JudiPurple

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    Photography, cooking, rappelling, hiking, going on Adventures with my honey.

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  1. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    OK. Stepped on the scale. I am not happy. While I have lost weight, it is not (to me) a significant change. I am not happy. Having said that, it was a change in the "right" direction, so I (begrudgingly) admit that much. I apparently have much work to do. In my mind as well as on my scale. Being post-menopausal is a royal pain when it comes to losing weight. At least, this Whole 30 has done great things for my husband - he has lost some weight, but most importantly, he has started the process to (hopefully) fire the pharmacy and the endocrinologist - only needed insulin 4 times this whole month! And has weaned off of one of the prescription meds. I hope in this next month we can add some fermented foods to our diet (I have a huge glass jug of mixed veggies and a small crock of sauerkraut "cooking" in the pantry), a healthy host of probiotics has beneficial effects on diabetes. This has to be a lifetime commitment and change for the both of us. We just got married this past autumn, and we want to get as much out of this life together as we possibly can. SO....I will be continuing cooking W30 meals, with only a few changes - but, I, myself, need to cut back on quantity and build up on quality (i.e., more veggies/not so much meat&fat/lighter on the fruits). Man, that sugar dragon is a stubborn so-and-so.
  2. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I cannot get rid of this ^^^ ....please ignore this post
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Yes, this past week crawled by...BUT - we did it!!! Last day of whole30, and we made it! I've been talking up the advantages and results of W30 to people who show interest - for instance, to a couple who are just starting their W30 month on Friday. I happened to meet them at the natural food store in town, got talking about W30 and explained my and my husband's experiences. It is a great way to learn how our bodies respond to various foods.
  4. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'm still here! Although today was a day of cravings - reallllly wanted cheese, and sweet tea... I was strong and didn't cave...so, that's good. Although I know I have lost weight, today was one of those "I feel fatter than before W30" - brain is acting whacked. And frankly, getting a little tired of having to come up with dinner every night, making sure there are lunch choices....I want a chocolate protein shake. I feel like a petulant bratty kid. I keep hoping for the tiger blood - I have some projects here at the house that I want to delve into, but due to the weather causing school early dismissals and delayed openings, my days are discombobulated! I pray that this flagging enthusiasm gets recharged... Husband is still doing well with his numbers - it was 110 Sunday night! Interestingly, his morning #s Monday were 134...he says that his body will make sugar if his #s crash during the night...didn't know our bodies could do such things! He is very pleased with these changes. Tomorrow is the "last day"...congrats to one and all who managed to complete this month. I hope we all have great reports and changes from this Whole30. God bless you all!
  5. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I had a definite nsv yesterday. I usually wear larger, loose shirts (to hide the rolls)...I took out a shirt that usually makes me look like a stuffed sausage. Well, I put it on and it was slightly loose - and when I looked in the mirror, I didn't resemble a (terribly) lumpy kielbasa! I'll take it! Although, to be honest, I can't WAIT to step on that scale next week...but another part of me is a bit nervous... I made homemade ketchup yesterday, using dates instead of sugar or honey. I canned it this morning, and all the jars took! I wish I could can the homemade mayo, so I don't have to make it every week. We are saving money, so I can't complain. As a school bus driver, I have a nice 3+ hours at home between my runs, so I'm able to do prep work for our meals. How am I feeling? Well, very happy that hubby's #s (diabetes) are excellent - for instance, last night was 126...which is quite low for him post dinner. I am excited that my weight appears to be heading in the right direction. Does anyone else daydream about being able to do more, have more energy, looking better...? I do - however, I have to be careful that I ground those dreams in reality, so I avoid disappointment. Okay, back to work. Hope everyone has a great 25th day...!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    I started a while ago to use coconut oil for seasoning of my cast iron. No reason you can't use avocado oil either. I gave up crisco for just about everything - other than pie crusts (half and half with ghee) and some cookie recipes - it just kinda grossed me out (that and cruel kids when I was growing up calling me "Crisco - Fat in the Can").
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    Question for Type 2 Diabetics

    Booting this up - a load of valuable info on this thread for those on T2, and those who cook for them. My husband (T2) has been pretty much off the insulin since we started this W30 journey (used 3x in 21 days!). I am hoping he'll be able to cut down on his Januvia and Glimpride (sp?) pills over time. His nighttime #s are +/- 150, while his morning#s are usually close to the nighttime #s. He went to his endo last week, and since this doctor is a pill-pusher, the response to the dietary changes was lukewarm(but was happy to see the #s change for the better). We explained that the pills were a financial burden (not to mention physically questionable), and it would be best for my husband to use diet and healthy natural supplements to control the #s. So the endo wants him to get another round of bloodwork in a month, and try a cheaper pill. My husband has been taking cinnamon, fenugreek, B vitamins, along with several other supplements, and found even before W30 that they affected his #s in a good way. When we see the #s drop further, that's when he'll start reducing the prescription pill count. He is a lifelong carpenter, and has a very physical job - so he needs to have snacks in addition to his lunch during the day. His snack choices are good - celery with sunflower butter, avocados, hard boiled eggs. Lunches are usually leftovers from our dinners - or he'll make chicken salad with lettuce wraps. He has lost several pounds (Dr. app't last week), and is feeling good, energy-wise. He's not particularly overweight (6'2.5" 218lbs), but he is barrel-chested, so looks heavier than the #s indicate. Another suggestion I found in my online searching is increasing consumption of fermented foods. The beneficial bacteria has positive effects (for everyone, really), and so I'll be adding sauerkraut and pickled veggies to our diets. (Ugh....hope the combo of 'kraut with the HB eggs isn't too deadly! ) I have noticed, though, that I need to hide the dates - he has always had a wicked sweet tooth, and I see him hitting the package without thinking.
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    Home food preppers (bacon, charcuterie, dehydrator foods etc)

    ::knock,knock:: ::Peeks in:: Hi there - can I come in and join the party? I am an avid canner, sausage maker, from-scratch cooker, spice mixer, herb grower, garlic lover, presently dabbling in fermentation of veggies...I am in the middle of my first whole 30, and find that my creative proclivities in the kitchen and garden over the years are a great help in creating tasty meals for my husband, who joined me in W30. Back about 6 years ago, I was really getting into fermentation of my garden produce, but life took over (divorce, moving, blah, blah)...but I loved the results of those initial attempts. Now, I am recently remarried, have a tiny spot for a garden (already full of sleeping garlic bulbs, waiting for spring warmth), and in my research for the best diet for my diabetic husband, lo and behold - fermented veggies are great for increasing beneficial bacteria for the gut of said diabetic (and the rest of us!). So today's project will be my version of giardiniera (italian pickled veg) and sauerkraut. My husband is interested in smoking a variety of foods, and we love the flavors that come from our grill/smoker. Obviously, hot smoke only, at this point - but hope to try out cold smoking this summer. I am in chilly, ice-covered New England, and am waiting eagerly for the warmer months. But, I often roast peppers in the hot coals of the woodstove - yum! (Hmmmm...roasted peppers in a batch of pickles....fermented....gonna have to try that out one of these days). Regarding the sriracha recipe above...would red (ripe) jalapenos work? Also, re: Hollysmokes' question about smoking destroying the beneficial bacteria, if you were to replace some of the water or vinegar with brine from a finished jar of fermented pickles, would that be sufficient to introduce the lactobacilli into the mixture and "start the engines" of the fermenting? Looking forward to the results of today's project...will post pix if they come out pretty.
  9. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Started Day 18 with a BAS (aka Big Ass Salad) - Over a bed of shredded romaine lettuce, there was a pile of sauteed pulled pork, a sliced avocado, roasted tomato and pepper salsa, and my version of croutons - two fried eggs! Delicious and very filling. It was a late breakfast, so in lieu of lunch, I had a banana with a spoonful of my homemade sunbutter. Dinner tonight - surf n turf - venison steaks and sauteed sea scallops, with sauteed kale on the side. Now I am off to work for a few hours. Have a great day, everyone!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 8 - won and done. A good day, had a BAS for lunch _and_ dinner...added chicken to the evening bowl. Mario and I turned 3# ground beef, 3/4# sugar free bacon, eggs, finely chopped 'shrooms and onions into two large pans of baked meatballs! Teamwork! He needs easy & quick breakfasts, so this will get him going in the wee hours. I used the NomNomPaleo recipe for Big-O Bacon burgers, added 3 eggs, and the meatballs came out great. Mario goes to see his diabetes doctor on Monday- curious to see what comes of it. His numbers have been very good - he's only needed insulin twice this week! Hooo-RAH! Praying hard that these changes lead to (dare I say it???) complete elimination of meds... Time will tell. Okay, HawkeyeE was looking for the recipe for Bacon/chicken liver pate - here you go! I did not add the mushrooms. I put the finished product in a glass bowl, smoothed the top, and poured melted duck fat over to seal. Ghee would also work very well for that. Liver Pâté with Mushroom and Bacon Ingredients 3 slices bacon, cut into 3-4 pieces each 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 lb chicken livers 1 c sliced mushrooms (optional) ¼ c. broth for simmering (bone broth) 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme (or 1 teas dried) 1 bay leaf ¼ to ½ tsp. of salt 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped Instructions Pan fry the bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes more until onion is soft. Add the garlic and chicken livers, and sauté until the liver is no longer pink. Add the mushrooms, broth, thyme, bay leaf, and salt. Allow all of that to simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. Remove mixture from the pan. Discard the bay leaf. Add fresh parsley and purée with an immersion blender or food processor. Refrigerate or freeze individual portions.
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 7 is in the Bag! Tasted my bacon/chicken liver pate, and it came out really good - had it with sliced apple (my jicama had frozen in the fridge - ?!? Had to toss it). We had the meat sauce (again) for supper tonight, but over baked sweet potatoes instead of zoodles. Dear hubby is downstairs right now, cooking chicken sausage (Aldi's - chicken spinach) for his lunch - he has been very patient and good about sticking with the plan. He brings hard boiled eggs, celery with sunflower butter, avocado with salsa, and whatever his 'main dish' is - today was the meat sauce, tomorrow is the sausage in lettuce wraps. I suggested he bring an apple or a couple small oranges too. He usually has a banana with his breakfast - it helps with the occasional leg cramps from the insulin - potassium is a diabetic's friend. The man is a lifelong carpenter, and is very active on a daily basis for work, so he needs 'snacks' to keep his blood sugar on an even keel. I had a late "breakfast" - leftover chicken in (compliant) gravy. I didn't get to eat anything other than a banana until almost noon. Interestingly, I found myself feeling drowsy! Tryptophan effect, anyone? I grabbed a couple clementine oranges and some nuts/seeds, and headed out into the ice cold winter air - BRRRRR!!!! - woke me right up! Tomorrow night will be B.A.S. night (Big A** Salad) - a variety of greens, tomatoes, meats, toasted punkin seeds, and mushrooms, served in quite large bowls. I really like the W30 caesar dressing, and Mario (hubby) was pleasantly surprised to find that the W30 ranch was excellent - despite lacking dairy and sugar. I do a lot of homemade sides, condiments and main dishes - finding foods in the grocery that we can actually eat on this plan is almost impossible.
  12. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Good morning! I popped in yesterday to see how ya'll were doing, but didn't post. It was a good day, a busy one : spent the rainy day prepping. We are using NomNomPaleo's books, as well as W30 recipes online. I made the Magic Mushroom powder, a bacon and chicken liver pate, a double batch of mayo (1/3 regular, 2/3 roasted garlic), a double batch of kale "chips" using the above-mentioned MMPowder, Big-O BaconBurgers for dinner (O.M.G.!), and started a crock pot of the Sunday Sauce. It felt like we ate all day...tasting this, munching that...but hubby's numbers were phenomenal! And I am feeling pretty darn good - cramps and bloating are gone, clear headed, no headaches... We both are really getting into creating incredibly delicious food - and eating it! I feel as if I eat a lot more salt than I used to, but no bloating or other signs of water retention. After yesterday's work, today we are out of here, going for a ride - and packing a good lunch. Enjoy your Sunday!
  13. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    A glorious and sunshiney good morning to one and all! Well...that was a bit over the top... I took melatonin last night, and managed a straight 5 hours before waking...was able to fall back asleep for the few hours before my alarm went off. The achy/bloated feelings are subsiding - not completely gone, but better. I noticed a mental sharpness this morning that tells me I was probably 'fog-bound' these last several days (or self-involved in my pity party, lol!). The puffiness in my face has gone down a wee bit...it took great restraint NOT to step on the scale. Will be making mayo and chicken liver pate tomorrow (or maybe tonight). The pate will look wonderful shmeared across a slab of jicama or 3...and taste even better. Found a recipe that uses bacon and duck fat - might be able to entice hubby to try it (bacon is the bomb, in his world). Oh! Speaking of bacon, got my shipment of sugar free bacon from US Wellness Meats. Expensive, but the quality is outstanding! This morning's breakfast was chicken salad rolled up in slices of turkey, alongside a hard-boiled egg - not traditional, but fast, easy and yummy. Oh, for those who are using NomNomPaleo cookbooks - I used her recipe for cooking chicken breasts, and found a delicious bonus. When the breasts have finished cooking and cooled enough to handle, peel off the skin. Cut the skin into 2" chunks, lay crunchy side down on a foil-lined pan, and cook in a toaster oven at 350-400*F until browned and crispy. Salt and enjoy! My better half wants me to make chicken breasts every week, just for the "chips"...lol Okay, I hope you all have a great day - and good luck on our first weekend on Whole30...we can DO this!
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    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hello fellow W30s! Well, I ended up going to bed early last night - just sooooo tired! I think I will take some melatonin tonight - I woke every hour throughout the night! Ugh. Glad I have chicken already cooked, so just going to roast veggies for dinner. For anyone on the east coast, a store called : "Ocean State Job Lot" has great prices on compliant oils - Avocado oil, light and EV olive oils, coconut oils...just stopped by there this morning and was thrilled at the prices. Making mayo, salad dressings and sauces uses up a lot of oil - stocked up for the month. We had homefries with our salmon last night - hubby's #s were up, so will plan on making them for breakfast on the weekends, not at night. He loved the mini frittatas (from NomNomPaleo) that we made last night, so he is set with breakfasts for a while. Despite the interrupted slumber, I am feeling awake. Still a bit crampy and achy, but not bad overall. Looking forward to making a big pot of Sunday sauce this weekend...hmmm, is it still Sunday Sauce if I make it on Saturday? 27 days to go!
  15. JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Day 2...breakfast was a bowl of cherry tomatoes and two sausages (homemade, no sugar or fillers) and W30-compliant ranch dressing... lunch was salad with chicken, tomatoes, and W30 caesar dressing - topped with spiced pepitas...dinner was salmon and homefries (haven't had potatoes in soooo long). Tasty and filling. However, I have a couple questions...my body is complaining - tired, achy, bloated, cramping, - am I seeing the beginning of carb flu? I admit to maxing out on holiday sweets for a goodly part of December...how long does it normally take to adjust to these changes? I also noticed I was very cranky this afternoon...mild headache as well... I spent all day yesterday prepping, today was spent canning 8 quarts of the bone broth. Came home from work to make dinner and mini frittatas for the husband's breakfasts. I am a school bus driver, and have a 4 hour time frame between my runs to get things done at home. The busy-ness might have added to my crankiness. That, and the lack of sugar 28 days to go!