1Maryann

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    1Maryann reacted to amandajunefitz in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    Consider me converted! I hate cauliflower in most of its forms but took a chance on cauliflower rice last night. I was even more skeptical as I was preparing it because it reeked...but after adding a few spices, and under the great coconut red curry chicken I served it with, it was GREAT! So much like a grain -- I couldn't stop gushing to my husband about what a win it was. Especially since it was SO easy (I don't know how others do it -- I just did the first couple steps of making cauliflower 'tortillas' (which are also good but a hassle): pulse it in the food processor, microwave, squeeze out moisture with paper towels, microwave again and done!). 
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    1Maryann got a reaction from moggle in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Periodically I just have to declare a moratorium on meat purchases until I use up some of what I already have. There is no sane reason why a single person has to have 2 whole pork loins (cut into roasts and chops) on hand. I only stash boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they take up less space than bone-in chicken. It's a sickness! help!
    Kirsteen, I laughed out loud. How true!
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    1Maryann reacted to Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
     
    Gosh I would probably use lard for just that reason. Or bacon fat. Omnomnom! 
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    1Maryann reacted to ErinK in The crazy things people say   
    Coworker in the pantry today as I'm mixing up my massive turkey salad with carrots, jicama, cabbage, pepper, and cashews: One of these days I'm going to find you in here with a giant bowl of ice cream
     
    Yeah no you're not actually..
     
    Same coworker at a bridal shower as she stuffs her face with canoli filled cake: ohh you're having pineapple that must be a real treat for you!
     
    The irony is that later they were discussing another coworker who is donating a kidney. She asked said coworker if she'd lose weight then laughed and said if so, sign her up. 
     
    Soooo you'd rather donate an organ than put down the canoli and eat healthy? Wow. And I'm the "crazy" one
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Just had this conversation:
     
    Her:  You really shouldn't eat so many eggs.  Or if you do, just have the whites.
     
    Me:  Why?  All the nutrition is in the yolk.  That's the part that nourishes the embryo.  The white is basically amniotic fluid.
     
    Her:  Ew!  That's gross!
     
    Me:   Exactly.
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    1Maryann reacted to Sharon Simpson Thumann in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Hey Jahx! I am in Naples woot woot hey neighbor! I totally agree with you though on all of it, at first I obsessed about buying the best of the best and it made the Whole30 miserable. I buy most of my good from Costco and a little from Publix. I do the best I can and I really looked deep into our budget and there is just not room, at least not right now.. We are saving to buy a new car and I want to either have a huge down payment or enough to buy it outright. No car= no work=no money for food. Priorities!
     
    So please, new people, don't feel bullied or pressured by others to always buy the absolute best, buy what you can afford and keep an eye out for sales.
     
    Some people here can afford the best of the best, but some of us can not, I figure I am doing good just getting off the processed merry go round, so please be careful with your words because it can be a turn off and drive some people away, it almost drove me away..
     

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    1Maryann reacted to Jahx in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Honestly, in my experience and as always your mileage may vary, the key to keeping the grocery bill down is simply this.
     
    Stop obsessing over the word "Organic".  By and large, if you are embarking on a Whole 30, your eating habits previously were fairly awful.  You have already been been exposing yourself to the worst foods/chemicals you could.  Frozen vegetables are fine.  Beef that isn't labeled "Grass Fed", or "Pastured" also won't cause your heart to spontaneously stop.  
     
    Embrace that simple concept, and the Whole 30 is actually *significantly* less expensive than the current diets of those for whom it does the most good.  
     
    Is grass fed, pastured, "certified" meat and produce healthier than the standard found at your local supermarket?  Sure.  I won't argue that point.  Is it something you should stress over with your Whole 30?  No.  The Whole 30 is a large enough change in ones habits that adding an additional stress is unnecessary.  I had a friend whom I introduced to the Whole 30 actually give up half way through because she couldn't find the meat and produce locally, and was having to drive an hour and a half to do her grocery shopping.  I tried to explain/convince her that it wasn't necessary, and she kept referring me back to these boards, and how she *needed* these things to make the whole 30 work.  We are talking about a single mom, who works two jobs.  Adding 3 hours of drive time to her week... it was just too much.  Maybe she wasn't committed enough.  Maybe if she saw more people advocating plain old supermarket beef/chicken/eggs and frozen vegetables, she would have just stopped by Wal-Mart where she normally shops, and she could have completed the Whole 30, and made those healthy changes.  
     
    I love the Whole 30, it changed my life (Sadly it wasn't permanent, I fell back into old habits and am starting another whole 30 sept 1st), and these boards are an absolute wealth of information, and the people here are just wonderfully supportive.  That being said, I think sometimes we focus a little too narrowly on the minutiae, and forget about the overall benefits and goals the Whole 30 is helping us to achieve.
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Just had this conversation:
     
    Her:  You really shouldn't eat so many eggs.  Or if you do, just have the whites.
     
    Me:  Why?  All the nutrition is in the yolk.  That's the part that nourishes the embryo.  The white is basically amniotic fluid.
     
    Her:  Ew!  That's gross!
     
    Me:   Exactly.
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Just had this conversation:
     
    Her:  You really shouldn't eat so many eggs.  Or if you do, just have the whites.
     
    Me:  Why?  All the nutrition is in the yolk.  That's the part that nourishes the embryo.  The white is basically amniotic fluid.
     
    Her:  Ew!  That's gross!
     
    Me:   Exactly.
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    1Maryann reacted to ThisGuy212 in The crazy things people say   
    "You only live once!!" --- Everybody
    True, but that one life might last twice as long if you put some different foods in your pie-hole!
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    1Maryann reacted to Susan W in Summertime = corn on the cob?!   
    When I realised corn was used to fatten animals, it lost its taste. It fattens us as well.
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    1Maryann got a reaction from moggle in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Periodically I just have to declare a moratorium on meat purchases until I use up some of what I already have. There is no sane reason why a single person has to have 2 whole pork loins (cut into roasts and chops) on hand. I only stash boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they take up less space than bone-in chicken. It's a sickness! help!
    Kirsteen, I laughed out loud. How true!
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    1Maryann reacted to Bridget in The crazy things people say   
    My almost 16 year old daughter is along for this Whole 30 with me. She has been an amazing help prepping food,whipping meals together,etc.
    She was in her bedroom and was about to light a really nice smelling Yankee Candle that she got for herself last month when we visited the outlet store. I walked by her room and saw her standing there, confused. She said " I just for a second thought I could not light this because it wasn't paleo".
    It was a vanilla cupcake scented candle...
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    1Maryann reacted to PamH in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Over $200/week for a family of 5 here in Wisconsin. My biggest piece of advice is to create a menu for the week and stick to it when you shop! If you are like the rest of the US, you waste a ton of food through impulse shopping or wishful thinking ("I'll make that for sure!"). Second piece is to buy local and seasonal.
    Organic food here is significantly more expensive than conventional. I do pay attention to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen and sometimes buy non-organic in the foods less pesticide ridden. Probably sticking to seasonal fruits and vegetables is a good budget reducer. Buy bulk when the berries are cheap and freeze them? I do that with blueberries and strawberries. They generally aren't good for more than cooking with or adding to things like yogurt or oatmeal but it works.
    Grass fed beef is insanely expensive here! It is what I use so I just suck it up and pay the price. Honestly, the health benefits so outweigh the price when it comes to the corn fed-grass fed decision so I just stick with grass fed. The meat I have access to here is both grass fed and organic (but not certified mostly due to cost). If the farmer is good enough to go grass free they are generally mindful of following organic guidelines as much as possible. I'm to the point that I'll forgo buying the meat if I can't buy grass fed.
    I'll stop here and admit I am blessed with a husband's good income so this is easy for me to do. I know that isn't the same for everyone.
    I buy a lot of cabbage, carrots, zucchini and make stir-fry. Mixed with ground beef it really goes a long way. There is a Pakistani Kima recipe floating around on the web (Paleo) that is so, so good! Cauliflower 'rice' when it is in season really stretches a meal. Bulk nuts instead of bagged. Same with rice when I eat it (if I go back to eating it).
    I buy things like ghee and coconut oil on line and in bulk to save $$. I cook everything and rarely buy prepared foods anymore. We don't eat out much at all but that is by choice and not to save $$. I bake all of my sweets for the kids. Tropical Traditions and Green Pastures are my go-to places. Find any friends who are willing to split the cost of a case and do it! CSAs are great if you are adventurous and willing to live with perhaps eating only beets or kohlrabi for a week at a time.
    Food is just expensive! I'm always amazed at the total on the register vs the number of bags I carry out. I just got a job at our food co-op which will apparently give me a 15% discount! That makes up for the near minimum wage pay check for us. Now, after over a decade, my unsolicited advice on healthy eating will actually earn me some cash!
    Good luck to you.
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    1Maryann got a reaction from moggle in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Periodically I just have to declare a moratorium on meat purchases until I use up some of what I already have. There is no sane reason why a single person has to have 2 whole pork loins (cut into roasts and chops) on hand. I only stash boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they take up less space than bone-in chicken. It's a sickness! help!
    Kirsteen, I laughed out loud. How true!
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    1Maryann reacted to Kirsteen in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    I have a very small fridge freezer provided by the landlord so I can't change it. I bought a table top freezer which, don't laugh, lives in my bedroom. In it, I keep meats that I've cooked and frozen in individual portions. The trouble is, its so crammed full that my new menu planning is open the freezer and whatever falls out first is the meal
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    1Maryann reacted to Snicci in The crazy things people say   
    Can anyone explain to me why my co-workers think I don't eat real food? I don't bring these comments on. They come to me. Today I was digging around in my drawer of food in the fridge and one of my bosses came by and said "Is that whole drawer full of your food?".
    Me: "yes it is".
    Him: "what have you got in there?"
    Me: Ground Beef & Cabbage, homemade mayo, an avocado, homemade soup, some vegetable salad...."
    Him: "don't you have anything EDIBLE in there??!"
    sigh...
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    1Maryann reacted to scrapstitching in Approved Sweeteners   
    ISWF addresses the diet soda thing. We're so addicted to sweeteners that even the fake ones cause the "must have more!" response. Okay, that was sorely paraphrased, but that's what I read. I suspect that I'll have an occasional soda, but on a regular basis, if I want bubbles, it'll be Perrier. Re-introduction scares the bejesus out of me, but I think over these next 29 days, I'll have a better feel for it.
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Friend: You still on that crazy diet kick?
    Me: Nothing crazy about it.
    Friend: So when are you gonna start eating real food again?
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Friend: You still on that crazy diet kick?
    Me: Nothing crazy about it.
    Friend: So when are you gonna start eating real food again?
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    1Maryann reacted to Ari. in The crazy things people say   
    "You HAVE to treat yourself, you deserve it"
    Are you telling me I should put something into my body that is going to wreak havoc and I deserve the imminent sickness that will follow? Thank you...?
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    1Maryann got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in The crazy things people say   
    Friend: You still on that crazy diet kick?
    Me: Nothing crazy about it.
    Friend: So when are you gonna start eating real food again?
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    1Maryann reacted to notacommittee in The crazy things people say   
    I had to make an emergency pit stop at a different grocery store and the only non-CAFO meat I could find was grass-fed beef in 1lb pre-wrapped packages. Obviously with huge health claims and stuff all over them.
    Me: walks up to the checkout counter with my beef and other stuff.
    Bagger: *picks up beef package* So what do normal cows eat?
    ...I can't believe factory farming is now "normal" and FEEDING A COW GRASS is something weird and remarkable.
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    1Maryann reacted to annabel in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    We probably spend £100-£150 on restaurants/the pub. That's about the same as our typical food budget for the month, which means that I can double my food shopping budget on a Whole30.
    Growing your own salad greens and spinach is great advice. They grow really well in containers and don't take much effort on your part.
    And Starbucks is the biggest money sinkhole ever... I saved for my first round the world trip by cutting out coffee houses and packing my own lunch every day.
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    1Maryann reacted to dukunbayi in The crazy things people say   
    No, believe me, you are not the only one.