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  1. LadyM

    Corned Beef

    It's totally worth making your own corned beef, that way you can control the quality of the meat and the rest of the ingredients. However, it generally takes at least 2-weeks lead time. But the year I did it with a grass fed brisket, everyone proclaimed it the best corned beef they'd ever had--and there were no leftovers.
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    Let's talk (non-traditional) breakfasts

    Wonderful thread, y'all!
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    Natural Calm is a magnesium supplement that a lot of folks around here tend to use, jmcbn. More thoughts for vozelle: Others don't have great results with it. Personally, I take a magnesium supplement from Biotics Research and sometimes I have to take huge doses (like 15 capsules). Other times I need to back way off. I think it has to do with stress and all kinds of other things that change constantly. Epsom Salt baths work wonders for some people, too. Just keep experimenting.
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    I might try increasing the dose of digestive enzymes and take them with each meal, increase the natural calm and only take it before bed, and increase starchy veggie portion, especially with meal 3. In my experience, it does take time, persistence, and patience. I know it's worrying, but being stressed about it doesn't help matters.
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    You can order it online or find it at a health food store, most likely. There are other magnesium supplements as well. You might want to do some research. The majority of us--even those who eat Whole30 style long term--have a magnesium deficiency. I take a supplement every day. It also looks like you're not eating much, if any, greens. Have you considered adding some to your diet?
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    Have you tried a magnesium supplement beyond the milk of magnesia? Folks around here like Natural Calm (unflavored, only). You could also soak in epsom salts--or drink them or take castor oil if you're really alarmed and feel you need a BM immediately.
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    Affording Whole30 on a Budget

    I love hearing about everyone's experience with this. It has helped me tighten the reins on my food budget, something I wasn't sure could be done without too much sacrifice. But it can! I've been able to reduce spending from $100/week for myself to about half that by relying on whole chickens, eggs, ground meat, and canned fish for protein; limiting fruits; using frozen veggies and greens as well as local root veggies wintered over at the farmers market--and mostly eating coconut oil and homemade ghee for fat. I'm actually enjoying the challenge and simplification.
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    Alternatives to cauliflower rice

    Broccoli works! You could also make zoodles out of zucchini, sweet potato, beets, rutabaga, potato, winter squash, or use a mash of root veggies as a foundational base in lieu of "rice."
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    Are the risks worth it?

    I've done 3+ Whole 30s, most of which extended far beyond 30 days each, and can easily eat anything that I ate before without terrible immediate consequence. But I generally choose not to because I feel so much better eating Whole 30-style. I have been doing so for nearly two years. I have a very hard time believing that continuously feeding yourself the most nourishing possible foods for stretches of time is a bad thing.
  10. Not all hypothyroidism is considered an autoimmune condition. Mine, for example, is the result of head and neck radiation. AIP may not be necessary. I do find that I do so much better--with both energy and weight loss--when I eat plenty of starchy veggies. And there's some evidence that eating more starchy veg later in the day helps adrenal health which is connected to and affected by thyroid. You may also consider avoiding goitrogenic veggies (largely cruciferous), especially those that are raw and fermented. I've gone the route of functional medicine doctor in addition to my endocrinologist for treatment. I'm finally starting to feel better and see progress. Best of luck to you!
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    Affording Whole30 on a Budget

    I budget about $400 a month on food for myself, though I don't always spend quite that much. I do think that starting out requires investment in pantry staples that don't need to be replenished weekly or monthly, so it might not sting quite as much next month. I know there are some good threads and or blog posts on this subject. FWIW, I remind myself that eating this way is an investment in my health and will reduce medical costs and suffering down the road!
  12. I use a linen dish towel and a big ribbon. As for continuous brew, I generally bottle all but a cup or so of the fermented tea before adding fresh sweet tea to the original SCOBY batch. In the summer, it generally only takes about a week for the new batch to then be ready for second ferment. Though I've only ever used the taste test, no ph strips here. And FYI, I've enjoyed green and white tea best. Have fun!
  13. Looks like mold. I'd start over. I guess there's no harm in trying again with the same SCOBY, but if the next batch is moldy too, I'd throw her out.
  14. Well my resurrected fridge-hoteled SCOBY is working great. Also wanted to share that I finally tried adding a bit of strong hibiscus tea to the second ferment in addition to black cherry concentrate and/or pom, and it's resulted in a beautifully fizzy and dry booch. Really lovely! And I'd had trouble making my booch fizzy, which I greatly prefer.
  15. Update: my refrigerated SCOBY has come to life, made some good booch, and given birth to a brand new lovely SCOBY. I'm about to bottle and do a second ferment with pomegranate juice.