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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 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] 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 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 Physibeth 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] 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.
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    [email protected] reacted to GoJo09 in Sourcing food in Australia   
     
    I had a coffee in Denmark, WA (ie. tiny town in the middle of nowhere!) with hazelnut milk and it was amazing. I'd never had hazelnut milk before, gave the coffee a great taste.
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    [email protected] reacted to praxisproject in Sourcing food in Australia   
    Not sure if this is just a local trend (Melbourne), but a lot of new fresh nut milks are appearing, some are activated, some not. Supply seems to be a bit flaky, but the quality seems to be excellent and none of the new ones I've seen have anything but nuts and water! \o/
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Physibeth 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] reacted to mamakitty in The crazy things people say   
    "Fried cheese makes everything better" - I'm very ashamed to admit that I said this myself, probably more than once.  I would turn to food to get me through stressful times at work, which honestly were probably caused (and made worse) by food I was eating in the first place.  I cannot believe the kinds of absolute crap I used to put in my body and call them food.  Fried mozzarella sticks, sadly, are on a very long list of the food I used to eat.
     
    Before the Whole30, I used to whine "why me" - why am I overweight, why do I have high blood pressure at such a young age (I was under 30 when I started taking BP meds - as a cure for migraines), why am I uncomfortable in my own body, WHY AM I DIABETIC, (diagnosed with type 2 at 25 years old), blah, whine, blah, WHY ME ?  Not realizing that so many of the foods I thought were "healthy" were just wreaking havoc on my system. I haven't completely kicked Diabetes to the curb, YET.  BUT - After just 40 days of clean eating, I can see that I will be able to reduce my meds soon.  I'm experiencing lower blood sugars toward lunch time and bed time since I'm not eating bread, rice, noodles, etc, just veggies with their natural carbs.  The only item I've reintroduced so far is corn.  And that's not going to stay a regular part of my life.  And popcorn is a "food-without-brakes" for me, sadly.  Even popped in coconut oil with no butter or salt - I could eat my body weight in popcorn easily.  But now that I've done the Whole30, I won't blame the itchy spots on wrist & eyelid on my wristwatch or on eyeshadow - thought I was allergic to the metal, but wasn't wearing it when this patch appeared, and it didn't happen until after I tried to reintroduce corn - and haven't used any new/different makeup in the last few months.
     
    My weight loss isn't significant (less than 10 lbs) but I am very pleased that the scale moved at all, and especially in the right direction.  And as a note to those paying attention or taking notes - it's moved more in the last 10 days since I "finished" my Whole30, than it did between day 1 and day 30.  My Whole30 is going to become more of a Whole365 really.  I don't see much that I used to eat, that I actually miss in my daily life. I learned my lesson with corn! 
     
    Oh and here's another Crazy thing that my Mom said this weekend.  She knows how I've been eating (and my sister too, for much longer). I got the "well, what CAN you eat?" when I turned down a pre-packaged marinated pork shoulder. The pork chops she grilled with just salt & pepper turned out to be quite delicious!  The really amazing comment was regarding going to a potluck BBQ for my brother's 40th birthday.  She said "oh there will be plenty there that you can eat."  I cannot think of a single person who doesn't slap Worcestershire or BBQ sauce, or Johnny's seasoned salt on their meat before they grill, especially burgers.  And don't even get me started on macaroni salad, fruit salad swimming in whipped cream, baked beans, etc. !  Thanks Mom, I'll just bring my own food, and hope someone asks me why, so I can tell them about the Whole30. 
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    [email protected] reacted to clairechapman in The crazy things people say   
    From a coworker who was sitting across from me drinking a Diet Coke and eating a teriyaki bowl that was 3/4 white rice and 1/4 tofu drenched in sugary teriyaki sauce, while I drank water and ate grilled steak and sautéed veggies:
     
    "You're lucky you're so naturally fit. I could be as skinny as you if I didn't have to work for it."
     
    (Hint: Everyone has to work for it!)
     
     
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    [email protected] reacted to MrsPefy13 in The crazy things people say   
    a conversation between some coworkers today that goes like this:
     
    "I can't eat gluten (she has a sensitivity) but I still eat junk food... it makes me feel sick"  -- well uh, if it makes you feel sick, why do you eat it?
     
    (when someone mentioned not eating carbs - meaning breads -  today) "I don't know what planet you're on, but that's just not possible for me"
     
    "I don't eat (red) meat so I don't feel bad eating carbs" - another coworker's respone to this was "oh yeah that balances out" -- yeah, totally balances out.
     
    "I would die if I couldn't eat cheese, I love cheese"  -- acutally I'm quite certain you would not die.
     
    I'm just keep my head down and rolling my eyes. lol
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Physibeth 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 Physibeth 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 Physibeth 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] reacted to Honey Sue in The crazy things people say   
    "I could never give up bread/cakes/protein shakes/add any non-compliant food here" - Pretty much anyone.
    Yes, you could. You might not want to though.

    "I should not have told you what was in the stew, then you would have eaten it" - My mom after I said no thanks to a beef stew with red wine and non-compliant broth in it.
    No I wouldn't.

    "Why are you still trying to lose weight, you're already married?" - A co-worker of mine.
    I wasn't trying to lose weight before the wedding, I'm not trying to lose weight now and seriously, WTF?!

    "Sorry you couldn't join in on our coffee break, but there is only cupcakes and cinnamon buns, no carrots" - Another co-worker.
    Well, I can still join the coffee break and enjoy my tea and the company (of other, nicer, co-workers). No cupcakes or carrots needed.

    I also managed to upset a friend of mine when she first asked me if I wanted to join a wine-and-cheese-party and shortly thereafter if I wanted to hang out and have some wine and chat. I said that I gladly join both the party and the hangout, but that I'd pass on the food and wine (just so she would know she wouldn't have to get any for me). She sourly told me "Well, just forget about it then" and when I asked her why she was so upset she said that it made her sad/angry when I said no to every suggestion she had made. I still really don't understand the problem, I just said no to the food, not the company (which I thought I made clear I was really looking forward to).
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    [email protected] got a reaction from Physibeth 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] reacted to Betsie_n in The crazy things people say   
    After I had been Paleo for several months, my friend asked, "Are you still watching your weight?"
     
    I'm 5'6", female and my starting weight was 222lbs a year ago and I've lost 45lbs prior to starting my W30. Same friend has twice reminded me that it's possible to lose too much weight. The first time she said it I was 191lbs (dangerously skinny!) and then again when I was 179lbs (really dangerously skinny!). She's about 5'4", weighs maybe 110 (maybe!) and says she's been at the same weight since she was 14 yrs old, except while pregnant.
     
    Would it be appropriate for me to say, "Shut the F up, you skinny biotch?" LOL - seriously, I would never ever say such a thing and she really is a dear friend, but SERIOUSLY???  Cluelessness....
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    [email protected] reacted to MrsKT in Don't over think this.   
    Thanks for the reminder Robin!  As a veteran on my 4th W30, I often remind myself that there will be "problem meals" on occasion.  Instead of starving myself on a 6 hour flight (with no cooler in tow), it's okay to eat some compliant dried fruit/ Larabars/ dried nuts.  Even though I try to stay compliant on ingredients and meal template, life still happens and nothing is perfect.  The good news is that I did the best I could for the circumstances and am still doing better than 99% of the other people out there!
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    [email protected] reacted to MrsStick in The crazy things people say   
    500 calories per day? Unless I'm violently ill and sleeping all day, I'd never be able to do that. Ever. I eat at least that much at a single meal, let alone for a whol eday!
     
    Drop that guy, that's TERRIBLE advice. Ugh.
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    [email protected] reacted to melbournegirl in The crazy things people say   
    Or be calcium deficient if you don't have dairy.
    When health professionals ask me if I do anything to compensate for not getting dairy from calcium (they want to hear I am taking supplements!) I say yes I eat meat, leafy veges, eggs, nuts and seeds which are all natural sources of calcium.... and just when they are about to suggest I need to take a supplement I shut them up by saying I get my calcium levels tested regularly and they are fine!
     
    So the thing is, they test calcium levels via a blood test..... measuring how much calcium you have in your blood... so how can people not understand that if you eat animals you will get calcium from the blood in the meat!
     
    And where do they think animals get their calcium from??? meat and veg!
     
    Then you get the stupid people who say but yeah maybe all animals are calcium deficient and we just don't know it because we haven't tested for it.....  Really????
     
    Me.... if that is the norm for animals then it cant be a deficiency it must be the standard......