Kate File

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  1. Thanks all, I enjoyed reading all that as I have the same problem as the original poster. I recently finished my second Whole 30 and have suddenly found myself in a chocolate frenzy. On my Whole30 it was safe to have my son's chocolate treats in the house as I was on a strict Whole 30. One mini Crunchy bar led to a massive binge. I am now clearing everything out over the weekend (yes, even my son's) and am starting an 8 week Sugar Free cleanse on Monday. I am happy to restrict grains and dairy, it is sugar that is my DEMON!!!
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    February 2013 Starters

    So who is ready to start a Whole 30 in February? Thought it more flexible to call it a February group because it can be hard to start on a particular day. I am starting a preliminary Whole 5 today and starting the REAL Whole30 on Monday 4th February. I will use this week to practice but it is my husbands birthday on Friday and I am cooking lobster mornay and sticky date pudding! And on Saturday I fly to the Gold Coast to meet my new GRANDSON and I don't want to be an ungracious guest with fussy food habits to the new mother, my son and his in-laws who will be doing the cooking. This is my second Whole 30 and I loved the first one and found it quite easy - I am an all or nothing person and the strict rules actually made it easier. I am a complete sugar junkie though and fell into terrible habits since Christmas and being away all of January up til now. I can't believe I put on 6kg in 5 weeks!!! So i need this 5 day prelim start to kick start me. After my first one I continued paleo for a while, then reintroduced dairy and minimal grains. I then "quit sugar" and read a lot of books about that. Loved it and truly believe in everything I read. And NO sugar is so much easier than some sugar. Although on those plans you are allowed things with less than 2% sugar which makes it easier (allows in bacon and ham). Last time I had a week lead-up time to prepare foods, stock the pantry, find new healthy food sellers and completely psyche myself up for a good pure start! And clear out the freezer of those not quite compliant meals (eg my last bolognaise sauce made from pasta sauce containing sugar!) I'm from Sydney Australia and would love to hear from other Aussies but love reading posts from all other nationalities too. Posting and reading the forums really helps me stay motivated and keep on track. Fascinating too. Isn't technology amazing that we can communicate with such ease across the entire world. Particularly with a mini iPad in the handbag! Look forward to hearing from you! Kate
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    February 2013 Starters

    I'm finding my second Whole 30 quite easy but there is one problem. I am still looking at it as 30 days and as I watch my family eat some of my favourite foods without me, I am thinking how much I am going to enjoy them next week. I am definitely concerned about reintroduction!
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    February 2013 Starters

    Thought I'd try the chocolate chilli that I read so much about here. It is now in my slow cooker..... I used the recipe from Well Fed but it said 2 tablespoons of chilli powder. My Masterfoods bottle is called "ground chilli, HOT". So I only used 2 teaspoons (in 1 kilo mince plus all the tomatoes and water). But I'm still a bit concerned about this. I have since googled and the "chilli powder" usually contains other spices as well. So will mine be too hot? I will report back in 5 hours...... Also not sure what to eat with it. We are not "chilli" eaters here. Is that an American or English thing or have I just been insulated?
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    What's everyone cooking for Valentine's Day?

    Garlic prawns and a rocket salad with balsamic, tomatoes, avocado and prosciutto. I bought my hubby 2 different packs of dark chocolate covered ginger- perfect because he loves it, never gets it and I don't like it! Only sad part is no wine...
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    February 2013 Starters

    Was intrigued so made my first kale chips last night. I overlooked them and over seasoned them but I could see the potential. A bit weird but a good alternative when others are eating real chips. Who on earth thought of kale chips! Went to my local organic shop, About Life, in Balmain and spent a fortune, over $200, but it did include organic chicken and sausages. I stocked up on coconut oil and milk and nuts. Bought several packs of "activated" nuts..... Will have to read up on that again and see if it is important...they are much more expensive. Also bought walnut butter. I have loved my almond butter (compliant) but they were out of stock. You should have seen me, walking around with my mini magnifying glass with its own light, analyzing all the labels, - I felt a bit eccentric! Some of those labels are designed to be too small to read, and the impossible yellow ink ones! Ha, I fixed them! Didn't buy it but saw they had goose fat from France! Wow! I drew the line at duck fat. Also the label didn't say much, like whether they were nice free range natural eating geese.... Haha, I don't even know what good geese are meant to eat!!!
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    February 2013 Starters

    Don't be too hard on yourself for not working out. It is a great achievement just to stick to the food side of this challenge. It is not good too work out when you are really tired, particulary if you already have injuries/issues. Wait for your body to adjust to your new food plan. It will be worth it and it won't take long.
  8. Try and eat lots of protein and healthy fats at your meals. I find if I don't eat enough meat and fat I do get hungry between meals. Good idea to stay clear of nuts for 3 days. I'll be watching....
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    February 2013 Starters

    I'm only on day 5 but already in that place where I eat simple foods like avocado, cherry tomatoes, poached eggs, raw nuts, and go "wow, this really tastes good!". And then a simple apple is like heaven. And for a sugar junkie I find this such an amazing transition!
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    February 2013 Starters

    I was so busy surfing the forums and reading my daily email that i burnt my roast kumera! had to start again! but i have now Just made my first ever frittata! With eggs, coconut milk, onion, kumera, mushrooms and cauliflower and carrot. And it's very nice. Handy for a quick breaky. And at the same time I made a lamb curry with my leftover roast lamb and all the same veggies as the frittata. Multi tasking!
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    February 2013 Starters

    I actually kinda like the headaches! It's like having sore muscles after your first day skiing or a gym workout. If you are eating all healthy food and you have a headache it can only be your body detoxing. Getting used to no sugar. Take some panadol if they are too bad though.
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    February 2013 Starters

    Email them and I'm sure they'll fix it up. For 2nd timers, I just signed up for second lot of emails and its only $5! Good deal as I really like the daily reminders. And easier to have them redelivered than search thru my old emails.
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    February 2013 Starters

    Welcome! 1st post ever? You will love the support and feedback you will get if you post regularly and surf the forum. Try starting up your own log in the forum called "your whole30 log" (under community forum). Write up your daily food and thoughts. Apart from feedback, It's great having your own record to go back to and see how far you come.
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    Sourcing food in Australia

    I was very excited to buy beef tallow a few weeks ago in my local supermarket! Yes, pure beef fat, in a paper wrap like the allowrie butter. I think it was coles. Haven't used it yet, but I start my second whole30 tomorrow.
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    February 2013 Starters

    Tell me more about the organic market - where and when?
  16. Well I am at day 23 and all is going well. Then I realised I have not even opened the jar of duck fat that I bought in my preparations. I have just used ghee, coconut oil and a bit of olive oil. Of course there is a bit a reluctance on my part as the idea of using duck fat is kinda gross, but that is my old school thinking. I need to get with the program on duck fat. Any suggestions? In the frypan I fry my eggs, sausages, salmon, chicken pieces, lamb (for lamb rogan josh), prosciutto. I love to toss my carrots, parsnips and sweet potato in coconut oil and spices and roast in oven.
  17. I am SOOOO excited, I finally found compliant sausages and they are really tasty! The brand in 'Nonna's" and so far I have tried the Organic Beef and Herb Sausages (natural hog casings, organic beef 92%, water, salt, nutmeg, garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemanry and natural preservative) and the Pork and Fennel Sausages (pork shoulder 90%, water, garlic, fennel,salt, pepper, nutmeg, emulsifier 316, antioxidant 451, natural organic preservative, rosemary). I bought them from About Life in Balmain. Can't wait to try some of the other flavours!!! I now have an easy dinner option or a tasty alternative for breakfast.
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    Duck fat - when should I use it?

    Ah, I'm from australa and although duck fat is easy to buy, I don't know what yucca roots are!
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    Cauliflower rice - can you freeze it?

    Hey, I'm just about to make cauliflower rice. Do you add anything? Garlic? And fry in olive oil or coconut oil?
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    yams vs. sweet potatoe....a Canadian thing - ?

    I'm from Sydney and I eat a lot of the big orange sweet potatoes (we also call them kumera). But just yesterday I bought "yams" for the first time. They are completely different. The yams are red and very small, about the size of a a big peanut in its shell. I now need to google to see what to do with them! I presume I have to peel them, but that will be fiddly and make the yam even smalller!
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    Hanger steak

    Never heard of it in Sydney...
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    Sodium nitrite (250)

    Is sodium nitrite (250) OK? Can't find mention of it anywhere. It is in my deli meats like smoked chicken and turkey breast.
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    Sodium nitrite (250)

    And nothing comes up when I searched nitrite in the "Can I have..." forum.....
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    Sodium nitrite (250)

    Where is the info about this? I did an electronic search of the book on my kindle for "nitrite" and it had no results. And it is not on my own personal summary of off limit foods that I made as I read the book the first time...
  25. In Sydney I bought "lovingearth raw organic coconut butter". I tried a spoonful out of the jar but it didn't do anything for me! I haven't tried it before so nothing to compare it to. What else can I do with it? I might try the nut thing daisydaisy mentioned...