GoJo09

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    GoJo09 got a reaction from KTag in Workout Supplements   
    You really don't need to take BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) if you're eating a well constructed diet including animal protein. I work out pretty hard, running and Crossfit, and I don't bother.
    If you're vegetarian, it might be more worthwhile, as vegetarian protein sources aren't complete proteins, ie. they're each lacking some of the amino acids (you have to be very conscious of combining vegetarian protein sources to ensure you get all of the required amino acids).
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from sykolana in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Woolworths Select brand now has compliant liquid stock too - free range chicken, fish, beef and vegetable. It was $5.99 for 500ml.
     
    And the Macro brand Dijon Mustard is compliant (and way cheaper than Maille - although I haven't tasted it yet, might not be as good).
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from -Kara 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.
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    GoJo09 reacted to kirbz in Smoothie bowl success?   
    For me, I love green smoothies. And I'm talking pretty green, green smoothies. Like, ones with only a single, small portion of fruit and then lots of vegetables, including green, leafy ones. I don't understand why they're not okay on Whole30. I don't see how they're that much different than drinking calories in bone broth. I don't see how they're that much different than eating a creamy soup. 
    And I certainly don't see why they aren't a good source of greens in the morning for breakfast when they have fat in them and are served with protein. 
    But, I like the black and white of the rules and recommendations, so I avoid them while doing a Whole30. Are they a regular part of my non-Whole30 diet? Yes. But I don't drink them on Whole30 because I try to trust the rules and recommendations just as they're written. 
    I guess this isn't much help. I guess I just want to say that I can definitely relate to where you're coming from. But yeah, I still choose not to drink them while on Whole30. 
    Best of luck to you! 
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    GoJo09 reacted to ElizabethG in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    I love this question! I've had a rough couple of days with food choices, and really committing to getting back on track today. One of the ways that helps me stay positive and move forward is taking a few steps back to realize how much good change I've made since my first WHole30 almost 2 years; remember this is a really long journey, with lots of ups and downs. That being said, one of the most lasting changes for me has been cutting way back on mindless snacking. Work used to be a black hole of bad choices, but now, most days I am able to walk right past all the junk food, and recognize I'm not actually hungry. 
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    GoJo09 reacted to Laurenacc in Reintroduction: Alcohol question...   
    Thanks GoJo! I was following the Fast Track Reintro plan that I saw in The Whole30 book...it says Day 1 is optional for gluten-free alcohol but I figured I should include it, Day 1 (or 4) legumes, Day 4 (or 7) non gluten grains, Day 7 (or 10) dairy, Day 10 (or 13) gluten containing grains. No sugar reintro is mentioned...but it *does* say that many of the foods in the other food groups will also contain sugar. So...I assumed that meant there wasn't really a day given for sugar reintro. I'm happy to add it if there's a new reintro plan that I'm not aware of, but I was just trying to follow the outline I saw in the book.
    I'm fine with reintro-ing a dif gluten-free alcohol if the cider seems like a bad trigger, but I figured I should be testing alcoholic beverages I actually consume. I normally don't go for wine since it makes me sleepy- that seemed like the next best thing to try gluten-free wise. And I definitely don't want to take a shot of gluten-free tequila...nor sip it, blech! 
    I totally get what you mean when you say- having 1 cider turns into 2 and then going overboard and eating all things bad and messing up. But even when I wasn't doing the Whole30- I never have more than 1 drink, so I know that's definitely not going to be happening. I'll be surprised if I even finish one 12oz bottle. I'm a lightweight and don't care much for alcohol, I only choose to reintroduce it to see how my body reacts to having it again. And while I'm sure MANY people have said- "Oh I'm super strict, I'm not going to let this trigger me to eat anything else off-plan for that day"...I'm sure some have fallen off the wagon and given in. BUT- I've been struggling with stomach issues for years and I'm serious about doing this right so I can see which item will affect me and how. I'm almost certain during the 15 days of reintro, I'm not going to jump off the deep end and eat pizza, cake, and guzzle an irish car bomb in one sitting, hehe. 
    So...I guess this brings me back to: are either of these ciders ok to drink as my gluten-free alcoholic beverage reintro- or is it bad that I drink something sweet (even though the angry orchard doesn't say sugar in the ingredients) and with sulfites in it? Open to other gluten-free alcohol suggestions, I just want to make sure I have something around come the day I have that for my reintro. Thanks!
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    GoJo09 reacted to Whole Nerdy in Over-50 Whole 30   
    I want to share a bit about what I see as the advantages of Whole 30 eating for people over 50, with one possible caveat.
    A while back when I was a lithe young thing in my thirties, a friend of mine in his mid-fifties sat down heavily on a bench and said to me, "You see, this is what happens when you get older--your muscles get all achy." I remember thinking, Oh, no, I don't want that to be me. Cut to me in my late forties and early fifties--sure enough, I'd wake up in the morning, shuffle my sore limbs to the bathroom, and look back at a puffy face. I just thought it was normal. Then I started a paleo-style diet, and the achiness almost immediately went away. It was dramatic: I could bend over and place my palms on the floor first thing in the morning, which I couldn't have dreamed about before.
    Recently, my sugar habit came back, with a vengeance. I would feel tired and creaky just walking up the stairs. So I did a Whole45, just to really keep the sugar demons at bay. It was a joy to feel the litheness I had felt in my limbs at a young age return. I felt like someone had literally oiled my joints. I am emphasizing this because so many people believe that soreness and lack of flexibility are an inevitable product of old age. It ain't so.
    Another great advantage of Whole30-ing for older people is the way it changes your habits. By the time you've been on the planet for half a century or more, your manner of thinking about food and your style of eating have become pretty well engrained. Your mind may try to be as inflexible as your body once was. We all know from research and from the examples of people around us that changing habits and learning new skills are both an important part of aging well. With Whole30 you have to rethink a lot of things you may have been doing automatically that no longer serve you. This in itself is freeing. 
    What's the caveat? My lipids level zoomed up along with my adoption of the paleo diet--both HDL and LDL increased; my doctors have been pestering me to go on statins. Women lose the protection that estrogen previously gave to their heart when they go through menopause, so heart-released problems often show up at this stage. I am not sure how much this increase in cholesterol had to do with my change in diet or with menopause itself. Probably a combination of both. Now that I have completed my Whole45 I am experimenting with a Mediterranean-style diet--still grain-free, but veering in the direction of fish and lowering my intake of red meat, which is problematic anyway (increases cancer risk in many studies, high carbon footprint). 
    I have learned so much from this Whole45, including how much the foods I eat influence my cognitive and concentration skills. (Hint: much more than I previously thought!) Again, eating the foods that work for me help me to preserve that most precious resource. Good luck to all you at all ages.
     
     
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    GoJo09 reacted to Bex111 in weirdest.weightloss.ever   
    I loved this.  The dizzying highs, the terrifying lows....
    today is day 32. I was very sure that I hadn't lost much weight. I was guessing about 4 pounds.  Day 30, crack of dawn I jumped on that scale and...8 pounds!! I am 5"2" so that is quite a lot of weight for me, but I had been carefully scrutinizing myself the whole month and I never would have thought I lost that! When I have been on Weight Watchers and dropped 6 pounds in a month my pants are MUCH roomier, but not with the W30.  My face is narrower, my breasts are smaller, (not need a new bra size, but smaller) and I guess my pants are more comfortable, but not like when I have lost weight in the past.  Has anyone else experienced this?  I feel like maybe it's not actually water weight like on the other diets so that's why?
    The really best part is that I absolutely loved this experience.  NSV indeed.  I am continuing with it happily and gratefully.
    Anyone else surprised in this way?
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    GoJo09 reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Hi, all:
    I'm back. In fact, I just finished Day 80.
    I know, because one of the many good habits I have picked up on my W30 journey is to keep track of my food and exercise, as well a few thoughts on how I'm feeling, on a daily basis.
    To be clear, I've not been compliant for 80 straight days, although the thought to try has crossed my mind a few times. I've reintroduced all the food groups that I avoided during my W30 period - with the exception of sugar, which I am really trying to do without. Some - dairy and legumes - have gone better than others - grains.
    To be even more clear, when I say reintroduced I don't mean on a daily - or even regular - basis. More days than not, I am completely, or nearly, compliant. This way of eating has become second nature and I've started to figure out how to handle the occasional craving, when to jump back on the wagon completely for a couple of days to keep my momentum going  - and perhaps most importantly for my sanity I'm starting to give myself permission to consciously ignore W30 for a good cause (like closing on the sale of our house last week, which we celebrated with a wonderful meal of pizza and champagne). 
    In a word, I've become mindful of what I am eating/drinking and why.
    My choices are conscious ones, and the vast majority of them have been good choices. It's empowering and the results have become a virtuous circle of weight loss, increased energy, better focus, terrific home-cooked meals, more sound sleep, better vital signs and a generally more relaxed demeanor.
    I'm down 30 pounds since mid-January. I'm working out 4-5 days a week, as opposed to 1-2 days a month. My blood pressure is lower than it's been in years and my resting heart rate is in the low 60s. 
    Beyond that, I look forward to tackling the day and seeing where this journey will take me next. I still have a ways to go to reach my weight goal, but for the first time in memory I see a path to get there. 
    I'm sure there will be more stumbles and obstacles in the days, weeks, months ahead.
    But that's OK, because I'm in charge of my life and this process. And that may be the biggest success of them all for me. 
    With appreciation to the W30 community and all those in my life who are providing support that has made all the difference.
    ML
     
     
     
     
     
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from [email protected] in The crazy things people say   
    My boss: "Why in earth are you eating Paleo?" While giving me "you have an eating disorder" eyes.
    This despite the fact I sit next to her, she knows I'm gluten intolerant, and she sees me eating my lunch nearly every single day and didn't realise it was paleo until I mentioned going to a paleo café...
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    GoJo09 reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Victorians, I just received my first Seven Creek paleo beef delivery! It looks so good!
     
    What comes in the paleo pack?
     Porterhouse steak (1kg)  Scotch fillet (500g)  Eye fillet (250g)   Rump steak (600g)  Round steak (800g)  Blade steak (750g)  Beef roast (2kg) - in 1 package  Premium mince (2.5kg) - in 5 packages  Sausages (2kg) - salt only - in 4 packages  Rissoles (500g - veggies and salt only - in 1 package  Diced beef  (500g) - in 1 package  Stir fry strips (500g) - in 1 package  Osso Bucco (650g) - in two packages  Marrow bones (1kg) - in 1 package  Soup bones (1kg) - in 1 package   It comes nicely cryovac wrapped in small packages (individual steaks!) and it's fresh not frozen (you can freeze it). You do need to be home for delivery, but it's huge, so you probably won't get them often   It's a big pack of meat, if you can't store it all, you'll need to split with someone, only comes in one size: 12.55 kilos (plus two kilos of bones).   Make sure you get the Paleo pack, the other one has non-paleo sausages and rissole ingredients like rice flour and HPV. http://sevencreeks.com.au/shop/clean-eating-grass-fed-angus-beef/
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    GoJo09 reacted to Derek` in The crazy things people say   
    The two that really get under my skin are:
     
    "You're following a fad diet." 
     
    or 
     
    "You're orthorexic"
     
    Apparently, those are your only two options when you're filling your plate (and your belly) with meat, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and nuts - you know, the kind of stuff that humans are suited to eat.
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    GoJo09 reacted to becausewhole30 in The crazy things people say   
    One more...
    Future husband: I just don't understand why you have to starve yourself.
    Me: I'm never starving. Without cravings I just eat when I get hungry and I feel awesome.
    Him: You know what I mean.
    Me: No dude, I don't.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from Chez in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Well, there you go - I was 100% sure that nitrates were out, and have been sadly returning products to the shelves that contain them for over a year!
     
    Chez, accidental sugar consumption doesn't generally call for a restart, and as long as you have the sugar cravings under control, I wouldn't panic about it. Maybe just stop using the coconut aminos now, and reintro sugar last.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from AussieMell in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Sorry but the nitrates make it non-compliant - told you it was hard!
    There are quite a few compliant coconut milk/cream brands, I just prefer the taste and texture of Ayam. I have it in coffee and curries, and that's basically it for me.
    Check out the Mae Ploy curry pastes - some are compliant.
    And yes, the panna cotta is dessert so it's out.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Yep, coconut oil can make your house stink, but it tastes good . Use it for frying, baking sweet potatoes (yum!), eating...
     
    Coconut aminos are a soy sauce replacement - I've never tried it because it's $12 a bottle and I don't use soy sauce very often normally anyway.
     
    Re: bones - "dog bones" are still bones! It all comes form the same animal . You could just cook a roast and then use the bone afterwards to make stock, if you don't want to buy them specifically.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Sourcing food in Australia   
     
    I had a coffee in Denmark, WA (ie. tiny town in the middle of nowhere!) with hazelnut milk and it was amazing. I'd never had hazelnut milk before, gave the coffee a great taste.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from AussieMell in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I use ayam premium coconut cream (dark green can). It's not the cheapest ($3.60) but it's got nothing except coconut and it tastes the best.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Sourcing food in Australia   
     
    I keep my coconut cream in a Moccona jar too - I have dozens of different sizes for all my baking ingredients because that's what they drink at work . I buy the large Ayam cans of coconut cream though - although maybe I'd be more frugal with it if i were using the small cans.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I get them from my local independent grocer - local woolies doesn't sick it but the one further away does. Same ring pull can, but 400g.
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Tamari almonds are a personal demon of mine! Thankfully they're out for a W30 anyway .
     
    Bacon - I've never seen a compliant one, but you can get panchetta if you want to pay that much.
     
    Kombucha is fine.
     
    Did you give up coffee because you didn't want to drink it black? Or for some other reason? Because I drink it with coconut cream every day. (Not saying you have to drink it, just wondering.)
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Tamari almonds are a personal demon of mine! Thankfully they're out for a W30 anyway .
     
    Bacon - I've never seen a compliant one, but you can get panchetta if you want to pay that much.
     
    Kombucha is fine.
     
    Did you give up coffee because you didn't want to drink it black? Or for some other reason? Because I drink it with coconut cream every day. (Not saying you have to drink it, just wondering.)
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from AussieMell in Sourcing food in Australia   
    I use ayam premium coconut cream (dark green can). It's not the cheapest ($3.60) but it's got nothing except coconut and it tastes the best.
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    GoJo09 reacted to Canberra_Girl in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Hi GoJo09, yes, those Tamari almonds are evil.
     
    I am going to ask our butcher what his has in it. It is free range ppork, and they smoke it themselves. Crossing my fingers he says it doesn't have sugar!
     
    I make my own kombucha, and drink small amounts every couple of days, more as tonic, than as an actual drink, if that makes sense!
     
    Coffee, yeah, I usually have it white, but it tends to flair up my skin issues!
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    GoJo09 got a reaction from sykolana in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Woolworths Select brand now has compliant liquid stock too - free range chicken, fish, beef and vegetable. It was $5.99 for 500ml.
     
    And the Macro brand Dijon Mustard is compliant (and way cheaper than Maille - although I haven't tasted it yet, might not be as good).