TracyOKeeffe

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  1. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    @kirbz thanks for your comments - I'm also worried about how I'll manage after I finish - I spent a couple of weeks planning and prep before I attempted Whole30 and did everything I could to make sure I would succeed - literally removed all food from pantry and fridge and replaced with compliant only - but biggest issue is keeping up with the meal prep - there are 3 of us doing Whole30 - my husband, myself and 24 year old daughter - which is great - but the amount of time it takes to prepare packed lunches the night before plus the meals for the next day - and trying to keep it all interesting and different - especially when you have to prepare everything from scratch - has been the hardest part for me - its taken hours - so I hear you ! How long can you sustain this and have a life without giving in to convenience. Anyway - we are also looking at Paleo or Keto following Whole30 but Im not one for being pigeon holed into a particular program - I'm more concerned with eliminating my problem foods but no matter what I do - meal prep and cost of eating organic are my biggest issues. I love the idea of doing emergency meals - I try to have a lot of things always available - hard boiled eggs, mayo, dressings, large salads, kale and spinach ready to saute and lots of meatballs and patties - tins of fish in springwater and of course nuts and fruit. Any other good ideas ?
  2. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Thought I would share a recipe I love ! I've posted a photo of a favourite dish from local cafe that can be used for Whole30 - except for the hemp and white bean hummus its topped with! I'll add the recipe for the drizzle sauce that is used - its a Cashew Cheese recipe that i make a bit thinner and use as a condiment (not a cheese substitute which is not in the spirit of Whole30) - the dish is a loaded baked sweet potato - add layers of cooked pumpkin, red cabbage coleslaw (shredded red cabbage, carrot, celery) - top with compliant mayo and serve with snow pea sprouts - sprinkle with pumpkin, sunflower and black sesame seeds or dukkah of choice - and drizzle over warm cashew cheese sauce - you wont even miss the hummus! Cashew Cheese Recipe - lasts for a week in fridge 1 cup cashews soaked at least 10 hours up to 24 hours 2 Tbl nutritional yeast 2 Tbl lemon juice 1/4 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp garlic powder or a crushed clove 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 cup water or more for consistency Process ingredients until smooth adding the water last to get required consistency. This is good cold or warm! Also in regards to MAYO - I cannot tolerate the taste of olive oil or avocado oil in homemade mayo - too bitter! When I use the recipe in Whole30 I substitute for macadamia oil - add onion and garlic powder to taste and more lemon than its suggests and its yum! Herbs like parsley make it better as well!
  3. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    oh - sorry to hear some of you are experiencing so many yuck side effects - means you are on the right track so keep going! Up to day 11 - would have been up to day 22 if I hadn't had to start again Ive had a very different experience on Whole30 - been super careful to do it properly this as part of treatments from my Integrative Medicine doctor - I have lifetime of anxiety, depression - been on meds for over 15 years - 2 of my 3 (now adult) children on autism spectrum with similar issues and I suspect I'm bipolar (like my grandmother and father) - have been on journey to find solutions through non traditional therapies - and wow ! Whole 30 was like a light switch turning on for me - in fact I have to say Im a bit creeped out by how normal and clear I am feeling! Have felt fantastic from Day 1 which is crazy! Already thought I was a pretty clean eater - organics - into gut health, do my own kombucha and fermenting but the key I think is the combo of no grain, dairy, sugar or additives - and properly balanced regular meals - I reacted to this immediately. So Ive been super good at incorporating healthy foods into my diet but the reality is I've spent years hiding hiding the fact that I consume tons of sugar and caffeine to cope as it works like 'medicine' in my body. For me the combo of sugar and caffeine is magic - I will stop eating to just consume these two foods for days as it helps me function and keeps that nice jittery feeling in my bones! Except the side effects suck - worse mental health, insomnia and being hyper. My psychiatrist said i was 'addicted to my own adrenaline!' So - my first real side effect from Whole 30 happened yesterday when I had a big panic attack - feels like your having a heart attack (or what I think it must feel like) - you cant breathe, its physically painful - kinda like an elephant sitting on your chest and every little noise or happening sets it off worse - its day 2 and I still feel tight in my chest - but I have been pushing through - I know what it is and Im riding the wave and feel in control - I think now the garbage is out of my system I can actually feel whats going on with my anxiety and its given me more control. I recently found out I have the MTHFR mutation - so I understand why diet is making such a difference to my mental health. Really encourage everyone to push through - this Whole30 thing really works if all its crazy rules are followed - this is the first thing I have tried that has actually delivered the results it promises - other than medication - which I want to stop taking if possible (one day). I have lost a bit of weight as well - and Im sure that will continue but I think the best changes are whats happening inside our bodies and Im super excited for those changes. Thank you for sharing your ideas and stories - they are very helpful x
  4. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Hey @kirbz the potatoes were awesome - had to switch it up a bit - no compliant cans of artichoke hearts so I roasted some jerusalem artichokes and added them instead!
  5. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    @praxisproject yep - Ive resorted to Pork Belly as well but found its just better to stick with a variety of organic whole meats - its costing a fortune but we are eating well - just not able to have the flexibility of adding bacon to flavour up some dishes - I found one processed meat product from Italy that is only pork and salt - its a pancetta that Coles carries - so I use that in a pinch! I think chicken pan gravy goes with anything so I'd give it a go with eggs! And Ive been trying Mel Joulwan recipes - did one of her burger combos in grilled portabello mushrooms the other day and it was delicious!
  6. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    @Hope4Overcomers thank you! I've been wanting to comment but was too lame to figure out how! I love how you encourage everyone
  7. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    this is probably a dumb question as I have never been on a forum before but how do I insert the highlighted user names of people in this group if I want to reply? So far just managed to reply when I click on 'quote" - help
  8. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    you are so lucky - I cant find any sugar free bacon anywhere !
  9. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Thank you for these links - trying the potatoes tonight!
  10. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Question: I make a simple cashew 'cheese' from soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic and seasoning - used as a dip for vege or as a dressing over roast or steamed vege - the only thing I could find on this in Whole30 is that 'nut cheese' - I presume store bought - being used as cheese is not being allowed - can't grate mine as its sauce consistency - does this sound compliant?
  11. TracyOKeeffe

    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Hi - My husband and I were 10 days in and doing well - i was trying to read as much of the Whole30 book each night as I had time to review and was so mad at myself when I read fresh peas were not allowed - not sure how I missed that we have eaten fresh peas on a few salads - so we started day one again today ! I would like to follow this group so I can get some support and ideas - I am yet to meet anyone who has heard of Whole30 where I live even tho I know a lot of people involved in health & fitness - Keto and fasting are the new popular trends in Melbourne and of course Paleo - so I've already come across a bit of skepticism in regards to what I'm trying to achieve by doing Whole30 - hoping to find some encouragement here!