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About Erin

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  • Birthday 02/26/1977

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    Austin, TX
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    cooking, lifting weights, reading, watching movies in the theater, leadership development, entrepreneurship, health, growing as a child of God, watching my son grow...

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  1. Sulfites

    Yep, here's the one I use.
  2. Chicken Marbella (unbelievable!)

    I use this one You might find a lot of balsamic vinegars with "naturally occurring sulfites" because of the grapes. I found this brand at a health food store. It's a super easy dish to make. Please let me know how you like it! Erin
  3. Chicken Marbella (unbelievable!)

    I'm thrilled you made it and enjoyed it!! Can you even believe it? I know, I licked my plate too.
  4. I've set my sails!

    Way to go! So happy for you.
  5. Okay, so I'm on page 205 of ISWF and I'm not totally clear on hypoglycemia. I was diagnosed with it (now, they didn't call it reactive) in 1996 and was told to eat a diet low in carbohydrate with a concentration on protein and veggies. Sounds kinda familiar. I have never been able to go longer than 3 hours without eating and I usually have a very strong craving for sugar. I started W30 on July 1 and am noticing that between Meal 2 and Meal 3, I get low blood sugar. Light headed, hot, irritable, etc. Should this go away? Is hypoglycemia even a real condidition or is it just a natural physiological reaction to an unhealthy diet? I'm committed to eating protein and fat when/if my blood sugar dips. For those who might be wondering, I have to fight hard to get my blood sugar up to 80 and stay there, so when it dips, it's usually around 45-50. But because the healthiest way, as described by the Hartwigs, is to eat 3 meals a day without snacking, I'd really like to do that on my W30. Thoughts?
  6. How's everyone doing so far? Happy Independence Day! This is my favorite holiday, all about freedom and spending time with our favorite people. It is super helpful to be reading ISWF during my W30. It has not been difficult for me yet. I am still figuring how much I need to eat at each meal in order to stay satisfied until the next meal. Pretty much: every meal needs to be bigger than what I'm used to eating. I posted a Chicken Marbella recipe in the forum. Made it last night and I suddenly became a loud eater, like one of those loud weight lifters at the gym. I couldn't get over how good it was. So, how are you feeling?
  7. This is one of my favorite dishes but is normally made with brown sugar and wine. I picked up some chicken thighs and legs at a farmers market last week and wasn't sure what to do with them until I realized I could make this favorite Paleo-friendly! It turned out AMAZING. I served mine over cauliflower mashed, but it would also be great over any veggie. 2.5 lbs chicken thighs & legs 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped 1/8 cup dried oregano coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup pitted and chopped dates 1/4 cup spanish green olives 1/4 cup capers with a bit of juice 1. Preheat oven to 350 2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the chicken 3. Place chicken in a baking dish and cover with the combined ingredients (make sure the fatty side is facing up) 4. Bake for 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices When done, serve over mashed cauliflower and add lots of the pan juices Hope you like it!
  8. Hi Erin! How's day 2 going for you?
  9. Hi Linda! Good to meet you here. Excited to see what the next 30 days bring. I just got home from the farmer's market and Central Market with lots of veggies, berries, and plums. Actually, I'm pretty hungry so I think it's time to eat!
  10. coconut sugar

    So glad to find this here. I started my W30 today and was pouring myself a cup of coffee and thought, "Hmmm, coconut crystals? Yes or no?" Guess they'll sit on the shelf until July 31st, unless I forget they're there.
  11. Yes! I often say I look about 4 months pregnant. Can't wait to see what the next 30 days bring. Also, I'm going to note here that even if I become weak and cheat, I won't be restarting. I'm completing 30 days even if they're not perfect.
  12. Excited to be with you on this journey! I had fajitas with my son last night and felt absolutely horrible for the rest of the evening. Not guilty or ashamed, I mean physically ill. Not a bad motivator.
  13. Starting my W30 on July 1st!!

    Happy to be a part of this group! I am ready to see the benefits/rewards of a full 30 days of clean Paleo. I posted "Good-bye belly fat and bloat" a few minutes ago under Join the Whole30. My story is there.
  14. So far I have been great at Whole 4's. Anyone else? I have toyed with Primal/Paleo since last fall but I'm really easy on myself so I'll see some progress, feel wonderful, and then give in to a sweet treat. The only one who seems to notice that that's not good for me is my 9 year old son: "Um, mom. That's not primal, is it?" A little history: I've always been fairly slender. And hypoglycemic. So a long, long time ago I received a list of approved and banned foods so that I would need a nap and feel grouchy every day at noon. Basically...low carb/real foods. So Paleo, Primal, Whole30, etc come as no surprise to me. Not hard to grasp. Hard to maintain. So, who really cares about a little grouchiness when your main concern is fat and you don't have much? Not me, apparently. 2 babies and 5 years past my 30th birthday have changed my body. I'm still slender by most people's standards (5'7", 135 lbs) but I don't feel or look fit. And even though I've lost some fat since starting the 21 day primal blue print and keeping it up 4 out of 7 days a week, my belly still bulges. And it really bugs me. And you know, I'm just not okay with gaining 1-1.5 lbs a year for the rest of my life. As far as I'm concerned, this stops now. One day I accidentally walked in on a client's elderly mom while she was changing her clothes. And I thought: "No." That was 2 years ago and I completed the 12 week Body for Life challenge. I looked great but certainly didn't have the energy I've had when I'm eating Paleo. Then I took a desk job, came home exhausted every day, stopped exercising, and started eating yucky "food". So here I am, over 2 years later, 2 years older and starting something new. I don't have any major health issues, that I can see. But I'm 1/2 way through ISWF and am certain that I have chronic systemic inflammation that is causing my abdominal fat and the bloated feeling I constantly have. I really like having a partner for things like this. I can talk myself out of pretty much anything if it feels uncomfortable. So, since none of my friends are sold on this yet, I'm hoping some of you guys will be my partners in health. Yes? I start tomorrow: July 1, 2012 Erin