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    Frances got a reaction from NazzaB in Sourcing food in Australia   
    It depends on the brand. Some aminos are very like soy. The ones I'm using at the moment are like you describe, and not very strong, and I had a brand a while back that was sweet and thick, like kecap manis.
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    Frances reacted to Vian in A cold/sinus infections   
    I have a product that comes with a bottle and pre-measured packets of salt and baking soda mixture. The bottle has a nozzle that screws onto the top with a straw that goes to the bottom. You fill with warm water and add a packet and dissolve it, then lean over the sink and squirt the water up each nostril. It works really well and was about $10 for a bottle and 250 packets at walgreens.
     
    On a related note, there's pretty much no need whatsoever to go to the doctor or take medication when you get a cold or similar related illnesses. If you are an average healthy person with no underlying medical condition that makes things like the flu and other infections more dangerous, your immune system will fight them off after a couple days of feeling crappy. All the doctor is going to do is tell you to go home, rest, drink plenty of fluids, and maybe prescribe some antibiotics (which don't work on viruses like colds and flus anyway) or some pain killers/fever reducers. So long as your fever is 102-103 or less, and doesn't last more than 24-48 hours, there's no need to take medication, and in fact taking NSAID's to lower a fever can prolong symptoms and slow healing. 
     
    Fevers, within reason, are a healthy response to infection. The body raises it's temperature because most bacteria and viruses have a hard time surviving at these elevated temperatures, so it makes the body's job that much easier.
     
    Now, of course, this only applies to common viral infections like colds and flu, and only if you are an otherwise healthy average person. If you think you have a bacterial infection, see a doctor immediately. I am not a doctor, I just play one on the internet
     
    Also, I never go to the doctor for colds and sniffles, not even for flu-like symptoms. I even got the stomach flu a while back and just spent the day in bed throwing up about once every 2-3 hours and sleeping. 24 hours later, I was exhausted, but fine, and the day after that I was 100% better. If it had lasted longer, I'd have definately gone to the doctor though.
     
    Last time I went to the doctor was for a chicken pox-like infection that gave me a 102 degree fever for 10 days and made my knees swell up to the point I couldn't walk. I'm still feeling fallout from that one 6 months later (namely side effects from the prednisone like anxiety and heart palpitations)
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    Frances reacted to 091475bap in Whole30 safe for 91-year-old husband?   
    Thanks so much!  It's day 30 for us, and we don't plan on going off the Whole30.  We both feel good, and I have my husband back!  No more brain fog, his itching back is fine now, and I think we've both lost weight, although I'm waiting till tomorrow to weigh.  I'm sleeping very well now, something that has been a problem for me for years! 
     
    Can we eat regular liver, or does it have to be from grass-fed animals?  My husband loves liver!
     
    Thanks again!
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    Frances reacted to JGiggly in My Doctor agreed with me!?!?!   
    I had a physical today. I had to get blood work for my thyroid, cholesterol, and diabetes (don't have). On top of that, I am at the tail end of a debilitating flare-up. Unfortunately, that happens more than I would like. Anyway, she asked why I wasn't on cholesterol medicine and asked what I was doing to reduce the flare-ups. I wanted to be direct and say paleo. I refrained. Most doctors don't support it and I have been trying to manage that lifestyle since way before it became a fad. I didn't want to alarm her. So I told her that I didn't eat grains, sugar, or dairy. she responded, "great job!" WHAT?!?!?! I was so grateful that she agreed!! This was very triumphant for me  to hear her agree. I've heard so many horror stories where the physician doesn't approve of that lifestyle or blames positive changes on other factors rather than on a healthy diet (usually medicine or a medical miracle). I was literally sitting there and holding my breath and waiting for a negative response. I was waiting for her to tell me that grains were good for digestion and for my heart. She never did. She responded with an encouraging "great job" instead. 
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    Frances reacted to praxisproject in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome   
    As a long time shift worker, I feel you on the extra work involved. Fact is, eating healthy is harder than eating crap from a box (I used to live on things in boxes, they were always ready, whatever the time of day). The box-crap is designed to be easy, but it's not good for you and it makes you feel like crap. Preparing a meal of real food will never be as easy as opening a zip lock, a bag or a box. A hard learned lesson from me: If you let cooking work be the excuse, it's ever present and will trip you up.
     
    I was also a meal skipper too, especially breakfast. I got a lot of health problems, Whole30 has made a huge difference to my health.
     
    Whole30 is a lot of work the first time, but I can tell you it gets easier. It's more like learning to cook for the first time, everything is weird and hard at first, sometimes you don't know how to do healthy stuff.
     
    Don't make it harder than it needs to be if you're struggling. Cook in bulk. Baking and slow cooking are good ways to do big batches of food with little work. You need some kitchen hacks, learn how to do it easier. If you hate chopping, find ways to cook that do it less or get a machine to do the hard yards.
     
    Always make extra meals for freezing and freeze them in meal sized portions, so you always have a fail-safe on a bad day. Keep a food log, including how you cook/prep/chop stuff, you might find faster ways to cook As an example, I like zucchini noodles, but they were soooo slow for me to make. I got a spiraliser and now I can make a huge bowlful really quickly. Not all kitchen hacks are machines though, some are just new ways of thinking, like NomNomPaleo's "cook two chickens at once". Sounds silly maybe, but it nearly broke my brain reading that, I would never have considered it myself.
     
    I know it's hard right now, but it's soooo worth it.
     
    How much work would you do, to be able to get out of bed easier in the morning?
     
    Your best health won't be found in the bottom of a box or bag of crap.
     
    Don't give up, it's only been one day. At the end of 30, I would be very surprised if you're not feeling better.
    Eat your breakfast I bet it's delicious.
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    Frances reacted to praxisproject in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Last year I went from being incredibly sick, to feeling quite good AND losing weight (I have a huge amount of weight to lose, it's going to take quite a while).
     
    You don't need to measure calories to lose weight*, but you do need to be healthy. Don't just measure your progress in how your clothes fit, or a scale, measure your health, your muscle definition, your skin, your eyes, the whole everything.
     
    I'm also morbidly obese, some of my learnings over the last 12 months:
    Skipping breakfast messes with my appetite and my metabolism and not in a good way. It's a must, every day. I have massive inflammation, I didn't realise how bad it was until a bunch of it went away when I got rid of wheat & other grains. I did have improvement eliminating nightshades, but when re-introducing them, I kept the volumes low and 99% of the benefits too I was just having too many nightshades before. I may try the autoimmune protocol at some point, but not yet. I needed more fat and less protein (I was on high protein as I had been consistently burning up my muscle mass which was making me very sick). Volume of food and calories - I think I eat more food now (probably more calories too) than I have ever eaten in my life. I've been on some kind of restricted eating since I was 13. Counting calories doesn't work for me, if it did, I wouldn't be morbidly obese. I eat more and exercising less (I was a "chronic cardio" person) and I'm losing more weight, my doctor is surprised   Get treatment for any health issues you have, be persistent. I have chronic sinusitis, I've had surgery, the works. I have had more sinus improvement on Whole30 than in 7 years of professional treatment. Now I can breathe a lot better, it sure makes working out a lot easier I still have off days, but they're manageable. I'm pretty sure I have cortisol problems, which I'm waiting on tests for. I ditched cardio and switched to lifting heavy things and had a HUGE improvement (this may be the cortisol) in my health and weightloss. I also moved my workout to the evening and not the morning (cortisol levels are lower then). Keeping control of the sugar dragon and my blood sugar is critical to my health, anything that results in a sugar spike isn't a "treat" it's just mean to my body. For me, I have to watch the amount of starchy carbs I have, but I can still eat sweet potato and pumpkin regularly (I just have them in smaller amounts).  I've added magnesium, vitamin D3, CoQ10 and vitamin C supplements. The magnesium and Vitamin D3 make a huge difference. I'm now experimenting with natural food sources of Vitamin K too. Sleep is still my biggest issue, I need to get more of it, every day, consistently. I'm an ex-insomniac and I've worked rotating shift work for over 10 years and it's taken it's toll. I'm now in a 99% day job, but it sometimes has long hours and I have trouble staying awake too late. * the next time someone tells me the human body is a closed system, I will ask them when they last ate their own poop lol
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    Frances reacted to befabdaily in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I am pretty sure that gnawing type of hunger has to do with addiction-type signals you are getting from either wheat or sugar. Once you adapt to Whole30, it kinda goes away. I had been subject to that for years and always thought it was weird. Hunger is much milder and more rational when you're eating the right things.
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    Frances reacted to Margie in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hey, Everybody.
    I started W30 four days ago, weighing 287 lbs. My goal is to just follow the program as it is written. I think I'll lose weight b/c my body will switch from carb-burning to fat-burning.
    I started paleo (as best I could) at the beginning of November and immediately felt like I had tons more energy than I'd had for a long, long time. I didn't lose weight--not sure why. But I think that as I get healthier, I will lose weight and I definitely have many health challenges to overcome.
    In the meantime, I'm not overly focused on future results b/c I'm still exulting in the fact that I have sufficient energy to do the things each day that I want to do. What a gift!!!! Really and truly, at least right now, I don't need anything more than that.
    Thanks, everyone, for being here. And good luck to all!
    Margie
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    Frances reacted to Robin Strathdee in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah,
    Welcome back. I am so glad to see you here again. I've actually thought about you a lot in the past months because your food/income situation reminded me so much of the community I grew up in. Congratulations on your new job and a new beginning for you and your family.
    I'm with all the ladies above, here. I have a feeling that you will see weight drop with this W30 simply because of the lowered stress level in your house and the great food quality. I don't believe that it's ever really necessary to establish a pattern of food/calorie tracking, especially when your dealing with disordered food relationships. Just trust yourself and the program and watch the magic happen.
    Tom's soapbox is leafy greens. Mine is this.
    Yes, you are going against the spirit of the Whole30. It is one of the program guidelines, just like not making SWYPO substitutes and not getting on the scale. However, it is a "cheat" with little to no physiological impact so it's something that folks like to hang on to. It is, essentially, rebellion against the system. A little flip of the bird, if you will, to the program. As much as the program changes the food on your plate, Melissa and Dallas created the program to change your relationship with the food on your plate. If you change your diet for a month, but don't address the issues you have with food - control and authority issues, for example - you aren't changing your life. You will not experience the full benefit of the program. The choice is yours, really, but personally, I don't think it's appropriate to come into the forums and flaunt your disregard for the rules.
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    Frances reacted to Kirsteen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I know you don't want to hear this but personally, I feel if you continue counting, carbs or calories you're defeating the whole spirit of the W30. W30 is specifically designed to change your relationship with food, to learn to listen to what your body wants and needs. I know it's really scary, especially at the beginning but it does, if done properly, really teach you to listen to your body. Your body does know what's best for it, we just have to learn to trust it.
    If you're still counting calories you're basically saying to your body, 'I don't trust you, I'm going to stay in control of how much and what you get, not you.' This is coming from one who used to scrupulously note down carbs, calories and weight every day. Trust me, W30 is different from any other paleo program. It's been meticulously designed to give you everything you need and let your body be the best it can be.
    Follow the W30 meal templates, eat compliant food, listen to your body as it starts to communicate with you, it will tell you how much it needs, and you'll end up with a totally normal relationship with food (something I thought I'd never have) as your body gets on with it's job of releasing the crap and getting to it's ideal weight. Isn't that better than a lifetime spent weighing, measuring, counting and worrying about what you eat?
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    Frances reacted to Alana in Canada in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I was 250 something at 5'5" tall at the beginning of my whole 60. When I finished it I was 227. I also think I can see a waist.
    1. At this level of obesity I don't believe it is necessary to count calories, count points, or weigh and measure portions. Eating the whole30 way eliminates the whole glucose/insulin roller coaster and allows your body to actually go and get and use all that fat it's been storing for you.
    2. Remember, though, it starts with food. Sleep--especially for weight loss--is crucial. Really. It also helps you resist any cravings you may have.
    3. So is managing stress. There's nothing like stress to signal your body to hang on to every ounce it has. Therefore--exercise only as much as you want. Try not to want to do more. (Excercise is stressful. I like no more than about 1/2 hour every other day with weight bearing excercise 2x a week. (Maybe 3. We'll see.) Meditating helps, too.
    Once you reach overweight, things may change--I don't know, I'm not there yet! But I will also tell you that it doesn't take a whole lot to start putting pounds back on. I am currently 230--I gained 7 pounds in the last week because of all those Christmas Carbohydrates. Of course,I'm also just 2 weeks shy of my 49th birthday, so if you're younger, your mileage will certainly vary!
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    Frances reacted to habitualpurpose in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Hi Sarah,
    My understanding is that while Whole30 is not a "weight loss program" per se, it is not unusual for those of us with weight to lose to see pounds come off while also seeing the other gazillion benefits that come from eating this way.
    I also have had a good amount of weight to lose. I had lost about 15 lbs on a point tracking plan prior to finding W30 back in mid June. Since then I've done 2 W30s and one W45 and in between those I've eaten pretty close to compliant with just some occasional organic heavy cream and dark chocolate. I've lost 45 lbs eating this way and more importantly I just feel good. I have about another 40 lbs I'd like to lose and I have decided that this is really how I want to live my life--taking care of my body and mind inside and out and that I know that over time the weight will come off. There have been weeks where I've lost close to nothing or nothing at all...but I just trudge along trusting in my body and knowing that I am taking care of myself by eating good quality food that is nurturing my body. And...eventually my body will release the weight.
    I guess this is my way of saying yes, I believe you can lose a significant amount of weight eating this way. I also believe your body will also get far greater benefits than just the weight loss. I've also found that it takes time and patience. But that's okay--I have a lot of life left to live.
    Best wishes to you on your journey.
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    Frances got a reaction from JafaGirl in Didn't think I had any weight to lose!   
    So I finished my Whole30 today!
    I've been paleo since February, so I was already at the lowest weight I've ever been and fitting clothes I've never looked at before. I didn't think I had any more weight to lose and was doing this mostly for food intolerances and seeing what the most healthy it was possible to get to looked like.
    Positives:
    My stomach flattened completely, in the first week
    I've lost 1.3kg (2.9lb) from my lowest weight (a few days before starting) despite not having any to lose
    I'm now a low size 8 (US 4), where I was a high size 8 before
    I've lost 1.5cm off my waist and 1.5cm off my hips
    I feel pretty damn healthy
    I don't tend to crave sugar

    Negatives:
    I don't feel any healthier than before I started - I take this to mean I was already pretty healthy from eating 90% paleo - guess this isn't really a negative
    None of my clothes fit!
    I'm BONY. I need to build up some muscle so my hip bones aren't a public health hazard.

    I had a patch through the middle where work was horrible, and I was really wishing for a glass of wine at night. That seemed to pass, the last week I haven't had the cravings. I still think it's a nice thing to have after a stressful day because it lets you stop thinking about work, but at least if I don't have it I'm not seriously craving it.
    So that's me! Today I'm reintroducing lactose... I actually know I'm mildly lactose intolerant but I want to see how bad the fall out is, so I can decide when it's worth it. So I'm testing on cheese, fancy yoghurt and fancy icecream.
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    Frances got a reaction from JafaGirl in Didn't think I had any weight to lose!   
    So I finished my Whole30 today!
    I've been paleo since February, so I was already at the lowest weight I've ever been and fitting clothes I've never looked at before. I didn't think I had any more weight to lose and was doing this mostly for food intolerances and seeing what the most healthy it was possible to get to looked like.
    Positives:
    My stomach flattened completely, in the first week
    I've lost 1.3kg (2.9lb) from my lowest weight (a few days before starting) despite not having any to lose
    I'm now a low size 8 (US 4), where I was a high size 8 before
    I've lost 1.5cm off my waist and 1.5cm off my hips
    I feel pretty damn healthy
    I don't tend to crave sugar

    Negatives:
    I don't feel any healthier than before I started - I take this to mean I was already pretty healthy from eating 90% paleo - guess this isn't really a negative
    None of my clothes fit!
    I'm BONY. I need to build up some muscle so my hip bones aren't a public health hazard.

    I had a patch through the middle where work was horrible, and I was really wishing for a glass of wine at night. That seemed to pass, the last week I haven't had the cravings. I still think it's a nice thing to have after a stressful day because it lets you stop thinking about work, but at least if I don't have it I'm not seriously craving it.
    So that's me! Today I'm reintroducing lactose... I actually know I'm mildly lactose intolerant but I want to see how bad the fall out is, so I can decide when it's worth it. So I'm testing on cheese, fancy yoghurt and fancy icecream.
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    Frances got a reaction from JafaGirl in Didn't think I had any weight to lose!   
    So I finished my Whole30 today!
    I've been paleo since February, so I was already at the lowest weight I've ever been and fitting clothes I've never looked at before. I didn't think I had any more weight to lose and was doing this mostly for food intolerances and seeing what the most healthy it was possible to get to looked like.
    Positives:
    My stomach flattened completely, in the first week
    I've lost 1.3kg (2.9lb) from my lowest weight (a few days before starting) despite not having any to lose
    I'm now a low size 8 (US 4), where I was a high size 8 before
    I've lost 1.5cm off my waist and 1.5cm off my hips
    I feel pretty damn healthy
    I don't tend to crave sugar

    Negatives:
    I don't feel any healthier than before I started - I take this to mean I was already pretty healthy from eating 90% paleo - guess this isn't really a negative
    None of my clothes fit!
    I'm BONY. I need to build up some muscle so my hip bones aren't a public health hazard.

    I had a patch through the middle where work was horrible, and I was really wishing for a glass of wine at night. That seemed to pass, the last week I haven't had the cravings. I still think it's a nice thing to have after a stressful day because it lets you stop thinking about work, but at least if I don't have it I'm not seriously craving it.
    So that's me! Today I'm reintroducing lactose... I actually know I'm mildly lactose intolerant but I want to see how bad the fall out is, so I can decide when it's worth it. So I'm testing on cheese, fancy yoghurt and fancy icecream.
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    Frances got a reaction from JafaGirl in Didn't think I had any weight to lose!   
    So I finished my Whole30 today!
    I've been paleo since February, so I was already at the lowest weight I've ever been and fitting clothes I've never looked at before. I didn't think I had any more weight to lose and was doing this mostly for food intolerances and seeing what the most healthy it was possible to get to looked like.
    Positives:
    My stomach flattened completely, in the first week
    I've lost 1.3kg (2.9lb) from my lowest weight (a few days before starting) despite not having any to lose
    I'm now a low size 8 (US 4), where I was a high size 8 before
    I've lost 1.5cm off my waist and 1.5cm off my hips
    I feel pretty damn healthy
    I don't tend to crave sugar

    Negatives:
    I don't feel any healthier than before I started - I take this to mean I was already pretty healthy from eating 90% paleo - guess this isn't really a negative
    None of my clothes fit!
    I'm BONY. I need to build up some muscle so my hip bones aren't a public health hazard.

    I had a patch through the middle where work was horrible, and I was really wishing for a glass of wine at night. That seemed to pass, the last week I haven't had the cravings. I still think it's a nice thing to have after a stressful day because it lets you stop thinking about work, but at least if I don't have it I'm not seriously craving it.
    So that's me! Today I'm reintroducing lactose... I actually know I'm mildly lactose intolerant but I want to see how bad the fall out is, so I can decide when it's worth it. So I'm testing on cheese, fancy yoghurt and fancy icecream.
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    Frances reacted to Sundance in Blood sugar down 20 points!   
    One of the many reasons I started the Whole30 this month was to get better control of my blood sugar. My fasting levels were consistently 105-110, pre-diabetic. It only took 8 days on the Whole30 for my fasting blood sugar levels to drop to 85. Yippee!!
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    Frances got a reaction from Erin in Chicken Marbella (unbelievable!)   
    Oh my god, so this was amazing. Thank you. It was seriously lick-the-plate good, and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
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    Frances got a reaction from Erin in Chicken Marbella (unbelievable!)   
    We're making this tonight - it looks fantastic! I'll let you know how we get on.
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    Frances reacted to Melissa_Joulwan in Offal-ly scared   
    AmyB, thanks for the link to my chicken livers recipe. Y'all might also want to try beef/calves liver. I was SUPER skeptical, but it came out great.
    www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/04/17/beef-liver-with-parsley-onions-lemon/