TXN11

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    TXN11 got a reaction from SpinSpin in The crazy things people say   
    Yesterday...
    Friend: So you're on a diet now?
    Me: It's not a diet, just eliminating processed foods and eating meat and veggies.
    Friend: Cool....... what do you call this diet again?
    Me: Whole 30, but it's not a diet.
    Friend: Yeah, it's a diet
    Me: Not a diet
    Friend: It's a diet
    Me: It's not
    Friend: Ok, let's call it a "non-diet" diet.
    Me:
    And today:
    I'm eating leftover meatballs and curry for breakfast, er, I mean, Meal 1.
    Co-worker looks at my meal with a puzzled look on his face. "What's that?"
    Me: Meatballs with curry
    Co-worker: For breakfast?
    Me: Yeah. (as if it's the most normal thing)
    Co-worker: (still looking puzzled) Interesting...
    Me: It's great!
    Co-worker: *nods* Cool
    He's a cool guy.
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    TXN11 got a reaction from praxisproject in The non-paleo spouse   
    Ha, am I the only dude who is more into W30 than his spouse (and I haven't even started)?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from yuhabggtd in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    So I experimented with pan frying banana slices and plaintain slices in ghee. The banana tends to melt and become mushy and very sweet, while the plantains brown up and become crunchy on the outside and soft/starchy on the inside - not as sweet.
    I love both, but both have completely different tastes and textures after frying.
    I only fried both with ghee and did not add anything else. If you add other things to enhance the flavor, what do you add?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from Nadia B in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    Yeah, I don't really have a sugar dragon so as much I have a cheese/nacho dragon (I might add, my college fraternity nicknamed me "Nacho Man" to give you an idea on how big that dragon is). So an extra helping of fruit beyond the typical W30 template doesn't give me craving issues. For other people, it can the the other way around.
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    TXN11 got a reaction from Terresa in About to reintroduce cheese   
    I'm that person, yes, but I'm going to hold off on the beer until after I reintroduce the foods I want to try again. As tempting it is, I don't want to dive into beer and nachoes immediately, otherwise I won't learn much from this experience.
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    TXN11 got a reaction from kmays in Any of you use a heart rate monitor while running/biking?   
    We are going through the exact same thing! I have 2 theories about this. Of course I could be wrong...
    1. When adapting our bodies to fat-burning, we are in short supply of carbs / glycogen. However, instead of favoring carb-burning and "bonking" (hitting the wall) when we run out of glycogen in intense efforts, our bodies are actually favoring fat-burning even in intense efforts. But to sustain the intensity, our hearts has to work a little harder than usual to supply the oxygen to our hard working muscles when going over our lactate threshold.
    Something about the Whole 30 makes our perceived effort lower for higher heart rates, and it could be that by eating a cleaner diet, we increased our true lactate threshold heart rate. Previously, I could not sustain an effort at a HR of 180 for more than 10 minutes. Now I did it for 25-30 minutes, no problem, and I wasn't feeling like I wanted to die. Maybe my new lactate threshold is at 185 or 188 or so.
    2. Something else may be at work here, like the thyroid. I am wondering if certain foods are the same foods that promote leptin resistance and higher Reverse T3 levels that block active thyroid hormone (which controls your metabolism). By cleaning up our diet, we might reduce leptin resistance, reduce RT3 levels, and increase the activity of thyroid hormone, and thus increase our metabolism (tiger blood?). When this happens, your heart beats faster, particularly during exercise. So, for the same perceived effort, your heart is beating faster due to higher metabolism.
    I admit that I am reaching a little in both theories. Which makes more sense to you?
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    TXN11 reacted to Fenderbender in Any of you use a heart rate monitor while running/biking?   
    Your body needs time to adjust from a highly refined carb based diet to a veg based carb,fat/protein based diet..... But ........ Your body doesn't " switch" Our bodies are just very efficient at using what is available to convert to ATP.
    Using a HR monitor is perfect for helping your body do this in the most productive way....
    1 .... Pure anaerobic explosive bursts like sprints, dead lifts,100% effort, etc use ATP and creatine store in your muscles and is good for about 10 sec max
    2 .... Above aneorobic threshold, ~85% effort uses muscle glycogen and lactate and will last you for about a 15 min effort
    3...... Just below your threshold... 75-80%. You are now in the oxygen utilizing aerobic zone using blood glucose... Will give you a sustained effort of about 90 min
    4 ..... Go just below 70-75%. And you are now in your stored fat utilizing zone and with training you have an almost limitless supply
    If you train in your true aerobic zone you will begin to produce massive amounts of cell mitochondria whose purpose is to convert intracellular lipids into ATP. Your perceived effort will drop your heart rate will drop and you will " go faster"
    In summary : Most who start a " Paleo " type diet will feel an initial drop in perceived energy because you no longer have massive stores of glucose floating around... ( eat your sweet potatoes!!!! ). While exercising on a " lower carb diet" and you bump up against your lactate threshold, your heart will start to work much harder as you are trying to convert lactate to ATP. So slow down a bit, follow the meal templates, add starchy veg as needed and give your body time to make cell mitochondria and burn tons of body fat.... ( a lot of top level runners,cyclists, endurance athletes... train this way)
    Oh yeah.... Good time to think about adding pure anaerobic exercise to your workouts
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    TXN11 got a reaction from PamH in About to reintroduce cheese   
    I feel fine so far. No change in how I feel after eating dairy. Nice
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    TXN11 got a reaction from PamH in About to reintroduce cheese   
    I feel fine so far. No change in how I feel after eating dairy. Nice
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    TXN11 got a reaction from Terresa in About to reintroduce cheese   
    I'm that person, yes, but I'm going to hold off on the beer until after I reintroduce the foods I want to try again. As tempting it is, I don't want to dive into beer and nachoes immediately, otherwise I won't learn much from this experience.
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    TXN11 reacted to Tom Denham in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    I often dust fried plantains with salt and Chipotle chili powder, but cinnamon sounds good too.
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    TXN11 got a reaction from Terresa in About to reintroduce cheese   
    I'm that person, yes, but I'm going to hold off on the beer until after I reintroduce the foods I want to try again. As tempting it is, I don't want to dive into beer and nachoes immediately, otherwise I won't learn much from this experience.
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    TXN11 got a reaction from Nadia B in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    Yeah, I don't really have a sugar dragon so as much I have a cheese/nacho dragon (I might add, my college fraternity nicknamed me "Nacho Man" to give you an idea on how big that dragon is). So an extra helping of fruit beyond the typical W30 template doesn't give me craving issues. For other people, it can the the other way around.
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    TXN11 reacted to Nadia B in Observation about bananas vs plaintains   
    Double fried plantains with garlic and salt. Now whip some guacomole. Crack. Immediate addiction. Working out motivator too haha
    You can mash them with bacon (if you have access to a compliant one) and garlic.
    Cinnamon is awesome too. But wait a minute, why would you fry bananas if you are on Whole30 What kind of template is that
    There are several threads regarding cooking them here on forum.
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/7583-cooking-plantains/page__p__75289__hl__plantain__fromsearch__1#entry75289
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/6408-plantains-a-banana-by-any-other-name/page__p__72206__hl__plantain__fromsearch__1#entry72206
    http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/4204-thoughts-on-bananas/page__p__89284__hl__plantain__fromsearch__1#entry89284
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    TXN11 reacted to AuntB in The crazy things people say   
    I'm on day 10 of Whole30. Yesterday our work hosted a cookout for us.
    I ordered a flat iron steak with No seasonings, and green beans. They offered baked potatoes, mushroom glop (ew) and cookies, and ice cream and all kinds of sodas as well. I only had the steak and green beans. My boss was grilling me on why I wasn't having a "treat". I told them what I was doing. She said "WHY would you limit yourself so much when you're already so limited (I have celiac)"
    I just didn't respond. I'm NOT limited. There are endless lists of things I can eat. It's so infuritating that if you don't indulge in the crap that everyone else is eating that you get harrassed. I'm not going to sit around and feet bloated and fat all day just to justify your own LACK of will power. No thanks!
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    TXN11 got a reaction from shelley417 in Help with sleeping through the night   
    Interesting article about waking up in the middle of the night... and apparently the liver, adrenals, and sugar (glycogen) all play a role. 3 am is when the liver regenerates using glycogen, and if you don't have enough glycogen (due to stress), your adrenals will release adrenaline to compensate for that. And we all know what adrenaline does.
    http://www.rejuvinstitute.com/why-do-i-always-wake-up-at-3am#.UZpIpLU3tvA
    Problem with the suggested fix? Orange juice isn't W30 compliant... so maybe eat an orange or banana instead, along with a glass of water with sea salt mixed in?
    Might not be very helpful to those who have sugar dragons to slay. Thoughts?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from shelley417 in Help with sleeping through the night   
    Interesting article about waking up in the middle of the night... and apparently the liver, adrenals, and sugar (glycogen) all play a role. 3 am is when the liver regenerates using glycogen, and if you don't have enough glycogen (due to stress), your adrenals will release adrenaline to compensate for that. And we all know what adrenaline does.
    http://www.rejuvinstitute.com/why-do-i-always-wake-up-at-3am#.UZpIpLU3tvA
    Problem with the suggested fix? Orange juice isn't W30 compliant... so maybe eat an orange or banana instead, along with a glass of water with sea salt mixed in?
    Might not be very helpful to those who have sugar dragons to slay. Thoughts?
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    TXN11 got a reaction from SpinSpin in The crazy things people say   
    Yesterday...
    Friend: So you're on a diet now?
    Me: It's not a diet, just eliminating processed foods and eating meat and veggies.
    Friend: Cool....... what do you call this diet again?
    Me: Whole 30, but it's not a diet.
    Friend: Yeah, it's a diet
    Me: Not a diet
    Friend: It's a diet
    Me: It's not
    Friend: Ok, let's call it a "non-diet" diet.
    Me:
    And today:
    I'm eating leftover meatballs and curry for breakfast, er, I mean, Meal 1.
    Co-worker looks at my meal with a puzzled look on his face. "What's that?"
    Me: Meatballs with curry
    Co-worker: For breakfast?
    Me: Yeah. (as if it's the most normal thing)
    Co-worker: (still looking puzzled) Interesting...
    Me: It's great!
    Co-worker: *nods* Cool
    He's a cool guy.
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    TXN11 reacted to Jeff VM in Rough day   
    I whole-heartedly agree with Susan on patronizing a restaurant who will dry grill your protien of choice.
    This is my first post...but felt I had to reply and spread some hope. I started my W30 May 1st, and have eaten at a restaurant once since. Mentioning Top Golf, Case Ole, and your handle (TXN11) may I geuss that youre in the DFW area? If you are, or in almost any city in Texas, give Saltgrass Steakhouse a shot.
    There were 3 of us that started our W30 all on May 1st and we went into Saltgrass on day 5 still learning the ropes. We were especially vigilant making sure we didn't run off the rails. Our waiter was nothing but curteous, friendly, and extremely patient with our barrage of detailed questions on what additives were in the food as well as preparation methods. He even complimented us on chosing to eat healthy. I assure you that it was the most succulent delicious steak I've had a in a while. While its no Ruth's Chris, after several days of grilled chicken salads and sauteed greens, I couldn't believe a better steak was ever grilled. My order included the Maudeen's filet cooked medium rare plus, with a good slathering of thier house spice mix (no banned ingredients, they even give you the shaker for the table), large baked sweet potato with salt/pepper, large portion of steamed veg inlcuding broccoli, cauliflour, carrots and squash. I also had a salad wth a splash of vinegar and their house seasoning on it (omit crutons and cheese)!
    Of course, everyone skipped desert and we asked them to take that delicious bread away after the other non W30 diners had a few bites! That bread is one of my weaknesses, but we W30 devotees dutifully abstained.
    I hope you find continued success and keep up the positive outlook on any comprimises that come your way!
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    TXN11 reacted to Deborah Baldauf in Slightly frustrated that everything seems to have non Whole30 ingredients   
    Hey everyone. I'm on day two, and I'm feeling pretty good, but I'm a little concerned. I went to Starbucks with my husband this afternoon ... and bought what I thought was a good choice: a grilled chicken salad with roasted tomatoes. I did not have any of the dressing. I thought "perfect." Halfway through the (small) salad, I look at the ingredient list. Holy criminey!! Apparently, the chicken was grilled with potato starch! I stopped reading there because I figured that the tomatoes had sugar on them. My question is this: have I totally screwed everything up? And do I need to start over? Or should I just chalk it up to a MAJOR learning experience (read every label and do not trust anything you haven't made yourself) and keep plugging away? Thoughts?