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    TracyP got a reaction from whole30_patricia in Starting reintroduction on feb 1. Any tips?   
    It was the ice cream for dinner that got me to asking questions too!
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    TracyP got a reaction from kiwihoney in Starting reintroduction on feb 1. Any tips?   
    Thanks so much everyone! This was a huge help. I feel much more prepared for the reintroduction now. I don't want to get super sick, so this whole thread gives me a lot more confidence heading into the transition phase.
    Tom: I do hope they get a chance to update... Would be awesome for us newbies!!
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    TracyP reacted to Tom Denham in Binging since completing whole30   
    There is often more than one way in life to achieve a goal. The changes we make when doing a Whole30 help a lot because we remove "food without brakes" and other "trigger" foods that make eating appropriate portions sizes difficult. And sometimes longer periods of dedication to the Whole30 can help you achieve stability in your relationship to food as habits become more deeply ingrained. But as a former psychotherapist and person who has benefited from psychotherapy, I think working with a knowledgeable professional therapist to talk through the emotional pressure points of your life and to develop and establish better ways of coping with stress than food is important too. I think the best approach is to work on your goals on two fronts at the same time - participating in psychotherapy while continuing longer with a Whole30.
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    TracyP reacted to Krista Billows Rodriguez in My Whole-Life   
    Oooook, in an effort to make myself more accountable...to myself...I'm jumping in with a log. I completed my first ever W30 in January and felt great. I had read the book and done the research but felt really intimidated to start. Finally bit the bullet and started Jan 2 and truly did not regret it. Yes it was work, yes there were some physical bumps and bruises along the way ***I'm looking at YOU migraine!*** but I learned a lot about myself.
    I learned I really like kale for breakfast.
    I learned I can drink fizzy water while the rest of the table orders beer.
    I learned I can make almond flour pancakes for my son...and eat my kale-happily.
    I learned my cycle can be normal! Woo hoo! That was a long time coming.
    I learned it's easier to spend five minutes making my lunch than try to find something compliant at a restaurant.
    I learned I'm so much calmer of mind and spirit during a W30.
    I learned that I really do have time to take hot baths. Little back story, we've lived in this house for over seven years, we sprang for the upgraded soaker tub with jets while the house was being built...and my son used it more than I did! During my W30 I used it so much my water bill went up!
    I learned I have a lot more to learn.
    I went through my reintroductions and found for the most part I don't miss, or need, the grains in my life. Wheat makes me itch. Legumes make me a little dizzy. Dairy I can tolerate, but not in large quantities-let me tell you this one made me happy, I make a mean cheese plate for parties! I also learned that when it comes to alcohol my brain cannot be trusted! Give me an inch, I'll take a mile and then I end up depressed and angry. So....not.....worth .... it!
    So, now what? Time to circle the wagons, regroup and try this whole bike riding thing again! I've decided to call this a W15, I have an event coming up in a couple of weeks, my son's school auction, and I don't want to stress about food during that hectic, and fun, day. I called yesterday Day 0.
    How did Day 0 go? Pretty darn well actually! I took the time to read, again, the Day 0 email and this time I actually set some goals-whoops, sort of skipped that part last time! This time around I will endeavor to:
    Take my time to eat and enjoy my dinner-dinner often ends up rushed, always at the table, but still rushed.
    I will go to bed at 10:00, getting up at 5:20 I really should aim for 9:30, but 10:00 is attainable.
    I will meditate 5 minutes a day-apparently harder than it sounds for me!
    I will do strength and cardio 3x a week each for 30 minutes.
    I will stretch and do some simple yoga postures nightly.
    I will not aggravate my right hip, I have pushed myself in the past to run through the pain, not a good idea.
    I will spend at least two days a month doing something FUN with my family and one full day a month by....my.....self....oh yeah.
    I will reread ISWF.
    I will have no more than two cups of coffee a day...just typing that one out makes me weep, ever so softly...sigh.
    As far as food goes I had a veggie and ground pork scramble with eggs and black coffee for breakfast, didn't worry about the little bits of non compliant bacon that were in there from the left over sauted brussels sprouts and bacon cause it was day 0!
    For lunch I had a huge salad with tuna, homemade mayo, 1/4 avocado.
    Dinner was roasted sausages with mushrooms, onions and brussels sprouts and 1/4 avocado.
    I struggled with taking my time to eat and I really think I need meditation for dummies cause man that was way harder than I thought it should be! I did not do any exercise but I did some light stretching and sun salutations after my hot bath and I turned the light off...at about 10:05-had to finish the chapter!!!
    My goal is to update daily, I think I need the public accountability and also think I will benefit from writing and reviewing what's going on, what I'm eating and how I'm feeling. There we have it, away I go-again.
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    TracyP got a reaction from Sharonlee in Alternatives to sweet potato?   
    Ok, the scoop on plantains. These are found in the carribean and central america. When they are green cook like kb0426 suggested and they are starchy and crispy. If you slice thin you get something more chip like. The ones you see that look so awful? Buy those!!! They are perfect. When you peel them the inside will be golden or even reddish gold. Thick slice them on the bias and fry. They will cook up sweet and caramelized. They are one of my favorite things in the whole world! You can find versions of plantains from most equatorial regions so there is probably an asian equivalnet. But sometimes these varients have less starch and do not have the sweetness of a ripe plantain or are more banana like... All varients are part of the banana family.
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    TracyP got a reaction from simonec in Preparing for Whole30-CHEAP ideas   
    Those are some great tips. A few more
    1. Costco has great deals. If you've got a friend with a membership, you can get good deals on coconut oil goodcmeatscand more!
    2. Amazon: you'd be surprised what you can get for less there!
    3. Large cuts of cheap meats: brisket is a great cut, tasty, delivers lots of flavor and large quantity for less. It takes some time to cook, but you can eat on it for quite a while. Whole turkeys, are also pretty inexpensive when its not thanksgiving and they also have a ton of meat for the price, you can cut it up like a chicken an cook parts as needed, freeze the rest
    4. Ground beef... In this case. Be careful, it's not always the highest quality meat. But if you can find an affordable meat source you trust, this is a really inexpensive option
    5. Canned tuna, salmon. Great quick source of protein keeps well and is very affordable: check your labels though not all canned fish are created equal.
    6. Veggies are not very expensive, but buy in season and you will get the best prices.
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    TracyP reacted to Sharon Simpson Thumann in Chicken bone broth   
    I am simple and that's how I prefer my stock/broth. I toss the carcass in the oven for about 30 minutes to get a deeper roast, then into the slow cooker for eight to ten hours, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper only. Making stock/broth is my favorite thing to do, other than makin' bacon.
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    TracyP reacted to MJam in Chicken bone broth   
    Super easy.... cut up 2 carrots into big chunks, 2 stalks of celery the same, 1 medium onion cut up, 5 cloves of garlic, put the carcass and bones in the crock pot 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 2 tbsps of raw apple cider vinegar poured over the bones and 10 peppercorns. Fill crockpot with water and put on low for 8-12 hours.... not longer....the fat in chicken is high in PUFAs and you dont want to eat compromised fat.
    After the time is up strain it and store it in the fridge. I *just* maed a chicken bone broth and it's a good way to use the carcass but I MUCH prefer beef bone broth. Check out my blog, I post about bone broth frequently. I am addicted to it and am sipping on some right now actually.
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    TracyP reacted to Susan W in Chicken bone broth   
    I always make mine in the slow cooker. Stovetop is good too but I just enjoy tossing everything into the slow cooker and walking away. I like taking an onion, two carrots and two celery stalks. I rough chop them, toss with olive oil and put them on a cookie sheet. Cook for about 20 minutes in a 400-425 degree oven. You want them to get sweet and caramelized. Toss everything in the slow cooker. Set it on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. The last two hours I toss in 2 bay leaves, a couple sprigs of thyme and about 10 whole peppercorns. Dried thyme works fine too. Then I strain it and degrease it and down the hatch it goes.
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    TracyP got a reaction from 1Maryann in Chicken feet - help!   
    Try this : http://nourishedkitchen.com/chicken-feet-stock/
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    TracyP got a reaction from simonec in Preparing for Whole30-CHEAP ideas   
    Those are some great tips. A few more
    1. Costco has great deals. If you've got a friend with a membership, you can get good deals on coconut oil goodcmeatscand more!
    2. Amazon: you'd be surprised what you can get for less there!
    3. Large cuts of cheap meats: brisket is a great cut, tasty, delivers lots of flavor and large quantity for less. It takes some time to cook, but you can eat on it for quite a while. Whole turkeys, are also pretty inexpensive when its not thanksgiving and they also have a ton of meat for the price, you can cut it up like a chicken an cook parts as needed, freeze the rest
    4. Ground beef... In this case. Be careful, it's not always the highest quality meat. But if you can find an affordable meat source you trust, this is a really inexpensive option
    5. Canned tuna, salmon. Great quick source of protein keeps well and is very affordable: check your labels though not all canned fish are created equal.
    6. Veggies are not very expensive, but buy in season and you will get the best prices.
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    TracyP reacted to Meg Hamilton in Food Porn   
    This is a dinner from last week--ground beef & cabbage with a side of carrots & parsnips.

    Friday's dinner--steak (I ate half of this steak) grilled romaine & asparagus

    Saturday lunch of leftovers--spaghetti, steak, veggies & spinach salad

    Saturday's dinner--turkey burgers with homemade artichoke-avocado dip, sautéed onions & mushrooms & cumin-cilantro mayo sauce

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    TracyP reacted to SummerGirl in Paleo Breakfast   
    Would smoked salmon and some sliced avocado appeal to you at all? Might be an option?
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    TracyP got a reaction from lulucandoit! in Recipes for Sunchokes and or Bolivian sunroot?   
    Try this : http://nymag.com/restaurants/recipes/inseason/65217/
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    TracyP reacted to Moluv in Is there any "treat" recipe using fruit juice? Please help with recipes!   
    Sounds like part of the problem is you miss the baking experience as much as the eating treats and both have strong meaning for you. When that's gone, it's hard. My only advice would be to learn to love preparing nutritious meals as much or more than baking and remake a new belief pattern as you do so like "when I prepare nutritious meals I am giving myself and family the deepest kind of love and health". Also, I've read GAPS and while it is useful for healing it is not a very pleasurable eating style- very bland. If you are well and can have spices and all the compliant foods I think going through Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan would be really fun and a major treat for your tastebuds. Her recipes use small amounts of nuts and fruits as flavor components in well balanced meals- so a great way for you to learn to enjoy that sweet taste without spiking your blood sugar. And she is darling and fun and so is the book.
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    TracyP got a reaction from AmyS in Is there any "treat" recipe using fruit juice? Please help with recipes!   
    Yep... I'm with yeah... No wants to suffer... But there were some days, where I did! I came out to a great place though... Hopefully sjb, you will make it there too!
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    TracyP reacted to AmyS in Is there any "treat" recipe using fruit juice? Please help with recipes!   
    Maybe it's a question of semantics. I read the word "struggling" and I think, OK, that's pretty normal. I read the word "suffering" and I imagine things like crawling through the desert with no water or shelter - it reads, for me, as a much more extreme experience. I would expect someone to struggle (I've mentioned elsewhere that I have cravings that never ever go away no not ever, so I get that); but actual suffering? I kinda feel bad for our OP and I want to offer support that can help take that suffering down a hundred notches or so to struggle. It's the difference between frustration and agony. I wouldn't wish agony on a Whole30er, and I'd hope there would be resources that could dial that back to frustration that could be gotten through.
    That said, if I've mis-read the word "suffering" through my own lens, then certainly it makes sense that changing one's relationship with food is going to be a big deal. Been there done that got the (slightly smaller size) t-shirt, yeah.
    Lotsa love and light to sjb.
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    TracyP reacted to Susan W in Is there any "treat" recipe using fruit juice? Please help with recipes!   
    Great thoughts TracyP. Like so much of this journey, what might seem to be no big deal to one person may mean everything to another. I sort of feel it may correlate to our previous diet but not always.
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    TracyP reacted to lulucandoit! in surviving costa rica   
    I think you will have a pretty easy time. I spent three weeks there 4-5 years ago and the food was amazingly clean. Yes, they serve rice and beans at just about every meal. But they also serve meat and veggies and fruit. It is easy to take what you like and leave the rest. Every buffet and restaurant I went to had huge salads, lots of fresh veggies and plain delicious roasted meats and fish. I wasn't Paleo then, but just trying to eat healthy and we all commented on how easy it was to eat healthy delicious food in Costa Rica because their meals seem to be based on fresh veggies. I don't remember seeing a tortilla. Plenty of plantains. Also, the best coffee in the world. Sublime.
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    TracyP reacted to Renee Lee in Probiotic   
    Tracy: this is relatively newish science, but we're just now understanding how important our gut flora is to healthy digestion. You really can't have one without the other. Fermented foods and beverages are a major way of getting those critters in and helping them stick around. Kraut, pickles, kombucha, etc...it's not really a "supplement," but rather just a healthy food choice.
    Now, that being said, there are some folks, whose gut flora is WAY out of whack and is suffering because of it. Giving your body the extra dose of probiotics is going to prop up its population. Ideally, you won't need lifetime supplementation of probiotics, because they should start to stick around on their own...but some folks' guts are messed up enough that they'll always need an extra push.
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    TracyP reacted to Jackolantern in Alternatives to sweet potato?   
    Yuca fries!
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    TracyP reacted to GLC1968 in Alternatives to sweet potato?   
    This. I'm not a big fan of sweet potatoes, but I love them baked in spears with cumin, salt and pepper on them.
    I also like them baked with cranberries and macadamia nuts tossed in. The crunch/chewy/tart works GREAT with the sweet and it's delicious.
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    TracyP reacted to EthioGourmande in Plantains: a banana by any other name?   
    I loooove plantains. I actually make Jibaritos, puerto rican steak sandwich with the fried plantain as the buns....I just made some last night, and it's very filling & yummy. I am on day 9 of my whole 30. Try this recipe, I modified it to make it whole 30 compliant :)You can experiment with the spiced you like etc as well. The below recipe is for green plantains. If your plantain has already turned yellow or brown, you can slice them (coin style) and sear in some clarified butter, and turning over to sear the other side as well, to make fried plantains (platanos maduros). Very quick and simple, and gives you a sweet version of fried plantains. The green plantains are not ripe yet so they are not sweet and moochy, and ideal for making plantain buns, tostones etc.
    Ingredients needed for Jibaritos:
    1 large green plantain, peeled and sliced lengthwise and in half (4 pieces)
    * oil (for deep frying) - you can use light olive oil * 1 tablespoon butter (use Ghee/clarified butter)* 2 teaspoons olive oil
    * 1 cup thinly sliced onion* 2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced* 1/4 teaspoon cumin* 1 -2 pinch cayenne or 1 -2 pinch dried chipotle powder, to taste* 6 ounces skirt steak, thinly sliced* salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste* lettuce* thinly sliced tomatoes or roasted red pepper* 1 teaspoon melted butter (ghee)* 1/4 teaspoon roasted minced garlic
    Directions:
    *Heat oil, then fry the peeled and sliced plantain for 1 minute.
    *Remove plantain from oil, place on a heavy cutting board with aluminum foil at the bottom, cover with another layer of aluminum foil and flatten plantains in between using a frying pan, or another cutting board on top
    *Fry the now-flattened plantain in the oil again, until outside is golden and crispy, another 1-2 minutes; remove from oil, set aside on paper towels to blot oil, and keep warm.
    *Over medium high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil together, then sauté the onions until just becoming soft.
    *Add the garlic, cumin, and cayenne (to taste), stir well, then add the meat slices and sauté until browned; season to taste with salt and pepper.
    *Spread some ghee on the bottom slice then top with the meat and onions. Top with lettuce and thinly sliced tomato (or roasted red pepper), then the remaining plantain top.
    *Combine 1 teaspoon melted butter with 1/4 teaspoon roasted minced garlic, then brush the top plantain slice with the butter/ghee garlic mixture.
    Now eat and enjoy Sorry for the long novel, but hope this helps Definitely beats using it as lasagna substitute ;-)
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    TracyP got a reaction from jtota in What are your favorite Veggie sides? I am struggling to expand beyond salad and sweet potatoes. Help!   
    Microwave for 2 minute or less... If you are not microwave averse. Drain the water, serve under sauce :-)