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    Carol got a reaction from boyercs in unsweetened iced tea?   
    Another problem with packaged iced teas is how the teas are made. Packaged teas are typically brewed in large batches than spray dried...meaning, they are blown by hot gases until most of the liquid (largely water) evaporates and a powder of the tea remains. This process creates an unfavorable change in how the tea tastes.
    An artificial additive called maltodextrin is often added to the tea powder. Maltodextrin is essentially a set of simple sugars made from processing the heck out of corn starch. It serves two purposes...one is to provide just enough sweetness to the palate to balance off any acrid taste that was accrued by the spray drying of tea. The second is to facilitate mixing the tea in cold water. Maltodextrin sucks up water in to its molecules like a sponge, literally, which helps the tea blend in water.
    The maltodextrin additives provide a particular issue for diabetics as it is absorbed like glucose. And because food manufacturers are essentially allowed by the FDA to tell little white lies about calorie and carb content, it is included in teas (and other products) that may say zero calorie or zero carb on the label. Certainly, there are not a lot of carbs in the unsweetened iced tea -- it is, after all, supposed to taste like unsweetened tea -- they are nonetheless there. They create a glycemic index where there doesn't have to be one.
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    Carol got a reaction from Selcazare in Compliant Coffee Creamer!!   
    Just a suggestion -- there is a brand of coconut milk (and coconut cream) from the Philippines called Aroy-D.  They sell cans of coconut milk.  However, what is more interesting is that they also sell aseptic cartons of coconut milk.  

    There are important differences.  One, the aseptic contain NO additives.  100 percent coconut milk.

    Another -- the very nature of canning cooks the contents of its food for preservation.  The asceptic processing is more high tech and commonly involves the packaging being created and then filled in the same sterile environment. This means the food product going in to the asceptic packaging only needs to be heat pasturized for 5-10 seconds, rather than several minutes.  The science is amazing.

    Since the product does not need prolonged exposure to high heat and pressure, more nutrients are preserved.  Plus, it tastes better.  MUCH better, much fresher.  There is no coconut milk in a can anywhere that tastes as good as this stuff.

    Minor drawback?  The food in aseptic cartons have a shorter shelf life.   So if you're prepping for a zombie apocalypse -- or even a big storm -- don't stash aseptic cartons of coconut milk in the cellar, expecting them to be good 12 months from now.   But if you buy from a store who turns over their stock regularly, it might be good 3-6 months from now.

    Right. Coffee. We were talking about coffee.   I never liked canned coconut miilk in my coffee.  But I LOVE this milk in my coffee.  Sometimes I thin it out with some water or almond milk, but I usually just drink it as is.    It also freezes very well.   

    100% coconut milk, 100% compliance, and delicious.  WIN!!



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    Carol got a reaction from MeeshKB in Whole30 On the Cheap   
    Be very wary of marketing.

    Scrutinize pricing labels the way you would scrutinize an ingredients list.    Understand the difference between the unit price and the item price, and how they compare.   Don't make assumptions without data.  

    Buy produce from the grocery store's "reduced" section.  Cut away any questionable spots and use the vegetables in soups or curries 

    Watch local grocery stores to see if they mark down cuts of beef or fish as they get close to their expiry date.   A grocery store I don't usually visit does this in their fish department, and the markdowns are often substantial.  The fish often needs to be cooked that night, but the fish is typically half price.  Yes please!

    Visit farmers markets and farm stands.    Many sell produce for cheaper than supermarket prices.  Buy in to a CSA to bring the price even lower.   Share a CSA membership with a friend or family member to bring the cost lower still.   In season, inquire about "seconds".   You may be able to buy a box of blemished vegetables in bulk for substantial savings. 

    Consider buying a side of beef and an inexpensive chest freezer.   You'll pay less for the beef AND the freezer than you would buying that much beef, a pound or two at a time.

    If you make a large purchase, such as a side of beef, ask the butcher if they will offer a small discount, such as 3%, if you pay with cash or a bank check instead of credit card. 

    Use the whole animal.  Buy the whole chicken instead of chicken breasts.    Make stock from the carcass and anything left on the bones.  

    Find a farm that raises grass-fed animals, and inquire about organ meat.  The same farm that sells grass fed filet mignon for $30/lb may sell beef heart, liver, or kidney for $3/lb.  Don't like heart, liver, or kidney?  Dice it small, chop it, or grind it, and add to soups, curries, and chilis.   

    Keep an eye out in the meat department of your grocery store for scrap cuts (ends, etc) of turkey. ham, or similar lean cuts.  Use these in soup, or shave the meats over salad.

    Tell butchers and fishmongers you are on a tight budget and looking for deals.  

    Make friends with folks who hunt or fish on a regular basis. 

    Grow your own, wherever you can, even if its just herb plants in an indoor window box.  
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    Carol got a reaction from C. Page in Sauces to use as a fat   
    A good bone broth is a valuable base for a lot of different sauces.    After I make stock, I pour it in to small containers (8-16 ounces) and freeze what I don't use.  I freeze them in small containers so I can defrost 1 container for a sauce, or several containers for soups.    My own stock tends to vary with my whims and what's in my fridge, but there are some excellent recipes on a site dedicated to FODMAP-free eating.   IRemember the importance of using bones from well cared for animals.

    Chicken stock is probably the easiest to make.  Its very convenient.  When I serve a whole chicken, I put a bowl on the table for the bones.  Bones and carcass then go in to the pot for stock.    It is also very versatile.   Its mild flavor blends in with a variety of dishes, whether they are meat-based or plant-based.  

    Brown stock adds a layer of complexity, as the bones need to be roasted before going in to the stock pot.  This what actually gives the brown stock its brown color.

    A common European sauce is sauce espagnole, or  brown sauce.  (Not to be confused with brown stock.)   Brown sauce is made chiefly from aromatic vegetables, and serves as  a base for many European sauces and dishes.  

    One of the finest sauces in the world, demi-glace, is made by combining brown sauce and brown stock.   

    Stock can be made from pork bones as well, although personally I find this to be too high in fat for my tastes.    Refridgerating the stock and removing the layer of fat that rises to the top will remove some fat from the stock, but quite a bit remains incorporated in to the broth -- especially when the bones are chopped to expose the marrow inside. 

    Remember stocks and sauces are just a base.  Add to them and change them about as you like.  
     
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    Carol got a reaction from LisaZ in Does anyone else feel nervous about fat?   
    Here, have some.  Fresh ghee I clarified from Contoocook Farm butter.    Its sooooo good!
    In all seriousness, the ghee IS good enough to eat right out of the dish.   But do you think you could eat it all, with that spoon?    I sure couldn't.
    The research in the 80s and 90s was not wrong.  There are lots of fats out there that are NOT good for you.   And fats + starchy carbs = 'food with no brakes' in just about everyone.  How many boxes of Mac and Cheese serve four people?   Kraft says one box serves 4.    Much like 1 pint of Ben and Jerrys seves 4.  
    Who are these mythical 4 people that can share a single box of mac and cheese and a lone pint if ice cream?   I'd like to meat them someday
     
    But good fats combined with protein and good carbs?   Thats a dietary win.    The big bonus?    Fat turns off the haaaangrys.   You will still want to eat, for sure.    But you'll have much fewer "dammit I'm starving!" moments 

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    Carol got a reaction from Jwig in Whole30 completed!   
    Whole30 finished 2 days ago, but I was waiting until today to make an announcement, as I had a follow up appointment at the doctor's office.  Doc has been concerned about my BP, and this was a follow up with the nurse.   I was REALLY hoping I'd have an amazing announcement about how my blood pressure has dropped.   But, the numbers the nurse read weren't stellar.    Last month they were 165/94, pulse 100.   Today, 160/90, pulse 85.   However, I have been dutifully monitoring my BP at home.  

    My nurse was familiar with Paleo diets, but not Whole30.  However, she said "What you are doing is working.  Keep it up!"   She encouraged me to get more exercise, which I know I need to do.    I see my doc next month for a decison about whether BP meds are needed or not.  I would rather not take them, but I also don't want to take unnecessary chances.   The nurse seemed happy, even though I was a bit dejected that my BP numbers weren't better. 

    My BF was very pragmatic about the visit.    "Most people say they will eat better, and exercise more, but they don't.  You are not just talking about doing this, you ARE doing this."

    So, With my home monitoring, my average systolic has dropped about 10 points, based on my home reading.   My pulse rate, which has historically been in the 90s, has dropped in to the 80s.     The nurse says  I lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  This is a solid Whole30 win!   

    And it's just the beginning.  I need more victories like this.   Onward!
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    Carol got a reaction from Jwig in Whole30 completed!   
    Whole30 finished 2 days ago, but I was waiting until today to make an announcement, as I had a follow up appointment at the doctor's office.  Doc has been concerned about my BP, and this was a follow up with the nurse.   I was REALLY hoping I'd have an amazing announcement about how my blood pressure has dropped.   But, the numbers the nurse read weren't stellar.    Last month they were 165/94, pulse 100.   Today, 160/90, pulse 85.   However, I have been dutifully monitoring my BP at home.  

    My nurse was familiar with Paleo diets, but not Whole30.  However, she said "What you are doing is working.  Keep it up!"   She encouraged me to get more exercise, which I know I need to do.    I see my doc next month for a decison about whether BP meds are needed or not.  I would rather not take them, but I also don't want to take unnecessary chances.   The nurse seemed happy, even though I was a bit dejected that my BP numbers weren't better. 

    My BF was very pragmatic about the visit.    "Most people say they will eat better, and exercise more, but they don't.  You are not just talking about doing this, you ARE doing this."

    So, With my home monitoring, my average systolic has dropped about 10 points, based on my home reading.   My pulse rate, which has historically been in the 90s, has dropped in to the 80s.     The nurse says  I lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  This is a solid Whole30 win!   

    And it's just the beginning.  I need more victories like this.   Onward!
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    Carol got a reaction from ZoodleOutlaw in Flavored coffees   
    Some are.  Some definitely aren't.   I've seen Kcups with ingredients that result in over 100 calories per cup!!   Researching the ingredients for each flavor is very important.
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    Carol got a reaction from kellyfoss in A humbling NSV.   
    Tuesday, April 4.  
    Its Day 23 of my W30. 
    I received unexpected news!   A long, painful saga of my life is coming to a close.   Ohh MYYYY!!!!   I started thinking about the end of the day.  I wanted to celebrate.  I wanted to go out to dinner or have a nice dinner at home.  I wanted to dance!  Cheer!   Sing!   Dance naked under the moonlight...er, wait, its NH and there's still snow on the ground.  Raincheck.  I wanted sit with my BF and share a fabulous meal, to sip an exotic beverage and wonder about what comes next, and bask in the goodness of it all.
    Right. Whole 30.  Can't drink.   There have been several times this month when I've been REALLY tempted to go off plan.  But I haven't.  I don't want to let my W30 buddy down.  
    And then, it's time to leave the office.  One of my colleague comes by my desk and gifts me two very hard to find craft beers.  2 beers that I have wanted to try but haven't -- the beers are only sold at the brewery in some back country hollow 2 hours from my house, are only 10 hours a week, and once they are sold out, they are sold out.  Purchasing these beers means making a long drive, standing in line, and hoping for the best.  And here they are in my hands.   
    I eagerly texted my BF.  "I've got beer!!"   
    "Yay!!" he texted back.
    I placed the beers in my cooler and drove home.  Perhaps I'm done with W30. I made it just over 3 weeks. Perhaps I should pack it in and try again after Easter.   This is just too good.  Too much of a big deal to walk away from.    If I start on Easter Monday, I can finish before Memorial Day.  I want to go home and ENJOY this!!!  I want to sip these exotic gifts and happily share my impressions of them with my generous colleague.   

    And, I realize.
    It's not the alcohol per se that I'm craving.  Yes, I've enjoyed the may different flavors of this or that.  Sure, I've enjoyed the intoxicating effects.  But what I want is MORE. I want the celebration. I want the adventure of trying something new, the exoticness of sampling something difficult to find.  I want the camaraderie of sharing the experience. This has been my downfall.  Too many of my personal indulgences have been because I wanted to celebrate something to its fullest.  But I have health and fitness goals that I want to achieve, short term and long.  To get there, I need to find a different way to live in the moment.
    It's taken me way too long to realize this.  WAY. TOO. LONG.  But now I know.

     When my BF came home, we danced around the kitchen, giggled, laughed, and goofed around.  We relished a dinner of sashimi made from the fresh fish I bought on the way home.  BF poured himself a spot of whiskey, I enjoyed my seltzer with lemon wedges.
    As Melissa wrote in "It Starts With Food" the half-slice of pizza on Day 23 isn't going to be worth starting over.  Whether the half slice of pizza is a shared can of beer is irrelevant.
    Wednesday, April 24.
    Its Day 24 of my Whole 30.
    I have proven to myself that have the strength to walk away.
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    Carol got a reaction from Jwig in Whole30 completed!   
    Whole30 finished 2 days ago, but I was waiting until today to make an announcement, as I had a follow up appointment at the doctor's office.  Doc has been concerned about my BP, and this was a follow up with the nurse.   I was REALLY hoping I'd have an amazing announcement about how my blood pressure has dropped.   But, the numbers the nurse read weren't stellar.    Last month they were 165/94, pulse 100.   Today, 160/90, pulse 85.   However, I have been dutifully monitoring my BP at home.  

    My nurse was familiar with Paleo diets, but not Whole30.  However, she said "What you are doing is working.  Keep it up!"   She encouraged me to get more exercise, which I know I need to do.    I see my doc next month for a decison about whether BP meds are needed or not.  I would rather not take them, but I also don't want to take unnecessary chances.   The nurse seemed happy, even though I was a bit dejected that my BP numbers weren't better. 

    My BF was very pragmatic about the visit.    "Most people say they will eat better, and exercise more, but they don't.  You are not just talking about doing this, you ARE doing this."

    So, With my home monitoring, my average systolic has dropped about 10 points, based on my home reading.   My pulse rate, which has historically been in the 90s, has dropped in to the 80s.     The nurse says  I lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  This is a solid Whole30 win!   

    And it's just the beginning.  I need more victories like this.   Onward!
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    Carol got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in Overeating RX Bars   
    A thermos and a small cooler open up lots of options for life on the go!     
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    Carol got a reaction from Gail Tea in Day 22 and feeling defeated...   

    This is a tough stretch of days!    You see the end, but its still some time away.     So close and yet so far.  The closest I came to quitting was Day 23.     But to know that I came thiiiiiiiiis close to falling off the wagon and DID NOT DO IT has become a major source of strength, even though I still feel a little sheepish about it.  

    You're a realistic person, it seems.  Perhaps one reason why you don't feel successful is that the 30 days isn't up yet.    The goal isn't met, there is still work to be done.

    But you'll get there.   And I bet once you reach the goal you will feel differently.  This is Day 30 for me





     
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    Carol got a reaction from Jwig in Whole30 completed!   
    Whole30 finished 2 days ago, but I was waiting until today to make an announcement, as I had a follow up appointment at the doctor's office.  Doc has been concerned about my BP, and this was a follow up with the nurse.   I was REALLY hoping I'd have an amazing announcement about how my blood pressure has dropped.   But, the numbers the nurse read weren't stellar.    Last month they were 165/94, pulse 100.   Today, 160/90, pulse 85.   However, I have been dutifully monitoring my BP at home.  

    My nurse was familiar with Paleo diets, but not Whole30.  However, she said "What you are doing is working.  Keep it up!"   She encouraged me to get more exercise, which I know I need to do.    I see my doc next month for a decison about whether BP meds are needed or not.  I would rather not take them, but I also don't want to take unnecessary chances.   The nurse seemed happy, even though I was a bit dejected that my BP numbers weren't better. 

    My BF was very pragmatic about the visit.    "Most people say they will eat better, and exercise more, but they don't.  You are not just talking about doing this, you ARE doing this."

    So, With my home monitoring, my average systolic has dropped about 10 points, based on my home reading.   My pulse rate, which has historically been in the 90s, has dropped in to the 80s.     The nurse says  I lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  This is a solid Whole30 win!   

    And it's just the beginning.  I need more victories like this.   Onward!
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    Carol got a reaction from kellyfoss in A humbling NSV.   
    Tuesday, April 4.  
    Its Day 23 of my W30. 
    I received unexpected news!   A long, painful saga of my life is coming to a close.   Ohh MYYYY!!!!   I started thinking about the end of the day.  I wanted to celebrate.  I wanted to go out to dinner or have a nice dinner at home.  I wanted to dance!  Cheer!   Sing!   Dance naked under the moonlight...er, wait, its NH and there's still snow on the ground.  Raincheck.  I wanted sit with my BF and share a fabulous meal, to sip an exotic beverage and wonder about what comes next, and bask in the goodness of it all.
    Right. Whole 30.  Can't drink.   There have been several times this month when I've been REALLY tempted to go off plan.  But I haven't.  I don't want to let my W30 buddy down.  
    And then, it's time to leave the office.  One of my colleague comes by my desk and gifts me two very hard to find craft beers.  2 beers that I have wanted to try but haven't -- the beers are only sold at the brewery in some back country hollow 2 hours from my house, are only 10 hours a week, and once they are sold out, they are sold out.  Purchasing these beers means making a long drive, standing in line, and hoping for the best.  And here they are in my hands.   
    I eagerly texted my BF.  "I've got beer!!"   
    "Yay!!" he texted back.
    I placed the beers in my cooler and drove home.  Perhaps I'm done with W30. I made it just over 3 weeks. Perhaps I should pack it in and try again after Easter.   This is just too good.  Too much of a big deal to walk away from.    If I start on Easter Monday, I can finish before Memorial Day.  I want to go home and ENJOY this!!!  I want to sip these exotic gifts and happily share my impressions of them with my generous colleague.   

    And, I realize.
    It's not the alcohol per se that I'm craving.  Yes, I've enjoyed the may different flavors of this or that.  Sure, I've enjoyed the intoxicating effects.  But what I want is MORE. I want the celebration. I want the adventure of trying something new, the exoticness of sampling something difficult to find.  I want the camaraderie of sharing the experience. This has been my downfall.  Too many of my personal indulgences have been because I wanted to celebrate something to its fullest.  But I have health and fitness goals that I want to achieve, short term and long.  To get there, I need to find a different way to live in the moment.
    It's taken me way too long to realize this.  WAY. TOO. LONG.  But now I know.

     When my BF came home, we danced around the kitchen, giggled, laughed, and goofed around.  We relished a dinner of sashimi made from the fresh fish I bought on the way home.  BF poured himself a spot of whiskey, I enjoyed my seltzer with lemon wedges.
    As Melissa wrote in "It Starts With Food" the half-slice of pizza on Day 23 isn't going to be worth starting over.  Whether the half slice of pizza is a shared can of beer is irrelevant.
    Wednesday, April 24.
    Its Day 24 of my Whole 30.
    I have proven to myself that have the strength to walk away.
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    Carol got a reaction from jaymeevans in Almond Butter Shares Soy Processing Facility?   
    If you have a Whole Foods near you, many have machines in their bulk food secrtion where you can grind your own almond butter.    The price point is excellent and you know that the only thing in your nut butter is almonds
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    Carol got a reaction from Ryenday in O.M.Ghee... Fail.   
    I actually don't use cheese cloth with mine.  I strain my ghee twice through a miracloth -- I think it works much better!
    https://www.amazon.com/Miracloth-All-Purpose-Cloths-Pack-6/dp/B00L1PM9FW/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1492031588&sr=8-1&keywords=miracloth

    I don't think this name is widely known outside my area.   I've seen them sold in Canada as J Cloth.  I think in other parts of the US they might be called Handy Wipes?  They are usually in the cleaning section of the grocery store but the cloths are untreated.  They can be washed or boiled before use (I boil mine), just make sure you give the cloth a few hours to completely dry before straining your ghee
     
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    Carol got a reaction from bethross in Bone soup questions   
    I first make the bone broth, then I pour it in to small (8-12 oz) mason jars without shoulders, and refrigerate overnight.
    As it cools, most of rendered fat will rise to the top and solidify, like a disk.   I then remove the disk of fat with a table knife.   If I use ordinary grocery store bones, I throw it out.   Sometimes the fat from these mass-market meats doesnt even solidify, which disturbs me.
    Meat from the farmstand, I put the disk of fat in to a "snack size" ziploc type bag. The bags I use hold about a cup.   These bags l are not freezer safe, so I stuff the little bags in to a quart size ziploc freezer bag (pic attached) and store in the freezer.    
    I then use the disks of fat in place of cooking oil.  I'll break the disk in half if i don't need to use all of it.   (Pic attached) They add an amazing flavor to a meat sauce or meaty entrée!   Plus using the tallow also offers a bit of a break from "coconut overload" of paleo cooking.  
    Once the broth has cooled, I'll keep a few jars in the fridge and freeze the rest.   If you freeze the broth in a jar, do NOT use a jar with shoulders or any shape that curves inwards towards the center of the jar.   This shape can easily break as the broth freezes and expands.   The jar must be straight up and down, or angle outwards from the center of the jar.
    I like the small jars because I prefer to freeze as much as I can, but still reach for broth whenever I need it -- adding some to sauce, braising liquids for meats, livening up reheated leftovers. The small jars only need a minute or two in the microwave to defrost.
    I absolutely love the gelée created by homemade bone broth and nosh on the gelée as a pre-dinner snack when my BF is late getting home.   I've also enjoyed it as part of my breakfast.  If you like it too, and want to make the gelée from frozen gelatinous broth, it will need to be reheated.   Bring the broth to a boil, then remove from heat.   Pour in to a clean jar and refrigerate overnight, it should gel back up nicely.
     
     


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    Carol got a reaction from Jwig in Whole30 completed!   
    Whole30 finished 2 days ago, but I was waiting until today to make an announcement, as I had a follow up appointment at the doctor's office.  Doc has been concerned about my BP, and this was a follow up with the nurse.   I was REALLY hoping I'd have an amazing announcement about how my blood pressure has dropped.   But, the numbers the nurse read weren't stellar.    Last month they were 165/94, pulse 100.   Today, 160/90, pulse 85.   However, I have been dutifully monitoring my BP at home.  

    My nurse was familiar with Paleo diets, but not Whole30.  However, she said "What you are doing is working.  Keep it up!"   She encouraged me to get more exercise, which I know I need to do.    I see my doc next month for a decison about whether BP meds are needed or not.  I would rather not take them, but I also don't want to take unnecessary chances.   The nurse seemed happy, even though I was a bit dejected that my BP numbers weren't better. 

    My BF was very pragmatic about the visit.    "Most people say they will eat better, and exercise more, but they don't.  You are not just talking about doing this, you ARE doing this."

    So, With my home monitoring, my average systolic has dropped about 10 points, based on my home reading.   My pulse rate, which has historically been in the 90s, has dropped in to the 80s.     The nurse says  I lost 10 pounds since my last visit.  This is a solid Whole30 win!   

    And it's just the beginning.  I need more victories like this.   Onward!
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    Carol got a reaction from NoMoreCrunchyCravings in Overeating RX Bars   
    A thermos and a small cooler open up lots of options for life on the go!     
  20. Like
    Carol reacted to ncoughlin in April 13 Start   
    i started (well restarted) yesterday too!!! such a random day. i had planned to start monday but had some family emergencies come up that threw me right off track. I had even done a paleo/whole 30 trial run for the 2 weeks prior. I definitely felt like crap after being off plan for the last week so im glad to be starting again.   i feel you on the scheduling issue... i definitely wanted to do this earlier but had a bachelorette party, wedding, vacation etc that were too close together, so i focused on slowly cleaning up my eating in preparation for the full blown whole 30. Im a little bummed i got derailed immediately and had to start a few days later than planned but it still works out ok.
    good luck!!
    @Carol  are u in NH as in New Hampshire??? me too
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    Carol got a reaction from alexd8 in April 11 Re-Intro Start   
    Damn you, sugar dragons!  

    There's nothing wrong with keeping a dessert for later.  We recently had a pie-themed event (its kind of a family joke).    I was on plan when it occurred, so a few slices of sugary goodness came home with me and were frozen to be enjoyed later.   

    I'm actually looking forward to it.  The gathering was a nice time, and we'll have a chance to remember everyone's hospitality when we enjoy the pie later on.  Maybe after a May hike in the mountains    
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    Carol reacted to Beakdip in I lost 16.6 Lbs   
    Thanks Whole30! 199.2 to 182.6. This thing works yall.

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    Carol reacted to LauraOC in Frozen green plantain tostones?   
    Thank you so much for your help! I totally missed that they were already fried once! That answers my question right there. I appreciate your attention to detail!
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    Carol reacted to MicMD2503 in Frozen green plantain tostones?   
    I made sauteed plantain slices (from fresh, very ripe plantains) as an addition to a dinner this week, they are so easy to make with a bit of coconut oil and a cast iron pan, you can get them as crispy as you like and they are so delicious ! probably better than store-bought plantain chips.
    Just a thought !
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    Carol reacted to Bellmaestra in O.M.Ghee... Fail.   
    I had another thought... when I started melting my butter in the crock pot, I kept the lid on it for awhile, then I took the lid off for another hour or so. I wasn't really paying attention. But it's possible that during the time the lid was on, there was condensation that got back into the melted butter. This is a very old crock pot; the kind that heats at a very low temperature; this was from before it was decided that the low temps were unsafe for slow cooking.
    Time to try a new batch; we'll see what happens!
    Thanks again for all the input!
    Stephanie