GFChris

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    GFChris got a reaction from Southerncinn in Where To Go? (and what to eat)   
    Just an FYI, having MSG and sugar as ingredients makes this grilled chicken unacceptable and a non-option for a Whole30.
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    GFChris got a reaction from LancerLott in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    FWIW, this is similar to the reintroduction protocol my registered dietitian used when I did an elimination diet through my doctor's office back in 2006 after food allergy testing. As I recall, the rationale for having the food in question at all three meals was to be sure you ingested enough of the food group to conduct a sufficient test for sensitivity.  If you feel crummy after 1 serving, that might be enough to stop. If you feel fine after one serving or you're not sure, it's another good reason to have the item in question at all three meals (or, if you have unclear results after 1 day, add another day of testing said food group).
     
    EDIT: the order in which you reintroduce food groups doesn't matter. The Whole30 reintroduction schedule is a sample of one possible order.
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    GFChris got a reaction from AmyS in Success for Women over age 50?   
    There is a past thread of people over 60 who did a Whole30 here. 
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    GFChris got a reaction from RandiW in Help! Day 17 and feeling worse and worse   
    Ok, a few items stand out for me.
     
    First on compliance: confirm that your ham, deli turkey and pickles are compliant. 

    Secondly: smoothies are discouraged on a Whole30, especially fruit-heavy ones.  The idea is to chew your food vs drink it, as chewing is more satiating.  

    Third: I wonder if you're eating enough? Have you seen the meal template? For best results, each of your three main meals should have 1-2 palms of protein (where a palm is the length, width and thickness of your palm), 1-3 cups of veggies and the appropriate amount of a compliant fat.  Don't let fruit push vegetables off your plate.  Pre workout meal is protein and fat (no fruit - nuts are a fat on a Whole30), and post workout meal is protein and carb.  I would start with bumping up the protein. When eggs are your sole protein, the serving size is the number of eggs you can hold in 1 hand without dropping them. For most folks, that's 3-4 eggs.

    Do you like red meat?  Also try incorporating that in your protein rotation.



     
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    GFChris got a reaction from Mrs.O in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    I'm on day 24 of my first Whole30. Haven't had a period in almost 2 full years (unharmful side effect of my birth control, per my gynecologist)  - guess what re-appeared today?

    Does this mean soy is not my friend?  Wondering if it merits not reintroducing soy when I'm done with the Whole30.  (Mostly got soy from my daily soymilk in my morning coffee, which I'm fine with not reintroducing.)
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    GFChris got a reaction from cortadoplease in Pre/Post-Workout Meal Suggestions?   
    Coconut water after a race is fine for rehydration, per the Can I Have Guide to the Whole30.
     
    Just make sure it's compliant. 
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    GFChris got a reaction from Mrs.O in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    I'm on day 24 of my first Whole30. Haven't had a period in almost 2 full years (unharmful side effect of my birth control, per my gynecologist)  - guess what re-appeared today?

    Does this mean soy is not my friend?  Wondering if it merits not reintroducing soy when I'm done with the Whole30.  (Mostly got soy from my daily soymilk in my morning coffee, which I'm fine with not reintroducing.)
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    GFChris got a reaction from LancerLott in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    FWIW, this is similar to the reintroduction protocol my registered dietitian used when I did an elimination diet through my doctor's office back in 2006 after food allergy testing. As I recall, the rationale for having the food in question at all three meals was to be sure you ingested enough of the food group to conduct a sufficient test for sensitivity.  If you feel crummy after 1 serving, that might be enough to stop. If you feel fine after one serving or you're not sure, it's another good reason to have the item in question at all three meals (or, if you have unclear results after 1 day, add another day of testing said food group).
     
    EDIT: the order in which you reintroduce food groups doesn't matter. The Whole30 reintroduction schedule is a sample of one possible order.
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    GFChris got a reaction from Robin R. in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    Yes, do a separate reintro day for alcohol.  Your plan is prudent: your day 1 of reintro will be alcohol at the birthday party, and yes, nothing with wheat so you're not testing gluten at the same time.  I would also recommend not to go overboard; a couple drinks, as you stated, would work. The next day, I would then remove alcohol and go back to 100% Whole30 eating for two days, and then continue with reintros per the reintro schedule.
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    GFChris reacted to holymolysoly in Horrible breath?   
    I ordered some keto test strips from Amazon and it turns out I was in Ketosis. I don't know how others feel while in ketosis, but I was really miserable...sluggish, crabby, and just a very odd feeling of unwell/not myself. Had a few servings of white and sweet potatoes since testing Monday night and I am out of ketosis and feeling 100% better!
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    GFChris got a reaction from scrapstitching in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    According to their FB page, it's water with fruit oil and essences - looks like you're good.
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    GFChris got a reaction from scrapstitching in The Official "Can I Have..." Guide to the Whole30   
    Maltodextrin is not compliant, as it can contain corn, rice, potato starch, barley or wheat.
     
    US Wellness Meats is a source for compliant bacon.
     
    I believe Applegate Organics has a compliant roast beef: no sugar, carrageenan, etc.
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    GFChris got a reaction from anniekans in Success for Women over age 50?   
    Yes, many people have had a similar weight loss experience as you. Most notably, moderator Tom Denham.  He lost 2 lbs per month on a continuous Whole30 for several months (where he was previously stalled on his weight loss). He went from 215 to 185 in 15 months.
    You'll get to where your body needs to be for your health - keep focusing on those non-scale victories. 
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    GFChris reacted to praxisproject in Reintroduction to protein powders... HELP!   
    I used to have a lot of whey powders, but I found whey really impacts my health (moreso than other kinds of dairy, but it's a long process, fairly silent but I notice it when it's gone) and carrageenan as an ingredient is an absolute no no for me, it's almost as bad as gluten.
     
    If you really think protein powders are a must in your life, seriously start reading the labels, you may be pretty shocked at what's in them. Would you eat this stuff in other food? Even dried egg white powder can be pretty nasty, I had some in my cupboard and threw it out after I read the ingredients, read how it's made and you'd never eat it again. I've also never seen any organic or free range ingredients in any egg powders or egg powder ingredients.
     
    We talk a lot about convenience, but what about nutrition?
    What's the point in spending a lot of time at the gym or being active, if we're not going to give the body proper nutrients?
     
    Some body building advice can be borderline eating disorder and that's the market for most of these products, it's not always a very healthy culture, including things like steroids which can leave people with serious long term disorders and there are a lot of early age deaths in the industry which is clearly not okay.
     
    Obviously not all products or gyms are at that end of the scale, but intent and lines of what is acceptable and what is unacceptable is important. Nutrition never seems to be very important and even when it's there, it's always a powder. Processed food isn't more nutritious. Marketing is usually about appearance, muscle and convenience, not health.
     
    I can tell you getting really sick from eating processed food instead of real food is far from convenient.
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    GFChris got a reaction from NorthernLilly in Chipotle?   
    I wouldn't trust the cleanliness of any Chipotle right now, given all the press they've had lately. You might want to call the location where you ate and report your illness to management.
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    GFChris got a reaction from life love laughter in Organic Caramel Color - Beef Broth   
    Sorry, caramel color is non-compliant: it's sugar.
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    GFChris got a reaction from praxisproject in Weakness and exhaustion   
    I'm attempting to parse out what is Meal 1, Meal 2 and Meal 3 for you each day.  Is it 3 or 4 meals you're having? (Given you're nursing, you could certainly have 4 meals.)
     
    My main question is, are you satiated between meals?  Are your meals keeping you satisfied for 4-5 hours?

    Secondly, it's hard to tell portion sizes. When I see a word like "chicken pieces," that leads me to believe you might not be getting enough protein.  Are you getting in 1-2 palms of protein at every meal?  1-3 cups of veggies at each meal? (Sunday and Tuesday's meal 1 looks like it's missing veggies: don't let fruit push vegetables off your plate.)
     
    The erratic sleep is likely a huge culprit here that healthy food alone may not be able to fix.  Have you explored options for improving the quality and length of your sleep?

     
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    GFChris got a reaction from rqhines in Download a 7 Day Shopping List for the new Whole30 Book   
    Wow - that must have taken you a lot of time.
    To clarify, the 7 day meal plan does not call for plantain chips: it calls for pan-fried plantains.
    Here's a recipe that would work: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/113854926293/fried-green-plantains-patacones-or-tostones
    ETA: the beef brisket recipe is on page 214, so you used the right recipe (there is a side note with it on how to make adjustments for the slow cooker).
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    GFChris got a reaction from LisaZ in Success for Women over age 50?   
    Are you eating the cashews out of hunger or habit?
    If it's hunger (meaning you feel like you could eat something bland like steamed fish and broccoli), that can be a sign that your earlier meals aren't big enough. Play with your protein, veg and fat portions until you get to a place where your meals satiate you for 4-5 hours. Until you get there, if you're hungry between meals, have a mini meal of protein carb and fat, or at least two of those components. Nuts are a fat on a Whole30 and are recommended to be limited. Avoid eating them alone.
    If it's habit, use the W30 to help you choose a non-food habit instead between meals.
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    GFChris got a reaction from AmyS in Success for Women over age 50?   
    There is a past thread of people over 60 who did a Whole30 here. 
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    GFChris got a reaction from rqhines in Download a 7 Day Shopping List for the new Whole30 Book   
    Wow - that must have taken you a lot of time.
    To clarify, the 7 day meal plan does not call for plantain chips: it calls for pan-fried plantains.
    Here's a recipe that would work: http://nomnompaleo.com/post/113854926293/fried-green-plantains-patacones-or-tostones
    ETA: the beef brisket recipe is on page 214, so you used the right recipe (there is a side note with it on how to make adjustments for the slow cooker).
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    GFChris got a reaction from LancerLott in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
     
    FWIW, this is similar to the reintroduction protocol my registered dietitian used when I did an elimination diet through my doctor's office back in 2006 after food allergy testing. As I recall, the rationale for having the food in question at all three meals was to be sure you ingested enough of the food group to conduct a sufficient test for sensitivity.  If you feel crummy after 1 serving, that might be enough to stop. If you feel fine after one serving or you're not sure, it's another good reason to have the item in question at all three meals (or, if you have unclear results after 1 day, add another day of testing said food group).
     
    EDIT: the order in which you reintroduce food groups doesn't matter. The Whole30 reintroduction schedule is a sample of one possible order.
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    GFChris reacted to missmary in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    you know somebody is doing a whole30 when....you see them looking confused in the produce department with the whole30 book, a notebook, mom, dad and two kids all working together to try and figure out what they need to buy.
     
    Ok, this wasn't me, but I really wanted to give them a big hug, lol.
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    GFChris reacted to Sari in The crazy things people say   
    I particularly loved this one: "Okay, so unprocessed foods... Does that mean you eat everything raw?"
     
    And: "Can you have salads or are you forced to eat everything separately?" (Just.... what?)
     
    Also recently: "So are you still not consuming any carbs?"
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    GFChris reacted to kirkor in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    They were written at different times, the program evolves, the creators are only human, neither schedule is written in stone, both are just examples to give people an idea of how to proceed, etc etc.