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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from theheywhohaa in Is there a wrong time to do this?   
    Cinemagirl, my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I am coming from a somewhat similar situation.  I have done 2 successful Whole30s.  I was on my third when my husband was diagnosed with metastic rectal cancer that had spread to both lungs.  Currently he's fighting the good fight.  I'm his only caregiver while working full time and caring for our 11yo son, who has autism.  Stress is my middle name.  I have continued doing my W30, the weekly cook ups are a life saver for me right now.  I am looking at it as this is something that is in my control when it feels like everything else is spinning out of control.  Treatment days are a challenge as we have to go to Boston and it's an all day event.  I pack a cooler in my "cancer bag" (which is a huge LL Bean tote that I carry everything in).  I keep food that day simple.  I try to eat before leaving for the hospital and try to have dinner ready to go when I get home, though there have been times where I don't eat and just go to bed.   
     
    My advice, don't beat yourself up.  Do the best you can in the situation you are in.  Keep eating foods that promote health, make you feel optimal.  You need your strength to be a caregiver.  And the better you eat, the better you will feel.
     
    {{{Hugs}}}
     
    Michelle
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from theheywhohaa in Is there a wrong time to do this?   
    Cinemagirl, my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I am coming from a somewhat similar situation.  I have done 2 successful Whole30s.  I was on my third when my husband was diagnosed with metastic rectal cancer that had spread to both lungs.  Currently he's fighting the good fight.  I'm his only caregiver while working full time and caring for our 11yo son, who has autism.  Stress is my middle name.  I have continued doing my W30, the weekly cook ups are a life saver for me right now.  I am looking at it as this is something that is in my control when it feels like everything else is spinning out of control.  Treatment days are a challenge as we have to go to Boston and it's an all day event.  I pack a cooler in my "cancer bag" (which is a huge LL Bean tote that I carry everything in).  I keep food that day simple.  I try to eat before leaving for the hospital and try to have dinner ready to go when I get home, though there have been times where I don't eat and just go to bed.   
     
    My advice, don't beat yourself up.  Do the best you can in the situation you are in.  Keep eating foods that promote health, make you feel optimal.  You need your strength to be a caregiver.  And the better you eat, the better you will feel.
     
    {{{Hugs}}}
     
    Michelle
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in I hate cooking, I want to go out to eat with my family, I want a glass of wine   
     
    My husband absolutely REFUSED to eat his baked chicken thighs without breadcrumbs!  So I made his then I made mine.  For mine, I brined the thighs using the brine in Well Fed, brushed them with olive oil and seasoned them.  Guess which chicken he ate.....mine!  Said he'd prefer it this way going forward.  I brine all my chicken using the recipe now.  Makes it super moist.  It's awesome for chicken breasts, you can't dry them out when cooking! 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in I hate cooking, I want to go out to eat with my family, I want a glass of wine   
     
    My husband absolutely REFUSED to eat his baked chicken thighs without breadcrumbs!  So I made his then I made mine.  For mine, I brined the thighs using the brine in Well Fed, brushed them with olive oil and seasoned them.  Guess which chicken he ate.....mine!  Said he'd prefer it this way going forward.  I brine all my chicken using the recipe now.  Makes it super moist.  It's awesome for chicken breasts, you can't dry them out when cooking! 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in I hate cooking, I want to go out to eat with my family, I want a glass of wine   
     
    My husband absolutely REFUSED to eat his baked chicken thighs without breadcrumbs!  So I made his then I made mine.  For mine, I brined the thighs using the brine in Well Fed, brushed them with olive oil and seasoned them.  Guess which chicken he ate.....mine!  Said he'd prefer it this way going forward.  I brine all my chicken using the recipe now.  Makes it super moist.  It's awesome for chicken breasts, you can't dry them out when cooking! 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from praxisproject in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    I'm with you. I was skeptical because I've heard time and time again that cauliflower mashed is "just like mashed potatoes, you'd never know the difference".  Uh, no it is not and I did know the difference.  But I love the cauli-rice. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in Working long hours, have a family, need quick and easy meal ideas   
    I second buying Well Fed and Well Fed 2.  The biggest time saver I took from those books is do the weekly cook-up.  I will also double recipes so I can freeze them.  The chocolate chili is a favorite that I will double and freeze.  That way if I'm running low towards the end of the week on food, I can grab a chili out of the freezer.  I love chopped spinach in mine and topped with tomatoes, there's your veggies.  I'll cook up a fritatta with lots of veggies.  That's easy to grab and go and can be eaten cold.  Weekly, I make a sweet potato hash that has onions and peppers, when I chop the sweet potatoes, I keep some in a container and if I'm going to have a steak/chicken, I'll roast them in the oven as a side dish.  The hash goes long way for a quick side with eggs during the week for breakfast or dinner.  I've even thrown the chili on fried eggs....YUMMY!  I make up some tuna with homemade mayo....which is my "go-to" on Fridays during lent.  I just had spaghetti squash for the first time last night.....we're going to be great friends.  I had it last night and will have the left overs tonight with pan seared scallops.  Another favorite is cauliflower rice.  I love making stuffed peppers with it, again, I'll double the recipe and freeze them.  I want to make a mock-pork fried rice using cauliflower rice, I just haven't gotten around to it. 
     
    I did my first W30 last May while working 80 hours a week while caring for my husband who was battling cancer.  I live by:  Fail to plan and plan to fail.  Planning saved my sanity.   
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from praxisproject in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    I'm with you. I was skeptical because I've heard time and time again that cauliflower mashed is "just like mashed potatoes, you'd never know the difference".  Uh, no it is not and I did know the difference.  But I love the cauli-rice. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from praxisproject in Cauliflower rice skeptic...   
    I'm with you. I was skeptical because I've heard time and time again that cauliflower mashed is "just like mashed potatoes, you'd never know the difference".  Uh, no it is not and I did know the difference.  But I love the cauli-rice. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in Working long hours, have a family, need quick and easy meal ideas   
    I second buying Well Fed and Well Fed 2.  The biggest time saver I took from those books is do the weekly cook-up.  I will also double recipes so I can freeze them.  The chocolate chili is a favorite that I will double and freeze.  That way if I'm running low towards the end of the week on food, I can grab a chili out of the freezer.  I love chopped spinach in mine and topped with tomatoes, there's your veggies.  I'll cook up a fritatta with lots of veggies.  That's easy to grab and go and can be eaten cold.  Weekly, I make a sweet potato hash that has onions and peppers, when I chop the sweet potatoes, I keep some in a container and if I'm going to have a steak/chicken, I'll roast them in the oven as a side dish.  The hash goes long way for a quick side with eggs during the week for breakfast or dinner.  I've even thrown the chili on fried eggs....YUMMY!  I make up some tuna with homemade mayo....which is my "go-to" on Fridays during lent.  I just had spaghetti squash for the first time last night.....we're going to be great friends.  I had it last night and will have the left overs tonight with pan seared scallops.  Another favorite is cauliflower rice.  I love making stuffed peppers with it, again, I'll double the recipe and freeze them.  I want to make a mock-pork fried rice using cauliflower rice, I just haven't gotten around to it. 
     
    I did my first W30 last May while working 80 hours a week while caring for my husband who was battling cancer.  I live by:  Fail to plan and plan to fail.  Planning saved my sanity.   
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Physibeth in Working long hours, have a family, need quick and easy meal ideas   
    I second buying Well Fed and Well Fed 2.  The biggest time saver I took from those books is do the weekly cook-up.  I will also double recipes so I can freeze them.  The chocolate chili is a favorite that I will double and freeze.  That way if I'm running low towards the end of the week on food, I can grab a chili out of the freezer.  I love chopped spinach in mine and topped with tomatoes, there's your veggies.  I'll cook up a fritatta with lots of veggies.  That's easy to grab and go and can be eaten cold.  Weekly, I make a sweet potato hash that has onions and peppers, when I chop the sweet potatoes, I keep some in a container and if I'm going to have a steak/chicken, I'll roast them in the oven as a side dish.  The hash goes long way for a quick side with eggs during the week for breakfast or dinner.  I've even thrown the chili on fried eggs....YUMMY!  I make up some tuna with homemade mayo....which is my "go-to" on Fridays during lent.  I just had spaghetti squash for the first time last night.....we're going to be great friends.  I had it last night and will have the left overs tonight with pan seared scallops.  Another favorite is cauliflower rice.  I love making stuffed peppers with it, again, I'll double the recipe and freeze them.  I want to make a mock-pork fried rice using cauliflower rice, I just haven't gotten around to it. 
     
    I did my first W30 last May while working 80 hours a week while caring for my husband who was battling cancer.  I live by:  Fail to plan and plan to fail.  Planning saved my sanity.   
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    SweetieBsMom reacted to AmyS in so disappointed   
    Whole30 can give amazing results, and it can also give information that we might or might not welcome.  For instance, I discovered that after eating Whole30 for almost a year, that I was able to give up my anxiety medication (note that it took nearly a year, not 30 days).  At the same time, I discovered that there was simply nothing I could do nutritionally to give myself more energy.  So I went to a naturopathic physician, got properly tested, and discovered my adrenal system was WAAAAAAAYYY out of whack and it was a wonder I was awake at all, ever, except for 3:00 a.m.  Eek!  Several months of appropriate supplementation later, I am awake and (compared to before) energetic during the daytime.
     
    I mention this because I think that sometimes our toughest issues are the ones we want the quickest results on.  And what Whole30 may do for us instead is to tell us that our toughest issues are our toughest issues because they are our toughest issues.  Excellent nutrition can certainly help us, but it also gives us a very clear idea of where we need more help than what good eating can give us.
     
    I'm always going to have issues with my blood pressure.  I wish it were not so, but it is.  Some people will have issues with difficulty losing weight.  They may wish it were not so, but it is.  I can't fix my adrenal system (at least not at my age, and after decades of abuse of it) just with nutrition.  So Whole30 gave me useful information, but some of that information was "go to a really good doctor who takes you seriously, get properly tested, and get the right treatment."
     
    I wish all those on this thread who are struggling a doctor like mine.  I am so glad I found her.  And glad I found Whole30 too.  All the best to all of us on the long long journey to our best possible health. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Vacuum sealer   
    I have a FoodSaver (it stands upright on my counter - as all the advice I've received says keep it on our counter or you won't use it).  I bought it at BJs (which is like a Costco).  I love it.  I use it primarily to freeze meat after Costco runs.  I do feel like it's worth the cost. 
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    SweetieBsMom 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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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in Family not on board   
     
    I feel for you.  When I did my first W30 my family was not on board, they're still not.  DH is ADAMANT he will not give up food he enjoys.  I finally had to tell him:  Listen, I'm sorry but I'm not a short order cook and I work full time too.  I am cooking compliant yummy food, there will be enough for you.  If you don't want to eat it, then you're on your own and you can cook what you like.  I had a successful first W30.  Gearing up for another one.  I will tell you, that I did make sure there were things for him to cook himself.  He wasn't happy but I'm sorry, this is my health. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in Family not on board   
     
    I feel for you.  When I did my first W30 my family was not on board, they're still not.  DH is ADAMANT he will not give up food he enjoys.  I finally had to tell him:  Listen, I'm sorry but I'm not a short order cook and I work full time too.  I am cooking compliant yummy food, there will be enough for you.  If you don't want to eat it, then you're on your own and you can cook what you like.  I had a successful first W30.  Gearing up for another one.  I will tell you, that I did make sure there were things for him to cook himself.  He wasn't happy but I'm sorry, this is my health. 
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from redjasmin in A paleo dietician comments on smoothies   
     
    I just sent the link to my co-workers who were bashing me yesterday for eating bacon while they sipped their smoothies
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from redjasmin in A paleo dietician comments on smoothies   
     
    I just sent the link to my co-workers who were bashing me yesterday for eating bacon while they sipped their smoothies
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    SweetieBsMom got a reaction from JJB in If I want to lose weight, can I have plantains & yams?   
    I finished my first W30 on June 1st.  I had sweet potato hash every day for breakfast (with all compliant ingredients).  There were some days I also had sweet potatoes at dinner.  I lost 19.1lbs and 20 inches.  I did not work out once (I wanted to get my diet/sleep dialed in before adding exercise) during my W30. 
     
    As everyone said, if you are doing a W30, ISWF is the bible.