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  1. I wish I did- as with most supplements it's really hard to find a Whole 30 compliant version. The powders have maltodextrin, the liquids have soybean oil... the tablets seem to have everything terrible under the sun! Your best bet might be to go for a clean enzyme blend that contains Lactase, like the Digest Gold from Enzymedica. It is in a veggie cap, which can be problematic if you have trouble breaking down cellulose, but it does also contain cellulase to help with that. I'm sure there are others, but that's an option to help you get started. Best of luck!
  2. I know you're supposed to take thyroid meds on their own, but maybe you could take some lactase enzymes with your pill? Or think about getting your meds compounded. Most pharmacies that don't offer their own hypoallergenic fillers will let you supply your own. (Probiotic powder or gelatin powder work best for many with sensitivities like you're describing.)
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    Why CrossFit? Why not?

    I can only speak for myself and the only box I know, but here's my short list: Pro: It's regimented but there's variety built in, so it's never boring. There's a great sense of community and the support that goes with it. It's FUN. It's like play. That may be my favorite thing. Con: Even though technically you're only competing against youself, sometimes it's easy to forget that and think you should be able to do what *they* can. Hypermobile joints = injury. Hard to avoid without slowing everything down so much you're not actually doing CF any more. If you're trying to heal yourself, as I am, it's just too intense. My adrenals can't take it right now. I really do love Crossfit... from afar. I've seen it transform peoples' lives. I do recommend it to clients who don't have the issues I do. But for some folks, it's downright dangerous, and I think that gets downplayed a lot. But if cost and distance are your only cons, it might be the perfect thing for you!
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    Natural calm and BMs

    I really feel better when supplementing with magnesium, but like a lot of people, my stomach can't handle it. Applying magnesium oil transdermally has been really helpful for me.
  5. You mistakenly read that last part as "This filled me with ghee".
  6. Joey

    Vasovagal Event--passed out

    You're probably right that it was a magical combination of factors, but I'm with you on wishing you knew what it was so you could avoid it in the future. Like you, my vasovagal responses usually come with enough warning to mitigate damage (I get suddenly hot and dizzy and have time to get on the ground before I fall down), which is decidedly less scary than a sudden fainting spell. I'm sorry that happened to you and would love for you to know why so you could avoid the possibility of it happening while driving or something. If it doesn't happen again, it's likely related to the trigger point and other factors. But if it becomes a pattern, I think it's worth continuing to dig into.
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    Vasovagal Event--passed out

    Just out of curiosity, how much of your veggie intake is of the starchy carb variety? How is your thyroid and adrenal health? I certainly don't want to second guess your doctor, but as someone who passes out more than the average bear (for a handful of reasons) I have found it very rare for the vasovagal response to come out of nowhere. It doesn't have to be pain, necessarily- a cough or a sneeze can do it (or straining to poop, but I'm pretty sure you weren't doing that in your optometrist's office). In my experience, when I faint for seemingly no reason, it often ends up being hormone related (or hypoglycemic, but it doesn't sound like that's an issue for you). Did it feel just like the other three or four times in your life when you've had vasovagal events?
  8. If you want a red sauce you can make a "faux-mato" sauce with beets and carrots. Otherwise, it's hard to go wrong with pesto, or garlic and olive oil.
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    How I prep hard "boiled" eggs

    Thanks! I'll have to try this when it cools down enough for me to turn the oven on again. I wonder if there's any nutritional difference? Like if baking might preserve any minerals that could be leached through the shell when boilinng, or if the shell is so impermeable that it doesn't matter how you cook them. I've been playing with egg reintroduction, and so far it seems it's way harder for me to digest boiled eggs than fried, I wonder how baked will be?
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    Digestive Enzymes

    Well that's interesting. I wonder if that means they didn't actually change the formula, but just changed the label to be more accurate? Thanks for calling them,did they say anything else?
  11. Joey

    Digestive Enzymes

    Somewhere there's a warehouse full of deadstock old formula Now enzymes. Let's find it!
  12. Joey

    How I prep hard "boiled" eggs

    What's the point of doing it that way vs boiling? Do they taste better?
  13. Re: dehydrator- really, you can dry just about anything. You can make chips out of just about any sliced vegetable- root veggies are easiest just because they have less water content so they don't take as long. A lot of people swear by zucchini chips, but I've never gotten the texture just right. Kale chips are awesome and easy, but time consuming since you have to kind of massage the oil into each leaf. Otherwise the texture is kinda weird. I have better luck with the zucchini and other squash if I puree it instead of just slice and dry. That often requires something as a binder- what I use often depends on who I'm cooking for. Eggs are easy if I'm cooking for someone who eats eggs, but to be on the safe side I have the dehydrator set to the highest temperature for a portion of the drying time (eggs firm around 160 degrees farenheit). I've also used soaked chia seeds (last I checked, Whole9 had proclaimed them compliant if not wholeheartedly recommended) and grass fed gelatin, which will hold things together but it ends up more of a chewy flatbread texture than a cracker. I'm sorry I can't offer you actual recipes... I don't really use them, and I've yet to start writing mine down, though that's totally on my to do list. I'm sure there's a ton available online that you can tweak to fit your needs and tastes, but here's something easy to get you started: 1 big can pumpkin binder of choice (2 beaten eggs, or 1/4 cup of chia seeds soaked in 1-2 cups water or bone broth, or 2-4 tablespoons gelatin, dissolved). 1-2 tablespoons spices (curry's always a hit, Italian seasoning seems to make this tase like sundried tomatoes). Notice I'm pretty vague regarding the amounts- I've never actually measured, but it always seems to come out good. Have fun!
  14. It will probably be easiest to do the best you can and add days to the end, but you can definitely be proactive about doing the best you can. I agree that a cooler on the plane is not ideal, so I recommend you pack as much dry food as you can in your luggage. I know you only have a few days to prepare, so I would suggest drying as much as you can in that time. When I am in a similar situation I make a bunch of compliant jerky and "crackers". If you have a dehydrator, great, if not, a low oven works too. (By crackers I mean pureed veggies, spices and a binder spread on a cookie sheet and baked/dried until portable). On the occasions that you do eat out somewhere with compliant food (I hear Panera has a secret menu), order double or triple (or quadruple) what you usually would. Hopefully your hotel room will have a mini fridge. One thing I didn't know before I got so picky about food is that many hotels will bring in a mini fridge if you ask, even if it's not typically in the room. Others will allow you to refrigerate your food in their kitchen. Pack lots of ziplock bags and separate your leftovers into portions to bring for lunches. People may look at you funny when you pull your bag of salad from your pocket but they'll get over it. Sometimes continental breakfast includes hard boiled eggs. Grab a few for later. Only do these things if it is more fun and rewarding for you to stay compliant than it is stressful. Many people in your situation would just scrap the whole thing and start over when they get home, and that's a fine option to take if it seems too overwhelming.