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    Amura got a reaction from Kay47 in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    Mine was sugar.
    I used to have sugar in my tea. I never do that anymore.
    I've learned that when you order tea in a cafe it's likely to be left to over-infuse (while they serve the coffee for everyone else) so whenever I go to a cafe I only order mint tea (which I don't mind overinfused). Black/green tea when infused for too long taste bitter and I've learned I used sugar to balance that out.
    I've quit sugar from my daily life as it is.
    I might indulge in an ocasional treat, but I'm able to keep it actually ocasional and I'm proud of that.
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    Amura got a reaction from Kisamose in Whole30 with toddlers.   
    You can make lemonade without sweeteners.
    I add a teaspoon of baking soda per lemon (it's alcaline and modifies the overall acidity) and dilute it in water. It's also cute to do with kids because it's a very bubbly chemical reaction 
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    Amura reacted to kirbz in Advice on how to eat less meat and still feel good? Help!   
    I try to think of Whole30 as a playful experiment to see what works for you. I think our diet culture tries to teach us that there is one right answer for every single person on the entire planet. How silly! That's one of the things I liked so much about Whole30. It doesn't try to say that. It says that you should figure it out for yourself. 
    So, I'll just say, keep experimenting and trust your body to tell you what's right and what's wrong!
    Your Whole30 reintroductions will have given you some great data points as to some foods that may or may not be problematic for you. Keep going with that. Do as Shannon suggested. And while I'm sure you could go online and find some formula that tells you exactly how many grams of protein and carbs and fat you should eat based on your height and weight and eye color and favorite book, that may or may not be the right answer for you. Let your body tell you! Trust yourself!
    I just finished my fifth Whole30. I love the way I feel when I'm doing Whole30. But, honestly, I'm trying to take my own advice and I think I may try a vegetarian and or a vegan approach because I've never done that before and it aligns better with my values. And maybe that will make me feel even better than Whole30 does! My body will let me know! 
    I hope this helps and I wish you the very, very best! 
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    Amura got a reaction from SunshineBell in Whole30 Ramen   
    Wow, that's an impressive recipe!
    Your mom's stock recipe looks very much like the good ol' stock I make (just different veggies, but hey, in each country people have used whatever the soil gave them, so I'm considering them perfectly interchangeable) but the vinegar surprised me. Now that's something I must try!
    Also the eggs marinade sounds great. 
    I like soft-boiled eggs and that marinade sounds delicious with them, so this is something I'm gonna try too.
    To be honest I've never eaten ramen, but this looks awesome on many levels.
    I'll give a try to the first sections of the recipe first, if I like them separately I'll make sure to try a complete Whole30 ramen according to your recipe.
    Thank you very much for sharing!
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    If your meals are keeping you satisfied 4-5 hours at a time, you're good.
    Often, we see people who come from a background of calorie restriction who continue to limit their meal sizes the way they would if they were counting calories, sometimes purposefully, sometimes subconsciously. Mostly, this was a post to encourage those people to eat as much as they need to eat, even if it seems like a lot of food, and to say that it is okay to eat more than what they may be used to, if that's what it takes to stay satisfied and avoid snacking between meals.
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    Amura got a reaction from kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Oh, my, such an awesome place, do wonder you'd rather be there than at work!
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    Amura reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I was happy as a lark today breaking out my salad and salad dressing on our road trip. I also substituted the salad's salami for my own, which is way better. I had a soda water and life was pretty perfect. I felt awake and alert and content. It was quite nice. I did have some moments earlier when others had baked goods and smartfood popcorn. THAT stuff is pretty tasty. I wanted it, but didn't want it. I wanted it, but my mouth couldn't really send those urgency signals to my brain and I figured I'd better keep it that way. I had thought about savoring a few pieces of popcorn or bites of cookie, but I didn't really want to and so I didn't. And when others were probably feeling fatigued from their sugar load and processed foods, I was feeling good and excited for future trips and hikes. My desire to get out and do things is increasing. I'm still quite happy hanging at home, but the part of me that loves exploring is starting to emerge.
    I had roasted cauliflower with dinner tonight and it was so good, but I ate so much. I think the salt and garlic is part of the reason I kept eating it. There's none left. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I definitely have a cauliflower gut right now. Thankfully, it should all magically disappear while I sleep. Let's see if that happens!
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    My husband birthday is only two weeks two, and I don't have any presents but that's ok.
    My only issue is CAKE. I'll be making one for him, and I would like to try  it indeed
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    They don't?
    They do sound like a whole lot to me, honestly.
    I only have one week to finish my Whole30 and I doubt my scale will show such a big difference, I'm sure it's gonna be tiny. 
    But it's ok, because it has helped me to move in the right direction, so I'm happy I'm doing this.
    If the scale is not helping you, and you have already learned different ways to measure your improvements, DITCH IT.
    I mean it.
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    Amura got a reaction from KiwiKendra in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    I think that when you get to the Kill-All-The-Things stage, spouses learn they are in charge of the kids. Or else. 

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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I'm definetely a procrastinator. That's why my house is never as clean as it is when I am stressed 
    People often think I'm very organized but that's just because I manage to keep stress at bay most of the time.
    But I remember when I college, those exams periods, whoa! All the washing, cleaning, organizing, getting up just to sit in another place... I hardly managed to do anything done because I was constantly doing all those little things that were not what I was supposed to be doing.
    Very rarely I have that super-focused kind of stress. For me it's way easier to focus on things that I'm doing at leisure (even if they are work-related).
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    Amura reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    It's nice having lots of leftovers in the fridge. I didn't cook once today and I ate well throughout the day. And, even better, there are shredded veggies sitting in the fridge just waiting to be cooked up in the morning. I love having food already prepped.  I did struggle once today when we went to a little grocery deli for lunch. I walked around looking for something I could eat. The Greek salad used canola oil and I'm avoiding canola - Oh my goodness - I just had an interesting memory pop up - I just remembered that the times I've eaten that salad, I've had a very upset loose stomach afterwards. Every time, I chalked it up to a lot of greens (doubtful given how many greens I often eat) or to bacteria (I had it during one of the romaine lettuce outbreaks) but now I wonder if it was the CANOLA oil. Whoa. This is pretty interesting to think about it. I suppose I could buy the salad and eat it with my personal dressing and see how it affects me. I kinda like that idea because I like the salad. 
    Anyway, the store had almost nothing for me because I did not want a Lara bar or fruit, but then I found some locally made Kimchi and had that. It was good and not too spicy.
    Our guests left late afternoon and I then grumbled and mumbled and drank an iced coffee at 5:00 to get my body into work to get ready for tomorrow. I got focused thankfully and got things done, but nowhere near what I want done. Ah well. Tomorrow will pass and I'll work tomorrow evening and get more done. I'm pleased that I was able to shift from feeling stressed about work and not wanting to work to something productive. I think that's one of the NSV's and one I am really appreciating (The coffee helped as well).
    I loved having a three day weekend. I loved having my friends visit. I found I dropped my work stress for two and a half days and I enjoyed myself. My appetite also picked back up which was nice - and interesting - Interesting how stress can impact eating both by eating too much and by eating too little. I feel like I ate way too much today, but I really didn't. I felt like I feasted, but when I think back, everything I had was pretty moderately portioned. That's an NSV too - that I'm naturally eating more appropriate serving sizes without thinking about it.
    Off to read my book and then to sleep.
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    Amura reacted to ShannonM816 in KiwiKendra's Log from New Zealand   
    Remember that all your meals don't have to be fancy. Some really simple meals that I do that don't take a lot of prep:  scrambled eggs with spinach/other vegetables; a can of tuna or salmon mixed with mayo or avocado or even just olive oil, on top of salad; hamburger patty (I buy frozen, pre-formed ones and cook them straight from the freezer, but you could buy ground meat of whatever type you prefer and freeze it in patties) with mayo and mustard or avocado, tomato, onion, and pickles, with a side of roasted potato or sweet potato.  Or I grill a bunch of chicken at the start of the week, then I can use it in salads or stir fries for several meals. You don't have to have a brand new recipe at every meal. Just make sure you have food that is easy to prepare quickly on days when you don't have time to do anything elaborate. 
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    Amura reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day 39
    Well, thank goodness I'm doing this because the emotions of today were rough and there was no desire to eat or pull through a drive through on the way home. It just didn't exist and it's not because I've done some deep soul searching or cognitive processing on my food eating relationships. It's because the foods that trigger those dopamine or seratonin rushes (or whatever it is that they do) are not in my system. I really do feel like an addict that is finally off the things that were an issue. Cigarettes. I'd never smoke one again because I know I'd be immediately hooked. Beer - not a problem for me. I can have one every day for weeks and then nothing. I sometimes finish them and sometimes don't. Not all people are so lucky. Wouldn't it be great if FOOD was just like beer is for me. But instead food (some foods) is more like an addiction for me. I was reading more of the Food Freedom book and now I wish I'd taken notes so I could reflect, but it's good stuff. I also don't feel like I'm living restrictively at all. Until I'm faced with going out to eat or traveling, I feel like I'm just plugging along eating the things I want to eat and which are working for me. I'm also not eating the same quantity of nuts or nut bars that I was the first few weeks and that seemed to just kinda happen as I started feeling better. 
    I did run to the store this evening and picked up a bunch of stuff to cook for this weekend. Other than Egg Roll in a Bowl and maybe Garbage Sink, I don't have any great plans. I wanted to make spaghetti boulangaise or pesto pasta using spaghetti squash, but the store only had ONE TINY squash. Only one! So that idea is out. i did pick up stuff that I can roast like cauliflower and carrots and onions. Good healthy meals for all the guests this weekend and they'll all be glad that this happens.
    Hey - I practiced today and semi meditated. Now if I can get to bed and wake up early and get gracefully through tomorrow, that will be good.
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    It's so easy to neglect oneself - and to procrastinate self-care.
    I think eating good food is a great first step, but definetely some extra ones would be nice. Would feel nice.
    But, yeah, self-care is something to write down in both your and my to-do lists.
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    Amura reacted to Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I give 2 thumbs up for the hubby making dinner. Sometime the best food you can eat is just made by someone other than yourself!!! I am glad you had some help on that front yesterday! And don't worry about not weighing yourself at the gym today. In my opinion, weighing can only go 2 ways. Really good or really bad. Not that bad  would be necessarily bad, but maybe not what I want to see. You know? I think you have the important part of this journey nailed! Cheers to day 31!
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    What if you turn that thought upside down? 
    Most likely people did not think you were so huge. You did think you were huge - because you had a bad relation with your own body - and assumed everybody else did.
    Now that not only your weight but also your relation with your body (which you nurture) has improved your views about yourself have changed A LOT, while for other people you simply have lost some weight - that's all.
    Well, it's another perspective.
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    Amura got a reaction from Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    What if you turn that thought upside down? 
    Most likely people did not think you were so huge. You did think you were huge - because you had a bad relation with your own body - and assumed everybody else did.
    Now that not only your weight but also your relation with your body (which you nurture) has improved your views about yourself have changed A LOT, while for other people you simply have lost some weight - that's all.
    Well, it's another perspective.