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    [email protected] got a reaction from RandiW in The crazy things people say   
    So many of these are familiar! I've had quite a few people insist there's not sugar in whatever they've prepared and in fact they've used store bought sauce for flavour, or milk as a binding ingredient. Major fail. Luckily for me (? probably just a perspective thing...) I'm not willing to put my health at risk to make someone feel better - family, friend, employer, whatever. Don't care. You're not the one who has to deal with the bloating and discomfort and potential rectal bleeds for a week after.
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    [email protected] got a reaction from julesjasin in What kinds of tea can I have?   
    Oh a tea thread, you have no idea how happy this makes me! I'm a huge addict (in a good way, not actual problem here folks!), so its actually relatively easy for me to switch to Whole30 complaint options given my collection is so big.
     
    Some general tea advice - if you're looking for more information about tea generally or a specific one, try joining steepster.com. Its a tea reviewing forum, and all the members are highly knowledgable (and there are a few great brands that directly interact with customers on there). You might find a new favourite brand, and I'm almost certain you will be able to find more options than you could have imagined that are Whole30 complaint.
     
    Look at trying some straight teas during your Whole30. As we all know, your tastebuds change when you start eating whole real foods exclusively, so don't be surprised if you can better appreciate a good cuppa. I certainly developed my love of white teas (dammit, why are they also usually the most expensive option?!) after dropping all processed crap from my diet. Green, blacks pu'erh, oolong and even some herbals can present differently on the palatte when you're not being confused by crappy food choices. And straight iced rooibos is actually my sports drink of choice!
     
    Get smart! If you're lucky to live in an area where a tea sommelier works (yes, they exist) or there is a great tea room, head along and annoy the crap out the staff asking questions. Correct brewing temperature, timing, the best methods for re-steeping, as well as the best tools will make your tea (or break it). And look at changing types of teas throughout the day to minimise your caffiene impact. Start with a hearty Irish Breakfast in the morning, then a green or oolong, white in the afternoon, then a straight peppermint after dinner. Even if you don't have a great tea room in your area, a good store (even some of the big chains like DavidsTea for you North Americans) will be able to suggest some complaint options and you can stock up on great pots, mugs, and appliances (what do I buy instead of junk food? Tea accessories. Its worse than shoes, I swear!).
     
    I noticed there are a lot of questions about vanilla - for my Whole30, I'm actually not having anything with Vanilla extract/essence. I have a black tea at home that is scented with vanilla bean (like a jasmine green). Scented ingredients are a good thing to look for as they aren't actually physically in the tea at all, the leaf has just been infused with the scent of the ingredient.
     
    If you're Australian and reading this, I'd suggest looking into the Rabbit Hole Tea Bar and The Art of Tea (disclosure - I do casual work for The Art of Tea, but only after being a long time customer, so my opinion is a long-held one). Both have a range of straight teas, and most of their ranges would be Whole30 compliant (with the exception of a few with chocolate in them, and one or two of the herbals in each have some sweetner in the dried fruit component. But their chais are great - only real spices with a tea or tisane base, no flavouring, or syrup or powder. RHTB are also exclusively organic, which is quite awesome.
     
    Generally, be careful when looking at 'big' companies' offerings - T2, Tazo, Starbucks, DavidsTea - you'll need to do a lot of ingredient reading. A lot of you have picked up on this above, but soy lectin and added sweetners of all varieties tend to be added to (especially) the flavoured options (though DavidsTea's straight teas are a great option, I love the Quangzhou Milk Oolong).
     
    Umm, yeah, so I'm a little into the whole tea thing (sorry for completely hijacking the thread!), and I'll add any other thoughts as they come to mind (unless you're already sick of me and I'll go and make myself another cuppa to compensate!).
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    [email protected] got a reaction from songbirdemd in The crazy things people say   
    "I could never do that" is another one. But I've also heard that when I tell people I have to give myself injections on occasions to manage my bleeding disorder. I just say "of course you could, if your health depended on it. If I don't do this I'm going to end up with a very painful injury that will take a good while to clot and a really long time to heal. I'll be at increased risk of infection to the wound because it takes longer to heal over. If I don't do it myself, the other option is sitting around in the ER for hours waiting for someone to do it for me, and that is again putting me a higher risk of infection, and with the wound being on my (insert limb here), those plastic chairs really don't help with the pain". And everyone I've had that discussion with admits they would in fact suck it up and do it themselves. W30 is no different. We just do what we have to to be healthy.
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Kabob in Kombucha   
     
    I don't add juice, if I want to flavour a batch at home I add actual fruit (i.e. a second ferment with raspberries instead of raspberry juice) or I also like to add in actual ginger. I managed to find flip top storage bottles in a major supermarket here in Australia (and I live in a small regional city). If you can't find any locally I'm sure Amazon would be helpful.
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    [email protected] reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    For all of those new to Whole30, beware buying the Niulife brand of coconut aminos, it's loaded with sugar. Quite a lot of us got caught with this one on our first Whole30. I buy Coconut Secret from Prahran Health Foods, but there are some Aussie retailers selling it online.
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    [email protected] reacted to Karen in Spotting while on bc pill   
    Whether you're on hormonal birth control or not, your body bleeds when it senses a drop in hormones.  That's what triggers bleeding when not on the pill (progesterone naturally drops about 12-14 days after ovulation, assuming you're not pregnant).  That's also what triggers bleeding when you stop taking the pill and switch to the week of placebo pills.  Drop in hormones = bleeding.  I'm generalizing here, but you get the idea.
     
    As you'll see in multiple threads here, diet can also affect your hormones.  As hormones "even out" through diet, your body can perceive some of those shifts as a drop in hormones, and your body bleeds.  That's it.  And yes, even when you're on the pill, your body still makes some hormones, so the same thing applies.  
     
    And, yes, saying your body just wants to bleed is a lame excuse.  It's just a normal biological response to a shift in hormones.  
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    [email protected] reacted to AmyS in Reevaluating Priorities (stuff hitting fan)   
    Yes. Big changes. All tense (mostly for me, honestly) and ultimately positive. But yes. I've had to decide to put myself first. It has changed how I view the world and relationships.
    Also, I want to move in with your parents too now.
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    [email protected] reacted to Melissa Hartwig in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    This thread kicks booty! I laughed out loud more than once. (The "gets mad when sees paleo pancakes marked as Whole30 approved" was my favorite.)
    Maybe me and Melissa Joulwan need to make a video called "Sh*t Whole30 girls say."
    Melissa
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    [email protected] reacted to Austin in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    when.....
    It requires a backpack to transport their lunch to work!!
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    [email protected] reacted to MrsStick in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Okay, one more. This one is true of me right now!
    You know someone is doing a Whole 30 when their refrigerator is so full of stuff that they can't actually see the light in their refrigerator come on because the broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, and huge head of butter lettuce block the light.
    I have NO ROOM in my fridge right now. Granted, the door is full of non-W30 condiments, etc. but 85-90% of it is compliant. Wow...
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    [email protected] reacted to Kirsteen in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    I've had all the lymph nodes in my left arm removed and was getting mild lymphoedema. the hospital fitted me with a really tight sleeve to wear. My daughter goes "Oh mum, it's making your hand swell up, it looks a lot fatter". I swear my first thought was "Yeah - that's the hand i use to measure my protein and fat"
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    [email protected] reacted to MrsRobinson in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    Couple more I'm finding: 
     
    1. You always have a mason jar of coconut milk in the fridge
    2. Farmer's market vendors save stuff for you
    3. You are constantly running out of chili powder, paprika, and cumin. (I showed my spices to my father in law yesterday and he said 'Its like a SPICE LIBRARY!' This filled me with glee.
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    [email protected] reacted to Deb. in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You tell people to bulletproof their tea because you have no milk in the house. 
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    [email protected] reacted to Ann in Why is everyone else counting the days til I can drink??   
    I faced the same thing with a few different people. I had one girlfriend who actually chose to not come over to visit if I wasn't drinking with her. I told her I was FINE with her having a few drinks, and that I would even put my Pellegrino in a wine glass if it helped her feel comfortable, but she said she'd just wait until I could have a few drinks with her. Now that I'm "riding my own bicycle", I think when she does come over, I will fill a wine bottle with appropriately-colored iced tea and just pretend I'm drinking to make her feel better (she drinks mixed drinks, not wine).
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    [email protected] reacted to GoJo09 in The crazy things people say   
    My boss: "Why in earth are you eating Paleo?" While giving me "you have an eating disorder" eyes.
    This despite the fact I sit next to her, she knows I'm gluten intolerant, and she sees me eating my lunch nearly every single day and didn't realise it was paleo until I mentioned going to a paleo café...
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    [email protected] got a reaction from songbirdemd in The crazy things people say   
    "I could never do that" is another one. But I've also heard that when I tell people I have to give myself injections on occasions to manage my bleeding disorder. I just say "of course you could, if your health depended on it. If I don't do this I'm going to end up with a very painful injury that will take a good while to clot and a really long time to heal. I'll be at increased risk of infection to the wound because it takes longer to heal over. If I don't do it myself, the other option is sitting around in the ER for hours waiting for someone to do it for me, and that is again putting me a higher risk of infection, and with the wound being on my (insert limb here), those plastic chairs really don't help with the pain". And everyone I've had that discussion with admits they would in fact suck it up and do it themselves. W30 is no different. We just do what we have to to be healthy.
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    [email protected] got a reaction from NannyD in What are "Paleo" exercises? Recommended resources?   
    Desire Mapper - While I love the paleosphere's food approach I will NEVER do cross fit. Given my medical condition, for me, its too high impact, and is too risky for me. I love yoga and barre workouts - they are fun, and they are strong and I've developed so much muscle (not to mention resilience in my muscles and joints so I don't bruise and bleed as easily). That is what works for me, and if you love Bikram, then go for it! If you like the exercise you're doing, and you feel its making you healthier (just like food, movement either makes you more or less healthy, they are the only options!), then do it! 
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Tanya K in The crazy things people say   
    Maybe genuinely, without any snark, just curiosity, ask "How would you know?" or "Do you honestly think I am less healthy now than a year ago?" I doubt she'd be able to answer that. 
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Mdln in Does cutting things out for 30 days make one more sensitive?   
     
    No, it made you queasy because it isn't a food that makes you health, irrespective of how long you go without it. Would the same be true of broccoli? I'm glad you're re-intros are providing some guidance for you!
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    [email protected] reacted to Canberra_Girl in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Woo hoo, my local butcher does sugar free/ gluten free bacon. It has nitrates, but I can live with those for now. For any Canberra area people, Jordos Chop Shop has an online shop with deliveries. Grass fed beef (though he occasionally stocks grain fed, so just double check) and lamb, free range pork, cuts on the bone, beef fat etc. www.jordoschopshop.com
     
    Thanks [email protected]
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    [email protected] got a reaction from praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    praxisproject - I cackled when I saw your comment above. We do the exact same thing at our local Woolworths with coconut cream too!
     
    Bec PM - welcome to a wonderful club! Good luck with your Whole30 and touch base if you need any support. If you'd like any tea recommendations, feel free to PM me. I work for a Tasmanian tea company, and there are lots of options if you'd like something that's not water but still compliant.
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    [email protected] reacted to Canberra_Girl in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Hi all,
     
    I just started a Whole30 today, and am excited to find this thread and other Aussies doing it this month too (I am from Canberra). I found out about Whole30 through Instagram (The Merrymaker Sisters) plus I have a friend who has completed a Whole30 previously.
     
    I just need to make sure my bacon is sugar free (or find an alternative), & find out whether I can continue having kombucha or not, and getting a handle on 'snacking'.
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    [email protected] reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    AussieMell - For bones, ones with joints, marrow and cartilage will make more jellyish bone broth (the best kind). If you have bones left over from dinners, pop them in a bag in the freezer and add them to a future both broth batch, cooked bones give extra flavour (I'm too lazy to roast them, I just add the dinner ones if I have any - raw ones work fine). Some places also sell "chicken frames" which make a lovely chicken bone broth for soups. If you have a slow cooker, it's really handy for bone broth. I have a giant one I got at a sale, all I use it for is bone broth, it's gigantic!
     
    For coconut oil, the brands can vary quite a lot. I buy the Melrose virgin coconut oil from Coles (they also have a refined one, but I don't like it at all). I also buy the Loving Earth coconut oil, but it's so sweet tasting I don't cook meat in it, it tastes funny. Ghee is another option if a dish doesn't seem like it will go well with coconut.
     
    I buy my Ayam Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk (avoid the Light one) from Coles. I wait until it's on special and then I buy as many cans as they have The Ayam ones are smaller can sizes, so the only pain is for recipes which use the larger size. I love thai curries made with Ayam, so good! If I can't get Ayam, I get TCC. American recipes which refer to it thickening in the fridge are using brands which have guar gum, which most of our brands do not have. Once opened, I keep it in a washed Moccona coffee jar (I buy the small sized ones), as I discovered these can go through the dishwasher. Plain Moccona coffee is made just with coffee beans, no fillers.
     
    Coconut Secret coconut aminos (never the Niulife - many of us wasted money buying the sugar-laden one) I use in place of soy sauce. It's not quite as salty, so taste to check if more salt is required. I don't use it that much, but I like having it as a lot of American recipes use it and soy sauce / coconut aminos is a hard ingredient to replace.