kara reacted to uncledn in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?
I'm vegan and used mushrooms for the major share of my protein intake.
Very surprised that at least certain use of legumes may be making me depressed. I have no idea what that's about and I haven't isolated it to more specific circumstances. And I'm not 100% certain of this yet either.
Anyone else have this issue? Any ideas on whether I should try to find what it is in certain legume sources that doesn't make me depressed. Travel, especially, is much simpler when you're vegan if you can consume legumes.
-Kara reacted to Babsie95 in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?
Everyone is different but I know that gluten absolutely effects both my digestion and mood. I bloat immediately and over the next several days I have a severe increase in mood swings and anxiety. Its like my personality changes its so severe. I have tested it multiple times enough to know it is absolutely gluten and not worth it at least in my case. Its not what I expected either but it is real.
-Kara reacted to GoJo09 in Reintroduction: Alcohol question...
I personally would leave the alcohol, gluten free or otherwise, until later in your reintros, purely because it's the one item that can easily lead to a face first dive off track - alcohol lowers your inhibitions (especially when you haven't been drinking of a while) and that 1 cider turns into 2 turns in to a run to the ice cream store with a burger on the side, and before you know it you've eaten 7 different things that could all have their own side-effects, but you'll never untangle them.
You also don't have a reintro day for sugar in your list - if you're concerned about how that will affect you (without the side of alcohol) you should really intro that separately as well.
-Kara reacted to Raven in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?
Dairy caused my fingers to be swollen the next morning, soy gave me a stomachache and headache, and non-gluten grains gave me diarrhea. Oh and when I had sugar for the first time after my reintro (without eating a meal before hand), I WANTED SUGAR SO BAAAAD. It was scary.
Has anyone done a reintroduction where you reintro for a whole week or month, not just a day? Sometimes I wonder if the reactions are just because you're body hasn't had that food for 30+ days. It would also be interesting (and probably sucky) to see what other reactions to the foods would develop. For me, maybe dairy would cause my fingers to swell the following day, but after a month of eating (even grass-fed, organic) dairy, it would cause depression or something else.
-Kara reacted to ladyshanny in RX Bars
Snacking is discouraged, not outlawed. If people are in highly active professions or have super-long days or are nursing/pregnant, we understand that they may need to eat between meals. RX Bars, while delicious, are a less than optimal choice if you have the option of picking between that and a more Whole-Food style thing like hard boiled eggs and mayo or chicken thigh and avocado. Some uses that we understand for RX Bars are as "emergency" in the bottom of your carry-on in case your flight is super-delayed. Or a long hike. Things like that. To just eat them as meal replacements or to quell sugar cravings - no, highly discouraged.
-Kara reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing
I have never been one to flirt with 'fads.' I'm also the farthest thing from a habit-forming person you will meet, for good and bad.
That's why when a good friend introduced me to Whole 30 six weeks ago, I was hesitant. Not another wacky diet plan that promised results that never materialized, or if they did promised to make me miserable in the process.
Still, I knew changes were necessary. I have fought weight issues and joint pain much of my adult life. Last year was going to be the year I got serious, so I committed to losing 50 pounds over the course of a 12-month period. I lost two.
Worse yet, I just felt awful. Back, hip, shoulder, feet. Some days it felt like every major joint in my body belonged to someone 25 years older than a man in his early 50s. As a result, my energy level wasn't where it needed to be for someone with a relatively demanding job, and I couldn't remember the last time I had back-to-back good nights of sleep.
So, when my friend said she had lost 13 pounds on Whole 30 and that her joint pain had all but disappeared, I was skeptical but decided to take a look. After all, what could it hurt?
The concept was familiar, if a bit extreme-sounding to a guy who had consumed a half-dozen Diet Cokes a day for decades, and who enjoyed milk and cheese more than most anything else in life. Still, one concept resonated with my desire to think we all have some degree of control over our lives: 30 days of focusing on healthy, whole foods shouldn't be hard. It was a matter of how badly I wanted to force some discipline on myself.
Or put another way, how badly did I want to try something that could help me feel better and gain greater control over my health?
Thirty-four days later (I've extended my schedule by a week as I plan for reintroduction) I can say this is one of the smartest decisions I've ever made - and one of the most unexpectedly pleasant surprises I have ever encountered.
The highlights: I am nearly 20 pounds lighter than when I started. My blood pressure has dropped 20 points. According to my Fitbit sleep analyzer, my resting heartbeat has fallen from 77 to 65. I'm routinely sleeping better than I have in years and my aching joints have stopped barking at me (I've not taken an anti-inflammatory in a month).
Beyond that, my energy is up and I am more efficient and focused at work. I've begun working out regularly and can see a day when I lose the "big number" of pounds I have been dreaming about and create the healthy lifestyle that has largely eluded me for many years. I have developed new eating habits and a healthy appreciation for what it means to fill my tank with quality fuel.
It wasn't always easy, especially the first two weeks. And, I'll admit to being bored to tears with water at times. It also wasn't as hard as I thought.
Once I started seeing results and fell into a routine, I stopped obsessing about what I wasn't eating and enjoyed the many delicious foods I was eating. It also became clear that I wanted the good results to continue more than I wanted that Diet Coke or cheese and crackers.
As I stare reintroduction in the face, I'll admit to a bit of trepidation. I don't want to fall off the wagon and go back to feeling the way I did pre-Whole 30. I also realize that I have a lot more work to do to get to my ultimate "fighting weight" and to reach my health goals.
Still, I'm choosing to trust the process and to view reintroduction as the next necessary step in providing me the knowledge base I need to truly control my food choices. I know that eliminating dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol and sugar lad to dramatic gains in health and energy; now I need to know which doors lead me down a dark alley and which will help lead me toward the light (I'm really hoping dairy is one of the good guys).
The learning process has been an unexpected benefit of my Whole 30 journey, and I'm excited about the next stage. And the one after that.
For now, though, I felt the need to share my story as way of saying thanks. To my friend who cared enough to gently persuade me to give this a try. To my wife who has been uber supportive throughout this (although she didn't join me on Whole 30 her eating habits have changed noticeably as well). And to the entire Whole 30 community for providing the tools and support to make this possible.
With appreciation and excitement about what comes next,
-Kara reacted to shrinkingsarah_ in July Whole30!
Finished my first ever successful Whole30! I am down 18 pounds and a pant size. More importantly, I am in control of my food for the first time ever, my mood is improved, my energy is SO much higher, and my skin is cleared up. I learned a few things too - my body loves fats and carbs in the morning! I'm full for the first 6 hours of my day instead of starving by 10 am. Counting calories (clearly) isn't as important as I thought it was. Fat is not the enemy, in fact, I think it's the secret weapon Brushing my teeth feels fresher than chewing gum. People don't notice or comment nearly as much as I thought they would about me not eating or eating my own food, and they are pretty respectful when I say "no thank you" (with the exception of my mother haha). Most importantly; the scale isn't the only measure of success.
-Kara reacted to Lokan_V in RX Bars
I'm glad I checked here!
I was told all RX bars except for peanut ones and maple were compliant.
However, the chocolate threw me off. Chocolate inherently has sugar in it, right?
I have the blueberry and apple cinnamon one at home, but just picked up a bunch with chocolate (mint, hazelnut, coconut). I was still doubtful.
I guess even if it was technically compliant, I would avoid it because chocolate is too much of a "dessert" for me and I'm trying to break that habit.
-Kara reacted to ShannonM816 in Gastric Bypass Surgery
There have definitely been people who have done Whole30 after weight loss surgery -- google Whole30 weight loss surgery to pull up old discussions if you want to read more, or someone may pop in here with more information.
In general, there's no reason why you shouldn't do a Whole30 if you can eat meat, vegetables, and healthy fats, although you will probably have to ignore the usual instruction to eat three meals a day, no snacks, as you probably can't eat as much at one meal as someone who hasn't had the surgery. If that's the case for you, you'll need to make sure that, however many meals you need to eat a day, they consist of a mix of protein, vegetable, and fat, with occasional servings of fruit with your meal. You'll also want to ensure that over the course of a day, you eat at least the equivalent of three minimum-sized template meals (one template meal would be 1-2 palm-sized servings of protein, 1-2 thumb-sized servings of fat, and 2-3 cups of vegetables).
In other words, if what you can comfortably eat at a meal is 1/2 a palm-sized serving of protein, 1/2 a thumb sized serving of fat, and 1-2 cups of vegetables, you'd need to eat six times a day to be sure you met at least the minimum amount of food you need. Make sense? If you can eat more, that's fine too, I'm just basing that on the fact that most people who do have wls usually can't eat full-sized meals at one time, but as an adult human being, you still need to be sure you get enough food throughout the day.
-Kara reacted to ShannonM816 in Gaining weight with whole30
There are tips here: https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/
Basically it boils down to, eat more. Eat very calorically dense things, so fats, starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, other root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, or rutabagas, plantains, and winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash. Salad is not necessarily your best choice unless you fill it up with lots of dense vegetables, not just a big pile of leafy green stuff. If you want salad, try adding hard boiled eggs, chicken, avocado, olives, beets, and lots of other vegetables. Mostly concentrate on cooked vegetables though, as you can typically eat more cooked than raw. Be sure you add fat to your meals -- a serving or two from what's listed on the meal template in addition to what you cook in. And if you need a fourth meal, or even more than that, that is fine. The three template-based meals each day is a minimum, it sounds like you may end up needing more than that and that is fine. If you eat between meals or add another meal, be sure it's not just snack type foods -- have a combination of protein, fat, and vegetables, or at least two of the three.
The meal template is here if you need to review it: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
-Kara reacted to ShannonM816 in Sweetener after day 60
There's not enough nutritional difference between them to make one objectively better than the other. Go with the one you like the taste of, but pay attention to whether you find yourself craving more sweets or if the amount of coffee you're drinking (and therefore how much sugar you're consuming) increases because now it tastes better. If you notice either of those, you'd want to rethink what you're using or if you really need to sweeten your coffee.
-Kara reacted to Bellmaestra in Coconut Milk on Amazon... Good Grief!
Kind of sad when the popularity of Whole30 leads to price gouging...
I like the "So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk" to use in recipes; it's sold in convenient tetra packs so it's easy to store the leftovers. I've been buying it on Amazon. Last time I bought it, a 4-pack was $18.99 (Pretty high already); yesterday I tried to order it and a 4 pack was $39.99!!!
I know I can find it elsewhere... I just love to shop online because sometimes I'm just too busy to get out. Oh well.
-Kara reacted to Plantas in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30
So true!!! The struggle is real. I have been trying to buy only frozen ground beef, chicken, romaine lettuce, tortillas and burger buns (for the non-Whole30 guy) and the frozen Normandy Mix vegetables when I go to Costco. I also get the little fingerling potatoes sometimes because they are about 15 times the cost in the grocery store. I do admit to rewarding myself with a pair of workout pants to get out without other delicious things though. I also buy toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant etc. at Costco because I hate to shop and prefer to have it on hand as long as possible.
-Kara reacted to slemo58 in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30
omg so true
sometimes I wonder around and forget why I am there! so I come home with something I do not need and never get what I went there to purchase. these stores are overwhelming and probably best avoided unless you are indeed putting on a dinner for 12.
they do have good prices which is what attracts only after do you realize the waste as you toss it out. I have even said I will freeze them, package them into individual servings etc. truth be told usually does not happen
I also chose to go to the smaller stores and shop more frequently
-Kara reacted to Marysmith929 in Compliant Pesto at WholeFoods - Seggiano
I did a forum search a few days ago in search of a compliant pesto sauce and most of what I found was that as most pre-made pesto sauces contain cheese, it's best to make your own. I'm on Day 15 and being half-way through was dreading the idea of more food prep on my treasured Sunday, but was willing to make the sacrifice for pesto...
Lo and behold, I randomly picked up this jar to find a totally compliant brand of pesto! NO DAIRY! Can you believe that? Even the cashier, without prompting, took a look herself and was shocked since she herself was a vegan and had no idea it existed in store. It's the little victories, people...
Anyway, here are the ingredients listed below - found in the Italian/Tomato Sauce aisle at my local Whole Foods:
Seggiano brand, Raw Basil Pesto
"Made from our producer's own fresh Ligurian basil, this is a fabulous, raw, unpasteurised pesto packed with fresh, aromatic flavours. The tender top leaves are washed, chopped and preserved in olive oil within hours of being hand picked. It doesn't contain cheese, so it's suitable for vegans.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, CASHEW NUTS, FRESH P.D.O. BASIL 30%, SEA SALT, PINE NUTS"
-Kara reacted to racheleats in Kombucha
It's definitely an acquired taste...very carbonated and vinegary. There are flavors that I love and others that I can't stand - it's just all about your personal preference. I don't think they taste like alcohol, but that's just me. Some people don't like the smell but enjoy the taste, so you might consider drinking it through a cup with a cover and a straw. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they often have it on tap. An employee might be able to give you a sample to try!
Or, buy a bottle (GTs is great!) in a flavor that sounds good to you, and dilute it with a seltzer until you get more used to it!
-Kara reacted to Wendy Riley in Good Karma Flax Milk
So glad I checked here. I'm dragging my FA son (dairy, peanuts, tree nuts) along for a Partial30--mine's a Whole30. I like serving Chamomile tea as a bedtime snack, but he didn't like the flavor without his flax milk. He can tolerate full-fat coconut milk in moderation, and he enjoyed the taste.
-Kara reacted to netdirector in Good Karma Flax Milk
I'm guessing most of the ingredients are there to help thicken the milk, and make it more palitable for people drinking a full glass. I was only using a couple tablespoons as a creamer for my coffee.
I just switched to Trader Joe's Coconut Cream, and whipped it up with some cocoa powder. Comes out like a cocoa cool whip, and blends and thickens fantastically in my coffee. I read some posts here that take issue with the cellulose they use to thicken it, but boy is it good.
I've made coconut butter before, and I have some unsweetened coconut flakes I need to use up. I'll probably make my own next and try to avoid the store bought products altogether.
All that said, I'm on my 5th day and feeling great! Fat Tuesday might need to be a "work at home" day for me though... they're doing a HUGE lunch spread at work and mentally I'll just feel deprived. First year I'm missing Paczki Day! There's just no way to make a Whole30 compliant paczki that isn't a full-blown "orgy with your pants on"...