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    Vian got a reaction from GeGe Clements in Mott's natural Applesauce   
    The issue with smoothies is that you are drinking your food and by not chewing, you aren't sending the proper signals to your brain that you've eaten, so you don't feel satiated and are more likely to over eat. They are also sugar bombs with lots of fruit most of the time, and most people who drink lots of smoothies use them to replace a meal, which is not optimal.
     
    Apple sauce is usually eaten as a snack or a side that goes with something else. It's also still a sugar bomb, but eating a 1/2 cup of apple sauce with a meal is a lot better than downing 24-36 ounces of pureed fruit with a scoop of protein powder and a handful of spinach or kale in place of a real meal.
     
    As far as being processed, it's only mechanically processed, which is just fine. The issue paleo and whole30 has with processed foods are usually chemically processed. Things that have been chemically altered or exposed to chemical detergents and processes that alter them and make them unhealthy. Things like artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, and mystery chemicals found in most packaged foods. 
     
    Apple sauce is just apples that have been peeled, cored, and cooked down into mush. They add a little vitamin C to prevent browning and act as a preservative. Yes, the peels have been removed, but I tried to make apple sauce with the peels still attached and they end up like hard little slivers that are very unpleasant to eat. The fiber in the remainder of the apple is still present though, unlike in apple juice.
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    Vian got a reaction from elle_oh_elle in Gelatine   
    It's allowed, especially gelatin from grass fed cows.
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    Vian got a reaction from Asha in Dill Pickles   
    Pickles are SO EASY to make yourself. 
     
    Take a clean jar (I use an old olive jar from costco, it's like 60 ounces or something, pretty large) and put about a teaspoon to a tablespoon each (depending on how big of a jar you have and how many pickles you want to make) of whole peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and dill seeds if you can find them, and a few sprigs of fresh dill leaves in the bottom of the jar. In a large saucepan, bring two cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar to a boil. Add 5 cloves garlic, and 1 tablespoon sea salt and dissolve. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, fill your jar with cucumbers. They can be any kind of cucumber, just cut them in whatever shape you like and stuff them in the jar. Pack them as tightly as you can. Then pour your brine over the cucumbers, making sure the garlic makes it into the jar. Make sure the cucumbers are covered with brine, let it cool, then close up the jar and pop it in the fridge. Let them sit for at least a couple hours, but they get better the longer they sit, and can last months in the fridge.
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    Vian got a reaction from ladyshanny in How to drink tea on Whole30???   
    When I went on vacation to Seattle in October with my best friend, we went to Teavana and bought about $130 worth of tea. My favorite so far is the "Spice of Life" it's got cardamom, coriander, white tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, coconut flakes, and dehydrated apple chunks in it. 
     
    If you try green or white teas, make sure you brew them at lower temps and for shorter times than black or herbal teas. Green and white teas are much more delicate and can scald and become bitter and burnt tasting if brewed in water that is too hot, or if allowed to steep too long. Both should be brewed at about 175 degrees. Green tea should be steeped for only about 1-2 minutes, and white for 2-3 minutes. Flavored teas should be steeped on the longer end of the scale, plain teas on the shorter end of the scale.  Oolong and black tea should be steeped at about 195 degrees for 2-3 minutes, and herbal and rooibos teas can be steeped in water just off the boil (208-210 degrees) for 5-6 minutes.
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    Vian got a reaction from 22303alexva in Day 61 of Whole 60, and honestly want to cry after weighing   
    Something to keep in mind...the less weight you have to lose, the slower it is to come off. People who weigh 300+ pounds lose tons of weight quickly with small changes because they have lots of adipose tissue releasing Leptin - the hormone that tells the brain how much fat the body has. It regulates energy intake and energy expenditure to keep body fat levels in balance. When you have lots of extra fat on your body, and you start doing things that sensitize your body to leptin, your brain is like "Whoa! We have way too much fat, let's burn some of that off!"
     
    When you only have that last 10-20 pounds, you have a lot less fat secreting a lot less leptin, and your brain is like "Well...maybe we should hold onto some of this just in case..."
     
    That's why people can never seem to get rid of the last 5 pounds. If you only had 18 pounds or so to lose, 3 pounds in 60 days is actually not too bad, especially if you weren't drastically restricting calories or exercising like a crazy person.
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    Vian got a reaction from 2sweetpeas in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Serum (blood) cholesterol is produced by your own liver, it's not from dietary sources. Only a small percentage of people have a greater relationship between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol. Most people have little or no relationship between the two. Cholesterol is vital to health. It is used by the body in the skin to produce it's own vitamin D3, which is more like a hormone than a vitamin, along with many other vital things.
     
    The reason doctors and the medical community freak out over high cholesterol is that people with high serum cholesterol also seem to have more plaque and cholesterol deposits in their arteries, which cause blockages and lead to strokes and heart attacks. However, because the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your own liver and is the liver's response to excess carbohydrate consumption, it's not about how much dietary cholesterol you consume. The liver takes excess carbs and converts them into cholesterol, then the body uses that cholesterol in the blood to patch lesions in the artery walls that are caused by chronic high blood sugar (from insulin resistance and over consuming carbs) and high insulin levels. Both sugar in the blood, and insulin, are highly irritating to the artery walls and as one heart surgeon said, every time you eat something loaded with sugar, it's like scraping a wire brush through the insides of your arteries.
     
    But as others have said, your total number of cholesterol doesn't matter to a certain extent. Your ratio between the different types of cholesterol are what's important.
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    Vian got a reaction from Mrs. V in Can I have Berries with Coconut Whip? or is this considered dessert?   
    Or you could just buy vanilla beans on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/50-Extract-Grade-B-Madagascar-Bourbon-Vanilla-Beans-6-7-/290678095433?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43adc3be49 and split them to get the seeds out and add it to the coconut milk, then steep it on the stove for 10-15 minutes.
     
    As someone who raises orchids, I'd also like to point out that the vanilla "bean" is actually the seed pod of the flower, and that ALL orchids produce seed pods when polinated, just most orchid seed pods are not used in cooking. That vanilla powder said that vanilla orchids are the only fruit-bearing orchid, but it's not a fruit at all.
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    Vian got a reaction from Tinareads in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    I have 3 eggs and some cubed roasted sweet potato most mornings.
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    Vian got a reaction from ladyshanny in How to drink tea on Whole30???   
    When I went on vacation to Seattle in October with my best friend, we went to Teavana and bought about $130 worth of tea. My favorite so far is the "Spice of Life" it's got cardamom, coriander, white tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, coconut flakes, and dehydrated apple chunks in it. 
     
    If you try green or white teas, make sure you brew them at lower temps and for shorter times than black or herbal teas. Green and white teas are much more delicate and can scald and become bitter and burnt tasting if brewed in water that is too hot, or if allowed to steep too long. Both should be brewed at about 175 degrees. Green tea should be steeped for only about 1-2 minutes, and white for 2-3 minutes. Flavored teas should be steeped on the longer end of the scale, plain teas on the shorter end of the scale.  Oolong and black tea should be steeped at about 195 degrees for 2-3 minutes, and herbal and rooibos teas can be steeped in water just off the boil (208-210 degrees) for 5-6 minutes.
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    Vian got a reaction from MidwestNourishment in Breakfast Sausage brands   
    I haven't ever found one, so i made my own. Here's the recipe
     
    2 lbs. ground pork
    2 tsp. salt
    1 ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
    3 tsp. dried sage
    ½ tsp. nutmeg
    1/4 to ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
     
    Just mix everything well and form into patties, links, or leave bulk. If you form it into patties or links, just lay them out on a foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and put in the freezer for a few hours, then you can separate them from the foil or paper and put them in a ziplock baggie and store in the freezer.
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    Vian got a reaction from ladyshanny in How to drink tea on Whole30???   
    When I went on vacation to Seattle in October with my best friend, we went to Teavana and bought about $130 worth of tea. My favorite so far is the "Spice of Life" it's got cardamom, coriander, white tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, coconut flakes, and dehydrated apple chunks in it. 
     
    If you try green or white teas, make sure you brew them at lower temps and for shorter times than black or herbal teas. Green and white teas are much more delicate and can scald and become bitter and burnt tasting if brewed in water that is too hot, or if allowed to steep too long. Both should be brewed at about 175 degrees. Green tea should be steeped for only about 1-2 minutes, and white for 2-3 minutes. Flavored teas should be steeped on the longer end of the scale, plain teas on the shorter end of the scale.  Oolong and black tea should be steeped at about 195 degrees for 2-3 minutes, and herbal and rooibos teas can be steeped in water just off the boil (208-210 degrees) for 5-6 minutes.
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    Vian got a reaction from praxisproject in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    Same thing for breakfast as yesterday with an orange on the side.

     
    Lunch was leftover butternut squash noodles with ground beef and nomato sauce.
     
    Dinner i roasted a chicken and brussels sprouts with sweet potato mash with ghee and cinnamon (forgot to take a pic)
     
    And now I'm having a mug of rooibos and honeybush tea.

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    Vian got a reaction from praxisproject in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    Having some carb flu symptoms, headache and such. Hope to be done with the carb flu stage soon.
    Same as yesterday but i added a fried egg on top for breakfast.

    Lunch was leftover meatloaf, brussels sprouts and sweet potato.
    For dinner i made butternut squash noodles with the spiralizer with grass fed geound beef and my home made nomato sauce. It tastes better than it looks.

    And lastly, my kitchen is clean for once. It will last tonight and then tomorrow i will dirty it up again

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    Vian got a reaction from Sandri in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    For lunch i had leftover burger with bacon, caramelized onions, and lettuce wrap with a salad on the side.
    Dinner is mini meatloaf muffins with home made nomato ketchup (made with beets, carrots, and apple juice for sweetness) with roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potato mash with cinnamon and ghee.

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    Vian got a reaction from Inch-by-inch in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    I am ready to start focusing on losing weight again. I lost, at my best, 68lbs. Over the last few years its crept back up and i regained about 20lbs. I spent the last year getting my psoriasis under control and now its almost gone, so now i want to get my weight back down to where i am happy with it. I want to lose about 50lbs, which means about a pound a week in 2016, which is absolutely doable. I will start with a whole30.
     
    My whole30 will be semi-AIP. Not only will I follow all the normal whole30 rules, but I will also not eat tomatoes, peppers or other nightshades, and I will also avoid nuts (I do ok with pecans and walnuts in moderation, but almonds and macadamia nuts make my psoriasis flair up)
     
    So here is my first meal of the new year and my whole30. Crumbled home made sausage with crumbled bacon and roasted sweet potato and onions.
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    Vian got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    I'll actually be starting on 12/31 because that's my first day off of a 4 day weekend, and i would like to get the carb flu out of the way as best I can before I have to go back to work. I've been really bad these last few months and I really need to get back on track. I'll be doing a modified AIP whole30, as I react to Nightshades and some nuts and seeds. will there be an official FB group as well like there was last year?
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    Vian got a reaction from Sandri in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    For lunch i had leftover burger with bacon, caramelized onions, and lettuce wrap with a salad on the side.
    Dinner is mini meatloaf muffins with home made nomato ketchup (made with beets, carrots, and apple juice for sweetness) with roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potato mash with cinnamon and ghee.

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    Vian got a reaction from Inch-by-inch in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    I am ready to start focusing on losing weight again. I lost, at my best, 68lbs. Over the last few years its crept back up and i regained about 20lbs. I spent the last year getting my psoriasis under control and now its almost gone, so now i want to get my weight back down to where i am happy with it. I want to lose about 50lbs, which means about a pound a week in 2016, which is absolutely doable. I will start with a whole30.
     
    My whole30 will be semi-AIP. Not only will I follow all the normal whole30 rules, but I will also not eat tomatoes, peppers or other nightshades, and I will also avoid nuts (I do ok with pecans and walnuts in moderation, but almonds and macadamia nuts make my psoriasis flair up)
     
    So here is my first meal of the new year and my whole30. Crumbled home made sausage with crumbled bacon and roasted sweet potato and onions.
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    Vian got a reaction from Sandri in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    For lunch i had leftover burger with bacon, caramelized onions, and lettuce wrap with a salad on the side.
    Dinner is mini meatloaf muffins with home made nomato ketchup (made with beets, carrots, and apple juice for sweetness) with roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potato mash with cinnamon and ghee.

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    Vian got a reaction from Inch-by-inch in A new year, a new whole30, a new me.   
    I am ready to start focusing on losing weight again. I lost, at my best, 68lbs. Over the last few years its crept back up and i regained about 20lbs. I spent the last year getting my psoriasis under control and now its almost gone, so now i want to get my weight back down to where i am happy with it. I want to lose about 50lbs, which means about a pound a week in 2016, which is absolutely doable. I will start with a whole30.
     
    My whole30 will be semi-AIP. Not only will I follow all the normal whole30 rules, but I will also not eat tomatoes, peppers or other nightshades, and I will also avoid nuts (I do ok with pecans and walnuts in moderation, but almonds and macadamia nuts make my psoriasis flair up)
     
    So here is my first meal of the new year and my whole30. Crumbled home made sausage with crumbled bacon and roasted sweet potato and onions.
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    Vian got a reaction from Zyriel in What bowl do you use for your salads?   
    I use this from world market. While it's labled a serving bowl, it's much smaller than most serving bowls. Its about the same size as the bowls they serve pho in at vietnamese restaurants. http://www.worldmarket.com/product/wax-resist-serving-bowl.do?
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    Vian got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    I'll actually be starting on 12/31 because that's my first day off of a 4 day weekend, and i would like to get the carb flu out of the way as best I can before I have to go back to work. I've been really bad these last few months and I really need to get back on track. I'll be doing a modified AIP whole30, as I react to Nightshades and some nuts and seeds. will there be an official FB group as well like there was last year?
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    Vian got a reaction from SaraP in My vegan friend just made me cry   
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    Vian got a reaction from Raven in Salad dressings... what's your favorite?   
    My favorite dressing of all time is caesar, but the parmesan makes it non-compliant. I wonder if it would still be tasty without the parm?
     
    I whip up my own, I don't measure anything, but this is close...
     
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1/3 c. olive oil
    1 clove garlic, grated or mashed
    1 tbs. anchovy paste or 3-4 fillets
    1 tbs. dijon mustard
    pinch of salt and pepper
    1/4 c. parmesan cheese (optional)
     
    Put everything into the jar of a blender and mix together.
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    Vian got a reaction from Tinareads in What A Serving of Eggs Looks Like   
    I have 3 eggs and some cubed roasted sweet potato most mornings.